Saturday, November 13, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report #57


Next week fantasy author Rachel Aaron makes a guest appearance to showcase her new series The Legend of Eli Monpress which releases in consecutive months with The Spirit Thief, The Spirit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater. Rachel says -
…my series about a charming wizard thief and the poor sods who have to try and stop him.
Contests still active on the blog include - 

One of four copies of the young adult fantasy Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. Card [ENDS Dec 6]. Second of four draws this Monday.

 Check out the terrific Guest Post & Giveaway with Taylor Keating where she is offering a $25 Amazon gift card (buy her book!) [ENDS Nov 22]

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 Lisa Hurley has our Giveaway: Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese [ENDS Nov 15]

And Lisa also has the Star Wars Millenium Falcon Giveaway [ENDS Nov 15]

If you missed them earlier you can check out the various speculative fiction book release lists for November here: UF and PNR | YA | Fantasy | SF and SFR
See the Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates. Contact me if you are interested in a guest or blog tour appearance.


Fairwood Press will publish Laura Anne Gilman's Dragon Virus next spring, a limited, numbered and signed hardcover collection of interrelated stories.

Literary Escapism has a very newsy post here with recent author appearances and a slew of contests.

A new book trailer for the young adult dystopian novel Matched by Ally Condie which is out this month.

Another YA book trailer also debuted this week for Alyson Noel’s Nightstar, the fifth book in her popular Immortals series.

 Lots of science fiction romance news over at the SFR Brigade website this week, including new releases, contests and more. Also author Rae Lori has a terrific essay on the subject of science fiction romance.

Karen Mahoney will have an Iron Witch story in a September 2011 anthology called Wicked Pretty Things which I am pretty sure is the previously unnamed anthology about faeries edited by Trisha Telep that I reported on last week.

Kim Harrison mentioned that GoodReads has a quotes section for her books. If you love the Hollows series, check them out, lots of great reminders why the series is so popular and why I like it so much.

A short video interview with paranormal romance author Alexandra Ivy.

Melisaa Marr posted the cover summary for her first and forthcoming adult urban fantasy Graveminder -
Three sips to mind the dead . . .

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.” 

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place—and the man—she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D—a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
And Nalini Singh also posted her cover copy for Kiss of Snow -
Kiss of Snow - Medium Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…
Publisher’s Weekly announced their best books of 2010 and in the genre fiction category their are several familiar names. You can also read Rose Fox’s take on the lists at Genreville -
The Bone Palace
Amanda Downum (Orbit)

Deadly power games play out in haunted royal palaces, streets thronged with sex workers and political protesters, and sewers inhabited by seductive, amoral vampires.
Mira Grant (Orbit)

Grant (a pseudonym for urban fantasist Seanan McGuire) hits hard in a brutal tale of three bloggers following a Republican presidential candidate through the zombie-infested Midwest.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms/The Broken Kingdoms
N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

These searing novels relate the struggles of ordinary people caught up in the machinations of gods at a time of global change when faith, power structures, and the fabric of reality have been called into question.
Who Fears Death
Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)

Young adult author Okorafor makes a blazing entrance onto the adult fiction scene with a story of love, pain, magic, and genocide in postapocalyptic Saharan Africa. Readers will be enthralled by troubled, fierce adolescent Onyesonwu and her quest to find and destroy the sorcerer who fathered her.
A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter
Peter Straub (Pegasus)

This exquisitely horrifying outtake from A Dark Matter depicts a young psychopath's first steps along the path of becoming a serial killer. Straub drags the reader into the dark interstices of a deeply troubled mind, where brutality and murder seem only natural and right.
Only in Canada I am afraid, but Kelley Armstrong has an omnibus edition of her YA Darkest Powers trilogy available at

Wicked Scribes discovered a new anthology coming next August called So I Married a Demon Slayer with novella’s by Angie Fox, Kathy Love and Lexi George.

Dark Faerie Tales has an update on publishing news from Publishers Marketplace.

The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for children's books.

Larisa Ione announced that she will have a story in a new anthology called Supernatural with contributions by Jacquelyn Frank, Alexandra Ivy, and G.A. Aiken. She has an unofficial blurb on blog and cautions that the title may not be final.

Cat Adams fourth book in the Blood Singer series is to be called Mortem Song and is slated for an October, 2011 release, which is four months earlier than  originally planned.

FREE READS (or almost free):


christopher-eccleston Over the past couple of months I've been experiencing Doctor Who for the first time. My first Doctor was the ninth, played by Christopher Eccleston, and I really enjoyed him in the role. But then I met the tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, and my world went all wibbly-wobbly. He is an amazing actor and brings so much to the role that he will always be my Doctor. I know, I know...stop it with the fan girl stuff already.

