Saturday, March 6, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


What an exciting and jam-packed week this has been with interviews and giveaways with Sean Cummings (Shade Fright), Skyler White (and Falling, Fly) and yesterday Nancy Kilpatrick (Evolve anthology). If you missed any of these, please follow the links.
Giveaways were also launched for Numbers by Rachel Ward (3 copies - ends March 17) and Shadowrise by Tad Williams (5 copies - ends March 17). Follow the links to enter.

Let the brawl begin! On March 9, Marta Acosta will be here for our cagematch/smackdown interview. I am really looking forward to going toe-to-toe with Marta over the toughness of Canadians. Hopefully there will be mayhem AND mirth.

Later this month I have more wonderful guests including Devon Monk (Magic on the Storm), Erica Hayes (Shadowglass), Alyssa Day (Atlantis Redeemed) and Jessica Anderson (Demonkeepers). I am really pleased to have also added author Carolyn Crane whose debut urban fantasy Mind Games is out this month on March 23.

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


  • Jill Myles has a snippet from My Fair Succubi
Marta Acosta posts about The Irresistible Charm of the Vampire at Innsmouth Free Press.

Paranormal Romance has the latest teaser for Shadowfever, the final book in the series by Karen Marie Moning.

Here's a fun way to do a book promo. Anton Strout and Seanan McGuire' characters meet up...
Authorial, agently and personal ramblings has some updates to forthcoming books and titles that I am not sure I have seen before -
  • DD Barant's third Bloodhound Files book is called Killing Rocks (TBD)
  • The next two books in Carol Berg's Collegia Magica series are The Soul Mirror (2011) and The Daemon Prism (2012)
  • Mercy Stroke is the title of the third Jane Yellowrock novel by Faith Hunter.
  • The follow-up to Susan (S.L.) Wright's Confessions of a Demon will be Demon Underground
Literary madness. Harper Teen paid 7 figures for a debut YA Trilogy by Josephine Angelini which was pitched as "a Percy Jackson for teenage girls." The first book Starcrossed will be published in 2011.

Guy Gavriel Kaye has a new website. Very slick.
Dark Faerie Tales keeps a close eye on publishing news from Publishers Marketplace. Check out some of the interesting supernatural, UF and PNR releases she profiles.

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison debuted at the #3 spot on the NYT list and the #21 spot on USA Today. Congrats!

Take the Rachel Vincent Shifters Trivia Quiz over at Harlequin's Paranormal Romance Blog.

Gena Showalter shares the official blurb for Ecstacy in Darkness (Alien Huntress #6) coming in November.
Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator, or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the ability to manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.

To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .
And Kelly Meding has the cover copy for As Lie the Dead , the sequel to Three Days to Dead -
Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light…

…or the power to die and live again in someone else's borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help—even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps—and increasingly outgunned humans—a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it—unless, of course, her own side gets her first.


Go forth and enter. All Things Urban Fantasy lists 117 Urban Fantasy Giveaways. Yikes!


Smart Biutches, Trashy Books featured some fun faux video trailers. Here's the Disneyfied trailer for Twilight.

Last week I posted the book trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. This week rumours are floating that Tim Burton may be bring it to the big screen. I'll bet Buffy is thnking about coming out of retirement.

Lots of buzz this week about the greenlighting of HBO's Game of Thrones based on the George R.R. Martin  Ice and Fire series. Here's the link to the story on The Hollywood Reporter.

Here's the second trailer released for Prince of Persia. I'm still liking this movie and hope it doesn't disappoint.

Seanan McGuire has a list of 46 horror movies everyone should see. I have to say our tastes coincide (except Cloverfield which I thought was shite). Love it.

Loving True Blood in Dallas points us to this Season Three update for True Blood.


From Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire.

Vampire Oscar Party

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, airing Sunday, March 7, I'm holding the Vampire Oscar Party, an online celebration of fanged films from the past year. In the past I've blogged about the lack of Oscar love for vampire films. To remedy the situation, I've created a poll in which you, the vampire movie viewer, can have your say in the Best Vampire Motion Picture of 2009. I've even included a write-in "Other" option for all the full-length festival indies. 

Voting will run through Oscar night, and I'll announce the winner on Monday, March 8.  Because I'm willing to bet I already know which film will take the most votes, I'll present the Best Vampire Motion Picture of 2009 That's Not New Moon to the second-place movie.  Spread the word.


Tez Says has a number of UK covers for Jennifer Armintrout, Kelley Armstrong and more. Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography (Part the Twelfth: Guys in Ties*). Tor's Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings cover by Michael Whelan.

Kalayna Price posted this early look at the cover for Grave Witch, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. The book releases in October.

Babbling About Books featured Kiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce which she says is the first book in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles releasing August 3rd. Welcome news. I miss my historical vamp stories since Colleen Gleason wrapped her series.

Rob Thurman posted the Chris McGrath (of course) cover for The Grimrose Path. This is the second book in her Trickster series and releases in September.

A fair bit of discussion is going on about the eight new Penguin Classic covers just unveiled as apart of a collaborative AIDS awareness canpaign. I like a lot of them but I just don't "get" this cover for Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Publisher IDW gives a sneak peak of Mario Acevedo's Felix Gomez comic called Killing the Cobra: Chinatown Trollop. Lots of  page and cover samples.
Paranormal Romance featured the cover for the September young adult anthology Kisses from Hell. She has some details on the stories and is trying to find out more.

Foreign Covers:
Joe Nassise has the German cover for the 2nd book in his new urban fantasy series The Hunt Chronicles to be publisher here in 2011. Kelley Armstrong compares her Canada, US and UK covers for Waking the Witch.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


A Penguin Canada tweet pointed me to this controversial and informative article by Craig Mod called 'Books in the age of the iPad'. The subtitle is Print is Dying, Digital is Surging, Everyone is confused.  Amen to that. Lots of intersting things being said and debated in the comments.

Jackie at Literary Escapism always has great news and information posts. Check out her weekly post and of course the must-read monthly newsletter. Biggest and best issue yet! from The Galaxy Express Science Fiction Romance News & Links for March 2010

Wondering what books should be on your essential Steampunk reading list? Check out the article 'Steampunk: 20 Core Titles'.

Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books has her usual newsworthy weekly post with great commentary, fascinating links and more.

Rhianna at from RhiReadingAuthor Site & Series List

Looking for something new? This would be a good jumpoff point.

I saw this via Authorial, agently and personal ramblings. Smile worthy.

The link title says it all. Self-described vampire to run for governor of Florida

According to Loving True Blood in Dallas, the Twilight craze is invading the Great White North -TwiCon Coming to Ottawa, Canada! June 25-Sunday, June 27, 2010. More at the official website.


One of Terry Spear's fab teddy bears.

New 'Author' photo for Diana Pharaoh Francis

Lisa McMann and Becca Fitzpatrick at Indigo event in Toronto.

Lynn Viehl proudly shows her ARCs for DreamVeil

Anton Strout and Amber Benson at Midtown Comics signing

ARC arrivals for Annette McCleave's Bound by Darkness


  1. A "vampire" running for governor. Huh. If he's sparkly, maybe he'll have a chance. ;)

    One thing Abigail told me a few weeks ago about her weekly contest listing - she's not including ebook contests, alas.

    Thanks for the Misadventures mention! :)

  2. I am so excited about GAMES OF THRONE on HBO. Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion and he is going to Rock. The. House. That alone will be worth getting cable again.

    Thanks for the linkage, Doug!

  3. It's true, I'm not including ebook giveaways in my list. It's a time management decision.

    Another great report. I'll admit, the hook for Josephine Angelini's trilogy caught me...but yikes!


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