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Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters--having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

Alejandro's Soceress by Alyssa Day

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

Bewitch by Felicity Heaton

A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

Darkness Falls by Erin Kellison

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

Rogue's Passion by Laurie London

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore by Erin Quinn

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

The Mating Heat by Bonnie Vanak

Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

Trapped by Caris Roane

Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

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Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

The Black London series by Caitlin Kittredge

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Bastard who said...

And to answer the question, hate to admit it since I've always thought myself as an Epic Fantasy guy, but can't stop reading Urban Fantasy. So Urban Fantasy.


Choice of one of the Blood Lines series novels by Maria Lima

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

JoAnna who said...

This was a tough one. I'm going to go with Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood.


The Twenty Palaces series - Child of Fire, Game of Cages and Circle of Enemies - by Harry Connolly

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Lee who said...

Urban Fantasy, If you like Syfy's "Sanctuary" you will probably like Connolly. I know I would love to read all three and have them in my library.


Untamed Highlander by Donna Grant

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Barbara E. who said...

Hard to choose because I love them all, but I think I'd go with Scotland above all because of those awesome kilts and that Scottish accent.


Night Falls on the Wicked by Sharie Kohler

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Arianne Cruz who said...

I would say Witches :D


Haunting Desire by Erin Quinn

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Laura H. who said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to travel to any time in England prior to the 1900s. I love the elegant dress of that time and where behavior is dictated by "The Ton". I would hope I am one of those women with a more contemporary point of view, however. And the thought of using a chamber pot is somewhat disconcerting! :-)


Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman by Erin Kellison

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Jolene and Family who said...

This looks like a great series! Thanks for the chance to win


Kiss of the Rose, Blood of the Rose, and Mark of the Rose by Kate Pearce

Winners x 8 - September 17, 2011

Sullivan McPig who said...

I don't know any rose names, but I like the dark red ones best.
My favourite flower is the Snowdrop though.


Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 24, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway - September 7, 2011

Please welcome Erin Quinn to The Qwillery.

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

Erin:  I talk to myself. Technically, it's more like I tell myself the story as I type. It's not a problem when I'm alone in my office working, but many times I need to leave the house to get away from my DH and kids and so I go to Starbucks, start writing, forget where I am and the next thing I know I'm talking and people are staring. Sigh. Evidently I also make faces picture me there writing my love scene, speaking it aloud, making all the faces.... Yeah, I probably shouldn't be telling you all this. :)

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Erin:  Pantser who always gets to about page 180 and wishes desperately that she was a plotter.

TQ:   What inspired you to write the Mists of Ireland series?

Erin:  The same thing that always inspires me--my belief in miracles. I read a quote somewhere that said writing a book is an act of faith and belief in miracles. I agree 100%. I'm always amazed when I finish a book and readers like it.

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

Erin:  I did massive amounts of research on Ireland, it's history, it's present and it's people. I always cast my net wide and then narrow down my research. I read everything from popular fiction by local writers to travelogues to history to fairy tales. Diaries are my favorite source of research but they were harder to get my hands on when I turned my pen to Ireland. I loved how rich and (sometimes) twisted many of the Irish legends are. In Haunting Warrior, I used a variation of the Connla's Well mythology (since it’s Irish, it’s also known by a dozen different names including the Well of Wisdom). In this mystical pool of water, salmon possessed of knowledge frolic and hazelnut trees deposit chunks of wisdom into the water (which the salmon then consume). Drinking from this well or eating the salmon can boost your intelligence factor greatly. It certainly helped Ruairi MacGrath (hero of Haunting Warrior) in his time of need.

TQ:   Describe Haunting Embrace (Mists of Ireland 4) in 140 words or less.

Erin:  Argh, I'm never good with a word limit, ha ha--23 words over but here you go. :)


Within Meaghan Ballagh surges the blood of an ancient sorceress whose long ago love for the druid Áedán ended in treachery—a fate that ensnares Meaghan herself when she is thrust into the past. She can feel the desire between the sorceress and the handsome druid rise inside her. To ensure her survival, she must piece together the history of the woman who haunts her and the man who needs her.


