Saturday, October 30, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report #55

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:

My fellow blogmate and reviewer Lisa Hurley offers the cute and the geeky in a series of videos on her LISA’s LINE section.

It seems that monthly book release lists are proliferating at various websites and blogs. With all the duplication out there I am considering suspending my own lists, but before I do that I would like subscriber and reader reaction. Do you find it useful and consider it an important feature here at SciFiGuy.ca? Please take a moment to respond to the quick poll on the sidebar.

I have a new guest and a returning guest next week. First will be the Canadian duo of Cathryn Verge and Paula Fox writing as Taylor Keating who will be here for a joint interview to launch their debut paranormal romance Game Over on Thursday, November 4.

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Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. When she unwittingly taps into a parallel dimension via cutting-edge technology, a Dark Lord is quick to take her up on her inadvertent offer. Trapped in the world she thought she’d created for her game, River finds herself in a very real alternate dimension that she must escape from before her soul can be used to unleash evil—upon this dimension and many others.

River’s only ally is the sexy and mysterious Chase Hawkins. A prisoner of the Dark Lord, Hawk is a man adrift—literally. His body safe at home under the watchful care of the Guardians’ scientists, his astral-traveling spirit has been enslaved by his people’s worst enemy, the Dark Lord. Clinging desperately to his sense of self, Hawk is determined to turn the tables on his captor before the connection to his body is lost. When the beautiful, achingly familiar River enters the picture, he vows he will do everything he can to save her from her bleak fate.

Drawn together with an inescapable force, Hawk and River must wrest her soul from the Dark Lord’s grasp before it’s too late.
Also returning guest Skyler White will be here to talk about her newest book In Dreams Begin on Saturday November 6. Last years and Falling Fly was amazing.

Anchored in fact on both sides of history, Laura and Ida, modern rationalist and fin de siècle occultist, are linked from the moment Ida channels Laura into the body of celebrated beauty and Irish freedom-fighter Maud Gonne. When Laura falls—from an ocean and a hundred years away—passionately, Victorianly in love with the young poet W. B. Yeats, their love affair entwines with Irish history and weaves through Yeats’s poetry until Ida discovers something she wants more than magic in the subterranean spaces in between.

With her Irish past threatening her orderly present and the man she loves in it, Laura and Yeats—the practical materialist and the poet magus—must find a way to make love last over time, in changing bodies, through modern damnation, and into the mythic past to link their pilgrim souls . . . or lose them forever.
INTERVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS
Contests still active on the blog include -

Gail Z. Martin’s Days of the Dead blog tour continues. Read her post on high fantasy and romance and enter the giveaway where one lucky commenter will receive an advance review copy of The Sworn and an additional two readers will receive a bonus-pack of The Blood King, Dark Haven, and Dark Lady’s Chosen. I highly recommend this series.[ENDS Nov 3]

Lots of buzz about A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Win some promo buttons now and a copy of the book when it releases. {ENDS Nov 8]

James Knapp talks about his unique zombies and his thrillers State of Decay and The Silent Army. Read his post and enter the giveaway to win copies. [ENDS Nov 4]

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Canadian science fiction and fantasy writer Edward Willett was interviewed about the first book in his new YA fantasy series, Song of the Sword. Enter the giveaway [ENDS Nov 1]

From October 18, young adult author Clare B. Dunkle talked about The House of Dead Maids, her ghost story prequel to Wuthering Heights. A pre-Halloween treat with a great giveaway [ENDS Oct 31]



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.


AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

FREE READS (or almost free):
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LOL. Check out Ilona Andrews new fall theme at her blog. I like it. Whimsical. She says -
I was looking through the Shutterstock images, stumbled onto the sun background, showed it to Gordon, and he laughed.  So now the website has a new cute fall theme.  I even got all of our pets, with the exception of Sam, in the footer.
The Galaxy Express reports that three SFR authors have made sales in Germany and include Ann Aguirre, Eve Kenin (Eve Silver) and Linnea Sinclair. Check out the full story.

Dark Faeirie Tales has publishing news listing 9 book deals mostly from new authors.

In the “world is a strange place” category check out Maggie Stiefvater’s post on How NASA and I Came to Be Friends. She’ll be giving a speech to 1700 people plus video feed on November 4.

Stella Price at Authors After Dark has the complete list of Bookie Award Nominations.

