Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your Not-So-Secret Decoder Ring for Phoenix Comicon Authors 2014

If you're heading to Phoenix Comicon next weekend (June 5-8), and you're the least bit interested in author programming, this is the post for you!

Even being in the book blog world, I see names on the list of programming and I think, "Who the crap is that?" (read: You're not the only one that doesn't know every author to ever publish a book). So I went through the Phoenix Comicon website and compiled a list.  I color-coded their genres.  I linked their names to their author pages at Phoenix Comicon (which will tell you what panels they will be on and when!).  I linked their latest book that I could find, or their most popular series in the parentheses, with affiliate links to amazon should you want to bone-up before the con starts.  So, do not despair. *cue sports announcer voice* This is your not-so-secret decoder ring:

♥Arizona Author  ♦Future Release Date  ♣Genre and/or Age Group Cross-Over  ♠Middle-Grade Author
[fantasy] [historical fantasy] [sci-fi] [urban fantasy] [other]

Young Adult
Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones) [urban fantasy]
Amy K. Nichols ♥♦ (Now That You're Here) [sci-fi]
Aprilynne Pike ♥ (Wings) [fantasy]
Austin Aslan ♥♦ (Islands At The End of The World) [sci-fi]
CJ Hill ♥  (Slayers) [urban fantasy] {aka Janette Rallison}
Carole Barrowman ♠♣ (Hollow Earth) [fantasy] {cowrites with actor and brother John Barrowman (Dr. Who, Arrow, etc.)}
Catherynne Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making) [fantasy]
Dean Lorey ♣♠ (Nightmare Academy) [fantasy] {Dean is also an Executive Producer of CBS fall-debut The Crazy Ones)
Delilah S. Dawson ♦♣ (Servants of the Storm) [urban fantasy]
Django Wexler ♣♠ (The Forbidden Library) [fantasy]
Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars) [fantasy]
Greg Van Eekhout ♠ (Kid Vs. Squid) [urban fantasy]
Heather Brewer (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) [urban fantasy]
Jon S. Lewis ♥♠ (CHAOS) [sci-fi]
James A. Owen ♥♠(The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica) [fantasy]
Janni Lee Simner ♥ (Bones of Faerie) [fantasy]
Jim Di Bartolo (In The Shadows) [fantasy] {married to Laini Taylor}
Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) [urban fantasy]
Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) [urban fantasy] {married to Jim Di Bartolo}
Molly Idle ♥ (Tea Rex) [childrens] {not YA, but childrens, so I put her on this list}
Shannon Messenger ♠ (Let The Sky Fall) [fantasy]
Shonda Slayton ♦ (Cinderella's Dress) [historical fantasy]
Suzanne Young ♥ (A Need So Beautiful) [urban fantasy]
Tom Leveen ♥ (Party) [contemporary/urban fantasy]
Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao) [sci-fi]

Beth Cato ♥♦ (The Clockwork Dagger) [fantasy]
Beth Meacham (Nightshade) [fantasy]
Brian McClellan (Powder Mage) [fantasy]
Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville) [fantasy]
Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse) [urban fantasy]
Christopher Golden (The Myth Hunters) [fantasy]
Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds) [fantasy]
Daniel Abraham (Leviathan Wakes) [sci-fi] {pen name James S.A. Corey]
David Wellington (Monster Island) [urban fantasy]
Delilah S. Dawson ♣ (Blud) [urban fantasy]
Django Wexler ♣ (Shadow Campaigns) [fantasy]
Elizabeth Bear (The Eternal Sky) [fantasy]
Gini Koch ♥ (Alien Collective) [sci-fi]
Jamie Wyman (Wild Card) [urban fantasy]
Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle) [sci-fi]
Jaye Wells (Prospero's War) [urban fantasy]
Jeffrey J. Mariotte (The Slab) [horror]
Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) [urban fantasy]
John Scalzi (Old Man's War) [fantasy]
Jordan Summers (Dead World) [urban fantasy]
Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles) [urban fantasy]
Kevin Hearne ♥ (Iron Druid Chronicles) [urban fantasy]
Kris Neri ♥ (Magical Alienation) [fantasy]
Kyle Stephens ♥ (Unbound: The Awakening) [fantasy]
L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Saga of Reculce) [fantasy]
Leanna Renee Hieber (The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker) [fantasy]
Lynne M. Thomas (Chicks Dig Time Lords) [urban fantasy]
Marsheila Rockwell ♥ (Dungeons & Dragons Online) [fantasy]
Melanie Rawn (Glass Thorns) [fantasy]
Michael A. Stackpole (Star Wars: X-Wing) [fantasy]
Michael Damian Thomas (Queers Dig Time Lords) [urban fantasy]
Michael R. Underwood (Geekomancy) [urban fantasy]
Myke Cole (Shadow Ops) [sci-fi]
Naomi Novik (Temeraire) [fantasy]
Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of The Wind) [fantasy]
Pierce Brown (Red Rising) [fantasy]
R. Bradley Snyder (What Every Child Needs To Know) [non-fiction]
Sam Sykes (Aeons' Gate) [fantasy]
Scott Lynch (Lies of Locke Lamora) [fantasy]
Seanan McGuire (Indexing) [sci-fi/fantasy]
Stephen Blackmore (Broken Souls) [urban fantasy]
Ty Franck (The Expanse) [sci-fi]
Vicki Pettersson (Signs of the Zodiac) [urban fantasy]
Weston Ochse (Seal Team 666) [urban fantasy]
Yvonne Navarro (Dark Redemption) [urban fantasy]
Zachary Jernigan ♥ (No Return) [sci-fi]

Come back next week to see which panels and authors are on our don't miss list.  Given the lists above, our choices may surprise you!

If you know something I don't about these authors, and I've neglected to recognize an attribute or genre, please drop me a note to let me know that I'm wrong.  'Cause I wanna be right!

Who is on your can't miss list?

All title links go to Amazon, where I am an affiliate and they give me a little cash for your purchase. 
All name links go to Phoenix Comicon website for more information, I am not the creator of that content.