Upcoming TeeVee Shows

May 15, 2013

After looking at a handful of trailers, I’m looking forward to some new TV shows, later this year.

Sleepy Hollow

This is a new way of looking at the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It’s about an 18th Century soldier Crane who somehow winds up in the 21st Century under the watch of a small town police officer. Here’s the official trailer.

Almost Human

This is a cop show where a seriously ‘broken’ human cop is partnered with a ‘non-standard’ android. It does show some promise, if it doesn’t fall down the RoboCop path.  Here’s the official trailer.

Given that FOX’s track record with fantasy and sci-fi shows over the years, I am worried about both of these.

Crazy Ones

Another new show I’ve high hopes for is a comedy.

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar have been cast as father and daughter in Crazy Ones.
This is a new sitcom being devloped for CBS.

The best part is that it will be produced by David E. Kelley! This is the same fellow that brought us Ally McBeal and Boston Legal. There doesn’t appear to be a trailer yet.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Joss Whedon is going to produce an Avengers spinoff that resurrects agent Coulson who was apparently killed in the Avengers movie. Here’s the full trailer.

Well? What do y’all think? Looking forward to anything new and exciting this fall?

Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed a lot of new fantasy authors. It occurred to me that a list of the best might be appreciated by those who are just starting to read the genre. Among the following you will find two male, three female, and one husband and wife team. I can highly recommend all of these tales.

Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is actually a husband and wife team. Together, they have produced some of the best fantasy novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

We’ll start with the Kate Daniels series. Currently, there are eight novels available.

The chronological order of the series, including Kate Daniels World:

  1. MAGIC BITES
  2. MAGIC BURNS
  3. MAGIC STRIKES
  4. Magic Mourns (Raphael and Andrea novella)
  5. MAGIC BLEEDS
  6. Magic Dreams (Jim and Dali novella)
  7. MAGIC SLAYS
  8. GUNMETAL MAGIC (and Magic Gifts) – Andrea’s book – Kate Daniels World #1

They just released the last of four books in The Edge series. This is a truly classic fantasy adventure with many memorable characters. The Edge is not a place most would care to live, but it is a place that you’ll feel you’ve been there upon reading the books.

  1. On the Edge
  2. Bayou Moon
  3. Fate’s Edge
  4. Steel’s Edge

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/

Their website not only includes a blog, appearance schedule, and news articles, but also has the first couple of chapters of each tale. An added bonus is an ongoing free weekly serial that when finished, they have promised to release as an ebook.

Treat yourself to a visit.

Kim Harrison

The best thing I can say about The Hollows series of books is that I consider the characters to be old friends and would love to meet them for real. Of secondary interest is how each book seems to surprise the reader with a little more insight. All the characters grow and change from their experiences.

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For A Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood
  11. Ever After

http://www.kimharrison.net/

Patricia Briggs

Although the tropes of vampires, werewolves, fae, and others have been overdone in recent years, this series has a refreshing new feel to it with memorable characters.

Merchy Thompson is a female German auto mechanic. She drives older Volkswagon models that she has rebuilt herself.

Both the Mercy Thompson series and Alpha and Omega series take place in the same corner of the multiverse. Like most serials, I would read them in sequence.

Mercy Thompson Series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned

Alpha and Omega Series

On The Prowl [short story]

  1. Cry Wolf
  2. Hunting Ground
  3. Fair Game

http://www.patriciabriggs.com/

Kelly Armstrong

This is another series that should be read in sequence. The characters of Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld will become friends and the reader will get sucked into the overall storyline.

  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch
  12. Spell Bound
  13. Thirteen
  14. Werewolves
  15. Spellcasters

Men of the Otherworld (Anthology)

Tales of the Otherworld (Anthology)

http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

J.A. Pitts

More than a few authors have paid homage to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). J.A. Pitts has managed a whole new viewpoint on Dragons and the Fae while wrapping an adventure tale around an unusual love story. Our heroine is a hiding-in-the-closet lesbian, trying to make a living as a blacksmith and prop manager for a movie production company. Anyone who has spent any time with SCAdians will recognize the cast of characters.

  1. Black Blade Blues
  2. Honeyed Words
  3. Forged in Fire

http://www.japitts.net

John Ringo

I think prolific sums it up. Since 2000, he has written or co-written with David Weber, Michael Z. Williamson, Julie Cochrane, Linda Evans, Travis Taylor, and Tom Kratman thirty three novels. These tales run the gamut from hard-core military science fiction to urban fantasy. Since this article is focused on fantasy, I’ll only point out two of his series that I believe qualify.

