Authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris kicked off their steampunk series, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, with May's Phoenix Rising. We got the scoop on why they write Steampunk, how to get your hands on their "99-penny dreadfuls" and what fans can expect next with a sneak peek at their next Ministry book!Watch The Phoenix Rising Book Trailer >>
We're always excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the creation of our favorite books. (It's no secret that some of us are guilty of judging a book by its cover.) So today, we're bringing you footage from the photo shoot for Scandalous Desires, the newest historical romance novel by author Elizabeth Hoyt.
After seeing this video, we went straight to Elizabeth Hoyt to get her take on the process behind designing the cover for her latest Maiden Lane novel — and what she has planned for the covers of future books!
What is your favorite part about the cover of Scandalous Desires?
Sabrina Benulis' debut novel, Archon, doesn't release until January, but once we heard about this paranormal series starter we knew we had to find out more. So RT's Morgan caught up with Benulis at Comic Con in order to get some inside information about Archon which is set in a Vatican secret enclave and involves a secret prophecy that a "blood head" (aka red head) will possess the spirit of a dead angel to wreck havoc on earth.
Morgan Doremus: Since Archon is your debut novel, I am very interested in how you got started writing.
Sabrina Benulis: In college I wrote for myself. I was a psych major and was disenchanted so switched to English. I took a creative writing course and turned in a short story. When I got it back, it had a message from the professor “See me after class”. I was worried I had done something wrong, but it turns out that they thought it was really good. That was the first time I ever considered writing professionally. When I was getting ready to choose a grad school, I realized all I wanted to do was write, so I went to Seton Hill and their program for genre fiction. Archon was actually my thesis.
There was tons of action taking place at New York Comic Con 2011, and we couldn't cover it all ourselves. So, we got author and RT's Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels Columnist Anne Elizabeth to share a few of her highlights from the event. And at the end of her guest blog, find out how you can get drawn into a zombie-filled graphic novel!
The vibration of feet stampeding through the Javits Center was a welcome feeling and sound on preview day, Thursday, October 13th. When the doors opened at 4 p.m., some fans raced to their destinations as others strolled to spots and stood vigil by comic book publisher booths waiting for the latest NYCC Comic Book Exclusives, the special comic books that are only handed out at this event.
Among the favored items were George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones: Issue 1 from the Del Rey Booth, the partial of book II of the Twilight Saga graphic novel and Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl Psycho Killer partial graphic novel from Yen Press. I must admit even my own NYCC Exclusive, the teen-rated short story comic, The Hall of Insides, flew off the shelves.
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Young Adult – Rachel Caine will add three new titles to her Morganville Vampires series which is set in the sleepy college town where vamps make the rules. Although no publication dates have been announced, we're looking forward to returning to Morganville (at our own risk, of course) for the upcoming books thirteen through fifteen in this long-running series!
Paranormal Romance – Gerry Bartlett has just signed on to pen the ninth in her vampire series, the Glory St. Clair books. In this tale, heroine Glory heads to Scotland to hunt down her sire-slash-the love of her afterlife and our fingers are crossed that all goes well for this loveable vamp.
NEW SERIES ALERT
Last week we gave you a peek inside of the bustling world of New York Comic Con 2011. You got a chance to experience a workshop, check out Artist Alley, go behind the scenes of Marjorie Liu's latest Dirk & Steele story with a special author interview, find out what's next for Patricia Briggs, and more. But, the fun's not over yet!
Comic Con not only brings out great artists and comic book writers, but at NYCC you can also find some amazing fiction authors as well. This year RT's Morgan had the pleasure of speaking with Patricia Briggs, whose work spans from urban to medieval fantasy. Want to know more about Patricia's writing process and also get a sneak peek at what's happening with fan favorite character Mercy Thompson? Check out the interview below.
Morgan Doremus: Different authors bring different skills to their writing. I think, first and foremost, you are known as a storyteller. Someone who can really make her stories come to life.
Patricia Briggs: I am a reader first, so I write books that I would like to read. I always want my stories to feel real and since I am writing urban fantasy, this means I have to create a tension between the real world and the supernatural world. If the real world is very realistic, then it just makes the supernatural parts all the more plausible.
New York Comic Con is unique in the fact that not only do fans get to meet amazing artists, but we can also watch them work. Every year at NYCC, Artist Alley is erected in order to corral the incredible talent visiting the city. This year artists sketched while sitting at tables, standing at easels and even kneeling next to a car. While strolling through Artist Alley, I was happy to see a few of my favorite author/artists, so I stopped in to check out their creative processes and also ask them what they are currently work on.
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We've been celebrating paranormal reads all month long, but we aren't the only ones who love creatures that go bump in the night. Today we spent time at New York Comic Con 2011 with thousands of fans that were ready for comic book, manga and graphic novel signings, author sightings, panels, workshops, advanced television and movie screenings and more. I had the pleasure to sit in on one of these workshops as several debut and established authors talked about some of the very real world problems that their supernatural characters face.
(Left to right - Thomas E. Sniegoski, Tahereh Mafi, Nancy Holzner, Drew Magary, Stefan Petrucha, Bob Fingerman and Veronica Rossi)