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Interview with Kasey Mackenzie & Giveaway - July 1, 2011

Please welcome Kasey Mackenzie to The Qwillery.

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

Kasey:  Hmm, I’m not sure how interesting it is, but I often write longhand in notebooks with teal or turquoise pens whenever I get stuck. For some reason, that always helps me get past whatever mental block I have going on. The fact the pens have to be teal or turquoise would be the “quirky” part and is probably a result of my OCD.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Kasey:  Most definitely more of a pantser.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Shades of Fury series?

Kasey:  As much as I love good vampire and werewolf stories, I wanted to write about a lesser-used supernatural creature. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology of all types, especially Greek and Roman, so it only seemed natural to turn to those myths to find inspiration. I actually struck upon the idea of writing about Furies for an online query-writing contest. I sat down and whipped out a pretty cool query for a story I hadn’t yet written—the kicker is that it wasn’t for Marissa’s story, but rather, Cori’s. I actually got to the second or third round in that contest, and had to write the first chapter for the second round, but I found my interest kept wandering from Cori and her story to her Aunt, Riss, and the story that happened chronologically before—the story of how Riss tracked down the person responsible for abducting Cori’s other aunt, Vanessa. I’m so glad I listened to my muse because that is obviously the story that won over my agent and editor. Cori’s story is still kicking around in the back of my brain and I definitely plan to write it down someday.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in Boston?

Kasey:  One can write stories set in the same setting so many times before one goes slightly batty. At least, that’s been my experience. While I was born and raised in St. Louis and am back in that area now, I lived and worked in Boston for a year in my early 20’s. At the time I sat down to write Red Hot Fury, Boston hadn’t been used in many urban fantasies and it seemed to me like the perfect setting for mine. Boston is an awesome city and will always hold a special place in my heart. In fact, I make it a point to get back there whenever I can.

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

Kasey:  I refreshed my memory on several Greek and Roman myths, especially those dealing with Furies, Harpies, Nike, Nemesis, and Orpheus (just to name a few). I have researched other cultures and mythologies as well, including Ancient Egypt, Celtic myths, Norse myths, Hindu culture, African history, culture, and religion, and too many others for me to think of off the top of my head. I’ve done more mundane forms of research like refreshing my memory on Boston neighborhoods and the MBTA (subway/commuter rail line in Boston), learning how the Boston Police Department operates in general, deciding which type of gun seemed a good fit for Riss to carry, and figuring out which cars suited certain characters’ personalities. This is by no means an exhaustive list, of course.

TQ:  Describe Green-Eyed Envy in 140 characters or less.

Kasey:  140 characters? You’re killing me here! Haha, okay, how about, “Modern-day Fury Riss Holloway goes undercover to stop a serial killer before the killer’s green-eyed gaze turns to her lover, Scott Murphy.” Woo, did it!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Green-Eyed Envy?

Kasey:  I have a couple favorite scenes in Green-Eyed Envy. One is when we see just how much like her aunt Riss Cori Holloway can be. Another is when Riss finally figures out for sure who the killer is, and proceeds to go all Fury on that person.

TQ:  In Green-Eyed Envy, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kasey:  I’ll reverse the order because Riss is far and away the easiest character for me to write because she has such a strong and distinctive voice. Love her or hate her, she definitely doesn’t just fade into the background. I also have to say that none of the characters are particularly difficult for me to write—I even enjoy writing about the villains because I try to make them fully-fleshed characters in their own right. Now, specific scenes can be extremely hard for me to write, but not usually particular characters.

TQ:  Who should play Marissa ‘Riss’ Holloway if the books become movies?

Kasey:  In mortal form, I always envisioned Riss as a taller, curvier version of Kristin Bell. Her face and honey blonde hair are spot on.

TQ:  Is there a playlist for Green-Eyed Envy and what is it?

Kasey:  I always listen to music when writing but have very eclectic musical tastes and rarely make up a specific playlist for any particular book. I listen to everything from country music to Celtic music to rock, alternative rock, pop, dance music, R&B, movie soundtracks, and some hip hop.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shades of Fury series?

Kasey:  I don’t have a specific number in mind. So far the publisher has contracted for three books but I hope they buy more. I try to keep each book a self-contained standalone that has overarching themes that can be continued on from book to book. Eventually, I would love to do tie-in novels such as a YA telling Cori’s story and novels from Trinity’s or Harper’s POV. I really love what Jeaniene Frost is doing with her Cat and Bones series tied in to the standalones telling the stories of other characters in her world. I also love how Kelley Armstrong’s stories are set in the same world but tell the stories of many of the characters, and how we often get to circle back around to the POVs of favorite characters we haven’t heard from in awhile.

TQ:  What's next?

Kasey:  My agent is currently shopping a YA urban fantasy featuring djinn (genies) and I have a few other projects in various stages of completion, ranging from urban fantasy to post-apocalyptic YA and steampunk.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About Kasey's Books

Red Hot Fury
Shades of Fury 1
(Ace, June 29, 2010)
Interview with Kasey Mackenzie & Giveaway - July 1, 2011
Introducing a sizzling new urban fantasy series featuring Marissa Holloway, an immortal Fury who doesn't just get mad...she gets even.

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to do: solve supernatural crimes.

But Riss's investigation into a dead sister Fury leads to her being inexplicably suspended from her job. And to uncover the truth behind this cover-up, she'll have to turn to her shape-shifting Warhound ex for help.


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Green-Eyed Envy
Shades of Fury 2
(Ace, June 28, 2011)
Interview with Kasey Mackenzie & Giveaway - July 1, 2011
When the bodies of cat shape-shifters start piling up in Boston's magical underbelly, Chief Magical Investigator Marissa Holloway finds one common thread that ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Marissa's lover Scott Murphey once enjoyed a one-night stand with Harper, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open before the killer's green-eyed gaze turns in Scott's direction.


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About Kasey

Interview with Kasey Mackenzie & Giveaway - July 1, 2011
Kasey Mackenzie is the author of the Shades of Fury urban fantasy series from Ace Books. Red Hot Fury debuted last year and Green-Eyed Envy releases on June 28, 2011. Kasey lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza. Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book—so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook. Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, suspense, and “soft” science fiction.

Kasey's Links:

Kasey’s Website: http://www.kaseymackenzie.com
Red Hot Fury, Shades of Fury 1: http://www.kaseymackenzie.com/wp/books/red-hot-fury/
Green-Eyed Envy, Shades of Fury 2: http://www.kaseymackenzie.com/wp/books/green-eyed-envy/


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   One commenter will win signed copies of Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury 1) and Green-Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury 2) from Kasey. Please note the giveaway is limited to mailing addresses in North America (US/Canada).

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who or what is your favorite 'person' or creature from Greek mythology?

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 with a North American (US/Canada) mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, July 8, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011

Please welcome Tim Waggoner to The Qwillery.

