“The Deadline Dames” : Urban Fantasy Overload!

Posted by Harry Markov

Each year brings us the promise of something new, incredible, wonderful, spectacular or simply optimistic. For every person there is a different adjective, but I ask. How do you classify the gathering of NINE urban fantasy authors together on one blog? I can see shrieking fans in ecstasy and grandeur unlike any other. Note that I didn’t choose this art randomly. It represents what happened when “The Deadline Dames” launched.

The “Deadline Dames” and like their smoldering heroines, these femme fatales in the hottest new genre to be at to kick ass. And they do. It has been a week since the official launch of the site and you can see incredible and ranging number of comments, swelling at each post in the range from 3 to about 200. Cosmic numbers for any blogger and quite the launch. But shall we cover why “The Deadline Dames” have achieved such success.

We have the founding holy trinity plus one in urban fantasy and namely Jenna Black, Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow and Jackie Kessler. Then we move on to Rachel Vincent, my personal queen of shapeshifter novels; Toni Andrews and Devon Monk, whose debut has been released last year. Last but not least we have Karen Mahoney and Rinda Elliott, both amazing people as well as writers and by both being represented by Miriam Kriss, success is inavoidable. I like to call them Generation Next in the urban fantasy scene. For me this grouping in experience is going to add some diversity and unexpected dynamics in the blog.

Second, and I think as equally important to the fans, “The Deadline Dames” are generous party girls and in order to celebrate their smooth start, for two weeks they are giving fantastic prizes as well as their insight on a matter of topics: deadlines being on top of their priority right.

I also would like to speak a few words about the site itself. Stylish and fashioned with the trademarks of urban fantasy such as dark colors, knives, guns, tattoos and the necessary femme fatales, “The Deadline Dames” is easy on the eye in more than one way. We have a rotating schedule for weekly posting and several pages for the visitor to explore. All in all, as a reader and writer in the genre, I have to say pretty darn good.

Release Day x5

It’s a busy day with these 5 titles being released into the wild today:

The Last Vampire by Patricia Rosemoore and Marc Paoletti
Spawned of alchemy and blood, he was the last of a brutal, ancient line. Now he has just been reborn. Deep in a Texas cave, the military unearths a five-hundred-year-old corpse, its desiccated flesh teeming with mysterious DNA that can transform mortals into beings of unimaginable power. Captain Scott Boulder, leader of a Black Ops unit that has been endowed with these superhuman abilities, is among the first to benefit from the find. But when, with the help of a voodoo priestess, the creature is conjured to life, unleashing an ancient evil bent on reinstating its poisonous kind on earth, Scott knows he must return the monster to the grave. But this is no ordinary vampire. Once a brutal torturer in the Spanish Inquisition, it can bend the laws of science and magic in horrifying new ways. Powerless to fight this evil alone, Scott grudgingly seeks the aid of reclusive anthropologist Leah Maguire, an expert in the mystical rituals of the past. To keep humanity from entering a new Dark Age, Scott and Leah will battle unspeakable horrors and will sacrifice everything they hold dear–perhaps even their own humanity–to destroy the last vampire. [Amazon link]

Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
With [the city of] Volstov immersed in a scandal that may have international repercussions, the Ke-Han devise an ingenious plan of attack. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save the kingdom they love: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace airman who flies the city’s fiercest dragon, Havemercy. [Amazon link]

Hotter Than Hell, anthology edited by Kim Harrison and Martin H. Greenburg
[Note: I tried to track down a list of authors in this collection, but I could only find an old list posted in 2007 by Marjorie M Liu: Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, Carrie Vaughn, L. A. Banks, Susan Sizemore, Heidi Betts, Linda Winstead Jones, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Keri Arthur.] [Amazon link]

Confirmed Stories:
“Dirty Magic” by Kim Harrison
“Ride a Dark Horse” by Susan Krinard
“Life is the Teacher” by Carrie Vaughn
“To Die For” by Keri Arthur
“Demon Lover” by Cheyenne McCray
“Curse of the Dragon’s Tears” by Heidi Betts
“Moonlight Becomes You” by Linda Winstead Jones
“Brother’s Keeper” by Lilith Saintcrow

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu
Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man— changes everything. [Amazon link]

Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night. Not everyone tries. But Jill Kismet is not just anyone. She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head. Welcome to the night shift… [Amazon link]

HBO’s True Blood Series Casting News and More!

BOOK REVIEWS
Kimberly reviews the Weddings from Hell Anthology with stories by

  • Maggie Shayne
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Terri Garey
  • Kathryn Smith

Kimberly also reviews Spectre by Phaedra Weldon and Night Child by Jes Battis.
Literary Escapism reviews The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur.
Sacred Monsters reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, The Anna Strong Vampire Series by Jeanne Stein, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo, Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge, The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson and Dog Days by John Levitt.
Antick Musings reviews Small Favor by Jim Butcher.
The Book Girl reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Dear Author and Thrifty Reader review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.
Love Vampires reviews Embrace the Night by Karen Chance.
CheriPie’s Books reviews The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo.

INTERVIEWS
Darque Reviews interviews Jeri Smith-Ready.
Jeri Smith-Ready and Wyrdsmiths interview Tate Hallway.
Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Charlaine Harris as Sookie Stackhouse over at Cat and Muse.

TELEVISION NEWS
From Literary Escapism:

Nothing is officially confirmed, but according to one of my groups, Kristin Bauer has been cast to play Pam in the HBO series True Blood. Bauer has been around for awhile, guest starring in a number of television shows such as: Crossing Jordan, Bones, CSI, and Boston Legal to name a few.

Again, nothing confirmed, but my source is saying True Blood will air on HBO September 6th.

CONTESTS
The League of Reluctant Adults is having a contest to celebrate their new additions! They are giving away lots of books and swag. All you have to do is identify whose picture is missing from their new header! Contest runs through Monday, May 12.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a signed copy of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Wicked Game along with some Godiva Chocolate to one lucky commenter. The giveaway ends on Thursday, May 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday Review Round-Up

Kimberly reviews Grimspace by Ann Aguirre and The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur.

Wicked Melody reviews Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.

Antick Musings reviews Underground by Kat Richardson.

Dear Author reviews One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

Rachel Vincent discusses Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.

May 2008 Releases

All dates are listed according to Amazon.com and therefore are subject to being incorrect. If you see something incorrect or missing, leave a comment at New Releases 2008 with the correct information, and we’ll update ASAP!

Some dates listed are for reprints; however, reprints are listed if they are new editions (i.e. paperback after hardcover) and not if they are additional print runs.

For releases after May, view New Releases 2008. And to find out what’s due in 2009, view Reading Wishlist (listed alphabetically by author surname).

Sorry: We accidentally listed Tate Hallaway’s Dead Sexy as a May 2008 release. Actually, it was a May 2007 release. Sorry for the confusion. Continue reading

Saturday Review Round-Up

Benjamin reviews Jim Butcher’s Small Favor.

The Book Muncher reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Reviews for Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely from Book Lady,  and Yvette.

riley_merrick reviews Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine.

Jaye Patrick reviews Vicki Pettersson’s The Taste of Night.

Harriet Klausner reviews Jes Battis’s Night Child.

Jill reviews Patricia Briggs’s Moon Called.

KimP reviews Keri Arthur’s Tempting Evil at the eHarlequin book review blogs. (Now up to  7883 in the 100,000 Book Challenge. Can those numbers be right?)

Maureen reviews House of Cards by C.E. Murphy.

Charles reviews Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison.

Stephanie reviews Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.