Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
  Happy Birthday Elmore Leonard!

Two milestones..Not only is Elmore Leonard's 44th novel, Djibouti (jih-BOOT-ee) scheduled to be released October 12th, but that just happens to be his 85th birthday. Morrow has created a birthday card for fans to send him here .

85 and still publishing...I'm in awe.

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Two books out this week from our League pals:

Double Cross by pal Carolyn Crane

(Which reminds me, Carolyn has her very own line of greeting cards for writers. Check them out here )

And the mass market paperback of J. F. Lewis: Revamped

(If you didn't catch this one in Trade, look for it now. You gotta love a man-eating Mustang.)

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Speaking of pals, two other Leaguers are nominated for best cover on an October release...

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler


Something Wicked by Michelle Rowen

Contest is running now over at BittenByBooks and since you get two votes, you don't have to feel conflicted!! Go here

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Want to see the coolest wedding video ever? Dakota Cassidy married this week in Vegas. Sorry I can't download the video itself, but I'll give you two links to check out. If you know Dakota, you know she couldn't have chosen a more perfect venue for her wedding. Congratulations to you and Rob.

One link here

Mp4 link here

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This from WSJ Sept 27 --

Elderly Zombies Win the Undying Loyalty of Their Fans
Cast of 'Night of the Living Dead' Recall the Gory Days

WSJ by Clare Ansberry 9/27/10

Like many of the original zombies, now in their 70s and 80s, Mrs. Streiner never imagined that a few minutes on a grainy black-and-white film would, decades later, bring her requests for autographs and other trappings of near-celebrity. But that's show business.

To mark the film's 40th anniversary in 2008, she and the other zombies were invited to a Living Dead Festival in Evans City, Pa., where the movie was filmed, and met with fans from all over the country. It went so well, they gathered again last year. One loyal movie fan came from France.

FORTY years!!! No way...

The full article here (I hope--some of these long links seem to get broken)

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Okay...think that's it for this week. I've been working diligently to finish a novella, averaging 2-3000 words a day. You writers know, that's a lot of words!!!

What's with this freaky weather...120 in LA!! You know the apocalypse is near when it's hotter there than in Phoenix. Susi, (and anyone else trapped in hell at the moment) how are you doing?

And caught Hawaii-Five-0 finally. Saw the first two episodes and since they haven't found James' body, we have hope don't we all you Whedonistas?

And should probably add I'm teaching an online class at Writers Online next month. I've taught this class two years now and basically, the info is the same but I've tweaked the lessons, included new stuff, etc. Here's the breakdown if you're interested:

1. What is Urban Fantasy? Description, Author List, Examples

2. Where do you start? Setting and World Building

3. How do you write for the UF audience? Some “rules”

4. Character development – inserting paranormal characters

5. Story Structure – Inciting Incident

6. Conflict – What is it? Why is it important?

7. How do you create and maintain suspense?

8. How do you keep a reader engaged?

9. How much Sex? How much romance?

10. Common Mistakes

11. The Market – Big Press, Small Press, Self-pub’d

Full info at the link above

Let me know what's going on in your world.

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Take Jeanne's class, it's the best online class I've ever taken.

okay, plug over.

But seriously, I was just thinking about that class. I'm going to teach my very first online class in Nov and I am just a wee bit nervous, lol.

Wow, 2000-3000 words is very good. Can you tell us what it's about? ~grin~

It is hotter than hades here. But the tot and I are okay. It's supposed to cool off, thank goodness. It's been so hot I haven't wanted to do anything, including write.

Happy Happy Weekend

Hey Suzi-- Glad you're surviving. And thanks for the plug!!

The story is an Anna story with a witch theme and ROMANTIC elements. Now you know I don't do romantic very well but my editor is insisting so I'm introducing a new potential for Anna.

BTW, this is the second attempt since my first was rejected. See, even us pub'd still get rejections!!

That wedding video was AWESOME!
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I'm glad Dakota CASSIDY got married. At first I thought you meant Dakota FANNING and I thought -- isn't she still 12?
I enjoyed reading your article, and I like it. My birthday will be this coming April 17. Aside from birthday cards I hope I can have a good gift from my parents. Preferably an Ipad 2 in my hands!
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