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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Bronwyn Green

Please welcome Bronwyn Green to The Qwillery's as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Bronwyn Green


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Bronwyn:  Like most writers, I've always had stories rattling around in my head, and I finally decided to write them down. It pretty much just snowballed from there.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Bronwyn:  Balancing it with the rest of my life. I've got a husband, two teenage sons, a busy family life that involves 3-4 hours of carpooling a day, a day job as an editor and oversee three departments at the publishing house where I edit. So sometimes squeezing in the writing can be a little tricky -- lol!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Bronwyn:  Um...that's a tough one, but I'm going to go with winning two best seller awards from All Romance Ebooks in the same year.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Bronwyn:  If you pick up a Bronwyn Green book, you can expect it to be steaming hot -- with a side of quirk. I like to write characters that are a little offbeat.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

BronwynSensuous Summoning, the second book in the Witch Way series from Resplendence Publishing will be out soon. Sometimes instead of a protection spell you get an ancient Celtic god -- an ancient Celtic god who's none too pleased about being summoned into the human world.

I'm also working on the third book in the Dark Destinies series and the first book in a new series called Romany Nights.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Bronwyn:  Thank you so much for having me! This has been fun!


About Bronwyn

Bronwyn lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, two amazing sons and six somewhat-psychotic cats. When not tormenting her characters, she can usually be found helping with reading and writing projects in her sons' classrooms as well as being the car pool mom extraordinaire for a four teens and a couple preteens.

Besides writing, she also enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, cross stitching, pottery, drawing—basically anything that helps her avoid cleaning and cooking.

Bronwyn's Links

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win her/his choice of any of Bronwyn's single author eBooks, which you may view at her website.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you were going to summon a god or goddess into the human world,
who would it be? 

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 Monday, May 14, 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Stacey Kennedy

Please welcome Stacey Kennedy to The Qwillery's as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Stacey Kennedy


TQ:  What inspired you become a writer?

Stacey:  Reading is the simplest answer. When I had my first child, I spent a lot of time reading since all she did was nap for the first five months of her life. And even after that, I had four hours a day to myself, and well…got bored. So, I started reading. And by reading, I mean a lot.

I cannot even say how many paranormal romance books I read in the first year of her life. It was through all that reading that my own idea for a world developed and what led me to write. That story you’ll see releases in the Summer of 2013, WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED.

Once I wrote that first story, the itch started and it’s never stopped. It’s been a whirlwind since my first book came out in 2010, and now with close to thirty books out in the world it’s shocking even to me.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Grammar, no doubt about it. I’ve never taken a writing course, or editing course, which I probably should have. I think it would’ve saved me many migraines. But I’ve learned grammar through working with my editors. Still to this day, I have a hate relationship with the comma that I just can’t seem to sort out.

So, while story telling comes easy for me, I struggle with making my manuscripts polished. I learn something new every day, and continue to work my butt off to see that I’m becoming better at grammar.

It’s a daily battle!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Stacey:  It’d have to be the release of WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED. It’s more thrilling than I can say that my books will be coming out in mass market. I’ve written ebooks for a while now, and even that is so exciting and something I’m proud of. But to see a book of mine in a book store will be a pretty fantastic moment.

I think more so too because it was the first book I ever wrote. The one I had dreams of being in paperback will come true. So that’s very exciting!

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Stacey:  I write with humor. Always. I suppose that’s part of my personality, but I really try to take things as light as I can. Get through the tough times with a sense of humor because it just makes things easier. So, that side of me tends to come out in my writing.

I love putting my heroines in embarrassing situations—that we’ve all been through—and allow them to experience those humorous moments in their lives. While, I love dark, dangerous times where my heroines are in the fight of their lives, and even sexy times too, I think any sane person would need some laughter to keep going. It keeps it real to me, and my heroines are always real women who deal with things we all do.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Stacey:  My latest release is DEMONICALLY TEMPTED, the second book in the Frostbite series. It’s one of my favorite series to write because of a ghost named Kipp! I never thought I’d fall so head over heels in lust for a ghost, but it’s happened. Plus, Tess is such a fun character to write. Her snark, big heart, and overall attitude are a hoot!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Stacey Kennedy
Tess Jennings, now a member of the Memphis Police Department, is on her first cold case. The suspected suicide of Lizbeth Knapp ten years ago, isn’t a theory her family accepts—they believe she was murdered.

