Eternal Kisses in Mean Streets : Giveaway

20 days, 2 hours 46 mins and 23 seconds - tick, tock - [as I write this] until The Cold Kiss of Death :: book 2 :: is published, and Woot! am I getting excited? You bet I am *g*. And nervous too, as I hope everyone will love it as much as I do*. This week to continue my celebratory giveaways to help get the word out, I'm going with anthologies - Mean Kiss.

I have a strange ambivalent relationship with anthologies of short stories. On the one hand I never feel quite as enthusiastic when starting to read a short story as I do a book, because just as I end up getting to know the characters and enjoying spending time with them- bam! - the story's finished. I call it the Cinderella syndrome. Give me a nice fat book anytime :-).

But on the other hand, reading anthologies is a really great way of experiencing that first-date excitement when I discover a new author and think 'Wow! I've got to read more like this!'. Then there's the third hand [hey, I write fantasy, I can have as many hands as I want *g*] which is when I get to read short stories about characters I already love such as Harry Dresden in Mean Streets. Yay!

So onto this week's giveaway ...

Here's what and how you can win: leave a comment telling me if you've ever found a new author through a short story or not, and the first commentator drawn by will win their choice out of The Eternal Kiss : Twelve Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire*** or Mean Streets plus a signed copy of either The Cold Kiss of Death, or The Sweet Scent of Blood. Second commentator drawn will win the other book. Contest open to all, and finishes end of day [anywhere] Wednesday 1st July 2009.

I comment = 1 entry

Follow me = 1 entry**

Please help me spread the word about the release of The Cold Kiss of Death and the giveaways with a mention of the giveaway on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc [post the link to the mention into the comments again] and win yourself more entries into this week's giveaway :-) 1 link = 1 entry

ETA: 29th June 22.27 - there are now 67 commentators!! if commentators hit 70; then I'll give away 3 copies of The Eternal Kiss ... If commentators hit 90 then I'll give away 4 copies and if we pass the magical 100 mark then I'll be giving away 5 copies! Yay! so more links mean more comments and more chances to win :-)

ETA: 30th June 15.05
- there are now 103 commentators in all, we've passed the magical 100!!! So I will now be giving away 5 copies of The Eternal Kiss to 5 lucky commentators instead of 1. Thanks so much to everyone who's entered so far.

Which means you could end up with more entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

x/posted to my LJ: leave a comment here or there.

* has a special advance review up of The Cold Kiss of Death. Here's part of what it says . . .

The Cold Kiss of Death [is] an exciting and satisfyingly complex read. The book's cover promises magic, mayhem and murder and there is no shortage of any of these things. Genny makes a realistically likable yet suitably kick-ass heroine who keeps fighting to the end. Throw in an imaginatively realised fantasy London . . . and it's clear that this book is a sure-fire winner for fantasy fans. Read the full review here

** There will be an extra giveaway just for my followers when The Cold Kiss of Death releases on the 16th July - yep, I resorting to bribery now in order to feel the love! LOL!

*** Look at the fab list of authors - including one fantastic new author you should all look out for Karen Mahoney who has her first short story published in The Eternal Kiss, which is published on the 7th July! Congratulations Karen!

Kelley Armstrong
Holly Black
Libba Bray
Sarah Rees Brennan
Rachel Caine
Cecil Castellucci
Cassandra Clare
Melissa De La Cruz
Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Dina James
Karen Mahoney
Maria V. Snyder
Lili St. Crow


Neil Ford said...

Duly tweeted :)

- Neil.

housemouse88 said...

I'm a follower.

Here are a few authors I've liked from their short stories E.A. West, Cia Leah, Sultry Summers and H.C. Brown. This is just a few. Have a great day.

Violet said...

But the one I recently remember is Christopher Moore. And surprisingly he had written an introduction in the book and not one of the short stories. But his intro was so cool I knew I had to read something he has written.

I follow you (google reader)

Elaine G said...

There are lots of authors I've discovered through anthologies.
Rachel Vincent and Colleen Gleason are two.


Elaine G said...

I'm a follower


Ailsa said...

I'm a follower here, too. (It's Ailsa, from lj.)
No idea why I'm following you over here, too, but I am! Maybe it's so I notice things like this?

host said...

Hi! I don't really like short stories and I usually don't buy antologies even if one of the authors is my favourite. I always get dissapointed at the end, short stories aren't my thing - too short :)

I've put a link to the contest on the right sidebar of my blog

Adelina said...

One of my favorite authors is Marjorie M Liu and I first read her work in an anthology and loved it.

