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Winners x 5 - May 6, 2012

And the winners are...

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

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

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

Lexi H who said...

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

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


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


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

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  What magic have you found in your life?

Rebe who said...

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


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


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

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

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

Jet who said...

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


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


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

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

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

Natalia J who said...

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


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


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

US$25

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

Gale Nelson who said...

My shadow would be a shifter!!


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


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

Thank you.

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012

Please welcome Lyn Benedict to The Qwillery. Lies & Omens was published on April 24, 2012. It's the 4th novel in Lyn's Shadow Inquiries series about Sylvie Lightner, P.I.


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

Lyn:  A quirk in the way I write? Or in the writing itself? I don't think I have any particular quirks to the method—no special music, drink, place, time, etc—though I am getting surprisingly good at typing around the kitten who wants to sleep on the computer.

Writing-wise, the thing that always bewilders me is my sheer inability to number chapters consecutively. Somehow I always get to chapter 16 in the revisions and there are three of them. I just don't get it. It's not that hard to count upward, and yet…every single time, there they are, multiple chapters. Apparently my brain thinks the numbers go: 15, 16, 17, 16, 18, 16, 17… it's goofy.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Lyn:  A bit of both, working in conjunction. I do a rough outline, then a detailed plot outline for the first eight chapters, then I start writing. But I don't hold myself to that outline if more interesting avenues appear. Some of my favorite character moments and plot complications arrive out of events that were never on the outline, and take me far from the original idea of the plot. But when things get stuck, going back and starting an outline of events is often enough to get me going again.

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

Lyn:  I love the brainstorming process; it's a fever of delighted inspiration and a thousand tiny details scrawled on various surfaces. Then that energy fades and I have to sit down and turn it into prose. Not just functional prose, but something that really tries to encapsulate the giddy emotions I felt when conceiving of it: dread, awe, happiness, what have you. The hardest thing I do is translate inspiration to words. There's just no way prose ever reaches the shining image in my mind and that's crazy-frustrating.

Second to that? Probably practicing the dreaded BICHOK (butt in chair, hands on keyboard). It's just so hard to get started every day. Once, I get there, life is good, but those first ten minutes are sheer hell. I always feel like a kid put in time-out. Sit on that chair and don't wiggle! One of my friends writes while using her treadmill; I'm deeply envious of her physical coordination.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Shadows Inquiries series?

Lyn:  I've always been a huge fan of urban fantasies, that mixture of magic and mystery, and the detective who's got to sort it all out. I'd written some short stories in that vein, and been frustrated because by the time I'd conveyed magic, setting, character, and added a mystery to the top, the stories were too long to go anywhere. Then, a friend asked me what would happen if two of the characters from those stories met? (Kevin Dunne, the god of justice, and Sylvie Lightner). I laughed, thought it was a fun exercise and started to figure out what Kevin could possibly need from her. Sixty pages of notes later, I realized I had not only my next novel but a whole world of trouble to explore, with rules of magic involving the boundaries between gods and men.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create your world and mythology?

Lyn:  I grew up on Greek myths they taught in schools (why do they teach us Greek mythology?) and the Cuban folklore I heard around Miami. So I was primed to find mythology fascinating. Over the years, I've read and collected loads of books on various myths, and since Sylvie is sort of a free-for-all, I let myself wander through, picking and choosing some of my favorites to include, then shamelessly altering them as I saw fit. I wanted the Sylvie books to really feel like they could be happening in our current world, so I mostly left our society as it is, only warped bits and pieces. I did have a nasty moment once when I put a magical battle in the Viscaya Gardens in Miami, and found that they had recently been closed for renovations. For a moment, I actually felt guilty! The perils of using real world places.

TQ:  Describe Lies & Omens (Shadows Inquiries 4) in 140 characters or less.

Lyn:  Wake up, world. Someone's been keeping secrets and Sylvie won't stand for that. It's time to pull back the curtain.

TQ:   Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Lies & Omens?

Lyn:  Well, I have an especial fondness for revelation scenes, or epiphanies. So Sylvie's major plot epiphany is one of my very favorites. But there are a lot of scenes, I really enjoyed writing in this book—from romantic elements to Sylvie action scenes where she's in way over her head.

Plus, I had a chance to use some of my favorite monsters in this book. I feel like I've been waiting years for a valid chance to put my version of these storybook monsters on a page.

