INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:
The highlight of the past week was my "interview" with the wonderful and funny Carolyn Crane whose debut novel Mind Games launched March 23. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already and enter to win one of three copies of the book.
giveaway for three copies of Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day from our interview and giveaway. The contest closes March 29. I also have a giveaway of The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint. Charles is one of Canada's national treasures and one of the finest fantasists I know. Contest open until March 31.
Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.
AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:
- Back cover copy and sneak peek of Chapter 6 of the forthcoming Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane.
- The Galaxy Express has an a list of 20 free eBook downlaods of Science FIction Romance from authors such as Ann Aguirre, Catherine Asaro, Linnea Sinclair and more...
- Read all of Kelly Armstrong's YA The Summoning at HarperTeen.
- Jennifer Rardin brings us Cole Bemont, Supernatural P.I. in: The Case of the Bimbo Bloodsucker
- Laura Bickle offers an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Embers.
- Jackie at Literary Escapism has compilations of this weeks interviews around the blogosphere here, here and here.
RhiReading featured the book trailer for Inside Out (April) by Maria V. Snyder.
Chris Marie Green posted the contributor list to the urban fantasy anthology Those Who Fight Monsters (March 2011) edited by Justin Gustainis and it includes stories by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, Rachel Caine, Laura Anne Gilman, Chris Marie Green, Simon R. Green, Justin Gustainis, C.J. Henderson, Tanya Huff, Julie Kenner, Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge, T.A. Pratt, Lilith Saintcrow and Carrie L. Vaughn.
Angela at Dark Faerie Tales has two Books to Watch lists here and here, with some interesting genre-related titles and all the details. She reveals that the next Accidental series book from Dakota Cassidy will be called Accidentally Catty. Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos does a weekly blogosphere recap with gadzillions of great links that should be on everyones weekly blog reading rounds. There's something for everyone. Likewise you really need to read Rebecca's Friday news and views recap at Dirty Sexy Books . Join in the conversation. A highlight this week is her insightful look at book covers and why they should start copying movie posters.
An interesting trailer for the National Geographic book Vampire Forensics.
OCD, vampires, and rants, oh my! has a rant and post on the many "re-written" classics from Pride Prejudice and Zombies to Jane Slayre. Worth a look to see what you missed. Speaking of missed, Jackie at Literary Escapism adds The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies by H.G. Wells, Eric S. Brown and Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers – A Canterbury Tale by Paul A. Freeman to the list. Ooops and not to be forgotten as identified by VampChix are Little Vampire Women, Emma and the Vampires and of course Romeo and Juliet and Vampires. Dark Faerie Tales in her Books to Watch list also references Cinderella: Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer, both by Maureen McGowan.
Radiant Shadows book trailer from Melissa Marr.
Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express profiles the new SFR Brigade blog. Heather elaborates -
The SFR Brigade is a brand new consortium of authors both established and aspiring whose mission is “To advance the interests of the Science Fiction Romance (subgenre-niche-specialty genre-whatever) and SFR writers everywhere.” They are actively recruiting members. Basically, what it means is that authors can gather in one place to further both their own projects as well as promote science fiction romance as a whole through member-generated content.Check out Literary Escapism for the latest news on the Wicked Lovely movie (Melissa Marr) and info on the new YA novel from Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Dear Author has the complete scoop and comments on the RITA's. Patricia's Vampire Notes has New Vampire releases for March 2010
The hostest with the mostest contest, Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy has 139 UF giveaways listed this week.
Lilith Saintcrow pointed me towards this trailer for a Luc Besson (Fifth Element) film which she characterizes as "Lady adventurers and steampunk dragons"
Dr Who is back (April 17 BBC America). Tor has a great list of media links on coverage of the new series.
SciFi Wire also has a story on a proposed U.S. version of Torchwood. Good or bad idea?
Still on a scifi note SF Signal reports that Gordon R. Dickson's Dorsai may be coming to the small screen.
You know you wanted to see it so here's the first official poster for Season 3 of True Blood.
Walker of Worlds. Mark will have a wide range of interesting guests and posts and it should be fun month. Be sure to check it out.
