Happy Release Day! Harrison, Marks, Hawes, Kilpatrick, Drake

October 9

INTO THE WOODS
Kim Harrison
short story collection

Cover Copy: A true queen of urban fantasy–the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan–the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up–and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

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VELVETEEN
Danny Marks
YA

Cover Copy: Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal… and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules… or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

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GHOST TOWN
Jason Hawes

Cover Copy: From the stars of the SyFy network’s popular show Ghost Hunters, the second novel in a new spine-tingling supernatural series.

When Amber, Drew, and Trevor are invited to a paranormal conference in the most haunted town in America, they confront a murderous ghost called the Dark Lady and her human servant: Amber’s abusive ex-boyfriend Mitch. The three friends must stop the Dark Lady before she destroys the entire town, and they’ll have the help of a surprising and spooky ally…

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VAMPIRIC VARIATIONS
Nancy Kilpatrick

Cover Copy: Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick unlocks the crypt’s door to reveal the Undead as you’ve never experienced them – merciless, sensuous, intelligent, loving and cruel. The short stories and novellas in Vampyric Variations shine light on a myriad of hidden agendas, deliciously exposing humanity’s favorite predator – the Vampire.

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October 16

ANGEL’S INK
Jocelynn Drake

Cover Copy: Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.

Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

Urban Fantasy Land review

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Deals: DEATH’S AVATAR; FINDING MAGIC; HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED

Death's AvatarDEATH’S AVATAR (novella) – free
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Cover Copy: For five years, Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner have policed relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth with blood and blade. They’re notorious as heroes and killers—the greatest demon hunting team to ever live. But they’re getting tired of fighting.

Now a Goddess of Death is driving the world toward destruction. When her doomsday clock reaches twelve, the barriers between Hell and Earth will be ripped away and bring humanity to extinction.

The clock just struck nine.

The world is running out of time.

50 pages

Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, #0.5)FINDING MAGIC (novella) – $0.99
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Cover Copy: When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. She’s never been a team player and hates how one male Inquisitor condescends to “the new kid.” But at her first bloody crime scene, she gets a taste for investigation—and is hooked on the high. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? As Chess gets closer to the dark truth, she puts herself in grave danger and risks losing everything she’s fought so hard for.

Includes a special preview of Stacia Kane’s upcoming urban fantasy thriller, Chasing Magic!

130 pages

Happy Hour of the Damned (Amanda Feral, #1)HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED – $5.38
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Cover Copy: Seattle. One minute you’re drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters – not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo – isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting the word, “help” (The undead – so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hell bent on turning Seattle’s undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death…

[review] ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD by Mark Henry

henry_roadtrip2ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD
Amanda Feral-Celebrity Ghoul, Book 2
Mark Henry
2009, Kensington

Plot Summary: Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her ‘Mommie Dearest’ gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch – or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his ‘luxury’ resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of ‘moderately accurate’ psychics, they hit the highway – their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning. [Amazon]

Creature Feature: Zombies, vampires, werewolves and ghosts.

Characterization:  In Road Trip, we get some deeper insight into Amanda’s past and see a bit beyond her steely facade to someone who has obviously had some hard knocks in life.  But she is determined to lock those moments away and rise above by using her intellect to solve life’s puzzles and her snarky attitude as a protective mechanism.

Originality:  Non-shambling, fashion forward, gainfully employed zombies?  I think that is pretty original.  I am also a fan of the footnotes and insets.  Because this is a memoir, I think they lend an Amanda-as-confidante and tour guide quality to the narrative.

Storytelling:  Mr. Henry excels at setting and description using all of the senses to punctuate the funny, gross and scary moments.  The plot meandered a bit but this is a much more character driven than plot driven series and the characters are certainly interesting enough.

Badass Factor:  With a taste for flesh and an unhingeable jaw, Amanda is inherently badass although not indiscriminate about her meals.  She usually hunts derelicts and the indigent unless cornered and needs to kill in self defense.

