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Urban Fantasy Month Contest!


So, it’s October and there’s only two weeks left until the highest of holy holidays for lovers of the arcane everywhere–Halloween. I got thinking about how Halloween is also the perfect holiday for lovers of urban fantasy. These two thoughts collided into an idea so epic, so awesome that my brain exploded.

I am hereby declaring October International Urban Fantasy Month!

Yes, yes, we only have two weeks left. But I think we put our evil minds to it, we can really blow this out. Naturally, my first thought was to hold a contest to celebrate. But I didn’t want to do just any contest. I wanted to do something that celebrates the genre but also brings new fans into the fold.

Here’s where you come in. Everyone who writes a love letter to Urban Fantasy on their own blogs (be sure to track back to this one so you’re counted) or here in comments if you don’t have a blog of your own, will be entered for a chance to win an epic prize pack of Urban Fantasy novels (with a couple of paranormal romances thrown in for spice).

So what constitutes an urban fantasy love letter? Talk about your favorite books or characters. Talk about what you love about the genre in general. Write a snarky haiku, romantic sonnet or dirty limerick. Anything goes as long as its about UF and how awesome it is.

So what will the winners get?

Brace yourselves. This big, bad collection of tricks and treats is so awesome its scary!





MUST LOVE LYCANS by Michele Bardsley

KILLING THE COBRA by Mario Acevedo


HEXED by Kevin Hearne


TRANCE by Kelly Meding

A SHOT IN THE DARK by K.A. Stewart

TEMPEST RISING by Nicole Peeler


TEMPEST’S LEGACY by Nicole Peeler

CROSSED by J.F. Lewis



DOUBLE CROSS by Carolyn Crane

DEAD TO ME by Anton Strout


IRON CROWNED by Richelle Mead


LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead

HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler

RAGE by Jackie Morse Kessler

That’s a lot of books, people. What’s better? They’ll all be autographed. Even better? The contest is open internationally. That’s why it’s called INTERNATIONAL UF Month, after all.

Here’s how it will work. FIVE winners will be chosen at random from the pool of commenters and bloggers (again, don’t forget to track back to this post or I won’t know you entered). Each winner will receive FIVE books. Here’s the fairest solution I could come up with: Prizes will be divvied up on a first come, first served basis. That way if there’s titles you’ve already read you can choose something new. But if you get something you’ve already read, why not pass it on to a friend who has yet to discover the genre? This event is all about spreading the love for UF, right?

To my fellow UF authors: If you’re interested in joining in the fun, I’d encourage you to host your own giveaways on your blogs. Let me know about them and I’ll link to them here.

The winners of these extraordinary prizes will be announced on Halloween, October 31. So join in and spread the urban fantasy love. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell the world:

Urban fantasy rocks!

ETA: You actually have to leave a comment about urban fantasy and why you love it or its authors to be entered. Random comments will not be counted.


Other authors are getting into the spirit of Intl. Urban Fantasy Month. Below is a list of links to their contests. This list will be updated as authors inform me of their contributions, so check back often!

Sierra Dean –Giving away 12 UF novels!

Michelle Rowen–Giving away 3 Advanced Reader copies of THE OLD BLACK MAGIC!

216 Thoughts on “Urban Fantasy Month Contest!

  1. Samantha on October 18, 2011 at 7:57 am said:


  2. Mitch Thunderhoofs on October 18, 2011 at 8:01 am said:

    I am officially all about this. I know these books aren’t on the list, but my favorite UF series is for sure for sure for sure the Dresden Files. I’m also in love with the Iron Druid series. What about everyone else? Favorite UF books/series??

  3. Pam Roberts on October 18, 2011 at 8:02 am said:

    This a great way to support UF. Great idea Jaye.

  4. Allie Victor on October 18, 2011 at 8:03 am said:

    I love the idea for the contest!!

  5. Nicki Latta on October 18, 2011 at 8:05 am said:

    Gonna retweet and share this link best I can!

  6. Jaime Z on October 18, 2011 at 8:11 am said:

    All hail Urban Fantasy Month! Great group of books for the giveaway.

  7. Chris H on October 18, 2011 at 8:15 am said:

    Great contest! I like Jaye Wells’ books and recommend them. I am also a big fan of the Dresden Files and encourage you all to try them out. You should also try out Laura Anne Gilman’s Retrievers novels. They have great stories, well-formed worlds, and a great sense of humor. Others include Kim Harrison’s Hollows novels and a series I recently discovered by Mark del Franco, the Connor Grey novels. Too many great ones to list. And the authors are great people as well.

  8. What a perfect month to celebrate Urban Fantasy!

  9. Carol M. on October 18, 2011 at 8:26 am said:

    What I love about UF is the blend of genres: mystery/suspense often mixed with folklore or mythology, amazing world-building in settings that seem familiar on the surface but are actually very different, and intriguing characters. The supernatural beings are the icing on the cake, and even though they are fantastical, they have to behave in a realistic manner.

  10. Wendy F on October 18, 2011 at 8:27 am said:

    I have not read any of these Authors but I have heard of a few if them. Would love a chance to win a book by one of them.

  11. Love Jaye Wells books! Just finished the mage in black and will be running out to pick up Green eyed demon asap. 🙂 Would love a chance to win more books!!

  12. I already own the complete set of Nicole Peeler’s books, but I’d love to win the others. I collect autographed books.

    I can tweet it of course. Not a problem.

  13. Awesome contest

  14. You’ve been Tweeted (@NoraAdrienne) Google +’d, and FB’d

    Hope that makes you happy now. ;-P

  15. Chris Bails on October 18, 2011 at 8:49 am said:

    What a great contest with some awesome prizes. Going to share on facebook right now and hope to be choosen as one of the lucky winners. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Excellent contest!

    I love urban fantasy because there are so many possibilities. It can be a mystery with a magician detective and all of the sudden it becomes something so much more than a simple mystery. Each author creates their own unique mythology to support their world building. It’s just fun all around!

  17. Steve P on October 18, 2011 at 8:51 am said:

    I have been a fan of Urban Fantasy since it was mostly just Nancy Collins, Emma Bull and Charles de Lint. Vampires and Fae, magic and monsters…I like it all. Great contest, great authors! Sign me up please!

  18. Michelle Drew on October 18, 2011 at 8:54 am said:

    OMG – I live urban fantasy (and since that’s a true statement…I’ll leave the imagining to you!) – there a couple authors in your list I’ve not yet tasted (what can I say, living in the UK…) Of course I would love to win anything!!! And if I could have a bite of Stewart, Pang, Lewis or Crane… BONUS!! PS Wish I could make it to Kevin Hearne’s launch party at the end of April!!!!

  19. What I love about Urban Fantasy is the amazing blend or urban landscapes, contemporary situations and magickal/supernatural beings with a dash of suspense and another strong dash of romance!
    My favorite authors are C.E. Murphy, Kelley Armstrong and Nicole Peeler.

  20. Stephanie D. on October 18, 2011 at 8:55 am said:

    Dearest Urban Fantasy,
    Oh how you have changed my life! I started my love affair out with Richelle Mead, I then needed more so I moved on to Mark Henry, Stacia Kane, and my most recent conquest is the one and only,Ms. Jaye Wells! I admit, I am addicted and can’t wait to feed my need with more!
    Love always!
    Stephanie D.

  21. This is a fantastic contest, with several of my favorite authors involved ::coughincludingJayeWellscough::! Here’s hoping to win those who I haven’t had the pleasure of doing so to this point.

  22. (not entering) But I am totally on board with Urban Fantasy October! I have read most of those books up above and that is some unbelievable talent that screams to be celebrated!!!!!!!!

  23. Debi Murray on October 18, 2011 at 9:05 am said:

    Ah, Urban Fantasy, how do I love thee? I love you to the depth of my cold shriveled little black heart. I love your creatures of the night and fantastical settings which set my soul on fire and keep me up reading until the wee hours of the night. Which makes me cranky and brain dead, but what the heck..you only go round in life once (unless you believe in reincarnation) and you may as well live it with gusto in one hand and a book in the other, right?

    Jaye, fantastic idea. You are a mensch to the UF genre. I will miss you when I am in NOLA whooping it up at the Vampire Ball, but will soldier on, knowing that you are working to make UF a better thing to read. LOL! Party on, Jaye!

  24. Mikki Mano on October 18, 2011 at 9:08 am said:

    Beside paranormal romance, urban fantasy is my favorite genre that I can’t get enough of. What I really like about these books is that they’re full of action. I hate that my days have been passing the same way for years and I can only get some diversity and real action when I read. And the supernatural worlds help me get away from it all, you know 🙂
    Actually, Sabina Kane is one of my favorites and I’ve already pre-ordered Silver-Tongued Devil – I can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂
    And thank you so much for the great giveaway! 🙂

  25. I’ve posted a love letter to urban fantasy on my blog: http://goo.gl/BH2O5

  26. Amazing contest, Jaye! I love urban fantasy because it features sexy dudes, kick-ass chicks and all sorts of monsters. Who could ask for more?

  27. I love urban fantasy for its creative worldbuilding, mystery, action, and suspense. I also love how the setting of urban fantasies is integral to the story – it’s almost like the place becomes its own character. And, of course, there’s often a little bit of romance thrown in to spice things up 😉

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  28. A love letter to the Men of Urban Fantasy,
    I Love you Barrons, Bones, Eric, Edward, Vishous, Reys, Ethan, Adam, Charles, Dimetri, Mark, Vlad, Spade, Daemon, Brystion, V’lane,Adam (wolf), Jamie, Marcus, Rhage, Jacob, and Loki. I know i’ve left some out but understand this cant be too long of a letter, i have laundry to do.
    Anyway, i truely love you all. You have kept me busy when my husnand plays xbox all night. Been to the doctors office, parent pick up line with me. Many of you have opened my eyes to new things and even made me think chest hair is sexy.
    I’ve named my pets after you and tried to name my kids but since i have all girls, it didnt work out.
    Some of you have died in epic battles or quests and been betrayed by the women you love. I’ve cried and cheered for you all through your ups and downs.
    Thank you for being with me in my life, for keeping me enthralled in yours. Your worlds are my favorite places to go.
    The best part about the men i love is that all i have to do is open a book and fall for you all again.

    Happy Urban Fantasy Month!!!!!!!
    *crosses Fingers*

  29. Great idea! October really IS the UF month. And yes, my eyes are totally book shaped with greed right now.

    Why I love UF, you ask?
    I love how anything’s possible.
    I love that things aren’t sugarcoated.
    I love how the hero/heroine can be this super kickass person and be vunerable at the same time.
    I love watching the characters facing everything it’s thrown in their way and that, even though whatever it was left scars, they grew stronger because of it.
    I love how it involves me, how it makes cheer for the characters, how it makes me hurt for them, how, in spite of every hardship, there’s always hope.

  30. Nikki Billman on October 18, 2011 at 9:53 am said:

    I LOVE Nicole Peelers Jane True Series. I Love Jane Because, well, she kicks ass! Shes by far my favorite UF Character. Shes sassy and true to herself. Shes This awesome girl in the world of all these Supernatural creatures who still holds her own on the human front and totally puts the big, known for their powers, supes in their places!!
    My Love for UF has grown so much after reading the Jane True series.

