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Okay, maybe my pride isn’t paranormal, but these books are.  Tuesday saw the release of DD Barant’s latest Bloodhound Files novel UNDEAD TO THE WORLD and next Tuesday sees the release of Molly Cochran’s wonderful young adult novel POISON, sequel to LEGACY.  (For those of you who remember Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy’s NYT bestselling, classic Arthurian novel THE FOREVER KING and sequels, you’ll really enjoy these books.  For those of you who don’t…well, chop chop.  What’s holding you back?)

UNDEAD TO THE WORLD by DD Barant

Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts—profiler Jace Valchek thought she had seen it all. Until now…

Jace’s return to Kansas is an instant reminder that there really is no place like home. The tavern is still brimming with losers, practical jokers, and motorcycle chicks. Even the town’s only Goth is still wearing eyeliner. But just as Jace is about to click her heels and hightail out of there, she’s roped into a brand-new case. Somebody is possessed. And the bodies are piling up…

UNDEAD TO THE WORLD

They call him the Gallowsman. According to legend, he was sentenced to hang—though his crimes still have not been specified. When he was strung up to die, his spirit stuck around waiting for people to hang themselves…so he could steal their bodies. Now, with the undead rising up and going on a rampage, Jace must put her own neck on the line. Can she get the Gallowsman to give up the ghost?

Reviews

“Snappy writing, a page-turning story and fresh world-building make Dying Bites a satisfying meal of a book.”—Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Men of the Otherworld and The Awakening

Dying Bites is wacky, unpredictable, fresh and amazing.  I would kill to write as well as D.D. Barant. Seriously.”—Nancy Holder, author of Pretty Little Devils  

“This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks…Barant’s well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd.  [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor.  Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series.”—RT Book Reviews

“D D Barant builds a strong world and fills it with fascinating characters that will delight and entertain. Dying Bites is a well-written urban fantasy with a gripping plot and a heroine who is quite believable with her very human flaws.  I’m looking forward to seeing more in this captivating world.”—Darque Reviews (starred read)

“Five stars. An exciting new series. It has humor, mystery, and adventure. A great book!”—Affair de Coeur

“Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series.”—The Romance Reader

POISON by Molly Cochran

Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting sequel to Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said “should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.”

After the riveting—and romantic—events of Legacy, Katy has won Peter’s heart and is nowclaiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls.

But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual—and to her astonishment, the girls collapse at Katy’s feet and fall into comas. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.

Reviews

“Will satisfy readers hungry for a little paranormal excitement and romance in a post-Twilight world… a quick, entertaining read.”—Kirkus

“an exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance…should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

“The well conceived history and culture of Katy’s magical world make this first title unique … The teasing epilogue promises a sequel, and readers will be ready for it.” —Booklist

“A fast-paced, electrifying read! My heart throbbed for the tender romance trapped in a world of boarding-school backstabbing. With a courageous yet achingly human heroine, Molly Cochran made me believe in magic!”–Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the SHADE trilogy

“An amazing debut crackling with magic and mystery!”—Shannon Delany, author of 13 to Life

“Wonderful book. Eerie and suspenseful, with a romance you root for all the way through.”—Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars

I’m thrilled to have DD Barant here with me today.  I must admit that I wanted to channel my inner UF heroine to forceably introduce some folks to their turn signals on the way to dropping my son at school today…exactly the kind of heroine that DD talks about here.  But before I introduce him, his wonderful perspective, and the link to the audiobook giveaway for KILLING ROCKS, one of his wonderful Bloodhound Files novels, a couple of quick things – for a limited time, Flux Books is making my novel VAMPED free(!) for Kindle and Nook.  I hope that you’ll want to take a look and that, if you enjoy it, perhaps you’ll check out the sequels: REVAMPED, FANGTASTIC and FANGTABULOUS, which is forthcoming in January.  Or, you can buy the print books and get them signed, along with the first book of the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, BAD BLOOD, at Necronomicon this weekend.  They’ll be available at the Books at Park Place booth. If you want to learn a bit more about the Vamped series, you can check out my interview yesterday on A Life Bound by Books, part of the Crossroads Blog Tour or visit my website.  This public service announcement has been brought to you by the letter “s” for “shameless self-promotion.”

