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Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014


This was a good news, bad news kind of week on the reading front. I read one mega, fantastic book, 1 extremely dull book (it will be clear soon), and had 2 DNFs. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
The mega fantastic read I started with was the third book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - Dawn's Early Light by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris. I LOVE this series (you may have guessed from my gushing about it in last week's WIR) and I think after book 3 I love it even more. I will be writing a full review so I can't say anything else.
Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
You may remember my WIR a few weeks ago when I had a 'love in' with the 'love in' genre - PNR?  Well I didn't have such good luck this week in fact I had 2 DNFs. I tried to read Wild Fever by Donna Grant which was the first in the Chaisson series. This book broke one of my PNR rules with the hero and heroine jumping in bed within the first 2-3 chapters and in the middle of a life or death situation. For me, that just takes the 'R' out of PNR. The second one was Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy. Again the romance was missing in this novel. If only Ivy had kept the tension building between her two lead characters for a few more chapters then it could have hit 'the spot'.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 9, 2014
However, what I spent the most of the week reading was the Life in the United Kingdom' test book. Bet you didn't see that coming? Despite the fact I have lived in the UK for almost 20 years I have never bothered to get a British passport. As I was studying for the exam I kept wishing I could be reading almost anything else (apart from the above mentioned DNFs!). If you need to know any interesting facts like what happened in 1066, what was Charlie Chaplin most famous for playing or the words to God Save the Queen, just let me know! If anyone wants to know I passed the test (hurrah) and now its just another 9-12 months and £1000 and I might just end up with a British passport.

With that test under my belt I can now go back to reading books I want to read. Until next week Happy Reading.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

And the winners are...


Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 1) by James R. Tuck - Ended February 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite monster slayer(s)? (books, movies, etc.)

Pamk who said:

I love Gin Blanco from Jennifer estep. She's not your typical monster hunter but she definitely kills them.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings 1) eBook by Laura Kaye - Ended February 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question: Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/orif you have a favorite part of this cover?

Because the original winner (Sophia Rose) has already received a copy of 
In the Service of the King 
(and kindly let me know), a new winner has been randomly chosen:

Rebe who said:

Yes, the cover is very important, especially if I'm browsing for books online or in a store! I tend to pass over books with unprofessional looking covers, because I wonder if the rest of the book will be equally as bad (perhaps unfair of me).

I love the photo of the castle at the bottom of this cover - I think it makes it stand out among the HQN Nocturne covers I've seen, since usually they just have a photo of the couple on the front, nothing else.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Shadow Highlander (Dark Sword 5) by Donna Grant - Ended February 16, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Why do you love historical romance, and who are some of your favorite authors?

Leah Weller who said

I am so glad that I subscribed to The Quillery! I am finding so many new to me authors that I'm almost squeeling about it :)
When I opened my email and saw you were here and started reading about you and your books I felt like you were speaking from my heart. I have such a love for anything medieval. My wordpress name is leahluvsmedieval, lol! I've used that name for years with other things too. My love for historical romance came from the first romance book I read. Kathleen Woodiwiss The Wolf and the Dove. That one book changed my life. It started me down a road of wanting to learn all I could about the medieval period. I feel like I cannot soak enough in. I have such an inner pull for England, Wales,and Scotland that I can't even begin to put it into words. I think the only ones who understand it, are the ones who have that inner pull themselves. It's deeper than words. I have often thought that I was born in the wrong century. One day, my soul will find it's way back home. I love historical romances because for a short time, I can escape back and enjoy the ride that the author takes me on, with their characters. As for favorite authors, Sue-Ellen Welfonder/Allie MacKay, Karen Ranney, Diana Gabaldon, Sandra Hill, Alison Weir, Heather Graham/Shannon Drake to name a few. I could sit here and go on and on. From the sounds of your books, it seems you may soon be on that list too :) I am suprised at how many good authors/books there are out there that I had no clue about. Donna, thank you for this interview and giveaway and I have added your books on my wishlist. Beautiful covers, btw. The cover Gods have been sprinkling happy dust your way.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Vengeance Born (The Light Blade 1) by Kylie Griffin - Ended February 17, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who is/are some of your favorite strong heroine(s)? (books/comics/TV/movies)

Mel who said

In TV my favourite heroine has to be Buffy - she just changed the world for me. Books-wise I would say Kate Daniels has grown so much since the series started.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Empire State by Adam Christopher - Ended February 18, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who or what are your favorite superhero(es) or supervillain(s)?

rissatoo who said

As a young girl, my fave superhero was Wonder Woman. But as an adult, lately I find myself partial to Iron Man. (I have a bit of a RDJ crush...)

Enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to the book.

rissatoo

P.S. I seem to love ellipses... LOL


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, February, 26 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to all!

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway

Please welcome Donna Grant to The Qwillery. Donna's most recent Dark Sword novel, Darkest Highlander, was published on January 31, 2012.


Scotland

There’s always been something so alluring about historical romances. When I first began reading romances at the age of 12 (yes, my mother knew. I read hers. Lol) they were mostly historicals.

It got to the point where that’s the genre I preferred. And for years that was all I read. I’ve always loved being transported to another era where society could – and did – dictate what a person could and couldn’t do.

But it was also the clothes and the period itself. I read anything from ancient up until the early 1900s. And enjoyed them all.

Medieval, however, became my love. Not that I don’t enjoy Regency or Victorian. There’s so many out there and I adore the heck out of them. But for me, it was always Medieval.

So it was no stretch of the mind when I began to write my books were all set in the medieval time. I loved the swords, the castles, the gowns, and…well, everything. I did set several books in England, but it wasn’t long before I found another love.

Scotland.

I’ve always been drawn to that land and the rugged Highlanders who make it their home. When I first thought up my Dark Sword series, there was no doubt in my mind it was going to be set in Scotland, and my heroes Highlanders. What better way to have a hero then men who are known for their bravery, manliness, and stubbornness?

Since I also love to incorporate paranormal aspects in my books, I wanted my heroes to be immortal. And my heroines to hold magic as Druids.

Scotland has long said to hold magic. Myths and legends of all kinds have sprung from the land where Druids once walked. Some places are a perfect lure for magic and historical settings.

For me, that is Scotland.

My love is still historical romance, and most likely always will be. I’ve expanded some, however. I read a lot of contemporary paranormal as well. But when I’m at the bookstore and I’m looking at all the books, I’m drawn first and foremost to the glorious historical novels.

Take a look at my newest release, DARKEST HIGHLANDER (Jan 31, 2012), which continues the saga of the Dark Sword series.

I’ll be giving away the fifth book in my Dark Sword series, SHADOW HIGHLANDER, to a commenter who answers this question:

Why do you love historical romance, and who are some of your favorite authors?

To find out more about me, learn more about the Dark Sword series, see pics of the Warriors, search characters, take the quiz, or watch the book trailers please visit my website at www.DonnaGrant.com.

Hugs,
D


About the Dark Sword Series

Darkest Highlander
Dark Sword 6
St. Martin's Paperbacks, January 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway
In the acclaimed Dark Sword series, the darkest, fiercest warriors of Scottish legend finally meet their match—in the brave, fiery hearts of the women they cherish…

HE IS HER SALVATION

For years, Broc has watched over her, protected her—and hidden his love for her. But when his beautiful Sonya finds herself in a hopeless situation, the Highlander flies to her side to save her. Unfortunately, before the Druidess can thank him, Broc is captured by his enemy and destined for eternal pain…

SHE IS HIS DESTINY

Sonya vows to help her noble warrior, though he is imprisoned in a mountain of pure evil—bound in chains of the darkest magic. With Sonya’s own magic fading, she must summon the greatest power of all to save the man she loves. But even if these two hearts are united, will they be strong enough to defeat the heart of darkness? Or will their undying love doom them for all eternity…?
To read an excerpt and find buy links: www.donnagrant.com/darkest-highlander


Shadow Highlander
Dark Sword 5
St. Martin's Paperbacks, August 30, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of Castle MacLeod. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…

Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day….

Untamed Highlander
Dark Sword 4
St. Martin's Paberbacks, April 26, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway
Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation…

Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all…

Dark Sword 1 -3

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway


About Donna

Guest Blog by Donna Grant - Scotland - and Giveaway
Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She's the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance—Scottish Medieval, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal, and erotic. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Sword, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas.




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copy of Shadow Highlander (Dark Sword 5) from Donna!

How:  Leave a comment answering Donna's question:

Why do you love historical romance, and who are some of your favorite authors?

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, February 16, 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 - February 6, 2012

Happy first Monday in February. We get an extra day in February this year. I'm going to dedicate it to reading I hope. The Qwillery is very busy again this week!

Monday - Guest Blog by Maeve Greyson. Maeve's upcoming novels include Eternity's Mark and The Highlander's Fury.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with James R. Tuck. James' debut, Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter 1) will be published tomorrow.

Wednesday - Interview with Jennifer Safrey. Tooth and Nail is out from Night Shade Books.

