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WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Winners! Lots and lots of winners. I'm having a bit of a hard time typing these days. I've just picked up a microphone and am going to try telling my computer what to do. If my computer is anything like my small humans, this will not work so well. :)  So this time around, winners will have to contact me with their shipping information.

Send the info to "theqwillery2  aht gmail doht com" *take out the spaces and fix the aht and doht*

Winners have until Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to send their mailing information or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

And without further ado... the winners:


June Book of the Month Giveaway - Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) and Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles 2) by Kevin Hearne

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

krysykat who said...

"My favorite book that I just finished reading is "No Place Like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe."


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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead 1) and Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead 2) by Jesse Petersen

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

ReneeRearden who said...

"Jesse,

Your books sound fantastic! I LOVED Zombieland. I can't wait to read Married With Zombies and Flip This Zombie!!!

So keeping in mind the proximity to a zombie, their teeth really, I'd have to have a sword. Stabbing through the eye or taking off the head would kill the zombie brain and still keep a little more distance from their bite radius than other weapons. And then there's the whole not running out of bullets issue! =D

Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!!!"


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Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian 1) and Blood Secrets (Alexandra Sabian 2) by Jeannie Holmes

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

latishajean who said...

"My favorite is twilight and the underworld movies! What a great giveaway thank you so much!"


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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell 1) by Jenn Bennett

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Melissa (Books and Things) who said...

"Love the interview. I have had this book on my blog's wishlist! I do want to read this one!

However the drink question is quite easy. I'd order a Dr. Pepper from Hell. It's a real drink and good. ;)"


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Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon's Law 1) ebook by J.A. Saare

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Julie who said...

"I can tell when my kids are lying - does that count?! Well, at least THEY think I have a supernatural talent, and that comes in very handy sometimes!"


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Arc of The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011
ARC cover may be different

Raychelle who said...

I don't buy a book specifically for it's cover, but it is what draws me to it and I usually buy it. Although, I would have bought Nightshade by Andrea Cremer even if it did not have a good story just because the cover was so stunning.


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Dark War (Matt Richter 3) by Tim Waggoner

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Irv the Nerve who said...

Sounds fascinating. I'd sure like to read it.


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Signed copies of Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury 1) and Green-Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury 2) by Kasey Mackenzie. North America Only!

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Kelly who said...

"okay favorite Mythological Creature... would have to be a Dragon... Any dragon, well unless they are trying to eat me..."


Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who stops by The Qwillery.

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.

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders : Mundania Press


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?

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders : The Wild Rose Press


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

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads
Yahoo Group


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.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - June 20, 2011

Happy Monday! It's a busy week at The Qwillery. There will be 3 author interviews: Jeannie Holmes on June 21st, debut author Jenn Bennett on June 22nd, and J.A. Saare on June 24th. Hopefully we'll catch up on some comics on Thursday the 23rd.

It's again a light week for books. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode. One anthology cover and several book trailers are below.



June 21, 2011

The Book of DragonSteven BrustEF - Vlad Taltos 1-7
ShadowcryJenna BurtenshawYA - Secrets of Wintercraft 1
Witches of East EndMeilissa de la CruzF - The Beauchamp Family 1
The Darkest HeartThea DevineHF
The Cabinet of CuriositiesPaul DowswellYA - HF
The Plain ManSteve EnglehartF - Max August 2
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary EditionNeil GaimanF
Stories: All New Tales****Neil Gaiman (ed)
Al Sarrantonio (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
NightwalkerConnie HallPNR - Nightwalkers
Haunting VioletAlyxandra HarveyYA
Breath of AngelKaryn HenleyYA - Angelaeon Circle 1
Sword of Fire and SeaErin HoffmanF - The Chaos Knight 1
Pinion****Jay LakeSF - Clockwork Earth 3
Embraced by BloodLaurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood 2
Fort FreakGeorge R.R. MartinSF - Wild Cards
The Magic of RecluceL.E. Modesitt, Jr. EF - Recluce1
The Bones of AvalonPhil RickmanSM
Jim and the FlimsRudy RuckerSF
Dead RulesRandy RussellYA
Vacation with a Vampire and Other ImmortalsMaggie Shayne
Maureen Child
PNR
Shadow's LureJon SprunkF - Shadow 2
The Poison Diaries****Maryrose WoodYA - Poison Diaires 1
A Need So BeautifulSuzanne YoungYA


June 22, 2011

The People of the Mist**H. Rider HaggardF


June 23, 2011

Hell's Horizon****Darren ShanUF - City Trilogy 2



** Reprint or Reissue

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


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
HF - Historical Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance

SF - Science Fiction
SM - Supernatural Mystery
UF - Urban FantasyYA - Young Adult




Book Trailers

Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw




Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz




The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine




Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey




Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley




Dead Rules by Randy Russell

Dead Rule #1



Dead Rule #2



Dead Rule #3




Shadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk




The Poison Garden by Maryrose Wood and The Duchess of Northumberland (for the hardcover release)



The Poison Diaries Author Q&A with The Duchess of Northumberland (for the hardcover release)




A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011Interview with J.A. Saare & Giveaway - June 24, 2011The View From Monday - June 20, 2011

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