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, March 16, 2011
  Happy St. Pat's

Image courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com

If you're in the Denver area, look for Mario at a pub near you...

However, did you know that there was another March holiday that I suspect explains a lot about Mario?

March 20, coinciding with the first day of spring, is Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. Last year there was a festival in Toronto and websites like this one offer tips on how to avoid being abducted.

Too late for Mario. He always get a little wonky around this time of year. I thought it was spring allergies. Now I know the real reason.

On to some personal stuff. I just got the new cover for Crossroads. Here it is:

You who know my history with covers, know I pretty much hate them all at first sight. No reflection on the artist, who is great, it's just that I have such a definite image of Anna in my head. HOWEVER, this one is the exception. I really like it. How about you?

The second thing is that Whedonistas, the anthology dedicated to Joss Whedon by women writers who are fans (read:fanatics), is now available. The reviews have been good and sales are brisk. I am lucky enough to have a piece in it and I want to take this opportunity to thank my good friend, Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. She recommended me to the editors who issued the invitation. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, click the above link and they'll fix you up. Tell them Jeanne sent you.

Also coming is Vampires: The Recent Undead. Release date of March 22 (moved back from an earlier date). I know I've mentioned it before but it has some terrific vampire writers in it. Just check out the list on the cover. I'm definitely the small fish in this pond.

And one last bit of BSP-- Here's the HEXED cover flat:

This one debuts June 11.

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On a serious note, what's going on in Japan is a disaster of proportions unfathomable to most of us. The League of Reluctant Adults want to help in some small way so here's what we're doing. We are holding an auction (actually two) on Ebay.

What are we selling?

Get a helpful critique from a group of authors from the League of Reluctant Adults! (Team Claw)

Highest bidder (100% of proceeds go to the Red Cross to help Japan) gets to submit a synopsis and first batch of pages (up to 6000 words between the two - you decide how that works) of any fiction project for "expert analysis" by Team Claw, a group of authors from the League of Reluctant Adults! (We're a group of published authors of urban fantasy, young adult, and paranormal romance; see our blog here

Team Claw members: Sonya Bateman, Michele Bardsley, Carolyn Crane, Kevin Hearne, Jackie Kessler, Diana Rowland, Jeanne Stein

What you get: We'll each commit to taking at least an hour to read your stuff and let you know what we think is working great, and what we think isn't working, and give ideas for improvement. Some members may concentrate more on the synopsis, some on the pages, but we'll all be giving our best constructive advice.

Be ready to get a spectrum of opinions, and possibly disagreement between league members, either noted on the document itself or on separate documents. It'll be like we're all sitting in a room, discussing your story and early pages. You will have six months to submit your document (Microsoft Word ideal), we'll have a month to look it over and comment. (note, this is for craft/story feedback only, and not in any way a guarantee of representation or publication). At the end, we'll email your word doc back, full of all of our comments, either on the document, or on separate documents.

100 % of the final sale price will go to the American Red Cross. Bidding closes on March 22. If you'd like to enter the auction, here's the link

So if you've wondered what you could do to help, consider this. It might be of benefit to you, too.

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Jeanne, do me a favor? Hide Mario on the 20th... We wouldn't want him to go through that... again.
And dang, girl! Busy, busy, busy! I like the cover for :"Crossroads" and congrats on the anthologies!
Awesome idea to raise money for Japan. But I notice you didn't mention Team Fang, Jeanne? Why is that? :) Is there a competition going on here?
So, there will be 2 total winners? It seems like you could make more money for Japan--with 14 or so awesome authors involved--if you had more (14?) winners. Or is each winner supposed to contribute thousands? :)
Good luck!
Okay, Leslee--you are right. I didn't mention the other team, though I did say there were two auctions, right?

Frankly, we didn't think of offering fourteen winners. Mainly, because we're all so busy. We're just hoping to make a small contribution...or a large one if the spirit moves...
Thank you, Marne!
The cover rocks. Congratulations on a winner.
Glad you like it!
Aloha and Happy St. Pat's to you! I am geared up to feast like the Irish tonight!!=)

Btw, I love the cover for the new Anna Strong novel. I will be sharing it to my blog readers!!=)
thank you ♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ and please do share!!

Great cover, Jeanne. Where can I get one of those guns? I'm sure at least one of the people in my office isn't all human.
I do like that cover.

The tot thinks the gun should be red...with sparkles...


That's a swell cover! Anna looks like she' ready to kick some serious ass!

Can't wait to read the anthologies, all are on the WWBL.

Here's the link to Lady K's salute to St Patrick's Day
LOL, Shannon--there were times in my day job that I had the same feeling about a co-worker (or two).

Suzi, tell the tot sparkles would have made a better cover for sure.

Vickie, what does LadyK plan to do with all that loot!! :-)

J: You should see her rub her little hands together with glee thinking about the cha-ching if it were real.
Happy Abduction Day! I rather like it :)
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