Saturday, April 17, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca: 

This past week saw a Morpheus Road Blog Tour post from  young adult author D.J. MacHale who did a lovely piece on ghosts. I also had paranormal romance author Tracy Cooper-Posey here talking about urban fantasy world-building as part of the launch of her paranormal romance Carson's Night. Tracy is also giving away a copy of her paranormal Eva's Last Dance.

This Thursday, erotic paranormal romance author Jessica Lee joins us to talk about her writing and newest release Dark Desires at Midnight.

Also you have plenty of time to enter the contest for a complete set (6 in all) of the Retrievers series from Laura Anne Gilman in my Cosa Nostradamus Showcase and Giveaway. Open until April 30. This is a fabulous read and one of my favourite UF series. Something a little different.


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


AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

FREE READS:
  • Keri Arthur has new chapters posted for her story With Friends Like These. You can now download the first 6 chapters.
  • Read the first chapter of Blood Feud by Alexandra Harvey, the second adventure in the Drake Chronicles
  • Marta Acosta says that there have been over 2,000 downloads of her YA novel at Scribd in just a couple of weeks.  If you haven't read this yet, I encourage you to give it a try. Graphic created by Amanda at Love Vampires
INTERVIEWS:
  • Jeaniene Frost interviews her critique partner Melissa Marr about Radiant Shadows on Blog Talk Radio.
  • Author interviews around the blogosphere this past week have been gathered up by the diligent Jackie at Literary Escapism here, here, and here.
According to a tweet by Jim Butcher the next Harry Dresden book will be titled Ghost Story.

New Project Paranormal video featuring Amber Benson and Anton Strout


The newest Harry Dresden book Changes by Jim Butcher hit #3 on the USA Today best-seller list and #1 on the NYT list. Alexandra Ivy's Beyond the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity) hit #19 on the NYT list.

Dark Faerie Tales has publishing news on forthcoming books such as Julie Kenner selling three more books in her J.K. Beck Shadowkeeper series.  Visit for all the details.

Literary Escapism alerts us to two new standalone Jacqueline Frank books and her new website as well. Jackie has all the details.

P.C.Cast announced tour dates for the release of Burned including appearances in the US and Canada. The most interesting date is booked for Grand Cayman Island. Can anyone say vacation?

Celebratory video for Voyager Publishing's 15th anniversary.


Mari Mancusi has lots of news about her YA Blood Coven series in this VLOG


Leanna Renee Hieber had some very interesting news about The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. It's being turned into a stage musical. Wow! Leanne has lots more juicy details or her blog post and says Publishers' Marketplace announced the deal this way -
"Musical stage rights to Leanna Renee Hieber’s, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker described as a Victorian “Ghostbusters” about an eerie young woman whose skin is white as snow and the cadre of characters who believe she may be the key to an ancient prophecy, sold to Mt. Clair Entertainment to be adapted by the author with music and lyrics by Kenny Seymour, Jim Abbott and Nicholas Roman Lewis."
Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke announced this week that there will be three more Dragonfire books.The interesting thing is that the books will be young adult titles. The first book is not due for release until the second half of 2011. Claire says the story will be focused on Zoe coming of age as the Wyvern.

CONTESTS:

This weeks ulitmate list of urban fantasy giveaways compile by All Things Urban Fantasy tops up at 140!

CHECK FOR DETAILS:

Maria Lima Take a picture of the display at your local Barnes & Noble, buy one of my books.
Send me the photo along with a copy of the receipt (via email) and you'll be entered in a random drawing to win a copy of one of my books: your choice.

The display ends on April 26, so hurry!!

Contest entries must be in to me no later than April 30. My email: mylima AT gmail DOT com


MEDIA:

BSC has two clips from next weeks Vampire Diaries

Good news for fans of Henry Fitzroy and author Tanya Huff, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the Smoke Books may be developed for the small screen. Lots more details available at the VampirePhile blog.

COVERS and ART:

Science fiction artist John Schoenherr died April 8 at age 74. Here is a sample of his art for the cover of 1960's issue of Analog magazine featuring Dune. More stories on Schoenherr at Locus, SciFi Wire, and Tor.


