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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Happy Holidays from Rachel Caine!

In this Urban Fantasy Land exclusive, we’re bringing you the holiday traditions of some of your favourite urban fantasy authors! Today’s guest:  Rachel Caine author of the Weather Warden series, Morganville Vampires series and the soon to be released Outcast series.
rachelWhat winter holiday do you celebrate?

Which one comes with presents?  And mulled wine?  That one.

What are your favourite winter holiday traditions?

I enjoy putting up our tree!  We have a family tradition of buying at least one new ornament per year to add … this year, we’ve already bought six, I think.  We now have more ornaments than tree.  We will probably address this by putting up another tree.

What are you looking forward to most?

I would say “time off,” but ha.  How about “writing time”!  And the aforementioned presents, mulled wine, and being with my family and friends.  Also, baking.  Baking is good.  Me like baking.

What’s your favourite gift to give?

Silly, goofy gifts.  One of my favorites of the past several years was a screaming monkey toy you fire from a slingshot and unsuspecting passersby.

What’s your favourite gift to receive?

Screaming monkey toys.  Also, of course, BOOKS.

What’s your favourite holiday food/candy/treat?

My ultimate favorite is probably pecan pie, but red velvet cake runs a close second.

What books/stories do you have coming out in 2009?

Eeek.  Okay, here we go:

January 6 – LORD OF MISRULE, the 5th Morganville Vampires novel
February 3 – UNDONE, the 1st book of my new Outcast Season series
July – CARPE CORPUS, the 6th Morganville Vampires novel
August – CAPE STORM, the 8th Weather Warden novel
October (?) – A short story in the anthology STRANGE BREW, edited by P.N. Elrod
November – the 7th Morganville Vampires novel, as yet untitled
Also, sometime in 2009, I will have a Weather Warden story in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, and a Morganville story in another collection as yet untitled.

To quote the immortal Joss Whedon:  “Fire bad.  Tree pretty.”  And I hope your trees are all very, very pretty this holiday season.

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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]

[REVIEW] Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

FEAST OF FOOLS

Rachel Caine

Series: Morganville Vampires, Book 4 (Young Adult)

NAL Jam (Penguin Books) [June 3, 2008]

Claire Danvers is a 17 year-old college student who lives and goes to school in Morganville, a small town where vampires and humans coexist. Feast of Fools opens with a group of vampires invading the Glass House where Claire lives with her boyfriend Shane, her friend Eve and Eve’s newly turned vampire boyfriend Michael.

Among this group of new vampires is Mr. Bishop, who is Amelie’s father. Amelie is Claire’s sponsor and the Founder of Morganville. Just the mere mention of Bishop’s name sets all of the other vampires in town on edge. Shortly after his arrival, invitations for a masked ball are delivered and it would seem almost everyone in Morganville except Claire was invited, including her boyfriend Shane.

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