Releases: Archer, Broaddus, Harrison, Quaid, Sanders, Showalter, Sizemore, Spradlin and Strout

Jill Archer – DARK LIGHT OF DAY

Cover Copy: Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, and the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, the daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret: She was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of, and some would consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or to attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.

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Maurice Broaddus – THE KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT

Cover Copy: The Wire meets Excalibur in this stunning urban fantasy.

From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise.

The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing.

From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise. The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing. Broaddus’ debut is a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything you’ve ever read.

Collecting the sensational urban fantasy series, and comprising all three volumes: King Maker, King’s Justice, and King’s War.

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paperback – Kim Harrison –  A PERFECT BLOOD

Cover Copy: Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

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Jamie Quaid – BOYFRIEND FROM HELL

Cover Copy: Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.
Much to her surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?

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Anna Sanders – CURSED BY DARKNESS

Cover Copy: Winx is a daevor: a demon who can coerce people into killing themselves. After using her powers to avenge her sister’s death, she’s sentenced to have her wings severed and serve as a soldier. But Winx refuses to play by the rules. She goes into hiding at a BDSM club in Los Angeles where nobody would think to look for a deadly daevor.

Keaton’s friends and family are under attack by savages–people who arise from death as soulless monsters. Winx is the only one with the power to defeat them, and Keaton is determined to harness her dark powers… no matter what it takes.

Cursed by Darkness is the first in an urban fantasy trilogy by Anna Sanders, available Fall 2012!

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Gena Showalter – ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND

Cover Copy: She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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Susan Sizemore – PERSONAL DEMON

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Vampire Enforcer Christopher Bell is in Chicago to investigate rumors of a revolution, but when he comes across vampire hunter Ivy Bailey being followed through dark streets, what he finds is a ghost from his past. Over a century ago, Christopher fought the vicious London serial killer Jack the Ripper—and won. But now, the Ripper’s tainted soul is back—on the hunt once more.

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Michael Spradlin – BLOOD RIDERS

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Civil War veteran Jonas R. Hollister is recruited by the U.S. government to hunt down and destroy an ancient tribe of vampires that is terrorizing the frontier territories of the Wild West in this action-packed new novel from New York Times bestselling author Michael P. Spradlin

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Anton Strout –  ALCHEMYSTIC

Cover Copy: AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY… 
Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

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The Linked News Broadcast

It’s high time I get cracking on the other side of the whole publishing industry aka the wonderful linked news of whatever you like. So let’s see what’s cooking these days in the urban fantasy land, my primary passion right now.

1) MentatJack is hasting a giveaway and his prize is the two Marla Mason books by T.A Pratt. Hurry up and sign, because you have until July 25th to enter. I know I entered and hope to get my greedy hands on them. So fire up and drown that blog with entries.

2) [This little bit I learned from my friend’s blog Fantasy Book Critic] Debute novelist Suzanne McLeod, whose book “The Sweet Taste of Blood” will be released at September 25th 2008, sure is lucky, since her debut will be translated in German. Germany has to thank Krystyna Kujawinska, Foreign Rights Director at Orion. Click here to learn more from Robert about the deal and the “The Sweet Taste of Blood”.

3) Kimberley at Darque Reviews is on a review frenzy with titles reviewed like “Nightwalker” by Jocelyn Drake, “Cry Wolf” by Patricia Briggs, “Gale Force” by Rachel Caine and the comic book version of “First Death” by Laurell K. Hamilton.

4) Gena Showalter speaks about her first publishing experiences at Dear Author, which involved a lot of shouting in various ways and for various occassions. Just check what this modern dive of the writing world has to say for her path HERE.

5) Rachel Vincent hosts her own interview right down at her blog with the newest Urban Fantasy writer aka Jocelynn Drake. Come right down and check it out!

