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Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

I'm a bit behind on announcing winners and getting out winnings. We had a family emergency (all is well now, I think) and then lost power for over a week in the great Autumn Nor'Easter that hit on October 29th. I'm behind, but I will catch up. So without further ado, excuses, or explanations... the winners are:

The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) by Sandy Williams

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question: What is your favorite soda or other beverage?

Kristina who said...

Shadow Reader looks like it is going to be an awesome read! Definately going on my TBR list!

*my favorite soda is Coke...just like the refreshing taste and the fact that I can leave it out for a few hours and its not flat at all!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica) by Stephanie Draven

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Do you have a favorite myth?

Scorpio1974 who said...

Well I love pretty much all things paranormal and supernatural so I like a lot of the myths surrounding those things like vampires, were-animals, zombies and such. I also like the greek and roman myths about the gods and goddesses.


Patsy who said...

My favorite myth is the City/Island of Atlantis. I am truely fascinated by it!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

Jary who said...

What can be better than a man in a kilt? Especially if he is bare chested. YUM!!

The books looks great. You are a new author for me but definitely going on my TOB list.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Mirror Maze by Michaela Jordan

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Have you ever been in a maze and where? 

erin who said...

Thanks for a great interview! I hadn't encountered this book before and it sounds great!

I've only been in a maze once and it was a corn maze attached to a haunted house. Of course, we went at night and it seemed like it took us forever to find our way out. Don't know if I'd do it again, but it was scary!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) by Jessica Sims

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Sheree who said...

Hm, it's either going to be a flying shifter of some sort or an angel. We might as well fly to our date destinations without dealing with airplanes.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) by J.N. Duncan and cover flat for The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3)

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Leave a comment about J.N. Duncan's post.

Bethany C. who said...

I like how you described your writing process. It sounds like how I would go about it if I were to ever start writing a book/series.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Swell by Corwin Ericson

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What is your favorite kind of whale?

msmjb65 who said...

The answer to the question is easy: the humpback whale. I have always been intrigued by this mammouth of the sea.It's just so amazing when you see one breach - that it can get itself out of the water like that is nature at its best.
I have yet to be in the right place at the right time to go whale watching, but one day I'll get to see one in person. Swell looks really interesting and different - I love different!
Congrats on the release..

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Mysteries 1) by Rochelle Staab

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Tarot Cards or Palm Reading?

samantha35 who said...

I love the idea of palm reading- seems more personal!
great giveaway

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Awaken the Highland Warrior and Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who is your favorite writer and why?

Laura_darkelvengirl who said...

Who's my favorite writer?
Easy yet hard I have to say these people. Nalini Singh, Alexandra Ivy, and Kerrelyn Sparks. The reason I would say these are my favorite writers are that they deliver stories that leave me loving them, and wanting more.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

$5 gift certificate to the online book store of the winner's choice from Natalie J. Damschroder 

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Which goddess or god would you be (if you could be a goddess or god)?

latishajean who said...

I would pick Persephone I love the story one of my favorites!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2) by Hannah Jayne

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What job would you do if you could do anything?

Teril who said...

Well for starters if I could do anything, it would be find teleportation and make it free because I am tired of sitting in traffic. That and driving in the snow. So teleportation it is. That and becoming a shifter, since then I could be moody and hawt!

Under Wraps was an amazing novel I love the heroine and the setting! I cannot wait to read Under Attack. Thank you for the giveaway.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 21, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Gwyn Cready and Giveaway - October 25, 2011

Please welcome Gwyn Cready to the Qwillery. Gwyn's most recent book, A Novel Seduction, was published today!

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

Gwyn:  I absolutely have to be working on a ThinkPad because ThinkPads are the only laptops left, I think, that use a keyboard-embedded pointing stick for moving the cursor around instead of a touch pad or external mouse. Touch pads drive me INSANE. I don't know what I'll do when they stop making pointing sticks. I'll probably be one of those crazy old ladies scouring eBay all day long.

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Gwyn:  Sadly, plotter. It goes against all my sensibilities, but publishers seem to require outlines (at least my publisher does.) Plotting is hard for me and the month or so it takes me to pull an outline together is painful. But when it's done, I am one happy camper because all the hard stuff is over and I can focus on the fun stuff--the actual writing.

TQ:   What inspired you to write the A Novel Seduction?

