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Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

And the winners are...

All Spell Breaks Loose (Raine Benares 6) by Lisa Shearin - print book for US and eBook for international - Ended May 28, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  What missing item would you have Raine Benares find for you?

abookandashortlatte who said...

A first edition of Jane Eyre.


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Shakespeare Undead (Shakespeare Undead 1) by Lori Handeland - Ended May 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Favorite Shakespearean play that you've read or seen?

Victoria who said...

Macbeth. I love all of Shakespeare but Macbeth stuck with me.


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


ARC of Strangeness and Charm (The Courts of the Feyre 3) by Mike Shevdon - Ended June 2, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012
SHOWN FOR ILLUSTRATION - THE ARC MAY BE DIFFERENT

Question: What do you think of the new covers?

Sinnaye who said...

I prefer the new cover too, they're quite something! These books look really good, so I followed the advice and bought them right away ;)

Still, a signed copy wouldn't be a misfit on my shelves either.

Thank you for the interview and giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Warrior Enchanted (The Sons of the Zodiac 4) by Addison Fox - Ended June 3, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question: What are your favorite sub-genres of Romance (Paranormal, SciFi, Contemporary, etc)?

Barb P who said...

Hi Addison! My favorite sub-genre is definitely paranormal. I do like to read a little suspense here and there, depending on who is writing it. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


A signed copy of Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris - Ended June 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite secret agent(s)? or What is one of your favorite Steampunk novels, stories, etc.?

Di who said...

I've been curious to read a Steampunk story since I've enjoyed movies in the genre (League of Mysterious Gentleman & the new Sherlock Holmes series); and a do enjoy spies (James Bond (love the gadgets(, Jason Bourne)


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theatre 2) by Barbara Ashford - Ended June 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Which cover do you like better - Spellcast's or Spellcrossed's?

Maria who said...

Enter me!

I don't know which cover I like. They don't go together although the color tries to bring them closer. Standing my themselves, the first book almost looks like a mystery or cozy, while the second has that paranormal feel. Hard to pick because they are so different. I guess...maybe the first cover, but I don't think it's all that accurate a depiction of the paranormal!!!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) by Nancy Gideon - Ends June 9, 2012 - Enter HERE. US ONLY

Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite shapeshifter(s)?

BookAttict who said...

My first thought was Curran too! I also love Brand Geirson from Coral Moore's Broods of Fenrir and Johnny from the Persephone Alcmedi series by Linda Robertson!

I've read the first 4 books of the By Moonlight series and really enjoyed them! I'm looking forward to reading Seeker of Shadows!

Thanks for another amazing giveaway!


Winners x 7 - June 10, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, June 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with Barbara Ashford & Giveaway - May 30, 2012

Please welcome Barbara Ashford to The Qwillery. Barbara is the author of the Crossroads Theatre series. Spellcrossed, the 2nd book in the series, will be published on June 5, 2012.


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

Barbara:  When I’m working on a scene, I sit on the sofa and improvise dialogue between the characters. Definitely a legacy of my years as an actress. It’s amazing how many times the conversation goes in unexpected directions, which changes my original concept of the scene and deepens the emotional conflicts between characters.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Barbara:  I guess I’m a plontser! I work from a synopsis, but I’ve found that outlining every chapter just sucks the life – and the creativity – out of me. I like to leave room for surprises. Those are often the best moments in a book.

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

Barbara:  Adhering to a schedule. It’s either feast or famine with me. When I’m on a roll, I can write twelve hours a day. When I’m not on a roll…oy, you don’t want to know how much time I waste playing computer games.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Crossroads Theatre novels - Spellcast and Spellcrossed?

Barbara:  I wanted to write a fantasy that drew on my theatre background. Theatre IS fantasy. Bringing a truly fantastic element into the mix seemed like a natural.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for novels?

Barbara:  I relied on my experience as an actress to create the backstage world of the Crossroads, but I did a lot of research on the actual musicals so that the onstage moments would be as detailed and authentic as possible. Although I knew most of the shows, I still needed to read the script; you can’t rely on the movie version or on memory. I sat down with the scores so I knew which instruments were used in the musical numbers. I also looked at set designs and clips from productions on YouTube to get inspiration for the sets.

TQ:  Describe Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theatre 2) in 140 characters or less.

