Saturday, January 30, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Don't forget to enter the fabulous Banshee Giveaway of Rachel Vincent's My Soul To Save here (three copies to be had). Rachel has also posted a partial list of other blog tour sites with chance to win copies. Fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover fantasy series have an opportunity to win a copy of the latest installment Hastur Lord. I have four copies to giveaway!

I have tow interesting and very different guests this week -
  • 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.

New to the Events schedule for the following week is the lovely Jeaniene Frost who is going to be here February for the launch of First Drop of Crimson, the first book in her new Night Huntress world spinoff series. Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.

On a more personal note I was thrilled when I saw the book jacket for Through Stone and Sea (Book 2 in the second Noble Dead series) by Barb and J.C. Hendee because received a blurb credit!
I was equally surprised last month when I read Betrayals by Lilith Saintcrow and discovered a blurb inside for my review of Strange Angels. Sweet.


  • Kelley Armstrong says that her publisher HarperCollins has posted The Summoning as a free read here.  She is also running a contest. Details here. Closes Monday.
  • Lilith Saintcrow announces that she has an excerpt  of her short story Best Friends from the forthcoming The Girl’s Guide To Guns & Monsters anthology over at FlamesRising as well as a preview of her essay for the soon to be released Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. The essay is titled Ambiguous Anita.
  • Rob Thurman has posted an excerpt from Roadkill the next Cal Leandros novel releasing March 2.
  • Excerpt from The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells.
  • Excerpt of Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
  • Excerpt from Demon Possesed by Stacia Kane
  • Excerpt of Sean Cummings' Funeral Pallor – Book Two in the Valerie Stevens series:
Apparently has stopped selling Macmillan (including Tor) books in a dispute over eBook pricing. Once again demonstrates its' total lack of concern and respect for the book consuming and buying public. Response has been swift and negative. Check out articles and blog postings by the NYT, Laura Anne Gilman, Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Jay Lake, Carolyn Jewel and the Making Light group blog. [some links via Jackie Kessler]

I have long been a fan of the Lynsay Sands Argeneault Vampires series. In Lynsay's most recent newsletter she reveals the dates and details of the next two books in the series - Born to Bite and Hungry for You.
  • August 31, 2010: Born To Bite, the thirteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series, will be coming out this September. Armand Argeneau has been living on a farm squirrelled away from public life for decades without anyone bothering him. Until now that is. Lucian has been kind enough to volunteer Armand to babysit Eshe d'Aureus in order to protect her from a rogue vampire out for revenge. In reality, Eshe was sent to Armand on assignment to find clues to explain his many wives' 'accidental' deaths. This installment of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will also answer the unanswered questions from Nicholas's story, The Renegade Hunter. 
  • November 30, 2010: Hungry For You, the fourteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will be coming out this December. It involves the last of the Willan sisters, Alex, and one of Martine Argeneau's older sons, Cale. Alex is a successful chef and restauranteur trying to expand her business and the new location's debut seems to be riddled with bad luck. Can Cale, a successful european chef . . . er . . . businessman, help her keep her business afloat and still keep her frazzled attention long enough to see him for who he really is . . . the love of her life?
Tor author Cherie Priest discusses Boneshaker and steampunk with Mary Ann Gwinn of The Seattle Times. The article titled, “Seattle author Cherie Priest is high priestess of ‘steampunk’”, appeared in both of the Sunday, January 24th online and print editions. [via the Tor Forge Blog]

Author Alyssa Day announced that she is moving to Japan for 3 years! What an experience that will be. Read her blog posting about the decision here.

Jackie Kessler posted the back cover copy for Hunger coming in October - 
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
Leanna Renee Hieber announced that her publisher has picked up books three and four in her Strangely Beautiful series. Congratulations Leanna!

Michelle Rowen posts about book titles and how rarely the published title matches the initial working title.

The 2010 Nebula Awards for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction will be held Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Cape Canaveral.Full details on the SFWA website.

