INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:
Last week I had the wonderful Helen Scott Taylor here with a guest post and a giveaway for signed copies of The Magic Knot and The Phoenix Charm. Contest remains open until Monday night.
The very busy Jill Myles was here this week with a guest post on `Twisting the Mary Sue`. A giveaway of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and Succubi Like It Hot is open until January 27.
- February 2 - Science fiction and urban fantasy author S. Andrew Swann will be visiting to talk about Heretics the second book in his Apotheosis space opera trilogy. He will also be back for an interview when Wolf's Cross launches in late July.
- February 5 - Jennifer Estep will be here to talk about her new Elemental Assassins series which launches with Spider's Bite in January, quickly followed by Web of Lies later in February.
- February 12 - Paranormal romance writer Terry Spear rejoins us to talk about her newest release Legend of the White Wolf.
- February 19 - Paranormal romance author Susan Blexrud will be back to celebrate the release of the print version of Love Fang.
- February 24 - Urban fantasy's master of all things zombie, Mark Henry will be visiting to talk about Battle of the Network Zombies, the third Amanda Feral book.
- March 1 - We kick off March with urban fantasy author Sean Cummings. I'll be interviewing Sean about his novel Shade Fright and on being a writer in Saskatoon.
- March 3 - An interview with Skyler White about her debut urban fantasy and Falling, Fly.
- March 5 - Award-winning dark fantasy author Nancy Kilpatrick will be here for an interview about her new vampire anthology eVolVe which includes stories by Kelley Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other Canadian dark fantasy and horror writers. This is the first Canadian all-vampire anthology of original fiction.
- March 10 - This week in March is officially designated by me as Casa Dracula week. My guest will be the very entertaining Marta Acosta. I understand her minions will be trying to take me down even as we discuss the series, the forthcoming book and do a terrific giveaway.
AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:
- Excerpt of First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost. This is the first in the spin off from the Night Huntress series. At the back of the excerpt there is also an outline of the next spin off - Eternal Kiss of Darkness.
- Snippet of Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk.
- Snippet from Shift by Rachel Vincent
- An extract of Full Circle by Pamela Freeman, the final book in the Castings Trilogy.
- Snippet from the first chapter of Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur
- Lost, a short story by Lori Devoti, an urban myth romance.
- Chapter 1 from Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
- Read an 85-page preview of Robin Hobb’s upcoming release Dragon Keeper.
- Amanda Ashley (Everlasting Kiss) at Sidhe Vicious Reviews
- Angie Fox (Demon Slayers series) at Anna's Book Blog
- Carolyn Crane irreverently by Nicole Peeler at The League of Reluctant Adults
- Charlie Huston (Joe Pitt series) at Neth Space, video interview at Bookspot Central
- Cheryl Brooks (Cat Star Chronicles) at Smexy Books
- Chloe Neill (Firespell) at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
- Erica Hayes (Shadowfae) at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings
- Jennifer Estep (Spider's Bite) at Vampire Wire, Debuts and Reviews, and Literary Escapism.
- Jen Nadol (The Mark) at Dark Faerie Tales and Ellz Readz
- Jill Myles (The Succubus Diaries) at Wendy Pinkston Cebula’s blog, Babbling About Books, and at Lisa and Laura Hilton’s journal and Dear Author.
- Joey W. Hill (Mermaid's Ransom)at Bitten By Books
- Joss Ware (Beyond the Night) at Silk & Shadows
- Lauren Kate (Fallen) at Bitten By Books
- Liz Maverick (Crimson & Steam) at Bitten By Books
- Lori Devoti at VampChix
- Lynda Hilburn (Vampire Shrink) podcast at Blog Talk Radio
- Mark Teppo (Heartland) at John Scalzi for The Big Idea
- Michelle Bardsley (Broken Heart series) at the Deadline Dames
- Molly Harper (Nice Girls series) at The Book Smugglers
- Nancy Holzner (Deadtown) at Bitten By Books
Leanna Renee Hieber announced that she will have a novella in her Strangely Beautiful series called A Christmas Carroll appear in an October anthology titled A Midwinter Fantasy. The anthology also contains stories by Helen Scott Taylor and L.M. McDonald.
Carolyn Crane and Kat Richardson are the most recent members of the group blog League of Reluctant Adults. Current roster: Mario Acevedo, Michele Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Carolyn Crane, Molly Harper, Mark Henry, Stacia Kane, Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge, J.F. Lewis, Richelle Mead, Kelly Meding, Nicole Peeler, Cherie Priest, Jennifer Rardin, Kat Richardson, Michelle Rowen, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein, Anton Strout, and Jaye Wells
Congratulations to Gail Carriger who was a winner of the 2010 Alex Awards which are given by the ALA to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults. Gail received the award for Soulless.
