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A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Apologies for not announcing some of these winners sooner. We had a family emergency and I was not around for the most of last week. Let's catch up! And the winners are...


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm - Ended March 24, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite cross genre novels? or Are there any genres do you think should not be crossed?

marybelle who said...

I think I might baulk at reading the cross between Horror & Regency. The mind boggles.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski - Ended March 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, which historical event or events would you like to witness? OR Write a limerick about a book you've read.

Anne who said...

Boy, it's hard to pick just one big event. It would have to be an event where I'd be safe, so no Salem witch trials or crusades. I was actually up for the first moon walk, but so young it didn't really mean anything to me. Maybe the first actual flight.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Devil's Luck (Disillusionists eNovella) by Carolyn Crane - Ended March 29, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:   On what device do you read your eBooks?

Filia Oktarina who said...

I read my ebooks on my Samsung Tablet with epub or PDF format. Just two format was enough for me:)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Exogene (The Subterrene War 2) by T.C. McCarthy - Ended March 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Favorite Military SciFi novel, movie, short story, or TV show?

rissatoo who said

Three of my favorite scifi series immediately popped to mind when I read the question... David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Orson Scott Card's Ender's series, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Love lots more, but these are top three. (Other scifi authors I love include Elizabeth Moon Robert A Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, etc. I could go on. And on!)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Three A.M. by Steven John - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite dystopian or noir novels?

molly.frenzel who said

Some of my faves are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and A Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Wicked as They Come (Blud 1) by Delilah S. Dawson - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the review here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What have you read recently that you loved?

Natalia J who said

I recently read The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. I loved it and can not wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Winner's Choice of one of the first 4 Jane True novels by Nicole Peeler - Ended April 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Which book series would you like to go on forever? OR Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already?

Stephanie who said...

I want the Hollows series to go on forever.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Deadworld (Deadworld 1), The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) and The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3) (signed) by J.N. Duncan - Ended April 7, 2012 - Read the guest blog here. US/CANADA ONLY

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What do you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series?

BookAttict who says...

I can't believe this series hasn't appeared on my radar until now.. Deadworld sounds like a fantastic series that I'd love to read!

I read. A lot. What do I look for in a series that keeps me reading? I absolutely LOVE UF and Fantasy, so it's the details and world-building that pull me in, as well as well-drawn characters (main AND secondary) that I want to know more about.

While I realize nobody's perfect (even authors) -- and not every book is going to be a perfect read for me -- what really will turn me off a series is lack of development in the characters. I've noticed this seems to happen quite a bit in well-established series (14-15) books in. The author finds a formula that works and the characters stay in this time-warp and never change, just regurgitate the same jokes, situations, etc. -- Time moves forward-- people change. This should be true of characters in a series as well.

The other thing will put me off a series is a forced story arc -- like the author forced the characters to go in a direction that, well, seems manufactured and awkward, to get them from where they are to where the author "needs" them to be (if that makes any sense...)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) by Anne Lyle - Ended April 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Leave a comment.

Lilian who said...

Thank you so much for the interview! The book sounds like a great hisotircal read...I haven't read one in awhile!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly chose a new winner or winners. Thank you!

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012

Please welcome J.N. Duncan to The Qwillery. The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3) will be published on April 3, 2012 by Kensington.  Blood Justice, a Deadworld short story, was published in February.


     Qwill suggested the topic of the differences between writing the first book in this series, Deadworld, compared to the third, The Lingering Dead (out on April 3rd!). Given that I haven't really written about this or even thought about it much, I figured it would be a great topic of discussion here. Because there are some interesting, significant differences between them.

