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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!

Interview with Alex Adams and Giveaway - April 17, 2012

Please welcome Alex Adams to The Qwillery.  Alex's debut, White Horse, is published today. Happy Release Day to Alex!  You can read Alex's guest blog - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel - here.  You can read my 4 1/2 Qwill review of White Horse here.


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

Alex:  Oh wow, I don't think I have any writing quirks, interesting or not. The closest I come to a quirk is my preference for having two documents open at the same time: one is the current draft and the other is my "Stuff" file. That's where I jot down all kinds of miscellaneous story-related notes, fragments of dialogue, etc..

Okay, so sometimes I talk to myself, but I think that's a common trait many writers share.

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

Alex:  This is a torture test, isn't it? My answers tend to vary on a daily basis because I love the work of so many authors. Today it's Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Jim Butcher, and Lee Child.

Influence is even harder to pin down; every book I've read has altered me in some way. Two writers did change the way I approached prose: Vladimir Nabokov and Terry Pratchett. They're both master wordsmiths, who make every word fight for its life on the page. I'd love to have that level of control over my prose.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Alex:  Both. I'm a planster. I almost always know what the finish line will be. Some of the signposts are set in concrete, but everything else is shifting sands. My best writing happens when I surprise myself. If I plan too heavily I find the story is already told, so there's no reason for me to tell it. At that point it becomes stale.

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

Alex:  The writing. I wish I was joking, but it's so true that I'm laughing out loud thinking about it. Some days the words fall on to the page in pretty patterns. Other days I have to dive in and beat them out of their hiding places. But I love it so much, whether it's a good writing day or not.

TQ:  Describe White Horse in 140 characters or less.

Alex:  Pregnant woman crosses continents to find her lost love as world is ending. Here there be monsters.

TQ:  What inspired you to write White Horse?

Alex:  Let me hop in the time machine here and travel back to summer 2009. I had a new boyfriend (we're engaged now), also a writer, and we were swapping and critting each other's stories. I decided I wanted to write something new and different, something he'd enjoy reading. We're both mythology fans, so after a little brainstorming I began tossing words onto a page, thinking I was writing a short story loosely based on the myth of Pandora's Box. After the first scene or two I said to my guy, "I think this wants to be a novel." So I kept on going. The whole story just kind of...happened.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for White Horse?

Alex:  Most of my research revolved around geography. There was a lot of time spent figuring out walking times and distances. Google probably thinks I'm some kind of map stalker. Compared to that, everything else was minor: place names, info about pharmaceutical companies, viruses. You know, light stuff.

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

Alex:  Zoe was by far the easiest. She was upfront and present all the time so her story flowed well. There was no banging my head on the desk, wondering What the heck would Zoe do next? I wish all characters were that forthright. The Swiss (my antagonist) was trickier. Compared to Zoe, the Swiss told me almost nothing about himself. I had to learn it all on the fly, through his actions, much the way Zoe did. There's a fine line between villainy and comedy, too. We've all seen those bad guys in movies, and in books, where we roll our eyes and go, "As if." I really needed him to be intense and frightening, but clever. The most terrifying villain of all time, to me, is Hannibal Lecter, precisely because he's so damn brilliant. No one laughs at Lecter.

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

Alex:  Any of the scenes between Zoe and her sister, Lisa, or Morris. You can tell a lot about a woman by her relationships and interactions with other women.

TQ:  What's next?

Alex:  I'm wrapping up Red Horse, which is book two in the trilogy. I'm juggling that with a short story for my German publisher, Piper Verlag. It's a middlequel of sorts (look at me, inventing new words!) about events that take place after Zoe arrives in Italy. But it follows a different character. I'm sure it'll be available in English, too, at some point.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Alex:  Thank you for having me. It's been fun!