Mario Acevedo shared more news on the spin-off comic book/graphic novel of his Felix Gomez vampire-detective series this week. He has pencil sketches and descriptions.
I've been contracted to write scripts that focus on an aside mentioned in my first novel The Nymphos of Rocky Flats. Before Felix tangled with the US Department of Energy, he got caught in a rumble with the Han Cobras Chinese drug gang. This comic book series is Killing the Cobra: Chinatown Trollop. Issue #1, Deadly Shadows, should be available May 2010. I've been teamed with a couple of outstanding artists, Pintu and Alberto Dose.Simon's Urban Fantasy Blog reports that The Monstromologist by Rick Yancey has been named a Printz Honor book for excellence in Young Adult Literature. More information about the award here.
Jeremy F. Lewis says he has turned in the tentatively titled Crossed, the third Void City series book. Rachel Caine also has completed the final Weather Warden's book Total Eclipse.
Check out Abigail's posting at All Things Urban Fantasy for details about the announcemnet that Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is slated for graphic novel treatrment.
Sean Cummings is offering free bookmarks for his forthcoming release of Shade Fright on the Good Girls - Bad Juju blog.
Tor.com has the details on the nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award.
Watch the book trailer for The Iron King by Julie Kagawa coming February 1.
Jeri Smith Ready advises that Book 3 in the WVMP series, Bring on the Night, will be released August 2010, followed by Book 4 (tentatively titled Lust for Life) in August 2011.
Maggie Stievater posted this little ditty on YouTube. She comments -
Don't tell my editor that this is what I do while I'm supposedly writing FOREVER, the last book in the SHIVER trilogy. Lyrics, in case you want to sing along to this bad boy: unpracticed as a man I make a better wolf/ doesnt mean I'm not trying, my dear/ so if I take a sniff to get a better whiff/ dont run away I'm a man. My next one will have a little bouncing ball and lyrics on the bottom for better class participation.
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty’s House of Horrors has debuted on the New York Times mass market bestseller list at #16. Congrats!
For the most complete recap of giveaways visit All Things Urban Fantasy for a list of 76 and if any were missed there catch more contest links at Fang-tastic Books.
CHECK FOR DETAILS:
The Deadline Dames are having a terrific series of contests to celebrate their one year blogoversary. Each author will be sponsoring their own contest. For example, Devon Monk's contest includes 1.) A private critique or consult (via email) on a first chapter or query letter, 2.) A private email chat wherein you can “pick my brain” about writing as a career, and 3.) All three of Devon's novels (signed). Author contests posted so far include Jackie Kessler, Rachel Vincent, Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow, and Mark Henry.
In movie review news we have Nicole Hadaway on Daybreakers, Tez Says, John Marco and Jess Haines on Avatar.
SciFi Wire reports that the UK series Primeval will be back after all. The third season had ended on a huge cliffhanger and was then cancelled. Nice to see this revived.
Clive Barker talks about his film project Dread based on the short story from his Books of Blood collections.
COVERS and ART:
I first saw the next two Dark Days series covers, Pray for Dawn and Wait for Dusk by Jocelynn Drake over at All Things Urban Fantasy.
Keri Arthur with a French and German Riley cover, Ilona Andrews with a Chinese Kate Daniels cover.
Kate over at Babbling About Books discusses Cover WTFckery that has been occuring with increasing frequency in publishing.
Ilona Andrews posted the back cover blurb for Magic Bleeds -
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.Lori Devoti points out this interesting video of a Harlequin cover shoot for Linda Lael Miller's new series.
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…
Dark Faerie Tales interviews illustrator Sharon Tancredi who recently did the covers for Nicole Peeler's Tempest series.
Lurv a la Mode does a cover spotlight on upcoming Paranormal Romance releases. More Adventures in Stock Photography over at Stumbling Over Chaos (Part 7)
Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:
AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:
A great collection of news, contests and other cool news at Stumbling Over Chaos and Dirty Sexy Books
SF Signal posted this fascinating promotional video from the New Zealand Book Council.
KMont at Lurv a la Mode has a blogoverary (2 years!) and has a wonderful recap of 2009 events from her blog.
Jeremy Lewis has some interesting suggestions on replacments for a new host for The Tonight Show including a few authors we all know.
Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer offers some excellent suggestion for curing Blogger Block.
Michele Hauf at VampChix profiles some interesting accessories for your vampire lover.
Kristin Cashore taking a trapeze lesson.
Richelle Mead at recent New Orleans signing.
Melissa Francis and brother. Not a recent photograph. LOL.
John Scalzi shows "edited" and unedited views of his workspace.