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Many winners! - October 2, 2011

Lots of winners!

5 copies of Must Love Lycans (Broken Heart 8) by Michele Bardsley

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: What is your favorite paranormal being?

1.  Amy who said...
I love the Broken Heart series.

My favorite paranormal being is a vampire. I think it is because of the old vampire movies I use to sneak and watch as a kid. Then I feel in love with the books about them. I love all paranormal beings but I am a sucker for a vampire. LOL :)

2.  Eli Yanti who said...
paranormal being i loved : fairies (ash - iron king is my fav, knife and many more), vampires (edward cullen, viper, styx, layel), werewolf (jacob), nymph (nymph king - gena showalter), dragons and angels.

3.  wanda f who said...
My favorite being is werewolves .\Michele I love your Broken Hearts series Ive read all of the previous books and cant wait to read Must Love Lycans .Its my most wanted to get book of the year .

4.  Megan@Riverina Romantics said...
I'm a vampire groupie!

5.  JoAnna who said...
I love shifters, cat shifters are my favorite!


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Paradise 21 (New Dawn 1) (e-book) by Aubrie Dionne

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Do you listen to music when you write? Does the music affect how or what you write?? or if you don't write - Do you listen to music when you read?

Denise Z who said...
I listen to music when I do not have to concentrate on anything else. I love it and my toes tap, my body moves, and I will belt it out with the best of them. When I listen to music I cannot write or work, but I can read albeit with some toe tapping going on:) Thank you for sharing today. I would love to read Paradise 21 and appreciate the giveaway opportunity.


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The Savage Knight (Malory's Knights of Albion) by Paul Lewis (3 copies)

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Arthur or Lancelot?

1.  Krystal who said...
I was never a huge fan of either one, but I supposed I'll choose Arthur.

2.  booklover0226 who said...
Between the two, I must choose Arthur; he was devoted and dedicated to his clause.

(side note - my favorite is Gawain!)

3.  Barbara E. who said...
I'd have to go with Arthur, he's definitely the man. Savage Knight sounds very intriguing and I'm looking forward to checking it out.


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Shadow Kin (Half-Light City 1) by M.J. Scott

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  Light or Dark?

Lieder Madchen who said...
Definitely dark for me! I am a total night owl and I melt in the sun. :)

Thank you for the great interview and giveaway, I have to read this book!


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Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1) (e-book) by Jess Macallan

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Gargoyles or Elves?

RachaelM who said...
I would have to say gargoyles. In the last few months I have seen many books featuring gargoyles and they all look very interesting.


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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: If you could work at a circus, what would you like to do?

Angie who said...
This sounds so good! Putting it on my TBR list. If I were in the circus - animal trainer, but probably not the big cats. Maybe monkeys or something.


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Choice of e-book of Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum 1) or Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum 2) by Rosalie Lario

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Greek or Egyptian Mythology or both?

June M. who said...
I have read quite a bit of Greek mythology but right now I can't think of much Egyptian mythology that I have read. I will have to look into it.
These books have been on my wish list for a while now. I would LOVE to win a copy of the first book BLOOD OF DEMON.


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Choice of Deadtown, Hellforged or Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  If you were a demon slayer what sort of paranormal/supernatural being would be your sidekick?

erin who said...
I love, love, love thi series! I can't wait for and desperately want, Bloodstone :)

If I had a sidekick, I'd want it to be a shapeshifter who is very strong and fast to protect me! :)

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!


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Spellwright by Blake Charlton (2 signed copies of the Mass Market Paperback)  US Mailing Addresses Only!

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy or all three?

1. Blissfulrains who said...
Epic fantasy! (:

2. RachaelM who said...
I like all three, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy but my favorite seems to be Urban Fantasy. I love a good fantasy book to lose myself in and forget my troubles for a while. Thanks for the giveaway.


