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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang

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


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Allison:  I’m not sure there’s any one thing that inspired me. I’ve always been a storyteller (mostly to myself). Writing just seemed like the next logical step, though I didn’t pursue publishing for a very long time.

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

Allison:  Time management. Finding the time to write and then sticking to it until it gets done. Which sounds bad, maybe – I enjoy writing very much, but I also work another job and have a family (like many other writers). Maybe it’s less about finding time and more about balancing the time that I have.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Allison:  Simply getting published is a pretty nice achievement, honestly.  :-)  Just knowing my stories are out there for reader’s enjoyment is enough for me.

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

Allison:  Ha – I don’t know? Can’t give away too much or all the mystery is gone. LOL

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

Allison:  Well, A Sliver of Shadow was just released at the end of February. The third Abby Sinclair book, A Trace of Moonlight should be out on October 30 (I’m working on revisions for that right now, in fact!) I’ve also got an online graphic novel project that I’m doing over at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com – the first page goes up on April 30 for a storyline called Fox & Willow.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Allison:  Thanks for having me!


About the Abby Sinclair series

A Sliver of Shadow
Abby Sinclair 2
Pocket Books, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.

Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.


A Brush of Darkness
Abby Sinclair 1
Pocket Books, January 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.


About Allison

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.

She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

Allison's Links

Website
Borrowing Heaven, Subletting Hell Blog
Word Whores Blog
Facebook
Facebook Author Page
Allison on Twitter
Phineas the Unicorn on Twitter
Tumblr


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1), a Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2), and the winners choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry from The Qwillery. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!)

The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
Phineas is a tiny unicorn with a HUGE personality. Guiding Abby through her predicaments, he has become a favorite. with a penchant for bacon and other unmentionable things, who can not love this tiny powerhouse?

Silver plate chain holds blue Swarovski crystals, a pewter unicorn charm .
7"

or


The Touchstone Bracelet

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang
Being a touchstone isn't easy as Abby and her friends can tell you...Here is my amulet to those links to the paranormal.

Silver plate chain holds a pewter acorn charm and a beautiful large oval pink tourmaline, with a small triskell charm highlighting.
7"
Bracelet photos and descriptions courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry.


How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite mythological creature(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, April 20, 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.*

Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011

Please welcome E.S. Moore to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge guest blogs. To Walk the Night, his debut novel, will be published in January 2012 by Kensington.


Judging Covers

Book covers. They are both a blessing and a curse. A good cover can help a book succeed. A bad one can kill it before it ever has a chance.

Of course, that might be exaggerating things a little bit. We’re supposed to avoid judging books by their covers, right? Even if the cover is so bad it makes your eyes bleed, you should still pick it up and at least read the back cover copy or the first few pages to see if it might be something you’d be interested in, right? Right!?

But sometimes, that just doesn’t happen. A brilliant book might get overlooked because the cover art turns people away for one reason or another. And while some people might pick a book up and give it a try despite an eyesore of a cover, others might walk right by it and try something else, something a little less painful to look at.

There are all sorts of reasons why a book cover might fail to capture readers. It could be so bland and boring, readers don’t even notice it sitting on the shelves next to much livelier books. It could be ugly, something that causes people to cringe in sympathy as they walk by. It could simply be that the cover itself doesn’t accurately represent what’s inside. There are so many ways a cover can go wrong, it can be pretty frightening for an author waiting to see what their own cover might look like.

Personally, I try not to let covers sway my judgment on what to read, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I refused to read Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series for the longest time because I didn’t like the cover art for any of the books. To me, it looked like the characters all had dumpy, short legs and the clothing they wore felt off somehow. When I finally did break down and buy the first book, I was surprised how different the story was to what was represented on the cover. It was far, far better.

But that was only my opinion. There are probably quite a few people who love the covers just the way they are. I just happen not to be one of them.

While I might have avoided The Wheel of Time books for a little while because of their covers, there were other books I did pick up solely based on the cover art.

