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In honor of the Vampires vs. Werewolves panel that I’m on Friday night (8:30) at DragonCon, I went to tweet the link to my heroine Gina’s “Why My Vampire Boyfriend is Better than Your Wolf” blog and found the link broken!  Thus, I am reprinting here, hopefully for your amusement.

Vamped “Why My Vampire Boyfriend is Better than Your Wolf” by Gina Covello, Fashionista of the Damned (and star of Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and Fangtabulous by Lucienne Diver)

#1– Vampires don’t shed.  That’s right, vampires have follicles of steel.  It’s totally part of the whole fanged and fabulous package.  This means that when my boyfriend rubs up against me, he doesn’t leave light hairs on my little black dress.  We don’t get wild hairs growing out of our ears or anywhere else.  Plus, no hairballs to clog the drain and back the water up around our ankles.

#2– Wolves go through outfits like a girl goes through gloss.  Yeah, werewolves are a little like the Incredible Hulk…transforming involves as much shredding as shedding.  If you’re lucky, a few swatches of fabric hang on for dear life, keeping the naughty bits under cover.  If not…well, there’s the whole public indecency thing.  I can think of way better ways to spend your weekend than bailing your boy out of the clink.  Or, restitching his seams.  Because unless the boy’s independently wealthy (highly recommended, BTW) closets full of replacement clothes aren’t generally an option.

#3– Speaking of that whole public indecency thing, there’s the whole caught on film fiasco (a la Lindsay Lohan).  Not even a possibility with us vamps.  Of course, neither is a film career, but there are totally trade-offs.

#4– My boyfriend only wants to suck on my neck, not rip it out.

#5– Vampires don’t come home with fleas and ticks…especially the latter.  It’s a kind of professional courtesy, one bloodsucker to another.

#6– Silver allergies totally limit your accessory options.  What if you’re a winter?

#7– Even when fanged, he’s fabulous.  Werewolves…not so much.  If they’re not off howling at the moon, they’re obsessed with sniffing each others’ butts or licking those hard to reach areas.  When they come home you find they’ve run through a briar patch or scared up a skunk or eaten your BFF.  Completely uncool.

#8– Werewolves are completely hormonal around every full moon.  And heaven forbid their monthly cycle coincides with yours…or the prom.  That’s when the fur really flies.

#9– Two words…dog breath.  Enough said.

[Disclaimer: none of the above applies if the wolf in question happens to look anything like Taylor Lautner, in which case he can down some breath mints and shed in my shower any day of the week.  And twice on Sundays.]

I’m excited to be headed off for DragonCon tomorrow in Atlanta.  Rather than give you the link to my author site (oops, there it is), I thought I’d cut and paste my panels and the rest of my authorial appearances for the year down below.  Note: when not on panels, I’m likely to be found at Tairen’s Lair, Booth 2205, 2304 – Floor 2 in America’s Mart (Peachtree Street across from Hyatt Regency & the Peachtree Street Mall), where I and a bunch of other amazing authors will be selling and signing our books, including Faith Hunter, D.B. Jackson/David B. Coe, Kalayna Price, Rod Belcher, Mari Mancusi, Cheryl Wilson, James Tuck, John Hartness, Deidre Knight, Elaine Issaak, Diana Peterfreund and others!

Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA
Panels:
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Title: What’s Next in Urban Fantasy?
Description: Industry professionals share their insights on what’s new and what’s next in the field
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Not Just For Kids: The Universal Appeal of Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Description: A panel discussion with published young adult authors regarding the cross-generational appeal of the genre.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Vampires vs. Werewolves
Description: Which is more awesome: vampires or werewolves? Dear reader, you must choose a side in this hilarious debate.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Fighting For Writing
Description: When editors want something changed, how hard do writers fight to keep it…or not?
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Secrets of Editors and Agents
Description: There must be some secret way to get an agent or sell a book, right? Let the Editors and Agents tell you what they’re looking for.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Vampires in YA
Description: There are legions of vampires in YA. Let’s discuss the diversity of this fang-tastic genre.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Characters Who People Your Books
Description: Developing compelling characters for today’s fiction market.
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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October 18-20 Necronomicon in Tampa, FL (with guest of honor Christopher Paolini)

October 19 Lake County Library System’s 4th annual Trash to Fashion event at the Umatilla Public Library

First, Ramez Naam’s CRUX, the even more amazing (if that’s possible) sequel to NEXUS releases today in the US (Sept. 5th in the UK)

Crux-144dpi CRUX by Ramez Naam

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place.

