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Guest Blog: Summer Loving by Virginia Kantra and Giveaway

Please welcome Virginia Kantra to The Qwillery.

Summer Loving




“Summer lovin’ had me a blast. Summer lovin’, happened so fast...Summer heat, boy and girl meet, but uh-oh, those summer nights.”

Okay, my new release Forgotten Sea isn’t really based on the musical Grease.

But there’s something about summer at the beach—the crash of the waves, the caress of the sun, the tang of salt and the lure of a hot romance—that definitely provided inspiration for the Children of the Sea series. Who hasn't necked on a blanket on the sand or dreamed of strolling hand in hand along the water's edge?

There are folk tales up and down the British coast about the selkie, shape-shifters who take the form of seals in the ocean and cast off their pelts—get naked—to come ashore as beautiful men and women who have sex with humans. Which is a fabulous fantasy if you are a lonely sailor and a pretty unarguable explanation if you are an unmarried village maiden who can’t possibly name, say, the married butcher as the father of your baby.

It was that juxtaposition, that tension between land and sea, between the contemporary, pragmatic, mortal world we know and the timeless, sensual, magical world of the merfolk, that provided the inspiration for the Children of the Sea. Set off the coast of Maine, these books were inspired by the mystery and magic, the power and passion of the ocean. They’re based on the Celtic legends of the selkie and the finfolk,
immortal creatures of the sea living apart from humankind but able to shape-shift into seductive human form.

The tension is even higher in Forgotten Sea because for the first time the children of air are players in the story. Fallen angel Lara Rho is a Seeker—one called to rescue other lost children of air before they’re hunted down by the demonic children of fire. She thinks she’s found her latest charge in sailor Justin Miller. But Justin is no angel. He’s no ordinary mortal, either. He remembers nothing of his life before the day he was plucked from a shipwreck seven years ago. Lara’s fierce attraction to Justin and her determination to do the right thing pits her against her own kind and puts them one step ahead of the pursuing demons.

As Lara and Justin flee up the coast, they must work together to discover his true identity...before what they don't know kills them both. Their romance is fast and yes, it’s hot. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Of course, the other wonderful thing about the books is that I not only get to read at the beach. I get to “research” there! What settings—real or imagined—work for you? Where are you going this summer? The sea? The mountains? What books are you taking along?

Looking forward to your comments! I’ll be giving away a copy of Forgotten Sea to somebody.


About the Children of the Sea Series

Sea Witch
Children of the Sea 1
(Berkley, July 1, 2008)
First in the new The Children of the Sea series— from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

Margred is a Selkie—a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires...

Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World’s End. Then he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever dreamed of…

Their passion is undeniable, irresistible—and it may change the fate of humankind.


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Sea Fever
Children of the Sea 2
(Berkley, August 5, 2008)
When the last available bachelor on World’s End island marries someone else, working mom Regina Barrone realizes that the love she yearns for isn’t just going to appear by magic... Dylan Hunter has returned to land for his brother’s wedding, but he is troubled. Years ago, he chose his life as a selkie—an immortal being of the sea—over the fragile and treacherous emotions of humanity... But Neither Regina nor Dylan foresee the future, where only love can save them—and the world.


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Sea Lord
Children of the Sea 3
(Berkley, May 5, 2009)
He was born of the sea...

Selkie prince Conn ap Llyr denies his deeply sensual nature to rule over the immortal Children of the Sea. But when the Children of Fire threaten the Selkies' Sanctuary, Conn must obey his haunting visions-and seek a woman thousands of miles away...

She was born on land...

Schoolteacher Lucy Hunter knows nothing about her Selkie heritage or the prophecy that drives Conn to find her. She is content with her life on the quiet Maine island of World's End. That is, until a proud, compelling stranger appears to challenge her assumptions and awaken her desires...

Their love will tear them between two worlds...

To combat Fire, Conn needs Lucy's magic-even if this means stealing her away to Sanctuary. As the demon threat grows, so does their passion, overcoming Lucy's fears and Conn's guarded heart. But soon they face a devastating choice. Will their love be enough to save them? Or will their destinies tear them apart?

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Immortal Sea
Children of the Sea 4
(Berkley, September 7, 2010)
The New York Times bestselling author of Sea Lord takes to the waves again.

