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Winners x 5 - May 6, 2012

And the winners are...

Nightshifted (Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander - Ended April 30, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  What do you think of the covers for Nightshifted and Moonshifted?

Lexi H who said...

The cover of Nightshifted was what drew me to the book in the first place, I love the dragon shadow on the door and the look on her face, sort of "yeah, there's a dragon on the other side of that door. So what, what are you gonna do about it."

An interesting way to write, but hey if it works it works. =)


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition 3) by Gabi Stevens - Ended May 1, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  What magic have you found in your life?

Rebe who said...

Congratulations on your new release, Gabi! I agree that the internet is magic, although I'm still blown away by my "magic" kindle! Books mysteriously appear on it, while my checkbook magically shrinks. So bizarre...


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Coveted (Coveted 1) by Shawntelle Madison - Ended May 2, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite werewolf from books, movies or TV? (You can list more than one!)

Jet who said...

Favourite werewolf... Oh the choices! I would have to go with Alcide from True Blood, he is the first that pops into my mind.


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Lies & Omens (Shadow Inquiries 4) by Lyn Benedict - Ended May 3, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question: Do you have any favorite Private Investigators who specialize in the supernatural? or Just leave a comment.

Natalia J who said...

I guess for me might be the X-files Agent Mulder and Scully.I love that show even if it didn't have weird paranormal things, while growing up I was be afraid and interested watching the show even if I covered my face.Also a big fan of the Dresden files.


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


$25 gift card from Erin Kellison - Ended May 5, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. US ONLY.

US$25

Quetsion:  If you were in Ellie’s shoes, what would your shadow capable of??

Gale Nelson who said...

My shadow would be a shifter!!


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on May 13, 2012 or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you.

Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century

Please welcome Gabi Stevens to The Qwillery. Wishful Thinking, the third novel in the Time of Transition series, is out today! Happy Release Day to Gabi!



Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century

     Taking a familiar trope and reimagining it is one of my favorite ways to find writing inspiration. What if you take an old western and put it in space? You get the original Star Wars. What if you take a Jane Austen novel and set it in modern day? You get Clueless. When it came time for me to write a new series, I looked to the fairy tales and decided to reimagine one element: the fairy godmother.

     We’re familiar with these ladies. We’ve wished on candles or stars or dandelions. We’ve read the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We’ve seen Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or Shrek. The fairy godmothers in these stories are from a different world—the past. But what happens in the modern world? What would fairy godmothers do in today’s world? We’ve invented so much real magic—iPhones (don’t have one yet; maybe I should make a wish), televisions, airplanes—that give us the capacity to travel, talk to our loved ones over distance, see stories. And, yes, that is a sort of magic if you think about it. As we get older, reality challenges our capacity to believe in the solidity of rainbows, or the possibilities of wishes, or the power of dreaming. So what role would a fairy godmother play in today’s world?

     In my novel Wishful Thinking, I have created a world where the role of the fairy godmother is slightly different from the one in the stories and films we’re familiar with. Oh, they still grant wishes, mostly to children, but their main purpose is to protect the boundary between the magical and non-magical worlds. Imagine if the magical world existed. Do you think we non-magicals would ever leave them alone? Most of us would be polite, but too many of us would demand favors or spells. In my world, magic costs energy. Use too much, and an Arcani (that’s someone with magic) might die. I’m also sure not all of us would welcome people with powers. Look at our history of witch hunts and our portrayals of witches in the past. Lest you think the bad relations would be all one sided, many in the Arcani world might believe they were superior to mere Groundlings and seek to enslave them.

     There is precedence to this role. In Sleeping Beauty, both the original fairy tale and the Disney reimagined version, a wicked fairy godmother curses a human child. In the story, one fairy godmother steps forward to protect the child with a counter spell. In the movie three other fairy godmothers take in the child to save her from harm. So here we have both aspects of my fairy godmothers represented—the first is that fairy godmothers protect humans from those with magic, and the second is a lesson to humans not to disrespect those with magic.

     So my fairy godmothers live between worlds, providing enough magic to distract the Groundlings from seeking out the Arcani and also having special abilities to prevent Arcani from hurting the Groundlings. They have no powers for the first twenty-seven years of their lives, so they understand how Groundlings think and live.