TQ:  In the Shadows Inquiries series, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Lyn:  Demalion, Sylvie's love interest, is probably the trickiest, though the bad guy in Gods & Monsters gave him a run for the money. The problem with Demalion is that Sylvie's a very opinionated, very prickly woman, and I had to make sure that Demalion's attraction to her felt real and not just plot-convenient. I didn't want him to simply be Sylvie's yes-man. I wanted the reader to feel that Demalion has his own life, his own agenda, and that he doesn't always agree with Sylvie. I want the reader to think they honestly respect and like each other despite all the arguing; when you're writing the romance (such as it is), it's very easy to just wave the authorial magic-wand and say "They're in LOVE!" But readers are smart; if the characters don't really have any reason to be fond of each other, they'll notice and the romance will fall flat. Romance, like comedy, is more difficult than people think.

Oddly enough the easiest character to write is Alex Figueroa-Smith, Sylvie's assistant. Alex is cheerful, friendly, organized, sensible, and, I'm pretty sure, is the only human Sylvie is actually afraid to anger. Alex is the friendly office tyrant. Honestly, Alex is closest to wish-fulfillment as any character I write: she's just so competent! I wish I had half her organizational skills.

TQ:  Who is/are your favorite character or characters from the Shadows Inquiries series?

Lyn:  It sounds greedy or arrogant to say this, but I love a lot of these characters a ridiculous amount. Every book has one side character that I fall a little in love with. But I think my favorite has to be the least human: Erinya, the fury. She's all id and bad behavior, and that makes her fun to write. At this point, Erinya is equal parts terrifying and exasperating to Sylvie. She was originally supposed to be a one-book character but kept creeping back. And ultimately, Erinya really makes an impact on Sylvie and the world.

TQ:  What's next?

Lyn:  I'm heading back to my 2nd world fantasy roots, trading in Sylvie and her guns for more elaborate world-magics and a whole slew of new characters. The heroine is, surprise, surprise, a bit difficult and prone to making enemies—it seems to me that characters are always surrounded by enemies; I like the idea of her deserving a least a good share of them.

And because I can't just abandon Sylvie's world completely, I'm working on a series of short stories and novellas set along her timeline, though from alternate points of view. Demalion may finally get his say without Sylvie interrupting him every two seconds.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About Shadow Inquiries

Lies & Omens
Shadow Inquiries 4
Ace, April 24, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012
Sylvie Lightner is a P.I. specializing in the unusual—in a world where magic is real, and Hell is just around the corner.

After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie’s trying to lay low—something that gets easier when a magical force starts taking out her enemies. But these magical attacks are a risk to bystanders, and Sylvie can’t let that slide.

When the war between the government and the magical world threatens the three people closest to her—her assistant, her sister, and her lover—Sylvie has no choice but to get involved with hidden powers bent on shaping the world to their liking. Now, with death and disaster on the horizon, even if Sylvie wins, things will never be the same... 


Gods & Monsters
Shadow Inquiries 3
Ace, April 26, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012
Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual and unbelievable. When she finds the bodies of five women in the Florida Everglades, Sylvie believes them to be the work of a serial killer and passes the buck. But when the bodies wake and shift shape, killing the police, Sylvie finds herself at the head of a potentially lethal investigation.


Ghosts & Echoes
Shadow Inquiries 2
Ace, April 27, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012
The new urban fantasy series that has readers jumping at shadows.

Chicago cop Adam Wright has picked up a spiritual hitchhiker, the ghost of a dead man who desperately wants to live again. So he turns to supernatural P.I. Sylvie Lightner to rid him of the spirit-a spirit she finds strangely familiar.


Sins & Shadows
Shadow Inquiries 1
Ace, April 28, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012
Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual, in a world where magic is real-and where death isn't the worst thing that can happen to you.

But when an employee is murdered in front of her, Sylvie has had enough. After years of confounding the dark forces of the Magicus Mundi, she's closing up shop-until a man claiming to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his lost lover.

And he won't take no for an answer.


About Lyn

Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012
Lyn Benedict was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, and grew up as the first human member of their menagerie. When it came time for a career, it was a hard choice between veterinarian and writer. It turned out to be far more fun to write about blood than to work with it. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Lyn's Links:

Website








The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Lies & Omens from Lyn!  US/Canada ONLY

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

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

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 Thursday, May 3, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - April 23, 2012

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

This week at The Qwillery:

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

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

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

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


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

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


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



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





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





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



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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF- Historical Fantasy
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012Interview with Lyn Benedict and Giveaway - April 26, 2012The View From Monday - April 23, 2012

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