Saturday, March 20, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


I had three terrific guests visit this week including author Devon Monk with a Guest post and ARC giveaway for Magic on the Storm (2 ARCs of the fourth Allie Beckstrom book). There was guest post and giveaway with Erica Hayes whose dark and sexy Shadowglass (1 copy) was just released and yesterday paranormal romance author Alyssa Day was here to talk about her Warrirors of Poseidon series and the release of Atlantis Redeemed. (3 copies to give away) If you missed these, check them out and leave a comment for a chance at the giveaways.

Coming up this week is the always funny and fabulous Carolyn Crane whose debut urban fantasy novel Mind Games launches Tuesday, March 23. I have an interview with Carolyn (OK she wrote the whole thing), and here is a small taste of her interview 'experience' -
8:09 am My plane lands in the picturesque Canada airport, which is surrounded by a vast and pristine forest and sky blue waters. From there, I took a twin-engine plane over the wilderness to a small clearing. There, I was met by several Canadian Mounties on horseback who took me to Sci Fi Guy’s rustic log home, which is apparently the style of home favored by the people of Canada.
Now of course I don't quite remember it that way but... you'll have to tune in Tuesday to read the rest. Also check out the 'Cover Art' section further down the post for the cover of the second book in the series - Double Cross.

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

Have you entered the Bite Me giveaway yet? Christopher Moore's latest novel and a T-shirt. Two packages to be won. Ends March 23.

Many thanks to Dark Faerie Tales who passed along the Prolific Blogger Award and Beautiful Blogger Award to SciFiGuy.


  • Melissa Narr has the first part of Stopping Time, a Wicked Lovely story available free from HarperCollins, B&N , the Sony ereader store and Amazon
  • Michele Hauf reveals that you can now download the audio version of Vampire's Tango free at
  • Mario Acevedo in his most recent newsletter advises that when you purchase Werewolf Smackdown by visiting starting 10AM, Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday March 23, 2010 and clicking the link to Barnes&, you’ll get the free downloads. for 48 hours. You'll be privy to never-before published stories, and sample chapters from acclaimed Urban Fantasy authors Jaye Wells, Kat Richardson and Carol Crane.
  • Orbit has a first chapter excerpt of The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells and the first chapter from Changeless by Gail Carriger.
  • Harper Teen has the first eight chapters of The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong.
  • Voyager Online has the first chapter of Stacia Kane's Unholy Ghosts.
  • Pocket has a free sampler of a whole bunch of urban fantasy titles. Click the image to download.

For lots of this weeks author interviews around the blogosphere check out Literary Escapism here and here. Jackie also has lots of additional urban fantasy news in these posts as well so check them out for some great reading.

Children of the Sea series author Virginia Kantra has Immortal Sea, the fourth book releasing this September. Here is a Romance Novel TV interview with Virginia about the books.

Michelle Rowen on her blog updates us on a new dark urban fantasy series she has in the works, something completely different from her paranormal romances and YA's. 
… so I did the proposal for NIGHTSHADE once upon a time when I wondered how I’d handle the darker side of vampires. Vamps are the baddies in this book, the threat. They don’t go out for drinks with you. You are the drink. Etcetera. My heroine doesn’t kick ass per se like some urban fantasy chicks, but she is able to kill vampires because her blood is poisonous (and irresistible) to them.
The books include Nightshade (February 2011), an untitled novella in a Lora Leigh Anthology (April 2011) and Nightshade #2 (July 2011).

Deirdre Knight (Gods of Midnight series) has a new Ning online community where she's updating the latest news on her series and chatting in the forums.

Tez Says has a look at April releases and Patricia Altner recaps March Vampire releases at VampChix.

Kate Garrabrant (Katiebabs at Babbling About Books) had exciting news this week announcing the sale of her first book Lovestruck which will be released in May from Noble Romance Publishing. The book will appear under a pen name.

Jennifer Estep has the back cover copy for Venom (possible spoilers for Spider's Bite) - 
It’s hard to be a badass assas­sin when a giant is beat­ing the crap out of you. Luck­ily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My cur­rent mis­sion is per­sonal: anni­hi­late Mab Mon­roe, the Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily. Which means pro­tect­ing my iden­tity, even if I have to con­ceal my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the pub­lic, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best bar­be­cue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spi­der, retired assas­sin. I still do favors on the side. Like rid­ding a vam­pire friend of her over­sized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his mas­sive fists. At least irre­sistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sis­ter was dead. She prob­a­bly thinks the same about me. Lit­tle does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer … who is about to save her life.
Robin Wasserman (Skinned YA trilogy) announced a new book deal this week -
Publisher's Marketplace: Robin Wasserman's THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW, about a girl who, upon discovering her best friend murdered and her boyfriend the apparent killer, is caught up in a dangerous world of competing secret societies, all searching for the Luminus Dei, an ancient device that will supposedly allow direct communication with God, to Erin Clarke at Knopf Children's, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2011, by Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary (NA).
And Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers series) also had exciting news this week with this press release -
Jo Fletcher, Gollancz’s Associate Publisher, has acquired World Rights in three more supernatural thrillers by Suzanne McLeod. The agent was John Jarrold. These books continue the series set in London and star Genevieve Taylor, a Sidhe who runs into supernatural crime, dark romance and trouble at every turn. The provisional titles are THE SHIFTING PRICE OF PREY, THE HIDDEN RUNE OF IRON and THE SHARP BITE OF RITUAL.
Maria Lima sayas she has an essay in the upcoming anthology, A Taste of True Blood is now available for preorder.  She says -
My essay in the book is about Merlotte's, titled: Home is Where the Bar Is. It's all about how Merlotte's is like True Blood's version of Cheers, Ten Forward and all those great TV show neighborhood hang outs...and why that's important.
Loving True Blood in Dallas has a selection of videos from Charlaine Harris' tour of Portugal.