Barbara:  Maggie’s life is thrown into chaos by a blast from her past that makes her question what she wants and how far she’s prepared to go to get it.

TQ:  In Spellcrossed who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Barbara:  Maggie was the easiest AND the hardest. Easiest because I knew her so well. Hardest at the beginning of the book. I had to bring readers up to speed on what had happened since the end of Spellcast. I needed to show that Maggie could survive – as a woman and as director – without Rowan. And I wanted her to discover things about herself and her new cast before that blast from the past comes in at the end of Act One.

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

Barbara:  Well, I did enjoy writing some of the sex scenes. But my favorite is probably Chapter 11 – the moment when Maggie’s life gets turned upside down. It’s such an emotional roller coaster for her.

TQ:  Which character from Spellcast and Spellcrossed surprised you the most?

Barbara:  In Spellcast, it was definitely Reinhard. Although Hal claims that Reinhard is “a pussycat,” Reinhard starts off as the gruff, dictatorial stage manager. In the course of writing the book, he morphed into a kind of father figure for Maggie. I had picked Alex (the music director) for that role, but it’s much more surprising – and interesting – when Reinhard steps up to the plate. I guess Hal knew what he was talking about!

TQ:  The cover for Spellcrossed is radically different than Spellcast's. Do you believe that the Spellcrossed cover more accurately reflects the novel than the cover for Spellcast did?

Interview with Barbara Ashford & Giveaway - May 30, 2012

Barbara:  Absolutely! My original concept for Spellcast was much more like the cover of Spellcrossed: a close-up of the stage, a mysterious figure surrounded in light. I wanted something that hinted at fantasy and mystery and romance. Instead I got a barn.

A lot of reviews of Spellcast had some variation of: “Ignore the cover. It’s what inside that counts!” (I especially liked the one that began: “I picked up this book because I felt sorry for it. Why? Look at the cover!) I think that’s why so many readers were surprised by Spellcast – the cover gave them no idea what to expect.

TQ:  What's next?

Barbara:  I’m working on two different novels and revising one of my musicals for a production in New York City. Still not sure which of the novels I want to concentrate on first; maybe I’ll try writing both at the same time!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Barbara:  Thank you, Sally. Always fun to visit. And for any readers who live in the New York City area, the Spellcrossed release party will be held Sunday, June 24, in New Rochelle. (Details on my website.) I’d love to have you drop by!


About Crossroads Theatre

Spellcrossed
Crossroads Theatre 2
DAW, June 5, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Barbara Ashford & Giveaway - May 30, 2012
IT’S NOT EASY LOSING THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE…

But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie to return to Faerie, she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre. A hectic new season of summer stock leaves her little time to moon over the past. She has to balance the demands of her interfering board president and a company of actors that includes bewildered amateurs, disdainful professionals, a horde of children, and an arthritic dog. And while Maggie yearns to give others the kind of healing she found at the Crossroads, even she recognizes that magic must take a back seat to ticket sales.

But magic is hard to banish from the old white barn. Memories lurk like ghosts in the shadowy wings and the unexpected is as time-honored a tradition as the curtain call. And when the tangled spells of Maggie’s past turn her life upside down, it will take more than faery magic to ensure the happy-ever-after ending she longs for….


Spellcast
Crossroads Theatre 1
DAW, May 3, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Barbara Ashford & Giveaway - May 30, 2012
When Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces, she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont, at the Crossroads Theatre. She hadn't planned to audition, yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cast. But her previous acting experiences couldn't prepare her for the theater's unusual staff-and its handsome, almost otherworldly director.


About Barbara

Interview with Barbara Ashford & Giveaway - May 30, 2012
Barbara Ashford wrote her first “novel” Cherokee the Wild Pinto when she was eight years old and prepared the final manuscript on her Tom Thumb typewriter. She abandoned a career in educational administration to pursue a life in the theatre, first as an actress and later as a lyricist and librettist. Many of her experiences ended up in Spellcast and Spellcrossed. Barbara lives in New Rochelle, New York with her husband whom she met while performing in summer stock. For more on the Crossroads Theatre series, visit www.barbara-ashford.com.





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What: One commenter will win a copy of Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theatre 2) from The Qwillery.

How: Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which cover do you like better - Spellcast's or Spellcrossed's?

