Waking Bearskin

SciFi Wire is reporting that Charlaine Harris has announced the end for the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series.  In her recent interview with CNN, Harris said she has a contract for 12 Sookie novels and that will probably end out the series.  It doesn’t sound like she was solid on ending the series at 12, but she doesn’t want Sookie to get played out.

For those looking forward to the premier of V on ABC, they’ve posted the first eight minutes of the pilot at their site.  I’m not familiar with this series, which has been done before, but considering who some of the cast members are – Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Scott Wolf (Party of Five) Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)- it has my attention.

Check out what SciFiGuy unearthed (via Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings)…it’s the cover for the next Women of the Otherworld novel by Kelley Armstrong. Waking the Witch will be released August 3, 2010 and features Savannah in her own adventure. SciFiGuy has the blurb, so head over if you want to see what Savannah is going to be up to.

Interviews:

Fifty-Two Stories has posted their latest short story, which happens to be Killer Heart by Barb Johnson.

SciFiGuy has news for fans of Jacqueline Carey.  There will be a sequel to Santa Olivia, which will be called Santitos at Large.  However, since her publisher wasn’t aware of the existence of the sequel, it wasn’t planned for during the 2010 publishing season so we’ll get it early in 2011.  Doug is also telling us that Jacqueline will have a story in the upcoming anthology Star-Crossed Lovers which edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin.

If you’re not aware, I’ve been playing around with Goodreads for a couple of months now and guess what I came across:

  • Maria Snyder has a title for the third Glass novel, which will be Spy Glass and will be available October 2009;
  • Rachel Caine has a title for her ninth Weather Warden novel, which will be Total Eclipse and will be available August 3, 2010.

Of all the fantasy authors out there, I have to say I’m a huge fan of RA Salvatore, but I haven’t read nearly enough of his stuff.  With that said, Suvudu posted the cover art for The Bear, the last book in the Saga of the Firtst King series by R.A. Salvatore, which was done by Todd Lockwood.  I’m not sure when it’s due out, but here’s another series I need to add to my TBR list.

If you’ve been following the Twitter story by Elena Michaels (of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series), then you probably already know this, but Armstrong has posted a short story that takes place shortly before Frostbitten.  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but something tells me that Message ties the Twitter story in with Frostbitten.

Ilona Andrews has posted a snippet for the second Edge novel.  This one focuses on William and I have a feeling it’s going to be good (aside from the fact that it’s an Andrews novel which is always good).  There’s just something about the socially-awkward, short temper alpha that I love.

Melissa Marr is also posting snippets of her upcoming release, Radiant Shadows, the fourth Fae novel.  Just be warned, there are multiple snippets and each one is only 140 characters long since they originally appeared on her Twitter account.

HarperTeen is offering The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by LJ Smith as a free read.  I want to say this is only available for a limited time and non-downloadable, so if you want to read it, I would get to it soon.

Rachel Caine has also posted the first three chapters of her upcoming release Fade Out, which is the seventh Morganville Vampires novel.

If you’re like me and have been intrigued by Kelly Gay’s The Better Part of Darkness since it’s been popping up all over the place, you now have the chance to read the first chapter.

SciFiGuy always has an amazing collection of news in his Weekend Reports and while I don’t want to mimic all of it, I do want to point out a few things he found:

  • He has news of the next Dark Ones novel by Katie MacAlister.  The Vampire Also Rises will be out in November 2010 and will focus on Benedikt and Francesca (a/k/a Ben and Fran) as well as incorporating a few other types of beings in addition to the Dark Ones.
  • Larissa Ione has announced a tentative title to the fifth Demonica novel, which will be Sin Undone.
  • Anna’s Book Blog has the cover art and a feature on Moon Craving by Lucy Monroe.
  • All Things Urban Fantasy has the cover art for Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the second Wolves of Mercy Falls novel
  • Anton Strout revealed the cover for the anthology A Girls Guide to Guns and Monsters which features his story ‘Lupercalia’ and has contributing authors: Nancy Holder (of Buffy fame), Tanya Huff, Lilith Saintcrow, Jim Hines, Jeanne Stein, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and more.
  • Season of the Witch?  I haven’t heard of this movie yet, but the trailer looks awesome.  Does anyone know if this is based off of the Natasha Mostert novel?  If so, I really need to get my hands on it then.

Contests:
Julie James is giving away a copy of The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason, and Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.  Contest ends October 30th at 10p CST.

Lurv a la Mode is giving away TWO copies of Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh.  Contest closes at 6am on October 28th.

Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ is giving away a copy of Arch Enemy by Frank Bedor.  Contest ends November 9th.

Be sure you check out SciFiGuy’s Weekend Reports, he mentions a lot of contests with various deadlines.  And I do mean a lot.

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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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