TSTL Moments (Too Stupid to Live):  Amanda is too aware of her surroundings and too savvy to really have TSTL moments.  Usually the mayhem is brought upon her by her friends or circumstance.

Notable Quotes:  There are too many for me to pick just one, so I picked one of my favorite chapter quotes instead.

Chapter 13 Road Games and Gamey Discussion

Genuinely weird celebrities are rarely among the undead.  You’d imagine Tim Burton might be hiding a zombie secret, or his wife, Helena Bonham Carter, for that matter.  Not so, or at least, not yet.

Celebrity Gas Chamber with Lola LeGrave

Buy/Borrow/By-pass:  Buy.  Mr. Henry is writing some of the most unique and satirical work in the genre.  Road Trip of the Living Dead is a detour from the usual fare that will have you simultaneously laughing and cringeing all the way from Washington to South Dakota.  Installment number three, Battle of the Network Zombies, is scheduled for release in March, 2010.

Mark Henry’s Website

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Postcards From the Fantastic: Guest Blogger Mark Henry

Please welcome Mark Henry, author of soon to be released Road Trip of the Living Dead and Happy Hour of the Damned to our first in a series of guest blogs called Postcards From the Fantastic.

Today’s postcard is from Amanda Feral, the heroine of Mark’s Celebrity Ghoul series, donut connoisseur and all-around fashion diva.

Take it away Amanda!

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So, Amanda Feral here…greetings from the recovery ward!  I thought I’d drop you guys a quick note, to let everyone know I’m alive and kicking–well kicking, anyway–and fill you in on all the swank happenings.  After penning my latest memoir, Road Trip of the Living Dead, out February 24th wherever it is you gorgeous people buy books, I thought I’d treat myself to a little cosmetic freshening.  Just a smidge.  A zombie’s got to keep her *expletive deleted* fresh, after all.

Wendy’s in the bed next to mine, wrapped up mummy-style and lording over the remote control like some bloated house husband–don’t get me started on the pile of Twix littering her blankets or the frequency of her bathroom trips.  To say she’s getting on my last nerve, is…well, let’s just say, it’s not going to be much longer before I jump over there and snatch that clicker out of her bony hands.  There’s only so much Judge Mathis I can take.

Thank God Gil stops by to visit, at least I can understand what he’s saying (that’s right Wen, I can’t understand you with your *expletive deleted* mouth full of miniature candy bars).  He brings me all the supernatural gossip rags, the occasional Vogue (which I prefer–when I throw it at Wendy, it’s more likely to leave a divot) and news of his latest romantic entanglements, which have been woefully minimal.  He’s always a pleasant face, which is more than I can say for Nurse Ratched–the little blonde reaper makes me call her that, even withholds dinner if I don’t.  And to think, I pay for…oh wait…here she comes–

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For more Amanda and her ghoulie gang, pick up Road Trip of the Living Dead on February 24th, or preorder it now from Amazon.  You can visit Amanda’s ghostwriter (Mark Henry) at http://www.markhenry.us

2009 Preview: In Their Own Words

Urban Fantasy Land has the scoop. Here’s what some of your favourite authors have coming out in 2009– and in their own words.

frost_gravesendJeaniene Frost: Well, my third book in the Night Huntress series, AT GRAVE’S END, comes out December 30th, so that’s *almost* 2009. Then AN EARLY GRAVE, book four in the series, comes out July 28th, 2009. I also have three short stories in anthologies coming out in 2009: Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance April 13th, Four Dukes and a Devil June 30th, and Unbound, August 25th. So, a busy release year for me!

Okay, I normally hate spoilers, but I’ll give a small spoiler/teaser for AT GRAVE”S END:

Out of the regular cast of characters readers met in Halfway to the Grave and/or One Foot in the Grave, two previously-human people will turn into vampires. A third person will die the permanent, never-coming-back way. And no, I’m not saying who’s who. You’ll have to read to find out ;-).

henry_roadtrip2Mark Henry: Road Trip of the Living Dead will start hitting the shelves on February 24th, so prepare for some more zombie nastiness.

