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I thought I'd highlight each of the anthologies that Patricia Bray and I have edited over the years, both those published by DAW Books and by Zombies Need Brains. First up is our first outing, AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR! Here's the description, Table of Contents, and a link to the Kindle edition. It's also available in other ebook formats and in paperback. If you'd like it in paperback, it looks like you might have to get it from the ZNB online store now (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc), which means it's probably going out of print shortly. (I may have to get ZNB more copies, if that's the case.)

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on—in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate
“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler
“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne
“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford
“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder
“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring
“The Tavern Fire” by Db Jackson
“Last Call” by Patricia Bray
“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna
“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman
“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis
“Forbidden” by Avery Shade
“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler
“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout

https://smile.amazon.com/After-Hours-Ur-Bar-Jo…/…/B00475AXEM


AFTER HOURS Cover
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I've been away for a little over a week (grading the high school AP Calculus exams in Kansas City, MO), but I'm back now and ready to catch up on things! And while I was away, a new review of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR was posted on www.tangentonline.com. Check it out here. And then, if you haven't already, grab a copy of the book! This review does a little spin on each story, with Ian Tregillis' and Jackie Kessler's stories chosen as the reviewer's top picks.



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Ok, so I haven't seen many reviews out there for After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar--thanks to those of you have reviewed it!--so I figured we'd run a contest. All you have to do is read the anthology and post a review on either Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com, or on your blog and/or webpage. It doesn't have to be a hardcore indepth review. Just mention whether you enjoyed the anthology or not, perhaps pick out your favorite couple of stories, etc. A few sentences is enough for the contest. The winner will be drawn at random from the all entries received. The deadline is May 2nd. If you write a review, you need to let me know here in the comments, with a link to the review (or just say it's up on Amazon or B&N, I can find those). If you've already posted a review, you can still enter, just let me know where the review is with the link. Or better yet, repost it to remind everyone!

Oh, and the winner will receive a bag of special AFTER HOURS M&Ms!



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Today, April 10th, Barbara Ashford and I (plus Ben Tate) will be signing copies of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR at Spectator's Bar and Grill (and/or Pub) in New Rochelle, NY! We'll have some bar food out for people to snack on and the books to buy if you don't have it already. Feel free to stop by! We're there from 1-4pm, and since both of us have books coming out in May (SPELLCAST from Barbara and WELL OF SORROWS in paperback from me), you can come chat with us about those new releases as well. The address is below. If you're in NYC, take a break and do an outing up to Spectator's for drinks, bar food, and a good long friendly chat with two fantasy authors. We'll be searching for the perfect Gilgamesh impersonator among the crowd. *grin*






Spectator's
219 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY
(Exit 16 off I-95)


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So, it's been a week since the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar anthology was released and I thought I'd provide a few suggestions in case you'd like to help out with more sales. But first, thanks to everyone who's bought the anthology so far. We appreciate it! If you'd like to see more anthologies from us, please help out as much as you can. The more sales we get, the more anthologies they'll likely buy from us in the future! So, here are the best ways to help out:

1. Talk about the anthology with your friends! Word of mouth is still the best advertisement for any book out there. If you mention the anthology to your friends, even talk about your favorite story in the anthology and point the book out to them at the bookstore, perhaps they'll be intrigued enough to try it!

2. Write a review! Post it on your blog or website. It doesn't have to be a long review, just a few quick sentences saying you checked out the anthology and really enjoyed this story or that and think others should check it out as well. Talk about the "bar traveling through time" concept and mention a few of the time periods of the stories. Even a few short sentences and a mention of the title is enough to bring the anthology to people's attention.

3. Post a mini-review up on your Facebook Wall or on Twitter! Even just a short comment that you picked up the anthology and can't wait to read it helps. Or mention your favorite story, favorite author in the anthology, etc. Add a direct link to your favorite online bookstore so people can grab a copy of it.

4. Post a review of the anthology on Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com! These reviews not only help people decide whether they'll like a book, but the more reviews a book gets, the greater attention it gets paid by the search engines and the browsing engines such as "people who bought this also bought," etc. And again, it doesn't have to be a huge review. Just a few sentences, mention your favorite story in the anthology, talk about how much you liked the concept, or what made this anthology stand out from others, etc.

5. Link to the anthology using your favorite bookstore on your blog/website! Even if you haven't had a chance to read the anthology but are excited about it, mention it on your blog or website and provide a direct link to the book at your favorite online bookstore. Making it easier for someone to find the book helps!

