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…

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[cover art] UNHOLY GHOSTS by Stacia Kane

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Cover art for Unholy Ghosts, book one of the Downside series, to be released October 27, 2009.

Here is a description from Stacia’s blog:

THE AFTERLIFE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling Debunker and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing the human liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot and dangerous water.

Chess owes a murderous drug lord named Bump a lot of money. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust with a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

Has all Urban Fantasy become the same?

Stacia Kane has written an excellent article on sameness in the UF genre on her blog.  Go forth and be schooled.

“So, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and comments and discussions online relating to the idea that ALL urban fantasy has become samey and dull. That it’s all circling the were-vamp drain, full of designer labels, with the same worlds and characters and plot devices.”

Demon Inside Release Information

I know I wasn’t the only one disappointed to hear that the release for this book had been pushed back to an undetermined future date.   In my travels on Amazon today, I came across this listing for Demon Inside by Stacia Kane and the curious thing about it is that the publisher is listed as Pocket Books.   Now, I had heard rumblings that something might be going on over at Juno Books but nothing concrete.  Makes me wonder if they’ve possibly been bought out??

After finding the Amazon listing, I dug a little further and found a Simon and Schuster listing for her as well.

The new release date according to Amazon and S&S is July 28, 2009.

Posted by:  Lisa Trevethan

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.

Happy Holidays from Stacia Kane!

In this Urban Fantasy Land exclusive, we’re bringing you the holiday traditions of some of your favourite urban fantasy authors! Today’s guest: Stacia Kane, author of Personal Demons.

What winter holiday do you celebrate?

stacia-kane2We celebrate Yule and Christmas. For Yule we light wish candles and have slow-roasted pork. For Christmas…on Christmas Eve we have a whole cold-cut-and-cheese buffet, with hot meatballs and bread, and Christmas day we usually try something different; one year we had venison stew, another roast guinea fowl. But the last few years I’ve made beef bourgoignonne, which I can never spell properly but I have a fantastic recipe for it.

What are your favourite winter holiday traditions?

Oh, wow. I love everything about the holidays, I really do. I love decorating the tree. We watch A Christmas Carol while we do it. I love buying presents for people, I love wrapping them. I love the Christmas Eve cold cut dinner; my Mom started doing it when my brother and I were little and it’s just relaxing and fun. We also open presents Christmas Eve (and have a few Yule presents as well), which I have always loved doing. Something about it being night, and the lights on the tree are so pretty and sparkly, and everyone gets to sleep in a bit the next day (Santa brings a few gifts and fills stockings, but the kids are allowed to open their stockings before the parents wake up. So since they have all their family gifts [from Mommy, from Daddy, etc.] from the night before, and their stockings, they’re pretty busy and amused until we get up.)

What are you looking forward to most?

Hmm. Opening presents. I love seeing people’s reactions to what I got for them. Especially our daughters; they’re seven and four this year, the perfect ages to be incredibly into it all.

personal-demonsWhat’s your favourite gift to give?

Anything they really want. Especially if it’s something they didn’t know they want. And I love buying clothes for all of them, especially my husband.

What’s your favourite gift to receive?

Gift cards for bookstores, no question.

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

Hmm. In the States, a big part of our Christmas Eve spread was corned beef and Havarti cheese. Neither of those are available here (corned beef is a very different thing here and I’m not a fan of it) and I really miss them; I love them both. But I also like making cookies, and there are a few I do that are really good; a cherry-and-almond cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss on top of each one, and “buried cherry” cookies. They’re chocolate cookies with a cherry on top, covered in a cherry-flavored chocolate genache.Yum. Oh, and rumballs. I use 151 and bourbon in mine. Heh heh.

Holiday message for readers of UFL:

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it’s wonderful, and I hope it brings you joy and optimism for the new year. We hear so much bad news these days, I think it’s important to remember that life goes on and things can aways get better. There is always hope.

Oh, and be careful on those roads! 🙂

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Top 10 Sexiest Vampires + More!

So, while I have been tweaking mind altering questions for possible interviews, I received a very interesting e-mail from AskMen.com about top ten of the sexiest vampires ever to air on the big screen. I had no clue there were so many blood sucking seductresses around, if you had no idea either then enlighten yourself via this link: TOP 10 SEXIEST VAMPIRES EVER. (Credit goes as promised to AskMen.com! Thank you Johnny! Been a pleasure.)

In other worldwide news concerning the publishing world:

The unstoppable writing machine Richelle Mead knows how to entertain her fans and still manage to make them think, spoil them and have a laugh. This is demonstrated through her newest contest. Go and take a look.

Stacia Kane has no shame into showing edited scenes, which haven’t been polished to perfection. If you have no clue how a novel is doing in the middle stages, then make a stop. So far she is up to installment SIX.

Last but not least, newly contracted by none other but Miriam Kriss herself, the urban fantasy dream maker, Karen Mahoney has landed her first professional writing gig with a short story feautured in the new YA anthology with teen vampire stories titled “The Eternal Kiss”. Yes, diagonally reading any post is going to get you in lots of trouble. (Thank you Karen for pointing that out and btw I think it would have been even better if you did that other gig too.)