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Early Review - Awakenings by Edward Lazellari - 4 1/2 Qwills

Awakenings
Author:  Edward Lazellari
Series:  Guardians of Aandor
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books (8/30/2011)
Price: $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Fantasy / Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7653-2787-1
Review Copy: Provided by Publisher

Cover and description:

Early Review - Awakenings by Edward Lazellari - 4 1/2 Qwills
Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

My thoughts:

Awakenings is an apt title for this novel. The main characters, Cal MacDonnell (a NYPD officer) and Seth Raincrest (a porn photographer) both have retrograde amnesia. They can't remember their pasts. Their lives become infinitely complicated and dangerous when attempts are made to kill them.With help, they start a harried journey of self re-discovery while trying to stay alive, come to grips with who they really are, and begin the search for a lost child.

I really enjoyed Awakenings. There is a great deal of action while the characters learn about their pasts, their mission, what was lost, and what still may be lost. Yes, I'm being vague as I don't want to spoil the story. There are two worlds involved so in many ways the Guardians of Aandor series is about what will happen if the bad from one world overwhelms the other. Awakenings is the first foray into this battle. We are offered glimpses of the other world. from both the point of view of the bad guys and from Cal, primarily, as he remembers who and what he is with the help of the "strange and beautiful" woman Lelani.  The story is told from several viewpoints, Cal, Seth, the lost child, and others. This worked very well. The different viewpoints weave together to make a compelling read.

I found the character development to be very well done. I have a true sense of who Seth and Cal are and what they may become. The secondary characters, if they can even be relegated to that status, are also well drawn. Cat, Cal's wife, is a particular favorite as she struggles with the fact that her husband is not exactly who she thought he was.

There are turns and twists, battles, magic, monsters, and a sense of the epic in Awakenings. Awakenings is a beginning for the characters. Questions are left open for the following books to resolve: Will the life of the child be saved? Will Cal and Seth fully embrace their pasts? Will the worlds be saved from destruction?

Awakenings is a thrilling debut with great pacing, characters you care about, and a riveting story. I found it hard to put down. I've become a fan of this series and can't wait to read the next book.

I give Awakenings 4 1/2 Qwills.

Early Review - Awakenings by Edward Lazellari - 4 1/2 Qwills

Interview with Stephanie Chong and Giveaway - August 25, 2011

Please welcome Stephanie Chong to the The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Stephanie:  My most creative thoughts are usually handwritten.

I write best on scraps of paper. The more disposable, the better. Index cards. Torn-up bits of post-it notes. Napkins. Backs of receipts and the like. I have bought and received as gifts numerous beautiful journals over the years – leatherbound, embossed, gorgeously covered journals – but find that the writing that happens in them is too “precious” and nothing meaningful ever gets set down in those beautiful journals.

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

Stephanie:  On the literary side, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood. In commercial fiction, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and YA author Suzanne Collins. My favorite paranormal authors are Anne Rice, Maggie Shayne and Kerrelyn Sparks.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?



Stephanie:  The road to hell is paved with good outlines.

Just kidding. There is some truth in that statement for me. But some of the best writers outline extensively. In truth, I’m both a plotter and a pantser. For me, writing a novel is a complicated process that involves elements of both. I’m definitely not a linear writer. However, I think a strong sense of structure is necessary, especially in commercial fiction.

TQ:  Describe Where Demons Fear to Tread in 140 characters or less.

Stephanie:  Fledgling Guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair must battle nightclub owner Archdemon Julian Ascher over a young actor's soul.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Where Demons Fear to Tread?

Stephanie:  A world-renowned Ashtanga teacher called John Scott came to Vancouver to teach a workshop in 2008. He recommended a book called How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach. In that book was a single line about angels. Angels don’t come up in yoga that often. In ten years of practice, that was the first time I had ever encountered the idea. When I started writing the novel in January of 2009, there was no such thing as an “angel trend.”

TQ:  Why did you set Where Demons Fear to Tread in Los Angeles, the City of Angels?

Stephanie:  LA is the most obvious city to set an angels-and-demons series in. The reason I set it there is that I know it best of any American city (I’m Canadian). My sister lives in LA, and I’ve spent a lot of time there. I have practiced at some of the “famous” yoga studios there. Even though there isn’t a lot about Serena’s daily life in the book, LA seemed to be where she wanted to live. And yet LA is still unfamiliar enough to me that I have a sense of fantasy about it.

