Join us in the debate of whether the mythology of the traditional, Dracula-like vampires are best or if the technology driven stories of today's vamps get your attention. Pick your side before this week's release of the holiday anthology The Bite Before Christmas. Bestselling authors Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands each write a story about their vampires — one uses old school techniques, the other embraces new mythos. Want to learn more about each author's series? Check out our quick guide below. And after reading about the stories, make sure to comment in order to enter into our HUGE GIVEAWAY.
Bestselling author Kim Harrison is best known for her urban fantasy series about the bounty hunting witch Rachel Morgan, and her supernatural friends and foes. Tomorrow readers can take a peek behind the scenes of Rachel's story with The Hollows Insider. But at Comic Con 2011, RT's Morgan got a chance to chat with the author about why it was the right time to write this series guide — and took an early look at the next novel in Rachel's story, A Perfect Blood, before its February release date. And don't miss your chance to win your own copy of The Hollows Insider at the end of this interview!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky reader will win a copy of The Hollows Insider series guide. To enter leave a comment below telling us one thing that you would like to know about the series! The winner will be announced on November 1.
BLOG UPDATE 11/1/2011: And the winner is ... Christopher Kaylor
Just in time for Halloween, two of the top names in vampire romance are releasing an anthology. The Bite Before Christmas features stories from Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress characters Cat and Bones and Lynsay Sands is back with her Argeneau vampires. If you need to get caught up with both series, make sure to meet us on the RT Daily Blog on Monday at 2:00 when we will be giving away both authors’ Avon book backlists along with a $50 gift card. While you wait, we decided to give you a taste of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world with this interview between RT's Morgan and the author that took place during last week’s Comic Con.
Morgan Doremus: You are best known for your Night Huntress series featuring Cat and Bones. Readers who have been following this couple's story were surprised (and thrilled) to learn that you will be expanding the series from seven to nine books, not to mention the story that we see in next week’s The Bite Before Christmas. Why the expansion?
My favorite scene from a Disney movie is at the end of Beauty and the Beast when the curse is lifted and the beast is transformed back to his true self. Belle takes one look at the handsome prince, doesn’t recognize him and she starts to turn away. But then their gazes meet and Belle knows she is indeed looking into the eyes of her one true love.
Honestly, I’ve always been amazed that such a romantic scene takes place in a film that also stars a singing teapot and dancing candlestick.
Although it is only a cartoon, Beauty and the Beast captures one of the most enduring of all human needs — to be loved for your inner beauty rather than outward appearance. It can be difficult enough to try to recognize the person you are suppose to be with, adding a disfigurement on top of that just makes finding true love that much more challenging.
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.
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.
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)
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.