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: Mercy, Patricia Briggs, River Marked
Who doesn’t love the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs? But I think only her diehard fans will like the latest installment — RIVER MARKED — because it is such a disjointed novel.
The book’s title refers to an ancient evil monster that Mercy doesn’t even learn about until the second half of the book. And that’s the problem with the overall novel. Nothing really happens in the first part of the story.
We meet up with Stefan. who we haven’t seen since the horrifying events of BONE CROSSED. Mercy visits him and learns that he and his band are wasting away in some sort of weird apathy. And Mercy is determined to shake him out of it. Then we have Adam and Mercy’s long delayed wedding and honeymoon. We see just about every character important to Mercy. It was pleasant but in no way did it propel me toward the story in the second half of the book. And it just made me not want to read it. I had to force myself to keep going! (And I’ve never done that with a Mercy book.)
But then, the second half of the story emerges and it is exciting. We finally get more info on Mercy’s father, her Native American heritage. Coyote, Hawk and Wolf return. And we find out why Mercy is always in the middle of trouble and change. We learn why she is able to do things others around her cannot. And we learn more about her strength and abilities.
Finally, we get to a great battle with the river monster — who shouldn’t be in the river but is and is causing death and destruction — and only Mercy and her friends can kill it. The lore and world building behind this part of the story is great. (And the magic fae walking stick makes an appearance and it plays a crucial part in the story. I wonder what will happen to it in the next story?)
I also like that Adam is with Mercy for most of this story. And while he wants to go alpha — and does a few times — he’s definitely married and cares for Mercy in a way we haven’t seen before.
Of all the books in the series, this one misses the mark in the first half, but than Patricia Briggs brings us right back into the thick of things later in the book with rich lore and great storytelling. (Where did she think up those creepy river otters?) I’ll be curious where she takes the next book. I’d hate to see Adam and Mercy fall into a boring domestic bliss. (We’ll know next spring!)
The next Mercy Thompson ‘River Marked’ cover, now due out in January 2011 September 14, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs, River Walk
OK — so I’m a little behind in my Mercy Thompson news but here’s my first look at the cover for the next installment about our odd little shifter who can fix cars. At first I thought RIVER MARKED wouldn’t be released until Spring 2011 but now it looks like the release date is January 2011. Yah!
Here’s the book blurb from Amazon.com:
Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…
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March Madness: Paranormal romance books due out March 30! March 27, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists, Releases, Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Alexandra Ivy, DD Barant, Patricia Briggs, Rhyannon Byrd, Richelle Mead
I’m still preoccupied with March Madness hoops, but I did remember that several authors will release some good reads at the end of month. Here are a few I’m hoping to pick up. Did I leave anything out? Let me know. Also, next up this week: A book pick from Dot!
Books coming out March 30!!!!
BEYOND THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK) BY ALEXANDRA IVY
Book blurb listed on Amazon.com: Salvatore Giuliani is not a happy werewolf. It’s his duty as leader to track down the pureblood females who can keep his people from extinction. But the moment he catches scent of Harley, a pureblood held by a pack of mangy curs, his savage need for her obliterates all other instincts. And the only thing worse than being captured is finding that beautiful, independent Harley defiantly refuses to become his mate. Harley has been taught to distrust all Weres, especially their arrogant king. She won’t be used for breeding or bonded against her will, not even to a man who makes every nerve tingle with awareness. Yet Salvatore is her key to saving the family she never knew she had – if she dares to succumb to his dark, predatory desire, and face a vicious enemy sworn to destroy them both…
DEATH BLOWS: THE BLOODHOUND FILES BY DD BARANT
Book blurb listed on Amazon.com: FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire. At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…
SILVER BORNE (MERCY THOMPSON BOOK 5) BY PATRICIA BRIGGS
Book blurb listed on Amazon.com (Publisher’s Weekly): Coyote-shifting garage mechanic Mercedes Thompson, now mated to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, embarks on her exciting fifth dark fantasy adventure (after 2009’s bestselling Bone Crossed). Three subplots—Mercy’s attempt to return a magical book to a fae friend-of-a-friend, her difficulties integrating into Adam’s pack, and her roommate Samuel’s misery over being a lone Alpha—come together seamlessly, and excitement builds as Mercy and her loved ones go through ever more intense experiences, including a house fire, a suicide attempt, a death sentence, and a reunion between long-ago loves. Briggs creates both well-rounded characters and a complex mythology, resulting in a rich read that’s far more than a series of action adventures strung together. Fans of the series will be thrilled; new readers should start at the beginning or risk drowning in the immersive world-building.
SUCCUBUS SHADOWS (GEORGINA KINCAID BOOK 5) BY RICHELLE MEAD
Book blurb listed on Amazon.com: Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals–all child’s play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend’s wedding is a different story. Georgina isn’t sure which is worse–that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina’s roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there’s Simone, the new succubus in town, who’s intent on corrupting Seth. But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t — and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity …
TOUCH OF SEDUCTION BY RHYANNON BYRD
Book blurb listed on Amazon.com: Sold into slavery as a child to a cruel taskmaster, tiger-shifter Aiden Shrader trusts no one. Not even his own kind. Yet as a member of the Watchmen — the organization of shape-shifters who keep watch over the ancient nonhuman race — Aiden is fiercely protective of the helpless. Never more so than when he’s asked to guard a little girl with witches’ blood — and her beautiful human aunt. A woman who arouses all of Aiden’s primal urges … urges he must resist. To small-town schoolteacher Olivia Harcourt, the massive tiger-shifter with the glowing amber eyes is as much a dark mystery as the enemy stalking her. Yet Aiden is her only hope of surviving. Until their intense passion unleashes her own inner tigress with a ferocity that will make the evil Casus rue the day they messed with her family … and will take Aiden by seductive surprise.