Wait. Did I say books? I meant book.

I’ve only ever picked up one book because I liked its cover. I might not have ever read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss if I hadn’t seen the cover first. The back copy didn’t really interest me and when I opened the book and glanced at a few pages, I didn’t think it anything special. And even then, I wasn’t sure I was going to buy it because I doubted I’d even like it.

Boy, I’m glad I did.

What does that tell me? To me, a good cover is nice and all, but a bad cover can cause a bigger impact on a book. I’ve passed on more books than I’ve picked up because of personal prejudices against what I think a cover should look like. There are books I actually want to read that I have yet to buy simply because the cover bothers me for one reason or another.

And sometimes, it’s not even a bad cover that can turn a reader away. One example that stands out in my mind is The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines. It’s not a bad cover. In fact, I actually kind of like it. You get a good idea of what you are about to read when you look at it.

Unfortunately, some people will pass on the book simply because the cover is colorful and has a couple of girls on the front, even if they are armed. Some guys, especially at ages in which image seems to count more than anything else, wouldn’t want anyone to see them reading a book that has pink of all colors on it. What would their friends think?!

So even a good cover can hinder a book depending on who is looking at it. Is a cover too scary? Too cheesy? Too pink or girly? Targeted towards men only?

Should it even matter?

When I saw the cover of To Walk the Night, I was thrilled and scared at the same time. Was it too different? Too similar to other books? Would it drive people away? Or would it draw them in?

Personally, I like the cover. It’s different enough that I hope it doesn’t blend in with the other books of the same genre. It still has similarities, of course. It would probably be a bad thing if it didn’t. But overall, I think it is eye-catching. It should draw a potential reader’s eye.

And in the end, isn’t that what matters most?

I’d love to hear what others have to say about their favorite covers or ones that didn’t work for them and why. Feel free to comment here or find me on Facebook or Twitter and let me know what you think!

And maybe the next time you are about to pass on a book because you don’t like its cover, pick it up instead. Give it a chance. You might find yourself to be pleasantly surprised.


About To Walk The Night 

To Walk the Night
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…


About E.S. Moore

E.S. Moore is the author of TO WALK THE NIGHT, the first in an urban fantasy series due out from Kensington Publishing in January 2012. He is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

E.S. Moore's Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Google +
Goodreads


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Lady Caroline necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelery.

Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011

A pewter gloved hand holds a Victorian Lady Skull Cameo.. Perfect for the 
right and proper lady..the DEAD lady of course. 17"

How:  Leave a comment below answering the following question:

Do you have any favorite covers or ones that didn’t work for you and why? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted. Answers left anywhere else don't count for the giveaway.

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 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, November 15, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk - Book & Bracelet Giveaway - July 6, 2011

I haven't had time to finish reading Dead Iron: The Age of Steam yet, but so far it's incredibly good. Devon Monk has created a very special steampunk world that I am enjoying immensely. I'll have a review up soon.

In the meantime I want to give away a copy of Dead Iron generously provided by ROC (the publisher) and a gorgeous steampunk bracelet made by Synde at Cemetery Cat Jewelry and provided by The Qwillery. The bracelet looks really nice with the book!

About Dead Iron

Dead Iron
Author: Devon Monk
Series: The Age of Steam 1
Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: ROC (July 5, 2011)
Price: $15.00
Language: English
Genre: Steampunk
ISBN: 9780451463968

Cover and Description:


Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk - Book & Bracelet Giveaway - July 6, 2011
Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears...

In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death. Then he's offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth.

In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he's going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all...


About 17 Jewels

Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk - Book & Bracelet Giveaway - July 6, 2011
Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry
Heavy Duty brass rolo chain holds small vintage Victorian brass pocket watch gears and antique pocket watch bridges. Each bridge has tiny ruby cabochons inset. Ruby red Swarofski crystals complete the bracelet.
7" 


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Trade Paperback copy of Dead Iron provided by the publisher and the 17 Jewels bracelet hand-crafted by Synde (Cemetery Cat Jewelry) and provided by The Qwillery Both items will be sent together.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite book genre? 

