Friday Briefs – Nominees, Hideous Females, and Jail Time

AUTHORS

The American Library Association has announced the list of nominees for the Teens’ Top 10, and the list includes several UF names: Betrayed by PC Cast & Kristin Cast, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, Ironside by Holly Black, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Author Jeff Vandermeer interviews UF author T.A. Pratt.

Sharon Ashwood has joined the folks at Fangs, Fur & Fey. Her book Ravenous is scheduled for release January 2009 from Signet Eclipse. Find out more about it here.

The Locus Award Finalists have been announced. Voting is closed. Keep your fingers crossed for the UF content on the list.

Laurell K Hamilton is giving away one copy of Blood Noir, but if you don’t win the draw, maybe you could win one of several auctions for charity. See here for the details.

Stephenie Meyer “Queen of Fantasy” is featured in Time Magazine.

Today at the Penguin Blog, Kat Richardson answers the age-old question: Where do you get your ideas?

BOOK REVIEWS

Christine reviews One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

Kerian reviews Rachel Caine’s Glass Houses.

Duchym reviews The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, and Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

The Book Smugglers post a great big review of Karen Chance’s Touch The Dark.

WRITERS

Debra Dixon from Belle Books says, “We’re opening a new imprint for dark and urban fantasy… The slots are few. We’ll be picky, but you are invited to send a query letter regarding FINISHED and previous unpublished manuscripts. Advances will be small, but there will be advances. At the moment we don’t even have the new website up for the fantasy imprint, so just send your queries to: BelleBooks@BelleBooks.com.”

Agent Kristin lists some helpful hints for writing that dreaded plot pitch.

As always, be sure to do your homework before contacting a publisher or agent.

COMICS

Topless Robot lists The 9 Most Tragically Hideous Female Action Figures Ever. Ugh. Hideous is right.

MOVIES

The new poster for Dark Knight (scheduled for release July 18):

Actor Wesley Snipes has been sentenced to 3 years jail for failing to file his taxes for the years 1999 through to 2007. Bad boy!

The trailer for Blade (1998):

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