Michaela Deas said...

Joe Hill a long time ago through reading "Pop Art" (which I still think is one of the best short stories ever written)

Unknown said...

I love anthologies! Read them all the time! Faeries Gone Wild is my current anthology followed by Many Bloody Returns and Years Best SF 14.

Please enter me!

I'm a followers.

I also re-posted on my blog.

Dottie :)

chocowafer said...

Yep. I discovered Lori Foster when I was reading an anthology where she was one of the writers. :)

I'm a follower.

twitted it here:


Carlene said...

I have never found a new author through a short story. I do love to read short stories. Please inlcude me in your giveaway.

Carlene said...

I am a follower.

Suzanne McLeod said...

Neil Ford: thanks for the tweet, Neil :-)

housemouse88: Thanks for the follow and wow! great list of authors there!

Violet: Ooh, Christopher Moore! Yay! Wonderful writer. Thanks for the follow :-)

Elaine G: Rachel's books are great [I think Jace is my fav character :-)] Thanks for the follow!

gapyeargirl123: *waves* thanks for dropping by here, Ailsa :-) [Maybe we're just stalking each other LOL!]

host: I'm with you on the short story front - they are definitely too short most of the time :-) Thanks for the link on your blog :-)

Adelina: Thanks for droppig by, I've only read Marjorie M Liu's longer books - which were great :-)

Michaela Deas: I'll have to look that one up! Thanks for entering, Michaela :-)

Dottie: I enjoyed Many Bloody Returns too! I just wanted more LOL! Thanks for the follow and the links, Dottie :-)

austenfan: I haven't read any of Lori Foster's works yet, but she's on my wish-list :-)Thanks for the follow and the links!

Carlene: Thanks for the follow, Carlene, and you're entered :-)

Falcata Times said...

Hey Suzanne,
To be honest with you I absolutely love short story anthologies as you can find authors that way. I used them a lot in my youth when finances were tight to try and find new authors (mainly the forgotten realms ones in those days, LOL.)

I'd love to get a copy of that book, firstly because a number of names are known but Ive never read a couple of them before and it would be good to see how they measured up against others in the genre.

Always good value, always something different and, if you'll excuse the pun, managable bites can be taken during brief breaks to help you through your working day.

Heather Kantz said...

Ooh, I am looking forward to reading your book, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future!

californiameaghan said...

i usually pick up anthologies only when i am familiar with one or more fo the authors included. im sure i have found new authors this way, but none immediately spring to mind.

Anonymous said...

I found Lauren Myracle and Michele Jaffe through 'Prom Nights from Hell', which I read for Meg Cabot's story, (although of course I'd heard of Stephenie Meyer as well).



The Compulsive Reader said...

Cool contest! I really started getting into anthologies when HarperTeen released Prom Nights From Hell, and then Love is Hell. I hadn't heard about The Eternal Kiss though, thanks for bringing it up!

Anonymous said...

I can't think of a specific example but I'm sure I found some authors because I'd read their short stories first. Oh, Carol Shields, for example.

I'd like to enter :)


Aliens said...

I'm Following. Cool giveaway ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I'd love to be entered. I became familiar with Julie Kenner by reading Fangs, Fendi, and Ferragamo.

Kalon said...

I discovered Holly Black through a short story she wrote in an anthology called "Young Warriors". I now adore her, so I'm hoping to win The Eternal Kiss! *fingers crossed*

I retweeted the giveaway and am now following you. =]

Anonymous said...

I'm now a follower of your wonderful blog. Also, my email address is:

Anonymous said...

I've posted about your contest on Twitter. Here is the link.

Amy Mays said...

Anthologies are how I've found most of my fantasy writers, honestly. When I was younger, I used to pick up the Sword and Sorceress series and read them, then find books by the authors within that I like. That's how I found Diana Paxon, Mercedes Lackey, and Holly Lisle. Along with Marion Zimmer Bradly, of course.

Kimberly B. said...

Hi Suzanne! Although I usually prefer novels, anthologies are great when I'm reading a hardback that won't fit in my purse, or I forgot to bring a book with me to read at lunch. And there are a few authors I really came to know through their short stories first---Tanith Lee, for example (her story "When the Clock Strikes" is still one of my favorite short stories of all time). And I'm not sure this counts, but reading Patricia Briggs' "Alpha and Omega" story in the anthology On the Prowl really piqued my interest in that series, though I'll confessed I'd already started the Mercy Thompson series (and enjoyed it!).
Great question!
I am following you on Twitter and Google, and tweeted about the contest (but probably did it wrong). Peace!

