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Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

and the winners are....


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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Who is one of your favorite superheroes?

Jen B. who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Elizabeth H. who said...

I'd like to meet Persephone.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Debby who said...

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


AilishsMom who said...

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


LadyVampire2u who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

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

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

    Winner of The Haunting of Maddy Clare:

Tore who said...

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


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

sherry fundin who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Denise Z who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Natalia J who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Texas Book Lover who said...

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

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

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Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

JC Jones who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Sheree who said...

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

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

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

Martha Lawson who said...

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



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

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

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

Annwitch who said...

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



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



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

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012

Please welcome Elisabeth Naughton to The Qwillery. Enslaved, the 5th book in the Eternal Guardians series, will be published on November 6, 2012.

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Elisabeth:  Thanks so much for having me!


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

Elisabeth:  Hm…a tough question right off the bat. I think it would be that I have to win at solitaire on my phone before I can start writing. I know, it’s a stupid quirk, but if I can’t win at least once, I can’t write.


TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Elisabeth:  Both. My CPs call me a plantster who “plots into the mist”. When I start a book I know the inciting incident, the black moment and the resolution. Everything else is a blur. I usually plot about three chapters, pause, squint into the mist, plot another three and repeat until I get to the black moment. Drives my CP NUTS!


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

Elisabeth:  Time management. I’m a procrastinator by nature so if you give me six months to write a book I’ll wait until three have passed before I start. This makes for a lot of stress for me and my family. I’m trying to be better about this but change is never easy.


TQ:  What inspired you to write the Eternal Guardians series?

Elisabeth:   The idea for the Eternal Guardians came while I was writing STOLEN FURY, my debut book. STOLEN FURY is a romantic suspense treasure hunt where the main characters are searching for three ancient Greek relics. I knew during research for that book that I wanted to write a series based on Greek mythology, I just didn’t know what. At the same time I had an idea for a book about a woman who doesn’t know she’s was born into royalty and a warrior who has to bring her back to his world knowing doing so will fulfill a prophecy that could kill her. When I was reading a book blog and someone commented that they wished an author would write a series about the Greek heroes, the research and the book idea melded and the result was the Eternal Guardians.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create your world and mythology?

Elisabeth:  I spend a lot of time researching Greek myths and stories. The world building comes from that, combined with my own active imagination. I do draw ideas from movies, but I try not to read other paranormal romances when I’m working on a series because I don’t want to be influenced by what other authors are doing.

As for the myths…I try to stay as close to the ancient myths as possible, but for every account that says a story happened one way, you can find another that says it happened in a slightly different way. That makes it easy for me to twists myths around to fit my characters – it also makes it fun.


TQ:  Describe Enslaved (Eternal Guardians 5) in 140 characters or less.

Elisabeth:  A haunted warrior with nothing to lose. A woman who will test every bit of control he has left. A journey that could kill them both.


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

Elisabeth:  This question is so hard to answer without giving too much away!

My favorite scene in the book comes about halfway through. Gryphon thinks he’s done something completely awful to Maelea. His memories are sketchy, but when he wakes in the morning he’s riddled with guilt. There’s a scene between the two of them where he’s trying to apologize—although knows he can never make up for what he did—and Maelea’s looking at him like he’s nuts. What follows is a major turning point in their relationship that makes me smile every time I think about it.


TQ:  In the Eternal Guardian series, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Elisabeth:  Ooh…good question.

The hardest hero to date was probably Demetrius. He was just so…mean. It was really hard to stay true to his character when I wanted to slap him upside the head. He’s still hard to write because he will always be abrasive to everyone but Isadora. Even though he has his HEA, he doesn’t believe it’s real yet. And there’s always that fear that he still doesn’t deserve it.

The easiest character to write is Casey. I think because I identify with her the most. When I was writing MARKED, I put myself in her shoes – how would I feel if I was suddenly told gods and heroes and daemons were real? It was easy to write her because it was easy to envision my own reactions.


TQ:   Which character has surprised you the most?

Elisabeth:  Isadora. Her character has gone through the biggest transformation, I think. She went from being meek and afraid to strong and confident. Her story isn’t over yet either. I have more in store for her and Demetrius and Nick, and I expect her to continue to surprise me.


TQ:  What's next?

Elisabeth:  Right now I’m working on Eternal Guardians book 6, which is Titus’s book (tentatively titled SCORCHED). It’s set to release in March 2013. After that I’ll move to Nick’s book – lots in store for that one, so stayed tuned! I also recently sold a new romantic suspense series to Montlake romance which I’m super excited about. No idea on release dates yet, but I’m excited to write RS again and am pretty sure readers who enjoyed my Stolen books will like these as well.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Elisabeth:  Thanks so much for having me. Happy reading to everyone and I hope you enjoy ENSLAVED!



About the Eternal Guardians

Enslaved
Eternal Guardians 5
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012
GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can't ignore.

She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.



Enraptured
Eternal Guardians 4
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012
ORPHEUS—To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.



Tempted
Eternal Guardians 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 6, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012
DEMETRIUS—He's the hulking, brooding warrior even his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it's best to keep everyone at arm's length.

Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she's gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he'll have to go to the black place in his soul he's always shunned.

As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought.

And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.



Eternal Guardians 1 and 2
Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012
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About Elisabeth

Interview with Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series, and Giveaway - November 2, 2012
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA RITA© Award, the NJ RWA Golden Leaf, and the RWA Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com and follow her on Twitter, @ElisNaughton.



 You can also find Elisabeth on Facebook.








THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Enslaved (Eternal Guardians 5) from Sourcebooks. US and Canda ONLY

How:   Answer the following question: 

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

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

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

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian  mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 9, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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