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Cover Revealed - Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

Recently Cassie Alexander revealed the cover for Shapeshifted (Edie Spence 3):

Cover Revealed - Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

Edie looks very intense on this cover and is ready to stake something. And it's pink! What do you think? Shapeshifted will be out next year.

Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) was published on May 22, 2012. Moonshifted (Edie Spence 2) is upcoming on November 27, 2012.

And since Moonshifted isn't out for a couple of months you have plenty of time to start the series and then keep up!



About Edie Spence

Nightshifted
Edie Spence 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cover Revealed - Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…



Moonshifted
Edie Spence 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 27, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cover Revealed - Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander
After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work—attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. And now Edie’s stuck in the middle of an all-out were-war…

With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. But when she meets her patient’s nephew—a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist—Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away—even if getting involved makes her easy prey…
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Interview with Cassie Alexander - May 22, 2012

Please welcome Cassie Alexander to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Nightshifted (Edie Spence/Nightshifted 1) is published today. Happy Publication Day to Cassie!


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

Cassie:  I plan out a tattoo to get for each writing project. Even short stories, sometimes. There’s a point in every project where I get swept away with the idea and I think “Yes, I will want something symbolizing this moment on my skin for life.” I haven’t actually gotten any of these tattoos yet – for good or for bad, I suffer from next-project-itis – but it’s a just a thing I do. When I get to the tattoo planning stage, I know the writing’s real.

(I do have other tattoos. Which is part of the reason I always wind up holding off – I’m running out of skin ;))

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

Cassie:  I’m lucky to know a lot of my favorite writers – Kat Richardson and Diana Rowland write fantastic urban fantasies, they’re both who I want to be when I grow up. Kelley Eskridge and Nancy Kress were writing instructors of mine recently, and they were amazing too. And Rachel Swirsky and Katie Sparrow are close friends of mine – I bounce most of my ideas off of them early on, and I’m lucky that they’re awesome and wise.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Cassie:  40/60…or the other way around. I’d love to be more of a plotter, and I keep trying to do outlines, but there’s always a point where the story just bucks off my plans and forges ahead. Which is great, until it runs into another dead end, and I’m cursing the sky wishing I’d stuck with my outline. I bounce back and forth quite a lot ;).

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

Cassie:  Beginning is the hardest part – and then close on its heels, is realizing that everything I’m writing is most likely wrong. Once I accept that though, it’s freeing, and it becomes so much easier to create first draft, knowing I can edit it all later.

TQ:  Describe Nightshifted (Edie Spence/Nightshifted 1) in 140 characters or less.

CassieNightshifted is the story of Edie Spence, a nurse who works on a ward for supernatural creatures and vampire exposed humans.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Nightshifted?

Cassie:  It was processing a lot of difficult things at work. Being a new nurse is frightening. You’re in charge of a lot, but you don’t know everything – you don’t even know what you don’t know, worst of all.

I was reading urban fantasy at the time, and there weren’t any protagonists out there for me – everyone was amazingly talented and kick ass and special. There were no people just trying to get by, doing the best they could, scared as hell it wouldn’t be good enough on a bad night.

That’s when I started to work on Nightshifted in earnest. To write the kind of heroine I needed to see.

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

Cassie:  Since I’m a nurse in real life, I didn’t have to go far out of my way – I just tried to put myself out there for new experiences, and listened actively to other people’s stories. I’m still a new nurse though, I know not everything in the book is medically accurate – sometimes on purpose, and sometimes on accident.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Cassie:  Edie’s the hardest, since she’s the protagonist, and it’s first person. I’ve gone off track for scenes, chapters, of material before, and then realized, wait-a-second, she would never do that, and have had to do immense backtrackings and rewritings before. She’s my only chance to get it right – and because she’s front and center, if I screw up, she’s where I get it wrong.

Dren’s the easiest, because he’s got the most black and white view.

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

Cassie:  The…dragon part. I won’t say anything more, though ;).

TQ:  What's next?

CassieMoonshifted comes out in November, and Shapeshifted comes out next June.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Cassie:  Thanks Sally! :D


About Nightshifted

Nightshifted
Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Cassie Alexander - May 22, 2012
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…


And the cover for Moonshifted, which will be published in the Fall 2012!!

Interview with Cassie Alexander - May 22, 2012



About Cassie

Interview with Cassie Alexander - May 22, 2012
Cassie Alexander is an author and a registered nurse. Her debut trilogy, Nightshifted, will be published by St. Martin's Press on May 22, 2012. It's coming out in January from Piper Verlag in German.

She likes alchemy, blood, and science, in that order.

Cassie's Links:

Website
Twitter


Read Cassie's 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog - Process Changes - here.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012 Winner

The results are in and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for May is Cassie Alexander's Nightshifted  with 51% of the votes cast. The winning cover was created by Aleta Rafton.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012 Winner

The final results:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012 Winner



2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012 Winner



Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue in June with voting on the June debut covers.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.

January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.


For May you have 4 covers to choose from.














2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Earlier this week the cover for Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander was revealed. I really like this cover. It's different. Plus I love the dragon in the background!


Nightshifted
AuthorCassie Alexander
Series:  Nightshifted 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0312553395

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

NIGHTSHIFTED

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.

Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…


Cassie's Links

Website
LiveJournal
Twitter


You can keep up to date on 2012 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2012 DAC page.
Interview with Cassie Alexander, author of the Edie Spence series - December 19, 2013Cover Revealed - Shapeshifted by Cassie AlexanderInterview with Cassie Alexander - May 22, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012 Winner2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

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