Áedán recognizes Meaghan. He always will. For the spirit of his one true love—and immortal enemy—is in her. A woman for whom Áedán once risked everything he ever had only to be repaid with betrayal and eternal damnation. This time, he’s not going to let Meaghan escape—because together they have the power to change their destiny.

As the passion between them grows, so do their fears of arousing an ancient, haunted, and forbidden love, and for changing a past that could irrevocably destroy the future.

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

Erin:  One of my favorite scenes happens early in the book when Áedán and Meaghan begin their wary dance of attraction. For millennia Áedán has considered himself above humanity, better than a mere man, and distanced from emotion. But of course Meaghan shakes all that up and makes him feel again. I've included an excerpt below if you're interested. :)

TQ:   In Haunting Embrace, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Erin:  Meaghan Ballagh was the most difficult which isn't surprising. I always feel challenged by my heroines. It's a hard line to draw between making a heroine warm and sympathetic without making her helpless and wimpy. The same goes for making her strong and independent without being bitchy and mean. We women are complex beings and I work really hard to make sure my heroines exhibit all the facets that make us so wonderful. (looking behind me to make sure my husband isn't reading over my shoulder and laughing, lol)

TQ:   Do you have a favorite character from the Mists of Ireland series?

Erin:  Wow. You are really pulling out the big guns with these questions. I'll just answer it the only way I know how. Yes, I have a favorite character. (and no, I'm not going to tell you who it is, ha!)

TQ:   Haunting Embrace is the final book in the Mists of Ireland series. Is there a chance there may more stories set on the Isle of Fennore in the future?

Erin:  Yes! I have a great story in mind for Eamonn and I really want to tell it. Liam has always had a story to tell, which I think will intersect with his older brother, Michael's story. I loved all the brothers that I introduced in Haunting Warrior and really want to give them their own HEAs.

TQ:   What's next?

Erin:  Next up is a story I'm still fleshing out (and haven't even shared with my publisher). I have an intriguing concept that I need to hone down and get right before I talk about it, though. It will be paranormal and probably more character driven as opposed to plot driven then some of my other stories, but if I can pull it off, I think it will be a compelling. I'm also busy re-releasing my backlist novels which is taking up some time. And then..... Well, let's just say I need more time in the day to tell all the stories I want to tell. :)

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Erin:  Thank YOU for having me!

About The Mists of Ireland Series

Haunting Embrace
Mists of Ireland 4
(Berkley, October 4, 2011)
Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway  - September 7, 2011

Within Meaghan Ballagh surges the blood of an ancient sorceress whose long ago love for the druid Áedán ended in treachery—a fate that ensnares Meaghan herself when she is thrust into the past. She can feel the desire between the sorceress and the handsome druid rise inside her. To ensure her survival, she must piece together the history of the woman who haunts her and the man who needs her.


Áedán recognizes Meaghan. He always will. For the spirit of his one true love—and immortal enemy—is in her. A woman for whom Áedán once risked everything he ever had only to be repaid with betrayal and eternal damnation. This time, he’s not going to let Meaghan escape—because together they have the power to change their destiny.

As the passion between them grows, so do their fears of arousing an ancient, haunted, and forbidden love, and for changing a past that could irrevocably destroy the future.

Excerpt from Haunting Embrace:

        “I’m still waiting for you to answer my question, Áedán,” Meaghan said, as he’d known she would. “Are you the Druid that Saraid warned about?”

        “The evil Druid? The one who could destroy the world if he so wanted?” Áedán mocked.


        “Well, of course I am. And can’t you tell by looking at me that I’m all powerful? That’s why I’m working on a fecking boat the size of a shoe, just for the privilege of eating and sleeping somewhere dry. You heard Hoyt O’Shea. I’m slave labor, beauty. If I had a choice, if I had the power to change things, I’d be living under better circum­stances, wouldn’t I?”

        She narrowed her eyes and he knew she’d seen through his sar­casm. She was not some brainless child who’d accept the attempt to deflect her questions. Not this woman.

