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Release Day Blast: THE VINES by Christopher Rice

Posted October 21, 2014 By Jennifer

THE-VINES-Final-CoverFrom the mind of bestselling novelist Christopher Rice

comes a dark, supernatural tale full of action, drama, and an ending that will shock you to the core…

The Vines

by Christopher Rice

First published at the tender age of 22, Christopher Rice (son of legendary novelist Anne Rice) has written four New York Times bestsellers, received a Lambda Literary Award, and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. Now the Bram Stoker nominee returns to the familiar gothic playground of his hometown, New Orleans, during Halloween season with a chilling tale of supernatural suspense to rival the best of Stephen King, Joe Hill, or Deborah Harkness in THE VINES (Amazon Publishing/47North, on sale October 21, 2014).

The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

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From the author of highly acclaimed bestsellers A Density of Souls, Blind Fall, Light Before Day, and The Heavens Rise, comes a harrowing story that will last with readers forever…

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ChristopherRiceThailandABOUT THE AUTHOR

By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His first work of supernatural suspense, The Heavens Rise, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His debut, A Density of Souls, was published when the author was just 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, it was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of legendary vampire chronicler, Anne Rice.

Together with his best friend, bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher recently launched his own Internet radio show. An outrageous and irreverent comedy variety program, “The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice & Eric Shaw Quinn” streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at TheDinnerPartyShow.com.

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http://www.christopherricebooks.com/

**Christopher Rice will be on tour this fall with his mother, Anne Rice,

for her new novel Prince Lestat**

Christopher Rice’s Tour Schedule for

THE VINES

Undead Con

The 26th Annual Vampire Ball @ The Republic

Friday, October 31, 2014 | 8:00 pm
 828 S. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA

Garden District Bookshop

*Appearing with Anne Rice

Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 1:00 pm
2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room

Tuesday, November 4 | 6:00 pm
345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Mark Twain House & Museum @ Hartford Stage

*Appearing with Anne Rice

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 7:00 pm
50 Church Street, Hartford, CT

The Strand

*Appearing with Anne Rice

Friday, November 7, 2014 | 7:00 pm
828 Broadway Avenue (@12th Street), New York, NY

Bent Con

*The Dinner Party Live Show with special guest Anne Rice

Sunday, November 9, 2014 | 5:00 pm
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, LA

Copperfield’s Books @ The Santa Rosa Auditorium

*Appearing with Anne Rice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 7:00 pm
1235 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Live Talks LA @ Moss Theatre

*Appearing with Anne Rice

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 7:00 pm
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
 

You can also meet Christopher at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, Fl, in February! He will be among more than 50 urban fantasy and paranormal romance Featured Authors.

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Praise for The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice
“A masterful coming-of-age novel…Rice’s characters are complex and real, his dialogue pitch-perfect, and his writing intelligent and strong. He builds suspense beautifully…amid enduring philosophical questions about what it means to be human.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Tense, gripping, gory at times, The Heavens Rise is every bit the novel one would expect from, well, someone like his mom.” —The Huffington Post
“Christopher Rice never disappoints with his vivid people and places and masterful prose. He will hold you captive under his spell as his images and emotions become your own.” —Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Bed
“Creepy, chilling, and almost impossible to put down.” —Booklist
“Rice draws upon his New Orleans roots to create at Louisiana that may seem familiar but is a bit more terrifying, bringing about a perfect blend of spooky and memorable…the depth of character, chilling atmosphere and moral dilemma are all marks of a superb story.” —Shelf Awareness
“…a creepy, intriguing and dangerously addictive supernatural novel.” —The Sun
“An entertaining and chilling story published just in time for Halloween.” —The Book Reporter
“Christopher Rice has written an amazing horror novel with more twists and turns than a mountain road. You’ll think you know your destination…but you’ll be wrong.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ever After
“Christopher Rice is a magician. This brilliant, subtly destabilizing novel inhales wickedness and corruption and exhales delight and enchantment. Rice executes his turns, reversals, and surprises with the pace and timing of a master. —Peter Straub, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. God
“Christopher Rice does a marvelous job at incorporating the imagery of New Orleans into the tale…it is the strength of the character building and the richness of the imagery that makes The Heavens Rise so chilling…I can’t recommend The Heavens Rise enough!”  —Fresh Fiction
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RecMyWeekend

Rec My Weekend is a weekend feature here, a way for me to share something new I’ve discovered, or an old favorite. And a way for YOU to help me increase my already-taller-than-me “to be read” pile. Because, really, there is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS!! Feel free to share your “Rec My Weekend” recs in the comments below!

