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New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012, was the last day of New York Comic Con 2012. It was a lighter day for me mostly because my small humans joined me for Kids Day. In the past Kids Day has not been so crowded. I think that's a testament to how much bigger New York Comic Con has become that Sunday was as busy as Saturday!

We started off by attending the Geek Geek Revolution: The Sequel featuring Myke Cole, Anton Strout, Beth Revis, and Andrea Cremer. Colleen Lindsay, Geek Queen, asked the authors questions including questions submitted by the audience. Answering the questions correctly resulted in points being awarded. I believe that wrong answers resulted in the subtraction of points. The winner was awarded the title of Top Geek!

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
L to R: Myke Cole, Anton Strout, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer, 
and Geek Queen Colleen Lindsay
 Myke writes the Shadow Ops series. The first novel, Control Point, was published in January 2012 and Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2) will be out in January 2013.

Anton is the author of the Simon Canderous series and the recently published Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1).

Beth writes the YA Across the Universe series. The third book, Shades of Earth, will be published  in January 2013.

Andrea is the author of the YA Nightshade series. Rise (Nightshade Prequel 2) will be published in January 2013.

It came down to a tie between Anton Strout and Andrea Cremer. On the second tie-breaker question Andrea prevailed. She won a Rock'em Sock'em Robot set! Myke Cole came in last and was awarded a cute baby Cthulhu. I hardly see how a cute baby Cthulhu is a booby prize.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cthulhu hats may be the new fashion craze!



After Geek Geek Revolution: The Sequel the small humans and I wandered around...  a lot.



I had the pleasure of meeting Evie Manieri whose debut novel, Blood's Pride, will be published in the US on February 19, 2013. It's already out in the UK.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Evie Manieri



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Steampunk at the Tor booth. It must be fun working for Tor!



Capcom was at NYCC. Nintendo was there with Wii U. We did preorder the Limited Edition of Assassin's Creed III by Ubisoft. Often when you preorder at NYCC some extra goodies are thrown in. In this case there was a gorgeous T-shirt. While you could preorder Assassin's Creed III, there was no gameplay.  I was surprised by the video gaming component this year. Some of the big companies had displays but no games to play.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012



We found this poor fellow expiring in the hallway (not really, he was cosplaying!)

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

The kids decided to put him out of his misery (not really, he asked them to pose with him.)

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
The teen (bottom photo) looked meaner while posing. You can draw your own conclusion!



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Jamal Peppers ad Ian Flynn signing at Archie Comics



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - Aperture Laboratories (from Portal)



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Michael Boccacino signing Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - The Power Rangers



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - Zena, Warrior Princess, and my daughter



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
 The crowd and long walk to Artist Alley

Artist Alley was way down at the end. to the left and through a large passageway. Once you got to the end you turned left and then saw the sign. If you knew where it was it was easy to find. I think that there should have been a sign in this main area at the end with an arrow pointing to the left. This is the first year that Artist Alley was in its own area. Hopefully signage will be better next year. Having the Artists in a separate area was great though. Plus after the main exhibitor floor closed, you could spend some time at Artist Alley which was open later than the exhibitor floor.



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
More Cosplay



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Peter Steigerwald, who does the colors for Lady Mechanika (my favorite comic!)




We visited a lot of vendors on Sunday as well. The small humans came home with some awesome books and goodies. We can't wait for NYCC 2013!

Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011

...and the winners are

Fated by Rebecca Zanetti:

Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011


StacieDM who said...

My favorite alpha vampire would be Spike from Buffy/Angel. Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles would be my second choice. I like when the alpha has a sense of humor too. Congratulations on your new release! So glad the second book comes out so soon.





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Dead to Me, Deader Still and Dead Matter by Anton Strout:

Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011

Cherry who said...


I would have the power of healing so I could take away people's pain.






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Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire:

Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011


buddyt who said...

One of my favorite Shakespeare quotes and perhaps less known is:

Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.





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Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy

Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

I would like to become accidentally patient. LOL, I know it's not anything special, but as I am typing this my two boys are fighting, again, and my daughter is yelling and throwing a fit because I said no to ice cream. Jeesh!! I would love to be able to brush of the fits and the things that get under my skin instead of having to take a trip to the bathroom for deep breaths.