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

Tim:  For reasons I don’t understand, for some projects I type material, while for others I need to handwrite it and then type it. Sometimes the words and ideas just flow more easily using one method than the other. If I find myself having real trouble composing at the keyboard – when the words come so slow and difficult that writing is torture – I switch to writing by hand in a cheap notebook, and usually the words pour out of me like water. Sometimes during the course of a long project like a novel, I’ll switch back and forth between methods several times. I always tell students that if you find yourself blocked, change the way you’re writing – write by hand, write in a different location, write at a different time of day, etc. Sometimes switching things up can make all the difference.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Tim:  I’m a bit of both, actually. I usually work from a rough outline that lays out all the major events and story beats, but when it comes time to write specific scenes, I find myself improvising as I go. My outline may change as I go along, too – sometimes in small ways, sometimes large ways. I’ve sold all my novels to publishers via outlines for the last ten years or so. Since I write them months before I actually get a contract to start a book, I sometimes find myself taking a fresh look at an outline and saying to myself, “What the hell were you thinking? This is way too sketchy to base a novel on! Man, that editor must’ve been crazy to buy this!” But then I settle down and start writing, trusting myself to flesh the story out as I go.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Tim:  Stephen King and Piers Anthony were both huge influences on me in my younger days. I loved King’s characterization, sense of place, and ability to evoke fear in his readers, and I loved Anthony’s wild creativity and sense of humor. In many ways, the Matt Richter books are a direct result of both those influences. One of my all-time favorite writers is Lawrence Block, and I named Matt Richter after Block’s detective Matt Scudder. I really enjoy Simon Green’s work, too. We seem to be on similar wavelengths in many ways. Several reviewers have compared the Nekropolis books to Simon Green’s Nightside series, which I take as a great compliment since I love those novels!

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Matt Richter series?

Tim:  Years ago, I was in a writers’ group that counted the fantasy novelist Dennis McKiernan as one of its members. Dennis invited me to join his gaming group, too, which I was thrilled to do. The members of the gaming group took turns being gamemaster, and the games they ran were all original scenarios created by the gamemaster. So when my turn came to run a game, I created the city of Nekropolis as the setting. Not long after that, I adapted the scenario I created into a novel called Necropolis (which was the original spelling of the title). That book was published by a small-press publisher called Five Star. Years later, Angry Robot brought out an expanded edition of the novel in paperback (there’s an additional 25,000 words in the new version). The editors thought using the original Greek spelling of the word Nekropolis gave the book a more sinister, gothic vibe, and I agreed.

I liked the idea of a zombie private detective because it A) sounded like it would be a hell of a lot of fun and B) since corruption is a prime thematic element in classic PI novels, I thought a rotting zombie who is struggling to solve his case before he falls apart would make a fun twist on the theme of corruption.

TQ:  Matt Richter is a zombie. How does Matt differ from zombies as depicted in a George Romero film?

Tim:  Matt is a self-willed zombie. He retains his full human intelligence, all his memories are intact, and he has no need or desire to gorge himself on human flesh. He can’t turn a human into a zombie by biting them, and if you put a bullet into his brain, it might interfere with his thought processes depending on the damage done, but it wouldn’t stop him. He slowly rots over the course of a two-week period of so – though he’ll rot faster if he suffers significant damage. He can see and hear, but he can’t smell and he can’t feel anything physically – no pleasure, no pain. He moves slower than a human, and as he rots, his speed and coordination both decrease. He needs regular applications of preservative spells to keep himself fresh, which is one of the reasons he works. Preservative magic doesn’t come cheap! And of course he’s way more charming and has a better sense of humor than any Romero zombie – at least, that’s what he’d tell you!

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

Tim:  In one scene I introduce the character of Granny Red, the most feared monster slayer of all time. She’s an old woman garbed in crimson, and she’s rumored to be the original Red Riding Hood – or perhaps the legend come to life. A little girl who lost her way and almost paid for her mistake with her life, and who later became a slayer of werewolves, and eventually any and all monsters, when she grew up. I had a lot of fun writing that scene – Granny Red could kick Van Helsing’s or Buffy’s ass any day of the week! And still be finished in time for tea.

Another favorite scene occurs because Matt – who’s become rather famous after saving the city in the last two books – is being followed around throughout Dark War by a cybernetic vampire camera operator who’s constantly filming him with his ocular video implant for a reality show. At one point Matt sees playback of some of the finished footage, and the show’s producer, concerned that Matt’s too dull, has provided a false voiceover to make Matt seem like an overwrought stereotype of a noir detective AND a lustful, flesh-hungry zombie to boot! Matt, of course, is furious, but his friends think it’s hysterical. And I do too! I wrote this scene as a way to poke a bit of fun at a reviewer who thought Matt wasn’t “intense enough” in Nekropolis. Why fire off an e-mail to respond to a reviewer when you can instead use the incident to fuel a fun scene in a new book?

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

Tim:  In some ways, I guess Matt was both the easiest and most difficult character to write. Easiest because I’ve written so much about him and I know him so well, and most difficult for the exact same reason. I had to try to avoid falling into a rut with him. When you write a series character, you have to avoid making everything seem “same old, same old” to the reader, and you have to remember that your character grows and changes during the course of his adventures. Hopefully, I managed to pull this off in Dark War.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Matt Richter series?

Tim:  The series currently stands at three novels: Nekropolis, Dead Streets, and Dark War. There are also three short stories featuring Matt: “Disarmed and Dangerous” in Spells of the City (which takes place before Nekropolis), “The Midnight Watch” which appears after the text of Dead Streets (and which takes place between the first and second books in the series). And “Zombie Interrupted” which is forthcoming in Human for a Day (and which takes place between the second and third books). Right now, no further books are planned in the series, but if Dark War sells well, who knows? I’d certainly love to write more novels about Matt and the strange city he works in, and I have plenty of ideas for future adventures.

TQ:  What's next?

Tim:  In September, the first novel in a new series I’m writing with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters TV show will appear. It’s called Ghost Trackers, and it’s about three friends who as teenagers come in contact with a terrifying supernatural force, an encounter that leaves them traumatized and unable to fully remember what happened. Now, fifteen years later, that same force is stirring once again, and the friends return to their home town to discover the truth of what happened to them on that fateful night and prevent the darkness from spreading.

I had a lot of fun writing this book, and I’m currently at work on the sequel.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tim:  Thank you for having me!


About the Matt Richter / Nekropolis Series

Nekropolis
Matt Richter / Nekropolis 1
(Angry Robot Books, September 28, 2010)
Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011
MATT RICHTER MAY BE DEAD, BUT HE'LL STILL CRACK THIS CASE.
 
Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis.

This place has always been ruled by the vampire overlords.
Now they're plotting to destroy the city.
... over his dead body.

More pulp than Pulp Fiction, more butt-kicking than Buffy, Nekropolis is the first in a deathly new series.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Zombie Detective | Undead City | Crime Overlord | Sexy Vampires ]


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Dead Streets
Matt Richter / Nekropolis 2
(Angry Robot Books, March 1, 2011)
Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011
The return of Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie.


MATT RICHTER'S GOING TO PIECES - LITERALLY.

You've got to keep your head to survive in the teeming undead city known as Nekropolis. It's a pity crazed genius Victor Baron couldn't manage that. Now everyone wants a piece of him.
Zombie detective Matt Richter and his glamorous she-vampire companion Devona are back on the case, with another wild and wonderful investigation.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Zombie Detective | Undead City | Crime Overlord | Off with his Head! ]


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Dark War
Matt Richter  / Nekropolis 3
(Angry Robot Books, June 28, 2011)
Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011
Meet Matt Richter. Zombie. PI.

