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Smoke and Mirrors
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Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic--an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five--Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt--featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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Poor Tony Foster with his burgeoning wizardly powers. No matter how many times he and his undead ex-boyfriend battle malevolent spirits to save the cast and crew of Darkest Night (the most popular vampire detective TV series in North America), everyone else on the set regards him as only a lowly production assistant. Having fended off evil shadows from another world (in 2004's Smoke and Shadows), Tony now has to contend with filming haunted house scenes in a house that's actually haunted. When all the doors slam shut, he finds himself trapped with ghosts repeatedly reenacting their deaths, his painfully cynical and egotistical colleagues and-worst of all-the boss's bratty daughters. Huff delights in simultaneously bringing out the worst and best of her characters, and she's really found her stride here. Underneath the supernatural trappings and the nonstop wisecracks is a whodunit full of devious plot twists and genuine character development, and the fine-tuned mockery of (and occasional indulgence in) horror novel/film clich?s adds spice. Little time is spent explaining things for new readers, so this is best enjoyed after catching up with the previous volume. Agent, Joshua Bilmes. (June 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Ex-street kid Tony Foster and Henry Fitzroy, an Elizabethan-era vampire, have relocated to Vancouver, where Tony, now employed by a film company, discovers madness and mayhem in a house rented for filming a ghost story that, unknown to the cast and crew, may in fact be home to a number of restless phantoms. Huff's sequel to Smoke and Shadows develops the relationship of Henry, Tony, and their human-and superhuman-friends and enemies in a tale of supernatural suspense and mystery certain to appeal to the author's many fans. The author of the "Blood" novels has once again proven herself a master of urban fantasy. A good selection for most antasy collections, particularly where there is demand for vampire fiction. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for the Smoke series: "Fans of Buffy and the X-Files will cheer the latest exploits of Tony Foster, wizard-in-training.... An entertaining supernatural adventure with plenty of sex, violence, and sarcastic humor." --Publishers Weekly "It's a wild romp, full of dark humor, a delightfully twisted version of the usual haunted house story." --Locus "Huff is one of the best writers we have at contemporary fantasy, particularly with a supernatural twist." --Chronicle "[Huff's] delightfully light touch lends a sense of timeliness to this effortlessly told fantasy mystery." --Library Journal "This latest offering is just as gothic and horror-filled as its prequel. The conversational writing is a pleasure.... Huff continues to add many details of filming and life on the set of a television show while maintaining suspense." --VOYA "Lots of action and amusing show-biz detail keep things moving for a fun dark-fantasy adventure." --Locus "[A] talent for creating believable suspense out of the most improbably circumstances. Vibrant characters and tongue-in-cheek portrayal of current TV trends make this a strong addition to most fantasy or horror collections." --Library Journal "Huff writes a spellbinding, fascinating tale that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcherwill enjoy." --Midwest Book Review From the Hardcover edition.

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