Jordan Summers alerted me on her blog that there will be a Blood Lite 2 anthology. Jordan's story - "Tastes Like Chicken" will appear. Editor and SF author Kevin J. Anderson on his blog says of the anthology - "I have finished reading all the submissions and selected the final entries.  100,000 words of new fiction from big names and little-known names.  I think this volume is even funnier than the first.  I still have a bunch of paperwork to do, writing up contracts for all the authors, compiling bios, etc.  But this book is ready to roll.

Katie MacAlister showed of the promotional bookmark for her forthcoming Love in the Time of Dragons. Sweet!

Author Melissa Francis has joined Nancy Holzner, Sean Cummings, Rita Vetere and company at the Good Girls - Bad Juju blog.Rita also reports that Monday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET, she’ll be joined by fellow GoodGirl, Nancy Holzner, and the BadJuju himself, Sean Cummings, for a live chat at Chatting in the Dark with giveaways including a signed copy of Nancy’s kickass urban fantasy novel Deadtown and a signed copy of Rita's latest dark fantasy release Born of Darkness.

SF Signal has the complete table of contents of the forthcoming werewolf anthology, Running with the Pack, edited by Ekaterina Sedia which inlcudes urban fantasy familiars Carrie Vaughn, C.E. Murphy, Laura Anne Gilman and a host of terrific SFF authors.

Book Trailer for Frost Moon by Anthony Francis. Cover and excerpt featured in my January 9 UF Weekend Report.

Julie Kenner's alter ego pen name J.K. Beck's website is live. Check it out.

Caitlin Kittredge posted an update on her blog about a title change to her forthcoming YA book -
The Lovecraftian Steampunk YA Faerie Adventure novel formerly know as The Witch’s Alphabet has a brand new shiny sparkling-like-a-vampire-in-Miami title!  That title is The Iron Thorn. The new title came together as a mashup of two other titles, one suggested by me and one by Editor Krista at Delacorte.  Collaborative in the truest sense. Honestly, I love it.  I loved Witch’s Alphabet too, but this is a fantastic title and it’s honestly more evocative of what the book is about as a whole, rather than a single plot element.  Because this book is, after all, a Lovecraftian Steampunk YA Adventure.  With bonus! evil faeries and sinister conspiracies, dirigibles and forbidding mansions and fantastical machines.


List of 81 Urban Fantasy giveaways

  • To win a copy of Bleeding Violet, by Dia Reeves just email your name and contact info to with the subject line "Violet". Contest expires February 15th, 2010. *Canadian addresses only please.*
  • PenguinCanada: To celebrate our anniversary, we’re giving 12 lucky winners a library of Penguin's 75 bestselling paperbacks!
  • Kelley Armstrong is having a contest to win copies of her limited edition novella Angelic. Details here.


In the good news category according to SciFi Wire the BBC urban fantasy series Being Human which is currently in the midst of its' second season has been renewed by the network for a third season. Yeah!

Tor The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Carrie Vaughn on Legion. Nicole Peeler on Doctor Who.

John Scalzi points out this article at the LA Times about SF and the Oscars. I just like the picture.Very funny and quite likely.


Jackie at Literary Escapism is running an absolutely fabulous Reading Challenge event throughout February featuring the authors from the League of Reluctant Adults. Here is a repost of Jackie's update on the event:

