“Undead and Unwelcome” at #14

24 06 2009

The Hastings Star Gazette reports that…

“Author MaryJanice Davidson’s newest book, ‘Undead and Unwelcome’ recently reached number 14 on the New York Times Best-Seller list. It’s the highest any of Davidson’s books has ever climbed on the list.”

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The Vampire Diaries coming to TV

10 06 2009

Before anyone goes ranting about “yet another Twilight book“, do not be fooled.  “The Vampire Diaries”, although targeted for young adults, has definitely darker themes then its tween-obsessed predecessor.  This is where the differences end, however.

Yes, it’s a love story.  Yes, it involves vampires.  Yes, it is full of moments that make young girls giggle.  What makes “The Vampire Diaries” unique, however, is the twist the author, L.J. Smith spins in every one of her books.

The rumours can now be laid to rest – Vampire-Diaries.net, a fan site, reports that The CW network was given the go-ahead by the publishing house to begin promoting a TV series based on the popular book series.  The series is scheduled to appear in the 2009 Fall schedule.

You can check out other trailers, teasers, and pics on Vampire-Diaries.net.





Chloe Neill talks about writing techniques

8 06 2009

Chloe Neill, author of “Some Girls Bite“, gives advice on writing and writing techniques as a guest blogger on Sidhe Vicious Reviews.  If you are writing a book, or are looking for a place to start, she provides good advice, including a list of 5 online resources to help develop your ideas.

The second book in the “Chicagoland Vampires” series, entitled “Friday Night Bites“, is due to be released in October 2009.





MaryJanice Davidson book signing at Borders in Dallas, TX

8 06 2009

MaryJanice Davidson will be at Borders on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, June 10 for a reading and a signing of her new book, “Undead and Unwelcome“.

Here is a book summary from the Borders Events site:

Betsy Taylor has problems that only a vampire queen/suburban wife could possibly understand. Such as taking the body of her werewolf friend Antonia – who died in her service – to Cape Cod, where she’s not sure if the Wyndham werewolves will welcome her with fangs or friendship. Meanwhile, her posse back in St. Paul is sending frantic e-mails alerting Betsy to her half-sister’s increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the devil’s daughter is coming into her own – and raising hell.





Vampire Book Giveaway

7 06 2009

Vampire Genre is giving away two hardcover copies of MaryJanice Davidson‘s latest book, “Undead and Unwelcome“.  To win, all you have to do is tell Vampire Genre what books you are currently reading.  Vicky will draw from the comments posted.  The contest closes Friday, June 12th.

The book was released on June 2nd.  A summary from the author’s web site follows:

Betsy Taylor has problems that only a vampire queen/suburban wife could possibly understand. Such as taking the body of her werewolf friend Antonia—who died in her service—to Cape Cod, where she’s not sure if the Wyndham werewolves will welcome her with fangs or friendship. Meanwhile, her posse back in St. Paul is sending frantic e-mails alerting Betsy to her half-sister’s increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the devil’s daughter is coming into her own—and raising hell.





Charlaine Harris at the Author! Author! Shreveport book festival

7 06 2009

Charlaine Harris, author of the popular “Southern Vampire” series, will be speaking at the “Author! Author!” Book Festival this Saturday, June 13, from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, in Shreveport, LA.

The Southern Vampire books are centered around a telepathic waitress who works in a northern Louisiana bar.  The series was the inspiration for the popular HBO vampire drama “True Blood“.

The ninth book in the series, “Dead and Gone”, was a smash hit since it was released in May, 2009.  You can read the first chapter online at Charlaine’s site.





Time interviews Guillermo Del Toro on Vampires

6 06 2009

Guillermo Del Toro is well known for his direction of such hits as Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade 2, and the Hellboy series.  This time, however, he is trading his cinemetagraphy skills for a pen and paper, as he prepares to complete first in a trilogy of vampire novels entitled “The Strain“.

Co-written with Chuck Hogan (of “Killing Moon” fame), The Strain “opens with a plane that lands in New York City, lights off, windows drawn, everyone seemingly dead. Naturally, it gets worse from there.” [Time]

In this one-on-one interview, Del Toro answers questions about the vampire in modern society,  his love for fantasy and science fiction, and of course, his new book.

You can check out a teaser trailer for the new novel at Wired.