The island of World's End sets the stage for a dramatic reunion between Morgan of the finfolk and a woman he met years ago-a woman with a startling secret.



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Forgotten Sea
Children of the Sea 5
(Berkley, June 7, 2011)
Fallen angel Lara Rho is desperate to prove herself a seeker by rescuing the restless sailor Justin Miller. He's no angel, but she is irresistibly drawn to him-and is soon drawn into an adventure of danger and discovery.



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The Children of the Sea Prequels

"Sea Crossing"
Shifter
(Berkley, March 4, 2008)
WHEN IT COMES TO SHAPESHIFTING PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WHO CAN RESIST...

New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author Lora Leigh, and national bestselling authors Alyssa Day and Virginia Kantra?

Whether transforming under a blue moon or prowling the streets, the shifters come alive to fulfill the wildest of fantasies in this seductive anthology by four masters of paranormal romance.


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"Shifting Sea"
Burning Up
(Berkley, August 3, 2010)
Bring these four authors together and it's sure to ignite a spark...

Angela Knight pairs a vampire warrior and his seductive captor in a battle against demonic predators.

Nalini Singh returns to the world of her Psy-Changeling series as a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector-and lover.

Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in her story of a wounded soldier rescued by an enigmatic young woman.

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series about a woman who strikes a provocative-and terrifying-bargain for freedom.


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About Virginia


New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of more than twenty books and  winner of two National Readers' Choice Awards.  This year, she is a double nominee for Romance Writers of America RITA award in Paranormal Romance (Immortal Sea) and Novella (“Shifting Sea” in the anthology Burning Up).

For excerpts and more, visit her website.

Virginia's Links

Website
Facebook





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Forgotten Sea (Children of the Sea 5) from Virginia and, in honor of Virginia's RITA nominations, a copy of Immortal Sea (Children of the Sea 4) and a copy of Burning Up from The Qwillery. So the winning commenter will get 3 books!

How:  Leave a comment answering any or all of Virginia's questions:
What settings—real or imagined—work for you? Where are you going this summer? The sea? The mountains? What books are you taking along?
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 and Twitter 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, June 17, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - June 6, 2011

It's Monday... again. Hope everyone will have a good week.  The Dark Tour with Erin Kellison and Laurie London is stopping by The Qwillery on the 9th. There will be comics, possibly photos, and some other things that I don't want to announce quite yet.

There are also lots of books being released this week! A printable shopping list in PDF format may be found here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode.

June 6, 2011

Siren****John EversonH
Sorceress, InterruptedA.J. MendenUF
The UnforgivenJoy NashPNR - Watchers 1


