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10.04.2008

Spotlight: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

In honor of this week's release of this much anticipated anthology I thought I'd do a small post with some information on the authors who have contributed to the book. I don't know anything about some of them so I thought it might be nice to write about those I know and dig up some on those I don't know about yet. -- Rhi

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Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Anthology
Hardcover (ACE HARDCOVER, 352 pages, $24.95)
ISBN# 0441016332

Charlaine Harris
http://www.charlaineharris.com/
Harris is well known for her Southern Vampire Mysteries series, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series. The Louisiana set series starts with Dead Until Dark and has recently been turned into a television series on HBO called True Blood.

Toni L.P. Kelner
http://www.tonilpkelner.com/
Kelner has a diverse body of work but primarily writes mysteries. Her most recent series, "Where Are They Now?" / Five Star Mysteries, began this past January with the novel Without Mercy about an freelance reporter looking for a missing star from a '70s tv show as a killer begins picking off her former co-stars.

Patricia Briggs
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/
Briggs has been writing fantasy for years, debuting her urban fantasy series about Mercy Thompson in 2006. Moon Called, the first book in the series, set the bar for new UF. The series has also branched out with a new series, Alpha and Omega, starting with Cry Wolf. Mercy will also be coming out in a 4-part comic series very soon!

Carrie Vaughn
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/CLVaughn/
Vaughn is definitely well known for her Kitty Norville series. When Kitty and the Midnight Hour came out in 2005 it was one of the first times many urban fantasy fans had seen a female werewolf have her own series. Two new Kitty books will be release in early 2009.

Donna Andrews
http://www.donnaandrews.com/
Andrews isn't known for fiction about werewolves, but rather mysteries with witty bird related titles in her Meg Langslow series. Starting with Murder with Peacocks each mystery somehow has birds getting involved.

Dana Cameron
http://www.danacameron.com/
Cameron writes an archaeologiacal mystery series. The Emma Fielding Mysteries starts with Site Unseen and a summary of her contribution to this anthology can be found on her website!

Karen Chance
http://www.karenchance.com/
Chance has been popping up everywhere lately whether working on her Cassie Palmer series or contributing to anthologies. In addition to the Cassie Palmer series, which starts with Touch the Dark, Chance is releasing, Midnight's Daughter, the first book in a new tie-in series on the same day as this anthology!

Alan Gordon
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/alan-gordon/
Gordon, a lawyer by day, is the author of the Fools' Guild Mysteries. Thirteenth Night, is the first in the seven book series which is a continuation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Simon R. Green
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/simon-r-green/
Green has written loads of sci-fi and fantasy but most interested in this anthology will probably know him for his London set Nightside series. This urban fantasy series begins with Something from the Nightside, building a twisted new world within a world.

J.A. Konrath
http://www.jakonrath.com/
Konrath writes the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mysteries. The books in the series all have titles stolen from famous cocktails the first of which is Whiskey Sour... and Konrath is a man! He also writes under the pseudonym Jack Kilborn.

Nancy Pickard
http://www.nancypickardmysteries.com/
Pickard's Jenny Cain Mysteries series begins with Generous Death. She has also written other mystery series, check her site for more info.

Dana Stabenow
http://www.stabenow.com/
Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries are about an Aleut woman living in Alaska. First in the series, A Cold Day for Murder, was published in 1992 and the series is still going strong!

Rob Thurman
http://www.robthurman.net/
Thurman hit the urban fantasy scene with Nightlife in 2006. The series is written from the perspective of Cal Leanros and centers around he and his brother Niko's adventures fighting the boogiemen that cause trouble in NYC.

Kat Richardson
http://katrichardson.com/
Richardson writes the Greywalker series. Set in Seattle, PI Harper Blaine's adventures into the world of the paranormal beings with Greywalker.

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