Saturday, April 3, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


According to the Mayan calendar the world is going to end in 2012 - doomsday. My guest this past week was Jessica Andersen who chatted 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.” Check out the interview and giveaway for Demonkeepers

Coming up on Tuesday I have erotic paranormal romance author Jessica Lee joining us to talk about her writing and newest release Dark Desires at Midnight.

I also have a special giveaway planned this week for Canadian readers, two copies of Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. Say tuned for details.

A Big thanks to Paper Cut Reviews for sharing the Over the Top Award. Thanks Steph!

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


  • Chapter 1 of Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Jezebel interviews Harry Dresden at Jackie Kessler's. Fun stuff.
  • Jackie at Literary Escapism has interviews links galore here,and here.
The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2009 Bram Stoker Awards at its annual Stoker Banquet held March 27th, 2010, as part of the World Horror Convention in Brighton, UK. The winner of the Superior Achievement in a Novel was Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan.  You can read a complete list of the winners at the Dark Whispers blog.

Mari Mancusi says there will be a fifth book in her  Blood Coven YA series in 2011, tentatively titled Night School.

Dark Faerie Tales has Publishing News: Books to Watch (20) with an interesting mix of fantasy, YA and paranormal.

While perusing Melissa de la Cruz's website I stopped to watch her book trailer for her Blue Bloods series. Have a look, it is one of the more interesting trailers I have seen in awhile with great production values.

Deborah Cooke in her newsletter stated that she is just finishing the sixth Dragonfire book which will be  Rafferty's story which will be titled Darkfire Kiss. It will be a May 2011 release.

Publisher's Weekly proclaimed that a new Stephenie Meyer novella  called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is to be released June 5 with a 1.5 million copy print run. One dollar for each copy sold from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. The novella will be free to read online from June 7 to July 5 at According to Publishers Weekly - "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner tells the story of a newborn vampire introduced in Eclipse, who will also appear in the film version of Eclipse, scheduled to be released on June 30."

Loving True Blood in Dallas found this update on a couple of forthcoming Sookie stories from Charlaine Harris via Paperback Dolls:
Q. We wanted to ask you about a couple of your upcoming short stories. Can you please tell us about your short stories coming up in Crimes by Moonlight and Death's Excellent Vacation?
CH. Sure, in Death's Excellent Vacation is a Sookie story and it's a Sookie and Pam road trip. So, it was just really a lot of fun to write. The story in Crimes by Moonlight is a Dahlia story. This will be the 4th or 5th story I've written about her. She's just itty bitty but totally marshal and I just love that. 
Book trailer for White Cat by Holly Black from her Curse Workers series:

Did you miss any urban fantasy news in March? Check out the Escapist Newsletter (Vol 4 Issue 4) from Literary Escapism for the most comprehensive review of  free reads, interviews, author news, covers, releases and more. Jackie has tons of information not covered in my Weekend Reports so check it out!

Carolyn Crane whose debut novel Mind Games was released just a week ago has been busy around the blogosphere with some really funny posts. Check out her post on 'The Amazon sales ranking: A Dharma Initiative-type experiment on authors?' over at The Odd Shots and not to be missed is her post with Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books called Carolyn and Rebecca’s Urban Fantasy Hair Color Horoscopes.


The amazing Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy has compiled a list of 170 urban fantasy giveaways. Win 'em all and you would have a library.

Asamum Reads has an ARC of Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris to give away along with three other ARCs. Open internationally until April 11.


Nicole Hadaway pointed me towards this creepy ABC show premiering later this month on ABC called Happy Town. Although it says Minnesota it was actually filmed all over Southern Ontario in places such as Penetanguishene, Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Hope, St. Catharines (Montebello Park), Toronto and Uxbridge.

BSC had this preview clip from Episode 6 of the new Doctor Who involving vampires. Love the teeth ladies!

Another trailer for Iron Man 2 - IMAX version:

An update trailer for the scifi creature feature Splice -

IO9 has photos of the new Tardis to go along with the new Doctor Who.

SF Signal had this trailer for the animated The Secret of Kells which kind of reminds me of the book trailers Maggie Stiefvater did for Shiver and Linger


Literary Escapism is holding another great new author challenge. Visit Jackie's site for full details.