About White Horse

White Horse
(First in a Trilogy)
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Alex Adams and Giveaway - April 17, 2012
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


About Alex

Interview with Alex Adams and Giveaway - April 17, 2012
Alex Adams was born in New Zealand, raised in Greece and Australia, and currently lives in Oregon–which is a whole lot like New Zealand, minus those freaky-looking wetas. Her debut novel, White Horse (Emily Bestler Books/Atria) hits shelves April 17, 2012. Her fingers are crossed that the world won’t end before then.

Alex's Links

Website 
Twitter
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a printed Advanced Reading Copy of White Horse generously provided by Alex!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

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

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 Tuesday, April 24, 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.*

Relase Day Review - White Horse by Alex Adams - 4 1/2 Qwills

White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995
Review Copy:  ARC provided by Author

Relase Day Review - White Horse by Alex Adams - 4 1/2  Qwills
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.

My thoughts:

White Horse is a novel that not only entertains with a good story but also makes you think. On the macro level White Horse is a story of what makes us human. On the micro level its about one woman's journey through a ravaged world and her attempt to retain her humanity. Zoe Marshall is the woman at the center of White Horse.

After a devastating loss, she's working a menial job at a pharmaceutical company. One day a mysterious jar appears in her apartment. There are no records of deliveries, no alarm company record of a anyone entering the apartment. Zoe is afraid of the jar and begins to see a therapist. After the jar appears strange things begin to happen. Cats disappear. Then people start dying. Zoe loses everyone close to her due to a strange illness dubbed White Horse. Other world changing events are happening as well - cyberattacks, wars, and weather wars. But it is White Horse that decimates the population of the world. No one knows where it came from. Zoe tries to find out. Against this backdrop, Zoe also finds love and sets off on a dangerous journey to find him.

There is a lot happening in White Horse. The novel gracefully slips between "Then" and "Now." I like this because it was an easy way to keep track of pre- and post- apocalypse in the narrative. "Now" is harrowing, dangerous, and horrifying. "Then" shows the world slipping away so it was equally frightening. On her travels Zoe encounters good and evil, sane and insane all the while trying to remain human - a compassionate human. She encounters pure evil in the form of The Swiss, another traveler. The Swiss is a remarkable villain. While Zoe wants to retain her humanity, I wanted her to kill him. Zoe struggles with whether she should or shouldn't. The Swiss is the other side of the coin from Zoe. He will kill on a whim. He is a villain I loved to hate.

White Horse is also a love story. This part of the story is interwoven well. It's what sets Zoe on her quest and adds to the fabric of the novel. We don't get to know Zoe's love interest as well as Zoe and The Swiss, but the love relationship itself is not the main focus.

The story moves along at a good pace. There were a number of surprises that I did not see coming and were well done. I enjoyed the references to classical mythology that form a backdrop to the events in the novel.

Bottom LineWhite Horse is a horrifying look at a post-apocalyptic world that shows us that our humanity is a reflection of our inner landscape and how we act. It's also a good read.

I give White Horse 4 1/2 Qwills.

Relase Day Review - White Horse by Alex Adams - 4 1/2  Qwills

The View From Monday - April 16, 2012

Happy middle of April (more or less). This week at The Qwillery:

Monday -  Guest Blog by Rebecca Zanetti. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be published on April 24, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Alex Adams. White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) was published on March 27, 2012.

Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Carol Wolf. Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) was published on April 3, 2012.

Friday -  2012 Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Stacey Kennedy.

Saturday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog from Rhiannon Held. Silver, Rhiannon's debut, will be published on June 5, 2012.


April 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightingale
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Melissa Mickelsen F



April 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Horse (d)
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Alex Adams F/PA
A Wolf's Heart
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Vivi Anna PNR
The Adventures of Duncan & Mallory #1: The Beginning Robert Asprin F
The Witch Thief
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Lori Devoti PNR - Unbound 6
Counter-Clock World (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik: The Screenplay (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Acacia (ri)
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David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 1
The Sacred Band (ri)
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David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 2
Pax Omega
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Al Ewing SF - Pax Britannia
The Vampire Voss (tp2mm)
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Colleen Gleason PHR - Regency Draculia 1
The Twilight Lord (ri)
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Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 3
Deadfall Hotel
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Steve Rasnic Tem H
Robopocalypse: A Novel (h2tp)
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Daniel H. Wilson SF



d - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR  - Paranormal Historical Romance
SF - Science Fiction

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2012!