June 7, 2011

Three Sinful WishesR.G. AlexanderPER
Storm KissedJessica AndersenPNR - Nightkeeper 6
HexedIlona Andrews
Yasmine Galenorn
Allyson James
Jeanne C. Stein
PNR - Collection
FrostboundSharon AshwoodPNR - Dark Forgotten 4
Bear NecessitiesDana Marie BellPER - Halle Shifters 1
Hexes and HemlinesJuliet BlackwellPM - Witchcraft Mystery 3
My Name is Memory****Ann BrasharesF/TTR
The Nine Lives of Chloe KingLiz BraswellYA - Collection
Insatiable****Meg CabotPNR - Insatiable 1
The Morganville Vampires, Vol. 4Rachel CaineYA - Collection
Chicks Kick ButtRachel Caine (ed) &
Kerrie L. Hugues (ed)
F - Anthology
Nyx in the House of NightP.C. Cast (ed)YA - Nonfiction Anthology
V Is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the UndeadAdam-Troy Castro
Hunt the MoonKaren ChanceUF - Cassandra Palmer 5
NightfallEllen ConnorPNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Flying BlindDeborah CookeYA - Dragon Diaries 1
Undead and Unwed**MaryJanice DavidsonPNR - Queen Betsy 1
Lanceheim****Tim DavysF - Mollisan Town Quartet 2
Vampire in AtlantisAlyssa DayPNR - Warriors of Poseidon 7
Elixir****Hilary DuffYA - Elixir 1
From Hell With Love****Simon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 4
For Heaven's Eyes OnlySimon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 5
Hit ListLaurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
Worldshaker****Richard HarlandYA - Worldshaker 1
HexedKevin HearneUF - Iron Druid Chronicles 2
Farnham's Freehold**Robert A. HeinleinSF
Memories of Envy****Barb HendeeUF -Vampire Memories 3
Tiger's QuestColleen HouckYA - Tiger's Curse 2
HereafterTara HudsonYA
Shadow WalkerAllyson JamesPNR - Stormwalker 3
EverdarkElle JasperPNR/UF - Dark Ink Chronicles 2
PossessionElana JohnsonYA
Forgotten SeaVirginia KantraPNR - Children of the Sea 5
Shades of Milk and Honey****Mary Robinette KowalF
Unnatural IssueMercedes LackeyF - Elemental Masters 7
The Osiris Ritual****George MannSPM - Newbury & Hobbes 2
Dragongirl****Todd J. McCaffreyF -Dragonriders of Pern
EverlastingAlyson NoelYA -The Immortals 6
Tongues of Serpents****Naomi NovikF - Temeraire 6
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk RomanceJean Rabe (ed)
Martin H. Greenberg (ed)
SPR - Anthology
Thistle DownIrene RadfordF
Spirits of the NohRandall ThomasYA - The Waking 2
The Golden KeyMelanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F - Collection
Light My FireJodi RedfordPER
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenRansom RiggsYA
Ghost CatsMandy M. Roth
Michelle M Pillow
Jaycee Clark
PER - Collection
AncestorScott SiglerH
Lightborn****Alison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 2
ShadowbornAlison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 3
The PackJason StarrUF
HexAllen SteeleSF - Coyote 8
The Banshee's WalkFrank TuttlePM
Hunter's FallShiloh WalkerPNR - Hunters
Dust of DreamsRenee WildesPNR - Guardians of the Light 4
RobopocalypseDaniel H. WilsonSF


June 8, 2011

SirenzCharlotte Bennardo
Natalie Zaman
YA
What We Keep Is Not Always What Will StayAmanda CockrellYA
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien GirlfriendGary GhislainYA
The Quicksilver FaireGillian SummersYA - Scions of Shadow Trilogy 2


June 9, 2011

Fairy Bad DayAmanda AshbyYA
Dragon CastleJoseph BruhacYA
The Stranger's WoesMax FreiF - Labyrinths of Echo 2

** Reprint or Reissue
**** Paperback or Mass Market Paperback Release of Hardcover


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SM - Supernatural Mystery
SPM - Steampunk Mystery
SPR - Steampunk Romance
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult


Anthology Covers:





Book Trailers

Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood


My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (for the hardcover release)


Meg Cabot's Insatiable Book Trailer #1 (for the hardcover release)


Meg Cabot's Insatiable Book Trailer #2: Is your boyfriend Undead or a Just a Deadbeat? (for the hardcover release)


Meg Cabot's Insatiable Book Trailer #3: Barbie Re-Enactment (for the hardcover release)


Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance


Elixir by Hilary Duff (for the hardcover release)


Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton


Worldshaker by Richard Harland (for the hardcover release)


Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck


Hereafter by Tara Hudson


Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (for the hardcover release)


Everlasting by Alyson Noel


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Ancestor by Scott Sigler


The Pack by Jason Starr

Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011

Please welcome Steve Hockensmith to The Qwillery.


     Hi. I’m Steve. I’m a writer. Not a particularly prolific one, but I do O.K. Over the last decade, I’ve written seven novels and a couple dozen short stories. That’s nothing when compared to someone like, say, Isaac Asimov, who wrote a Foundation novel every morning before breakfast and could crank out a non-fiction book about astrophysics while waiting in line at the DMV. Still, I’ve pulled more than half a million words out of thin air and shaped them into stories, and that’s something I’m extremely proud of.

     But recently a journalist rained on my little “Hooray for Me!” parade. He didn’t mean to. He was simply asking a question.

     “When do you think you’ll write something original?”

     Quoth Scooby-Doo: “Ruh?”

     The guy wasn’t trying to be insulting. At least, I don’t think he was. He sounded nice enough over the phone, but maybe on the other end of the line he was grinning maniacally and stabbing knitting needles into a voodoo doll with my face. He may as well have been, actually, because ouch. That hurt.