From his first arrival in the deathless city of Nekropolis, ex-cop Richter has found himself embroiled in disputes with the city’s vampiric rulers, shapeshifters, golems and other monstrosities. But Nothing has prepared him for the Dark War.

Discover the explosive third book in the Matt Richter series, the stunning follow up to Nekropolis and Dead Streets.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Zombie Detective | Undead City | Dark War | Crime Overlord ]


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About Tim

Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011
Tim Waggoner’s novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he’s published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at http://www.timwaggoner.com/.

Tim's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Dead War (Matt Richter 3) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment to be entered.

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 Thursday, July 7, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011

Please welcome J.A. Saare to The Qwillery.

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

J.A.:  I can’t write in silence. *laugh* Most authors need quiet to create, but not me. I suppose that comes from having four boisterous kids in the house. Most of the time I have music playing on my PC or background noise as I get to work.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

J.A.:  I have a rough idea of where things go, but for the most part I’m a pantser. As the Rhiannon’s Law series has progressed I’ve jotted down notes, but for the most part I allow Rhiannon to guide me through her story.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Rhiannon's Law series?

J.A.:  That’s an interesting question. *smile* I started writing as an outlet to escape my very busy and rather insane life. I’d just finished Crimson Moon, which was intended to be a YA novel. I figured once I got writing out of my system with one book, I’d be done. To my surprise, another character appeared in my head. Unlike the former protagonist I’d created Rhiannon was extremely loud and unapologetic. After a few weeks, I knew she wouldn’t be denied. I told my husband I had an idea for a story about a woman who worked in a strip club as a bartender and saw dead people. He told me, “That sounds nice,” so I sat down and started writing.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York?

J.A.:  I’ve never been to New York, so the idea of creating a story there appealed to me. The big city seemed much more gritty than Alabama. In retrospect, it wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I had no idea of the various ways people travel. Thankfully, I had a friend who guided me along my journey. If it wasn’t for him Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between wouldn’t have been possible.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between?

J.A.:  I enjoyed writing several of the scenes with Rhiannon and Disco, especially when they interact in the first few chapters. They are different yet similar. I also enjoyed writing the end scene with the villain. I felt it was a vital part of the story and allows the reader to fully understand why Rhiannon is the way she is.

TQ:  In Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

J.A.:  Rhiannon is always the easiest. She appears in my head even when I don’t want her to. Ironically, Disco is the hardest to write. I’ve heard him once and that’s it.

TQ:  Who should play Rhiannon and Disco if the books become movies?

J.A.:  This question is tough, because I can’t pick anyone for Rhiannon. The closest I’ve come is Sophia Bush. Disco isn’t as difficult. I saw the movie Faster and knew Oliver-Jackson Cohen would be perfect.

TQ:  Is there a playlist for Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between and what is it?

J.A.:  Yes, there is. You can find it here: http://www.jasaare.com/dead.html

At the time, I had my iTunes on random. I listened to a lot of different music, ranging from industrial to old school eighties.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Rhiannon's Law series?

J.A.:  Right now, I have four books planned. However, I can’t say when Rhiannon’s journey will end. Multiple ideas are running through my head, but I figure she’ll tell me when she’s had enough.

TQ:  What's next?

J.A.:  Right now I’m working on a few projects. The Ripple Effect is the third book in the Rhiannon’s Law series. I also have a couple of stories under my Aline Hunter pen (Dark Hunger on a Killing Moon and Omega Mine) that will release soon. I’m hoping that within a few months I can finish another urban fantasy series I started a year ago, as well as finish a few contemporary and paranormal erotic romances.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

J.A.:  Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure!


About J.A Saare's Books

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between
Rhiannon's Law 1
(Mundania Press, April 30, 2011)
Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011
One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance, she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her--until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

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The Renfield Syndrome
Rhiannon's Law 2
(Mundania Press, upcoming)
Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011
Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.

Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she’s about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.

Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she’s faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she’ll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.

After all, when it’s all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.


Crimson Moon
(The Wild Rose Press, May 27, 2010)
Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011
An average morning is what Emma Johnson envisions when she visits Joe’s Café for a steaming cup of coffee. But the world isn't the place she imagined it to be, and neither is she…

After Emma is rescued from a horde of bloodthirsty creatures, she discovers she is the daughter of a powerful Vampire from the House Deviard, her rescuer, Caleb, having been sent to see her safely home. For Caleb is also unique, a werewolf procured to protect the royal Vampiric bloodlines from harm - but nothing more.

Soon, the undeniable connection Emma and Caleb share evolves beyond attraction into something unexpected. When she is forced to make a choice, what path will she take - vampire or wolf?

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Check out J.A. Saare's Bookshelf for information about additional books.


About J.A. Saare

Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011
Photograph by BBT Photography.
J.A. Saare is a multi-published author in varying genres and has written stories featured in horror magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a notable dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old eighties horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and have been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath of fresh air.”

Currently she is penning numerous projects within the urban fantasy, erotic and contemporary, and of course, paranormal romance categories.

Those interested in her "naughtier" side can visit her alias, Aline Hunter, at www.alinehunter.com
 J.A.'s Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win an ebook copy of Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between generously provided by J.A. Saare.  Winner will have a choice of the following ebook formats: PDF, LIT, PRC, HTML, or EPUB.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Rhiannon is a necromancer. What's your hidden supernatural talent?

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, July 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

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Interview with Jenn Bennett and Giveaway - June 22, 2011

Please welcome Jenn Bennett to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Jenn:   I have a small audience of good luck charms that sit by my computer: a three-legged pig from Chile, a Chinese Buddha, and a Japanese Momiji message doll. Before I write, I like to double-check that they are are facing me.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jenn:   Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Byron, Phllip Pullman, Anaïs Nin, William S. Burroughs, Diana Gabaldon, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison. I like rebels, counter-culturalists, madmen and madwomen. And I like subversive storytellers. I'm sure that everything I read influences my writing in one way or another, including magazines and nonfiction and emails from friends. But the biggest influence on KINDLING THE MOON was probably Arturo Pérez-Reverte's THE CLUB DUMAS.

TQ: Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jenn:   Both! I've plotted every detail of a book, and I've started with nothing but a sense of place and a character. Recently, I've been leaning toward pantsing: there's a certain thrill of discovery you get when you're finding your way in the dark. However, at the very least, I prefer to know the goal and conflict of the story before I start writing.

TQ: What inspired you to write Kindling the Moon?

Jenn: I wanted to write a world in which no single group of people (or supernatural creatures) was necessarily bad or evil. Arcadia doesn't fight demons, Buffy-style: they are her friends, lovers, coworkers. Some are good—some, bad. I like gray characters.

I also wanted to write an urban fantasy with an independent lead who performed magic, but I didn't want to make her the average urban fantasy witch or sorcerer; I wanted to do something a little . . . darker. Arcadia has been raised in a occult group that taught her ceremonial magic. She doesn't necessary side with their viewpoints or subscribe to everything they're pushing, but she's smart enough to use what knowledge she's been given to her advantage.

TQ: What sort of research did you do to create the world of Kindling the Moon?