    Urban Fantasy offers so much to its readers. I think because it captures modern times with the throw back to older known and some not so well know creatures. If your new to Urban Fantasy it gives you the chance to do some research, while reading the books. To find out more behind the creatures that the wonderful UF writers have researched to use as Characters. Nothing like expanding your horizon because you just have to know what the Folk Lore behind that monster really was back in the day.
    Urban Fantasy, I Love you! You make me so happy with all your kick butt characters, action, cool creatures and a lil bit of romance. =)

  31. Christina G on October 18, 2011 at 9:54 am said:

    How could anyone not love the kick-ass females in UF?! Throw in the supes along with some great snark and sex – I’m hooked!
    Fav series, Mead’s Succubus 😉

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  33. Dear UF,
    I love you dearly as my wallet and bookshelves can attest to. Why do I love you? A million reasons so I’ll hit the top ones: 1. Your bad-ass woman leads, 2. The rampant fun of reading you, 3. Your varied creatures from the creepy to the eclectic, 4. Your brooding cities or charming towns & 5. Kick ass fight scenes. Truly I love you because you’re not all SeRiouS BuZiNesS SRSLY and there’s something in all of the female leads to admire- from Kim Harrison’s hot leather wearing, ass kicking Rachel to Nicole Peeler’s loved up, coming into her own poer’s Jane. I am in awe of the diversity of locales and characters and how there’s changeling, selkies and shifters of all sorts to accompany well drawn vamps and witches. Madly, Truly, Deeply my favorite genre far and away whether snarky, serious or lovey- here’s to UF and it’s wildy imaginative and talented creators.
    Thanks and keep it coming- Jen
    PS Also Thanks for the contest- too fun and such a great idea!

  34. renee s on October 18, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

    Although I have to admit this is a new genre to my my favorite is paranormal… I would love a chance to win and discover the greatness of a new. To me genre! Thanks for this contest..

    Wishing I could send u an awesome love letter…

  35. Gigi Gavin on October 18, 2011 at 10:59 am said:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE urban fantasy more than any other genre. I read, on average a book a day, almost all of which I now buy on my Kindle because I long ago ran out of storage space. UF is my favorite because it encompasses the best element of the others. I have so many favorite authors, but here is a short list: Jaye,, I. Andrews, J. Estep, P. Briggs, F. Hunter, L.K. H., L. Leigh, K. Harrison, C. Neil, etc., etc.,etc. I hope to be one of the winners because I love Urban Fantasy so much I do not even watch TV any more.

  36. I’ve had a big luuuuuuuuuv for Urban Fantasy for a while now. Check out my blog for more details on why…

    “What boggles my mind most of all is the talent behind the books. How do these authors think up all the things they write about? It’s amazing to me, that level of creativity to write novels filled with things that we just don’t see everyday. It’s artwork with out the canvas. Imagine creating something you can only describe? It sounds like a monstrous activity doesnt it? So i give praise to all those Urban fantasy authors out there.”

  37. Dear Urban Fantasy,
    It was love at first line.

    I recently discovered you this year and ever since then
    there was no looking back. Only running forward as I indulge myself in extraordinary worlds, place myself in strong shoes, is pitted against average humans and paranormal beings, and face some tough situations. Even when the battling gets tough, oft times there is a savior, a handsome hero -who does not consider himself such – to help me. I grow, I learn, I survive.

    The genre is for the open-minded and open-sighted; there is mystery, chemistry, action and emotion. There is a mix of everything. All I know is to expect the unexpected. I now search high and low, in different times and places for more like you. Which book or series hooked me, you might ask? Why, the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.

    Urban Fantasy, you are exhilirating, you are an egnima. You provide not a peaceful, predictable escape, but a wild ride where the reader is an active participant. You challenge, you mock and best of all, entertain.

    It is love at last line.

  38. JayeWells on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm said:

    Wow, you guys, what a great response so far! It’s so fun to read all of you list the reasons you love this dynamic genre. I hope you’re all taking notes because there’s lots of great recommendations flowing here. Thanks to everyone for playing and to all the authors who have generously donated books!

  39. Dana McEntee on October 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

    Dear UF,

    Why do I love you so? Is it because you send me to sleep every night, dreams filled with wondrous moments with fanged hotties or wolfish gentlemen? Or is it because you allow me a small window fantasy into my day, that allows me to colour my reality brighter shades of colour and light?

    In any case, you are my favourite thing of my day.

    Your biggest fan

  40. Rochelle Herrick on October 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,

    I love you. Since you came into my life, I’ve looked forward to each page, the early morning, with you in my hands, the midnight skies with us beneath a zillion stars, satisfy me.

    You make me feel engaged in the paranormal as no one else can. I like the person I am when I’m into you. You bring out a part of me I never knew existed, a part that was born with our first word.

    You made me open my eyes; now I have a reason to read and read and read; now I have a cause, a reason to consume all the wonderful stories life (or the library) has to offer. You took my mind and drew me into the supernatural world, and you saw in me all the qualities that no one else had ever imagined.

    You gave me vampires, zombies, witches, and werewolves. Yes, I love you, for all these paranormals and so much more. I love you for being yourself, and I love you because of the person you made me.

    Rochelle Herrick

  41. Dear UF,

    We are still getting to know each other, but you are already surprising me in unexpected ways. All this time I’ve been avoiding you because I thought we wouldn’t get along, but then you proved me wrong. You’re amazing and pretty gnarly. Your chicks kick butt and make me feel empowered. And your males…they make me tingle!

    Thanks for the slap in the face that was my wake up call. I needed that.

    I’m looking forward to spending more time together soon.


  42. I love Urban Fantasy because of all the endless possibilities, and great world-building and characterization. I love reading about the real world with a touch of magic. Some of my favorite UF are; Your Sabina Kane series, Richelle Mead’s Succubus series, Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series and Kelly Gay’s Charlie Madigan series.

    Thanks for the awesome contest!

  43. My UF Haiku:

    Urban Fantasy
    Bad-assed chicks and steel-eyed men
    What is not to love?

    UF works because the women are or become empowered. Plus the paranormal adds excitement and mystery and turns the traditional damsel in distress on her head. UF rocks! But especially when there is snarky humor in the mix – that is what I love most!

  44. Los Angeles, California, October 18, 2011
    My Dearest Urban Fantasy,
    You will be sorry, and surprised, and puzzled, to hear what a queer illness I have had ever since I had to wait for release dates and funds for purchases. I sent for the doctor, and said, “Give me some medicine. for I’m tired.” He said, “Nonsense and stuff! You don’t want medicine: go to bed!” I said, “No; it isn’t the sort of tiredness that wants bed. I’m tired in the head.”
    He looked a little grave, and said, “Oh, it’s your mind that’s tired: a person often thinks too much when she thinks she knows a great deal.” I said, “No, it isn’t the mind. Perhaps it’s the eyes.”
    Then he looked rather grave, and said, “Now I understand: you’ve been playing too many video games on the computer.” “No, indeed I haven’t!” I said, “and it isn’t exactly the eyes: it’s more about the inside of the head.”
    Then he looked a good deal graver, and said, “Have you been studying string theory lately?” I said, “No.” “Well!” he said, “it puzzles me very much. Do you think it’s in the imagination?” “Of course!” I said. “That’s exactly what it is!”
    Then he looked very grave indeed, and said, “I think you must have been using your imagination too much.” “Well,” I said, “I did visit one world of shape shifters and vampires and maybe just one more of Chicago wizards and crumbling Atlanta’s Shape shifter Pack.” “Think again,” he said; “are you sure it was only two?” I thought again, and said, “Perhaps it was hundreds in all truth.” Then the doctor said, “You must not read any other Urban Fantasy until your imagination is quite rested again.” “But what am I to do?” I said, “because you see, I have promised my imagination to all the new releases, Sandman Slim is expecting me.”
    Then he looked so grave that tears ran down his cheeks, and he said, “You may send your imagination in a box.” Then I remembered a little box that I once bought at San Diego ComicCon, and thought I would some day give it to some genre or other. So I have packed all my imagined visions of vampires and weres and fae and sword swinging chicks in leather pants and crop tops in it very carefully. Tell me if they come safe or if any are lost on the way.
    Miss Bliss
    With apologies to Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Chattaway

  45. UF is one of those genres that depending on the author anyone could read them. There are Uf books for young adults, old adults, eevn the adults that act young. I love how it blend mystery with mythology. I have always been facinated with things that most would say are impossible.

  46. Shel Franz on October 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm said:

    My love affair with Urban Fantasy, started, predictably enough, with Harry Dresden. I caught an episode of the series on Sci-Fi and the credits said, “based on the books…” and that was it. Those books were in my hot little hands as soon as I could manage it, and not only was I in love, I was hooked. At about the same time, I saw a blurb for Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and had to try those, another case of love at first page.
    Although the number of authors I now follow in Urban Fantasy has expanded exponentially, those two will always be my first loves.
    But why and how does a cozy mystery addict get hooked on Urban Fantasy? Well, I’ve always loved a little “woo-woo” in my mystery, and a whole book full of it? Oh, yeah, bring it on, baby! I now have two distinct “new release” lists every month, one for cozy series and one for UF. My latest love has got to be Kevin Hearne…who couldn’t love a 2100 year old Druid and his Irish Wolfhound with a thing for French Poodles? And there’s plenty of love to go around for new authors, new series, and more books!

  47. Haikus! *dances* You asked for it…

    Randy little Jane
    Led off course by Libido
    Right into trouble

    Druid Atticus
    Joined by trusty Oberon
    Down at Fraggle Rock

    Red-headed step child
    Pity about her mani
    Ruined by the graves

    American Gods
    Overrun by fame and greed
    Hope in the Shadow

    Sweet buxom Sookie
    She can read your thoughts with ease
    While she bangs the fang

    Mercedes Thompson
    Sexy skin walker Native
    Glad to fix your Bug

    Brash Rachel Morgan
    Sexiest Dead Witch Walking
    Lost without her friends

    Sorry Jim Butcher
    The Dresden Files must wait
    On my TBR

  48. Piseog on October 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm said:

    I love UF books! I read on average 20 books a month and constantly want more. It’s like a fix that needs a new book the minute the first one is done. I do book reviews on youtube because I just can’t talk about them enough. Hope I win!

  49. Awesome contest!! My post is long & has a pic attached, so you’ll have to go there to read it…


    My parents fostered a love for books early on. My sister and I used to walk to the library every saturday when she was 6 and I was 5. We would spend the day there reading everything we could. The librarian eventually put us to work punching the cards that went in the back of the books (remember those?) and shelving books. My sister went on to be a librarian. I write (not published yet, but I hope to be someday). I fell in love with Urban Fantasy early on, before it was called that. It is, by far, my favorite genre (as you will see from my post).

  50. Marilia on October 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm said:

    I first fell in love for urban fantasy when I read Richelle Mead soon followed by a book written by Jeaniene Frost, those two authors opened up a world full of fantastic creatures, witty heroines and guys easy to fall in love with! I recomend the genre to every one who asks what kind of books I like! Vampires, wereanimals, witchs and fae are all amazing creatures that don’t only belong to the fairy tales bringing them to the real world, to places we go to, or could go, every day is what lures me to these books. The sensation that I could just come across one of these amazing characters just walking down the street. Urban fantasy should be more well known around the world for is an amazing genre with fantastic story writers who deserve to be recoginazed all over!

  51. I was never able to get into high fantasy, but have always loved vampire and faery stories (this started when I was six and was exposed to Labyrinth and some random vampires). I started reading the Fear Street novels in fourth grade. Finding LJ Smith in middle school was wonderful as she told the stories I craved in settings I adored. The urban fantasy genre really grabbed me when my roommate and I found Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and read through what was written in a month and then Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld actually had an Anthropology Professor as the main character. I probably find it relatable due to the setting of the supernatural in settings that are familiar and comfortable.

  52. http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/jaye-wells-has-declared-october-is.html

    I luh-huv UF!!! October is the perfect month to celebrate this fab genre.

    VWinship at aol dot com (just in case)

  53. There once was a lady from rural Tennessee,
    The books she reads are paranormal and urban fantasy.

    The authors are generous and nice,
    Have great book contests that are free of price.

    Her book collection grew and grew,
    She added authors, Wells, Andres and Suttle and even books about Jane True (sorry – that stanza didn’t work out too well.)

