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Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

And the winners are...

Cursed (Alex Verus 2) by Benedict Jacka - Ended June 27, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. Print book for US or eBook for International.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Question:  Which book series is/are on your must buy list?

Anne who said...

Wow, US covers are so much better than British. More detailed, usually more colorful.

The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, The Southern Vamp series by Charlaine Harris and the Eve Dallas series by JD Robb. Jim Butcher is close.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

A copy of TIN SWIFT (The Age of Steam 2) by Devon Monk, a TIN SWIFT magnet, and a signed TIN SWIFT handmade (by Devon) airship bookmark from the publisher and Devon Monk!  US ONLY - Ended June 28, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

How: Leave a comment!

BellaBunnell who said...

I am LOVING this short! And the tour...some really great blogs here, ladies! Devon, I'm so ready for Tin Swift!

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

A digital copy (eBook) of Coyote Blood by Kris Norris - Ended July 1, 2012 - See the interview here.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Question:  If you were a shifter, what would you become when you shift?

Linda who said...

I'd love to be a dragon shifter. They are such magical, mystical creatures. Not to mention the flying, fire breathing part!

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Suited (The Veiled Worlds 2) by Jo Anderton (signed) - Ended July 7, 2012 - See the itnerview here.

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Question:  Who (or what) is the last fictional character that you really cared about?

booklover0226 who said...

Claire and Jamie from the Outlander series.

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5 digital copies of Hearts of Fire (Deadglass 0.5) by Kira Brady - Ended July 8, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Question:  Are you afraid of ghosts? What are your favorite haunted spots?

1) pamerd who said...


I am afraid of ghosts. I would not want to visit a place that had them however I love to read about them in fiction.

This new series looks great and I am adding it to my TBR list.

Thanks for the chance

2) donnas who said...

I dont really think I am afraid of ghosts. More curious I think. My favorite spots are old theatres.

3) Rebe who said...

I'm afraid of ghosts, yes! We live near the Ohio State Reformatory, which is where they filmed Shawshank Redemption, and it's supposed to be haunted.

4) Denise Z who said...

Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I have been to Seattle and I love a good read with world building that I can relate to even when the place and time is an original twist. I do not think I am afraid of ghosts, but then I have never met a mean one and that certainly might change my mind LOL I am looking forward to the introduction to this new world with Hearts of Fire and continuing the journey with Hearts of Darkness!

5) Linda who said...

Yes I am, I guess it's the fear of the unknown. I don't have any favourite haunted spots. I'd avoid them like the plague!

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Liquid Lies (The Elementals 1) by Hanna Martine - Ended July 9, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

Question:  What were some of your childhood dreams?

Carin who said...

This looks like a great book!
My childhood dreams included being a chemist until I realized how much math this involved.
Being a medical examiner until I realized I needed to be fluent in chemistry.
I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic alas I hate to fly :O)

Winners x 10 - July 15, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on July 22, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners. Thank you!!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kris Norris

Please welcome Kris Norris to The Qwillery as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kris Norris

Hi Sally. I just wanted to start off by thanking you for having me drop over to your blog. Such a fantastic site. I’m thrilled to be here.

Thank you, Kris. We're happy to have you visit!

TQ:  What inspired you become a writer?

Kris:  Honestly, I don’t think I ever planned to become a writer. It kind of happened by chance. I had some ‘free’ time, lol, and this story just kept playing in my head. After a while, I decided to try writing it down, and I guess I just got hooked and realized I had more stories still rattling around in there…I also had a teacher in high school who tried to get me to enter a few writing competitions based on a short story I wrote. I suppose her ‘suggestion’ never quite left my subconscious.

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

Kris:  Like most writers, finding time is the hardest part. I’m a single mom with three kids, I edit on the side, and I love training for different kinds of extreme races, so there are times when training takes up a lot of free time. That’s what little free time I have after the kids:) In the winter months, I swear I live at the hockey rinks.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Kris:  That’s a hard one. I’m fairly new to the scene, so I’m still working hard to get my name out there. But if I had to pick one thing, I think getting that first book I ever wrote published. Like many writers, my first work was more of a exercise at first, but I’m pretty happy that I took the time to revisit it, and get it to the point it was published…it’s called Hard Target, and there’s just something special about seeing that book out there. Of course, I have my lovely editor, Chris, to thank for helping me make it more than just a collection of words.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Kris:  I like writing long books…and I love writing suspense. Most of my books are guaranteed to have both of these qualities, even if they’re in a different genre. Yes, I’ve tried my hand at shorter pieces, but I always come back to novels…there’s just something special about a book you can sink your teeth into.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Kris:  I just had a book release last week! It’s called Coyote Blood. It’s a erotic historical shifter romance that takes place in the Wild West, late 1800s. It’s loosely tied to a previous release I had, titled Coyote Law, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I’ve discovered that I love writing in this time period and I love writing shifter books (hint, so look out for more wild west shifter books in the future, though not tied to these two.)

