Free Fiction Friday 2008.11.28

* Twilight Lady: an Urban Fantasy webcomic

* The Rat Catcher by Kate Rothwell

* “When the Music’s Over” by Jeri-Smith Ready’s character Jim.

* The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold “In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.  (You have to be a registered user of Tor.com, and logged in, in order to download this book.)”

* “When I was a Witch” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

* “The Daemon Wars” – Parts 1 & 2 by Jennifer Rardin

Worldbuilding Radio Show

Mark Del Franco, Kate Smith, Ilona Andrews, Jordan Summers, Cheyenne McCray, and Jeri Smith-Ready talk about how to make fictional worlds come alive, from urban to rural and everywhere in between. Diana Gill, Executive Editor of Eos hosts this lively conversation. Today at 3pm EST.


Publishing Deals, The Use of Scent in Writing and More!

AUTHORS

Jaye Wells talks about the use of scent in her writing.

Fantasy Debut has an interview with Jennifer Rardin. Here is snippage:

Tell us a little bit about the Jaz Parks series.

The books follow legendary CIA assassins, Vayl the vampire and his assistant Jaz, as they move through their missions. Which, of course, involve killing nasty, power-hungry creatures who’d just as soon bite your head off as look at you. Then they’d probably suck out your soul and pronounce it claw-lickin’ good because, you know, they’re usually raging maniacs with scary supah powers.

BOOK REVIEWS

Angieville reviews Chill Factor by Rachel Caine.

Kimberly reviews The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu.

Books and Myths and Jaxon review Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Jenn at Flames Rising reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.

Janicu reviews Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Rachel Vincent is giving away Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson, so go and comment. Contest ends Friday, May 30.

Lurv a la Mode is giving away copies of Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. Leave a comment on a new “word of power” for Kate to use by 6:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow night to win.

PUBLISHING NEWS

From Laurell K. Hamilton’s blog:

Press Release from Berkley:
At Berkley, Editorial Director Susan Allison signed up three more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels from Laurell K. Hamilton—the 1 bestselling author credited with starting the genre of paranormal fiction. North American hard/soft rights were brokered by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House in a major 7-figure deal. The first of the three books-the sixteenth hardcover in the popular series, following the latest installment Blood Noir-will be published in 2009.

Dear Author has posted Publishing Deals for the week of May 22-28 complete with commentary.

Saturday Briefs

AUTHORS

Shanna Swendson is guest blogging today over at Myth, the Universe and Everything.

Scooper poses the following question to authors:

If a reviewer isn’t thrilled (and writes that) with your book and requests an ARC of one of your upcoming novels, would you give it to them or tell them to shove it? How do you feel about negative reviews? What turns you off about a review site? If you could change one thing about the way I review books, what would that be?

Mark Henry interviews author Jeri Smith-Ready at the League of Reluctant Adults blog.

BOOK REVIEWS

Praxisism reviews American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Sidhevicious reviews Unshapely Things by Mark DelFranco

Melissa Marr with 2 books on the NY Times Bestseller lists and more!

AUTHORS

Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange is #5 on the NY Times Children’s Hardcover list and Wicked Lovely is at #10 on the NY Times Children’s Paperback list. Congratulations Melissa!

Rachel Vincent interviews Jeri Smith-Ready over at Fangs, Fur & Fey. Here is a snippet:

RACHEL: Jeri, the biggest surprise for me when I read Wicked Game was that it’s told in present tense. Because of that, I honestly wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. But I loved it! What made you decide to write this particular novel in present tense? Were there any particular challenges associated with that choice? Will future Ciara Griffin novels also be written in present tense?

JERI: It was a decision based on the character and the story.Ciara, the first-person narrator, is a former(-ish) con artist.Lying is second nature to her (or possibly first nature).If she tells the story in past tense, a reader might not trust her account of events—she might be coloring things to put herself in a better light.But if readers experience the events with her, they can trust her more.So basically, I used present tense to get around the problem of the unreliable narrator.I’ll continue to do so, unless Ciara suddenly becomes a saint.

Kelly at Wyrdsmiths interviews Jeri Smith-Ready as well.

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt.

Books4Ever reviews Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Kimberly reviews Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward.

Scooper reviews Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Gladiolii reviews One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

TV NEWS

CBS has canceled the vampire television series Moonlight. From Entertainment Weekly:

Pink slips were handed out today to CBS dramas Shark and Moonlight. Shark, which starred James Woods as a prosecutor, was averaging 10.3 million viewers, while Moonlight, the sexy vampire series, only attracted 7.5 million this season. CBS will officially announce its schedule Wednesday in New York City.

Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP Launches Today and More!

AUTHORS

Jeri Smith-Ready is interviewed by David Coe, is guest blogging at Southern Fried Chicas today (Thanks Amie!) and WVMP the radio station from Wicked Game launches today!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Charlaine Harris. (Thanks to Marta Acosta over at the Vampire Wire for this!)

SciFiChick interviews Kat Richardson. Here is a snippet:

SciFiChick: Underground releases this August. Can you give us a brief synopsis?

Kat Richardson: Harper’s friend Quinton asks her to look into the mysterious deaths and disappearances of homeless people around Seattle’s Pioneer Square when he fears he may be implicated in some of the deaths. As Harper investigates, she discovers ghosts, zombies, and that the deaths are all connected to the underground city that lies beneath Pioneer Square–Seattle’s original downtown. The deaths are not just freak accidents, but may be the work of a monster of ancient legend. Harper and Quinton will have to delve deep into the city’s past and some of its current unpleasant reality to solve the crimes and prevent more deaths while Seattle suffers in the grip of its coldest winter on record.

Patricia Briggs now has Mercy’s Garage t-shirts available at the Hurog Store! (Thanks Rinda!)

BOOK REVIEWS

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Host and Scooper reviews New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

Rachael reviews Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin.

SciFiChick reviews Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

Amberkatze reviews Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta.

Kmont reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter and from Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Angieville also reviews Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Tuesday Briefs

AUTHORS

Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Jeri Smith-Ready as Ciara over at Cat and Muse.

Stephenie Meyer has posted an excerpt of The Host here.

Its Demon Week over at The League of Reluctant Adults. The Book Club is discussing Personal Demons by Stacia Kane.

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Greywalker by Kat Richardson.

Angieville reviews The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Gladiolii reviews Uninvited by Amanda Marrone.