Tags: time travel, urban fantasy
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So while we are waiting for some of our fave books to be released — and for me to post my Charlaine Harris interview, which is coming this week — my little sister San in Philly found this gem — THE MAP OF MOMENTS by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon — and sent in a little review (thanks San!). Here’s her take on the book:
I must admit, I am a sucker for stories about time travel. I’ve read a lot and I am always hopeful the story will be worthwhile. In all honesty, most time-travel tales are not worth the effort. I am, however, always hopeful because a good time-travel story is so intriguing to me.
This one intrigued me though. Months after leaving New Orleans, history professor Max Corbett is returning to a place he hardly recognizes. The girl he loved and lost is dead, and the city has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. After attending Gabrielle’s funeral, a strange old man offers Max a map and an insane proposition.
It looks like an ordinary map, but the old man claims that it is marked with a trail of magical moments from New Orleans’ history that might just open a door to the past.
I had a hard time putting this book down. Maybe I wanted a change from the usual paranormal romance? This book does have a romance told through flashbacks, but to me is much more of a dark urban fantasy tale. The authors get the flavor of New Orleans right with a mix of creepy characters, violence, and the paranormal underbelly all woven together. The post-Katrina angle makes New Orleans seem almost post-apocalyptic at times. Max isn’t handed much free info in his travels and everything is not as it seems. The real truth is discovered and revealed little by little, but that just makes you want to keep reading.
I enjoyed this book, but there are a few caveats. Want the traditional paranormal romance all tied up with a little bow? Don’t read this one. Want a gritty, dark urban fantasy tale … enjoy!
‘Seducing Mr. Darcy’ wins best parnormal romance July 19, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn, Penguin Group USA, Berkley (ISBN: 9780425222393) Kate Seaver, editor
Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh, Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 9780425220160)Cindy Hwang, editor
Moonstruck by Susan Grant, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772599)Tara Parsons, editor
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772467)Tracy Farrell and Margo Lipschultz, editors
The Healer by Sharon Sala, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 978077825444)Leslie Wainger, editor
The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061118456) Erika Tsang, editor
Thunder Moon by Lori Handeland, St. Martin’s Press (ISBN: 0312949189) Jennifer Enderlin, editor
‘True Blood’ gets just a nip of Emmy love July 16, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: hbo, true blood, vampires
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None of the “True Blood”actors received any Emmy nominations, but the HBO show did get a few nods. The 61st Emmys show will air Sept. 20 (Sunday) on CBS.
“True Blood” nominations:
- Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series – True Blood – “Burning House Of Love”, “Cold Ground”, “Sparks Fly Out” – Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer Cat Smith, Art Director Rusty Lipscomb, SDSA, Set Decorator
- Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series – True Blood – Junie Lowry Johnson, CSA, Casting Director Libby Goldstein, Casting Director
- Outstanding Main Title Design – True Blood – Rama Allen, Designer Shawn Fedorchuk, Editor Matthew Mulder, Creative Director Morgan Henry, Main Title Producer Camm Rowland, Designer Ryan Gagnier, Designer
For a complete download list, CLICK HERE.
Paranormal Romance: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Tour July 13, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
OK — fess up. How many of you have traveled to Scotland after reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? Last year my little sis and I dragged our spouses across The Pond to — well — sort of look for traces of Jamie Fraser, the handsome 18th-century gentleman/ warrior, or anyone who might have looked like him. (I secretly hoped for some cool time-traveling experience, but — alas — I was meant to stay in this time period.)
However, I am not alone. Mary Platt, spokeswoman at Chapman University, brought this nifty little article in Scottish Life magazine to my attention. (Thanks Mary!) The Outlander Tour by Penny Carnathan. You can read an excerpt by CLICKING HERE. The article retraces some steps in the book and discusses how Gabaldon researched her work and in other cases she wrote something and later found out it was historically true! In this article the magazine writer visits the real-life MacKenzie’s Castle Leod; Clava Carirns, one of the three ancient stone circles here is very similar to the one Clare was exploring before she was whisked back to 1743. And Carnathan even “sees” Charles MacKenzie Fraser — the real-life laird of Castle Fraser. “His was the only truly ‘handsome’ portrait I saw in all our travels in Scotland,” she writes.
