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.



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


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.


Happy Holidays from Michelle Rowen!

In this Urban Fantasy Land exclusive, we’re bringing you the holiday traditions of some of your favourite urban fantasy authors! Today’s guest:
Michelle Rowen, author of the Immortality Bites series.

What winter holiday do you celebrate?

rowen_headshotWhat are your favourite winter holiday traditions?
I visit with my family and we normally watch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. Plus, we do Christmas Crackers so during Christmas dinner we all have goofy paper hats on. I usually take lots of pictures to be used as blackmail at later dates.

What are you looking forward to most?
Spending time with family. And my stocking. Which, at my age, I still get. Thank you, Santa!

What’s your favourite gift to give?
This year it’s been books. Almost everyone on my list is going to receive a book from me — suited to their tastes, of course.

What’s your favourite gift to receive?
A gift card for Chapters, the big book store chain in Canada. I’m holding off getting some books since I want to see if I’m going to get some gift cards first. Then…shopping spree!!

What’s your favourite holiday food/candy/treat?
It’s Christmas tradition in my family to have Tourtiere, which is a French Canadian meat pie. Also, I’m a big fan of turkey and cranberry sauce.

Holiday message for readers of UFL:
Happy Holidays to all the UFL readers! Here’s to 2009 being a fantastic year filled with fabulous fantasy fiction! Cheers!!!


Stakes & Stilettos will be coming to a bookshelf near you 31 Mar 2009.

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Michelle Rowen Book Deals

From Michelle Rowen’s blog:

“I’m very pleased to report that I have two new book deals!

*** Deal #1

LIVING IN EDEN is a light urban fantasy/paranormal romance about a slightly-psychic amateur P.I. named Eden Riley who finds herself rather…possessed. Chaos ensues. I’ve been working with this idea on-and-off for a couple of years — it started off as a dark urban fantasy and has evolved to become a fun book that I can’t wait to start working on. LiE will be out tentatively Spring 2010 and I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Berkley Books on this!!

*** Deal #2

NIKKI DONOVAN: DEMON PRINCESS is about a girl who finds out the father she’s never met is a demon king and now that she’s turned sixteen, she’s heir to his throne. Chaos ensues. I wrote the first draft of this book for Nanowrimo ’06, although it has gone through several revisions since then. I can’t tell you how excited I am to sell in the YA genre. It’s my first writing love and my first serious attempts at writing were YA-based. I love this book and I’m so happy that it’s going to be published! It’s also going to be out early 2010 through Walker Books which is a division of Bloomsbury. Another YA will follow it, although at this time it’s undecided if it will be a sequel or something completely different.”

Congratulations, Michelle!

Happy Birthday, Michelle Rowen/Maddox

Today (Sunday) is February 17, also known as Michelle Rowen‘s birthday.

Instead of buying her a gift, purchase her novels so Michelle can reap the rewards of royalties. You can try her standalone Angel with Attitude about a fallen angel. Or her popular “Immortality Bites” series.

But if you’re like me, you’re more interested in her work under the pseudonym Michelle Maddox. Coming soon in August 2008 will be Countdown, part of the futuristic Shomi imprint from Dorchester. Ace cover art, eh? Not sure who did it, but full respect and admiration.

Have a lovely day! 🙂

Tez Miller