My lovely Press Badge
Any clue who this guy is?
Can you resist temptation for the sparkles?
After my moob experience... ahem, the Conan panel, I walked the convention floor to check out the booths I missed out on Saturday, as well as the various book signings going on.
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel has some buzz behind it. Lia was signing Dearly Beloved on Friday. This book just was released this week from Random House. A futuristic tale with a Victorian setting and a young woman in love with a zombie. I'll be interested in seeing how this relationship plays out because I just don't think zombies can be portrayed in a romantic light.
Synopsis: Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis will be released on December 27th from HarperCollins. Sabrina is a debut author and this was her first book signing.
Synopsis: Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess.
But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book — a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others, like the beautiful Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, wish to free him. And when the Archon — the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel — rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.
The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark will be released on December 27th from Ballantine. Juliet is better know as author Carol Goodman. Some people have been confused that The Demon Lover is a YA. It's not. I think it's because the cover looks like a YA cover.
Synopsis: Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.
But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.
The Invisible Tower (Otherworld Chronicles #1) by Nils Johnson-Shelton will be released on December 27th from HarperCollins. This is a MG perfect for boys between the ages of 8-12 years old.
Synopsis: Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld—now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.
Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers—suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table. With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld—straight toward his destiny.
There was a triple signing from Ace with these three authors. Taylor Anderson and Jack Campbell are NY Times best selling authors, while Myke Cole is a debut author with ACE. His book, Shadow Ops is a paranormal military novel that will be out on January 31st.
Synopsis: For a millennium, magic has been Latent in the world. Now, with the Great Reawakening, people are “coming up Latent,” manifesting dangerous magical abilities they often cannot control. In response, the military establishes the Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC), a deadly band of sorcerers dedicated to hunting down “Selfers” who use magic outside government control. When army officer Oscar Britton comes up Latent with a rare and prohibited power, his life turns upside down. Transformed overnight from government agent to public enemy number one, his attempt to stay alive and evade his former friends drives him into a shadow world he never knew lurked just below the surface of the one he’s always lived in. He’s about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he’s ever known, and that his life isn’t the only thing he’s fighting for
Other fun things I saw along my travels...
Pat the zombie isn't a children books like you may think. From Ten Speed Press: One way or another, this mock children's book will keep you up late. "Here are Paul and Judy," it begins. "They can survive lots of things. You can survive lots of things too...but probably won't. Judy can gut the zombie. Now YOU gut the zombie." If this spoof zombie research doesn't grab you, Judy's Sleepytime Survival Guide will. Ghoulish fun for the brave-hearted.
The Ugly Dolls were back and a few were walking around.
Here's the map of the various levels that everything was on. Not confusing at all...
The other panel I wanted to sit in on was WE'RE NO ANGELS: Leading Ladies of SF/F with Alison Goodman, Jeaniene Frost, Kim Harrison, Kristen Painter, Marjorie M. Liu, Patricia Briggs, Sabrina Benulis. As I said before, the lines for the panels were very long and because I got on line 10 minutes before this panel started, I didn't get in. I was irked because even with a press pass and my plan to report about this panel, I wasn't allowed in even if I pleaded. Very disappointing.
My experience at this year's Comic Con was great, but overall I think the way things were handled, especially in regards to the Javits Center could have been better. You weren't allowed to use credit cards to purchase good. Only cash. And if you needed cash, there weren't enough ATM machines for everyone. The lines for everything were massive. If you wanted WiFi access, you had to pay for it and I heard that vendors couldn't even access WiFi. And why is it that the escalators don't work or were shut off? You have thousands upon thousands of people walking around and that causes major "traffic jams". You'd think the Javits Center would have better skill at handling crowd control since they have so many conventions there throughout the year.
As for the staff from the cleaning people to the workers at the food court, they all were very friendly and helpful. I have to give them a big shot out because they took care of the very hungry and tired masses with incredible skill and didn't lose their cool.
Book swag I picked up:
Gail Carriger and Yen Press has put Soulless in magna form that will be released on March 1st. I found out that the rest of the books in Gail's Parasol Protectorate series will also be released in mangas. Hachette Books, the publisher of Gail's series was giving away the first chapter. It looks awesome and I can't wait to pick up a copy.
Synopsis: Straighten your glassicals and ready your parasols. Miss Alexia Tarabotti is making her manga debut! You may be a werewolf, but that is simply no cause for rude behavior, and being a vampire is hardly an excuse for a disheveled cravat. Gail Carriger’s Soulless is set in an alternate Victorian London in which vampires and werewolves have been accepted into high society. Alexia Tarabotti is neither vampire nor werewolf nor any other sort of supernatural. She is preternatural: soulless. This makes her a particular threat to the immortal set, who don’t fancy the soul sucker’s mortalizing touch one bit, and Alexia’s life of tea and biscuits is constantly being interrupted by all sorts of trouble. Artist Rem has beautifully captured the characters of Gail Carriger’s bestselling “Parasol Protectorate” series: from Lord Maccon, head of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry and Alpha of the local werewolf pack, to Lord Akeldama, a flamboyant vampire with a flair for fashion and for uncovering the secrets of London’s supernatural set
And so ends my 2011 Comic Con experience. I hope you enjoyed my reports. I'll be back at the Javits Center in May for Book Expo America 2012 reporting even more book and author goodiness and hopefully come home with some great books and awesome memories.