So there are some quick and painless ways to help spread the word about the anthology. These first few weeks after the release date are the most crucial for book sales, so if you were thinking of picking up the book, do it now rather than a month from now. It will help us more in the long run. And again, if you've already got the book, thanks! We're working on our second anthology as we speak (not a Ur-Bar sequel, but if sales are high enough for this one, perhaps we'll have a sequel in the future)! We'd like to do a ton more.



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Today is the first book signing for After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar! I'll be signing copies of the book at the Binghamton University on-campus bookstore today from 2-4pm. Copies of my other books are available as well. In fact, I believe the bookstore still has hardcover copies of my Throne of Amenkor series available for sale. If you'd like the hardcover copies, I think you can order them through the bookstore's website. If not, just let me know and we can work something out. They also have some of the anthologies that my short stories have been in recently.

So if you're on campus at BU today, stop on by and say hi! You can get started on collecting all of those signatures in the After Hours anthology! *grin*

And don't forget that there's a signing at the Vestal, NY, Barnes & Noble tomorrow, March 5th, from 1-4pm, followed by an informal gathering at Delgados Mexican Restaurant in Johnson City, NY. After Hours will be available for purchase at those events, as well as all of my other books. And there will be additional contributing authors as well, such as Patricia Bray, Avery Shade, S.C. Butler, and Laura Anne Gilman! (Barnes & Noble will have their books. I'm not sure if they'll be available at Delgados.)



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Today is the official release day for After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar! So you can now rush to your local bookstore or computer and pick up or order your copy. Or rush to the computer and order or download your copy. Whichever you prefer!

In the meantime, happy book day to Patricia, Ben, Sam, Jennifer, Barbara, Maria, Kari, David, Seanan, Juliet, Laura Anne, Ian, Avery, Jackie, and Anton. I think it's a book we can all be proud of. Thank you all for contributing and making the editing process so much fun . . . well, as much fun as an editing process can be anyways. *grin*

And for the readers out there, thanks for joining us on this little adventure and we sincerely hope that you enjoy the stories in the anthology. Stop on by and let us know what you thought when you've had a chance to read it. And pass along the news about the release, if you don't mind.

And for an extra challenge, I'm wondering who will be the first to collect ALL of the contributor's signatures, as well as the editors. I know one person who's managed to get four of them so far. He isn't being shy about it either. *grin*

In any case, here's the announcement and, if you feel like sharing the good news, a text box of code so you can post the announcement in your own blog. And beneath that, there's a list of the events we have scheduled. If you're in any of the areas, stop on by and say hi!











Events:

March 4th: Signing at the Binghamton University bookstore in Binghamton, NY, from 2-4pm with Joshua Palmatier.

March 5th: Signing at the Vestal Barnes & Noble boosktore in Vestal, NY, from 2-4pm with Patricia Bray, S.C. Butler, Laura Anne Gilman, Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, and Benjamin Tate.

March 5th: Informal celebrations at Delgado's Mexican Restaurant in Johnson City, NY, from 6-8pm with Patricia Bray, S.C. Butler, Laura Anne Gilman, Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, and Benjamin Tate.

March 13th: Signing at Flights of Fantasy in Albany, NY, from 3pm-? with Patricia Bray, S.C. Butler, Jackie Kessler, Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, and Benjamin Tate.

March 19th: Release Party held at Lunacon in Rye, NY, from 8pm-? with Barbara Ashford, Patricia Bray, S.C. Butler, Laura Anne Gilman, Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, and Benjamin Tate.

April 10th: Release Party held at Spectators Pub in New Rochelle, NY, from 1-4pm with Barbara Ashford, Patricia Bray, Joshua Palmatier, and Benjamin Tate.

April 28th: Reading/Signing at the Africa House art gallery in Endicott, NY, from 7-8pm with Patricia Bray, Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, and Benjamin Tate.

And don't for the contest! Friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LJ, or like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar page on Facebook and you're entered!