I love to travel, so setting my novels in unfamiliar places is a chance for me to “travel” every single day. The second book takes place largely in Venice.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Where Demons Fear to Tread?

Stephanie:  There’s a scene in the Grand Canyon that I love because I struggled the hardest with it. It’s smack in the middle of the novel. Which is quite a challenging place, because it can sag. It’s by no means a perfect scene, but sometimes my favorite scenes are not perfect and not popular. I felt like my connection to the canyon came from a really deep place, but I had to push to get there.

TQ:  In Where Demons Fear to Tread, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Stephanie:  Most difficult – Serena. She’s good, and it’s tough to make good characters appealing to everybody. But I believe in good people. They inspire me, and I wanted to write about one. The world is full of enough selfishness, greed, poverty and suffering. I wanted to create a character who is trying to combat all those things.

Easiest – Luciana. She’s bad, and it’s easy to make bad people interesting. She’s beautiful, but her life is a train wreck. Who wouldn’t want to stop and stare?

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Company of Angels series?

Stephanie:  The kind you do in dreams!

That’s a coy answer. The truth is that I wrote what I knew – built a fictional world around things and places I knew.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Company of Angels series?

Stephanie:  Three so far. ;)



TQ:  What's next?

Stephanie:  The second book is Luciana’s story, The Demoness of Waking Dreams.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Stephanie:  Thank YOU! It was my pleasure entirely – this was my very first interview, and I loved doing it!


About Where Demons Fear to Tread

Where Demons Fear to Tread
The Company of Angels 1
(MIRA, August 23, 2011)
Interview with Stephanie Chong and Giveaway - August 25, 2011
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won't release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager...
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell...or a deliciously hot heaven.
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About Stephanie

Interview with Stephanie Chong and Giveaway - August 25, 2011
Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist.  Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University.

When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.

Stephanie's Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market paperback copy of Where Demons Fear to Tread from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Angels or Demons? 

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, September 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jeremy Wagner & Giveaway - August 23, 2011

Please welcome Jeremy Wagner to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Jeremy:  I think the fact that I need caffeine and music while I’m writing. I don’t know if those count as quirks, but my dependency on having a latte nearby and music playing while I write has become somewhat silly. But I NEED them! Haha.

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

Jeremy:  I’d say Stephen King, Peter Blauner, and Thomas Harris hold some heavy influence in certain ways for sure. The following list of authors have all inspired me in profound ways…these authors have hit me like no others: Stephen King, Peter Blauner, Colin Harrison, Peter Straub, Peter Benchley, Michael Crichton, Nic Pizzolatto, Elmore Leonard, Mario Puzo, Jack Ketchum, Dan Simmons, Richard Preston, Gillian Flynn, David Morrell, and Marquis de Sade.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jeremy:  I do what I call a “partial plot.” I start with an idea for a story I want to write, and then I scribble down rough notes that kind of outline the story from the beginning to end. Perhaps I’ll note some specific details here and there for important scenes I thought of beforehand. That’s it for any plotting for me. Once I start writing the story, the characters, events, and the whole damn thing all start taking on lives of their own and I find myself surprised by what happens. That’s the fun part!

TQ:  Describe The Armageddon Chord.

Jeremy:  THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD a “heavy-metal thriller” featuring a guitarist who finds himself caught between the forces of good and evil. It’s kinda like Indiana Jones with a rock star hero. A historically-tinged tale about an ancient and evil song written in strange hieroglyphics, which is discovered in a long lost pyramid beneath the Egyptian sands. Once transcribed, this song has the power to unleash the Apocalypse, and guitarist/protagonist, Kirk Vaisto, finds himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. It’s also the first thriller about an actual guitar hero faced with saving the entire world from annihilation.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Armageddon Chord?

Jeremy:  I was writing new songs for my old band, Broken Hope, and I was always laboring to write the heaviest guitar riff ever. At that time, I was thinking, “what if” some metal guitarist wrote the heaviest, most powerful guitar riff or chord known to man…a riff so devastating, it could literally cause worldwide destruction. So, on that idea, I began formulating a story…a story you now see as my novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Armageddon Chord?

Jeremy:  Most of the music stuff I didn’t have to research too much. It was the historical stuff that I really had to dive into thoroughly—all the Egyptian history, Biblical history, the Holy Cross history, World War II, and a little bit of fact-finding about modern business, corporate figureheads.

