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Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011

The Qwillery is delighted to welcome Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye series.

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

Seanan:  I set word count goals for myself (per project, thankfully, not "write 20,000 words today OR DIE IN FIRE), and I literally can't go to sleep until I meet them. I try to keep my daily goals reasonable as a result, since otherwise, I might never sleep again.

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

Seanan:  Stephen King; Terry Pratchett; Tanya Huff; Kelley Armstrong. I believe that Stephen King, Dorothy Parker, and Tanya Huff have had a huge, huge influence on my writing. So has everything else I've ever read. I am a magpie, especially where literature is concerned.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Seanan:  Yes. I know, that's not the most immediately helpful answer, but it's true. Sometimes I plot along from A to B to C. And sometimes, I ride by the seat of my pants, and wind up sitting at D with no idea how I got there. I'll often be both over the course of a single book.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the October Daye series?

Seanan: Stuff. I was a Folklore major at UC Berkeley; I've been breathing fairy tales for as long as I can remember. I think something like Toby was inevitable. This is just the form it decided to take.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the series?

Seanan:  I was a Folklore major at UC Berkeley. :)

TQ:  How did you come up with October's name?

Seanan:  I actually went to school with a girl named October, who went by "Toby," under penalty of physical violence if you slipped and called her anything else. She was awesome.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) from the October Daye books?

Seanan:  I like the thing with the thing during the thing. You know the one that I mean? Seriously, though, I have a lot of favorite scenes. It changes with every book, because there's always something I like more than liked my previous favorite. Right now, my favorite scene involves a meadow, a sundress, and a conversation.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in October's world?

Seanan:  DAW has purchased through book seven, and I'm hoping to go further than that. Ideally, I'd want at least ten volumes. There's already one novella on the way, "Through This House," which will be published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition this coming fall. It's set between Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea.

TQ:  What's next?

Seanan:  A nap. Followed by the May 31st release of my second book as Mira Grant, Deadline.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Seanan:  Thank you for having me!


Seanan's Books:

Rosemary and Rue
October Daye 1
(Septemer 1, 2009)
Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011
October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.




A Local Habitation
October Daye 2
(March 2, 2010)
Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011
Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae changeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the County of Tamed Lightning to make sure all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next victim.


 
 
 
 
An Artificial Night
October Daye 3
(September 7, 2010)
Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down-even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power.





 

 

Late Eclipses
October Daye 4
(March 1, 2011)
Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011
October "Toby" Daye is half-human, half-fae-the only changeling who's earned knighthood. But when someone begins targeting her nearest and dearest, it becomes clear that Toby is being set up to take the fall for everything that's happening.


















About Seanan

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Her upbringing left her with a love of rattlesnakes and a deep fear of weather, which explains a lot.

Interview with Seanan McGuire and Giveaway - March 1, 2011
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's personal anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't all that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by just about anything. "Just about anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality television, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye series of urban fantasies, the first seven of which have been purchased by DAW Books; the InCryptid series of urban fantasies, the first two of which have been purchased by DAW Books; and the Newsflesh trilogy, published by Orbit under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." She's working on several other books, just to make sure she never runs out of things to edit. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies, and she was a 2010 Universe Author for The Edge of Propinquity.

In her spare time, Seanan writes and records original music. She has three CDs currently available (see the Albums page for additional details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie that has the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe that she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of plush things and horror movies, and sufficient books to officially qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have firmly fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010.

Seanan's Links
Website
Twitter
Blog - Rose-Owls and Pumpkin Girls

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Late Eclipses (October Daye 4).

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery either your favorite quote from Shakespeare or your favorite play by Shakespeare? 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, March 8, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Head over to FICTIONALL for a chance to win Feed (Seanan writing as Mira Grant) and the 1st 4 October Daye books by Seanan. Please follow FICTIONALL's rules for its giveaway.

FICTIONALL and The Qwillery are not affililated.

Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011

Please welcome Rebecca Zanetti to The Qwillery as part as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Rebecca:  Well, okay. It’s odd, but I can’t write without wearing socks. My feet are usually cold. Even in the summer when I’m wearing shorts and a tank. The thing is…I don’t care if they match. So I’ve opened the door to the UPS guy wearing shorts and one fuzzy red sock, and one blue sock with green stripes. He thinks I’m weird.

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

Rebecca:  I like Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Lora Leigh, Sayde Grace, J.R. Ward and of course, J.D. Salinger. The first romance I ever read was one of Nora Robert’s MacGregor books and I was hooked for life.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Rebecca:  I’m a panster. In fact, I write my first draft and then go back and really get to know my characters to layer the details throughout the book. I’ve tried to fill out those character worksheets before starting a new book, but by the time I get to the third question, I have a scene in my head I just need to write. Then I never quite make it back to the worksheet. At least, until the first draft is finished.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fated?

Rebecca:  This story wouldn’t leave me alone. I’d heard on the writing loops that editors were NOT looking for any vampire books. But this one kept bugging me, so I wrote it for myself, just for fun. It sold in five days from my sending out the first query.

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

Rebecca:  Actually, I wrote the vampire world the way I want the vampire world to be. My vamps are tough and only take blood in extreme situations like battle…or sex. But I did brush up on string theory and quantum physics to explain some of their abilities.

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

Rebecca:  The hero in FATED is a complete alpha male without question. Soldier, vampire and leader. So when he lets his guard down and shows an unexpected sweet side, I think it really works. I love that kind of situation. And then, of course, he goes off to fight the bad guys with no mercy.

TQ: How many books are planned for the Dark Protectors series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the Dark Protectors' world?

Rebecca:  Right now I have nine books I’d like to write that would complete the overall story arc. I’m not sure about novellas…that depends on my publisher. I’d love to write one or two with secondary characters.

