INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:
Well this is the first time I missed my Saturday post for the Urban Fantasy Weekend Report but what are you going to do (technically it is still the weekend). The holidays simply caught up with me, so apologies to those waiting for their news fix (as if). LOL.
This week I have Melina Morel guesting on Thursday to talk about her new book Smolder. Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.
The Urban Fantasy Collaboration Contest to win a January UF/PNR release of your choice ends tonight. Details here.
AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:
- Keri Arthur has the second chapter of With Friends Like These up on her website. Here is the link to a PDF combining the first two chapters.
- Excerpt from the forthcoming Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, sequel to her young adult urban fantasy Once Bitten.
- Annette McCleave (Drawn into Darkness) at Romace Dish
- Gail Dayton (Heart's Blood ) at Borders TrueRomance Blog
- Guy Gavriel Kay (Under Heaven) audio podcast at Book Banter
- Jill Myles Blog Tour interviews and guest posts at The Purple Patch and Dorothy Winsor
- Laura Anne Gilman at Temple Library Reviews
- Lynda Hiburn (The Vampire Shrink) at Ask Wendy
- Melissa Heidrich of Passionfruit Games at Grasping for the Wind about Marjorie Liu's Tiger Eye
- Michael Thomas Ford (Jane Bites Back) at VampChix
- Molly Harper at Ellz Reads
- Nancy Holzner (Deadtown) at The Book Smugglers, Falcata Times, Fantasy Literature, and Sarah's Urban Fantasy Blog.
Author C.E. Murphy has posted a snippet of a crossover fanfic she has written based on Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock character and her own Joanne Walker. They are talking about a possible collaboration. I love the idea!
Here's a good teaser trailer for Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines coming in May 2010.
Trailer for My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent, the second book in her young adult series.
Trailer for the Haven young adult series (Once Bitten and Twice Dead) by Kalayna Price.
Jill Myles talks about her first sale over at Dear Reader.
In her Christmas newsletter Jeanne Stein includes the cover copy for Chosen, the sixth Anna Strong novel -
It’s been almost a year since bounty hunter Anna Strong became a vampire, but as she’s about to discover, her greatest powers have yet to be unleashed…VampChix has a a great line-up of guest authors planned for January including Lara Adrian, Alyxandra Harvey, Adrian Phoenix, Jill Myles and more. Check the blog for dates and addtional guests.
Though Anna has become accustomed to the fact that she’s now a vampire, she still enjoys the illusion of being human. So when she suddenly notices that her primitive urges are getting harder to control, she’s worried. Then, she’s attacked, narrowly escaping with her life. The only person with enough motive to want her dead is her old foe—Warren Williams. But another more dangerous enemy lies in wait.
What Anna doesn’t know is that she’s far too valuable to kill. For she’s been chosen to shape the destiny of the vampire race—and all of mankind…
SF author John Scalzi runs a regular feature on his Whatever blog called The Big Idea. He recently posted an index of Big Idea authors featured in 2009. There are a lot of urban fantasy authors featured along with the SFF authors. Here's the list -
The Magic District group blog has welcomed a the following authors into the fold. A diverse and interesting group of urban fantasy authors -Kelly Gay, Jeannie Holmes, Michele Lang, Lisa Shearin, Kalayna Price, M.K. Hobson,Seanan McGuire and Paul Crilley.
- John Joseph Adams
- C.L. Anderson
- Julia Angwin
- Paolo Bacigalupi
- Steven R. Boyett
- Sarah Rees Brennan
- John Brown
- Jeff Carlson
- Harry Connolly
- Megan Crewe
- David Anthony Durham
- Greg van Eekhout
- Brian Evenson
- C.C. Finlay
- Jasper Fforde
- Diana Pharaoh Francis
- Daniel Fox
- Laura Anne Gilman
- Lev Grossman
- Janice Hardy
- Jim C. Hines
- Charlie Huston
- J.C. Hutchins
- Kaza Kingsley
- Mindy Klasky
- Jay Lake
- Tom Levenson
- Malinda Lo
- Paul Melko
- China Miéville
- James Morrow
- Chad Orzel
- Nicole Peeler
- Diana Peterfreund
- Sarah Prineas
- Cherie Priest
- Margaret Ronald
- Diana Rowland
- Carrie Ryan
- Robert J. Sawyer
- Seth Shostak
- James Swallow
- S. Andrew Swann
- Catherynne Valente
- Jeff VanderMeer
- Carrie Vaughn
- Scott Westerfeld
- Edward Willett
- Michael Z. Williamson
Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy is just about making everyone elses contest listings obsolete with her totally comprehensive List of 61 urban fantasy giveaways
CHECK FOR DETAILS:
- Lucy A. Snyder is offering a signed copy of Spellbent to one lucky reader over at The Deadline Dames. This contest is open to all and will remain open until the end of the day (anywhere) on Friday 8th January, 2010.