TQ:  In The Armageddon Chord, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jeremy:  The most difficult character to write may have been the protagonist, Kirk Vaisto. I say that because I could relate to him so much, I didn’t want to inject all me and my musical back-story into him. I needed to make him original. Also, I didn’t want to make him this “point-blank” superstar…I wanted him to have humble beginnings readers could relate to. All that took some doing.
The easiest character was Helmut Harkopff. I say that because I love villains and downright evil bastards you love to hate. Helmut triggered my dark side and his character just flowed from me. I guess I was meant to write horror…and pen tales of horrible people. smiles

TQ:  Do you and Kirk Vaisto have anything in common?

Jeremy:  Kirk Vaisto. Well as a recording artist/guitarist, I found myself relating to Kirk on a personal level and put some of my own touring and recording experiences into him…band experiences, too. But again, I didn’t want to make him like me…I worked to make Kirk his own character, his own person with an original personality.

TQ:  What's next?

Jeremy:  I have 2 new novels completed right now. I want to see them published in 2012. The 2 new books are unrelated to THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD or music. All my books so far are “stand alone” novels. The newer books are horror/dark fiction and I can’t wait for readers to get into them!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jeremy:  Thank you so much for the interview!


About The Armageddon Chord

The Armageddon Chord
(kRP, August 22, 2011)

Deep beneath the Egyptian sands, an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered in the long lost and buried pyramid of the demonic pharaoh, Aknaseth. It is written, that if this song is performed for the world to hear, it will unleash the Apocalypse upon the world of man Satan will reign and grant immortality to the chosen.

With the help of abominable Egyptologist, Helmut Hartkopff, nihilistic multibillionaire, Festus Baustone the Third will do whatever it takes to bring the song to life at any cost- even if his only daughter is to be sacrificed.

Kirk Vaisto, dubbed the "God of Guitar" by his millions of fans, soon finds himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. Vaisto begins a musical journey that takes him from an unholy chapter in ancient Egyptian history to the very remains of the Holy Cross, to the concert stage, and beyond all this, to the very edge of Hell itself. Will Kirk give the performance of a lifetime and either deliver our world from evil or will he annihilate us all with the stroke of his hand?

What will happen when Kirk Vasito strikes The Armageddon Chord?



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About Jeremy

In this youth, Wagner would find himself writing short stories. The hobby grew with him as he combined his love for stories with his songwriting as guitarist in the band Broken Hope. He found that he enjoyed writing horror lyrics and that it helped him become a better writer as a whole because, he says, “all of the hundreds of lyrics I’d written were like flash-fiction pieces—all exercises in writing, crafting, and editing small blasts of fiction within the framework of a song,” says Wagner. “Lyrics turned into short-stories and eventually, short-story writing turned me into a novelist.”

Writing short stories based on his lyrics, Wagner’s stories began to be published. In the mid-'90s, Wagner started writing his first unpublished novels. Combining his writing with his knowledge of music, Wagner came up with the basic idea for THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD (kRP; September 6, 2011).

Wagner has written lyrics to more than 70 published songs along with recording six albums, two MTV videos, and touring in 16 countries with his bands, Broken Hope and Lupara. Wagner has been published in RIP, Terrorizer, Metal Edge, Microhorror magazines and works of short stories through Perseus Books, St. Martin's Press, and Ravenous Romance.

Wagner's most recent published works include the short story, Romance Ain't Dead, which appears as the first story in the zombie-romance anthology Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin's Press), and the short story The Creatures From Craigslist in the anthology, Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology Of Fangs, Claws, Sex And Love (Ravenous Romance Publishing). Wagner is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and sponsors HWA any chance he can.

For more about Jeremy Wagner, please visit www.jeremy-wagner.com

For more about THE ARMAGEDDONN CHORD, please visit
www.thearmageddonchord.com

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win signed copy of The Armageddon Chord provided by Jeremy and kRP plus a signed postcard of Jeremy and some oversize The Armageddon Chord guitar picks.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite musical instrument? 