     And the women themselves? Well, they’re modern, intelligent women, who learn to balance family and work. They fall in love, face problems, and make decisions that can affect multitudes.

     Because I didn’t make it easy for my heroine. Stormy Jones-Smythe is a free-spirited woman before she discovers she’s a fairy godmother. Now the Arcani Council has assigned a Guard to protect her and keep her from joining two other fairy godmothers who have gone rogue. Hunter Merrick is a top member of the Guard. He’s sworn an oath to Council, but Stormy’s exuberance has charmed him. Unfortunately trouble has arrived, and Stormy has to decide whether to follow the Council or her heart, and Hunter must choose between Stormy and his oath. And for both, the cost of the decision is immense.

     I hope you’ll check out my take on fairy godmothers in Wishful Thinking and in my two previous novels, The Wish List and As You Wish.

     Now tell me: what magic have you found in your life?


About Time of Transition

Wishful Thinking
Time of Transition 3
Tor Books, April 24, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century
Free-spirited artist Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented Wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. Which is why she’s totally surprised when three famous fairy godmothers show up at her door to tell her she’s one of them.

Surprised, and none too happy. The godmothers are fugitives, framed for treason, and the last thing the magical Council wants is another fairy godmother going rogue. Hence Stormy’s new full-time Guard, Hunter Merrick.

Stormy quickly realizes she’s not going to escape Hunter’s watch…and before long, she’s not sure she wants to. But her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council—and duty-bound to keep Stormy from doing either of those things.

But he didn’t count on Stormy’s irrepressible exuberance and passion for life. Before long, even Hunter isn’t sure which side he’s on, and he can’t contain Stormy either way.


As You Wish
Time of Transition 2
Tor Books, April 26, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century
Born into a magical family, Reggie Scott is content to live out her life as a normal human until the moment she’s informed that she’s a newly appointed fairy godmother. Left struggling to deal with powers the never thought she’d have, Reggie faces a curse, a plot to overthrow the Arcani, and an entirely too enthusiastic mother—all in a matter of days.

Jonathan Bastion is a man of power and wealth—and a dangerous secret. He desperately hopes that Reggie's new powers will hold the answer to his problem and he isn't above using her to achieve his goals. What he doesn't expect is how much Reggie will affect him. Her honor, her honesty, and her strength quickly make cracks in his ruthless exterior.

As danger from the Arcani swirls around them both, Jonathan realizes that what was once a ploy to get Reggie to assist him has become a battle to keep her safe and protected…in his arms.



The Wish List
Time of Transition 1
Tor Books, April 27, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century
Kristin Montgomery is more than a little shocked when her aunts inform her they’re fairy godmothers. Worse, after dropping that bombshell they hand her a wand and head off on a world cruise. Now Kristin’s uncomplicated life as a CPA in San Diego has disappeared like magic and she not only has to deal with her burgeoning magical powers, but also a reluctant—and distractingly sexy—magical arbiter.

Tennyson Ritter is a historian. A scholar by choice, he is yanked from his studies to act as arbiter for the newly chosen fairy godmother. He doesn’t want to waste his time with a woman who doesn’t know anything about magic or the magical world, but soon the beguiling Kristin draws him away from his books and into her life.

But before Kristin can hone her skills and pass the tests necessary to fully claim her powers, she and Tennyson must work together to defend the world – both magical and human – against those that would claim her powers for their own.


About Gabi

Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century
Gabi Stevens has neither a magic wand nor magical powers, but she still finds the magic in life with her husband, three daughters, two dogs, and writing stories that make you smile, laugh, and cheer. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (that’s New Mexico), but you can find her on the web at ww.GabiStevens.com, www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com, at Facebook, http://facebook.com/gabi.stevens, or on Twitter.

Discover the magic:
THE WISH LIST
AS YOU WISH
WISHFUL THINKING








The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition 3) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering Gabi's question:

What magic have you found in your life? 

