Sunday, May 2, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


I've been under the weather the past week which is why you have seen few posts from me and fewer comments around the blogosphere. Lisa Hurley, my roving SFF reviewer did a terrific interview with Michael J. Sullivan on Monday (with a giveaway of The Emerald Storm). Yesterday we hosted a stop on Leanna Rennee Hieber's Haunted London  Blog Tour with a copy of her newest book The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker or Leanna's first book, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. Both giveaways are still open. Check the posts for details.

The fabulous giveaway of Lover Mine by J.R. Ward continues - Canadian Giveaway (5 copies)!

Tomorrow we have a return visit from paranormal thriller writer Jaime Rush who joins us to talk about Touching Darkness, her third book in the Offspring series. On Thursday I am excited to have Canadian paranormal romance author Michelle Rowen joins us to chat about The Demon in Me, the beginning of a new series called Living in Eden.

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


Barb Hendee had some exciting news to share about her Vampire Memories series. She has sold two more books in the series -  In Memories We Fear (Book Four) and Ghosts of Memories (Book 5).

Book Trailer for The Native Star by M.K. Hobson (Coming in September)

Diana Rowland had news this week about her Demon series. The third book, Secrets of the Demon will be out from DAW on January 4th, 2011 and the series is also getting new cover art by Dan dos Santos!

Jackie Kessler announced that her Hell on Earth series concluded at the end of the three book contract and has not been renewed. Good news though that Jackie is tying up all the loose ends in a fourth book called Hell to Pay on her website. Starting May 18 she will be serializing the novel and posting a new chapter every Tuesday.

Jocelynn Drake has a report and lots of photos from the RT Convention. Day 2 | Day 3. Keri Arthur also reports with lots of pictures on Day 1Day 2, and Day 3. Also some great coverage by Rinda Elliott from the Deadline Dames here, here and here.

Kim Harrison announced the title for the next Hollows book which will be Pale Demon. I like it :)

Larissia Ione confirmed that her Demonica spin-off series about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will launch with Eternal Rider, book 1 in April 2011. this series title will be Lords of Deliverance.

Book trailer for the young adult novel Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

My best bud Marta Acosta has a new novel coming out om May 18 called Nancy's Theory of Style written under the pen name Grace Coopersmith. Find out more about this contemporary romance in an interview at Bookaholics Romance Book Club or at her new Grace Coopersmith website.

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired DESDAEMONA, the opening volume of a fascinating urban fantasy series from pseudonymous author 'Ben Macallan'.[via]
Jay finds people – runaways. He looks like a teenager, but he's not. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural, including the awesome Powers That Be. Desdaemona, who also knows the non-human world far too well, comes to him, searching for her lost sister Fay who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal before disappearing. This may be a mistake – for both of them. Not least because of those whose attention is drawn to them...
"Ben's urban fantasy novel is wise, witty and terrific fun," Jonathan Oliver said. "It's great to find a work that does something different with the genre while still managing to be a ripping good yarn."

Kelly Gay has a new Facebook page up for her YA alter-ego Kelly Keaton. The first book in the new series is Darkness Becomes Her.


Deborah Cooke has some Advance Reading Copies (ARC’s) of the next Dragonfire book - WHISPER KISS which will be released on August 3. 2010.

Win on Wednesday: List of 129 Urban Fantasy Giveaways


Lots of things blowing up in Jonah Hex.

Another True Blood promo poster. Wereflamingos anyone?

A little taste of True Blood until the season starts in this Fangtasia minisode.


Every single day during the month of June, All Things Urban Fantasy & Tynga’s Reviews will be hosting different authors, titles and giveaways during their 1st ever Paranormal Summer Fest!

Literary Escapism is participating in this fundraising event and has a slew of UF/PNR novels to be won. Check the posting for details.


 Here is the cover for M.K. Hobson's The Native Star and I have to admit the blurb is very intriguing. I'll definitely be checking this one out. Releases in September.
 It’s 1876, and business is rotten for Emily Edwards, town witch of the tiny Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine. With everyone buying patent magicks by mail-order, she’s faced with two equally desperate options. Starve—or use a love spell to bewitch the town’s richest lumberman into marrying her.