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Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne
Winner x 5 - March 12, 2011



pixie13 said...

Mine would be SCRAps. Supernatural Creatures Removal Agency.








Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, March 19, 2011 to contact The Qwillery or the The Qwillery will randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011

The Qwillery is delighted to welcome Anton Strout, author of the Simon Canderous series. Anton's latest book, Dead Waters, is available today. You can read my 5 Qwill review of Dead Waters here.

TQ:  Describe the Simon Canderous series in 140 characters or less.

Anton:  Man with bat strives to Do Good, fighting evil and staying under budget in paranormally infested New York City

TQ:  How have Simon's psychometric powers evolved since the first book?

Anton:  I think much of his power has stayed relatively the same, it's Simon that has changed... he has better control over it, but there are certain things that have happened over time where we've seen little tweaks to it. In Dead Matter, we saw Simon use his powers in conjunction with Jane's technomancy to broadcast one of his psychometric visions. In Dead Waters, we're going to see Simon struggling with some of the emotional states that he ends up 'feeling' when he does particular emotionally charged readings with his powers.

TQ:  You write primarily Urban Fantasy. In what other genre(s) would you like to write?

Anton:  I'd love to try my hand at more traditional fantasy, but right now I'm having a lot of fun working on a yet unsold YA steampunk book that I keep calling my Dickensian urchin Iron Man book... I dabble a lot. I even do regular fiction, such as my fictional punk band book I keep meaning to get back to, but the UF is the one paying the bills these days, so that's where my time goes.

TQ:  Who is your favorite secondary character or characters?

Anton:  I really have a lot of love for my secondary characters, which is why they either become the topic of books or some of the short stories. I love Godfrey, but that's because I totally see him as John Hodgman. And I love the Inspectre because he's part of the old guard, and with Dead Waters, I wanted to explore his past again, his time in his prime, as well as what it means to get old in the world of fighting evil.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what it your favorite scene or scenes in Dead Waters?

Anton:  I love all of my scenes out on the Hudson River in the boat... something about floating on the calm water just outside the city as all kinds of paranormal hell breaks loose that makes me giggle like a kindergartener.

TQ:  What is the playlist for Dead Waters?

Anton:  Well, I always have Beat On The Brat by the Ramones in my head while I write, along with the Fight Club soundtrack, the Matrix and some Bach for the lighter moments. I also think I listened to a lot of Alien Ant Farm's The Movies and The Cranberries Zombie.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Simon Canderous series? Are there any upcoming short stories/novellas set in the Simonverse?

Anton:  Well, I'D like the series to go on, but that's really not up to me at the moment. I have at least two more books semi-planned out, but I may be putting some time into a second series soon... more on that later when I have something to share.

TQ:  What's next?

Anton:  Hopefully I'll get to shop around the YA in a month or so. I have a zombie apocalypse short coming up in the March anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar and I owe two stories to some editors out there... one of them a modern day fairie story and one a Weird West kinda tale. And then there's that little bit of news I can't discuss yet :D



Anton's Books

Dead to Me
Simon Canderous 1
Ace, February, 26, 2008
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field.

Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. At New York's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he's learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not the paperwork that has him breathless.

After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman- who doesn't know she's dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon's not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.



Deader Still
Simon Canderous 2
Ace, February 24, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
It’s hard to defeat evil on a budget. Just ask Simon Canderous.

FROM THE AUTHOR OF DEAD TO ME.

It’s been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it—agent Simon Canderous discovers that the booze cruise was crashed by something that sucked all the blood out of the litigators. Now, his workday may never end—until his life does.



Dead Matter
Simon Canderous 3
Ace, February 23, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he's not...



Dead Waters
Simon Canderous 4
Ace, February 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
From the back cover:

With Manhattan's Department of Extraordinary Affairs in disarray (forget vampires and zombies -- it's the budget cuts that can kill you), Simon Canderous is still expected to stamp out any crime that adds the "para" to normal." And his newest case is no exception...

A university professor has been found murdered in his apartment. His lungs show signs of death by drowning. But his skin and clothes? Bone-dry. Now Simon has to rely on his powers -- plus a little help from his ghost-whispering partner and technomancer girlfriend -- to solve a mystery that has the NYPD stumped and the D.E.A. shaken and stirred.