Sean Cummings released the cover for Funeral Pallor, the second Valerie Stevens book due out in July.
There’s a nest of rotting husks in an old Calgary warehouse and they’ve got a hankering for human flesh, but that’s the least of Valerie Stevens’ problems. While necromancers are a dime a dozen, these mindless killing machines all share one thing in common: they’re former occupants of every funeral home in the city.

The evidence points to the zombie Caroline, especially now that she’s been experiencing short term memory loss and an inability to account for her whereabouts. If Valerie plans to clear her best friend’s name, she’ll have to move fast: someone has dispatched a zombie assassin and Caroline’s only hope may rest with a pair of middle-aged head-bangers with a few secrets of their own.
Becca Fitzpatrick revealed the cover for a Crescendo the sequel to Hush, Hush due out this November.
Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?
Chloe Neill posted this elegant cover for Hexbound, the sequel to Firespell in her YA series. Not due for release until end of the year.

Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Eighteenth (Boys on the Beach)

Foreign Covers:
Keri Arthur posted the UK cover for Moon Sworn the final book in her Riley series.

Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:

AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

The Book Smugglers held another Steampunk Week. Be sure to check out many of the fascinating posts from the psat week here.

Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express talks Steampunk Romance.

Author Michele Bardsley talks about the vagaries of pet ownership in this very funny piece entitled Hamster Hell


CANDID CAMERA:

Maggie Stiefvater with her baby.

Marjorie Liu with Mike Perkins at Comicvine in Chicago

Meljean Brook's Demon Blood ARCs

Nancy Holzner at RavenCon

Patricia Briggs at a booksigning in Huntington Beach

Rosemary Clement-Moore, Karen Whiddon, her husband Lonnie, and P.N. Elrod at DFW Conference


8 comments:

  1. Ewww, "nest of rotting husks in an old Calgary warehouse"???

    Thanks for the mention!

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  2. Those Sean Cummings covers are so unique. It makes me wonder if two years from now we'll be inundated with graphic art style covers, like Nicole Peeler's 'Tempest' artwork.

    Personally I like the breakaway from the 'lone female sporting a tattoo' picture. I think UFs should take it one step further, and maybe have a sprinkling of illustrations inside. Not a ton - but I think blending graphic novels and urban fantasies is a winning combination.

    I was bowled over by Leviathan, which does this beautifully. If there are more books like these, I'd buy them. Ironically, the only other books I've come across with illustrations are the monster mashups, which I don't really enjoy all that much.

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  3. >>I think UFs should take it one step further, and maybe have a sprinkling of illustrations inside. Not a ton<<

    That's actually a pretty good idea. There's some cool illustrations in The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. It's also a fantastic book.

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  4. Chris ahh come on, who doesn't love zombies? Especially the 'husky' kind LOL

    NP Sean. Zombies rule :)

    Rebecca Sean has a very unique cover designer and the designs sure separate his books from the pack. Charlaine Harris still uses an illustrated design as do several ongoing anthology series and some of the paranormal comedies such as Michelle Bardsley's, Katie MacAlister's and Gerry Bartlett's. Fantasy wise there is Maggie Siefvater's Linger series. I like them all :)

    Sean you are so right. Small presses such as Subterranean do a fabulous job of producing books with more than just 'words on a page' but actual objects d'art. I also love books with fancy lettering that starts chapters or initial words, line separators and other typography features. I'd be willing to pay more for a book that was pleasing to the eye as I read it.

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  5. Maybe it's just me, but did anyone else do a double take on the image Doug chose to showcase Schoenherr's work? I would not have immediately thought of Dune when looking at that.

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  6. Thanks for the mention of my option agreement for the Strangely Beautiful musical theatre adaptation! Who knew?! I certainly couldn't have guessed that when I ditched my professional theatre career to pursue my books that theatre would come knocking again. It will be a fascinating process. I'll keep you posted. :) Blessings and thanks for keeping us all up to date!

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