Jenn: Arcadia's world in KINDLING primarily focuses on three supernatural groups: magicians (who are human), Earthbounds (descendants of humans with invoked demon souls), and Æthyric demons (big, bad scary demons who live on another plane). Most of my world-building is the product of an overactive imagination, but I did spend a good deal of time researching classic books about demons, including goetic texts like the Lesser Key of Solomon, De Praestigiis Daemonum, Dictionnaire Infernal . . . you know—breezy, light reading.

The series also includes a worldwide organization of occult orders that train and support ceremonial magicians. Though I took enormous artistic license with my fictional esoteric organization, I connected with a real-life one for inspiration—a local branch of the O.T.O., an Thelemic organization once led by Alister Crowley. Contrary to the general public's preconceived notions of Crowley, I found most of the members to be quite devout, friendly people.

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

Jenn: Heavy research aside, I think the greatest strength of the book is the intertwining relationships of three characters: Arcadia (the protagonist), Lon (a local photographer with a large esoteric library), and Jupe, Lon's teenage son. One of my favorite scenes occurs when thirteen-year-old Jupe calls up Arcadia at her bar and asks her on a date. It's one of the more lighthearted scenes in the book and some of my favorite dialogue.

TQ: Who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jenn: Lon was the hardest to write. He's a famous photographer, older, and raising a teenager alone. He's also very reserved and a bit damaged. He puts on a front that ranges from hostile to aloof, and he's a terrible communicator. But he's got a legitimate reason for being this way, and Arcadia uncovers some of his secrets throughout the story.The easiest character to write was his son: Jupe is enthusiastic, geeky, cocky, and weirdly charming. He loves comics and monster movies. And despite everything he's been through, he's eternally optimistic. I like that Arcadia is somewhere between these two, personality-wise, and I enjoyed exploring how both of them could influence her (which is further explored in the second book,  SUMMONING THE NIGHT, due to come out in April 2012).

TQ: How many books are planned for the Arcadia Bell series?

Jenn: I'm contracted to Pocket for two, with an option for more. I have four total planned to complete a major story arc, and one day I'd like to do a young adult spinoff from Jupe's point of view.

TQ: Who should play Arcadia Bell if the book becomes a movie?

Jenn: I referred my editor (and the cover artist, Tony Mauro) to Cristina Scabbia for Arcadia's physical appearance. I'm not sure about her acting skills, though—or her Italian accent! Arcadia's parents are French, so maybe Audrey Tautou.

TQ: Is there a playlist for Kindling the Moon and what is it?

Jenn: There's one in my head, and it swerves from classic rock to metal to funk. If that doesn't scare you away, then you can look for it on my website in July.

TQ: What's next?

Jenn: I just finished a quirky young adult paranormal romance which could be described as Sixteen Candles meets The Hobbit in Appalachia. (Did you just do a double-take? Yep, that's about right.) I'm getting ready to start writing another young adult—a supernatural/suspense/romantic noir. After that, I might tackle adult paranormal romance. Whatever I write, I think it will always be offbeat, original, slightly humorous, unconventionally romantic, and it will take place in a dark or surreal setting. I think that's what I do best, and it's definitely what I enjoy.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jenn: It was my absolute pleasure! Thank you for having me. The Qwillery rocks!


About Jenn's Books

Kindling the Moon
Arcadia Bell 1
(Pocket Books, June 28, 2011)
Interview with Jenn Bennett and Giveaway - June 22, 2011
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn't easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia "Cady" Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she's carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can't clear her family name soon, she'll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.


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Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell 2) is slated for release in April 2012.


About Jenn

Interview with Jenn Bennett and Giveaway - June 22, 2011
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist-turned-author. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured more demons than you’ve had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She currently lives near Atlanta with her film-geek husband and two very bad pugs.

Jenn's Links:

Website:  http://www.jennbennett.net/blog
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/Jenn_Benn
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JennBennettauthor


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Kindling the Moon from Jenn!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:
If you visited the Tambuku Tiki Lounge, what beverage would you order from Cady?

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 Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jeannie Holmes and Giveaway - June 21, 2011

Please welcome Jeannie Holmes to The Qwillery.

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

Jeannie:  I need two things in order to write effectively: music and an empty house. Complete silence actually distracts me. I know many authors prefer to work without music or noise, but I simply must have music. As for the empty house, it’s weird but I can’t concentrate knowing there is someone in the house. The cats (I have four.) don’t bother me, but if my husband is home – forget it.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jeannie:  I’m somewhere in the middle. When I start a new project, I like to plot out the main twists and turns but I always leave room for surprises. Characters have a way of taking over a story and sending it in new directions. I love it when that happens.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Alexandra Sabian series?

Jeannie:  A life-long fascination with vampires, mysteries, and science fiction. Ever since I was six and saw Bela Lugosi as Dracula, vampires have fascinated me. I’ve studied the lore and legends from different counties and I’m always amazed by the similarities but also the vast differences. I also grew up ready Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown and have been a science fiction geek for as long as I can remember – I’m a huge Doctor Who fan! When I first started writing the series, I wanted to be able to combine all of these elements. No one told me I couldn’t so I did.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in Mississippi?

Jeannie:  I set the series in Mississippi because it’s my home state. I grew up in a rural area where the nearest town was twenty miles away. It was very easy to imagine vampires and other supernatural critters running around in the dark. Plus, the South has a rich tradition of storytelling that often involves the paranormal, and I wanted to carry on that tradition but bring it into a modern genre like urban fantasy.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations?

Jeannie:  A lot! I spent a total of about two years researching police procedures, forensics, and other aspects of law enforcement. I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve been able to make connections within the law enforcement community and they’ve been kind enough to answer questions. The most extreme bit of research I’ve done was to spend a twelve-hour shift riding shotgun with a patrol officer on a Saturday night. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

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

Jeannie:  That’s a tough question because every scene is a favorite in some way. If I had to choose, I would pick a scene between Alex and Varik that’s about mid-way through the book. Varik is attempting to prove a point but he uses some rather unconventional methods to do it. I also love the final scene in the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but I had a little too much fun writing certain events.

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

Jeannie:  The most difficult character is the bad guy – the Dollmaker. I really don’t like being in his head. It’s a dark place and he’s just creepy. The easiest characters to write are Alex and Varik. They’re both very distinct personalities, and I don’t usually have much difficulty writing from their view points. When they’re together on a page, the conversations and arguments practically write themselves.

TQ:  Who should play Alexandra Sabian and Varik Baudelaire if the books become movies?

Jeannie:  Ben Barnes is Varik. Hands down. I had no idea Ben Barnes even existed until I saw a poster in a theater for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian a few years ago. It featured Ben and I remember stopping in the middle of the theater’s lobby, grabbing my husband’s arm, point at the poster and saying (rather loudly), “That’s Varik!” Ben fits the image I’ve had in my head of Varik from the start so I would definitely want him to play that role. As for Alex, I honestly have no clue who should play her in a movie. I’ve heard suggestions of everyone from Jessica Biel to Jessica Alba to Felicia Day to Emma Watson. If the books ever became movies, I’d leave casting that role up to the experts.

TQ:  Is there a playlist for Blood Secrets and what is it?

Jeannie:  There is a massive playlist for Blood Secrets – everything from the Dixie Chicks to Marilyn Manson. A few artists made frequent appearances though: Godsmack, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Kamelot.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Alexandra Sabian series?

Jeannie:  I plan for six books total, and hopefully, I’ll get to write them all.