     Deadworld was my debut book. The biggest factor about this is that it was basically written in a vacuum. I had very little feedback while I was writing it, all of the ideas were mine alone, and any changes that I decided to make were my decisions. The characters, what they did, how they evolved and changed, how they reacted to things, it was all at the whim of my imagination. There is a certain freedom and fear in this. While I was free to make the story in any way, shape, and form that I desired, you're always wondering, "Is this the best way to do it? Are readers going to believe that? Is this story developing quickly enough? Am I leaving anything out?" Hundreds of questions will pour through the writer brain, and at this stage, I had only myself to answer for.

     I also had the luxury of time. First books only have the deadlines you make for them. So, while I actually wrote Deadworld in fourteen weeks, I could just as easily taken six months or a year to write it. If you get stuck or something isn't working, you can step back and take whatever time you need to figure things out. When you are then with a publisher, they need things at certain times in order to meet schedules. Your book is slotted to release on a certain month, and this is set months in advance. In order to be ready to go out the door and hit shelves by that date, the book, editing, cover and marketing all has to be done by specific dates. And I will say, working on a Deadline is not as much fun.

     When you then have an agent and an editor in the mix, each book becomes more of a collaboration. While some may eschew the fact that others are dipping their fingers into the creative pie, I actually love this aspect. This assumes of course you have an agent/editor that is good to work with, gets your writing, and knows what they're doing. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a very good editor. It takes me a lot of time to gain any distance from my writing in order to see flaws. So, having an agent and editor who can look through my work and point out things that are problematic is a huge boon.

     For example, Deadworld was originally 116k. After some tightening and rewriting, it was 106k. The Lingering Dead came in at 93k. While I ended up shuffling a couple of chapters around and getting rid of one entirely, my word count did not change much. Pacing is a difficult element to nail down for books that rely on suspense. Agents/editors (good ones) that sell in this market understand the ins and outs of this quite well, and being able to pick their brains about how and why to do certain things in a story is great for growing as a writer.

     And that growth may be the biggest factor of all. You learn more with the writing of each book or you should if you are trying to become better as a writer. Having pros in your corner helps immensely with this process. I've not had a critique partner or beta reader with these books, but my agent/editor have been huge helps in making me a better writer.

     Readers are also a major difference between the first and third book. Unlike some writers, I do look at negative reviews of my work. Thoughtful critique can help you not only become a better writer, but it can guide certain aspects of the story. The biggest example of this, was in the backstory of the hero, Nick. I had numerous readers lament the fact that Nick's backstory got short thrift in Deadworld. They wanted to learn more about him and understand where he came from. This not only guided what I did with the villain of The Lingering Dead, but encouraged me to write up the short story, Blood Justice, which detailed Nick's original showdown with Cornelius Drake and how exactly he became a vampire.

     I learned a lot about pacing throughout the first three books here. This came not only from my agent/editor but from readers as well. Some felt the stories were too slow to build. All three books have a similar structure to them. The first half is mostly mystery, the characters attempting to figure out just what the hell is going on. The second half is suspense/thriller as they attempt to stop the villain. Part of this is due to the fact that I never set out specifically to write Urban Fantasy, which relies heavily on action/suspense to drive plot. I wrote Deadworld as crime fiction. I wanted to write a supernatural mystery/thriller, and that is what I set out to do. So I likely flew in the face of some of the usual UF expectations. While I have not altered the basic construct of my stories, I have made more effort to tighten the mystery element up in the first half of the stories.

     So, yes, there is a pretty big difference between the first and third books, at least from my perspective. For the reader, I hope they see a tighter, more engaging story. I feel that I've grown as a writer over the course of this series, and have learned so much. Honestly, I can't ask for much more than that.

     Well, thank you, Qwill, for having me here today, and for everyone who has read the post. I hope it was at least mildly interesting. For the comments, I'd like to hear from you readers about what you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series. I'm curious to hear. Those who comment will have a chance to win a signed copy of EACH of the Deadworld books. This may be the last release day guest post that I give out all three, so comment while the commenting's good.

     Happy reading/writing everyone!


