Saturday, April 10, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


I know it has been quiet around the SciFiGuy hacienda this past week. Real life has kept me busy busy busy. But things pick up again next week beginning with the The Blog Tour for the YA novel Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale on Monday. Wednesday I have erotic paranormal romance author Tracy Cooper-Posey (writing as Teal Ceagh) here with a guest spot on her latest Ellora's Cave release Carson's Night. Friday we culminate our series of reviews on his books with a visit from fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan who will be talking about the release of The Emerald Storm, the fourth book in his Riryia Revelation series.

Thursday I will be posting a profile of one of my favourite urban fantasy series and writers - the Retrievers  and Laura Anne Gilman. I will have a complete set of the 6 books available in a fabulous giveaway to celebrate the forthcoming launch of Hard Magic, Laura's  spinoff series called the Paranormal Scene Investigations.

Canadians should take the opportunity to enter the giveaway to win one of five copies of the most recent Mercy Thompson novel, Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. The contest is open until April15th.
Other guest for the month of April include historical fantasy writers Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston (Druids), erotic paranormal romance author Jessica Lee  (Dark Desires at Midnight), a return visit from Jaime Rush (Touching Darkness) and debut urban fantasy writer Jess Haines (Hunted by the Others).

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


  • Guy Gavriel Kaye talks to The National Post about his new fantasy novel Under Heaven.
  • Literary Escapism has recent author interview links here, and here.
Bluewater Productions announced a new "Female Force" release featuring Anne Rice adding to their stable of paranormal writers that also includes Stephenie Meyer and Charlaine Harris. According to the press release -
"Female Force: Anne Rice, scheduled for a June release, follows the popular novelist from her formative years in her beloved New Orleans through the tragedies that influenced the creation of her most popular novels and her fervent rediscovery of Catholicism... The title is being drawn by Louie Demartinis provides the cover art. According to Davis, a very recognizable and iconic vampire will serve as the story’s narrator as he does in the Meyer and Harris issues."

Patricia Briggs appearance at the University Bookstore for her Silver Borne Tour. The first of 6 videos is shown below with the remaining vids at Suvudu.

Changeless by Gail Carriger hit the New York Times best seller list at #20 according to Orbit Books. Congratulations Gail!

Claire Delacroix says that her SFR Rebel has been moved up in the schedule and will be on sale August 31, as a September release. Yeah! Claire also announced that she has Dragonfire bookplates on request by emailing her at chestwick AT sympatico DOT ca

Publishers Weekly reports on its panel "Beyond Twilight: What's Hot in the Teen Market in Publishing and Hollywood."  One of the more telling observations - Claire Lundberg, a literary scout for MGM and United Artists, acknowledged that the film studios continue to see "a lot of paranormal; a lot of vampires, angels, zombies and a fair amount of werewolves are still getting optioned. I'm tired of it but I'm not sure the kids are."

Video of the shortlist for the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Awards.

John Scalzi puts the encroaching boom of eARCs on notice in this must read article eARCs: Big Fat PublicityFail

Kelly Gay's website has moved and been updated. You can now find her at

Rachel Vincent recaps her YA Soul Screamers series in this post which suggest the 5th book may be named If I Die.

Yasmine Galenorn happily announced that she has soold three mor Otherworld books to her publisher. Great news!

Jackie at Literary Escapism has the deets on the Diana Gabaldon graphic novel set in the Outlander sequence.

The nominees for the Hugo Awards were announced this week and include Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Way to go Cherie! Here is the list of nominated novels which is one of the strongest line-ups I have seen in years. The full list of nominees can be viewed at The Hugo Awards. The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer was also announced and included Gail Carriger and Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy writers rock!

Best Novel
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  • Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  • Wake, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog)
  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
Editor Ellen Datlow released the TOC information for her forthcoming YA anthology Teeth: Vampire Tales, co-edited by Terri Windling. Tentative release date is in 2011.
  1. Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
  2. All Smiles by Steve Berman
  3. Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
  4. Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
  5. Flying by Delia Sherman
  6. Vampire Weather by Garth Nix
  7. Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
  8. The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren
  9. Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci
  10. Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford
  11. Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud
  12. Baby by Kathe Koja
  13. In the Future When All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente
  14. Transition by Melissa Marr
  15. History by Ellen Kushner
  16. The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
  17. Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard
  18. My Generation by Emma Bull
  19. Why Light? by Tanith Lee


All Things Urban Fantasy is contest central! Check out the links and List of 144 Urban Fantasy giveaways

Anita at In the Shadows is giving away one copy of Kim Harrison’s Black Magic Sanction. The contest goes until Thursday, April 15th.


Reviews of Clash of the Titans by Genevieve Valentine at and Jordan Summers.

Resident Evil Afterlife

UK broadcaster Sky One is adapting Terry Pratchett's Going Postal from his Discworld series for Television [via SF Signal]

Actor Nathan Lane spoofs Eclipse on David Letterman.

Another True Blood promo poster...


Jennifer at Rayment's Readings, Rants and Ramblings is looking for donations from Canadian authors and book bloggers for her annual rafffle in support of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario ( In a note from Jennifer she tells me -
I'm mixing it up this year in order to hopefully recieve more donations. I am going to be hosting a raffle on my blog with book prizes - since most of my family, friends and followers (come on doesn't that sound a little creepy) are fellow book addicts like myself. My grand prize is hopefully going to be a basket full of signed books from some wonderful paranormal authors ( at the same time Selfishly trying to promote my fav authors so they will keep writing) and
If you can help out, contact Jennifer through the email link on her blog profile.

Coming event...


