Thursday, March 31, 2011

Giveaway: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

laurendestefano_authorphotoMany of you know how I love dystopian fiction. Not only am I reading a copy of Wither by Lauren DeStefano for review, but thanks to the terrific folks at Simon & Schuster Canada I have three (3) copies of the novel to give away to readers. You can enter using the form at the end of the post.

Wither is the first book in a young adult series called The Chemical Garden Trilogy. If the blurb for the opening book in the series is any indication it is sure to be an edge of your seat read. Wither just hit stores March 22nd.

You can read an excerpt of Chapter One here and find out more about Lauren at her website or read the RomanticTimes interview.

What YA have you been reading lately?

BOOK SUMMARY: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Hush Hush to Become Graphic Novel

Becca smFans of YA author Becca Fitzpatrick will be pleased to know that Hush, Hush and its sequels Crescendo and Silence are to be turned into a graphic novel series by Sea Lion Books. More details to be found in the official press release below. No details are available yet on artwork.


ATLANTA, GA – March 31, 2011 – Sea Lion Books announced today the acquisition of the comic book and graphic novel rights to Becca Fitzpatrick's New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel Hush, Hush. A romance laced with intrigue, it is the story of a young girl torn between desire and suspicion in her love for a fallen angel. A true psychological thriller, Hush, Hush was the first book in a trilogy, with the story continuing in Crescendo and concluding with the forthcoming Silence, which is scheduled for release in October 2011. The series has a worldwide following, with sales of more than 1 million books in 35 countries.

“Becca Fitzpatrick is a huge bestselling author,” said Kuo-Yu Liang VP Sales & Marketing for Diamond Book Distributors. “I think this series is a great addition to Sea Lion Books line up of projects and should be a major hit for them”.

Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Grey, a studious sixteen-year-old girl from Coldwater, Maine. It has been a year since her father's murder and she is not interested in much other than her schoolwork. Then she meets Patch, a bad boy—and fallen angel. Though unwisely attracted to him, Nora finds herself caught in a battle between the fallen and the immortal. Choosing the wrong side could cost Nora her life.

Becca Fitzpatrick is delighted to have her book brought to graphic novel form. "Hush, Hush was my first book, and it's so thrilling that it has been embraced by so many readers. I'm delighted to be working with Sea Lion to tell Patch and Nora's story through graphic novel format!"

Sea Lion Books shares the delight in working alongside the bestselling author on the adaptation, and feels that Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series is a fantastic addition to its graphic novel line.
Hush, Hush #1 is scheduled to debut in winter 2011. The creative team on the project will be announced at a later date.

Doctor Who – 2011 Season Trailer

Doctor Who is back next month. The BBC just released this trailer. Looks like it is going to be a rollercoaster season. Are you a Doctor Who fan.? Who’s your favourite Doctor from the new series?

 New wallpaper available at the BBC. Click the image.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guest Publisher – Brian Hades (EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing)

Brian-Hades-3It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Brian Hades founder and publisher of the Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing imprint. As Brian says later in the interview they went from a single book the first year to a total of over 120 titles in the first 10 years. EDGE Canada’s largest genre publisher recently celebrated that anniversary with a “Steam & Steel” social. You can read about the event and view some pictorial coverage of the social later in the post.

EDGE has some exciting plans for the coming 12 months that Brian reveals in his interview.

For those of you in or near Montreal EDGE is a co-sponsor of AN EVENING OF STRANGE CANADIAN STORIES. Come celebrate the strange and the fantastic as Claude Lalumière (The Door to Lost Pages), Glenn Grant (Burning Days), and Gemma Files (A Rope of Thorns) launch their new books and, joined by other Canadian writers and editors of weird fiction, showcase new and recent anthologies of the Canadian fantastic: Tesseracts 12, 13, and 14; Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead; and Chilling Tales. There will be books for sale, and time to mingle and meet the authors before and after the readings. Location: Montreal's Blue Sunshine, March 30th from 8-10. Doors open at 7:30.



