New Stephenie Meyer Excerpt and Free Book Friday!

Don’t forget to check out the What is Your Favorite Element in Urban Fantasy Poll. Monday I’ll post the results and move on to the next phase which is the “Why” of it.

FROM THE EMAIL INBOX: An Entertainment Weekly preview of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn.

AUTHORS

See screenshots from Gena Showalter’s Second LIfe Virtual Book Launch on the Harlequin Paranormal Romance blog.

Minnesota Women’s Press interviews Tate Hallaway.

BOOK REVIEWS

The Book Girl reviews Romancing the Dead by Tate Hallaway.

Antick Musings reviews Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn.

The Book Smugglers review Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair.

Ciaralira reviews Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

MentatJack reviews Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt. and Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

Lisa Damian reviews The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

FREE BOOK FRIDAY

Fantasy Book Critic is giving away two signed ARCs of Ekaterina Sedia’s The Alchemy of Stone. Contest ends June 19.

Jocelynn Drake is having a Nightwalker giveaway complete with an ARC, mug and magnet. Go to her blog and comment before June 6.

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[INTERVIEW] The Saturday Seven with Author Tate Hallaway

Today we have an interview with Tate Hallway, author of the Garnet Lacey series of books. Welcome Tate!

UFL: For those that may not be familiar with your books, could you tell us a bit about The Garnet Lacey series and about yourself?

Well, I’m an, ehm, pleasingly-plump forty-something Scorpio witch living in the capitol city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, with five cats and five fish and my soon-to-be-five year old son.

The Garnet Lacey series started with Tall, Dark & Dead (Berkley Trade, 2006) and it follows the exploits of a reed-thin, thirty-something Aquarius witch living in the capitol city of Madison, Wisconsin, with a cat allergic to magic and a vampire boyfriend.

Dead Sexy (2007) continues Garnet’s adventures adding a dash of ex-boyfriend, sexy FBI agents, and frat boy zombies. The third book is available now, Romancing the Dead (2008), and there might werewolves and ghouls, oh my!

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Thursday Briefs

AUTHOR NEWS

Rachel Vincent posted a Q&A about writing Young Adult fiction over at her blog.

Cheyenne McCray interviews Patrice Michelle over at Fangs, Fur & Fey. Here is a snippet:

Why don’t we start out with you describing a day in the life of Patrice Michelle?

My day doesn’t begin-well, certainly my writing doesn’t!-until I have a cup of coffee in my hand. It’s sad, but true. Then I . . .concentrate on my current manuscript and write for several hours. In the afternoon, life intrudes and family time takes over until the evening. Then it’s back to work-usually catching up on emails, critting my CPs work and other promotional stuff.

BOOK REVIEWS

Graeme reviews Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Sidhe Vicious reviews Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow

Terry Spear at Writers Are Readers reviews Romancing the Dead by Tate Hallaway

Avidbookreader reviews Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Rachael reviews Magic’s Child by Justine Larbalestier

Wicked Melody reviews Art in the Blood (Vampire Files #4) by P.N. Elrod.

MOVIE NEWS

Behold the Twilight Movie Teaser Poster!

PUBLISHING NEWS

dearauthor.jpgFrom Dear Author:

We are pleased to announce that veteran literary agent Lucienne Diver, previously with Spectrum Literary Agency, has joined on as the newest member of the Knight Agency’s talented group of agents. For full details please visit the Knight Agencies blog at http://www.knightagency.net

Wednesday Briefs

AUTHOR NEWS

Tate Hallaway will be participating in an author/reader chat on Thursday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Library Journal interviews Stephenie Meyer.

Jeri Smith-Ready interviews Jenna Black. Here is a teaser:

What was your inspiration for writing HUNGERS OF THE HEART?

Since the first book of the Guardians of the Night series, I’ve always known I would eventually write Drake’s book. Many of my readers have also impatiently been awaiting his book since they first “met” him in WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT. As excited as I was to write his story, though, it turned out to be very hard to do. One of the most attractive things about Drake in WATCHERS was his self-confidence, the sense that he was comfortable in his own skin.

MOVIE NEWS

Firstshowing has a Twilight Movie Trailer. Twilight is based on the hugely successful books by Stephenie Meyer.