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Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, October 9, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Paul Lewis and Giveaway - September 13, 2011

Please welcome Paul Lewis to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Paul:  I write on the move. I have the biggest writing room in the world! I love being outdoors and go on long walks whenever time permits. But I can hike eight miles and hardly remember any of it. My head's away somewhere else. That's how I do most of my writing. Storylines, characters, settings, even lines of dialogue ... it's all been played out in my head before I sit down at the keyboard. It's the same if I hit a problem with whatever I'm working on. I don't sit there and fret about it. I get my hiking boots on and let my subconscious deal with it. Earlier today I went out and came back with a prologue, opening chapter and beginnings of a plot for a fantasy novel that I'm going to start outlining.

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

Paul:  James Herbert and Stephen King got me into horror. I was in my early teens when they broke through in the 70s. I couldn't get enough of them. Herbert in particular was an inspiration because his books were set in Britain, so I could relate more to them. I actually wrote to him when I was still a schoolboy fan and told him I wanted to be a writer. He was kind enough to write back, wishing me good luck. I've still got that letter.

Ramsey Campbell was another big influence. For a while I wanted to write like him, before I realised no-one else can. But he taught me a lot about atmosphere and what you don't see being scarier than what you can.

I've read a lot of fantasy ...Tolkien, Alan Garner, Charles De Lint and Tad Williams, Susan Cooper, the list goes on. Newer favourites include Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin. But my all-time fantasy influence is Robert Holdstock. Mythago Wood was, for me, the perfect British fantasy, so original and beguiling. His untimely death robbed the world of a great storyteller and a lovely man. There are a few lines dotted around The Savage Knight that are my little tributes to him.

Outside the genre, Adam Hall, who created the Quiller spy novels, was a big influence in terms of writing action scenes. His were some of the best I've ever read, real edge-of-seat stuff.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Paul:  If I have to make the choice I suppose I'm more of a plotter ... though I don't really like the term because I tell stories, not plots. And I'm an old-fashioned kind of storyteller. I like proper beginnings, middles and ends. Very few people are good enough to do that on the hoof.

But it's not as if I come up with plots and slavishly follow them. Although I work out the main beats of the stories before I start writing, it always surprises me the extent to which they write themselves once I'm in the zone.  So I like to know where I'm going before I set out, but not necessarily the exact route. The journey often takes a few unexpected twists and turns before it's over.

With The Savage Knight, I had to write a 5,000-word outline first. Mainly because the publishers requested one, which was only fair because they were investing in the novel. But equally I needed to be sure how the storyline would unfold. With work and family commitments, and a deadline to meet, I knew I wouldn't have time to go down blind alleys.

Yet there was plenty of scope for diversions along the way. In the outline, I wrote something like: "They journey through the forest and are picked off one by one." I had no idea what would happen, no idea how they would be picked off or even exactly who "they" were as I hadn't yet created all the characters. Those dozen words led to a sustained suspense sequence running to perhaps 10,000 words, and I had a lot of fun dreaming up the gory details.

TQ:  Describe The Savage Knight in 140 characters or less.

Paul:  Brutal Dark Ages knight leaves Camelot in search of peace. Thinks he has found it. Then hideous creatures strike and he is forced to fight again.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Savage Knight?

Paul:  I wrote a short story, Act of Sacrifice, which appeared in an anthology called Swords Against the Millennium in 2000. It featured an Arthurian knight named Dodinal, known as Dodinal Le Savage. Malory refers to him a few times but only in passing, so I was able to create a personality and back story for him. Act of Sacrifice was okay. With hindsight it was a bit predictable, the writing somewhat stilted. I can't be too self-critical, though, because I was still learning. Even so, I really wanted to write a Dodinal novel. I thought the character and his world had great potential.

Last year I heard Abaddon were starting a new series of Arthurian novels, the idea being that each would be a modern retelling of a newly-rediscovered "lost" Malory tale. I sent them the basic idea that later became The Savage Knight. We exchanged emails, that basic idea was developed and I got the go-ahead. The first chapter is is an expansion of the opening of Act of Sacrifice but after that the story is completely new.

