‘Kisses From Hell’ — paranormal YA anthology — due out September February 28, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Releases.
Tags: Alyson Noel, Francesca Lia Block, Kelley Armstrong, Kisses From Hell, Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead
KISSES FROM HELL, an anthology of paranormal young adult stories featuring authors Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel and Francesca Lia Block, will be in stores in September. Alyson Noel writes on her blog that she “had a blast writing my story, a gothic romance titled, BRING ME TO LIFE, and I really hope you enjoy it too!” She said the title is from the Evanescence song. Richelle Mead’s story tells how the parents of Lissa from VAMPIRE ACADEMY met and fell in love. No title yet, according to her Web site. I couldn’t find any other info about the other stories. Hear anything? Let me know and I will update!
Latest book blurb for ‘Dead in the Family’ (Sookie book No. 10) February 24, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: charlaine harris, Dead in the Family, Sookie
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…
Anne Rice vampire story coming to video book February 21, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: Anne Rice, The Master of Rampling Gate, vampires, vook
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The author of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE will release a previously published short story — THE MASTER OF RAMPLING GATE — on March 1 as a “vook,” or video book. You can find THE MASTER OF RAMPLING GATE, about a vampire living in a 400-year-old estate, on audio book and it’s still available through some book sellers as a graphic novel. (It was previously published in Redbook magazine in 1984. CLICK HERE to read a story summary.)
Here’s what Vook said about Anne Rice and the short story on its blog:
“… We can officially declare that we’re in production on a title with Anne Rice. Called The Master of Rampling Gate, our Vook will offer readers, vampire fans, lovers of Gothic fiction and everyone interested in new ways to experience stories an innovative take on Anne Rice’s classic blend of the romantic, the uncanny, and the truly frightening. The Master of Rampling Gate is a Rice short story that will probably be brand new to most readers. We’ve spent a lot of time finding the best way to address the narrative with videos and create a Vook that lets you get lost in the story and explore a variety of different takes on Rice’s world at your convenience, all in the same easy-to-use format of the Vook application.” (CLICK HERE FOR Vook blog.)
“Vook represents a very exciting combination of new technological elements, that I think is long overdo in publishing. I’m excited that ‘The Master of Rampling Gate’ is going to have new life in this form, and cannot wait to see the finished product. I’m not sure that my mind can conceive of all the possibilities of this new form. I’m learning. And it feels good.” (CLICK HERE for full story.)
Stories on the Web say her video book can be purchased through digital devices for $6.99.
CLICK HERE for Anne Rice’s Web site. (She also has a very cool Facebook page, which you find under her name. You can join easily via her Web site, too.) You can also follow her on Twitter under AnneRiceAuthor.
Tags: Diana Gabaldon, Outlander movie
Movie news: Direct from Diana on her Web site …. “There really isn’t any to speak of, but I know by this time that the fact that I don’t say anything isn’t sufficient to convince y’all that nothing’s going on. The option held by Essential Entertainment has expired, but they want to renew it, and we want to let them. So once that’s done, if anything’s changed or develops further, I’ll tell you, OK?”
Graphic novel: THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL, which is loosely based on OUTLANDER, will be released Sept. 28. Diana says there’s a new storyline in this novel because the story is told from Murtagh’s point of view. But she says readers of the original will recognize many of the major events in the graphic novel. Diana wrote the script and the artwork is by Hoang Nguyen. Now — we all wanna know what Claire and Jamie look like! If you go to Diana’s site and click under “excerpts” at the top of the page and then go to the left-hand side of the page — you’ll see she’s listed the graphic novel. Click on that and ou see links to some of the sketches. She’s got an early sketch of Jamie and one of Claire. So check it out! (CLICK HERE to get to her site. Follow the link that pops up.)
Book 8: She’s working on it and hopes to have an excerpt up on her Web site soon. She doesn’t have a publication date for Book 8. She also had this to say: “BTW, I don’t know where this silliness gets started, but evidently there’s some nitwit rumor going around to the effect that Echo is the last book of the series. Don’t be ridiculous; why on earth would I end it that way if it was? Have a little sense, now, people, would you? (No, I don’t know whether Book Eight is the last one, either. If it turns out that it is, I’ll mention it, though. On the cover. In big red-foil letters.)”
CLICK HERE to read Claire Black’s recent interview with Diana Gabaldon in the Scotsman.com.
Who is your favorite werewolf?! February 9, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, Fun stuff.
Tags: An American Werewolf in London, The Wolf Man
The release of The Wolf Man is this week. Yup — it’s a remake of the 1941’s classic that starred Lon Chaney, Jr., but now Benicio del Toro will get all hairy and snarly on us. The remake looks very interesting and creepy and full of blood and gore and bodices. (Per the movie trailers!) Will go see it. But for some reason, my fave wolfy film is the 1981 An American Werewolf in London. It’s possible it left such an impression on my because I was still in high school. Maybe it was the music. Dunno. But what’s your fave werewolf movie? Heck, forget the movies. Who is your fave werewolf from the world of paranormal romance?
Anita Blake’s Richard? Twilight’s Jacob? Adam from the Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series? Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse novels …. see where I’m going here. There are probably a ton more. Leave a comment with your fave wolfy boy or flick. And maybe we can get a conversation going on hairy things that go bump in the dark. (Here’s a cool little movie chart that shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com sent us to > http://bit.ly/d0SaN4 (be sure to go back and check out the shapeshifter blog though. It’s fun.)