    Other characters include; Cat and Bones, Mercedes and Adam.
    The words on the pages really sing, especially the one where Elena grows wings.

    The books call to her day and night,
    Thank goodness she and hubby no longer over the TV fight.

    He watches his dumb shows and she’s lost in the worlds of ghosts, wolves and fantastic tales of foes.

    The Tennessee Lady sincerely apologizes for her rhymes,
    But hopes to win a book times five!!

  54. http://actvra.in/lrs

    If you survive reading this monster blog post with the four video embeds you’ll discover why I love Kim Harrison (yeah… I actually say it – LOL);-)

  55. Elaine G on October 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm said:

    What great giveaway.UF month rocks!! LOL
    I love the kickass heroes and heroines in UF books.I love to escape into their world and imagine I’m taking that ride along with them. I can’t get enough of Urban fantasy books.

  56. Dang it, I read that thing several times and still misspelled Andrews!! Sorry, Ilona and Gordon.

  57. Vicki R on October 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

    Awesome contest!
    I got started with UF by reading Charles de Lint. I started reading him because he was a Canadian author. Well, he inspired the next 15 years of UF reading.
    It’s my go-to genre for something I’ll always like, and is constantly coming out with something new and interesting to read.
    Woohoo for UF!

  58. Awesome celebration. UF and paranormal are my faves. Why? Well I believe the most evil creatures in our world are human not fictional monsters in UF books. I like being scared but not terrified like I would be if I read a John Grisham novel.

    Another aspect of UF/P I love is that the characters are at odds with themselves. Just any normal person they feel conflicted with right and wrong – but for those paranormal beings, being good goes against the very core of tho they are.

    The best part of UF is the melding of a magical world with my own reality. As if it could really happen – whose to say it doesn’t ;-o ?

    kjovus at gmail dot com
    PS I love it when a female lead can kick arse, fight, shoot weapons and take over the world if she wants too.

  59. I still consider myself a newbie to the UF genre but I love the world building and fierce, kick-ass heroines in UF. My favorite series so far (remember, I’m a noob) is the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. Gin is my favorite UF herione 🙂

  60. Ode to UF,

    Oh UF how you enrich my life…. Although you also ruin it with your addictive nature!
    What a wonderful and fickle mistress you are!
    You make me laugh, you make me cry,
    you frustrate and titillate,
    You amaze, you stun,
    You entertain… And sometimes irritate!
    Oh UF there are not enough words to describe your wondrous nature,
    So I shall just use 3 and try…

    You freakin’ rock!

    You devoted follower,


  61. Peggye O'Neil on October 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm said:

    UF goes off into so many different directions of the supernatural/paranormal worlds. There’s wizards, druids, zombies, vampires, faeries (of all different kinds), angels (fallen and otherwise), all sorts of shapeshifters, witches and demons and so many more creatures. Sometimes it’s gritty noir or maybe laugh out loud funny. As I told a friend. I can deal with a story of a serial killer if it’s some sort of supernatural creature but not if it could be my next door neighbor!

  62. April V. on October 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm said:

    I’m a big urban fantasy fan – but I have to admit that I haven’t read some of those that are being given away. Full disclosure – 80% of them are on my to read list already but that list is so long (over 600 I think the last time I looked over at Goodreads) that I have no idea when I’ll ever get to them!

    Things I like about urban fantasy:

    1. It is in our world only different – gives me the feeling that it just might be possible, it could be real!
    2. It usually includes at least one good guy looking out for those that can’t.
    3. I love the idea of werewolves and vampires and the like living among us in secret (not so much for zombies though).
    4. Lots of female leads – recently this has increased in epic fantasy as well but it used to be that the men ruled the main character lists in any type of fantasy.
    5. Magic! Who doesn’t love magic?
    6. Fun! Action!

  63. What a great list. Posting to my blog.

  64. Why I love urban fantasy? I love the possibilities of ties to contemporary world and a fantasy world in parallel. I love the grittiness. And I love the inventiveness of writers.

  65. Awesome contest I love urban fantasy

  66. I can honestly say, i’ve never heard of your books before today. I’ve researched some online and so far i love what i’ve read. I would really enjoy being able to read a book or two of yours, i don’t really have any extra money to spend on books at this moment in time. So, i’ve just been re-reading books i’ve had a long time. I’m majorly into the Fiction, it just makes me feel good, like I could be one of these girls. Sometimes, when things are going really bad, I grab one and immerse myself for hours, and just wait till it all blows over. Reading takes my mind off the here and now, and i love it, the feeling. I would very much enjoy being able to say I won this contest. But if I don’t. then it’ll be okay, i’ll just have to save up some money, or visit the library.

  67. Linda Mendez on October 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm said:

    I am an avid reader of many different genres but my favorite is Urban Fantasy. I would love to have the collection so that my up and coming little readers can enjoy them when they are old enough. Taking them to a book store is like taking most children to a candy store. It’s always fun.

  68. Jodie Johnston on October 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm said:

    I started getting into UF through Richelle Mead’s books. I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series and following the adventures of Rose. Now I’m halfway through the Georgina Kincaid Succubus series, and can’t get enough of it. I love the way she writes, so you get drawn to the characters and into the book and can’t put them down until you’ve finished.

  69. Katie Morrison on October 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm said:

    there are too many brilliant authors to mention with too many fantastic series that sweep you away into a fantasy world for a few hours. love the genre, love the books. nothing more to say!

  70. Stephanie Lee on October 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm said:

    Dearest UF,

    I have loved you for so long now. You make me feel like everything that is written in your book is real. Because that could be me… if I happened to have a warewolf or a vamipire for a friend. Anything and everything could happen and usually does. Thank you so much to authors such as Richelle Mead and Jaye Wells for opening my eyes to this wonderful world and characters like Rose and Sabina who kick butt like we all wish we could!

    Please never leave us UF. We need you!

    Steph xxx

  71. I love love love UF. A lot of its appeal to me is development of characters and plots. The more books the better! I swear I could go through one a day!!! I love so many authors but I think one of my favorite is Charlaine Harri though. She is able to combine aspects like humor, and romance and of course you need a little mystery every now and again. She knows how to get that perfect mix.

  72. Oh wow! What an awesome contest and cause! I’ll definitely tell all of my friends, and blog readers about this!

  73. Oh my, Jaye, if you hadn’t stolen my heart before, you have now.

    Why do I love UF? First, it was the very first genre I had gotten into reading. I LOVE the paranormal, the different species’ that can be written about. How authors can literally make their own worlds, and write about anything and everything under the sun. The directions that can be had with UF are endless. Theres never a dull moment, never the same repetitive story plots. The action, the adventure, the [sometimes xD] romance and even erotica, at times. Its all wrapped into one Genre. It has a little something for everyone. <3

    … damn, that was winded. xDD;

  74. I love urban fantasy books because they give me the chance to escape from the reality of the world around me. Normal fiction books are about the world around me, so when I want to escape, I read urban fantasy books!!! Richelle Mead, Laurell K. Hamilton, Angela Knight, Amanda Ashley.. All of these authors may not fall under urban fantasy, but they all write about a world that’s so far different from our own, yet so close to the same.

  75. Victoria Chatterton on October 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm said:

    I love absolutely EVERYTHING about Urban Fantasy! I love the ideas of new worlds. I love how witty the characters and their Sharp mouths! I love the romance, the heartache, the action, the drama, the personalities(: I love EVERYTHING about Urban Fantasy! I could go on forever(:

  76. Angela on October 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm said:

    I totally love Urban Fantasy!! It is one of my top 3 genres that I read! Huge fan! Wo Ai Ni!

  77. mandy honea on October 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm said:

    i love uf cause you get all in uf! you get wicth craft,shapeshifes,dragons,all of it! and you get some romance and so ultra fine men(LOL).some of my favors are keri arthur, richelle mead,there are so many that i have read cant keep track.i haven’t had a chance to read any of yours books but i looked them up and they sound great! so guess what next pay day there is a trip to bookstore coming up,with you on the list.thanks for the contest.:)

  78. Ohh and def. love me some Kim Harrison. Couldnt put that series down 🙂

  79. Angela on October 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm said:

    I totally love Urban Fantasy!! It is one of my top 3 genres that I read! Huge fan of magic and shape-shifters. I really like paranormal books as well. Also a huge fan of the authors above!

  80. Ashley Burton on October 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm said:

    Oh, why do I love Urban Fantasy?? So many responses to that question… Oh, how I love thee… I love to escape to their world, watch that world through their eyes, feel what they feel, experience what they’re experiencing. I, also love writing it. I have completed a novel of my own and that is an experience all it’s own. But, oh to read. It’s like nothing else in this world. I have an obsession and long lasting affair with books and all the yummy men in them. Be they human or out of this world. The sexier and meaner, the better… Yes, I love it all!!!

  81. Kayla Guyette on October 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm said:

    Richelle Mead’s books have really opened my eyes to the urban fantasy genre, it was a journey I had no clue I’d be taking when I first bought Vampire Academy. After enjoying her writing for VA, I found myself checking out the Georgina Kincaid series and then finally the Dark Swan series, in between VA novels. From there I found my thirst for urban fantasy growing and growing. After a stressful day at college and work, it is so nice to come home and get lost in the pages of an urban fantasy novel. Who doesn’t want to read about adventures with supernatural creatures? The works of so many urban fantasy authors have inspired me to start writing my little stories taking place in the genre. While I may live in the real world, my brain thinks in the urban fantasy world.

  82. Michelle H on October 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm said:

    Urban Fantasy is the light to my dark, the warm to my cold and the joy to my pain. My angel, my all, my very self — only a few words today and at that with your pencil — not till the next pages will my need be fulfilled — Our love will endure through the ages (and the pages — can we change it that you are not wholly mine, I not wholly thine?

    I look out into the beauties of thy words, keeping me awake at the thought of another chapter — love demands everything and that very justly

    if our hearts were always close together I would forever joyful. My heart and mind linger in thoughts of monsters, that which from the shadows come forth to greet a new day — there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all — You remain my true, only treasure, my all as I am yours

    The poor have not need of much to sustain them — and i could own nothing but my soul and still be happy as long as i was able to lose myself in thy stories. How i could feel my blood leaving my body, my mind and soul devoted to the things that could never be. That which we call Urban Fantasy, by any other name would smell as sweet. It is with great longing that i await your reply, and i count the days until i am reunited with your words.

    Your faithful reader,

  83. There are just so many books and characters that I LOVE, so I guess I wil break it down by my favorite author. Richelle Mead I absolutely love everything that you have written, from the succubus to vampire academy and everthing in between. So if you could please release so new material it would be much appreciated since I have read everything you have released. Thank you for your amazing work.

  84. Carrie Schul on October 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm said:

    I love urban fantasy! I love that the author gets to create their own idea of what the world looks like!

  85. Yay for International Urban Fantasy Month! Some great books on that list!

  86. Pam Brown on October 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm said:

    Why I am obsessed with UF? Oh, so many reasons, authors, action, humor, trials and tribulations, and of course the characters – I will try to cover some of my favorites.

    First, Sabina Kane of course, but where would she be without Giguhl? Of course we can find some kick ass women in many genres, but how many have that kind of sidekick? Well, other than Aisling Grey and her demon Jim. Of course, Jim is much more of a pervert than Giguhl or at least more consistent and verbal in his proclivities toward perversion. 🙂

    How many other genres have such amazingly strong characters that show their softer side to those close to them? I mean, think of the studs of Underground General. They can go from ripping people apart, saving lives they would rather squish, to cradling their loved ones in very gentle hands when needed. Another such example are the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They are irresistible in their intensity, sexiness, and depth of character. Their loyalty and love for one another is something in a male dominated storyline you don’t often find.