Special Circumstances Series

  1. Princess of Wands
  2. Queen of Wands

Council Wars Series

  1. There Will be Dragons
  2. Emerald Sea
  3. Against the Tide
  4. East of the Sun, West of the Moon

http://www.johnringo.net

Tanya Huff

She has written many, many novels, but these two gems stand out as something truly different.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Tanya%20Huff

Enchantment Emporium

The Wild Ways

It is interesting to note that Tanya Huff is the only popular author I’m aware of that does not have her own webpage. You can find plenty of interviews and reviews of her work, but even when the Canadian Broadcasting Company turned her vampire books into a TV series called “Blood Ties”, she managed to avoid the limelight.

There you have it. Fifty six novels that if you’ve not read them, you really should add to your TBR pile.

Be sure to share your reviews after perusing each one.

Old City, New Blood

February 11, 2013

The convention was a lot of fun. I want to thank Jennifer Morris for putting on a great first-time event. Just in case you think it is all fun and games, this is what a convention looks like three hours before registration.

OCNB_GettingReady

 

 

 

 

 

The sun was setting as a bevy of beauties headed over to attend the Meet-n-Greet.

OCNB_BevyOfBeauties

 

 

 

 

 

The Meet-n-Greet on Friday evening was a great chance to network with some marvelous people.

OCNB_Meet-n-Greet

 

 

 

Here’s a shot from the first panel, on Saturday morning:

OCNB_Panel

 

 

 

Since meeting these ladies, my TBR pile has grown by more than a dozen books. I would highly recommend you take a peek at their websites.

http://jennabennett.com/
http://www.luciennediver.com/
http://www.nancyhaddock.com/
http://jesshaines.com/

I was too busy to take as many shots as I usually do, but will share some more over the next day or so.

BTS eMagazine

January 19, 2013

The first book in the Multiplarity Trilogy is featured in this month’s BTS eMagazine!

January 2013 Issue

This is one of those magazines that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s a really great place to find author interviews, excerpts, and cover art. Well laid out, each issue is a delight for the eye.

Dyslexia Information

December 16, 2012

If you or someone you love suffers from dyslexia, I would suggest you drop by Fiona Phelan’s informative website.

http://braingymdublin.com/

Be sure to check out the free OpenDyslexic typeface set that can be used in many applications.

http://dyslexicfonts.com/

Review: Beginner Mind

November 30, 2012

ShortStoryThumbBeginner Mind is a collection of six short stories and some free-form poetry by a new author. It opens with a tale that leaves the reader with vivid imagery of a string of post-pubescent mistakes and just gets better.

The following story is called “Pistol Grip” and it blurs the line between murder and mistake.

I really enjoyed tale number three, “Evan’s Dilemma”, tale four, “Mending Fences”, and tale six, “The Unfiltered Spectra of the Deep”. Any one of them is well worth savouring and leaves the reader with some wonderful scenes.

And finally, I can’t help but think the poetry is like a fine desert offered after a satisfying meal.

Pick up a copy of this fine work. You’ll thank me.

Beginner Mind by Matthew Davies

Five stars

Echopharte!

October 31, 2012

The forth book in a five book shifter series from Red Rose Publishing, Echopharte tells of the origins and evolution of the shifters.

The ancients revered them. The colonists feared them. Today, no one believes in them. Shifters have lived and worked among humans since before recorded history.

Echopharte tells of the first community and how both good and evil have continuously shaped our society, from ancient times up to the present day.

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Omniphage is Live!

October 28, 2012

After more than two years of work, the first novel in the Multiplarity trilogy has been released.

It is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon right now.

If anyone has questions or would like to discuss this tale, feel free in chatting me up on Yahoo Messenger or Google Messenger.

FREE READ – Statuary

October 6, 2012

Awhile back, I had this horrible nightmare that turned into a lucid dream. When I woke, I started writing. This tale is the result of that dream.

Statuary

Written by Anthony Stevens
Edited by Stephanie Q. McGrath (stephanieq.mcgrath@gmail.com)

It was with some trepidation that I accepted the key to the family mausoleum from my father. His usually cheerful expression was quite serious as he explained that upon the passing of my sixteenth year on this Earth, I was to learn more of our family history and responsibilities. All of my many questions were turned aside as I was dutifully informed I was to unlock the crypt, enter and read the inscriptions therin.

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Old City, New Blood!

September 12, 2012

Whoopee!

I’m going to be attending a brand new convention for readers and authors of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal Romance. It’s called Old City, New Blood and will be held February, 2013 in St. Augustine, Florida. Besides the literary shenanigans, there will be a ghost tour of the ancient city and time to play tourist.

I’m going to be participating in several panels and am planning a book signing as well.

This is going to be an incredible amount of fun and I’m hoping to meet some of my fans, face-to-face.

Come on! Join the fun!