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, August 30, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Sarah Gilman - August 22, 2011

Please welcome Sarah Gilman to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Sarah:  Interesting, or crazy? *grin* Writing is often referred to as “socially acceptable schizophrenia.” Not only do my characters tell me their stories, they talk to me. They get grumpy and complain when I don’t make my word count goal for the day. Jett (the hero of book 2) and Wren (the hero of book 1) argue over which book is better. Yeah. *sigh*

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

Sarah:  I have many favorite authors. One of my favorite all time authors is Charles Dickens. But of course, I can’t forget Robert L. Stevenson or Bram Stoker! In my own genre, I never miss a book from J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Michelle Rowen, Lara Adrian…the list goes on! They’ve all influenced my writing in some way, because when I get stuck, the best inspiration is to sit down and read.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sarah:  I’m a pantser with a plan! I always have an overall goal, motivation, conflict, and resolution in mind before I sit down to write, but the ideas flow best when I’m chin deep in a scene. I tried writing outlines, I honestly tried. I think Out in Blue had seven outlines, but as soon as I started writing, I had a new idea!

TQ:  Describe Out in Blue in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  A fast-paced, sensual paranormal romance set on the backdrop of a dark, violent world.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Out in Blue?

Sarah:  Apart from Wren moving into my gray-matter and ordering me to? *wink* I set out to write a novel because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but Wren was the epicenter of the story from the very first words I ever typed, and I sat down to write a ghost story! He improved as a character as I developed my craft, but he never changed in my mind’s eye, and he insisted his story be told.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Out in Blue?

Sarah:  Most of the story came from my imagination, but I wanted the wings to have a realistic feel. No disappearing, no hovering, no magic, just wings that will knock over a lamp if the character isn’t careful. I’ve always been interested in birds, so most of my research had already been done. I love to watch how they move. I made a trip to VINS, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, which is a rehab center for raptors. There, I got to observe large birds up close, learn about the structure of a wing, etc.

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

Sarah:  Wren came naturally, as I mentioned above. But I found Ginger to be the biggest challenge. Like many romance readers, I have strong opinions about what makes a good and a bad heroine. A heroine needs to have strengths without being too perfect and flaws without being too unlikable. Creating a balanced heroine is much harder than it looks.

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

Sarah:  My favorite scene is set at the top of a broadcast tower. Not a setting I get to read or write everyday!

TQ:  Who should play Wren and Ginger if Out in Blue is made into a movie?

Sarah:  I’d love to see a brand new actor and actress get their start.

TQ:  How many books are planned for Return to Sanctuary series?

Sarah:  There are several planned, but I am a debut author, so the future is not set in stone. Keep your fingers crossed!

TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  My primary goal is finishing book 2, Deep in Crimson, currently in the revision process. I also got that ghost story written, and am revising it as well. Ghost romances are a hard pitch, so wish me luck!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About Out in Blue

Out in Blue
Return to Sanctuary 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)

Interview with Sarah Gilman - August 22, 2011

In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.


About Sarah

Interview with Sarah Gilman - August 22, 2011
Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

Sarah's Links
Entangled Publishing 
Author website
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Facebook
Blog
Goodreads

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books

This is a listing of the books that are up next for some of the Debut Authors whose debuts were published in January through June 2011. As I get or find more information this post will be updated.

Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London

Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3) will be published in February 2012.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.

Jenn Bennett - Arcadia Bell

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell 2) will be published in April 2012.


Anita Clenney - Highland Warriors (unofficial series name)

Embrace the Highland Warrior (Highland Warriors 2) will be published in November 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can’t fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse.

Karina Cooper - Dark Mission

All Things Wicked (Dark Mission 3) will be published January 2012.


Virna dePaul - Para-Ops

Chosen by Fate (Para-Ops 2) will be published in October 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O'Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith-a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...

J.N. Duncan - Deadworld

The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) will be published in October 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
She’s the FBI’s go-to expert on Chicago’s most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon…

Jackie Rutledge just can’t put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities—and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried …

Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn’t long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she’ll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts—and capable of annihilating more than her soul . . .

Dianne Duvall - Immortal Guardians

Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians 2) will be published in December 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak…a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand…

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into…

Marcus Graden has been an Immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets—how can she defeat death itself?

Sable Grace - Dark Breed

Bedeviled (Dark Breed 2) will be published in December 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
She has done the unthinkable-- turned her best friend into a Dark Breed: part Vampyre, Lychen and Witch...

Kyana thought only to save her friend's life when she fed Haven her blood; instead, she created a monster. Now the woman she thought of as a sister is under the spell of an ancient, vengeful god, determined to set him free and wreak havoc on the mortal world...and only Kyana can stop her.