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.

January 2012  Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.



For March you have 8 covers to choose from.

























2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts


There are 8 debuts in April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite April cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover , 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


Royal Street
AuthorSuzanne Johnson
Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765327796

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.


The Reason is You
AuthorSharla Lovelace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Berkley, April 3, 2012
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
ISBN9780425247129

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Anything but Normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing…


Coveted
AuthorShawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN978-0-345-52918-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Faustus Resurrectus
Author:  Thomas Morrissey
Series:  Donovan Graham
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-405-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...


Blackbirds
AuthorChuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:   Angry Robot,  April 24. 2012 US/CAN, May 3, 2012 UK/RoW
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662309

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Summoning
AuthorCarol Wolf
Series:   Moon Wolf Saga
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-398-4

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


The Return Man
AuthorV.M. Zito
Format: Premium Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Orbit, April 1, 2012
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller/Zombies
ISBN:  9780316218283

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson (signed) - Ended February 22, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans?

Tanya1224 who said...

I have not read any books yet set around a natural disaster but I have read a few that take place in New Orleans. In The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost cat and Bones are there a lot. I went there to visit and loved the place. I was very sad when Katrina hit...I know that had to have been awful. Thank you for the contest.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Sentinel's Heart or Red's Wolf by PJ Schnyder (ecopy/winner's choice) - Ended February 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

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Question:  Which genres or subgenres (for novels/novellas/short stories) do you like to read?

ML who said...

My favorite genre is paranormal romance. I'm also a fan of urban fantasy and historical romance. Recently I've discovered steampunk and found that I enjoy that as well. I enjoy sticking with favorite genres and branching out and reading new things as well.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) by David Tallerman - Ended February 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  What is you favorite fantasy movie?

Tim who said...

I love this story, especially the after note about walking into a room and Labyrinth is playing on the TV.

The question is an easy one for me to answer, except it's not a single movie. The Lord of the Rings trilogy are my favorite fantasy movies. Peter Jackson brought these amazing books to life without making too many drastic changes and the result is magic.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) by Nico Rosso (ecopy) - Ended February 27, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite motorcycle riding hero?

icha who said...

christian bale in batman dark night..and jack pallas from a something about you (julie james)


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) by Joan Swan - Ended February 28, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite bad boy from novels, film, TV?

BookAttict who said...

The list of my fave bad boys is long! (Yep, I got a "thing" for bad boys!) Aside from the "usual suspects" Malkolm from Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (House of Comarre series) and Nightshade from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series are definitely on my short list though!

The original winner, Barbara, had already won a copy of Fever and a new winner was chosen.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) by Laurie London (signed) - Ended February 29, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question: Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with
paranormal phenomena?


Barb P who said...

Hi Laurie! I guess that I'm showing my age, but one of my favs was Dark Shadows! I have all of the episodes on DVD. I can't wait for the new movie (Johnny Depp YUUUMMM!). I also love shows like Grimm, Supernatural etc. Love your books and congrats on the new release!


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


White Horse by Alex Adams (3 Advanced Reader Copies) - Ended March 2, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012
ARC Cover is slightly different!

Question: What is/are your favorite apocalyptic movie(s), comics or novel(s)?

1. erin who said...

OMG... this book sounds awesome!!! Immediately added to my new release wishlist! But I like the UK cover much, much better. The US version is very misleading...

I love post-apocalyptic books and movies. And if they have zombies and mutants etc. so much the better! My fav so far as been: movies - any Resident Evil and Book of Eli, TV - Walking Dead, and books - The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant and The Passage by Justin Cronin.

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!


2. Vivien who said...

I absolutely LOVE Mira Grant. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a great one.