    Then you have Georgina Kincaid, who hates the fact that she has to feed off the life force of others. She found a man to love and has to avoid sex so she doesn’t kill him. She managed to surround herself with an amazing circle of friends that love her and support her even while watching her fight to maintain a sense of humanity while a succubus.

    Characters of note:

    Anita Blake has went through so many changes over the years and watching her evolution is addictive. Cat and Bones are intertwined within an amazing cast of characters. Mercedes Thompson and her life filled with wolves, vampires, fae, and a mother that looks sweet but carries a gun. The Dark Hunter Series is mostly set in Urban areas other than the times they have to take a trip to see a God or an evil underlord! The Lords of the Underworld, Harry Dresden, and so many others.

    There are just too many characters to mention overall. I don’t just read these books, I absorb them. They become a part of me and I often find myself reading them repeatedly when I am in need of a certain mindset or just miss the stories. Did I ramble on too long? Reading is my passion and I share it gladly with anyone else that enjoys the same.

  87. Cherie Deck on October 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm said:

    I love this!! I also love UF!!

  88. Breena Vilencia on October 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm said:

    I have to say I love you! Best contest ever! 😀

    Anyways, the reason why Urban Fantasy is awesome and the best genre really out there to me is because there really isn’t a limit on what you can create in it. It can take a normal realistic book and add the sexy tempting vampires or the creepy zombies… maybe even a faerie here or there. I just like how individualistic each book can be. It doesn’t matter what an author says about some monster or paranormal being because in their world it’s real. I just love jumping into UF books and becoming part of that world to the very last page where I’m thinking man if only… I wasn’t hip on the whole UF scene when I was younger, it was all about the Nancy Drew and Harry Potter growing up but now my genre to go to is UF. Almost all the authors above I’ve either read or are on my list that seems to keep growing every time I look at it. For all those who are debating on getting into Urban Fantasy… I say give it a whirl. It’s not everyones cup of tea but if your open minded and love a sense of adventure try it out! 😀

  89. Katie M on October 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm said:

    there are too many brilliant authors to mention with too many fantastic series that sweep you away into a fantasy world for a few hours. love the genre, love the books. nothing more to say!

  90. this. Is a cool giveaway

  91. ashleigh davis on October 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm said:

    i LOVE urban fantasy. It’s pretty much all i read, and Richelle Mead is actually one of my favorites!! I loved Vampire Academy and the spinoff Bloodlines. I love how the characters are so real and i actually get attatched to their different personalities! I especially love Rose’s character and how she was strong. This genre is so much fun because it takes so much imagination to take the world we live in and make it into so much more!! I started reading L.J. Smith’s books a few years ago. This past year I have been reading some classics (Anne Rice). I LOVE it. I love having that world to ‘escape’ to in my reading. If it doesn’t have vampires, werewolves, or something of that nature in it–then i’m probably not reading it! (Well, except for The Hunger Games) I would love to win some books!!!

  92. Johana on October 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm said:

    The first Urban Fantasy book I ever read was Succubus Blues, and how can a hot-blooded, thinking creature NOT fall in love with Georgina is beyond my comprehension.
    This genre is the older brother of YA literature, and you can actually follow the timeline of my life based on how my reading habits evolved from YA to UF. I still love YA, but as an adult you need more mature reading. And I personally like my books with witty, smart, lovable characters and interesting plot lines with classy sex appeal, and UF has provided me with all those things and so much more.
    Anyone with even a tiny love for reading would agree with me that this genre is probably the one that requires the most imaginative and talented writers, because elements for a great book that addresses supernatural subjects and insert them in the adult world, so different from the fantasy and illusion that are inherent to teenagers, are hard to put together and have that “This could totally happen in real life” feeling. I have read some of the books that are on the list (I am a proclaimed Richelle Mead huge fan) and they make me believe that there might be some kind of magic at work in the world, even when I know that succubuses, vampires, fairies, werewolves and other magical creatures aren’t real. It’s the magic that happens when you are reading something, and are picturing it in your head, and there’s this whole world in the pages you are reading, characters that feel so real that you fall in love with them, that make you suffer their misery and smile their joys, and you know that they are not real, but you are still feeling those things. That’s magic for me. That’s Urban Fantasy for me.

  93. Michelle H on October 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm said:

    Dimitri, Adrien, Christian
    Simon, Derek, Tori
    Lissa, Karou, Clary
    Rose, Jade, Lori

    Page after page they fill me
    the monsters deep inside
    creatures once thought not to exist
    no longer want to hide

    Each author tells a tale
    of evil, fate and desire
    New books bring new perspectives
    words meant to inspire

    Zombies walk among us
    Vampires go out in the day
    Angels and Demons greet us
    pulled out of the book to play

    UF brings out the dark side
    to battle with the light
    Heroines can take over
    not only heroes fight

    Words cause our minds to travel
    to places once unknown
    we can live in a world of fantasy
    a world that has swiftly grown

    To each writer i am grateful
    for giving me this treasure
    to escape from a boring life
    and finding a new pleasure

    Yours forever faithful,

  94. Rachael on October 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm said:

    I love UF books because it let me escape real life everyday. I love the mix of all genres.

  95. Melissa Cain on October 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm said:

    This is an awesome contest. Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors and I have read everything she has wrote. I will pick some off the prize list and give them a try too. Hello from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia!

  96. christina williamson on October 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm said:

    there once was a girl who lived in phoniex AZ who begain a affair with Urban Fantasy she rectly was fired by her horrible boss who had he’s head Up his A** she gave him the finger and packed up her bags off to the book store toto calm herself down she found a beacon a shining new world a world of magic fantas of words so it beagain a tale most grand the girl named christia who found this gre land she had allshe was home she had urban fantasy and thats all she knew this is her email to get some great books charvahon@yahoo.com

  97. Jessica Tsai on October 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm said:

    Dear all Urban Fantasy writers,

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Urban fantasy is my favorite type of novel, because it touches on something that we don’t really have in the real world. Rachel Vincent, Richelle Mead, Jaye Wells and many more…the stories that you write are amazingly awesome. Each word is important within the story as it unfolds and it just sucks us in, making us feel as though we’re a part of a world that does not exist. Urban Fantasy is the one place where I can jump into the paranormal and ignore reality. Love it, and I have to admit, can’t live without it.


  98. Jahaira on October 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm said:

    Dear UF:

    What I love most about you is that you blend my two favorite genres fantasy and paranormal. Then you go and put in some romance to go with it. You add some kickass woman and some very alpha males. You give me a little of everything magic, vampires, shifters, and let me see into worlds like mine only different. Thank you for coming into my life.

  99. Leslie Guandique on October 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm said:

    I have recently started reading urban fantasy i normally read sci-fi, but once i read richelle mead and karen chance books i was hooked. I love how different it is from the books i normally read and how the chicks are the ones who kick butt. it is an amazing andd addicting genre

  100. Wow its been a while since there was a cool contest. Safe to say this has gone to the top of the list of awesome giveaways.
    Im a newbie to Urban Fantasty and i love reading the genre. Richelle Mead was the one to get me into the swing of things with her awesome books (thanks richelle!!) and books where the female lead is in everyones face and has an attitude no one can predict- those are the best books. Ilona Andrews is another great author but i dont think shes on here 🙁 she has a short story in Hexed if that counts.

    Id love to win, thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    xoxo Nas D

  101. Constance Dietman on October 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm said:

    I LOVE UF!!!!!
    They really save my life.
    from P.C Cast and Cassandra Clare to Linda Robertson and Mary Janice Davidson, They are my life raft. When everything in my life that goes to hell I just go to my UF books and take me away from it all. They brought me hope after every break up. They brought sanity and peace when my dad died of suicide. They are just always there for me and I can never fully express how much I love this genre and how much my life has been shaped by it.
    I will always love it forever, as it shall always be my dearest friend.

  102. OK, so I won’t be tacky and say that Jaye Wells got me into UF. Oh wait, I just did. Yup, I ain’t bullshiting you. Sabina Kane and her world just sucked me right in. What I love about UF is that it’s unapologetic. It’s in-your-face action and it never stops. Another great thing is its kick-ass heroines. You need an escape from your crappy day job? Read a UF book and transform into a basass, leather jacket-wearing, Dukati riding mofo!!

    My fave UF authors include: Jaye Wells, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning and Richelle Mead.

  103. Jessica Cullen on October 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm said:

    The reason I have fallen in love with urban fantasy, to be completely honest, is that when all else fails, I can turn to it. It doesn’t matter if I’ve screwed up or said the wrong thing or didn’t call back, my UF books will always be there. My life could be tumbling down in a giant fiery ball of doom, and those books still wouldn’t care, they will be waiting for my return.

    When I’m reading them however, things are a completely different story. There is no more chaos, no more lies, nothing. When I’m reading, my life is that book. When I’m reading, I am completely and utterly immersed in that book. I picture every tiny detail in my head, I smell every described scent, I hear every uttered word, I taste every foreign taste, and I feel everything. When I’m reading, I not only feel that pat on the shoulder or that handshake, I feel every emotion that runs through that character. If that character falls in love, I’m in love with them. If they are all happy and excited at a party, then I’m happy and excited too. If they have just lost their dearest friend and are bawling their eyes out, then you can guarantee that I’m doing the exact same.

    So basically, the reason why I absolutely love Urban Fantasy is, not only are the books absolutely amazing and fantastic, but they are always there for me to turn to, and no matter what I do, no matter what part of the book I leave at, they always leave me thinking and feeling those emotions so strongly that I have to go back, all I can do is go back.

    That’s why I love Urban Fantasy.

  104. Tammy Henderson on October 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm said:

    I’ve only read Richelle Mead and actually crossed over from Vampire Academy to her adult series. I like the fantasy of succubus living in Seattle. I’ve been there and can picture the area that she uses as a backdrop mixed with the fantasy.

  105. the reason i love uf is easy its the fantacy of it! Ok let me explan, to me when you read a book, wheather its wiches fairies, trolls, vampires, werwolves or even shadowhunters, and zomies, its a world you know isnt a realty, but when you read the author thows you in to this beautful magical world, that you wouldnt dream of being makebelive. you live it and if your like me, dream about it at night and make all youre friends read the same book so you can have someone to talk about this awsome world with(and fight over who should win in the love triangles). so back to my point..LOL.. these world stay with us, when we hear names, smell or feel somthing the way the author discribed it, find our selves relating a storie to a song, the way you can sometimes feel an autumm day or get that feeling on the back of your neck for no reason. all these things are examples my fantacy books bring a little of the magic into my “mundane” “human” life!!!

  106. Barbara Elness on October 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm said:

    Besides the Sabina Kane series, I really love the following awesome UF series: Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin, Kelly Gay’s Charlie Madigan, Kelly Meding’s Dreg City , Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen, Nicole Peeler’s Jane True and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid. Although they have unique characters and storylines, the one thing they all have in common is lots of action and fabulous characters.

  107. April Myers on October 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,

    I love you! Mostly books by Richelle Mead! I’ve read all of the Vampire Academy books and absolutely loved them! Just started her Georgia Kincaid series and I can’t put it down. Urban Fantasy to me is my absolute favorite genre. I love anything paranormal, but something about Urban Fantasy has me in it’s hold. I basically have my own mini library/bookstore with all the books I own and about half of them are paranormal books and Urban Fantasy. I’m very interested in reading more Urban Fantasy and I’ve never read books by a lot of the authors in the prize list so I’m hoping that I win so I can add more Urban Fantasy to my collection and find some more authors to love!

  108. Awesome contest. Thank you! And so many of my favourite books are urban fantasy, so I think this is an awesome idea.