BOOK REVIEWS

Literary Escapism reviews Minion by L.A. Banks.
Paula Guran from Juno Books reviews Personal Demons by Stacia Kane.



HBO’s True Blood Series Casting News and More!

BOOK REVIEWS
Kimberly reviews the Weddings from Hell Anthology with stories by

  • Maggie Shayne
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Terri Garey
  • Kathryn Smith

Kimberly also reviews Spectre by Phaedra Weldon and Night Child by Jes Battis.
Literary Escapism reviews The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur.
Sacred Monsters reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, The Anna Strong Vampire Series by Jeanne Stein, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo, Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge, The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson and Dog Days by John Levitt.
Antick Musings reviews Small Favor by Jim Butcher.
The Book Girl reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Dear Author and Thrifty Reader review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.
Love Vampires reviews Embrace the Night by Karen Chance.
CheriPie’s Books reviews The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo.

INTERVIEWS
Darque Reviews interviews Jeri Smith-Ready.
Jeri Smith-Ready and Wyrdsmiths interview Tate Hallway.
Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Charlaine Harris as Sookie Stackhouse over at Cat and Muse.

TELEVISION NEWS
From Literary Escapism:

Nothing is officially confirmed, but according to one of my groups, Kristin Bauer has been cast to play Pam in the HBO series True Blood. Bauer has been around for awhile, guest starring in a number of television shows such as: Crossing Jordan, Bones, CSI, and Boston Legal to name a few.

Again, nothing confirmed, but my source is saying True Blood will air on HBO September 6th.

CONTESTS
The League of Reluctant Adults is having a contest to celebrate their new additions! They are giving away lots of books and swag. All you have to do is identify whose picture is missing from their new header! Contest runs through Monday, May 12.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a signed copy of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Wicked Game along with some Godiva Chocolate to one lucky commenter. The giveaway ends on Thursday, May 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Swendson held at 4, and much more

AUTHORS
David B. Coe interviews Tate Hallaway. “Seriously, I was talking to a friend about this at a bar the other night, and I confessed that one of my favorite things about writing paranormal romances/urban fantasy is that you get to have all the relationship/girly stuff married to the high-octane adventure/boy stuff.”

Wyrdsmiths have a Q&A with Jenna Black. “When I began to believe that it was my own abilities, not the whims of luck, that would ultimately get me published, I started working much, much harder at my writing. I started treating it like a career, rather than a hobby.” [Coincidentally, David B. Coe also interviews Black.]

Shanna Swendson tries to answer readers’ questions about why there won’t be a fifth book in her “chick lit meets urban fantasy” series. “All of my books have gone into multiple printings, even months after release, and the sell-through numbers seem to be what I’ve generally heard qualify as “success.””

NEWS
Rob Thurman announced the line up for the future winter-holiday themed UF anthology, WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE:
“Gift Wrap” by Charlaine Harris
“The Haire of the Beast” by Donna Andrews
“Lucy, at Christmastime” by Simon Green
“The Night Things Changed” by Dana Cameron
“The Werewolf Before Christmas” by Kat Richardson
“Fresh Meat” by Alan Gordon
“Il Est Ne” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Perfect Gift” by Dana Stabenow
“Christmas Past” by Keri Arthur
“S.A.” by JA Konrath
“The Star of David” by Patricia Briggs
“Better Not Pyout” by Nancy Pickard
“Rogue Elements” by Karen Chance
“Milk and Cookies” by Rob Thurman
“Keeping Watch Over His Flock” by Toni L.P. Kelner

BOOK REVIEWS
The Book Smugglers have a double review of Ilona Andrews’s MAGIC BITES and MAGIC BURNS.
American Chronicle reviews Justin Gustainis’s BLACK MAGIC WOMAN.
SQT reviews Vicki Pettersson’s THE TASTE OF NIGHT.
Wendy reviews THE DEAD GIRLS’ DANCE by Rachel Caine. And ClothDragon reviews Caine’s ILL WIND.

CONTESTS
Amberkatze is giving away 3 UF books: BITING THE BULLET by Jennifer Rardin, 50 WAYS TO HEX YOUR LOVER by Linda Wisdom, and FROSTBITE by Richelle Mead.
A Bookworm is giving away a copy of J.F. Lewis’s STAKED. Enter before May 6. U.S. readers only.