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Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015


Hello everyone! I hope you had a good week. This was a big decision week for me and not just decisions about what I would read. I made the big decision this week to change jobs and nail biting was big on the agenda this week. I did enjoy a couple of good books that I would like to share with you.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
If you read my WIR last week you will remember that I had received a copy of Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson (Tor Books, April 21, 2015). It seems AGES since I read the last book Elysian Fields but its only been a year. This series has really grown on me and Pirate's Alley is another great instalment in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. This book starts not long after the events of book 3 where the hero of the tale and sentinel DJ gets blood bonded to an Elven big-wig, is left homeless after an undead axe murderer burns her house down, and is almost turned into a loup garou. It's a wonder that she can keep her disasters straight she has so many and in book 4 she is due for a few more.

In this instalment DJ is expected to guard the undead hunky pirate Jean Lafitte during a perilous time for the various supernatural factions. Lafitte is on the war path and out for revenge all while DJ is expected to stop him from doing just that. Her job becomes that much more difficult when her best friend Eugenie divulges a big secret that forges alliances and destroys relationships all over New Orleans. On top of this DJ's relationship with her shifter boyfriend, Alex, is strained by the brewing war between the supernatural races and the sense of duty they both feel towards their friends and loved ones. This instalment explores which will prevail.

I thoroughly enjoyed Pirate's Alley. I like DJ more with each new instalment. She is really torn between what she should do and what is better is better for her loved ones. This makes her seem all the more realistic and true to her character. I am glad that Johnson hasn't allowed DJ to become too self righteous or too much of a goody two-shoes. Pirate Alley is another great book in this series. Again, the book cover rocks....I LOVE this cover and appreciate that the model stays the same across all the books. This is one of the few models who looks exactly how I imagine the character to be.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
Book 2 of the week was Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison (Berkley, May 5, 2015) which is the eighth of The Elder Races series. This instalment features the vampire king Julian and one of the princesses of the Light Fae, Melisande. The former lovers had an acrimonious separation twenty years ago but when Melisande gets kidnapped by the evil Justine, Julian is in hot pursuit. Escaping a dungeon, feral vampires and a  political coup are all in a days work for Julian but can love prevail?

I thought this instalment was just OK. I think this series is getting a little stale and formulaic as I there doesn't seem to be a series arc and every instalment is just two opposites attracting. Also, Harrison broke my number 1 romance rules - any woman who gets kidnapped, locked in a dungeon, almost killed and almost raped does not want to have sex with her extremely hunky ex-lover - but yet, that is what Melisande does. There is quite a bit of 'cave' sex and it just didn't come across as romantic. I hope that Harrison ramps up the excitement in book 9.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
I was looking on my Amazon recommendations (again, I know very naughty) when I came across Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards. I was mostly attracted to the 99p price of this Kindle edition and thought that Thierry sounded like an interestingly conflicted character. I was however, quite disappointed. This is a fairly standard young adult urban fantasy. Thierry is a half human/half supernatural who becomes a peacekeeper just like her estranged father. She is joined on her first case by the incubus Shaw, also her trainer and love interest.

I think the preview didn't really represent the story and I wouldn't have bothered reading it had I known that the plot was going to be 90% teenage angst and 10% character development. Thierry and Shaw can barely focus on the murders mystery they are trying to solve during several bouts of heavy petting. Overall, I find it quite dull. Perhaps a younger a reader would find it more enjoyable.


My final read for the week was Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. This book was reviewed last week by Qwill so check out what she thought of it.


That is it for me for this week. I hope you have had a productive week and until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014



*** BUMPER WEEK IN REVIEW ***

Yes folks I have a bumper crop of books to tell you about. I finished 5 books and mid-way though a 6th. So no messing around. What did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014If you read my WIR last week you will remember that I read Evernight (Darkest London 5) by Kristen Callihan and was a tad ashamed to say I couldn't remember the series or the characters. I decided to go back and read a few of the books. I started back at the beginning with Firelight, moved quickly onto Moonglow and ended my re-read with Winterblaze. I have discussed these books before so I won't bore with the details again. The first time I read the books I had the biggest issue with Moonglow  and while I still thought the explanation of the GIM (Ghost in the Machine) was flawed there was something else that bothered me this time I read it. I thought I would explain this in the form of a quiz.

