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2011 Debut Author Challenge - March Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - March Debut Authors

Here are the debut authors and their novels for March 2011. Pick one and let us know in the comments which one you'll be reading. I'm going to read both.

Under Wraps
Author:  Hannah Jayne
Series:  Underworld Detection Agency 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Kensington (March 1, 2011)
Price:  $6.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7582-5892-2
2011 Debut Author Challenge - March Debut Authors
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…


Taste Me
AuthorTamara Hogan
Series:  Underbelly Chronicles 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Sourcebooks (March 1, 2011)
Price:  $6.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN:  9781402246012
2011 Debut Author Challenge - March Debut Authors
Hot, sexy urban fantasy romance by a new author with talent to burn…

He Wants Her So Badly He Can Taste It…

Ever since their tempestuous fling years ago, incubus Lukas Sebastiani has known that siren Scarlett Fontaine was meant to be his. But when you’re a sex demon with an insatiable desire, relationships are way more than complicated…

Her Siren Songs Bring Men to Their Knees…

Rock star Scarlett Fontaine desperately needs a break after a grueling tour. But with murder and mayhem surrounding her band, and the one man she never thought to see again put to the task of protecting her, life is going to be anything but peaceful…

Every encounter between them creates more turmoil—and heat—until Scarlett pushes Lukas to the boiling point, and unleashes forces that go way beyond anything she can hope to control…


Look for an interview with Hannah Jayne on March 3, 2011 and with Tamara Hogan on March 14, 2011.

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011

Today on Facebook, Virna DePaul posted the cover for the 2nd book in her Para-Ops series, Chosen By Fate:

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011

Chosen By Fate will be published in October 2011. You can read more about Chosen By Fate at Virna's Facebook photos here.

Virna's debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel 1) will be released on May 3, 2011:

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 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.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love how the title and shirts are the same color!  The Qwillery will have an interview with Virna in May 2011.

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.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011

I'm happy to announce 3 more debut authors who will be interviewed for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge:

In alphabetical order by author -

Anita Clenney
Awaken the Highland Warrior
(Highland Warrior 1)
May 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011
Historian Bree Kirkland has always been in love with the past, but when she accidentally wakes an ancient Scottish warrior who’s spent the past 150 years sleeping in her backyard, her present is suddenly fraught with danger. Faelan has awakened from the time vault hungry and horny. He grieves for his lost family, wondering who sent the woman to wake him. If she’s a demon, Faelan will have to kill her. If she’s innocent, she’s unleashed the gates of hell in her backyard. Either way they must rely on each other to save their future.










Sable Grace
Ascension
(Dark Breed 1)
April 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011The 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 . . .

 
Hannah Jane
Under Wraps
(Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1)
March 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 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…

The View From Monday - February 14, 2011

A Happy Valentine's Day to those of you who celebrate. Happy plain old Monday to those who don't.

There are not a lot of books on my list for this week. The list is below. I'm going to try to post a bunch of reviews this week that have been percolating in my head. I tend to think a lot about a review before I actually write it. Then I have to edit it to remove anything spoilery. I could probably tell you how I've rated the several books ahead of the reviews, but I won't.

Wednesday will feature comics this week because we will have a guest for Thursday Flicks - author Seanan McGuire.

I'm hoping to get back to Photo Friday this week. We missed it last week because of all the wonderful Debut Author interviews. Here are the dates the giveaways end:

Debut AuthorGiveawayEnd Date
Darynda JonesFirst Grave on the RightFebruary 15, 2011
Dianne DuvallDarkness DawnsFebruary 16, 2011
Allison PangA Brush of DarknessFebruary 18, 2011

Just click on the author's name to go to the interview and giveaway. If you are interested in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge click on 2011 DAC tab above.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. There are certainly other books coming out that I've not listed.

February 15, 2011

Dreams of a Dark WarriorKresley ColePNR - Immortals After Dark 11
Desires of the DeadKimberly DertingYA - Body Finder 2
The Guardian Connie HallPNR
The Desert of SoulsHoward Andrew JonesFM
AftertimeSophie LittlefieldPNR
The Truth About VampiresTheresa MeyersPNR
AngelfireCourtney Allison MoultonYA - Angelfire 1
Voices of DragonsCarrie VaughnYA


February 17, 2011

The Republic of ThievesScott LynchF - Gentleman Bastard 3

F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
YA - Young Adult


The View From Monday - February 14, 2011
White Chocolate Heart Box by CAMJ


Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper - Cover - February 12, 2011

Today on her blog, Karina Cooper revealed the cover for Lure of the Wicked, the 2nd Dark Mission novel. It will be published in June 2011.

Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper - Cover - February 12, 2011


Blood of the Wicked, the 1st Dark Mission novel, will be published on May 31, 2011.

Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper - Cover - February 12, 2011

A witch desperate to save her brother is forced to team up with the witch hunter who doesn’t know she carries the same bloody stigma as the brother he’s hunting.


Prepared to risk everything on a nest of half-truths and lies, witch and witch hunter form an unwitting bond—a bond based on blood, murder and an attraction so devastating, it will put everything they know in danger. In the aptly monikered City of Glass, the once-unbreakable threads of loyalty will be put to the ultimate test. From Karina's website.

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.*

Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011

Please welcome Darynda Jones to The Qwillery for the second in our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

Darynda: Thank you so much for having me at The Qwillery today!

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

Darynda:  Probably my absolutely-must-have “skeleton key”. Or, well, I call it a skeleton key. It’s an outline that answers four basic questions: Where are we? What time of day is it? What major event happens in this scene or series of scenes? And in what order does the story unfold? It is like a road map and I am utterly lost without it.