To celebrate the 10th anniversary, I have four EDGE titles to giveaway. To enter leave a question or comment for Brian and fill out the form at the end of the post. Titles are as follows -

54631421Avim's Oath by Lynda Williams
The Queen is dead, and two princes, Amel and Erien, are pushed centre-stage and made to vie for power that neither brother wanted. Driven by vengeful princesses, most notably the beautiful and dangerous Alivda, the brothers must prove themselves, choosing between the lives they wanted and the roles that people demanded of them.

57309598Cinkarion: The Heart of Fire by J.A. Cullum
Book Two in the Karionin Chronicles

“There was a time when wizards ruled the world,
And in that Golden Age the wizards made
Eight living crystals. So, while wizards die,
The karionin live and never fade.”

Home to nine races of humans and near-humans, the world of Tamar lies on the brink of total war unless the living crystals known as the karionin find young wizards capable of attuning themselves to the magic of the stones.

In “LYSKARION: The Song of the Wind (Book One in the Karionin Chronicles)”, the karionin Lyskarion chooses one of the dolphin folk wizards as its bearer. Now in a world torn by war between the humans and tiger folk, a second living crystal, Cinkarion must select a new bearer—one who’s mind is as powerful as the crystal itself.

To the human wizards’ initial disappointment, Cinkarion chooses a member of tiger folk royalty, a young woman who is a commander in the navy. Could this be a mistake, or part of a bigger plan to bring together a new wizards’ council — one that represents all of the races of Tamar in equality?
58249191Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck
Secrets: some feel freed having them out. Others will kill to keep them.

On May 5, in a flash of pain, every man, woman and child on the planet receives a second set of memories. A new name, a new language, a whole new life slips into their minds, along side their own. In Chicago, a transit worker now knows enough about the Aryan Brotherhood to mark him for death.

In Abu Dhabi, a playboy experiences modern day slavery.
A New York advertising executive shares the memories of a blind railroad working living in China.

And in Washington, a neurologist now studying the phenomenon must fight back the mystic memories invading her mind.

In a world of individuals, sudden intimacy is not for everyone. Some like the openness, some will even kill to keep their secrets.
58249193Immortal Quest by Alexandra MacKenzie
From Publishers Weekly: MacKenzie (who illustrated In My Nature), introduces Nick Watson, a London police sergeant who gets a bad case of déjà vu while interrogating a petty thief going by the single name of Marlen. The fellow swears he's an immortal mage, that he was only trying to retrieve a magical object that could be used to destroy mankind, and that he and previous versions of Nick have been buddies for 500 years. Then Nick is offered a job with a super-secret British spy agency run by his uncle, and it turns out they'd very much like to know more about mages in general, and this one in particular. Like it or not, Nick must accompany Marlen on a quest to recover two other key artifacts and defeat an evil plot. As if that weren't enough, Marlen has a secret: he and Nick have been a lot more than friends. From this unlikely premise, MacKenzie spins a charming and original urban fantasy that carries her sure-footed heroes through a maze of refreshing characters and laugh-out-loud revelations
Recent Highlights at EDGE:
  • EVOLVE: Vampire Stories of the New Undead nominated for the Stoker award
  • GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES cover artist Dave Elsey wins Academy Award
Without any further ado welcome Brian!

An Interview With EDGE Science Fiction
and Fantasy Publishing's Brian Hades

SFG: Looking back over the past 10 years, what would you say stands out as Edge's greatest highlight or proudest moment so far?

Brian-Hades-2There are quite a few highlights. Perhaps the one thing I'm most proud of is our commitment to making the Tesseracts anthology series an annual production.  Pulling together the editors, authors and production team to make it happen year after year without fail is a dream come true.  Others have tried and failed.  We have succeeded and "Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales"  (Fall 2011) will be our 7th volume in a row!

tesseracts 14
[SFG Editors Note -Since its inception, the Tesseracts anthology has featured 344 short works and more than 200 Canadian authors, editors and translators –including such well known writers as Margaret Atwood, Robert J. Sawyer, Spider Robinson, and William Gibson, to name a few. Source – Nina Munteanu at The Writing Life]

SFG: How was Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing conceived? How did you decide you wanted to be a genre publisher?