Angela at Dark Faerie Tales has publishing news on Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill’s THE SUNDOWNERS BOOK I: WEST OF THE MOON, OR Melling’s THE CELTIC PRINCESS and William Hill’s DEPARTMENT 19. Check her blog for full details.


All Things Urban Fantasy has a List of 145 Urban Fantasy giveaways

For the name of the contest alone you should check out the The Demontastic Contest To Hell! over at Diana Rowland's blog. Lots and lots of goodies.


According to The Hollywood Reporter Avatar will be released April 22, BUT it is only the first of 3 versions. THR reports -
Fox Home Entertainment will roll out the home video in three phases, beginning with the release of the movie -- alone, with no extras -- in 2D on DVD and Blu-ray on Earth Day, April 22. A four-disc 2D release with numerous extras follows in November, and a 3D version on Blu-ray arrives next year.
I don't know about you, but to me this seems like a typical cash grab/rip-off that encourages people to buy each succeeding version to get the extra "features". Do it right the first time folks.

A new Predators preview trailer.

The Hollywood Reporter says Sigourney Weaver, who fought a monster queen in "Aliens," will now act as a vampire queen in "Vamps," a romantic horror-comedy from Amy Heckerling.

According to a million sources (well maybe a thousand) season three of True Blood will debut on HBO on June 13, 2010.  Is this a must watch for you?


Michelle Rowen says -
If you’re in the Mississauga, Ontario area, come see me at Chapters Square One Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. I’ll be signing copies of the first Demon Princess book, REIGN OR SHINE.


Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Fourteenth (The Candy Cane Guy Tank Top Edition)

SF Signal in one of there excellent Mind Meld features asked the question, "It's generally well accepted that a book cover's primary responsibility is to sell the book. But artistically speaking, what makes a successful sf/f/h book cover? Which recent sf/f/h books had a cover that blew you away?" Check out the fascinating choices and explanations here.

Carolyn Crane has posted the cover to Double Cross,  the next book in The Disillusionist Trilogy. Read the blurb on Carolyn's website here.

Jackie Morse Kessler unveiled the cover to Hunger, the first book in a new YA series. It releases October 18, 2010.

Check Dark Faerie Tales for all the details on this wonderful cover for Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.
A while ago Julie Kenner announced The Shadow Keepers, a new dark urban fantasy series she was wrting under the pen name J.K. Beck. Dark Faerie Tales has the covers for the entire series and lots of details about the releases.

A Dribble of Ink spotted the cover for Side Jobs, the short story collection by Jim Butcher.

Coming in June from Michele Hauf - Angel Slayer...

Babbling About Books has the cover and details for Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher.

Foreign Covers:
Kristin Cashore has the Spanish, Catalan and French covers for Fire.

The lovely cover to the UK paperback edition of Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong.

UK Covers for Stacia Kane's Downside series.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


The future of publishing. Watch for the rewind. [via]

Marta Acosta asks, "What kind of prize would induce you to make an Amazon list or guide? Books, chocolates, gift certificates, an advanced reading copy of Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula?". She says, "I'm also trying to figure out a way to get my books on more Amazon lists, either Listmania (like this one where my book is suggested for Charlaine Harris fans) or a So You'd Like to... Guide (like this one which includes my book in the Best of Urban Fantasy)". Drop by Vampire Wire to leave your thoughts.


Doing the steampunk thing - Caitlin Kittredge photographs Cherie Priest


  1. Great post Doug. I like the Venom cover, I spy a bit of ink. Mind Games was really good.

    I did enter your CM contest (fingers crossed)

    Thanks for sharing the free reads too!

  2. OMG you have me listed under the author section *dies*

  3. No wonder it's been so hard to get in touch with CJ, if she's been jetting off to Canada! ;)

    LOTS of covers for fun stuff coming up. I hadn't heard about the Dresden Files collection.

    Thanks for the mention!

  4. Ellie I am finishing up Mind Games tonight and liking it a lot. Good luck with the Bite Me giveaway. The T-shirt is cool.

    Katie where else would you be? You are now forever in the lofty heights of authordom! Congrats!

    Hey Chris. Yeah I know. Carolyn just showed up at my door one day and I couldn't turn her away. Jeez the things authors will do these days to get a little blog time...

  5. New Predator movie?!




  6. Thanks for the shout out, Doug :-)

  7. Jess it seems to have an A-list cast and some of the atmosphere of the original. Should be good!

    Suzanne congrats on the sale. Three books is awesome.

  8. Happy weekend Doug! Another great UFWR! Keep up the great work. :D

  9. Hey Doug - you didn't plug all the panels you've done on the online blog conference this weekend! You should toot your own horn, because your talks were interesting. I'm glad I signed up for it in retrospect. Hearing the lawyer outline all the FTC crap was worth $20 right there (I know, I know, you Canadians have no worries there).

  10. Thanks Rhianna. All those UF/PNR writers are busy busy people.

    Rebecca it's a Canadian thing, though actually I was just too busy. I'll probably grab the Blog Talk Radio link/players for next weeks report. I missed a bunch of the events so I am going to spend some time listening to the ones I missed. I hope Terry Kate does this again next year. Yeah not worrying much about FTC rules up here. It always comes back to people trying to police the internet - its global, they need to get over it.

  11. Thanks for the shoutout!

    Great post as always Doug. I can't wait to see what you have to say on the Online Conference. I was only able to get to the Friday sessions, but I have to agree with Rebecca, the Legal Stuff was worth the $20 right there. It's just too bad the recordings won't be available after 2 weeks.


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