TQ:  What's next?

Jeannie:  I have a short story appearing in an anthology that will be out this fall. The story is a steampunk-inspired romantic fantasy which is completely different from the Alex series, and I had a lot of fun writing it. Currently, I’m working on a couple of projects. I can’t say much about them right now, but I’m really excited about them. The next two Alex books are plotted and I’ll be returning to them soon.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jeannie:  My pleasure and thanks for inviting me!


About Jeannie's Books

Blood Law
Alexandra Sabian 1
(Dell, July 6, 2010)
Interview with Jeannie Holmes and Giveaway - June 21, 2011
To stop a vampire killer, she’ll have to slay her own demons first.

A provocative and savvy vampire, Alexandra Sabian moves to the sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi—population 6,000, half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI), Alex must maintain the uneasy peace between her kind and humans, including Jefferson’s bigoted sheriff, who’d be happy to see all vampires banished from town. Then really dead vamps start turning up—beheaded, crucified, and defanged, the same gruesome manner in which Alex’s father was murdered decades ago. For Alex, the professional has become way too personal.

Things get even more complicated when the FBPI sends in some unnervingly sexy backup: Alex’s onetime mentor, lover, and fiancé, Varik Baudelaire. Still stinging from the betrayal that ended their short-lived engagement, Alex is determined not to give in to the temptation that soon threatens to short-circuit her investigation. But as the vamp body count grows and the public panic level rises, Varik may be Alex’s only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle and his own bloody past to put right.

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Blood Secrets
Alexandra Sabian 2
(Dell, July 5, 2011)
Interview with Jeannie Holmes and Giveaway - June 21, 2011
WHEN ALEXANDRA SABIAN SINKS HER TEETH INTO AN INVESTIGATION, SHE DOESN’T LET GO.

Alex allowed a case involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

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About Jeannie

Interview with Jeannie Holmes and Giveaway - June 21, 2011
Jeannie Holmes is the author of the Alexandra Sabian series, and fears spiders, large bodies of water, and bad weather. She moved from the backwoods of southwestern Mississippi to the Alabama Gulf Coast where she now lives with her husband and four neurotic cats. She enjoys art, exploring old cemeteries, traveling, and when she isn’t writing or has her nose stuck in a book, she spends her time searching for a really good cup of coffee.

Jeannie's Links

Website
Jeannie Holmes Fan Forum
Wayward Muses & Shiny Objects (Blog)
LiveJournal
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Goodreads
Criminal Minds (Contributing poster)


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian 1) and Blood Secrets (Alexandra Sabian 2). Please note the books will not be sent until on or after the release date of Blood Secrets.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite vampire movie?

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 Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Rima L. Jean - June 16, 2011

Please welcome Rima L. Jean to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Rima's debut novel, The Noble Pirates, now will be published in August, but we're going ahead with her interview as originally scheduled.

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

Rima:  I think I write better when there’s some noise around me, as opposed to dead silence. I like writing at coffee shops or cafes, with people talking and espresso machines whirring.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Rima:  There are so many! I love Agatha Christie; I read so many of her books as a teen that I’m certain her style influenced mine.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Rima:  With The Noble Pirates, I was a total panster. I had a general outline in my head, but because it was an online serial, I was more focused on each installment. With my current work, I’m somewhere in between. I’ve written a general outline and have a story arc.

TQ:  Describe The Noble Pirates in 140 characters or less.

Rima:  During a violent storm, Sabrina is pitched back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy – with a book that describes the lives of the pirates she is about to meet. When she falls in love with Howel Davis, a sailor forced into piracy through circumstance, she begins to wonder: Can she use her knowledge to change the past? Is her knowledge a blessing or a curse?

TQ:  What inspired you to write the The Noble Pirates?

Rima:  My desire to bring history to life. I chose pirates as my subject matter because I had just seen Pirates of the Caribbean and wondered what the real pirates’ stories were.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Noble Pirates?

Rima:  A lot! I read a ton of books on the subjects of piracy, slavery, etc. Readers can find out more detail regarding my research at http://fictionescape.com/research.

TQ:  Who is your favorite pirate? Why?

Rima:  Howel Davis. Based on my historical research, he really wasn’t a bad guy, and he made it a point to try and steal without causing unnecessary deaths.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) The Noble Pirates?

Rima:  The scene where Howel Davis becomes a pirate, and the speech he makes to justify his actions.

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

Rima:  Sabrina was easiest, because she is a modern woman and I based her thoughts and actions on my own. Bart Roberts the pirate was the hardest, since he is by far the most complicated character in the book.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series? (ignore this question if no more are planned)

Rima:  One more, I think. I don’t like dragging good stories on and on until it gets old.

TQ:  What's next?

Rima:  Well, there’s the sequel to TNP, Liberi, which I am currently working on. I am also working on a historical young adult book set during the Crusades. It’s a lot of fun.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rima:  Thank you! Your questions were awesome!


About The Noble Pirates

The Noble Pirates
(Cogito Media, August 29, 2011)
Interview with Rima L. Jean - June 16, 2011
A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 – amidst pirates. Sabrina is so consumed with her present-day problems that the last thing she expects is to suddenly end up face to face with real pirates. The notorious bad boys of the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and “Black Bart” Roberts, become Sabrina’s means of survival in the past, and ultimately, her key to returning to the future.

The catch? Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service, victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.

When Sabrina finds herself falling in love with Howel Davis, a sailor who becomes a pirate out of desperation, she begins to wonder: Can she use her knowledge to change the past? Is her knowledge a blessing or a curse?

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About Rima L. Jean
 
Interview with Rima L. Jean - June 16, 2011
Rima L. Jean graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in archaeology and history. She decided that, even though she loved history, it wasn’t exactly what she felt she was meant to do. Rima spent several years floundering, during which time she managed to snag a law degree and an amazing husband. It wasn’t until the birth of her first daughter that she returned to writing — something she had done quite a bit of as a child and teenager.
 
Put simply, writing is what Rima was meant to do.
 
She is the author of a forthcoming book about a woman who accidentally time travels back to the Golden Age of Piracy, The Noble Pirates. Rima loves to take real history and, with the help of some magical realism, transform it into a grand adventure with broad appeal. She is addicted to strong female characters who kick ass, and the strong male characters who fall in love with them.

Rima's Links:

The Noble Pirates Website:  http://www.thenoblepirates.com/
Rima L. Jean Author Website:  http://www.fictionescape.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/FictionChick

Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011

Please welcome Jesse Petersen to The Qwillery.

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

Jesse:  I'm not sure I have any interesting writing quirks. Maybe it's just not something I can identify in myself since I have my system and it works for me. I'm sure if someone came in to my office and looked at me write for 24 hours they'd figure I was a big weirdo. :)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jesse:  It's hard for me to name a favorites since I read very widely and it's all dependent on mood. I'm probably more influenced by zombie movies and TV shows since Dave and Sarah use their own knowledge of those kinds of things in order to survive the apocalypse.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jesse:  I'm a plotter, though I pantsed my way through MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES because I originally wrote it just to entertain myself. But I am, by nature, a planner and I continue to plan my books since then.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My husband and I went with some friends to see "Zombieland" and late that night I kept having this very clear picture of Dave and Sarah going to their therapist's office and discovering she had been turned into a zombie and then having to use her marital advice to escape the zombie apocalypse. And hence, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was born.

