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Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

I'm a bit behind on announcing winners and getting out winnings. We had a family emergency (all is well now, I think) and then lost power for over a week in the great Autumn Nor'Easter that hit on October 29th. I'm behind, but I will catch up. So without further ado, excuses, or explanations... the winners are:


The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) by Sandy Williams

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question: What is your favorite soda or other beverage?

Kristina who said...

Shadow Reader looks like it is going to be an awesome read! Definately going on my TBR list!

*my favorite soda is Coke...just like the refreshing taste and the fact that I can leave it out for a few hours and its not flat at all!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica) by Stephanie Draven

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Do you have a favorite myth?

Scorpio1974 who said...

Well I love pretty much all things paranormal and supernatural so I like a lot of the myths surrounding those things like vampires, were-animals, zombies and such. I also like the greek and roman myths about the gods and goddesses.

and

Patsy who said...

My favorite myth is the City/Island of Atlantis. I am truely fascinated by it!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

Jary who said...

What can be better than a man in a kilt? Especially if he is bare chested. YUM!!

The books looks great. You are a new author for me but definitely going on my TOB list.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Mirror Maze by Michaela Jordan

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Have you ever been in a maze and where? 

erin who said...

Thanks for a great interview! I hadn't encountered this book before and it sounds great!

I've only been in a maze once and it was a corn maze attached to a haunted house. Of course, we went at night and it seemed like it took us forever to find our way out. Don't know if I'd do it again, but it was scary!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) by Jessica Sims

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Sheree who said...

Hm, it's either going to be a flying shifter of some sort or an angel. We might as well fly to our date destinations without dealing with airplanes.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) by J.N. Duncan and cover flat for The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3)

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Leave a comment about J.N. Duncan's post.

Bethany C. who said...

I like how you described your writing process. It sounds like how I would go about it if I were to ever start writing a book/series.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Swell by Corwin Ericson

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What is your favorite kind of whale?

msmjb65 who said...

The answer to the question is easy: the humpback whale. I have always been intrigued by this mammouth of the sea.It's just so amazing when you see one breach - that it can get itself out of the water like that is nature at its best.
I have yet to be in the right place at the right time to go whale watching, but one day I'll get to see one in person. Swell looks really interesting and different - I love different!
Congrats on the release..

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Mysteries 1) by Rochelle Staab

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Tarot Cards or Palm Reading?

samantha35 who said...

I love the idea of palm reading- seems more personal!
great giveaway

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Awaken the Highland Warrior and Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who is your favorite writer and why?

Laura_darkelvengirl who said...

Who's my favorite writer?
Easy yet hard I have to say these people. Nalini Singh, Alexandra Ivy, and Kerrelyn Sparks. The reason I would say these are my favorite writers are that they deliver stories that leave me loving them, and wanting more.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


$5 gift certificate to the online book store of the winner's choice from Natalie J. Damschroder 

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Which goddess or god would you be (if you could be a goddess or god)?

latishajean who said...

I would pick Persephone I love the story one of my favorites!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2) by Hannah Jayne

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What job would you do if you could do anything?

Teril who said...

Well for starters if I could do anything, it would be find teleportation and make it free because I am tired of sitting in traffic. That and driving in the snow. So teleportation it is. That and becoming a shifter, since then I could be moody and hawt!

Under Wraps was an amazing novel I love the heroine and the setting! I cannot wait to read Under Attack. Thank you for the giveaway.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 21, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011

Please welcome Stephanie Draven to The Qwillery. Stephanie is the author of the Mythica series. The next book in the series, Dark Sins and Desert Sands, will be published on November 1, 2011.

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

Stephanie:  I have to make up a soundtrack for every book I write--then I loop over the music again and again. Here’s an example of the playlist I used to write Dark Sins & Desert Sands is here. Layla and Ray’s love song was Mindy Smith’s “One Moment More.”

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Stephanie:  I used to be a pantser but then I realized that I could get paid to write an outline first and everything changed. ;) No kidding, though, I like to do a little bit of both. I plan pretty extensively because I care about narrative structure and I like to have a roadmap. But I leave myself room to create a few surprises.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Mythica series?

Stephanie:  I’ve always been fascinated by the monsters in Greek mythology and why so many of them are female. The gorgon, especially, is a representation of primal female rage. I wanted to see if I could take the things the Greeks were afraid of, and twist them into heroines and heroes. So, the tagline of the series is, “What if the monsters of ancient myth still walked the earth...and what if you found out you were one of them?”

