Author News, Interesting Tidbits and More – 11-04-09

Author News & Stuff:

Karen Mahoney posted a teaser from Beautiful Ghosts, it’s on Moth! Moth is a character I became fascinated with in Karen’s short story Falling to Ash in The Eternal Kiss: 13 Tales of Blood and Desire.

huntersneedcontest2 Shiloh Walker has launched her 30 Days of Giveaways in anticipation of her new paranormal romance Hunter’s Need (December 1, 2010). There are will be daily prizes and a grand prize of a one-of-a-kind purse filled with bookish goodies. Too many prizes to list here plus the list might get added to, so head over and check it out.



Meding-Gay-two_debuts Kelly Gay and Kelly Meding have kickoff their 2K event: Same Name, Same Date, Same Genre – Two Awesome Debuts! in celebration of their new debut urban fantasy novels, The Better of Darkness and Three Days to Dead, release date November 24, 2009. They have a lot prizes up for grab including a grand prize: a $100 gift card.

The Book Pixie has an exclusive excerpt up for Chloe Neill’s upcoming YA Firespell, January 5, 2010.

New Covers:

BurningUp Meljean Brooks posted the cover for Burning Up, an anthology due out on August 3, 2010. Burning up will include her short story Here There Be Monsters, that will be the start of her new series The Iron Seas. Here’s the synopsis for Here There Be Monsters.

Two years ago, blacksmith Ivy, desperate to flee London, purchased her overseas passage by agreeing to spend the voyage in the bed of the pirate captain, Mad Machen. Saved at the last minute by his rival, Ivy scraped out a new life in Fool’s Cove…until Mad Machen finds her, forces her to accept a job that will create a monster, and reminds her that she still owes him the price of a journey…


BeyondtheShadows Jess Granger posted the cover for Beyond the Shadows (May 4th, 2010), the sequel to her debut release Beyond the Rain.

A man of deception. A woman of justice. Can their fragile trust be strong enough to prevent a war?

Commander Yara knows perfect leadership requires perfect control and discipline. She has spent years living without the distraction of caring for anything—or anyone. It’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. Yara has honed herself into the perfect heir to the Azralen throne, but a bloody coup could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. She must return home to prevent war. Unfortunately the only ship available belongs to an Earthlen trader with no regard for authority—especially hers.

Cyn is a rebel, driven to protect those suffering at the hands of the Elite leaders of Azra. Using his alias to manipulate the lovely but icy commander onto his ship, he has to keep her from Azra long enough to ignite the revolution. But when he awakens a vibrant and feeling woman beneath that icy exterior, he gets more than he bargained for—love. He must find a way to convince Yara to join him, before they get caught in a web of deception that could tear their world apart.

DemonInMe Michelle Rowen posted the cover for The Demon in Me (May, 2010), the first book in her new series Living in Eden. She also posted an excerpt to chapter two.

Hell hath no fury…

Fate has led Eden Riley to become a “psychic consultant” to the police, even though her abilities are unreliable at best. Those paranormal powers are about to get her into a jam she couldn’t have predicted. After her hunky police detective partner guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she’s quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He’s a demon. But not in a bad way!

…like a woman possessed.

Darrak lost his original body 300 years ago thanks to a witch’s curse. This is the first time he’s ever been able to speak directly to a host, plus there’s a bonus. Eden’s psychic energy helps him to take form during daylight hours. He wants to use this chance to find a way to break his curse — finally. Otherwise, Eden’s going to have to learn to live with this sexy demon…like it or not.

And she thinks she might like it.

Linger Maggie Stiefvater posted the cover for Linger, her sequel to Shiver, due to release on July 20, 2010. Here’s the first paragraph:


This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn’t cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it’s only me who’s not firmly in my own skin.


Interesting Tidbits:

LeeKnighted The legendary 87 year old Dracula, Christopher Lee has been knighted this past week by the Prince of Wales. Congratulations Sir Christopher Lee! [i09]

Pure Imagination is having a Twilight Kickoff Month for the upcoming New Moon movie that will include guest and Twilight themed posts plus a contest. Yesterday was the kickoff with Smexy Books’ post: Guest Post: New Moon - The Condescend Version. <—Hilarious!

