Saturday, January 16, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca: 

I had two fabulous guests this past week beginning with an interview with Nancy Holzner and a giveaway of Deadtown and followed that with a guest post by the charming Helen Scott Taylor who talked about Celtic Magic and Mayhem. A giveaway of signed copies of The Magic Knot and The Phoenix Charm is also part of the post. Still plenty of time to comment and enter the giveaways.

Coming up next week (January 21) is an interview with Jill Myles on her Succubus Diaries series with Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and Succubi Like it Hot.



Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.


AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

FREE READS:
  • Suvudu has now packed the prequel stories to Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding as PDFs. They are The Hoarder (Original Short Story) and Pride Before Fall (Original Short Story).
  • Orbit has an extract from My Dead Body by Charlie Huston, the last book in his Joe Pitt vampire noir series.
  • A snippet from Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter, the third Jane Yellowrock WIP.
  • Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf is once again free for the year 2010 at tryharlequin.com
  • Kim Harrison has posted some pages from the first chapter of the forthcokming Black Magic Sanction here.
  • Read/listen to the first couple of chapters of Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt, her "urban fantasy in space" here (warning: 27MB).
  • Ilona Andrews has a snippet from Kate 5.
  • Kelley Armstrong has the first four chapters of The Reckoning here.
INTERVIEWS:
Not sure I have seen this anywhere but Carrie Vaughn mentions she is working on the eighth Kitty Norville book title Kitty Goes to War.

Renee at Renee's Book Addiction posted the blurb for Changes by Jim Butcher. The books' opening line has been posted a few times but here is the full description of the next Harry Dresden novel (if you don't like spoilers, skip this) -
Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden’s lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry’s not fighting to save the world…

He’s fighting to save his child.
The nominations are  now open for the 2009 Aurora Awards (the Canadian SFF award). Open to Canadians only. Make your voice heard.

If you haven't checked them out before have a look at the group of YA authors doing daily vlogs called the YA Rebels. They vlog every day, each of author posting once a week, about the behind the scenes of publishing and writing YA literature. You can find them on Twitter and their YouTube Channel. Here is Gretchen McNeil doing a vlog review of Gentlement Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles.



Kelley Armstrong advises that The Reckoning, the third book in her Darkest Powers young adult series is coming out in North America on April 6 (almost a month early!)

Jennifer Estep posted the blurb to Web of Lies, her second book in the Elemental Assassin series.
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I’m Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coal-mining tycoon. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired.

So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scount mentality. And I can barely keep my hands of fhis sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental — with a little Ice magic thrown in — but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man … dead or alive.
Mark Henry posted this link to Abner Senires hilarious song parody of urban fantasy which manages to include most of the authors that are members of the group blog The League of Reluctant Adults.

Here's a little video snippet Gail Carriger posted of Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks ambushing her at her book launch (Soulless) at World Fantasy Con.


The past week saw publisher Dorchester sell frontlist and backlist titles to HarperCollins including titles from Victoria Alexander, Nina Bangs, Christine Feehan, Sandra Hill, Marjorie M. Liu, Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands and CL Wilson. More on the story at Dear Author and for a personal look, Marjorie Liu also posts on how the change affects her.

Marie Brennan reveals that her story cointributoion to the forthcoming anthology Running with the Pack, edited by Ekaterina Sedia is "Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes" -- aka the Fake Werewolf Paper. Now isnn't that a mouthful.

Michele Hauf has a lovely posting on vampire romance at VampChix.

According to Ace editor Anee Sowards, Karen Chance's Death's Mistress is #14 on the NYT list and the anthology Inked is #34 on the extended NYT list. Congrats!

In the Say It Isn't So category Pimp My Novel reports that the folks who brought you Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be releasing Android Karenina in June. Galleycat had this blurb on the book -
"As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology--and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen."


CONTESTS:

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy continues to be the go-to girl with her tremendous link roundup of 65 Urban Fantasy Giveaways.

CHECK FOR DETAILS:

Heather at The Galaxy Express has all the details on the Girl Gone Nova contest which includes a prize a month until April -
Author Pauline B. Jones (THE KEY) wrote her second science fiction romance, GIRL GONE NOVA (April 2010). Not only that, but she has a forthcoming steampunk romance novella as well!
Angie Fox has created a What Supernatural Pet is Right for You? quiz. There's a contest for a copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers which ends Tuesday.

Joss Ware (Colleen Gleason) has a huge contest for her release Beyond the Night running until January 31.


MEDIA:

Carrie Vaughn riffs on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Michelle Rowen gives us her take on Avatar as does Jim Hines. Jordan Summers reviews Daybreakers.

Next month see the release of modern fantasy Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief based on the novels by young adult author  Rick Riordan. Here`s the trailer and some of the character posters.