Brian-Hades-2I became fascinated with Science Fiction when I was a kid.  Over my lifetime I found that I'm best at "producing" things.  Taking raw materials, raw talent, raw ideas and making them into something that, in the end, is much bigger than the sum of its parts.  I have a background in theatre, music, magic, innovation, invention and publishing, so when Lynn Jennyc introduced herself to the publisher's breakfast club a dozen years ago and mentioned that she was interested in publishing SF, I jumped at the opportunity to start EDGE.  Of course it wasn't EDGE until we sat down and brainstormed hundreds of other ideas... but in the end the name EDGE came to me in a late night "inspiration".  
I've always wondered why the companies who show off their products at trade shows never adequately explained what they did / offered / provided, so when it came time to settle on the imprint name it had to be "EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing" so there would be no confusion about what we did.  The same thoughts went into the naming of our website:

SFG: What is the biggest challenge for a Canadian publisher? Opportunity?

Brian-Hades-2The biggest challenge for a Canadian publisher is placing books into bookstores. Canada is a geographically diverse country with pockets of population spread out across the width of the country and vast areas of empty countryside populated with small towns in between.  However the bigger challenge has been bootstrapping the publishing company without any outside investors.  EDGE was started by contributing 100.00 a month into a startup fund for two years.  So, with 2,400.00 in hand (and a credit card that had room for 5,000.00 of debt) we produced "The Black Chalice", a hard black chalicebound, short run, first edition.  We are very proud of that first book - which has gone on to be published in four other editions and created a fan base for the author, Marie Jakober (who by the way, is the author of "The Demon Left Behind" - coming out in May of this year).  Now that we have a track record and some solid titles and authors within our stable, we can entertain thoughts of taking on investors, partners, co-publishers, etc.

The opportunities that present themselves to us today are enormous.  We actively solicit submissions from new and seasoned authors and have managed to find some gems along the way (watch for "Technicolor Ultra Mall" by Ryan Oakley in the Fall).  More of our books are being picked up by other publishers (such as "Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait" - which was picked up by Fremantle Press, an Australian Publisher) and we've optioned a few titles for Hollywood's consideration.

SFG: Where do you see Edge 10 years from now?

Brian-Hades-2In the past ten years we've gone from publishing our first (and only) book that year to having published a total of 120 titles (55 titles under the EDGE imprint, 35 titles under the Tesseracts imprint and 30 titles under the Absolute XPress imprint) which is nearly a doubling of output for every year after the first two start up years.  I do not expect to keep up to that rate of growth, but I do see that we will be steadily introducing more and more titles and authors over time.  We are embracing new digital technologies such as the production and delivery of e-books as well as investigating other avenues for storytelling.  Ultimately, we are a means to a storyteller's end!

SFG: What's coming up in the next 12 months that you are excited about?

Brian-Hades-2With the introduction of Tesseracts Thirteen's horror theme, we've become fascinated with producing dark fantasy and horror titles.  Nancy Kilpatrick has been instrumental in giving us direction in a genre that we had little to do with prior to 2009.  We have started an annual anthology of Canadian horror fiction, "Chilling Tales", edited by Michael Kelly. The first volume is due out in March. Nancy Kilpatrick is editing "EVOLVE Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead".  And, we have a new anthology of Sherlockian stories, "Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes" edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, on the go.

those who fight monstersWe are proud to be releasing Marie Jakober's Urban Fantasy "The Demon Left Behind" novel (in May)."Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives" edited by Justin Gustainis is an anthology featuring some of today's top Urban Fantasy authors which will be released in March. Fans of Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston's historical fantasy Druids, will be delighted to know that Book Two: Captives will be released in May 2011.

