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Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011

Due to the Blogger outage this interview has been reposted and the date for giveaway entries extended for 1 day. If you have already entered, please note that I have your comment, but you are welcome to comment again.

Please welcome K.M. Ruiz to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

K.M.:  Thank you for letting me stop by! As for a quirk, I guess you could say I have a habit of writing in layers. I’ll write bare-bones stories, then go back and fill in more details. I assume the reader doesn’t need or want every last nitty gritty word in my head, so I’ll write ten words when I should really be using more. Then I’ll print it out in hard copy and continue adding stuff. It’s a weird process.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

K.M.:  Melanie Rawn, C. J. Cherryh, David Weber, Karin Lowachee to name a few. I fell in love with Melanie Rawn’s Exiles series as a kid. C. J. Cherry’s Foreigner series is amazing. She writes really strong character focused stories that are just brilliant. I learned a lot by just reading her.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

K.M.:  I’m kind of a mix. I’m a plotter, in the sense that I’ve got an overall idea for a series and I usually know how a book will end before I figure out the beginning and middle. I’ll have a few major events that I know have to happen and I’ll write my way to them, which is where the punster part comes in. The mixture gives me a little more freedom. I find a chapter by chapter outline to be restricting, at least for me, but for the most part I do know the major things that need to happen before I start writing, I just have to get there.

TQ:  Describe Mind Storm in 140 characters or less.

K.M.:  Post-apocalyptic tale where human and psion survivors of nuclear war fight for their future but the best answer isn’t always the right one.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Mind Storm?

K.M.:  I loved comics growing up as a kid. Even though I haven’t been into them for quite a few years now, comics are still a big inspiration. I liked how a lot of the big plot arc questions in comics were never answered until the very end of the story (if then), but I also liked how there wasn’t always a clear-cut answer. Comics are great when it comes to the morally gray area and I tried to emulate that here.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the Strykers Syndicate novels ?

K.M.:  Actually, quite a bit now that I think of it. I did some research on certain incurable diseases and how the body changes because of it to help differentiate psions from humans in the story. I’ve always been really into the sciences dealing with the human body, though I’m not an expert by any means. I wanted to try to ground psion powers as much as possible within the confines of the human body and digging through medical possibilities helped me with that. As much as I love comics, I wanted the story to be less fantastical in some ways.

I also did some research on the aftereffects of nuclear fallout, how it shows up as disease even generations down the line and how those same people are treated, both medically and culturally. In light of what happened recently in Japan, I won’t delve too deep. I will say that the tragedy in Chernobyl and a photo essay book called Chernobyl Legacy done by photographer Paul Fusco helped me form some ideas for the segregated society in Mind Storm. Even today people discard others who don’t fit their vision of normal and I wanted to bring that into the story.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Mind Storm?

K.M.:  Some of my favorite scenes would give away too much, so I’ll skip those! I like the scene between Lucas and Matron (a human scavenger), where they’re sitting in an abandoned weather station right before everything goes to hell. I like how it shows their motivations and how far they’ve come, that a psion and a discarded human can actually work together.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

K.M.:  Lucas was the hardest character for me to write because I never got into his head. He’s very much a driving force of the plot, but I unintentionally wrote him with having a distance from the reader that was frustrating at times. And then I had to keep writing him like that for both books. Talk about wanting to strangle a character! Threnody was the easiest because I knew what motivated her, but I never got deep into her head either. She’s a soldier and soldiers are supposed to obey without question in this story and I wanted to showcase that attitude by not delving too much into her emotions. Threnody does learn to start questioning the status quo and that’s what made her easier to write than pretty much everyone else.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

K.M.:  Two books are planned so far. The second book is coming out sometime next year. I don’t know when yet, but I’m hoping spring.

TQ:  What's next?

K.M.:  I’m working on the second book, though I don’t know what title we’re going to use. A lot of the questions I purposefully left unanswered in Mind Storm get addressed in book two, I promise! I’m also working on a proposal for something else that I don’t want to say too much about since I’m still in the planning stages of it. It’s something I’m really excited about though.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

K.M.:  Thanks so much for having me!


About K.M.'s Books

Mind Storm
Strykers Syndicate 1
(May 10, 2011)
Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011
After the world was nearly wiped out by a nuclear war 250 years ago, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to secretly ascend to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests is about to change everything.

This is the story of Threnody Corwin, a psion with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a soldier-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the son of Earth’s most powerful human family.

But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Mind Storm chronicles the fight for survival by the psions and other gene-trash humans, before they’re killed by a corrupt world government or left to die on a crumbling Earth.


Strykers Syndicate 2 will be released in 2012.


About K.M. Ruiz

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011
K.M. Ruiz lives in California with a cat or two for company and the occasional earthquake. She earned a B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing) and a minor in American Indian Studies from San Francisco State University. She likes her movies loud, her music louder, and when not writing, can be found traveling, looking for new ideas.

K.M.'s Links

Website: http://www.kmruiz.com/
Blog: http://km-ruiz.livejournal.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KM_Ruiz





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a hardcover copy of Mind Storm generously provided by K.M. Ruiz.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Science Fiction, science fact, or both?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, May 20, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Virna DePaul and Giveaway - May 11, 2011

Please welcome Virna DePaul to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Virna:  I can write really fast. I wrote the partial for Chosen By Blood (my debut paranormal romantic suspense) in a weekend. Then, when an editor told me she needed the full in order to buy it, I got the full manuscript to her within a month (and that included having my awesome agent review it). Of course, I revised and polished it after it sold, but I was proud of the initial version, too. I'm thankful I don't have to write that fast regularly, and I've certainly experienced "writer's block," but I think one of the reasons I ultimately sold is because of my speed.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Virna:  Larissa Ione, JR Ward, Rhyannon Byrd, Lori Foster, Anne Stuart, Linda Howard are just a few. Lori Foster and Linda Howard have probably been the biggest influences on my writing. I love how they can balance an external plot with a romance. They both create sexy heroes and strong, relatable heroines.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Virna:  I'm a pantser with plotter tendencies. I wrote my first three manuscripts without plotting them. However, once I began submitting on partials, I learned to write a synopsis, an outline of the novel from beginning to end. I generally stick to the synopsis, but have no problem changing things as I write if I need to.