This week’s rec is playing double duty as a spotlight / interview with a Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author!! Eric R Asher has written a fantastic urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to meet him in February. In the mean time, our friend Carol and I tag-teamed a “get to know you” interview. Below is that interview, and more about his necromancer, Vesik, series.

Carol: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.

Jennifer: What happened in 2005 that made you “decide you wanted to write a novel”?

It wasn’t so much a singular event in 2005. I’d been wanting to do it for a while, and I finally had enough of a story jotted down in various notebooks that I thought could be expanded into a novel.

Carol: What kinds of books did you enjoy reading as a child and teen?

I was a Dr. Seuss kid, all the way. I found Fantasy and Science Fiction in my early teen years. Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin got me started, and once I read Northworld by David Drake and Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman, there was no going back.

Carol: What genres do you enjoy reading now?

My favorite genres now are pretty much the same. I like to read outside those genres a bit, too, just to see what else is out there. C.S. Friedman, Neil Gaiman, and Patricia Briggs are my perennial favorites, regardless of the genre they’re writing in.

Carol: Do you have a favorite secondary character to write?

I love writing strange creatures with big personalities, and not necessarily human personalities. Non-human critters that don’t speak, but have an unmistakable presence (like Bubbles the Cu Sith in the Vesik series; fur, teeth, and chaos), are the most fun.

Carol: Which do you find more difficult to write: humor or action?

They’re my two favorite things, so … yeah. I’m sure the folks who don’t appreciate my humor would definitely say I have a harder time writing humor. 🙂

Jennifer: Do you have a favorite action and/or comedic scene from the Vesik series? 

My favorite action scene so far is actually from the upcoming book, This Broken World. Since we can’t talk about that quite yet, I’d have to say my next favorite action see is the final battle in book 2. There’s a lot of emotion in that scene, and as hard as it was to write, I absolutely love reading it now. As far as comedic scenes, I’d probably have to go with the pigeons in book one. I get mixed responses to that one, but looking at it from Damian’s viewpoint just cracks me up.

Carol: What is one place you have never visited that you would really like to?

Ireland! I would love to go there one day. There are so many tales from Ireland that fuel our modern writings. I’d love to see it in person.

Carol: If you could have dinner with any writer living or dead, who would it be and why?

How can you pick just one?! Today we’ll go with Neil Gaiman. I’ve been a fan since I read the Sandman comics, and his novels have been just as stellar. But I may change my mind at any moment to C.S. Friedman, F. Paul Wilson, Patricia Briggs, David Drake, or, or, okay I’ll stop now.

Carol: What kinds of activities do you do for relaxation?

My spare time growing up was spent as a mallrat in the local arcades and bookstores. I’m still a bit of a gamer. Outside of games, I read, play the cello and guitar, and collect comic books and Transformers toys. Oh, and Worribles!

Jennifer: Worribles?

Yes, Worribles. Worribles are the creation of Andrew Bell of the Creatures in my Head. He does a lot of vinyl art and toys, and one of those happened to be Worribles. He teamed up with Squishable.com and created what is pretty much my favorite stuffed creature ever.

Carol: Do you ever attend fan conventions?

Yes indeed, and not always just for books. I enjoy going to comic and toy conventions as well. I ended up on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter due to my extensive collecting problems, err, habits.

Carol: What is one question you never get asked in interviews, but wish you did?

What mythologies influenced the characters and creatures in the Vesik universe? I really enjoyed studying a large variety of legends and mythologies, which is why there’s such a diverse mixture inside Damian’s world.

Jennifer: Is there a specific myth or legend that you find particularly inspirational for this series? How much to you bend/change the original to fit into your world?

The Vesik series takes inspiration from a vast variety of myths and legends. You’ll find everything from the Native American Piasa Bird to the cu siths of Scottish and Irish folklore (technically cu sidhe in Irish folklore, but I picked a spelling and stuck with it). The cu siths are a great example where things were changed for the series. They’re almost pet-like in Damian’s world, with occasional reminders that they are very much not pets. Other figureheads from Egyptian and Mayan mythology also crop up here and there, with some of the usual suspects like fairies, werewolves, and vampires.

Eric R Asher’s Vesik Series

01_-_Days_Gone_Bad_-_400x600My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

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04_-_This_Broken_World_400x600An ocean of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah, this is going to end well.