  109. Many years ago, when I first started reading as a teenager, I had a love affair with vampire books. Unfortunately, at that time, there wasn’t much available beyond Anne Rice and the Count of Saint Germaine novels by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Still, I read everything I could get my hands on that had vampires, but wasn’t flat-out horror. From there, I moved on to SF and Fantasy, then romance, then I drifted into literary fiction and non-fiction for many years. About 3 years ago, a friend started telling me about a series called True Blood on HBO. I didn’t have HBO, but when she told me it was based on a series of books that had vampires and a telepathic lead character, I decided to buy the first book. The rest, as they say, is history. Not only did the Southern Vampire series re-ignite my love of all things paranormal, it kick-started my old reading habit all over again.

    I quickly figured out that UF is the perfect genre for me. I loved the “non-real” aspect of SF/Fantasy, but I had drifted away from them because I wasn’t that interested in hard science, dystopian civilizations, or quasi-medieval worlds. In UF, I get modern, familiar settings with just that extra little twist. I’m in awe of the imaginative world-building that authors come up with and I love following a set a characters through a series of adventures. The fact that women are usually depicted as strong lead characters is a huge bonus. I can’t really think of anything about it that I don’t like. My only regret is that I just don’t have enough hours in the day to read all of the stories on my wishlist and TBR pile. All I can say to the many wonderful UF authors out there is to please keep up the good work and I will be happy to continue to buy your stories.

  110. Karen Jake on October 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm said:

    I’ve been a fan of UF before it was called that… 20 years, give or take. Just hand me a well-written book full of magic and mystery all wrapped up in a modern-day setting and I’m happier than a cat in a sunbeam!

  111. I love the fierce determines arse kicking heroines and the strong dark broody men of UF that face their challenges head on and can normally sport some sleet hawt arse kicking boots to get the job done. I love the concept if this month as UF Month! Read on!

  112. CANDICE DUFFEY on October 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm said:













  113. Oh yeah baby bring on the month of the UF. I love this genre cause it carries with it danger and mystery, super awesome abilities and yet in there mildly present day setting and a lot of strong characters who just want to get the job done and go home to their partners.
    I honor this month and salute my bookshelves for all of their wonderful UF titles. They need some new friends though, those are rocking awesome books up, so I am happy to pronounce myself a UF Book Reader. Thank you for making a month for these freaking fantabulous reads.

  114. Elizabeth Bancroft on October 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm said:

    My fave is the Dark Hunter series, but i would love to win some of these books. Please enter me in this contest

  115. Stefani K on October 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm said:

    How fun! I started reading Urban Fantasy before there was really even a genre name for it- I think it was called “dark fantasy” or some such thing. My early faves were the Diana Tregarde novels by Mercedes Lackey and just about everything by Charles DeLint. I also Liked Tanya huff’s Blood Lines series, and I remember reading some P.N. Elrod, too. Nowadays my favorite authors are Jim Butcher (and if you get a chance to listed to them on CD I highly recommend it- the reader is AWESOME), Richelle Mead, Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison. Thanks for this contest- I now have some new authors to check out!

  116. Stefani K on October 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm said:

    Just thought of something else- sometimes when I read a new fantasy novel, it takes quite a bit of time to sort out the “lay of the land”: what is the magic system? what are the politics and countries? who are these people and what is the relationship to each other? and how the heck do you pronounce *insert unpronouncable gaelic name here*? It can be a bit exhausting, and I don’t always have time for it. but with urban fantasy, it’s just “hey look- normal American city, and creatures I’ve already heard of and know the basic mythos of- let’s jump right in!” I find it refreshing and fun. 🙂

  117. Donna Patten on October 18, 2011 at 11:57 pm said:

    My husband turned me to UF by “The Dredsen Files” written by Jim Butcher and he is still my favorite UF author, but my reading has spread like a virus to other UF authors and even PNR (due to Twilight of course). I am always reading a book or three. I usually have an audiobook going when I am on the go and a novel to hold in my hands for quite “Mommy time outs”. I even read EBOOKS on my computer, especially the new authors who are changing to online books instead of paper novels. I am sorry to see that Jim Butcher is not one of the donating authors, but there are so many other authors I have loved reading over the years that is on the list, like Richelle Mead!

    Reading is a huge release for me! It is my time to escape my life and get swept away into a fantasy world and with UF it gives me the real world settings, troubles, and romances, and all the while reading what feels like a real and current story the characters are far from real; vampires, fairies, angels, demons, witches, and anything else that goes bump in the night. What is there not to love! UF has the best of both worlds; Fantasy world crashes into the Real world. Simply amazing! I just can’t wait to see what other adventures are still yet to come. October is the month of two of my children’s and my dog’s birthday and now I can love October for another reason. Yaaa… For Urban Fantasy month and Thank You Urban Fantasy Authors!!!

  118. Mrs.Barth on October 19, 2011 at 12:53 am said:

    Dear urban fantasy,
    Thank you, you have made me one very happy girl many times over! I use to love to read and write poetry when i was little. As i grew up I found myself trying to read and not being interested in whatever i was reading. so i stopped for a while.i was always wishing i could get back to the happy time of escaping into another world as a child for a couple hours. then a couple years ago my cousin gave me a book for my birthday. My renewed love afair with reading begain.the series are never long enough and the books if a new series can never be release fast enough for me. because of u i am now an avid speed reader and i’ve started writting again.Because of you my friends and family read more, we trade books and go see movies based on books together. Because of u my little sister inlaw and niece are now also avid readers. Because of u all of us ask for books as our gifts for xmas and birthdays.Now my nephew is reading more and asking for books as gifts. because of u my Niece has read All the fantasy books in her school library in her first year there. because of u my daughters bed time prayer is about mythical creatures & magical places. Thank you again for bringing the love for reading back into my life. love, one of your biggest fans

  119. Mallisa Quitmeyer on October 19, 2011 at 1:04 am said:

    This is a cool contests I’ll keep my fingers crossed as Halloweens my BdaY!!!!

  120. marlene on October 19, 2011 at 2:00 am said:

    Urban Fantasy is my sun and moon and my bite for fantasy when i wont to get away thank you so much I love anything paranormal my favourites are Christine Feehan, Sherrylin Kenyon, Keri Arthur and Richelle Mead

  121. matkeltri on October 19, 2011 at 2:20 am said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,
    I love you because you got this busy mom to rediscover her lifelong love of reading. The days are hectic when you’ve got work and little kids to care for, but now I try to carve out a little time to lose myself in my favorite genre. As a child, I loved fantasy (Oz, Shanarra, Xanth) and as a young adult I obsessed over Anne Rice. But once I became a mom, reading went on the back burner. A few years ago, Twilight got me back into the vampire love. Little did I know just how much the urban fantasy genre had grown since the days of Lestat. I started going through entire series at a time–Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Nicole Peeler, etc. I also love writers who may be considered “paranormal romance,” such as Richelle Mead (all-time fave), J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, etc. Regular books just aren’t as magical as urban fantasy/paranormal. It’s the ultimate escape!

  122. Maria Simon on October 19, 2011 at 6:21 am said:

    Urban Fantasy has become my favorite genre because it’s the world I wish I could live in everyday. A world just like reality except filled with werewolves and vampires, pixies and demons, magic and dragons. UF has also given me strong female role models. Toguh as nails women who fight magical crime and fall in love with a sensitive man that happens to howl at the moon once a month. UF is my favorite escape and I always look for new authors to read.

  123. Karen Zale on October 19, 2011 at 6:27 am said:

    I love it – thank you. I am a huge fan of Urban Fantasy.

  124. Thanks for the great contest. I’ll share with my friends.

  125. So many great books and yet so many I haven’t read yet!

  126. Donna M on October 19, 2011 at 7:21 am said:

    I love your books…… i’m also a big fan of Kevin Hearnes Iron Druid series….. love the dresden files also……. unfortunately authors do not write fast enough…… i tend to reread books alot …… i could use some new books to read……

  127. This is a really cool contest, thanks for hosting it. I’ve recently been introduced to this genre by Kevin Hearne’s book so can’t wait to read more of his books as well as others.

  128. DeBerard on October 19, 2011 at 7:25 am said:

    Gotta love free books.

  129. I love urban fantasy because it takes the everyday world and pulls in the strange and bizarre. It makes me look at things differently and adds wonder to my everyday life.


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  131. cynthia garcia on October 19, 2011 at 8:02 am said:

    Awesome contest! I love Urban Fantasy because it’s where I prefer to escape when times are stressed. It helps me forget everything for a little while!

  132. Julie Bonoma on October 19, 2011 at 8:04 am said:

    Love anything by Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kresley Cole, J.R.Ward………..too many to name. Awesome contest!!

  133. Why I Love Urban Fantasy: A Haiku

    UF rocks your socks
    Right off your big floppy feat
    Cheers and bootay shake

    *Borrowed the bootay shake* 😉

  134. Cassandra on October 19, 2011 at 8:21 am said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy
    How my love has grown through our time together. From Richelle Mead, Jeanine Frost Laurell K Hamilton and J R Ward. To the new authors I have found Charlaine Harrris and Jaye Wells. The creatures and characters you create are seductive and hot how can a girl not have an affair with her books. I spend countless hours during the day and night reading to get my fix. You are like a drug addictive, irresistible and unable to put down. This limerick I created is just for you:

    You take my mind away
    Somewhere I can stay
    When life gets hard
    You’re my lifeguard
    And stay I now may

    It was love at first site and you have shall have my love and my heart for all times.

  135. Deb Schneider on October 19, 2011 at 8:22 am said:

    I love urban fantasy. But I live in the country and would love to see some RURAL fantasy too 🙂

  136. Dear Urban Fantasy
    I´m starting to love you, even though I just meet you this year. I first meet you through Karen Marie Moning Fever books, and then fell head over hills with The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
    You know what I like about you is that the women don´t need to be saved; they don’t need knight in shining armor to save the day they´re strong and also the hot men, especially them.
    Even though I haven´t know you for very long, I know in my heart that there is more books that I can discover and love.
    I think this is the beginning of a long relationship.
    with love

    P.S. – There is something that I have to tell you, sometimes I get confused between you and Paranormal Romance and still don´t know where to draw a line, sorry.

    This letter is in my blog.

  137. I’ve just recently started getting into this genre. I especially like Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid novels. But I’d love to try some of these new (to me) authors out!

  138. Ruby Cichocki on October 19, 2011 at 8:42 am said:

    Hi my name is Ruby and I am a Urban Fantasy reader. I have omni author/character leanings. My first love was Anita Blake. Man could she kick butt. As my attention wandered, I found Wren Valere. Later, Harry Drsden caught my wandering eye. I am having a long read with Kaylin Nerya in Michelle Sagara’s wonderful Caste series. I am currently involved with the October Daye series by Seanen McGuire and the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearn. I don’t have a problem. I am not in denial. I truly love them all…..

  139. I love too many UF books to possibly list them all, and have tons more on my must-read list, but I did post a small token of my love of this awesome genre.

  140. Elizabeth Skaggs on October 19, 2011 at 10:14 am said:

    I love, love, lovelove love, Urban Fantasy and I’m so excited I just found this awesome book giveaway, I haven’t read these books yet!!! Please, let me win I love reading, this would totally make my October!! Love Urban Fantasy and the whole way it makes a kick-butt story. super excited to win some UF books!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 Elizabeth Skaggs *fingers crossed*

  141. Cecilie Pedersen on October 19, 2011 at 10:18 am said:

    There are so many great things to say about Urban Fantasy – The genre takes the best elements from many other great genres – mystery, fantasy, suspense, comedy to name a few – and brings them together, but what I really love is the humour. I love losing myself in a good fantasy story and have a laugh at the same time. My current favourites are Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong.

