Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Take Home Tuesday Hosted by Chris Marie Green

UPDATE: THE winner of A DROP OF RED and THE PATH OF RAZORS by Chris Marie Green is Karin! Congrats! Please email your physical addy to contests(AT)knightagency.net.
Win Two Signed Trade Copies from Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon series!

Below the streets, the vampires gather. Erotic, beautiful, secretive…dangerous. Dawn Madison, an ex-stunt woman, takes up the hunt for these enthralling creatures, first in Hollywood, then in London. As the Undergrounds’ secrets spill into her own life, shaping it, illuminating her own muddled past, she must face these underground Vampire Babylons.


Or die trying.

The Vampire Babylon series uses trilogy arcs to tell one basic story, much like the way JK Rowling used seven books that didn’t solve every plot thread book-by-book to tell Harry Potter’s story. While each individual novel focuses on a central mystery that’s solved by the end, the three books together build character and mythology arcs/mysteries until everything culminates in the third books of the trilogies.

The first trilogy is known as the “Hollywood trilogy.” It contains these books:

NIGHT RISING
MIDNIGHT REIGN
BREAK OF DAWN

The second trilogy continues the adventures of Dawn Madison and the vampire hunting team, and this three-book arc is known as the “London trilogy.” It consists of:

A DROP OF RED
THE PATH OF RAZORS
DEEP IN THE WOODS

On March 2, DEEP IN THE WOODS, Book Six, is being released in trade format, and it completes the second trilogy of the Vampire Babylon series. To learn more, you can go a number of places—www.vampirebabylon.com, my blog (
http://crystal-green.blogspot.com/) , Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marie-Green/1051327765 ) or Twitter (at http://twitter.com/ChrisMarieGreen ).

To gear up for reading DEEP IN THE WOODS, you now have the chance to win the first two books in the London trilogy! By commenting below, one person will win signed trade copies of A DROP OF RED, Book Four, and THE PATH OF RAZORS, Book Five.

Question of the day: In urban fantasies, setting plays a huge part. What have some of your favorite UF settings been? Why? Where would you like to see more stories set?
The winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

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33 Comments:

Blogger Rebecca Nazar said...

I read two urban fantasies this past month. Both were set in London--fabulous, steeped in so much history. Being from New England, Boston would be an interesting choice.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger INCiDeNT said...

One of my favourite urban fantasy settings is New York city within Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. I love it since it has a sense of realism with the mix of imagination.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:24:00 AM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

Hey, Rebecca! Oooo--which London UFs are you talking about? I'd love to read them. :) As I recall, I think Nancy Holzner's DEADTOWN takes place in Boston. I think.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:25:00 AM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

INCiDeNT! You beat me! I've got to read Nalini's series....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:26:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Terri P said...

I am so addicted to urban fantasy and vamps!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:38:00 AM EST  
Blogger mariska said...

I'm reading Kelly Gay's The better part of Darkness, which's located in
Atlanta. Since I've never been there before. it's intrigued me.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

I love urban fantasy. Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series is set in Australia. I have always wanted to go there so I love the setting for this series.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Zita said...

A lot of my favourites are in Seattle. My most favourite ranges across North America but primarily in Toronto and Virginia. Something set in the African Congo might be interesting. Or the jungles of India. There have been great myths that come out of those regions.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

Terri P, I hear ya!

Mariska, Atlanta is original. Speaking of that city, is anyone here going to DragonCon?

Crystal, I've got to get my hands on that Australian series, too. I haven't read much set there. I did see that very disturbing horror movie WOLF CREEK though. Gah.

Rain Maiden--that's sure good to hear! LOL. Glad there's some word of mouth about the series. : )

Zita, those are some great ideas for settings. I used to (and still do) read historicals because they feature such great locations. Of course, it seems that publishers don't take a chance on those historical settings a lot these days...maybe UF and paranormal romance are where it's at for exotic locations now?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger traveler said...

Urban fantasties are captivating and engrossing. I enjoy them greatly. A setting that I consider superb would be Italy. Thanks for this great introduction into these books.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger donnas said...

My favorites are London and New York. There is so much to both these cities and both are really places I want to visit. They are full of history and great architecture.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

I haven't really read many Urban Fantasies and can't really decide on a favorite location since the ones I have read were in unnamed places. I can't help but think that London would be a great place for them, though.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I think New York is probably the most common that I have read. And that's okay, I think New York is fascinating. I think as far as internationally Dublin would be a good place. In the USA, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Dallas and Las Vegas would make good settings.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sue (okibi_insanity) said...

I read a lot of urban fantasy and my favorites are Atlanta and London. I love the Atlanta Ilona Andrew's envision where magic and technology fights for dominance. As for London, who doesnt love the Nightside where anything can happen and dreams can come true.