Meljean Brook does a comedic take on the cover development for her forthcoming book Demon Blood over at the Odd Shots blog. The scary thing is, joke or not, some of these covers COULD have been used. features the art of Charles Vess combined with a short story by Neil Gaiman. Marvelous to watch and listen.

Orbit Books revealed the the cover for Bitten in Two by Jennifer Rardin, the seventh Jaz Parks novel (I love Jaz).
Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed. Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman’s name. And it’s not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I’m forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions.
So it’s time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do – I must return to hell one last time.
C.E. Murphy unveiled the cover for Truth Seeker, the first book in the Worldwalker Duology. It releases August 31.
Though gifted with an uncanny intuition that allows her to discern when someone is lying, Lara Jansen is sure there’s nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What’s more, Dafydd ap Caerwynn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help clear his name by solving his brother’s murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect.

Acting against her practical nature, Lara agrees to step through a window into another world. Now caught between bitterly opposed Seelie forces and Dafydd’s secrets, which are as perilous as he is irresistible, Lara finds that her abilities are increasing in unexpected and uncontrollable ways. With the fate of two worlds at stake and a malevolent entity wielding the darkest of magic, Lara and Dafydd will risk everything on a love that may be their salvation—or the most treacherous illusion of all.
Karen Mahoney has the cover to the Smart Pop Books collection of essays on The Vampire Diaires to which she is a contributor.

Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Seventeenth (Candy Cane Guy Tries Different Hairstyles)

Foreign Covers:
Chloe Neill has the UK cover for Firespell. Maggie Stifvater has the UK cover for Linger.


The Book Lady's Blog has a Book Blogger Survey for Improving Blogger-Publisher Relations! and The Book Smugglers have Covers Matter: A Reader Survey

Gail Carriger points is to Steampunk Girls a visual look at female fashionin the Steampunk World.

For more interesting "News  and Views" check out Rebecca's weekly posting at Dirty Sexy Books. This weeks posting is titled  - One-Star Classics, Book Wreaths, Pirate Boobie, Gothic Gratis, & Johnny Porno

Literary Escapism has plenty of urban fantasy updates here,and here.

The Galaxy Express has Science Fiction Romance News & Links For April, 2010


Recent road trip with Jaye Wells, Mark Henry and Jeanne Stein.

Nicole Hadaway's Weekly Horseback Riding outing.

Mari Mancusi doing Easter baking


  1. Thanks for the mention! And thanks for the update on why it's been quiet 'round these parts. :)

    Did you see Meljean's post on cover development? Can't remember if it was at her blog or Odd Shots, but it was a good read.

  2. Thanks for the promo of the raffle -- really appreciate it!!!!!!

  3. Oh.My.Goodness. That was quite the post!!!!! =) I'm envious of all the Canadian luckies who get to enter for Silver Borne...

  4. Thank you for the link again! You know I keep waiting for the week where you miss something. I don't know how you do it, but don't stop :)

  5. Hi Doug - I was completely in the dark about C. E. Murphy's upcoming book, and boy does it sound good. I think that's going on my 'must buy' list for August. I really loved her trilogy that started with "Heart of Stone."

    I confess that I think half of the award nominations are bunk. I thought "Boneshaker" was very good, "Windup Girl" was okay (but very well written), and "Palimpsest" was a DNF for me.

    I suppose it proves that I'm just a know-nothing amateur reviewer, but sometimes I think the folks who put these nominations together are out of touch.

    I noticed that "The Women of Nell Gywnn's" was on the list for novellas, and again, that was an okay story that probably got on there for sentimental reasons (since Ms. Baker passed away). I'm rather underwhelmed by Hugo's shortlists, and I won't be using them to find a great read.

    Geez, why do I always sound like such a grouch? I promise I'll have a positive comment next time Doug, even if I have to make it up.

  6. Chris it was Oddshots and I do indeed mention it in my Covers and Art section. A very tongue in cheek posting :) Odd Shots is a favourite blog stop. Those ladies always crack me up.

    mountie9 keep me posted and I'll do updates as more develops...

    Drey Penguin Canada provides fabulous support to Canadian bloggers but they are separate from the US division hence the exclusion :(

    Thanks Abigail - that means a lot to me. Between all UF fans I think we have the bases covered pretty well!

    Rebecca I love her Old Races stories too. She did a story by subscription awhile ago which I meant to buy but didn't get to it. Will have to check that out.

    On the Hugos I confess I've only read Boneshaker. Read lots of reviews for the rest, most of which seemed pretty positive. Sometimes the Hugos seem like the Golden Globes - a popularity contest, but then I think that is true of most awards whether they are books, film or music. Besides what would be the fun if we all agreed, we'd have nothing too argue about!

    I have been dubious about the sensibility of the Hugos ever since the year that a Harry Potter book won a Hugo. Sigh.

    LOL having a differing opinion doesn't make you a grouch, just an honest reviewer. Of course we can change opinion and the shortlists by getting a membership and voting which I haven't done in years..

  7. D'oh! Don't mind me, obviously I need to read more slowly. :D

  8. WOW! That was an amazing post! Lots of great information in there. Thanks for sharing it all with us, and looks like some amazing weeks to come. Looking forward to them.

  9. Thanks so much for adding the update on my new web address, Doug! Love your reports! :-)

  10. Chris I am going to have to learn speed reading myself. So many blogs and posts to go through. EVERYONE is writing about UF/PNR these days. Sigh. A bloggers work is never done.

    Thanks Melissa, comments like yours are what keeps me going...

    Hi Kelly good to hear from you. Love the new site and a DOT COM too!


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