Anthologies:

2007                  2008                        2009             2010
Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011

2011
Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011



About Anton

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
Fantasy author Anton Strout was born in the Berkshire Hills mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you).

He has been a featured speaker and workshopper at San Diego Comic-Con, Gencon, New York Comic-Con, the Brooklyn Book Festival.

He is the co-creator of the faux folk musical Sneezin’ Jeff & Blue Raccoon: The Loose Gravel Tour (winner of the Best Storytelling Award at the First Annual New York International Fringe Festival).

In his scant spare time, his is a writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the worlds most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

Anton's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
MySpace
Livejournal
The League of Reluctant Adults



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win signed copies of the 1st 3 Simon Canderous books: Dead to Me, Deader Still, and Dead Matter.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what is your power? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change*

The View From Monday - February 21, 2011

It's Monday and it's snowing. Fortunately it's not a big storm. I'm glad because I've things to do today.

The Qwillery will have 2 interviews and giveaways this week: Anton Strout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, and Rebecca Zanetti on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  Rebecca's debut novel Fated and Anton's 4th Simon Canderous novel, Dead Waters, will be published tomorrow.

There will be comics on Thursday and photos on Friday unless something unexpected comes up... which happens all the time.

The March 2011 release list was posted yesterday. There is also an album of March covers at The Qwillery's Facebook page.


February 22, 2011

American VampireJennifer ArmintroutPNR
Serpent's StormAmber BensonUF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 3
The RememberingSteve CashF - The Meq 3
A Touch MortalLeah CliffordYA
This Side of the GraveJeaniene FrostUF - Cat & Bones 5
Xombie: ApocalypsoWalter GreatshellUF - Xombies 3
UnnaturalMichael GriffoYA - Unnatural 1
Flirt*Laurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake 18
How to Flirt with a Naked WerewolfMolly HarperPNR - Naked Werewolf 1
Pale DemonKim HarrisonUF - The Hollows 9
Dragon HavenRobin HobbF - Rain Wilds 2
Darkness Becomes HerKelly KeatonYA
The Iron ThornCaitlin KittredgeYA - The Iron Codex 1
The Red Heart of Jade*Marjorie M. LiuPRS - Dirk & Steele 3
Truth or DemonKathy Love
Darkest MercyMelissa MarrYA - Wicked Lovely 5
ResolveMelissa MarrYA - Wicked Lovely Desert Tales 3
Healing the HighlanderMelissa MayhuePHR - Daughters of the Glen 7
Iron CrownedRichelle MeadUF - Dark Swan 3
Hunger UntamedPamela PalmerPNR - Feral Warriors 5
Etched in BoneAdrian PhoenixUF - Maker's Song 4
Tortall and Other LandsTamora PierceF - Tortall (short stories)
Dead WatersAnton StroutUF - Simon Canderous 4
The Raven QueenJules Watson
Green-Eyed DemonJaye WellsUF - Sabina Kane 3
Rogue OracleAlayna WilliamsUF - Delphic Oracle 2
FatedRebecca ZanettiPNR - Dark Protectors 1

*reprint or MMPB release

F - Fantasy
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills

Dead Waters
Author: Anton Strout
Series: Simon Canderous 4
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ace (February 22, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780441020119
Review Copy: Provided by Publisher

Cover and Description:

Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills
From the back cover:

With Manhattan's Department of Extraordinary Affairs in disarray (forget vampires and zombies -- it's the budget cuts that can kill you), Simon Canderous is still expected to stamp out any crime that adds the "para" to normal." And his newest case is no exception...

A university professor has been found murdered in his apartment. His lungs show signs of death by drowning. But his skin and clothes? Bone-dry. Now Simon has to rely on his powers -- plus a little help from his ghost-whispering partner and technomancer girlfriend -- to solve a mystery that has the NYPD stumped and the D.E.A. shaken and stirred.




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My thoughts:

Dead Waters is the 4th book in the Simon Canderous series and the very best of the series so far.

