Saturday, April 24, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


This past Thursday, erotic paranormal romance author Jessica Lee joined me to talk about her writing and newest release Dark Desires at Midnight. Jessica is offering a $10 Amazon e-gift card and an e-book copy of Dark Desires at Midnight to one lucky commenter in a giveaway.

A very busy week next week starting with an interview on Monday with author Michael J. Sullivan where he discusses the road to publication of his Riyria Revelations fantasy series and the release of The Emerald Storm.

On Wednesday,  Jess Haines is my guest to talk about the launch of her debut urban fantasy novel Hunted by the Others.

And next Saturday paranormal fantasy author Leanna Renee Hieber's Haunted London Blog Tour for The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker makes a stop here. Here is the complete list of eight stops.
Day 1, April 26th: Babbling About Books & More! (The haunted plague pit at the centre of the city)
Day 2, April 27th: Release Day! Bitten By Books (The ghost of clown Grimaldi)
Day 3, April 28th: True-Blood.Net, the Original Fansite for HBO's True Blood (Why Percy is a Parker: A personal tale)
Day 4, April 29th: Magical Musings (The haunted execution of poor Margaret Pole)
Day 5, April 30th: Reader's Entertainment TV (Highgate Cemetery)
Day 6, May 1st: Sci-Fi Guy (The ghost of writer Oliver Goldsmith)
Day 7, May 3rd The Season (A ghostly wedding)
Day 8, May 4th Vampire Wire (An inside peek into Whisper-World ghosts)

There is still 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. I'll be posting my review of Hard Magic, the first book in the Retrievers spin-off series later this week.

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


  • Literary Escapism has a recap of this weeks interviews here, and here.
Bianca D'Arc updates everyone with her forthcoming projects -
I've recently finished writing the fourth military paranormal (with zombies!) story for Kensington Brava - a novel titled A DARKER SHADE OF DEAD, which will be out in November and is already available for pre-order on Amazon. Before that, though, a novella in the series will be included in THE BEAST WITHIN, a Halloween Brava anthology anchored by Erin McCarthy. My story in the anthology, which will be out in September is called "Smoke on the Water."
Shade by Jeri Smith Ready - Book Trailer

The next Dirk & Steele book, set for release on November 30th of this year, has a new title: IN THE DARK OF DREAMS. Here’s the official cover description:
She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes…

She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business—a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown…and the incredible.

And now he has found her again, her silver boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human—leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch.

But with their reunion comes mortal danger—from malevolent forces who would alter the world to suit their own dark ends. For Perrin and Jenny—and all living creatures— their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea—and in the power of their dreams. 
Richelle Mead had a film crew from Kensignton Books follow her around Seattle talking about the succubus books. It can also be viewed over here.

From Locus Magazine - Writer, editor, and publisher George H. Scithers, 80, died April 19, 2010 after suffering a massive heart attack on April 17. George was founding editor of Asimov's SF Magazine. Additional coverage by Paula Guran and Tor.

Dragonfire series lovers will be interested to hear that Deborah Cook has written a novella featuring the Dragon's Teeth Warriors there will be out in July.

Patricia's Vampire Notes does a thorough summary of Vampire book releases for April.

Courtesy of Loving True Blood in Dallas we have Charlaine Harris at Washington Romance Writers 2010 Retreat answering a couple of True Blood questions.

Paranormal Romance has the scoop on several Karen Marie Moning announcements including the planned Fever graphic novel and a new three book deal for a Fever spin-off series.

Suzanne McLeod posted the blurb for her fourth Spellcrackers novel, The Shifting Price of Prey this week -
Genny's life has never been busier: the summer solstice is approaching, magic is going haywire, is under inexperienced new management, and London is hosting this year's Carnival Fantastique. Then a unicorn is found horribly mutilated in Regent's Park, garden fairies start dying out of season, and an eminent wildlife activist and her young son are snatched from a Conservation Conference. Searching for answers takes Genny and her friends, Tavish the kelpie and the super-sexy vampire Malik al-Khan, deep into magical London to the decadent and dangerous Forum Mirabilis, the secret, bloody heart of the Carnival Fantastique. And it's not long before Genny and her friends are under attack from a millennium-old adversary as they fight to save both the victims and themselves...


Links to all the contsts you could ever wish for over at All Things Urban Fantasy.

As part of their 30th birthday bash Tor books his having  a box of books giveaway. Here are some of the fdetails but check out the Tor post for the complete scoop.
So that you may better get to know our little social sphere, the three lucky winners of this giveaway will receive a grab-box of books from the Tor offices. Winners should let us know their general likes and dislikes (only books with bare-chested men on the cover; no spaceships; only spaceships; looking for books for a twelve-year-old, etc) and we’ll put together a fun selection.