TQ:  Describe Chosen By Blood in 140 characters or less.

Virna:  Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Para-Ops series?

Virna:  I started writing contemporary romantic suspense. When I was challenged by my agent to write a "big book" series to increase my chances of selling, I realized I love paranormals and editors couldn't get enough of them, so why not try writing one that combines elements of the special ops teams I love, and a whole new kind of supernatural world. One where supernatural creatures and humans must band together despite years of mistrust and war in order to finally attain peace. When I came up with the idea for the Para-Ops team, I thought of it as "special ops with fangs" or a cross between X-men and Romancing The Stone.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the Para-Ops novels?

Virna:  I did a lot of research on the Internet, including research on North Korea, how to parachute from a plane in a high tech bat glider suit, and what kinds of special ops teams the FBI has developed. In addition, I reread many of the the paranormal books I'd already read to figure out how I could make my series different.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Virna:  I love the scene I refer to above in which the team parachutes out of a plane into North Korea. I also wrote a "Fight Club-esque"/Mixed Martial Arts/Wrestling scene in which the team participates in a fighting match.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why?

Virna:  I definitely formed an idea of Knox Devereaux, the hero of Chosen By Blood, right away. I knew I wanted him to be alpha, but also elegant, honest, and honorable to a fault. His conflict and internal flaw--the inability to balance duty with desire--formed early on, as well, and helped give my story forward momentum. Hardest and why? I'd say the hardest character to write was Wraith. She's the team's ghost, and she's a blend of prickly bitchiness and vulnerability. I wanted to do her character justice by showing the pain of her background (she wakes up in an alley one day with no memory or vital signs), but also give her enough humanity so that readers can root for her as the heroine of Book 2.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Virna:  I'm contracted for two books and an option book. I'm currently writing the proposal for Dex Hunt, the team's werebeast, Book 3. Fingers crossed the first two books do well and Berkley picks up the third. I'd love to see Book 3s cover as I absolutely love the first two.

TQ:  What's next?

Virna:  Thankfully, I'm lucky to write for two wonderful houses. I write the paranormal books for Berkley, but I also get to write contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin. My debut Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Dangerous To Her, launches in September 2011. It's about an undercover cop who investigates a judge and ends up reuniting with his college love. Then in April 2012, my new series with HQN launches. I've also already self-published several novels, under Virna DePaul and Ava Meyers, and I plan on continuing to do that.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Virna:  Thank you so much, Sally. It's been a pleasure being with you today!


About Virna's Books

Chosen by Blood
A Para-Ops Novel 1
(May 3, 2011)
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.




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Chosen by Fate, A Para-Ops Novel 2, will be released in October 2011.






About Virna

Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor whose debut mass market paranormal romantic suspense novel, Chosen By Blood (Book 1 in the Para-Ops series), comes out May 3, 2011 by Berkley Books but is available for pre-order now! In addition, Virna writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (Dangerous To Her, September 2011) and HQN (new series launching April 2012). Virna has also self-published several novels, including "A Vampire's Salvation," "This Magic Moment," and the craft book "Love Writing: How To Write And Publish Your Romance Novel Without Losing Your Perspective, Passion or Sanity." Visit her at http://www.virnadepaul.com/.

Virna's Links

Website
Twitter
Radio Interview with Virna on How She Really Does It

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   Virna says: "I'd like to give away to one random commenter a Para-Ops tote filled with a Para-Ops mug, chocolate, sunglasses and other goodies, including a copy of my vampire e-novella, A Vampire's Salvation.  Open to international participants."

How:   Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite supernatural being?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, May 19, 2011****. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

**** The giveaway closing date has been extended by one day from May 18, 2011 to May 19, 2011 due to the Blogger outage.

Interview with Kevin Hearne and Giveaway - May 3, 2011

Please welcome Kevin Hearne to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Today marks the release of Kevin's debut, Hounded.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kevin:  Well, I’m not much of a fighter; I’m much closer to a pacifist, so fight scenes are tough for me to write. Fight scenes require special preparation. I have to drink a bit (sometimes a lot, using a proper flagon) to loosen my inhibitions and listen to death metal to get myself in the mood, or else I want to steer things toward a diplomatic solution. Of course that means I always have to go back and clean up the language when I’m sober, but that’s better than staring at a blank screen for hours and crying, “Why can’t they all just get along?”

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Kevin:  Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson are a couple of my faves, as well as William Gibson. They’re all influential in terms of world building; I don’t write anything like them and I certainly wouldn’t want to compare myself to them. That would be akin to hubris!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Kevin:  As Forrest Gump famously said, “I think it’s both happening at the same time.” I have skeletal outlines that serve as a scaffolding for my books, but sometimes I leave out parts, rearrange events, and then add something that I never planned on.

TQ:  Describe Hounded in 140 characters or less.

Kevin:  Gods! Whiskey! Demons! Polish witches! A vampire with a grudge against Thor! Redheads! A magic sword! Smoosh together, that's HOUNDED. :)

TQ:  If Atticus O'Sullivan was a beer-type beverage which one would he be and why?

Kevin:  Smithwick’s Irish ale! He’s got flavor and character without being inaccessible to the average drinker. And he goes great with everything.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Iron Druid Chronicles?

Kevin:  I’ve always wanted to talk to dogs, so that was part of it; I wanted to write about a character who could talk to animals, and Druids are one of the magical classes capable of doing it, if you believe your Irish myth. But I also wanted to explore Irish mythology (and other mythologies) a bit, taking the Fae back to their original Irish roots with the Tuatha Dé Danann. That part I blame on Disney. My daughter loved the Disney fairies and I was like, “No, sweet child o’ mine, those aren’t fairies. Someone in California made that stuff up to make money. It’s better to believe in stuff made up by Irishmen centuries ago to scare the bejesus out of you.” So that experience narrowed my focus on the Tuatha Dé Danann and the idea that they were the progenitors of the Fae.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Iron Druid Chronicles?