Interview with Alyxandra Harvey author of the YA Drake Chronicles series.


Molly Harper had some exciting news to report about her humorous Jane Jameson series -
I can finally announce that there will be a fourth Jane Jameson book. The details, such as title and release date, are still being settled.
Apparently Trisha Telep, editor of many of the Mammoth books has another anthology coming out in September 2011 called Dark Fairy Romance.

Sean Cummings at the book launch for Funeral Pallor in Saskatoon.


Diana Pharoah Francis has an interesting  guest post on the topic of “Is Urban Fantasy Dead?” a theme which seems to have been floating around the blogosphere lately.

Pocket Juno has announced six titles for 2011.
  • rogue-oracle Jan 2011: Arcane Circle, Linda Robertson (Circle #4)
  • Mar 2011: Rogue Oracle, Alayna Williams (Oracle #2)
  • Jun 2011: Concrete Savior, Yvonne Navarro (Dark Redemption #2)
  • Aug 2011: Shadow Fall, Seressia Glass (Shadowchasers #3)
  • Sep 2011: Blood Sacrifice, Maria Lima (Blood Lines #5)
  • Dec 2011: Virtual Virgin, Carole Nelson Douglas (Delilah Street #5)
If you missed and vampire-themed releases recently, VampChix has a very thorough recap for September.

Wicked Scribes has some interesting publishing news -
  • Linda Thomas-Sundstrom‘s next book will be called Golden Vampire, with a release date of April 1st, 2011.
  • Sinful Slayer is the May 24th release in the Wing Slayer Hunter series from Jennifer Lyon.
  • Amanda Ashley‘s next paranormal release is called Bound By Twilight, and is scheduled for a release date of September 6th of next year.
  • Next up in the Dragon Kin series from G.A. Aiken (a.k.a. Shelly Laurenston) is Vigholf’s story, titled How to Drive a Dragon Crazy.  It should be available next September 6th.
ANITABLAKE I don’t think I have seen this reported anywhere , but Laurell K. Hamilton says the title of the next Anita Blake book is “Hit List”.

And in similar news I missed reporting this past week. Jaye Wells says book four in the Sabina Kane series will be called Silver-Tongued Devil.

C.E. Murphy announce good news about one of my favourite series. She says -
I am entirely delighted to announce that I have sold a collection of Old Races stories to Subterranean Press. Tentatively entitled BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER & OTHER TALES OF THE OLD RACES, it will include “From Russia, with Love”, “Five Card Draw”, “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” and three to five new stories centering around Janx, Daisani, Vanessa Grey and Baba Yaga’s daughter. And probably some other people. ;)


LISA’s LINE

This week in fun and exciting things I've discovered around the web:

Just in time for Halloween, I give you John DeLancie (for us nerds out there, more commonly known as 'Q') performing Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.



He does quite a good job of it, although I am partial to The Simpsons version, myself.



To follow up last week's Star Wars themed post, here are adorable children dressed as adorable Ewoks. Cute 'splode!
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And the AT-ST is just amazing. For more overwhelming cute, an adorable Jawa…



…and Sand Person.



Now, I know Christmas isn't here quite yet, but when I saw this gem over at Tor, I knew I had to pass along the absolute awesomeness of this trailer.



Basic premise: A group of archaeologists discover what is possibly the world's oldest burial mound in Finland. They of course, dig to find out what's buried there and why, and they find...Santa Claus. A creepy, evil, deadly, Santa Claus. Oh yes, I will see this move. I will see this movie.

I hope all of you have a fun and safe Halloween Weekend! As soon as I am dressed up in my Leia costume tonight I will take some pictures for the blog. My dog makes an excellent Chewbacca. I'd love to see some of the costumes you've come up with this year, so please post your pictures and/or describe how you've nerded out for this Halloween.

Stay tuned for my review of Robert Kroese's Mercury Falls this weekend!


CONTESTS of NOTE:

CHECK FOR DETAILS:
Tor/Forge has a terrific David Weber Prize Pack. Contest open until November 22nd for US only.

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imageThere’s still time to enter the giveaways at Dark Central Station.
Sharon Ashwood asks - “Which is your all time-favourite horror movie?” Send me an email and let me know and I’ll put the name of everyone who replies in for a book draw for a copy of the first two Dark Forgotten books (Ravenous and Scorched) !

