jim butcher

December 2, 2011

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Harry! The Herald Angel Sings!

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. Winning nomination: Jagx101 Can it really be nearly twelve years since the first Harry Dresden novel was released?  Storm Front was such an amazingly fresh and fun take on wizards, urban fantasy and trying to get the job done when you have people waiting for you to fail, literally on every side.  Written by Jim Butcher, Dresden was different.  He was part hero, part goof, part badass and part boy next door (if you lived next door to a dragon), but he was also the son of a magician and he had loved his […]
February 15, 2011

Hot Top Tuesday: Dragons, Deeds and Desires

The best part of being Tuesday is all the new releases that come out.  For some (like me) they happen on a Monday and for others a Wednesday or perhaps a Friday, but for the majority of the book lovers in the world, it’s Tuesday that is the best day of the week.  Tuesday is new release day and for those eager to download to the Kindle or the Nook or waiting for that package from Amazon or for the front doors to open to their favorite corner book shop, Barnes and Noble or Borders (please don’t close, fingers crossed),  […]
August 5, 2009

Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy

It’s a wonderful thing to run around all day and come home to a friendly discussion about paranormal romance versus urban fantasy. Essentially, the core of the debate is what separates the two genres? What makes a story paranormal romance and not urban fantasy? Or the reverse? I discussed my definition of urban fantasy in mid-July. Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy Yesterday, however, I logged onto Twitter (You can find me on twitter at @HVLong, by the way) to see a question from my fellow writer and very good friend Shirin Dubbin (you may remember me applauding her book the […]
August 4, 2009

Seeing Eye to Strange Brew

I love anthologies. I love anthologies, I love Jim Butcher, I love Patricia Briggs and so I must confess, I love Strange Brew. The first story, Seeing Eye is written by Patricia Briggs. It’s set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. We meet the good witch “Moira” and the werewolf Tom. From the moment we meet Moira, I was so rooting for her. I love short stories, I love the delightful tales that are spun in a quickly woven fashion. You are thrust into the thick of the story with little in the […]
July 14, 2009

Defining Urban Fantasy

So I in the process of introducing myself to someone the other day, they asked me what I wrote and I said “Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.” They cocked their head to one side, as if to clarify their image of me and responded with “What is urban fantasy, exactly?” Not too long ago, I signed up for a social networking site that another writer invited me too and the first comment posted to my page was “How do I define urban fantasy?” Everyone, it seems, defines urban fantasy differently. That’s okay, I have my definition and you probably have […]