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Webinar, New Releases and Magical Words

I'm putting the final touches on my upcoming webinar for Writer's Digest on writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal.  I've put a ton of work into it, and I think it's going to be great.  If you're interested and haven't already signed up, there's still time.  Some of the details are below.  Full information is available here.

Session date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes

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I'm also very excited to announce two new releases today:



Chicks Kick Butt edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine
Anthology featuring original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers:
L.A. Banks
Rachel Vincent
Karen Chance
Lilith Saintcrow
Cheyenne McCray
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Elizabeth Vaughan
Carole Nelson Douglas
Nancy Holder
 
 
Two of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire novels in one volume.

Fade Out
Without the evil Bishop ruling over Morganville, the vampires have made major concessions to the human population. But when a filmmaker goes missing after starting work on a documentary about vampires, Claire Danvers and her friends feel anything but safe...

Kiss of Death
Vampire Michael Glass's music has attracted the attention of a music producer-giving Michael the opportunity to leave Morganville. But between a horde of hateful humans and a savage party of feral vampires, Michael may not make it to the show on time...or ever.
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Last but not least, here's a link to a very interesting interview by some of the authors behind the wonderful Magical Words blog, including three of my clients: David B. Coe, Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price.

While we're on the subject of Faith Hunter, she was also kind enough to host me today on her site, talking about my wonderfully loony family, inspiration and my upcoming release Bad Blood.

Music Video for Morganville Vampires series

Happy New Release Day!

Very excited to wish a happy release day to:

Rachel Caine for BITE CLUB, the tenth novel in her New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series

Chloe Neill for HARD BITTEN, the fourth book in her brilliant Chicagoland Vampires series

Jasmine Haynes for her sexy and stunning erotic novel PAST MIDNIGHT

All books with bite!  Blurbs below.


 

“Extreme sports come to Morganville and the result could be a bloodbath!  In this newest chapter of the Morganville Vampire series, Caine adds extra insight by including periodic slices of the first-person thoughts of Claire’s boyfriend, Shane.  The friendships in this series are facing formidable odds, and Caine does a terrific job of keeping the tension fierce and the danger palpable.  Great stuff!” Romantic Times

Blurb:
After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...




"Neill creates a strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake." -Library Journal

Blurb:
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals-and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are...tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society-a world full of vampires who seem ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands...


"The opening DeKnight saga is a super erotic tale starring two loving people whose world shattered when their son died. The story line showcases Jasmine Haynes’ skills as her lead couple struggle with grief in their personal lives and an economic spy in their professional lives." - Genre Go Round Reviews

Blurb:
It's time to push the boundaries of erotic sensibility.

A devastating blow rocked Erin and Dominic's marriage, and now only extreme sexual games can soothe their emotional pain.  But their most daring erotic adventure is just ahead, and it could ultimately destroy everything they hoped to save.


And because I was traveling and missed it when in released May 1st, happy belated release day to Roberta Gellis for her new edition of TAPESTRY OF DREAMS!

"Good book to put on a keeper shelf!" -
Night Owl Romance

Blurb:
A maiden who will not marry

For the lovely Lady Audris, taking a husband would mean losing her home. She is content to concentrate on her special gift, weaving gorgeous tapestries that often contain hints of the future. But nothing predicts the arrival of Hugh Licorne, confident in his strength and single-minded in his determination-to have her.

A battle-hardened knight who needs a bride
From the moment Hugh sets eyes on Lady Audris, he knows he has found the woman destined to be his wife. She's courageous and beautiful, delicate yet strong. But winning her trust and defending her from her enemies will be the greatest battle he has ever faced.

More to Celebrate

Had some fabulous news late Wednesday that I haven't had the time to post, but I'm determined to make time today, so...


CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Caine, whose Morganville Vampires series remains on the New York Times Children's Series bestseller list at #10 and Christie Golden, whose World of Warcraft novel THE SHATTERING is enjoying its third week on the NY Times Hardcover bestseller list.  You go, gals!


Speaking of Rachel Caine, check her out her on her television interview with Philadelphia's The 10! Show.

In other news, I was interviewed earlier this week on Writer Tracy's blog about writing, vampires and forensics...oh my!  If you haven't stopped on by, well, I hope you'll do so.

New and exciting

Exciting things to report.  First, The Knight Agency is restarting the "Ask an Agent" feature on our blog.  Follow the link and add your question to the comments section to have Nephele Tempest respond.



In other news, Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series rises again, taking GHOST TOWN all the way to #1 on the Nielsen Children's Fiction Bestseller List in the UK and to #55 on the USA Today list.  Also, because Rachel is pretty amazing about giving back to her readers, she's over at Bitten by Books with chances to win a 16GB iPad.  Today's the last day to enter, so check it out before it's too late!