Imagine you are arriving back at your lycan lover's stately home and are involved in a serious case of heavy petting in the back of the carriage (tee hee...petting your werewolf boyfriend....tee hee) when your most beloved sister arrives to inform you that your brother-in-law has been mortally wounded in a werewolf attack.  Do you ....

a)  ignore your sister and continue with the hot and steamy with your furry honey;
b)  go with your sister to the bedside of your brother-in-law only to leave your shell-shocked sister alone to go back to your love interest's home for some 'tupping';
c)  pop down to the local pub for a nice lunch as all the excitement makes you hungry;

or

d)  all of the above.

Well which do you think the heroine of Moonglow chose to do? Please let me know! I decided not to bother with book 4, Shadow Dance, as everything had come back to me and I had other books to read.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
I was quite excited to discover that not 1 but 2 books I had pre-ordered on Amazon had popped down onto my Kindle. I started with Knight's Honor by Thea Harrison which is the 7th in the Elder Races series. This book is a bit of a departure from the previous books and doesn't centre on Dragos, Pia or one of the Sentinels. This time it tells the story of the mousey, shy, computer geek Tess who finds herself as a human attendant in the dangerous vampire, Xavier. Tess is on the run and trying to hide from a revengeful Djinn. Tess has got everything and nothing to lose by working for the hunky vamp, except maybe her heart...of course (this is PNR after all).

I like the fact that Harrison chose to write a book in the Elder Races world but not about Dragos or Pia (or friends). I also like the fact it was set back at the same time as the Sentinel Wars so before book 6 - Kinked. However, I think the characters are a bit bland and far too goody good for my liking. Tess is quite dull which is disappointing as I think Harrison missed a trick by not exploiting her humanity and computer genius skills. Xavier is a former priest/assassin/spy who quotes poetry to his lady love and tries to teach her to waltz. Not very gritty. Even still it is a quick read and quite good on a long tube journey.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014Book number 5 on my reading list for the week was Forged by Desire* by Bec McMaster. This is the 4th book in the London Steampunk series and tells the love story of Captain Garrett Reed and his fellow Nighthawk Perry. Reed never noticed the mannish Perry until she displayed her assets in a lovely ball gown while in disguise in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace (a novella). Reed is suffering from the ill effects of the vampire disease and there is only a matter of time before he turns into a violent killer. In the meantime Perry is confronting a secret from her past while investigating the murder of two innocent girls. Can Perry and Garrett get together before her past comes back to haunt her or before Garrett succumbs to the disease?  Well I won't tell you. This is a gritty tale and Perry's past is a deep, dark secret indeed. Some of my favourite characters from the previous books appeared including Blade. You will be glad to know that Honoria still hasn't given him those elocution lessons!

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
My final book for this week is Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian. This is a novella in the Chaos Theory series. I have only just started this so not much to tell. Well that is it for me. I am super impressed with my book reading accomplishments this week. Fingers crossed I don't revert back to my previous poor performance. Until next week Happy Reading.








* You may read an excerpt of Forged by Desire here and see a list of all the books and novellas in this series.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 6, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review - July 6, 2014


Welcome to July! Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day to our respective Canadian and American readers. I must hang my head in shame as I completely forgot it was Canada Day on Tuesday. It's almost a sackable offense! I was however, distracted as I was eating cake surrounded by cats in London's very first cat cafe on the day. I was a tiny bit disappointed as cats being cats they were too busy ignoring the guests who had made their reservation back in March. Ho hum. At least I did have a good week reading. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - July 6, 2014
If you read my WIR last week you would have discovered I had started The Digital Wolf by Jon Rosenberg which is the second in the Hidden Academy series. The book starts a few months after the harrowing events of book 1 where David Ash, Summoner and member of the Hidden Academy almost dies protecting his friends and colleagues. While he is out on a run David almost gets munched by an enormous wolf and not just any wolf but Fenris, son of Loki who has been entrapped for centuries. David just barely escapes and embarks on a mission to save all of humanity from a rogue digital wolf being controlled by one pissed off ice giant. David has a lot more on his plate with his boss in the hospital, Oberon  - Lord of Fairy is missing and a murderous computer program that needs David's help to find its missing part. David needs all the help he can get to save his friends and the rest of world.

