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Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

And the winners are...

All Spell Breaks Loose (Raine Benares 6) by Lisa Shearin - print book for US and eBook for international - Ended May 28, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  What missing item would you have Raine Benares find for you?

abookandashortlatte who said...

A first edition of Jane Eyre.


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Shakespeare Undead (Shakespeare Undead 1) by Lori Handeland - Ended May 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Favorite Shakespearean play that you've read or seen?

Victoria who said...

Macbeth. I love all of Shakespeare but Macbeth stuck with me.


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


ARC of Strangeness and Charm (The Courts of the Feyre 3) by Mike Shevdon - Ended June 2, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012
SHOWN FOR ILLUSTRATION - THE ARC MAY BE DIFFERENT

Question: What do you think of the new covers?

Sinnaye who said...

I prefer the new cover too, they're quite something! These books look really good, so I followed the advice and bought them right away ;)

Still, a signed copy wouldn't be a misfit on my shelves either.

Thank you for the interview and giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Warrior Enchanted (The Sons of the Zodiac 4) by Addison Fox - Ended June 3, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question: What are your favorite sub-genres of Romance (Paranormal, SciFi, Contemporary, etc)?

Barb P who said...

Hi Addison! My favorite sub-genre is definitely paranormal. I do like to read a little suspense here and there, depending on who is writing it. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


A signed copy of Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris - Ended June 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite secret agent(s)? or What is one of your favorite Steampunk novels, stories, etc.?

Di who said...

I've been curious to read a Steampunk story since I've enjoyed movies in the genre (League of Mysterious Gentleman & the new Sherlock Holmes series); and a do enjoy spies (James Bond (love the gadgets(, Jason Bourne)


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theatre 2) by Barbara Ashford - Ended June 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Which cover do you like better - Spellcast's or Spellcrossed's?

Maria who said...

Enter me!

I don't know which cover I like. They don't go together although the color tries to bring them closer. Standing my themselves, the first book almost looks like a mystery or cozy, while the second has that paranormal feel. Hard to pick because they are so different. I guess...maybe the first cover, but I don't think it's all that accurate a depiction of the paranormal!!!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) by Nancy Gideon - Ends June 9, 2012 - Enter HERE. US ONLY

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite shapeshifter(s)?

BookAttict who said...

My first thought was Curran too! I also love Brand Geirson from Coral Moore's Broods of Fenrir and Johnny from the Persephone Alcmedi series by Linda Robertson!

I've read the first 4 books of the By Moonlight series and really enjoyed them! I'm looking forward to reading Seeker of Shadows!

Thanks for another amazing giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, June 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012

Please welcome Lori Handeland to The Qwillery. Zombie Island (Shakespeare Undead 2) was published yesterday, May 22, 2012. Lori is also the author of the Phoenix Chronicles and the Nightcreatures series.


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

Lori:  I have to have everything off my desk before I start to write. All paperwork, email etc attended to. I wish I could just come into my office and begin, but I can't.

TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Lori:  Pantser.

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

Lori:  The book never goes away. Most people finish work, go home, enjoy a few hours off. I'm never off--not at night, not on the weekends, not on vacation. The book is always in my head, undone.

TQ: What inspired you to write the Shakespeare Undead novels - Shakespeare Undead and Zombie Island?

Lori:  My editor at St. Martin's, Jennifer Enderlin, blurted the title-Shakespeare Undead--at a meeting we have several years ago. She only had the title, I came up with the plot and everything else. Once I did, I was hooked into that world.

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

Lori:  I read many of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets (again--I'm an English major and had read them several times before, but long ago) as well as historical information on his life and theories about who Shakespeare really was.

TQ: Describe Zombie Island (Shakespeare Undead 2) in 140 characters or less.

Lori:  The Tempest, with a vampire, a fairy, a sorcerer, a werewolf, a zombie hunter and zombies.

TQ: In Zombie Island who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Lori:  The easiest was Shakespeare and Kate, since I'd written them before and knew them well. The hardest was Ariel--she was not only new to me, but well known to others. I needed to use what Shakespeare wrote of her and combine it with how I wanted her to be.

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

Lori:  I enjoyed a lot of the scenes with Caliban--who is a werewolf in my version.

TQ: Which character from Shakespeare Undead and Zombie Island surprised you the most?

Lori:  Caliban--he began as a complete jerk and ended up almost lovable.

TQ: The cover for Zombie Island reminds me of a famous painting, The Raft of the Medusa. Did you have any input into the cover?

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
Jean Louis Théodore Géricault [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lori: I saw the original cover and made suggestions. The bats in the sky were my idea.


TQ: I've seen the Shakespeare Undead novels described as Horror, Vampire Romance, Historical Fantasy, Mash-up, Thriller. Why do you believe the novels are susceptible to so many genre labels?

Lori:  Most of my books have many labels. I always throw in everything that comes to my mind. I like a fast moving novel.

TQ: You have written novels in several genres including Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance and Urban Fantasy. Are there any additional genre or sub-genres in which you'd like to write?

Lori:  I've long missed western historical romances, where I began my career. In October I will publish my first western historical romance in a long time, under the name Lori Austin. BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER will begin the series "Once Upon a Time in the West" in October, 2012. The second book, AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND, will be out in April, 2013, with a third to follow later that year.

TQ: What's next?

Lori:  HEX APPEAL, a short story anthology, will be available June 5. In it you'll find my Phoenix Chronicle short story "There Will be Demons." For anyone who wondered about Summer and Jimmy, here's their story.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.