Not to be missed at The Book Smugglers is Cover Matters: On Clichéd Covers in Fantasy in which they delve into the dis[arity between quality books and quality covers citing some excellent examples of fabulous artwork.

Bloody Bookaholic posted the cover to Misguided Angel (October) by Melissa de la Cruz, the next book in her Blue Bloods YA series. All Things Urban Fantasy unveiled the cover to Julie Kagawa's follow-up to The Iron King called The Iron Daughter (August).

Romance Bookworm revealed the cover for Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken. Coming in September. Amy has the blurb and link to an excerpt.
Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Sixteenth (Meet Underwear Guy)

Foreign Covers:
Kristin Cashore has the French cover for Fire. Alyson Noel has the German cover and UK cover for Blue Moon

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Marianne de Pierres posted this on Facebook. Breath-taking photos. The stunning pictures of sleeping insects covered in early morning dew | Mail Online

THe BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog posted this funny bit You Know You’re a Science Fiction/Fantasy Geek When… A few of my favourites are -
  • … you buy Crown Royal for the bag to carry your dice in.
  • ... you know what filk music is, and you've actually listened to it.
  • … you know what DAW stands for!
  • … you see a wardrobe and walk into it looking for Narnia.
  • … you can recite the entire movie The Princess Bride. ("Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.")
What shape are your book shelves in? Have a look at what other bloggers are saying in Inside the Blogosphere: How Do You Organize Your Library?

$1,500,000.00 for Action #1. The mind boggles.


Mark Henry, Richelle Mead & Jaye Wells at Jan's Paperbacks.

Kim Harrison at PLA 2010

Rachel Caine gets a message from the cast of Leverage.


  1. Congrats on your award! Thanks for the mention, too. :)

    Oh, did you see that All Romance eBooks is giving away a free ebook each day through 4/21? Each book is the first in a series and there will be all sorts of genres.

  2. Thanks for the heads up Chris. Sadly I am not an ebook reader and actually only recognized 3 of the authors. Me bad.

  3. Thanks for the shout!

    Also, so right about the production values on the Blue Bloods Trailer. It's gorgeous, and I loved the pen nib hand. I partly didn't get what they were trying to impart to me, but I WANTED to know, so I suppose that's important.

    Have you formulated an opinion on the usefulness of book trailers?

  4. Carolyn I think most of them are interesting eye candy but for the most part I don't think they contribute towards a persons decision to purchase a book... UNLESS... they have sufficient production values to compete with broadcast TV standards. They also have to at least equal the content and engagement factor of the book blurb or else they really don't provide anything of value. The Blue Bloods is heading in the right direction...

  5. The book trailer for Audrey's Door is really scary! Also can't wait for The Secret of Kells. Didn't know about it till I saw it was nominated at the Oscars.

  6. I love Urban Fantasy, but I wonder how popular Ebooks really are.

  7. Thanks for the shoutouts Doug!

    I hadn't heard that the Meyer novel was going to be available for free. That's awesome. Have you seen whether it's coming out in hardcover, trade or MMP?

    Yup, love the Dr. Who trailer and the new Doctor looks like he'll be fun. He's no David Tenant, but the Doctor must go on. The teeth are kind of freaky, but the new Tardis reminds me a lot of the Lexx.

  8. Hey Doug,
    Glad to hear you're getting more awards, and congratulations on the most recent one :-) I liked the Harry Dresden interview mention at Jackie Kessler's site--that's so interesting, to interview a fictional character (albeit one that has captivated many readers)--I think it's a very original concept, and thanks for sharing the link :-) As well, looking forward to seeing how Dr. Who deals with vampires--everyone has a different interpretation ;-)

  9. Princess Allie, I have a copy of Audrey's Door on my TBR stack and just never got to it. Wish I had now :(

    La Von ebooks by the numbers are growing by leaps and bounds. They are a convenience for some but they'll never replace real books.

    Jackie I have no idea on the format for the Meyer, but I'am sure it will sell lots of copies. Been a long time since I saw Lexx but it is certainly funky either

    Thanks darkeva. I loved that interview! The Doctor takes everything in stride. He's probably dated one :)


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