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 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, July 13, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Winner, Winner - April 5, 2011

Some recent winners:

Night Magic by Jennifer Lyon
Winner, Winner - April 5, 2011


Vivien who said...

I love owls!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After and Necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelry
 
Winner, Winner - April 5, 2011
Winner, Winner - April 5, 2011

 
loveangel132 who said:
 
I'd probably more like London, because of the all the fancy parties and shopping!


Winners have been contacted and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Tuesday April 12, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose another winner or winners.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After: Book Trailer and Giveaway - March 24, 2011

Here is the remarkable book trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After:



By liking the Dreadfully Ever After page at Facebook (click here) you will be entered in a random drawing to win a Dreadful Antidote pendant specially commissioned by Quirk Books. Eight pendants will be given away randomly. So head over to the Dreadfully Ever After page at Facebook, "Like" it, and you are entered. Easy!

But what is The Qwillery doing to celebrate the release of Dreadfully Ever After? I'll tell you.

To celebrate, The Qwillery is giving away a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith (generously provided by Quirk Books) and a fantastic necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelry.

The Goodies:

When we last saw Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy—at the end of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.
Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry
Silver plate chain holds a "traditional gray and white cameo" with only one exception..Our very proper Victorian lady is a skull. Highlighting the cameo are Swarovski crystals and sterling silver beads. clasp is pewter. 17"

I do realize that the novel is set in Regency England and the cameo is Victorian, but the eras are not so far apart!

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After and the necklace created by Cemetery Cat Jewelry.

How:  Leave a comment answering this question: Which would you prefer: London or the English Countryside?

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 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 Thursday, March 31, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010

Next up in my end of year giveaways of favorite books from 2010 is the Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. There are 3 books in the series so far: Unholy Ghosts (May 2010), Unholy Magic (July 2010), and City of Ghosts (July 2010). Books 4 and 5 will be coming in late Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 (dates subject to change).

Stacia posted The Brave Tale of Maddie Carver at her site, at Smashwords, and at Scribd. It's a short short story about the beginning of Haunted Week. Haunted Week is important in the world of Chess Putman.

I really can't say enough good things about this new series. It's well-crafted, with a unique setting and history. I wrote a short series review here.

The Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series:

Unholy Ghosts 
End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

Unholy Magic 
End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.

For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.

City of Ghosts
End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.


Included with this Giveaway is Dead Star, a necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelry.

End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010
Dangling from a pewter toggle are a sterling silver skull and black swarovski star... Silver plate chain finishes the look. 17"
(Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic, and City of Ghosts and the Dead Star necklace.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery who are your favorite band(s) or singer(s)? 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 Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Blogversary Giveaways Update

Here are the final two necklaces from Cemetery Cat Jewelry!

The Zombie Giveaway will include this necklace:

Blogversary Giveaways Update


The Werewolf/Shifter Giveaway will include this necklace (note that an additional charm may be added):

Blogversary Giveaways Update

The Blogversary Giveaway page here has been updated. Remember - you have until November 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM United States Eastern Time to enter. Go to the Blogversary Giveaway page to enter.

Blogversary Giveaways

It's Blogversary giveaway time! Please read the rules carefully for these giveaways. You have a month to enter so take your time.




Vampire Giveaway


I chose a necklace called Key to a Lost Love for the Vampire Giveaway because often vampires outlive their loved ones.