3. Spaz who said...

Great post and I love the book summary. This is going on my wishlist whether or not I win the giveaway.

Favorite post-apocalyptic stuff... lately I really liked the setting of The Passage by Justin Cronin though I felt the book dragged quite a bit. I look forward to The Twelve.

But all-time? It's Stephen King, but no, it's not The Stand. It's the Dark Tower books. While the Dark Tower didn't have some singular causal event, the world (multiverse) is clearly falling to pieces.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner.

Thank you!

Guest Blog by Alex Adams - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel.

Please welcome Alex Adams to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Alex's debut, White Horse, will be published on April 17, 2012.



The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came 
to write an apocalyptic novel.


Do you know what my mother said the first time I told her what White Horse was about, right down to the body count? "How gruesome!"

At the time I was stumbling around like a still-blind kitten, rendered a drooling, stammering loon by the stunning news that White Horse (and two subsequent books) had sold at auction. If I'd had my wits about me, I might have said something clever, like, "Gruesome? But you read King and Kellerman and Koontz! Compared to them my teensy little apocalypse is gruesome-lite!" Instead, I responded with the ultra-witty: "Ha-ha." (There might have been a third "ha" in there; it's all foggy now.)

What she probably expected—what a lot of people expected—was something...funnier. My mother is a woman who gave birth to two daughters, but wound up raising a pair of hams. If you ever meet my sister, ask her to do "Rickets Girl," or her "Soylent Green is people!" act. She can out-Heston Heston. My talents lean more toward an inability to tell jokes without falling on the floor laughing and crying, while those listening strain to interpret what I'm saying. I've ruined so many punchlines with my poorly-timed laughter that I should come with a warning label. Luckily, my laughter tends to be infectious, so a good time is had by all, even if they never get to hear the whole joke.

Nearly everything I'd written prior to White Horse leaned toward funny. I'm not a super-serious person. If a one-liner isn't falling out of my mouth, I can guarantee it's hanging around there, probably ensnared on my epiglottis or uvula--one of those silly-sounding body parts. I penned a funny mystery or two, funny women's fiction, funny fantasy, funny—you get the picture. Funny. But when I sat down and thought about it—really thought about it—comedy wasn't really what I wanted to write. Being funny as a job didn't appeal to me at all. Funny is what I do for fun.

Let me say this right now, before we go any further: I didn't intend to end the world.

White Horse started out as a short. What is now the prologue was supposed to be the opening to a three-thousand word story about a modern-day Pandora. You know, the one with the box that isn't really a box, but is in fact really a jar? My fiancé and I share a love for mythology; we're both writers, so I wanted to write something super-serious to entertain him. And I wanted it to have its roots in Greek mythology.

But something happened. One of my gears slipped. Whatever. When I began writing that second scene, it didn't go where I expected it to go. Instead of remaining local and small, it went all the way to a farmhouse in Italy, to an endless rain and a young blind woman in a ghastly situation. My heroine—my Pandora, whose name is actually Zoe--was there with her, with two thoughts in mind: I have to go. And she has to come with me. Mankind, as we know it, was already circling the drain—clockwise and counterclockwise.

After that, the bad times just kept on rollin'. And I was no longer writing a short story. The end of the world was on and poor Zoe was there with a blind woman for company and an impossible mission ahead. Neither she or I had clue one about how we'd get to the last page.

I'm still not sure how I got there. Directions aren't my thing. I got lost driving to Oregon. Ask my guy. I was right behind him when I took a wrong highway back in California. If not for GPS and his laughter-tinged, "Well, look at the numbers on the side of the road!" I'd be in Canada right now.

I love end-of-the-world scenarios. All you have to do is say "apocalypse" and I'm already making plans to see your movie, buy your book, play your game. I'm the person who bought Deep Impact on DVD. Do not ask me how many hours I sank into killing super mutants in Fallout 3. It's a three-digit number.

Why do I love them?