But the case is only one of Tess’s worries. Ghosts are talking and word of her abilities rapidly spreads. A ghost has them scared, and they want her to force the spirit to crossover.

Tess, though, doesn’t have to do this alone. Not only does she have her lover, Kipp McGowen—a ghost—but the department has brought in a medium. Dane Wolfe might answer all her questions, but he also brings a world of trouble. Will Tess finally have all she’s ever wanted, or will everything she’s vowed to protect be ripped away?


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Stacey:  Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me! It’s been a pleasure!! :-)


About Stacey

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Stacey Kennedy
Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll find fast paced action, life threatening moments and a big bad villain that needs to be destroyed. Her urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance Ebooks Bestseller lists. If she isn’t plugging away at her next novel, tending to her two little ones, she’s got her nose deep in a good book. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband.

Be sure to drop her a line at www.staceykennedy.com, she loves to hear from her readers.

Stacey's Links:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will a copy of Supernaturally Kissed (Frostbite 1) eBook from Stacey!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following 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?

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 Friday, April 27, 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang

Please welcome Allison Pang to The Qwillery's as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Allison:  I’m not sure there’s any one thing that inspired me. I’ve always been a storyteller (mostly to myself). Writing just seemed like the next logical step, though I didn’t pursue publishing for a very long time.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Allison:  Time management. Finding the time to write and then sticking to it until it gets done. Which sounds bad, maybe – I enjoy writing very much, but I also work another job and have a family (like many other writers). Maybe it’s less about finding time and more about balancing the time that I have.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Allison:  Simply getting published is a pretty nice achievement, honestly.  :-)  Just knowing my stories are out there for reader’s enjoyment is enough for me.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Allison:  Ha – I don’t know? Can’t give away too much or all the mystery is gone. LOL

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Allison:  Well, A Sliver of Shadow was just released at the end of February. The third Abby Sinclair book, A Trace of Moonlight should be out on October 30 (I’m working on revisions for that right now, in fact!) I’ve also got an online graphic novel project that I’m doing over at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com – the first page goes up on April 30 for a storyline called Fox & Willow.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Allison:  Thanks for having me!


About the Abby Sinclair series

A Sliver of Shadow
Abby Sinclair 2
Pocket Books, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.

Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.


A Brush of Darkness
Abby Sinclair 1
Pocket Books, January 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
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

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
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

Website
Borrowing Heaven, Subletting Hell Blog
Word Whores Blog
Facebook
Facebook Author Page
Allison on Twitter
Phineas the Unicorn on Twitter
Tumblr


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1), a Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2), and the winners choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry from The Qwillery. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!)

The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
Phineas is a tiny unicorn with a HUGE personality. Guiding Abby through her predicaments, he has become a favorite. with a penchant for bacon and other unmentionable things, who can not love this tiny powerhouse?

Silver plate chain holds blue Swarovski crystals, a pewter unicorn charm .
7"

or


The Touchstone Bracelet

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
Being a touchstone isn't easy as Abby and her friends can tell you...Here is my amulet to those links to the paranormal.

Silver plate chain holds a pewter acorn charm and a beautiful large oval pink tourmaline, with a small triskell charm highlighting.
7"
Bracelet photos and descriptions courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry.


How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite mythological creature(s)?

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 Friday, April 20, 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler

Please welcome Nicole Peeler as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Nicole:  I've always loved writing, but for academic stuff. Then I read Charlaine Harris's fifth book on a flight back to the UK, and I was like, "I want to write something like this." So I went home and started writing! I think all my years of reading and writing came together for me, then. It was a very weird experience!

TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Nicole:  Just finding the time with a busy life. But I can't complain, I love it!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Nicole:  Just doing it, to be honest. I never thought I'd publish a book so the whole thing feels pretty magical.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Nicole:  That it's pretty off the wall. Jane swears and she likes sex and she's got a goofball take on things. She is half selkie, after all. ;-)

TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Nicole:  My latest releases are a short story called "Something Wikkid This Way Comes," which is about the ladies of Triptych who you meet in book three. And Tempest's Fury, book five, comes out in July. Right now I'm writing book six, Jane's final book. It's been a great run and I can't wait to see her all grown up. :-)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you, it's my pleasure!


About Jane True

Tempest's Fury
Jane True 5
Orbit, June 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Jane's not happy. She's been packed off to England to fight in a war when she'd much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane's enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble -- the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they're not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with the barghest, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.

Praying she can pull of a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane also has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don't think she can live up to her new role as Champion.