Thursday - Guest Post by Donna Grant. Darkest Highlander (Dark Swords 6) was published on January 31, 2012.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Kylie Griffin. Vengeance Born, Kylie's debut, will be published tomorrow.

Saturday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Samantha Kane.

Sunday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Diana Castilleja.


Here's the book list for this week. There are a lot of books to choose from. And to help you shop, you can find a printable PDF of this week's book by clicking HERE. This will take you to Google Docs. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


February 7, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Throne of the Crescent Moon (d)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Saladin Ahmed F
Claws and Effect
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Amanda Arista PNR - Diaries of an Urban Panther 2
Hot Summer Bites (e)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Nina Bangs PNR - Castle of Dark Dreams Novella
Midnight Enchantment
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Anya Bast PNR - Dark Magic 4
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Peter S. Beagle (ed) SF/F/YA - Anthology
The Year of Eating Dangerously
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
K. Bennett UF - Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law 2
The Voice (e)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Anne Bishop PNR -  Ephemera Novella
A Fitting End
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Melissa Bourbon M - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 2
Blackveil (h2tp)
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Kristen Britain F - Green Rider 4
Stud
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Cheryl Brooks PNR - Cat Star Chronicles 8
Mars Trilogy: A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord of Mars
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Edgar Rice Burroughs SF - Omnibus
The Haunted Lands
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Richard Lee Byers F - D&D: Forgotten Realms Haunted Lands Omnibus
The Masked Witches
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Richard Lee Byers F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: Brotherhood of the Griffon 4
Overbite (h2tp)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Meg Cabot PNR - Insatiable 2
Unbroken
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Rachel Caine UF - Outcast Season 4
Fury of Fire
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 1
Garrett Takes the Case
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Glen Cook F - Garrett, P.I. Omnibus 4
Guardian of Night
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Tony Daniel SF
Underwater Love
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Fred the Mermaid Omnibus
The King of the Crags (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Stephen Deas F - Memory of Flames 2
The Order of the Scales
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Stephen Deas F - Memory of Flames 3
Forest Moon Rising (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
P. R. Frost UF - Tess Noncoire Adventure 4
Shaded Vision
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Yasmine Galenorn UF - Sisters of the Moon 11
Westward Weird
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Martin H. Greenberg (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Vengeance Born (d)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Kylie Griffin PNR - Light Blade 1
Deliver Me from Darkness (d)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Tes Hilaire PNR - Paladin Warriors 1
Something About Witches
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Joey W. Hill PNR - Arcane Shot 1
City of Dragons
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 3
Yours, Mine and Howls
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Kinsey W. Holley PNR - Werewolves in Love 2
Dark Inspiration
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Russell James H
The Lord of Illusion
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Kathryne Kennedy PNR - Elven Lords 3
Apocalypse to Go
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Katharine Kerr UF - Nola O'Grady 3
Key of Solomon
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Cassiel Knight PNR - Relic Defender 1
World Divided
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Mercedes Lackey SF - Secret World Chronicle 2
The Lamplighters
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Frazer Lee H
Night of the Huntress
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Crista McHugh PNR
The Last Ditch
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Sandy Mitchell F -Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain
The Winter Ghosts (h2tp)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Kate Mosse HF
Siren's Desire
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Devyn Quinn PNR - Dark Tides 3
Alpha Instinct
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 1
The Mirage
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Matt Ruff SF
A Hundred Words for Hate
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 4
King of Darkness (d)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn 1
Inked Magic
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Jory Strong PER
Blood and Bullets (d)
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
James R. Tuck UF - Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 1
Eternal Captive
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Laura Wright PNR - Mark of the Vampire 3




February 8, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pure
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Julianna Baggott SF
Gem of a Ghost
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Sue Ann Jaffarian M - Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery 3




February 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
The View From Monday - February 6, 2012
Daniel Wallace SF


d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

The Black London series by Caitlin Kittredge

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Bastard who said...

And to answer the question, hate to admit it since I've always thought myself as an Epic Fantasy guy, but can't stop reading Urban Fantasy. So Urban Fantasy.

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Choice of one of the Blood Lines series novels by Maria Lima

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

JoAnna who said...

This was a tough one. I'm going to go with Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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The Twenty Palaces series - Child of Fire, Game of Cages and Circle of Enemies - by Harry Connolly

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Lee who said...

Urban Fantasy, If you like Syfy's "Sanctuary" you will probably like Connolly. I know I would love to read all three and have them in my library.