Anyway, I've written some brief reflections on Doctor Who in the Tennant/Davies era at my personal blog, Praxis Ink. I haven't taken any precautions against spoilers, so if you haven't watched the series you may not want to read these posts just yet, and you may want to start watching Doctor Who immediately, tennantbecause you're seriously missing out. I'm still reeling from the events at the end of Season 4 of Doctor Who, and will be writing a further post about that, and my subsequent David Tennant/Russell T. Davies withdrawal. There is also a post about the first two episodes of Season Five, within which I express doubts about the new direction the writers are taking our good Doctor. I do hope I'm wrong, because I wouldn't want to stop watching Doctor Who anytime soon. I'd love to hear from fans and critics of the series - it's been on my mind a lot lately and I'm bursting to discuss it!

Speaking of the tenth Doctor, here is a video of him saying "Sorry" a ridiculous amount of times. Love it! 

This week on I'll be announcing the winners for the Millenium Falcon contest and the Mercury Falls contest. I will also be posting a review of Michael J. Sullivan's Wintertide, and an episode analysis of "Guts", episode two of the AMC series The Walking Dead.

Stay tuned!


Keri Arthur is holding a contest and she says this is what is up for grabs -
A signed cover flat (Mercy Burns), there’ll also be a copy of Kelley Armstrong’s Haunted  and the usual Tim Tams and chocolate… details will be on my contest page, but all you have to do is send me an email with Mercy contest in the header. I’ll draw the contest at the end of the month, and you can enter as many times as you like. is launching a steampunk themed newsletter and has a contest for new subscribers. Ends Dec. 12 for US residents only.

 Macmillan Audio has a contest for a signed copy of Towers of Midnight. To entere go to Macmillan Audio’s fan page on Facebook at and post on their wall what you love most about the Wheel of Time. Hurry, it ends Sunday night.


Another hi-tech scifi thriller is coming out next spring called Battle: Los Angeles. Here’s a teaser trailer.

 Sneak preview for this weeks Vampire Diaries.

 Many sources reported the death of DIno De Laurentiis at age 91 this past week. Dino was a bigger than life Italian film producer that brought us both sublime and ridiculous speculative fiction and action pictures including Barbarella, Conan, Dune, Flash Gordon and many, many more.

John Scalzi has a recap of the forthcoming holiday SFF films here.

And here’s a sneak peak to tomorrow nights third episode of The Walking Dead. Amazingly, Walking Dead has been renewed for a 2nd season after only two episodes.


Already a year has gone by and All Things Urban Fantasy is gearing up for the 2010 Urban Fantasy Cover Art Awards. Did you know 2519 people voted last year? There are 15 categories for 2010. Visit for all the details.


New urban fantasy, young adult, steampunk and other speculative fiction covers of interest discovered at author sites and other blogs. Click the source link to view additional information about the release.

sunnyLiterary Escapism  kim_harison-sdtwcLiterary Escapism
Luminous The Elevensies hexed Tempting Persephone
GirlGenius Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf jr_ward-loverunleashed Smexy Books
tracy_deebs-tempestrising All Things Urban Fantasy leah_cypress-nightspell All Things Urban Fantasy
elizabeth_chandler-evercrossed All Things Urban Fantasy madeline_roux-allisonhewittistrapped Michelle’s Book Blog
hannah_jayne-underwraps Michelle’s Book Blog michelle_rowen-bloodlust Michelle Rowen
true-blood-comic-book_510 Loving True Blood in Dallas carolyn_jewel-my-dangerous-pleasure Wicked Scribes
alien-in-the-family Wicked Scribes jana_oliver-The-Demon-Trapper Dark Faerie Tales
Illusions Dark Faerie Tales Hunt-the-Moon Dark Faerie Tales

 Some foreign covers were unveiled this past week including a German Nice Girls Have Fangs by Molly Harper, and Carrie Vaughn has the French Kitty and The Midnight Hour.

Marta Acosta talks about Doppleganger book covers over at Vampire Wire.

Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos continues with one of my favourite features on her blog (besides linkity) with Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 47th (Guy with No Name)
Orbit Books announced the winner of the Parasol Protectorate cover contest and Boba Fett took the prize with the following cover.


Cover Art featured at this past week:


    There has been some interesting debate about steampunk lately and SF author Charlie Stross took Cherie Priest to task about her improbable zombies in Boneshaker to which Cherie responded with this appropriate snark -
    OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.
    Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf has a superb roundup of the various discussions.