Kevin:  I looked at lots of old Irish stuff like The Annals of the Four Masters, the Ulster and Fenian Cycles, and then some historical sources like Julius Caesar’s account of the Druids. I also looked into modern Druidry and discovered it had very little to do with the real Druids who got wiped out by the Romans and St. Patrick. On top of this, since I was dealing with a 2,100-year old character, I had to come up with a timeline of where he was throughout our recorded history. Many of his adventures will never get to be told, but I had to spend the time doing it anyway so I don’t wind up putting him in two different places at the same time later in the series.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Kevin:  Pretty much every scene with the widow MacDonagh has a special place in me heart. That character is loosely based on me own dearly departed grandma, so of course I’m quite partial to her.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Kevin:  Oberon’s easiest. He gets the best lines, all the snarky stuff you always want to say but never think of in time. Malina Sokolowski was the hardest to write in all three books because I had to somehow create a smidgen of sympathy for her character when my narrator doesn’t trust her.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Kevin:  Seven or nine. Eight is right out! Of course, that’s assuming people buy the first three. J 

TQ:  What's next?

Kevin:  Currently I’m working on book four and hoping the demand will be there; it’ll be called TRICKED. I’m also working on an epic fantasy and a secret project I hope I’ll be able to announce sometime over the summer.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kevin:  Are you kidding, Qwill? I’m thrilled to be here! You like bacon and comic books and taking photographs of beautiful things, so I feel privileged to hang out with you, virtually speaking! Thanks so much!


About Kevin's Books

Hounded
The Iron Druid Chronicles 1
(May 3, 2011)
Interview with Kevin Hearne and Giveaway - May 3, 2011
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

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Read the Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Hounded here

 
Hexed
The Iron Druid Chronicles 2
(June 7, 2011)
Interview with Kevin Hearne and Giveaway - May 3, 2011
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
 
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
 
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Hammered
The Iron Druid Chronicles 3
(July 5, 2011)
Interview with Kevin Hearne and Giveaway - May 3, 2011
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.
 
One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.
 
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About Kevin

Interview with Kevin Hearne and Giveaway - May 3, 2011
Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and now teaches high school English. When he's not grading essays or writing novels, he tends to his basil plants and paints landscapes with his daughter. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs, and stop whatever he's doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books, and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.
Kevin's Links

Website
Blog
Twitter

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed, personalized author copy of Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) directly from Kevin!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Druids or gods?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Sable Grace and Giveaway - April 26, 2011

Please welcome Sable Grace to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Sable Grace is Heather Waters & Laura Barone.

TQ:  What would you say are your most interesting writing quirks?

Heather:  Making up words and using real words incorrectly. I was picked on by my old critique group for years for that quirk, and I think our editor recently discovered it as well with my creative use of the word “stealthed,” which I’d used as a verb.

Laura:  Writing myself into a corner and leaving Heather to figure out how to get me us out of it. Okay, I call it a quirk, that goes right along with my inability to think about logic when in the midst of a scene, but I’m sure Heather would classify it as a major pain in her rear-end.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Heather:  My love for J.K. Rowling’s world building is unrivaled – for Julie Garwood’s characterization… for Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s way with humor and heart. They’re all three at the top of my list.

Laura:  Stephen King for his ability to take the simplest things and make them scary. J.K. Rowling’s for her storytelling skills. Jude Deveraux for her characterization and gifting one of my children with a love for reading.


TQ:  Are you plotters or pansters or a combination?

Heather & Laura:  We’re both pantsers at heart, but when you work on deadline, you have to pick up the disciplined traits of a plotter (unless you’re Nora Roberts or Stephen King) because you have to submit a synopsis of the book before it’s even written. Whether or not we stick to that synopsis…


TQ:  Describe Ascension in 140 characters or less.

Heather & Laura:  Vampyre doesn’t like humans. Must save them anyway.


TQ:  How did you collaborate to write Ascension?

Heather:  I usually will set up the plot and break down the scenes and provide a schedule. From there, we stick to the breakdown unless something feels wrong or needs tweaking.

Laura:  Once the hard work’s out of the way and we’ve agreed to everything that needs to happen as we see it at the moment, we work off each other’s scenes, letting the story build—and give us little surprises when things happen that we weren’t expecting or didn’t see coming. Since we pass the pages back and forth, each writing session starts with a round of editing, then it’s off to work on fresh pages to reach our daily quota.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Ascension?

Heather:  I was watching something completely unrelated on T.V. and got an image in my head of a woman hiding in a dumpster with police helicopters flying over head. She was rescued by a Vampyre who turned out to be Kyana. That scene was trashed and Kyana took the dumpster girl’s place as heroine, and Ascension was born.

Laura:  When she asked me to read that scene, I called her, all excited and told her she had to write the story because I was really interested in learning why the woman was hiding in the dumpster and what happened to her. She asked if it was something I’d like to work on too, and after making sure she wasn’t kidding, I let the idea of a creature with glowy red eyes take shape in my head. (That scene was cut, too, but Ryker’s claim as hero remained.)


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Ascension?

Heather & Laura:  Fun stuff! We walked around St Augustine and took pictures, mapped out the fort that we used for our headquarters, ate lunch….. Then there’s the mythology research which wasn’t a chore either. The rest was pretty much made up!


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Heather: I have to say, there’s a scene where Ryker takes a little swim in the River Styx that I enjoy quite a bit.

Laura:  I’m particular to a little fight scene where Kyana learns that there are some she can’t intimidate. Doesn’t stop her from trying, but he definitely leaves his mark on her.


TQ:  How many books are planned for the Dark Breed series?

Heather & Laura:  As many as the readers and our editor want!


TQ:  What's next?

Heather  & Laura:  Book 2 is still untitled, but is due for release in January 2012. Book 3 is turned in, no title or release date, but you’ll see many of the characters from Ascension in both of those.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Heather & Laura:  Thank you so much for having us! This was fun!!