Wicked Little Pixie came upon a a weird and wonderful marketing event happening in Toronto for the vampire movie Daybreakers. Check out her full story and pictures.


Fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly have cause to rejoice. Titan books is apparently planning an original anthology  of Firefly stories. [via A Dribble of Ink]

SciFi Wire reports that the SyFy channel is planning an American version of the hit BBC show Being Human (about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who end up as roommates). Why not just air the UK show?
"It turned out great, as we can now do an American version," Syfy president Dave Howe told The Hollywood Reporter. "We've always been keen on vampires and werewolves, and we loved the originality of Being Human, the fact that the fantastical creatures in it are very young, accessible and charming." Howe said the Syfy version will not just "slavishly replicate the British version."
Patricia Altner has a complete list and description of January 2010 New Vampire Releases at VampChix. Tez Says has February releases, foreign and domestic.

Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews has the full table of contents of the forthcoming anthology Songs of Love and Death edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It includes stories by Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn and more.


COVERS and ART:

Justine Larbalestier (Liar) discusses book covers with a post on How is a cover made at the big publishing houses?

Bite Club pointed out a new urban fantasy series by Adrian Phoenix with the title Black Dust Mambo coming June 29.

"There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse . . ."

Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching -- the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju -- a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.

Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer -- even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated -- back home to Bayou Cypres Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.
Terry Spear unveiled the preliminary cover to Wolf Fever, book 6 in her werewolf series.

Carol Woods wanted more than anything to be a nurse at the hospital in Silver Town, Colorado where her family lives, but she never foresaw how she’d end up with the job. Now she’s a red werewolf facing a mating, trying to forestall shifting for a variety of reasons—one of which has to do with a swine flu virus that seems to be attacking the werewolf kind in a bad way, while working with a private investigator who doesn’t believe in her psychic abilities one bit. So why does she thinks she’s falling in love with the infuriating gray?

Chester McKinley can’t get his mind off the entrancing woman, a nurse, a newly turned red lupus garou belonging to another gray pack and the only one left who might be able to learn how to stop the swine flu virus from making a permanent impact on their kind. Although he doesn’t want to draw Carol into this dangerous situation or believe she is involved, he has no other choice. But does the woman really have psychic abilities that are keeping her from shifting, or is she a fraud, a master at deception, and is behind the infections of their people? And how can he keep his hands off the intriguing woman, and his mind on the mission as the virus takes its toll?
Tez Says unveiled the UK cover for The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.



Rachel Vincent shows off her French cover for Stray. Tate Hallaway shows off German Cover Art for one of her books (not sure which it is as I don't read German). Meljean Brooks over at Odd Shots has a look and commentary at foreign edition covers including Ilona Andrews and more.

Lurv a la Mode has a sweet spotlight on YA covers with descriptions.

Tez Says has the ferreted out the new cover for Pray for Dawn by Jocelynn Drake.

Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos has part six of her fun Misadventures in Stock Photography series.

Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:

AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

Vampire Wire has been featuring Vampire Videos this week set to Britney Spears songs. Yep you heard right. Check them out here. Fun stuff.

Dark Faerie Tales lists her 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2010. Heather Massey at the Galaxy Express has details on a Steampunk Workshop to be hosted by the Romance Divas on January 21-23. Check it out.

Roxanne Rhoads profiles Fangz Perfume over at Fang-tastic Books. Wonder if they have cologne too?

Carolyn Crane at The Thrillionth Page does an entertaining and thoughtful post on Mark Henry's zombie series and Road Trip of the Living Dead in particular. She says - "Road Trip is a weirdly entertaining combination of gore, violence and startling humor alongside surprising kindnesses and vivid characters." Perfectly said Carolyn!

Of particular interest to bloggers is Justine Larbalestier's post on conducting a cool and interesting interview with a writer. A must read. There is also a follow-up post called Why Interview?

Mario Acevedo at the Biting Edge blog does a nice profile and review of ereaders, many of which I hadn't seen before. Lots of pretty pictures.

Jess Haines does a redneck humour piece on How to Tell Where a Driver is From. Jeff Foxworthy move over. Nothing on Canadian drivers. Whewww.

I guess I haven't been paying attention to the new restrictions on security for flying in the US. As a result OCD, vampires, and rants, oh my! rants on The Dangers of Literature. It won't be long until they make us all fly naked.

Rebecca from Dirty Sexy Books has some great suggestions and advice in her article Need a Cure for a Bad Case of Book Burnout? I Can Help.