I am enjoying this series so far but will have to admit that I didn't think The Digital Wolf wasn't as amusing as The Unicorn Crisis. There were a few one lines that had me tittering and all delivered by David's elf friend Llewellyn.  I thought I would share with you one of the especially funny lines when David asks the gadget and TV addicted elf for help to fight the ice giant.
So what?  you want me to go in there and call her names? What do you think will do the trick? Mother of Grief, Origin of Ruin? Frosty the fat-arsed Snowbitch?
Rosenberg has created a fantasy and mythology mash-up in this novel where Titania, the Queen of Fairy and the Norse Gods - Thor and Odin are deeply entwined together. He also ventures to give these characters a modern twist by having them manipulate technology for their nefarious plans. There is a lot going on in this novel and with the overlap the gods of both Fairy and Norse mythology it did get a bit too 'busy'. Even still it was an enjoyable read with lots happening to ensure you pay attention throughout.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 6, 2014I then tried to read Breath of Air by Katie Jennings. This is young adult fantasy but geared to a much younger reader. I quite like young adult and youth fiction but not so the case for book. It starts out with the poor little orphan Annie/Capri who doesn't know where her powers come from until one day a handsome prince rescues her and takes her a beautiful land where her handsome father greats her with open arms and dresses her in the most beautiful clothes. It had so many stereotypes that I couldn't justify spending any more time reading it so I am afraid I gave up.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 6, 2014I felt the need to finish something quickly and remembered that Thea Harrison had released a novella - Pia Saves the Day which is part of the Elder Races series. Well it was a quick read but I didn't really enjoy it. I think an author can like their characters a little too much and stop thinking rationally about them. I found this novella to be quite indulgent with not a lot of substance. I know this is a romance series but I found the 'romance' to be a bit denigrating to woman. The plot involves Dragos losing his memory and turns on Pia, almost using her unicorn horn to pick his teeth after munching her down. Fair enough that she tries to help him remember who he was and their love for each other but the gratuitous sex scenes when he still doesn't remember who Pia is/was to him makes her sound a bit too easy. At least in book 1 she had known him for a few days and he had saved her life a few times before the 'steamy' starts.

I am almost finished Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron and I will tell you what I thought next week. Until then Happy Reading!

Melanie's Week in Review - November 10, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - November 10, 2013


I am back in the UK after 10 days in Canada and suffering from jetlag. Its quite a coincidence then that my WIR has a flying theme. I didn't plan it but nearly every book I finished this week involved creatures that could fly. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - November 10, 2013
I finished the second in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh, Archangel's Kiss. I quite liked it but perhaps not as much as book 1. I think that the world where vampires serve angels is an interesting concept. I don't think anyone has done that before but I am not sure as I  haven't read that many angel series. I would have liked a bit more history as to why that was the case and I wasn't entirely sure whether angels needed blood to survive. The angels also didn't appear to serve anyone, apart from themselves and seems on the whole to be quite power hungry but that is one of the reasons why I like the series so far. Book 2 teased out Elena's tragic past which I thought was almost better than the Lijuan plot. Not to be undone I then decided to read book 3, Archangel's Consort which further developed Elena's and Raphael love story. I wasn't terribly fond of this book however, as I thought that the 'sexy' bits took over the main plot about the awakening of Raphael's mother. The world seemed to be falling apart around them with 'mother' induced hurricanes and volcanoes but that didn't stop the lovebirds from staring longingly into each others eyes throughout the novel. There was a bit more about Elena's past but this was much less dominant in the plot. I have decided against reading anything further in this series as the books that follow focus on secondary characters and I am not convinced I will like them.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 10, 2013Two books magically downloaded onto my Kindle (well my iPad really) while I was away. The first one I A Tale of Two Dragons by G.A. Aiken which is a novella within the Dragon Kin series. For some reason I find this series to be quite amusing but not so much the case with this story. This was the story of Braith and Addolgar and is set before the main books of the series. I thought it was OK but have enjoyed some of the other stories more so. The second book that appeared was Kinked by Thea Harrison which is book 6 in the Elder Races series. I actually read this book on the plane on the way back and got me wishing I was a harpy. Ayral got all the good lines and most of the action. This book is quite 'saucy' so if you like the love interests to prefer candlelight dinners to whips then perhaps choose another book.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 10, 2013
The only book I read that didn't have an avian theme was Blood Roses by Lindsay. J Pryor. This was the second in the Blackthorn series. I discussed my unease with the love scenes in my WIR last week between the two main characters and I was even more uncomfortable with the ones in Blood Roses. This book centered around Leila who is a serryn which is a vampire killer (not quite Buffy) and Caleb who is a not so coincidentally, a vampire. Leila rushes into Blackthorn to rescue her sister who has become entangled with Caleb's brother and ends up locked up by the moody and handsome vamp. I was not happy however, that once again the heroine is locked up, handcuffed and generally belittled by her soon-to-be love interest. Whereas Caitlin from book 1 uses sex to get information Leila didn't seem to have much choice in the matter and Caleb was constantly threatening her. It was overtly male dominant and I couldn't actually see what Leila could find to love in Caleb as he was never very nice to her....even at the end. These books are odd as the beginning and endings are really intriguing but are let down by the middle when the two love interests come together. There is too much aggression from the men which I don't really like that much. I am undecided if I want to finish the series based on book 2 but the overall plot is really good and I don't want to miss out on what  happens next. I am not sure when book 3 is out so I may have some time yet to make up my mind. I love the cover though and think it is gorgeous.