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CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and readers to just hang out together, this is what we’re here for! Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “paranormal” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ve got a Featured Author lineup, over 50 amazing storytellers, that showcases not only NYT Bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

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I’m sure all of you have followed this blog for a while are familiar with my Coastal Magic Convention. For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a brief introduction…

CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Today, one of our Featured Bloggers, Carol (Bitten By Books reviewer, DragonCon Urban Fantasy Track Director) is sharing an interview she did with one of our Featured Authors, Tonya Kappes. This is an exciting interview for me, because “cozy” paranormal mysteries have become some of my new favorite types of books to read. I can’t wait to learn a little more about Tonya, and her books. Check after the interview for a chance win the first book in her Magical Cures series!!

473728_4612154335465_1479305750_oWhen did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Not until I was married with four children. I could tell a good story and my book club said I could write a novel about some funny situations and my husband encouraged me. That was all it took! The next day I was writing, LONG HAND, under a big oak tree at my son’s pee-wee football practice.

What kinds of books did you enjoy reading as a child and teen?

I didn’t. I never read the great novels. I never read Little Women, Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby. BUT I loved the movies 😉 Unless it was an invitation to a party . . . I didn’t pick it up.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

I did have my ideal career before my writing career took off. By degree I’m a child therapist. I LOVED working with children and their families.

What is one place you have never visited that you would really like to?

I have never been to Paris. I really want to see the Eiffel Tower in person and sip coffee next to it!

If you could live inside the world of any book, which would you choose?Charming Magic 600wide 72dpi

I would pick my own world of Whispering Falls in my Magical Cure Series books. The fantasy world I had created was somewhere I wanted to live. It’s a small village with cozy shops where magic plays a big part!

Do you have a favorite character to write?

YES! I love writing June Heal from my Magical Cures Series. She has special powers, sweet, and kind to everyone. I love her magical, witchy side and sooooo want secret powers!

What kinds of activities do you do for relaxation?

Ha! Relaxation? What is that? Did I mention I have four teenage boys??? I’m always on the go with something they are involved in. When I’m not doing something for them, I’m writing. BUT I do love a good date night with my hubby!

Do you ever attend fan conventions?

YES! I only attend reader conventions. I’m not a big FAN of the word fan. My readers are just like me, readers. That is what this gig is all about for me. Reaching ONE reader with my make-believe world and helping them escape from the grind of the daily life has and will be my goal. I love that!

What is one question you never get asked in interviews, but wish you did?

Since I write a ghost series, Ghostly Southern Mystery, and the cemetery is a big character in the story, I wish someone had asked me what my tombstone would have etched on it. What you ask?? THE END!

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You can find Tonya (and her books) around the web in the following places:

Website     Tonya’s Personal Blog

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Tonya’s next release will be A Charming Secret, the 6th novel in the Magical Cures mystery series, on October 7th!! If you haven’t started the series yet, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!! Let us know (in the comments below) what you’d like etched on YOUR tombstone, and one commenter will be chosen at random to win an ebook copy of A Charming Crime, book 1 in the series! Contest starts now, and will end at midnight (pacific) on Wednesday, October 1st. Good Luck!!

(Ebook will be gifted through B&N, and can be read on Nook, or other devices by downloading the free Nook app.)

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I’m sure all of you have followed this blog for a while are familiar with my Coastal Magic Convention. For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a brief introduction…

CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Seressia Glass is one of the many fantastic Featured Authors for February’s event, and she was kind enough to interrupt her deadline schedule to share a bit about writing both paranormal AND contemporary stories, and how to juggle the two. Thanks so much to Laura, from Little Read Riding Hood, for arranging the post!

 

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I write under two names and in multiple genres. As Seressia Glass, I’ve written contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy with an upcoming contemporary, SPICE, coming in November. As Mallery Malone, I’ve written a medieval romance set in Ireland and contemporary romance with the first of the steamy Billionaire’s Club: New Orleans series, KNOCK OUT released July first.

Though this year is all about the steamy contemporary romances for both pen names, I love writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy especially since I get to weave my love of Ancient Egyptian mythology into my stories. I had so much fun writing my Sons of Anubis jackal shifters that I plan to self-publish more novellas in that series. I also plan to self-publish another three stories in my Shadowchasers urban fantasy series. Look for those continuations to happen next year.shadowfallfinal

It’s not easy switching gears from one genre to another, but it’s not impossible. For me, my stories at their core are about people facing their fears and making it through to the other side with the person or people who accept them as they are. It doesn’t matter if it’s shapeshifting jackals fighting the undead or a magic wielding bounty hunter who’s in danger of becoming the very thing she hunts. The emotional drive, the motivations and internal conflicts are the same. It’s the worlds that are different.

So how do I cleanse my brain when switching genres? Usually by reading something that’s completely outside of the genre I just completed. If I’ve just completed a paranormal romance, I’ll pick up an M/M or ménage erotic romance. If I’ve finished a contemporary project, I’m probably reaching for an urban fantasy or a historical romance.