About Shakespeare Undead

Zombie Island
Shakespeare Undead 2
St. Martin's, May 22, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, xxx pages

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
In the follow-up to Shakespeare Undead, vampire William Shakespeare and his Dark Lady are stranded on a mystical island where zombies are plentiful and one man will stop at nothing to become all-powerful

Fresh from a triumphant battle over the zombie horde that invaded London, vampire William Shakespeare concocts a plot to rid the love of his life from the encumbrance of her husband. Will plans to give his ”dark lady,” Katherine Dymond, a potion that will make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once she is entombed, Will can sneak in, wait for her to awaken, then spirit her away. After her husband returns to his plantation in America, Kate can return to London under a different name and assume a new identity. No one will believe that the dead Katherine and the live Kate are the same woman. Of course, as is often the case with true love, all does not go as smoothly as planned. When the two of them are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a wizard and a nymph, as well as infested by zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot afoot—one that leads all the way to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.


Shakespeare Undead
Shakespeare Undead 1
St. Martin's, June 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
Something wicked this way comes . . . and it keeps coming and coming and coming. . . .

William Shakespeare was one of history’s greatest writers, a master of words with a body of work that is truly impressive . . . some may say a little too impressive for a single man to accomplish in one lifetime. Perhaps, as many have speculated, he had assistance. Or perhaps the explanation is more . . . unusual.

Who was William Shakespeare?

Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets?

Why are the undead stalking the alleyways of London?

And can they be stopped?

Something is definitely rotten in the state of Denmark.

So brace yourself for a wild ride through twisted streets and shadowed graveyards of Elizabethan London, where you’ll discover how the Bard got his Bite.



More by Lori

Hex Appeal
P.N. Elrod, editor
"There Will be Demons" by Lori Handeland
St. Martin's, June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…

In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

In this bewitching collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors tell all-new, otherworldly tales. Spellbinding stories featuring bigfoot, albino vampires, professional wizards, resurrected boyfriends and even a sex droid from the twenty- third century named Silicon Lily. But as our conjurers are about to discover, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hexed. And sometimes, even the best spun spells can lead to complete and utter mayhem.
Pre-Order


You can read about the Phoenix Chronicles at Lori's website.

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
Shown in reverse order.


You can read about the Nightcreatures series at Lori's website.

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
Shown in reverse order


About Lori

Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012
      Lori Handeland spent years waitressing, teaching and managing a photography studio before selling her first novel in 1993. Since then she has written many novels, novellas and short stories in several genres--historical, contemporary, series, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fantasy. Soon she will return to her roots, writing western historical romance under the name Lori Austin.
      She is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance.
      Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons. For more information please go to her websites at:
www.lorihandeland.com
and
www.loriaustin.net
You can also join Lori on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/LoriHandeland
or
http://www.facebook.com/LoriAustinBooks



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Shakespeare Undead (Shakespeare Undead 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite Shakespearean play that you've read or seen? 

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 Wednesday, May 30, 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 - May 21, 2012

It's Monday again! This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Guest Blog by Lisa Shearin author of the Raine Benares series. All Spell Breaks Loose, the final novel in the series, will be published on May 29, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Cassie Alexander. Cassie's debut, Nighshifted (Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1), will be published on May 22, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Lori Handeland. Zombie Island, the second novel in the Shakespeare Undead series, will be published on May 22, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by Megan Powell. No Peace for the Damned, Megan's debut, will be published on July 10, 2012.

Friday - Interview with Michael Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations series.

Saturday - Interview with Mike Shevdon. Strangeness and Charm (The Courts of Feyre 3) will be published on May 29, 2012.


May 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Talisman Of El
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Alecia Stone F



May 22, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The King's Blood
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Daniel Abraham F - Dagger and Coin 2
Nightshifted (d)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Cassie Alexander UF - Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1
Dark Jenny (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Alex Bledsoe F/M - Eddie Lactrosse Mystery 3
The Paths of the Dead (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 1
Destroyer of Worlds
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 3
Out of the Waters (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
David Drake F - Books of the Elements 2
Orb Sceptre Throne (tp and h)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 4
A Tree of Bones
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Gemma Files F - Hexslinger 3
The Vampire Dimitri (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Colleen Gleason PNR - Recency Draculia 2
Legacy (h2mm)
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David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 6
Midnight's Master
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Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 1
Zombie Island
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Lori Handeland F - Shakespeare Undead 2
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
James Patrick Kelly
John Kessel
SF - Anthology
Princeps
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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 5
Beauty and the Werewolf (h2mm)
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Mercedes Lackey GR - Five Hundred Kingdoms 6
The Walls of the Universe (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Paul Melko SF - Walls of the Universe 1
The Enemy's Kiss
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Zandria Munson PNR
Honeyed Words (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
J. A. Pitts F - Sarah Beauhall 2
Further: Beyond the Threshold
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Chris Roberson SF
2312
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Kim Stanley Robinson SF
Dark Magic
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
James Swain ST/O
Guardian of the Night
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR - Vampire Moons
Shadow Bound
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 2
Dog Days
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Elsa Watson FR
Blue-Blooded Vamp
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Jaye Wells UF -Sabina Kane 5
Nightworld (ri)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
F. Paul Wilson H - Adversary Cycle 6



May 23, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ultramarines: The Second Omnibus
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Ultramarines



May 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of Doors (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Chez Brenchley H - Keys to D'Esperance 2



May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
The View From Monday - May 21, 2012
Peter Lantos SF



d - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
M - Mystery
O - Occult
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Supernatural
ST - Supernatural Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012Interview with Lori Handeland and Giveaway - May 23, 2012The View From Monday - May 21, 2012

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