Saturday, March 27, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


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.
There is still time to enter the 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.
According to the Mayan calendar the world is going to end in 2012 - doomsday. My guest next week (Tuesday) is Jessica Andersen who will be here with a guest post to talk about her Final Prophecy series and the forthcoming release of Demonkeepers about which Publishers’ Weekly said: “Andersen ramps up the danger (in a story that) mixes action and elements of Mayan myth—from a voyage to the underworld to a fantastic high-stakes ballgame—with soul-searching, lust and romance.”

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


  • Jackie at Literary Escapism has compilations of this weeks interviews around the blogosphere here, here and here.
Carrie Vaughn announced that she and "Kitty Norville" have left Grand Central Publishing and moved to Tor.  For the full story on this dramatic move read Carrie's post "Breaking up is Hard to Do".

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.
And here is a teaser trailer.

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.


UK blogger and SFF aficiando Mark Chitty is hosting a Science Fiction Appreciation Month throughout April at 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.


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.

Stumbling Over Chaos gives us Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Fifteenth (Slouching Open Black Jacket Guy, with Towel) 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.
Dark Faerie Tales was on a roll this week with covers for two forthcoming YA's, Firelight by Sophie Jordan and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Details here and here.
Gena Showalter posted the cover for Ecstasy in Darkness (October) a forthcoming entry in her Alien Huntress series.
This is a very preliminary cover for The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook which 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…

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?
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".
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 included:


Want to keep up with what's being tweeted about SciFi? Check out "100 Fun Twitter Feeds for Serious SciFi Geeks

See the real Forks from Twilight. Check out this video [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

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


  1. Whew!! The blogosphere, it is a busy place. :)

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. That is a really good line on that True Blood poster. Best pun I've seen in a long time. The visual is a little mundane and gross (I want sexy damnit), but the tag line pulls it off.

    Oh my, is that a whip on the Gena Showalter alien romance, or a tentacle? I can't tell, but either way it looks pretty naughty. I give it points for making me look at it twice (okay, three times).

    Doug, can I steal your line about my Friday post being 'news and views?' That is a great way to put it, and I'm sitting here having a 'duh' moment, because I can't believe that never occurred to me before.

  3. Chris I am amazed and all the cool stuff out there. You have a great list of links, Rebecca does, Jackie does and while there is some overlap us all there is not that much. So many goodies every week.

    Rebecca I have found that True Blood tends sometimes to veer towards the tasteless for shock value, but as you say - it works. On the Gena cover your comments made ME go back and look again and after consideration I believe it is a whip made out of a tentacle. LOL news and views works. View works because you put a lot of yourself into your articles.

  4. True, no one ever has ever accused me of being detached and objective. Ha ha, maybe I should brand myself as the anti-Fox news?

  5. So many pretty covers this past week. And I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your panel from the BB&P online conference. You made a good case for why you don't require people to jump through any hoops to enter giveaways. I'm planning on being hoop-free in the future :)

  6. Thanks for the linkage--twice, even!

    And can I say wow to the cover of REBEL? Wow!

  7. Hey, thanks again for having me over! You were such a great host. And plane ride will never be quite the same again.

  8. Once again, I have a tabs upon tabs of pages to check out, now that I've read your weekend report! lol

    Thanks for keeping me informed, Doug!

  9. Rebecca that might attract some of the wing-nuts that believe what they spout and then where would you be:)

    Abigail the conference was great fun and you should participate on a panel next year. I think giveaways should have just enough promo to benefit the author by spreading the word a little but not be all about the blog. Let me know how your changes go...

    Heather some great news SFR way this past week. The Rebel cover is a great finish to the series. I always liked the little angel feather accent and the tag line is so strong.

    Thanks Carolyn. Next time we need to talk more about you and less about me. It is your stage :) and it is only 5 months until the next book. Woohoo!

    Renee that is part of my master plan. To have everyone busy checking out the links while I sneak around and conquer the world!

  10. Thanks for linking to the sorta-kind-of cover for The Iron Duke. ;) I'm loving these updates, as always. Discord's Apple got a great cover!

  11. Another great roundup and lots of terrific links! Thanks1

  12. Kmont I'm betting the final image in the center looks nothing like the placeholder. It definitely has a western feel to it. I am so glad Carrie took the chance and made the switch. When I find an author I really like I am happy to cross genres. I wish some publishers would think more highly of us readers.

    Thanks Patricia!

  13. yesss, thanks for this report. i'm loving the luc besson trailer. i had seen an earlier one (no subtitles) and was thrilled to see this beefed up version. meljean's proto-cover for iron duke is looking awesome. and i love the segment on the mashups of zombies and vampires.

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  15. I love the True Blood poster. Best double meaning ever!

    Wow....lot's of news this week. Great roundup as usually. Thanks for all the great linkage!

    Also, check the last three weeks of Sunday Surprises. There's also Alice in Zombieland: Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ with Undead Madness by Lewis Carroll, Nickolas Cook, The Undead World of Oz: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful World of Oz Complete with Zombies and Monsters by L. Frank Baum, Ryan C. Thomas and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim by Mark Twain, W. Bill Czolgosz.

    Wait, Emma and Vampires? I've seen Emma and Werewolves, but not one with vampires.


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