Friday, February 29, 2008

A Real Quick One

The last of the Unshapely Things Book Club topics is up at the League of Reluctant Adults. Go there now.

I'll be back on Monday with actual, non-promo posts.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Who's a Birthday Boy?

Well. Today's the day. Happy Hour of the Damned has left the birth canal, snipped of it's umbilicus, been wiped clean and thrown to the bookstores (or most of them). I've been running around all crazy-like. My parents took me to breakfast, because we're probably not doing a release party until next Saturday and they wanted to do something. That's why it's taken me so long to pop my head into the internets.

I want to thank everybody that's mentioned the book on their blogs, in forums and to their friends. Every positive comment helps and I've seen a lot of great stuff out there. I'm really psyched that people are having fun with Happy Hour and I'm hoping everyone interested in humorous urban fantasy gives it a shot.

I signed some stock at a couple of Barnes and Nobles this morning, which was just as fun as the first time (Saturday), the booksellers have been really nice. My Amazon page changed so I can see reviews now which is awesome, though I can't seem to hit refresh enough waiting for more to show up. Anyone know how that works? Some people have told me they've posted but I think that Amazon only refreshes those every so often.

Anyway, thanks again. I'm a little overwhelmed and out of words.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Overexposed is an Understatement!

Everybody's favorite statuesque goddess of the gloom, Alchemuse interviews Anton Strout (DEAD TO ME) et moi, over at her shiny new *headdesk*. Were you people aware that we even had books coming out? Tight lipped the both of us.

Head on over to the League of Reluctant Adults, we've already begun the UNSHAPELY THINGS discussion without you, so hurry! While you're there, scroll down, last Friday I interviewed Anton, now the tables have turned and I'm up for some harassment.

I'm also guest blogging over at December Quinn's place about the first time I saw my book in a store. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. But not in any body fluid sort of way.

I was just about to post when, here come two more emails, which sparked a memory about another thing. I've got three new interviews up, not including the one with Anton over at the League.

So, here they are...

Marta Acosta, author of the high-fuckin'-larious Milagro de Los Santos series (HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA, MIDNIGHT BRUNCH), interviews me on her blog. She's still bitter about the whole title thing, go see.

Scott whittles out my First Book story on his new site, oddly enough titled The First Book.

If you don't know who Amanda Ashby is, there's something wrong with you. Her popular novel, YOU HAD ME AT HALO, is a wonderfully comic fantasy read, and her next in the chute really caught my attention, THE ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH. C'mon, how could I resist, right? Amanda's interviewed me on her blog, check it.

It's almost too much. I expect an aneurysm, soon.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stuffs! Stuffs! Stuffs!

I'm blogging about Succubi, Meredith Viera and my host over at Jeri Smith-Ready's blog. Swing by and maybe win a signed copy of HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED (at this rate, there'll be no need to buy one).

A review from debut author Rayo Casablanca (6 Sick Hipsters), who I'm giving you a heads up on right now. We'll be talking about him in a few years like he was Chuck Palahniuk, so get in on the ground floor. Fresh news like this is akin to insider trading, so don't let me down.

I've received a whopping 2 entries in the Zombie Devil Duckie Quiz Contest, what's up with you people? Bathing is made much more fun and terrifying with a Zombie Devil Duckie. You've got one more day. Swing by the League of Reluctant Adults to see how to enter, and scroll, bitches. You gots to work!

Plus, you'll never guess what came in the mail today. Ladytron tickets! I'll be taking my sweetie to see her favorites for her birthday weekend. In honor of such a momentous occasion (receiving tickets, not the birthday cuz that'd be a little weird to celebrate it two months early) let there be LADYTRON...

Friday, February 22, 2008

In a Major Push to Be Canonized by Tuesday...

...and against my better judgement, I've interviewed urban fantasy rival and all around funny guy, Anton Strout over at the League of Reluctant Adults. Had to strap him down but I got him to do what everyone know he about himself.

Head on over and see what fate had in store for poor Anton.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Zombie Week Post is Up!

So, I finally caught up on some interviews and got a chance to do my big Zombie Week post over at the League of Reluctant Adults. Don't ask me why, but this week is really content heavy over there, lots of videos, goofing off, even a recipe. I've heard talk of a zombie quiz contest though I don't know what the prize would be. Anyway, head on over for some brains or just to watch ZOMBIE VS. SHARK!

I've had some awesome reviews lately. I even like the one that rated Happy Hour a B- and I think you'll see why. That one is at The Good, The Bad and The Unread. Cherokee over at Coffee Time Romance gives it 4 steaming cups of joe. I've also been Tezzified over at Urban Fantasy Land! Forest of Hands and Teeth author, Carrie Ryan reviewed the book, too, and she's doing a giveaway so you're going to want to get your butts over there.

