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The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason


I am thrilled to share with you the new covers and some exciting information about The Gardella Vampire Hunter series by Colleen Gleason. This is a favorite series of mine.

The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason

Colleen Gleason is celebrating the re-release of and gorgeous new covers for her Gardella Vampire Hunters series. The digital edition of the first book in the series, The Rest Falls Away, is on sale this week at Amazon for only 99¢! Only this week!



The Rest Falls Away
Gardella Vampire Hunters 1
Avid Press, September 15, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 298 pages

The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason
Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…
Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.



The Gardella Vampire Hunters, Books 2 - 5

The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason



Join the Gardella Vampire Hunter Read-Along & Discussion Group on Facebook! Colleen will be chatting with the group!
The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason



About Colleen

The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes in a variety of genres, including paranormal romance, steampunk, and historical romance. She has written more than two dozen novels, and her books have been translated into more than seven languages. She lives in the Midwest US, and loves to hear from readers via her website (colleengleason.com) or her Facebook page.



Twitter @colleengleason



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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



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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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



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



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




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

Winner (x2), Winner, Winner - June 11, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce the winners of the Anita Clenney, Steve Hockensmith, and Colleen Gleason Giveaways.

Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney (2 winners)

Winner (x2), Winner, Winner - June 11, 2011
Barbara E. who said...

What's sleeping in my backyard? Lots of lizards, frogs, squirrels, the occasional snake, and a stray cat or two.

I enjoyed the interview and I'm really looking forward to reading Awaken the Highland Warrior. Everything I've heard about it makes me eager to read it.
 
and
 
Linda who said...

Nothing but grass in my backyard :( but I sure wouldn't mind a gorgeous Highlander like in the book.
 
 
 
World's Greatest Sleuth and PPZ: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
 
Winner (x2), Winner, Winner - June 11, 2011

Krystal who said...

Famous Detectives is awesome!
 
 
Choice of one of the Regency Draculia novels by Colleen Gleason
 
Winner (x2), Winner, Winner - June 11, 2011

donnas who said...

I think the Middle Ages, King Arthur and Camelot times would be fun.
 
 
The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on June 18, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011

Please welcome Colleen Gleason to The Qwillery.

TQ:  Describe The Regency Draculia series in 140 characters or less.

Colleen:  J.R. Ward meets Jane Austen.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Regency Draculia series?

Colleen:  I’d written the well-received Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which is an historical urban fantasy series about a female vampire slayer who lives during the time of Jane Austen…and my publisher came to me and suggested that I take that time period and write a Regency romance series with vampires.

How could one resist, pairing up two of the most beloved subgenres of romance? Of course I jumped on the chance!

TQ:  What are the major differences between The Regency Draculia series and The Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

Colleen:  Because the Gardellas are really more urban fantasy than romance (it’s one main heroine character whose love relationships evolve over the five books), and the Regency Draculia are definitely romance novels, I had to think about the world and the characters differently. And so, although the two series are set within ten years of each other, in London (mainly), the “world” of the vampires had to be different.

So, in the Gardellas, the vampires are all evil half-demons, descended from Judas Iscariot. They aren’t redeemable. In the Gardellas, there’s no happy ending until the fifth and final book. And we watch Victoria Gardella’s character growth over the entire series.

In the Regency Draculia, each book focuses on a particular hero and heroine. The heroes are generally vampires (though not always), and these vampires are descended from Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula, who made a bargain with the devil that includes his progeny.

There are good vampires and bad vampires in the Regency Draculia series, unlike the Gardellas. The former are more romantic, sexier, and focus on the relationship between the hero and heroine, while the Gardellas are more action-oriented with less sex.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Regency Draculia series? Did anything you found surprise you?

Colleen:  I had to research the Reign of Terror in Paris for one of the books, which was something I hadn’t had need to do before. But other than that, I didn’t do a lot of new research because of the similarity in time periods between the Gardellas and the Draculia.

TQ:  Who was your favorite character(s) to write in The Regency Draculia series and why? Hardest and why?

Colleen:  I loved writing Maia because I can so relate to her. She’s a control freak, overly responsible and a vigilant pedant—and there are many similarities between us. I also had fun writing her from her younger sister’s point of view—which is how we first meet her—and portraying her in that way.

The hardest character for me to write was probably Cezar Moldavi. I think it’s important for a villain, especially one like Cezar—who appears in all three books (at least peripherally)—to be many faceted. Someone very wise once said that the villain is the hero of his own story, and therefore I believe that there are parts of him that must be empathetic and interesting even to us.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what are some of your favorite scene or scenes in The Vampire Narcise, the 3rd book in the series?

