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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for COVER OF THE YEAR!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun for you to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. Now the 12 monthly winners are pitted against each other for you to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year.

Voting will be open for 2 weeks instead of the usual 7 days.







January

Cover artist - Michael Komarck





February

Cover created by Amazing15





March

Cover created by Amazing15





April

Cover created by Joey Hi-Fi





May

Cover created by Aleta Rafton





June

Cover created by Sparth





July







August

Cover design - James Iacobelli.





September

Cover art - David Palumbo





October

Cover art - Chris McGrath





November






December










Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway

The cover for The Big Reap, the 3rd novel in the outstanding The Collector series by Chris F. Holm, has been revealed!  How awesome is this cover?? I'll tell you. It's utterly awesome!  The folks at Amazing15 have done it again.  The first 2 books in the series (see below) would make an excellent holiday present for the Urban Fantasy reader on your shopping list.


The Big Reap
The Collector 3
Angry Robot (July 30, 2012 US/Canada; August 1, 2013 UK)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions.

However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Soul Solution | Secret Origins | Flaming Torches | Double Dealing ]
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Prior Books in The Collector Series:

The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
(Review copy provide by the publisher)

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provider | Call Collect | Demon Child ]


My thoughts:

The second novel in The Collector series has everything I loved about Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) plus some. There's exciting action, a twisty plot, superb world-building, and a terrific cast of characters (returning and new).

Sam gets in trouble (I see a theme) when he's supposed to pick up a soul and it disappears. The powers that be in Sam's world are none too happy when a soul goes missing. Sam has to figure out who took the soul and why. Plus he must get the soul back or he's not going to like what happens to him. He has encounters that emphasize this point for him and were quite wonderfully creepy.

In The Wrong Goodbye, Mr. Holm further fleshes out Sam's  past and the world of Collectors. I love finding out more and more about Sam's world and its mythology. The pacing of the novel could not be better and again the mystery kept me guessing. The ending was exciting, unexpected and just right. 

The Wrong Goodbye is the ultimate road trip buddy story if one buddy happens to collect souls, the other buddy is dead, all sorts of odd supernatural stuff is going on, and there's a mystery to solve. A liberal dash of noir, a pinch or two of horror, and some remarkable characters round out this incredibly fun and engaging read.

(It's not necessary to read Dead Harvest to understand The Wrong Goodbye, but you should. It's also a terrific read.)



Dead Harvest
The Collector 1
Angry Robot (February 28, 2012 US/Canada; March 1, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ]


My Thoughts (previously published here):

Dead Harvest is a noirish urban fantasy with a surprisingly different and likable main character - Sam Thornton. Sam is a Collector. He's part of the careful balance between Heaven and Hell. He gets his orders and off he goes to collect a damned soul and send it off to Hell. You might say he works for the bad guys, but it's not quite that simple. In Dead Harvest, Sam is assigned the job of collecting the soul of a young woman (Kate) who has brutally murdered her family. It should be an easy job. Find her, collect her soul, go on to next job. Unfortunately for Sam, things are not as they seem. He decides something is not right about this collection and decides to figure out what is going on.

Sam is an amazingly likable character despite what he does. Through a series of well placed flashbacks we learn how Sam became a Collector. He did not have an easy life. 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions' could probably be Sam's motto. Which is not to say that he did everything on the up and up when he was alive. Nonetheless, I was on his side. I wanted him to be right and to figure out what was really going on. I did not want him to have to collect Kate's soul.

In addition to Sam there is a well fleshed out supporting cast. Kate is terrific even though she's not sure what she did or didn't do. She may actually be guilty. In addition we meet some angels, demons, seemingly crazy people, and Sam's remarkably chilling co-worker, The Bishop, who is out to collect Kate's soul because Sam has not.

Dead Harvest does not feel like a debut. Chris F. Holm's writing is assured and the world building is outstanding. The story is fast-paced with several well-done action scenes. The mystery kept me guessing - did she or didn't she and if she didn't what is really going on? I completely enjoyed reading Dead Harvest with its unlikely anti-hero and world painted in shades of gray. The Collector series is on my must buy list.

File Under: Great writing | Excellent World Building | Intriguing Mystery | Terrific Characters

I give Dead Harvest 5 Qwills.




Read The Qwillery's interviews with Chris F. Holm here (March 1, 2012) and here (September 26, 2012).




THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) and The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) from Angry Robot!

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question:  

Is there a novel cover that you absolutely love and what is it?

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions 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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 26, 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.*

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to now and in 2013?  This is the second is a series of posts.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.



Elspeth Cooper

Trinity Rising
The Wild Hunt 2
Tor Books, February 19, 2013 (US)
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
This sequel to Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper continues the story of a young man who has been sentenced to death, and then exiled, for his magical abilities.

As Gair struggles with grief over the loss of the only home he had known, and his beloved, he is walking into a conflict that's greater and more deadly than he or his mentor ever anticipated. A storm of unrest is spreading across the land and they are going to be caught up in it—at a moment when Gair's hold on his magic, his greatest defense and most valuable tool, is starting to slip….




Delilah S. Dawson

The Mysterious Madam Morpho
Blud Novella
Pocket Books, October 2, 2012
eBook, 131 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus.

An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.


Wicked As She Wants
Blud 2
Pocket Books, April 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….




Kylie Griffin

Alliance Forged
The Light Blade 2
Berkley Trade, July 3, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…

Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail.

Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.

When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance…but also the woman he loves.


Allegiance Sworn
The Light Blade 3
Berkley Trade, April 2, 2013.
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a demon leader seeks to unify the races…

With the alliance of the humans and the half-blood Na’Chi forged, the demon Na’Reish prepare for war by seizing human blood-slaves. Captured during a rescue mission-gone-wrong, Light Blade warrior Arek Barial finds himself claimed by a Na’Reishi female who offers him an unexpected choice.

Raised in the elite ranks of a society she abhors, Imhara Kaal lives a dangerous double life as a Na’Reish Clan-leader and an advocate for a caste-free life that honors the Old Ways. Openly rebelling against the Na’Reish would mean her death, unless she can find an emissary willing to present her petition to the human Blade council.

But Arek isn’t about to blindly follow a demon—despite the intense attraction growing between them. And while hatred for the Na’Reish is all he has ever known, Arek must learn to trust Imhara, or risk the destruction of all three races…
[Cover and description from Author's Website]






Tes Hilaire

Deliver Me From Temptation
Paladin Warriors 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 4, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages 

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human. Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn't believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she's a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he'd never thought he'd feel. But she's also as human as they come...




Chris F. Holm

The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provider | Call Collect | Demon Child ]


The Big Reap (The Collector 3) will be out in 2013.




Benedict Jacka

Cursed
Alex Verus 2
Ace, May 29, 2012 (US)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...


Taken
Alex Verus 3
Ace, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.


There will be an Alex Verus 4 (in 2013) and an Alex Verus 5 (in 2014). More on these in the future.

Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012

Please welcome Chris F. Holm to The Qwillery again. Earlier this year Chris blogged and was interviewed as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Chris' second novel in The Collector series, The Wrong Goodbye, was published on September 25th in the US and Canada.


Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Chris:  Thanks so much for having me!


TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book, Dead Harvest, came out that you know now?

Chris:  Truthfully, my publishing schedule's been so compressed, what with THE WRONG GOODBYE following DEAD HARVEST by a mere seven months, I'm not sure I'm a whole lot wiser than I was when my first book came out. What I am, I think, is considerably more disciplined, and maybe thicker-skinned.

I confess, the two months surrounding DEAD HARVEST's release, I was so distracted I didn't get much writing done. A good review would leave me flying high. The rare lousy one would lay me low for days. And the myriad guest posts, interviews, and podcasts became my focus -- my sole book-work -- rather than playing a support role to the writing itself.

Now, though, I have no such luxury. My deadline for book three, THE BIG REAP, is early next year, so I can't very well squander any writing time between now and then. I've had to learn to adapt. To write no matter what. And as a consequence, I've developed even more respect for those writers who make this roller-coaster appear effortless, and keep putting out good work year in and year out.


TQ:  Please tell us something about The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) that is not in the book description.

Chris:  THE WRONG GOODBYE finds Sam diving down the rabbit-hole of the demon drug trade. And tangling with a giant, pissed-off bug-monster. And picking up an accidental sidekick who happens to be an undead Vegas mobster who, as it turns out, is dating a kickass blind transgendered fortune-teller. If I've done my job, it's a bigger, scarier, funnier novel than its predecessor, one that answers several questions left dangling at the end of DEAD HARVEST, as well as introducing a few more along the way.


TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the series so far?

Chris:  At risk of tipping my hand for stories yet to come, I'd have to say Lilith. Her character and motivations are so much more complex -- and more nuanced -- than I initially gave her credit for. The Lilith of myth, which is essentially the Lilith I'm writing, is the archetype for the femme fatale of classic crime pulp. You know, the kind of sexy, redheaded seductress that lays some bogus sob story on world-weary PI in an attempt to play him for her own gain. Only the more time I spend with her, the more I realize she didn't wind up that way of her own accord. She's been dealt a pretty lousy hand, and she's playing it for all it's worth. That makes her far more sympathetic of a character than I anticipated. And now that I have a sense of how that hand plays out, I'm damn excited to write it.


TQ:  In a nutshell what is supernatural noir or urban fantasy noir? Are they the same thing?

Chris:  Noir, to me, is more flavor than genre. And though definitions for noir are a dime a dozen, here's my short-and-sweet: noir is nothing more or less than bleak humanism. I'm talking shit options, bad decisions, and dire consequences. And it seems to me that flavor plays as well in the realm of the fantastic as it does with crime fiction.

As for the difference between supernatural noir and urban fantasy noir, my series has been called both, and that suits me just fine. For most folks, the terms are interchangeable. My only stumbling block is with the "urban" part, because I don't think it's an essential ingredient to the stories I'm telling. Much of THE WRONG GOODBYE takes place in the desert wilds of the American Southwest, or the Amazon rainforest. Very little of it happens in cities. But "urban fantasy" has become a catch-all term for fantasy that takes place in our modern world as opposed to, say, Tolkienian high fantasy, so it makes for a handy enough shorthand nonetheless -- my silly nitpicks aside.


TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write?

Chris:  Oh, heck yes. In fact, not too long ago, I finished a straight-up crime novel about a hitman who makes his living killing other hitmen. I've got a small-town-mystery-slash-ghost-story sitting on my shelf as well. I've been noodling a high-concept science-nerd thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton for years now. I'd love to write a comedic caper one of these days. And I'd be surprised if I never write a horror novel.


TQ:  What's next?

Chris:  Right now, I'm working on book three in the Collector series, THE BIG REAP. It should be out sometime next year. And after that, who knows? I'm a lousy judge of where this crazy writing-ride is taking me.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Chris:  As ever, it's been a pleasure.



About The Collector

The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provider | Call Collect | Demon Child ]



Dead Harvest
The Collector 1
Angry Robot (February 28, 2012 US/Canada; March 1, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ]



About Chris

Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012
Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, the grandson of a cop with a penchant for crime fiction. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal’s office. Since then, his work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Needle Magazine, Beat to a Pulp, and Thuglit.

He’s been a Derringer Award finalist and a Spinetingler Award winner, and he’s also written a novel or two. He lives on the coast of Maine with his lovely wife and a noisy, noisy cat.


Chris' Links

Website : Blog : Twitter : Facebook




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) from The Qwillery.

How:   Answer the following question:

Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. 
If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 3, 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.*

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012


Happy last Monday in September!

This week The Qwillery will have Guest Blogs by or Interviews with Doyce Testerman (Hidden Things), Claire Ashgrove (Immortal Surrender), Chris F. Holm (The Wrong Goodbye), Richard E. Gropp (Bad Glass), Jill Archer (Dark Light of Day), and Lee Collins (The Dead of Winter).


There are many books both print and digital out this week. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF.



September 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Nebula Diane Dooley SFR


