Sunday, October 10, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Here’s a recap of active events here at

Jennifer Estep Guest Post & Giveaway
(ENDS Thursday, Oct. 14)
Erica Hayes Guest Post & Giveaway
(ENDS Thursday, Oct. 14)
CafePress Giveaway
(ENDS Saturday, Oct. 16)

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


  • Lilith Saintcrow has a snippet from Heaven’s Spite, the fifth Jill Kismet book due in November.
  • Lisa Hendrix has an excerpt of Immortal Champion  from her Immortal Brotherhood series (releases in Jan. 2011)
  • According to Suvudu they are featuring  a Glimpse of Darkness from Random House, the first fan-driven, multi-authored, chain story, where readers have the chance to decide the outcome of a wholly original paranormal story by Lara Adrian, Harry Connolly, Kelly Meding, Stacia Kane, and Lucy A. Snyder. So far there have been 3 chapters. To start at the beginning click here.
  • Yasmine Galenorn has an excerpt of the forthcoming Harvest Hunting.
  • Toni Andrews has a snippet of the forthcoming Without Mercy, the next book in the Mercy Hollings series
  • Jackie Kessler has a Hunger snippet.
am_delmonica-sunburst A.M Dellamonica poses with her 2010 Sunburst Award received for Indigo Springs as  the best adult speculative fiction novel in Toronto on September 27.

Editor and author Ellen Kushner released the table of contents to the shared world anthology Welcome to Bordertown recently with an amazing line-up of speculative fiction authors. The original Bordertown anthologies released in the 1980`s are often cited as one of the sources for the term urban fantasy. More details on this new project can be found here and on the series origin here at Teri Windling’s blog. Welcome to Bordertown releases in May 2011.
cover_art_by_phil_hale_3 Chloe Neill received the 2010 Nebraska Book Award for young adult fiction for Some Girls Bite. Congratulations!

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews will open #23 on the October 17th NYT bestseller list. Woot!

Kelly Gay announced that two more books in the Charlie Madigan series have been sold including The Hour of Dust & Ashes (Book 3 – summer 2011) and a 4th in summer 2012.

Leanna Renee Hieber revealed a new book deal this week for a Victorian YA series called Magic Most Foul. It will release in November 2011. Here is the synopsis posted -
Set in 1882 New York City, the story is told via the diary of eighteen-year old Natalie Stewart, a spirited and intelligent young woman who, despite innate talents, suffers from Selective Mutism due to a childhood trauma. When her father, who works for the new Metropolitan Museum of Art, gets wrapped up in a supposedly haunted painting, Natalie's world is turned upside down. A sensitive young woman who has always wondered about the supernatural, she has no idea how profoundly her curiosity is only the tip of a terrifying iceberg of dark magic. The portrait of young Lord Jonathon Denbury is no ordinary painting. Inside that canvass is a trapped soul, while a body possessed is terrorizing New York's infamous Five Points. Its up to Natalie and her newfound guide, the wealthy and compelling caretaker of the painting, Mrs. Evelyn Northe, to solve the mystery of the curse and up to Natalie alone to reverse it. All while on a ticking clock; the soul of Lord Denbury is fading. The harrowing mystery must be solved before more murders take place, and Natalie must find the courage to not only stare a demon in the face, but to use her most hidden of all gifts; her own voice.
Indigo Books in Canada recently announced the winners of its first annual Teen Reads Awards and the winners included, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins as the Best Read, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows as Best All-Time-Fav, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead as Best Series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Best Book-to-Film, and Fallen by Lauren Kate as Best New Writer. Additional winners and categories can be found at It is gratifying to note that the winners are almost exclusively in the fantasy or urban fantasy genre.

Seanan McGuire advises that that book five of her October Daye series which has been titled The Brightest Fell will be renamed One Salt Sea. Visit Seanan’s blog for the full story.
Dakota Cassidy recently tied the knot at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. There’s a video of the ceremony here (thanks to Jeanne Stein for the link).

Book trailer for His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

  • Dakota Banks is running a contest for readers to name a character ion the next Mortal Path book.
  • Kim Harrison is hosting her annual Halloween and you can find the details here.


Melissa Marr provided some links to news at Variety, EmpireOnline and Entertainment Weekly on the progress of turning Wicked Lovely into a film.