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower!

I love anthologies! I discovered Tamora Pierce from one, and she's one of my favorite authors now.

Anonymous said...

Oh, also:


Hannah said...

Just found this blog and am most delighted at the discovery! :D I have Tweeted about it here although possibly not like a normal person.

As for short stories...well, I love them. Not as much as 'proper' books because you cannot get attached to the characters or have an intricate plot which are things I love, but if they're well written then I love them anyway. The only trouble is, I am not very good at remembering who wrote them!

However I did find Margaret Mahy through her short story 'Cat and Mouse' which I loved as a child and so looked her up when I grew up and found the 'catalogue search by author' machine in my library. And now adore every one of her books I've been able to find.


Anonymous said...

I started reading Heather Graham after coming across one of her short stories. Short stories are the best! (only because I write short stories)

cait045 said...

I am a follower.

I found it on twitter

KR said...

I don't ususally read anthologies.


Mrs. Duncan said...

Hi Suzanne-

I am now a follower!

I read a lot of anthologies when I was in college in my English Lit classes. Now I prefer novels because I like to escape in a book. Reading is my favorite thing to do- and if the story ends too quickly- I'm sad!

P.S. I loved Sweet Scent of Blood. You sent it to me in the mail! I'm your #1 teacher fan!

Jessica B. said...

When I was in young I discovered J.D. Salinger from reading "Teddy" in my mom's copy of 9 stories.

Anonymous said...

I also found Lauren Myracle through Prom Nights from Hell. I am currently reading So Fey and I like that I can read a story put it down and come back later and not wonder where I was. I have a few compilation books.

Amy said...

I love anthologies and probably own way too many (yeah right!). Here are some authors I discovered by reading anthologies:
- Nancy A. Collins, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, Lori Handeland, Rebecca York.

I am now following you!

I tweeted and Facebook'd your book giveaway! (

YAthenaeum said...

I'm sure I've found authors through their short stories, but can't think of any at this time...

I linked to the contest here:


Anonymous said...

I discovered Sarah Mlynowski through her short story in Vacations from Hell

Llehn said...

Most of the anthologies I've read already have established writers as contributers, so I have yet to discover a new author that way.

I'm a follower.

Lynnette said...

I've found numerous new authors through anthologies. I work in a book store, so its easy to find new authors

NotACat said...

I've found a bunch, most notably from various editions of "Sword and Sorceress" and "Out of this World". Some of my earliest encounters with SF and Fantasy were through collections: that's where I met up with Colin Kapp (who can forget those Railways up on Cannis?) and Brian Aldiss and others whose names I forget but whose stories I never will.

NotACat said...


Maija said...

I read Christine Feehan's Magic in the Wind and decided to try more of her books.

Jo said...

I only have on anthology, The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, but as my TBR pile is so huge, I haven't got round to reading it yet. I'm looking forward to reading Jeaniene Frost's Pack, and Rachel Caine's Blue Crush. There are other authors in this book who's novels are either in my TBR pile right now, or I want them to be: Carrie Vaughn, Kelle Armstrong, Ilona Andrews, Maria V. Snyder, Lori Devoti, Alyssa Day, and Meljean Brook. I have to say I get kind of worried at the idea of reading short stories by authors whose novels I've not yet read, in case they spoil the novels for me. Yet I don't know if I'll get round to picking up some of the authors I don't know about if I don't try the short stories. Dilemma, dilemma.

However, there are some great authors in The Eternal Kiss, and I NEED that book! Even if I will argue with myself about reading the stories or not, haha!

I'm already a follower :)

I have linked to this contest in my contest section, right sidebar:

I've also re-tweeted this contest:

Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

Liyana said...

I love the stories by some of the authors listed there! So definitely count me in.

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Oh yay another great contest! I'd love to win..yay! who doesn't? lol.

jennilovevirgo AT aol DOT com

I'm already a follower, both here and Twitter :)

kate said...

Tend not to read short storiea much but when I have read an author I liked and then gone on to read short stories I am sometimes disappointed.

busy_bee AT

Carla Ribeiro said...

Hi there! I'm a follower. I don't think I ever found a new author through short stories. I usually check the new books and get the ones that seem interesting.

carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

terin said...

I seem to always go the other way around. Novels first, then anthologies.

Also following. :)

deliriumwaites said...

I have found that anthologies are a great way to discover new authors. Although, there is nothing like a great novel.

Jordin Rausch said...

Thats how I discovered the Dresden Files I think. Looking for free fantasy stuff online and hit Butcher's teaser stories on his web page. Now I'm hooked and jittery waiting for him to confirm the next book in the series.