I’d like to point everyone over to Dirty Sexy Books for updates on book related news and reviews. Rebecca has a great all genre book review site and she posts a weekly news post also.

Did you know they are going to make a new Mad Max movie? Yep, the fourth movie Fury Road will star Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. [SCI FI Wire]

SBS There is a new publication Survival by Storytelling now available in print or electronic by young authors. One of the editors is Shaun Duke of The World in the Satin Bag:

“Survival By Storytelling Magazine is dedicated to publishing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction by young authors. Included in this volume are twelve short stories, seven poems, and one article, all by authors under the age of twenty-five. In addition, authors Paul Genesse (The Golden Cord and The Dragon Hunters) and T. M. Hunter (Heroes Die Young) have contributed two articles on the publishing industry and writing.
From vampires struggling with identity to guilty lovers trying to raise the dead to humorous and dark tales of life, the first issue of Survival By Storytelling is sure to tingle the senses and remind us all that age has nothing to do with a good story!” [Lulu]

New free books available at the Suvudu Free Book Library:

AKissOfShadows TradingInDanger CrimsonShadow

A Kiss of Shadows
by Laurell K. Hamilton

Trading in Danger
by Elizabeth Moon

The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: Crimson Shadows
by Robert E. Howard

Giveaways Around the Virtual World:

As always, I hope you find a new a book or an author that you've not heard of before listed here. Good Luck! The ongoing contest list is on my blog's sidebar.

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings: Giveaway: Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings is giving away a copy of Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis, courtesy of Book Reader Times. Open to Everyone. Deadline to enter is at 8pm CST on Sunday, November 8th.


SusiSunshine said...

Wonderful post as ever!

Thanks so much for doing this!

Blodeuedd said...

Some fun stuff to look at :)
And thanks for putting me up there too.

Yay gonna go check the Fforde interview

Lea said...

Awesome post Donna! Thank you so much for all your work and the info.

I interviewed Beth Kery over at DIK this week and today is her last day, I'll link below. :)

Thanks again!

Chris said...

Thanks for the mention!! And all the great links and info - how the heck do you put this together every week?!?

Donna said...

SusiSunshine - You're welcome! Hope you find something.

Blodeuedd - Great! Glad you found something here. Good Luck on the Fforde contest. :)

Lea - I added the interview and linked the giveaway. Thanks for letting me know.

Chris - Happy too! I tag as I read in my reader, helps me find those tidbits later.

SciFiGuy said...

Wow it would take all week just to visit and enter all those contests. Great stuff. Thanks for the link Donna. Great report as always!

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks for the giveaway pimpage Donna!! (((hugs)))

OMG, I'm so excited for the BURNING UP anthology!! I can't wait to read Meljean Brook's new steampunk series. August is freakin' forever away!

Ooooo that Jess Granger cover is eye catching. I haven't heard of this author before. I'm off to investigate!

Hugs, VFG

Karen Mahoney said...

Awesome post, dude! This is why we need you!! :)

And that has nothing to do with the link to my snippet... Heh.

No, seriously, great post. *high five* And thanks for the pimpage!

Smokinhotbooks said...

I didn't know there was a sequel to Shiver! See I learn something new when I stop by :)

K. said...

Thanks for mentioning the 2K Event, Donna! :D

Donna said...

Hey Doug - No kidding on the contest. I actually don't enter a lot of them but I collect the links as I come across them. And you're welcome, I'm always glad to pass along events.

VFG - You're welcome! I like the looks of Jess Granger's first book Beyond the Rain.

Karen - *blushes* Thank you! I think I'm slowing finding a balance. I just get anxious when I feel good reads are passing me by.

KC - I still need to read Shiver!

Kelly - You're welcome, always glad to share with others. :)

Lola said...

I am loving the cover of Linger! It compliments Shiver quite well! I still have to read Shiver, but I am waiting for it come out in paperback!

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