About Deadworld

The Lingering Dead
Deadworld 3
Kensington, April 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 343 pages

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012
She cracks the FBI’s toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago’s windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation—and her team—in its sights…

Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau’s special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead...

Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step—and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice…


Blood Justice
A Deadworld Short Story
February 21, 2012
eBook

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012
In 1862 Wyoming, Sheriff Nick Anderson led a good life, raising his family and protecting those who lived within his territory. When the preacher came to town, setting up his revival tent, and working his mysterious charms on the locals, Nick new he was trouble. Then people began to die. Now a simple invitation to leave has turned into a tragic showdown with a man who is no creature of God at all.


The Vengeful Dead
Deadworld 2
Kensington, October 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012
She's the FBI's go-to expert on Chicago's most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon . . .

Jackie Rutledge just can't put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities-and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried . . .

Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn't long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she'll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts-and capable of annihilating more than her soul . . .


Deadworld
Deadworld 1
Kensington, April 5, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…


About J.N.

J.N. Duncan is a father of four and an aspiring teacher, living in Ohio. He's got as many pets as kids, and a partner who is published as well (romance author Tracy Madison). He's a big fantasy gamer, sf/f geek, lover of astronomy, and generally scores pretty high on the nerd scale, if one were to measure such things.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win signed copies of Deadworld, The Vengeful Dead and The Lingering Dead from J.N. US/CANADA ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment answering J.N.'s question:

What do you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series?

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 US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, April 7, 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 - March 26, 2012

It's the last Monday in March. I can't believe how fast this month is flying by! At The Qwillery this week:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Saladin Ahmed. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin's debut, was published on February 7, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Steven John. Three A.M., Steven's debut, will be published on March 27, 2012.

Wednesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Delilah S. Dawson. Wicked as They Come, Delilah's debut, will be published on March 27, 2012.

Thursday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Kayleigh Jamison.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Nicole Peeler.

Saturday - Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan. The Lingering Dead, the 3rd novel in the Deadworld series, will be published on April 3. 2012.

Sunday - April 2012 Book Releases and 2012 Debut Author Challenge April Debuts


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).

March 26, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Outcast Blade
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Jon Courtenay Grimwood F - Vampire Assassin Trilogy 2


March 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Daniel Abraham GN/EF - Game of Thrones 1
Shadow and Betrayal
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Daniel Abraham EF - Long Price Quartet Omnibus
Armored
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
John Joseph Adams (ed) SF - Anthology
Temptation Rising
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
A.C. Arthur PNR - The Shadow Shifters
Deliverance
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Dakota Banks UF - Mortal Path 3
Back from the Undead
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
DD Barant UF - Bloodhound Files 3
Range of Ghosts
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Elizabeth Bear
F
The Master of Heathcrest Hall
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Galen Beckett F - Mrs. Quent 3
Sly Mongoose
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Tobias S. Buckell SF - Xenowealth 3
Jack of Ravens
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 1
To the Galactic Rim
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
A. Bertram Chandler SF - Galactic Rim Omnibus 1
Into the Black
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Evan Currie SF - Odyssey 2
Wicked as They Come (d)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Delilah S Dawson PNR - Blud 1
The President's Vampire (h2mm)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Christopher Farnsworth Th/H - Nathaniel Cade 2
1636: The Saxon Uprising
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Eric Flint SF/AH - Ring of Fire 10
Body, Inc.
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Alan Dean Foster
SF
The Unseen
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Heather Graham PT
Phantom Evil (h2mm)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Heather Graham PRS - Krewe of Hunters 1
Omega Point
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Guy Haley SF - Richards and Klein 2
Dead Reckoning (h2mm)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 11
Costume Not Included
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Matthew Hughes F - To Hell and Back 2
Secrets of the Fire Sea
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Stephen Hunt F - Jackelian 4
Blood on the Bayou
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Stacey Jay UF - Dead on the Delta 2
Three A.M. (d)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Steven John Th/AH
Sacrificial Magic
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Stacia Kane UF - Downside Ghosts 4
Retribution (h2mm)
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Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 21
Bear Meets Girl
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 7
Age of Aztec
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James Lovegrove SF - Age of 4
The Gathering of the Lost
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Helen Lowe F - The Wall of Night 2
The Alchemist of Souls (d)
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Anne Lyle F - Night Masque 1
Hemlock Grove (d)
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Brian McGreevy H/Gothic
Silent Voices
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Gary McMahon H - The Concrete Grove 2
Lady-Protector
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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Corean Chronicles 8
Blood Secret
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Sharon Page PER - Blood 5
Liminal States
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Zack Parsons SF
Sins of the Son
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Linda Poitevin UF - Grigori Legacy 2
Quicksilver (h2mm)
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Amanda Quick PRS - Arcane Society / Looking Glass Trilogy 2
Time and Again: Time Was\Times Change
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Nora Roberts TTR - Time and Again Omnibus
Wonder (h2mm)
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Robert J. Sawyer SF - WWW 3
Fuzzy Nation (h2mm)
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John Scalzi SF
Wanted: Undead or Alive
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Kerrelyn Sparks PNR - Love at Stake 12
Shadow's Master
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Jon Sprunk F - Shadow Saga 3
The Kingdom
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Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 2
The Seduction of Phaeton Black (d)
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Jillian Stone PNR - Phaeton Black 1
Shadow's Fall
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Dianne Sylvan UF - Shadow World 3
Lover Reborn
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J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 10
A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
George R.R. Washington EF - Parody
Mr. Monster (h2mm)
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Dan Wells YA - John Cleaver 2