Simon is a psychometrist. He can read the history of an object by touching it. In Dead Waters, Simon is still somewhat impulsive and reckless but he is maturing. He still makes his trademark wise-cracks, but he is growing emotionally as he must deal with some personal issues. I always find that Simon's heart is in the right place... despite the various creatures that want to remove it. Simon is a very likable protagonist.

I adore the supporting characters in this series: Jane Clayton-Forrester (Simon's technomancer girlfriend), Connor Christos (Simon's partner), Inspectre Argyle Quimbley (Simon's and Connor's boss), and Godfrey Candella (the D.E.A. Archivist). While Simon is the main character, the book really feels like an ensemble piece. I love the back and forth between the characters. There is genuine camaraderie.

Simon, Jane, and Connor must solve the mystery surrounding a university professor's unusual death. The murder deeply affects Inspectre Quimbley as he used to know the professor well. The storyline dealing the aging Inspectre is very well done. I really enjoyed learning more about his past.

Anton Strout deftly continues to lampoon bureaucratic red tape with New York City's Department of Extraordinary Affairs. I find the inner workings of the D.E.A. both fascinating and amusing. While the D.E.A. is facing severe budget cuts, fortunately none of my favorite characters lose their jobs. New York City is a great backdrop for this series.

Dead Waters borrows from mythology in an inventive way. I won't reveal which mythology or what was borrowed as it would be a major spoiler.

This is the darkest of the four books. I cried at one part of the story though there are far more moments that brought laughter. The pacing is excellent with a lot of action. The plot is really engaging. The mystery and its conclusion are handled beautifully. Dead Waters is a tasty mélange of murder, mystery, and mythology, with a dash of mayhem thrown in for good measure.

I give Dead Waters 5 Qwills.

Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills

I do recommend that you read this series in order.


Prior books in the Simon Canderous series:

Dead to Me
Book 1
(February, 26, 2008)
Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills
A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field.

Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. At New York's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he's learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not the paperwork that has him breathless.

After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman- who doesn't know she's dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon's not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.

Deader Still
Book 2
(February 24, 2009)
Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills
It’s hard to defeat evil on a budget. Just ask Simon Canderous.

FROM THE AUTHOR OF DEAD TO ME.

It’s been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it—agent Simon Canderous discovers that the booze cruise was crashed by something that sucked all the blood out of the litigators. Now, his workday may never end—until his life does.



Dead Matter
Book 3
(February 23, 2010)
Review - Dead Waters by Anton Strout - 5 Qwills
Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he's not...

Anton Strout Giveaway & Rob Thurman Giveaway - Results

The winner of the Simon Canderous series by Anton Strout plus the Department of Extraordinary Affairs mug and pin plus lifesavers is Amanda Leigh.

The winner of the first 4 Cal Leandros books by Rob Thurman is lightk.

Please contact TheQwillery at gmail with your snail mail address.

A big thank you to everyone who participated!  Look for another giveaway in a couple of days or perhaps even tomorrow!

Interview with Anton Strout and Goodies

Welcome to The Qwillery! Today's guest is Anton Strout, the author of the Simon Canderous series.

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

Anton: Probably my lack of pants. No, wait… scratch that. Hmmm… I’d probably say the various ways in which I can work. Like, I know some people who can only work in silence at home on their machine in their office with no distractions. I can do that, too, but only at a certain point in the process when I’m deep in a continuity pass on the manuscript. I rough draft by hand on my commute into the city, an hour in and an hour out. I then tend to watch tv while entering those words into the computer, where I make a first editorial pass. A lot of time I find the distractions help me pull details out of the ether to fill in scenes, characters and descriptions. Hopefully I’m not watching a Seinfeld marathon when that happens…

TQw: Who are some of your favorite writers? and who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Anton: I think I wanted to write because of Douglas Adams. It was such a lovely mix of humor and the fantastical that I wished I could do that too. And although I see him knocked a lot, Stephen King has been an inspiration, especially when it comes to writing the darker scenes. I admire his ability to slap down a character and totally have you get them in seconds. If I could take his blood, bottle it drink of his powers I would, but I think I’d only end up pissing his wife off…

TQw: What inspired you to write your first novel?