Want more?  Anxiously awaiting the next Dirk & Steele novel by Marjorie M. Liu?  IN THE DARK OF DREAMS releases November 30th from Avon Books.  As a two-fer, the star-studded anthology SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, featuring a Marjorie Liu story, along with offerings from such other greats as Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Peter S. Beagle, Tanith Lee, etc. will be out November 16th from Gallery Books. 

Ah, November...Thanksgiving this year brings much for which to be thankful!

Bestsellers!

Borrowing from our agency's blog (here), I'm pleased to announce:

This week TKA has four authors appearing in four different categories on the New York Times bestseller list!


On the children's list, Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series debuted in the #9 spot with the release of GHOST TOWN, and Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress novel, ECSTASY IN DARKNESS, premiered at #11 on the mass market list. Christie Golden appeared for the second week with her World of Warcraft title, THE SHATTERING: THE CATACLYSM  at #17 on the hardcover fiction list, and  perennial favorites Don Piper and Cecil Murphey (90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN) held on at #23 on the nonfiction extended list.

You go, guys and gals!

Halloween Blog Bash cont'd

The Halloween Blog Bash continues today with the celebration of some new releases!  First, I have Rachel Caine in a short interview taped at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art last month, talking about her latest Morganville Vampires novel, GHOST TOWN!



In other Rachel Caine news,
Chrissie's Corner blog is holding a Morganville Vampires tribute this week.  I'm up today here.


The Knight Agency is hosting a Halloween chat with Kalayna Price, author of the new release GRAVE WITCH, from Roc books tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET.  Details follow:

WHAT:
Chat with Kalayna Price

WHEN: Thursday, October 28th @ 9pm ET

WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room:
http://client1.sigmachat.com/sc.php?id=115545

HOW TO CHAT: Enter a username and password (any combination). Choose "Login." **Your computer must be java-enabled to chat


About GRAVE WITCH: As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead-she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why...

As for me, I've been all about the last few days, including:
Book Faery
A Simple Love of Reading
Confessions of a Bookaholic

and today:

Supernatural Snark

Halloween Blog Bash kick off

Welcome to my Halloween Blog Bash!  Now through the end of the month I'll be posting a host of guest blogs in honor of the season.  Today, I have the amazingly talented, New York Times-bestselling Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden and Outcast Season series and all around fabulous person.  Also on deck this week: Janet Mullany, Faith Hunter, Michele Lang and a GCC (Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit) interview with Linda Gerber.

(Note: new zombie me courtesy of the wonderful Eric Archibald!)


Vampires: How Much Is Too Much? by Rachel Caine

If you're anything like me, the title is kind of silly, because of course, there can be no such thing as TOO MUCH VAMPIRE. But seriously, can there be?

In my opinion? Sure.

On different levels.

First of all, the obvious: readers get tired of the same thing. Even if it's not ACTUALLY the same thing. A great example of this is the Western genre -- books, films, TV shows. During the 1950s through the 1960s, this genre was booming in a way that few genres have ever boomed before ... more than 100 separate Western series aired in 10 years on television alone. MORE THAN 100. Incredible. And the boom in movies and books was equally large.

But when the end came, it came fast and hard. A few Westerns made it to TV after 1975 -- Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn, even Kung Fu -- but not many. And the Western shelves in stores shrank down to a few hard-core legendary authors, until it effectively vanished and was absorbed into "General Fiction."

I see the vampire genre (and it really is a genre now) going the same way. We're in the equivalent of the mid-60s boom right now ... but when the audience decides they're over it, the vampire genre is going to go bust and shrink, again, to pre-Twilight levels. It won't go away, but it won't be everywhere, either.

Which is okay, really. People who love the genre will still be there for it. And sooner or later, like the monster it is, it will rise again.

Now, the second level: too much vampire in a vampire book? Well ... I think the answer is yes, there can be. I like to have the human perspective about the vampires to have equal time with the vampires themselves; otherwise, you have to map the human perspective INTO the vampires, making them less, well, vampire-y to me. (Vampires are people too! Almost. Sorta. Or as one wise person I talked to put it, "they become humans with a drinking problem.") When a vampire behaves like a human in every way but having this little blood-drinking problem, then they're not as interesting to me -- they're more comedic. I want my vampires vamp-ier, with teeth and the instincts of a hunter. But I like to stay out of their heads, too, unless they've got a really bad-ass point of view, in which case, they're not fluffy bunnies with fangs and I'm okay with them, anyway.

Third level (oooh, it's getting deep! In all sorts of ways.): Too much vampire in our pop culture? Time will tell. But when our vampires end up naked and covered in blood on the cover of Rolling Stone, maybe it's time to reconsider them as the Outsider characters that made them so popular in the first place. Hmmm. Love it, but maybe ... maybe a little too much. Maybe? I'm on the fence. But yeah, maybe. Almost certainly, maybe.

And that's all the levels I've got today. How about you? Love vampires? Hate 'em? Only love some kinds of vampires? My mind, it is inquiring!

-- Rachel