Now, go forth and read!
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So those were all of the contributors to the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar anthology. Along the way, you were introduced to one of the editors as well. For this last introduction post, I’d like to introduce . . . well, myself. *grin* But the contest is still running, s here’s the deal: to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the other editor: Joshua Palmatier. AKA, me. I contributed a story to the anthology, writing as Benjamin Tate, so you’ve really already been introduced to me, as him. The entire anthology came about (as described in the Introduction to the book) as a result of seven authors getting together at a bar after a signing and chatting. I’d never edited an anthology before--had never even considered it--but the idea seemed too good to NOT attempt to sell. So while at Worldcon in Montreal, I began asking questions about how you went about selling such a thing and was told that if I could get a proposal written and to Tekno Books the next morning, then they’d pitch it for us. Needless to say, I spent that evening frantically writing up a proposal. I sent it in and then, as with all things in published, we waited. Eventually, the idea sold. Patricia and I were as surprised as anyone. Here’s the official description, ripped almost literally from our proposal:

After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar: The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on--in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

The editing process was . . . interesting. I had fears that Patricia’s and my friendship might not survive it, but it was actually incredibly fun. Enough that we wrote up a few more proposals and are happy to announce that one of them sold. So watch for our next anthology, The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, sometime in 2012. I certainly had a blast working on this project, and look forward to seeing what other great stories we can find in future anthologies. This anthology is certainly packed with them. And if you want to know a little bit more about me, here’s my editor bio from the anthology:

Joshua Palmatier is a writer with a PhD in mathemat¬ics. He currently resides in New York while teaching mathematics full-time at SUNY College at Oneonta. His novels include The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne, and The Vacant Throne, all part of the "Throne of Amenkor" trilogy. His short story "Mastihooba" appeared in the anthology Close Encounters of the Urban Kind. This is his first stab at being an editor and it required the consumption of many, many White Russians. But he’ll do it again given the chance. www.joshuapalmatier.com.

All three of my Throne novels are being given out as prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the fifteenth contributor: Anton Strout ([livejournal.com profile] antonstrout)! Anton’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Izdu-Bar, which sets the Ur-bar in a possible, post-apocalyptic zombie future. Here’s the official description:

"Idzu-Bar" by Anton Strout: In a future world terrorized by zombies, one bouncer discovers that letting someone in after hours may be the worst mistake of his life.

I hadn’t met Anton in person until we did a signing together, when his first book came out. Turns out, he also works at Penguin, the company that distributes my own books, as part of the sales division. Suddenly he’s my best friend! *grin* Here’s his author bio from the anthology:

Anton Strout remembers his early days of barhopping in New York City, making The Slaughtered Lamb an old favorite of his thanks to the drinks, dungeon, life-sized werewolves and fake lightning storms. He is best known as the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series including Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter, and Dead Waters. He has also appeared in a variety of anthologies. In his scant spare time, he is an always writer, sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the world’s most casual and controller-smashing video gamer. He can be found lurking the darkened hallways of www.antonstrout.com.

We’ll be giving away the first three books in his Simon Canderous series as prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the fourteenth contributor: Jackie Kessler! Jackie’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Where We Are Is Hell, which integrates the Ur-bar with her Hell series of books. A ghost is stumbling through a place with only doors that don’t open, her memories lost. But then, one of the doors opens unexpectedly and she stumbled into the Ur-bar. Here’s the official description:

"Where We Are Is Hell" by Jackie Kessler: Condemned to purgatory--a hallway full of closed doors--a young woman’s ghost stumbles into the Ur-Bar where she finds the courage to open one final door . . . and face her own Judgment.

I must have met Jackie at Albacon. I can’t imagine anything else. (She’s the Guest of Honor for Albacon--the one in Albany, NY--this coming October, by the way.) At one of my readings/signings, she was the only one to show up. She was already my friend, but I think that alone pushed it into the “lifelong” category. Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Jackie Kessler writes about demons, angels, the hapless humans caught between them, superheroes, the supervillains who love to pound those heroes into pudding, vampires, ghosts, and the occasional Horseman of the Apocalypse. Her favorite drinks include a semi-dry Riesling and, when at conventions, rum and Diet Coke. When beer is the thing, her favorite bar is the Peculier Pub on Bleeker Street in New York City. For wine, it’s got to be The Wine Bar in Saratoga Springs, NY. For more about Jackie, visit her website: www.jackiekessler.com.

We’ll be giving away her Hell trilogy as prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the thirteenth contributor: Avery Shade! Avery’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Forbidden, which is the first story to bring in some science fictional elements to the Ur-bar. Here, a scientist has been sent back from the future to the 1980s. Lots of oblique references to that time period here, and lots of temptations as well. Here’s the official description:

"Forbidden" by Avery Shade: A traveler from a dying future is sent back to 1985 in search of the genetic samples that will save her people, but instead finds herself seduced by the uncivilized past.

