“The Deadline Dames” : Urban Fantasy Overload!

Posted by Harry Markov

Each year brings us the promise of something new, incredible, wonderful, spectacular or simply optimistic. For every person there is a different adjective, but I ask. How do you classify the gathering of NINE urban fantasy authors together on one blog? I can see shrieking fans in ecstasy and grandeur unlike any other. Note that I didn’t choose this art randomly. It represents what happened when “The Deadline Dames” launched.

The “Deadline Dames” and like their smoldering heroines, these femme fatales in the hottest new genre to be at to kick ass. And they do. It has been a week since the official launch of the site and you can see incredible and ranging number of comments, swelling at each post in the range from 3 to about 200. Cosmic numbers for any blogger and quite the launch. But shall we cover why “The Deadline Dames” have achieved such success.

We have the founding holy trinity plus one in urban fantasy and namely Jenna Black, Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow and Jackie Kessler. Then we move on to Rachel Vincent, my personal queen of shapeshifter novels; Toni Andrews and Devon Monk, whose debut has been released last year. Last but not least we have Karen Mahoney and Rinda Elliott, both amazing people as well as writers and by both being represented by Miriam Kriss, success is inavoidable. I like to call them Generation Next in the urban fantasy scene. For me this grouping in experience is going to add some diversity and unexpected dynamics in the blog.

Second, and I think as equally important to the fans, “The Deadline Dames” are generous party girls and in order to celebrate their smooth start, for two weeks they are giving fantastic prizes as well as their insight on a matter of topics: deadlines being on top of their priority right.

I also would like to speak a few words about the site itself. Stylish and fashioned with the trademarks of urban fantasy such as dark colors, knives, guns, tattoos and the necessary femme fatales, “The Deadline Dames” is easy on the eye in more than one way. We have a rotating schedule for weekly posting and several pages for the visitor to explore. All in all, as a reader and writer in the genre, I have to say pretty darn good.

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Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP Launches Today and More!

AUTHORS

Jeri Smith-Ready is interviewed by David Coe, is guest blogging at Southern Fried Chicas today (Thanks Amie!) and WVMP the radio station from Wicked Game launches today!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Charlaine Harris. (Thanks to Marta Acosta over at the Vampire Wire for this!)

SciFiChick interviews Kat Richardson. Here is a snippet:

SciFiChick: Underground releases this August. Can you give us a brief synopsis?

Kat Richardson: Harper’s friend Quinton asks her to look into the mysterious deaths and disappearances of homeless people around Seattle’s Pioneer Square when he fears he may be implicated in some of the deaths. As Harper investigates, she discovers ghosts, zombies, and that the deaths are all connected to the underground city that lies beneath Pioneer Square–Seattle’s original downtown. The deaths are not just freak accidents, but may be the work of a monster of ancient legend. Harper and Quinton will have to delve deep into the city’s past and some of its current unpleasant reality to solve the crimes and prevent more deaths while Seattle suffers in the grip of its coldest winter on record.

Patricia Briggs now has Mercy’s Garage t-shirts available at the Hurog Store! (Thanks Rinda!)

BOOK REVIEWS

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Host and Scooper reviews New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

Rachael reviews Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin.

SciFiChick reviews Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

Amberkatze reviews Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta.

Kmont reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter and from Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Angieville also reviews Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.