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Feature: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set is now available worldwide for a special introductory price of only $0.99!

Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

Feature: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set

Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters--having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

Alejandro's Soceress by Alyssa Day

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

Bewitch by Felicity Heaton

A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

Darkness Falls by Erin Kellison

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

Rogue's Passion by Laurie London

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore by Erin Quinn

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

The Mating Heat by Bonnie Vanak

Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

Trapped by Caris Roane

Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

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Winners x 3 - September 5, 2011

and the winners are....

The Armageddon Chord (signed) by Jeremy Wagner plus a signed postcard of Jeremy and some oversize The Armageddon Chord guitar picks

Winners x 3 - September 5, 2011

Debby who said...

I am enjoying meeting new authors. Thanks so much. My favorite instrument is the oboe. Not sure how many others would say that but I love the sounds and I always wanted to play one but instead I played the clarinet.


Immortal Wolf by Bonnie Vanak 

Winners x 3 - September 5, 2011

bluesun1218 who said...

I would have to go with either a werewolf or were-panther. The books sounds great never read any of these before. thanks for the chance to win.


Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Winners x 3 - September 5, 2011

Vojalyn who said...

Absolutely angels. I have nothing against demons but if I have to choose, I prefer angels. I love the whole idea of fallen or guardian angels :)
Thank you for the post and the giveaway! :)

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Monday, September  12, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who reads The Qwillery.

Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011

Please welcome Bonnie Vanak to The Qwillery.

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

Bonnie:  I get very hard on myself while writing a book. Because I work a demanding day job, when I take time off to write, I need to make it count. If life is getting too distracting and I can’t focus on the book, I’ll sometimes take vacation time and get a hotel room or a cottage for a few days. I’ll write all day and into the night. It’s proven very successful for me.

For example, to write The Shadow Wolf, I had to take a week off to finish the book. I work for a large international charity and just returned from Haiti after the earthquake and the book’s deadline was approaching. The images in Haiti were so horrific and upsetting, I couldn’t make the transition into writing romance. So friends loaned me their lakeside cottage. I stayed there four days and wrote a large chunk of the book. It was intense, hard work and I loved every minute of it.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Bonnie:  A little of both. I’m a “plantser.” Since writing for Harlequin, I’ve learned to plot a book because Harlequin wants a synopsis. This has become a valuable tool for me as a writer. I view it as a road map. But I also tend to write out of sequence. If I get a good idea for a scene, I’ll write it as it pops into my head or jot down a few notes.

TQ:  What inspired you to write about werewolves?

Bonnie:  I didn’t plan on it at first. I got the idea when our dog, Tia, was diagnosed with cancer. I’d lost my mom to cancer and Tia proved such a comfort after Mom died. Finding out Tia was dying from the same cancer that claimed my mother was emotionally devastating. So I started jotting down a story as an escape, and the idea of werewolves entered into the story. But the first Draicon book, The Empath, began with Maggie and her beloved dog who is dying from a rare disease.

I love writing werewolves because of the dynamics of the pack mentality. I also think shifters are very sexy because of their strength and power. This is also why I like giving the guys in my books a hidden vulnerability, to balance all that power and strength. It makes them a little more human.

TQ:  How do Draicon werewolves differ from other werewolves?

Bonnie:  Draicon wolves each have a true mate, but their other half contains their missing magick. Long ago, when the Draicon first came to this dimension to learn of the earth, they were too powerful. So they willingly split themselves in half, dividing up their powers, to blend into our world. When a male and female Draicon who are destined mates find each other, they regain each others’ magick. This is done during sex when they both reach emotional and physical fulfillment.

I did this because I like the idea of destined mates, but dislike making it so easy for them to fall for each other. It also makes for interesting conflict, especially in The Shadow Wolf.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Shadow Wolf?

Bonnie:  Tough question! I like all the action scenes, and the ones with the touch of horror in them (blame my childhood of reading Stephen King), but one of my favorites is the scene at the book’s end. Gabriel is in a no-win situation, and it looks like all is lost. He’s alone and despondent. He’s made an enormous sacrifice for the one he loves. And then Megan comes to save the day, making her own sacrifice. She finally confronts her deepest fears and does so because she loves Gabriel. This scene gave me an “awwww” moment. It’s very sweet and tender. Those kind of scenes are my favorites because of the hero and heroine’s emotions and love for each other. One reason I’m a romance author!

TQ:  In The Shadow Wolf, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Bonnie:  Gabriel was the hardest because he’s complex. He seems easygoing and friendly and funny, but he’s got a deep, dark side he doesn’t like to show to anyone. He’s tormented, and yet longs for connection like most of us. Writing his dark side was easy. I love writing tormented heroes. It was the mask, the disguise, of the funny, insouciant Gabriel that challenged me. Sometimes I’d shake my head and yell at him! I’d say, “Why are you making a joke of this? It’s not funny!” Then I’d realize Megan, the heroine, had the same problem with him, so that actually helped me write Megan.

