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Giveaway: Traitors by Carrie Clevenger - September 21, 2013


Traitors
Crooked Fang 1.25
Katarr Kanticles Press, September 15, 2013
eBook, 24k words

Giveaway: Traitors by Carrie Clevenger - September 21, 2013
Duty calls, but Xan doesn't have to like it.

Vampire Xan Marcelles and his band, Crooked Fang, have been sitting idle for almost two months when Xan's given a job offer he can't refuse. Only it is not a music gig -- it's a multiple hit in a Texas town called Bartlett. Given no details except six names and a location, Xan hits the road. He's always worked alone at this sort of job, but now there's no way but to have Nin riding shotgun. Can Xan take out his marks and keep Nin out of trouble or have the years out of circulation blunted his edge?



Crooked Fang
Crooked Fang 1
Lyrical Press, August 20, 2012
eBook, 230 pages

Giveaway: Traitors by Carrie Clevenger - September 21, 2013
Sometimes a vampire's past can bite him in the ass.

Xan Marcelles--bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex boyfriend.

To add to his woes, he's gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won't be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.

WARNING: Cussing, smoking, drinking and hot sex.


Crooked Fang is also available in Trade Paperback:

Giveaway: Traitors by Carrie Clevenger - September 21, 2013


Carrie says:
I couldn’t stay away from my Crooked Fang universe for long. Xan likes to tap me on the shoulder with adventures and Traitors seemed to be one of the best tales to pop into mind. Traitors is also the beginning of a mini-series for Crooked Fang, composed of novellas as I learn to cope with my recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. With this in mind, Calibre users could probably categorize Traitors as the 1.25 in the series.

Twitter @carrieclevenger

Twitter @crookedfang

Website  ~  Books





The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win an ecopy of Traitors from Carrie.

How:   Answer Carrie's question in the comments: What's on your road trip music playlist? AND please leave a way to contact you or your entry won't count!

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an emailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on September 28, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

and the winners are....


Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett - Ended November 10, 2012 - Read the Interview here

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Who is one of your favorite superheroes?

Jen B. who said...

I love Ironman. He is a superhero because he is smart (and stupid rich). But, and although he is technically classified as a superhero, I have to go with Dr. Who. I think he is just the ultimate superhero. He's smart, a little crazy, he's devoted and he always comes up with a way to do as little damage as possible.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Enslaved (Eternal Guardians 5) by Elisabeth Naughton - Ended November 9, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Which Greek God, Goddess, Demi-God or Goddess would you like to meet?

Elizabeth H. who said...

I'd like to meet Persephone.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin (3 copies) - Ended November 8, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite Western or Horror novels, comics, TV shows, or movies?

Debby who said...

I love the Louis L'Amour westerns. They were great!


AilishsMom who said...

This was one of those books I just didn't want to put down, early morning at work be damned.
The closest things to Western that I love are the original Wild, Wild West and more recently, Firefly.


LadyVampire2u who said...

My favorite Western series was The Rifleman. Favorite movie was Cowboys VS Aliens. Congrats on this new release!



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The Haunting of Maddy Clare and ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James - Ended November 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. (Two winners each get one of the books.) US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012
ARC cover will be different.

Question: What is your favorite scary read? What do you recommend I pick up – immediately??

    Winner of The Haunting of Maddy Clare:

Tore who said...

I would suggest Stephen King's It or anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower and email subscriber.


    Winner of the ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death:

sherry fundin who said...

I don't have a favorite, but anything by King and Koontz is plenty scary for me. lol I follow the blog. Thanks for the giveaway.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Savage Hunger (Jaguar 1) by Terry Spear - Ended November 5, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What would you do if you found a jungle cat who wasn’t all cat??

Denise Z who said...

In my fantasy world, I would slowly approach, hold out my hand in peace and scratch behind the ears or under the chin. Should this be successful and I retain all my fingers, I would check for fleas and then invite him in our of the cold for a nice side of venison or bowl of mild LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us to day and for the imagination fun.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1) by Anton Strout - Ended November 2, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  A Spellmason can work magic on stone. On what would you like to work magic?

Natalia J who said...

i would love to be able to work on paper. So what ever I write or draw it happens.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Choice of The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) or The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis 2) by Sandy Williams - Ended October 31, 2012 - Read the character Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Which character from novels, comics, movies, orTV shows do you find infuriating?

Texas Book Lover who said...

Bill from the True Blood show and books is one of the most infuriating characters I can think of. The books and shows have really digressed lately. I will tough out the last book but if Sookie ends up with Bill I will probably want to tear the book to pieces and for me that is totally sacrilegious.

I have to agree that Lori from The Walking Dead is really bad too. I'm kinda hoping the baby is a zombie and kills her during childbirth and I am normally not a mean or morbid person. Just love the show but am tired of her.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



A print copy of Crooked Fang by Carrie Clevenger and a beautiful Sasha Bracelet from Synde at Cemetery Cat Designs - Ended October 28, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012
Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Xan Marcelles is a bass player. What profession would you like to see a vampire in?

JC Jones who said...

I would like to see a vampire as a money manager. They could control the world that way. I am a GFC follower.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Lady X's Cowboy by Zoë Archer (digital copy) - Ended October 26, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What’s your favorite kind of boot? What sort of boot do you want your heroes to wear?