Along the way, Jane learns that some heroes are born. Some are made. And some are bribed with promises of food and sex.


Something Wikkid This Way Comes
A Trueverse eNovella
Orbit, January 17, 2011

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Capitola, Moo, and Shar are the halfling ladies of Triptych: supernatural private investigators who get paid to clean up paranormal messes.

Normally Cappie doesn't take human cases, but who can resist a priest, missing Catholic school girls, and a creature that may or may not be the Prince of Darkness?

A story set in the world of Nicole Peeler's Jane True series.


Eye of the Tempest
Jane True 4
Orbit, August 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Nothing says "home" like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she's not the only thing that's been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped...and Jane's just the halfling for the job.


Tempest's Legacy
Jane True 3
Orbit, January 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.


Tracking the Tempest
Jane True 2
Orbit, July 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...


Tempest Rising
Jane True 1
Orbit, November 1, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.


About Nicole

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She’s lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides outside Pittsburgh, to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. When she’s not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she’s writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel. You can find her blogging here, as well as at the League of Reluctant Adults and Pens Fatales. She’d love for you to add her on Facebook (Nicole Peeler), and on Twitter (NicolePeeler).






The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will his or her choice of a Mass Market Paperback of one of the first 4 Jane True novels: Tempest Rising, Tracking the Tempest, Tempest's Legacy, OR Eye of the Tempest  from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which book series would you like to go on forever?
OR
Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already? 

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 Friday, April 6, 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kayleigh Jamison

Please welcome Kayleigh Jamison as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kayleigh Jamison


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Kayleigh:  I can't remember a time when I didn't want to become a writer, so I suppose it's in my blood. I've always loved making up stories in my head; as a kid I'd daydream for hours; being sent to my room wasn't a punishment. At some point I realized I could actually write down my ideas.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kayleigh:  Sometimes I lack focus. I get distracted by new ideas and when I see something shiny I...

Sorry, what was I talking about?

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Kayleigh:  I'd have to say finishing my first novel; I never thought I could until I did. Once I knew I was capable of writing an entire book, I knew I just needed perseverance to go the next step (getting published).

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Kayleigh:  That's a tough question. Perhaps that it's okay not to like it. I don't take offense; I'm not shooting to be everyone's favorite. Even if you didn't like something I wrote, I'm appreciative you gave it a try!

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Kayleigh:  Unfortunately, "real life" has gotten in the way of writing the last few years; graduating law school, taking the bar exam, and then becoming a practicing attorney so I haven't had a release since 2009 (!!), but I believe it was "A Scandalous Arrangement," a BDSM erotic romance set in the Regency era via Tease Publishing. I have been working, very very slowly, on the sequel to Reckless Liaisons, another Regency-set piece. Sooner or later, there will also be a sequel to Leading Her to Heaven (so Stella Price can stop bugging me about it!).



Reckless Liaisons
Leading Her to Heaven
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kayleigh Jamison
Was she a second chance at love—or his golden opportunity for revenge?

Sebastian Cade, reclusive Duke of Rutland, has gone to great lengths to withdraw from the London society he’s come to despise. Still reeling from betrayal and tragedy, he finds himself powerfully attracted to his lovely new raven-haired ward—so much so that he begins to question the last five years of his life.

When Julia Deveraux awakens in the Duke’s rose garden, the memories flood back. A betrothal she detests. The great black horse stolen from her father. Her near escape … Now under Sebastian’s care, she sees the rumors of his disfigurement are far from true. But will her secret connection to his sworn enemy tear them apart before love brings them together?
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kayleigh Jamison
As the eldest daughter of an English earl, Lady Susanna Cavendish has led a sheltered life of privilege and leisure.

Notorious warrior Blair Ruthven is laird of the fiercest clan in Scotland.

Forced into marriage by feuding kings to forge a political union between their countries, Blair and Susanna must find peace between themselves as they battle ages-old prejudices – and vie for one another's hearts.












TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kayleigh:  Thank you for having me! I look forward to seeing you in NOLA!


About Kayleigh

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kayleigh Jamison
A lawyer by day and author by night, Kayleigh received a BA in English and Philosophy from Gettysburg College in 2002, a Certification in Legal Studies from University of Maryland in 2005, and a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2009. She loves to travel, and has spent time in such places as Scotland, Russia, and Peru.
Kayleigh lives in Maryland with her two cats, Angel and Jack, and two rats, Reginald and Rupert.

