Release Day: IN A FIX; TRIXIE; and more

Happy release day to the following books & authors! Which ones do you want?

This Case Is Gonna Kill MeTHIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME
Phillipa Bornikova
Cover Copy: What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.
Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.
But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….
Get itAmazon CA | Amazon US | Chapters | Goodreads

Supernatural Born Killers (Pepper Martin #9)SUPERNATURAL BORN KILLERS
Casey Daniels
Cover Copy: Former cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is thrilled when she gets her job back—with a promotion. But her new position is turning out to be more than she can handle, especially with the dead clamoring for her attention… As Garden View Cemetery’s new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors. Luckily, some of the cemetery’s permanent residents have volunteered to give Pepper a ghostly hand, and she’s not about to turn away the help. But when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles everywhere, Pepper quickly finds her newly acquired free time occupied. The dead man is her ex-boyfriend Quinn’s former partner Jack Haggarty—and he isn’t going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. And while Quinn recently had a brush with the afterlife, he still isn’t ready to accept Pepper’s abilities—or offer his skills as a detective. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn she’s the real deal and investigate Jack’s death—before someone else meets their end in a watery grave…
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The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (The Asylum Tales, #0.6)THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE (novella)
Jocelynn Drake
Cover Copy: The second of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink.
Gage’s ex-girlfriend is back in town and needs help escaping a master vampire. While not the easiest of tasks, he certainly didn’t count of getting help from a mysterious woman with a few secrets of her own.
100 pages
Get itAmazon US | Goodreads
[title available at Amazon US only]

THE KINGMAKERS
Clay and Susan Griffith
Cover Copy:  A war to the death.
Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs.
To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon.
As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans—Gareth’s brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar.
The Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss.
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IN A FIX
Linda Grimes
UFL Review
UFL Interview
book trailer
Get itAmazon | Chapters/Indigo | Goodreads

Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond Pet Shop Boys: A Short Story
Kim Harrison
Cover Copy: From bestselling author Kim Harrison comes this original short story (to be featured in her anthology Into the Woods, October 2012) where things are most definitely not as they seem. A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever.
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[title available at Amazon US only]

Clean (Mindspace Investigations, #1)CLEAN
Alex Hughes
Cover Copy: I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it, real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city, and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
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Have Stakes Will TravelHAVE STAKES WILL TRAVEL (novella)
Faith Hunter
Cover Copy: In Have Stakes Will Travel, readers get a chance to go deeper into the thrilling world of skinwalker and vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock. In “WeSa,” the Beast who lives inside Jane watches as her hunting grounds become prey. In “Haints,” Jane and her best friend, witch Molly Trueblood, are hired to investigate mysterious paranormal phenomena—and the evil they find brings a new meaning to the words “haunted house.” “Signatures of the Dead” tells the story of the vampire massacre that made Jane Yellowrock a household name. And in “Cajun with Fangs,” Jane makes a new friend who turns out to have old enemies, and finds herself drawn into a vicious blood feud, fueled by dark magic and ancient grudges.
143 pages
Get itAmazon US
[title available at Amazon US only]

Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)ASHES OF HONOR
Seanan McGuire
Cover Copy: It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities—training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills—but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.
To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne, who didn’t even know he was a father until the girl went missing. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a teleporter, like her father. She’s also the kind of changeling the old stories warn about, the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped.
Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. But danger is also stirring in the Court of Cats, and Tybalt may need Toby’s help with the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.
Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea.
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Dead Mann Running (Hessius Mann, #2)Dead Mann Running
Stefan Petrucha
Cover Copy: Just because a bullet has your name on it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t duck. Either I’m stubborn or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective. But it’s tough out there for a zombie. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability. See, if we get too low, we go feral. And I’ve been feeling down lately myself. So when a severed arm, yeah, just the arm, leaves a mysterious briefcase in my office, my assistant Misty thinks figuring out where it came from will keep me on track. But this job goes deeper and darker than I imagined. Turns out the people after the briefcase know more about my past life than I can remember, and even more about what I’ve become.
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The Dirty Streets of HeavenThe Dirty Streets of Heaven
Tad Williams
Cover Copy: Bobby Dollar is an angel, a real one. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own, pride, anger, even lust. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new trainee angel that Heaven has dropped into their midst. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth. When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get.
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An Apple for the Creatureanthology – AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE
Includes stories by: ILONA ANDREWS, AMBER BENSON, RHYS BOWEN, MIKE CAREY, CHARLAINE HARRIS, DONALD HARSTAD, STEVE HOCKENSMITH, NANCY HOLDER, FAITH HUNTER, TONI L.P. KELNER, MARJORIE LIU, JONATHAN MABERRY, THOMAS SNIEGOSKI
Cover Copy: Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, “Playing Possum,” Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew’s entire class but finds she’s one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of “exceptional,” in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’s “Magic Tests.”