TQ:  What's next?

Rebecca:  Book two in the Dark Protector series is called CLAIMED and will be released in October. It features the king of the vampire world and a feisty scientist. Book three is HUNTED and I’m finishing it right now—I think the release date is summer of 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rebecca:  Thanks for having me! These questions were a lot of fun. J


About Rebecca's Books
 
Fated
(Dark Protector 1)
February 22, 2011
Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011
Marry Me
 
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem…
 
Or Else
 
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…


Claimed (Dark Protector 2) will be published in October 2011. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be publishedi n 2010.


About Rebecca

Interview with Rebecca Zanetti and Giveaway - February 23, 2011
Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters and has won awards for her works throughout the industry.  She currently writes the Dark Protector series from Kensington Publishing and is represented by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates.

Rebecca's links
Website
Twitter
Facebook

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Fated directly from Rebecca!

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery the name of your alpha vampire? 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, March 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011

The Qwillery is delighted to welcome Anton Strout, author of the Simon Canderous series. Anton's latest book, Dead Waters, is available today. You can read my 5 Qwill review of Dead Waters here.

TQ:  Describe the Simon Canderous series in 140 characters or less.

Anton:  Man with bat strives to Do Good, fighting evil and staying under budget in paranormally infested New York City

TQ:  How have Simon's psychometric powers evolved since the first book?

Anton:  I think much of his power has stayed relatively the same, it's Simon that has changed... he has better control over it, but there are certain things that have happened over time where we've seen little tweaks to it. In Dead Matter, we saw Simon use his powers in conjunction with Jane's technomancy to broadcast one of his psychometric visions. In Dead Waters, we're going to see Simon struggling with some of the emotional states that he ends up 'feeling' when he does particular emotionally charged readings with his powers.

TQ:  You write primarily Urban Fantasy. In what other genre(s) would you like to write?

Anton:  I'd love to try my hand at more traditional fantasy, but right now I'm having a lot of fun working on a yet unsold YA steampunk book that I keep calling my Dickensian urchin Iron Man book... I dabble a lot. I even do regular fiction, such as my fictional punk band book I keep meaning to get back to, but the UF is the one paying the bills these days, so that's where my time goes.

TQ:  Who is your favorite secondary character or characters?

Anton:  I really have a lot of love for my secondary characters, which is why they either become the topic of books or some of the short stories. I love Godfrey, but that's because I totally see him as John Hodgman. And I love the Inspectre because he's part of the old guard, and with Dead Waters, I wanted to explore his past again, his time in his prime, as well as what it means to get old in the world of fighting evil.

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

Anton:  I love all of my scenes out on the Hudson River in the boat... something about floating on the calm water just outside the city as all kinds of paranormal hell breaks loose that makes me giggle like a kindergartener.

TQ:  What is the playlist for Dead Waters?

Anton:  Well, I always have Beat On The Brat by the Ramones in my head while I write, along with the Fight Club soundtrack, the Matrix and some Bach for the lighter moments. I also think I listened to a lot of Alien Ant Farm's The Movies and The Cranberries Zombie.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Simon Canderous series? Are there any upcoming short stories/novellas set in the Simonverse?

Anton:  Well, I'D like the series to go on, but that's really not up to me at the moment. I have at least two more books semi-planned out, but I may be putting some time into a second series soon... more on that later when I have something to share.

TQ:  What's next?

Anton:  Hopefully I'll get to shop around the YA in a month or so. I have a zombie apocalypse short coming up in the March anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar and I owe two stories to some editors out there... one of them a modern day fairie story and one a Weird West kinda tale. And then there's that little bit of news I can't discuss yet :D



Anton's Books

Dead to Me
Simon Canderous 1
Ace, February, 26, 2008
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field.

Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. At New York's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he's learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not the paperwork that has him breathless.

After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman- who doesn't know she's dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon's not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.



Deader Still
Simon Canderous 2
Ace, February 24, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
It’s hard to defeat evil on a budget. Just ask Simon Canderous.

FROM THE AUTHOR OF DEAD TO ME.

It’s been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it—agent Simon Canderous discovers that the booze cruise was crashed by something that sucked all the blood out of the litigators. Now, his workday may never end—until his life does.



Dead Matter
Simon Canderous 3
Ace, February 23, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he's not...



Dead Waters
Simon Canderous 4
Ace, February 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
From the back cover:

With Manhattan's Department of Extraordinary Affairs in disarray (forget vampires and zombies -- it's the budget cuts that can kill you), Simon Canderous is still expected to stamp out any crime that adds the "para" to normal." And his newest case is no exception...

A university professor has been found murdered in his apartment. His lungs show signs of death by drowning. But his skin and clothes? Bone-dry. Now Simon has to rely on his powers -- plus a little help from his ghost-whispering partner and technomancer girlfriend -- to solve a mystery that has the NYPD stumped and the D.E.A. shaken and stirred.



Anthologies:

2007                  2008                        2009             2010
Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011

2011
Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011



About Anton

Interview with Anton Strout and Giveaway - February 22, 2011
Fantasy author Anton Strout was born in the Berkshire Hills mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you).

He has been a featured speaker and workshopper at San Diego Comic-Con, Gencon, New York Comic-Con, the Brooklyn Book Festival.

He is the co-creator of the faux folk musical Sneezin’ Jeff & Blue Raccoon: The Loose Gravel Tour (winner of the Best Storytelling Award at the First Annual New York International Fringe Festival).

