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Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

And the winners are....


Winner's choice of 1 of the 4 Rogue Agent novels by K.E. Mills - Ended May 17, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite wizard(s), witch(es) OR socerer(s)? You can list one or many!

pamerd who said...

Hi

Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher), Alex Craft (Kalayna Price), Arcadia Bell (Jenn Bennett)and Persephone Alcmedi (Linda Robertson) are all fun witches to read. I have not read any K.E Mills witch stories but I am adding them to my TBR list - they look great.

Thanks for the chance
Pam


Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012


eBook of Divinely Ruined (Divine Temptations Trilogy 1) by Diane Alberts - Ended May 18, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

Question:  What's your favorite type of paranormal creature, and why?

Barbara who said...

GREAT interview...LOVE the cover! My fave PN creature is a shifter. I LOVE their sexy bad boy alpha characteristics, their animal magnetism and easy charm...and who could resist the sense of excitement and danger they just seem to naturally generate. YUM!


Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012


Demon's Bride (Hellraisers 2) by Zoë Archer - Ended May 18, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog Here. US/Canada Only.

Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

Question:  What modern wedding customs do you find strange, or relics of the past?

Leah Weller who said...

I love the blue dress in the picture above but cannot imagine having to wear the cage underneath to make it poof like that. I cannot put a finger on any one thing I think would be a relic of the past outside of the bride having to wear white. I was happy when my daughter chose a darker cream color to get married in. She is getting married the 26th. My ex thought it crazy she wasn't wearing white and when I asked him what was going to happen when she didn't wear white, he couldn't answer. It doesn't matter were she to walk down the isle in black, the love they share is what will make this marriage work. Not the color she chose for one day.


Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012


Serenity/Star Wars FCBD comic signed by Dan Dos Santos - Ended May 19, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

Question:  Favorite comics? or Favorite Science Fiction TV show or movie or novel?

Rebe who said...

I am soooooo jealous that you got to meet Dan Dos Santos! I love his Mercy Thompson and White Trash Zombie covers. They're too cool!

As for Sci-Fi stuff, I'm a long time closet trekkie. I love Sci-Fi romances - Zoe Archer has a great series that just came out recently. I also like Gini Koch's Kitty Kat series.


Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012


Indigo Springs (Blue Magic 1) by A.M. Dellamonica - Ended May 19, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012

Question:  What kind of magic would you like to have?

Paul Weimer who said...

What kind of magic would you like to have?

Oh that's easy, although it's cribbing a bit from Zelazny, but it ties into a mutual interest Alyx and I have--photography.

I would love to have the magical ability to transport myself through a photo that I have made. Somewhat more limited than teleporting, since I would have to have been there before with a camera. I think Magic *should* have limits.

So, yeah


Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on May 27, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to all!

Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica - Where Inspiration Flows

Please welcome A.M. Dellamonica to The Qwillery. Blue Magic (Blue Magic 2) was published on April 10, 2012 by Tor.  I was curious about the genesis of 'vitagua' in the novels. Here's what A.M. Dellamonica has to say about the inspiration for 'vitagua.'


Where Inspiration Flows

The vitagua in my books Indigo Springs and Blue Magic is a fluid that is deep blue in color, faintly luminescent, and it has the viscosity of fresh blood. I have always imagined that light shines on it with the same intensity that it does when it hits a fresh wound, and in fact one of the other names for this liquid magic is 'spirit blood.' There's a sense in which the earth starts bleeding vitagua in these two books: it seeps from an inner realm into the real world.

I've tried to recall precisely what inspired this specific material back in the early 2000's, when I first started working on Indigo Springs. I can remember being very taken with the idea of magic flowing into the world through a crack in the ground. I had a few false starts on the book, and in at least one the characters found it in a break in the pavement in a back alley. And before that attempt was a novella (one I never published) where the world went so magically wrong that cities and towns broke free of their infrastructures. They ended up roaming around North America like buffalo, carrying their residents with them.

