Sunday, January 3, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


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.


  • 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.
Jackie at Literary Escapism posted Vol. 4 Issue of the Escapist Newsletter chockfull of urban fantasy news, January releases, a monthly cover art summary and more.

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…
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…
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.

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.


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

  • 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.
Ring in the New Year with Murder One Film Club and the first great fantasy-romance film night of 2010!

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!):

Shortwave Cinema
10 Bermondsey Square
0207 357 6845
(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 for more information.

Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
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 -
“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.
Snowbooks has a really interesting line-up of urban fantasy, steampunk and supernatural titles due this year including  -

"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.

Author Mark Hodder does a terrific overview of his steampunk/Victoriana/alternate world book and the idea behind it over at the 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.


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 included:


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


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


  1. There's lots of great books coming out, aren't there? Especially looking forward to Spellbent and Deadtown (just bought it!).

  2. Thanks for posting the cover copy from Chosen! And for all the teasers for new books on the way. A lot of my favorite authors are listed.

    Happy New Year!!

  3. Thanks for posting the cover for Shade Fright and the rest of Snowbooks titles that are coming out!

  4. I find it interesting that the covers for Snyder's Glass Series are so cool in the UK and fairly bland (albeit very classy) in the US. I don't think I'll ever grasp the reason why different cover styles are required in every single country for the same release. Sure, we all have different cultural preferences, but we're not THAT different. After all, we watch the same movies around the globe.

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear someone else appreciates Snyder's work. I don't think her Study and Glass series get enough buzz.

  5. So many books to look forward to, but I'm especially looking foward to Flu by Wayne Simmons. Love the cover!

  6. Way to drop the ball Doug. a day disappointed...

    Thanks for the 2nd opinion review. I really appreciate it :)

  7. Over at I can giving away a copy of "Blocks" and it's 6 visualizations for writers with writer's block by Tom Evans. One person who fills out my survey on how to make my urban fantasy blog/podcast better will win this really fabulous gift!

  8. So much! So much! *eyes rolling wildly*

    Thanks for the mention! There are definitely many more episodes of the Misadventures on their way. I, um, probably have enough for four or five months of weekly posts at this point.

  9. Thank you! The movie trailer looks interesting...and considering the nature of consumerism, not surprising :)

    And I'm looking forward to reading Sea Glass (although can I admit to missing the characters from the Poison series?)

  10. Thanks for linking to the best of 2009 list!

    Now getting concerned because I preordered Angelic and I *still* haven't received it.. sigh. Hope it shows up soon.

  11. Another great round-up!!!

    Thanks for the smexy shout-out ;)

  12. Great link salad as usual Doug! I haven't heard of Snowbooks yet, but they have some amazing covers coming out. I'll have to keep my eye on them.

  13. I've been out of pocket since the holidays. So I'm feeling a tad bit behind in what's happening around blogosphere but your roundup helps with the catch up -- especially since I accidentally hit "Mark All As Read". Thank you!!!

  14. Rebecca - I agree about the covers. I like the UK covers better than the US covers 95% of the time - they're usually just prettier, or more beautiful.

    Jeanne - I love that you popped over here to the ScFiGuy's blog. With all the new books coming out and my reading slowdown you remind me that I still need to get Retribution!

    Janicu - waves :)

  15. Mardel LOL lately there is a never-ending stream of UF. I've read Deadtown (review this week) and loved it.

    Jeanne I was glad to. Anna Strong is a series I love so it was a no-brainer. All the best for the new year to you as well!

    Sean Snowbooks has an awesome lineup for 2010. Totally original artwork too.

    Rebecca I think the different covers in UK vs US situations occur where the publishing divisions actually operate independently, each with its' own art department. I must admit I like the diversity of covers, it always makes for interesting conversation. I adore Snyder's world-building.

    Amanda gotta love hard-core zombies. It will probably be a movie any day :)

    Abigail LOL yep that's me - old fumble fingers. You're welcome on the 2nd opinion.

    Kimi - I'm disappointed. The comments area is NOT designed for your personal promotions.

    Chris I'm glad there are more Misadventures planned. I can't imagine how you find that stuff. I love the series. You gotta do something about those eyes though.

    Orannia it wouldn't surprise me if HMO's were doing it on the sly already :) Most of the 'Study' characters make appearances in Sea Glass., but I too hope Snyder revisits a novel or two with the originals.

    Janicu I am pretty sure I ordered it too but can't find my darned email reply. Sigh. Subterranean's newsletter updated shipping info today.

    Thanks Mandi. Loved your article. Had to share :)

    Jackie yeah Snowbooks has some new and original voices as well as some really well-established authors as well. I expect 2010 will be a big year for this publisher.

    LOL Donna I've done that at least once myself, but not on my entire Reader list, just a category or two.

    Mardel and Jeanne I can feel the breeze from all the waving, I just wish it brought a warm breeze up here in frigid Ontario.

  16. Well I feel better that I now know Subterranean is shipping the copies of ANGELIC this week! You probably bought it early last year like me (I ordered it in March) so it's harder to find in the email. :)

    Mardel - heh, *waves back*.

  17. Thanks for the linkage, Doug! You're very kind. Sweet roundup, too. I'm salivating over some of the new steampunks coming out.

  18. I can understand that and I'm sorry if it wasn't the place to mention it. I had sent you mail and got no response back from you. I only mentioned it there because this post was specifically talking about things that were happening in the urban fantasy net sphere and didn't think it would be bad to list that.

    I completely understand if you want to take that down. I had no intention of upsetting you. Is there a way to get you information about these sorts of things, like interview I may hold with urban fantasy authors, etc that your readers might enjoy?

  19. Janicu I actually found my receipt and it was from last April. Nothing in the mailbox yet though...

    Heather steampunk sure seems to be gaining momentum. I expect there will be dozens of titles in 2010.

    Kimi not a problem. I try to answer all personal email but do get behind. I recall seeing the link exchange request but didn't feel it was a good fit for the blog. The giveaway mentioned was for a non UF related book which again is not appropriate for the giveaways I usually highlight. If you have UF news please do forward it along and I would be happy to include it but it needs to be UF/PNR related and from an editorial point of view I may or may not elect to use it.

  20. Hi all, thanks to SciFiGuy for the wonderful promotion for FLU - I'm Wayne, the author.

    If you do get a chance to read FLU, please be sure to drop me a line about to let me know what you think over at my website's contact page (

    Great site, SciFiGuy! :D

  21. Oops! Apologies for the typos! I haven't had any tea yet! :D

    That website addy is

    (as opposed to the previous post's simmmmmmmmons)

    Thanks again!



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