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers “VSI,” in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski’s “The Bad Hour,” Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You’ll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!
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Ghosts: Recent Hauntingsanthology – GHOSTS: Recent Hauntings
Cover Copy: The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths, and stories since before recorded history. Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us…these are some of literature’s most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are no less fascinated with phantoms than our cave-dwelling ancestors or our Victorian-age forebears. Thirty modern masters of fright and fantasy fill this anthology with shivers, chills, and spooky explorations of both sides of the veil. Be prepared to keep a light on all night!

Peter Atkins: “Between the Cold Moon and the Earth”
Rick Bowes: “There’s a Hole in the City”
Laird Barron: “The Lagerstatte”
Steve Duffy: “The Rag-and-Bone Men”
Jeffrey Ford: “The Trentino Kid”
Karen Joy Fowler: “Booth’s Ghost”
Neil Gaiman: “October in the Chair”
Stephen Gallagher: “The Box”
Elizabeth Hand: “Wonderwall”
Glen Hirshberg: “The Muldoon”
Alaya Dawn Johnson: “The Score”
Stephen Graham Jones: “Uncle” (original)
Caitlin R. Kiernan: “Apokatastasis”
Marc Laidlaw: “Cell Call”
Margo Lanagan: “The Proving of Smollett Standforth”
John Langan: “The Third Always Beside You”
Joe R. Lansdale: “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler”
Maureen F. McHugh: “Ancestor Money”
Sarah Monette: “The Watcher in the Corners”
Reggie Oliver: “Mrs Midnight”
Richard Parks: “The Plum Blossom Lantern”
James van Pelt: “Savannah is Six”
Tim Powers: “A Soul in a Bottle”
Barbara Roden: “The Palace”
Ekaterina Sedia: “Tin Cans”
Nisi Shawl: “Cruel Sistah”
John Shirley: “Faces in Walls”
Peter Straub: “Mr Aikman’s Air Rifle”
Melanie Tem: “Dhost”
Steve Rasnic Tem: “The Ex”
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Free Fiction Friday

* Twilight fans: Browse inside Robert Pattison: Eternally Yours, the unauthorized biography by Isabelle Adams

* “Cole Gets His Date – parts 1 – 3″ by Jennifer Rardin

* Comic: Killer Kittens From Beyond the Grave“A scheming she-wolf stalks a dashing, young Mountie as he treks through the frigid Canadian wilderness to catch a fur-trappin’ murderer.”

* Comic: “The Werewolf of the Alps” from Horror from the Tomb #1. This is a story that wastes no time getting to the action. (The missing caption reads “I warned you about listing me second, Dave!”)

* Ilona Andrews posted the beginning of a novella-length UF.

* Excerpt: from New Tricks by John Levitt

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.


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).

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.

A Grab Bag of Stuff – The Memorial Day Edition

Happy Memorial Day!

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Scooper reviews The Devil You Know by Jenna Black.

Sidhevicious reviews Feast of Fools and spotlights The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.

Gladiloii and Wendy review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Lurv la Mode reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Jackie Kessler is giving away an ARC of Hotter than Hell here.

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