Kayleigh's Links

Website
Twitter

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane

Please welcome Carolyn Crane as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane


Carolyn:  Hi Qwill! Thanks so much for inviting me here. Hey, are you looking forward to AAD as much as I am? It’s really coming up soon. Sort of.

Qwill:  Yes I am. I can't wait to see everyone and visit one of my favorite cities!  And now a few questions:


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Carolyn:  I was inspired to become a writer by reading, by being moved, emotionally, by books. And the excitement and delight and escape of reading. I just knew it was what I wanted to be involved in.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Carolyn:  I read that question and a million things flit across my mind. I would say it’s how long everything takes. Every novel takes so long to write. When I’m finished with one, it can take forever to get into a reader’s hand, especially if I’m traditionally publishing it, but even my self pub stuff feels that way. Or, I’m waiting for my agent on this, or an editor on that. Or even myself! I recently redid my website, and what should’ve been an afternoon project took forever. I get really antsy about everything!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Carolyn:  Oh, you are naughty! You are leading my bashful Midwestern self to be boasterly! But honestly, I’m proud of my Disillusionists trilogy - writing it, publishing it, having it in the world. It did not blow anyone away in terms of sales numbers (quite the reverse!!) however, I wouldn’t write one word different. I feel so proud of it, just artistically.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Carolyn:  I had great fun doing it…most days!

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Carolyn:  I just put out a spin-off novella (which stands alone) called Devil’s Luck. It’s about my most reckless character. I also have two upcoming series: a paranormal spy romance, tentatively entitled MISTER REAL that takes place in rural Minnesota; it is a massively quirky project that I am in love with. It’s also a LOT hotter than the Disillusionists… a bit wild, in fact. lol.

My UF adventure series, DARK FOREST, is more of a traditional UF. It’s on the humorous and sexier side, and takes place in northern Wisconsin. Kind of a rural gothic book where even the deer heads on the walls of the rustic supper club look vaguely vampiric. Contains one of my favorite heroes I ever wrote.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Carolyn:  Qwill, thank you so much for having me! See you in NOLA!


About the Disillusionists 

Devil's Luck
A Dissillusionists Novella
eBook. 32K words

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane

THERE’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND DOOM.

No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.

Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.


Head Rush
Disillusionists Trilogy 3
Samhain Publishing, December 6, 2011
eBook, 361 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane
Justine Jones faces her ultimate enemy: herself.

The Disillusionist Trilogy, Book 3

In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with the strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.

With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.


Double Cross
Disillusionists Trilogy 2
Spectra, September 28, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane
SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.


Mind Games
Disillusionists Trilogy 1
Spectra, March 23, 2010
Mass Market Papberback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane
JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.


About Carolyn

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane
Carolyn Crane lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats. She works as a marketing writer for her straight job and has also put in time as a shop clerk, a cocktail waitress and a plastics factory worker, which she was dismal at (think I Love Lucy). Also, she can relate almost any life experience to one or another Star Trek episodes, and if you invite her to your party, your entire cheese plate will be in grave danger. She can be found reading in bed, running, helping animals, or eating Mexican food.

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Devil's Luck, the Simon eNovella, from Carolyn!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

On what device do you read your eBooks?

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 Thursday, March 29, 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Eliza Gayle

Please welcome Eliza Gayle as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Eliza Gayle


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Eliza:  I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and as a teenager I used to come home from the movies and write what I think should happen in a sequel to the movie I'd just watched. (I'd probably die laughing if I read any of those now. *g*) But I think the first moment I truly thought about writing a story for publication came when I discovered Ellora's Cave many years ago. I happened to click on their submissions link and reading those guidelines put the idea in my head that never quite went away. So I took a beginner's writing course and away I went.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Eliza:  There are many challenges to being a writer. Thank goodness I hate to give up. I'd probably say self editing is the most challenging for me because it's so darn important and I'm a very slow editor of my own work. It would be nice to just write the story and be done with it but then the stories would never meet their potential.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Eliza:  I'm pretty darned excited each and every time I hit the end. Finishing a story is an exhilarating experience after one heck of a roller coaster ride. As for writing achievements, anything that comes from a reader is what makes all the hard work worth it. I'd probably write no matter what but when an email or a reader voted award comes my way, it means the world to me.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Eliza:  I write the kind of books I like to read. Fast paced, sexy as hell and always with over protective alpha males.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Eliza:  After a bit of a binge on contemporary books, I'm now on a roll with paranormal stories. I've just had the pleasure of participating in the exclusive All Romance eBooks Perfect stranger series with a shifter story called Frost Bitten. It was fun to create something outside the normal shifters I write with a sassy jaguar shifter named Daisy.