If that's not all exciting enough for you my lj friend Kazdreamer reported a book sighting! She saw Happy Hour of the Damned sitting nice and pretty in a wall display at the Murder One Bookshop on the Charing Cross Road in London (I just love saying and writing that). London! So why people, have I not seen a photo of this rare beast in the wild. My offer's still good. The first person to email me a photo, or post it on their blog and then send me the link, gets a signed copy mailed to their door. Who's it going to be?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Baby's First Con Schedule

Norwescon is a short month away (March 20-23) and I just got my schedule. Does it seem like an awful lot?

We Love Them, We Hate Them, But What Horror Films are the Best? Thursday 6:00 p.m. Evergreen 4
The great horror movies -- What are they and why.
Phillip Brugalette (M), K.L. Young, Mark Henry, Lorelei Shannon

Writers and Blogging Friday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 4
There is a growing network of SF/F professional and aspiring writers connected via LiveJournal and other blogging communities. Is it breaking down the barriers between pro, amateur, and fan-ficcer? Does it function as an informal online writers' workshop, as a support group, or a black hole of cat-vacuuming?
Mark Henry (M), Lisa Mantchev, Cindy Turner

Die Laughing Horror's Not Funny! Or is it? Friday 4:00 p.m. Cascade 6
How do authors like Christopher Moore make things that ought to gross you out give you the giggles? What's the trick to making Horror hilarious?--come and find out.
Michael Ehart (M), Mark Henry, Richelle Mead

The Elements of Fear: What Makes Horror Effective Saturday 10:00 a.m. Cascade 6
In this panel we can discuss all the specific pieces that go into scaring the crap out of people. Including film clips and brief readings!
Philip Brugalette (M), Mark Henry, Christopher Konker

Autograph Session 2 Saturday Noon Evergreen 1 & 2

What Makes The Horny Little Devil So Red Hot? Saturday 3:00 p.m. Cascade 10
A discussion of the rise of the Succubus and Incubus in Urban Fantasy. Are they as sexy as they seem? We'll give historical perspectives on this lusty demon pair, and explore why we are drawn to them. 18+
Mark Henry, Richelle Mead, J.C. Hendee, Barb Hendee

What Way Would You Think is the Worst Way to Die - Horror Films Have the Answers Saturday 6:00 p.m. Cascade 8
The Worst Way to Die – scenes of people getting killed various ways; horror movie kills, the backbone of most horror films. When has it been the most effective?
Julie Hoverson (M), Mark Henry, Phillip Brugalette

Crossing Gender Lines Saturday 7:00 p.m. Cascade 6
Discussion of the pitfalls and pleasures of writing characters who aren't of your gender and of writing to appeal across gender lines. From the tough to the tender get in on some hot cross-gender discussion about why a heroine ain't just a hero in a dress, nor is a sensitive hero a girl with different plumbing.
Michael Ehart (M), Mark Henry, Gordon Van Gelder

It Takes a Village to Raise a Zombie Saturday 8:00 p.m. Cascade 13
A discussion of the zombie in popular culture, from shambling flesh-eater to unstoppable juggernaut to sentient villain (or *gasp* hero). How current events infect and transform the zombie.
Mimi Noyes (M), Mark Henry, Robert Grey, Cat Rambo

Reading: Mark Henry Sunday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 3
Happy Hour of the Damned
Mark Henry

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

It's a Good Day for Guest Blogging

I'm talking about self-promotion over at The Witchy Chicks, while John Leavitt is holding court at the League of Reluctant Adults. Check us both out.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Horror Movie Recollections

Does anyone remember that movie Burnt Offerings? I know you do. Cross-eyed Karen Black, a big black hearse, and Mrs. Allerdeis? Ringing any bells? Well, I thought that shit was scary as hell. Saw it in the theater, guessed it...Mom. I was little and had nightmares involving doilies for years.

Well, I was going to do one of those horror movie flashback posts--like I'm known to do--but I couldn't find a trailer to save my life from a falling chimney. I was going to talk about how a high school friend was obsessed with Karen Black and organized a KB film festival with all her best work featured. You know, Airport '75, The Pyx and Killer Fish (not to be confused with Piranha). But now, I can't.

What I can offer is Burnt Offerings as recalled by a heavily medicated survivor of a car accident. Gather round and listen to the horrifying tale.


Now, a couple of updates.

I'm probably going to go with MY ZOMBIE ATE YOUR HONOR STUDENT for my promo pens, though BRAINS: IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER has been bouncing around my head ever since I read it in the comments. So we'll see.

