Saturday, February 27, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


My special guest this past week was Mark Henry whose newest book Battle of the Network Zombies was just released. Check out the Vlog interview here and enter to win one one of three copies of Happy Hour of the Damned. To enter the giveaway leave a comment for Mark with your suggestion on a recommended SF or Fantasy book (Mark emphasizes that it should contain some irreverant humour and gore).

This coming week is jam packed with exciting guests. Leading off the week on Monday is Canadian author Sean Cummings whose delightful urban fantasy Shade Fright is launching that day in the UK and later in the month here in North America. Wednesday Skyler White visits to chat about and Falling, Fly a book Julie Kenner describes as "a dark fable exploring the nature of feminine desire through its vampiric heroine’s trials in a lush steampunk Hell." Last but by no means least, I wrap up the week with an inteview author dark fantasy author Nancy Kilpatrick who edited the just about to be released all-Canadian vampire anthology Evolve.

Contest and giveaways wrapping up this week include Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison (March 1), Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (March 1), Rogue Angel: The Spirit Banner by Joe Nassise (March 1) and Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry (March 3). If you haven't already follow the links and get your entry in.

In addition to the giveaways associated with next weeks interviews, I'll also be lauching a giveaway for the new Tad Williams fantasy Shadowrise and a promotion for the YA thriller Num8ers by Rachel Ward.

And I am really excited about finally having one of my favourite people, funny person, master blogger, president of the Naked David Boreanaz Club and wicked author visit. On March 10, Marta Acosta of the Casa Dracula books and Vampire Wire will be here to wreak havoc and unleash the dogs of war, or something like that (she's threatened to do a "tell-all" book on me). I am sure there wil be mayhem and mirth.

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


  • C.E. Murphy has an excerpt from her exclusive short story Hot Time in Old Town Tonight.
  • Free ebook version of Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking at Amazon (Kindle), B&N and Sony e-readers
  • Read an excerpt of the forthcoming Sin Undone by Larissa Ione, the 5th book in the Demonica series
  • Angry Robot has an exclusive short story: The Midnight Watch by Tim Waggoner (Nekropolis and Dead Streets) 
  • Read Kelley Armstrong's first book in her YA Darkest Powers series, The Summoning online.
  • Richelle Mead has two excerpts for us Succubus Shadows Excerpt and Spirit Bound Excerpt
  • Along with a great mid-week news recap Jackie at Literary Escapism ahas a summary of Interviews around the blogosphere.
Kat Richardson on her blog reports that SF author Marianne de Pierres, who writes the Parrish Plessis series, has a new paranormal crime series out -
Writing as Marianne Delacourt the new series, features Tara Sharp, an unemployable rich-girl with the freakish talent of reading auras, which quickly lands her in trouble as she starts working for a lawyer with, as we say in the States, “mob connections.” Think an Australian Stephanie Plum, but less ditzy and driving a really nifty car. Go, go! Read!
New Mario Acevedo Felix Gomez series book trailer:

Paranormal Romance has covers and links on all of the PEARL nominees. Congratulations to all the finalists.

Kelley Armstrong announced what I assume is the title to the next trilogy in her YA series - it's called Darkness Rising. Kelley also notes that Toronto teens are wanted for a studio audience at CTV for eTalk on teen novels with her and others on March 2. Interested? Details:

The Erica Hayes website has a new look and a new book releasng March 2 (Shadowglass).

Charlaine Harris will be joining the ranks of furban fantasy writers whose books are being adapted as a comic. The first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight, will be adapted by Dynamite Entertainment in 2010. [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Kim Harrison talks about Black Magic Sanction

C.E. Murphy reminds us about the deadline to purchase her limited edition short story from her Old Races series -
Time is growing short to buy "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight", the Janx and Daisani novella of the Old Races. It’ll go off the market at the end of February, and it’ll be years before it’s seen again.
Marta Acosta at Vampire Wire introduced a new to me author this week. See the guest post with Lois Gresh whose current book projects include vampire horror novel Blood and Ice (Oct 2010), a vampire romance written under a pseudonym, and a short story collection Eldritch Evolutions (2011).