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. You MUST 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 Thursday, June 7, 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 - May 28, 2012

I can't believe that this is the last Monday in May. We're rapidly heading into the 6th month of the year.  And it's another busy week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood. Geekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Tuesday - Guest Blog by Jess Haines as part of The STALKING THE OTHERS Blog Tour Stalking the Others (H&W Investigation 4) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. The Janus Affair (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Barbara Ashford. Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theater 2) will be published on June 5, 2012.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Kelly Meding. Changeling (MetaWars 2) will be published on June 26, 2012.

Saturday - Interview with Nancy Gideon. Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Sunday - Interview with Jaime Rush. Darkness Becomes Her (Offspring 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.


There are a lot of books out this week! Wow!  A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter Lantos SF



May 29, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kevin J. Anderson (ed) H - Anthology
Flandry's Legacy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - The Technic Civilization Omnibus
The White-Luck Warrior (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
R. Scott Bakker F - Aspect-Emperor 2
The Janus Affair
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pip Ballantine F/SP - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2
Bleeding Out
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jes Battis UF - OSI 5
The Science of Avatar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Stephen Baxter Science/SF
When Passion Lies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 4
Harmony
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Keith Brooke SF
The Devil's Nebula
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 1
Charmed By His Love
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 2
Year's Best SF 17
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer
SF - Anthology
The Emperor's Gift
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Grey Knights
The Primarchs
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer : Horus Heresy 20
Casket of Souls
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 6
The Scottish Prisoner (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Diana Gabaldon HF - Lord John Grey 3
Seeker of Shadows
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nancy Gideon PNR - Moonlight 6
The Magician King (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lev Grossman F - Magician 2
Hit List (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
The Nano Flower (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter F. Hamilton SF/M - The Mandel Files. Vol. 2
Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Cursed
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 2
Night's Engines
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Trent Jamieson F - Nightbound Land 2
Deceived (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Wolfheart (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
By the Light of the Moon (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
The Darkest Evening of the Year (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
From the Corner of His Eye (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Life Expectancy (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
One Door Away from Heaven (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Bloodsworn
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nathan Long F - Ulrika the Vampire 3
Devilishly Sexy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kathy Love PNR - Devilishly 2
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Marshall H
Dragon's Time (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anne McCaffrey and Tom McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
Going Interstellar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Les Johnson
Jack McDevitt
SF - Anthology
A Blood Seduction
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Vamp City 1
Toxicity
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Andy Remic SF - Books of the Anarchy 2
A Brief Guide to Star Trek
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Brian J. Robb
Darkness Becomes Her
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring 6
All Spell Breaks Loose
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 6
The Road to Bedlam (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 2
Sixty-One Nails (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 1
Strangeness and Charm
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 3
Tangle of Need
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changelings 11
Threshold (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 2
The Watchers
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jon Steele ST
No Going Back
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon and Lobo 5



May 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damnation for Beginners
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Alan Campbell F
Crawling Chaos Volume One: Selected Weird Fiction 1917-1927
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
H.P. Lovecraft H
The Providence Rider
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Robert McCammon ST - Matthew Corbett 4
The Dragon Griaule
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lucius Shepard F - Short Stories



June 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Graveyard (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anonymous ST - 3
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Damien Broderick Literary Criticism
Lord of the Black Isle
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Elaine Coffman PNR - Mackinnon-Douglas 3
Thoroughly Kissed (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kristine Grayson PNR
Fluke (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Herbert H
Chase Me
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Tamara Hogan PNR - Underbelly Chronicles 2
Seduced by the Vampire King (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
G.J. Koch SF
The Frenzy War
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gregory Lamberson H/M -  Frenzy Cycle 2
The Secret Queen
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark Miller F - Empyrical Tales 3
Night of the Cougar (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Caridad Pineiro PNR
The Islanders
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christopher Priest SF
Must Be Magic (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 2
Veteran
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gavin Smith SF - Veteran 1
Classic Black Magic from Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, Gateway to Hell
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dennis Wheatley H - Omnibus



e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

And the winners are....

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011


BookaholicCat who said...


I have this book in my TBR. I want it!!

I'll go with Druids.













Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

Reading mind who said...


Demon slayer! Possibly, a sexy, smart and funny demon slayer that can kick some asses and still look great!