Black gunmetal chain holds an antique skeleton key from the UK. Dangling from the key are a large black Swarovski heart and a sterling silver skull (with jointed mandible). 17"
(Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)


Were/Shifter Giveaway


Silver plate chain holds large moostone faceted nugget and sterling silver bead cap. Also hanging from chain is a pewter wolf charm and (not pictured) pewter wolf paw charm.18'"
(Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)


Zombie Giveaway


Silver plate chain holds an antique skeleton key from the UK. Hanging from key is a bone skull and pewter charms of a Ouija board and cemetery gate. 18#
(Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)


New York Comic Con Giveaway




The key to the bat signatures:


A) Lauren Panepinto - designer of covers for the Parasol Protectorate books by Gail Carriger
B) Rudy Solis III - writer, actor
C) Dianna Love - author
D) Sherrilyn Kenyon - author
E) Jocelyn Drake - author
F) Marjorie M. Liu - author
G) Joe Benitez - comic book author & artist
H) Diana Galbadon - author
J) Anton Strout - author
K) Pamela Palmer - author
L) Joe Abercrombie - author
M) Juliana Stone - author
N) Jeaniene Frost - author
O) Margaret Ronald - author

There is no "I" so you are not missing it!



THE RULES

What: The Vampire, Were/Shifter, Zombie, or New York Comic Con giveaways. You can only win one!

How: Leave a comment telling The Qwillery about your favorite Halloween decoration or costume. If you don't tell The Qwillery about your favorite decoration or costume your entry will not be counted!

NOTE: Four commenters names will be randomly chosen. Commenters must list the giveaways in their order of preference in your comment! If you do not list the giveaways in order of preference your entry will not be counted. The first commenter chosen will get his/her first choice, the second commenter chosen will get the highest of his/her choices that has not been given away, etc. until all 4 giveaways have been given away.

You can 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.

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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 Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Winners!

The Qwillery is happy to announce winners for 3 giveaways:


Winners!


Shaun of the Dead from Michele Bardsley:

Debby who said, "I hate scary movies but my kids love them."








Winners!


Blameless by Gail Carriger and The Old Ones Necklace:

Caitlin who said, "Hmmm, My favorite would have to be squid. I like them fried ;) hehe"

Winners!



Winners!
The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman :

Robin K who said, "I would love to be entered. Thank you for the giveaway."

throuthehaze who said, "Great interview! Count me in please"

Melissa who said, "i love Rob Thurman's work great books."






Emails have been sent to the winners who must respond by 11:59 PM US ET on September 28, 2010 or The Qwillery will have to randomly choose someone else!

New from Cemetery Cat Jewelry - Rose's Choice the LAST SACRIFICE Bracelet Pre-order

As followers of this blog know, I am a huge fan of Cemetery Cat Jewelry. I love the craftsmanship that goes into every piece of jewelry designed and made by Synde. That's why I give away some of the pieces here on the blog and have many necklaces and bracelets in my own personal collection.

This evening, Synde announced a wonderful pre-order: Rose's Choice the Last Sacrifice Bracelet. The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead is the 6th Vampire Academy book and is the last book about Rose. The book is being released in December 2010. The bracelets will ship out the week of November 1st before the book is released. What a fabulous holiday present for your favorite Vampire Academy fan!


New from Cemetery Cat Jewelry - Rose's Choice the LAST SACRIFICE Bracelet Pre-order

Black (representing the shadows) fire polished glass holds both an ice blue and jet black swarovski crystal heart..The blue being for Dimitri and the Black Adrian. A detailed sterling silver Thai rose (the symbol I have always used for Rose) is also dangling from a sterling silver clasp.  7"
PLEASE READ*****
this is the last Vampire Academy preorder bracelet I will be doing, and in my opinion the most beautiful.
THIS IS A PRE-ORDER AND MUST BE PAID IN FULL TO RESERVE.
bracelets will ship out the week of November 1st. I might point out this is pre book release!!;)
There are only 50 to be had, so please don't reserve one unless you intend to complete the sale. Someone may miss out because of it.
(Photo and information courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)

This gorgeous bracelet is only $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

You can order Rose's Choice here: http://bit.ly/9kw92W

I've ordered mine! (Actually it's for my daughter, but she doesn't need to know that!)
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