“Awaken Me Darkly” by Gena Showalter

Author: Gena Showlater
Title: “Awaken Me Darkly”
Pages: 384
Publisher: Downtown Press
Misc: Gena’s Blog


Ah, so this is my first post officially at the “Urban Fantasy Land”, which is so cool in a way and I decided to feauture a new review of an older title by Gena Showalter of 2005 “Awaken Me Darkly”. I was introduced to her through her newest installment of the Alien Huntress series “Savor Me Slowly”, but I decided to acknowledge my quirk for chronology and started with the first book of the series. For someone new on the scene, this is a great way to start.

Mia Snow is a special agent in the New Chicago Police Department, working in the A.I.R unit (Alien Investigation and Removal). The setting is in the near enough future to have your typical American mentality and yet far enough to see that water has been excluded from showring and that cars don’t need steering and that aliens of all kinds have nestled on Earth, but without all the hysteria about it. Given the new circumstances justice, legal justace had to adapt and AIR is what the humans came up with. But enough with the pre-word, let’s move on to the plot.

While investigating a new strand of serial murders Mia Snow stumbles into big trouble as what seems like an usual psycho alien on the loose, turns out to be a large scale illegal operation that has a lot more to do with Mia than she actually realizes. In the mix we throw a sexy alien, who is a primal murder suspect, Kyrin en Arr, to whom Mia is very sexually drawn; a hidden scheme; mystical abilities that manifest themselves and leave Mia asking questions. When Dallas, her partner and the only man, who can stand her, lies down with a lethal wound that has him dying slowly, Mia is forced to work with Kyrin behind the back of her boss in order to help Dallas and hep clear Kyrin’s name, although she doesn’t believe him.

In order to avoid spoilers I will not mention the ending, but be sure that Mia confronts a part of her past, which she hadn’t known, but she could have gone without. When it all comes down to her, can she handle the strain and could she remain herself with what she knows? Quite the tease, aren’t I? In order to find out, you would have to go read the book and that is what I urge you to do.

I have to admit that being a starter novel, this book definitely had to set the stage, so it wasn’t was interested as I had anticipated after reading “Savor Me Slowly”. The plot is at first glance not that special, since we have a female cop getting herself into trouble, which the TV is full of. However it’s the amazing skill of Gena Showalter to strap a well known plot on the surgery table and give it a new look. What starts simple enough spins out of control like a mutating puzzle with every block sealing Mia’s choice to act any other way than she did. Of course we have Mia of course, who I think is tough without being haughty or overestimatuing herself like some heroines in the same genre are. Thus we believe her. When she tells she can make someone’s life a living hell we don’t snort and wave her off as another emancipated daddy’s little girl, although she does have her issues with her father.

As a conclusion I just have to say that this novel is a very promising first novel of a series, which has sky rocketed so far with five titles situated in the same world. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with this novel, look at the title.

Bits and Bites

Nibbles
Patricia Briggs has posted a sample chapter from Cry Wolf, due to hit shelves 29 July.

Author News
Anton Strout announced books 3 & 4 of his Simon Canderous series have been bought by Ace Books. We should see them on shelves until 2010 & 2011. In the meantime we will have to munch on Mr Strout’s short stories. Be sure to check out his photo contest.

Free Reads
Author Gena Showalter is giving away a bunch of books, including her own The Darkest Pleasure, Eve Kenin’s Hidden, and Majorie M Liu’s The Iron Hunt.

R.I.P.
George Carlin was the best thing about Shining Time Station. He will be missed.
What was your favourite George Carlin moment?

New Stephenie Meyer Excerpt and Free Book Friday!

Don’t forget to check out the What is Your Favorite Element in Urban Fantasy Poll. Monday I’ll post the results and move on to the next phase which is the “Why” of it.

FROM THE EMAIL INBOX: An Entertainment Weekly preview of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn.

AUTHORS

See screenshots from Gena Showalter’s Second LIfe Virtual Book Launch on the Harlequin Paranormal Romance blog.

Minnesota Women’s Press interviews Tate Hallaway.

BOOK REVIEWS

The Book Girl reviews Romancing the Dead by Tate Hallaway.

Antick Musings reviews Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn.

The Book Smugglers review Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair.

Ciaralira reviews Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

MentatJack reviews Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt. and Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

Lisa Damian reviews The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

FREE BOOK FRIDAY

Fantasy Book Critic is giving away two signed ARCs of Ekaterina Sedia’s The Alchemy of Stone. Contest ends June 19.