Colleen:  The very last scene in Part I of Narcise I had in my head from the inception of the entire series, so that one is probably one of my favorites. Even now when I read it, I get the goosebumps.

I also really enjoyed writing the scenes with Narcise and Chas at Rubey’s, when they are planning to go to Paris.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Regency Draculia series?

Colleen:  I’m hoping to write the next three, which will be Sonia Woodmore’s story, Mirabella’s story (Dimitri’s so-called sister), and a third one that I can’t mention because it would be a spoiler. ;-)

TQ:  What's next?

Colleen:  I’m currently working on an unrelated book to the Draculia called Amazon Roulette, which is a follow-up to my action adventure novel, Siberian Treasure. Siberian Treasure has been very well-received and I’ve gotten many emails from people who say it’s their favorite book by me (who’d’ve thunk?), and so a sequel makes sense while I take a break from writing historical vampires.

I’m also considering doing another set in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, but with a different female vampire hunter, set in a different time period.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Colleen:  Thank you so much for having me!


About The Regency Draculia

The Vampire Voss
The Regency Draculia 1
(March 22, 2011)
Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule—a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls—the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral…until Angelica.

Angelica Woodmore possesses the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger—for her body and her blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him—to protect her.

Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica…but this vampire never backs down from a fight.




The Vampire Dimitri
Regency Draculia 2
(April 19, 2011)
Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011
Dimitri, also known as the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and houseguest has annoyed—and bewitched—the Dracule
 
Miss Woodmore's family has a rather…complicated history with the immortals and she herself possesses a keen sensibility far beyond mere women's intuition. Marriage will give her safety, respectability and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except passion.
 
In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitri come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation and fiercest desire.





The Vampire Narcise
Regency Draculia 3
(May 24, 2011)
Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011
Skilled in the seduction of men, both mortal and immortal, Narcise Moldavi is the greatest weapon in her twisted brother's war among the Dracule. Until she falls for Giordan Cale.

Her first searing encounter with Giordan seals their fierce connection for their eternal lives. But Giordan's vow to help Narcise escape her brother's rule is followed by a betrayal more agonizing than sunlight.

Wounded but determined, Narcise ensnares vampire hunter Chas Woodmore in her quest for revenge and to reclaim her life. He wants her, worships her, will kill for her. And the Dracule never forget a wrong— nor do they forgive.



 
 
Colleen has also written The Gardella Vampire Chronicles: The Rest Falls Away, Rises the NightThe Bleeding Dusk, When Twilight Burns, and As Shadows Fade.


Colleen's Links
Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of one of The Regency Draculia novels - winner's choice.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

In what era would you like to see a vampire romance set?

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, June 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Historical Vampire Fiction - Giveaway

As you can probably tell by the post yesterday, my thoughts have recently turned to historical vampire fiction. I love period pieces. Add vampires, or other creatures of the night, and it's almost irresistible to me. Of course it has to be well written too, or I'll run away as fast as a vampire from holy water! I'd like to share a couple of books with one lucky commenter. The first is the last of a series; the second is the first of a series.


As Shadows Fade (The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Book 5)
by Colleen Gleason
Historical Vampire Fiction - Giveaway
Directly descended from the very first vampire hunter in the Gardella family, Victoria knows she must continue the lineage so humanity will have protectors against the undead.

While Sebastian Vioget appears to be both the perfect warrior and lover to ensure the Gardella legacy, Victoria cannot forget Max Pesaro—the former slayer still haunted by the vampire queen Lilith’s obsession with him.

But it is Lilith’s obsession that may save all of humanity. Demons, enemies of both mortals and the undead, have found their way to earth. To defeat them, vampires and slayers must fight side by side. But Lilith wants Max in return for her cooperation—a small price for the world, but too high a price for Victoria.



Kiss of the Rose (The Tudor Vampire Chronicles, Book 1)
by Kate Pearce
Historical Vampire Fiction - Giveaway
First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids' struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire- slaying family, have been in the king's employ. Now Henry VIII reigns, and his father's bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless corpses turn up in the king's bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate...




To be entered to win both books leave a comment telling The Qwillery your favorite historical time period.

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.

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

The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.
The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen GleasonNew York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012Winner (x2), Winner, Winner - June 11, 2011Interview with Colleen Gleason and Giveaway - May 25, 2011Historical Vampire Fiction - Giveaway

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