Has everyone signed up for the New Author Mini Challenge featuring the League of Reluctant Adults?  At this point, I don’t know if I want others signing up. The League has found out about the challenge and are being their awesome selves and throwing in more books to be given away at the end of the challenge.  We’re talking 20 different authors, each throwing in at least one book (and I know a couple have thrown in more), so the prize pool is fab-u-lous!  Want to know what it consist of?  Check out what these amazing authors have put into the pot:
  • Set of the Simon Canderous novels by Anton Strout – Dead to Me, Deader Still and Dead Matter
  • Set of Demon novels by Diana Rowland – Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon
  • Set of Sabine Kane novels by Jaye Wells – Red-Headed Stepchild and The Mage in Black
  • Set of the Jane Jameson novels by Molly Harper – Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
  • 2 ARCS of Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
  • Kiss and Hell by Dakota Cassidy
  • An ARC of Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy (Accidental Friends #4)
  • Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler
  • Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge
  • Set of Anna Strong novels by Jeanne Stein along with matching book cover magnets and some other swag
  • 2 copies of the anthology Mean Streets featuring
  • Underground by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #3)
  • Vanished by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #4)
  • Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding
  • Jailbait Zombie by Mario Acevedo (Felix Gomez #4)
  • An ARC of X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo (Felix Gomez #5)
  • Battle of the Network Zombies by Mark Henry (Amanda Feral #3)
  • Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry (Amanda Feral #2)
  • 2 copies of Come Hell or High Water by Michele Bardsley (Broken Heart #6)
  • Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
  • Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
  • Storm Born by Richelle Mead
Are the Leaguers not amazing for offering up these prizes?  There’s a total of 35 novels being given away to 7 different winners who will get to pick 5 novels to take home. It’ll be a first come first choose and the Leaguers want to give everyone has many chances to win as they can.  So in addition to each review posted for the challenge (again, up to 5), if you post your review in another place (i.e. GoodReads, LibraryThing, Amazon, etc) and then leave a link in the comments, you’ll get another entry for a chance of 2 per review.

So if you want a chance at any of these, then go over to the New Author Mini Challenge page, sign up and start getting your books ready for February 1st.  Any League book you read and review during February counts, with a ceiling of five reviews per person – and you don’t have to be a blogger to participate.  Just make sure you get a review somewhere – on Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing…hell, you can be a guest reviewer here if you want to be (email me if you’re interested in this option myjaxon at gmail).  The goal is to not only try (and end up loving) one of these fabulous authors, but to give them a little pimpage as well.

And in case you need a reminder, here are those awesome authors again:
Mario Acevedo Richelle Mead
Michele Bardsley Nicole Peeler
Dakota Cassidy Cherie Priest
Carolyn Crane Jennifer Rardin
Molly Harper Kat Richardson
Mark Henry Michelle Rowen
Jackie Kessler Diana Rowland
Stacia Kane Jeanne Stein
Caitlin Kittredge Anton Strout
Kelly Meding Jaye Wells


Irene Gallo at Tor announced that John Jude Palencar has won this year’s Society of Illustrators’ Hamilton King Award for his artwork on Charles de Lint’s Muse and Reverie.

Alyson Noell revealed two new covers this week. I posted the cover for Dark Flame earlier and now we have Radiance, Book 1 in The Immortals young adult spin-off series. Radiance releases August 31.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals comes a new middle-grade series featuring Ever’s younger sister, Riley.

Welcome to the Here and Now

Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out.

Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley...
Caitlin Kittredge posted the cover to the UK edition of the forthcoming Shades of Grey which has been retitled Shades of Night for the UK. Also posted was a link to Schattenwölfe, the German edition of Night Life. Lilith Saintcrow has a link to the German edition of her first Jill Kismet book. Richelle Mead has a terrific selection of covers from Bulgaria to Japan and more for all of her series. Tez Says has UK cover for Keri Arthur’s Moon Sworn

Laura Anne Gilman posted the cover for her paranormal romance The Hunted (written under pen name Anna Leonard)about a selkie. Coming April 1.

Suzanne McLeod posted the UK cover for her second Spellcrackers book, The Cold Kiss of Death.

Tez Says reveals the cover for Bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton's newest Anita Blake adventure. I hear the name of the book and always think Steve McQueen. Unfortunately the cover design leaves me cold as do most of the new US covers for the Anita books.