        “What were you doing in the world of Fennore, Áedán?” she asked softly, and yet, in her voice, he heard steel and anguish. As if it was she who’d been betrayed.

        “I was a prisoner, just like you,” he said. “You know that.”

        “Really? Then why was I the only one who could see you?”

        “Perhaps you are the Druid.”

        She spun at that and stopped him with a hand on his wrist, her fingers cold against his heat. That simple contact seemed to draw all of his energy, all of his attention until the rest of the world faded and there was only this moment, this woman. He felt that unnerving vibration rattling his teeth and stretching his nerves, but overpower­ing it was something more primal and fierce.

        “Stop it,” she said. “This isn’t some fecking game. I want answers from you. Why were you a prisoner?”

        Her demand sparked against his sudden—maddening—arousal. “You think I’m playing games? What about you, Meaghan? What secrets do you hide? Your own grandmother said there was some­thing off about you. That you are different. Let us explore that instead.”

        He took a step forward, forcing her to step back, and then he kept going until he had her pinned between his body and one of the many boulders that littered the side of the road. The primitive male within him roared, but his voice, when he spoke, was soft and deep, the voice he’d used a million times or more to seduce the unwary.

        “How are you different, beauty?”

        “I told you to quit calling me that.”

        “But you are very beautiful.”

        The eyes she turned on him where wide and wounded, as angry as they were injured. He’d poked at something hidden and now she would come out snarling. “Tell me,” he said, leaning closer still, his body pressed against every lush curve of hers. A part of him wanted her to fight, to resist, and another part desired only that she yield.

        “How are you different?”

        “Well, I’m a fecking time traveler, aren’t I?” she said, using his own tactic to deflect him. But her sarcasm worked no better on him than his had on her. “I’m her granddaughter, come from the future. I’d say that’s different enough.”

        He smiled, admiring her defiance even as he worked to tame it. “That’s not what she meant,” he said, lips against her ear.

        She tried to evade his mouth, but he kept her pinned, one hand at her waist the other at the base of her skull. She was too proud to openly fight him, too stubborn to show him that his nearness discon­certed her.

        “You seem to be an expert on the subject,” she said, her voice wavering. “You tell me what she meant.”

        “I feel something around you. A vibration—a disorder to the natural flow of things. It’s disturbing. You are disturbing.”

        She jerked away, surprising him with the sudden violence of her movements. Before he knew it, she’d escaped his hold and stood a few paces away. Her chest heaved and her blue eyes snapped.

        “There’s nothing wrong with me,” she choked.

        Ah. A reaction she hadn’t wanted to reveal, it was there in every line of her stance. “I never said there was. I only said you were different.”


        “Disturbing. Not the same thing.”

        He realized then that the shine in her eyes had less to do with rage than it did with pain—not physical pain, but something deeper, rawer.

        “I’ve hurt you,” he murmured, his tone a dark brew of fascination, shock, and revelation.

        “Feck off.”

        She turned and began walking again, her steps tight and fierce, her arms stiff at her sides, fists balled in the pockets of her borrowed jacket. Intrigued, he followed, catching up easily enough. The indig­nant silence that hung around her felt as cold and abject as a bluster­ing storm. It spurred something inside Áedán that he didn’t recognize at first.


        He was sorry for baiting her. The emotion staggered and dis­mayed him.

        “Meaghan,” he said. “Meaghan, wait.”

        She turned on him like a predator. “Wait for what, Áedán? Do you want to tell me lies? Or do you want to insult me? Tell me that I’m not normal? Well, I fecking know that already. I’ve never been normal. But I’m not some freak—no matter what has happened or why I’m here, I know that.”

        “I never implied that you were.”

        “No? Then why did you bring it up?”

        “To distract you,” he stunned himself by saying.

        The taut silence that followed toyed with the myriad of exposed emotions twisting tight inside him. Cautiously, he stepped closer to her, stopping less than an arm’s length away. Too close, he knew, but he could not bring himself to retreat.