In his scant spare time, his is a writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the worlds most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

Anton's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
MySpace
Livejournal
The League of Reluctant Adults



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win signed copies of the 1st 3 Simon Canderous books: Dead to Me, Deader Still, and Dead Matter.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what is your power? 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 & 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, March 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change*

Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011

Please welcome Allison Pang to The Qwillery as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Allison:  I don’t know if it’s a quirk, so much as a massive tendency to procrastinate. And eat. I have to stop myself from eating myself into oblivion when I write – I suspect it’s more of a nervous habit than anything else. I also spontaneously break into dance around the midnight hour.

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

Allison:  I love high fantasy probably more than anything else, and I’d say a number of them have influenced not only my writing, but how I look at it. (There are a lot of writers I want to be when I grow up). Favorite writers include Jacqueline Carey, Kate Elliott, Lynn Flewelling, Charles de Lint, Robin Hobb and many others.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Allison:  Mostly a punster. I only tend to try to outline if I get stuck at a particular point, but it’s usually just to let my brain sort through it more than the need to write it down, if that makes any sense. The rest of the time I just have a vague idea of what I’d like to see happen in a particular chapter (i.e. they find a body under the bed. Madness ensues.), but then I sit back and see how the characters get there.

TQ:  What inspired you to write A Brush of Darkness?

Allison:  Partially a stubborn streak to see if I really *could* write a book, but part of the concept was inspired by a dream. I wanted to know more about the characters who made up that dream (and the scene in particular is in the book toward the end) and there we go.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Brush of Darkness?

Allison:  Not much, honestly. I was very interested in Faerie folklore from a young age. I just drew on the parts I wanted to use and made up the rest.

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

Allison:  Hmmm. Most of the scenes with Phin were a great deal of fun to write, but otherwise I’m rather partial to that last scene at the end with Abby searching for Brystion. Can’t get into any more detail I don’t think, but that’s really the pivotal scene for me.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Abby Sinclair series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Abby's world?

Allison:  There are two more confirmed books so far and the current story arc should mostly wrap up within those three. After that it’s entirely up to the publisher.  That being said, I’d love to do a spin off with some of the secondary characters – Melanie in particular. I also wouldn’t mind doing a short story or two as well. I’m hoping to maybe have a few “freebies” written and uploaded on my website at some point this year – maybe a one-shot on how Abby got her iPod enchanted, for example. Or quite possibly a few alternate scenes from BoD written from Brystion’s PoV. J

TQ:  What's next?

Allison:  Next after what? LOL. The draft for the second book was turned in a short while ago and I’m waiting on revisions for that. The third book is due in August, so I’m turning my attention to that right now, although I’ve got a SteamPunk fantasy thing that I’ve started which I’d obviously like to sell as well.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Allison:  And thank you for having me!


Allison's Books
 
A Brush of Darkness
Abby Sinclair 1
(January 25, 2011)
Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
 
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn't at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus's whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there's no one she can trust to save her.
 
   
About Allison
 
Interview with Allison Pang and Giveaway - February 11, 2011
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
 
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

Allison's Links:
Websitehttp://www.heartofthedreaming.com/
Bloghttp://mynfel.blogspot.com/
Group bloghttp://word-whores.blogspot.com/
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/apang
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/allison_pang


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of A Brush of Darkness.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what miniature mythological creature you would like to live in your underwear drawer? 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 & 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, February 18, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011

Please welcome Dianne Duvall to The Qwillery as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Dianne:  I like to alter the media I use to write my manuscripts. I’ve found it a very effective way to remedy writer’s block. My first two manuscripts (a medieval romance with paranormal elements and a time-travel romance not yet scheduled for publication) I wrote on my computer. I wrote Darkness Dawns, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series, by hand in a spiral notebook. And Night Reigns, Book 2, I wrote on my Alphasmart NEO.

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

Dianne:  I have so many favorites that encompass all genres of romance. Every writer who wrote a book I enjoyed inspired me simply by firing my imagination. Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn and Kinley MacGregor are amongst those authors who fueled my love of historicals. Karen Marie Moning enthralled me with her time-travels. Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and Lindsay Sands are amongst the authors who made paranormal romance my favorite genre. Stephen King, however, influenced my writing the most. Every time I read one of his books, I learn more about writing. I firmly believe every aspiring writer should read his book On Writing. I found it extremely informative.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Dianne:  As OC as I am when it comes to editing, one would think I would be a dedicated plotter. But I’m a pantser. I tried plotting . . . once. I spent several days creating an extremely detailed outline, then began to write. A week later, the plot derailed and took a new turn -- a better turn -- and I ended up grumbling over all the time I had wasted on an outline I wouldn’t use instead of just writing. Now, when I sit down to begin a new manuscript, instead of an outline, I usually have the beginning, then ending and two or three scenes in between already written in my head. Everything else emerges as I write.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Darkness Dawns?

Dianne:  First and foremost my love of paranormal romances, particularly vampire romances. I enjoy reading them so much that I wanted to create my own paranormal world. But I wanted to approach the vampire romance genre from a new perspective. The idea for this new slant actually arose from two manuscripts I wrote before Darkness Dawns: a medieval romance with paranormal elements and a time travel romance. Both featured women with special gifts bestowed upon them at birth by advanced DNA (though they didn’t know the source themselves). These women and their male counterparts -- referred to as gifted ones -- provided me with a way to differentiate between immortals and vampires in Darkness Dawns. In my Immortal Guardians series, vampirism is caused by a rare symbiotic virus. Immortals are gifted ones who have been infected and, thus, transformed by the virus. The corrupt vampires they hunt are ordinary humans who have been infected with it.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Immortal Guardians?

Dianne:  Darkness Dawns actually required a wide variety of research. Roland and Marcus were both born in the Middle Ages, so I needed to familiarize myself with everything from common names to daily life to the politics of that time period to provide both characters with pasts and mannerisms that I thought would linger from their mortal life. Fortunately I had already do so for the manuscripts I mentioned above. I also had to learn more about viruses, how they work and the way our bodies respond to them. Additional research included military hand signals, weapons, vehicles, geographical locations and more.

