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Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with Tammy Falkner, author of A Lady and Her Magic - September 19, 2012

Please welcome Tammy Falkner to The Qwillery. A Lady and Her Magic was published on September 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks.


Interview with Tammy Falkner, author of  A Lady and Her Magic - September 19, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Tammy:  Thanks for having me!


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

Tammy:  I see books in scenes, kind of like scenes in a movie. And I can’t sit down to write a scene until I have the whole scene in my head. Then I write, and I wait to “see” the next scene. The hardest books for me to write are the ones where I can see the scenes that come 40 pages after the one I’m on!


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tammy:  A little bit of both, actually. I have to know the characters’ motivation, as well as have some key plot points before I can even begin to write. But, sometimes, as those scenes come to me, there are some odd things that come to me, too. So, at that point, I’m a bit of a pantser. I’d say I’m a mix between the two!


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

Tammy:  Right now, finding time to write is the hardest part. I have double contracts going on as both myself and Lydia Dare, still work full time and have a family that needs me to come out of my cave on special occasions.


TQ:  What inspired you to write A Lady and Her Magic?

Tammy:  As Lydia Dare, my writing partner and I had dropped Lycans, vampyres and witches into Regency England. And I started to think about what other beings might live and interact with the British ton. Faeries have about as many rules as the aristocracy, so it seemed interesting to place them in Regency England as well.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Lady and Her Magic?

Tammy:  Most of my research revolved around historical accuracy, actually. What fish would be in a water feature in Regency England? Would they be called carp or coy at that time in history? What card games were popular? What items might little girls covet? But then add to that looking up mythology and lore. It was actually a lot of fun finding out all I could about faeries, which are a myth by design, but apparently have their own culture.


TQ:  Tell us something about A Lady and Her Magic that is not in the book description.

Tammy:  When I originally wrote it, Sophia was entranced by all music, and not just by Ashley’s or her mother’s. Then it came to me that each of the three Thorne children were left with a token by their parents. Her love of music was a token left by her mother, so that she could recognize the song of a loved one if she ever stumbled upon them later in life. Little does her mother know that she would recognize the Duke of Robinsworth’s song as that of a loved one. I liked that twist. And there’s an even bigger twist like that in the next book, THE MAGIC OF I DO, when we find out what token was left with Claire.


TQ:  Why do you think that Regency Romance and fantasy blend so well?

Tammy:  Both the Regency and the fae world are built upon rules. They are unbreakable in most cases, or there are consequences. The fact that Sophia is fae is one more reason why they can’t be together. And her lack of social graces and his being boosted from society adds to the tension, a little. I think that it all blended perfectly, but I may be a little biased.


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

Tammy:  Ashley Trimble, the duke of Robinsworth, was the easiest character to write. He was a bit broken in the beginning, and I love a wounded hero. The hardest was Ronald (a gnome), actually. He had a tendency to steal the scene and take the focus off the characters. But he was so much fun that he had to have a part in the book.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Lady and Her Magic?

Tammy:  My favorite scenes are the ones where they’re alone late at night and his music calls to her. I think you get an unbiased view of how they feel about one another, and it’s the only time you do get that view all the way up to the end of the book.


TQ:  What's next?

Tammy:  Next up, I have a release writing as Lydia Dare called WOLFISHLY YOURS in November of 2012. Then THE MAGIC OF I DO by Tammy Falkner in June of 2013.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tammy:  Thanks for having me and for giving me such thoughtful questions to answer!




A Lady and Her Magic

A Lady and Her Magic
Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages


Interview with Tammy Falkner, author of  A Lady and Her Magic - September 19, 2012
Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed...
Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency's glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she's bound for trouble...

And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking...
The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they're about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level...




About Tammy Falkner

Interview with Tammy Falkner, author of  A Lady and Her Magic - September 19, 2012
As half of the Lydia Dare writing team, Tammy Falkner has co-written ten books, including A Certain Wolfish Charm and In the Heat of the Bite. A huge fan of Regency England, her new series explores the theory that the fae can walk between the glittering world of the ton and their own land. Tammy lives on a farm in rural North Carolina with her husband and a house full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two.

For more information, please visit http://www.tammyfalkner.com and follow her on Twitter, @TFalkner.

You may also find Tammy on Facebook:
Tammy Falkner (New Author Page!)









The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Lady and Her Magic from Sourcebooks! US/CANADA ONLY

How:   Answer the following questions:

What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter 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 Wednesday, September 26, 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 - September 17, 2012

Happy Monday!

It's another busy week at The Qwillery. There are Interviews with or Guest Blogs by Rob DeBorde (Portlandtown), Roberta Trahan (The Well of Tears), Emma Cornwall (Incarnation), Tammy Falkner (Lady and Her Magic), Jay Kristoff (Stormdancer), and Douglas Nicholas (Something Red). The Qwillery will be the 4th stop on Kerry Schafer's BETWEEN Dream Tour - during which the cover of Between will be revealed!


Don't forget to vote in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September. There are 13 covers to choose from. Click HERE to go to the poll.


It's a fairly light release week.

September 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Vanishing Act: A Novel (D) Mette Jakobsen F
Yesterday's Heroes (e) Heather Long SFR


September 18, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
School's Out Forever Scott Andrews PA - Omnibus
Incarnation Emma Cornwall SP/F
Fallen Masters John Edward F/Paranormal
Forge of Darkness Steven Erikson F - Kharkanas Trilogy 1
Death Match (e) Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
Christa Faust
H - Dead Man 13
Forever Werewolf: Forever Werewolf\Moon Kissed Michele Hauf PNR
A Book of Horrors Stephen Jones (ed) H - Anthology
The Curse Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
PNR - Belador 3
Shade Richard A. Knaak F - Legends of the Dragonrealm
Stormdancer (D) Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War Trilogy 1
Harbor (h2tp) John Ajvide Lindqvist H
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan Robin Maxwell F
Something Red (D) Douglas Nicholas F
Caliban Cove S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
City of the Dead S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
The Umbrella Conspiracy S.D. Perry H - Resident Evil
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" Corey Olsen Literary Criticism
Hearts Untamed (e) Pamela Palmer PNR - Feral Warriors Novella
Janus (D) John Park SF
The Big Book of Ghost Stories Otto Penzler (ed) GS - Anthology
The Soddit: Or, Let's Cash in Again A.R.R.R. Roberts F/Humor
Cast in Peril Michelle Sagara FR - Chronicles of Elantra 8
Mark of the Witch Maggie Shayne PNR - The Portal 1
Resident Evil: Retribution - The Official Movie Novelization John Shirley H
The Well of Tears (D) Roberta Trahan F - The Dream Stewards 1
Midst Toil and Tribulation David Weber SF - Safehold 6
The Wolf Princess: The Wolf Princess\One Eye Open Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GS - Ghost Stories
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Interview with Tammy Falkner and Giveaway - January 16, 2014Guest Blog by Tammy Falkner and Giveaway - June 7, 2013Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012Interview with Tammy Falkner, author of  A Lady and Her Magic - September 19, 2012

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