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 Tuesday, May 1, 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 - April 23, 2012

Happy April 23, 2012. On this day in history King Brian of Ireland was murdered by Vikings (1014) and William Shakespeare was born (1564). See if you can weave these fun historical facts into conversation today! [Facts courtesy of History.com]

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by Cassie AlexanderNightshifted (Edie Spence 1) Cassie's debut, will be published on May 22, 2012.

Tuesday -  Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century. Gabi's most recent novel, Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition Trilogy 3), will be published on April 24, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Shawntelle Madison. Coveted (Coveted 1), Shawntelle's debut, will be published on April 24, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Lyn Benedict. Lyn's most recent novel, Lies & Omens (Shadows Inquiries 4) will be published on April 24, 2012.


Saturday - Guest Blog by Erin Kellison. Shadow Play (an eNovella) will be published on April 24, 2012.

Sunday - Guest Blog by Isabel Cooper. Lessons After Dark (Englefield 2) Was published on April 3, 2012.


And because of the large number of books out this week - a book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).



April 23, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural
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Victoria Nelson Literary Criticism





April 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sevin
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Elizabeth Amber PNR - Lords of Satyr 7
The High Crusade (ri)
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Poul Anderson SF
Lies & Omens
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Lyn Benedict UF - Shadows Inquiries 4
Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History
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Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek
Summoning the Night
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Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 2
Passion Play (h2mm)
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Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 1
Deadly Descendant
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Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 2
Dreadnaught (h2mm)
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Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 1
The Burning Man
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Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 2
Hard Magic (h2mm)
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Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 1
Battleship
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Peter David SF
Undead and Undermined (h2mm)
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MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 10
Void Stalker
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Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Night Lords
Warrior
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Kristina Douglas PNR - Fallen 3
Architect of Fate
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Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
The Crippled God (h2mm)
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Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen 10
Siege
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Rhiannon Frater H/PA/Z - As the World Dies 3
Scourge
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Jeff Grubb SF - Star Wars
Evil Dark
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Justin Gustainis UF - Occult Crime Unit Investigations 2
Champion of Mars
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Guy Haley SF
Tricked
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Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 4
Kiss of Pride
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Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 1
Lance of Earth and Sky
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Erin Hoffman F - The Chaos Knight 2
Second Grave on the Left (tp2mm)
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Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 2
The Wind Through the Keyhole
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Stephen King F - Dark Tower 8
All for You
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Lynn Kurland PNR
The Night Sessions
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Ken MacLeod SF
Coveted (d)
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Shawntelle Madison UF - Coveted 1
Fevre Dream (ri)
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George R.R. Martin F
Fort Freak
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George R.R. Martin SF - Wild Cards 21
Into the Dreaming (ri)
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Karen Marie Moning PNR/TTR - Highlander
First Strike (tp2mm)
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Eric Nylund SF - Halo
Shadow Blizzard
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Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Hot Gate (h2mm)
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John Ringo SF - Troy Rising 3
Obsidian Flame
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Caris Roane PNR - World of Ascension 5
Under a Vampire Moon
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Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 16
The Pack (h2mm)
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Jason Starr PS - The Pack 1
Hex (h2mm)
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Allen Steele SF - Coyote 8
The Prophet
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Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 3
Wishful Thinking
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Gabi Stevens PNR - Time of Transition Trilogy 3
Wicked Road to Hell
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Juliana Stone PNR - League of Guardians 1
Coalition's End (h2mm)
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Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War 4
Bitter Seeds (h2mm)
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Ian Tregillis HF/AH - Raybould Marsh 1
The Children of the Sky (h2mm)
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Vernor Vinge SF - Zones of Thought 3
The Nekropolis Archives
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Tim Waggoner UF - Matt Richter 1-3
On the Prowl
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Christine Warren UF - The Others 6
Night Angel
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Brent Weeks F - The Complete Night Angel Trilogy
Rage of the Dragon
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Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3
32 Fangs: A Final Vampire Tale
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David Wellington H - Laura Caxton 4
Blackbirds (d)
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Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 1
Dead Winter
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CL Werner F - Time of Legends 11
Extremis (h2mm)
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Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 6
Hunted
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Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 3





April 26, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch
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Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 17
Red, White and Blood
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Christopher Farnsworth ST- Nathaniel Cade 3



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF- Historical Fantasy
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st CenturyThe View From Monday - April 23, 2012

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