In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies.

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck.

Praise and Reviews:

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.” – Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” – Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” – Publishers Weekly

“Crux is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure … in the same league as Michael Crichton and Daniel Suarez. Put it at the top of your summer reading list!” – Scientific American

“Sublime. This book is speculative fiction at its finest.. Mr. Naam masterfully mobilizes the zeitgeist of contemporary political and tech culture.. Tempts readers with equal parts dread and optimism. This is not a book to be missed.” – Page of Reviews

“Readers of Ramez Naam‘s techno-thriller NEXUS will not want to miss the awesome sequel, CRUX.” – Kurzweil AI

“Crux does the work of great science fiction. It makes the reader look closely and critically at what kind of world we’re building here and now.” – Kent Peterson

“Naam’s writing is always strong, fluid and sure. With gripping, heart-pounding action scenes and muscle-binding tension normally reserved for horror stories, Crux is a book you don’t want to miss.” – Allways Unmended

thor official A quick review of the Tampa Bay ComicCon.  GET YOUR GAME ON!  I enjoyed myself, don’t get me wrong, but this didn’t qualify for the name ComicCon, which implies a lot more than a few celebrity guests, great hall costumes and a dealer’s room.  Where were the movie trailers or anime rooms?  Where the gaming?  Where the other programming tracks?  You have so much talent to draw from in Tampa Bay or an hour away in Orlando or many, many other locales here.  And I know the attendees surprised the heck out of you by our numbers, but you called it “ComicCon”!  That alone says huge and as difficult to wield as Thor’s hammer.  We got in early, so we missed the three hour lines circling blocks.  We didn’t miss the broken escalators et al.  I would love to have a really amazing ComicCon so close, but I think the organizers might want to tap into the runners of other local cons, like Necronomicon, which is coming in October, for ideas and inspiration.

In other news, The Knight Agency newsletter is out, including an interview with Amanda Sun, an author tip of the month, agency news and advice, etc.  Unfortunately, my piece of advice about adult authors wanting to write for the YA market got left out.  You know how it is when you give a piece of your mind and it’s just left hanging.  Then you start looking and feeling like someone from the Walking Dead (sorry, ComicCon brain).  So, here are my two cents:

I’d say that if you’ve got an idea that calls to you and insists on being written, then you should absolutely go for it, but I’d never suggest jumping on a bandwagon just for the sake of riding along a trend.  You want something that leads the pack.  When writing for young adults, remember that you can’t keep them safe, and that pulling punches won’t work any better for YA than adult fiction.  You’ve got to throw your characters into their challenges and give them the wherewithal or the growth to face them.  Sometimes triumph, sometimes simply survive, but under their own steam.

While I’m at it, here’s some of the best and quickest writing advice you will ever read:  Authors write their advice on their hands.

Enjoy, all!  The blog may be a bit quiet for the rest of the week.  I’m away Thursday through Monday at DragonCon, but I will be back with lots of amazing pics, so stay tuned next week.

Things have been crazy-good-busy with work these past couple of weeks and something’s had to give.  Unfortunately, it was the blog.  So, herewith, a quick catch up on some new and exciting goings-on, some pics from Dragon*Con and a few links.  Universe willing, I’ll finish posting the glorious Hawaii pics very soon and get back to blogging as usual.

So, Vamped, the first book in the series of the same name, is currently specially priced at $1.99 for Kindle.  That’s right, all that snark for half of what a fancy coffee will cost you, and it’ll last a lot longer!  If you’ve liked Clueless or Legally Blonde, if you’ve liked Buffy (and who hasn’t?), this might be for you.  At best, you love it.  At worst, you get to feel all superior to me because you can write circles around me.  Isn’t the not-knowing killing you?