"Circle Tide" (due out in August) is Rebecca Rowe's follow-up SF novel to "Forbidden Cargo" and we are releasing "Rigor Amortis" a zombie romance anthology, previously released under the Absolute XPress imprint, as an EDGE title - in October and just in time for All Hollow's Eve.

Although this all sounds like a commercial for what we are doing, I'm just very proud of the titles on the fall list.

There are even more titles on the Winter 2011 list and we have titles planned for Spring 2012. But you will have to wait to find out what they are!

This is an exciting time for us and I hope our fans and readers will continue to support our authors and our imprints by reading and talking about the books we produce.  Feedback is always welcome. Just email us at:

For more information about EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing's releases please visit

EDGE's Steam and Steel Social

Although the weather outside was icy cold, the atmosphere inside the Calgary Aerospace Museum, on November 20th, 2010 was warm and festive as over 200 of EDGE's authors, families, friends and supporters grabbed their goggles and gear and joined the crew from EDGE for the Steam and Steel Social to celebrate EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing's first decade of producing quality speculative fiction, fantasy and horror.

Our thanks to Professor D. G. Wilson and his "Wilson's Elixir of Wonder", the actors of Gas & Light Productions, slide guitar virtuoso Ellen McIlwaine, poet Christian Bök, storyteller Lana Skauge and accompanist Tom Doyle, and the parlor prestidigitation of Richard Rondeau for their stellar performances.

The evening wrapped up with Brian and Anita Hades selecting the Lord and Lady of the Ball from the many guests decked in their finest Steampunk costumes.

A fun time was had by all!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Giveaway: A&E’s “Superhuman” DVD with Stan Lee

Courtesy of A&E Home Entertainment,  I have a DVD of Superhumans hosted by legendary Marvel creator Stan Lee to giveaway.  This eight part series delves into the extremes of human ability. To enter for a chance to win this fascinating DVD, please fill out the form at the end of the post.

Do you have a favourite Marvel character? I personally always liked Daredevil.

Product Description: Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It's a process that continues to this day, and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of STAN LEE S SUPERHUMANS. Co-hosted by Stan Lee, the legendary creator of the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Hulk, the series scours the globe for the real-life counterparts of Lee's characters people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers. In each episode, these superhumans undergo tests that may help explain their amazing gifts, while viewers discover the long history of people with extraordinary powers. Daniel Browning Smith, who s been dubbed the most flexible man in the world, hosts this thrilling journey into the farthest reaches of humankind. STAN LEE S SUPERHUMANS: SEASON 1 includes all 8 episodes

Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Author – Lory S. Kaufman

Earlier this month (March 16) Lory S. Kaufman debuted his YA science fiction novel The Lens and the Looker. This is the first book In a series to be called The Verona Trilogy to be followed by The Bronze and the Brimnstone (July 2011) and the third tentatively titled The Loved and the Lost.

This terrific YA novel centers around a 24th century History Camp. Lory says -
History Camp is planned as an ongoing series of stories where young people from the 24th century go back in time and have dangerous and exciting adventures. This is to help them learn to appreciate the almost utopian 24th century world they come from, until something goes horribly wrong.
I'd like to thank Lory for taking the time to prepare this guest post and spend time with us today. You can find out more about Lory and the series by visitng his website.

Lory Kaufman and Science Fiction

Lory-Kaufman-photoMy favorite science fiction novel? You’re asking me what’s my favorite science fiction novel? What a question. Asking that of a person who takes their futurism seriously is like asking a Sultan who their favorite harem girl is, or asking Carrie from Sex in the City which are her favorite pair of shoes.  It depends on the day and circumstances.

But seriously, very seriously, how does one separate and categorize 45 years of reading? And what are we talking about; most enjoyed, most influential, ones that stay with you for a few days, like fluff and then fade, or ones that linger for years. 
They all have their place.

Well, space is limited, and I’m a writer in his formative stages, so how about I pick the most influential and also what could be considered dystopian. After all, that's, more or less, what my work will be categorized with? I’ll pick three older than 25 years and two current.