It was both hard work and great fun. I'd written two small-press novels with my regular collaborator Steve Lockley. But this was a completely different experience for me. It was much bigger in scale and daunting because I didn't have the safety net of a collaborator to bounce ideas off. At the same time it was liberating too. I didn't have to compromise. It's all me. Regardless of whether people like or hate it, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of The Savage Knight?

Paul:  Not a huge amount, to be truthful. Much of it is set in the Dark Ages wildwood. The novel opens during a harsh winter in a forest on the Wales-England border from which all wildlife has mysteriously vanished. I live close to some fantastic Welsh countryside and I've spent a lot of time walking in the woods over the years, summer and winter. Everyone knows what woods look like so I didn't bother with long descriptions. It was more about invoking atmosphere, giving readers a feel of what it would be like to suddenly find yourself alone in this huge yet empty snowbound forest.

I'm no expert on ancient history, wildlife or hunting. Yet as I was writing the novel I actually surprised myself by how much I did know. I love books and documentaries about Britain, its history and natural world. I hadn't realised how much of it I'd absorbed. There are little details scattered throughout the novel that, while not important to the story, hopefully add a veneer of realism.

I did spend a bit of time researching the early medieval period, but not in any great detail, more to get a general idea of how people dressed, how they lived, what they ate and so on. That was more about ensuring I didn't include any anachronisms rather than making it strictly historically accurate. While it's set during a specific period of history, The Savage Knight is a fantasy, so I allowed myself some freedom. I was more interested in a world that felt real than one that necessarily was real.

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

Paul:  The first big set-piece is the attack on the village and I think that and the finale are my two favourite action scenes. But there are some quieter moments, mainly between Dodinal and Rhiannon, the woman who saves his life and who comes to mean a great deal to him. I liked them, too, for different reasons. I also had a lot of fun working on Dodinal's origin story, which is told in a series of flashbacks.

TQ:  In The Savage Knight, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Paul:  The most difficult was Gerwyn, a very unsympathetic character to begin with. His father is the sort-of chieftain of the village where Dodinal fetches up and he is very petulant and angry. He changes over the course of the novel. I had to come up with motivations for his boorish behaviour at the start as well as his slow transformation. The easiest was Dodinal. I had his entire story in my head before I began writing. He's no angel. He's an extremely violent, exceedingly dangerous man, but only to those who deserve his wrath. He would sacrifice his own life to save the innocent.

TQ:  What's next?

Paul:  I was working on a contemporary teen fantasy-horror called The Grey Men but put that aside to work on some other projects. I'm going back to that; if it works out they way I hope it does, it could be the start of a series. Meanwhile I've started outlining the fantasy I mentioned at the start. It has nothing to do with the world of Savage Knight but is similarly action-driven. I also have the beginnings of an idea that could be a Savage Knight follow-up or a novel for another character. We'll see.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Paul:  It's been a pleasure. Thanks for having me.


About The Savage Knight

The Savage Knight
Malory's Knights of Albion
(Abaddon Books, September 13, 2011)
Interview with Paul Lewis and Giveaway - September 13, 2011
Sir Dodinal the Savage is more at home in the wild forest than in the tilting yard or the banquet hall. Keenly attuned to the natural world, but burdened with a terrible rage, he turns his back on Camelot to find peace, or a just death.

In a quiet village on the Welsh border, Dodinal believes he may have finally found a home, but the village is struck by childstealing raiders from the hills, and he must take up arms once again in his new friends’ aid. His quest will take him into the belly of darkness, as the terrible secret hidden in the hills comes to light...


About Paul

Interview with Paul Lewis and Giveaway - September 13, 2011
Paul Lewis has penned hundreds of comedy sketches for British TV and radio, along with several radio sitcoms. He has also written numerous short stories, which have appeared in publications in the UK and US, with one appearing on Dutch actor Rutger Hauer's website. Paul's collaborations with Steve Lockley include a Doctor Who contribution for BBC Books' The Story of Martha, the novels The Ragchild and The Quarry, and several novellas. The Savage Knight is Paul's first solo novel. A full-time journalist with a regional daily newspaper, he lives with his wife and teenage son in a village in South Wales.



