Urban Fantasy author Nicole Peeler is known for her humorous, action-packed Jane True series, featuring a heroine who discovers her magical inner selkie and solves mysteries with the help of a sexy vampire by her side. At New York Comic Con this year, RT's Morgan talked with the author about her heroine's superhero qualities and why the author can't give Jane a break when it comes to trouble! Plus, the author discusses her snarky side and reveals the traits she has in common with her character.
A slew of authors made an appearance at this year's New York Comic Con, representing paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult and urban fantasy genres, among many others. Urban fantasy authors gathered during the Thursday panel "Justice is Served" to discuss their otherworldly heroes and heroines that fight crime of the supernatural variety. Authors Amber Benson, Christopher L. Bennett, G.T. Almasi, Jacqueline Carey, Kim Harrison, Myke Cole and Thomas E. Sniegoski made up the panel, which was moderated by fellow author Michael P. Spradlin.
Fighting aliens, conquering new planets, commanding ships and flying through the galaxy are all in a hard day's work for many sci fi romance heroes and heroines. But how do the men and women of sci fi romance find time for relationships amidst all the space trekking and futuristic adventure? Author and genre blogger Heather Massey is here today to share 5 ways sci fi romance couples make it work:
Nurturing a romance can be tough even during the best of times. But what about when aliens are attacking Earth to steal all of our natural resources? How can a couple even begin to plan a date? Or imagine the challenges of executing a simple “getting to know you” conversation when an evil galactic empire is bent on the destruction and domination of one’s whole entire world!
Evil mega corporations don’t make it any easier with their Big Brother control issues and life-threatening products. Those types of workaholic villains can put a serious dent in a couple’s ability to carve out some “we time.”
Yet science fiction romance couples always achieve a Happily Ever After or Happily For Now no matter what the obstacles. How do they accomplish such a nigh impossible goal? What’s their secret?
This month’s Urban Fantasy releases feature a slew of new series starters, complete with kick butt female characters we can’t wait to fall in love with. Whether it’s Trixie the elf from Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink, Daisy the half human, half demon who acts as a link between her town’s police force and the goddess Hel and stars in Jacqueline Carey’s Dark Currents, or Anton Strout’s new leading lady of Alchemystic, Lexi, who comes with her fair share of family secrets, there’s sure to be a new awesome heroine to suit everyone’s fancy. And after reading these new releases if you are still hungering for take charge heroines, then you are in luck because we asked each of these authors their top 3 Urban Fantasy leading ladies from books, TV and movies. Here’s what they had to say:
With us today is blogger/werewolf/activist and Colorado native Kate Stillman from Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Werewolf in Denver. She’s designed a pre-conference event that attendees of WERECON2012 are sure to enjoy — or if you’re just visiting Denver on your own, she’s highlighted some landmarks that will scare up some hauntingly good times. Care to find out where the werewolves get their howl on in the Mile-High City? Read on as we turn this blog post over to Kate and she reveals all the jumping paranormal hotspots:
THE RIGHT TO HOWL: The Official Blog of H.O.W.L.* founder Kate Stillman
Gracing the September RT BOOK REVIEWS cover is author Angie Fox. Best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer books, Fox writes quirky, funny paranormal romances. This month she started a new series with Immortally Yours. Taking inspiration from the TV show M*A*S*H, Fox's story features Dr. Petra Robichaud as she fixes up soldiers so they can continue their fight between the gods.
Angie's lighthearted stories have made her a fan favorite. A frequent guest at the RT Booklovers Convention, many readers have already gotten to know the author. But for those who have yet to have the pleasure, we've decided to make up this handy guide to explore the author's place in paranormal romance. The genre may feel vast, but actually seems small when you break it down. So sit back and see how Six Degrees is all that is needed to connect Fox with other great authors.
With copies of Endgame in hand, we fans of Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series have to face the facts: this is the last ride we’ll ever hitch with our heroine into Grimspace. And what a turbulent ride it has been! Sirantha snagged our attention right from the get-go, and we never considered that our adventures with her would come to an end. While letting go is never easy, the stages of grief have hit us pretty hard. From denial to acceptance, we worked our way through our sense of loss one step at a time as we prepared to say goodbye to Sirantha Jax.
Step #1 - Denial
Vivian Arend has won over paranormal romance fans with her sexy tales of wolf shifters and the obstacles they must face in order to secure their happily ever afters. Her latest release, Silver Mine, is the second in her Takhini Wolves series and tells the story of veterinarian Shelley and crossbreed shifter Chase. When Chase comes in to Shelley's clinic after being brutally attacked, Shelley offers to help mend his wounds and track down his attacker — risking both her life and her heart. Today, the author shares some details about this new release and why she loves writing shifter romance.
One of my favorite tropes in paranormal romance is fated-mates. There’s something about two people getting gobsmacked out of the blue that makes me go awww.
When I came across "How to Date a Henchman" by Mari Fee, you can bet your e-reader I was clicking “Buy” right quick. Here are my top three reasons why you should try this quickie, out now from Carina, too.
1. Short length.
Let’s hear it for the novella. You know what, I feel like outside of erotica and über-haugthy literary fiction, short stories get a bad rap. That’s changing with the advent of the e-reader, and I think it’s a great thing. "How to Date a Henchman" is an adorable, fun read, in part because of its length. Fee’s prose zips along, drawing you quickly into her world and delivering the goods you want, ASAP.
2. Surprising depth.
Kevin J. Anderson kicks off his new Urban Fantasy series with Death Warmed Over. Featuring Dan Chambeaux (aka “Shamble"), this private investigator, who returned from the grave as a zombie, takes on the cases of other recently turned paranormal creatures. From a witch looking to sue a publishing company for a spell gone wrong to a vampire being threatened by a dangerous anti-paranormal gang, Anderson’s hilarious, lighthearted tale blends paranormal fiction with hardboiled detective stories to give a unique look at some of the issues that might occur should supernatural creatures populate our world. Today RT’s Elisa and Janine crack open this new tale and discuss why Death Warmed Over is a must-read.
Janine: Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I read the description of Death Warmed Over. Another paranormal investigator story? I wasn’t so sure I wanted to go down this road again ...
Elisa: Oh, yes you did. Of course you did. Because if I know you, you just cannot say no to this author.
Janine: Yes, yes ok, it’s Kevin J. Anderson, so you bet your butt I was going to give this book a shot.