Here's the blurb:

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Eliza Gayle
Resistance may be possible, but who are they kidding?

While on a search and rescue mission in the middle of a snowstorm, Seth and his twin Trent catch the scent of an unfamiliar shifter. Drawn to locate the source they hike deep into the woods to an abandoned cabin where they find an enticing little jaguar in the throes of heat.

Tired of being smothered by her five brothers and the pressure to mate, Daisy wanted nothing more than a week alone in the middle of freaking no where. The last thing she needed was a run in with two sexy as sin—and totally off limits—cougar shifters. Unfortunately, she's not the kind of woman to leave them out in the cold.

Faced with the misery of unmet sexual desire or hot, no strings attached sex with two men... What's a girl to do?

My next offering will be a re-release of a little known vampire story I did many years ago called Vampire Awakening. It's always been one of my favorite books and I can't wait to share it again.

After that it will be more shifters from the Black Cougar series. There's a lot going down in their area of the North Carolina mountains.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Eliza:  Thank you so much for having me, it has been my pleasure.


About Eliza

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Eliza Gayle
Eliza Gayle lives a life full of sexy shapeshifters, blood boiling vamps and a dark desire for bondage…until she steps away from her computer and has to tend to her family.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude (which her husband translated into something very naughty) from Park University with a dual degree in Human Resource Management and Sociology. That education, a love of the metaphysical and a dirty mind comes in handy when she sits down to create new characters and worlds. The trick is getting her to sit still.

…Join her in her world. The door is always open and the next red hot adventure is just a page away.

Random Tid Bits about Eliza
  • Hulu is her addiction.
  • Has an irrational fear of snakes.
  • Las Vegas is one of her favorite places to go.
  • Sparkly flip flops are her thing, no flats please.
  • She had two nicknames in the Marine Corps. “Annie Oakley” and “Fritz”
  • Doesn’t like wine, only Tequila or Vodka.
  • Loves 80s music especially AC/DC.
  • Is a gadget girl.
  • Chocolate is her obsession.
  • Needs to be near the water.
  • Faeries and Dragons fill her office.
  • She is obsessed with buying corsets.
  • Reads tarot for inspiration.
  • She misses her little red convertible.
  • Favorite color is purple.
  • Is a Virgo, but will neither confirm nor deny if she possesses the obsessive traits of a typical Virgo.

Eliza's Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix

Please welcome Adrian Phoenix as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Adrian:  I loved reading. From the moment I learned to read, I constantly had a book in my hand. I read everything—fiction, non-fiction, how-to books, you name it. In elementary school, I would start with the As in the room library (and the school library) and grab the first book on the shelf. Subject matter or genre didn’t concern me. I read it all. And learned a lot of things I didn’t really want to learn in the process. LOL.

In junior high, I refined my approach and started reading more fiction—mainly angsty teen fiction. I fell in love with The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and yearned to write about characters that tugged at my heart (making me wish the story would never end) the way Ponyboy and his friends and brothers did in Hinton’s book.

I’d written little short stories in elementary school, but in the 8th grade, I started to get serious and began writing my own angsty teen stories. Lots of them—to the despair of my family who had to listen to them. :-)

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Adrian:  Battling critical mindset—the inner critic and editor. Every writer needs to be in creative mode for the story to flow and for the plot to twist. If you find yourself pondering word choice or stopping to delete, then rewrite a scene, then you’re caught in the steel teeth of the critical mind-trap. It kills creative flow and momentum dead. This is a constant battle with me, but it’s getting easier. Every time I find myself pausing or my finger hovering over the DELETE key, I force myself to go on, promising I will fix whatever needs fixing AFTER I’ve finished that first crucial and creative draft. Duct tape that critic and toss it into a deep and dark closet. Dare to be bad.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Adrian:  I’m proud of each and every book, but I think my proudest achievement was when my first novel, A Rush of Wings, was named as number seven on BN.com’s Best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Last Decade (2000-2009). I was both stunned and damned happy.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Adrian:  Good question. I guess it would be that character comes first, then I build the story around the characters. I’m also often inspired by music, Nine Inch Nails in particular (anything by Trent Reznor).

