Ace/Roc Authors at Comic Con

Are you going to San Diego Comic Con? I wish I was. Look at all the urban fantasy authors that will be there:

Amber Benson, Taylor Anderson, Myke Cole, Jack Campbell, Rachel Caine, Pat Rothfuss, Kat Richardson, Marjorie Liu, Jeanne Stein, Anton Strout, Tom Sniegoski, Michael Cassutt, Kelley Armstrong, Deborah Harkness, and more.

Check out more information from Penguin and find out about catching all the details of SDCC as they happen.

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New Releases for August

2 – STEPHENIE MEYER – Breaking Dawn (hardcover) (YA)
Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away. [Amazon link]

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5 – RACHEL CAINE – Gale Force (Weather Warden, book 7) (pb)
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She’s thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it.

Unfortunately, Joanne’s pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can’t ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered—and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive. [Amazon link]

5 – JACKIE KESSLER – Hotter Than Hell (Hell on Earth series, book 3)
The incubus Daunuan loves his job: seduce a lot of mortals, bring their souls to Hell, party at the best interdimensional pub this side of the Astral Plane. But when the King of Lust makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Daun has to give up all the tricks of his trade to properly befriend—and bed—Virginia Reed, a woman who’s meant for Heaven.

If he can get her to love him for the incubus he really is, and if he can avoid the rogue demons that are hell-bent on destroying him for reasons unknown, Daun will become the First Principal of Lust, second in line to the King. But Daun learns that love is more than a four-letter word, and that maybe, just maybe, demons really do have feelings after all… [Amazon link]

5 – RICHELLE MEAD – Storm Born (Dark Swan, book 1) (pb)
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy–one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her… [Amazon link]

5 – KAT RICHARDSON – Underground (Greywalker, book 3) (hardcover)
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker—walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.

Pioneer Square’s homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen roaming the underground—the city buried beneath modern Seattle. When Harper’s friend Quinton believes he may be implicated in the deaths, he persuades her to investigate. But the killer is no mere murderer—it is a creature of ancient legend. And Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to stop the monster and its master…unless they stop her first. [Amazon link]

5 – Anthology – SUSAN SIZEMORE, ERIN McCARTHY, CHRIS MARIE GREEN, MELJEAN BROOK – First Blood (pb) (PR)
You never forget your first blood…Susan Sizemore returns to the universe of her Laws of the Blood novels with a sizzling story of the relationship between a vampire enforcer and a werewolf.

Erin McCarthy’s Sasha Checkikov flees the bright lights and dangerous slayers of Vegas for New Orleans, where she is saved by a vampire haunted by his past—and hungry for passion.

Set in the Vampire Babylon world, Chris Marie Green’s story puts the bond between twin female vampires to the test when one of them falls for her prey.

Meljean Brook’s vampire Annie Gallagher needs help to save a young human girl, but she doesn’t expect the help to come from the FBI agent she loved—and had to give up— when she was transformed.
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12 – JENNIFER RARDIN – Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, book 4) (pb)
Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I’m here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward “The Raptor”Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA’s number one assassin who also happens to be my boss.

The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl’s former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust’s new leader has her own plans.

This job is going to be the death of me. [Amazon link]

26 – ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE – Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Good vs Evil) (hardcover) (YA)
MAGGIE QUINN IS determined to make her mark as a journalist. The only problem? The Ranger Report does not take freshmen on staff.

Rules are rules. But when has that ever stopped Maggie?

After facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. It’s no Woodward and Bernstein, but going undercover as the Phantom Pledge will allow her to write her exposé. Then she can make a stealth exit before initiation. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row. And when Hell Week rolls around, there may be no turning back.

If there is such a thing as a sorority from hell, you can bet that Maggie Quinn will be the one to stumble into it. [Amazon link]

26 – CAITLIN KITTREDGE – Pure Blood (Nocturne City series, book 2) (mmpb)
In the shadows of Nocturne City, witches lurk and demons prowl, and homicide detective Luna Wilder must keep the peace—while living life as a werewolf. Now bodies are turning up all over town, the brutal murders linked by a cryptic message: We see with empty eyes…

To make matters worse for Luna, she can’t get wolfishly handsome Dmitri Sandovsky out of her mind. The last time he helped her with a case, Dmitri suffered a demon bite that infected him with a mysterious illness…and now his pack elders have forbidden him from associating with Luna. But she’ll need his help when high-level witches start turning up slaughtered. Because a war is brewing between rival clans of blood witches and caster witches—a magical gang war with the power to burn Nocturne City to the ground. [Amazon link]

26 – LILITH SAINTCROW – Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, book 2) (mmpb)
Another night on the Nightside…An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead–again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer… [Amazon link]

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.

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.

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):