The Lovely Reader said...

I love anthologies, but have never found an authro through one of those that I really like. Short stories are only a taste of what the author can do, but I love them anyways.

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Adele said...

I am now a follower.
Also, I love anthologies for getting a quick introduction to new authors. I tend to read the ones I know first, then go back to read the rest, i've earmarked a few authors over the last few years to explore further.
I also like how anthologies can give an author a chance to do a shorter story with the same cast that wouldn't fit the rest of the series as a novel. Kat Richardson's story in Mean Streets is a great little side story to what is going on with Harper and the grey and answers questions about how it's affected by beliefs.

Shanelle said...

I like J.M. Barrie's short story "The Inconsiderate Waiter". It made me want to actually read Peter Pan. :-) I really liked his writing style.

Letter Garden said...

I only find short stories through authors. :(


† Herzleid † said...

Never used this "Friends connect" before, but heck, for the chance of getting a free book I'll try it!

I love short stories/anthologies because my attention span and reading time for full-length novels is limited.

Anonymous said...

Patricia Frakkin' Briggs. That's who I discovered.

Who knew she could write so well. lol.

And Sunny. I found her and I love the Monere series.

So sign me up for the drawing,

Whooo hooo!

teacherbarm said...

I officially follow your blog now.. had to figure out to do it just for you! :D

I adore discovering new authors in anthologies. That was how I discovered Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Leguin, and Robbe-Grillet.

Jeanne Ryan said...

I found Rachel Caine through her short story in Many Bloody Returns. I found others as well, but Rachel is now one of my top three favorite authors, I recommend her books to everyone I meet and read anything of hers I can get my hands on.

(and Butcher's story about Harry's birthday in the anthology made me cry and I actually started liking the character rather than just read the series for Thomas)

Suzanne McLeod said...

Falcata Times: Pun excused LOL! and managable bites is a great reason :-) Thanks for dropping by :-)

_Decode_: Thank you for the best wishes, and I hope you enjoy my book :-)

californiameaghan: I must admit I prefer anthologies when I already know some of the authors too :-) Thanks for entering.

shakeityourway: I haven't read 'Prom Nights from Hell', but I've heard good things about it :-) Thanks for commenting, Amanda.

The Compulsive Reader: Love is Hell is another anthology that looks great! Thanks for entering :-) 28 June 2009 22:24

thilia: Carol Shields is a new name for me *makes note* Thanks for dropping by.

Aliens: thanks for following :-)

karinlibrarian: Ooh, 'Fangs, Fendi, and Ferragamo' sounds interesting. Thanks for following and the tweet :-)

Kalon: Holly Black is one of my all time favourite authors, she could write a shopping list and I'd drool over it LOL! Thanks for following and the tweet :-)

Amy Mays: I love Holly Lisle, but have to confess I'm sadly lacking in that I haven't read the other authors yet [my bad]. Thanks for entering :-).

Kimberly B: Like you I read Patty Briggs' 'On the Prowl' short [I bought the book because of her story *g*] first before the A & O series, but was already reading the Mercy series, which I adore :-). Thanks for following and the tweet.

magelet10: I haven't read any of Tamora Pierce yet *makes note*. Thanks for following and the tweet :-)

Hannah: 'you cannot get attached to the characters or have an intricate plot which are things I love' - me too! Thnaks for the tweet :-)

Anonymous: Good luck with the short story writing, and thanks for entering :-)

cait045: Thanks for following:-)

MJ: Like you, I didn't read many anthologies, until some of my fav authors starting writing in them :-) Thanks for entering.

Mrs. Duncan: Hello there and great to hear from you :-) Thanks for following, and I love that you're my #1 teacher fan! Thank you!

Jessica: J.D. Salinger "Teddy" is one I've always meant to find and read. thanks for entering :-)

Amy: Thanks for the follow and all the links. I loved Nancy A Collins Sonja Blue books :-)

YAthenaeum: Thanks for the links and for following, Erika :-)

lin17: 'Vacations from Hell' sounds like a great one, thanks for dropping by :-)

Llehn: Thanks for following :-)

Suzanne McLeod said...

Lynnette: 'I work in a book store' My favourite type of shop *g* Thanks for dropping by :-)

NotACat: I missed out on "Sword and Sorceress" [a misspent youth reading thrillers!] Thanks for the tweet, Phil :-)

Maija P: Christine Feehan's Carpathian books started me off on my vampire fandom. Thanks for entering :-)

Jo: I feel your dilemma, most of the shorts I've read have been by authors I already know, so ...
Thanks for the links and the tweets, Jo :-)

Liyana: Counted in! Thanks for entering :-)

Sam said...