But time is running out. In just seven days, Kyana's Vampyre and Lychen abilities will be gone and she'll be completely transformed into the Goddess of the Hunt -- and her blood ties to Haven will be severed. By her side is Ryker -- ally, demigod, lover -- who will sacrifice everything to keep Kyana safe...even the attraction that burns between them. Together they have one chance to save Haven from herself... To save humanity from Hell on earth.

Kevin Hearne - The Iron Druid Chronicles

The 1st three books in The Iron Druid Chronicles were published this year: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered.

Kevin has stated that he is contracted for 3 more books in the series, which will be titled Tricked, Trapped, and Hunted. Tricked is tentatively slated for release in May 2012. Read more about what Kevin had to say about the next 3 books at his site: http://www.kevinhearne.com/del-rey-wants-more-atticus


Tamara Hogan - The Underbelly Chronicles

Chase Me (Underbelly Chronicles 2) will be published in the Spring 2012.


Douglas Hulick - Tales of the Kin

Book 2 in the Tales of the Kins is slated for release in April 2012 with Book 3 coming in 2013.


Hannah Jayne - Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles

Under Attack (Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2) will be published in November 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…

Darynda Jones - Charley Davidson

Second Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson 2) was just published on August 16, 2011. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson 3 will be published in January 2012.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

Laurie London - Sweetblood

Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) will be published early in 2012.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books


Andrew P. Mayer - The Society of Steam

Hearts of Steam & Smoke (The Society of Steam 2) will be published in November 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
Sir Dennis Darby has been murdered, the Automaton has been destroyed, and Sarah Stanton has turned her back on a life of privilege and comfort to try and find her way in the unforgiving streets of New York. But Lord Eschaton, the villain behind all these events, isn’t finished with her yet. His plans to bring his apocalyptic vision of the future to the world are moving forward, but to complete his scheme he needs the clockwork heart that Sarah still holds.

But she has her own plans for the Automaton’s clockwork heart—Sarah is trying to rebuild her mechanical friend, and when she is attacked by the Children of Eschaton, the man who comes to her rescue may be the one to make her dreams come true. Emelio Armando is a genius inventor who had hoped to leave his troubles behind when he and his sister left Italy for a life of anonymity in the New World. Now he finds himself falling in love with the fallen society girl, but he is rapidly discovering just how powerful the forces of villainy aligned against her are, and that fulfilling her desires means opening the door to a world of danger that could destroy everything he has built.

The Society of Steam takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for, and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.

Alison Pang - Abby Sinclair

A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2) will be published in February 2012.


Rebecca Zanetti - Dark Protectors

Claimed (Dark Protectors 2) will be published in October 2011.

Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming Books
A Daring Rescue

Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”…

A Deadly Decision

As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind…

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery, Jo's debut novel, Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) will be published by Angry Robot Books in October.

Debris

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011


     Genre is a funny thing, isn't it? My days working in a bookshop taught me to both appreciate it, and rebel against it. Most of the time the categories on the back of the books made it easier to shelve a whole trolley's worth as quickly as possible -- particularly first thing in the morning and with only one coffee to help! But sometimes they were just wrong. Like they said thriller when really I knew I was holding a big fat fantasy tome, or (and less often, I have to admit) YA Fiction 8-12 on the back of a gruesome true crime.

     But things really got interesting when the lines between genres started to blur, and that's when my deep-seated need to rebel kicked in. What makes some books set in the future literature and some science fiction? What's more important in a supernatural crime thriller, the 'crime' or the 'supernatural', and how do you decide where to shelve it? Do you let the computer do all the work for you? Or do you make sure no one's watching, take that 'obviously belongs in science fiction' book out of the thriller section and place it lovingly in the genre where it belongs?

     Maybe it depends on the kind of day you've had, the amount of caffeine consumed, and just how invested you feel in that particular genre. Maybe it's all linked so your hidden agenda to single-handedly ensure that fantasy and science fiction get the recognition they deserve!

     Anyway... moving on. So, genre's a funny thing. But nothing felt as strange as seeing the genre debate applied to my own book.

     You see, as far as I was concerned, Debris was always fantasy. It has a hero with a special power, a motley band of companions, and creepy evil-doers with end of the world aspirations. Core fantasy values all. But, at the same time, it is a bit different. Tanyana might be a hero with a special power, but she also has to worry about paying the rent. She lives in a semi-industrialised world, with a class system based on skill, not birth. Almost everyone has the ability to use magic -- a pseudo-scientific magic involving the manipulation of subatomic particles -- and the few that don't are forced into low-paid work collecting the waste this produces.

