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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!

Interview with Emma Cornwall, Review of Incarnation and Giveaway

Please welcome Emma Cornwall to The Qwillery! Emma is the author of Incarnation, which was published on September 18th.


Interview with Emma Cornwall, Review of Incarnation and Giveaway


The Interview

TQ Incarnation is about Lucy Weston from Bram Stoker's Dracula as well as Bram himself. Why do you think Dracula has endured as the basis for further novels?

Emma:  When he created “Dracula”, Stoker tapped into the primal fears and desires of his time,  everything from suspicions of exotic foreigners to hang-ups about the sensuality of women.  In doing so, he created a template that authors and screen writers have been happily using ever since. “Twilight’s” Edward Cullen and “True Blood’s” Bill Compton are both about as far removed from the original Dracula as it’s possible to get yet they strike a powerful chord today because they appeal to the primal fears and desires of our own time.


TQ Why did you focus on Lucy Weston as your main character?

Emma:  I focused on Lucy because, with all respect to Mr. Stoker, I found her--in her original incarnation--to be boring, insipid, and annoying.  About the best that can be said about her is that she sheds light on Victorian/Edwardian attitudes toward women.  But she could have been so much more!  She undergoes an amazing transformation yet she’s treated as nothing more than a vehicle for the titillating horror of the men around her.  I believed that she deserved better.


TQ Incarnation's setting is classic steampunk - Victorian London. What drew you to steampunk and why do you think it's become so popular?

Emma:  Steampunk is popular because it’s cool, it rules! On a (slightly) more serious note, I think we enjoy it because it gives us a glimpse of a world that might have been if our technology had developed differently.   Looking at ourselves in a mirror that’s just a bit fractured seems to show us aspects of ourselves that we wouldn’t otherwise see.


TQ Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Emma:  Lucy was the easiest by far.  Almost as soon as she crawled from her grave, she took over the story.  The hardest was Marco.  It took me a while to figure out who he really was and what he wanted.  He kept on surprising me right to the end.

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

Emma:  My favorite scene is when Lucy discovers the true nature of a vampire’s heart.


TQ What's next?

Emma:  I’d love to pursue Lucy adventures but that will depend on the reader response to this book.  If that’s strong enough, there will be more.  Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on another, unrelated project.


TQ Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Emma:  Thank you for having me.



The Review

Incarnation
Author:  Emma Cornwall  
Publisher:  Gallery Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 352 pages  
Price:  $15.00
ISBN:  9781439190357
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher
 
Interview with Emma Cornwall, Review of Incarnation and Giveaway
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . .

If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.


My thoughts:

I’m a huge Dracula fan so had high expectations for Incarnation. The conceit of Incarnation is that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula to cover up what really happened to Lucy Weston. We really don’t know much about Lucy from Dracula. So… pretty much anything goes as to what Lucy is like, what her family is like, etc.

Like Lucy Westenra in Dracula, Lucy Weston in Incarnation has become a vampire. If you recall from Dracula, she is staked and put out of her supposed vampiric misery. In Incarnation, despite this, she rises compelled by an unknown and powerful being.

Lucy is a fascinating character. She’s left with shattered and piecemeal memories when she comes back from being staked. She does not know who she is or what happened to her. She is determined to find out. As the story progresses Lucy regains more and more of her memories. The breadth of Lucy’s knowledge of just about everything political, newsworthy and scientific stood out. She did spend several months reading books in a library reading which perhaps explains that. This is not the Lucy Westenra of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which, of course, is the point. She carries on despite being unsure of herself, her nature, and the new supernatural world of which she is now a part.

While Incarnation is described as being set in the “steampunk world of Victorian London “, it’s very lightly glossed with that particular genre. This did not detract from the story. For me, had more time been spent on describing steampunk contraptions, the flow of the story would have been disrupted. I enjoyed how steampunk was lightly layered over Victorian London without overwhelming the story.

There are several wonderful non-historic characters in the story including a love interest (perhaps) for Lucy. In addition, there is more than one flavor of evil in Incarnation. The ‘bad guys’ had different motivations. This was very well done. I particularly enjoyed the intrigue and rich history behind what was happening that made it necessary for Bram Stoker to write Dracula and for Lucy to be turned. The use of fictional and non-fictional characters enriched the novel. The ‘Dracula’character of Incarnation was very well done. I won’t say more about this being because that would give too much away.

Bottom Line: Ms. Cornwall weaves political intrigue, history and the story of the ‘real’ Lucy Weston into an enjoyable novel. I hope that we see more of Miss Weston.



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Incarnation from Gallery Books. US ONLY

How:   Answer the following questions:

What is one of your favorite vampire 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 US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 29, 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 17, 2012

Happy Monday!

It's another busy week at The Qwillery. There are Interviews with or Guest Blogs by Rob DeBorde (Portlandtown), Roberta Trahan (The Well of Tears), Emma Cornwall (Incarnation), Tammy Falkner (Lady and Her Magic), Jay Kristoff (Stormdancer), and Douglas Nicholas (Something Red). The Qwillery will be the 4th stop on Kerry Schafer's BETWEEN Dream Tour - during which the cover of Between will be revealed!


Don't forget to vote in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September. There are 13 covers to choose from. Click HERE to go to the poll.


It's a fairly light release week.

September 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Vanishing Act: A Novel (D) Mette Jakobsen F
Yesterday's Heroes (e) Heather Long SFR


September 18, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
School's Out Forever Scott Andrews PA - Omnibus
Incarnation Emma Cornwall SP/F
Fallen Masters John Edward F/Paranormal
Forge of Darkness Steven Erikson F - Kharkanas Trilogy 1
Death Match (e) Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
Christa Faust
H - Dead Man 13
Forever Werewolf: Forever Werewolf\Moon Kissed Michele Hauf PNR
A Book of Horrors Stephen Jones (ed) H - Anthology
The Curse Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
PNR - Belador 3
Shade Richard A. Knaak F - Legends of the Dragonrealm
Stormdancer (D) Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War Trilogy 1
Harbor (h2tp) John Ajvide Lindqvist H
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan Robin Maxwell F
Something Red (D) Douglas Nicholas F
Caliban Cove S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
City of the Dead S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
The Umbrella Conspiracy S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" Corey Olsen Literary Criticism
Hearts Untamed (e) Pamela Palmer PNR - Feral Warriors Novella
Janus (D) John Park SF
The Big Book of Ghost Stories Otto Penzler (ed) GS - Anthology
The Soddit: Or, Let's Cash in Again A.R.R.R. Roberts F/Humor
Cast in Peril Michelle Sagara FR - Chronicles of Elantra 8
Mark of the Witch Maggie Shayne PNR - The Portal 1
Resident Evil: Retribution - The Official Movie Novelization John Shirley H
The Well of Tears (D) Roberta Trahan F - The Dream Stewards 1
Midst Toil and Tribulation David Weber SF - Safehold 6
The Wolf Princess: The Wolf Princess\One Eye Open Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GS - Ghost Stories
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012Interview with Emma Cornwall, Review of Incarnation and Giveaway

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