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the Mythica series?

Stephanie:  I re-read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, but that wasn’t arduous work. I’d always loved it ;) The hard part of the research for these books was to learn a little bit about guns and about the soldiers and what they go through in war.

TQ:  Describe Dark Sins and Desert Sands in 140 characters or less.

Stephanie:  Wrongfully accused & broken by torture, an American soldier transforms into a mind-controlling minotaur bent on revenge…http://bit.ly/nTpzCm

(You can tweet that! Please do.)

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Dark Sins and Desert Sands?

Stephanie:  The hero of the novel is suffering from PTSD which manifests itself in episodes of violent rages and claustrophobia. At some point in the novel, the hero has to squeeze into a very tight space--in spite of his mounting anxiety--to help the heroine through an emotional crisis. For me, that was a turning point in how I felt about him. That took more courage for him than facing down death, and great compassion. I love men who are willing to protect the hearts of the women they love--not just their bodies.

TQ:  In Dark Sins and Desert Sands, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Stephanie:  The heroine of this novel was seriously tricky for me. Because of the abuse she suffered, she has no memories and lives on fear. That’s so outside my own experience, I had a tough time relating to her. She’s also seriously sexually repressed and I had to help nudge her out of her cocoon. It wasn’t until Layla really spreads her wings and discovers her own passions that she came alive for me, so I fret that readers are going to hate her.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite myth that you've not yet explored in the Mythica series?

Stephanie:  Let’s see. I’ve covered gorgons, demi-gods, chimeras, dryads, sirens, tritons, nymphs and hydras, minotaurs and sphinxes. Early next year, there will be another story about a phoenix and a fury. I guess I’m running out of monsters! I always loved the story of Psyche and Cupid but I’m not sure how to work that in yet. Do you have a favorite you’d like me to do?

TQ:  In the Mythica series which character has surprised you the most?

Stephanie:  In Siren Song, I planned the heroine to be this hard-edged rocker. Chloe is a siren. Men can’t resist her. She was going to be sexually liberated and bad-ass. But as I started writing her, even though she has a smart-mouth and a quick wit, she transformed into the most tender, vulnerable, sweet heroine I’ve ever written.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Mythica series?

Stephanie:  I’d originally planned just two, but now the series has ballooned to two full-length novels and four novellas and if it this next book is popular enough, I’d consider more!

TQ:  What's next?

Stephanie:  I’d be remiss not to mention that as my alter ego, Stephanie Dray, I have just released Song of the Nile: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter. I hope folks will check it out!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Stephanie:  It’s always a pleasure. Thank you so much!


About the Mythica series

Dark Sins and Desert Sands
Mythica 5 (Novel)
Harlequin Nocturne, November 1, 2011

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
Escaping a hellish Syrian prison, U.S. serviceman Ray Stavrakis emerged with uncanny mind-control powers and an eerie ability to morph into a mythical Minotaur. As a half man, half bull, Ray had legendary power, but only one woman could prove his innocence. The woman who'd driven him to the brink of insanity with her cool-eyed interrogation and her hot-blooded sensuality.

But Vegas psychologist Layla Bahset had no memory of Ray or her past. Only a feeling of being stalked by a nonhuman predator. Was it Ray...whose eyes condemned her soul even as his hands ignited her body? Or was another evil force at work? But nothing could stop Layla from remembering what she was...and what her evil creator had planned for her and her soldier lover....


Siren Song
Mythica 4 (Novella; e-book only)
Harlequin Nocturne Bites, January 1, 2011

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
When Chloe Karras sings, she knows that no one can resist her sensual allure—except for the sexy naval officer seemingly immune to her voice. But Captain Alex Shore is just the man she wants to take home after her performance—until he tells her what she thought were imagined powers are real...and dangerous.

Alexandros knows firsthand how seductive sirens are, as well as their potential to destroy. Yet the former sea soldier feels a powerful attraction to the beautiful rock singer that goes beyond her spell. Can he banish Chloe from the town he's vowed to protect—or will he be drawn into the siren's bed?