Sue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Steph C said...

I've always loved Charles De Lint's Newford as a setting for urban fantasy. I'd love to see some urban fantasy set in somewhere like Tokyo or Kyoto or Hanoi.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger vslavetopassionv said...

I think setting a story in some exotic local is always a wonderful way of sucking a reader in. To me, those places always seem to be in Europe, the middle east or Asia. Although, a good author can suck you into a story no matter where its located. :)

Jase
vslavetopassionv(at)aol(dot)com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 3:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Leslie said...

A couple of my favorite UF settings have been the Atlanta in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. I like that way that the current Atlanta is incorporated into the magical Atlanta of the series.

The other setting is the Tri-Cities of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. The way Brigss describes it I can totally picture it in my head.

I'd like to see more stories set in Seattle, Chicago and somewhere in Australia.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 3:48:00 PM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

Traveler--thank *you*! And I'd go for Italy, too--especially Matera. Hmmm. Possible idea here?

Donnas, Karin and Sue, I agree. London was so much fun for books 4-6. There are just so many haunting legends to work off of!

Linda, I know a good Las Vegas one--Vikki Pettersson's Zodiac series. (I'm not sure if that's how you spell her last name though!)

Steph--anywhere in Japan would be incredible!

Jase, good point--a good author could probably write about their backyard and it'd be a treat to read. : )

Leslie, you bring up yet more series that I need to try.

Will I ever catch up on my reading?

Great ideas, you all. Keep them coming!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Selena Illyria said...

Just wanted to stop by and say Congats n your new release.

I soo can't wait to get my copy of DitW. UPS is taking too long to get here. LOL.

My fav setting is London. :-)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 4:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Angie said...

I liked the Ava Gray UF set in Vegas (and other parts of of the U.S.), because you can never go wrong in Vegas, baby.

I'd like to see some UF in Des Moines, IA. What? No takers? BTW that was a joke. Nothing exciting happens in DSM. Maybe that gives me good reason to start writing a a bunch of UF of my own!

I'm seeing it now: Demons vs farmers, angels vs insurance adjusters... totally hot!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:45:00 PM EST  
Blogger Spav said...

One of my favourite settings is the Tri-Cities - I love the Mercy Thompson series. And I would like to see more books set in Europe (excluding the UK).

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

Hey, there, Selena! Thank you so much for getting DEEP IN THE WOODS. Hope you like. : )

Angie, you crack me up. With a writing voice like yours, I think you could pull off Des Moines!

Spav, I keep swearing that I'm going to save up my money, travel to Transylvania, and do some heavy research for a book there one day. (Actually, I already used that as a setting in THE HUNTRESS, but that was only armchair research!) Interesting thought....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 6:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kerri C at CK Farm said...

New York City is one of my favorite settings! London is second on the list. I just love reading anything UF though.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger BreiaB said...

I read Shift by Rachel Vincent and I enjoyed how I felt as if I were right there with her from the descriptions.

bbricke @ yahoo DOT com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger Karen in TN said...

Great looking book and great cover.

I'd say Chicago is a favorite location - urban with water nearby and big enough that anything could be living there.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger LSUReader said...

Big cities with a gritty, industrial feel are natural--New York, Chicago, London. And obviously, New Orleans fits for anyting about vampires. I enjoy Keri Arthur's Guardian series, and that's set in Australia.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 9:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

More great suggestions from Kerri, Breia, Karen, and LSUReader. I'd love a good Chicago book.

Karen, thanks for the compliment! The art work has been so fantastic for this series. I've got a "post-apocalyptic urban fantasy western" series coming out in 2011, and I'm crossing my fingers that the covers will be just as eye catching. (Pray!)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM EST  
Blogger whateverfor said...

I like settings that seem familiar, but turned on their heads. Like Gena Showalter's New Chicago in her Alien Huntress series, or Jordan Summer's depiction of Arizona in the future. Way cool and terribly enthralling.

~Elisa
what_ever_for @ cox.net

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:40:00 PM EST  
Blogger tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this series, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 12:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

I like the NY and London settings, but others, too. They usually take place in big, well-known cities, which makes sense to me. I wouldn't mind seeing more European settings.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 1:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kirsten said...

My favorite setting is London. I feel it lends itself so well to UF.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kelly said...

My favorite citys for urban fantasy's is London, of course with all the magic, as well as Ireland. I believe the older the cities/countries the better history can into the scene to help the characters become more alive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:28:00 AM EST  
Blogger Crystal Green's Blog said...

Whateverfor, I love Gena Showalter, too!

tetewa, good to see you. : )

Pam, Kirsten, and Kelly, thanks for coming, too.

Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 10:36:00 AM EST  

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