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Sean Cummings – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have a fellow Canadian guest blogger who’s the author of  Shade Fright, (March 1st, 2010). A huge welcome to Sean Cummings as he takes the reigns here at SVR to celebrate the release of his new Urban Fantasy series! Giveaway info will be at the bottom of the post.

I think we all want to believe in the things that go bump in the night.
Then we want someone to blow them all to kingdom come.
That’s sort of how I view the fantastic growth in urban fantasy novels over the past few years. With so many different authors introducing their own take on the genre, you have to wonder if urban fantasy can continue to grow at all – have we reached the limits of what you can do, for example with vampires? (There’s books where you kill ’em, work for a government branch and kill ’em, have sex with them and kill ’em, become swept away in a world of romance, sex and intrigue … I could go on.) I doubt it. This is the golden era for vampires, were-things and the living dead. It’s mainstream and this can only be a good thing because there are so many talented authors with a wide range of successful book series and new ones debuting seemingly on a monthly basis. Some might argue the market can’t support it, but I’m a believer in one simple fact: if you write a good story people will want to read it.

Right now, I think there are two classes of urban fantasy novels – ones where vamps, shape-shifters and so forth live among us (Sookie Stackhouse)  and one where we have no knowledge of their existence or we aren’t psychologically prepared to accept that what we just saw was real. (Harry Dresden). We’ve got zombie novels aplenty (YAY!) and we’ve even got zombie romance becoming quite popular. Very simply, we are at a point in our literary history where readers can’t get enough of it. That said, urban fantasy, indeed most genre fiction won’t wind up on Canada Reads even though in the vast majority of the cases, that’s what Canada is actually reading so the name is rather a misnomer, isn’t it? You won’t see Kelley Armstrong winning a Man Booker Prize though she should – she’s an exceptional author and probably one of the most commercially successful authors out there.

Stigma blows. Period.

I could go on a bit of a rant here about how it is basically impossible to get genre fiction published in Canada (this has to do with our government bankrolling a great deal of the publishing industry and a perception that taxpayers wouldn’t want to have their tax dollars going to publishers who pump out books about chicks having sex with vampires or a zombie infestation in Moose Jaw.) but I won’t. What I will say is that genre fiction still faces a stigma among the traditional opinion shapers (Newspapers – oh, and they’re declaring bankruptcy all over the place, by the way. Magazines. Radio. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and probably the BBC.) out there and it is for this reason that I am so very thankful for book bloggers. In a nutshell, you have be passionate about genre fiction to amass a virtual library showing the world everything that you’ve read and reviewed. Without your love of what people like me write, well – nobody would ever hear about us – end of story.

Judi’s blog is one of the last stops on my blog tour. Every author who writes genre fiction absolutely must do a blog tour and rightly so. Bloggers are the barometer of everything from “what’s hot and what’s not” to upcoming trends in urban fantasy. All are rampant bibliophiles who are an authority – hell, the definitive authority, really, on where urban fantasy is going. Everyone on my blog tour are daily reads for me – through bloggers I can learn about what works and what doesn’t. I can get honest feedback on a story idea and most important – bloggers are connected with other bloggers through social networking – something that doesn’t exist among traditional opinion shapers. It is because of bloggers, I think, that urban fantasy is experiencing its golden age. I cannot express in enough words how I am so very thankful for blogs like Judi’s and for the opportunity to have a book reviewed or to do a giveaway. Without bloggers, nobody would ever hear about the stuff I write.

So .. my publisher has just released the first book in an urban fantasy series with a uniquely Canadian flavor. Shade Fright is different -from the cover art right down to the characters. Yeah there’s romance, but the object of my protagonist’s affection drives a dump truck and has a fairly generic name – Dave, as opposed to, you know, Steel or Wraith or Caine. (Nothing wrong with those names – but being a dude, I just can’t call the romantic interest of my female protagonist anything other than Dave. Most women in the real world are married to a Dave, Rick, Steve or possibly a Dennis, so it’s pretty accurate.) We’ve got a world where Canada sort of opened Pandora’s box by mucking about with the supernatural in the 1930’s and now the government is up to its ears in bad juju. There are bad guys, of course – The Conclave. They’re an affiliation of everyone from Vamps to Necromancers and they have their own agendas that deal with terrorism and upsetting the power balance in a world where the supernatural is common knowledge among governments. Valerie Stevens is just starting her journey – there’s something special about her. She bears the mark of clarity – something unique among those who are magical practitioners and she’s an apprentice mage as the series begins. Her best friend is a zombie and her side kick is the ghost of a dead politician. There’s giant statues that come to life, dead birds falling from the skies, a missing grain bin and a climactic battle in a park that is the highest point in the city – a battle where if Valerie loses, over a million people are going to die.  (There’s even a bonus – half of the first chapter to the sequel is at the end of the book… shhhh .. tell everyone!!)