19841984:  Like most baby-boomers, I read this as part of my high school curriculum.  A cautionary tale of bad guys who've taken over the world and how an everyday guy reacts.
What’s really amazing about this novel is how many phrases from it have become part of the modern lexicon. “Big Brother”, “thoughtcrime”, “doublethink” and “Orwellian”. It was well written, has strong characters, and over the years, has stimulated many discussions between friends and strangers. I remember, in the 1990’s, arguing that its publication helped make sure that 1984, or a totalitarian world, didn’t happen. I’m not sure about that now, but, although it wasn’t written as such, I do suspect that it was chosen to be part of a North American wide school curriculum as part of an anti-communist propaganda.  What do you think?

stranger_in_a_strange_land_coverStranger in a Strange Land,   Okay, I have to admit it.  I was a hippie. There are pictures of me, somewhere, with long hair down to my shoulders, a purple paisley shirt, bell bottom pants with three inch wide red, white and blue stripes and heavy leather boots. Robert Heinlein’s 1960’s tome played right into this crazy, wonderful and screwy counterculture movement. Or maybe it just reflected it. While his book was about individual liberty, sexual freedom, religion, and the breaking down old paradigms and personal responsibility, I’m afraid my experience with it line edited out the responsibility part. And I always got the impression that Heinlein just loved to see what he could get away with, pushing the boundaries of morality. 

lord-of-the-fliesLord of the Flies:  This is the book that made me want to be a writer, and I am still learning from it. It’s a psychological drama about people. The science fiction only gives the setting to the situation. There was a nuclear war which caused some kids from Britain to become stranded, without adults, on a jungle island. Story starts . . . we see what happens. Love it. Also, from a writer’s point of view, the story doesn’t become dated, except for one small detail. The book was written in 1954, when one cliché about people from Britain was they generally had a “stiff upper lip” attitude, or an unspoken social agreement to put up with hardship. This is exemplified in the way the boys are at the beginning of the book and their one rescuer is at the end. However, today, people from Britain are thought of as free thinkers and extremely creative in the arts. That aside, the story still stands the test of time.
Now for a few modern books.

unwindUnwind:  This is a wonderful, far-fetched story where unruly kids are harvested for their body parts, right down to the tiniest part of their brains. Two sections of the book really creeped me out. (that’s a compliment) One is where a young man is in a bad accident, and to repair brain damage, is given a piece of an “unwound” kid’s brain. What this forced him to do was an amazing piece of writing, but I won’t tell what it is. About the most creepy thing I ever read in my life was the description of another “unwind” being taken apart. It’s written from his point of view. Well done, Neal Shusterman.

the-hunger-gamesThe Hunger Games: I must end with The Hunger Games, which has become a phenomenon and for good reason. This trilogy by Suzanne Collins was published over four years and the third installment did not suffer from being written in a relatively short time frame. 

You see, if there’s one thing that really bugs me about the North American publishing business, it’s that books are usually written to deadlines. And in a series, this is a very dangerous thing. When reading some books, (not Ms. Collins) I get the distinct impression that it was outlined, okayed by the publisher and then fleshed out with very few changes. I perceive in them as having a distinct lack of plot twists and psychological depth, and very few secondary and tertiary plot threads. 

This did not happen in MockingJay, the third part of The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, Ms. Collins not only kept the writing quality up, she took a few chances and deviated from what I think was expected. It got her some flack, but only from those who just wanted more of the same. She experimented a little and pushed the envelope. The vast majority of her readers followed happily.
There are, of course, many, many more wonderful modern books that have influenced me. I include old and new here and I guarantee, the list is longer; Brave New World, The Chrysalids, The Giver, Feed, Uglies and The Adoration of Jeanna Fox.
If you’ve like any of these, perhaps you will enjoy The Lens and the Looker, and the rest of what follows in my History Camp series.  You can read more about it at You can also “like” the History Camp Facebook page at:

Book #1 of the Verona Trilogy

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Coming Up This Week


Monday, March 28 - YA author Lory S. Kaufman joins us with a guest post about The Lens and the Looker, Book #1 of the Verona Trilogy. Love story and time travel anyone?