Kelly Meding revealed the cover to As Lie the Dead thise week. It is the second Dreg City novel.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books has her usual eclectic, fascinating and diverse post on a wide range of news and other goodies. Check out Packs of Ninjas, iPad, Mojo Bags, and What Witchy Women Really Brewed Back Then

Mario Acevedo on the Biting Edge blog points us to this video. Mario says - "In case you wanted to look like an revenant bloodsucker but didn't know how, watch this video of makeup and fashion tips. But for an authentic bloodshot-eyes look, my vampires recommend cheap whisky."

John at Grasping for the Wind has one of his wonderful Inside the Blogosphere posts where a wide range of bloggers answer the question Who Introduced You to the Love of Literature?

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy is introducing a "Hot Off the Press" feature showcasing monthly releases. Check out her February release list.

This comment and image from OCD, Vampires, and Rants, oh my! sums up yet another feeble attempt by the technology industry to market and deliver a decent eBook device.
Boy, I just can't wait to get my hands on a device whose name brings mental associations of pain, mess, inconvenience and bulk. Awesome.
from The Galaxy Express Steampunky Links

If you are looking for some good fantasy books with romance themes check out this post from Amy at Romance Book Worm. I've read a little over half of the suggestions on her list (the Anne Bishop, LOis McMaster Bujold and ELizabeth Vaughn series are favourites). Excellent suggestions.


I am introducing a new feature to the Weekend Report. Each week I am going to select some weird or wonderful item from my SFF collection and profile it here. This week I am launching with The Golden Amazon's Triumph, a paperback from an imprint we are all familiar with - Harlequin. Here is a science fiction title (yes Harlequin did SF, I have an Edgar Rice Burroughs title too) from 1958. John Russell Fearn was a prolific UK author and his Golden Amazon series was hugely popular here in Canada in the late 50's and early 60's in newspaper literary supplmements.

Back Cover Copy


Linda Robertson at the Hallowed Circle release party.


  1. Thanks for the links and congrats on the blurb credit. How cool is that?

  2. Congrats on the blurb credits! That's really something!

    I noticed that The Golden Amazon's Triumph cost 35 cents back then. That just amazes me. I really can't remember a time that books were that cheap.

    Nice roundup as always. :)

  3. Hey Doug, thanks for the link up and for the great finds around the blogosphere. Great report as usual.

  4. Congrats!!

    I love vintage cover art like that! If you're ever looking for a particular vintage scifi title, let me know, eh? Carolyn Crane and I wander over to the amazing Ungle Hugo's Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookstore on a regular basis. They have used books piled to the ceiling and piled in the aisles, and... It's amazing. And a little scary. :)

  5. About Amazon and Macmillan's dispute - the way I heard it was that Macmillan asked Amazon to raise all their prices on e-books to match the prices on the i-pad and Amazon refused. So actually Amazon were looking out for their customers and refusing to charge them more. Let's hope Macmillan backs down!

  6. Abigail it was pretty exciting when Barb Hendee first told me that Tor was considering using a blurb from my review. I wonder how may minutes of my 15 that uses up?

    Thanks Donna. I have some 25 centers too. Comics cost a dime then and you could go to a movie for a quarter.

    Elie I live to link :)

    Thanks Chris. For an SF booklover a store like Uncle Hugo's is positively orgasmic.

    S I hear you but disagree. These things can be negotiated without withdrawing services from the consumer. Bottom line is customers cannot buy Macmillan books. Amazon and Macmillan's dispute should NOT spill over and catch the customer in the middle.

  7. Congrats on the mentions! It's always awesome to see those, isn't it?

  8. Now that I have time to actually look through your report, and no skim it, thanks for mention the League challenge! I wasn't expecting it to take off like it did, but I'm glad.

    Great roundup as always.

  9. Jackie it is always a thrill especially when it catches you by surprise. As for the League Challenge that is a fab event and should be supported by the community as best as possible. You could almost say that collection of authors is the core of UF.

  10. I'm currently going through the original Noble Dead series and really enjoying myself. Very cool to hear about the blurb credits. Big Congrats!!

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