I found Patricia Briggs through her short story in On the Prowl. There are also other authors I've found through short stories, but Patricia made it as one of my favourites.

kai charles said...

hello I'm following you, I found marjorie liu thru the anthology hotter than hell great contest.
Kai charles
yogina20 twitter

Suzanne McLeod said...

jennilovevirgo: Thanks for entering again, Jenni :-)

Anonymous kate: *nods* sometimes the shorts don't always read as great as the books ... Thanks for dropping by :-)

Silent Raven: Thanks for following :-)

terin: 'Novels first, then anthologies.' Me too! Thanks for following :-)

christina w: *nods* there is nothing like a great novel :-)Thanks for entering.

Anonymous Jordin Rausch: I love the Harry Dresden books! Thanks for entering :-)

barbrafl: Thanks for commenting :-)

Hagelrat: Kat Richardson's story in Mean Streets is one that's persuaded me to try her novels, since I really enjoyed it :-) Thanks for entering.

shanellesorensen: Interesting, I haven't read that one :-) Thanks for dropping by.

Letter Garden: 'I only find short stories through authors' I'm much the same :-) Thanks for entering.

† herzleid † : I'm a little lost with the "Friends connect" thing , but great you found the blog. Thanks for entering :-)

jtucktattoo: Yay! Patty Briggs FTW! Thnks for entering :-)

teacherbarm: I love Octavia Butler, and thank you for figuring out how to follow, just for me :-)

Jeanne Ryan: Rachel Caine is wonderful! And Thomas *swoons* LOL! Thanks for entering.

DeNiSe said...

IM a new follower and I read kim harrsion I loved her madison story and I bought and was able to meet her !!!! I loved ONce Dead Twic Shy

Tanya said...

posted on twitter about your book and the give away...


Tanya said...

bought holidays are hell cause of k harrison and out of that anthology - started reading Marjorie m liu and vicki pettersson.


Chris said...

Well, I'm about to subscribe to your feed via Google Reader and I'll include a link to this contest tomorrow morning in my weekly book links post. (That link won't work until 3 am CDT, June 30!)

I have definitely discovered new authors via anthologies. The most notable was Nalini Singh, via The Magical Christmas Cat. I also have some bent pages in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, to remind me of authors I want to check out.

Vampire_Craze said...

I am now following you
I love the vampire and the paranormal books

Anonymous said...

please enter me

Anonymous said...

im a follower

Rebecca S. said...

Hello! I found your website through Lili St. Crow's blog and you can consider yourself bookmarked. I'm always in the market for a new fav author. :)

As for anthologies, I can't think of any specific authors which I found that way, but I've certainly met a genre or two. I was rummaging through a boyfriend's bookshelf one day and found an anthology of stories from the old White Wolf game Demon. Until then I had never even conceived of urban fantasy and I devoured that book multiple times over that summer. I'd love to find another copy of it one of these days as it's one I've never forgotten.

L said...

I've definitely found authors by reading anthologies. 666: the number of the beast and Love is Hell were two that I loved.

I'm a follower.

I posted a link on my sidebar:


Anonymous said...

I'm a follower :)

As for if i have found any authors via short stories? Yes i have. I recently read Love is Hell and fell in love with many of the authors, to point one out... Melissa Marr. After I finished her short story, I went out the next day and bought all three of the Wicked Lovely books and sat down and read them :) and they are abs wonderful! so there's my take on it :)

Leslie V.

Lori T said...

I have found several authors through short stories...Lori Foster, Janelle Denison, Lora Leigh, and so many more.

I would love to be entered.

BrigidsBlest said...

Heck, yes. I discovered Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, Terri Windling, and Charles de Lint through anthologies.

Anonymous said...

Yes, two of my favorite authors. Charlene Harris and Rachel Caine.

Lilixtreme said...

Found out about Karen Chance when I was reading On the Prowl, now I'm on the fourth book in her series of Cassandra Palmer, go figure...
New follower

linked to my blog's sidebar about giveaway:

Unknown said...

Hi :)
I am a Follower and I would love to win The Eternal Kiss!
Have I ever discovered a writer via a short story and I will say a big YES to that, from The Year's Best Horror Stories books and other anthology books!
Thank goodness for short story collections!
PS I have Twitted this on Twitter!
Love From Canada

Lorri-Ann said...

Found Jim Butcher through Anthology reading!

