Part of the fun authors have with making stuff up for a living is that they get to recreate the past and alter historical time periods to fit their narrative, as many paranormal and Urban Fantasy authors do. We asked three authors to describe the settings of their their most recent releases — all of which take place in alternate histories — and tell us what they think their reimagined city would be like if it existed today.
Is it just us, or are the heroines of paranormal and urban fantasy fiction getting more and more tough? From facing down demonic enemies to saving the world from vampires, goblins and more, these kick-butt ladies couldn't do what they do without packing some serious heat. Which begs the question: Do you have a favorite weapon of choice for your heroine? Maybe you like a lady who knows how to handle some steel, or perhaps you are into more supernatural skills because, let's face it, controlling fire is cool. Traditionalists will undoubtedly vote for swords, while more eccentric readers probably prefer menacing wolfhounds. However, no matter what your preference, we are delighted to know that these women come equipped with their own arsenals. Check out the following covers for recent and upcoming reads that show heroines handling their weapons of choice and sleep tight tonight knowing that the bad guys don't stand a chance against these ladies.
With a new year comes resolutions, new beginnings and best of all ... new books! This month we'll be sharing thirteen titles across the genres we're looking forward to in 2013, continuing with paranormal and urban fantasy releases! So just in case your TBR list wasn't already a mile long, here are a dozen (plus one!) paranormal and urban fantasy titles we're anticipating in 2013:
Great news for fans of Jeaniene Frost! The author announced yesterday on her blog that she will be starting a new paranormal romance series with Realmwalker, which has a tentative release date of the series starter Fall 2014 and will be published by Harlequin's HQN line.
There's currently not much information available about what readers can expect, but we do know that the series will follow a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient group of people with an unwanted destiny. A dark, obscure young man is seemingly her only ally, but when she learns that he's destined to betray her, she must fight to prevent her doomed future from causing the world's demise.
And in a signature Frost move, we can expect the love story that in the series to be an ongoing battle of wills. She admits to readers that we will be getting our HEA eventually, but not at the end of the first book.
With the so-called Mayan apocalypse only a few weeks away, we thought it would be a perfect time to sit down with an author who knows a thing or two about the end of the world: Larissa Ione. The author's Lords of Deliverance series features The Four Horsemen (one of which is a woman!) of the Apocalypse, who are tasked with saving the world from impending doom. We asked the author to tell us what inspired her to put a spin on the traditional Four Horsemen lore while giving us a peek inside her latest release, Rogue Rider. Plus, Larissa shares special details about her upcoming series, set in a unique vampire-filled universe.
Mira Grant, the pseudonym for Urban Fantasy author Seanan McGuire, released the final book in her Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout, this year, which earned a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Awards nomination. The trilogy follows two young blogger journalists as they dig to uncover the conspiracy that caused a zombie-like plague twenty years prior. We we're curious to hear the author's thoughts on the series now that it's come to a close and what readers can expect next.
Your June release, Blackout, was nominated for a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, congrats! Now that your Newsflesh trilogy has ended, which book was the most fun to write?
Author and blogger Heather Massey is a science fiction romance aficionado who finds and spotlights the best otherworldly tales being published today. So we knew we had a winner on our hands when Massey brought to our attention the upcoming Carina Press' e-anthology A Galactic Holiday. Intrigued by the idea of a holiday-themed sci fi romance collection, Massey spoke with the authors and made her own deductions about the stories:
A Galactic Holiday (December 2012) is a science fiction romance anthology collection from Carina Press. Featuring three novella-length stories from authors Stacy Gail, Sasha Summers, and Anna Hackett, readers can escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with these otherworldly adventures. I have lots to share with you about this anthology, but first, here’s an overview, courtesy of Carina Press:
Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?
Kristen Callihan is gearing up to release the third book in her Darkest London series, Winterblaze, which is set to hit shelves February 2013. We're big fans of the author's paranormal historical tales, and are anxious to get our hands on the third Ellis sister's story. In this video interview, the author catches new readers up on the series so far and she shares some details about the third book, which is a reunion story of a couple we've already seen happy together. Callihan calls Winterblaze "Mr. and Mrs. Smith with zombies," which certainly sounds intriguing! Plus, the author reveals what's in store for the fourth book in the series now that the three sisters have gotten their stories.
We’ve all heard of backseat drivers, but the authors of recent and upcoming paranormal releases are taking it to the extreme by introducing some wild animals into the mix. Peeking over the shoulders of romance characters are tigers and lions and bears. But that’s not all. On these covers we also found a bat, owl and even a dog. And for more exotic fare, it seems like dragons, unicorns and vampire bats are all the rage. While these animals do generally bring some danger to their story, most of the beasts pictured are either the shifter form of a hero or heroine or a helpful guardian. So breathe easy as you scroll through this newest cover trend.
Jeaniene Frost fans will be singing “Reunited and It Feels So Good” after this bit of news. Recently the author revealed the cover for Twice Tempted, the second Night Prince novel that releases March 26, 2013. And I don't know about you, but I absolutely cannot wait to get more of the love story between Vlad “don’t call me Dracula” Tepesh and his heroine Leila.