Because the possibility of The End simultaneously slaps all my buttons. It's the ultimate beyond-our-control scenario. Most of us don't have the power to stop a plague or a war; none of us can suppress a volcano or reach out and divert a meteor (except maybe you, Bruce Willis.) And there's no way to predict who or what would be left standing. Imagine trying to survive with the one guy who did that thing you hate for company; terrifying!

Yes, an apocalypse is frightening, but, for a fiction writer, all that literary potential... What could we do with a blank, damaged slate? It's do-overs on steroids, a chance to build a new world on the broken bones of the old.

And despite the horror, the fear, and the devastation, I find that strangely optimistic.


About White Horse

White Horse
(1st in a trilogy)
Atria / Emily Bestler Books, April 17, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Alex Adams - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel.
White Horse is the first book in an absolutely unique debut trilogy—a post-apocalyptic thriller chronicling one woman’s quest to nurture those she holds dear against the backdrop of a shocking, new world.

Thirty-year-old Zoe wants to go back to college. That’s why she cleans cages and floors at GeneTech. If she can keep her head down, do her job, and avoid naming the mice she’ll be fine. Her life is calm, maybe even boring, until the end of the world when the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species.

Zoe starts running the moment she realizes everyone she loves is gone. Her boyfriend Nick, fearing he’s contracted the virus, leaves for Greece. When Zoe discovers she’s pregnant—and entirely alone—she treks across the world to find Nick and reunite her growing family. On the way she encounters characters both needy and nefarious—some human, some monster, and some uncertain beings altered by genetic mutation. On her journey, Zoe comes to see that humanity is defined not by genetic code, but by soulful actions and choices.

Told in alternating before and after chapters, White Horse is a terrifying and romantic story that readers will be unable to put down.


White Horse UK Cover
April 22, 2012
Guest Blog by Alex Adams - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel.



About Alex

Guest Blog by Alex Adams - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel.
Alex Adams was born in New Zealand, raised in Greece and Australia, and currently lives in Oregon–which is a whole lot like New Zealand, minus those freaky-looking wetas. Her debut novel, White Horse (Emily Bestler Books/Atria) hits shelves April 17, 2012. Her fingers are crossed that the world won’t end before then.

Alex's Links

Website 
Twitter
Facebook





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Three commenters will each win a printed Advanced Reading Copy of White Horse generously provided by Alex!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is/are your favorite apocalyptic movie(s), comics or novel(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, March 2, 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 - February 20, 2012

We've arrived at the penultimate Monday in February. Happy Monday everyone! We've another busy week ahead at The Qwillery.

Monday -  Guest Blog by Nico Rosso. The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) was published on February 13, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Joan Swan. Fever will be published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Laurie London. Laurie's third Sweetblood novel, Tempted by Blood, will be published on February 21, 2012.

Thursday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Melanie Card.

Friday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Alex Adams. The White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Saturday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Megan Grooms.

Sunday -  Interview with Karina Cooper. All Things Wicked, the third Dark Mission novel, was published on January 31, 2012.


It's a quiet book release week, which for me means I can get everything I'd like!

February 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Troupe
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Robert Jackson Bennett F
Love Crazed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Tamala Callaway PNR - Super Natural 2
A Perfect Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Forever Claimed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Lee PNR - Claiming
Tempted by Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Laurie London PNR - Sweetblood 3
The Half-Breed Vampire
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Theresa Meyers PNR - Sons of Midnight 3
Echoes of Betrayal
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 3
Raven Calls
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 7
The Restorer (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 1



February 22, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Marv Wolfman GN - Collection



February 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Legend of Eli Monpress
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Aaron F - Omnibus


tp2mm - Trade Papeback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
PNR - Paranormal Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012Interview with Alex Adams and Giveaway - April 17, 2012Relase Day Review - White Horse by Alex Adams - 4 1/2  QwillsThe View From Monday - April 16, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April  20122012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 DebutsWinners x 9 - March 3, 2012Guest Blog by Alex Adams - The sky isn't falling, or: How an optimist came to write an apocalyptic novel.The View From Monday - February 20, 2012

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