AND


Diana who said...


Demons! Book sounds very interesting.

Thanks for the giveaway.



Spellcast by Barbara Ashford

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011


Michelle D. who said...


I really loved Wicked and Grease





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Virna dePaul Para-Ops tote filled with a Para-Ops mug, chocolate, sunglasses and other goodies, including a copy of my vampire e-novella, A Vampire's Salvation

Alycia who said...

I don't have just one favorite supernatural but I love vampires cause they are always just way to HOT for their own good and sexy! I also like demons because most of the time they can do some pretty cool stuff.


Mind Storm by K.M. Ruiz

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011




Krystal who said


I think science fiction eventually becomes science fact in most cases so I will go with both. Afterall, 3D t.v.'s used to be science fiction...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa Renee Jones  - The Texas Hotzone series (Jumpstart, High Octane, and Breathless Descent) and a Pleasure with Purpose e-book from Lisa and The Legend of Michael from The Qwillery
 
 
So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011
 
 
 
 
Joni who said:
 
Great interview with Lisa Renee Jones. The new book sounds great. I like heroes half-and-half.





 
 
 
   
 
 
So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011
 
 
 
All winners have been contacted and have until Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.
 
Thank you very much to everyone who participated and to the wonderful authors who visit The Qwillery.

Guest Blog by Barbara Ashford and Giveaway - May 6, 2011

Please welcome author Barbara Ashford to The Qwillery.


A funny thing happened on the way to this blog. Sally (Qwill) and I discovered a theatre connection. She had attended shows at the Southbury Playhouse. I had performed there.

Spellcast – my new contemporary fantasy – is filled with such unexpected connections. The surprising friendships that spring up during a summer stock season. The sense of community that shapes a theatre company that lives and works together. And most of all, the magic that connects a group of strangers and transforms them into a family.

In writing Spellcast, I wanted to capture the magic of theatre for readers: the joy of stepping out of the everyday world into the imaginary one onstage; the sudden tension as the house lights dim; the excitement of knowing that – in live theatre – anything can happen.

But I also wanted to go one step further and throw some otherworldly magic into the mix. What better place than a theatre to combine the two? And to explore what one character in Spellcast calls “the impossible possibilities” of life?

I never intended to cannibalize my life for the book. I was just going to sprinkle in a few memories to add “flavor.” Like the rundown boarding house that our cast nicknamed “Anatevka” after the village in Fiddler on the Roof. The mottled black-and-gray backdrop that we likened to the Shroud of Turin. And the bats that occasionally swooped through the old barn, drawing gasps from the audience and completely stealing focus from those of us onstage.

Before I knew it, I was pouring my life into the protagonist’s. Maggie grows up in Wilmington, Delaware; so did I. She loses her job at a telephone helpline; I worked at one while I was writing for the musical theatre. She falls in love during her season in summer stock; I met my husband there.

Sometimes, I had to remind myself that I was writing a novel, not an autobiography. That helped me keep Maggie Graham and Barbara Ashford separate. But we share a lot of qualities, including a deep love for the magic of theatre.

In Spellcast, Maggie encounters plenty of magic – both theatrical and otherworldly – and discovers more than her share of “impossible possibilities.” I hope readers will enjoy discovering them with her and exploring the magical world of the Crossroads Theatre. And I hope you’ll drop by http://www.barbaraashford.com/ where you can see some photos from my days as an actress, read an excerpt from Spellcast, and get a sneak peek at the sequel coming out next spring.

Thanks for visiting! And thanks, Sally, for inviting me to share my experiences in writing Spellcast.


About Barbara's Books

Spellcast
(May 3, 2011)
Guest Blog by Barbara Ashford and Giveaway - May 6, 2011
Maggie Graham is having a very bad day. First, she loses her job. Then her bathroom ceiling collapses. Hoping a weekend getaway will restore her spirits, she drives to Vermont – and winds up auditioning for the Crossroads Theatre.

Director Rowan Mackenzie is even odder than the misfits who comprise the company. What kind of director casts people in the roles they need? And never leaves the grounds of the theatre? And possesses the power to transform a train wreck of a show into something...magical?

There’s a secret at the Crossroads, and Maggie is determined to uncover it. She never imagines she’ll discover secrets about her past that will change her life – and Rowan’s – forever.


