If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, then you won’t want to miss our interview with Strange Angels series author, Lili St. Crow! Learn about the latest Strange Angels book, Defiance, get St. Crow’s take on writing for adults versus young adults, and see what book St. Crow recommends you read this year. You can also check out an excerpt from Defiance here!
Lili St. Crow is the author of several urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels, and the young-adult Strange Angels series. She has been writing since second grade and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, with two children, three cats, a dog, and various other strays.
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Since this site gives us the opportunity to highlight not just our books, but the individual essays our authors have written for us (and, okay, since it also gives you the opportunity to buy those individual essays), we wanted to figure out more ways to showcase them. Thus: Editors Picks. Periodically we–and/or some of our past guest editors or book contributors–will select 3 essays we particularly love from our Smart Pop titles and offer a little commentary on why we think you’ll love them, too.
My three picks today have a theme: they’re all essays that changed the way I think about storytelling.
1. “The Night that Alias Reinvented Itself,” from Alias Assumed
This essay, by media studies professor and tv …
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Throughout April, Ardeur contributors will also be serving as guest bloggers. They look good wearing all those hats, trust me.
First up is Marella Sands, who wrote the Ardeur essay “Bon Rapports,” which playfully examines the lack of “sexy words for sexy things” while examining sex on the pages of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Marella uses the same quick wit from her essay in her post below, although with a slightly different spin. I don’t know if you’d consider a male prostitute sexy, but it’d still be nice to have a word to use when considering him at all.
English is a fascinating language with a huge vocabulary. The total number of words in English is disputed, but the OED lists …
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No April Fool’s joke here! Our latest and greatest anthology, Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series (edited by Laurell K. Hamilton) is officially on shelves and available for purchase everywhere. We have some fun things planned in conjunction with this title’s pub month, including upcoming special guest posts by some contributors.
Also, if you purchase the book from us directly (on sale for $10.47) in the next week (by April 9th at 11:59 p.m. CT), your name will be entered into a drawing to win a Smart Pop Fall Fun Pack (which is: your choice of any two of our fall 2010 titles as they become available).
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Thanks for the comments on our Ardeur giveaway post last week! We’re pretty excited to release this book, so it’s good to see we have many readers eager to get it.
I’ll email all the winners directly for their info.
For those who didn’t win but who might still like a copy of Ardeur, you can buy one directly from us for 50% off the list price. The discount will be available through Wednesday at 11:59 p.m., but the book will be up for purchase on our site from now on.
We have some upcoming fun things planned surrounding the official release of Ardeur (April 1st), so add us to your feed readers or bookmark …
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Our Anita Blake Vampire series anthology, Ardeur (edited by the series creator, Laurell K. Hamilton), is set to hit shelves early next month, but a few lucky readers won’t have to wait quite that long to get their hands on a copy.
We’re giving away one copy to three random commenters.
To give you a taste of what to expect from our newest title, here’s a passage from Heather Swain‘s essay “Girls Gone Wild”:
Hamilton has taken a fair amount of flack (from critics and fans) for turning Anita books into soft-core monster porn, yet she retains a huge devout group of fans who don’t simply read about Anita’s exploits, they look to her for life lessons. She’s a rare female character who’s dangerous
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Today’s guest blog from Devon Ellington takes on the relationship between pop culture and the artists that create (and are in turned shaped by) it.
No matter what it is that suddenly bursts out as a “pop culture icon,” it started in the imagination of an artist. Anita Blake’s journey into ardeur, a woman taking positive control of her sexuality and not falling into preconceived traps of a monogamous “happily ever after,” originated in Laurell K. Hamilton’s imagination. The deconstruction of our assumptions about superheros and the blurring of “good” and evil” in the Watchmen world started in the imaginations of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Janet Evanovich pulls on not only pop culture but stereotypes and turns them inside out with Stephanie Plum. …
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If you follow Laurell K. Hamilton on Twitter, or read her blog, you may have seen her talking about the introductions she wrote recently for our anthology of essays on her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Ardeur.
We were thrilled to have her on board for the anthology; her introductions give some fascinating insight into Anita’s creation and evolution, and touch on some corners of Anita’s universe that haven’t yet made it into the book themselves. They really cemented my opinion of Laurell as not just a great writer, but also a seriously first-class world builder.
A little preview–appropriately, about the source of the anthology’s title:
At first I, like Anita, was pretty horrified [by the ardeur]. We’re both control freaks …
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