  142. Michelle W on October 19, 2011 at 10:19 am said:

    I am new to the urban fantasy genre. Kim Harrison’s..Rachel Morgan series is the first I’ve read and I LOVED them. It is action, suspense, a little romance and a whole new world. Would love the opportunity to try new auhors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  143. Jamie B on October 19, 2011 at 10:36 am said:

    Urban Fantasy is my favorite genera because of the amazing worlds I get to read about and all the action and suspense that hooks you from the beginning. I also LOVE when their is a little romance thrown in the mix to make it the best of both worlds. LOVE IT!! I could read UF all the time and never get tired of it.

  144. I have always loved urban fantasy–so many wonderful stories and talented authors to tell them. Just finished Jaye’s Green-Eyed Demon and am looking forward to the next book.

  145. MF Mercier on October 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy I have been an avid reader of many genres of books but I have to admit that this is the genre I read the most. Thanks !!!!

  146. Susan S. on October 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm said:

    I absolutely love urban fantasy. I have so many different favorites and I keep adding more to my list. A few of them are Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, Adrian Phoenix’s The Maker’s Song series, Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden files.

  147. Kayleen Gubrud on October 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm said:

    I love the genres Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy because mythical creatures and the supernatural have always been a really big part of me life. I used to spend hours as a child day-dreaming about Faeries and Elves, and the unknown world around us all. I hadn’t read any Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy until I was twelve, but they both have brung me into a exciting interesting magical world these past seven plus years, and very most likely many more years to come.

    Karen Marie Moning was my first adult fantasy author that I ever read, and still holds a special place in my heart. There have been dozens of other authors come into my life, some good, some bad. But it always gives me a thrill to read a new Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy book, one that makes me laugh and my heart race at the first kiss or kill, and even some that touch my heart.

  148. How exciting! Another reason to love the month of October! Thanks!

  149. My favorite books recently have been the Iron Druid series from Kevin Hearne, which I totally found by accident while I was reading a blog post by another author. I thought, “Hey, I like druids. I’ll give it a read.” Turns out, that the book was amazing and I’m hooked! Usually I like to read about a female lead character, but I just love Atticus so much (I have a small crush on him) that I just can’t put these books down.

  150. ElizaB on October 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm said:

    My love affair with reading started over 20 years ago when I read Interview With a Vampire. I fell in love. I quickly read everything Anne Rice had written, and pre-ordered all of her books. As the years went by I got busy (career, marriage and kids) and I lost reading along the way. Sure I’d read a book here and there, but the spark just wasn’t there.

    Then a few years ago I heard that HBO was planning a vampire series. I was over joyed, maybe I could recapture some of the love I’d had with Lestat, Louie, Armond, and the rest. Then I heard that they were basing the series on books, the first on was Dead Until Dark. I jumped on Amazon and ordered it.

    A couple days later I was in love again. I quickly read all the books in the series and pre-orderd the next book. Then an odd thing occurred, I noticed Amazon had recommendations for me, I ordered a few more books. And that was it. I read Anita Blake, Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels, Rachel Morgan, and on and on.

    If it where not for urban fantasy and all of the amazing authors, I may not have rediscovered my love of reading an books.

    Thank you urban fantasy.

    I love you.

  151. Isabella on October 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm said:

    Shall I compare thee to a summers day… Oops wrong line. How about I just say that there’s no better genre then Urban Fantasy!! Its incomparable. I love it in a way that cannot be described. I feel as though it releases the imagination to believe as though these adventures could possibly happen. So many times have a woken from my reading daze and thought ‘Wow. Why can’t awesome things like this happen in real life?’ And I think I am so lucky to be born in this time where I get to read from authors like Jaye Wells and Cassandra Clare who are still young and very much alive, plus are able to connect with the fans on the world wide web! In short I love Urban Fantasy and I think people who haven’t at least read one Urban Fantasy book is seriously missing out! But hey, I suppose its their loss and more attention from the writers for me!

    I shall now finish this fan love letter to Urban Fantasy with ‘So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this and this gives life to thee.’

    Adieu xx

  152. What I love about Urban Fantasy?
    I love the endless possibilities for the world building and the characters.I like how everything seems like it is one way but it is actually the complete opposite generally. I love the kickass heroines who stand on their own and take no shit.I love how it blends mystery/suspense with a touch of supernatural. I love how intriguing UF is to read and I recommend the UF Genre to any.

    I also left a link on my blog to this site.
    Awesome Contest With ROCKING AUTHORS AND BOOKS

  153. I fell in love with the urban fantasy genre a few years ago and almost immediately became an addict. I love that most of the UF books have strong female characters, many of whom kick some serious butt. My gateway drug was Kim Harrison, who I still count as one of my favs today. So many of the writers are phenomenal, with rich characters, awesome scene setting, and storylines that keep me intrigued. And of course, the fantasy aspect of them ensures that their will always be exciting new worlds coming to us 🙂

  154. Ariadna on October 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

    Jaye Wells , Allison Pang and Kelly Meding now this is a awesome contest.

  155. Dawn Doyle on October 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm said:

    Wow! What an awesome contest/giveaway! Thank you so much for having it. Here is my entry:

    Wells, Frost, Primo and Smith,
    My imagination soars with your words and myth.

    Noel, Cast, Scott and Caine,
    You take away my stress and keep me sane.

    Hamilton, Harris, Clare and Gray,
    You never fail to brighten my day.

    Werewolves and vampires, oh the muscles you flex,
    It makes me swoon as Briggs and Ward expound on sex.

    Harrison, Andrews, Sniegoski and Kate,
    Please, I beg you, do not make me wait.

    Push out those books, do not make me pant,
    This means you Cassidy and Vaughn, you too Grant.

    Fairy and angels and bumps in the night,
    Marr and Arthur – you pack quite a bite.

    Armstrong, Cook, Kenyon and Bast,
    Keep up your series, Oh please, make them last.

    I sweat and I shiver and I clench my hands,
    As I read Walker, Magee, Sweeny and Sands.

    Frank, Chandler, Love and Cole,
    I devour, then sigh, at the time they’ve stole.

    I’ve met creatures galore, every kind, every breed,
    Thanks to Vincent, Feehan and Mead.

    Bischoff, Meyer, Garcia and Sparks,
    Thanks to you I know them and their marks.

    Ebner, Verday, Showalter and Lyons,
    From book to book, similarities and tie-ins.

    I grab Lackey, Kennedy, Collins and Stohl,
    As I go back for more, with a lighter soul.

    So many more favourites in UF to be read,
    I’m off to get started, my mind needs fed!

  156. Beth C. on October 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm said:

    UF just flat-out rocks. It (generally) has such a great blend of myth and reality, with some incredible characters, and it’s such a great way to escape from my own reality!

  157. Bethany C. on October 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm said:

    Don’t enter me; I’ve read so many of the books on the list and would feel bad. I just wanted to say I think it’s great you’re doing this. And that I massively heart Sabina.

  158. Kelly Fine on October 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm said:

    Urban Fantasy

    Sweaty palms and racing heart;
    I’ve finally read through the passionate part.
    Sexy hero and ass-kickin’ chick;
    If I finish this book now, which one will I pick?
    Vampire, mage, shifter, fae;
    All of these creatures make my day.
    Sex, blood, love and spies;
    Forget the day, it’s at night where my heart lies.

  159. I love urban fantasy, what I like most about the genre is that often when there is a lead female character she can kick-butt! Often better then the guys. I love a strong female like Jeaniene frost’s character Cat in the Night Huntress series. I like a female who is not dependant on her man to save her, she’ll be the one to save her man.

  160. KYRA BYRD on October 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm said:

    I love reading as a parent it is my guilt free getaway. My favorite read is fantasy. so thanks for the chance to win…..

  161. Deborah on October 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm said:

    Dearest Urban Fantasy,
    Why do I love you? It is for so many reasons that I barely know where to start.
    My normal life is a hard place to be. Too many bills, not enough money to pay them. A daughter who has needs that I can not fill. And on, and on, and on.
    Yet I can always depend on you to take me away from my worries for awhile. Within you are men who are not afraid of strong women. Who will take in a child and treat it as their own. Who will fight for, beside, and with the woman they love.
    There are women who can overcome every hardship thrown at them and still remain brave enough to trust the man who comes into that hardship. That find love in spite of everything.
    There are wonderful beauties and horrors around every corner. It takes me back to my childhood. Happy, safe, and loved. It holds my secret fantasies as a woman. Sometimes light, sometimes darker, always unanswered in life.
    Without you, my life would be nothing but despair.
    My thanks to the wonderful authors who write you! Without them I would be lost!!
    Blessed Be, happy Halloween, and festive Samhain!!
    🙂 Deb (no blog of my own, so here is the entry)

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  163. Woohoo, a chance for some new urban fantasy just before Hallowe’en! Treat!

  164. Mary Preston on October 20, 2011 at 12:15 am said:

    Truly amazing!!! Thank you.


  165. Laurie on October 20, 2011 at 5:29 am said:

    To the ones that have allowed me to dream, to live in another realm and have incredible adventures. Without you I would be lost, unable to escape the limitations life has given me.

  166. Katrina on October 20, 2011 at 9:58 am said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,

    I love you so much because you always find a way to make me happy. It’s the ultimate escape to be able to read about another world that is somewhat similar to todays’s world but with supernatural beings and kick-ass, smart heroines. I like how the worlds are crafted so nicely that I just want to believe that everything’s real. I love how everything can be serious and funny at the same time and how the characters can be so real and loveable. I find that I even enjoy re-reading Urban Fantasy books from my favorite authors, Karen Marie Moning and Ilona Andrews.

    Thank you UF, for making life much more exciting.

  167. I love Urban Fantasy authors because you have to think that in real life they would be amazing people to think up the things they write. It always nice to think what authors are like in my opinion–will they be nice or somehow like their characters? Urban Fantasy authors have to be some of my favorite writers.

  168. John W. on October 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm said:

    I love Kim Harrison.She is my all time favorite author of the Hollows series. I just love how she makes the characters seem apart of your own world you know. I find myself using words or phrases from her books as well as from other books from some of my favorite authors. Some of my other favorites are Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs,Karen Chance, Richelle Mead; just to name a few. I love how some of the characters in their stories always have a real sense to them.I also love how a lot of the characters are female because there needs to be some sort of shift in the way the world views women. People such as these authors show how women can be empowering not only in their own lives, but in the lives of others.Everything one does can affect many. Any time I read one of their books I always feel as if I’m right along with the characters and sometimes even want to help out or tell them don’t go in there or watch out. It’s really great to have these authors who not only inspire people such as myself, but can also shape the imaginations. I myself have learned things from these books and feel that they hold some truth about the world. They show us things about the world that some of us never get to experience except in a book, but by writing and giving us this bit of truth they not only help some people grow they shape what some might become.

  169. Cathy M on October 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

    I’ve always been a huge paranormal romance fan, and can appreciate a fabulous urban fantasy story. Love the darker storylines, the strong heroines, the uber-alpha males, that bite of snarky humor, and the world building. I tend to be more of a HEA girl, but the HFN in UF will work for me too.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  170. Before Charles DeLint I thought Urban Fantasy was a strip club just off 42nd Street in Manhattan. Lo and behold, Mr. DeLint showed me the palsied light and ushered me into a world far more wondrous and frightening than any glitter-bedecked pole dancer just out of rehab I could have imagined. Not to be outdone, Jim Butcher turned my head and took me on tour through the streets of Chicago with ward and wand. I was hooked. Just about the time Dresden kicked the bucket, that hot little firecracker Kim Harrison invited me down to the Hollows, where I learned about ley lines, where demons spend their summer vacations.and just how sexy a witch and her vamp roommate can be merely standing around the kitchen island kvetching. Sweet stuff, but I eventually needed some air to clear my head of the perfumed and intoxicating effects of estrogen. As I stepped out the front door of Rachel’s converted church, a fellow there named Simon R. Green asked me for a light and told me he knew a place where I wouldn’t have to curb my appetites. That’s how I ended up in the Nightside. These days (well, nights really, as it’s always 3AM in the Nightside), I get my jollies hanging with the likes of Razor Eddie, Punk God of the straight razor and his pal John Taylor, son of Lilith, the fallen first wife of Adam and mother of monsters. They’re always good for a quick snort of wormwood brandy before we leave Strangefellows Bar to see what’s kickin’, or at least who’s getting kicked. On the Nightside streets, too much is a good place to start and pain is our secret little word for pleasure. At least that’s the way Suzy Shooter tells it.
    So, yeah, I love Urban Fantasy. It takes me where I want to go and does what I want to do. I hear that Kevin Hearne fella has a Druid he wants me to meet. I look forward to it, and to all the worlds you Urban Fantasy writers can conjure. You need a reader? I’m your man.