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Adrian:  I’m finishing book five of The Maker’s Song series, On Midnight Wings, which will be out the end of 2012. It picks up where book four, Etched in Bone, leaves off with both Dante and Heather in dire situations. Here’s a little bit about it:

As Dante Baptiste’s true identity as both True Blood and Fallen ripples throughout New Orleans, he and Heather struggle for their lives against different foes, fighting their way back to each other. To free herself from her father’s treachery, Heather accepts help from an ally—and steps into even greater danger. Dante, lost to his brutal past, wavers between his own sense of self and the Bad Seed-programmed S that lurks within, between the never-ending Road and the Great Destroyer. And the danger of becoming both.

Then it’s on to book three of the Hoodoo series featuring fiery Cajun hoodoo Kallie Rivière and sexy nomad Layne Valin, Black Moon Mojo. I’m also planning another series about a pair of brothers who aren’t quite human fighting the forces of evil and fighting their own dark heritage called Sons of Darkness. It’s like Sons of Anarchy meets Supernatural meets Call of Cthulhu. LOL.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Adrian:  Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure. You can also find me at:

Website, Facebook , Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, MySpace, Goodreads, Pocket After Dark

You can read a chapter from the first book in The Maker’s Song series. Here’s a link to the first chapter of A Rush of Wings.

Here’s the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo. (Hoodoo Book 1)

And the first two chapters of Black Heart Loa. (Hoodoo Book 2)



The Maker's Song

A Rush of Wings
The Maker's Song 1
Pocket Books, February 24, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
Originally published in Trade Paperback (January 2008)

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
HIS NAME IS DANTE.

Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.


HIS PAST IS A MYSTERY.

F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be "nightkind": in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own.

HIS FUTURE IS CHAOS.

What Heather does know about Dante is that something links him to the killer -- and she's pretty sure that link makes him the CCK's next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man -- who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire -- in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante's past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny.... 


In the Blood
The Maker's Song 2
Pocket Books, August 25, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
(Originally published in Trade Paperback (December 2008)

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
DANTE LIVES.

Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.

KNOWLEDGE KILLS.

FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can't help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don't know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think...and even deadlier than they fear.

DESTINY UNFOLDS.

Shadowy government forces have pledged to eliminate all loose ends from Project Bad Seed -- and Heather and Dante are at the top of the list. Elsewhere, the Fallen gather in Gehenna, intent on finding their long-awaited savior, the True Blood nightkind whom Lucien DeNoir would die to protect. And a damaged and desperate adversary, with powers as strange and perilous as Dante's own, plots to use Dante as a pawn in a violent scheme for revenge. But only one of these lethal forces holds the key to Dante's past -- a key that could finally unlock the secret of his birth and the truth of his existence...or destroy him completely.


Beneath the Skin
The Maker's Song 3
Pocket Books, December 29, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
CHAOS CONTROLS HIS FUTURE. ONE MORTAL WOMAN COULD BE HIS SALVATION. THE COUNTDOWN TO ANNIHILATION WILL BEGIN WITH DANTE'S CHOICE....

THE FATE OF THREE WORLDS...

The dark pieces of vampire rock star Dante Baptiste's past are violently emerging, and it is only a matter of time before the Fallen discover he is the creawdwr they have sought for thousands of years. The destruction he left behind in Oregon threatens to reveal his identity as Fallen Maker and True Blood, exposing the young nightkind to shadowy predators -- mortal and supernatural -- who will do whatever it takes to win his favor...or destroy him.

RESTS IN DANTE'S HANDS.

When beautiful FBI special agent Heather Wallace went AWOL on assignment, she chose irresistible Dante over the shady government forces that now stalk them both. Heather has her own secrets of the past to uncover, but she is also the only one who can hold her nightkind lover together when his dangerous quest for the truth threatens to send him over the edge. And as she and Dante fi ght for their survival, she realizes they must work together to protect their future -- before his mysterious destiny tears them apart....


Etched in Bone
The Maker's Song 4
Pocket Books, February 22, 2011
Mass Market Papberback and eBook,

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
SON OF A FALLEN ANGEL. FORGED IN VAMPIRE’S BLOOD. SWORN TO A MORTAL WOMAN. IF DANTE FALLS, THE WORLD FALLS WITH HIM. . . .

THREE LEGACIES ETCHED IN BONE

More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .

ONE PASSION SWORN IN BLOOD

Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .



Hoodoo

Black Dust Mambo
Hoodoo 1
Pocket Books, June 29, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

"There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse. . . ."