March 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
10,000 Zombies: Create More Than 10,000 Zombies and 10,000 Stories
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Alexander Cox
David Hartmann (illus)



March 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Indomitable
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Terry Brooks EF



Corrections:

March 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strange Divisions and Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres of Science Fiction
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Keith Brooke Literary Criticism



March 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightfall
The View From Monday - March 26, 2012
Stephen Leather PT - Jack Nightingale



d - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternative History
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GN -Graphic Novel
H - Horror
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PT - Paranormal Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

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.

and

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.

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - October 29, 2011

How Characters Can Surprise You

First off, I'd like to thank Qwill for having me on today to help support the release of my dark, urban fantasy (or as I like to call it: supernatural crime fiction), The Vengeful Dead, second in my Deadworld series. It's the follow-up to Deadworld, chronicling the adventures (or misadventures as the case may be), of one troubled FBI agent, Jackie Rutledge, as she attempts to figure out herself as well as how to deal with things not quite living anymore. As one might expect, when dealing with a messed up character involved in a world where crazy things are afoot, things do not always go as planned. In short, they surprise you.

Now, I'll readily admit that I'm a plotter. I lay out my stories from start to finish before I put down word one. It's just the way my brain works, otherwise I find myself meandering all over the place, not sure where things are going, and inevitably end up stuck somewhere along the way. I also lay out my character arcs for the story, in rather broad brushstrokes, giving me goals of where my main characters are heading emotionally and a few key points along the way. While it would certainly be easier if this process cemented things in stone and gave me a rock solid path to follow from start to finish, it never works out that way. Mostly, this occurs because either I realize that something in the plot doesn't work as planned, i.e. it makes no logical sense as a progression from what happened before, or as is often the case, the characters, it turns out, wouldn't do what I'd planned.

I suspect much of this has to do with what one wants characters to do versus what they really would do in a given situation. I've had numerous occasions where I've reached a particular plot point, an element I needed for something else to happen next, and the character, usually Jackie, has another, preferable option. When you have a character with a fragile state of mind that is being battered about on a fairly continual basis, they tend to become unreliable. They don't always want to do what makes sense at the time. The result: a change in the story, an unexpected direction, and perhaps a new facet of character one had not seen before.