And now let’s move on to the fabulous DD Barant…

 

 

 

 

 

I can sum up my biggest influence as a writer of urban fantasy in two words.

Joss Whedon.

I’m something of an anomaly, as I’m a guy writing in a female-dominated genre, and doing so from a female POV.  But then, the same could be said of Joss, who’s justly famous for his strong female characters and feminist stance.  I admire many things about Joss’s writing: the action, the characterization, the sharp, funny dialogue. I try to emulate those things when I’m writing THE BLOODHOUND FILES.  But what I draw on, more than anything, is an archetype that Joss may not have invented, but has arguably perfected: the Woman with No Social Filters.

Cordelia and Anya from Buffy, Ilyria from Angel, River from Firefly; all these women have one striking thing in common.  They speak their mind, with little or no thought as to the consequences.  They speak from different perspectives—Cordelia’s selfish, Anya doesn’t understand human customs, Ilyria’s an arrogant goddess, River’s brain-damaged—but they all fill the same role.  Like the jester in a king’s court, they use humor to say things no one else can get away with—things we wish we could say.  When I wrote the Angel novel SHAKEDOWN, I found writing Cordelia’s dialogue was both the easiest and the most fun; her snarkiness just seemed to flow from my brain with no effort.  I decided to borrow that for the main character of Jace Valchek in THE BLOODHOUND FILES, giving her a sarcastic, cynical worldview that she uses to help her cope with the stress and horror of her job.  Because the series is told from her point of view, I can also get away with a great deal of blunt honesty simply because it’s an internal monologue; we can say things to ourselves we can’t say out loud.

I get compliments on how funny the BLOODHOUND FILES is, which is nice—but the compliments I really treasure are the ones that can’t believe I’m not a woman.  If I can capture a female voice well enough to do that, I figure I must be doing something right.  But I can’t really take all the credit, either—a lot of that has to go to Joss, for doing such a damn good job of creating believable, honest characters that manage to make us laugh while still delivering the truth.

Or as Cordelia might say, “Look, he’s a genius and you’re not.  Too bad, suck it up, let’s move on.  Is that a new sweater?”

But if you’d like to judge for yourself, you can listen to the extremely talented Johanna Parker read KILLING ROCKS via the new audiobook from Tantor Audio.  What, you say?  You don’t have said audiobook or MP4 file?  Well, I can fix that.  Go to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Officialicious-DD-Barant-Page/254542704590069?ref=hl and Like it between now and Halloween, and I’ll enter your name for a draw to win said audiobook or MP4 download.  And Happy Halloween!

I have the song that was used in that old Popeye’s Chicken commercial, “What’s your flavor?  Tell me, what’s your flavor?” going through my head right now.  It might just be that I’m hungry or it might be that the amazing book birthdays I have to announce today are so diverse.  A little something for everyone!

BACK FROM THE UNDEAD by D.D. Barant

My two cents: D.D. Barant has one of the most original voices going on in urban fantasy. But don’t take my word for it, take a look at one of the 36 reviews up on Barnes & Noble for his last book, BETTER OFF UNDEAD.  Or even more for his previous Bloodhound Files novels: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS and KILLING ROCKS.

In this book:

Another work day, another case for the Bloodhound Files. But this time, Jace is truly stumped: How is she, a mere human, supposed to penetrate the dark heart of a child-trafficking ring of pire orphans—one that turns out to be part of a blood-farm operation, in the crime-ridden border city of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Jace is in over her head. But with the help of her former lover, Tanaka—whose family is one of the last samurai clans left in Japan—she stands a chance at seeking justice for the condemned children… Until the Yakuza tries to put an end to Jace’s investigation. Jace risks more than death—this time, it’s the fate of her very soul that’s in danger . . .

HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE by Vicky Dreiling

Vicky is a writer to watch.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed!  Already, she’s a triple RITA Award finalist for her novels HOW TO MARRY A DUKE (Best First Book and Best Regency Historical Romance) and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL (Regency Historical Romance).  Her reviews are stellar, and she’s just plain fun!  Okay, not plain fun. Fun with heart, handsome heroes, scandal and seduction….  Need I say more?

In HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE:

SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . .

Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .

DEVILISH DELIGHT. . .

When Will is caught in a tryst with the tons shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .

Also, for anyone who missed it, the new Knight Agency newsletter is out, with a contribution from me on self-promotion, agency news, our conference schedules and much, much more!

So many great things to announce, like the new Rachel Caine deal reported in this week’s Publishers Weekly, Kalayna Price’s incredible urban fantasy GRAVE WITCH winning a Maggie Award in the Published Paranormal category, the great interviews (including one with me), which the editors at The Write Place at the Write Time shared on the Inscribing Industry blog, Janet Mullany blogging over at Austen Prose with a giveaway of her latest novel, the special price on my own Vamped for Kindle right now and these fabulous new books, releasing today!

JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION by Janet Mullany (Avon/HarperCollins)

Other available series titles: JANE AND THE DAMNED

“Mullany (Improper Relations) pens an impressively compelling Jane Austen mashup full of humor (“You damned Damned!”) and poignant irony.… the bond between Jane and her father, the small scenes that reflect Austen’s novels, the sly humor of a vampire Prince Regent, and an abundance of moral dilemmas and vivid action make this a very satisfying page-turner for vamp-lovers and Austen fans alike.”      —Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced adventure.”   —Booklist

“…a captivating and exhilarating good read!” —Austenesque Reviews

“Jane and the Damned wasn’t what I was expecting; it far exceeded my expectations.  I loved the action, I loved the vampire elements and I loved that Ms. Mullany kept many quirks and characteristics of the original Jane intact.  The fictional characters Ms. Mullany introduced were vibrant, flamboyant , excessive and seductive … Jane and the Damned is a vampire story for those discriminating readers who enjoy a more cerebral type of supernatural yarn.” —Psychotic State

Blurb: It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

Bloodhound Files #4: BETTER OFF UNDEAD by D.D. Barant (St. Martin’s Press)

Other available series titles: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS, KILLING ROCKS

“A steller addition to an already outstanding series.” –RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK!)

 “This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks…Barant’s well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd.  [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor.  Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series.”—Romantic Times 

“Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series.”—The Romance Reader 

Blurb: Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don’t even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …

It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn’t counting on being bitten…and soon she’s fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won’t be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …

SONG OF THE BEAST by Carol Berg (Roc)

Awards won: 2003 Colorado Book Awards in genre fiction

“Carol Berg’s latest work shows the maturing of a prolific and dynamic writer.” — New York Review of Science Fiction

“Like Lois McMaster Bujold, Berg knows how to grip her audience from the first page and fling them on a rollercoaster ride.” — SF Revu

“The plot keeps twisting right until the end.” — Locus

“Fans of “THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN” series by Anne McCaffrey will love this novel.” — The Best Reviews

“Berg’s fascinating fantasy is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and a plot as intricate and absorbing as fine Celtic lacework….  the characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.” — Booklist

“Dragons’ voices and one man’s sheer, indomitable will blend to produce a powerful story of courage and faith. “Song of the Beast” is this summer’s sleeper hit.” — The Davis Enterprise

 

Blurb: Brutal imprisonment has broken Aiden McAllister.  His celebrated voice is silent.  His hands ruined.  His music is destroyed—and with it the visions he once gave a kingdom ravaged by dragon war.  The god who nurtured his talent since boyhood has abandoned him.

But no one ever told Aidan his crime. When pursuers threaten to throw him back in the prison he’s just left, he’s driven to discover the truth, risking his hard-bought freedom to unlock the mind of his god and the heart of his enemy.