Release Day: IN A FIX; TRIXIE; and more

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

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….
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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
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[title available at Amazon US only]

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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Linda Grimes
UFL Review
UFL Interview
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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
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[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
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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Links for Writers 2008.12.16

* The New York Times says more women would give up sex than the internet. Dear Author wants to know if you would rather give up books or sex for two weeks? And we want to know if you would rather give up writing or sex?

* Jeff Vandermeer shows through photos the various stages of the manuscript in making a novel.

* Write to Done lists 10 Free Resources Every Writer Needs.

* Jaye Wells shares a typical day in the life of this urban fantasy author:

“6:55 Sit down with my first cup of the day and my laptop while Spawn eats and watches cartoons. Periodically give Spawn the countdown till we leave.”

* Pictures of Neil Gaiman’s writing space, circa August 1989:


neil-gaiman-aug-1989-nutley-sussex-2It’s cramped and cluttered and loaded with cool stuff, but there’s something charming and comfortable about being surrounded by all those books.

Twilight, Fringe, Armstrong, Butcher, Hamilton and more in the news

Robert Pattinson, who plays teenage vampire Edward Cullen in the upcoming film Twilight, was group interviewed by and others at Comic Con.

“[It’s] very difficult to see, really, what he’s thinking.” Pattinson said. “Because he’s always hiding things from Bella all the time. And especially when I read the unfinished [book,] Midnight Sun, which is from Edward’s … perspective, that kind of changed, because it helped things a bit.”

New blog, has posted video footage of Kelley Armstrong signing for fans at Comicon.

Another new blog,, was also at Comicon and nabbed Dresden Files author Jim Butcher for an interview in a storage room (plus bonus video material).

Laurell K Hamilton has posted a new episode of her podcast via her blog and is hoping to make it a monthly event.

From the Washington Post, Young Adult novels about life on the fringes, a look at Ivy by Julie Hearn, Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt.

Just when you thought there was nothing left to be told of Batman’s story… Neil Gaiman will be writing Batman.

According to the trailer for the comic version of The Stand, Stephen King is “the greatest science fiction, fantasy and horror writer of our generation.” Hmmm. Horror maybe, but  SF and fantasy? I’d put Neil Gaiman over King for fantasy. Not sure about SF. Who do you think reigns supreme in horror, SF and fantasy?

JJ Abrams leaked info about his new TV series Fringe. It’s typical Abrams, mytho-scientific, and inspired by 1970s movie Altered States. But I’ll be giving it a try because it’s got Pacey:


[REVIEW] Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys

Neil Gaiman

Harper Perennial, 2005

Neil Gaiman is a lucky man, unlike the main character of this book, Charles Nancy (aka Fat Charlie), who is always down on his luck (and not fat, just stuck with the name). Fat Charlie is the sort of guy who gets wedged in coach on a trans-Atlantic flight when the caterers forgot to load the sandwiches and bottled water. Fat Charlie happens to be the son of Mr Nancy (aka Anansi), one of the gods from American Gods. But Fat Charlie is boring and dull. All the other characters are more interesting, especially Spider, the brother Fat Charlie never knew, never heard of until the day his father died.

Spider is a party-going play-boy when he shows up at Fat Charlie’s door and turns his brother’s boring life upside-down. Spider is all the things Fat Charlie is not. He’s bold, suave, sophisticated, and he has all his father’s magic. But he’s also lonely, something he didn’t realize until he steps into Fat Charlie’s life and tries it on. Then Spider goes too far– so far as to fall in love with his brother’s fiancee. But Fat Charlie has learned. He becomes bold. He wants rid of his meddling brother. And he goes beyond the ends of the earth to get it done.

In the hands of another writer, I might have put this book down unfinished. There are hints of a Gaiman story throughout the novel, but it wasn’t until chapter 10 that I finally felt I was reading an actual Gaiman story with deep characters and funky plot twists. Until that point, the story felt more like a first novel, though, like I said, there are clues. If I hadn’t kept going, trusting Mr Gaiman, I might never have known such a good story. Maybe that makes me the lucky one.

Anansi Boys is for anyone who enjoyed Neverwhere and American Gods.

Rating: A [I’d definitely read this again. Wish I’d read it sooner.]

You can catch an excerpt at Gaiman’s website.

Saturday Briefs


Shanna Swendson is guest blogging today over at Myth, the Universe and Everything.

Scooper poses the following question to authors:

If a reviewer isn’t thrilled (and writes that) with your book and requests an ARC of one of your upcoming novels, would you give it to them or tell them to shove it? How do you feel about negative reviews? What turns you off about a review site? If you could change one thing about the way I review books, what would that be?

Mark Henry interviews author Jeri Smith-Ready at the League of Reluctant Adults blog.


Praxisism reviews American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Sidhevicious reviews Unshapely Things by Mark DelFranco

Saturday Review Round-Up

Benjamin reviews Jim Butcher’s Small Favor.

The Book Muncher reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Reviews for Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely from Book Lady,  and Yvette.

riley_merrick reviews Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine.

Jaye Patrick reviews Vicki Pettersson’s The Taste of Night.

Harriet Klausner reviews Jes Battis’s Night Child.

Jill reviews Patricia Briggs’s Moon Called.

KimP reviews Keri Arthur’s Tempting Evil at the eHarlequin book review blogs. (Now up to  7883 in the 100,000 Book Challenge. Can those numbers be right?)

Maureen reviews House of Cards by C.E. Murphy.

Charles reviews Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison.

Stephanie reviews Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Monday Review Round-Up

Allison guest reviews Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange at YA and Fantasy Reviews. Swarm of Beasts reviews Marr’s Wicked Lovely.

Psynde reviews Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot In The Grave.

Slayra reviews Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking.

Fantasy Girl reviews Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

Reviews for Kim Harrison’s The Outlaw Demon Wails:

kgbooklog reviews Carole Nelson Douglas’s Dancing With Werewolves.

Tyhitia Green reviews Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge.

Katie reviews Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.