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Three commenters will each win a copy of The Savage Knight generously provided by Abaddon Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Arthur or Lancelot?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

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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 Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years old and older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

Here are the September debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

This month I simply can't pick one. I'm going to read all of them!

Those Across the River
Author: Christopher Buehlman
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Ace (September 6, 2011)
Price: $24.95
Language: English
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 9780441020676
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

No Proper Lady
Author: Isabel Cooper
Series:
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Romance/ Time Travel Romance
ISBN:  9781402259524
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
It’s Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism.

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and no one has any idea that in a few hundred years, demons will destroy it all. Joan plans to keep it that way. All she has to do is take out the dark magician responsible—before he summons the demons in the first place. But as a rough-around-the-edges assassin from that bleak future, she’ll have to learn how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.

Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend—until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon’s sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.

The Savage Knight
Author:  Paul Lewis
Series:  Malory's Knights of Albion
Format:  Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher:  Abaddon (September 13, 2011)
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy / Arthurian Legend
ISBN:  9781907992346
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Sir Dodinal the Savage is more at home in the wild forest than in the tilting yard or the banquet hall. Keenly attuned to the natural world, but burdened with a terrible rage, he turns his back on Camelot to find peace, or a just death.

In a quiet village on the Welsh border, Dodinal believes he may have finally found a home, but the village is struck by child-stealing raiders from the hills, and he must take up arms once again in his new friends' aid. His quest will take him into the belly of darkness, as the terrible secret hidden in the hills comes to light...

Stone Cold Seduction
Author:  Jess Macallan
Series:  Set in Stone
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 978-1-937044-25-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

The Night Circus
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (Septemeber 13, 2011)
Price:  $26.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Sins of the Angels
Author:  Linda Poitevin
Series:  The Grigori Legacy
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Ace (September 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978044102091
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.

The Panama Laugh
Author:  Thomas S. Roche
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction/Apocalyptic
ISBN:  978-1-59780-290-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Ex-mercenary, pirate, and gun-runner Dante Bogart knows he's screwed the pooch after he hands one of his shady employers a biological weapon that made the dead rise from their graves, laugh like hyenas, and feast upon the living. Dante tried to blow the whistle via a tell-all video that went viral -- but that was before the black ops boys deep-sixed him at a secret interrogation site on the Panama-Colombia border.

When Dante wakes up in the jungle with the five intervening years missing from his memory, he knows he's got to do something about the laughing sickness that has caused a world-wide slaughter. The resulting journey leads him across the nightmare that was the Panama Canal, around Cape Horn in a hijacked nuclear warship, to San Francisco's mission district, where a crew of survivalist hackers have holed up in the pseudo-Moorish-castle turned porn-studio known as The Armory.

This mixed band of anti-social rejects has taken Dante's whistle blowing video as an underground gospel, leading the fight against the laughing corpses and the corporate stooges who've tried to profit from the slaughter. Can Dante find redemption and save civilization?

Shadow Kin
Author:  M. J. Scott
Series:  Half-Light City
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Roc (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Dark Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  9780451464040
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 28, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce that Paul Lewis has joined the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Paul's debut, The Savage Knight, will be published in September by Abaddon Books.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 28, 2011
Sir Dodinal the Savage is more at home in the wild forest than in the tilting yard or the banquet hall. Keenly attuned to the natural world, but burdened with a terrible rage, he turns his back on Camelot to find peace, or a just death.

In a quiet village on the Welsh border, Dodinal believes he may have finally found a home, but the village is struck by child-stealing raiders from the hills, and he must take up arms once again in his new friends' aid. His quest will take him into the belly of darkness, as the terrible secret hidden in the hills comes to light...

Look for an interview with Paul in September 2011. You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
Many winners! - October 2, 2011Interview with Paul Lewis and Giveaway - September 13, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 28, 2011

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