TQ:  Who would play Sarah and David in a movie of the books?

Jesse:  I think Nathan Fillion for Dave. Sarah is harder. I still like Alyson Hannigan (from "How I Met Your Mother" and "Buffy" , but thusfar no one from Hollywood is making a movie of it. Maybe some day.

TQ:  Describe Shambling With The Dead in 140 characters or less.

Jesse:  TV Producer Avery puts together telethons after tragedies, but the Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy. And then the zombies come.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the Shambling With The Dead?

Jesse:  It's a short story, so there aren't really scenes. I do like when the Ryan Seacrest type host gets it, though.

TQ:  In your Living With The Dead series, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Jesse:  As a writer, I'm very lucky that both Dave and Sarah were really easy to write, they felt very real to me. I guess The Kid in Book 2 was a little harder since I don't have kids, myself and my nephews are much younger than him.

TQ:  How many books, novellas, etc. are planned for the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My publisher doesn't want any more Living With the Dead books, but now that I'm self-publishing the limits are sort of dropped. The last book is officially EAT SLAY LOVE out in July, but I'll be putting out a short story collection set in the same universe. It's called IN THE DEAD and will be out in August (you can't pre-order indie pubbed books, but it will be up the last week of July). And there may be room for more Living With the Dead books and other zombie stories in the future.

TQ:  What's next?

Jesse:  My upcoming releases are EAT SLAY LOVE (July), IN THE DEAD: Volume 1 (August) and I'm planning another IN THE DEAD volume probably late 2011 or early 2012 as long as the first one sells well and I feel there's still demand for it. I'm also working on some other projects for 2012. The best place to follow what's coming when is my website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ , my Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jesse-Petersen/246153580904 and my Twitter where you can follow me @jessepet. I update there very regularly.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jesse:  Thanks so much for having me!


About Jesse's Books

Married with Zombies
Living With The Dead 1
(Orbit, September 1, 2010)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

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Flip This Zombie
Living With The Dead 2
(Orbit, January 1, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs.
 
There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers...Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

 
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Shambling with the Stars
A Living With The Dead Short Story
(Orbit, June 15, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.




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Eat Slay Love
Living With The Dead 3
(Orbit, July 1, 2011)
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic.
 
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
 
Eat. Slay. Love.
 
Because they haven't got a prayer.

 
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About Jesse
 
Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011
A Facebook quiz once told Jesse that she would only last a few weeks in a zombie apocalypse. She does not believe this because she's a good shot and has an aversion to bodily fluids. She currently lives in the Midwest with her hero husband (who is also a good shot) and two cats (who cannot be trusted).
 
Jesse's Links
 
Website
Facebook
Twitter
 

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Married with Zombies (Living With The Dead 1) from Jesse and a copy of Flip This Zombie (Living With The Dead 2) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What weapon would you have to have during a zombie apocalypse?

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 Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011

Please welcome Erin Kellison to The Qwillery.


First of all, thank you to Sally for hosting me here today at the Qwillery! Sally, you are awesome!

I’m giving away a full set of the Shadow series to one lucky commenter: Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and an ARC of Shadowman! Just answer the question below to enter.

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

Erin:  I have to be wearing only one sock and on my right foot. No, I’m kidding. I sit in my big green chair and I’ve got my snacks and drink, and then I work. No interesting quirks, I’m afraid. Oh! I am terrified of my webcam (it’s like the computer has an eye), so there’s a band-aid over it. I’ve blinded the beast.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Erin:  I love Lois McMaster Bujold. Love her. And Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and I’m totally sunk in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones series. Love Patrick Rothfuss’ series as well. Read it. Charlaine Harris, of course. Karen Marie Moning is awesome. Sharon Shinn. Dean Koontz. Mercedes Lackey. Robin McKinley. There are so many that I could go on and on. I love to read.

Who has influenced my writing? All of them. My books have been good friends to me over the years. But I turn to Stephen King’s On Writing all the time for perspective. I highly recommend it.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Erin:  I am a combo, actually. I have a broad idea of where I am going, but the specifics are a mystery. If I plan too much, the spark just isn’t there. If I have no idea what comes next, I lose the story.

TQ:  Describe Shadow Touch in 140 characters or less.

Erin:  Ellie’s shadow has its own mind—it can kiss, touch…kill. Cam studies them, but the more he learns, the more he’s seduced. It’s all trouble.

TQ:  In your Shadow series, who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult and why?

Erin:  Tough question. The easiest was probably Adam Thorne, the hero of book one, Shadow Bound. I can’t say why, exactly. He’s a man with a purpose and a drive, and they are so strong within him that I didn’t have to tease them out on the page. The layers just seemed to come. The hardest was Ellie of Shadow Touch. She’s a character in two parts—human and disembodied shadow—so I had to be mindful of the goals and motivations of each, as well as how they differ and why. Ellie might have been the toughest, but I enjoyed writing her so much that I intend to do follow-up novellas that explore what comes next for her and her sweetheart, Cam.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what it your favorite scene or scenes in Shadow Touch?

Erin:  Easy. When the aide comes. I had not expected to love that character so much. I’ll be writing more of him, too.

TQ:  Who should play Ellie Russo if Shadow Touch becomes a movie? Cameron Kalamos?

Erin:  These are always tough questions. I could see Mila Kunis playing Ellie—a mix of girl-next-door and sultry, just like Ellie and her shadow. Ian Somerhalder for Cam. The man has gorgeous eyes. Dreamy eyes. And so does Cam.

TQ:  What's the playlist for Shadow Touch?

Erin:  I am rotten at playlist questions because I write in silence. I’ve got a playground across the street and the squeaky teeter-totter drives me crazy. Something in a minor key with a good beat?

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shadow series?

Erin:  Shadowman, book three, comes out this September. I’m currently writing book four (and having a lot of fun). And I am contracted for a fifth. I’ll also be expanding Ellie’s story into more novellas, each a stand-alone like the first. I can see the potential for more books, but that is up to fate right now.

TQ:  What's next?

Erin:  A couple of very cool things! First, I’m in the midst of the Shadow/Sweetblood blog tour (#DarkTour) and among other stops, will be back at The Qwillery next week with a fantastic giveaway. Find out more at www.erinkellison.com/appearances.

Also, I’ve just launched the Segue website (www.thesegueinstitute.com) which has all sorts of fun content including founder Adam Thorne’s blog (a running story I’m calling The Prophet), which will develop over the summer, a map of wraith activity, bios of characters, and much more. There are fun easter eggs hidden throughout, including ARCs of Shadowman (releases Sept 6). More prizes will be added as the site expands over the summer. Check it out.

Which brings me to… Shadowman! I am so very excited about the release of the third book in my Shadow series. Find out more here (http://www.erinkellison.com/books/shadowman.html) and preorder here at Amazon.com.

Okay, so here is the contest question: I love the HBO series A Game of Thrones. I’ve just finished the first book and I’m hooked. What book series would you like to see as a television series (or movie)?

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!


About Erin's Books

Shadow Bound
(June 29, 2010)
Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011
Death
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Wraiths
Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Segue
Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

Twilight
This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.




Shadow Fall
(July 27, 2010)
Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011
Sacrifice
Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn't cut out to be an angel.