Megan was the least challenging because her conflict was so obvious and her goals were so clear. She’s been persecuted her whole life just because she’s different and she’s determined to be free of her island prison.

I knew I’d hit my mark when a friend recently told me this was the best book of mine she’d ever read. She thought the conflict and all the problems felt real, even though the characters were werewolves!

TQ:  How many additional Draicon Werewolf novels are planned?

Bonnie:  I’ve written four Draicon books, The Empath, Enemy Lover, Immortal Wolf and now The Shadow Wolf, and three Draicon novellas (Courage of the Wolf is included in The Shadow Wolf). Right now I am waiting to hear back from my editor to see about a new series I plan. The first book will contain a Draicon wolf who is connected to the Robichaux family.

TQ:  What's next?

Bonnie:  Next up is a trilogy of three paranormal erotic novellas titled The Ancients. These short stories are part of Harlequin Nocturne’s new Cravings line. Three triplet sisters are half-demon and half-angel and are coming into their powers. To prevent them from turning demonic, three pararnormal beings are assigned to mate with them and tame their dark powers.

The first novella is Bitten by the Vampire and is out in October. The second is Mated to the Wolf and is a November release, and Hunted by the Jaguar is the third story, out in December.

These were fun, sexy stories to write, but challenging as I’d never written a trilogy before. There’s some humor in the stories to keep them from being too dark.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Bonnie:  Thanks so much for hosting me! Readers can catch up with excerpts and releases at my website, or at my blog,

About the Draicon Werewolf Novels

The Shadow Wolf
(Harlequin Nocturne, August 23, 2011)
Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011
On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she's still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the trio is captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called the Enforcers. Why then is Megan so attracted to her enemy—a wolf who hunts his own people? A wolf whose languid, sexy drawl makes her dream the impossible?

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Immortal Wolf
(Silhouette Nocturne, October 1, 2009)
Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011
Exiled to a life of extreme loneliness because everyone she touches dies, Emily Burke has every reason to distrust Raphael Robichaux. The immortal werewolf possesses immense power and has been summoned by her pack to end her life. And yet, from the moment she lays eyes on the powerful rebel, he awakens all the longings she's kept bottled inside…and gives her hope.
When Raphael meets Emily, he knows something enormous is at stake. For not only does he see that her blood can restore life—but she is his destined mate.

Trust doesn't come easily to Emily. But somehow Raphael must convince her to put her life in his hands. Only then will an ancient prophecy be fulfilled and a terrible evil destroyed….

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Enemy Lover
(Silhouette Nocturne, November 1, 2008)
Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011
Overwhelming arrogance demands that Damian Marcel claim Jamie Walsh no matter who vies against them. For she is the only woman who can sate this powerful were's untamed hunger. But Jamie believes Damian is the Draicon werewolf who murdered her brother. She fights the dominating male at every step--only to succeed in binding herself to him.

Now the same magick that links them together is slowly killing Jamie, for she is infected with a spell that's turning her to stone. As they race against time to find a cure and to ward off attacks from the evil Morphs, dare Damian hope that his draicara will finally accept him as her lover...forever?

Amazon : Barnes & Noble

The Empath
(Silhouette Nocturne, December 1, 2007)
Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011

Nicolas was the strongest and fiercest of the Draicon, until he was banished for a trumped-up crime.Now the werewolf has only one path to redemption: find the Draicon's long-lost empath, the woman who will save the pack--and Nicolas himself--from terrible danger.Maggie Sinclair is a veterinarian, dedicated to healing. She has no idea of her true nature, the magic waiting in her soul--or the man coming to claim her.The survival of their pack depends on them finding each other, on their ability to become one. But their enemies have also found Maggie, and will kill to stop her awakening to an all-consuming passion...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble 

About Bonnie

Interview with Bonnie Vanak & Giveaway - August 24, 2011
Bonnie Vanak fell in love with romance novels during childhood. While cleaning a hall closet, she discovered her mother's cache of paperbacks and started reading. Thus began a passion for romance and a lifelong dislike for housework.

After years of newspaper reporting, Bonnie became a writer for a major international charity. She travels to destitute countries such as Haiti to write about famine, disease and other issues affecting the poor. When the emotional strains of her job demanded a diversion, she turned to her childhood dream of writing romance novels.

She lives in Florida with her husband Frank and two dogs, where she happily writes books amid an ever-growing collection of dust bunnies. She loves to hear from readers. Visit her Web site or email her at

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Immortal Wolf from Bonnie!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Werewolves or were-something else? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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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, August 31, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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