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Untamed Highlander by Donna Grant

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Barbara E. who said...

Hard to choose because I love them all, but I think I'd go with Scotland above all because of those awesome kilts and that Scottish accent.

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Night Falls on the Wicked by Sharie Kohler

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Arianne Cruz who said...

I would say Witches :D

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Haunting Desire by Erin Quinn

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Laura H. who said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to travel to any time in England prior to the 1900s. I love the elegant dress of that time and where behavior is dictated by "The Ton". I would hope I am one of those women with a more contemporary point of view, however. And the thought of using a chamber pot is somewhat disconcerting! :-)

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Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman by Erin Kellison

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Jolene and Family who said...

This looks like a great series! Thanks for the chance to win

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Kiss of the Rose, Blood of the Rose, and Mark of the Rose by Kate Pearce

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Sullivan McPig who said...

I don't know any rose names, but I like the dark red ones best.
My favourite flower is the Snowdrop though.

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Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 24, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Donna Grant and Giveaway - September 1, 2011

Please welcome Donna Grant to The Qwillery.

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

Donna:  Hmm...not sure that I have one. I know I can't write a detailed synopsis because if I do, to me, the book is written and then I can't write it. :(

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Donna:  Pantser all the way! lol. I might have an overall idea of where the story will go/should go, but when I sit down to write every day, I have no idea what will come out on the page.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Dark Sword series?

Donna:  I love series, and I saw that the series with more than say six books were all contemporary/paranormal, so I wanted to do something like that with historical/paranormal. And I knew I wanted it to be Scottish, but I wanted something where I could make up my own mythology while still using part of history.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the Dark Sword series?

Donna:  Most all of my books are in the medieval period and set in Scotland, so I don't do research like I did when first writing in this time period. Adding the Druids into the series was another perk for me. I've had a series with Druids before, so I had already done lots of research, but I did delve in the Druid world a bit more for the DS series.

TQ:  Describe Shadow Highlander (Dark Sword 5) in 140 characters or less.

Donna:  It's a book of love, danger, and adventure. A book of opening your heart and conquering evil.

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

Donna:  Oh, that's a hard one. I love when the heroine, Reaghan, discovers who she really is.

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

Donna:  None of the characters were easy with this book I think because I'd just come off of writing a book that had flowed so easily. Though the most difficult to write was the hero and heroine Galen and Reaghan.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite character in the Dark Sword series?

Donna:  My favorite always seems to be the one I'm writing. :) Hayden is a particular favorite, as is Phelan and Malcolm.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Dark Sword series?

Donna:  I've just turned in book 10, and I've got ideas for at least four more. :)

TQ:  What's next?

Donna:  After SH's release I have Broc's book, DARKEST HIGHLANDER, release January 31st.

Then, the series is spinning off (still same characters, same story line) to be called the Dark Warriors and I'll have two sets of back to back books in 2012.

Logan's, MIDNIGHT'S MASTER in June
Ian's, MIDNIGHT'S LOVER in July
Camdyn's, MIDNIGHT'S SEDUCTION in November
Ramsey's, MIDNIGHT'S WARRIOR in December

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Donna:  Thanks for having me! :)


About the Dark Sword Series

Shadow Highlander
Dark Sword 5
(St. Martin's,  August 30, 2011)
Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of Castle MacLeod. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…

Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day….

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Untamed Highlander
Dark Sword 4
(St. Martin's, April 26, 2011)
Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy.She is temptation…

Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all…

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Wicked Highlander
Dark Sword 3
(St. Martin's, November 2, 2010)
Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkenss in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love….

Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test…

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Forbidden Highlander
Dark Sword 2
(St. Martin's, May 25, 2010)
Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
Fallon McLeod has gifts any warrior would covet—fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts have come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king’s aid. And though every woman at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.

Rumors swirl around the castle about “The McLeod” but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more—not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

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Dangerous Highlander
Dark Sword 1
(St. Martin's, December 29, 2009)
Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
First in a breathtaking new series, the bold and passionate Lucan MacLeod—one of three brothers cursed by dark magic for eternity—is driven by desire for the one woman he dare not let himself possess…

He is magnificently strong—and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…

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About Donna

Interview with Donna Grant  and Giveaway - September 1, 2011
Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She's the author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance—Scottish Medieval, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal, and erotic. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Sword, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas.

Website - www.donnagrant.com
Forum - www.donnagrant.com/forum
Facebook - www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaGrant
Twitter - www.twitter.com/donna_grant


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of  Untamed Highlander from Donna!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Scotland, Ireland or England? 

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, September 8, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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