Wednesday, March 30 - Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing recently celebrated its tenth year anniversary. I have publisher Brian Hades as a guest to talk about this unique Canadian press.BRIAN_HADES

April 2 - Erotic romance author Viva Anna's blog tour makes a stop here to celebrate the release of her paranormal romance Glimmer.


Ends April 2
Ends April 3

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Oscar Winner Designs Cover of New Sherlock Holmes Anthology for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Canadian publisher Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is ecstatic over artist David Elsey’s recent Oscar win. David designed the cover foe EDGE’s forthcoming release of GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec. 

Gaslight Arcanum is a follow-up to the Gaslight Grimoire (2008) and Gaslight Grotesque (2009) anthologies. Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan?

(Calgary, Alberta) Dave Elsey, this year's Oscar winner with Rick Baker for Best Makeup (for their work on "The Wolfman"), is the cover artist of the new Sherlock Holmes anthology GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, edited by Charles Prepolec and J. R. Campbell scheduled for release by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in Fall of 2011.

About Dave Elsey
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Annual Academy Awards (Oscars)
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- Press Room Los Angeles, California
- 27.02.11
"From creating fantastical creatures in the television series Farscape to plant-wrangling skills in The Little Shop of Horrors, Creature Fx Designer Dave Elsey has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to create memorable characters using make up."

"Elsey is a phenomenal artist, bringing magic to any medium he works in", says Brian Hades, owner of Hades Publications, of which EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is an imprint. "We are very pleased to join with the hundreds of other people in congratulating Elsey and Baker on their Oscar win. We are equally excited to announce that Dave Elsey's art will grace the cover of "Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes" edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec."

The powerful cover of the newest "Gaslight" Anthology, shows Sherlock Holmes looking into a mirror, seeing a reflection of an uncanny, undead haunting likeness of himself, in return...

"We believe that the haunting nature of Elsey's work for the "Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes" cover is a great fit for the powerful tales contained within." says Hades.



In the dark lurk horrible secrets. Long buried and hidden from prying eyes are the twilight tales of the living and the dead - and those that lay in between.

From the comfort of the Seine to the chill blast of arctic winds, from candlelit monasteries to the callous and uncaring streets of Las Vegas are found arcane tales of men, monsters and their evil...


The stink of a Paris morgue, the curve of a devil’s footprint, forbidden pages torn from an infernal tome, madness in a dead woman’s stare, a lost voice from beneath the waves and the cold indifference of an insect’s feeding - all hold cryptic clues for Sherlock Holmes, the original dark-knight detective, as he drags the hidden horrors kicking and screaming into the light!

"Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes" features twelve new stories of the supernatural that push the Great Detective outside the conventional into the fantastic, written by:
  • Stephen Volk
  • Christopher Fowler
  • Kim Newman
  • Paul Kane
  • Simon K. Unsworth
  • Tom English
  • Tony Richards
  • William Meikle
  • Fred Saberhagan
  • Kevin Cockle
  • Lawrence C. Connolly
  • Simon Clark
Art will include cover by: Dave Elsey, interior art by Luke Eidenschink and frontispiece by Hellboy's Mike Mignola.
Praise for Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes
Will leave you wanting more of the detective who just won’t die’ -- National Post
'A good addition to any library’ -- Library Journal
'Fans of the fantastic should be happy to see the famous detective stepping into their world’-- Booklist
    Praise for Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes
    • 'These are dashing tales worthy of the new vision of Holmes and fans will adore them’ -- Globe & Mail
    • ‘Apt to satisfy the most demanding readers. Highly recommended.” – SFsite
    • ‘Surprisingly fresh and entertaining’ – Ellen Datlow
    For more information about:
    Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
    6" X 9"
    Please contact:
    Janice Shoults
    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

    UF Release – The Zero Dog War by Keith Melton

    I also wanted to call attention to a new ebook urban fantasy release from my good friend Keith Melton. Keith’s books are fun and filled with attitude. I also love Samhain’s “Product Warnings”.