     A little context: He and I were discussing Dreadfully Ever After, my sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. We’d also spent some time talking about the prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, as well as my Holmes on the Range mystery series, which follows a pair of cowboy brothers who set out to become detectives using the methods of their hero, Sherlock Holmes. All my novels, we noted, are spinoffs from previously existing works. Which is why I was asked when I’d get off my literary duff and create something of my own.

     The question took me off guard, so my reply went more or less like this: “Well, gee, hmm, gosh, I’ve written lots of short stories that were, like, you know, totally original.”

     This was not the right response, but you know how it goes. The perfect come-back always pops into your head five minutes after some jerk tells you your haircut makes you look like _________. (I don’t know what your hair’s like, so I’ll let you insert your own appropriately insulting reference. In my case, it would be “Beaker.”)

     Here’s what I should have said: “Everything I’ve done is original.”

     And that’s not just b.s. or ego or a hack’s rationalization. Ask my therapist if you don’t believe me. I really mean it!

     Yes, my Pride and Prejudice and Zombies books take place in a world initially created and populated by other writers. Yes, my Holmes on the Range stories were inspired by a beloved character who’d been around more than a century before my heroes happened along. But here’s the thing: My books and stories are my books and stories. I’ve never tried to imitate anyone else’s style. And even though I’ve borrowed characters and concepts, I’ve always looked at them through my own eyes.

     That’s why you’ll find a lot more attention paid to servants and soldiers and ninjas and the not-so-glamorous members of the Bennet family in my PPZ books, for instance. I find such folks interesting, so I gave them a shot at the spotlight they might never have had with other writers. You’ll see something similar in my mysteries. They’re not about Sherlock Holmes. They’re about two young, down-on-their-luck Americans and their reaction to the idea of Sherlock Holmes. Big difference.

     To me, both approaches are a lot more “original” than...oh, let’s not go there. Suffice it to say, there are books on the bestseller lists that are about as original as what you get out of a Xerox machine.

     So the next time anyone says “When do you think you’ll write something original?” (and I hope it isn’t soon) I’ll have a retort ready, for once. Two retorts, in fact. I could say, “Why don’t you ask [INSERT MEGA-SELLING BRAND-NAME AUTHOR] that question?” Or I could say, “qwillery.blogspot.com, May 20, 2011. Look it up, buttercup.”


About Steve's Books

Holmes on the Range Mysteries Series

Holmes on the Range
Holmes on the Range 1
(Minotaur Books, February 2007, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at a secretive ranch, they’re not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite pastime: reading stories about Sherlock Holmes.

When another hand turns up dead, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired “deducifyin’” skills and sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.





On the Wrong Track
Holmes on the Range 2
(Minotaur Books, January 2008, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
It might be 1893 and the modern world may in full-swing, but cowboy Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: he prefers a long trail ride even when a train could get him where he’s going in one-tenth the time. His brother Otto (“Big Red”), on the other hand, wouldn't mind climbing down from his horse and onto a train once in a while if it'll give his saddle-sore rear end a rest. So when it's Old Red who insists they sign on to protect the luxurious Pacific Express, despite a generations-old Amlingmeyer family distrust of the farm-stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbin' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But Old Red, tired of the cowpoke life, wants to take a stab at professional ‘detectifying’ just like his hero, Sherlock Holmes and guard jobs for the railroad are the only ones on offer.

So it is that Big Red and Old Red find themselves trapped on a thousand tons of steam-driven steel, summiting the Sierras en route to San Francisco with a crafty gang of outlaws somewhere around the next bend, a baggage car jam-packed with deadly secrets, and a vicious killer hidden somewhere amongst the colorful passengers.

On the Wrong Track, Old Red and Big Red’s much anticipated return, is filled with all of the wit, flavor, humor, and suspense that made Hockensmith’s debut, Holmes on the Range, so beloved by critics and fans alike.
 
 
The Black Dove
Holmes on the Range 3
(Minotaur Books, May 2009, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
In the summer of 1893, Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto (a.k.a. “Big Red”) find themselves down and out in San Francisco. Though cowpokes by training, the brothers are devotees of the late, great Sherlock Holmes and his trademark method of “deducifying.” But when they set out to land jobs as professional detectives, they land themselves in hot water, instead.
 
