Saturday, January 23, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


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.

I have a tremendous list of guests scheduled over the next six weeks. Here is a preview:
  • 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.
Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.


  • 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.
The winners of the thirteenth annual Aurealis Awards were announced today at a ceremony at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. This award was established to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

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.

And in other Sean Cummings news, the followup book in the urban fantasy series,  Funeral Pallor is due for release in July. 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.


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.


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.

In foreign cover news we have 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.

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…
Lori Devoti points out this interesting video of a Harlequin cover shoot for Linda Lael Miller's new series.

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 included:


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.


  1. Thanks so much for the mention, Doug!

  2. Not exactly related to your blog post, Doug, but every time I see the name Sean Cummings it makes me smile and want to read his books (I think you're a he anyway!) because that's my husband's name! Except Sean is spelled Shawn :). Just one of those things I find really cool.

  3. Hi Amy! Your husband has a great name and this Sean highly approves of the spelling. Yes, I am a he even though Valerie Stevens is a she. (I suspect there's questions about why a "he" is writing a series of books about a "she" and all I know is that Valerie Stevens just popped into my head one day - she's an amalgam of all the women I knew when I was in the army, actually.)

  4. Okay, Sean Cummings, I had to laugh this time because my Shawn Cummings was in the Army too! How strange and cool is that? :D

    I think that is what made me hesitate about you being male or female was your series is based around a heroine. I don't read UF, but I really think that I should pick up one of your books and give it a go, yes?

  5. That is a very freaky deeky small world coicidence! Quick - run out and buy a lotto ticket!


    Well the good news is Shade Fright hits book stores on March 1st. The bad news is that's UK bookstores. (My publisher is in London) You can order it online right now, though - just hit up Amazon and you can get a copy of Shade Fright. I'll be letting Doug know when my publisher sets a North American release date.

  6. Thanks for the links. And you have a great line up of interviews coming. Can't wait.

  7. Heehee - not sure if I'd call my post on Avatar a review as such ;-) Mainly just me gobshiteing about how I felt smart for extrapolating my learning...and willingly opening myself up to emotional manipulation, damn you James Cameron ;-) 5 days later, I'm still thinking about that film...

  8. Great UF report as always! Your my go-to-man for the hottest and latest book news. :)

    Thanks for mentioning Erica's blog stop at my place.

  9. Sean no problem and thanks for keeping me posted on your releases and Snowbooks.

    Amy quite the coincidence :)

    Abigail thanks. Yeah lots of exciting folks are stopping in and the calendar continues to fill.

    Hey Tez. I thought your post was exceedingly insightful and deserved to be shared. My sister saw it recently and she is not a scifi type and she thought it was the best thing she had seen in a decade. I think it is good to talk about movies in the context of how they make us feel.

    Thanks Donna. I had Erica visit awhile ago and she is a great guest. Glad you were able to interview her. I need to get reading the ARC of the next book.

  10. Great roundup as usual. Can I also mention that LE is hosting a mini reading challenge for February that focuses on the League of Reluctant Adults? Maybe I can also mention there will be a ton of great prizes for participants too? :)


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