INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:
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.
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.
AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:
- You won't want to miss the full-length YA novel The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove by Marta Acosta available for download at Scribd. Marta relates the background about the release over at Vampire Wire.
- Apex Magazine has frre short stories including Seafoam by Mark Henry and Dying with Her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire
- Check out Prose at the Rose for a podcast with Jackie Kessler on her YA novel Hunger. She reads a couple of chapters!
- Jeaniene Frost advises that for the next two weeks, Wicked Lovely, the first book in Melissa Marr's series, is available as free ebook on B&N and Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/yeqxmae and http://tinyurl.com/y8z3qn8 .
- Jennifer Estep has two short stories frrom her Elemental Assassin's series - Web of Death takes place in between the events of Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies and focuses on what happens when Gin gets some unexpected visitors one night and Web of Deceit is another prequel story about Gin’s first solo job as the Spider when she was a teenager and is told from Fletcher Lane’s point of view.
- Jennifer Rardin has Cole Bemont, Supernatural PI in: The Case of the Bimbo Bloodsucker (part Three). Here are Part One and Part Two.
- 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.
"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 www.kellygay.com
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 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!
- 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)
- Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
- All Smiles by Steve Berman
- Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
- Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
- Flying by Delia Sherman
- Vampire Weather by Garth Nix
- Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
- The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren
- Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci
- Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford
- Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud
- Baby by Kathe Koja
- In the Future When All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente
- Transition by Melissa Marr
- History by Ellen Kushner
- The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
- Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard
- My Generation by Emma Bull
- 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.
US and CANADA:
US and CANADA:
Reviews of Clash of the Titans by Genevieve Valentine at Tor.com 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 (www.sbhao.on.ca). 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)If you can help out, contact Jennifer through the email link on her blog profile.
http://raymentsreadingsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/ and http://raymentspinabifida.blogspot.com/2010/04/spirit-wheel-walk-run-2010-jakes.html
COVERS and ART:
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.
Tor.com 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.C.E. Murphy unveiled the cover for Truth Seeker, the first book in the Worldwalker Duology. It releases August 31.
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.
ACROSS TWO EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS, TRUTH IS THE DEADLIEST MAGICKaren Mahoney has the cover to the Smart Pop Books collection of essays on The Vampire Diaires to which she is a contributor.
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.
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.
AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:
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