Poisoned Kisses
Mythica 3 (Novel)
Harlequin Nocturne, October 1, 2010

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
Daughter of the war god Ares, Kyra had been born into darkness—a darkness she'd vowed to annihilate. Just as she'd destroy the notorious Greek arms dealer Marco Kaisiris for feeding the bloodlust she despised. She'd use her nymph's carnal powers to seduce him, then slay him. But Kyra wasn't prepared for Marco's secret weapon.

For millennia Kyra had avoided mortal men, but she couldn't resist Marco's magnetism, his raw sexuality. Time and again his sculpted body took her to heights to which only the gods soared. That he was a shape-shifting hydra she could forgive, but not his one fatal flaw—his poisoned blood could kill her. Kyra had fallen for the only being who could destroy her.... Yet how could she spend eternity without him?


Wild, Tethered, Bound
Mythica 2 (Novella; e-book only)
Harlequin Nocturne Bites, August 1, 2009

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
Lieutenant Nick Leandros is a battle-hardened soldier who thinks he's seen everything. But nothing prepares him for the horror he encounters in a dark, war-torn forest. The carnage fractures him--body and soul. Split into three separate men with three savage wills, he struggles to tame the cunning creatures and hold them inside.

His only hope of salvation is Dessa, a beautiful dryad who is bound to Nick by mystic forces. She alone understands what he has become, and Nick is the only man who can give her the child she needs. But the cruelest, most lustful part of him demands her submission as the price for his help. With her powers waning every day, time is running out for Dessa to save the last forests of her country...and to heal the man she's come to love.


Midnight Medusa
Mythica 1 (Novella; e-book only)
Harlequin Nocturne Bites, April 1, 2009

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
As a child, Renata witnessed unspeakable horrors in war-torn Bosnia. Now a world away in New York City, Renata channels her pain and anger into her art, sculpting war criminals--all of whom die once her pieces are complete. It seems like just a sick coincidence until Damon, a son of Ares, kidnaps her and tells her the shocking truth: that Renata is a gorgon with the power to kill with her art.

Will Renata use her new-found power to get revenge, or will the sexy, mysterious Damon stop her first?


About Stephanie

Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011
Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.

She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!

A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.

Stephanie also writes historical fiction as Stephanie Dray and has a series of forthcoming novels from Berkley Books featuring Cleopatra’s daughter.

Stephanie's Links

Website
Facebook
Goodreads
Twitter


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win a copy of Dark Sins and Desert Sands from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you have a favorite myth?

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. 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 Friday, October 28, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - October 17, 2011

It's Monday and Halloween is only 14 days away now! It's another jam-packed week at The Qwillery.


Monday -  Interview with Janet Mullany whose most recent novel is Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion.

Tuesday - 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Bradley P. Beaulieu - The Winds of Khalakovo (The Lays of Anuskaya 1).

Wednesday - A Vampire for Christmas Blog Tour with Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan.

Thursday -  2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Sandy Williams - The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1).

Friday -  Interview with Stephanie Draven whose most recent novel is Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica 5).


Book releases for this week are below. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


October 16, 2011

TITLEAUTHORGENRE and SERIES
Blood Drive
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Traci Houston UF - Vampire Otherkin 1



October 17, 2011

TITLEAUTHORGENRE and SERIES
The Butcher of Anderson Station (e)
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse



October 18, 2011

TITLEAUTHORGENRE and SERIES
Lord of the Wolfyn
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Jessica Andersen PNR - Royal House of Shadows 3
The Infernals: A Novel
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
John Connolly FM
A Scanner Darkly (ri)
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Philip K. Dick SF
VALIS (ri)
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Philip K. Dick SF
Dark Sins and Desert Sands
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Stephanie Draven PNR - Mythica 5
Ashes of a Black Frost
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Chris Evans EF - The Iron Elves 3
The Shattered Vine
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Laura Anne Gilman EF - Vineart War 3
Aloha from Hell
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 3
Beauty and the Werewolf
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms 6
The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Sarah Monette H
A Vampire for Christmas
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Laurie London
Michele Hauf
Caridad Pineiro
Alexis Morgan
PNR - Collection
Damned
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Chuck Palahniuk
Zone One: A Novel
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Colson Whitehead SF / H / Satire



October 21, 2011

TITLEAUTHORGENRE and SERIES
The Heroes (h2tp)
The View From Monday - October 17, 2011
Joe Abercrombie EF



e - Ebook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011Interview with Stephanie Draven and Giveaway - October 21, 2011The View From Monday - October 17, 2011

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