    Jeff Vandemeer talks about the difficulty of sustaining genre magazines in today's economic climate and profiles Bull Spec, a new speculative fiction magazine.


    Hours of fun web surfing to be found over at Stumbling Over Chaos with The Return of Linkity.

    Ilona Andrews points us to some awesome desktop icons for our computers - Evil Dead, Vampire Hunter Kit and more (Click here)

    Bloody Bookaholic talks about trends. The new one? The Mermaid Craze (with covers).
    M.L.N. Hanover (Daniel Abraham) talks about his surreal life while on the set of of HBO’s Game of Thrones with George R.R. Martin.

    Anthologist Ellen Datlow has a selection of photos from the recent World Fantasy Awards convention.

    KB at Babbling About Books has coverage of the Amazon Top 10 of  2010 and the RT nominations.


    Kathy Reichs:
    Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00 pm
    Bestselling author and producer of television hit Bones, signs the first book in her new young adult series with heroine Tory Brennan, Virals.
    Indigo Yonge & Eglinton
    2300 Yonge Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Suzanne Collins
    Saturday, November 20th, 1:00 pm
    About this event: 250 free tickets to this event will be handed out at Indigo Yorkdale on Saturday, November 13th beginning at 9:30am on a first come first served basis. Because of an injury to her wrist, Ms. Collins will stamp books with a Mockingjay stamp specially designed for this 2010 tour rather than signing. Ms. Collins will only be able to stamp one book per person, and will be unable to personalize books. We will have staff members available to take your photograph with your camera as you are getting your book stamped. There will be no posed photography. This is a free event. Please see a staff member for details.
    Indigo Yorkdale
    3401 Dufferin Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Kelley Armstrong | Lesley Livingston and many more…
    11/27/2010 -- 10:00am – 4:00pm
    DarkLit Fest of Durham
    Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch,
    64 Bagot St. Oshawa, ON

    Scott Westerfield
    Wednesday, November 24 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary
    4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
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    If you have an upcoming event in Canada,
    i.e., speaking engagement, conference, convention, book signing or
    other activity please contact me for coverage.

     NeilHoldingHunger2-225x300 Neil Gaiman holding Jackie Kessler’s Hunger.
     Nicole Peeler gets the zombie treatment.
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    1. Urban Fantasy Weekend Report oh how I've missed you! Thank you Doug for the shout out on Paperback Dolls Zombie Week!!

    2. I loved Nalini's presentation of her book. I haven't read the series but I'm definitely doing it as soon as possible! XD

      And Kessler's Hunger seesm like such an exciting book. Rage will be out relatively soon! Heeh!

      Thanks so much for the report!

    3. Oooh, lots of fun stuff. I like the big blue "apocalypse" rectangle; it would make a great bookmark printed on cardstock!

    4. Hi Doug,
      How did I miss Love and Rockets? Wow, that flew right under my radar too. I'm not a fan of anthologies, but just to support SFR I should pick it up. Cute cover.

      I'm glad to hear that Frost's next spin-off series will focus on Vlad. I think he's her next best character after Bones, and he's charismatic enough to carry it for a few books at least.

      That was fun hearing Nalini Singh speak about her series. It's one of the best-written PNRs out there, and I need to read the latest one.

      Thanks for putting that all together.

    5. Excellent weekend report, as always! *g*


    6. Thanks for the mention, Doug! :)

    7. Fabulous collection as always Doug! Thanks for the mention too!

    8. I can't believe I didn't respond to comments. So sorry everyone!

      KittNuv a great event you are running!

      Sean always!

      yllektra I've read some of the series and it is a fun read. I haven't read Jackie's YA yet but am looking forward to.

      Anonymous I bet the insurance company has printed them up....

      Rebecca I love the title too. Wasn't that a comic book series too? Jeaniene always provides a good read. I like Vlad too, he puts up a good from and is mysterious and interesting.

      Thanks Jess!

      Anytime Chris. I love those posts.

      Thanks Jackie. Can't think of time where you don't have tons of content worth mentioning. Maybe I should give a permanent space. LOL

    9. I'm so confused. The comments are from October, but the post is current and dated 11/13... but it never showed up in Google Reader, until I got pinged because of the link to me.

      It's just too much for Monday morning. O.o

    10. Doug are you watching 'Lost Girl'? Just wondering what your thoughts on it are.

    11. KittNLuv yes I am watching the series although I am currently a couple of episodes behind. They're sitting on my DVR. I think it is a fun series with a nice balance of humour and horror. Although it kind of follows the "monster of the week" theme , it's also nice to see fae legends handled so well.


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