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Interview with Jacqueline Carey posted on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist – she talks about her latest book “Kushiel’s Justice” (June 2007), which is the second book of her Imriel trilogy.

The Annual Cover Contest, which highlights the best (and worst) romance book covers for 2006, is now open for voting (closing date May 11 2007).  I’ve voted – and the shortlisted covers, especially in the Alternate Reality and Two-Cover categories, are beautiful.

I received Lilith Saintcrow‘s latest newsletter – her next Dante Valentine book “The Devil’s Right Hand” (urban fantasy) is out in September 2007.  I’ve read the first two books and liked them, but they have very open endings, which drive me mad.  Having said that, it’s a five-book series – mmm… maybe I should just wait for the fifth book to come out before continuing?  Heh – cliffhanger-type endings don’t exactly draw me in…

Ms Saintcrow also says:

A lot of you have written to me about the new covers for the Valentine books. The entire series was picked for the stateside launch of Orbit (which UK fans will recognize as a Bit Of A Big Name in sci-fi and fantasy publishing.) With this launch came a reissue and new covers, both to draw the series together visually and also to present the series as less paranormal romance and more hard-edged urban fantasy.

deadmanrising.jpg1841494674_01__aa_scmzzzzzzz_v45549705_.jpgI obviously had to hop over to Amazon to have a look at the new covers to see what was meant by the more “urban fantasy” feel.  The original cover is on the right, while the new cover is on the left.  Well, while I definitely prefer the newer cover, I wouldn’t exactly say the original one screams “paranormal romance”.  In fact, the original one seems more traditional fantasy to me – err, the sword-and-sorcery kind, not urban though.

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