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

Darynda:  So very many people. I love everything from Stephen King to Julia Quinn. And they were both huge influences, giving me permission to bend the rules a little, to have fun. I’d also have to say Janet Evanovich and Mary Janice Davidson. I’ve always wanted to be able to write like Stephen Hunter. He wrote the book that the movie Shooter with Mark Wahlberg was based on called Point of Impact. His writing is amazing. His heroes are to die for.

OH! And I can’t forget Terry Pratchett. Of all the people I’ve ever read, he is the one who taught me to not only bend the rules, but break them and grind them into dust, just do it with exquisite style and breathtaking prose. (I haven’t actually reached that pinnacle of existence yet, but I’m working on it.)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Darynda:  I plot like there’s no tomorrow, baby. I barely start a book without three distinct outlines.
1. The Skeleton Key that I spoke of earlier.
2. The Outline: This is a brief synopsis of the entire book. It is usually about 5-9 pages long and is what I send my editor for approval before actually starting the book.
3. The Detailed Outline: This is where I take the skeleton key, plug the outline into the appropriate areas, then add any details I’ve come up with including specific scenes, little extras I want to reveal here and there, funny lines or situations I want to use, and even internal and external motivation. These outlines usually run between 40 and 60 pages, but remember that part about adding scenes? Yeah, by this point I’ve already written a nice chunk of the book.
Next, I take the final detailed outline, copy and paste it into my manuscript, and delete as I go. This way I never stray far from the conceived story. I don’t wander around aimlessly, wondering where I’m going. I know exactly what is coming next, and very often, if it’s a “hard” scene (meaning I’m too lazy to write it at that moment), I’ll jump to another scene. I don’t get bored and/or stuck very often and I rarely pull my hair out by its roots. I’ve tried pantsing it. It wasn’t pretty. I had writer’s block by the time I got to page three.

NOTE: Let me just say that I write ALL over the place. I do not write linearly in any way, shape or form. By having such a detailed map of where I’m going, I can write on chapter two one day and chapter nineteen the next. Another (possibly more important) advantage to this technique is that there’s never a dull moment. Each scene has a purpose. Each scene moves the story forward. This makes the book tight, the pacing strong, and the story smooth. Just sayin’.

TQ:  What inspired you to write First Grave on the Right ?

Darynda:  Mostly desperation. As an aspiring writer trying to catch New York’s eye, I wanted something different, something that would grab an agent’s and editor’s attention. Thankfully, Charley did just that.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for First Grave on the Right?

Darynda:  I did quite a bit of research on law enforcement procedures and went to a couple of workshops. One was a chapter meeting in which the State Medical Examiner spoke. That was an eye-opener and a half. I learned so much about policy and procedure, like who can and cannot step onto a crime scene before the medical examiner is finished, and I got to see a real autopsy. I’ve never been the same. I also read books on police procedure and private investigations as well as keep a couple of friends in law enforcement on speed dial. Oh, and I watched a few episodes of Magnum, PI. That was hard. ;)

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

Darynda:  In one scene, My heroine Charley is basically undercover, trying to get a bad guy to confess. I love this scene because her inner thoughts just ramble and are so at odds with what is going on around her and the extreme danger she is in. While she is trying to play the damsel in distress, she is thinking about what a jerk the guy is and how he’s clearly overcompensating with the expensive suits and manicure, etc. It’s just fun and the tables are turned on her so quickly and tragically. But still her thoughts run amok.

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

Darynda:  Interesting you should ask. I actually just completed a short story for a new romance/women’s fiction website St. Martin’s Press is going to launch soon. I was thrilled to be invited on its maiden voyage and can’t wait to see it go live. (The site, not necessarily my story.)

And as for how many books, right now the sky’s the limit. While I’m currently contracted for three and have just finished the final round of revisions for Third Grave Dead Ahead, the third installment in Charley’ story, we are looking more long-term with the project and hoping for this to be a long-lasting and well-loved series.

TQ:  What's next?

Darynda:  Well, since I just finished up Third Grave, we are turning our efforts to the first in a YA series I also sold to St. Martin’s Press, the first of which is titled Grimsight. It’s about a how one teenaged girl’s life is irrevocably changed when the grim reaper starts high school in her home town. I’m really excited because it’s such a fun story. And, yes, it’s also about a grim reaper, just in a very different way.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Darynda:  Thank YOU!!! I’m so excited to be here and appreciate the opportunity so much.


Darynda's Books

First Grave on the Right
Charley Davidson 1
(February 1, 2011)
Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.


Second Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson 2) will be released in August 2011.


About Darynda

Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011
Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com/.



Links:
Website: http://www.darynda.com/
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/darynda.jones.official
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Darynda


The Giveaway
 
THE RULES
 
What:  One commenter will win a hardcover copy of First Grave on the Right.
 
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The View From Monday - February 7, 2011

This is a good Monday! We have some 2011 Debut authors stopping by this week for interviews and giveaways:



Darynda Jones author of First Grave on the Right

Dianne Duvall author of Darkness Dawns

Allison Pang author of A Brush of Darkness.





We'll have comics and photos this week as well. Below are some of this week's releases.


February 7, 2011

The HeroesJoe AbercromieF


February 8, 2011

The End TimeP.W. CataneseYA - Books of Umber 3
A Discovery of WitchesDeborah HarknessUF
Zombie Ohio: A Tale of the UndeadScott KenemoreH
Thirteen Years LaterJasper KentHH - Danilov Quintet 2
Silver SmokeMonica LeonelleYA - Seven Halos 1
The Iron WitchKaren MahoneyYA


H - Horror
HH - Historical Horror
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Book trailers:







 






2011 Debut Author Challenge - March Debut AuthorsChosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011The View From Monday - February 14, 2011Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper - Cover - February 12, 2011Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011The View From Monday - February 7, 2011

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