I got a few more books finished this week to last but was very naughty and didn't read either of the books I took to with me on holiday specifically to finish.  I am currently reading Kindred and Wings by Philippa Ballantine (back to the flying!) and hope to have it ready to review soon. That is all from me as its time for this jetlagged lady to get back to her book. Until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 7, 2013



Melanie's Week in Review - July 7, 2013


Greetings from my back garden.  England is finally getting a summer or at least a few days of it.  I know it has been sweltering in the States and I have been watching the news about that huge forest fire in Arizona. Here in the UK it has been overcast and rather tepid. In fact, I thought I was going to need a sweater one day last week.  But here I am....sunnies on, sunblock on, and enjoying the sunshine.  Hurrah!


Enough of my weather forecast this is what I have been reading this week.  I finally finished The Devil's Looking Glass by Mark Chadbourn. I will be reviewing it soon so don't want to give too much away.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 7, 2013
I also discovered a new Thea Harrison novella, Wicked was out so I bought and downloaded it.  It is one in the series of the Elder Races series.  It was OK.  Seemed a bit short even for a short story and I am never sure I am convinced by Wyr who transform into smallish birds and reptiles. The story featured Khalil and Grace from Oracle's Moon and I couldn't remember how the main character in this novella came into contact with these two so I went back and read it. That got me on a trip down Elder Races memory lane and I am currently reading Storm's Heart. I am sure you are wondering why I am reading something so obviously PNR when I have said before I don't normally read it.  Well that is one my reading quirks. I will start a series, not necessarily like it that much but feel compelled to finish it.  So here I am ...several books and short stories in.  I usually skim the bits where man-hoods are bulging and breasts are heaving and get to the story.  In some cases that doesn't leave much to actually read but in Harrison's case I can tell she is building a slow, long but interesting story arc. Overall, I don't mind this series and looking forward to the next book to be released in November.


Melanie's Week in Review - July 7, 2013
I also started Three by Joe Posey.  Regular readers will remember that Posey did a guest blog on Monday and is part of DAC 2013.  It has started out quite interesting.  I can't say I completely know what is going on but sometimes that is a good thing.


I am not certain what next reading has in store for me.  I think I am going to be playing it by ear....or is that by eye? I hope you have a productive week of reading ahead and until next time Happy Reading.

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012

Please welcome Thea Harrison to The Qwillery. Thea is the author of The Elder Races series and the upcoming Game of Shadows duology. Lord's Fall (The Elder Races 5) was published earlier this week on November 6th.


Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Thea:  Thank you for having me today! I’m delighted to get the chance to visit with you.


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

Thea:  I am probably the most boring writer in the world. :-)  I don’t actually have very many quirks. Sometimes I write with music on, and sometimes I write in silence. My dogs are always in the office area with me.

The most quirky thing I can think of is actually how I like to take long distance car trips. I have a CD player in my car, and of course a radio, and I always take a collection of CDs to listen to. But for the last half a dozen long trips I’ve taken – two or three days of driving in the car—I’ve ended up driving in total silence and used the time to think about stories and plots.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Thea:  I’m both a plotter and a pantser! How does that work, you ask? I create proposals for each project, or book, and those proposals have 5-10 page outlines that give my editor a clear idea of where I envision the book will go. After that, however, I go where the writing takes me, which means sometimes I need to rework my thinking from the original outline.