    After accidentally blowing up both a client facility and a cushy city contract in the same day, pyromancer and mercenary captain Andrea Walker is scrambling to save her Zero Dogs. A team including (but not limited to) a sexually repressed succubus, a werewolf with a thing for health food, a sarcastic tank driver/aspiring romance novelist, a three-hundred-pound calico cat, and a massive demon who really loves to blow stuff up.

    With the bankruptcy vultures circling, Homeland Security throws her a high-paying, short-term contract even the Zero Dogs can’t screw up: destroy a capitalist necromancer bent on dominating the gelatin industry with an all-zombie workforce. The catch? She has to take on Special Forces Captain Jake Sanders, a man who threatens both the existence of the team and Andrea’s deliberate avoidance of romantic entanglements.

    As Andrea strains to hold her dysfunctional team together long enough to derail the corporate zombie apocalypse, the prospect of getting her heart run over by a tank tread is the least of her worries. The government never does anything without an ulterior motive. Jake could be the key to success…or just another bad day at the office for the Zeroes.

    Contains explicit language, intense action and violence, rampaging zombie hordes, a heroine with an attitude and flamethrower, Special Forces commandos, ninjas, apocalyptic necromancer capitalist machinations, absurd parody and mayhem, self-deluded humor, irreverence, geek humor, mutant cats, low-brow comedy, and banana-kiwi-flavored gelatin.

    SFR Release – Once Upon a Time in Space by Heather Massey

    I have been remiss in posting about fellow blogger Heather Massey’s science fiction romance debut as I was hoping to have done a review. But I still haven’t acquired an ereader. Hopefully soon. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on Once a Time in Space which came out earlier this month as an ebook. Heather has been been deeply involved and a leading proponent of the SFR genre. You can visit hear blog at The Galaxy Express. Any SFR enthusiasts out there?

    In the sea of stars, an epic love story is about to begin...

    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 space pirate in the galaxy.

    Raquel lives for one purpose: revenge against a horrible demon from her past. When an attempt to hijack Nick’s starship backfires, Raquel becomes his protector in order to avoid capture by the tyrannical Space Defense Corps. Nick and Raquel are irresistibly drawn to one another despite the forbidden nature of their attraction. But the conflicted pirate’s deepest secret could tear the couple apart even as humanity’s time runs out…

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Promo: RT Booklovers Convention April 6 - 10

    Are you thinking of attending this years Romantic Times Booklovers Convention? Well there is lots happening this year, something for everyone!
    I have the Press Release with all the juicy details and the full agenda of what’s happening each day. Also included here is the list of many of your favourite authors that may be attending. Literary Escapism has been featuring and profiling many of the attendees and you should check out the site.


    The 28th annual RT BOOKLOVERS' CONVENTION arrives in Los Angeles, April 6-10, 2011. This five-day extravaganza celebrates the $10 billion a year publishing industry. Bestselling fiction authors and their fans, who on average read between 10 and 30 books a month, will attend workshops, parties and book signings at the convention at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA.

    More than 400 authors will attend this year's celebrations, including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers Dean Koontz, Catherine Coulter, Heather Graham, Robyn Carr, Jill Barnett, Gregg Hurwitz, Brenda Jackson, L.A. Banks, Stephanie Bond, Cherry Adair, Shana Abe, Rhys Bowen, Sabrina Jeffries and Gail Carriger. Authors representing every genre, from historicals to thrillers, romance to paranormal, sci-fi to Christian fiction and graphic novels and comics will be in attendance. And Twilight fans won't want to miss this year's special Teen Day on Saturday, April 9, where they can meet the hottest young adult (YA) authors in the business, including Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Kelley Armstrong, Ally Carter, Melissa de la Cruz, Alyson Noel and Richelle Mead.