- The Story Siren has advance readers copies of Captivate by Carrie Jones and Incarceron by Catherine Fisher up for giveaway. Ends January 8.
- Wicked Little Pixie is giving away Bound by Sin by Jenna Maclaine . Ends January 8.
Reviews of the new Sherlock Holmes picture with Robert Downey by Jordan Summers, Carrie Vaughn, and Tempting Persephone.
More Avatar reviews this time from Laura Anne Gilman, Crotchety Old Fan, SF Signal, Nicole Peeler, Racy Romance Reviews and a deconstruction from Carrie Vaughn.
Trailer for the violent and noirish SF film Repo Men coming this year with Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker and more. Just the way I like them.
Murder One Film Club presents Maria V. Snyder
For all you UK readers and residents out there, Trisha Telep advises me that Murder One is hosting an evening with Maria V. Snyder whose Poison Study series and Stormglass series I adore. Here are the details of the event.
Murder One presents an evening with Maria V. Snyder on Monday, January 18th. The bestselling author of the fabulous Study series will be signing the UK edition of her latest book Sea Glass (the second installment in her Glass series), followed by a Q&A and screening of her film pick Hero (starring Jet Li).
Signing starts at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm: refreshments and snacks available); film starts at approx. 7:45pm at our new venue (a REAL cinema this time!):
10 Bermondsey Square
0207 357 6845
www.shortwavefilms.co.uk(They are located just over Tower Bridge in South London, not far from London Bridge [Northern line] or Bermondsey [Jubilee line: this is the closest] underground stations.
Ticket price is the copy of the book (available in the UK on January 8th), or if you already have the previously published US edition of Sea Glass, any book of your choice of equivalent cost. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because she is sure another man now her prisoner has switched souls with Ulrick.
In hostile territory, without proof or allies, Opal isn't sure whom to trust. She can't forget Kade, the handsome Stormdancer who doesn't want to let her get close. And now everyone is after Opal's special powers for their own deadly gain....
A group of assassins: Flying Snow, Broken Sword, and Long Sky, have sworn to kill the King of Qin. Nameless (Jet Li) comes to the royal capital to claim the reward offered for their defeat.
Comic Book Appreciation Month at Temple Library Reviews
Harry Markov launched Comic Book Appreciation Month yesterday. Here is what Harry has to say about the event -
Snowbooks has a really interesting line-up of urban fantasy, steampunk and supernatural titles due this year including -“I have decided to show my love and geekery for comic books in all shapes, sizes and lengths with a whole month filled with reviews, which will cover long ongoing series, medium sized completed series, one shots, limited series, beginning series and what not. I have invited a few awesome people from blogs that I follow to contribute with a guest post article and there will be interviews with authors and writers. The cherry on top will be the separate content that I will provide as well from rank lists to art and just plain comic book character geekery.
"I fell into this job quite by accident, when I discovered that I possessed the ability to see the preternatural world. There are a handful of people with similar abilities, and part of my job is to locate them, since Government Central and Infrastructure Canada like to keep track of these things. Don't ask me why..." There's a malevolent force in town, and it's quite literally Valerie Steven's job to determine who's behind it and why they want to destroy the world, starting with Calgary. She'll have help, in the form of her best friend (now more or less a zombie, unfortunately), a powerful dwarf troll, and th ghost of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (but he goes by 'Bill' these dayys). But that's not all - Valerie has some tricks up her sleeve and, she hopes, luck on her side. Oh, and her boyfriend, Dave. He drives a dump truck.Pyromania Blog.