First their friend Dr. Chan mysteriously takes a potshot at them, fatally wounding Big Red’s new hat. Then a secretive young woman from their past pops up and convinces them that Chan’s in trouble -- and they’re just the men to get him out of it. Unfortunately, they’re too late: By the time they track Chan down again, he’s dead. The police call it a suicide. Old Red calls that a lie. When he and his brother set out to prove it, they put themselves on a collision course with shady S.F.P.D. cops, brutal Barbary Coast hoodlums and the deadly Chinatown tongs.
 
Before long, all sides are in a race to uncover the secret that could rock the city. And their only clue to what’s actually going on is the enigmatic, exotic and extremely difficult to find “Black Dove.”
 
 
The Crack in the Lens
Holmes on the Range 4
(Minotaur Books, January 2011, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
It's 1893 and things finally seem to be going right for the Amlingmeyer brothers, Otto "Big Red," and Gustav "Old Red." After years of hard knocks, they finally have a bit of money and spare time to do something other than scramble. Soon the Amlingmeyers find themselves in a situation that they never expected, and this time, it's personal. Years before, Old Red lost his fiancé and one true love to a brutal killer, and the case was swept under the rug by the local authorities. Now, Old Red is determined to find out what really happened and to finally find a measure of justice for his beloved.  Yet how can he and Big Red even start the search when everyone in town wants the secrets of the past buried forever...and the brothers buried with them?  It's enough to confound even that most unconfoundable of men, their mutual inspiration:  Sherlock Holmes.  
 
 
World's Greatest Sleuth
Holmes on the Range 5
(Minotaur Books, January 2011, HC)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto’s (“Big Red”) publisher— they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World’s Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World’s Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav (“Old Red”) will be competing for the title of World’s Greatest Sleuth! Hating train travel and cities, the real draw is the chance to meet up again with the intriguing and elusive Diana Corvus. But the competition has barely begun before there is a murder in “the White City”—the organizer of the contest is discovered face down in the Mammoth Cheese from Canada—and from there, the game is really afoot.


Dear Mr. Holmes:
Seven Holmes on the Range Mysteries
(April 2011, eBook)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer have starred in five "Holmes on the Range" novels, rustling up award nominations and fans aplenty as they cracked mysteries using the methods of their hero, Sherlock Holmes. How did these Old West drifters first discover Holmes, though? What were they doing before their novel adventures began? And how did their early, awkward stabs at "deducifying" turn out? These seven short stories provide the answers.
In "Dear Mr. Holmes," Old Red first gets the itch to turn detective -- and just in time, too, because a killer's stalking him and his brother along a Kansas cattle trail. In "Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the Range," Old Red's attempt to settle down and open his own "cafay" goes haywire when one of the customers gets a side order of arsenic with his steak and potatoes. In "Wolves in Winter," Big Red and Old Red go up against deadly predators of both the two- and four-legged variety. And the adventure continues in four more stories (most of them originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine).


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
(Quirk Books, March 2010, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
Witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls — a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands — until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.

Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth — and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave — and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!


Pride and Prejudice and Zombie: Dreadfully Ever After
(Quirk Books, March 2011, TP)
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
When we last saw Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy—at the end of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.


Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.
 
 
About Steve
 
Guest Blog by Steve Hockensmith and Giveaway - May 20, 2011
Steve Hockensmith is a widely published journalist and author of the critically acclaimed, award-nominated novels featuring Old Red and Big Red, including Holmes on the Range.


For the longer, more interesting, version of Steve's Bio head to his website to read Steve's Steve.
 
Steve's Links
 
Website
Twitter
Facebook





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of World's Greatest Sleuth (Holmes on the Range 5) generously provided by Steve and a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls provided by The Qwillery.

How:   Leave a comment answering the following question:

Zombie Slayers or Famous Detectives?

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, May 27, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - April 25, 2011

Happy last Monday in April. There are a lot of books out tomorrow. I can highly recommend 4 of them: The Cold Kiss of Death (Spellcrackers 2) by Suzanne McLeod, The Restorer (Graveyard Queen 1) by Amanda Stevens and 2 debuts: Ascension by Sable Grace (Dark Breeds 1) and Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George.