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

Dianne:  One is the scene that begins with Roland lounging on the steps leading up to the whirlpool tub while he watches Sarah blow-dry her hair and marvels over the warmth she has brought into his formerly barren existence. Another is the scene near the end in which a clearly agitated Roland is gearing up for battle and arms Sarah. And, finally, I love the climax of the novel. For obvious reasons I can’t tell you what happens, but Roland and Sarah both demonstrate such love, heroism and a willingness to sacrifice anything for each other that I just can’t resist it.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Immortal Guardians series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Immortal Guardians world?

Dianne:  I haven’t decided on a finite number of books for the Immortal Guardians series, yet, but know that there will be at least four. As for short stories or novellas, I currently have one in mind that I would love to see appear in a paranormal romance anthology with some of my favorite authors. Others are sure to follow. :-)

TQ:  What's next?

Dianne:  Night Reigns, the second book in the Immortal Guardians series is scheduled for release in December. In it, Marcus’s increasingly erratic behavior draws unwanted concern from his immortal brethren. Cocky on the outside, grieving on the inside, he walks the edge and takes far too many risks. Hoping to divert him from this destructive path, Seth assigns Marcus a new Second (human assistant) . . . one who proves to be immensely distracting and turns his world upside down.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Dianne:  Thank you so much for having me! I’m happy to be here!


Dianne's Books

Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians 1
(February 1, 2011)
Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…


Night Reigns, Immortal Guardians 2, is presently slated for release in December 2011.
 
 
About Dianne
 
Interview with Dianne Duvall & Giveaway - February 9, 2011
Dianne Duvall has won several awards as a romance writer. Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns was declared a Top Pick in a 5-star review by The Romance Reviews, a Best Book  in a 5+ star review by Long and Short Reviews and was given the Top Bite Award by Bitten by Paranormal Romance.  It also received a 4 1/2 star review by RT Book Reviews and was chosen as Best of the Best in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
 
 
Dianne's Links
Website: http://www.DianneDuvall.com
Blog - The Immortal Realm: http://dianneduvall.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Dianne-Duvall/100000816605112
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DianneDuvall

Dianne is giving away a Kindle at her website! Go here for the rules.


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback of Darkness Dawns.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery if you had an Immortal Guardian, what time period would he or she come from? 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 & 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, February 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011

Please welcome Darynda Jones to The Qwillery for the second in our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

Darynda: Thank you so much for having me at The Qwillery today!

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

Darynda:  Probably my absolutely-must-have “skeleton key”. Or, well, I call it a skeleton key. It’s an outline that answers four basic questions: Where are we? What time of day is it? What major event happens in this scene or series of scenes? And in what order does the story unfold? It is like a road map and I am utterly lost without it.

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

Darynda:  So very many people. I love everything from Stephen King to Julia Quinn. And they were both huge influences, giving me permission to bend the rules a little, to have fun. I’d also have to say Janet Evanovich and Mary Janice Davidson. I’ve always wanted to be able to write like Stephen Hunter. He wrote the book that the movie Shooter with Mark Wahlberg was based on called Point of Impact. His writing is amazing. His heroes are to die for.

OH! And I can’t forget Terry Pratchett. Of all the people I’ve ever read, he is the one who taught me to not only bend the rules, but break them and grind them into dust, just do it with exquisite style and breathtaking prose. (I haven’t actually reached that pinnacle of existence yet, but I’m working on it.)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Darynda:  I plot like there’s no tomorrow, baby. I barely start a book without three distinct outlines.
1. The Skeleton Key that I spoke of earlier.
2. The Outline: This is a brief synopsis of the entire book. It is usually about 5-9 pages long and is what I send my editor for approval before actually starting the book.
3. The Detailed Outline: This is where I take the skeleton key, plug the outline into the appropriate areas, then add any details I’ve come up with including specific scenes, little extras I want to reveal here and there, funny lines or situations I want to use, and even internal and external motivation. These outlines usually run between 40 and 60 pages, but remember that part about adding scenes? Yeah, by this point I’ve already written a nice chunk of the book.
Next, I take the final detailed outline, copy and paste it into my manuscript, and delete as I go. This way I never stray far from the conceived story. I don’t wander around aimlessly, wondering where I’m going. I know exactly what is coming next, and very often, if it’s a “hard” scene (meaning I’m too lazy to write it at that moment), I’ll jump to another scene. I don’t get bored and/or stuck very often and I rarely pull my hair out by its roots. I’ve tried pantsing it. It wasn’t pretty. I had writer’s block by the time I got to page three.

NOTE: Let me just say that I write ALL over the place. I do not write linearly in any way, shape or form. By having such a detailed map of where I’m going, I can write on chapter two one day and chapter nineteen the next. Another (possibly more important) advantage to this technique is that there’s never a dull moment. Each scene has a purpose. Each scene moves the story forward. This makes the book tight, the pacing strong, and the story smooth. Just sayin’.

TQ:  What inspired you to write First Grave on the Right ?

Darynda:  Mostly desperation. As an aspiring writer trying to catch New York’s eye, I wanted something different, something that would grab an agent’s and editor’s attention. Thankfully, Charley did just that.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for First Grave on the Right?