Suvudu has Dr. Demonlove: or how I learned to stop worrying and read Urban Fantasy
Ink Stained Amazon posted 100 Quotes Every Geek Should Know – The Positively, Gratuitously, Lovingly Grrrl Geek Edition in response to Wired magazines article 100 Quotes Every Geek Should Know? which only oncluded 4 quotes by women. [via SciFi Wire]. Gotta love lines like "Get away from her, you bitch!" —Lt. Ellen Ripley to the alien queen in Aliens

CANDID CAMERA:
Kelly Meding at her first book signing


Annette McCleave proudly shows the cover and proofs for Bound By Darkness



18 comments:

  1. US networks do a godawful job of adapting British programs - most recently the ABYSMAL US version of Life on Mars. I am a HUGE fan of Being Human and I agree - JUST AIR THE BRIT VERSION - SCI-FI (SYFY or however the hell they spell it now) botched the living crap out of Harry Dresden and the only thing they've done right in the past five years is Battlestar Galactica!!

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  2. Too much good stuff. Hats off Doug. Have you seen the new BBC show Demons? It's being hailed as boy Buffy

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  3. Great post with lots of great info! If you're going to post spoilers like the one you did for the next Jim Butcher novel though, could you hide it somehow? Just from scrolling down to the next part of your post I saw the spoiler, and I was trying to avoid it...

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  4. Hopefully this week's post was less fraught with your own misadventures in saving... :)

    Thanks for the mention!

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  5. I really loved Being Human also. However, I only saw the 6 or so episodes ever aired on BBC America. Were there more? Is there more coming? Demons is pretty good (a show on BBC) but not as good as Being Human.

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  6. Ever since I heard that Uma Thurman is Medusa in the Percy Jackson flick I've been curious how they'd make her ugly. After seeing her poster, I realize that they didn't try at all. I'm strangely disappointed too, because Clash of the Titans was one of those films that scared the @#! out of me when I was a kid. I don't think any kids nowadays will be freaked by Ms Thurman's looks, although maybe I'm being premature. Maybe there's an ugly side to her character after all.

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  7. Sean, yeah I was only able to watch one episode of the US version of Life on Mars. There seemed nothing new to add after the excellent UK version. In addition to BSG I do give SyFy credit for Eureka and Stargate Universe.

    Abigail yeah I saw the full BBC version of Demons. I liked it well enough but it didn't have near the spark of Buffy. Some good episodes though. Worth a watch.

    Thanks Emma!

    Kathryn I'll try to come up with something that doesn't involve closing your eyes LOL

    Kelly my pleasure. I hope you had a great event.

    Hey Chris. Nope I bullet proofed my process. Not going to happen again :)

    Mardel there were only 6 episodes. Series TV in the UK is always very short seasons it seems. Of course Being HUman just restarted in the UK - episode 2 is on tonight.

    Rebecca I have a hard time seeing Uma as ugly in anything. Wasn't she Venus in Baron Munchausen? The explicitness of horror films today has made it difficult to make anything scary without using shock value. My recollections of the original Clash were that it seemed dated immediately, still using Ray Harryhausen style effects. Now the new one does look amazing which kind of goes contrary to my usual feeling that most remakes add little to the original..

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  8. Ooo, I'm looking forward to your interview with Jill Myles. I read Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and really enjoy it. Loved her sense of humor that gives to the novel. And I'm very much looking forward to Succubi Like it Hot.

    Nice roundup!!

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  9. Whoa! there was a lot of good stuff here. I loved the report form the Security Blanket Fort - LOL. I can't wait for Changes to come out.

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  10. Thanks for the mention, Doug! I'm seriously psyched for the Changes release. I can't wait to see how Jim Butcher handles that development in Harry's life!

    Why o why must they remake already excellent series like that? I have 2 words for you: Viva Blackpool.
    If that wasn't a cautionary tale, I don't know what is.

    Android Kerenina? Stop the madness!

    You outdid yourself this weekend!

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  11. Hehe, thanks for linking me!

    Great list of stuff to check out. Never heard of Being Human, but it sounds great. Lotsa new books to read, too! Dang it, I need to find a B&N gift card with no limit.

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  12. Nice roundup. Esp the "Perfectly said, Carolyn" part. LOL. Seriously, thanks for the shout!!!

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  13. Thanks Donna, I liked the first book too. An easy breezy fun read.

    Sharon anythng from Butcher is always a treat. I think he has a collection of short stories coming out this year too! Double treats in 2010.

    Renee the book with Susan's original romance with Harry is my favorite Dresden book so this one is going to be special. If anyone understands why Hollywood does what it does I am sure they are already certifiable and it is spreading to publishing - hence Android Karenina.

    Jess if you find one of those B&N cards PLEEZ let me know. You should track down the Being Human if you can. Best thing TV has done that captures the modern flavour of UF.

    Thanks Jackie!

    Carolyn I am coming to rely on you for links every week. Please keep them coming :)

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  14. Doug--Thanks for mentioning the song. That was fun to write and sing.

    --Abner

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  15. Abner it was fun and lighthearted. Wonderful job!

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