Kallie RiviÈre, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching—the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju—a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.

Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer—even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated—back home to Bayou CyprÉs Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.


Black Heart Loa
Hoodoo 2
Pocket Books, June 28, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
"An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.



About Adrian

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Adrian Phoenix
As a writer, a person, and a mother, I’ve always believed in following your dreams, following your heart. It’s also important to keep your heart, so I also believe in being prepared for zombie attacks and can’t stress enough the importance of having regular family drills so every member of the household is zombie-ready. One never knows. Make sure the sofa is ready to push in front of the door. Be clear that if a member of the family is on the wrong side of the door when the zombie action goes down. They remain on the wrong side of the door. The greater good, etc.

I live in Springfield, Oregon in a zombie-free home (except when meeting deadlines) with four cats, Amiga, Diabla, Keats, and Ember and have two sons and three grandchildren and two granddogs. I’m the author of The Maker’s Song (A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, Etched in Bone) and Hoodoo series (Black Dust Mambo, Black Heart Loa) and short stories, including the critically acclaimed Hoodoo short, “Caught Forever Between.”.

Adrian's Links

Website, Facebook , Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, MySpace, Goodreads, Pocket After Dark



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters each will win his/her choice of a signed copy of one of Adrian's novels - A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, Etched in Bone, Black Dust Mambo, OR Black Heart Loa - from Adrian!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What book or books did you fall in love with in when you were a teen?

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 Monday, March 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.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - BA Tortuga

Please welcome BA Tortuga as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - BA Tortuga


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

BA:  I have been writing since I can remember and I've always known this is what I wanted to do when I grew up. I have my degree in creative writing, I worked for years as an advertising copywriter/designer, and I've been publishing poetry for 35 years. I can't imagine not writing.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

BA:  Time management. There are always new stories that want a window and sometimes I have to really make a good idea sit and be quiet so I can meet another deadline. I need four more pairs of hands.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - BA Tortuga
Just Like Cats and Dog was my first, undeniable best-seller. As in on multiple best-seller lists best-seller. It makes me unbearably proud how many people love Sam and Gus and their story.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

BA:  I write like the characters talk and think. In other words, I write in incredibly tight third person. My characters, especially my cowboys, don't think in grammatically correct sentences sometimes, sometimes they use weird Texanisms, there will be tons of nicknames. Also, sometimes my characters lie. I try and make them tell the truth, but they're flawed, even in my head.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

BA:  I have a number of new books out/coming out. Deep in the Heart of Hexes is the first in a paranormal series featuring three best friends in central Texas and the New Age shop, Cowbell, Book and Candle. Deep in the Heart of Hexes features Lily and Marc, the granddaughter of the owner of the Cowbell and the magic user who comes to her rescue in her time of need.

Shifting Streams 2: Opening the Cage is the story of Canyon, Mesa's twin, who finds a pair of magical wolves, Riana and Wend, who have the capacity inside their bodies to start or stop a war. (paranormal, m/m/f, coming in March)

This spring I also have a story in Po'Boys, a New Orleans themed paranormal, Cereus: Opening, a BDSM paranormal with Julia Talbot and Sean Michael, as well as What She Wants, a m/m/f story in the Roughstock universe.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

BA:  Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit. :D Please come see me at http://www.batortuga.com


About BA

I enjoy indulging in the shallow side of life, with hobbies that include collecting margarita recipes, hot tub dips, and ogling hot guys at the beach. A connoisseur of the perverse and esoteric, my days are spent among dusty tomes of ancient knowledge, or, conversely, surfing porn sites in the name of research. Mixing the natural born southern propensity for sarcasm and the environmental western straight-shooting sensibility, I do my damnedest to produce mainstream fiction, literary erotica, and fine works of pure, unadulterated smut.

With characters ranging from supernatural demons to modern-day cowboys, alternative illustrated men to Victorian dandies, the addiction to history and atmosphere is everpresent, and laced through with sensual pleasure. my latest projects include werewolves, rodeo cowboys, and fistfighting rednecks.