     Still, you know, fantasy. Surely chatting to subatomic particles just isn't possible, and neither is threading them together to create grand and powerful structures, or seeing them as glowing beads of friendly light embedded in all matter -- no matter how far technology advances in the future. Ergo, magic. Fantasy. With a few hints of steampunk. And maybe even some cyberpunk... but that's in book two.

     By now I really should have realised that genre isn't that simple. At the very least my days of bookshop rebellion should have taught me that. But no, I hadn't learned, so I was more than a little surprised when my publisher started talking about science fiction instead of fantasy. First reaction: "OMG they've confused me with someone else and actually they don't want to publish my book at all!". Once I got over that little hiccup (meltdown) we realised it was more an issue of definitions, instead of horror stories involving manuscripts swapped at birth. I'd say 'magic' they'd say 'subatomic particle'; I'd say 'carriages' they'd say 'on giant invisible spider legs instead of wheels'; 'clockwork and gas pipes' vs 'futuristic city'. You get the idea.

     Genre was blurring again, but this time I'd drawn the lines, and it was difficult to watch them dissolve before my eyes. We've decided on 'manga-inspired science fantasy', which is a pretty good description, although I also like to include 'dark-fantasy steampunk-ish' whenever I can.

     I guess the point is, that along the way I learned to let go a little bit. Genre isn't only about the appropriate code printed on the back of a book. It's also in the eye of the beholder. And I was holding so tightly onto the way I saw my story, and the (not-so-neat) little box I had squeezed it into, that I couldn't understand that anyone else might see it differently. But you know what? They can. In fact, they will.

     And that's okay, because their view of Debris is not wrong at all, just different. Like some of those books, back in my old bookshop days, weren't categorised on the wrong place, just differently to the way I saw them.

     Some.

     Maybe.


About Debris

Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
(Angry Robot Books, October 2011)
Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market paperback copy of Debris from The Qwillery. Please note that the book has not yet been published so the winner will have to wait until it is published to receive the book!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you encountered genre blurring? OR What do you think of genre blurring?

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, August 25, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce that Jess Macallan will be joining the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Jess' debut, Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1), will be published in September by Entangled Publishing.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011
When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

I like the mood of this cover. Look for an interview with Jess in September.

You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.  

Interview with Daniel Polansky - August 16, 2011

Please welcome Daniel Polansky to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Daniel:  I can write anywhere. I’ve written on Punjabi trains and in communes in Estonia. Of course, none of the writing is any good, but it does get done.

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

Daniel:  A brief smattering of people I think are great: Thomas Wolfe, VS Naipul, Rebecca West. In terms of folk I’ve cribbed from, dues go out to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser? (Plotters make outlines, etc. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants.)

Daniel:  With LOW TOWN it was the latter, but with subsequent work I’ve made it more of a priority to have some idea how a book will end before starting it.

TQ:  Describe Low Town / The Straight Razor Cure in 140 characters or less.

Daniel Low Town primarily concerns the misadventures of The Warden, a small time drug lord whose iniquities are interrupted upon discovering the body of a murdered child. In a bout of ill-considered self-righteousness, he decides to hunt down the killer. Trouble ensues. I’m not great at counting characters...

TQ:  What inspired you to write Low Town / The Straight Razor Cure?

Daniel:  Poverty.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Low Town / The Straight Razor Cure?

Daniel:  I didn’t really do any research specific to Low Town -- it was more about crafting something from the morass of random things I’d already learned.

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

Daniel:  When I write I don’t really find myself dividing the narrative in that way, so I don’t really think I have an answer.

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

Daniel:  My favorite scene is at the end when the entire narrative is revealed to be an elaborate dream. In retrospect I guess that was sort of a spoiler.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Daniel:  It’s going to be a trilogy.

TQ:  What's next?

Daniel:  For me? I’m going to buy another cup of coffee and get back to working on Low Town’s sequel. For anyone reading this, sprint out to your nearest book store and get a copy of my book. If you’re reading this late at night, break in, take a copy, and leave exact change on the register.
Visit my website, DanielPolansky.com, and leave a comment using the Facebook plugin on the lower left of the page so I know who you are. The first 7 chapters are on the website, along with two book trailers, a contest...all kinds of fun stuff. I’m on Facebook (facebook.com/DanielPolanskyAuthor), Twitter (@DanielPolansky), Google+ (+DanielPolansky), and GoodReads (goodreads.com/DanielPolansky), so there are lots of ways to connect.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Daniel:  Thanks for having me!