Please note that The Restorer by Amanda Stevens has several release dates. We're going with April 26, 2011 as the correct release date.

This week I'll have interviews with Sable Grace and Suzanne McLeod. There will be giveaways. There also will be some photos and comics.

The book release list for this week is below. A printable PDF shopping list can be found by clicking HERE. Set your printer to Landscape. Anthology covers and book trailers are below as well.


April 25, 2011

Human TalesJennifer Brozek (ed.)F- Anthology


April 26, 2011

HushCherry AdairT - Lodestone Trilogy 1
The Great Night: A NovelChris AdrianF
Gods & MonstersLyn BenedictUF - Shadows Inquiries 3
Dark DescendantJenna BlackUF - Descendants 1
Future ImperfectK. Ryer BreeseYA
AbandonMeg CabotYA - Abandon Trilogy 1
The Goddess TestAimee CarterYA - Goddess Test 1
Maybe This Time*Jennifer CrusieR (w/ paranormal elements)
The Legions of FireDavid DrakeF - Books of the Elements1
Tangled ThreadsJennifer EstepUF - Elemental Assasain 4
Savage NatureChristine FeehanPNR - Leopard 5
Uncertain AlliesMark Del FrancoUF - Connor Grey 5
Demon Hunting in Dixie***Lexi GeorgePNR
Ascension***Sable GraceUF - Dark Breed 1
Untamed HighlanderDonna GrantPNR - Dark Sword 4
The Stainless Steel Rat Returns*Harry HarrisonSF - Stainless Steel Rat
Early to Death, Early to Rise*Kim HarrisonYA - Madison Avery 2
The Green Hills of Earth &
The Menace from Earth**
Robert A. HeinleinSF - Future History #
The Hidden GoddessM.K. HobsonSPR - Native Star 2
The Sable Quean*Brian JacquesYA - Redwall 21
Infernal Devices**K.W. JeterSF
Morlock Night**K.W. JeterSF
Born of ShadowsSherrilyn KenyonPNR - League 5
The Unincorporated War*Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unicorporated 2
Dark Rivers of the Heart**Dean KoontzH
Icebound**Dean KoontzH
Winter Moon**Dean KoontzH
The Lotus Eaters*Tom KratmanSF - Desert Called Peace 3
Soul Song**Marjorie M. LiuPNR - Dirk & Steele 6
The Cold Kiss of DeathSuzanne McLeodUF - Spellcracker.com 2
Heaven's NeedleLiane MercielEF - Ithelas 2
The Hammer of Darkness**L.E. Modesitt, Jr.SF
Bound by DarknessAlexis MorganPNR - Palidins of Darkness 7
The Alchemist in the Shadows*Pierre PévelF
Burning SkiesCaris RoanePNR - World of Ascension 2
The RestorerAmanda StevensUF - Graveyard Queen 1
As You WishGabi StevensPNR - Time of Transition Trilogy 2
The Scarab Path**Adrian TchaikovskyEF - Shadows of the Apt 6
Camera ObscuraLavie TidharSP
The Disunited States of America**Harry TurtledoveYA - Crosstime Traffic 4 (SF)
Black Magic WomanChristine WarrenPNR - Others 11
The Noise RevealedIan WhatesSF - Noise 2
Retribution FallsChris WoodingF - Tale of the Ketty Jay 1


April 28, 2011

The President's VampireChristopher FarnsworthH - Nathaniel Cade 2
Ocean of BloodDarren ShanYA - Saga of Larten Crepsley 2


April 30, 2011

Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2William K. Schager (ed.)DF - Anthology


* Trade or Mass Market Paperback release of a Hardcover
** Reissue or Reprint
*** 2011 Debut Author Challenge Author

DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
T - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Anthology covers




Book Trailers

Hush by Cherry Adair




Abandon by Meg Cabot




Savage Nature by Christine Feehan




Untamed Highland by Donna Grant




Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison (for hardcover release)




The Sable Quean by Brian Jacques (for harcover release)




The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworht


The View From Monday - April 18, 2011

Happy Monday or last day to file taxes without an extension in the US day. This week authors Douglas Hulick, Scott Nicholson and James Knapp will be stopping by for a a guest post (Scott) and interviews (Doug and James) and giveaways. There also will be comics, photos, and more bookish things.