This is one of the more enjoyable aspects of writing. As much as one might plan out and think ahead, stories still surprise. You can't force story elements on to your character's profile. As much as you may want them to do something, a story will fall flat and feel forced if you wedge your characters into convenient actions and emotional reactions. You may want anger in response to a situation and find fear instead or perhaps plan for lust only to find hesitancy or rejection. Much like life, things do not always go as planned, and as a writer, you have to play along and be true to life.

In the case of my series, things can become difficult with a character like Jackie. She is not happy with her life or herself and definitely does not have a fondness for the supernatural elements that have invaded her life. She was a woman of routine, who focused singularly on the one thing she was good at (catching bad guys) at the expense of everything else, because she could not stand to face them. In a series with a major thread involving her growth, which must in some ways, continue to move forward, she fights me every step of the way. I give her opportunities to move forward, to shed a little light upon her darkness, and she will continue to hide in the dark. Things must happen in a natural way, otherwise I feel the story is fake, and healing from emotional difficulties is not easy in real life and should not be in fiction either. One magical little night with the hero does not fix all ills (I over generalize here). Some readers have complained that Jackie continues to be frustrating in her lack of growth. The time frame however, of the first two books is about six weeks. People don't "fix" things in such a short matter of time, and Jackie will be no exception. I don't want it to be easy for her, but I do want her to succeed in the end. She just continues to surprise me and conspire to thwart my efforts to make her healthy once again. I'm not worried though, she'll get there eventually, whether she likes it or not.

And for taking the time to read and comment here on the topic, one random commenter will receive a signed copy of The Vengeful Dead and coverflat for book three, The Lingering Dead, due out in April.


About the Deadworld Series

The Vengeful Dead
Deadworld 2
Kensington, October 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - October 29, 2011
She's the FBI's go-to expert on Chicago's most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon . . .

Jackie Rutledge just can't put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities-and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried . . .

Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn't long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she'll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts-and capable of annihilating more than her soul . . .


Deadworld
Deadworld 1
Kensington, April 5, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - October 29, 2011
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…


Coming in 2012

The Lingering Dead
Deadworld 3
Kensington, April 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback

Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - October 29, 2011
She cracks the FBI’s toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago’s windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation—and her team—in its sights…

Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau’s special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead...

Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step—and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice…


About J.N.

J.N. Duncan is a father of four and an aspiring teacher, living in Ohio. He's got as many pets as kids, and a partner who is published as well (romance author Tracy Madison). He's a big fantasy gamer, sf/f geek, lover of astronomy, and generally scores pretty high on the nerd scale, if one were to measure such things.

J.N.'s Links

Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Website


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a a signed copy of The Vengeful Dead and a coverflat for book three, The Lingering Dead, due out in April 2012. US and Canadian Mailing Addresses Only.

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

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 US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011

Here's a roundup of 2nd book covers, and sometimes 3rd book covers, for some of the 2011 Debut Authors. These books have not yet been published.

Anita Clenney
Embrace the Higland Warrior
(Sourcebooks, Novemeber 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
When the demon that left Amanda Logan for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution and the mysterious book he believes she stole. But he isn't the only one after it...

As a teen, Amanda fell in love with the boy next door, Cody MacBane. She didn't know that Cody was a Scottish warrior sent to protect her-or that she was descended from an ancient warrior clan. When Amanda learns the truth, she feels betrayed and her life unravels. But as danger lurks, Amanda is forced to return to her clan and the Scottish warrior who's the only man she's ever loved.

Karina Cooper
Lure of the Wicked
Dark Mission 2
(Avon, June 2011)
2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

Virna DePaul
Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
(Berkley, October 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011


J.N. Duncan
The Vengeful Dead
Deadworld 2
(Kensington, October 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011


Kevin Hearne
Hexed
Iron Druid Chronicles 2
(Del Rey, June 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

Kevin Hearne
Hammered
Iron Druid Chronicles 3
(Del Rey, July 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

Hannah Jayne
Under Attack
Underworld Detection Agency 2
(Kensington, November 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011


Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left
Charley Davidson 2
(St. Martin's Press, August 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left
.
Laurie London
Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
(Harlequin, June 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.