Daniel has written a short piece as well to share with all of you today:

Slums of the Shire

     Occasionally you'll be with a group of people and they'll get to talking about their favorite historical epochs, nostalgic for lives they never led. One person will talk up their childhood love of the Wild West, another reveal a penchant for Victorian England. This last one just has a thing for corsets, but it's better not to call them on it.

     When my turn rolls round I take a sip of whatever we're drinking and look at my shoes. “The mid 90's were pretty good,” I say lamely. “Slower internet and everything, but at least we had penicillin.”

     Perhaps it's my being a history buff, but the past sucked. For about a millennium and a half after the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe just seems like a real shit place to reside. Lots of rooting in filth until you die at thirty a half mile from where you born. Nominally the nobles had it better, but still, your fever would have been treated with the application of leaches and your pretty young bride had like a one in two chance of surviving child birth.

     This probably is why I don't understand fantasy—that is to say that collection of high medieval tropes collected by Tolkien and gleefully reproduced by two generations of descendants.

     Take elves for instance—though perfectly capable of imagining a world where higher intelligence evolved in a species separate from humanity, my powers of make believe fail when positing that the relation between said species would be anything beyond unceasing warfare. Even a cursory glance at human history reveals our collective willingness to commit genocide on fellow homo sapiens—how much quicker would we have been to eradicate a separate species competing for identical resources? If elves existed, our ancestors would have hunted them down to extinction and erected a monument to the accomplishment.

     But I digress.

     Even when nestled comfortably in a quest to kill a dragon or overthrow a dark lord or what have you, strange thoughts plague me. What does the shady side of Gondor look like? How many platinum coins would a dime bag set me back? What is the point of hobbits? They're just short, fat people. People are plenty fat as it is.

     Low Town is sort of my attempt to answer some of those questions (not the last one). It's the story of the Warden, a former intelligence agent and current drug dealer, whose gradual slide into self-destruction is briefly checked by the discovery of a dead body in the neighborhood he runs. An ill-timed bout of conscience rattles the easy cage of venality he's built for himself, and leads him on a collision course with the life he'd left behind. The Warden is a guy trying to survive the next few days, and not particularly squeamish as to what that requires—the sort of person more likely to populate a classic crime novel than to be found stocking the fantasy section of your local Borders (RIP).

     More broadly, Low Town is an attempt to meld the best aspects of noir with a low fantasy setting—a meeting of tastes which I think complement each other nicely. The spare language and fast pace of good noir offers a pleasant counterpoint to the sprawling—one might even say bloated—length of much modern fantasy. On a somewhat broader level, the tendency of fantasy to focus on world shaking events often renders it irrelevant to the average reader, whose life relatively rarely devolves into single combat against vaguely satanic analogs. By contrast, noir is concerned with the individual, with greed and lust, sins all of us can comprehend to some degree. Low Town centers on the conceit that a world with magic wouldn't be altogether different from a world without it. People are still (on the whole) selfish, stupid creatures, focused almost exclusively on the immediate satisfaction of their basic desires, only now some of them can shoot fire out of their hands.

     That's the idea at least. It comes out today (August 16th) in the US and Canada, and on Thursday (August 18th) in the UK and Commonwealth. I hope you check it out and see if I've succeeded, or if I'm just a pretentious clown. Or both.


About Low Town

In the USA/Canada:

Low Town
Low Town 1
(Knopf Doubleday, August 16 2011)

Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town.

In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.




In the UK/Commonwealth:

The Straight Razor Cure
Low Town 1
(Hodder & Stoughton, August 18, 2011)

Welcome to Low Town. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.

Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You`d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.

But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley.

And then another.

With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he`s the only man with a hope of finding the killer.

If the killer doesn`t find him first.




About Daniel

Photo by Dan Stack
Daniel Polansky was born near Baltimore, Maryland.  LOW TOWN is his first novel.

Daniel's Links:

Website
Facebook
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Goodreads
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2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce that Edward Lazellari will be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Awakenings (Guardians of Aandor 1) will be published on August 30, 2011 by Tor Books.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2011
Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.
The cover of Awakenings is by my favorite cover artist, Chris McGrath. Look for my review soon.

You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.  