Sheree who said...

I just want comfortable boots. I have fancier ones with stiletto heels but those hurt after a while and even my sturdier ones really aren't made for walking in (maybe they'd be okay for riding in).

As for heroes, anything they can walk in, I suppose. Nothing too fancy but functionality is a must - kind of how I like my men. ;)



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The Witch of Babylon (The Mesopotamina Trilogy 1) by D.J. McIntosh - Ended October 24, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Do you believe that myths have some truth to them?

Martha Lawson who said...

Absolutely, I think myths are based on truth! Thanks for the chance.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Winner's Choice on an Immortal Guardians Novel plus swag - Ended October 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Do you enjoy a little humor in a Paranormal Romance novel?

Annwitch who said...

Everyone loves it when someone has a good sense of humor. In a romance I think it is imperative.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 US Eastern Time on Sunday, November 18, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012

Please welcome Carrie Clevenger to The Qwillery!


Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012


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

Carrie:  I write scenes out of order when I get stuck and piece them together as I reach that point in the main document when I’m writing a novel. I think the scenes I save for last usually are the slow-paced transitional pieces and most of the sex scenes. The easiest scenes to churn out are dialogue and action.


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

Carrie:  I’m mostly a non-fiction reader but some of the fiction writers I’ve enjoyed most are Jeri Smith-Ready, Nerine Dorman, comic writer Scott Snyder, Pearl S. Buck, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice and of course, Stephen King.

My writing is influenced by Stephen King, Anne Rice, and music. Lots of music. Type O Negative, Tool, Danzig, etc. Depends on what I’m writing for what comes to the forefront.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Carrie:  I’m a crazy hybrid of both. I can plot all day long but it’s ultimately left up to the characters whether they agree that’s what happens. Pantsing is a lot of fun because I’m just as excited as the next person to see what does actually end up happening.


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

Carrie:  Since writing in my league isn’t all that time-sensitive, there’s plenty of room to procrastinate. I can plot for years, but until I get my butt in that chair and start squeezing the story juice from my brain, ideas will stay just that.


TQ:  Describe Crooked Fang in 140 characters or less.

Carrie:  I’ll use my tagline: “Sometimes a vampire’s past can bite him in the ass.”


TQ:   What inspired you to write Crooked Fang?

Carrie:  Several things. One was a death of a close friend. I needed a place to put my grief and to help cope with the loss. Music was another. I was inspired by music videos and songs. Anne Rice wrote a smashing series of vampires that got me into the vampire genre. I kind of threw all this into a decade-long blender and Xan Marcelles/Crooked Fang came out of it.


TQ:   Tell us something about Crooked Fang that is not in the book description.

Carrie:  It has zombies and touches on the Navajo culture. Xan gets a peek at his Native American culture during the story.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Crooked Fang?

Carrie:  Everything that I didn’t know well. When I first set out to write Crooked Fang, I knew absolutely zip about music, the industry, and especially the instruments. I had to broaden my listening horizons first off and step out of just listening to mainstream stuff found on the radio. I had to learn how musicians talk and interact. The parts of a bass guitar. The fuel economy of a motorcycle. Geographical locations. What exactly will fit in a three car garage? Sure, I could have fudged a lot of this but since I took the time to learn about all of it, I benefited as well as the story.


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

Carrie:  Xan Marcelles was definitely the easiest because the story is written from his point of view. He’s just a normal guy that happens to have a set of fangs. Nin was the hardest because she’s female and females are difficult for me to write.


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

Carrie:  My favorite scene is where Xan and Serv bury Freddie together. It’s a grotesque situation but the dialogue cracked me up while writing it.


TQ:  What's next?

Carrie:  I’m working on Crooked Fang II, where Xan’s adventures continue and we learn a bit more about his vampire side. I’m also dabbling with a horror story dealing with the limbo a soul can fall into after death. It features a smart-ass Grim Reaper who’s given up the scythe and black robe in favor of cocaine, a long black car and a southern accent.

Also wanted to put out there that for the month of October, Crooked Fang is on sale for Nook, Kindle ($2.99) and in trade paperback (25% off).


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Carrie:  Thanks so much for having me!



About Crooked Fang

Crooked Fang
Crooked Fang 1
Lyrical Press, August 20, 2012
eBook, 230 pages

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012
Sometimes a vampire's past can bite him in the ass.

Xan Marcelles--bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex boyfriend.

To add to his woes, he's gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won't be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.

WARNING: Cussing, smoking, drinking and hot sex.


Crooked Fang is also available in Trade Paperback:

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012




About Carrie

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012
Carrie Clevenger is a multi-genre author living in Austin, Texas who debuted in the urban fantasy genre when she couldn't decide between horror and humor. Her first novel, Crooked Fang, is not some kind of frilly love story. Catch up with Carrie at www.crookedfang.com






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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a print copy of Crooked Fang from Carrie Clevenger and a beautiful Sasha Bracelet from Synde at Cemetery Cat Designs. US ONLY

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012

How:   Answer the following question: 

Xan Marcelles is a bass player. What profession would you like to see a vampire in?

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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter 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 US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, October 28, 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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