Avery is actually a newer member of the writing group with Patricia Bray and I. At the time we accepted this story for the anthology, she hadn’t yet been published. However, over the course of the last year she’s sold two books! They’ll be published under a pseudonym (since they’re more romance oriented), but Patricia and I are still happy to declare that we discovered her first. *grin* Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Avery Shade is an author of paranormal and urban fantasy of both the adult and young adult variety. Though grounded in a small upstate NY town, she lives vicariously through her stories. When not busy writing, she is probably off searching for the real meaning of life, the universe, and. . . well. . . everything. If you can track her down (try her website: www.averyshade.com) you might offer to go for drinks somewhere. She’s all too eager for a bit of escapism. Maybe one of these times she’ll find the Ur-Bar and Gil will mix her a drink that can give her some more time.

Since Avery Shade doesn’t have a book out (yet) to offer as a prize in the contest, we’ll be offering a bag of special Ur-bar M&Ms! These are chocolate M&Ms in gold, blue, and purple colors with a few key Ur-bar phrases on them, such as "After Hours," "Ur-Bar Tales," and of course the release date "March 2011."



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We're getting even closer to the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar release! It's only 9 days away (seriously)! I've just returned from Boskone, where some lucky people got to buy the anthology in advance of the release. Plus, they got to hear both Benjamin Tate and S.C. Butler read portions of their stories during the readings. Ian Tregillis was also there, and some of the lucky few managed to collect 3 of the author signatures. I'm wondering who will be the first to collect ALL of the contributor's signatures, as well as the editors.

I've already posted this once, but figure I'll do it again: a little graphic to remind everyone of the release. If you'd like to help spread the word about the release, post the graphic (courtesy of contributing author Jennifer Dunne [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne) in your own blog or webpage, or just link to this entry. All you have to do is copy and paste the code in the text box below the graphic. You'll have my undying gratitude, along with Patricia Bray's and the rest of the contributing authors'. As I said before, we're a little excited, anxious, and nervous about it. *bites lower lip*

If you've already preordered the book, thanks! We hope you enjoy it! And now you have a challenge: collect those signatures!









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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the twelfth contributor: Ian Tregillis! Ian’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak, which has the characters hiding out in the Ur-bar during World War II during the Blitz. The main character is a sapper--someone sent in to diffuse unexploded bombs--but he has more serious problems than bombs in this story. Here’s the official description:

"Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak" by Ian Tregillis: In World War II’s London, a young sapper with the Sight finds redemption and glory in the heart of an unexploded bomb.

I was introduced to Ian by S.C. Butler at a convention (Boskone?), I believe when a group of us were all getting ready to head to dinner. All three of us had been members of an online writing workshop (Sam had actually critiqued some of Ian’s work), so we instantly bonded over that. And imagine that! All three of us are now published. *grin* Here’s his author bio from the anthology:

Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He is the author of Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War (October, 2011), and Necessary Evil (2012). He received a doctorate in physics from the University of Minnesota, but now lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists, and other unsavory types. His favorite holiday drink comes from a one hundred fifty-year old recipe for eggnog. www.iantregillis.com

We’ll be giving away the hardcover of Bitter Seeds as a prize in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the eleventh contributor: Laura Anne Gilman ([livejournal.com profile] suricattus)! Laura Anne’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Paris 24, which refers to the Olympics, set in Paris in 1924. Some of the U.S. fencers take a night off before the competition to visit one of Paris’ finer bars . . . the Ur-bar of course. Here’s the official description:

"Paris 24" by Laura Anne Gilman: A team of fencers arrives in Paris for the 1924 Olympics and during a night out on the town one of the athletes discovers there’s more to life than fame and glory.

I honestly can’t be certain when I met Laura Anne . . . my guess would be at Lunacon, during the "disaster" hotel (when it wasn’t at the Escher hotel). I think Jennifer Dunne introduced us over some discussion over jewelry. Since then, we’ve been to numerous cons together, had many signings, and held a few rather successful parties. Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Laura Anne Gilman has a history of writing short stories that aren’t quite as-expected. This is nothing new: she wrote her first original novel, Staying Dead, when everyone said that urban fantasy was dead, and, in 2008 she wrote The Vineart War, an alternate-historical fantasy, when everyone was looking for urban fantasy. She thinks being contrary’s a pretty good way to build a career. It should be noted that, despite The Vineart War being about wine-magic, and despite the story being set in France, the story for this anthology does not reference wine, but rather a specifically evil sort of cocktail popular at the time . . . the author does not encourage consumption of more than three in an evening!