Can't remember if I posted this before but I am going to again - here's the book trailer for Shift by Rachel Vincent releasing on Monday.

One of my favourite fantasy authors Sharon Shinn, has sold two urban fantasies to Ace, The Shape of Desire and another untitled sequel.

The Horror Writers of America (HWA) released the TOC for their annual anthology Blood Lite 2. Quite a few familiar names in the list.
  • Death and Taxes | Heather Graham
  • Table for Two | Jeff Ryan
  • Treatment | J.A. Konrath
  • Dead Clown Séance | Christopher Welch
  • The Day the Devil Swallowed a Heapin’ Helpin’ of Pride at the Beaulahville Gospel Jubilee | Scott Nicholson
  • Piecemaker | Don d’Ammassa
  • Good Breeding | Lucien Soulban
  • Tails | John R. Little
  • Dog Tired (of the Drama!) | L.A. Banks
  • A Sweet Girl for Todd | Mark Onspaugh
  • Dark Carbuncle | Kevin J. Anderson & Janis Ian
  • Tastes Like Chicken | Jordan Summers
  • Presumptuous Beast Throws Sumptuous Feast | Mike Baron
  • Bad German | Edward Bryant
  • The Halloween War | Brian J. Hatcher
  • Oh, the Ho-Ho Horror | Joel A. Sutherland
  • The Unfortunate Persistence of Harold Francis Beamish | Aaron Polson
  • Dick and Larry | D.L. Snell
  • Son of…a Bitch! | Sam W. Anderson
  • Her Lucky Day | Allison Brennan
  • A Wing and a Prayer | Sharyn McCrumb
  • Barewolf | Daniel Pyle
  • American Banshee | Eric James Stone
  • The Epicurean | Amy Sterling Casil
  • The Ghoul Next Door | Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Daycare of the Damned | Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Season’s Tickets | Derek Clendening
  • The Close Shave | Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn
  • Shaggy Dog Story | Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Eight-Legged Vengeance | Jeff Strand
  • Lucifer’s Daughter | Kelley Armstrong
Book trailer for Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Is that 99 bottles of beer on the wall? No! Its a List of 99 urban fantasy giveaways from Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy.


Reviews of The Wolfman by Nicole Hadaway, Teresa D'Amario, and Carrie Vaughn.

According to Variety, Columbia Pictures is bringing Doc Savage back to the big screen..Known as the Man of Bronze and hero of pulp novels, films and comic books, the pulp fiction hero was popular in the 1930s, '40s. [via SciFi Wire]. Here's my shelf of some of the Doc Savage novels that were reprinted by Bantam.


Subterranean Press just announced their plans to publish Counterfeit Magic, a new novella by Kelley Armstrong. Return to the world of Kelley Armstrong's best-selling novels Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic for Counterfeit Magic, a long original novella.
The first rule of a supernatural fight club? Don't kill your opponent.

When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It's hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying ... it's bad for business.

Witch detectives Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine take the case. Going undercover in the power-heavy arena of the fight club is a welcome change of pace for Paige, relegated to the role of The Wife as her husband struggles to find his place in his family's Cabal-the corporate Mafia of the supernatural world.

As Paige is drawn deeper into new and dangerous corners of her world, she quickly discovers the greatest threat isn't the killer in her sights. It's something much, much closer to home. And this is one fight she can't afford to lose.
The Limited Edition of Counterfeit Magic will be leatherbound, with a completely different dust jacket than the Trade Edition. In addition, the Trade Edition cover will be reproduced as a full-color frontispiece. Both editions will feature 8-10 full page black and white interior illustrations.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered leatherbound copies, with different dust jacket: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25


Author Jess Haines Artist Interview with Brad Fraunfelter

Bianca D'Arc revealed this cover for The Beast Within, a forthcoming Hallowen anthology from Kensington. Bianca has a zombie story titlesd Smoke on the Water included.