  171. Just wrote a post on why I love UF fiction. Check it out on the blog: http://tinyurl.com/6c9ur3o

  172. Angela Losekamp on October 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,
    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Cliché but true. You are the one addiction I’ve never been able to quit. You are my sunshine on a rainy day. Or depending on the book, my blood and guts on a rainy day. I may have to leave you for Shakespeare and other classics on occasion due to my major but you are always there waiting for me when I’m finished with them. I don’t know when we first met but I do know it was love at first sight, and ever since. Many times you are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I read before going to bed. Some people curl up and cuddle with their boyfriends but my boyfriend is jealous of you, urban fantasy, because there are days when I would rather curl up with you than him. Whether it be Wells, Mead, or any other urban fantasy book that catches my eye, you tend to come first. My room tends to get dirty because I am too busy reading to clean. Thank you for all the good years and may we have many more together.

  173. elizabeth on October 21, 2011 at 4:21 am said:

    Dear, Curran there is no way I could describe in word how I feel about you and Kate. Reading about you gives me the chills you are an amazing Hero. You kick butt and you know your the boss and don’t need anyone to kiss your ass. If I had to pick the perfect man it would be you. these are the reasons why I love you.

    First, of all your the perfect combination of sexy and dangerous. Sigh
    Second, of all if I had a man like you I know I would never doubt my self because I know you would never let.
    Third, thing I love about you is that your not perfect and you don’t pretend to be, you act like yourself and don’t give a FUCK if you offend people.
    Fourth but, not least I know being with you would be all I needed and I would never want for nothing as long as I had you.


  174. erin f on October 21, 2011 at 8:00 am said:

    WOW! awesome splashed in fabulousness! Thanks so much for your generosity 🙂

    I’d have to say that I love UF b/c it is literally a new world. The sky’s the limit and literally nothing is impossible. I love all the new concepts dealing with magic and powers and change. Being able to suspend disbelief and just accept that things are completely different. Having characters that are strong, phsyically and/or magically, and being able to make a difference. Having conflict that can be resolved and a HEA (well mostly). I also love the different combinations that many authors create: steampunk, mystery, romance. I love losing myself in these books and I am an avid read of all things UF. It doesn’t necessarily have to have a romance, as long as it has an engaging plot and characters I can fall in love with. I love series and strong, kick *ss female characters. I tend toward the wry, sarcastic protagonists (male or female) and I love a strong, supporting cast. I could go on and on but that’s the main points. Jaye Wells, Nicole Peeler, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Kevin Hearne… the list is lengthy but I love all the UF writers 🙂

    You all ROCK! Thanks again!

    efender1 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  175. I love the way Urban Fantasy takes a city in the world we know and blows it up with paranormal activity. This has got to be my favorite genre. Action, adventure, worldbuilding, and some romance, but never too much. Give me action THEN give me love. Action first. Urban Fantasy does this like no other genre.

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  177. Lindsey White on October 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

    Oh my goodness, Urban Fantasy. Best thing ever, seriously, no one is going to get on your butt for an addiction to reading. Especially when they see that the books are AMAZING. I’m a romance nerd, so i’m obsessed with series like Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, which is all about ass-kicking vampires in modern day New York (state not city) finding their true loves. The fun of it is the ability to completely slip away from the reality you’re in, but to be able to say, “Omg! The protagonist is gambling in Reno! I want to go there for my 21st bday!” ya know? historical fiction is fun and all (don’t get me started on you relate, but it’s still another world, which is the fun of fiction.

    and seriously. who doesn’t love a sexy mythical piece of [insert gender you’re attracted to]-candy? <3<3

  178. I have posted my ode on my blog, http://www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com, but will post the tekst here as well:

    My Ode to Urban Fantasy

    Thank you Jaye Wells, to declaring October as International Urban Fantasy Month. She is giving away the awesome price pack of 25 signed Urban Fantasy novels (including her own books of course) divided of 5 lucky winners. All you have to do, is tell why you love Urban Fantasy. So go over to her site, http://jayewells.com/, and enter the contest as well.
    Other others are participating as well, like Siera Dean (http://www.sierradean.com/), whose novella I have just reviewed (scroll down).

    So here is my ode to Urban Fantasy.

    I love to read Urban Fantasy novels and especially series for a lot of reasons. I am in awe of the world those authors create, especially if you can believe it is real, and those paranormal creatures could be living right next door to you. The diversity some authors create is incredible, and I love them all. Although I have a weakness for witches and wizards, I love reading about vampires, were-wolves and other shapeshifters, the different kind of fae, but also elves, faeries, nymphs, ghosts, demons, gods and goddesses and demi-gods, angels, gargoyles, and other scary creatures of the night.
    What great imagination those authors have, and how grateful I am to them, for taking the time to write it all down, so other people can enjoy their stories.

    I love kick ass heroines, those who really take over the pages, and don’t really need a man by their side, but if they do have, they are equals and not depending on them to save their asses. No genre is better for that than urban fantasy. And paranormal romance of course, the line between the two genres is often very thin.
    I love to dream about, what if it could be real, what if I could be a part of this world? Have a shifter, a real alpha male, for myself? Of course, I am way to independent to ever tolerate such a mach alpha male in my life for real, but still. They care so much, are so protective of their mate/heartmate/Soulmate. Dreaming is nice.

    And I especially love series, so you can follow your favourite heroine and hero on their next adventure, and learn more about their personal lives, and the trials in it. The secondary characters are much needed to give extra life and laughter to the story, and their roles are often very important for the storyline.

    Some of my favourite Urban Fantasy authors, in no specific order:
    Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, Jenna MacLain, Karen Chance, Moira Rogers, and of course Yasmine Galenorn.
    They all have wonderful worldbuilding and strong heroines.

    Thank you all ladies, for giving me so many hours of reading pleasure, letting me travel to your worlds and enjoy myself.

  179. I have read and/or own just about everything on your list!

    In addition to you, I love Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, Nicole Peeler, Richelle Mead, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Chance, C.E. Murphy–oh, and a whole host of others too numerous to name. (I know some of these are more PNR than UF, but I blur the line.)

    So, why do I love them? Well, in addition to the fantasy element, I like that the genre seems to so frequently represent strong (physically and/or mentally) women, or women who overcome obstacles and learn to be strong. (I guess that can be said of both the characters and the authors!) I grew up with male-dominated fantasy and sci-fi authors/books (but thank you MZB, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Tanith Lee, Barbara Hambly, etc. for some wonderful exceptions), so it’s a welcome change.

    Many thanks, Jaye, for the opportunity to express my appreciation.

  180. Leilani Caoagdan on October 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm said:

    Great contest! There are books on the list that I’ve wanted to read and I love reading books from authors that i’ve never read before. Thank you!

  181. Why do I love Urban fantasy? In my case it’s like an illicit love affair, a rather guilty pleasure of a hard SF fan 🙂 Reading something which is in a lot of cases geared towards a more romantically inclined audience can be a wonderful change of pace between pitched battles and outer reaches of space and its focus on emotions and romantic misadventures of characters gives it a warmer feel we all need sometimes . Plus the wonderful thing about urban fantasy is that it allows a reader to dream about new, exciting (sometimes horrifying) things not far, far away but right around the corner since it normally sticks the extraordinary right in the middle of very ordinary 🙂 (and the fact that a lot of protagonists are also strong competent women, which can be rather sexy in itself,who are also quite attractive to boot certainly helps the whole thing 😉 )

  182. What an awesome contest! This makes me love fall even more, UF month!! My favorite genre, why you say? What is not to love, you get creatures and beings as impossible and real as the imagination can get, some kick ass heroines, some tough scarred handsome heroes, epic tales of triumph at the same time tales of unimaginable hardship and heartache, good vs. evil (even when the lines between the two are blurred), and if you are lucky some love and peace at the end. It has everything and more than enough to stir your emotions.
    Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!


  183. Brandy Swain on October 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm said:

    wow, what an amazing contest! I just started reading Red Headed Stepchild, this is the first book I’ve read of Jaye Wells. I’m so in love with it!!! Thank you for the chance to win in this awesome contest!
    ~Happy Halloween~

  184. Stephanie on October 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy,
    We’ve had a long and lovely run, and I have high hopes for our future together. We’ve come so far from our start through teen books, like the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. We’ve matured and grown together and formed a long love affair with paranormal romances, like Katie Macalister’s Dragon & Dark One series & Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter and Psy-Changling series. We’ve grown and diversified into other genres as well.

    Where I once could not appreciate the thin romance strings in series like Kim Harrison’s The Hallows, or the more complex relationships of CE Murphy’s Shaman world, I now revel in the intricacies and character development.

    What is not to love about fantastical and otherworldly stories? You make my imagination so much stronger and my daydreams more vivid. I do not know what I would do if you were not in my life.

    Ever since the tragic and untimely demise of Borders I have been stocked and constantly reading new stories by amazing authors such as, Jaye Wells, Illona Andews, Larissa Ione, & Jennifer Estep.

    Oh Urban Fantasy you have provided me endless hours with amazing characters and story lines. I want to thank you so very much for inspiring some of my favourite authors like Karen Chance, Karen Marie Moning, Chloe Neill, Kalayna Price & Richelle Mead.

    Urban Fantasy you have done so much for me. You have gotten me through some rough times and some good times. You and your books have become life long friends. I wish I could properly put into words how very grateful I am to you. I love you. Truly. I cannot wait until I can publish something that will be able to call you its genre.

    I love you.


  185. I love UF because it is so kick-ass. I have tried PNR and even though I like it, it seldom blows me away like UF can do. What makes it so then, well I do love my romance, do not get me wrong, but I want a story. And UF gives me that, a mystery, someone gone bad, something big, and at the back there can be sizzling tension (cos I do want that too). But I just want the story, and the stories are so good.

    Fav authors (well I still have a lot to read!), but I like the Mercy Thompson books, Suzanne Mcleod, Rachel Vincent and many more. And what else is good is that I still have so much to read.

    I do love you UF! it must be because you have fantasy in you, my own true love

  186. sam baskin on October 23, 2011 at 11:30 am said:

    I love fantasy and science fiction for a number of reasons, but first and foremost because it allows me to escape. I love my life, but when ever I’m stressed or need to break away from a problem for a time, my books are always there. I am able to delve into a world completely unlike my own, one where magic lives, dragons speak, gods walk among humans, and/or druids and vampires kick ass. And almost always when I finish that book or I am forced to put it down I am in a better state of mind. I have had a chance to engage myself in something else and what I considered problems before (while still there) are easier to fix and the world a better place. I love fantasy because when you find the right book you are engulfed in its wonder, and because it’s the spark of imagination. I know this sounds cheesy but science fiction and fantasy make me a happier more relaxed human being and these are just a few of the reasons why I love science fiction and fantasy.