COVERS and ART:
Foreign Covers:Richelle Mead has the Dutch covers for the Vampire Academy series, Bulgarian Shadow Kiss and Japanese Frostbite. Karen Mahoney features UK and US covers for Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher. Tez Says has a bunch of UK covers including Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.
Part the Fifteenth (Slouching Open Black Jacket Guy, with Towel)
Tor.com has an interview with artist John Picacio on his work with Michael Moorcock.
Tez Says found the cover for the next Skyler White novel, In Dreams Begin and All Things Urban Fantasy has the details on Allyson James' Firewalker.
Dark Faerie Tales has details and the cover for Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl as well as details on Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan.
here and here.
Gena Showalter posted the cover for Ecstasy in Darkness (October) a forthcoming entry in her Alien Huntress series.
Lurv a la Mode uncovered. Check her post for the blurb and all the other details.
Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke unveiled the cover for Rebel (August 31), the third Eyes of the Republic SFR book.
The Eyes of the Republic Are Everywhere…Carrie Vaughn released the cover for her contemporary fantasy novel Discord's Apple (July). Carrie describes the story as "contemporary fantasy, with a little near-future apocalypse thrown in, and a whole lot of Greek mythology on the side. (I recently had a friend ask if I was ever going to write a book with a male point of view character. Well, this one has two point of view characters, and one of them is a male soldier from the Trojan War".
Having sacrificed his wings in a bid save humanity, fallen angel Armand has a bold plan to assassinate Presidential candidate Maximilian Blackstone. When things go awry and his partner Baruch is gravely injured, Armand fears that he will fail in his task and forever lose the chance to rejoin the angels in Heaven.
Theodora is a wraith, a woman who officially doesn’t exist. She lives in the shadows, taking risks to earn the bounty placed on dangerous assassinations-bounty that buys the chance at a new life for those she loves. Captured when her latest hit goes horribly wrong, Theodora finds herself the prisoner of a strong, arrogant stranger.
Soon enough, these two solitary souls find their missions-and their hearts-entwined. But in their desperate attempt to save the world, will they be able to save each other?
Plot in a nutshell: Evie Walker rushes home to the small town of Hopes Fort, Colorado, when her father falls ill. There, she discovers that she’s the heir to a family heritage that runs much deeper than she ever imagined. She also discovers that the Trojan War isn’t really over — Hera still wants that apple, you see. And it’s sitting in Evie’s father’s basement.Literary Escapism featured the cover for Immortal Sea, the fourth Children of the Sea book by Virginia Kantra.
Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:
- Poison Kissed by Eric Hayes
- The Hollow Crown by Diana Pharaoh Francis
- Forged of Shadows by Jessa Slade
- The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer
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Kristen Painter has a list of fabulously funny activities to help you avoid Monday's.
Nicola at Alpha Heroes talks about trends in urban fantasy where the setting isn't so urban. Nicola says, "These are heroines that are comfortable with shotguns, The Dixie Chicks, and good old boys. They're more likely to encounter tobacco chew than Jimmy Choo."
The Toronto Star has an interview with George R.R. Martin about his A Song of Ice and Fire series that again speaks to the controversy over his long delayed fith book, A Dance with Dragons. [via Finishthe Book, George]
Hotel room in Covent Garden. Blank page before me. London outside window. Explore page or city? Sorry, page. Today, you lose.
- Tweet from Kelley Armstrong
I sometimes wonder what kind of innovation renaissance the USA would undergo if it really did pass proper universal coverage. Who would start her own business? What would your neighbors invent, patent, and produce? I thrill to imagine people with the liberty to start over, try something new, to make things — without the stifling terror of being left uncovered or uncoverable. I dream one day of dancing on these eggshells, like the rest of the industrialized world.
- Blog post by Cherie Priest
This morning, while taking Mason to school, I had to stop the car to let a wild turkey cross the road on Summit near Victoria. I excitedly pointed it out to Mason, who looked up from his Pokemon book and said, "Huh, the chicken must have had the day off!" My son, the comedian.
- Blog post Tate Hallaway
People love vampires, ghosts and zombies, but no one really loves werewolves. They're the bass players of horror.
- Tweet by Richard Kadrey
Kelly Gay receives prints of her Chris McGrath covers
Sean Cummings at Cal-Con
Mark Henry and wife Carolyn at Times Square