In the meantime — here’s a tune from An American Werewolf in London, along with a little transformation!
Book pick: Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series rocks! February 7, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Chicagoland Vampires, Chloe Neill
Here’s the latest book pick from Dot — a regular contributor to this blog! (Thanks Dot!) You can also see what Dot and other paranormal romance fans are reading by going to the “What are you reading” tab at the top right side of this page or CLICK HERE! (Scroll to bottom for latest comments!) And now onto Dot’s pick!
It’s still very cold here in New York but who cares when I can curl up with a hot cup of tea and an all engrossing vampire series. Yes, I do stray from the vamps now and then but something always pulls me back and ‘sucks’ me in. Well, isn’t it terrific when we find a new series that keeps us wanting more?
In 2009 Chloe Neill came on the Paranormal Romance scene with two wonderful books in her Chicagoland Vampire Series. The first was SOME GIRLS BITE and the second is FRIDAY NIGHT BITES. The story is about Merit, a grad student in the Windy City who is attacked late at night on campus by a vampire who is chased off by another vampire. Merit is so near death that the second vampire, the vampire master of Cadogen House, chooses to save her by turning her. Merit is a reluctant vampire at first but soon sees that her fate lies with the vampire house that sired her. Once again we have the heroine we love, strong willed, kick ass yet vulnerable. Pit her against her vampire master Ethan and we have clashes of will and strong sexual tension. Throw in a rival vampire master, Morgan, and we have a love triangle. There are supporting characters that lend even more interest to the story. Mallory is Merit’s roommate and has some secrets of her own that are just being discovered. Catcher is Merit’s trainer in weaponry. Merit’s grandfather has even more secrets. Neill peels the layers back for us bit by bit, and we can’t wait to discover what is next. Luckily we don’t have to wait long for TWICE BITTEN, book #3 in the series due July 6. (Neill has posted a “sneak peek” chapter from TWICE BITTEN on her Web site HERE!) This is an adult read with some sensuality and implied sex.
Neill also has just published FIRESPELL, the first book in her Young Adult DARK ELITE SERIES. It tells the story of Lily Parker in a fancy all girl’s boarding school in Chicago. Lily doesn’t want to be there but has no choice and she befriends Scout, who has some strange secrets. In Lily’s pursuit of Scout’s secrets she encounters some very dangerous paranormals in some very dangerous encounters. This is definitely a teen read. As much as I liked the Chicagoland Vampire series, I found this first book of the Dark Elite series to be very slow going.
Dot’s Note: In 2009 Chloe Neill and D.B. Reynolds (RAPHAEL, JABRIL) both stormed on the scene as new authors in the Paranormal Vampire genre. I strongly recommend both of these authors for page turning, can’t put it down, up all night reads.book
After Diana Gabaldon series, what would you recommend next? February 4, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists.
Tags: Jack Finney, Lynn Kurland, time travel, Traitor to the Crown
I’ve often wondered if there’s anything else out there that’s sort of like Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping series. And then a visitor to the blog — Petra — asked the same question. What would you recommend after reading that series? What might possibly hold a small candle to the saga of Jamie and Claire?
That’s a tough one! I don’t think there is anything quite like Diana Gabaldon’s books! So I’ll post a couple of suggestions and then see what you have to say!
–-Lynn Kurland’s time travel or historical series
These are light-hearted romances. Characters usually travel back in time to medieval England. (Sometimes it’s switched and the knight lands in present day USA!) But Kurland has a wicked sense of humor (where is that chocolate bar or cup of coffee in the 13 century when you need it!) and adds a little bit of romance to keep things interesting. Plus — some nifty historical details. She also has a slew of books so you might want to try STARDUST OF YESTERDAY (heroine inherits haunted castle and falls in love with ghost. Or THE MORE I SEE YOU, about woman who wishes on a star and finds herself with a 13-century knight. Web site: http://www.lynnkurland.com/reading.html
–C.C. Finlay’s Traitor to the Crown series
You want fantasy? American history tinged with some magic? Check out this well-researched trio of stories that begin with Proctor Brown — minuteman and witch. He’s got a loyalist girlfriend. But he wants to fight for the American cause and use his special talents. And he’s not the only witch fighting the American Revolution. (THE PATRIOT WITCH, A SPELL FOR THE REVOLUTION, THE DEMON REDCOAT.) Web site: http://www.ccfinlay.com/index.html
–-Jack Finney on time travel
Probably the book I like the best is TIME AND AGAIN. Simon Morley, an illustrator, agrees to participate in a secret govenment project to hypnotize himself into 1880s New York. It works and he goes back to investigate a mystery. Morely finds himself falling in love with his landlady’s daughter in the past. He also has to deal with threats both in the past and present. Finney also has a collection of short stories — ABOUT TIME — that includes “The Third Level,” about a mysterious platform in Grand Central Station that leads into another world (well before the “Level Nine and Three-quarters” in “Harry Potter”). And “The Coin Collector,” about alternate realities, where “a Woodrow Wilson dime” reveals that “every once in a while something from one of these worlds . . . will stray into another one.”
So what would you recommend? Let us know!