About Ascension

Ascension
Dark Breed 1
(April 26, 2011)
Interview with Sable Grace and Giveaway - April 26, 2011
The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .

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About Sable Grace

Interview with Sable Grace and Giveaway - April 26, 2011
Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of "I'll write the first sentence, you write the next." It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.

Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there's enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.

Heather also writes medieval romances under her real name, which you can find at www.heatherwaters.net, and Laura is a Golden Heart finalist for her highly sensual manuscript, Mr. Right Now.
Sable's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a mass market paperback copy of Ascension(Dark Breed 1).

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which Greek god, goddess, or demigod is your favorite?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Douglas Hulick and Giveaway - April 19, 2011

Please welcome Douglas Hulick to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Douglas:  I don't know if it's a quirk, but I can worry a sentence or paragraph to within an inch of its life if I'm not careful. Write once sentence, fiddle with it for five minutes, move on to the second sentence, then go back to the first again. It doesn't make for a high word rate some days, let me tell you.

I suppose the one thing that might qualify as a "quirk" is the music I listen to when I write. I don't always listen, mind you -- usually, I prefer silence -- but if I'm in a coffee shop or waiting room or the like and there's noise? Then I put on either surf music or a playlist of songs from the "Cowboy BeBop" soundtracks (a great anime SF show from the '90s). The music is only instrumentals, though; I can't write to music with lyrics.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Douglas:  Favorite? Well, in the genre, it has to be Roger Zelazny, Barry Hughart, Sean Stewart, Joe Abercrombie and Gene Wolfe. Outside the genre, you're looking at Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, David Liss and Arturo Perez-Reverte.

As for influences...in written form, you definitely have Zelazny and Chandler and Hammett from above, as well as George Alec Effinger. I'm looking at Liss more and more to see how he fits his historical research so seamlessly into his novels, and I have to say I think Bernard Cornwell is a master when it comes to pacing an adventure story. They've all taught me something, and I've consciously studied how they structure their stories, tell their narratives, or fill their characters with life.

Outside the writer's circle it gets harder. There's so much media I've seen over the years--from old black & white gangster movies to Quentin Tarantino's work to Richard Lester & George MacDonald Fraser's 1970's Three and Four Musketeer films (which are the best ones ever made) to TV shows like "La Femme Nikita" and "Burn Notice"--where does it all stop? How can you say where one influence ends and the other begins when you get to these more transitory, or at least immediate, forms of story? I can't say one of those held a stronger sway over me than another, especially when you consider how long it took me to develop Drothe and his world; a lot of it was osmosis, picking up an idea here, and inspiration there, and turning or twisting it to fit (or not fit, in some cases) the piece I was working on. But I can't pretend these things didn't impact me as well, even if I can't point to a specific film or show or scene and say, "That one"; the acknowledgement needs to be made.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Douglas:  A little of both, but more of a panster. I always try to know where the book is going, but that of course doesn't mean the story won't change between page one and "The End." If nothing else, I make sure I know what is coming for at least the next three chapters, so that I can set up the flow from one chapter to another and make sure I don't get too much of the same thing piling up one after the other.

I'm much more of a character writer, and so I tend to let them have their heads when things get rolling. Sometimes this works exceptionally well; other times? Eh, let's just say I have a lot of "scrap" files on my computer with wonderful bits of dialog or action or what have you that will never see the light of day. However, this also makes for a lot longer writing practice, and I'm hoping to work with at least a bit more on structure as time goes on.

I tend to refer to revisions as "pulling out the machete." While I'm pretty free-wheeling on the first draft, I'm ruthless when it comes to shaping and fixing things in the second. That's where the story really comes together and the layering begins.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Among Thieves?

Douglas:  I've wanted to be a writer since I was twelve. And I knew I wanted to write fantasy. But after that? Hmmm....

I don't think there was any one thing, really. Oh, there were bits and pieces: I distinctly remember having a very cinematic picture of two people standing over a third in the rain in a stable yard. This is where I met Drothe and Degan and Jelem (Jelem was the dead one), but quickly realized that wasn't the story they wanted to be in; but that's how I found the characters. Likewise, I can point to the first time I found a copy of a "Dictionary of the Underworld" by Eric Partridge. It's a dictionary of historical thieves' cant (criminal jargon) I bought on remainder in a bookstore in college. I didn't know it at the time, but it helped me better cement the culture and practices of the underworld of Ildrecca over the years, not to mention some of the characters. Then there's the P.I.-style character I used to write on a computer bulletin board in college, which helped give me Drothe's voice....

No, I can't really point to one thing: it was a process, driven by me simply wanting to write. Everything else was just added on over the years.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Among Thieves?

Douglas:  As I mentioned above, I stumbled across the concept of actual historical thieves' cant early on. That led to both learning more about historical criminal cultures, as well as some of their practices. There are pamphlets from the Elizabethan age that tell not only about the people who performed various crimes, but also how some of the crimes were carried out. This was invaluable for me not only in being able to see how criminals of the time operated, but also into getting an idea of how they were organized as well. And that was just the beginning. It's surprising how much is out there on this kind of thing now--it seems to be a growing field of academic study, which is just great for me.

I also have a B.A. and M.A. in medieval history, which helped quite a bit, if for no other reason than it gave me a lot to draw on. History is so chock-full of fascinating (and surprising) bits and pieces, it's hard not find inspiration there. A bit of a twist, a bit of a tweak, and voila!, you have a clever bit of something for your world.

Thirdly, I've been practicing and teaching historical rapier combat for over seven years now. This came in rather handy when writing the combat scenes (although it also got in the way at times: it's easy for me to get too detailed in describing a fight, which is why it's handy to have readers who don't handle swords to tell me when I've gone over the top in terms of detail or terminology).

TQ:  Describe Among Thieves in 140 characters or less.

Douglas:  Drothe, informant for a medieval mob, finds something he's not supposed to and gets in over his head. Danger, intrigue, and betrayal ensue!