Following you on Twitter!


Teresa said...

Only one I can remember is
Lynn Kurland (To Wave the Web of Magic)

Teresa said...

I'm a follower

Anonymous said...

I love anthologies. They help me find new authors and tell little hidden stories of characters I am already attached to. Also it give authors a chance to try something a little different.

crushed clover said...

I've found authors through anthologies before. It scares me, because I want more than a short story or something and I worry I won't find what I liked in that anthology, but more often than not I end up happy!

Juliana said...

The first (and only so far) anthology I read was Prom Nights From Hell, and it made me fall in love with Kim Harrison and specially with Michele Jaffe, the story from the book I liked the most.

I'm a follower on twitter :D

Alexia561 said...
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Alexia561 said...

I love short stories and have found several authors that way!

Already have Mean Streets, but would love to win Eternal Kiss.

Sorry about the typo...wish I had spellcheck on everything!


Anonymous said...

I often discover a "taste" in an anthor's writting through anthologies.
More than often i already new about the author but didn't take the step of buying their book , not knowing if i'd like them. So when i found myself faced with anthology featuring those authors it is a great opportunity.
I often buy the anthology for ONE author and end up addicted to other authors from it.
LOVE anthologies!

I twitted about this contest :

Christine M. said...

Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs (althjough in Briggs' case I read a novella, not a short story).


... and now following by RSS!

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

I am a newbie to this genre world and found many authors through anthologies like Patricia Briggs.

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

I made a tweet about the contest:

Now, I will have to figure how to follow your blog.

Emma said...

I found this c/o Kelley Armstrong's Twitter! I'm a hug fan of hers, and have read several of the other authors in The Eternal Kiss, Nancy Holder being another favourite of mine.

I would love a chance to win and try out some new authors, too!

Thanks :)

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

I am now following you as "Chas".... for some reason I was unable to follow you using my blogspot account.
So now you are up to 67 followers!!!

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Found this link through Kelley Armstrong's Twitter as well. I looked at some of those authors in The Eternal Kiss and my mouth dropped, I read a lot of them and am really excited about this book. I remember seeing something about it earlier, vaguely, but now it's on my to buy list!

Unknown said...

Found this link thru Kelley Amstrong's twitter too :)

She is my all-time favourite author!
I have discovered new authors thru anthologies, such as Jim Butcher and Charlene Harris. Although I usually only buy anthologies because they contain a story from an author I am already familiar with - like Kelley Armstrong!

Anne-Marie Cyr said...

I don't think I have found authors through short stories yet... but now is a good time to start :).

Selestial said...

I first read Jim Butcher and Rachel Caine in anthologies, so I'd say definitely yes :D

Anonymous said...

blogged about it at and at urbanfantasyfan on livejouranl (community).
Twittered it at twitter/shartyrant. and at facebook at shartryant. I plan to also do it at myspace once it loads up.

And I most definitely discovered authors this way. Sharon Shinn from "The Sorcerer's Assassin" Simon R. Green's short story "The Nightside, Needless to Say" from the anthology The Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy. Angela Knight and Emma Holly from various anthologies (they seem to do a lot of these) and Patricia Brigg from "The Price" in Silver Birch, Blood Moon anthology.

Aby said...

I love reading short stories just for the new authors! It gives me a look at their style and allows me to decide how much I want to try something else by them before I get too attached to the characters.

Unknown said...

I'm a fan of short stories.. I'm also a follower.. So I decided to follow the link, and here I am.. Cheers all!


Carolyn H said...

I don't think I have ever found a author through anthologies. I find alot of authors through books reviews like That is how I heard from you. I still haven't read for first book but it looks amazing. I didn't even know you where on twitter. Here's to you and your book.

jopmav said...

Tweeted your contest and following!

Anna said...

Yup, I've absolutely found new authors through anthologies. And occasionally, I'm obsessive enough about an author to track down all the anthologies they've participated in.

Suzanne McLeod said...

30th June 15.05 - there are now 103 commentators in all, we've passed the magical 100!!! So I will now be giving away 5 copies of The Eternal Kiss to 5 lucky commentators instead of 1. Whoo Hooo! Thanks so much to everyone who's entered so far.

And thanks to everyone who has tweeted, and followed and linked to help me get the news out about the giveaways, you are all fantastic :-)

Zombie Joe said...

Commenting because Dina James told me to, and she kind of scares me.

Followed you because you said to, and I am an urban fantasy zombie so it made sense.

Everlight said...

Thanks for the contest! :) Will also be following you!

nikkitaa said...