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WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING

“There's a vast but little known overlap between fans of fantasy and fans of musical theater, and Barbara Ashford hits the sweet spot on both with SPELLCAST. It's warm, humorous, emotional, heartfelt, and full of magic. Curse you, Barbara, for making me cry! And for getting ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ stuck in my head all week.” Carrie Vaughn, bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

“Four stars” RT Book Reviews

“A recently unemployed woman finds herself signing up for summer stock in this charming fantasy novel. Maggie Graham is enchanted and bemused by the Crossroads Theatre in Vermont, from the quaint locale to…its mysteriously charming director, who has a magical knack for pulling great performances out of an inexperienced cast...It takes Maggie a while to really grasp just how magical it is. Readers will figure it out much sooner, but there’s enough mystery (not to mention romance) to keep readers interested in figuring out just exactly what is going on. Fans of musicals will have the most fun, since this theater specializes in musical comedy...A slightly bittersweet but appropriate conclusion left me wanting more, in fine theatrical tradition.” Locus

“(A) wonderful, whimsical, witty tale. The otherworldly elements subtly enhance Barbara Ashford’s tender look at a second chance at making dreams real.” Midwest Book Review

"The Tale that Wagged the Dog"
After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar
(March 1, 2011)
Guest Blog by Barbara Ashford and Giveaway - May 6, 2011
Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good "bar story". Now some of today's most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales-from an alewife's attempt to transfer the gods' curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin's decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur-Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor's barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies.









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About Barbara

Guest Blog by Barbara Ashford and Giveaway - May 6, 2011
Barbara Ashford abandoned a career in educational administration to pursue a life in the theatre, working as an actress in summer stock and dinner theatre and later, as a lyricist and librettist. She’s written everything from cantatas to choral pieces, one-hour musicals for children to full-length ones for adults. Her musicals have been performed throughout the world, including such venues as the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Barbara lives in New Rochelle, New York with her husband whom she met while performing in summer stock. Spellcast is her first contemporary fantasy and is inspired by her years as an actress.
Barbara's Links

Website

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Spellcast provided by Barbara.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite musical theatre show?

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.

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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 Saturday, May 14, 2011****. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

**** The giveaway closing date has been extended by one day from May 13, 2011 to May 14, 2011 due to the Blogger outage.


The View From Monday - May 2, 2011

Happy first Monday in May! This is going to be a busy week at The Qwillery.

On Tuesday, May 3, there will be an interview with debut author Kevin Hearne. His debut Hounded is also released on May 3, 2011.

On Wednesday, May 4, there will be an interview with debut author, Lexi George. Her debut, Demon Hunting in Dixie, was released on April 26, 2011. It's an extremely fun read, which had me laughing out loud often.

On Friday, May 6, there will be a guest post by Barbara Ashford. Her novel, Spellcast, is out on May 3, 2011.

On Thursday, I hope to either have comics or photos (a day early).

Here are the release lists for May 1 - 7, 2011. Book trailers are below as well as anthology covers. The lists have been updated to include more YA. A printable PDF list can be found by clicking here. Remember to set your printer to Landscape.


May 1, 2011
Enemy GamesMarcella BurnardFR -Enemy 2
Awaken the Highland Warrior*Anita ClenneyPNR - Highland Warrior 1
Vintage Vampire StoriesRobert Eighteen-Bisang
& Richard Dalby (eds.) 
Anthology
The Inside StoryMichael BuckleyYA - Sisters Grimm 8
Zombies Don't CryRusty FischerYA - Living Dead Love Story
Dark Angels RevealedAngela GraceGuide
Behind the GatesEva GrayYA - Tomorrow Girls 1
Wickedly CharmingKristine Grayson PNR - Fates/Charming
Men of PerditionKelly M. Hudson H
Vlad: The Last ConfessionC.C. HumphreysHT
Legend of MichaelLisa Renee JonesPNR - Zodius 1
The Ninth NightmareGraham Masterton H
A Bloody London Sunset Jaz Primo UF - Sunset Vampire 2
Cryptic CravingsEllen SchreiberYA - Vampire Kisses 8
Linger**Maggie StiefvaterYA - Wolves of Mercy Falls 2
CapturedMaggie L. WoodYA - Divided Realms 1
The DarkeningMaggie L. WoodYA - Divided Realms 2
The Steampunk BibleJeff VanderMeer SP