(Hah, with one character to spare, even!)

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Douglas:  There's one scene where, after I wrote it, I simply sat back and smiled. It's not the most important or definitive or character-altering scene in the book, but the way it read just made me happy. I never changed it. And when I got my first copies of the book, I opened one and random and came to that scene again--and it still made me smile.

It's a scene where Drothe, the narrator, isn't quite all there (he's been wounded, and is sitting in the rain, bleeding), but is the one to notice an impending danger approaching and tries to do something about it. The way the images and sensation combined with his narrative voice just seemed to click. Like I said, I still smile at how it turned out.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Tales of the Kin series?

Douglas:  That's hard to say. I didn't conceive of this series as being a "trilogy" or "quartet" or anything like that. Each book is meant to stand on its own in terms of its main plot, with there being a sense of completion at the conclusion of each novel. I want the reader to be able to finish the story and not feel like they are balancing on the edge of a cliff, waiting for the next book to come out.

That said, there's also an over-arching storyline I'm trying to address in each book as well. That's more of a big-picture kind of thing, though, and something that can be dealt with in a number of ways in each novel: as a sub-plot, or part of the background, and so on. So while each book will have a definite "End", there will be aspects of the world and the occasional thread that won't always be resolved as neatly, since it is meant to be picked up again later.

But, getting back to your original question: I'm currently contracted for three books. If sales do well and my publisher wants more, I'll do some more; if not, then I'll be working overtime to finish up that bigger story arc by the end of book three. Either way, I don't want to leave readers hanging when everything is said and done.

TQ:  What's next?

Douglas:  Hard to say. Like I said, the Tales of the Kin is meant to be able to go for more books than contracted, but that doesn't mean it will. If it does, then that's what I'm going to be doing for at least a few more years; if not, well, I have a stand-alone urban fantasy that's 85% done. It's a lot of fun, and I'd love to get back to it and sell it. After that, I'm toying around with a fantasy in a French Revolution-era style setting. That's a period not as many people seem to play with in fantasy, and I think it has a lot of potential. However, I don't have anything more than one character and a very loose motivational arc for him, so that would need a lot more research and fleshing out before I was even ready to propose it to my editor. I've kicked around with a couple of steampunk ideas, too, and have a couple of protagonists in mind, but it's all tentative. Then there's the library at war with itself...

Yeah, no shortage of ideas.

Other than that? I'd like to get my life back into a regular rhythm. I've never been a fast writer, and doing a book a year is a new challenge for me ("Among Thieves" took over ten years). I'm getting a better handle on it, though, so I'm hoping that by the time I'm into Book 3, I'll have enough of a routine going that I can start fitting a few things back into my life that I've had to set aside for the last year or so while I learned how to be a professional writer.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Douglas:  Thanks so much for having me, and for featuring "Among Thieves" this April. I really appreciate it, and I hope the readers who took up the challenge to read the book enjoyed it.


About Douglas' Book

Among Thieves has 2 covers - US and UK.

Among Thieves
A Tale of the Kin 1
(April 5. 2011 - US)
Interview with Douglas Hulick and Giveaway - April 19, 2011Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.








 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Among Thieves
A Tale of the Kin 1
(April 1, 2011 - UK)
Interview with Douglas Hulick and Giveaway - April 19, 2011
An exciting new fantasy debut in the underground world of thieves...
 
Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he’s a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side.
 
When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who’s been leaning on his organization’s people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And there’s a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for - including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes.
 
When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magic…that's if he can survive long enough to use it.


About Douglas

Interview with Douglas Hulick and Giveaway - April 19, 2011
Photograph by Ben Zvan Photography
Douglas Hulick was born in Fargo, ND, but spent much of his life moving about the Midwest. Somehow, he kept ending up in the vicinity of Chicago, IL, which helps explain his abiding love of deep-dish pizza, Ferris Bueller, and Goose Island beer.

Growing up, there were always books in the house, and Douglas was encouraged to read both through example, as well as by the general policy of the house, which was that the answer was never “No” when it came to getting more books. Toys, games, and so on could be “no”, but not books. You see where this is going, yes?

Given this background, it was only logical that Douglas entered the University of Illinois with a dual major in computer science and mathematical theory–logical, that is, when you consider he changed majors within a year. After a few early academic hiccups (he got kicked out of school), as well as four different majors (psychology, business, liberal arts, and pre-law), Douglas settled into the study of history, with a minor in english. A Bachelor of Arts degree was eventually achieved, followed by a Master’s in medieval history at New Mexico State University. A PhD at an Ivy League university was considered, then happily discarded, after as year of study.

Needless to say, with his broad and varied academic background, it was only a matter of time before Douglas followed the storied path of so many Liberal Arts majors and took whatever the hell job he could find. Stints as a waiter, bartender, bookstore manager, pizza delivery driver, brewery worker, freelance RPG writer, and technical/business writer followed, until Douglas finally settled into the one career he seemed destined for: stay-at-home dad.

Somewhere along the way, a copy of “A Dictionary of the Underworld” by Eric Partridge fell into Douglas’s hands. Having sold a few fantasy short stories, Douglas thought a book that defined historical thieves cant (criminal jargon) and described some of the practices of that world might come in handy at some point. Little did he know.

Among Thieves, his first novel, grew out of this unlikely seed over the course of a decade. It was acquired by Roc/Penguin U.S.A. on Douglas’s 45th birthday in 2009.

Douglas lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota. When not writing or chasing after his kids, he likes to practice and teach 17th century Italian rapier combat (in the tradition of Ridolfo Capoferro), cook, read, and hang out in coffee shops.

Douglas' Links

Website:  http://www.douglashulick.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/douglas.hulick
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/DougHulick

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of the US Mass Market Paperback of Among Thieves.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which cover do you like better - US or UK?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jim N. Duncan and Giveaway - April 6, 2011

Please welcome J.N. Duncan to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  Describe Deadworld in 140 characters or less.