September 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Phobos (h2mm) Steve Alten SF - Domain 3
The Martian War Kevin J. Anderson SF
Dark Light of Day (D) Jill Archer PA - Noon Onyx 1
Dime Store Magic (ri) Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 3
Seduction's Shift A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 2
Immortal Surrender Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 2
A Star Shall Fall (tp2mm) Marie Brennan F - Onyx Court 3
The Knights of Breton Court Maurice Broaddus UF - Knights of Breton Court Omnibus
Helix Wars Eric Brown SF - Helix 2
Earth to Hell Kylie Chan F - Journey to Wudang 1
Seeds of Earth Michael Cobley SF - Humanity's Fire 1
Sacrifice the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 4
The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One Evan Currie SF
How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR
Into the Hinterlands (h2mm) David Drake
John Lambshead
SF
Shadows of Treachery Christian Dunn (ed)
Nick Kyme (ed)
SF Anthology - Horus Heresy 22
Treacheries of the Space Marines Christina Dunn (ed) SF Anthology - Warhammer 40,000
Ashes of a Black Frost (h2mm) Chris Evans F - Iron Elves 3
Dark Predator (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 22
Bad Glass (D) Richard E. Gropp DF
A Perfect Blood (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Starman Jones (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Wrong Goodbye Chris F. Holm UF- The Collector 2
Unleashed Crystal Jordan PER
Revan (h2mm) Drew Karpyshyn SF - Star Wars The Old Republic 3
Awakenings (h2mm) Edward Lazellari F - Guardians of Aandor 1
Red Eye James Lovegrove UF - Redlaw 2
The Undead In My Bed Katie MacAlister
Molly Harper
Jessica Sims
PNR
The Watcher (ri) Charles Maclean H
Something Witchy This Way Comes H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 5
Brinkmanship Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Firebird (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 6
Scholar L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 4
The Cold Commands (h2tp) Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 2
The Moon Maze Game (h2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 4
Boyfriend from Hell Jamie Quaid UF - Saturn's Daughter 1
Welcome Home/Go Away (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife companion novella
Unconquered John Shirley SF - Borderlands 2
Personal Demon Susan Sizemore UF - Laws of the Blood 6
Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane John Skipp (ed) H - Anthology
Blood Riders Michael P. Spradlin F/W/H
The Moonstone and Miss Jones Jillian Stone PNR - Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Alchemystic Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicles 1
Blaze Joan Swan PNR - Phoenix Rising 2
Crown Thief David Tallerman F - Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Thirst Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy Omnibus
Glasslands (tp2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Halo
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Wolf Among the Stars (h2mm) Steve White SF
The Dark at the End (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson M/Su -Repairman Jack 14
Count to a Trillion (h2mm) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 1


September 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-58 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Novels


September 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. Neal Barrett SF - Collection
Skullcrusher Robert E. Howard H - Selected Weird Fiction, Volume One
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin SF
Baba Yaga's Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races C. E. Murphy UF - Old Races Collection
We Are For the Dark Robert Silverberg SF - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Apologies for not announcing some of these winners sooner. We had a family emergency and I was not around for the most of last week. Let's catch up! And the winners are...


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm - Ended March 24, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite cross genre novels? or Are there any genres do you think should not be crossed?

marybelle who said...

I think I might baulk at reading the cross between Horror & Regency. The mind boggles.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski - Ended March 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, which historical event or events would you like to witness? OR Write a limerick about a book you've read.

Anne who said...

Boy, it's hard to pick just one big event. It would have to be an event where I'd be safe, so no Salem witch trials or crusades. I was actually up for the first moon walk, but so young it didn't really mean anything to me. Maybe the first actual flight.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Devil's Luck (Disillusionists eNovella) by Carolyn Crane - Ended March 29, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:   On what device do you read your eBooks?

Filia Oktarina who said...

I read my ebooks on my Samsung Tablet with epub or PDF format. Just two format was enough for me:)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Exogene (The Subterrene War 2) by T.C. McCarthy - Ended March 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Favorite Military SciFi novel, movie, short story, or TV show?

rissatoo who said

Three of my favorite scifi series immediately popped to mind when I read the question... David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Orson Scott Card's Ender's series, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Love lots more, but these are top three. (Other scifi authors I love include Elizabeth Moon Robert A Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, etc. I could go on. And on!)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Three A.M. by Steven John - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite dystopian or noir novels?

molly.frenzel who said

Some of my faves are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and A Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Wicked as They Come (Blud 1) by Delilah S. Dawson - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the review here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What have you read recently that you loved?

Natalia J who said

I recently read The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. I loved it and can not wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Winner's Choice of one of the first 4 Jane True novels by Nicole Peeler - Ended April 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Which book series would you like to go on forever? OR Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already?

Stephanie who said...

I want the Hollows series to go on forever.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Deadworld (Deadworld 1), The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) and The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3) (signed) by J.N. Duncan - Ended April 7, 2012 - Read the guest blog here. US/CANADA ONLY

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What do you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series?

BookAttict who says...

I can't believe this series hasn't appeared on my radar until now.. Deadworld sounds like a fantastic series that I'd love to read!

