Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kelly Meding as Evangeline Stone, Vamps 101

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kelly Meding as Evangeline Stone, Vamps 101

November 6, 2009 Guests 52

Kelly Meding, author of the upcoming Three Days To Dead (releasing on November 24, 2009), was kind enough to send over her resident paranormal bounty hunter, Evangeline Stone, to clear up a few myths about our favorite fanged friends.  Kelly sent a long a gift as well: $20 Amazon gift card (details below).  Now what book could you spend it on… Book Description: She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder… When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of… Read more »

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Throwdown Thursday: Buffy vs. Frostbite’s Rose

Throwdown Thursday: Buffy vs. Frostbite’s Rose

November 5, 2009 News 10

Throwdown Thursday Throwdown Thursday is a weekly thing where we tackle books with similar characters, covers, themes, etc. to determine which one rocks more. And it is up to YOU to determine the winner! Last weeks Throwdown asked Which half-vampire is head-NECK-and shoulders above the rest? The winner by a narrow victory was: Catherine "Cat" Crawfield (Night Huntress) Is it just me or does the cover of Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2) by Richelle Mead look an awful lot like the CD of  Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album (1999 Television Series)? Which one do you like better?   To… Read more »

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Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniel #2) by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniel #2) by Ilona Andrews

November 4, 2009 Review 9

Book Description: Down in Atlanta, tempers—and temperatures—are about to flare… As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if… Read more »

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Looking for Urban Fantasy Books for Christmas?

Looking for Urban Fantasy Books for Christmas?

November 3, 2009 Holiday 7

You’re probably thinking, what?  Christmas already?  Didn’t we just celebrate Halloween?  Well, yes.  It’s a bit early for a Christmas post, but I have a good reason.  Fang-tastic Books had a great idea about specifically showcasing Christmas themed books during the month of December.   I read too much to only focus on holiday books for a month, but I’m all for showcasing as many as possible. Titles I’d specifically love to showcase: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe by Charlaine Harris et al The editors of Many Bloody Returns deliver the perfect howl-iday gift, with new tales from Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, and… Read more »

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Review: Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, Book 1) by Jennifer Rardin

Review: Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, Book 1) by Jennifer Rardin

November 2, 2009 Review 7

Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, Book 1) by Jennifer Rardin Book Description: I’m Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that’s ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best–assassination. And I help. You could say I’m an Assistant Assassin. But then I’d have to kick your ass. Vayl and I have to take out a Miami plastic surgeon with ties to terrorism. But the assignment gets complicated when it turns out he’s in cahoots with a… Read more »

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

November 1, 2009 Review 6

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare Book Description: When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first… Read more »

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Back Cover for Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

Back Cover for Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

October 31, 2009 Cover Art Coverage 1

Chloe posted the book description to go along the cover she posted last week: Back cover copy for TWICE BITTEN! “Here is is, folks! The back cover copy (aka, synopsis) for TWICE BITTEN! Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily… Read more »

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Happy Halloween Vampire Goodies

Happy Halloween Vampire Goodies

October 31, 2009 News 2

http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4aecad9728ee9cc8/4aebc58fb967cccc/89173718/-cpid/4d82f6865cb0d1fe Happy Halloween from Robert Pattinson aka Jimmy Fallon From NBC.com & Twilighters.org The Vampire Craze: An In Depth Analysis Of The Hottest Male Vampires from GuidetoBeautySchools.com   Guess who came in at number one?  Spike!  Visit GuidetoBeautySchools.com to see who else made the top 20 1. James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Well, we’ve come to the end of the list and I know what you’re all thinking. “Dude, really?” I mean, those of you who have seen Buffy know exactly what I’m talking about, but to some…this might be a mystery. He has bleached… Read more »

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Genre Swap Saturday- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Genre Swap Saturday- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

October 31, 2009 Something Different 3

Genre Swap Saturday is a regular post (not necessarily every week) hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy, that will highlight books outside of our focused genre that I think will appeal to you.  Feel free to use this on your site, just link me please. Every Genre Swap Saturday book suggestion will include: Why you, an urban fantasy lover, might like this book: Why you, an urban fantasy lover, might not like this book:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Book Description: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem,… Read more »

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How Much Do UF Covers Influence your Purchases?

How Much Do UF Covers Influence your Purchases?

October 30, 2009 News 12

There have been a lot of new covers posted lately for upcoming urban fantasy books (I posted 15 this month alone), and even more discussion as to the role cover art plays in book sales.  I’m wondering, how much do covers influence your purchases? Ann Aguirre expressed concern over this topic when she unveiled the cover for her upcoming Corine Solomon book, Hell Fire: “…if you compare it to other urban fantasy titles, you’ll find this is quite different. They went for a more realistic style; they also avoided using tatts or leather, which is cover art shorthand for urban… Read more »

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