The Rules: All you have to to do be entered is comment on this post—once; duplicates won’t count—by noon EST on Wednesday, April 28th. Winners will be chosen randomly. Please check your email on Wednesday or Thursday; if I don’t hear back from you in 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.


New Eclipse trailer. You know you want to...

Loving True Blood in Dallas posted the cover to the True Blood graphic novel this week.  For all the details on the partnership between IDW Publishing and True Blood check out the original press release. The comic releases in July.

The rumoured American remake of Torchwood was quashed this week when Fox officially announced it would not be proceeed with the project. Probably best for all concerned.

And speaking of Doctor Who related things, SF Signal posted this two-part spoof of Doctor Who featuring Rowan Atkinson (The Doctor), Jonathan Pryce (The Master) and more big names.


Alyxandra Harvey (Hearts at Stake) advises that the Turning Pages Literary Festival is being held May 15 in Kitchener, Ontario with a host of YA authors including Kelley Armstrong, Lesley Livingston, R.J. Anderson and Alyxandra. For all the details, click the graphic.

Let’s Talk Fantasy, Romance, and a Love for the Paranormal
Author Leanna Renee Hieber will be at Phoenix Comicon in May 2010

April 13, 2010, Phoenix, AZ: Award winning and best selling author, actress, and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber will be at Phoenix Comicon to discuss writing for the young adult market and life as an author. Leanna Renee Hieber will talk about her latest addition of the Strangely Beautiful saga that hit the shelves this month, The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker
“If you love fantasy, this is a woman you have got to talk to!” said Convention Center Director Matt Solberg.

Hieber splashed onto the fantasy fiction scene with her novella Dark Nest, which won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is the first in her Strangely Beautiful series of ghostly, Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels that landed on Barnes & Noble’s mass market and overall Bestseller List. The next novella in the series is set to release in October of this year.

“Her stories really tug at the heart strings and don’t let you go!” said Katie Charland, Phoenix Comicon's Community Outreach Manager.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to

Press Contact:
Kate Davids
Communications Manager                                            
Phoenix Comicon


Stumbling Over Chaos hasMisadventures in Stock Photography (Part the Nineteenth: Another Guy in a Tie)

Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express has the exclusive cover reveal for the new SFR book In Enemy Hands by KS Augustin. Head over and check it out.

Smexy Books was the first this week to reveal the cover for Crave by J.R. Ward, the second book in her Fallen Angels series. Due out in October.

Maggie Stiefvater has Catalan, French, Hungarian, and Bulgarian covers for Shiver.

OCD, vampires, and rants, oh my! points us to the Good Show Sir blog dedicated to showcasing only the worst scifi/fantasy covers. There are some real stunners. Worth a look.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Rebecaa at Dirty Sexy Books and Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy jointly put together a two-part series on Books That Blur the Line in the UF/PNR genres. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Some interesting choices and insights.

William Shatner at the the helm of the Governor Generals Office of Canada? Check out what SciFi Wire has to say.

Lynn Viehl a nicely humorous post called Need an Author Moment?

I just had to repost this image that Jackie at Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
Another Problem Caused By Deforestation...

Literary Escapism has been introducing a host of authors with a week long feature called Look Who's Going to RT (Romantic Times). A must read if you are going to RT.


Jocelynn Drake on vacation

Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine and Felicia Day in LA

Timelord Carrie Vaughn

YA authors Jackson Pearce, Carrie Ryan, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater vacationing in New Orleans.

Cherie Priest and her new do'


  1. Thanks for the mention! And oh, the link to Good Show, Sir - I love it! I can see a good portion of this afternoon will be lost there...

    *blink blink* about the William Shatner thing. Well, what can I say? I live in a state that elected Jesse Ventura as governor and has Al Franken as senator...

  2. Be gentle, Doug, I'm not used to being in the spotlight! *g*


  3. Thanks for the mention Doug and wow this was a really great bunch of stuff to report and was excited especially about the new Dirk&Steele love every one of those books and all the other author and book news was chock full of swoon worthy info on my faves. Thanks bunches for that silly little dog line up on the tree coming to your attention, I thought it was a good one to share so glad it made its way onward...

    jackie b central texas

  4. Thanks for the mentions! We had a lot of fun with the Books That Blur post. And as a heads up, on May 1st Tynga and I will be announcing the participating authors for Paranormal Summer Fest (we've got nearly 40 authors confirmed!)

  5. Hi Doug - I'm interested in the "Hunted by the Others" debut. It's the cover. I'm seduced by the woman with a gun in each hand - she looks so damn tough. I also like the novelty that she's not showing off her body.

    Is it me, or does the graphic novel cover for "True Blood" look like it was pieced together, instead of drawn as one picture? I can't figure out what's bugging me about it, but it doesn't quite jell for me.

    Thanks, as always, for the mention.

  6. Thanks for the mention, Doug! I always enjoy your weekend reports, lots in this one, thank you :-)


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