Cassie's day as a guide at Westminster Abbey begins badly when zombies storm into the building and eat the tourists. Carrie escapes - but finds London choked with the undead. She has no idea where they came from, no idea how to stop them - all she knows is she has to race through dangerous, gore-soaked streets and find her daughter. And her day doesn't get any better . . .
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again..."Flu" is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.
COVERS and ART:
Katherine Karp at Suburban Vampire interviews graphic novelist Louis J. Pecsi, author and illustrator of Nosferatu the Untold Origin. He's been drawing since childhood and has created various effects for TV commercials and independent films. His newest project is a book that's a beautifully illustrated prequel to the classic 1922 film Nosferatu, featuring the iconic vampire Count Orlok.
Katiebabs at Babbling About Books profiles her favourite covers for 2009. My fav on her list the Ghostland cover.
Angela at Dark Faerie Tales showed off the cover for the urban fantasy A Taint in the Blood by the prolific SFF writer S.M. Stirling. It's the first book in the Shadowspawn series due out in May. Hadn't heard of this until now and absolutely loved his Dies the Fire SF post apocalyptic series. You can read excerpts of the first eight chapters.
Tez Miller from Tez Says has UK cover art for Marjorie M. Liu’s DARKNESS CALLS & A WILD LIGHT
Kelley Armstrong pointed out the Facebook page of Maurizio Manzieri | The Fantastic Art. He does the interior illustrations for the novella 'Angelic' (Subterranean Press, December 2009), featuring Eve from the Otherworld series.
Chris at Stumbing over Chaos completes her series Misadventures in Stock Photography (Part the Fourth, being an update on our friends from Parts 1-3)
Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:
- "The Vampire and the Virgin" by Kerrelyn Sparks
- "Hard Magic" by Laura Anne Gilman
- "Sympathy for the Devil" edited by Tim Pratt
AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:
Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express has a comprhensive list of Science Fiction Romance releases posted for 2010. Check out the list and be sure to let Heather know of any releases that you know about that may not be included.
Michele Hauf from VampChix reveals the 10 Reasons It Sucks to Have A Vampire Boyfriend. Mandi at Smexy Books uncovers (literally) and choses the books with Smexy’s Ten Favorite Sex Scenes of 2009. Derek Tatum from Mondo Vampire gives us The Vampire Decade in Review - TV
The Best of Lists
- More Smugglivus guest bloggers at The Book Smugglers cover the best of 2009 and look forward to 2010 including Racy Romance Reviews,The Story Siren, Alert Nerd, My Friend Amy, Temple Library Reviews, The Thrillionth Page, Next Read, My Favorite Books, Presenting Lenore, The Story Siren and of course tthe smuuglers themselves, Ana and Thea's picks.
- Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review gives us Fantasy Books to Watch for in 2010
- Roxanne Rhoads at Fang-tastic Books lists her favourite 2009 reads.
- Bloody Bookaholic covers the best of 2009 beginning with young adult picks,
- Author Lane Robins makes her picks for best of 2009
- Shawn Speakman at Suvudu lists his top 10 SFF picks for 2009.
- Janicu's Book Blog's picks for 2009.
- Cindy at Fantasy Book Critic list of the best of 2009.
- 2009 LIst from Anna's Book Blog
- Fantasy Literature's best of 2009 post
- Fantasy Cafe's Big Fat End of 2009 Post
- Babbling About Books Official Best Books of 2009
- Liviu from Fantasy Book Critic has Liviu's Top Books of 2009
- Rebecca from Dirty Sexy Books has her Top Ten Book Picks for 2010
- My UK SciFi compatriot Mark Chitty from Walker of Worlds covers 2009 | This Year's Top Reads
- Patrick from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist gives us The Hotties: 2009 Year-End Awards
New Year's party with young adult authors Holly Black, Libba Bray, Jo Knowles and Robin Wasserman
Richelle Mead and company on a recent excursion to sparkly Forks, Washington.
Sean Cummings reading blogging partner Nancy Holzner's new release