I read. A lot. What do I look for in a series that keeps me reading? I absolutely LOVE UF and Fantasy, so it's the details and world-building that pull me in, as well as well-drawn characters (main AND secondary) that I want to know more about.

While I realize nobody's perfect (even authors) -- and not every book is going to be a perfect read for me -- what really will turn me off a series is lack of development in the characters. I've noticed this seems to happen quite a bit in well-established series (14-15) books in. The author finds a formula that works and the characters stay in this time-warp and never change, just regurgitate the same jokes, situations, etc. -- Time moves forward-- people change. This should be true of characters in a series as well.

The other thing will put me off a series is a forced story arc -- like the author forced the characters to go in a direction that, well, seems manufactured and awkward, to get them from where they are to where the author "needs" them to be (if that makes any sense...)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) by Anne Lyle - Ended April 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Leave a comment.

Lilian who said...

Thank you so much for the interview! The book sounds like a great hisotircal read...I haven't read one in awhile!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly chose a new winner or winners. Thank you!

Twitter Contest - #favedonut

There's a Twitter contest going on to win copies of Discount Armagedon by Seanan McGuire and Dead Harvest by Chris. F. Holm. The contest ends at 11:59PM US Eastern Time today 3/30/12.

How do enter? Tweet to me (@QQwill) and tell me your favorite donut. You must use the hashtag #favedonut. That helps me keep track of the tweets.


Discount Armageddon
InCryptid 1
DAW, March 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Twitter Contest - #favedonut
Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...


Dead Harvest
The Collector 1
Angry Robot (February 28, 2012 US/Canada; March 1, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages


Twitter Contest - #favedonut
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ]

Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm - Confession Time

Please welcome Chris F. Holm to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Chris' debut novel, Dead Harvest, was published on February 28, 2012 by Angry Robot. You may read an interview with Chris here and my 5 Qwill review of Dead Harvest here.


Confession Time

Confession time: I’m a fan of rules. Of parameters. Of restrictions. As a writer, I feel like I’m not supposed to say that, because it punctures the notion of some quill-brandishing creative-type madly jotting down his or her every whim. And hey, some folks can pull that off: witness Jasper Fforde or David Foster Wallace. But I’m pretty sure my kitchen-sink novel would read like a psychotic fever dream, so when I sit down to tell a story, I give myself a few guidelines to stick to – and it turns out, I’m not alone.

I read an interview with Stephen Soderbergh recently in which he talked about how, when he set out to make his pandemic-thriller Contagion, he drew up a list of clichéd disaster-flick scenes he wouldn’t allow himself to shoot. In the documentary Under Great White Northern Lights, Jack White of the White Stripes talks of leaving his spare picks at the far end of the stage to inject spontaneity and creativity into his performance. And Shakespeare famously penned his sonnets while standing on his head. (One of those I may have made up because I was desperate to have a third thing. As I said, I like rules, and in writing, the rule of three is a big one.)

So, you ask, what were the rules I laid out for myself in writing DEAD HARVEST? (Yes, I’m aware you didn’t ask, but let’s pretend for the moment that you did. Otherwise, I won’t make my word count, and that’ll stress me out something fierce.)

1. No Hero’s Quest, No Prophecy

DEAD HARVEST is a strange little tale, one that filters the battle between heaven and hell through the lens of classic crime pulp. To my mind, one thing religion and crime fiction have in common is the notion of moral agency: good or bad, our actions are our own. So I wanted to reflect that, by creating characters who weren’t lucky enough to be handed a road map. They’re not chosen. They’re not destined. Their arrival is not foretold. They’re just scared, and human (well, most of them), and fallible. They’re doing the best they can in a situation they might well not survive.

2. No One True Religion

Obviously, when you’re writing a tale that features angels and demons, the topic of religion is bound to come up. But I had no interest in telling an explicitly religious tale. So when I sat down to craft my mythology, I decided to cast a wide net. I borrowed from Judaism and Christianity, obviously, but also from Eastern and Middle Eastern religions, as well as Greek and Mesoamerican mythology, folk tales, apocryphal texts, and assorted sundry writings on the occult. I had this idea of the world’s religions as the result of some great game of telephone, a couple millennia’s worth of folks passing down garbled tales intended to make sense of this vast, half-glimpsed cosmology all around them (and largely failing.)

