Supernatural smackdown – all of September at Dark Faerie Tales

Supernatural Smackdown

Dark Faerie Tales & Parajunkee’s View are teaming up for the 1st Annual Supernatural Smack Down.

Your favorite characters are stepping from the pages in the premiere entertainment event of the year! Held in a super secret location, supernatural characters will put their talents to the test in hopes of winning the WORLD CHAMPION SUPERNATURAL TITLE and all the fame and fortune that goes along with it.

Supernatural Gladiators…fighting to the death…(or at least close to it – we don’t want to kill off any of your favorite characters) – winners decided by YOU the reader! Leaving YOU the reader to decide who is the biggest, meanest, supernatural BADASS!

“Dear Lucky Agent” contest

Do you have a fantasy or sci-fi novel (or two) that you are getting ready to pitch? Why not try entering the Guide to Literary Agents “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest? This is the fifth in their contest series, each of which have focused on a specific category. The prizes are all the same though:

  • A critique of the first 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge.
  • A free one-year subscription to

How cool is that?

What to submit: The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of fantasy or science fiction (adult fiction and/or YA fiction; no MG please). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.

Contest ends: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 EST

For more details head to their contest page.

Good luck!

New Author Challenge and February mini-Challenge

One of the Fantasy review sites I have in my blogroll, Literary Escapism has issued a challenge to all comers: read as many new authors as you can in 2010. There are no restrictions on which books to read (novels greatly preferred), but the authors themselves must be new to you. But wait! There’s more! Once you have read them, you have to review them.

For me that is going to be the hard part: usually when I finish a book, I take a couple hours to let it percolate in my brain but then I start jonesing for a book in my hand and I have to grab something new from my TBR pile (bookaholism: it is not just a figment of my imagination).

Still, I have signed up and by golly I am going to do it! I challenge myself: 25 books. That’s right 25 books read – and more importantly 25 books reviewed. I can do it. I know I can. I just have to concentrate…

Literary Escapism takes on The League of Reluctant Adults in February
As a second part to this challenge, Literary Escapism is, for the month of February, doing a mini-challenge, asking folks to read new authors from the League of Reluctant Adults (another of my blogroll gang and the group I most want to join when I get published).

I personally think this is great because the League is full of amazing authors whose books kick UF/PR butt while also make you snicker at all their character’s wonderful snarkiness. I have read works by most of the Leaguers and discovered that, of those I hadn’t read yet – their books were already in my TBR pile just waiting for me to crack ‘em open. Literary Escapism’s challenge to read up to 5 different authors from the list of Leaguers should be a piece of cake! (Yeah, yeah, again, it’s going to be the review writing part that’ll get me).

I am going to do my darnedest to meet this mini-challenge too, though I hope you’ll forgive me if I end up reading a new-to-me book by a known-to-me member of the League. Not strictly kosher, I admit, but at least I am making the effort.

Here is the list of Leaguers:
Mario Acevedo
Stacia Kane
Kat Richardson
Michele Bardsley
Caitlin Kittredge
Michelle Rowen
Dakota Cassidy
Kelly Meding
Diana Rowland
Carolyn Crane
Richelle Mead
Jeanne Stein
Molly Harper
Nicole Peeler
Anton Strout
Mark Henry
Cherie Priest
Jaye Wells
Jackie Kessler
Jennifer Rardin

TBR pile

I am slowly starting to master my To Be Read pile. And will be doing more reviews as a result. Yes, most of those books will have been out for a year or so, but better late than never. And as I am not well known enough to start getting ARCs, I can only review the books I purchase myself.

See? This is what happens when you get busy with other things IRL and neglect your blog. Bad Kat! Do better!

Books I have read recently that I cannot say enough good things about:

I will try and get reviews out about them, but I hope the ‘good recommendation’ will hold you for now.

Wow! Been a very bad blogger…

It’s been over a month since I posted something, and more than that since I posted something of consequence (why, yes, I DO suffer from delusions of grandeur. How did you know?).

I wish I could say that I have been busy doing lots of fantastically wonderful things, but really, most of my time has been spent trying to wrestle my To Be Read pile into something more akin to a hill than the mountain. Was actually making headway… and then all the books I had asked the library to hold for me came in at once. Augh! On the one hand my wallet heaved a sigh of relief, on the other I had a big pile of books with a definite ‘must be read by’ sign hanging over them. I managed most of them; some had to go back unread as they had other holds on them, and some I just wasn’t in the mood for any more. I have only one and a half library books left to read now and while a few more are, according to the library site, ‘in transit’ they haven’t gotten here yet so the pressure is down to a dull roar.

Though the already purchased TBR pile is still there… And there are a few books that just came out that I am desparate to get…

My name is Kat and I am a bookaholic.

Belly up to the bar…

And start watching the goings-on at The Odd Shots. It is the place to be if you want to follow some great urban fantasy and paranormal romance writers, namely: Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brooks, Nalini Singh, Patrice Michelle, and Jill Myles.

They are having a giveaway as part of the site launch: a copy of Must Love HellHounds. But back off… that puppy’s mine! (Kidding… or am I?)

Interesting headstone on Tremont Street, Boston

There are many famous folk buried in this cemetery in downtown Boston, incluidng Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and Mother Goose. However, it was this one headstone that truly caught my eye. I have been unable to find out anything about the deceased so if anyone knows the story behind it, I’d love to hear it.
The inscription reads:

Farervell Vain World I have Enough of the
And now I’m Careles what thou Sayst of me
What Fault thou Seest in me
Take Care to Shun
Theres worke within thy Self
That Should be Done
Thy Smiles I Court not nor thy Frowns I fear
My Care are past my head lies quiet here

Edward Carter died
Nov 11 1742 aged 45

Edward Carter

Talk about a great exiting speech….