Rebecca Zanetti
Claimed
Dark Protectors 2
(Kensington, November 2011)

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011

While geneticist Emma Paulsen appreciates vampire king Dage Kayrs rescuing her from the creepy Kurjan leader who wanted to mate with her, she wouldn’t have needed rescuing had the vampires not gone to war. And while she’s willing to spend one night fulfilling her fantasies with Dage, no way does she plan to stick around. Whether the king happened to brand her flesh or not.

That is until her pregnant sister, Cara, contracts a Kurjan virus that will not only destroy the baby but strip Cara’s chromosomal pairs until she’s possibly less than human. A virus that can only be defeated by science and magic combined. And the only way to save her sister is to
suspend her disbelief and trust in Dage’s power and passion…

The Vengeful Dead by J.N. Duncan - Cover - April 21, 2011

I just saw the cover for The Vengeful Dead, the second in Jim Duncan's Deadworld series. The first book in the series, Deadworld, was released on April 5, 2011. You can read my interview with Jim here.

I like this cover so much more than the first cover. What do you think?

The Vengeful Dead
Deadworld 2
(October 2011)
The Vengeful Dead by J.N. Duncan - Cover - April 21, 2011


Deadworld
Deadworld 1
(April 5, 2011)
The Vengeful Dead by J.N. Duncan - Cover - April 21, 2011

Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011

The winner of Deadworld by J.N. Duncan is

Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011




synde who said,

"I would like a ghost on my investigative team..cuz they could totally sneak around and no one would see them. They could eavesdrop"




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The winner of her choice of Cinderella: Ninja Warrior or Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan is

Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011










Robin K who said,

"My favorite is the little mermaid hands down. Love mermaids. :) "





Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The winner of Great Philosphers Who Failed At Love by Andrew Shaffer is
 
Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011




Ruth A. who said,
"My favorite philosopher is Benjamin Franklin ...."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on April 28, 2011 to claim their goodies of The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with Jim N. Duncan and Giveaway - April 6, 2011

Please welcome J.N. Duncan to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  Describe Deadworld in 140 characters or less.

J.N.:  Struggling FBI agent gets caught up in centuries-old conflict between two vampires.

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

J.N.:  I'm a big plotter. I'll work out my story for several weeks before I actually start writing, and if things go according to plan, I'll have a chapter by chapter breakdown of the whole thing before word one gets on the page. Conversely, I do little, other than broad stroke characterization before I start, working that out as the story goes on the page. The drawback to that is I end up editing a lot of dialogue in my stories.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

J.N.:  The bulk of my reading has come from fantasy and thrillers. A couple of my favorite authors/books is G.R.R.M.'s Ice and Fire Saga and King's Dark Tower series. The best writer I've read in the past year or so though, is Tana French. Wonderful, wonderful mystery writer.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

J.N.:  Given my above quirk, I'm totally a plotter. That said, often my plotting for a chapter will be something like, "investigates crime scene and sees ghost." This obviously leaves a fair bit to the imagination, so in some ways, I pants my way through, but I always know the general direction things are heading. I'll also "plot" my characterization out to some degree, designating points in the story where significant emotional develop points or conflicts arise. This is far more up in the air compared to the physical action of the story, but I still have clear goals in mind for the development of my characters. I am not the sort who can sit down at a starting point and then "see what happens." My brain doesn't function well that way.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Deadworld?

