Mermaids & Shadowy Angels

I dislike putting up news post without at least one image, so since there wasn’t any new book covers (that I saw), I went hunting for a few new fantasy images.  I love it when I go looking because I always tend to find someone really hot.  This time around it is Yuehui Tang.  Check this out….isn’t it awesome?  And he has more, which I’ll be adding throughout the post.

Katiebabs has an excellent post on what authors should expect from book review blogs.  The article came about because an author requested a review site to no longer mention their book.  I’m not sure I understand the author’s reasoning since I thought it was better for a book to be talked about, whether it’s good or bad, then not at all.  Check out the article; it has some really good points in it.

Marjorie Liu is giving readers the chance to pick what Long Nu, a beloved character from Tiger Eye, will look like in the new RPG game Tiger Eye.  There are four drawings by four different artists and the winning concept will be transferred to the game.  In more Liu news, Orbit has released the UK covers for the first three Hunters Kiss novels.  The covers look hot!

The Book Vixen is putting together a Blog Tour for Shiloh Walker’s upcoming novel, Broken.  There’s only five spots open, and it’s a lottery of getting in, but it’s a chance to read Broken before everyone else.


Suburban Vampire has unveiled the winners from her Best Vampire Book Covers of 2009.

Speaking of Kerrelyn Sparks, she’s listed the title to the ninth Love at Stakes novel in her upcoming releases pageEat, Prey and Love will feature Carlos Panterra, a sexy werepanther that I have yet to meet.  This is another great series I need to get caught up on.

The first Fifty-Two Stories of the year has been posted.  The one kicking it all off is Cricket Hymn by Thad DeVassie.

So does this mean there are more Twihards than Trekkers?  SciFi Wire reports that the paranormal cleaned up the People’s Choice Awards and that Twilight kicked Star Trek’s butt in their shared categories.

Congratulations to the Book Smugglers, who are celebrating 2 years of blogging fun!

Rachel Vincent has found the UK cover for Shift. The UK publisher kept the image from the US version, but there are a few slight changes in font and wording on the first.  The biggest change, however, is the color, but Rachel isn’t sure if that is the image file or if it’s actually that green.

Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll is currently underway.  There’s a slew of categories to vote for, including one for best review site, so if you have a few minutes, head over and cast a vote.  Literary Escapism didn’t make the cut, but there are a number of great sites that did.

Stumbling Over Chaos has an amazing link salad up today.  Chris always seems to find at least one humorous link to add, so make sure you head over and check her out.

SciFi Wire has the top 12 SF/F movies that are coming out in 2010 that you really need to see.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland to come out. Suburban Vampire has been talking about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead for awhile now, so I’m going to check that one out at some point.  Wait a minute…they split the last Harry Potter movie?  Ooohhh, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have a new movie coming out – Paul.

Interesting…independent self-publisher is considering going public.

The Review Broads are giving away five copies of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty’s House of Horrors. Contest ends January 20th.

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is giving away five copies of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty’s House of Horrors, plus one winner will receive an entire set of the Kitty Norville novels.  Contest ends soon.

The Bibliophilic Book Blog is giving away an ereader of the winner’s choice.  Contest ends March 1st.

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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.


  1. Aw, thanks! I have to admit that I especially loved the passive-aggressive wifi. :)

    Wow, I had not heard about that ereader contest! *scurries away in a cloud of virtual dust*

  2. Great post. Thanks for all the links — and the graphic rocked. Yuehui Tang’s portfolio was gorgeous. If you like her work, you should check out Melissa Findley. She does fantasy artwork that is phenomenal (namely her rendering of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland).

    Speaking of that — I’m very psyched for the new Alice in Wonderland. Did you catch the SyFy Channels tv movie “Alice”? It has a similar storyline to what the Tim Burton movie seems to be about. Except in the SyFy movie, it was a different Alice who returns to a grittier Wonderland, where the Red Queen is the fantastic and ruthless Kathy Bates.

    The Red Queen deals in human emotions — like shots of ecstasy, joy, etc. — and anyone from outside Wonderland is known as an Oyster. I thought it was cleverly done.

    Anyone, great post.

  3. Michelle – I have not seen the SyFy version of Alice yet. I really wanted to, but I want to say I had to miss the first airing and I haven’t found it on since. I’m waiting for it to rerun though.

    BCC – You did notice the write in ballot, right? :) Now the question is whether I’ll make it out of the 20th spot or not. Somehow I doubt it. Yes, I am a little insecure. :)

  4. I lovw it when you find new images! They’re always interesting and beautiful, and I like the slightly sea-theme going on.

    I think it’d be better for an author to have people talking about their work. There ARE going to be unfavourable reviews, but it’s an opinion. And that book’s still being spoke about, and maybe some people buy a book with a bad review to compare it to the reviewer or to see if THEY like it.

    And I really can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland to come out. I saw the trailer when I went to see Avatar in 3D and I HAVE to see it! I might even fork out for the 3D version, lol.

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