My processes for writing in each genre is different too. Strangely enough, while I write to music for my paranormal and urban fantasy work—usually something New Age or world beat, or industrial if I’m writing a fight scene—I don’t write to music when I write contemporary. I do write with scent—usually rosemary or a clarity blend going in the oil burner. I suppose it’s because since the contemporaries are here and now—or rather, my version of here and now—it’s a lot easier to sink into the story and the characters. With paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I’m creating other, a world with different rules, different logic, different requirements. Though the internal conflicts are similar, the external conflicts aren’t. So I have a work a little harder to slip into that world, making sure that the rules and restrictions that I’ve established in previous stories are followed. Once I’ve set the mood, it’s easier to pull on the mental writer cap for that world, and the words begin to flow.

91heounmvfl-_sl1500_There are times when I have to write in both, like when I was finishing up my last Sons of Anubis novella while working on the proposal for the new contemporary series. Usually clearing the palate involved going to Facebook and spending way too much time playing Candy Crush. I’m proud to say that I’ve finally broken that addiction, but I’d made it past level 500 before I hit a wall!

Why do I write in different genres? Easy—I love to read different genres. I’ve been a voracious reader since I could understand the words on the cereal box. I went from comics to science fiction to fantasy then finally discovered romance novels in high school. I was thrilled to see so many subgenres in romance and I’ve enjoyed writing in the ones I love. I’ll keep going as long as I have stories to tell.

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I’m sure all of you have followed this blog for a while are familiar with my Coastal Magic Convention. For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a brief introduction…

CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Today, one of our Featured Bloggers, Carol (Bitten By Books reviewer, DragonCon Urban Fantasy Track Director) is sharing an interview she did with one of our Featured Authors, Molly Harper about her last release, and a bit about her upcoming book. I’m thankful to each of them for taking time from their busy schedules to make this happen.

mollyaugustYour newest book, Better Homes and Hauntings, focuses on a ghost story and the people drawn into it. What was the impetus for writing the book?

I watched a LOT of Scooby Doo as a kid. And I was always disappointed that just this once, they couldn’t find a real ghost haunting an abandoned candy factory. So this is my love letter to Scooby and Shaggy (and poor underappreciated Velma, whom my Mom insists is my spirit animal). I wanted to write the biggest, scariest ghost story I could manage and I hope the reader enjoys it. The Crane’s Nest is a Gilded Era mansion that never quite made it as a family home as Gerald Whitney, the business tycoon who built it, was accused of murdering his wife shortly after it was completed. The murder mystery and inevitable stories of hauntings and family curses followed the Whitneys throughout the generations. Deacon Whitney, a social media mogul who has managed to rebuild his fortune, wants to restore the house to its former glory and finally put the supernatural rumors about his family to an end.

Which character did you most enjoy writing for the book, and which was the most difficult?

Dotty was a hoot. She’s every crazy impulse I have, without my sense of timidity to slow her down. She says all of the things I think. And Rick, Nina’s ex-boss, was challenging, because I wanted him to be a jerk, without being a moustache-twirling caricature.

Were there challenges in writing a standalone rather than a series installment?Comp_5_rev_night_2

Yes, because I had to wrap everything up in in one story, which is more difficult than I expected!

What are some of your favorite ghost stories in both print and media?

Demons are a Ghoul’s Best Friend by Victoria Laurie, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and An America Haunting, but only because it’s about the Bell Witch. I went to college just a few hours away from the Bell Witch Cave.

Are there any supernatural beings/creatures that you haven’t written about yet but would like to?

I’m leaning towards dragons, but I’m not sure if they would fit into my current series.

Readers have come to expect your trademark humor in your work. How difficult do you find it to create the right balance in a scene or a piece of dialogue?

Not at all. Dialogue is the one thing that comes very easily to me. Plotting and hiding elements of a mystery, that I find very difficult.

Who are some authors whose work you find amusing?

Nicole Peeler, Jaye Wells and Jeanette Battista.

What do you enjoy most about attending conventions?

Meeting people, and not just readers, but other writers. I’m still very much a reader, so when I get to meet Angie Fox or Veronica Roth or someone like that, I still fan girl all over myself.

snow-falling-2What can readers look for next from you?

I will be writing several more spin-offs to the Half-Moon Hollow books. Also, my Half-Moon Hollow Christmas short story, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, will be available in ebook on November 3, 2014.

 

And third book in the Bluegrass contemporary series, SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS, will be released on September 22.

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