For UK readers Random House has a great promo -
Win all the books featured in the rBooks Halloween Newsletter!  You could win: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Spook's Bestiary by Joseph Delaney, I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett, Torment by Lauren Kate, The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman, Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K Hamilton, and The Spook's Stories: Witches by Josephy Delaney.

MEDIA and ENTERTAINMENT

thegatesApparently it is official that ABC’s urban fantasy series The Gates has been cancelled after one season. It wasn’t up to the calibre of most urban fantasy novel series but it was still entertaining. Are there fans out there sorry to see it go?

Shelf Awareness reports on a new supernatural TV production from a YA novel -
Skyler Samuels (The Gates) will star in ABC Family's pilot Nine Lives, adapted from Celia Thomson's Nine Lives of Chloe King series of YA novels. Deadline.com reported that the pilot, "produced by Alloy Entertainment, centers on Chloe King (Samuels), a teenager with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing... claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure."
Vampire Diaries Preview, Season 2, Episode 8



Like werewolves? Watch Red tonight on SyFy.[via Loving True Blood in Dallas]



Are you a fan of the Harry Potter movies? Well apparently there is an amazing book coming for you.




PROMOTIONS:


In their newsletter Writer Space advises of a extravagant Halloween Event. Here are the details -
You're invited to join the fun at the 2010 Halloween Mash! Dozens of Writerspace authors will be chatting and giving away hundreds of prizes on Sunday, October 31st from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern!

Authors will be dropping in to chat all during the evening and we will be giving away tons of new books and other fantastic prizes — autographed, hard-to-find, advance copies plus special treats like chocolates, gift cards and more. We hope to see you Sunday night! You don't have to be present to win, but you must be registered.

For details on all participating authors and the prizes they're giving away, visit http://www.writerspace.com/halloween

Don’t forget about the Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com. You can find a full summary of postings to date here

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COVERS and ART:

New covers discovered at author sites and other blogs. Click the source link to view additional information about the release.

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ofthruthandbeasts Barb Hendee sweetlyJackson Pearce 

Woohoo! Just in time for Halloween, Stumbling over Chaos has Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 46th (Vampires!)
 
Kim Harrison posted a lettered page from her forthcoming Hollows graphic novel. Here’s a panel with Ivy and some pixies. Check out her post for the full page.

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The Infinite Shelf has a cover feature with designs featuring flowers.

Orbit Books has been having a lot of fun with their Parasol Protectorate cover contest all week. Gall Carriger says check it out.

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All Things Urban Fantasy has cover coverage of 15 new titles here.

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


AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf has an extensive list of author’s offering definitions for what steampunk is… my favourite quote -
Steampunk is...that poor bastard shoveling coal in the belly of the gleaming leviathan
Vincent Pendergast author of “Otto’s Elephant” as seen in The Clockwork Jungle Book
The Story Siren has one of her excellent “Dear Publisher” articles up for Simon & Schuster. Must reader for book bloggers. She also recaps the links for previous articles posts covering many additional publishers.

KB at Babbling About Books brings this zombirific [Ed. Note – urban fantasy terminology] video just in time for Halloween.



Tor.com has a Create a Six Word Fantasy Story contest. Sounds like fun. They’ve posted a few submissions so far and my favourite is -
“Gone on quest. Found magic sword!” by @Pallekenl



Maple_Leaf_TN CANADIAN EVENTS CORNER:

This from Alyxandra Harvey -
Hearts at Stake has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award! I'm so thrilled to be considered. Here's the full list, what great company to be keeping!
Friday, November 5
Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Signing
7:00 pm
CHAPTERS
1950 The Queensway
Etobicoke, Ontario, M9C 5H5
(416) 622-2838

Kelley Armstrong will be appearing November 6, 1:30 PM.
John Kenneth Galbraith Library.  Reading and Q&A*** YA focus **.  236 Shackleton St, Dutton, ON.
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Here is the post-conference press release and some photos from the Toronto SpecFic event. By all accounts it was a great success.
SpecFic Colloquium Offers First Serious Discussion about Canadian Speculative Fiction

TORONTO, ON (October 25, 2010) – On October 23, 2010, Toronto hosted the first SpecFic Colloquium bringing authors, editors and readers together to explore the state of speculative fiction – horror, science fiction, fantasy – in Canada.

