The Ghostly and Weird First Days

Antho-GhostsOrbit has an excerpt from Jaye Well’s final Sabina Kane novel, Blue-Blooded Vamp, which releases next week.

Lauren Dane ahs been posting excerpts again. Here’s the latest batch: Chaos Burning, releasing June 5th, here and here; Tart, which releases November 6th, here; and Making Chase, which is currently available, here.

Nalini Singh has posted an excerpt from her next Guild Hunter novel, Archangel’s Storm, which is due out in September.

Shiloh walker has posted a snippet from her novel, Bound Temptations, which is currently available.

Abigail Barnette has posted an excerpt from her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Beast, which is on shelves now.

Stephanie Rowe has posted an excerpt of her new release, Darkness Surrendered.

Author Appearances:

I love anthologies, especially ones with a ton of stories by a lot of great authors. I just came across The Weird, a collection of 110 stories from some fabulous authors, who include George RR Martin, Stephen King, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and many many more.  This also sounds like a really good collection just to have laying around.

Antho-WeirdFrom Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird, and its practitioners include some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature.

Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. You won’t find any elves or wizards here…but you will find the biggest, boldest, and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled.

Diana Rowland has fabulous news. DAW has bought four more novels in her Kara Gillian series as well as three more White Trash Zombie novels.

There are always more fabulous covers popping up. To see them all, head over to facebook, where I’ve added them to the May album for your viewing pleasure.

Vampire Book Club is having an Alpha Showdown with 16 different Alphas going against each other in a battle royale. Voting is currently open for seeds two and three – Charles Cornick vs. King Dorian and Lothaire vs. Cat – with more beginning soon.

Rachel Vincent is having a live spoiler chat on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6p EST.  The spoilers will only be for those novels up to My Soul to Steal and Reaper.  For more info, click here.

Speaking of anthologies, Ekaterina Sedia is talking about a new urban fantasy anthology that is coming out on Halloween called Bloody Fabulous, with contributions by Holly Black, Richard Bowes, Genevieve Valentine, Sandra McDonald, Sharon Mock, Zen Cho, Kelly Link, Shirin Dubbin, Die Booth, Rachel Swirsky, Maria V Snyder, Anna Tambour, Nick Mamatas and John Chu. Here’s a brief description of what one can expect from this collection:

We pay attention to what we wear because style and fashion are among the means of nonverbal communication. And we tell the world what we want to be today. It’s not a secret that we use the sartorial signifiers in fiction – we know the noir detectives by their fedoras and trench coats, we recognize paranormal investigators by their skin-tight leather. Princesses wear yards of chiffon and ballerinas have tulle; pirates enjoy ruffled shirts, and businessmen have their Brioni suits. So why not write a few stories in which the outfits themselves, the aspirational skins of our inner selves become the characters? Why not let those who create those garments for us tell their stories? Because who is better to explain how important our clothes are than those who spend their days immersed in creating them and imbuing them with meaning!

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous edition of Misadventures in Stock Photography and today we get to see Too Smooth Guy yet again.

RFrater-First DaysHave you wanted to try your hand at book reviewing? If so, Dark Faerie Tales is looking to add a reviewer to their staff and it could be you.

Parajunkee is talking about poliy writing and meme rip-offs in her latest edition of Book Blogging 101.

Tez Says has the scoop on new deals for Lauren Dane, Megan Hart and Máire Claremont.

Contests:
Alma Katsu is giving away a Nook Tablet to celebrate the release of the Reckoning – ends June 30th.

GoodReads is giving away 5 copies of Robert Jordan’s The New Spring – ends June 8th.

Yasmine Galenorn is giving away a $25 giftcard to Amazon or Barnes & Noble – ends May 22nd.

GoodReads is giving away 10 copies of Alex Bledsoe’s Wake of the Bloody Angel – ends June 8th.

Goodreads is giving away 5 sets of the first three Wheel of Time novels by Robert Jordan – ends June 8th.

Jeaniene Frost is giving away 2 ARCs of her upcoming Vlad novel, Once Burned – ends May 31st.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a copy of her upcoming novel, Before I Wake – ends soon?

Shiloh Walker is giving away 100 copies of her novel, Bound Temptations – ends June 9th.

Good Reads is giving away 48 copies of Lauren Dane’s Chaos Burning – ends May 25th.

Keri Arthur is giving away a copy of MJ Scott’s Blood Kin – ends May 20th.

Kalayna Price is giving away 2 ARCs of her upcoming novel, Grave Memory – ends May 20th.

All Things Urban Fantasy and Tynga’s Reviews are giving away a copy of Anna Davies’ Wrecked – ends May 20th and May 29th respectively.

Chloe Neill is giving away 2 signed ARCs of Biting Cold – ends May 21st.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.

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