May 2, 2011
A Wizard of MarsDiane DuaneYA - Young Wizards 9
The DiscoveryMarley GibsonYA - Ghost Huntress 5
Dead is Not an OptionMarlene PerezYA - Dead Is 5
The CellerA. J. WhittenYA


May 3, 2011
SpellcastBarbara Ashford F - Spellcast 1
Scarlet DreamJames Axler
(Rik Hoskin)
SF - Outlanders 57
Ark**Stephen BaxterSF - Flood 2
The Demon's Covenant**Sarah Rees BrennanYA - Demon's Lexicon Trilogy 2
Bite ClubRachel CaineYA - Morganville Vampires 10
Darkfire KissDeborah Cooke PNR - Dragonfire 6
Hard MagicLarry CorreiaF- Grimnoir Chronicles 1
Chosen By Blood*Virna dePaulPRS - Para-Ops 1
Warrior BetrayedAddison FoxPNR - Sons of the Zodiac 3
Always the VampireNancy HaddockUF - Oldest City Vampire 3
Almost Final CurtainTate Hallaway YA - Vampire Princess of St. Paul 2
Dead ReckoningCharlaine HarrisUF - Sookie Stackhouse 11
Dragon BoundThea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 1
Hounded*Kevin HearneUF - Iron Druid Chronicles 1
The Inheritance & Other StoriesRobin Hobb &
Megan Lindholm
F - Collection
Crusade**Nancy Holder &
Debbie Viguie
YA - Crusade Trilogy 1
The Rogue CrewBrian JacquesYA - Tale of Redwall 22
Night Mares in the HamptonsCelia Jerome UF - Willow Tate 2
Under HeavenGuy Gavriel KayF
Dragon Avenger***E.E. Knight F - Age of Fire 2
One Magic MomentLynn KurlandTTR
Rot & Ruin**Jonathan Maberry YA - Rot & Ruin 1
The Unbearable Lightness of DragonsKatie MacAlister PNR - Light Dragons 2
JaceSarah McCarty PNR - Shadow Wranglers 3
Hard Bitten**Chloe NeillUF - Chicagoland Vampires 4
Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible OptimismDavid Nickle H
IllusionsAprilynne PikeYA - Laurel 3
Spells**Aprilynne PikeYA - Laurel 2
The Hot GateJohn Ringo SF - Troy Rising 3
Throne of FireRick RiordanYA - Kane Chronicles 2
The Lone WarriorDenise Rossetti PNR - Four-Sided Pentacle 3
DivergentVeronica RothYA - Divergent Trilogy 1
The CravingL.J. Smith,
Kevin Williamson
& Julie Plec
YA - Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries 3
ShiftJeri Smith-ReadyYA - Shade 2
The Council of ShadowsS.M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 2
A Taint in the Blood**S.M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 1
Blood LawKarin Tabke PER - Blood Moon Rising 1
Well of Sorrows**Benjamin TateF
WarcryElizabeth Vaughan F - Chronicles of the Warlands 4
Shadow RaidersMargaret WeisSF - Dragon Brigade 1
ExtermisSteve White &
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 6


May 6, 2011
A Dragon's AwakeningAya KnightYA/EF - The Chornicles of Kale


May 7, 2011
Midnight Flight***V.C. Andrews H - Broken Wings 2
Daughter of Destiny***Tracy Fobes PNR
Forbidden Garden***Tracy Fobes PNR
Heart of the Dove***Tracy FobesPNR
My Enchanted Enemy***Tracy FobesPNR
Touch Not the Cat***Tracy FobesPNR

* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Mass Market or Trade Paperback release of prior hardcover

*** Reissue or re-release


AH - Alternative History
DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
FR - Futuristic Romance
GT - Gothic Thriller
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
HT - Historical Thriller
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Anthology covers



Book Trailers

A Bloody London Sunset by Jaz Primo


Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (for hardcover release)


Divided Realms by Maggie L. Wood


The Para-Ops Series by Virna DePaul


Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (for hardcover release)


The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister


Illusions by Aprilynne Pike


Spells by Aprilynne Pike (for hardcover release)


Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan


Divergent by Veronica Roth


Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready


A Dragon's Awakening by Aya Knight
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