J.N.:  Struggling FBI agent gets caught up in centuries-old conflict between two vampires.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

J.N.:  I'm a big plotter. I'll work out my story for several weeks before I actually start writing, and if things go according to plan, I'll have a chapter by chapter breakdown of the whole thing before word one gets on the page. Conversely, I do little, other than broad stroke characterization before I start, working that out as the story goes on the page. The drawback to that is I end up editing a lot of dialogue in my stories.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

J.N.:  The bulk of my reading has come from fantasy and thrillers. A couple of my favorite authors/books is G.R.R.M.'s Ice and Fire Saga and King's Dark Tower series. The best writer I've read in the past year or so though, is Tana French. Wonderful, wonderful mystery writer.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

J.N.:  Given my above quirk, I'm totally a plotter. That said, often my plotting for a chapter will be something like, "investigates crime scene and sees ghost." This obviously leaves a fair bit to the imagination, so in some ways, I pants my way through, but I always know the general direction things are heading. I'll also "plot" my characterization out to some degree, designating points in the story where significant emotional develop points or conflicts arise. This is far more up in the air compared to the physical action of the story, but I still have clear goals in mind for the development of my characters. I am not the sort who can sit down at a starting point and then "see what happens." My brain doesn't function well that way.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Deadworld?

J.N.Deadworld was my "break" from writing a fantasy novel, which I had just finished after three years (and which I still plan on doing something with in the future). I went from third person epic, to first person thriller. Basically I wanted to do something different, and being a fan of the paranormal and big thriller reader, I wanted to write a paranormal thriller (which honestly, is what a lot of urban fantasy is, in my opinion). To that end, I am fond of vampire stories. I think they make cool villains, and so I went at it with the thought, "How can I take the vampire story in a little different direction?" What I ended up with, based on other favorite characters I've loved to read, is something along the lines of (and please don't take this as a literal blend because it's not) Eve Dallas meets Roland the Gunslinger. But it all started with the vampire character and his backstory, and where it might end up in present day.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Deadworld?

J.N.:  Honestly, not a whole lot. I looked up and got some general info about the FBI and how it's structured and operates, kinds of crimes they investigate, how they interact with local authorities and such. But I didn't want to get too detailed, because for one, it's so easy to get that stuff wrong, but also the story isn't about the FBI. I just wanted enough to make the elements feel legit. The nice thing about the paranormal end is that there really are no set rules. I'm free to create however I want as long as the rules are consistent. It was, and still is, a lot of fun developing how the living and dead aspects interact in my stories.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

J.N.:  Hmmm, tough one. I love the turning point in the middle of the book, very intense scene, at least it was to write it. Piano scene between Nick and Jackie was fun to write. And I loved the sequence in the funeral home. Hopefully readers find that one as dramatic as I did.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Deadworld series?

J.N.:  I am contracted for three books right now. Beyond that all depends on the readers. I'd love to keep writing it though. The series is heading in a very intriguing direction, I think.

TQ:  What's next?

J.N.:  Next up is The Vengeful Dead. It'll be out in October, and I'm just starting into book three, which I'm tentatively titling The Lingering Dead.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

J.N.:  It was great being here, and really glad to answer questions and talk about the book and being a writer. This is fun stuff.


About J.N.'s Books

Deadworld
(Deadworld 1)
Interview with Jim N. Duncan and Giveaway - April 6, 2011
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…

Look for The Vengeful Dead in October 2011.
 
 
About J.N.
 
J.N. Duncan is a father of four and an aspiring teacher, living in Ohio. He's got as many pets as kids, and a partner who is published as well (romance author Tracy Madison). He's a big fantasy gamer, sf/f geek, lover of astronomy, and generally scores pretty high on the nerd scale, if one were to measure such things.

J.N.'s Links

Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Website (under construction)

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Deadworld.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What kind of supernatural help would you like on your investigative team?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011

Please welcome Hannah Jayne to The Qwillery as part as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Hannah:  I don’t think I have any real writing quirks – I pretty much hold tight to “butt in chair, hands on keys.” I will, however, not stop on any number 13. Not on page 13 or chapter 13 or – god forbid – word count 1313.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Hannah:  I love female Southern authors – Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Kaye Gibbons. I really think that they laid the foundation for the whole “Chick Lit” genre with stories filled with strong, hilarious women dealing with terrible situations – cheating husbands, bad boyfriends, big thighs… Jill McCorkle’s Crash Diet was probably the most influential collection I’ve read in terms of finding a writing voice. In the fantasy genre, Juliette Blackwell is a huge influence. Her characters are fun, use of magic is excellent, and she has some of the best-written prose I’ve ever read.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Hannah:  Under Wraps was a panster, but books 2 and 3 in the series are plotters. I’m not crazy about plotting/outlining in general, but for a writing career (complete with deadlines, synopses and expectations!), I’m finding plotting is a must!

TQ:  What inspired you to write Under Wraps?

Hannah:  I would love to say something awesome like “it came to me in a dream” or something equally dramatic but that’s so not the case. My agent was pitching my first novel, an as-yet unpublished romance called Rebound Guy, and though it was ultimately rejected, the editorial team came back with “we’re into paranormal. Can she do that?” To which I answered a resounding “no.” Then I called my agent back a day later and said, “Okay, this is what I’ve got.” Then UDA took on a life – and personality – all it’s own!

TQ: What sort of research did you do for Under Wraps?

Hannah:  Whether you believe in demons and spooks or not, it was really important to me to get the legendry right. This is serious business! I researched demons, demonology and “creatures” in fiction, mythology, film and legend, not to mention the myriad of cultural mentions of vampires, werewolves, etc. I’ve always been fascinated by the way something like the vampire myth spreads from culture to culture, how it is so remarkably similar throughout different countries. UDA gave me a great excuse to read every book and article on the subject!

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Hannah:  I think my favorite scene has to be when Sophie decides to prove how very “normal” she is and decides to make a pot roast, and drink a bottle of wine while doing so. Nothing tickles me more than airborne meat. I'm also partial to scenes that include Steve, the love-struck troll.

TQ: How many books are planned for The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the UDA world?