I pretty much agree with you- reading short stories always leaves me feeling unsatisfied. But I realized when I bought Cravings to "stalk" Laurell K. Hamilton that hey... these are some characters I'd like to get to know better- and now have read all of Maryjanice Davidson's books as well. So now I buy most anthologies that feature a favourite author, and usually I find a new one to get to know better- which is a must when you're a bookworm like me.

Brett Hatfield said...

Yes, I have found plenty of authors from just the short stories. In my literature class at junior college here in California, we all had a literature companion book with several short stories to get a sample of the author's work! Most short stories that have led me to great authors are 19th century classic stories and authors!

Tija said...

I discovered Tanya Huff and Charlaine Harris in an anthology, and I now faithfully read both authors...Tanya Huff's Books of Blood and Charlaine Harris's Harper Connelly series! When I say anything about Charlaine Harris people always assume I'm into Sookie Stackhouse, and lots have never heard of Harper Connelly, so I hope that I turn them on to something new!
Thanks for the contest! I will also be following you!

Gillian said...

I actually started reading Jim Butcher's books after reading a few of his short stories about Harry Dresden! Thanks for the contest!

drey said...

I have the same strange ambivalent relationship with anthologies of short stories... BUT, I won't let that stand in the way of saying I'd love to win The Eternal Kiss and The Sweet Scent of Blood. *grin*

New follower.


Anonymous said...

Where to start? I have found so many authors through short story anthologies. I guess my favorite would be the finding of Kim Harrison from reading Dates From Hell. I'd picked up the book looking forward to reading more from Kelley Armstrong and was pleasantly rewarded to find Kim and many others inside. I have a long list of "to reads" from authors from anthologies and now I pick them up just to find new morsels to devour.

CrystalGB said...

I discovered Meljean Brook through reading a novella.

Jasmine said...

I love anthologies!!

Lindsay said...

i'm a follower! :)

Kris' Characters said...

I've definitely found authors through anthologies. I buy the anthologies to read the short stories by an author I'm already familiar with and end up with at least one or two more authors to look up afterward. I do prefer full-length novels to most short stories, though, for the same reason you gave.

I am also a follower. :)

kirayna said...


I enjoy reading anthologies when they have stories by several authors I like, catching on to new authors from them is a bit hit and miss for me though


Sandy Giden said...

I buy anthologies that have at least a few stories by authors I'm familiar with but I am always looking for new authors and have found several new ones by reading anthologies.

Unknown said...

I've read recently "The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance", some of those 24 stories are pretty good and from completely new authors (for me)

moyen said...

I've found several by using anthologies, Richelle Mead and Marjorie M. Liu to name a couple.

Blodeuedd said...

I am so glad I made it :D Just in time

Have never found anyone through a short story, but then again I can't count the stories I have read on one hand. I really need to read more of those too and not just books.

lily said...

I've never read an anthology! :) I found your blog through Kelley Armstrong's Twitter.

CJ said...

Of course I've found new authors through anthologies! It's my favorite way to find them, as you get a sampling of their work before you try to jump in to a full length novel of theirs. Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series is one example of mine ^^

Tell Quinn said...

Yes, definitely, I've found new authors via anthologies. Some of my favorites, in fact.

Hope I win Eternal Kiss :-)
(and would like to start with The Sweet Scent of Blood).

Thanks Bunches!

kayoko said...

Actually, I like to use short stories/ anthologies to look for new authors. It's a great way to be exposed to a good handful of authors all in one book!

I found P. N Elrod that way.


kim said...

I like anthologies for figuring out who to read next, but when the stories are part of a larger series that can be difficult. Often I will check out full-length books by people who share anthologies with my favorite authors.

Looking forward to Eternal Kiss, whether I win or not.

Tera said...

I think I'm one of the few who doesn't use anthologies to read new authors. I've bought anthologies, read a few stories, but never continued reading unless I needed to read it for school.

I find new authors via novels. I usually read short stories from authors I already like, and I can't wait to read Kelley Armstrong's!

Jeni said...

Absolutely! Anthologies are new-author hunting grounds.
My most memorable one has be Laurell. I don't think i would've picked her up in a million years except i ran across this rather irritating little number in a anthology titled Cravings. So that poor copy ended up dented and mangled several siblings and friends readings later and the lot of us collectivly remained unable to figure out just what the hell an ARDEUR was.
I started reading LKH for an answer that has never really come to full fruition but that freakin short story -- in actuality an excerpt from a later book, Narcisus in Chains-- is responsible for the purchase of an excess of 100 copies of LKH books. Mostly hardbound. And that's just between my siblings and immediate friends.
Forget about the poor helpless readers accosted in bookstores for accidently picking up the 7th or 12th book in a series in our presence. They just need a light whack on the head and the begining of the series thrust chronologicaly into their hands.