Also specially priced are new digital releases from Faith Hunter and Vicky Dreiling!  Have Stakes Will Travel, Faith Hunter’s new set of stories from the Jane Yellowrock world, includes an exclusive preview of the first few chapters of DEATH’S RIVAL, coming October 2nd!  Vicky Dreiling has a new e-novella A Season for Sin out from Forever Romance, introducing the sinful scoundrels that will be featured in her upcoming series.  I love a good rake, as long as I’m not expected to use it on the fall foliage!  As if that isn’t enough, Forever has specially priced Vicky’s RITA Award nominated Regency romance, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE at $2.99.  If you haven’t read it already, now’s your chance!  Heck, even if you have…books make great gifts!

Huge congrats are in order for Karen Whiddon’s romantic suspense THE COP’S MISSING CHILD debuting at #94 on Bookscan’s Romance bestseller list and for Christie Golden’s new World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmore: TIDES OF WAR hitting the New York Times bestseller list at #13 and a USA Today at #119!  You go, gals!

I wish I had time to post an entire wrap up of the enormity and crazy wonderfulness that is Dragon*Con, but suffice it to say that I got to put an arm around James Callis and Jamie Bamber (and see them drinking at the bar the following day), snap a picture with a zombie-hunter Beaker, sell out of my urban fantasy BAD BLOOD (murder, myth and mayhem, oh my!) and spend a wonderful few days with incredibly talented writers David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michelle Belanger, Diana Peterfreund, C.L. Wilson, Jennifer St. Giles, Deidre Knight, John Hartness, James Tuck, Elaine Isaak, and Tracy Akers.  I also wrote a post over at Magical Words on Con-etiquette, partially inspired by the con.  Here are some snapshots for your viewing pleasure.

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1- Me, Shannon Aviles from More than Publicity and Jade Lee, sporting her stylin’ new corset and near-matching blood donation tape.

2-Rachel Caine, Samantha Sommersby, Michelle Young and me in our booth.

3-Don’t know the origin, but v. cool costume.

4- Red shirt meets Predators.

4- Andromeda and Perseus (aka me and my husband without the masks which can be seen in yesterday’s post).

5-10: more very cool pics, including one that makes it clear why I never continued my stage “career.”

Over Labor Day weekend, I attended my first-ever Dragon*Con, and I just have to say…WOW.  Huge, amazing, such a sense of community.  Loved it.  Yes, there will be pics at the end of this post.  Before I get to that, a few things:

More than Publicity debuted the music video for my Vamped series at Dragon*Con.  You can view it here.  It’s not quite final yet.  As soon as it is, I’ll be blasting it out there, posing on my website…you name it.  I think the song is addictive, which I can say because while I had input, all the credit goes to the amazing artist, Catriona, and to Shannon Aviles at MTP.

I was up yesterday on Mike Kabongo’s Agent Incite blog with “The Real: Lucienne Diver.”  Hope my answers do justice to the spirit of fun inherent in the questions themselves.

Also yesterday, the amazing DEAR BULLY anthology released from HarperTeen.  This is a collection of essays and other non-fiction formats written by 70 young adult authors about bullying, complete with an index of resources for those who need to know how to reach out.  A portion of the proceeds to to the Stomp Out Bullying campaign.  Yes, I’m a contributor to the anthology.  Yes, this is a subject matter very near and dear to my heart.