Hannah:  So far there are three novels – book 1, Under Wraps, which is out now, book 2 will be released 11-11-11, and book 3 will follow early in 2012. As for more books, short stories and novellas? Stay tuned!! Something tells me both Steve and Nina might like to have their moments in the literary sun…

TQ: What's next?

Hannah:  I’m just putting the finishing touches on UDA book 3 (yet untitled), and finishing up a cozy mystery set on the Monterey Peninsula called Deadly Ever After.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Hannah:  Thank you so much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys Under Wraps!


Hannah's Books

Under Wraps
Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
(March 1, 2011)
Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around? 
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.
As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny… 

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power… 

Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2 will be released on 11-11-11, with a third book in early 2012.


About Hannah

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011Hannah Schwartz is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to short fiction, Schwartz is the author of the romantic novel Rebound Guy and co-authored the self-help book Crisis Queens: Guide to Your Quarterlife. She shares an apartment with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats, and has created a little dance to go along with the thundering tick of her biological clock.

As an avid reader and writer of chick-lit, finding chicklit.org was a natural (and a godsend!), discovered by wiling one too many hours away on the company clock.

Hannah's Links
Website
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Under Wraps directly from Hannah.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery the name of your paranormal organization? Make something up. You can even tell The Qwillery what your paranormal organization does! Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011

Please welcome Rebecca Zanetti to The Qwillery as part as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Rebecca:  Well, okay. It’s odd, but I can’t write without wearing socks. My feet are usually cold. Even in the summer when I’m wearing shorts and a tank. The thing is…I don’t care if they match. So I’ve opened the door to the UPS guy wearing shorts and one fuzzy red sock, and one blue sock with green stripes. He thinks I’m weird.

TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Rebecca:  I like Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Lora Leigh, Sayde Grace, J.R. Ward and of course, J.D. Salinger. The first romance I ever read was one of Nora Robert’s MacGregor books and I was hooked for life.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Rebecca:  I’m a panster. In fact, I write my first draft and then go back and really get to know my characters to layer the details throughout the book. I’ve tried to fill out those character worksheets before starting a new book, but by the time I get to the third question, I have a scene in my head I just need to write. Then I never quite make it back to the worksheet. At least, until the first draft is finished.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fated?

Rebecca:  This story wouldn’t leave me alone. I’d heard on the writing loops that editors were NOT looking for any vampire books. But this one kept bugging me, so I wrote it for myself, just for fun. It sold in five days from my sending out the first query.

TQ: What sort of research did you do for Fated?

Rebecca:  Actually, I wrote the vampire world the way I want the vampire world to be. My vamps are tough and only take blood in extreme situations like battle…or sex. But I did brush up on string theory and quantum physics to explain some of their abilities.

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Rebecca:  The hero in FATED is a complete alpha male without question. Soldier, vampire and leader. So when he lets his guard down and shows an unexpected sweet side, I think it really works. I love that kind of situation. And then, of course, he goes off to fight the bad guys with no mercy.

TQ: How many books are planned for the Dark Protectors series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the Dark Protectors' world?

Rebecca:  Right now I have nine books I’d like to write that would complete the overall story arc. I’m not sure about novellas…that depends on my publisher. I’d love to write one or two with secondary characters.

TQ:  What's next?

Rebecca:  Book two in the Dark Protector series is called CLAIMED and will be released in October. It features the king of the vampire world and a feisty scientist. Book three is HUNTED and I’m finishing it right now—I think the release date is summer of 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rebecca:  Thanks for having me! These questions were a lot of fun. J


About Rebecca's Books
 
Fated
(Dark Protector 1)
February 22, 2011
Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011
Marry Me
 
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem…
 
Or Else
 
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…


Claimed (Dark Protector 2) will be published in October 2011. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be publishedi n 2010.


About Rebecca

Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011
Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters and has won awards for her works throughout the industry.  She currently writes the Dark Protector series from Kensington Publishing and is represented by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates.

Rebecca's links
Website
Twitter
Facebook

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Fated directly from Rebecca!

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery the name of your alpha vampire? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011

Please welcome Allison Pang to The Qwillery as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Allison:  I don’t know if it’s a quirk, so much as a massive tendency to procrastinate. And eat. I have to stop myself from eating myself into oblivion when I write – I suspect it’s more of a nervous habit than anything else. I also spontaneously break into dance around the midnight hour.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Allison:  I love high fantasy probably more than anything else, and I’d say a number of them have influenced not only my writing, but how I look at it. (There are a lot of writers I want to be when I grow up). Favorite writers include Jacqueline Carey, Kate Elliott, Lynn Flewelling, Charles de Lint, Robin Hobb and many others.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Allison:  Mostly a punster. I only tend to try to outline if I get stuck at a particular point, but it’s usually just to let my brain sort through it more than the need to write it down, if that makes any sense. The rest of the time I just have a vague idea of what I’d like to see happen in a particular chapter (i.e. they find a body under the bed. Madness ensues.), but then I sit back and see how the characters get there.

TQ:  What inspired you to write A Brush of Darkness?

Allison:  Partially a stubborn streak to see if I really *could* write a book, but part of the concept was inspired by a dream. I wanted to know more about the characters who made up that dream (and the scene in particular is in the book toward the end) and there we go.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Brush of Darkness?

Allison:  Not much, honestly. I was very interested in Faerie folklore from a young age. I just drew on the parts I wanted to use and made up the rest.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Allison:  Hmmm. Most of the scenes with Phin were a great deal of fun to write, but otherwise I’m rather partial to that last scene at the end with Abby searching for Brystion. Can’t get into any more detail I don’t think, but that’s really the pivotal scene for me.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Abby Sinclair series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Abby's world?

Allison:  There are two more confirmed books so far and the current story arc should mostly wrap up within those three. After that it’s entirely up to the publisher.  That being said, I’d love to do a spin off with some of the secondary characters – Melanie in particular. I also wouldn’t mind doing a short story or two as well. I’m hoping to maybe have a few “freebies” written and uploaded on my website at some point this year – maybe a one-shot on how Abby got her iPod enchanted, for example. Or quite possibly a few alternate scenes from BoD written from Brystion’s PoV. J

TQ:  What's next?