J.N.Deadworld was my "break" from writing a fantasy novel, which I had just finished after three years (and which I still plan on doing something with in the future). I went from third person epic, to first person thriller. Basically I wanted to do something different, and being a fan of the paranormal and big thriller reader, I wanted to write a paranormal thriller (which honestly, is what a lot of urban fantasy is, in my opinion). To that end, I am fond of vampire stories. I think they make cool villains, and so I went at it with the thought, "How can I take the vampire story in a little different direction?" What I ended up with, based on other favorite characters I've loved to read, is something along the lines of (and please don't take this as a literal blend because it's not) Eve Dallas meets Roland the Gunslinger. But it all started with the vampire character and his backstory, and where it might end up in present day.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Deadworld?

J.N.:  Honestly, not a whole lot. I looked up and got some general info about the FBI and how it's structured and operates, kinds of crimes they investigate, how they interact with local authorities and such. But I didn't want to get too detailed, because for one, it's so easy to get that stuff wrong, but also the story isn't about the FBI. I just wanted enough to make the elements feel legit. The nice thing about the paranormal end is that there really are no set rules. I'm free to create however I want as long as the rules are consistent. It was, and still is, a lot of fun developing how the living and dead aspects interact in my stories.

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

J.N.:  Hmmm, tough one. I love the turning point in the middle of the book, very intense scene, at least it was to write it. Piano scene between Nick and Jackie was fun to write. And I loved the sequence in the funeral home. Hopefully readers find that one as dramatic as I did.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Deadworld series?

J.N.:  I am contracted for three books right now. Beyond that all depends on the readers. I'd love to keep writing it though. The series is heading in a very intriguing direction, I think.

TQ:  What's next?

J.N.:  Next up is The Vengeful Dead. It'll be out in October, and I'm just starting into book three, which I'm tentatively titling The Lingering Dead.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

J.N.:  It was great being here, and really glad to answer questions and talk about the book and being a writer. This is fun stuff.


About J.N.'s Books

Deadworld
(Deadworld 1)
Interview with Jim N. Duncan and Giveaway - April 6, 2011
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…

Look for The Vengeful Dead in October 2011.
 
 
About J.N.
 
J.N. Duncan is a father of four and an aspiring teacher, living in Ohio. He's got as many pets as kids, and a partner who is published as well (romance author Tracy Madison). He's a big fantasy gamer, sf/f geek, lover of astronomy, and generally scores pretty high on the nerd scale, if one were to measure such things.

J.N.'s Links

Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Website (under construction)

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Deadworld.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What kind of supernatural help would you like on your investigative team?

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 Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors


Here are the debut authors and their novels for April 2011. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading.

Deadworld
Author: J. N. Duncan
Series: Deadworld 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (April 5, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5566-2
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut AuthorsShe’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…


Among Thieves
Author: Douglas Hulick
Series: A Tale of the Kin 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: ROC (April 5, 2011) (US Cover)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9780451463906
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.















Demon Hunting in Dixie
Author: Lexi George
Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Brava (April 26, 2011)
Price: $14.00
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6309-4
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door…

Looking For Trouble

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she’s not looking for a man. Mama’s wrong. Addy has looked. There’s just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that’s for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he’s from another dimension.

Addy couldn’t care less where he’s from. He’s gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he’s a whack job. Says he’s come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what’s going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down…


Ascension
Author: Sable Grace
Series: Dark Breed 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 26, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780061964404
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .

 
The following book has a March 29, 2011 release date at online booksellers, but an April 2011 release date at the publisher. I'm including it in April based on the publisher's release date.
 
Soft Apocalypse
Author: Will McIntosh
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books (April 2011)
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-59780-276-5
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.

New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.




Look for an interview with J.N. Duncan on April 6, 2011, Lexi George on May 4, 2011, and Sable Grace on April 26, 2011.
A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - March 31, 2012The View From Monday - March 26, 2012Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011Guest Blog by J.N. Duncan and Giveaway - October 29, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011The Vengeful Dead by J.N. Duncan - Cover - April 21, 2011Winner, Winner & Winner! - April 21, 2011Interview with Jim N. Duncan and Giveaway - April 6, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors

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