Mystery
One moment he's fleeing Heaven; the next, he's waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who's desperately afraid of the dark.

Shadow
It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.

Wolf
He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.




Shadow Touch
(E-novella, June 1, 2011)
Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011
Magic
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Ellie's problem is a very different kind of phenomenon...

Shadow
It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.

Science
Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

Surrender
Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?


Shadowman
(September 2011)
Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011
Ghosts
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

Love
It survives even death. And Kathleen O'Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

Shadowman
He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.

The Gate
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken...

Book covers and descriptions from Erin Kellison's website.


About Erin

Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011
Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall, as well as the upcoming Shadowman (Sept 2011), and the e-novella Shadow Touch (June 2011). Stories have always been a central part of Erin's life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.

Find, Follow, and Friend Erin here:

Website:  www.ErinKellison.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ErinKellison
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ekellison


To check out Cam and Ellie’s story, find Shadow Touch here:  Amazon and Barnes&Noble


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and an ARC of Shadowman from Erin!

How:  Leave a comment answering Erin's question:

What book series would you like to see as a television series (or movie)?

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, June 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011

Please welcome Stacey Jay to The Qwillery.

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

Stacey:  I have a daily word count goal and am OBSESSED with reaching it. If I don't, I'm a cranky, twitchy mess.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Stacey:  I was a classics reader as a kid, and those are the books (and writers) I always go back to. I find myself rereading John Steinbeck and Louisa May Alcott again and again. Also a big Stephen King fan. Of all of my favorite authors, I think I've been the most influenced by his work. I love a strong hook and a creep factor in my stories.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Stacey:  Reformed pantser. Now a plotter who gives myself the freedom to play when the story requires.

TQ:  Describe Dead on the Delta in 140 characters or less.

Stacey:  While helping solve a murder, a woman immune to killer fairy bite discovers there's more magic in the world than she supposed.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult and why?

Stacey:  Annabelle, my heroine, was both. She's very different than I am, so it was difficult at times to stay true to "what would Annabelle do," when I knew I would make a different choice. In other ways, she was a pure joy to discover. It's nice to take a break from your own head space for awhile!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what it your favorite scene or scenes in Dead on the Delta?

Stacey:  I love the ending. The method of attempted murder is twisted, strange, and fun, I think. I'm pretty proud of it, anyway!

TQ:  Who should play Annabelle Lee if the book becomes a movie? Cane Cooper?

Stacey:  You know I NEVER imagine actors when I'm writing, so this is hard!

But I think I'd love Aubrey Plaza (who plays April on "Parks and Recreation") for Annabelle. If she eased up on the deadpan a bit, she'd be brilliant. Or, alternatively, Isla Fisher. She's a fabulous actor and has more of an Annabelle "look."

As for Cane, Taye Diggs is, of course, super talented and has the smolder factor. But Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) probably looks more like what I imagined Cane would look like when I was writing.

TQ:  What's the playlist for Dead on the Delta?

Stacey:  Acoustic Blues--new blues, old blues, anything with a twangy guitar and a hint of hopeless and a sexy, steamy undertone.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Annabelle Lee series?

Stacey:  I've planned a 5 book story arc. As of now, only two books are contracted, however (DEAD ON THE DELTA and BLOOD ON THE BAYOU, next year). I'm *really* hoping sales are strong for DEAD, and that I get to write the full story.

TQ:  What's next?

Stacey:  JULIET IMMORTAL, my young adult hardcover debut, releases on August 9th. I'm so excited for this one! I really hope readers enjoy what I've done with Romeo and Juliet (I couldn't resist turning these famous lovers against each other and seeing what would happen.)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!

Stacey:  You are so welcome! Thanks so much for having me!


About Stacey's Books

Dead on the Delta
Anabelle Lee 1
(Pocket, May 31, 2011)
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011
Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year-old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . .

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Young Adult Books
 
You Are So Undead to Me
Megan Berry 1
(Razorbill, 22 Jan 2009) 
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you’re trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it’s kinda hard to score a date. Let’s just say Megan’s love life could use some major resuscitation.

Megan’s convinced her life can’t get any worse – until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it’s up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life – and more importantly, the homecoming dance – depends on it.

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Undead Much?
Megan Berry 2
(Razorbill, January 21, 2010)

Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011Megan Berry—Zombie Settler extraordinaire—just wants Pom Squad to trounce Cheer Team in this freakishly funny follow-up to You Are So Undead to Me. But someone’s turning coma victims into settler-resistant über-zombies—and everyone thinks it’s Megan’s fault! Well, except for super-creepy male cheerleader Aaron. (Ew!)

Meg’s also being stalked by a hot—albeit undead— seer named Cliff. Can Cliff’s premonitions help Megan stop a zombies-on-ice deathscapade and discover who’s really behind the coma-killer crusade before an entire army of undead rise up? And when Megan’s boyfriend Ethan grows jealous of Cliff, will it end their intra-settler romance?

Stacey Jay’s snarky teen-speak is “dead”-on and hysterical! Ally Carter better get used to the smell of grave dirt . . .

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Valentine's Day of the Dead
Megan Berry 2.3
(E-book, February 9, 2009)
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011
Q: What could be worse than spending Valentine's Day alone?
A: Spending it with evil zombies!!

Megan Berry is no stranger to heartbreak, but spending Valentine's Day serving other happy couples hot dogs while mourning the loss of her one true love is almost more than even a highly trained Zombie Settler can handle. So when her recently estranged boyfriend, Ethan, texts her asking her to be his Valentine, she ditches her bodyguard and rushes to his side.

But soon, Megan's dreams of chocolates, flowers, and lingering make-up kisses take a turn of the rotted-corpse-and-maggot variety, and Megan fears that her first Valentine's Day with Ethan, may be her last...

Amazon : Barnes&Noble


My So-Called Death
(Flux, March 28, 2010)
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011Just because you don't have a pulse doesn't mean you can't be perky.

One second, freshman Karen Vera's on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she's lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she's a genetically undead zombie.

Suddenly, Karen's non-life is an epic disaster. She's forced to attend a boarding school for the "death-challenged," her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she's chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen's non-beating heart flutter!

Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it's up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders


The Locket 
(Razorbill, February 3, 2011)
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him - with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less - he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything - and everyone - she loves?

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Juliet Immortal
(Delacorte Books, August 9, 2011)
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011
"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders


About Stacey
 
Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011
Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

Stacey's Links:

Website
Blog


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Dead on the Delta.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What fairy tale 'creature' would you like to see become real?

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 Thursday, June 9, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011

Please welcome Karina Cooper to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.


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

Karina:  Well, let's lay this out: there's interesting annoying-quirk, and then there's interesting addict-quirk, and then there's interesting quirk-quirk. The former involves saying each line aloud as I type it. Really, no one can write in a room with me. Can you imagine reading every word aloud as you're clattering your keys? It helps me with dialects, accents and speech-patterns, but nowadays, it's mostly just because I can't get enough of the sound of my own voice. (This is a joke. Which means it's only partially true.) My interesting addict-quirk ties into the concept that every writer has a vice. Some involve booze by one's elbow, some involve cigarettes clenched tightly between two fingers as nicotine enhanced authors type with eight. Mine involves a hot drink: I absolutely must have a hot cup of something -- coffee or tea or chai or hot chocolate -- near at hand. I may not drink it right away (I have a hot plate just for mugs), but it has to be there, at my beck and call. You know, just in case I have this undeniable urge to quaff back some caffeine and replenish what brain cells I may have wrung dry.