Allison:  Next after what? LOL. The draft for the second book was turned in a short while ago and I’m waiting on revisions for that. The third book is due in August, so I’m turning my attention to that right now, although I’ve got a SteamPunk fantasy thing that I’ve started which I’d obviously like to sell as well.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Allison:  And thank you for having me!


Allison's Books
 
A Brush of Darkness
Abby Sinclair 1
(January 25, 2011)
Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
 
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn't at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus's whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there's no one she can trust to save her.
 
   
About Allison
 
Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
 
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

Allison's Links:
Websitehttp://www.heartofthedreaming.com/
Bloghttp://mynfel.blogspot.com/
Group bloghttp://word-whores.blogspot.com/
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/apang
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/allison_pang


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of A Brush of Darkness.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what miniature mythological creature you would like to live in your underwear drawer? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, February 18, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011

Please welcome Dianne Duvall to The Qwillery as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Dianne:  I like to alter the media I use to write my manuscripts. I’ve found it a very effective way to remedy writer’s block. My first two manuscripts (a medieval romance with paranormal elements and a time-travel romance not yet scheduled for publication) I wrote on my computer. I wrote Darkness Dawns, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series, by hand in a spiral notebook. And Night Reigns, Book 2, I wrote on my Alphasmart NEO.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Dianne:  I have so many favorites that encompass all genres of romance. Every writer who wrote a book I enjoyed inspired me simply by firing my imagination. Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn and Kinley MacGregor are amongst those authors who fueled my love of historicals. Karen Marie Moning enthralled me with her time-travels. Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and Lindsay Sands are amongst the authors who made paranormal romance my favorite genre. Stephen King, however, influenced my writing the most. Every time I read one of his books, I learn more about writing. I firmly believe every aspiring writer should read his book On Writing. I found it extremely informative.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Dianne:  As OC as I am when it comes to editing, one would think I would be a dedicated plotter. But I’m a pantser. I tried plotting . . . once. I spent several days creating an extremely detailed outline, then began to write. A week later, the plot derailed and took a new turn -- a better turn -- and I ended up grumbling over all the time I had wasted on an outline I wouldn’t use instead of just writing. Now, when I sit down to begin a new manuscript, instead of an outline, I usually have the beginning, then ending and two or three scenes in between already written in my head. Everything else emerges as I write.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Darkness Dawns?

Dianne:  First and foremost my love of paranormal romances, particularly vampire romances. I enjoy reading them so much that I wanted to create my own paranormal world. But I wanted to approach the vampire romance genre from a new perspective. The idea for this new slant actually arose from two manuscripts I wrote before Darkness Dawns: a medieval romance with paranormal elements and a time travel romance. Both featured women with special gifts bestowed upon them at birth by advanced DNA (though they didn’t know the source themselves). These women and their male counterparts -- referred to as gifted ones -- provided me with a way to differentiate between immortals and vampires in Darkness Dawns. In my Immortal Guardians series, vampirism is caused by a rare symbiotic virus. Immortals are gifted ones who have been infected and, thus, transformed by the virus. The corrupt vampires they hunt are ordinary humans who have been infected with it.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Immortal Guardians?

Dianne:  Darkness Dawns actually required a wide variety of research. Roland and Marcus were both born in the Middle Ages, so I needed to familiarize myself with everything from common names to daily life to the politics of that time period to provide both characters with pasts and mannerisms that I thought would linger from their mortal life. Fortunately I had already do so for the manuscripts I mentioned above. I also had to learn more about viruses, how they work and the way our bodies respond to them. Additional research included military hand signals, weapons, vehicles, geographical locations and more.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Darkness Dawns?

Dianne:  One is the scene that begins with Roland lounging on the steps leading up to the whirlpool tub while he watches Sarah blow-dry her hair and marvels over the warmth she has brought into his formerly barren existence. Another is the scene near the end in which a clearly agitated Roland is gearing up for battle and arms Sarah. And, finally, I love the climax of the novel. For obvious reasons I can’t tell you what happens, but Roland and Sarah both demonstrate such love, heroism and a willingness to sacrifice anything for each other that I just can’t resist it.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Immortal Guardians series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Immortal Guardians world?

Dianne:  I haven’t decided on a finite number of books for the Immortal Guardians series, yet, but know that there will be at least four. As for short stories or novellas, I currently have one in mind that I would love to see appear in a paranormal romance anthology with some of my favorite authors. Others are sure to follow. :-)

TQ:  What's next?

Dianne:  Night Reigns, the second book in the Immortal Guardians series is scheduled for release in December. In it, Marcus’s increasingly erratic behavior draws unwanted concern from his immortal brethren. Cocky on the outside, grieving on the inside, he walks the edge and takes far too many risks. Hoping to divert him from this destructive path, Seth assigns Marcus a new Second (human assistant) . . . one who proves to be immensely distracting and turns his world upside down.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Dianne:  Thank you so much for having me! I’m happy to be here!


Dianne's Books

Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians 1
(February 1, 2011)
Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…


Night Reigns, Immortal Guardians 2, is presently slated for release in December 2011.
 
 
About Dianne
 
Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011
Dianne Duvall has won several awards as a romance writer. Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns was declared a Top Pick in a 5-star review by The Romance Reviews, a Best Book  in a 5+ star review by Long and Short Reviews and was given the Top Bite Award by Bitten by Paranormal Romance.  It also received a 4 1/2 star review by RT Book Reviews and was chosen as Best of the Best in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
 
 
Dianne's Links
Website: http://www.DianneDuvall.com
Blog - The Immortal Realm: http://dianneduvall.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Dianne-Duvall/100000816605112
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DianneDuvall

Dianne is giving away a Kindle at her website! Go here for the rules.


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback of Darkness Dawns.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery if you had an Immortal Guardian, what time period would he or she come from? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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