Saturday, November 6, 2010

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report #56

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca:

7880122It was one of those weeks that is characterized by the phrase, “May you live in interesting times.” Various factors led to my having to reschedule this past weeks planned guests, so a reminder then that the Canadian duo of Cathryn Verge and Paula Fox writing as Taylor Keating who now be here for a joint interview to launch their debut paranormal romance Game Over on Thursday, November 11.

 Also the interview with returning guest Skyler White has been moved to Wednesday, November 10. Skyler is here to talk about her newest book In Dreams Begin. Last years and Falling Fly was amazing.

Scott G. Browne the author of Breathers will be guest posting about his second novel, Fated. It is an irreverent comedy about fate, destiny, and the consequences of getting involved in the lives of humans.fated
INTERVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS
Contests still active on the blog include -

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

Enter the terrific giveaway for one of four copies of the young adult fantasy Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. Card a multi-award winning SF&F author never fails to entertain. [ENDS Dec 6]. First of four draws this Monday.

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:

Kelley Armstrong relates her top 10 chillers to the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Diana Rowland has a book from DAW coming July 2011 called My Life as A White Trash Zombie. No other details available.

In the “We can’t believe it’s true” category, this week Jaye Wells blogged -
I’ve also been making notes on a new series idea I hope to pitch in the spring. It’s an idea I’ve been sitting on for a couple of years, but recently my muse has been working over time. I can’t share any details yet, but it’s an urban fantasy without … brace yourselves … vampires.
Bloody Bookaholic has information and spoilers AND the UK cover for Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward (book #9 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood). Apparently this one is focussed on Payne, NOT one of the guys.

An interesting interview with Jim Butcher by the SF Book Club at NYComicCon about his two most recent books, Changes and Side Jobs.

Jackie at Literary Escapism has the Escapist Newsletter with links to author interviews (over 100), author news and a November book release list. In other words – lots of goodies. Also a link to Tor/Forge releases from now until April. And in her weekly post she has numerous contests and more interviews. Wow.

Apparently John Joseph Adams has launched a dedicated website for his forthcoming anthology The Way of the Wizard with free reads, interviews and more. [via SF Signal]

In congratulations news, Side Jobs by Jim Butcher opened #5 on the NYT list, and Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn opened #23.

Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express has an extensive review of Science Fiction Romance (SFR) news and links for November.

John Ottinger (Grasping for the Wind) has the list of winners from this years World Fantasy Awards.

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 Amazon announced its Top 100 books of 2010. Among the books listed sadly there was only one urban fantasy that I recognized - Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10) by Charlaine Harris. Jeff VanderMeer identified 10 SF titles of which I only recognized three. Not sure if some are obscure, literary or I am just out of touch.

Jennifer Estep reminds us that she has sold a new young adult paranormal series called the Mythos Acad­emy, and the first book is titled Touch of Frost and the second Kiss of Frost. Jennifer has a full description on her blog but had this to say -
Basi­cally, the book is kind of like Veron­ica Mars meets the movie 300.
The title for Kari Stewart’s next Jesse James Dawson book, following A Devil in the Details is A Shot in the Dark releasing in July 2011.

Patricia Altner has the new vampire releases for October at VampChix.

Wicked Scribes has a collection of forthcoming release news including quite a few I hadn’t heard of including that Stephanie Rowe’s next paranormal will be called Touch if you Dare and will release on July 1st, 2011 and Vampire in Atlantis, is the next title in the Warriors of Poseidon series from Alyssa Day with a release date of June 7th. Visit for all the news.

Michelle Rowen had good news to share about a new young adult urban fantasy series debuting in 2012. According to Publishers Marketplace:
Michelle Rowen writing as M.C. Riley’s NIGHTWATCHERS Books 1 and 2, after her soul is stolen in a kiss, a 16-year-old must join a force of demons and angels to protect humanity from an immortal threat, to Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World).
Kelley Armstrong’s newsletter is available now on her website.

FREE READS (or almost free):
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  • Jeremy F. Lewis has  a Void City  Halloween story in 6 parts: Part 1 (at Paranormal Haven), Part 2 (at Pocket After Dark), Part 3 (over at The League of Reluctant Adults), Part 4 (at Bitten by Books), Part 5 (at Amberkatze's Book Blog), Part 6 (his blog)
  • Michele Hauf has put up the first chapter of The Ninja Vampire's Girl from her Nocturne Bites release as well as the prologue and first chapter for Seducing The Vampire.
  • Kelley Armstrong has made her novella Becoming available as a graphic here. She says - “it tells the story of Elena’s “becoming” a werewolf—that dark period from the time Clay bites her through her escape to Toronto.”
  • ResAliens, a magazine of spiritually infused science fiction, guest edited by John Ottinger of Grasping for the Wind is now available for download from lulu.com

LISA’s LINE

This week Lisa has a terrific review of Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese . She concludes -
If you enjoy the humor of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, this is a book to pick up. It's exciting, funny, thought provoking, and well written. Mercury himself reminded me of The Big Lebowski's The Dude, if The Dude had angel wings. Christine is a feisty and intelligent female lead.
Also featured is the first of her reviews of The Walking Dead television series.


CONTESTS of NOTE:

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MEDIA and ENTERTAINMENT

I hope they release this French Canadian werewolf film with subtitles. It has terrific look and I love period pieces. [via Werewolf News]

Another one bites the dust…

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Here is the the US trailer for Rare Exports (the Finnish Santa movie from last weeks report) and the movie poster. You can also visit the film companies Facebook page.




Episode 9 preview for Vampire Diaries:



Doctor Who and Simpsons fans may enjoy this artistic spook of the Doctors [via Blastr.com]
WhoSimpsons Blastr.com also reports that next summer will be a blockbuster for genre/comic adaptations.