BA's Links

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
LiveJournal

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell

Please welcome Judi Fennell as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Judi:  I've always written, from kindergarten all the way through school, so I don't know that I was inspired to write by one specific thing. But I did eventually sit down to write a book that I knew I would try to get published. What inspired that? The voices in my head. :) Seriously, one morning I woke up with an idea for a story. It's a time travel called Through The Leaded Glass and while it is the novel I "cut my teeth on," it has been revised so many times and re-written a few more that I will eventually try to do something with it since it soooooo was not publishable in its original form. Recently, a reader/writer who'd read it in a contest years ago asked me when I'm going to put that story out, so *shrugs, who knows... it might see the light of day yet. But once I wrote that story, my husband found RWA and my local chapter for me and encouraged me to go. After the first meeting, I was inspired enough to write 30K words in a month for another book that I'm hoping will eventually get to see the light of day. So, to answer the question, I'll say that the story idea sparked the write-to-publication thing, and my fellow authors honed and focused that inspiration to get me to where I am today.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Judi:  Chapter 4. :) I have no trouble with Chapters 1-3 and the ending, but I finish Chapter 3 and then look at my computer screen and think, "Okay, now what?" That's when I have to let the story gel for a bit (I am not a plotter), and "listen" to my characters. Sometimes--the great times--they start gabbing and don't shut up and I have to type really really fast to keep up with them. I love when that happens. That is the magic of writing.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Judi:  The PRISM Award I won for my second book, Wild Blue Under, which was the first one written under contract and under deadline--and under a heck of a lot of revisions. Fixing that manuscript over Christmas in 2008 was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I put in probably 15 hours a day every day except Christmas and NY Eve to get that finished on time. Then it was nominated for a PRISM Award along with best selling authors. I actually didn't go to the awards ceremony because I knew there was no way it would win. Imagine my surprise when it did!

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Judi:  That it's like the Shrek movies. They have a layer of humor for the kids, and then there's a whole other layer for the adults. Now, my stories are DEFINITELY for the over 18 crowd (therefore, not kiddie humor), but there's a surface layer of funny and then there's another layer that is masked by the humor that deals with issues like insecurity and trust and self-awareness, plus the magic of finding true love and what that means to the character(s).

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Judi:  My Bottled Magic series came out in 2011 with I Dream of Genies in January, and Genie Knows Best in November. The third book, Magic Gone Wild, hits the shelves in August. Think I Dream of Jeannie meets Indiana Jones, with magic and humor and lots of action. I had such fun living in the magical realm with all its possibilities from gods and goddesses and a talking cat named Obo who tried to steal the entire book from the main characters (Eden & Matt Ewing in I Dream of Genies), to the try-as-hard-as-he-can fennec fox named Dirham who is Kal, the genie's, magical assistance assistant in Genie Knows Best with it's under-the-desert magical city, to the enchanted furniture and dishes and a phoenix named Merlin Pendragon (hey, where do you think we mortals got the idea...) in Magic Gone Wild. Not to mention, of course, the hunky heroes who are just right for the heroines to fall in love with.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Judi:  Thank you so much for having me. If your readers would like to see excerpts and deleted scenes from the stories, they can check out my website: www.JudiFennell.com


About Bottled Magic

Genie Knows Best
Bottled Magic 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell
Be careful what you wish for. . .

Samantha Blaine is about to make a fateful discovery. A tall, dark, handsome, ohmygosh kind of fateful discovery...

Kal is very pleased to meet his attractive new master – especially since he intends to seduce her into granting him freedom. But when seriously dark magic spells trouble for both of them, Kal can't help himself from falling for the woman who holds his fate in her hands. . .

Warmly acclaimed by readers and critics alike, Judi Fennell brings to life a fabulous world of magic and mayhem where wishes come true in the most unexpected ways!


I Dream of Genies
Bottled Magic 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, January 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell
He needs to change his luck, and fast!

Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt’s clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can’t believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers...

She’s been bottled up for far too long!

Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she’s thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs...

But for all her good intentions, Eden’s magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can’t help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself...

 
The Tritone Trilogy:

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell


About Judi

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Judi Fennell
Judi Fennell has had her nose in a book and her head in some celestial realm all her life, including those early years when her mom would exhort her to “get outside!” instead of watching Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie on television. So she did--right into Dad’s hammock with her Nancy Drew books. These days she’s more likely to have her nose in her laptop and her head (and the rest of her body) at her favorite bookstore, but she’s still reading, whether it be her latest manuscript or friends’ books. A three-time finalist in online contests, Judi has enjoyed the reader feedback she’s received and would love to hear what you think about her Mer series. Check out her website at www.JudiFennell.com for excerpts, reviews and fun pictures from reader and writer conferences, and the chance to “dive in” to her stories.


Judi's Links

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