Newest Harry Potter trailer (#3)

This weeks Vampire Diaries preview (Ep 5)



I love this spoof cover that Gail Carriger featured on her blog

FOREIGN COVERS: Nalini Singh has the Polish cover for Angel’s Blood, Richelle Mead has covers for  Vampire Academy series covers from Estonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Over at the Odd Shots blog Ilona Andrews had some fun with the cover for The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Visit the post for the captions
Ellen Datlow posted the cover to a forthcoming anthology Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
  • Curses by Jim Butcher
  • How the Pooka Came To New York City by Delia Sherman
  • On the Slide by Richard Bowes
  • The Duke of Riverside by Ellen Kushner
  • Oblivion by Calvin Klein by Christopher Fowler
  • Fairy Gifts by Patricia Briggs
  • Picking up the Pieces by Pat Cadigan
  • Underbridge by Peter S. Beagle
  • Priced To Sell by Naomi Novik
  • The Bricks of Gelecek by Matthew Kressel
  • Weston Walks by Kit Reed
  • The Projected Girl by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Way Station by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Guns for the Dead by Melissa Marr
  • And Go Like This by John Crowley
  • Noble Rot by Holly Black
  • Daddy Long Legs of the Evening by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Skinny Girl by Lucius Shepard
  • The Colliers’ Venus by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree by Elizabeth Bear
Cover art coverage around the blogosphere:
Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Kristin Cashore recently offered a link to the A Grammar blog with a humorous list of reasons why it is good to date a writer with balancing commentary on why you shouldn’t.

For a few laughs check out The Ten Grave Precepts of Writer Zen at Lynn Viehl’s blog. Lynn also pointed out this book trailer video about which she says -
Benjamin Lacombe's Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon A Time) is one of the most visually gorgeous book videos I've ever seen (video link swiped from The Presurfer, which also just turned ten years old. Happy Anniversary, Gerard.)
I absolutely agree.

For the budding writer out there, remember that NaNoWriMo 2010 starts November 1.NaNoWriMoLogo

Dark Faerie Tales has coverage of publishing news with 40 forthcoming books.

Literary Escapism has the Escapist Newsletter (Vol.4 Issue 10) with very thorough coverage of all things urban fantasy and paranormal for the month of September.

Gail Carriger gets vintage hairdo at Melbourne Worldcon
Kresley Cole, Karen Mooning and Gena Showalter at Fevercon
Jessa Slade at Emerald City signing.
Maggie Stiefvater signing copies of Linger at Scholastic UK offices.
Juliana Stone, Jocelynn Drake, Marjorie Liu and editor May Chen at New York Comicon 
Richelle Mead and Alyson Noel in Toronto
Stacia Kane and her new do


  1. Gosh epic post is epic! XD

    I have already ordered Heaven's Spite and Bookdepository just notified me that it's been released so yay!!!

  2. Yes! Weekend Report is back. AWESOME Doug. This is the first I've seen of the Naked City anthology cover. That's got to be Dan Dos Santos art.

  3. Thanks yllektra, I'm trying to get back to my UF groove...

    Hi Abigail. Not sure. It looks like the same artist that does Lucy Snyder's books. It may be Dan.

  4. That's Dan. I'm 99% sure this is him too. He does all the Patrica Briggs covers too.

  5. Hee, it's awesome..
    It's like everything in one place!!!Will this be like weekly?
    'Cause OMG i need to pimp this! XDD

  6. yllektra it is weekly and I have just resumed doing it after a long hiatus. Glad you like it.

  7. Woo Hoo! The UFWR are back! Now I'm going to go back through and actually read it. *grin*

  8. Thanks Jackie, it's taken me awhile to reorganize and restart the Weekend Report but it should be back on a regular basis now.

  9. Great coverage as always Doug!

    I have to agree with Abigail, that has to be DDS for the NAKED cover, which is fabulous. I haven't heard of that anthology, but it's one I'll definitely be buying I think. Great lineup of authors.

    I'm so glad it's back still have a knack for finding things I miss and for this I am thankful.

  10. Hi Doug,
    I was wondering if you had a link to your review for Stacia Kane's Unholy Ghosts? I can't find a search box for your reviews. Thanks, hope you are doing well. Take care....

  11. Wheels I haven't reviewed the Downside series yet but I listened to all three books on audio and quite liked it. I plan a series summary in the next few weeks.

  12. You guys have sharp eyes.
    'Naked City' is indeed my cover.
    You can see the original image without type here:

    It was initially supposed to be a wrap around,
    but given the slew of awesome writers, they needed way more space for copy than expected.

  13. Thanks for dropping buy and leaving the link. Your cover art is a special favourite among the UF crowd. I will share the link in the next UF report if that's OK.


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