I've been interviewed over at Sci-fi and Fantasy Lovin' Book Reviews, so you'll want to swing by and tell Theresa was an awesome interviewer she is.

The Contest of the Tragic and Embarassing is going strong over at Fangs, Fur and Fey. Entries will be accepted until 2/13 @ noon Pacific time, when I'll crown the winner.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to congratulate my internet buddy, Tez Miller on her assignment over at the ONLY site dedicated to all the urban fantasy news that's fit to post. If you're not reading URBAN FANTASY LAND, then you you're not a fan.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Some Links and Why Commercials Are Good...

I just did a post over at Fangs, Fur and Fey asking what in God's name gets a reader to pick up a book, buy it and actually read it. So go check out that thread.

Also, over at the League, we're celebrating Black History Month with some guest bloggers. This week Carole McDonnell stops by to talk about her book WIND FOLLOWER and an odd fascination with Cowboys. Scan down the page for some reading recs from the Carl Brandon Society. Later on in the month, I'm excited to announce we've got an interview scheduled with Tananarive Due. So you're going to want to keep coming back to check for that.

Now. Commercials sometimes provide a public service. Take the latest Ford ad. I don't really remember anything about it, except that the music was Mocean Worker (it said so in tiny print). So I went ahead and checked them out. Enter the MoWo was the album I settled on and it's a sexy motherfucker. A catchy blend of jazz vocals, ethnic beats and techno. Here's a track. This one from the new album...

Waddya think?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Contest, Review Roundup and an ANNOUNCEMENT!

A conversation with my agent last week led to a weird realization. Even though the book is scheduled to go on sale February 26th, it could show up on shelves as early as Valentine's Day. That's like next week.

Oh my God!

If anyone wants to play the photojournalist and send me pics of my book in the wild, I'd be really psyched, I'll probably pee myself. So much so (not the pee, the psyched), I'd send the first person a signed copy of the book and pick a random person from the rest of the photos for a second copy. So it's a contest.

A Contest!

I've been really honored to have some nice words said about the book, both here, from my friends on lj and now, the review sites are starting to post. Here are a few...

Anna's Book Blog
Darque Reviews + Interview
Fantasy & Sci-fi Lovin' Book Reviews
Janicu's Book Blog

And just a quick bit of pimpage to say that our very own alchemuse has started a book blog, with reviews and ramblings and such. I'm proud to have Happy Hour be one of the first reviewed (Damn You Anton!). You gots to check them shits out over at *headdesk*!

And now for the announcement part.

This may be hard to believe, but through no direct pimping on my part, HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED was chosen to be the March book for the Barnes and Noble Paranormal Book Club. They're currently featuring Richelle Mead's SUCCUBUS ON TOP, so you know that conversation's gonna get wild. I'll be swinging by daily in March to talk about Amanda, Wendy and Gil, plus all things vile and disturbing. I can't even tell you how excited I am, and to think I had to keep it under my hat for a month.

Here's the linkage...

Barnes and Noble Paranormal Book Club

Preorder Happy Hour of the Damned at B&N*
Order Succubus on Top at B&N and get in on the fun early.

*check out the second review, I've been Klausnerized--to steal a term from Cherie Priest.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Movie Grab Bag with Clover, Straight Razors and a Fetus

It's been a while since I've blogged about movies, and as I've seen a few recently that I actually enjoyed, I'll do just that.

First up is Cloverfield.

I've been intrigued to the point of obsession with the vague viral marketing of this quasi-horror Godzilla remake, so why did it take me a week to fork out my $10. The reviews, and particularly the Blair Witch camera work were a deterent for my wife and I hate to go alone. Saturday, I got my way.

I won't lie. Cloverfield is a chore to watch, three of us went and two got sick (those are bad odds, people). The shaky cinematography of the trailers are some of the most still shots in the film. Endless periods of running, images slurring in the movement, and stuttering sound, actually forced me to look away, and I don't even get motion sickness.

That said. I loved it.

Here's a summary:

Scary monster--or monsters, if I can be so bold--attack New York, sending skyscrapers crashing to the ground and people scattering like roaches. Boy searches for lost love, cameraman in tow. People die! I hate to say any more, lest I ruin it, but for Christ's sake in the event of a monster attack, avoid the fucking subway and friends searching for lost loves--they're the worst.

Next up, Sweeney Todd. I really enjoyed myself, primarily due to Helena Bonham Carter's performance. She was amazing, as usual. When breaking into "Try the Priest," I nearly coughed my diet coke onto the row of texting adolescents in front of us. Sacha Baren Cohen = awesome. No one seems to mention him, with all the Johnny love. Cuz, honestly, Johnny looked like Cruella Deville in this one.