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Faith Hunter: Rapid Descent (thriller set in the paddling world) Feb. 09, by my AKA Gwen Hunter
Skinwalker (urban fantasy) July 09 by Faith Hunter
A SS in Magic Brew in July 09

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kaneStacia Kane: DEMON INSIDE, the sequel to PERSONAL DEMONS, was supposed to be out in January but that’s not happening now. I can’t discuss the reasons why but I can assure everyone the book will be out in 2009, and the delay has nothing to do with the book itself; it’s ready to go, and there’s nothing to worry about. I will of course keep everyone posted through my blog and reader loop, and I’ll make sure UFL has the info too!

I’m also very excited about my new series, the Chess Putnam books. I don’t yet have a release date for those but I know Del Rey is planning to do back-to-back releases, so it’s entirely possible we’ll have two or even all three of them out before the end of 2009. The series starts with UNHOLY GHOSTS, and I just cannot wait to see everyone’s reactions to the characters, the world, and the story. I’m really proud of it.

lewis1J.F. Lewis: ReVamped comes out March 10th from Pocket Books. It’s book two in the Void City Series and involves a soul-stealing demon that has a soul Eric wants back very badly (*cough* Marilyn’s *cough*). Folks who read the first book will be pleased to see lots more Talbot (Eric’s mysterious mouser) as well as some “Scary Greta” moments. There will be a new character or two that I think folks will enjoy.

The mass-market version of Staked (the first Void City Series book) is due out in June, complete with great new cover art.

I’ve also got two short stories that will hopefully find a home over the next year. One of them is a humorous sci-fi tale that addresses the deplorable lack of short stories in which nine year old girls from South Korea save the world. The other is set in the Void City universe and involves a newly turned vampire standing outside a Godiva store. It was inspired by the discussion over at the League of Reluctant Adults a few months back about which food people would miss the most if they couldn’t eat. Obviously, chocolate was the winner.

pettersson_touchVicki Pettersson: I have two releases that I’m excited about in ’09. July will see the release of the fourth book in my ‘Signs of the Zodiac’ series: CITY OF SOULS. It’s a bit of a departure from the first three in that it has a bigger look (I just saw the cover and it’s amazing) and a bigger feel as my protagonist, Joanna, had to go places she (and we) never knew existed. It was a bear to write because I had to worldbuild as if it were the first of the series, but I think I’ve come up with something unique that my readers will enjoy.

Then August will see a Zodiac-related story, Dark Matters, in the UNBOUND anthology, along with Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost and Jocelynn Drake. Being a part of this anthology was like having someone witness a dream of mine and then bringing it to life. I have serious literary crushes on all these writers, and I can’t wait to see this book on the shelves!

rowen_stakesstilettosMichelle Rowen: I have a bunch out in ’09! It’s going to be a great year!! The fourth book in my Immortality Bites vampire series, STAKES & STILETTOS, is out in April. The fifth and final to wrap up the series, TALL, DARK & FANGSOME follows in September. My first young adult fantasy novel in a new series, DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE is out in October. And I have a short vampire store in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE in April. It’s possible that my Harlequin Blaze, HOT SPELL, which is also a paranormal, will be out in late ’09, but I haven’t gotten a definite release date on that one yet!

steifvater_lamentMaggie Stiefvater: SHIVER (Scholastic), about a girl who falls in love with a boy who must become a wolf each winter, and BALLAD (Flux), the sequel to LAMENT, where an obscenely talented bagpiping teen must choose between saving a snarky and dangerous vampiric faerie muse or his best friend and long-term crush.

Anton Strout: Deader Still, book two in the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series, is due out on 2/24/09 and I have a possibly related tie-in story to it in the August anthology City Fantastic.  Most of the next year is dedicated to books three and four in the main series, each of which I suspect will be coming out in late February 2010 and 2011.