May through July:
Thor (May 6)
Priest (May 13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20)
Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (May 27)
X-Men: First Class (June 3)
Super 8 (June 10)
Green Lantern (June 17)
Rise of the Apes (June 24)
Cars 2 (June 24)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (July 15)
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)
Cowboys and Aliens (July 29)

Book Spot Central has casting news on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter releasing June 22, 2012 and is being produced by Tim Burton.
“The Secret Circle” is a series of books about witches. A 16 year old girl named Cassie moves, with her mother, to New Salem, Massachusetts. Her new highschool is ruled by a group of girls known as ‘The Club’. The girls in The Club are witches, descended from the original Salem witches, and Cassie is a witch herself.
A SyFy Channel preview of the their US interpretation of the hit UK urban fantasy show Being Human:



Ooh this looks like fun. Sucker Punch, an actioner with a manga and Sin City look.



  

PROMOTIONS:

Congratulations to Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express who will have an SFR  novel coming out from Red Sage Publishing in March 2011.

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SUMMARY: Earth is dying. Nick Venture, the last living descendant of Christopher Columbus, embarks on a dangerous mission to find a new planet and save humanity. This places him on a collision course with Raquel Donovan, the deadliest pirate in the galaxy. The two adversaries find themselves irresistibly drawn to one another. But the conflicted pirate's deepest secret could tear the couple apart even as humanity's time runs out…

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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.


COVERS and ART:

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.



Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready 
Dark Faerie Tales
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Dark Faerie Tales
Slice-of-Cherry
Dark Faerie Tales
Raziel
Dark Faerie Tales
Mechanique
Mad Hatters Bookshelf
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Michelle’s Book Review Blog
Dark-Descendant
Dark Faerie Tales
Master-and-Apprentice
Dark Faerie Tales
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Wicked Scribes
visions of magic
Anna’s Book Blog
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Wicked Scribes
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Wicked Scribes
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S.J. Chambers
Wolfsbane
Dark Faerie Tales
deadworld Tez Says
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Artist Dan Dos Santos dropped by to confirm that the Naked City anthology cover is indeed done by him (commenters pointed this out). He kindly provided a link to a hi-res version of the fabulous artwork without lettering.  He said -
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.


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casadraculaMarta Acosta does a tour around the world to showcase some foreign edition covers and compare them to US editions. Some very nice covers. She also posted her very own Russian cover for Happy Hour at Casa Dracula.

Also in foreign covers , Karen Mahoney has the UK cover for The Iron Witch, Rachel Vincent has the French cover for My Soul to Keep (very nice) and two others, and Meljean Brook has the Thai cover for Demon Angel.

The final round of voting is happening for Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate covers that were featured last week. Visit Orbit for the details.

Laura Panepinto at Orbit also announced the expansion of their art department. She said -
But now we are three! As of the beginning of September, we have welcomed Wendy Chan onto the Orbit/Yen team as a Junior Designer. With Wendy’s help we’ve been able to start to mix it up a bit. I did my very first Yen covers (for the High School of the Dead series) and Kirk is handling some Orbit covers—the first of which, Leviathan Wakes, is launching today! Very exciting.
All Things Urban Fantasy posted 20 new covers. 

Cover Art featured at SciFiGuy.ca this past week:

AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

Green Ellz Reads has coverage about this years Green Books Campaign. Every little bit helps.

For those interested in the history of the pulp magazines (particularly SF), io9 is running the first of a series of articles on the topic. Some great visuals and well-researched overview.

You know you want to visit Wicked Little Pixie to answer this question - “What Makes a Bad Sex Scene?”

Lilith Saintcrow has been posting a series of amusing stories about squirrels, yes squirrels. Some are a total hoot. Check out the most recent here which has links to the other posts as well.

More 6 word science fiction stories at Tor.com.

Tor.com has conveniently archived the posts from their Steampunk Fortnight and it will remain there indefinitely.

Mark Chitty at Walker of World’s profiles his choices for the best SFF reads in November.


Maple_Leaf_TN CANADIAN EVENTS CORNER:

Judith Graves young adult novel Under My Skin has been nominated for a Cybils (Childrens and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards) award in the Teen Fantasy / Sci-fi category.
APPEARANCES:
Judith Graves (Under My Skin) Signing
Sunday November 7 - 11:00pm-2:00pm
Indigo North Town Mall, 9450 – 137 Avenue NW,
(780) 475-4830

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.


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Author Kari Stewart as the Mad Hatterjeanien_frost  Jeaniene Frost and husband at the  
Memnoch Resurrection Ball in New Orleansjess_haines Jess Haines doing the Halloween thing.faith_hunter Faith Hunter on a zipline excursion at Pigeon RivermoodysmallDavid Moody at a signing in Leicester UKlaura_gilmanLaura Ann Gilman at Harrisonburg VA signing.houndedrevealedKevin Hearne with author copies of Hounded.

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6 comments:

  1. Oh, I hadn't heard about the Kelley Armstrong graphic novel - thanks!

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  2. Doug,

    DeadWorld and HOunded are new to me - thanks for the heads up. Have added them to the Christmas list. :)

    M

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  3. Excellent as always. And thanks for the mention about the Cover Art Awards, but the link is incorrect ;)

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  4. Chris I was surprised to come across it as well and it is a very well done graphic novel. I'd like to see more.

    Michelle that must be some Christmas list by now. I hope you have an in with Santa.

    Thanks for the heads up Abigail. I have fixed the link!

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  5. HI Sean, thanks! It keeps me on my toes.

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