And then lastly, there's my interesting quirk-quirk: I never read my sex scenes until I'm doing revisions. When I write them, I write it all in one go, never even so much as read up a line, and hurriedly move on to writing the next scenes. I have no idea how good or bad or muddled or hot or shameless my sex scenes are until I've completed my first draft and am now working on my edits. Sometimes, I'm pleasantly surprised. Sometimes, I find jaw-droppingly embarrassing errors. It's great fun. And I always blush.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Karina:  My two favorite writers in the whole world are, interestingly enough, British. Perhaps this says something about me. Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett both have influenced me as a writer, although I couldn't say either influenced my writing. I look up to both men with equal respect-slash-stalkery, and Mr. Gaiman has miraculously managed to shape who I want to become in this career, all without actually meeting. It's complicated. I'm a little bit ion love with the man, but only in that "far away" sort of way that insures a) his wife will not come after me with a flaming ukulele, and b) if I ever do meet him, he won't have a restraining order in hand.

Cherry Adair and Chuck Wendig are two more writers that I have so much respect for, and both have helped to influence me greatly as a person. I'm not sure I could point to anyone as to who helped influence my writing... I read so much -- so much, y'all -- that I can't think of anyone off hand who shaped my voice more or less than the others.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Karina:  I used to be a pantser! But here's my fun little secret that I'm oddly yet abashedly proud of: I have 138 unfinished projects in a folder I call "Grab Bag" but which should probably be called "Crap I'll Never Touch Again". ...Can I share that? (Dear Publishers: I finish books, I swear!) The thing is, until I learned how to plot in a way that actually worked with me (Virgo/Libra, folks, line up to pity the fool), I had the devil of a time completing anything. Within, literally, one day of learning how to plot from Cherry Adair's workshop, I had a full book plotted out. Within three months of that, that book was done, and is now on sale as Blood of the Wicked. Since learning to plot, I have never, ever looked back, and I'm in the process of teaching a friend how to do the same!

TQ:  Describe Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission 1) in 140 characters or less.

Karina:  Is it bad I had to alt-tab over to Twitter to make sure I got the characters right? Okay, here we go: A hunter is forced to use a woman as bait to complete his mission. A secret witch, she'll do anything to save her brother from death.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Dark Mission series?

Karina:  Supervolcanoes. Seriously! I was watching the Discovery channel and they had a segment on the supervolcanoes of the world, and as I was watching, I started to feel the gears of creation winding up. Next thing I knew, I was researching subduction zones and mapping out a fictional city built on the ruins of the city we know now. It was eerie. I was also sick out of my mind, but I got over that bit.

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

Karina:  I became a geologist! Okay, not really. But I did have to do a lot of research into the various tectonic zones and volcanoes around the Pacific Northwest. I also did a lot of looking into what areas of the world are plagued by what disasters. You don't hear a lot about the rest of the world in the Dark Mission series -- that may or may not come later, ahem-hem -- but I did learn that even places we don't hear about a lot have these epic disasters once every few centuries or so. Did you know that the Pacific Northwest has a truly massive quake -- like the kind that hit Japan -- every 200 to 900 years? It's a pretty random spread of numbers, but look at it this way: The last one was in 1700... 300 years falls firmly between 200 and 900, doesn't it? Something to think about!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the Blood of the Wicked?

Karina:  Oh, my. My favorite scene of all in Blood of the Wicked is close-ish to the end. Silas has just learned something that Jessie deliberately didn't tell him and his reaction is so intense and visceral and raw that my stomach twisted up even while I was writing it. They share a kiss that is as vivid in my mind as if I was the one who experienced it (don't worry, my faithful Freud types, I didn't!), and as negative as the whole scene is, I love it to bits.

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

Karina:  The easiest character to write is Silas -- he's really not that complex. He's basically a giant teddy bear with fists of iron. All he really wants is to get the fuck out of the city (pardon my language, darlings, but this is Silas we're talking of) and go somewhere sunny and isolated and nurse his bum knee and fish for the rest of his life. He's tempered by his job as a witch hunter, so his inner squishiness is a little crusty around the edges, but he's still pretty matter-of-fact.

The hardest character to write was... Well. I'll say "the villain". That man is so ridiculously complex. He says up when he means down, can't be buggered to explain anything, and has the worst martyr complex I've ever in my life had to tolerate. Seriously, I loathe him. I mean, I love him, but really. I loathe him.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Dark Mission series?

Karina:  At the moment, there's three planned -- Blood of the Wicked (available May 31st), Lure of the Wicked (available June 28th, 2011) and then All Things Wicked (which will be available... um... sometime... ish). But the world is so ripe, and the characters so freaking busy sticking their noses into everyone else's business, that there could be more in the future. Who knows? Stay in touch, and I'll announce everything as it happens.

TQ:  What's next?

Karina:  As I mentioned, there's two more Dark Mission books coming out after Blood of the Wicked. However, I'll have another novella out later in the year. It's going to be a Dark Mission one, too, and it might just feature someone you didn't expect to see! I also tend towards a sickness in the head, which means I'm always working on something. Stay close. News is forever streaming through the glistening spam meat that is my Twitter feed!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Karina:  Thank you ever so much for having me! This was fun -- I hope to come back again, if you ever need a wall of text spam to occupy readers. I'm giving like that. ;)

TQ:  You're more than welcome to visit again!


About Karina's Books

Before the Witches
Dark Mission E-novella
(Avon Impulse, May 17, 2011)
Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011
In America, they didn't care about witches. But all that was about to change.

Katya Zhuvova fled a country that feared her gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at the mercy of a ruthless man. With no one left to turn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan. Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determined to bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost. In order to the get answers he needs, he attempts to win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katya and the cool, objective cop disappears. Before either can put their plans into place, Mother Nature shrugs: a cataclysm rocks Seattle, and life is turned upside down.

Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katya are in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by death and fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggle to survive in a world gone straight to hell.

 AmazonBarnes&Noble : Borders


Blood of the Wicked
Dark Mission 1
(Avon, May 31, 2011)
Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders


Lure of the Wicked
Dark Mission 2
(Avon, June 28, 2011)
Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders









About Karina

Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011
After weaving happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (kind of) and fell in love with writing. Imagine her surprise to find that it counts as A Real Job. One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she can’t help but write paranormal romance and obsess over urban fantasy.

When she isn't writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, one rabbit, the fantasy of a dog and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. She adores hearing from readers, so visit www.karinacooper.com.

Karina's Links

Website
Twitter
Teatime Iniquity (blog)
Facebook
Photos (Flickr)


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Blood of the Wicked generously provided by Karina.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Whose side are you on, the Holy Order or the Witches?

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 Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Interview with Kasey Mackenzie & Giveaway - July 1, 2011Interview with Tim Waggoner and Giveaway - June 30, 2011Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011Interview with Jenn Bennett and Giveaway - June 22, 2011Interview with Jeannie Holmes and Giveaway - June 21, 2011Interview with Rima L. Jean - June 16, 2011Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011Interview with Stacey Jay and Giveaway - June 2, 2011Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011

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