It’s a bit of a crap shoot, writing a book. Actually, scratch that. It’s insanely hard work to get a book published and you want so much for people to really enjoy what you’ve written. It’s a leap of faith, too. You have to get a thick skin because your book might actually suck and because of social networking, news of a crummy book travels at light speed. So yeah, big time leap of faith.

Still … I’m pretty damned lucky to have a great publisher. I’ve beaten the odds by getting a book published not to mention having a publisher wanting an entire series. I do hope everyone enjoys Shade Fright and I just want to thank all you readers out there. Like me, you’re in love with those things that go bump in the night and I’ll keep writing about characters who blow them straight back to hell as long as you keep reading.


Thank you Sean! I really enjoyed this post and hope that my readers will as well. I have a copy of Shade Fright that I’m dying to get to, (because I snuck in a few pages while reading another book for review ;)), and it was great so far, so look for my review soon. You can find out more about Sean and the books he’s written at

Giveaway Details:

 Sean Cummings has generously offered one reader a signed copy of Shade Fright! Giveaway is open to USA & Canada only. Sean will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments.

Question: What’s your favourite type of urban fantasy, do you prefer the kind where the whole world knows about all the supernatural creatures, the kind where only the supes and a select few know about their existance, or are you a fan of both kinds?     

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Contest is open to USA & Canada  and will run through March 24th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on March 25th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)


(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )


March 15, 2010 - Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , ,


  1. I’m a fan of both really. They each have their own personalities!

    Hi Judy! And hi to Sean Cummings! I’d love to read this book! You remember me don’tcha? LOL

    Hope you have a great one!

    Comment by Ruthie | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Ruthie! Of course I remember you. 🙂 Great to “see” you here again.

      Comment by sidhevicious | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. +1 I like when the supes are secret… then I can go the mall and ppl watch and try to pick out the undercovers that align with the personalities in the story I am reading!

    +2 Old Subscriber

    +1 Added your contest to my sidebar (3/24 • Shade Fright)

    Comment by Miranda | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try it sometime and maybe I’ll get some good ideas for characters.

      Comment by sidhevicious | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. +1 I like the stories when the Supernaturals are secret. I don’t know why, I guess it appeals to me that there can be this whole other world that most peopla are oblivious too.

    +2 Already a subscriber
    +1 Follow on twitter
    +1 Friend on FB
    +1 Posted on my blog
    = 6

    Comment by Tawania Etheridge | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • I hear that! I love both kinds of urban fantasy, but I definitely agree with the appeal of “what if”.

      Comment by sidhevicious | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. I like both. I really think that it just depends on what I happen to be in the mood for.

    Comment by Sandy G | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hi Ruthie! I remember you 🙂

    Comment by Sean Cummings | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Awesome! This one looks interesting!

      Comment by Ruthie | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. I’ve been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! I’m a fan of both.

    Comment by Teresa W. | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  7. +1 I like both.

    +2 Already a subscriber
    +1 Follow on twitter

    Comment by van p. | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  8. First, I’ll answer the main question. I love urban fantasy of any kind as long as the characters and plot are believable.


    This was a terrific article. I want to thank Sean for praising bloggers. I too find Judi’s blog a must read.

    (and thank you, Judi, for hosting an interesting author who is new to me.)

    I am an old subscriber +2

    Comment by Patricia A | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Patricia! Good to “see” you here. 🙂 Yup, I did some blushing at Sean’s praise, and it was really nice to hear that from an author.

      Comment by sidhevicious | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. : )

    Answer: I like all urban fantasy. Especially those that really flesh out the “unknown” species, whether its through details or putting a new spin on an old idea. : )

    For extra entries:

    +2 Subscribe through Google Reader (follower as of about a week ago).

    +1 Tweeted:

    +1 Follow on Twitter.

    Comment by Christa | March 15, 2010 | Reply

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  11. I’m a fan of both, as long as it has a good plot and dialogue.

    Comment by Stephanie K. | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hi Sean, I am a fan of both and your book, Shade Fright, sounds like a book I want to read. I think mystery, humor, suspense and of course a little romance makes a great read.
    Thanks for stopping by today and for the giveaway.

    I am an old follower

    I am an old subscriber

    I follow via twitter (@misskallie2000)

    Comment by Brenda B. Hill | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  13. I love both, it all depends on the allegories that are trying to be made (ex. minorities that are acknowledged vs. not), but I personally just want a good plot =)

    +1 I’m a new subscriber (google reader)
    +1 giveaway sidebar:


    Comment by ninefly | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  14. I like both…everyone knows or a few knows.

    +1 new email subscriber.

    Comment by Doreen R | March 19, 2010 | Reply

  15. I’m definitely a fan of both!

    I subscribe via Google reader.

    I tweeted:

    I posted link on blog’s right sidebar.

    Thanks for the great contest!

    Comment by Kelsey | March 24, 2010 | Reply

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