3. Neither Shrinking Violet nor Driven Snow

Look, DEAD HARVEST is at its heart a pulp tale, and as such, it was bound to have a damsel in distress. But what I didn’t want is said damsel to come off like some cardboard cutout paragon of sweetness and light. I wanted her to be fully realized. I wanted her to be scrappy. I wanted her to be flawed. Whether I’ve succeeded is for the audience to decide, but I, for one, quite like how she turned out.

And finally…

4. Fantasy Ain’t a Coat of Paint

This was a biggie for me. Too often in crossgenre works, there’s a tendency to half-ass one of the genres. I wanted to pay equal respect to both. That meant I couldn’t just cook up a crime tale (“They have to rob a bank!”) and slap on some supernatural derring-do (“They have to rob a goblin bank!”) So I set out to create a tale that couldn’t be told were it not for the fantastical element. What I settled on was a potential frame-up, but one in which the person supposedly framed for murder (the damsel in distress I mentioned a ways back, unless of course she proves a literal femme fatale) was witnessed committing the crime.

So were all those self-made hurdles worthwhile? I’ll leave that for you to decide. As for me, I’ll be busy fretting over the fact I couldn’t come up with one more rule – I was aiming for five…


About The Collector

Dead Harvest
The Collector 1
Angry Robot (February 28, 2012 US/Canada; March 1, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm - Confession Time
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ]
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound


The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm - Confession Time
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy
Pre-order


About Chris

Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm - Confession Time
Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, the grandson of a cop with a penchant for crime fiction. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal’s office. Since then, his work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Needle Magazine, Beat to a Pulp, and Thuglit.

He’s been a Derringer Award finalist and a Spinetingler Award winner, and he’s also written a novel or two. He lives on the coast of Maine with his lovely wife and a noisy, noisy cat.

Chris' Links

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What are some of your favorite cross genre novels?
or
Are there any genres do you think should not be crossed?

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 Saturday, March 24, 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.*

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

And the winners are...


Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - Ended March 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  What is/are your favorite book(s), movie(s) or TV show(s) about natural disasters

Barbara E. who said...

I liked the movie Twister, as well as Night of the Comet.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm (2 copies) - Ended March 8, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Favorite mystery writer? or Favorite myth?

1) Stephanie who said...

My favorite mystery writer is Agatha Christie.

and

2) Lesley D who said...

My favorite classic mystery writer is Sir Authur Conan Doyle, but my favorite urban fantasy/mystery writer is Jim Butcher. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds right up my alley. :)


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Fated (Alex Verus 1) by Benedict Jacka - Ended March 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Which do you prefer - the UK or US covers?

Aisling who said...

This is one of the rare occasions I prefer the US covers. I MUST read Fated. I only wish I had some of Alex's magic to increase my reading time.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


I Dream of Genies (Bottled Magic 1) and Genie Knows Best (Bottled Magic 2) by Judi Fennell - Ended March 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite genie? OR Make a wish!

Kristina Parmenter who said...

My wish is.............................

To have sun and warmth all year round...oh and kids that listen and don't interupt when i am reading...lol


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


On the Prowl - Ended March 13, 2012 - Read the review here. US ONLY

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite werewolf or werewolves in books or film?

Di who said...

I haven't red a book about a werewolf in a long time, but I do like Alcide from True Blood.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig - Ended March 14, 2012 - Read the interview here. Please note that Blackbirds will not be released until April 24 in the US. The winner will receive the novel after it is published.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Share one thing that it on your bucket list (that list of things you'd like to do before you die)?

B. Edge who said...

Travel is definitely part of my bucket list. The big one for me is Australia or New Zealand; I'd love to get to know such unique places!


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Black Howl (Black Wings 3) eBook for international/US winner or Mass Market Paperback for US winner only - Ended March 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite angel(s) or fallen angel(s) from novels, short stories, etc.?

pamerd who said

Hi

I love this series!

I have a couple of favorites - Dmitri of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade and since I have read Black Wings (and have Black Night in a TBR stack) I would also include Gabriel Angeloscuro.

Thanks for the chance.
Pam


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!
2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & GiveawayWinners x 18! - October 21, 2012What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2Interview with Chris F. Holm and Giveaway - September 26, 2012The View From Monday - September 24, 2012A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012Twitter Contest - #favedonutGuest Blog by Chris F. Holm - Confession TimeWinners x 8 - March 17, 2012

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