Darynda:  I did quite a bit of research on law enforcement procedures and went to a couple of workshops. One was a chapter meeting in which the State Medical Examiner spoke. That was an eye-opener and a half. I learned so much about policy and procedure, like who can and cannot step onto a crime scene before the medical examiner is finished, and I got to see a real autopsy. I’ve never been the same. I also read books on police procedure and private investigations as well as keep a couple of friends in law enforcement on speed dial. Oh, and I watched a few episodes of Magnum, PI. That was hard. ;)

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

Darynda:  In one scene, My heroine Charley is basically undercover, trying to get a bad guy to confess. I love this scene because her inner thoughts just ramble and are so at odds with what is going on around her and the extreme danger she is in. While she is trying to play the damsel in distress, she is thinking about what a jerk the guy is and how he’s clearly overcompensating with the expensive suits and manicure, etc. It’s just fun and the tables are turned on her so quickly and tragically. But still her thoughts run amok.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Charley Davidson series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Charley's world?

Darynda:  Interesting you should ask. I actually just completed a short story for a new romance/women’s fiction website St. Martin’s Press is going to launch soon. I was thrilled to be invited on its maiden voyage and can’t wait to see it go live. (The site, not necessarily my story.)

And as for how many books, right now the sky’s the limit. While I’m currently contracted for three and have just finished the final round of revisions for Third Grave Dead Ahead, the third installment in Charley’ story, we are looking more long-term with the project and hoping for this to be a long-lasting and well-loved series.

TQ:  What's next?

Darynda:  Well, since I just finished up Third Grave, we are turning our efforts to the first in a YA series I also sold to St. Martin’s Press, the first of which is titled Grimsight. It’s about a how one teenaged girl’s life is irrevocably changed when the grim reaper starts high school in her home town. I’m really excited because it’s such a fun story. And, yes, it’s also about a grim reaper, just in a very different way.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Darynda:  Thank YOU!!! I’m so excited to be here and appreciate the opportunity so much.


Darynda's Books

First Grave on the Right
Charley Davidson 1
(February 1, 2011)
Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.


Second Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson 2) will be released in August 2011.


About Darynda

Interview with Darynda Jones & Giveaway - February 8, 2011
Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com/.



Links:
Website: http://www.darynda.com/
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/darynda.jones.official
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Darynda


The Giveaway
 
THE RULES
 
What:  One commenter will win a hardcover copy of First Grave on the Right.
 
How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery black, white or gray? 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 & 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, February 15, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.
 
*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Giveaway - February 2, 2011

Please welcome author Ben Aaronovitch to The Qwillery for the first in our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

Ben:  I wouldn't know about interesting but somewhat, shall we say, autistic about counting the words I write. I have an EXCELL spreadsheet on which I not only do a daily log (with a progress graph) but gives a percentage of each chapter completed, average writing speed (total) average writing speed (last 7 days) and estimated completion date based on both averages plus it constantly updates the minimum daily word count required for me to complete on time. Like I said, just a tad obsessive.

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

Ben:  Generally my influences are quite wide; Andre Norton, Heinlein, Azimov, Moorcock, Ballard, Aldiss, Wyndham, LeGuin, William Gibson, Bujold, Cherryh, PKD and Sir Terry Pratchett (obviously). Non SFF, Umberto Eco, Bill Bryson, Rupert Graves, PD James, Jeremy Brett, Ed McBain (in particular for the Peter Grant books) and Elmore Leonard.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Ben:  I go with whatever is working at the time and give thanks when I reach my word target by the end of the day. It's always good to have at least a scaffold when you're writing but you mustn't mistake the scaffold for the final building. Also if you're writing anything with a mystery component than you must keep track of where your stories gone so far.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Midnight Riot / Rivers of London?

Ben:  I find ideas sort of sneak up on you. One minute I was happily ignorant of Peter Grant's existence and then - bang - he's taking over my life.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Midnight Riot / Rivers of  London?

Ben:  There are two directions for research. The first involves spotting something interesting in your travels, or reading or whatever and filing it away for future use. The second is more directed - for that I usually start with an internet sweep to establish what's available online and how reliable it is, if it's a location I try and visit the place, if it's an organisation I look for sources (official or otherwise), I buy books for preference, so I write in them, but if that's impracticable I have reading privileges at the British Library and the London Metropolitan Archive. Museums are also very useful since they also serve as research facilities, the London Museum particularly useful for me of course.

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

Ben:  The ghost chase in Chapter 13.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Rivers of London series?

Ben:  I intend to write these books until I run out of ideas or they tell me to stop - whichever comes first.

TQ:  What's next?

Ben:  Cool jazz in Soho. A faceless man. Some old style London gangsters. Women who love music too much. Some history. Rooftop chases by moonlight.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ben:  Very nice of you to have me.


Ben's Books

Midnight Riot / Rivers of London
Rivers of London 1
(Del Rey - February 1, 2011)
Interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Giveaway - February 2, 2011
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.


 
You can read my review of Midnight Riot / Rivers of London here.
 
 
Moon Over Soho
Rivers of London 2
(Del Rey - March 1, 2011)
Interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Giveaway - February 2, 2011
BODY AND SOUL

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

 
UK Covers 
Interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Giveaway - February 2, 2011


About Ben
 
Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. He had parents, some brothers, some sisters and a dog named after a Russian cosmonaut. He also had the kind of dull childhood that drives a person to drink, radical politics or science fiction.
 
Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world's cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin's New Adventures until they pulped all his books.
 
Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake's 7 Audio dramas. Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller.
 
Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).
 
At some point during the above, the most important thing in his life happened and he became a father to a son, Karifa, whom he affectionately refers to as 'The Evil Monster Boy'. The Evil Monster Boy will be reaching university age soon, so all donations will be gratefully received.
 
Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

Ben's & Peter's Links:

The Folly: http://www.the-folly.com/
Twitter:  @Ben_Aaronovitch

Peter's Blog: http://westendblues.blogspot.com/
Peter's Twitter:  @PC_Peter_Grant

The Giveaway
 
THE RULES
 
What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback of Midnight Riot.
 