We’ll be giving away the first three books in her Retrievers series as part of the contest!




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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the tenth contributor: Juliet E. McKenna! Juliet’s contribution to the anthology is the short story The Grand Tour, where the Ur-bar becomes a refuge for two young men who are experiencing the best--and wors--of the world before heading off to university. Here’s the official description:

"The Grand Tour" by Juliet McKenna: In the years before the Great War, two young travelers find themselves stranded in an Austrian village, where they encounter both hatred and kindness . . . and a lesson that will change the course of their lives forever.

Juliet and I met while at Boskone, when we were both scheduled for a dual kaffeeklatsch that none of the fans signed up for. We ended up talking about cover art, comparing our own and some of Juliet’s upcoming covers, writing, and general writely chat. I’d already read her first series and hadn’t realized that another had already been started. Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Juliet E. McKenna has always been fascinated by myth and history, other worlds and other peoples. After studying classical history and literature at St Hilda’s, Oxford, she worked in personnel management before a career change to combine book-selling and motherhood. Her first novel The Thief’s Gamble was published in 1999. That series, the Tales of Einarinn, was followed by The Aldabreshin Compass sequence and her current trilogy, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution. Living in the Cotswolds of England she is lucky enough to have the Wychwood Brewery within easy reach, home of Hobgoblin and Wychcraft beers.

We’ll be giving away the entire Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution as a prize in the contest.



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We're getting close to the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar release! It's just over two weeks away (seriously), so I figured I'd post a little graphic to remind everyone. If you'd like to help spread the word about the release, post the graphic (courtesy of contributing author Jennifer Dunne [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne) in your own blog or webpage, or just link to this entry. All you have to do is copy and paste the code in the text box below the graphic. You'll have my undying gratitude, along with Patricia Bray's and the rest of the contributing authors'. Since this is our first anthology, we're a little excited, anxious, and nervous about it. *bites lower lip*

If you've already preordered the book, thanks! We hope you enjoy it!











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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the ninth contributor: Seanan McGuire ([livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire)! Seanan’s contribution to the anthology is the short story The Alchemy of Alcohol, which takes the Ur-bar to San Francisco in 1899 and includes the recipes for the cocktails that wake the Winter Queen and Winter King out of season . Here’s the official description:

"The Alchemy of Alcohol" by Seanan McGuire: In 1899 San Francisco, a young alchemist is forced to wake the Winter Queen weeks ahead of time in order to save her from death.

I met Seanan McGuire for the first time in person at Worldcon in Montreal at the DAW dinner. Well, just previous to the DAW dinner actually. I’d already corresponded and IMed with her online, but in person is always better. After the dinner, a few of us authors and the editors retired to a bar in order to partake of some absinthe. It’s distressing that I haven’t managed to be at another con with her since then. IM just isn’t the same. *sigh* Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Seanan McGuire was born and raised in Northern California, which explains a lot about her approach to venomous reptiles and the concept of "weather." She’s been writing since she was nine, driving everyone around her crazy; her first book, Rosemary and Rue, came out from DAW in September 2009. More have followed. Seanan lives with two blue cats (Siamese and Maine Coon), too many books, and a great many horror movies. Her favorite drink is the Corpse Reviver #2: gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, lemon juice, absinthe, a cherry, and defiance of nature’s laws. Delicious, delicious defiance. Seanan doesn’t sleep much.

We’ll be giving away the first three books in her October Daye series as prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the eighth contributor: Patricia Bray ([livejournal.com profile] pbray)! Patricia’s contribution to the anthology is the short story Last Call, which is the first (and only) story to actually feature different versions of the Ur-bar, since it’s set over an extended period of time. It also features unicorn vomit. Here’s the official description:

"Last Call" by Patricia Bray: George Harker hunts demons in eighteenth century Europe, but when he discovers an immortal bartender he finds he has finally met his match.

As I mentioned during Jennifer Dunne’s introduction, I met Patricia while working at Waldenbooks and was a published-author-wannabe. Since then, I joined their writers group and discovered that Patricia and I are, rather freakily, mentally on the same wavelength. We often say the exact same things at the same time, and have the same thoughts (usually snide comments). We’re loads of fun when we happen to be on panels together at cons (and often even when we AREN’T on the same panel). I was afraid that doing this co-editing thing together would drive a wedge between the friendship, but actually we complemented each other rather well, both contributing on each story for edits, revisions, etc. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. And I would SO be her boy toy if she ever wins MegaMillions. Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Patricia Bray is the author of a dozen novels, including Devlin’s Luck, which won the 2003 Compton Crook award for the best first novel in the field of science fiction or fantasy. A well-spent youth taught her that the best accompaniment to a fine ale is an equally well-crafted story, a lesson that she drew on for her first foray on the editorial side of the fence. She currently lives in upstate New York, where she combines her writing with a full-time career as systems analyst, ensuring that she is never more than a few feet away from a keyboard. To find out more, visit her website at www.patriciabray.com.