Gwyn:  Several things, really. I wanted to write a story of second-chance love. Let's face it, Ellery and Axel were meant to be together. Second, I wanted to capture the spirit of someone falling in love for the first time with romance novels. Third, I wanted to do a little nod to the book that made me fall in love with romance novels (thank you, Diana Gabaldon.) And fourth, I wanted to make a gentle poke at the people who dismiss romance novels, especially those who've never read one.

TQ:   What sort of research did you for A Novel Seduction?

Gwyn:  The most fun research I did was touring a microbrewery since Axel, the hero, is interested in buying one. A friend of a friend here owns the fabulous East End Brewing here in Pittsburgh, and he was kind enough to not only give me a tour and talk about the issues involved in running a microbrewery (did you know, for example, that 90% of the work one does at a microbrewery is cleaning?) but also to read the chapters I wrote and offer suggestions. He also gave the very funny story that happens in the brewery in A NOVEL SEDUCTION.

TQ:   Describe A Novel Seduction in 140 characters or less.

Gwyn:  A sexy, laugh-out-loud funny second-chance romance that will remind you what it was like to fall in love with your first man and your first romance novel.

TQ:   The cover features a be-kilted fellow. Can you tell us a bit about the tartan of the kilt?

Gwyn:  Gosh, I wish I knew. It looks pretty close to a Clan Macleod of Harris tartan, though, of course, Axel is Clan Fraser. However, Axel and the man on the cover look good in just about any tartan, so I'm not too worried.

TQ:   Are all kilts the same? Do you have to have a sporran? Are there everyday kilts and dress kilts?

Gwyn:  No, not all kilts are the same. Apart from the tartan (the bands of color) differences, there can different ways to belt them, different weights and a range of color styles even within the same tartan pattern. For example, each clan probably has a muted version of their colors for hunting and a bright version of their colors for dress.

TQ:   In A Novel Seduction, who was the easiest character to write and why?

Gwyn:  The easiest character for me is always the hero. I think it's a lot easier to know what it takes for a man to be heroic if you're a woman than it is to know what it takes for a heroine to be. We have experience closely observing and choosing men. It's harder to have distance when you're talking about a character of your own gender. And of course I fell in love with Axel while I was writing him. I fall in love with all my heroes. He's troubled, which I love in my heroes, but he strives to be a better person in order to earn Ellery's love. That's about the best thing you can say about anyone, man or woman, don't you think?

TQ:   Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Novel Seduction.

Gwyn:  I love the scene in the microbrewery because it shows what Axel is capable of as far as caring and tenderness, even though his feelings are hurt.

TQ:   You've previously written Time Travel Romance. Was it hard to switch to Contemporary Romance.?

Gwyn:  Heck, no. Since my time travels always had a heroine from the present, they had a contemporary feel. And since A NOVEL SEDUCTION has scenes that feel just a touch magical, I felt like there was hardly any difference. In fact, after my editor read the pitch and bought it, I said to her, "You do realize that the book you're buying us a contemporary, not a time travel, don't you?" Since they hadn't said anything, I wasn't even sure they'd noticed.

TQ:   What's next?

Gwyn:  My next book--working title, PLAYING THE PAST, is a return to time travel for me. After that, even I don't know. I'm writing two proposals for my editor, one contemporary, one time travel, and I'll let her choose. I'm also working on a memoir about my relationship with my younger sister, who died young.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Gwyn:  Thank you for hosting me.

About A Novel Seduction

A Novel Seduction

Pocket Star, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Interview with Gwyn Cready and Giveaway - October 25, 2011
From the old steel mills of Pittsburgh to the picturesque hills of Scotland, romance novels save the day in RITA Award–winning author Gwyn Cready's fun and sensuous take on literature and modern-day love.

When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change . . . even him. At his sister's advice, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds herself secretly falling in love with the story—and with Axel, who's drawing his own lessons from the book's compelling hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job on the line, will Ellery risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine?

Interview with Gwyn Cready and Giveaway - October 25, 2011

For more information about Gwyn's books, visit the Book List page at Gwyn's website:

About Gwyn

Interview with Gwyn Cready and Giveaway - October 25, 2011
© Garen DiBartolomeo
Gwyn Cready is the recipient of the 2009 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance and the author of Tumbling Through Time, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Flirting with Forever, Aching for Always and A Novel Seduction. She has been called "the master of time travel romance." A Novel Seduction is her first foray into contemporary romance as well as men in kilts, and she found both eminently satisfying. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Gwyn's Links:


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Novel Seduction from Gwyn. US Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

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 with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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