How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery whether you like the US Covers or UK Covers better? 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 & 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, February 9, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.
 
*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011

The Qwillery is delighted to welcome Joss Ware, author of the Envy Chronicles.

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

Joss:  Probably that I have a really hard time writing anything solid until after 6 pm each day. I can do it, but it's not always pretty and it's much easier once I hit those evening hours. I think it's because before I sold my first book, I was writing in the evening after I got home from work, put the kids to bed, and got everything settled for the night...and that's the way I must have trained my brain to work.

So, even though all three of my kids are in school all day, most of my good, solid writing is done after they get home from school. Which is why I have to leave the house to go to a cafe and write. Sigh. If only....!

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

Joss:  I don't read a lot of paranormal writers, simply because I like to keep my mind fresh and uninfluenced by other approaches to the genre(s) I write in. I read JD Robb, Susan E Phillips, Julie James, Kylie Brant, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, Julia Quinn, and Loretta Chase--along with lots of historical mysteries.

Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh are two paranormal authors who've gotten me to peek out of my self-imposed moratorium on reading paranormals though. ;-)

I'm also just getting familiar with Jaime Rush and Tracey O'Hara, both of whom have lots of buzz surrounding their paranormal releases this week too!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Joss:  Unequivocally a pantser. Without a doubt. And I hate that!! If I could plot, I'd probably have less gray hair. :-) (Which, by the way, I cover with a fabulous cherry-cola dye.)

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Envy Chronicles?

Joss:  I was sitting across the table at Olive Garden one day with a good friend of mine, talking about our writing projects, and she said, "Why don't you write a post-apocalyptic romance?"

My first reaction was, "No way!" I mean, how could you have people fall in love and put a believable romance – the most uplifting, positive, happy-ever-after kind of story – in the midst of the mass destruction of the earth and its human race?

But then I got to mulling about it, and once things start to perk, it's hard for me to let go. I started thinking about all the thrillers I'd read and action movies I'd seen where the Bad Guys are trying to destroy the world. They have some great scheme that will annihilate the human race and put them in control, giving them power over all.

Of course, the heroes of the tale always manage to thwart their plots in the end ... but what if, one time, they didn't?

What if the Bad Guys succeeded in their quest for power?

That was how the idea started. And then I realized, I didn't want to set the story too close to the time of the great devastation. It would simply be too depressing, so I knew I wanted the world to have begun to rebound and settle into place. But, yet, I wanted there to be characters who knew and understood what the world had been like before the Change, as I called it. Characters who would make a difference and be saviors to humankind.

I wanted to write about men who lose everything they've ever had or known about themselves and their world, and who have to start all over again ... and the women who help them find their place in this new, stark world.

The result is an action-adventure romance series set in a devastated world that feels a bit like I Am Legend, with the essence of LOST and a paranormal component reminiscent of HEROES.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create your post-apocalyptic world?

Joss:  I watched programs like Life After People and Population: Zero to get an idea of what would last and what wouldn't, if the human race was killed off or otherwise decimated. I also read the book The World Without Us to supplement that.

I also did a lot of research about how things are made...in my post-apocalyptic/dystopian world, there isn't mass production of anything....so I had to make sure that whatever they had was able to be produced on a one-off basis. But in my mind, everything was originally produced one at a time, by whoever invented it.

I use the late 19th century as a sort of barometer to determine what's possible for people to have on a regular basis...if they had it then, before the Industrial Revolution, they can definitely have it after the world's been destroyed.

In addition, the fun thing, too, is that there are pockets of people with knowledge from our time who can help to rebuild parts of society. The book I just finished writing (the fifth book to be released in September) has a guy who's growing penicillin because he's found old books about pharmaceuticals.

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

Joss:  Hmmm...that's a great question. One of the scenes I had the most fun writing was a scene where my characters are being chased through an old shopping mall by a bunch of zombies. They're running through old, empty stores, looking for an escape...and at the same time, noticing what could possibly be scavenged or used. It was fun to write about, fun to think about.

TQ: How many books are planned for the Envy Chronicles? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the Envy Chronicles' world?

Joss:  I'm just about to start writing the sixth book in the series, and I'm not sure if that will be the last one or if I'll flesh it out more. I had originally planned on six books, but there are definitely spin-off characters that I could write about....especially a particular bounty hunter. ;-)

TQ: What's next?

JossNIGHT BETRAYED, the fourth book, is out this week...and then in September is the fifth book, NIGHT FORBIDDEN. The sixth book should be out in 2012 sometime.

I also write as Colleen Gleason and have historical vampire romances coming out in 2011 as well. ;-)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joss:  Thank you so much for having me!



Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
http://www.avonromance.com/?p=12779

Joss' Books

Beyond the Night
Envy Chronicles 1
Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.


Embrace the Night Eternal
Envy Chronicles 2
Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
Everything they knew is gone.

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They must learn how to survive this dark, ravaged world . . . but they cannot do it alone.

Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange "gift," he's determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can't afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side . . . Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can't see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal . . .


Abandon the Night
Envy Chronicles 3
Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope . . . but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone . . .

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way—a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty . . .

Zoë Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoë and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night . . .


Night Betrayed
Envy Chronicles 4
Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
The world they knew is ashes.

The world that remains is in peril.

And five extraordinary survivors are humankind's last, best hope.

The Change that devastated the earth did not destroy Theo Waxnicki. It made him something more than human—eternally young, eternally beautiful . . . but not immortal. When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness . . . until a miracle lady brings him back.

Born during the apocalyptic storms and earthquakes that left the world in ruins, Selena has dedicated her life to easing the pain of others. But Theo is the first in her care to survive. Responding to Selena's tender touch, Theo starts to live again, to feel and desire again. But joined in a world of terrors, the secrets they can never share make them targets. And love could be the ultimate betrayal.