Opening Ceremonies - JoPrescott “The first rule of Canadian speculative fiction is we don’t talk about Canadian speculative fiction,” says co-organizer Helen Marshall. “We tend to get subsumed into the American market, and the purpose of this event was to get Canadians talking about who we are and where we are going.” The day-long event, sponsored by ChiZine Publications, included notable authors such as Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, Michael Rowe, and Kelley Armstrong.

Karl Schroeder Reading - GaborBagi A range of topics were discussed including urban fantasy, cognitive science, and the spread of Canadian science fiction, but the overriding emphasis was on building a sense of community. Julie Czerneda, author of In the Company of Others, urged writers to promote one another and share market information. Michael Rowe and Gemma Files, on the other hand, discussed the politics of marginalized groups within the broader literary community in their joint panel "Queering the Genre." The standout talk of the day may well have been Peter Watts' who used Rule 34 (If it exists, there is porn of it) to suggest a way of hacking the brain to promote more environmentally conscious behaviour. The overwhelming consensus at end of the day was that Canadian speculative fiction offers more than an extra 'u' and the occasional hockey reference.

Book Table - JoPrescott The success of the event depended on its unique format: a series of forty-five minute talks by major authors in an intimate environment.
According to Montreal writer and journalist Claude Lalumiere, the academic-inspired structure allowed for “an effervescent environment for exchanging and playing with ideas.” Co-organizers Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall have already begun to plan for 2011.

The Toronto SpecFic Colloquium launched the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, a monthly gathering that will show off Canadian speculative fiction authors. The first meeting, on Nov. 10 at the Duke of York Pub, Toronto, boasts bestseller Robert J. Wiersema and Rio Youers. For more information on the Reading Series, visit http://chiseries.webs.com.

For videos and transcripts of the lectures, visit our website:
http://specfic-colloquium.com. For further information about the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, please contact Helen Marshall at Helen@chizinepub.com or by phone at 416-550-4133.

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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.
 


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Gollancz H Party 2010 
Suzanne McLeod at Gollancz Halloween party.
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Judith Graves (middle) with Tanya Huff at the 6th Annual Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton

12 comments:

  1. Doug, I have to chime in here and say that while I do enjoy Abigail's new releases list from All Things Urban Fantasy, I look forward to yours the most. Why? Yours cover more ground and every time I find a few titles I wasn't aware of. I always end up adding to my wishlist based off your releases list. I know it is a lot of work—I tried to keep one going but gave up after so many other bloggers were doing better ones than mine—but yours is my favorite. In fact, I've started to post a link to yours in my sidebar when I remember to do it. I figure it helps everyone. :)

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  2. LOL Thanks Blodeuedd

    Rhianna, thanks for note of support (and the link). I don't mind the work if people find it useful, but if their preferred source is elsewhere... even Tor.com started a monthly list that extends beyond their own titles. I guess that is the price of success for the UF genre.

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  3. Once again, another fantastic weekend report!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these great titles with us. I love the videos! In Dreams Begin looks really good. You might also want to check out "Blood Soup," which is a new dark fantasy novel by Kelly A. Harmon. The story kept my interest all the way through and the characters are very compelling. I highly recommend this one.

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  5. Sean your support is appreciated and keep the news coming :)

    Hi Audrey - Skyler White is visiting this week so be sure to drop back, Thanks for the suggestion.

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  6. That's great - I will! You're welcome :}.

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  7. Ooh, Candid Camera! Didn't realise you'd picked my photo up *g*. Thanks for posting my witchy mug shot!
    S.xx

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  8. Please continue with your book lists. While I have seen them on other blogs I find that yours is the most useful (bad for my wallet but good for my soul).
    Thanks.

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  9. I had totally forgotten the Gates was even on.

    Wait a minute, did I miss something about your release lists? I thought it was weird you only had the one this month. Man I'm always finding new titles with your lists and now you're going to deprive all of us? *grin* Well fine then. I'll just have to work overtime.

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  10. Suzanne it looked like a terrif party. Wish I'd been there but a party trip to across the pond is a bit extreme.

    e-bookloverthanks for the support. The poll definitely suggests I should keep at it and I will! So glad you find it useful.

    Jackie LOL. Nah you didn't miss anything. I just took a small poll to make sure readers are interested because everybody and their second cousin twice-removed is doing a release list these days even Tor has gotten into the act).

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  11. True, but there's not many that focus on SF or Fantasy like you do either.

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