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

Thea:  One of the most challenging things for me is the wait. I find it difficult to pour months of effort and time into a project, hit SEND and then wait for feedback and acceptance. After that, there’s more waiting—months of it—between the stages of development a book goes through before it finally hits the bookshelves at a store or online vendor. After that, there is more waiting, to see how readers respond, and to receive royalty checks after all the accounting.

The very best way to counteract all of this waiting is to invest in another project. It helps tremendously to become involved in another book or novella, which facilitates disengaging from the project I just completed. Since I want to keep writing, this works out very well for both the reader and I!


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Elder Races series?

Thea:  Years and years of reading and enjoying science fiction, fantasy and paranormal books.


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

Thea:  I would have to say, again, that it was a combination that involved years and years of independent reading, hobby interests, and college courses (such as philosophy and mythology). I had a lot of material to draw on by the time the Elder Races was created.


TQ:  Describe Lord's Fall (The Elder Races 5) in 140 characters or less.

I’m borrowing this from something a blogger wrote (I can’t remember which one, sorry!):

LORD'S FALL is what happens to Pia and Dragos after their happy ever after.


TQ:  Tell us something about Lord's Fall that is not in the book description.

Thea:  A lot of questions and issues that have built up over the previous four books are addressed, and more questions and issues arise. I guess it’s kind of like reality: we never really live totally resolved lives.


TQ:  In Lord's Fall, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Thea:  Dragos and Pia were the easiest characters to write. Putting them on again to tell the story was like revisiting friends. As for who was the most difficult? Hmmm. I think perhaps the antagonist. I had to give his character a lot of thought.


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

Thea:  I loved the interactions between Pia and a new-to-the-reader character, Eva. They cracked me up several times when I was writing them!


TQ:  And now for a really easy question! The Elder Races series presently consists of 5 novels and 4 novellas. Who is your favorite character from the series?

Thea:  I have said this before, and it’s actually quite true: my favorite characters happen to be the ones I’m writing at the time. Right now, though, I am between Elder Races projects…. So right now I would have to say that Dragos is my favorite.


TQ:  What's next?

Thea:  I’m quite excited that the first of my Game of Shadows duology, RISING DARKNESS, has a release date of April 2, 2013. (The second book will be entitled FALLEN LIGHT.) I’m about to begin the final edits for that project, and I’ve seen the draft of the cover art, which is spectacular! I can’t wait to share the final version with readers! You can read the official cover blurb for RISING DARKNESS here. There’s also a teaser chapter at the end of LORD’S FALL.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Thea:  Thank you for having me! I appreciate the chance to visit with you.

For readers: who is your favorite character from the Elder Races series?





The Elder Races

Lord's Fall
The Elder Races 5
Berkley, November 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…




Oracle's Moon
The Elder Races 4
Berkley, March 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children--neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.




Serpent's Kiss
The Elder Races 3
Berkley, October 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
Recently, Vampire Queen Carling's power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent's kiss-the vampyric disease that's killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss...



Storm's Heart
The Elder Races 2
Berkley, August 2, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr's best weapons. And he's the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she's almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.




Dragon Bound
The Elder Races 1
Berkley, May 3, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.




Stories of The Elder Races
Available from Samhain Publishing
Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012





About Thea

Interview with Thea Harrison and Giveaway - November 9, 2012
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison is the pen name for Teddy Harrison. Thea has traveled extensively, having lived in England and explored Europe for several years. Now she resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She experienced waitressing as a teenager, has worked as an activist for a non-profit consumer rights organization, has been a receptionist, an office manager, a penniless graduate student, a director of development and research, and a single mom. Her graduate degrees are in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always been writing fiction.

Her paranormal Elder Races series began May 3, 2011 with Dragon Bound, which won RT Book Review’s Book of the Year Award, and the Romance Writer’s of America RITA in the paranormal romance category.

All five of her full length novels in the Elder Races series have won Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Book two, Storm’s Heart and book four, Oracle’s Moon, hit the USA Today bestseller’s list, while book three, Serpent’s Kiss, hit the New York Times extended bestseller list.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

Website : Blog : Facebook : Twitter : Goodreads




THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win her/his choice of a Mass Market Paperback copy of Dragon Bound, Storm's Heart, Serpent's Kiss, or Oracle's Moon from Berkley. US  ONLY

How:   Answer Thea's question: 

Who is your favorite character from the Elder Races series?

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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 16, 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.*





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