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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Wednesday Links for Writers 2008.10.15

Mark Henry shows us the money in urban fantasy novel writing. “unless you’re a lead title at your publishing house, you’re going to be spending some money on getting the word out”.

Speaking as a recovering perfectionist myself, I can vouch for this: Perfectionism Is Bad For You. Perfectionism definitely doesn’t get any novels finished.

Isn’t it ironic? Men Don’t Read, but 7 of the 10 World’s Best Paid Authors are men.

Pen and Pencil Better For the Brain than software? Last year I made the switch from writing on a computer to writing with a notebook and pen. I can honestly say the method is slower, but the results are better. I feel more connected to the work, to the characters and their world.

Are you 24 pages from a multi-book contract? “When the struggling writer is pitching a book to an agent, he or she had better have a book, right? Well, Finnish SF author Hannu Rajaniemi sold three of them to classy UK-based Orion imprint Gollacz based on a mere 24 pages.” Fascinating sales story, but a long shot.

from Marjorie M. Liu -> Good questions are a source of creative energy = Your Book Outline

Kim Harrison’s writing place:

Another awesome Jackson Pearce video. This one about outlining:

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]

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?

Mutants in NYC and Werewolves in Oregon

Author News
Marjorie M Liu will soon be writing the Marvel Comic series about mutant teens in NYC. NYX, will re-launch in August with a 6-issue story arc that picks up years later from where the original left off.  (via Dear Author)

“Simon Green’s NIGHTSIDE #10, the continuing adventures of John Taylor, the PI with a gift for finding things, in an alternate London full of supernatural weirdness and strange mysteries which only Taylor can solve, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in January 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).” (also from Dear Author)

Gaming News
Geeks in Oregon are getting together to play an interactive game that is neither poker nor Dungeons & Dragons. It’s called Werewolf, and it requires the ability to both read poker faces and suspend disbelief. Players are either werewolves or villagers. It’s figuring out who’s who that will determine the winner. Read more about it in The Oregonian.

Free Reads
Christine has reviewed Stephenie Meyer’s The Host and is giving away a brand-new, hardcover copy. Get your entry in before Sunday.

Wild Things

Books
Need a cheap beach read? Wild Thing, the anthology featuring stories by bestselling authors Marjorie M Liu, Maggie Shayne, Meljean Brook and Alissa Day, is now available for $4.

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Author News
Jocelynn Drake is celebrating her internet review debut by giving away a cover flat and more. Head on over to find out what the reviewer said and get entered in the contest.

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Movies
American Film Institute named the top 10 films in the Science Fiction, Animated, and Fantasy categories. Not much there for UF. And no Princess Bride!?

Navel Gazing
Urban Fantasy Land was mentioned in an in-depth and informative article in Library Journal! Thanks, Nanette Wargo Donohue!

June New Releases

1 – JENNIFER ARMINTROUT – All Souls’ Night (mmpb)
I have reached my breaking point. And now I will not, cannot be stopped. With the Soul Eater on the verge of god status, it’s time for me to take a final stand, even if it means losing everything I love. Even if it means losing my life.

I’ve got plenty of power on my side, and some I didn’t know I could count on in the first place. But it’s nothing compared to the army of the undead the Soul Eater is building up. And time is running out.

They say that good always triumphs over evil. I hope that’s true. Because the odds aren’t in our favor, and the fate of the world is in our hands. [Amazon link]

1 – GENA SHOWALTER – Darkest Kiss (mmpb)
She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.

Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining.… [Amazon link]

3 – RACHEL CAINE – Feast of Fools – pb
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville. [Amazon link]

3 – SARAH PRINEAS – The Magic Theif (hardcover)
In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery’s pocket and touched the wizard’s locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet’s magic. [Amazon link]

3 – J R WARD – Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, book 6)- mmpb
As Primale of the Chosen, the fiercely loyal Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of his race. But his first mate, the Chosen Cormia, wants not only his body but his heart for herself. As tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love… [Amazon link]

3 – PHAEDRA WELDON – Spectre – pb
Zoë Martinique has the extraordinary ability to travel outside her body at will. When she is drawn into an investigation of a series of bizarre murders, in which the victims are missing body parts, Zoë hopes to help her boyfriend, Atlanta homicide detective Daniel Frasier, stop the killer— one she’s sure is from the darkest levels of the astral plane—without letting him find out about her special abilities.

Then danger strikes close to home when Zoë’s mother disappears, and Zoë must use all the powers at her command to save her—even though Zoë knows that, in doing so, she may make herself into something no longer entirely human. [Amazon link]

9 – MARIE BRENNAN – Midnight Never Come – pb
England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham’s. His discovery of the “hidden player” in English politics will test Lune’s loyalty and Deven’s courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana’s power — find it, and break it . . . .

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect. [Amazon link]

24 – KIM HARRISON – Hotter Than Hell – mmpb
Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark . . . and different.

Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker’s dozen of today’s boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon . . . and hotter than the sun. [Amazon link]

24 – MARJORIE M LIU – The Iron Hunt – pb
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]

24 – ELLEN SCHREIBER – The Coffin Club – hardcover
It’s tough for love-struck Raven to imagine what’s keeping her nocturnal boyfriend from returning to Dullsville. So there’s only one thing to do—find Alexander. Along the way, Raven can’t resist the spot where she feels most at home, the Coffin Club. But when she stumbles upon a secret door in the club, she descends into a dim catacomb—to a hidden hangout where the house drink happens to be type A or B. Drawn to one of its shadowy members, Raven suspects she’s in over her head. But exploring the covert club is too tempting, even after coming face-to-face with Alexander’s trouble-stirring enemy.

Can Raven delve further into the Underworld unbeknownst to Alexander—and also solve the mystery of her true love’s own secrecy? Ellen Schreiber’s sizzling Vampire Kisses series continues with its darkest installment yet. [Amazon link]