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kris Norris
        US Marshal, Jacqueline ‘Jac’ Kade, isn’t your typical desert flower. She’s as tough as any man and takes her job seriously. So when a prisoner she’s been sent to escort back to Durango escapes, she’s determined to track him down. She doesn’t want help, especially when it comes in the form of a gunslinger known only as Everett. The man is more than mysterious, but can track fugitives better than anyone she’s ever met. Now if she can only get her heart to stop racing every time he smiles, they just might catch their prey.

        Coyote shifter, Everett, is hell bent on catching his prey, only it’s not Jacqueline’s fugitive. After years of roaming the wilds of Mexico, he’s finally come home to a life that was taken from him. He never thought he’d meet his mate, or that she’d be a gun-toting Marshal, but he can’t deny what his inner animal already knows. 

        A dangerous chase through New Mexico might unite them, or it might destroy his last chance at reclaiming his humanity.

As for upcoming work… I have a new series starting in August titled Between the Veils. It’s based on a group of ghost hunters and will jump from one haunted city to another. The first book is called After Dark and revolves around New Orleans. I was inspired to write the books after creating a chapter for one of the blogs I visited for AAD NOLA.

I’m also currently working on another thriller book, shocking I know, and hope to have it release later this year or early 2013.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kris:  Again, thanks so much for having me. It’s been a blast.

About Kris

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kris Norris
I see myself as somewhat obsessive and feel I tend to push the boundaries of common sense sometimes. My friends graciously see me as passionate and adventurous. After all, speed limits are only a guideline and shouting is just my way of rising above the chaos.

I love the outdoors. If I’m not on my computer— or chasing after my three kids— you’ll find me out on a trail somewhere, either running or riding my mountain bike. I took up adventure racing a few years ago, and do my best to enter one or two races every year.

I started writing some years back, and it took me a while to realize I wasn’t destined for the padded room, and the voices chattering away in my head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren’t telling me to conquer the human race, I went with it.)

I love writing erotic novels. I love heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling sex scenes that make you squirm in your seat, and leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a digital copy (eBook) of Coyote Blood from Kris!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you were a shifter, what would you become when you shift?

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 Sunday, July 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 - June 19, 2012

Happy Monday! I saw Cirque du Soliel's Dralion yesterday. It was fantastic. It may even be my favorite Cirque show out of the 6 I've seen. I have to think about that more. Kooza and Ovo are also favorites. I love how the shows combine the fantastical with all sorts of circus acts.

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Giveaway of The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen.

Monday - Interview with K.M. Ruiz. Terminal Point, the 2nd novel in the Strykers Syndicate series, will be published tomorrow, June 19, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Anne E. Johnson. Anne's debut, Green Light Delivery, is out this month.

Wednesday - Guest Blog by Benedict Jacka as part of the Cursed Blog Tour. Cursed, the 2nd Novel in the Alex Verus series, was published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with J.A. Pitts. J.A. writes the Sara Beauhall series. Forged in Fire (Sara Beauhall 3) will be published on June 19th.

Friday - The Tin Swift Blog Tour with Devon Monk. Tin Swift (The Age of Steam 2) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Saturday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight with Stella Price.

Sunday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight with Kris Norris.

Not too many books out this week, which is good because there are A LOT of books I'd like out next week. Here is the list.

June 19, 2012
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David Brin SF
Lothaire (h2mm)
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Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals after Dark 12
The Devil Delivered and Other Tales
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Steven Erikson F - Novelettes
Wicked Business
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Janet Evanovich M/PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
The Vampire Narcise (tp2mm)
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Colleen Gleason PNR - Regency Draculia 3
Vacation with a Vampire
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Michele Hauf
Kendra Leigh Castle
Lisa Childs
The Reckoning
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Alma Katsu ST - Taker Trilogy 2
Midnight (h2tp)
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Stephen Leather SF - Nightingale 2
Dragon's Curse
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Denise Lynn PNR
Forged in Fire
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J. A. Pitts UF - Sarah Beauhall 3
The Long Earth
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Terry Pratchett
Steven Baxter
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Z.A. Recht H/Z - Morningstar Strain 3
Terminal Point
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K.M. Ruiz SF - Strykers Syndicate 2
The Sorceress of Belmair
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Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 4

h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
ST - Supernatural Thriller
UF  - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
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