Jeni said...

i posted on my facebook jeni.jeni
also, wink-wink nudge-nudge the 16th just HAPPENS to be my birthday

Anonymous said...

I discovered Charlaine Harris in a short story book called Bite! it features stories about vampires. There was a never-before-published story from her Southern Vampire Series, and though I was confused, because I didn't know any of the characters, I enjoyed the story so I went and researched the books, and I fell in love with all of the characters: Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam... the whole cast... then they made the new series True Blood on HBO and though it's different from the books, its great in its own way and I really enjoy it!


Tynga said...

I'm a follower, please sign me in for the contest =)

tynga85 @ hotmail .com

chey said...

I've never found a new author by reading a short story.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite one was, I think Cravings, the anthology with Laurell K. Hamilton. It was a short of Anita Blake and it ended with Damion and Nathaniel and Anita doing some freaky stuff, and I thought to myself "that can't be IT!" So I went out and found out that there was a whole series of books that came before that short story, and got thoroughly and completely addicted to Laurell.

Kate A said...

I've discovered Erin McCarthy and Lori Foster through anthologies. Count me in for the giveaway! Thanks :D


Lexie said...

I'm a follower!

I found, just recently actually through the anthology Unusual Suspects, Carole Nelson Douglas! I loved her short story so much that I had to have the two books set in the same universe!


I also have a mention of the ongoing contests at my blog, Poisoned Rationality, on the sidebar.

tamtam said...

I've discovered a few authors worth reading because of some anthologies. But mostly I buy anthologies because an author I do like is included.

Rachel said...

I'm a follower!
Please sign me up for the other contest!

(I also posted as anonymous about Charlaine Harris and Trueblood

Unknown said...

I always check out the year end genre anthologies because those are the best places to find new authors and tale them for a test drive.

These look like good books, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

L said...

I liked Kelly Armstrong before but loved her after reading her short stories.

BN Book Blog said...

There are so many amazing authors that we adore in this book. Great contest!!!

Beth & Nathan

Neil Ford said...

Just retweeted your latest announcement.

- Neil,

Unknown said...

I've found all sorts of authors through short stories. Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paul Melko, etc. Shorts rule!

Now for the boring crap:
--I am a follower.
--I blogged about this contest here:
--I tweeted it here:
--Stumbled it here:

And I think that's it.


Jason said...

Ooh! Anthologies! I love anthologies!

Helen said...

Anthologies are the best ways to find new authors! Often I read one by an author I like and since I already like the genre I look up the other authors in the book and have found some of my favorites that way.

Jeni said...

yah L - i think half my fascination with Kelley Armstrong has been her short stories. she's actually the one to remind me to get on here for the contest.
I started with her otherworld series books 3 and 4 but quickly realized my error and located 1 and 2 and very soon after that i located kelley's website. OMG i luuuv her version of a short story. they're like small books. I used to email them to myself in pieces so i could read them on my phone when i was away from the computer(this was pre-true phone internet where all you could do was basic stuff. nav a website was near impossible). then she developed the free pdf download and i could read them on my palm. and at points i gave in and printed out entire stories and put them in a binder.
Now some of them are bound in real bookform and are selling for charity and others are next on the list. i'm glad to see the MEN of the otherworld finally published. but sad to see the stories go from the website.
i used to use the website and free shorts as a lure to get people to take Kelley for a test drive before they had to commit to a hardbound.
but publishers are publishers.
We cant beat them and can't live without the book supply.

moira said...

I love anthologies. I actually don't read them to discover new authors, but I pick them up because of authors I know! And that's how I discover people as well. :)

I am also following you. :)

Thank you! :D

Valorie said...

I read the Hotter Than Hell anthology and found a lot of great authors. The editor, Harrison, I have taken an interest in and am slowly collecting her books.

I follow.



Anonymous said...

I've read a few anthologies...To be honest I only started reading them (outside of school)because of Kelley Armstrong. Many of her short stories about characters from her series are in anthology books. I get the books for those and like to enjoy the other ones as well. So its a recently discovered way to find new authors (for me), which is great because I'm always going through books like there's no tomorrow.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I have not discovered an author through short stories. I tend to only read short stories of authors I already know not the other way around for some reason.

Anonymous said...

I discovered Sherwood Smith in the Firebirds Rising Anthologies

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