Joe Nassise showed of this gorgeous cover for A Scream of Angels, which is in the works for the English edition of the second book in his Templar Chronicles.

Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos continues her Misadventures in Stock Photography with Part the Eleventh (in which there are no abs whatsoever) and Dirty Sexy Books does a cover critque of some forthcoming books. The Book Smugglers do an in-depth post on Whitewashing (to use a white representation for a character that is not white) of book covers. Elie at Ellz Readz does one of her fun posts on inked covers.

Larissa Ione revealed the cover for Sin Undone, the fifth Demonica series book (August 31). Very nice!
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
Rachel Vincent posted covers for two of her forthcomng books. Alpha the sixth and final Shifters novel and My Soul to Keep, the third Soul Screamers book in her YA series. Note that the coer to My Soul to Keep is not final with some tweaks and cover blurbs still to be added.

Jennifer Estep has the final cover for Web of Lies, the second Elemental Assassin book due in May. Jennifer also announced that she has sold books 4 and 5 in the series to her publisher. Congratulations!

Terry Spear reports that there has been a change in cover for the forthcoming Seduced by the Wolf. Which do you prefer?
Old | New

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books found this link to Jim Tierney an Illustrator currently studying at UArts in Philadelphia.who has created some pretty awesome book designs. Definitely worth a look. I'd love books like this in my collection.

from The Galaxy Express posts about how Steampunk Romance Poised To Hit The UK Market

Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books offers some safe advice to authors about building a good website. Read The Ten Biggest Mistakes Authors Make on Their Websites

The Story Siren has another article for book bloggers that is a must read. Check out "You Get Sent Proposals to Review Books?"


Richelle Mead at signing doing her bit for France

Kelly Gay, Jenna Black and host Janet Morley meet Edward Cullen at library event.

EOS Books reports Kim Harrison was cleverly located near the chocolate at a recent signing


  1. I'm lovin' that Abe Lincoln trailer!

  2. Thanks for all the shout outs Doug. Seeing that cover for Jennifer Estep's second book got me thinking that I REALLY need to read Spider's Bite. Have you read it? I've had it recommended to me as a 'dark urban fantasy,' which is precious and rare. I can't read enough of those.

    Also, I'm looking forward to your Marta Acosta week. She's one of my favorite writers, hands down. I'd love to go through her books and pull out all my favorite quotes and put them in one post. She uses such great imagery, and they're funny too.

  3. Okay, seriously, Rebecca frightens me a little with all her posts. Maybe if she wrote a bad one once in a while...

  4. As always, thanks for the mention! I recognize Slouching/Looking Down/Open Black Jacket Guy on the Terry Spears covers!

    Did you see the cool photo tour Nicola at Alpha Heroes did of a Kat Richardson novel?

  5. Oh Abigail, I am red like a tomato over here. : )

  6. Sean good action but that Abe seems much more robust than the historical Abe.

    Rebecca I have indeed read Spiders Bite and loved it and would recommend it, although I haven't done a review (I am sooo far behind on actually writing up reviews). I was aware of her super hero books but have not yet read any of those. Marta's books are indeed unique and you really can't classify them other than to say they are indeed classy and funny. My very first ARC from an author when I began reviewing was from Marta. Milagro is my type of gal.

    Abigail Rebecca does set a high bar and I too am in awe.

    Chris I am pretty sure you know ALL the six-pack guys from ALL the covers LOL. Actually I did see Nicola's post recreating the various locations from the book. What a terrific idea. I love that series and the city is very photogenic.

  7. Awesome roundup, and thanks for the linkage.

    Man, I can't wait for the Doc Savage movie. That's going to be so hot.

  8. Hmm. Not sure if that's good or bad, Doug. ;)


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