Anyway, worth a peek. On to my favorite. Hell, everyone's favorite.

It is against the law in many states not to love Juno and for good reason. Diablo Cody's amazing dialogue and kick ass story had me drooling for her next story to hit the screen. I'm also digging her EW back page editorials. Ellen Page--excuse me Academy Award nominee, Ellen Page--is Juno, precocious as hell, smart-mouthed with the intelligence to back it up and pregnant as a pause. If you only know this actress from her small role in the Xmen movies then you missed out on one of the most horrific films of 2006, Strange Candy (go rent it and watch it now, I'll wait here).

Juno is as hilarious as it is touching. There are scenes with Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad), that hint at such emotional depth that I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him accepting an oscar some day. Don't wait for video on this one.

We also watched two DVDs this weekend. Daywatch, the sequel to the awesome Russian film, Nightwatch, was a dissappointment. A true urban fantasy on the screen is usually a cause for celebration, but not one as convoluted and indecipherable as Day. Despite some truly arresting visuals, it's probably best we stick to Sergei Lukyanenko's novels.

Fido, on the other hand, was the most charming zombie flick I've ever seen. And I mean that in the weirdest sense possible. Take the ending scenes of Shaun of the Dead and Pleasantville (including some of the same actors), toss them in a blender with some innards, and you've got Fido. I thought it was brilliant, sweet and only a tad bit gross, except for the frequent necrophilia elusions.


Friday, February 01, 2008

Come Along On My Author Journey...

When I woke this morning, my intentions were to finish reading Anton Strout's awesome new urban fantasy, DEAD TO ME, write up something swank to send him, and then print my manuscript so I could do my read through. Only intentions and days often don't go as planned.

There I was, minding my business, again reading DEAD TO ME. A fire crackling behind the glass (okay, there's no sound 'cuz it's gas, just roll with it). The dogs knew something was up before me. You see, it's been raining and snowing off and on all week, a wintry mix, if you will. But today, the clouds parted and the sun's rays columned into the loft, warming and yet also signaling the coming of something so magnificent as to shake me to my very core.

That's right, people! I think you're following me.

I heard the low rumbling and burst from my reading chair, tossing the ARC of DEAD TO ME across the room in my haste. I thought of you, gentle reader, as I bounded the coffee table and raced for the stairs to grab my camera from the landing. Knowing all along you'd want to experience this momentous occasion. Be right there with me when out of the mist it rolled like a big fat white angel (with red and blue lettering).

The FUCKING Fed Ex Truck!

Not simply the crackhead misdeliverers of cell phones. No. They also deliver white envelopes from New York Publishing Houses. See? Oh God do you see?

I tore open the end, but could hardly bring myself to peek inside. What if it were some cruel joke played by my editor and his assistant--they've taken so much joy from my torture over the past two weeks. But I bit back the resentment and leaned in.


My baby!

All fixed up an purdy. Like a new father I checked it immediately for deformities. Richelle Mead's blurb on the cover? Yep, right there like a sweet little toe. Jackie's on the back, like a fully formed spine, no spinabifida here. No sir. The text boxes look awesome with their gothy/Moorish tile accent. I'm in love.

And that blurb, that I spent a frantic $40 dollars on shipping to make sure was on the advance praise page? Aw yes, she's there, too. You can figure out who it is, if you like, hint, she's also in Footnote 75. Here's a blurry artifact, a clue (can you make it out?).

Anyway, moving on.

Needless to say, I was so excited I had to rush back down stairs to grab the phone, nearly slipping on Anton Strout's DEAD TO ME, which skittered away into the dust bunnies and lost dog toys under the couch. My wife was similarly excited, as were friends/family who will be oohing and aahing these lovelies over a greasy-handed hamburger dinner, tonight.

In closing, I say thank you to the Gods of publishing, zombies and overnight delivery.
Oh yeah, I just checked the date, mailed yesterday.


Please Note: No actual copies of Anton Strout's DEAD TO ME were harmed in the making of this photo essay. Also I knew that these weren't the same batch as were sent last week. John was nice and overnighted these so that I wouldn't chew off my own fingers in anticipation of Saturday.

New Website and Other Stuff!

After days of torturing myself with html, wsywigs and self doubt, I finally have something I can live with and a logo that I want on a business card.

Seriously, with my website on the back and email address, wouldn't that make an awesome business card? Anyway, swing by and let me know what you think.


Today is the last day of Book Club at the League of Reluctant Adults, so you're on notice. C.E. Murphy is picking a winner from our crop of commenters. The prize? A pre-release copy of her new book, HOUSE OF CARDS.