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Shawna Thomas On Her Debut Fantasy, Altered Destiny

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Shawna Thomas' debut novel, this month's fantasy tale Altered Destiny got a Top Pick rating from RT's Victoria and made such an impression on her that it was nominated for the month's RT Seal of Excellence. Today we sit down with the author to find out about how she brought her heroine Selia's fantasy world to life, an insider look at her vampiric hero and what readers can expect next from this new talent!

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First of all, your debut book was nominated for October’s RT Seal of Excellence. Congratulations! What is one of the other unexpected pluses of your experience as a debut author? 


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J. M. McDermott Releases Women and Monsters Short Story Collection For Free!

BY Whitney Sullivan, OCTOBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Ever wonder what happened to the women of myths and legend? You can find out in J.M. McDermott's series of surreal digital short stories. Serialized on the web, the collection Women and Monsters, is available at womenandmonsters.wordpress.com with a new story posted every Monday. In these tales, McDermott will feature the writer's take on a woman or monster of classic Greek mythology. From Eurydice to Charybdis, McDermott's Women and Monsters lets the voiceless finally speak for themselves. 


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Author Interview: Pip Ballantine And Tee Morris Talk Their Steampunk Series And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

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!

Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris On Working Together >>

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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, 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 RT BOOK REVIEWS, 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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Amazon To Launch Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Imprint 47North

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon has just announced that they will soon launch 47North, their own science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint. The line, which is named for Seattle’s latitude, joins the company’s other imprints AmazonEncore, Amazon Crossing, Thomas & Mercer and Montlake Romance. 47North will deliver new books and series that will be simultaneously released in traditional print, e-book and audio formats. 47North will also be bringing back books that are out-of-print or have been previously printed.  

47North has been carefully curated to include an equal helping of tales, which may seem outrageous but have their basis in reality, science fiction as well as fantasy novels. It will also have stories that may not fit easily into either one of these groups, and so the team at Amazon also decided to fold horror stories into 47North. The result is that this line will be where readers can find all different sub-genres from urban fantasy to gothic tales, alternate histories and beyond.


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Jamie Todd Rubin "Vacations" Back To The Golden Age of Sci Fi

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

Earlier this year, science fiction author Jamie Todd Rubin re-visited the Golden Age of science fiction, an era in which science fiction gained notoriety during the first half of the 20th century, by looking at one of the most influential publications of the time period — Astounding Science Fiction magazine. In a series of blog posts on his website, Rubin examined every aspect of the magazine — from the short stories to the ads — issue by issue, and reflected on how the magazine defined the Golden Age and how the era has influenced and molded contemporary science fiction writing. This week Amazing Stories, the digital re-boot of another classic science fiction magazine, will be hosting Rubin’s reflective journey on their website.


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, 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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Spoiled: An Exclusive First Look At Alexis Morgan's Newest Series River of the Damned

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

We were so excited to learn that fan favorite Alexis Morgan has a new series releasing next year that we immediately contacted the author. RT wanted to be the first to bring readers information about the fantasy/romance series River of the Damned along with a peek at the series starter, My Lady Mage, set to hit shelves next summer.

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First, we've got to ask, is this a Paladin series spin-off or are you embarking on an all-new adventure?

This is a whole new adventure for me, one I’m really excited about. River of the Damned will be my first fantasy romance series, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The first story in the series, My Lady Mage, will be released by Signet Eclipse in July 2012.  

My Lady Mage features a woman who can wake the damned, that's a pretty crazy power. Can you share a hint about how she controls it?

Lady Merewen’s family lands are under attack. Desperate to save her people and the horses that she loves, she invokes an ancient spell. At the edge of the river, she calls on the gods for help, asking that they send the Damned, five ancient warriors, to defend her people. 


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Try This Trope: My Favorite Re-Worked Clichés in Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror

BY Elisa Verna, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

I’m on the fence when it comes to messing with some of my favorite plotlines, characters and settings in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. In some instances, I’m a die-hard traditionalist. (Fast-moving zombies? No thanks, I’ll take Night of the Living Dead zombies over 28 Days Later zombies any day.) Still, it’s always refreshing to come across a work of fiction that provides an original spin on standard storyline.

Earlier this month, fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer challenged his readers to come up with a list of the most commonly used clichés in sci fi, fantasy, and horror fiction, and it got me to thinking. I always appreciate a classic young hero embarking on an epic adventure, the underdog rising to defeat the villain and a good old-fashioned ghost story, but what are the contemporary works I'd suggest for people looking to read (or watch) this story in a new light? To that end, I’ve selected one of my favorite tropes for each genre from the pool of comments on VanderMeer’s blog post and have listed my favorite classic and modern re-tellings of each cliché ...

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