Charles de Lint gave Steven Harper’s WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL a nice write-up in his September/October “Books to Look For” feature in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

And now, some pics from Dragon*Con! (1-Magical Words gathering; 2-Rachel Caine and I as we begin booth set-up; 3-Jessi Vail, Kaylan Doyle, me, Samantha Sommersby, Melisa Todd and Sarah Weiss post booth set-up; 4-Part of The Knight Agency dinner (Marley Gibson, Deidre Knight, Tyler, Jennifer St. Giles, Jade Lee and Patrick Burns); 5- Another part of The Knight Agency dinner (Peter Wheeler, Kalayna Price, David B. Coe, Riley, Jud Knight and Faith Hunter); 6- Pete and I done up as Perseus and Andromeda for the masked ball; 7- The sith and I; 8- The Wizard of Oz (the first thing I saw upon entering my hotel!); 9- Zombie Cows; 10- Puppet Pal Snape & friend)

I can’t believe how quickly DragonCon is coming up!  It’s their 25th anniversary, so it should be a blow-out.  Guests include Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Adam Baldwin, Christopher Lloyd, Edward James Olmos, Colin Ferguson…the list goes on and on.

For those of you planning your visit, I hope you’ll swing by and see me and the premier of my music video for the Vamped series in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta.  Many awesome authors will be participating, and you can probably find a full schedule of events at the DragonCon website, but I thought I’d post an at-a-glance list here for my authors who’ll be in attendance (Rachel Caine, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price and Susan Sizemore).  I’ve included my schedule below as well.  Unfortunately, due to her current health, Rob Thurman will be there only in spirit.  However, her booth mates will have an oversized card for people to sign (Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Booths 100 & 102), and they’ll be passing out her giveaways and selling books on her behalf, so I hope you’ll stop by.

Rachel Caine
Title: Dark Shadows
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Fans of the Gothic soap opera discuss its enduring legacy.

Title: Fan Works
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Fan fiction and fan art in YA.

Title: Reading: Rachel Caine
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Title: Faeries vs. Vampires
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Which is more awesome: Faeries or Vampires? Ladies and gentlemen, you must choose a side.

Title: Switching…YA to Adult or vice versa
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Greenbriar – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Differences in writing YA and adult works…does some of one creep in to the other?

Title: Online Interactions
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: How do kids and teens use technology to interact with books and authors today? Do they expect more as they turn the last page of that novel?

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

David B. Coe 
Title: Fightin’ and Writing’
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Need an expert at sword fighting, martial arts, cutting edge munitions? You need to be here. These experts can help you develop your fight scenes.

Title: Writing Short Fiction
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Maybe novel-length fiction isn’t for you. Try the short story market.

Title: The Adventure Continues…
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Authors discuss creating and maintaining dark and urban fantasy series.

Title: Blood & Steel
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Tales of swords, sorcery, and grim adventure.

Title: Reading: David B. Coe
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Knowing your Audience
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?

Title: Your Voice
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Editor’s rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Lucienne Diver
Title: Plotting or Plodding?
Time: Sat 1:00 pm
Description: Developing intricate and layered plots that will keep readers turning pages.

Title: Editors and Agents Speak Out
Time: Sunday 8:30 pm
Description: How and why editors and agents choose the books/authors they choose.

Title: Your Voice
Time: Monday 10 AM
Description: Editors rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

(Also to be found for signings, sales and swag in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Faith Hunter
Title: Hunting Monsters for Fun and Profit
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Centennial II – III – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: A roundtable discussion by some of dark and urban fantasy’s biggest names.

Title: The Adventure Continues…
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Authors discuss creating and maintaining dark and urban fantasy series.

Title: Knowing your Audience
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?

Title: Your Voice
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Editor’s rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

Title: Reading:Faith Hunter
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Kalayna Price
Title: Spotlight: Witches
Description: Explores the role of witches in fantasy literature.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Reading: Kalayna Price
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight: Dark Faeries
Description: A writer’s roundtable about the sinister side of the “Fair Folk.”
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight on BelleBooks & Bell Bridge Books
Description: Whether you’re writing about demons, vampires, teens, tweens, ghosts or grandmas, come and see what this dynamic niche publisher is looking for.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Knowing your Audience
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Susan Sizemore
Title: Worldbuilding
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Learn how to choose the right details to make your world come alive.

Title: Dark Shadows
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Fans of the Gothic soap opera discuss its enduring legacy.

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight: Vampires
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The current state, and possible future, of vampire fiction.

Title: Reading: Susan Sizemore
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)