Gabaldon says her seventh book in the series, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, should publish in the fall. (Amazon says Sept. 22)
Now what about that movie? The latest thing I could find was that it was still on, but it’s an old posting from Diana. CLICK HERE to read it. But if it really is made into a movie — watch out? (But who are they gonna cast as Jamie?)
Coming soon: Interviews with Christine Feehan and Charlaine Harris. (Questions? Add to comments!)
Also: For folks in Orange County, book signing by Alyson Noel, who just released book No. 2 in her Immortal Series — BLUE MOON. She’ll be at the Barnes and Noble in Orange at 6 p.m. on July 17 — a Friday.
Tags: ebooks, harlequin, paranormal romance, rwa, samhain publishing
If I could afford a Kindle right now — I’d buy one and purchase my books via downloads. I read A LOT. I have boxes and boxes and boxes of books in my tiny beach condo. And while I love the feel of a good old library book or new hardback book, I find myself reading more stories online.
But not everyone agrees. In some Twitter feeds, I’ve seen authors and editors discussing the merits of traditional books vs ebooks. And my guest blogger today — my little sis Sandy in Philly — sent me this: (see my response after)
I was just on The Bitten by Books Web site because it had an interview with author Lucy Finn, a.k.a. Savannah Russe, who wrote the Darkwing Chronicles, an urban-fantasy series. Yes, she talks about her book and characters, but the interesting question for me was what she thought about ebooks.
Man, she hates them (Click here and scroll down the interview to read her response) and strongly believes it means less profit for book sellers and publishers and therefore will not make it in the future. I was really stunned by her response. She also softens her response by saying that readers will miss the bookstore experience. Also, she disclosed an interesting statistic. Her books have 15 readers per book and out of those 15 readers, one actually paid for the book. Hmm ….. wondered how they tracked that stat. Now, I am really curious about why she thinks less profit for the e-readers. She must also be worried that people will “share” more with e-readers than paperback?
Well — that’s one perspective but Angela James, executive editor for Samhain Publishing, has a great Web site with some good articles on epublishing. I mean — look at how many publishers are starting to offer up books for download. Not only does Samhain publish electronically, but powerhouse Harlequin does, too. They are all over the Web — you can customize your own newsletters, participate on blogs, download books, and in some cases they’ll accept book pitches online in live chats.
I think the book industry is kind of like the newspaper industry — they don’t want to get rid of their printed pages. Many authors are all over the Web with book trailers/blogs/cool Web sites/more and more of their sneak peaks are online. But check out some of Angela James’ articles. One of my faves:
Here’s an excerpt:
Myth: No one reads ebooks.
Reality: My royalty checks beg to differ with you! I think it’s better to say that not everyone does or wants to read ebooks. That’s absolutely true. But that companies thought there was a viable market in dedicated ebook readers shows that people are reading ebooks. As do the piracy sites dedicated to exchanging ebooks.
Myth: You won’t (can’t) make any money in epublishing.
Reality: I think this is probably the question first and foremost in most author’s minds when they consider epublishing. The plain, no-holds-barred, unvarnished truth is that some people will make money and some people won’t. When I did my research on this, I found that the answers varied wildly from authors who’d made just a few dollars on their books to authors who’d made a few hundred thousand dollars in one year on their books.
Here are some of her other articles:
Who knows. I wonder what folks will say about this at the national RWA conference? Let me know!!!
Coming up: I need to get some more author interviews out. And to read!!! If you’d like to help guest blog or have a paranormal romance topic/question/suggestion, lemme know!