We’ll be giving away her entire Chronicles of Josan trilogy as one of the prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the seventh contributor: D.B. Jackson ([livejournal.com profile] davidbcoe)! David’s contribution to the anthology is the short story The Tavern Fire, which uses the Ur-bar to explain the Boston fire in 1760, not only its origins, but also how a fire that destroyed a significant portion of the city managed not to kill anyone. Here’s the official description:

"The Tavern Fire" by D.B. Jackson: In eighteenth century Boston, a desperate woman comes to the Ur-Bar seeking a love potion but brings more to the casting than she expected as her own bitterness fuels a fire that threatens to destroy the city.

David probably doesn’t remember this, but I met him at Worldcon in Baltimore ages ago during a "Meet the Pros" mixer. I was there to meet with a potential agent and, hopefully, to "accidentally" run into the editors at DAW. I quickly realized I wasn’t going to randomly run into those editors, so ended up chatting with David and a few others for an hour to so. Thanks for taking the time for a complete nobody, David! *grin* Here’s his author bio from the anthology:

D.B. Jackson also writes as David B. Coe, the Crawford Fantasy Award-winning author of the popular series The LonTobyn Chronicle, Winds of the Forelands, and Blood of the Southlands, as well as the novelization of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. The first D.B. Jackson novel, Thieftaker, will be released in 2012. It is a historical fantasy and mystery, which, like "The Tavern Fire," is set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. D.B. likes any bar that serves dark ales on tap.

We’ll be giving away The Sorcerers’ Plague and The Horsemen’s Gambit as prizes in the contest.



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As part of the promo for the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar release, I figured I’d highlight all of the contributors to the anthology individually. And while we’re at it, run a contest as well! So here’s the deal, to enter the contest you have to either friend the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar community here on LiveJournal OR you have to like the After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar Facebook page (search for the title of the anthology to find the page). If you do both, you’re entered into the contest twice! The contest will end March 31st, 2011. Prizes will include copies of the contributors books (sometimes entire trilogies), After Hours: Tales From the Ur-bar M&Ms, and perhaps other prizes. They will be awarded by random drawing from those who’ve liked or friended the appropriate pages. If you’ve already friended or liked the pages, then you’re already entered into the contest! Find out more about the anthology at its website!





And now for the sixth contributor: Kari Sperring ([livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_)! Kari’s contribution to the anthology is the short story The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will, which is set in Paris, France, and features a servant to a mistress who literally stumbled into the Ur-bar and discovers the help she needs through Gilgamesh and the magic of the bar. Here’s the official description:

"The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will" by Kari Sperring: Personal maid to the king’s favorite mistress by day, and secret satirist by night, Thais will sacrifice everything to save a friend who has been accused of witchcraft.

I met Kari Sperring in person at Worldcon in Montreal . . . THIS I remember well. *grin* I believe we were both volunteering at the SFWA table, and my shift was starting and hers ending, or vice versa. I’d already taken an interest in her first book, Living with Ghosts, and everyone will be glad to hear that her second should be out shortly. I know I’m waiting for it, rather impatiently. Here’s her author bio from the anthology:

Kari Sperring grew up dreaming of joining the musketeers and saving France, only to discover that the company had been disbanded in 1776. Disappointed, she became a historian instead and as Kari Maund has written and published five books and co-authored (with Phil Nanson) a book on the history and real people behind her favourite novel, The Three Musketeers. Her first novel Living with Ghosts was published in 2009 by DAW books and she has recently completed her second. "The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will" was inspired by the Poisons’ Affair that rocked the French Court in the 1670s and by a beautiful named pair of earrings by jeweler Elise Matheson. She’s British and lives in Cambridge, England, with her partner Phil and three very determined cats, who guarantee that everything she writes will have been thoroughly sat upon. Her website can be found at www.karisperring.com.

We’ll be giving away a copy of Living With Ghosts as one of the prizes in the contest mentioned above, of course.



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