Lots of links and info today, so let’s get to the important stuff first.
UNHOLY MAGIC’s first three chapters are now up in PDF form, ready for you to download (and the first chapter has been added to the book’s page here on the site). You can visit the book’s page for that or click here to download the chapters: UNHOLY MAGIC excerpt (1459)
Tomorrow, June 3, I’ll be doing an interview and guest chat at All Things Urban Fantasy, and Del Rey is kicking in a copy of UNHOLY GHOSTS as a giveaway. I may add a little something to that myself, too. So be sure to come by and say hello!
Also, not too long ago I met this total freak* named Brigwyn on Twitter, who insisted** that I let him interview me for his “Brigwyn’s Corner” podcast show. I agreed (mostly because I feared for my life!***) and the result is now available to listen to here at Brigwyn’s Corner. (Note: the contest is now over.)
There’s another interview with me up at Falcata Times, which is a UK fantasy blog/magazine. Because we know you just can’t get enough me.
* really funny, awesome guy
** asked politely
*** because he’s totally cool, and we had so much fun chatting that we stayed on the phone for three more hours after the interview was done
Also, this has nothing to do with me, but you should go look at it anyway (oh, that sounded wrong, didn’t it? Well, I don’t care if you look at the me-related stuff, but you should look at this, because it’s good). I think most of us here know Michele Lee, who is also a writer and reviewer, and has been hanging out here since the beginning. Michele is a great person, and she’s written a great blog post on What They Don’t Tell You About Writing that is about the best summary of it I’ve ever seen. So I really recommend you take a look at it, and leave a comment and all of that stuff.
And speaking of writers and reviewers and all that, time to play some review roundup!
I love the authors writing, the characters are rich, the story arc will keep you gripped and the dialogue is not only sharp but witty to help lighten the sombre setting. It’s brave, it’s a great read but above all else it’s the depth and complexities of the characters that makes this a wonderful read for me.
I was immediately sucked into the dystopian world-building. Brilliant. I mean, WOW. Dingy Downside streets populated with punk-greaser kids contrasted with suburban bliss and the safety of the new Truth-based Church—whose clergy members reminded me a bit of Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. The esoteric elements were believable, the pacing of the book was fast and furious, and the characters were lusciously drawn. … Kane knows how to write; her prose is simple, controlled, and effective. And after all the hub-bub over the unusual slang, I personally found the Downspeak dialogue to be utterly delightful.
From its harrowing opening scene until its highly-satisfying slam-bang ending, Unholy Ghosts grips the reader by the scruff of the neck and never relinquishes its hold.
I think Unholy Ghosts is a unique concept in the urban fantasy genre and I cannot say enough about it. I know I am already anxious to get started on the next book in the series, Unholy Magic. All I can say is add this book to your summer reading list today!
I came to UNHOLY GHOSTS with a fairly high expectations based on the pre-release hype I’d heard. So far, it hasn’t let me down…which is perhaps the biggest surprise of all.
(Hee, she uses a picture of Mr. Stay-Puft in her review, which is awesome. I will say, though, I find it disappointing that no one has yet caught the Hidden Ghostbusters Reference in the book…it’s just a tiny thing, a little nod of the head, but I totally figured somebody would catch it.)
Loved it, loved it, and loved it! The plot was unlike any other book I have ever read. I really liked the way the book was able to deliver. Paranormal fans everywhere will be talking about this book for a while.
John’s book blog that needs a better title (which, awesome blog name):
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane is one of those books that makes me really excited about the future of the genre… some of the strongest world building I’ve ever seen in an urban fantasy world… a dark blend of urban fantasy and horror. Kane has created a unique world, and characters that stick with you.
…I think that’s it. I could be wrong.