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New York Comic Con 2011: Author And RT Columnist Anne Elizabeth Reports — With Contest!

BY , OCTOBER 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

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. 


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New York Comic Con 2011: Overview — With Giveaway!

BY , OCTOBER 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

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!


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New York Comic Con 2011: Patricia Briggs Chats About Mercy, Anna And Her Projects

BY , OCTOBER 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

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. 


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New York Comic Con 2011: Zombies, Monsters and Paranormal Fiction

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

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)


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New York Comic Con 2011: Marjorie Liu Q&A About Her Upcoming Dirk & Steele Book

BY Morgan Doremus, OCTOBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today at New York Comic Con 2011 I got a chance to chat with the fantastic Marjorie M. Liu about the latest novel in her bestselling Dirk & Steele series, December's release Within the Flames. If you are new to the series, don't worry, Liu does a fantastic job of crafting a romance that anyone can fall head first into. However, for all of you longstanding Dirk & Steele addicts out there (like me!), you will be excited to see Eddie (finally) get his happily ever after. But it’s not a smooth road for the man whose supernatural talents mean that when he loses control, he can accidentally burn things to the ground. But perhaps this is exactly what makes him perfect for his heroine, Lyssa who is an honest to goodness dragon!

Morgan: Readers who have been following the Dirk and Steele series have known Eddie for a long time. But they might be surprised to learn that he is the hero of his own book since he is so much younger than the rest of your characters. 

Marjorie: He is young in years, but he has lots of life experience. Eddie lost his dad when he was young and this left him in an abusive living situation. Eddie ended up growing up on the streets.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison

BY , OCTOBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

A dying vampire queen and a happy-go-lucky gryphon will risk the fate of the world for their love in Thea Harrison’s paranormal series third Serpent’s Kiss.

Morgan: I have been loving Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series since book one, Dragon Bound, hit shelves earlier this year. Now we are on book three and I have to say that I never get tired of visiting the author’s world of strange, mythical creatures. 

Whitney: Harrison has become an auto-buy author for me, too. Although, I felt this particular book took a while to get off the ground because Harrison has to explain all the different types of creatures in play, the political factions that are maneuvering and also reacquaint us with the hero and heroine who have been, up until now, supporting characters. 


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Pick Up A Paranormal Series Starter On Sale From Pocket!

BY , OCTOBER 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are not the only ones getting into the spirit of Halloween. Publisher Pocket is currently running a sale on some of their paranormal tales to help get readers in a more spooky frame of mind. You can start several of our favorite series which are available on the Pocket website for just $3.99 each between now and November 1st. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our picks.

RT’s Morgan Recommends … 

The deliciously dark Raziel by Kristina Douglas, aka the uber-talented Anne Stuart, is my first suggestion. But readers be warned, these are not your typical angels. They are more likely to kill you, than protect you. But hey, you could do worse than a sexy, brooding, alpha angel! 

If you were hoping for a more light-hearted read than I vote you pick up How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf This series starter from Molly Harper is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. (RT’s Whitney and I go in-depth on the book here.)


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Paranormal Month: Bring Your Favorite Fictional Character To Life — With Giveaway!

BY , OCTOBER 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's no denying it, Halloween is right around the corner — and costume planning is heavily underway here are RT. So as gear up for one of the web team's favorite holidays, here is a peek at the costumes we are planning that were inspired by some of our favorite fictional characters. 

RT's Whitney says, "I'm looking forward to creating my own mash-up this season, vampire Scarlet O'Hara. Hello hoop skirt, hello obligatory parasol, hello vampire fangs. I can't wait to take this year's costume out onto the streets of New York City!"

RT's Elisa also plans to be kicking it old school but in a very different way. "I am going to be dressing up as Cthulu, the mythical being that's like a cross between a dragon, Godzilla and an octopus. I think the best explanation for him is that he's basically the scariest creature around. He's got wings, killer talons and some seriously crazy face-tentacles. To bring this monster to life, I'm dying a mop head green and wearing it around my face. Add to that some all green clothes and giant rubber wings and I'm set. People will know who I am ... in the right circles." 


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Inside Erin Quinn's Final Mists Of Ireland Story: This Month's Haunting Embrace — With Excerpt!

BY , OCTOBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

As part of our Paranormal Month coverage we are going behind the scenes with author Erin Quinn to learn how with her new novel, Haunting Embrace, the author perfected the art of what she calls “writing through chaos”. Don’t miss your chance for a backstage pass to the story — and an excerpt of what you’ll find in the latest installment in the author’s Mists of Ireland series about Druid warriors and the cursed Book of Fenmore.

For most authors, writing isn’t just a job—it’s a calling. And like anything we’re called to—or compelled to do—it comes with its highs and lows. Highs—hearing from readers who love your books. Lows—sitting in front of a keyboard and pulling word by painful word out of an over-taxed brain. 


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Free E-Read: Carrie Vaughn's The Nymph's Child

BY , OCTOBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Readers searching for a compelling short fantasy story with a touch of romance should look no further than Carrie Vaughn's short story "The Nymph's Child." This e-read is currently hosted for free at Fantasy Magazine.

Vaughn has made a name for herself with her long-running urban fantasy series about heroine Kitty Norville — most recently featured in the anthology Kitty's Greatest Hits. However, "The Nymph's Child" reads much more like the author's April release, After the Golden Age. While there aren't superheroes in this story, "The Nymph's Child" certainly has several unexpected heroes. 


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