        The flesh between her brows puckered again, and without think­ing, he brushed his thumb over the silky flesh, smoothing the furrow away. And once the frown vanished, he found his hands cupping her chilled face, wanting nothing more than to heat her flesh with his, wanting nothing more than to hold her. It confounded him, the need to comfort her, but it seemed that where this woman was concerned, his actions came with a will of their own. He pulled her to him, her body stiff and unbending.

        “I am sorry,” he said, meaning it. Astonished by it.

        Her rigidness ceded just a bit, just enough to give him a measure of hope.

        Hope? He shoved that away, refusing to analyze it.

        “You came from the future, Meaghan,” he said, reluctantly giving her the explanation she deserved. His lips hovered once again over the fragile shell of her ear. “I came from the past.”

Haunting Desire
Mists of Ireland 3
(Berkley, April 5, 2011)
Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway  - September 7, 2011
A woman lost in a nightmare

Shealy O'Leary thought the ancient Book of Fennore a myth until she and her father are sucked into the past-and into the cursed no-man's land called Fennore. There Shealy learns that she has a rare power that their enemy seeks. Aided by the dangerous and compelling warrior, Tiarnan, Shealy must find her father and learn how to wield her gift to save those she loves or die in this waking nightmare...

A man desperate to regain his honor

After failing both his land and people, Tiarnan was damned to spend eternity in the black heart of Fennore. His only hope comes in the shape of a beautiful, frightened woman from the future. For she possesses a gift she is unaware of. A gift with the power to save ...or destroy them all.

A desire that drives their destiny

Together, Shealy and Tiarnan begin their perilous quest-a mission that draws them closer and closer together. And as the odds against them mount, so does their passion. The intensity of their bond electrifies the couple, their love powering Shealy's gift and Tiarnan's strength. But their newfound connection threatens to ruin them both-and bring to life a long ago prophecy of devastation and betrayal...

Haunting Warrior
Mist of Ireland 2
(Berkley, October 4, 2010)
Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway  - September 7, 2011
A past he couldn’t forget.

Rory McGrath’s life changed the night his father mysteriously vanished after uncovering the secrets of the ancient Book of Fennore. The trauma turned Rory from an innocent boy into a troubled, cynical man. Leaving Ireland, he shunned his family, his heritage—and the very magic that has defined his people for centuries.

A dream he couldn’t ignore.

Then the dreams begin…dreams of an ethereal beauty whose touch is more real that any he’s known. And in these dreams, she has a message—a calling for Rory to return home to a destiny that will take him beyond the realm of anything he imagined.

A woman he couldn’t resist.

Lured to the castle ruins where his father disappeared, Rory is plunged back in time, and into the body of another man—a man betrothed to the very woman of Rory’s dreams. In possession of the secrets of his past, his family, and his identity, her hold on Rory is inescapable. For she is his doom. His salvation. And his destiny.

Haunting Beauty
Mists of Ireland 1
(Berkley, September 6, 2011)
Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway  - September 7, 2011
A mysterious stranger . . .

Danni Jones believed everything about her past—that she was an unwanted child abandoned by her mother. That she was an outcast set apart by her clairvoyance. That she was alone. Then came the stranger. Dangerously seductive Sean Ballagh appears out of nowhere with a startling story that will challenge everything Danni thought was true.

A lost woman . . .

He claims that Danni’s family has been searching for her ever since she disappeared twenty years ago. He’s come to bring her home to Ireland. But Danni fears there’s more to his story than he dares to reveal. And the only way to find out is by following Sean back in time, to a forgotten past, to a world where nothing is what it seems.

A terrifying legacy . . .

Now, in a land where the mystical and the occult are as vivid as the emerald fields, Danni must rewrite history to save her family, to fight a force more evil than she ever imagined, and to reunite with the one man she was destined for—or live forever in time as nothing more than an ethereal memory, a tragic and haunting beauty…

About Erin

Interview with Erin Quinn & Giveaway  - September 7, 2011
Erin Quinn is an award winning author. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. The fourth book in her Mists of Ireland series, HAUNTING EMBRACE, will be in bookstores October 2011.

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Erin has a Spread the Word contest running at her website. You could win 1 of 6 swag bags! Check out the contest here:

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Haunting Desire from Erin.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you could travel through time to when would you like to travel?

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