About Joss

Interview with Joss Ware and Giveaway - January 26, 2011
Joss has been an avid reader – and writer – since she was very young. Beginning with the Little House books, moving on to Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, and then as she grew older finding her mother's 'Seventies romance novels (Bertrice Small, Kathleen Woodiwiss) followed by historical fiction (John Jakes), mysteries and thrillers, Joss has always required one element to be part of any book she enjoys: a good romance.

Which is why These Happy Golden Years was always her favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

In fact, her first literary crush was Jim Frayne from the Trixie Belden series (she always thought Ned Nickerson was too boring), and ever since then she's had a fondness for tortured male heroes in both the books she reads and the ones she writes.

While Joss has written everything from medieval romances (unpublished) to female action/adventure novels (unpublished) to contemporary paranormal romances (also unpublished), she never thought about writing a series set in the future.

And then one day, while sitting at Olive Garden, a friend said to her, "Why don't you write a post-apocalyptic romance?"

And she thought about it, and the next thing she knew, Joss had the kernel of an idea that soon exploded into something she was really excited about. Then her agent got excited about it, and then an editor at HarperCollins ... and the rest is history.

After working for years in sales and marketing, owning her own business, and working briefly for an international import/export company, Joss is now blessed to do what she loves and writes full-time.

She lives in Michigan with her husband, children and two big dogs. She's currently working on her next project and still hopes that someday, those other unpublished works might find a home.

Joss loves to hear from readers and tries very hard to respond to every contact in a timely manner.

Joss' Links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperbacks of the first 3 Envy Chronicles books: Beyond the Night, Embrace the Night Eternal, and Abandon the Night.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what you would like to find in a shopping mall if you were scavenging for things in a post-apocalyptic world? 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 in case you are a winner. If The Qwillery can't contact you, you can't win!

Who & 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, February 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.


*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011

Please welcome author Nicole Peeler to The Qwillery.

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

Nicole:  I think my most interesting quirk is the fact I don't really have any quirks. I became a writer after doing my PhD, which stripped me of all romantic notions of writing. I can write anywhere, wearing anything, at any time. A lot of authors seem to be like sports figures, who have lucky socks, or rituals they have to enact, etc. I'm like a guerrilla writer--anytime, anywhere. I do have to have a laptop, though. ;-)

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

Nicole:  Oh, gosh. That's such a hard question. I'm definitely influenced by Philip Roth's manic style, and Portnoy's Complaint and Sabbath's Theater are two of my all time favorite books. In terms of other direct influence from the genre, when I was young I soaked up tons of Susan Cooper, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, and David Eddings. More recently, I read Pullman's His Dark Materials about 40 times in a row. I was seriously obsessed. I think you can see pinches of these influences in my work. The book that got me writing, though, was one of Charlaine Harris's. I loved her "everywoman" type heroine, and thought I'd like to create my own.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Nicole:  Definitely a plotter. I plot everything.

TQ:  Tempest's Legacy struck me as darker than the prior 2 Jane True novels. What's going on here?

Nicole:  I think that this book had to bring home the stakes, for both Jane and the reader. Part of the challenge of writing a first person character is that the reader can only know what the protagonist knows. In book one, especially, Jane is clueless. She's like, "Pretty clothes! Shit, a sword!" In book two, she knows a bit more at the start and a lot more at the end, especially about how dangerous the supernatural world can be. So, in book three, I wanted all her illusions destroyed. Her mother's world is very dangerous, and Jane really learns that in Tempest's Legacy. But I also wanted to make it dangerous in a human way. None of the atrocities depicted in the book are things that humans haven't done historically, and many of them very recently. We don't live in a "nice" world, and I didn't want to make Jane's any cleaner or prettier for being magical.

TQ:  "Jane True" is such a simple name. How did you pick that name? Should we look for any meaning there?

Nicole:  Jane has a lot of meanings for me. My mom's middle name is Jane, and my mom is a very strong, very awesome woman. And I know another woman I really admire, from Canada, who is named Jane. Jane's lovely, and a real pixie of a woman, but she works out in the middle of nowhere as a nurse. Oftentimes she's the only person staffing these clinics that are the only medical resource in hundreds of miles, so she's both doctor and nurse. Her stories are riveting. Here's this pretty, sweet little woman, who is super smart and fun, and she's had to do these things that will curl your toes. In other words, underneath that adorable, sweet exterior is pure iron. She's so brave and strong, and she does what she does because she feels she has to. So I wanted something simple--Jane's the opposite of the sort of UF heroine who has a really outrageous name, with three syllables and a lots of y's--and Jane popped in first, then True came a second later. The name actually came to me after only a few seconds thought.

TQ:  Who would you pick to play Jane in a movie version of the novels?

Nicole:  I think that girl from Zombieland would be okay... The older one? I don't know anyone's name. Or someone unknown. Better yet, I want Jane to be anime! ;-)

TQ:  Do you and Jane have anything in common?

Nicole:  The hedonism, for sure. And some of the humor, although mine is darker for the most part.

TQ:  The Jane True series is considered Urban Fantasy. Are there any any genres or sub-genres in which you'd like to write?

Nicole:  To learn more about any side projects, you'll have to ask Denise Townsend. ;-) She's working on some very sexy selkie erotica.

TQ:  What's next?

Nicole:  Eye of the Tempest comes out in August! I'm super excited for it! Then we'll have two more, as yet untitled, Jane True books. I'm running out of things I can attach to "Tempest." I keep threatening to call the last one "Tempest Bledsoe."

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you for having me! :-) I love coming to The Qwillery!


Nicole's Books

Jane True Series:

Tempest Rising
Book 1
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.


Tracking the Tempest
Book 2
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...