Jocelynn Drake is having a Nightwalker giveaway complete with an ARC, mug and magnet. Go to her blog and comment before June 6.

Official Twilight Movie Site, Romantic Times July Book Reviews and More!

AUTHORS

Fangs, Fur & Fey is starting a monthly newsletter. Go here and sign up to have it delivered to your inbox. Also over at FFF, Sarah Rees Brennan interviews Shanna Swendson and Steven Wedel interviews Gena Showalter.

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

Angieville reviews Ill Wind by Rachel Caine.

Sally at Bitten By Books reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter.

TV/MOVIE NEWS

Here is the official Twilight movie site. According to the site, the movie will hit theaters on 12/12/08. Just in time for Christmas.

Apparently there is a campaign to bring back the CBS TV show Moonlight.   From a letter received by Tate Hallaway and posted to her blog:

I was just writing to ask if you happened to be a fan of Moonlight the vampire tv show?? As you may or may not know, CBS has recently cancelled this amazing series after just one season.

I’m part of a massive online group to ‘save’ the show or alternatively have it moved to a new network (www.moonlightarmy.com, www.moonlight-united.com)

PUBLISHING NEWS

Romantic Times has posted its July book review ratings. Marjorie Liu’s The Iron Hunt, L.A. Banks’ The Shadows and Eve Kenin’s Hidden are all in the Top Picks list.

Dear Author discusses the value of authorial endorsement:

In this political season, the candidates have received endorsements from people that they have had to “reject and denounce*”. The Good, The Bad, and the Unread, featured a promo for the September release of Double Enchantment by Kathleen Kennedy which is the second book in her Relics of Merlin series. Kennedy’s world is set in the Victorian era and has a unique way of assigning nobility according to the strength and type of magic one can perform. What I remember from the first book which I forgot to review, Enchanting the Lady, the shapeshifters were considered lower class individuals. (They are animals, after all).

Stephenie Meyer #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List & More!

I’m playing a little catch up from the weekend and yesterday so this posting includes a recap from the past few days. Enjoy!

AUTHORS

From Stephenie Meyer’s website:

I want to congratulate Stephenie on her fourth (out of four) New York Times Best Seller! The Host is the #1 best-selling fiction book for the week of May 18, 2008. While this is not her first time in the #1 spot, The Host is included in the adult (as opposed to YA) hardcover fiction group, which represents the highest level of competition. The Host also ranked #1 on the Publishers Weekly Best-Seller List and on the Wall Street Journal Best-Seller List. Congratulations, Steph!

Melissa Marr was a guest blogger on Witchy Chicks where she talked about her writing process.

Chat with Gena Showalter tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT by going to the Knight Agency website and click on the TKA CHATROOM link. Enter a screen name and simply select “login.”

BOOK REVIEWS

Gladiolii reviews Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

Ciaralira reviews Blood Bound and Graeme reviews Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.

Sidhevicious reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter.

TV NEWS

Joss Whedon is interviewed by NY Entertainment Magazine:

If you’re a (talented, cute, snarky) actor in search of a tough-love mentor, you could do worse than Joss Whedon. The creator of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly admits he was cajoled to finally return to television, and delay a film project or two, by protégé–Buffy nemesis Eliza Dushku. A marathon lunch at the Ivy last year yielded the idea for Dollhouse, the memory-swiped-operative-chicks show that premieres on Fox in January. “I was mentioning writers, but Eliza kept saying ‘Don’t you want to do it? Don’t you want to do it? Look how cute I am!’ And she’s really cute,” allowed the strawberry-blond auteur at last night’s after-party for the Fox upfronts at Wollman Rink.

PUBLISHING NEWS

Agent Savant has some interesting data and information on romance publishing posted from a recent speech given at a RWA Conference in San Diego. The article addresses trends, opinions and statistics. Definitely an interesting read.

COVER ART

Here is the cover for Cheyenne McCray’s Dark Magic, the fifth book in the Magic series.