  187. Angelstar Gwen on October 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

    Dear Urban Fantasy-

    Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love the bad a$$ attitudes of Ward’s Black Dagger dudes
    And Kenyon’s Dark Hunters mainifest, full of Greek myths, gods and sex
    You got me hooked and I look forward to one book after another
    I search for more series and other realms I can discover
    I vamp out with Jeaninne Frost, her Cat and Bones is the story
    Then I found the world of Fae with Amy Lane’s Green, Bracken and Cory
    Feehan’s Sister’s of the Heart, with their bewitching wiles
    Lead me to Jim Butcher’s wizard, in Harry Dresden Files
    Then Karen Marie Moning made me a Maniac
    *Sigh* those MacKelter Highlanders always brings me back
    But her series that I want to push is the Fevah, I admit
    The saga of Mackayla Lane, is my all-time favorite
    I love the kick a$$ characters of the female heroines
    The realm of vamps and weres and fae and other boogeymen
    My new like is the Iron Druid series, by author Kevin Hearne
    With tales of Druid Atticus and Irish Wolfhound Oberon
    These are just some reasons why I love Urban Fantasy
    Now I need to go find the answer to “Barrons, what the hell is he??!!”

  188. I stumbled onto UF by the way of PNR. I read JR Ward and then looked around for a bit more egde in the female protags, making my way to the early Anita Blake which busted the dam for me. I love so many thing about this genre and it’s authors. In general what I look for are smart characters, lots of action, unpredictable plot twist, LOL dialogs and heartbreaking choices. Completely low expectations, no? Well, since I have found many books the meet these criteria, I know they are realistic and achievable. Just a few of my fav series are Toby (McGuire), Chess (Kane), Justine (Crane), Charley(Jones), Sandman Slim, Kara (Rowland), Cassie (Chance), Atticus(Hearne)…OMG I could go on for a bit so I will stop here. I think UF authors are the S#@T and want to say your work is greatly appreciated, keep them coming please (1 book per year thing really sucks sometimes, ya know)!!!

  189. donnas on October 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm said:

    What I love about UF is that while often the world is similar to ours. Its also a world where anything can happen and often does. In these worlds, vampires and werewolves do exist. Magic can rule the world or help destroy it. And you never really know who or what your next door neighbor is. Its a world we can easily picture and like to visit but wouldnt always want to live there. UF can really let you use your imagination and suspension of disbelief.

  190. A raiser of dead named Anita
    was in need of a sexual feat-a.
    So she called up some vamps
    for a night of romance
    and then made it with a were-cheetah.

  191. Dear UF,

    Thank you for showing us all that women can be multidimensional and still kick butt. Thank you for giving us other worlds to escape to when things get tough in ours. I love that every heroine is destined for greatness, and that the men she chooses to befriend all have something positive to offer, even if you can’t see it right away. Most importantly, I love that your worlds are similar enough to mine that I can picture the creepy homeless man as a troll, the arrogant politician as an Elf or my mischevious coworkers as Fae.

    I love you UF.

  192. I love Urban Fantasy because it provides me with an escape from the troubles of real life. When reading UR books, I’m always inspired by how the strong female leads can overcome hardships to gain success.

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  194. Thank you for the great idea Jaye! I made my post on the blog here: http://www.stella-exlibris.com/2011/10/top-5-reasons-why-i-love-urban-fantasy.html

    Put together a Top 5 list of the main reasons UF is the best 🙂

    But here is the text of my post:

    Top 5 reasons why UF rocks and why everyone should read it

    1. Because of the awesome, kickass, independent heroines!

    Really, one of the constant things of UF which never let me down: the heroines besides being role models for girls and women of every age when it comes to standing up for yourself and taking care of your life, are real despite living in fantasy worlds. Kate (from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Elena from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series) are both tough yet vulnerable women, who have their own insecurities and fears which make them relatable and so human.

    2. Because of all the action!

    Let’s face it, the life of most of us isn’t that thrilling, every everyday life is just like everyone’s else, so it’s thrilling to experience danger, excitement, mystery from the comfort of our couch 🙂

    3. Because of the unique worlds!

    Urban fantasies have the best of both worlds: they are set in modern time so the reader can relate when the characters are using their cell phones and living in a big metropol, but it also has that magical, paranormal, mysterious side we relish: there are super powers, supernatural species, psychic bonds and other fantastic things.

    4. Because of the humour!

    Until I became hooked on UF I don’t think I read many humourous novels or that it was an important detail for me in a novel. That all changed when UF books showed me the light. Because maybe at first you wouldn’t believe that these dark and gritty and dangerous tales could be funny, but oh yes they are! I just love how the authors ease the tension with some humour and witty banter in a heart-stopping scene when adrenaline is running high and your palms sweat with fear. You should try Master of None by Sonya Bateman, you’ll never look back from UF.

    5. … and of course because of the heroes!

    Because let’s face it: even if in real life we couldn’t bear to live with an overbearing, possessive man, in our novels we simply relish the strong and possessive alpha males, who in UF are equal partners to the heroines and not just their rescuers. The relationships and love between the hero and heroines are another aspect I love love love in my UF.

    +1 and a bonus one: Because of the gorgeous covers!

    Urban Fantasy novels have the most beautiful, unique and magical covers out there. I couldn’t choose any favourites, so just a few to prove it:

    So here you go, a mini list of my Top 5 Reasons Why I Love UF.

    Thank you 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  195. Asura C on October 28, 2011 at 10:09 am said:

    Looking at my bookshelf I realize that UF totally rocks my stacks. I love the heroines, I love the hawt troubled heroes, I love the wild sidekicks and crazy animals that are rampant in UF. The snark, the boots…. one cannot but love the authors who bring us these wild tales of magic and mayhem.

    bookittome at gmail dot com

  196. What a great contest!

    I love UF because I enjoy escaping into a world that is like my own, but darker and more interesting. Plus I love a good, strong heroine, and UF always has a heroine I can root for to kick just a little more butt.

  197. I really don’t remember my first introduction to urban fantasy, it seems like I’ve always loved it. The gritty mix of urban landscapes, strong heros, kick-ass heroines, magic, mystery, action, and romance drew me in from the first page. Send it back in time and call it steampunk – love it. Amp up the sex and call it paranormal romance – still love it. Urban fantasy in all it’s wonderful and creative incarnations is a standard on my nightstand – and in my car, my bag, at the dinner table (sorry love). I love picking up bits of other mythical traditions through my reading. Native American, European, Indian, Asian – give me your Coyote, your hobgoblins, your Rakshasas, and Youkai. I love the snark in the face of danger, and the chance to be vulnerable. I love that it’s always new. I love period.
    Thank you.

  198. I love urban fantasy because of the kick-ass heroines that are usually featured.

  199. Urban Fantasy is awesome! I love how it mixes people into likely but unlikely situations and with just enough (or a lot) of the magical to make the reader go “ohhhhhh!” – love it!

  200. An Ode to Nicole Peeler:
    You introduced me to a new kind of girl,
    who lives in Maine and swims in a swirl.
    Her name is Jane True and her brand of wit
    is entertaining to the point where I wish to commit
    my life to reading her adventures on being a misfit.
    And although she first decided on Ryu,
    who I wished to hit in the smackeroo,
    knowing she has cast him aside for Anyan
    makes it better since he’s the man!

    Hah. I stuck at poetry, but basically, I love the Jane True series and Nicole Peeler for writing them.

    Thanks for the contest! This was fun. =)

  201. I love urban fantasy because it got me out of my reading rut. A few years back, I had stopped reading because I got bored with stuff that started seeming stale. Urban fantasy brought back the excitement because of the blend of fantasy and action that seems to rarely get stale for me!
    Thank you for the contest, this is awesome!

  202. I so Love all these UF books! they are just the best, and makes you wonder where have they been all this time? I have found some that were just classified as Romance! I am so glad they have thier own classification now, if everyone would just get with it as well! LOL I have so many favorite Authors and cant get enough of these books! Even the Youth books are awesome these days, and the female Kick Ass characters are the best! of course along with the paranormal/Supernatural element as well of course!!! cant forget that! I am a mom of 3, busy running here there and everywhere and have friends who ask how i find the time to read, well, i read every chance i get! in the car while waiting for someone, at the doctors office, while drinking my coffee, ETC!!! LOL I cant stop reading! so, thanks to all the great authors and keep em coming!! 😀
    Sheri from Creston!

  203. I love urban fantasy because it can be anything, with just a little MORE. Mystery. Romance. Adventure. Horror. Any of these thing or all of these things, but with an added layer that elevates them to a reality which I find so much more interesting than the mundanity of the real world. It’s just hard to get anyone to believe that any of the events in a regular piece of fiction could possibly have world-shattering significance. In UF, sometimes our world has already been shattered, sometimes the shattering is narrowly averted. Gotta love UF!

  204. I quit watching TV about a year ago…the same time I found werewolf romance books!! 😀 I’ve never gone back…it’s all about me, my kindle, my chocolate and my urban fantasy.

  205. Breanne on October 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm said:

    I love UF because I can get all my favourite genres in one book – mystery, action, romance, fantasy. A good UF book can’t be beat!

  206. Dear Urban Fantasy,

    Though I will often choose your raunchier sibling PNR, I still adore you for all your strong heroines and fantasy creatures partying it up in New York City. You see, I don’t really like traditional fantasy, but give me a unicorn in Texas or a mermaid trying to make it as an scuba diver and I’m all yours. I know you’re a pretty new genre and most people didn’t really want to accept you into the fold, but I’m glad that’s changed and glad you’re going to stick around.


  207. I love urban fantasy because the stories are action packed. Once I start reading, I’m able to put the book down, staying up late, even with work early the next morning. With urban fantasy, I enjoy the world building and character interactions, especially when there are tough kick a$$ heroines and steamy leading men.

  208. Jessica on October 30, 2011 at 2:00 am said:

    I love UF because of it’s amazing mix of everything. I love the mysterious characters and the settings that seem so familiar but are actually not.
    These are the books I stay up until 3am reading.
    Uf <3 ~

  209. Elizabeth on October 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm said:

    I adore UF! My list of faves is endless and ever-growing! I follow many of the authors giving away books in this contest (and will be checking out the others!)

    I also love,(& I’ll give you the short list here), Shannon Butcher (Sentinels), Linda Robertson (gotta love Persephone!), Kalayna Price(Alex Craft), Kat Richardson (Harper Blaine), Dakota Banks (Mortal Path), Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels and Edge series), Simon R. Greene (Nightside), Rob Thurman(Cal Leandros),Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian), Mark Del Franco (Connor Grey), Michelle Sagara (Elantra), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), Jennifer Estep (Gin Blanco)& my “3 B’s” — Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop & Jim Butcher.

    Thanks to all UF authors for building great worlds that we all can temporarily inhabit!

  210. I like how each author in UF is able to create their own rules with respect to their universe. Also I enjoy the strong female characters.
    Thanks for the contest!

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  212. Dear Urban Fantasy,

    I fell in love with you the moment i started reading Richelle Mead’s Succubus series(i LOVE seth!!)..i guess it’s called love at first LINE(from that moment i am inseparable from you!!)..right?? and then i came across Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series while searching for you(did i mention how amazing curran is??).Now,you get the idea how i came to love you and these amazing worlds and charecters you present me with!!

    What I love about you is the blend of genres: mystery/suspense often mixed with folklore or mythology,amazing world-building in settings that seem familiar on the surface but are actually very different, and intriguing characters.

    I love how the hero/heroine can be this super kickass person and be vunerable at the same time.I love watching the characters facing everything that’s thrown in their way and even though it left scars, they grew stronger because of it.I love how i get attached to you so much that,it makes cheer for the characters, how it makes me hurt for them,how in spite of every hardship there’s always hope.

    You gave me vampires,werelions, zombies, witches,werewolves,Angels,Demos,Fey….and what not? Yes, I love you, for all these paranormals and so much more. I love you for being yourself, and I love you because of the person you made me.


    P.S:Thanks for the International Urban Fantasy Month!

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