Anton: Well, my first novel is something I wrote when I was 17. It was hands down a rip off of the Frank Miller era of Daredevil and I just thought it would be fun to try. And it was. Years later when I looked at it, I think I bled from my eyes at how bad it was. Like straight up fan fiction. It was set in New York even, when the only time I had been there was on a class trip to see A Chorus Line. My New York back then was laughable to read, and not in the good laughable way either.

TQw: Will you or have you written any books/stories about other characters in the Simonverse?

Anton: I have written several short stories that are out in various anthologies that tie in to the Simonverse. In The Dimension Next Door, I have a story concerning the necromantic activities of one Benjamin Franklin, which is referenced several times throughout my books as a historical fact recorded in their archives. There’s also the tale of head archivist Godfrey Candella and the loss of a special pet in Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies. I consider these to be like DVD extras that give a little more insight into the rich history of both the Department of Extraordinary Affairs and the Fraternal Order of Goodness. There are some other stories I’d like to tell from other perspectives, but right now I’m focused on writing the books that are selling.

TQw: What types of music do you listen to? What music does Simon like?

Anton: I’m all over the place. If I’m writing I like a nice background loop of music. It frees up another part of my brain to get writing. For that, I usually use some Philip Glass or some techno or electronic. The Matrix soundtrack works quite well. My favorite band to listen to personally are The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones… I like some good punk guitar with a horn section behind it. I even have a book about an old ska band that I’d like to get sold, but I haven’t had time to get back to it with all the success of the Simon series… boo hoo. Poor me, right?

As to what Simon likes, I think he likes a lot of music that comes from the downtown New York scene. You can’t live in SoHo and not be caught up in the local music.

TQw: Who would you pick to play Simon in the Simon Canderous TV series should there ever be a series?

Anton: After seeing him on SNL, I actually think Zach Efron would make a good Simon. Also an old college friend of mine, Kevin Shinick, would be fun to see in the role. He’s a writer for Robot Chicken now, but some people may remember him as Commander Kevin on the PBS game show Where In Time Is Carmen SanDiego? At this point, I’d just love to see it come to television. Given the popularity of Law & Order: Special Everything Unit and CSI, I think a paranormal cop show would be a hit out of the part.

TQw: Why did you set the series in New York City?

Anton: The honest answer is that I am inherently lazy. I live and work there, so to me researching my books is as simple as stepping out of the door. Also, it’s an amazing place. There’s so much life to it, so much personality. It’s hard to imagine that there’s not a ghost, zombie or vampire lurking in every dark shadow… and believe me, there are a LOT of dark shadows there.

TQw: Do you and Simon have anything in common?

Anton: In many ways, I think I’d try to laugh my way through the daily horrors he has to contend with, but I am also a far bigger coward than he is.

The one thing we have in common is probably the hypoglycemia he experiences after using his powers. His blood sugar drops rapidly from his psychometric visions, and as a diabetic, I am prone to dealing with that same sensation from time to time.

TQw: What's next?

Anton: Just as book three in the series, Dead Matter, drops, I have to turn in book four. I also owe a few short stories to some anthologists out there. I also have some other ideas I’d like to develop—some adult, some YA—but I need to sit down and actually find the time to flesh them out. As far as future books set in the Simonverse, only sales on books three and four will tell if there will be more.

TQw: Thank you for being with us at The Qwillery today!

Now for the goodies! One commenter will win

1) All three Simon Canderous books, which have been signed by Anton:
 
Interview with Anton Strout and GoodiesWelcome to the Department of Extraordinary Affairs Other Division- New York's answer to the underfunded world of paranormal investigation. It’s a job caught up in red tape, memos, and office politics, but its becoming par for the course for recent recruit Simon Canderous. After a life of petty crime and twenty four years of watching his power of psychometry—the ability to divine information solely by touching an object—destroy any chance of a real relationship, he’s joined the forces of Good hoping to gain some control. But when the mysterious ghost of a recently dead woman shows up at the Lovecraft Café, he and his mentor must figure out how she fits into a nefarious plot involving the cultists rights movement, a large wooden fish, and the forces of Darkness crushing on him.