    Themed parties throughout the convention will entertain and delight. Why not visit the Soap Star Ice Cream Social where stars like Jacklyn Zeman (General Hospital), Eileen Davidson (Young and the Restless), Sheri Anderson (former head writer for Days of our Lives) and Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital and Cougar Town) will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. There's also a Steampunk Social and the Intergalactic Bar & Grille for out-of-this-world fun. The nightly entertainment can only be described as a jaw-dropping visual like when the costume Faery Ball takes flight or the creatures of the night come out for the Vampire Ball.

    ColumbusFaeryBall_smThe RT BOOKLOVERS' CONVENTION is a haven for die-hard fans of fiction and for published and aspiring authors who want to learn how to succeed in today's fiction market. Attendees can choose from more than 100 workshops and meet agents and editors from top New York publishing houses who will be on site, searching for the next breakout writing sensation.

    Attend the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 11am-2pm, where 400 authors will meet thousands of fans who will purchase autographed copies of their current books. The book fair is facilitated by Barnes and Noble and will supply books for purchase at the event.

    2010MrRomanceJamieUngaro_smiAspiring male models can strut their stuff in the Mr. Romance Competition where 10 gorgeous hunks will compete to be on the cover of a romance novel, win a cash prize and a New York City cover shoot sponsored by a major New York publisher. There will be lots of hootin' and hollerin' at this lively event in search of the next Fabio.

    Besides pumping millions of dollars into the local economy, the RT BOOKLOVERS' CONVENTION also donates books to support literacy. Additionally, there will be a blood drive on Friday during our E-Book and Graphic Novel Expo. And on Saturday, RT Book Reviews teams up with the FoodBank of Southern California at our Giant Book Fair where thousands of fans will show up to meet the authors and hopefully, with your help, bring a canned good.

    Los Angelian book enthusiasts will not want to miss this year's chance to hobnob with their favorite bestselling authors!

    For more information visit RT BOOKREVIEWS MAGAZINE.

    The Annual RT BOOKLOVERS Convention is brought to you by RT BOOK REVIEWS the magazine for fiction lovers with more than 250 new books reviewed in every issue, author interviews, book news, gossip and much more!


    imageClick above to see the complete agenda

    There is a special event on Friday which is officially Graphic Novel Day. Lots of great events and giveaways. Click below for a larger view.


    Here is a sampling of the Urban Fantasy,Paranormal Romance, Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors Attending This Year's Convention:

    Cherry Adair
    Ann Aguirre
    Vivi Anna
    Kelley Armstrong
    Keri Arthur
    Jennifer Ashley
    L.A. Banks
    Holly Black
    Jenna Black
    Allison Brennan
    Sarah Rees Brennan
    Shannon K. Butcher
    Rachel Caine
    Gail Carriger
    Tera Lynn Childs
    Cathy Clamp
    Cassandra Clare
    Bianca D'Arc
    MaryJanice Davidson
    Sylvia Day
    Melissa de la Cruz
    Merrie Destefano
    Carole Nelson Douglas
    Clare B. Dunkle
    Kate Elliott
    P.N. Elrod
    Jacquelyn Frank
    Terri Garey
    Laura Anne Gilman
    Colleen Gleason
    Heather Graham
    Chris Marie Green
    Molly Harper
    Megan Hart
    Candace Havens
    Lisa Hendrix
    Erin Kellison
    Jackie Morse Kessler
    Angela Knight
    Deidre Knight
    Alisa Kwitney
    Jade Lee
    Sophie Littlefield
    H.P. Mallory
    Mari Mancusi
    Melissa Marr
    Richelle Mead
    Karen Miller
    L. E. Modesitt
    Alyson Noël
    Kate Pearce
    Nicole Peeler
    Caridad Piñeiro
    Patrick Rothfuss
    Diana Rowland
    Jaime Rush
    Carrie Ryan
    Lynsay Sands
    Linnea Sinclair
    Kathryn Smith
    Jeri Smith-Ready
    Melinda Snodgrass
    Kerrelyn Sparks
    Jeanne C. Stein
    Jory Strong
    Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
    Rachel Vincent
    Christine Warren
    Jaye Wells
    Laura Wright
    Rebecca York
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