Tempest's Legacy
Book 3
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.






About Nicole

Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011
Nicole D. Peeler is off on another adventure! This time, she’s moving to Pittsburgh to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. Yes, folks, she’ll be mentoring up and coming urban fantasists as they try to break into the publishing world. Or, as she likes to call it, “infecting them with her madness.” In the meantime, she’s still writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel.

Nicole's Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery which supernatural creature you would go out on a date with if you could? Please rememeber - 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 & 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, January 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Andrea Cremer and Giveaway - December 8, 2010

Please welcome Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade, to The Qwillery. Please see my review of Nightshade here.

TQ:  Earlier this year Nightshade was the subject of a censorship attempt before it was even published. Could you tell us about that?

Andrea:  Given that just a few days earlier I’d posted a blog in support of Laurie Halse Anderson, whose book Speak had been challenged in Missouri, and that I’d posted about how I thought someday Nightshade would be challenged on Page Turners Blog I felt a little like the universe testing my sense of irony. I expected challenges, but I simply wasn’t prepared for an objection on my first day visiting a school. Standing in the principal’s office I felt very small and a bit like I’d been sucker punched. I was a very well behaved child, and at age 32 this was my first time being sent to the principal’s office, told what I’d done wrong and how I should behave. The principal went on to request that I keep things from getting “PG-13” and that I didn’t say anything like encourage the students toward “vampire conversion.” Vampire conversion? Okay, first of all, there are no vampires in Nightshade. Secondly, do any authors give presentations at schools that promote vampire conversion? I wanted to know if Heather Brewer and Richelle Mead get this question at their school visits. As I went to the auditorium I felt a bit ill. I was already nervous and now I worried about having to censor myself when I spoke and answered questions. But then I started to get angry because I remembered who I am. I teach for a living. I know how to talk to students. I wrote a book I love and I don’t think it’s at all inappropriate. I have a Ph.D. in history and I understand the ways in which violence, religion, and sexuality have shaped societies. I use that research to inform my novels. These subjects shouldn’t be avoided or hidden. They need to be discussed. Running away from the more difficult topics of history only makes it more likely that patriarchy, inequality, and ignorance become more deeply rooted in our cultures. Fortunately I was saved by the wonder that is young readers. Over the course of the day I spoke to about 400 students. They were all amazing. Their questions were smart and engaging. Their ideas were fantastic. Each session was buzzing with intelligence and enthusiasm. When I finished, my voice was pretty much gone but it was one of the happiest moments of my life. And nothing about that trip to the principal’s office mattered. Not one bit. One of the event organizers did some digging and found out that the objection had come from a parent who hadn’t read Nightshade. She’d just seen my blog post supporting Laurie Halse Anderson. Turns out my first encounter with censorship stemmed from my speaking out against it. All it does is make me determined to barrel ahead without fear. And I’m not doing it for myself. I’m doing it for each of those students, who gave me more with their questions and ideas than I could ever hope to give them.

TQ:  Do you think it has affected you as a writer?

Andrea:  It has made me both more determined and fearless about speaking out in support of books with 'controversial' subject material and to work hard to raise awareness about the damage done by challenging and banning young adult literature.

TQ:  You teach early modern history (1500s to 1800s). Do you see any parallels between the censorship that was taking place during those times and censorship today?

Andrea:  It's important to keep in mind that the idea of censorship only exists given the assumption and advocation of the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Both of those rights are inventions of the 18th century - rights aren't won without a struggle and I think in our contemporary culture we often take those rights for granted. Prior to the 18th century censorship as we know it didn't exist. For example attempts in medieval Europe to print the Bible in vernacular (common languages, i.e. English, French) instead of Latin were 'censored' by burning the printers at the stake for heresy. That's not exaggeration and I think it simply reinforces how important freedom of speech and the press are - we've come a long way in terms of protecting the right to knowledge and discussion of all issues. Regression in that arena is not something that would benefit society.

TQ:  What advice would you give aspiring YA writers about both self-censorship and dealing with censorship by others?

Andrea:  One thing I worry about for aspiring writers is that they will censor themselves for fear that writing what they truly love or believe in won't sell, so they'll restrain themselves or stick to 'safer' subject material. Writing to sell is the worst mistake an author can make and will only lead to failure and writing misery. It's a mistake to write for other people rather than writing for your own passion. The most important thing is to be true to your self. Writing that reflects the heart and soul of the author is the best of the craft. Regarding censorship by authors, it's simply important to be educated yourself and to educate others about book censorship and censorship attempts. I've found the experiences and advice of oft-challenged authors like Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins to be priceless. They are true heroes for authors, readers, book sellers, librarians and educators.


About Andrea's Books

Nightshade
Nightshade 1
Hardcover, 528 page
ISBN 9780399254826
Philomel, October 19, 2010
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything—including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?




Wolfsbane
Nightshade 2
Philomel, July 2011



About Andrea

Photo: Gina Monroe

Andrea Cremer is the author of the New York Times bestselling debut novel Nightshade. She grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and now lives in Minneapolis, where she’s a history professor at Macalester College. She’s written about violence, sex, religion and power in history, and has used that research to create the world of the Nightshade series. Wolfsbane, the second book in the series, will be published in July 2011. You can learn more about Andrea at http://www.andreacremer.com/




Andrea's Links:

Website:  http://www.andreacremer.com/
Blog:  http://blurredhistory.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/andreacremer

NightShade Website: http://www.nightshadebook.com/
Shay Doran on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shadowshay
Shay Doran's Blog: http://www.shaydoran.com/
Shay Doran's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/shaydoran


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. This book has been provided by the publisher.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what you are passionate about? Keep it PG-13 please! 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 & 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, December 15, 2010.  Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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