Interview with Patricia Eimer and Giveaway - August 9, 2011

Please welcome Patricia Eimer to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Patricia:  I can and will write anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. Back before I ever dreamed of getting published I was writing short stories and fanfiction to send out to my friends either via email or through online forums. I had an idea for a story come in and actually left my own bridal shower so I could scribble away on an idea I'd had for a Doctor Who fanfic. It's not like it mattered really. My mother in law was hosting it for my in-laws and they didn't even notice I was gone. Then again, she did refuse to hold me a baby shower a few years later so maybe she did notice...

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

Patricia:  Anyone who can make me laugh or give me something to wonder about. I love MaryJanice Davidson, Nicole Peeler, Gail Carriger, Linda Wisdom and Katie MacAlister for their abilities to write comedy. I’d love to say I’m influenced by some of the real masters of the craft like Shakespeare, JK Rowling, or Stephen King but I’m totally not. Or maybe I am. I keep trying to live up to what they write. It never works but I keep trying.

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Patricia:  Most definitely a pantser. I wouldn’t know how to plot if the technique grew legs, walked up and slapped me across the face.

TQ:   Describe Luck of the Devil in 140 characters or less.

Patricia:  The Family Reunion From Hell.

TQ:   What inspired you to write Luck of the Devil?

Patricia:  I actually saw a young woman in the grocery store, in the middle of the night, arguing into her cellphone with someone about the fact that their family had shown up and she had no idea what to do about it. I ended up following her through the entire store, stalking her almost and listening to her complain to what I always thought was her significant other about the fact that their family had shown up but she was going to be the one doing all the work. That’s when Faith Bettincourt wiggled into my brain and announced “you think she’s got it bad, let me tell you about my family.”

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for Luck of the Devil?

Patricia:  Research? What is this research as you call it? Oh right, that was making my husband take me to Primanti Brothers for food constantly so I could “check out the ambiance.” Man I love this gig.

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

Patricia:  Malachi was the easiest to write. He’s my own personal sort of voice in the story. Somebody once referred to him as a demonic Greek chorus. Everything I ever wanted to say delivered to you in a three foot, demonic form. The hardest character to write was Matt. The character has secrets. Big secrets. And he likes to play things close to the vest. Unfortunately he kept trying to do the same thing with me.

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

Patricia:  When Faith convinces Matt to steal the Devil’s Lamborghini. You know when the scene starts that it can’t end well. There’s no way it can end well. But with enough bare flesh you can convince even the smartest guy to do something patently stupid.

TQ:   Who should play Faith Bettincourt if Luck of the Devil is made into a movie?

Patricia:  Reese Witherspoon. Or possible Katie Perry as a blonde. Yeah, definitely Katy Perry as a blonde.

TQ:   Do you and Faith have anything in common?

Patricia:  We both tend to be the nursemaid in our family. The person who just takes care of everything without question. It’s a horrible habit to have because it always leads you into trouble but at the same time it comes from a pure place so it’s a hard habit to break.

TQ:   How many books are planned for Speak of the Devil series?

Patricia:  Right now there’re 3 books planned and I’ve started tinkering with the idea of a spin off related to Faith’s sister Hope.

TQ:   What's next?

Patricia:  Right now Book 2 of Speak of the Devil is with my editor, I’m plotting out Book 3 ( I never write the next book until I’m done edits with the previous one because of all the changes that happens. Ah, plotting why do I fail so much at you?), and starting to work on another series set in a very different world from the one Faith and her family inhabit.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Patricia:  Thank you for having me.


About Luck of The Devil

Luck of the Devil
Speak of the Devil 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)
Interview with Patricia Eimer and Giveaway - August 9, 2011
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.

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About Patricia

Interview with Patricia Eimer and Giveaway - August 9, 2011
Patricia Eimer is a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard made for reading in on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing and arguing about with her dogs about who’s in charge.

Patricia's Links

Website: www.patriciaeimer.com
Entangled Publishing: www.entangledpublishing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Eimer/193204160721040



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Luck of the Devil ebook from Patricia and Entangled Publishing.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Love, like or avoid family reunions?

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, August 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.


*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Early Review - Awakenings by Edward Lazellari - 4 1/2 QwillsInterview with Stephanie Chong and Giveaway - August 25, 2011Interview with Jeremy Wagner & Giveaway - August 23, 2011Interview with Sarah Gilman - August 22, 2011Catching up with the 2011 Debut Authors I - Upcoming BooksGuest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011Interview with Daniel Polansky - August 16, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2011Interview with Patricia Eimer and Giveaway - August 9, 2011

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