Book blogs: Check out La Deetda Reads June 27, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
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Looking for more book blogs? Check out my web buddy’s new blog LA DEETDA READS. This is by Dot in New York who used to send us vampire book reviews from time to time. But now she’s started her own blog so check it out! Dot reviews all kinds of romance books, including paranormal romance. And if you are looking for historical romance — she’s got that, too! Happy reading and drop her a line! (And she still visits this blog. You can find her commenting all of the time here!)
Tags: Comic-Con, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Scott Westerfeld, Sherrilyn Kenyon
We’re still waiting for Comic-Con — July 21-24 in San Diego — to announce its complete schedule of panels and guests, but it says it won’t finalize the lineups until two weeks before the convention. In the meantime, here’s a short list of paranormal romance/urban fantasy/YA authors who are scheduled to appear at the convention — and we’ve checked in on a few of the author websites to find out what they have planned for the convention.
This will be a treat because the author of the Mercy Thompson series (RIVER MARKED is the latest release in the saga about car mechanic Mercy Thompson who is an unusual shapeshifter) doesn’t go to many conventions. Here’s what she’s posted on her website about Comic-Con:
So, we’ve heard lots of great things about Comic-Con. Dan Dos Santos usually attends, and we’ve thought about going down to meet him. The costumes are crazy, the event is huge, and we were a little afraid we’d get lost or trampled in a convention of this size. This year, they invited Patty as a guest. They promised that they’d take care of us country bumpkins and not let us get lost too badly, so we’re going in. Wish us luck.
Harrison, who writes the popular Hollows series, has been to Comic-Con before. Her full-color graphic novel — BLOODWORK — which recounts the first book in the Hollows series (Rachel, witch and bounty hunter who has to team up with Ivy — a living vampire) is due out July 12, just before the convention kicks off. “I will be going to San Diego Comic Con to celebrate!” she writes on her website.
This prolific paranormal romance/fantasy writer whose series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency and the Chronicles of Nick, will apparently have her own panel at Comic-Con this year! Her Facebook page says the panel — still in the planning stages — will be held July 23 (Saturday) from 11:15 to 12:15. (Maybe she’ll give us a sneak preview of next Dark Hunter novel — RETRIBUTION, due out Aug. 2.)
The author of the Uglies series and Midnighters trilogy is also a repeat Comic-Con guest. According to his blog, here’s the panel he’s going to be on at the convention: (GOLIATH, the next book in his Leviathan series comes out Sept. 20.)
Sunday, July 24
11:15-12:15AM Building the World of Leviathan, an Illustrated Steampunk Series. Bestselling YA author Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Midnighters) discusses how illustrated adventure novels disappeared in the early 20th Century, and how he worked with artist Keith Thompson to create one for the 21st, Leviathan, a steampunk re-imaging of WWI. Lots of visuals (and some secret news about Uglies).
(He says there’s another panel about teen comics that he’ll be in, but it’s not confirmed yet. It will probably be Thursday, July 21, 4:30-5:30.)
Tags: Graveminder, Melissa Marr
Someone has to watch over the dead in Claysville. Feed them. Console them. Make sure they stay put.
And for decades, Rebekkah Barrow’s grandmother, Maylene, did just that. Maylene went to every funeral in town and performed the same ritual that Rebekkah witnessed over and over. She would take three sips from a silver flask and say “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”
But Rebekkah, an outsider who only lived in Claysville for a short time and visited her grandmother as a young adult, never knew why. And now that her grandmother is dead — murdered — the duty to mind the dead falls to her in Melissa Marr’s latest book, GRAVEMINDER, a gritty, urban fantasy that makes you wonder if people really do have a choice about who they love and why.
Rebekkah Barrow is torn with indecision and guilt over her destined role in Claysville, a town where the native born never leave, but live quiet and happy lives until they turn at least 80 and then they are subject to the same health issues as anyone else. But the price for that so-called peace has been a pact with the underworld that dictates that a Graveminder — a Barrow woman — and the town’s Undertaker — a Montgomery man — work together to make sure the dead of Claysville are buried properly. And if they aren’t — to lead them to the other side, a place ruled by the mysterious Charles — also called Mr. D. If the dead aren’t properly minded, they will walk among the living and kill.
Helping Rebekkah is the Undertaker — Byron Montgomery, an old love who Rebekkah has run away from because — among other things — he used to date her sister. Neither Rebekkah nor Bryon learn of their roles in Claysville until the very last minute. They must sift through old journals and records and visit the land of Dr. D to find clues to mind the dead.
They also learn that the Graveminder and Undertaker are historically tied and drawn to each other. He must protect her, and she depends on him to guide her from the land of the dead — which she finds immensely attractive. Is it the destiny of the Graveminder and Undertaker the reason Rebekkah and Bryon have always been attracted to each other? Or is it true love? Or does it even matter? With no time to figure out their feelings for each other, Rebekkah and Byron must work together to figure out who killed Maylene and to deal with the dead — who are now suddenly so restless.
This is an urban fantasy, who-done-it mystery with a dash of romance. The story is laced with folklore, and at first — because I was reading so quickly — I didn’t understand how the role of Graveminder or Undertaker is passed along, so read the first chapters carefully. The most interesting parts of the story occur when Marr takes us into the world of Dr. D. How he and the rest of the dead are connected to the world of the living is fascinating, and she hasn’t revealed all that much in this first book — but there’s enough to make you wonder what she’ll do in the next installment.
Fans of Marr’s WICKED LOVELY series about humans and the fae understand that this author is great at building dark and mysterious worlds where each of her characters must make choices — no matter what their destiny. And she holds true to form in GRAVEMINDER.
Visit Melissa Marr’s website for excerpts from the novel and also some nifty Graveminders/Undertakers history (click the link to download the chart below in PDF format or you can download it from Melissa’s site.)
Movie trailer for Twilight’s ‘Breaking Dawn’ June 5, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: Bella, Breaking Dawn, Edward, movie, twilight
Sorry for break in posts. Been swamped with the day job but have lots of nifty stuff coming. For starters, here’s a surprise. For TWILIGHT fans, the trailer for BREAKING DAWN (Part 1) is now out on the web. Not sure if Summit will shut it down on YouTube or not but here’s what we’re seeing. (Film comes out Nov. 18.)