Anthology covers and book trailers are below. A printable shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Set your printer to landscape.

Please note that I have seen 3 release dates for The Restorer by Amanda Stevens - April 19, April 26, and May 1. If I can confirm a date I will let you know. I highly recommend this book. It's one of the best books I have read this year. A review is forthcoming.

April 19, 2011

Mercy BurnsKeri ArthurPNR - Myth and Magic 2
Twelfth Grade Kills*Heather BrewerYA - Vladimir Todd 5
DefianceLili St. CrowYA - Strange Angels 4
Ritual & Legacy**Alex DuvalYA - Vampire Beach 3 & 4
Zendegi*Greg EganSF
The Vampire DimitriColleen GleasonPHR - Regency Draculia 2
EonaAlison GoodmanYA - Eon 2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter*Seth Grahame-SmithTH
The Last WarriorSusan GrantFR - The Lost Colony 1
Skeleton CrewCameron HaleyUF - Underworld Cycle 2
The BeholderConnie HallPNR - Nightwalkers 1
Forever VampireMichele HaufPNR
The Coven's DaughterLucy JagoYA
Ghost StalkerJenna KernanPNR - The Trackers
In the Hand of the Goddess**Tamora PierceYA - Song of the Lioness 2
Lioness Rampant**Tamora PierceYA - Song of the Lioness 4
QuicksilverAmanda QuickPNR - Arcane Society: Looking Glass Trilogy 2
The River of ShadowsRobert V. S. RedickF- Chathrand Voyage 3
The Hypnotist*M.J. RoseT- Reincarnationist 3
Chasing Brooklyn*Lisa SchroederYA
Bewere the NightEkaterina Sedia (ed.)Anthology
Twilight ProphecyMaggie ShaynePNR - Wings in the Night 17
The RestorerAmanda StevensUF - Graveyard Queen 1
MechaniqueGenevieve ValentineF - Circus Tresaulti 1

* Trade or Mass Market Paperback release of a Hardcover
** Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
FR - Futuristic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
T - Thriller
TH - Twisted History
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Anthology Covers:


Book Trailers:

Defiance by Lili St. Crow





Eona by Allison Goodman





Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (trailer for the hardcover release)






Forever Vampire by Michele Hauf





The Coven's Daughter - US (Montacute House - UK) by Lucy Jago





Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder





The Restorer by Amanda Stevens








The View From Monday - April 11, 2011

It's Monday again. There may be a couple of interviews this week. I'm waiting to see. Other than that there will be comics and photos and things bookish.

It's a light release week, but not if you read YA! A printable PDF of the releases may be found by clicking here. Set your printer to Landscape to print. Anthology covers and book trailers are below.

April 11, 2011

The Company Man*Robert Jackson BennettH


April 12, 2011

EnclaveAnn AguirreYA - Razorland 1
The GatheringKelley ArmstrongYA - Darkness Rising 1
The Reckoning*Kelley ArmstrongYA - Darkest Powers 3
The Key*Marianne CurleyYA - Guardians of Time 3
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated GuideStephenie MeyerYA - Twilight Saga
The UnrememberedPeter OrullianF - Vault of Heaven 1
Shadow ChaserAlexey PehovF - Chronicles of Siala 2
All the Lives He LedFrederick PohlSF
My Unfair GodmotherJanette RallisonYA - Godmother 2
He Walked Among Us*Norman SpinradSF
After the Golden AgeCarrie VaughnSF
The Prince of Mist**Carlos Ruiz ZafonYA


April 14, 2011

Life on Mars: Tales from the New FrontierJonathan Strahan (ed.)YA - Anthology


April 16, 2011

More Sci-Fi from the RockSteve Lake (ed.)SF - Anthology



* Trade or Mass Market Paperback release of a Hardcover

** Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
YA - Young Adult

Anthologies




Book Trailers

Enclave by Ann Aguirre



The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong



The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (for the hardcover release)



The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon



The Unremembered by Peter Orullian



My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

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