 
Interview with Anton Strout and GoodiesIt's hard to catch a break when you're the woefully underfunded Department of Extraordinary Affairs's lone psychometrist. In the aftermath of a nefarious plot by some lowdown, dirty cultists, Simon's hoping New York City's paranormal scene will stay quiet for awhile...but the uncanny has an uncanny knack for ruining Simon's day. When a Hudson River booze cruise sails into port full of bodies--drained of blood, no less--Simon thinks he may soon be hearing a lot of the dreaded V word (vampires), as well as the dreaded P word (paperwork). And if things weren't hectic enough at the DEA, his girlfriend is studying technomancy a little too closely with her boss, his mentor seems to be hiding something from him, and a dangerous flame from his criminal past has blown into town and threatens to make his life a living hell unless he helps her out with one last art heist. Oubliettes, living statues, Illinois gypsies, more zombies that you can shake a retractable steel bat at... it's all just another day at the office for Simon Canderous. 


Interview with Anton Strout and GoodiesWhen the paranormal raises its otherworldy head in New York City, the Department of Extraordinary Affairs executes a flawless, stick-the-landing smackdown. That’s the idea anyway, and Agent Simon Canderous can usually count on help from his mentor, Connor Christos. But Connor’s left Simon to handle a double case load as he cashes in on five years worth of saved vacation time. Simon suspects that Connor isn’t Club Medding so much as Club Deading it up—investigating the disappearance of his long lost brother.

Simon especially needs Connor when the spirit populace of Manhattan is shaken and stirred by someone intruding on their well-deserved R.I.P. But Connor’s relentless ghost whispering has sent him off the deep end; he’s haunted every night by visions of his brother’s ghost at his window. Simon’s partner may be going crazy—or worse, maybe he’s not...

Dead Matter has received 4 1/2 Stars and was a TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews (March 2010).

2) An official Department of Extraordinary Affairs Mug:


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3) An Official Department of Extraordinary Affairs Pin:


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and 4) Lifesavers!


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So here is what you have to do to have the chance to win all those goodies: leave a comment. Names will be placed in a receptable of our choice and one pulled out to win the goodies. But wait! You can get more entries! If you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times, but you only get one extra entry. You can also get an entry for mentioning it on your blog. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 4 times (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blog mentioned.

Please note this giveaway is only open to those of you with a US mailing address.

Contest ends on March 7th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

You can find Anton as his internet home Undead Approved, on Facebook and Twitter and at The League of Reluctant Adults.

To TBR or To Not TBR

I have over 500 books in my To be Read pile. Technically it's not a pile. It's really a bunch of boxes and bags filled with books. I keep track of my TBR using Readerware. It comes with a barcode scanner, which makes it incredibly easy to add books. Each box has a number on it. The numbers correspond to a set of books on the TBR list. That worked for a while. The problem is that I keep buying books. The new books are in bags. They are waiting for me to put them in the appropriate box. It's an endless loop. I buy more books, I reprint the list, I rearrange the boxes, etc. Once read the books move to another set of boxes. Those books are waiting for me to set up my new office. After that the books will be sorted and somehow fit onto bookshelves. My new office already holds nearly 1,000 cookbooks. I may need more bookcases or consider putting bookcases somewhere else in the house. I don't like getting rid of books. When I moved overseas in the mid-90s, I had to get rid of 1/2 of my books. I don't think I've ever gotten over that. I pine for my English-Russian and Russian-English dictionaries.

So I have a dilemma of sorts. Do I stop buying books until I catch up with my reading sometime in the next 30 years? Do I continue to buy books to support the authors that I like to read especially during this time of economic uncertainty? And do I keep everything?

I decided that yes, I will continue to buy books and support authors because I want them to be able to keep writing more books for me to read. Does one book sale make a difference? I don't know the answer to that, but I'd like to think that every book sold helps. I know that there are at least 3 new releases that I will buy this week: Mario Acevedo's Jailbait Zombie, Mark Henry's Road Trip of the Living Dead, and Anton Strout's Deader Still. These three books will be released on February 24, 2009. I need to look at my To Be Bought list for the rest of the month.

I've also decided to keep everything for the time being. My 13 year old daughter has recently become hooked on paranormal YA. In a few years she'll be old enough to read the grown-up books. Then she can worry about where to store them.

Qwill's Qwestions: Have your book buying habits changed over the last few months? Do you keep everything? What books are you buying in February 2009?



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