But the specifics of why a fluid, why liquid magic--some of that is simply lost to me. It was such a strong image, but it was over a decade ago. I remember wanting a tie to a bloodlike substance, wanting red blood, blue magic, and clear water as visual images within the story.

When I dig for more, I flash on a Frank Herbert introduction to Dune, wherein he wrote about wanting to write about water shortages and oil shortages and how spice arose from that. There's a sense in which both Dune and my Books of Chantment are about poor resource management, so perhaps there's a tie there, an influence.

What is probably most true is that I had the image I wanted--the liquid magic, long lost, flowing back into the real world--and then I had to find a way to make it work.

And that came when I wrote a story called "Nevada," about two sisters who could make raw magic into mystical objects called chantments.

When I made that connection--when I realized that vitagua, which can't be handled directly, could be source of chantments--then Astrid Lethewood, her family history and her power struggle with Sahara all came into focus. That was when I was able to start writing the books that became Indigo Springs and Blue Magic.


About the Books

Blue Magic
Blue Magic 2
Tor, April 10, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica -  Where Inspiration Flows
This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out—and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, on the other hand, tries to heal the world.

Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake.

Blue Magic is a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events that will ensnare readers in its poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.


Indigo Springs
Blue Magic 1
Tor, November 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Trade Paperback (October 2009)

Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica -  Where Inspiration Flows
Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid’s father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid "vitagua" to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a “’chanted” watch becomes a charm that means you're always in the right place at the right time; a “’chanted” pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . .

But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . . .


About A.M. Dellamonica

Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica -  Where Inspiration Flows
A.M. DELLAMONICA is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons, and in numerous anthologies; her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, “A Key to the Illuminated Heretic,” was short-listed for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Dellamonica lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Links:

Official Site: http://alyxdellamonica.com

Social Networking
LJ: http://planetalyx.livejournal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AlyxDellamonica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/AlyxDellamonica
G+: https://plus.google.com/106086459950640246872/posts

Photography
Tumbler (mostly Instagram Photos): http://alyxdellamonica.tumblr.com/
Gramfeed: http://www.gramfeed.com/alyxdellamonica
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14036428@N00/

Teaching
The UCLA Extension Writers' Program: https://www.uclaextension.edu/

Tor Stuff
All A.M.'s TOR articles: http://www.tor.com/Alyx%20Dellamonica#filter
TOR Stories: "The Cage" - http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/07/the-cage
"Among the Silvering Herd" - http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/02/among-the-silvering-herd
"Wild Things" (coming)
First chapter of Indigo Springs - http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/11/indigo-springs
First Chapter of Blue Magic - http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/03/blue-magic-excerpt




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Trade Paperback copy of Indigo Springs from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What kind of magic would you like to have?

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. You MUST 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 Saturday, May 19, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - May 7, 2012

Happy Monday! Don't forget to vote for your favorite cover in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2012. Go here to vote in the poll.

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Bronwyn Green.

Tuesday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Mark Henry.

Wednesday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Abigail Barnette.

Thursday - Interview with K.E. MillsWizard Undercover (Rogue Agent 4) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday -  Guest Blog by Diane AlbertsDivinely Ruined (Divine Temptations Trilogy 1) was published on April 25, 2012,

Saturday -  Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica. Blue Magic (Indigo Springs 2) was published on April 10, 2012.

Sunday -Guest Blog by Lisa Renee Jones. The Danger that is Damion (Zodius 3) was published on May 1, 2012.


It's a light release week, which is good after the last couple of weeks.


May 8, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (ri)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Philip Jose FarmerSF - Wold Newton
Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (e)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Laurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake
The Eye of the World (ri)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Robert JordanF - Wheel of Time 1
V Wars
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Jonathan MaberryH - Short Stories
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Walter MosleyUF
Rollback (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Robert J. SawyerSF
The Sunless Countries (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Karl SchroederSF
The Slab
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Karen TravissSF - Gears of War 5
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (eds)F - Anthology




May 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Edogawa RampoH - Collection
Overseas
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Beatriz WilliamsTTR




e- eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

And the winners are........


Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson - Ended April 18 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Question:  Who are some of your favorite wizards in books, movies, and/or tv?

Christina who said...

Well, obvious answer is Harry Potter. I love those books. My favorite was always Sirius (wah wah), followed by Lupin (wah wah again), followed by Fred & George (srsly, J.K. Rowling?).

I'll give the non-HP spot to Tamsin Green from Once a Witch.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1) and A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2) plus winner's choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!) - Ended April 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  Favorite mythological creature(s)?

Debby who said...

Dragons are my favorite and always will be.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Ended April 21, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

How:  Leave a comment. 

molly.frenzel who said...

This book sounds awesome. Thank you for the giveaway!

and

Betty Hamilton who said...

I would love to read these books!! I am always on the lookout for a "new to me" author.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Choice of a signed copy of either Fated or Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti - Ended April 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:   Who's your favorite villain?

andieleah who said...

My favorite villain is Galen from Gena Showalters Lords of the Underworld series. How crazy that the villain is the demon of Hope. Been wanting to check out the Dark Protectors series for awhile now...hope I can start by winning here:)


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


White Horse (printed ARC) by Alex Adams - Ended April 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012
ARC Cover is a bit different!

Question:  What is your favorite Greek myth or Greek god or goddess?

traci16 who said...

I like Poseidon...ruler of the all the oceans and everything inhabiting them...no too darn bad of a gig if you ask me!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Sins of Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin- a Mass Market Paperback copy for a US/Canadian winner or an eBook for an International (non-US/Canada) winner - Ended April 25, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:    Have any characters you've read about or seen in TV show or movie surprised you in some way?

*yadkny* who said...

Z from the BDB series surprised me... I didn't think I was going to like him when I first read about him, but he really changed my mind and became one of my fav characters when he got his own book.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) by Carol Wolf - Ended April 26, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  Which is your favorite type (or types) of shape-shifter?

wanda f who said...

Wolves are my number one favorite followed by big cats,bear,dragons,then all he rest cause they are all great in their own ways .Have a great weekend .


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Supernaturally Kissed (Frostbite 1) eBook by Stacey Kennedy - Ended April 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with ghosts or a ghost? OR What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with police?

Tina B who said...

My favorite show with ghosts has to be Supernatural! To this day, we still watch it faithfully. My favorite movie with a ghost is of course Ghost with Patrick Swayze. :) My favorite police TV show is a tie between Southland and Rookie Blue.
I LOVED the interview! What a great accomplishment that your first story will be in a paperback form.
Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


The winners have been notified and for the most part have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Giveaway

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica was released on April 10, 2012 by Tor Books. It's the sequel to Indigo Springs.  Two commenters can win a copy of Blue Magic - see The Giveaway below.


Blue Magic
Blue Magic 2
Tor, April 10, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Giveaway
This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out—and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, on the other hand, tries to heal the world.

Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake.

Blue Magic is a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events that will ensnare readers in its poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.


Indigo Springs
Blue Magic 1
Tor, November 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Trade Paperback (October 2009)

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Giveaway
Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid’s father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid "vitagua" to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a “’chanted” watch becomes a charm that means you're always in the right place at the right time; a “’chanted” pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . .

But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . . .


About A.M. Dellamonica

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Giveaway
A.M. DELLAMONICA is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons, and in numerous anthologies; her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, “A Key to the Illuminated Heretic,” was short-listed for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Dellamonica lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Links:

Website
LiveJournal
Twitter



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win a copy of Blue Magic from Tor! US and Canada ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment.

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. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Winners x 5 - May 20, 2012Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica -  Where Inspiration FlowsThe View From Monday - May 7, 2012Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Giveaway

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