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Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014


This was a good news, bad news kind of week on the reading front. I read one mega, fantastic book, 1 extremely dull book (it will be clear soon), and had 2 DNFs. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
The mega fantastic read I started with was the third book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - Dawn's Early Light by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris. I LOVE this series (you may have guessed from my gushing about it in last week's WIR) and I think after book 3 I love it even more. I will be writing a full review so I can't say anything else.
Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
You may remember my WIR a few weeks ago when I had a 'love in' with the 'love in' genre - PNR?  Well I didn't have such good luck this week in fact I had 2 DNFs. I tried to read Wild Fever by Donna Grant which was the first in the Chaisson series. This book broke one of my PNR rules with the hero and heroine jumping in bed within the first 2-3 chapters and in the middle of a life or death situation. For me, that just takes the 'R' out of PNR. The second one was Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy. Again the romance was missing in this novel. If only Ivy had kept the tension building between her two lead characters for a few more chapters then it could have hit 'the spot'.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
However, what I spent the most of the week reading was the Life in the United Kingdom' test book. Bet you didn't see that coming? Despite the fact I have lived in the UK for almost 20 years I have never bothered to get a British passport. As I was studying for the exam I kept wishing I could be reading almost anything else (apart from the above mentioned DNFs!). If you need to know any interesting facts like what happened in 1066, what was Charlie Chaplin most famous for playing or the words to God Save the Queen, just let me know! If anyone wants to know I passed the test (hurrah) and now its just another 9-12 months and £1000 and I might just end up with a British passport.

With that test under my belt I can now go back to reading books I want to read. Until next week Happy Reading.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

And the winners are....

Winner's Choice of one of Lisa Renee Jones' Zodius Novels - Ended May 20, 2012 - Read Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:   Who is your ideal paranormal hero? 

Amber Hughes who said...

One of my favorite paranormal heroes is "Zsadist" from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. His past is so tragic, but when he meets his mate, the healing finally begins. He'll never be perfect, but comes along way in recovering from such a tortured/tragic past.

This was a great post! Thanks very much for the giveaway! Lisa's books are definitely my kind of read :-)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Digital Copy of Mythic by Jae Lynne Davies - Ended May 21, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite myth or supernatural being?

Tore who said...

I love angels and vampires. I find them good looking and fascinating. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues 1) by Alexandra Ivy - Ended May 23, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  If you are immortal, when were you created or born? 

MamaKitty who said...

How funny - when I'm writing, I tend to go over a scene like a movie clip in my mind as well. I didn't think I was the only person that did that, but it always makes me laugh a little bit when someone else admits it. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm not the only crazy one? :)

If I were an immortal, I think I would have been born back in ancient Egypt. I've always been utterly fascinated with that time period - far more than I probably should be.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Choice of Roil (The Nightbound Land 1) or Night's Engines (The Nightbound Land 2) by Trent Jamieson - Ended May 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is the most recent Fantasy (Epic, High, Urban, etc.) book you've read?

Wrayth Lethe who said...

recently finished re-reading the Trickster series by Rob Thurman :)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Guardian of the Night (Vampire Moons 4) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom - Ended May 25, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  Which historical figure or figures do you think should be a vampire(s)?

marybelle who said...

Queen Victoria would make a scary vampire.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy

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


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Alexandra:  I actually came to writing from my love for theatre. I’ve always been a huge reader, but when I was younger I hoped to work on stage. After taking a playwriting class I realized I actually preferred to create my own characters rather than mimicking someone else’s. I worked on a play (that I would still love to finish), but my heart has always belonged to romance, so I swiftly turned my efforts to novels.

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

Alexandra:  I have a very vivid idea for each scene and it runs through my mind like a movie clip, but getting it from my head and onto the paper into words that capture my idea is always tough. I also have a habit of changing my mind about the ending of the story about three quarters of the way through a book, so I have to go back through and make sure it all makes sense :-)  The one thing that’s never tough is getting new ideas. I only wish I had more time!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Alexandra:  I know it’s cliché, but hitting the New Times bestseller list will always be one of my greatest moments. It took me years to finally get published and even after I had several books in print I still felt like a fraud :-) As if someone might suddenly realize that I shouldn’t be published. So hitting the list felt like a confirmation that it hadn’t all been some huge mistake!

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

Alexandra:  That I write my books in play format…which means that I write all the dialogue first with a few stage directions. I don’t know if it’s because I started writing plays first, but it’s the way I make sure that the characters always move the story forward and don’t become overwhelmed by the details and descriptions.

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

Alexandra:  My next book in the Guardians of Eternity series will be FEAR THE DARKNESS in Sept. This is Caine and Cassie’s story and for those who’ve followed the series it has a HUGE turning point!! After that will be Santiago and Nefri’s story (June 2013).

Kensington is also reprinting my vampire trilogy that I wrote under the name Debbie Raleigh. The Immortal Rogues, starting with MY LORD VAMPIRE (Feb. 28th) are regency historicals that are set in the early 1800s London England. They’re ‘sweeter’ than my current series (less sex and violence :-) ) but I do have a character in my current series that makes an appearance in my earlier books. It’s soooo much fun to write about immortals!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Alexandra:  Thanks so much for inviting me!!


Recent and Upcoming Novels

My Lord Vampire
Immortal Rogues 1
Zebra, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy
In the first of a mesmerizing trilogy, Alexandra Ivy, author of the Guardians of Eternity series, introduces the Immortal Rogues—three vampires duty-bound to protect their own kind even as they fall prey to mortal desires…

Centuries have passed since Gideon Ravel dwelled among humans. Now he must infiltrate the cream of London society to earn the trust of one woman. Simone, Lady Gilbert, possesses an amulet of unimaginable power, and no concept of the threat that surrounds her. The ton’s gossip prepared him for her beauty and wit. But he is blindsided by her barely disguised sensuality and his growing need to possess her...

None of the idle aristocrats who vie for Simone’s attentions know about her past. To them, she is the sophisticated, worldly widow known as the “Wicked Temptress.” The truth would ruin her, and she has never been tempted to reveal it until now. Yet beneath Gideon’s bold, black-eyed stare is a hunger that demands satisfaction and complete surrender…and a secret far more dangerous than her own…


Fear the Darkness
Guardians of Eternity 9
Zebra, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy
The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary…

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her…

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie’s mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine’s magnetism, and unsure if he—or her feelings for him—can be trusted. But Cassie can’t afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world…
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Guardians of Eternity
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy
Read about the Guardians of Eternity at Alexandra Ivy's Website


About Alexandra

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Alexandra Ivy
Alexandra Ivy is the author of the highly acclaimed Guardians of Eternity. Her books have regularly hit the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists along with Publisher Weekly. The next book in her series, FEAR THE DARKNESS, will be released September 2012. She has also written historicals under the pseudonyms Debbie Raleigh and Deborah Raleigh.

Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and sons.

Alexandra's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you are immortal, when were you created or born? 

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 Wednesday, May 23, 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.*
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