When the love spell goes terribly wrong, Emily is forced to accept the aid of Dreadnought Stanton—a pompous and scholarly Warlock from New York—to set things right. Together, they travel from the seedy underbelly of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, across the United States by train and biomechanical flying machine, to the highest halls of American magical power, only to find that love spells (and love) are far more complicated and dangerous than either of them could ever have imagined.
Chloe Neill posted the cover copy to go with the new cover of Hexbound.
Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…
Katie MacAllister posted the preliminary cover for In the Company of Vampires which will be a stepback cover.

Kelly Meding has the cover for the German edition of AS LIE THE DEAD. Maggie Stiefater has some Italian covers to show.

Nalini Singh posted the cover to Play of Passion, the ninth Psy-Changeling novel coming in November. A very nice romance-style cover.

Stumbling Over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the Twentieth (SHAGY)

The Book Smugglers have the result to their "Cover Matters" survey here. Lots of interesting info.


The Galaxy Express profiles three new SFR titles coming from Carina Press. Check out the post for the blurbs and other details.

Mark Chitty at Walker of Worlds has SFF Book Releases for May 2010. Wicked Little Pixie and All Things Urban Fantasy have the May UF/PNR releases.


C.E. Murphy with new baby son Henry Stanford Murphy Lee. Congratulations!
Gail Carriger at Murder By the Book signing in Houston

Author Kari Stewart in her mermaid persona


  1. Hope you're on the mend Doug. :)


  2. Sorry you haven't been feeling well - hopefully you're back to your usual self soon!

    Thanks for the mention. I've definitely been enjoying Cover Matters over at the Book Smugglers,too.

  3. yummy true blood. Can't wait.

    hope you are feeling better.
    (sending virtual chicken soup)

  4. Thanks for the Shout-out =D

    I hope you get better!

  5. Thanks for the wishes everyone :)

  6. Pale Rider, Pale Demon... Okay, I can see it. Who will be the 'pale demon,' I wonder?

    Were-flamingos? Geez, I guess that's what happens when I read a series out of order, because I seriously cannot recall were-flamingos popping up in the Sookie series. What have I missed? Are you reading/reviewing Dead in the Family Doug?

    I finally got a copy of Black Magic Sanction. Yeah, I was too cheap to buy this installment, and I waited my turn in the library's hold list.

  7. Rebecca the Pale Demon has to be Rachel (really a half-demon). No flamingos in True Blood but hey, why not? Sam was a fly after all. And yep I've read Dead in the Family and will do a review. Sad to say much as I love spending time with Sookie, this was one of the weaker books so far. I quite liked BMS and wait to hear your thoughts.

    Cheers Abigail!

  8. Doug so sorry you were not feeling "up to snuff" this last while. I hope you are either back to your normal self or getting close, either way feel better and take care. So much nice info this weekend and that silly True Blood promo of the Were Flamingoes is popping up everywhere!!! I am happy to find out the name for Kim's next Hollows book, love the simple cover for Nalini Singh and am bummed that Jackie Kessler did not get picked up for any more books on her Hell series. Happy to find out she is posting her conclusive 4th book on her web site though. Thrilled that Barb Hendee has books 4 and 5 sold in Vamp Memories series and I have not even read book 1 yet!!!!

    jackie b central texas

  9. Hope you feel better soon. Me and my little ones have been sick all week too. Not cool. But that True Blood clip made me feel better! :)

  10. Thanks Jackie. I hink it is great the Jackie Kessler is getting the fourth book out there for her fans despite not having a contract.

    Tiah the TB clip was quite funny. Looking forward to the start of True Blood. Vampire Diaries wraps up and TB starts, so I don't miss out on my vamp fix.

  11. Hi, Doug, I'm glad you're feeling better! And I was just going to insist that you get tabs put on your blog because you've got so much content that it needs to be organized better. Yeah, me, too, but you have more stories.

    Thanks for mentioning my new book! It's kind of a secret. Okay, it's not a very good secret, but I'll be making an announcement about it later this week.

  12. Thanks Marta. I tried to add tabs awhile ago but the template I am using isn't standard apparently so they didn't work. I am going to do a new template/minor makeover for my 2 year blogoversary next month. LOL the book isn't much of a secret if you put it in your newsletter. I know prior to that you wanted to keep it quiet (Rebecca told me) when the cover first started making the rounds.

  13. Ah, the cover! Whaddaya think about it? Actually, it works if you see the back cover, too, but men never understand the significance of an empty toilet paper roll. That's because men are the ones leaving them empty for someone else, the wife/girlfriend/roommate, to replace.

  14. Wonderful roundup as usual Doug! Hopefully you are back in the swing of things.


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