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2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the twelfth in a series of posts.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
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See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.

Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies
Night's Masque 3
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted – his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it – but his work is far from over. The renegade skraylings, the guisers, are still plotting – their leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor. But while he is still young, Mal has a slim chance of eliminating his enemies whilst they are at their weakest.

With Sandy’s help, Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the guisers, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin…

File Under: Fantasy [ Princes in the Tower | Revenger's Tragedy | Much Ado | Boys Will Be Boys ]

Megan Powell

No Love for the Wicked
Magnolia Kelch 2
47North, August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 268 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
It’s taken six months, but supernaturally gifted Magnolia Kelch finally seems to have her surging powers under control. Then she arrives home to find a group of strangers in her beloved farmhouse, and that control is immediately put to the test. Magnolia quickly learns that her “guests” are actually part of the Network—not from the task force headed by her mentor, Thirteen, but a second group, led by British agent Colin St. Pierre.

Unfortunately, Theo, a Network agent who shares an intimate connection with Magnolia, doesn’t trust Colin as a new commander. When team missions collide, Magnolia finds herself in the middle of Network infighting, asking herself who among those closest to her truly has her best interests at heart.

But an even greater threat lies on the horizon. Intent on tracking down the source of Magnolia’s powers, a familiar enemy resurfaces with a plan—one that is far more sinister than the Network has ever seen.

Cecy Robson

A Cursed Moon
A Weird Girls eNovella
Signet, December 3, 2013

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Bren is a cocky, brash hound of a werewolf who loathes the idea of belonging to Aric’s pack—much less finding a mate. But Bren’s hotheaded behavior lands him in the doghouse when he defies Aric’s authority in front of his pack, bringing up a sore subject that’s bound to make the Alpha wolf’s blood boil…

Luckily for him, no one can stay mad at Bren and his wild charm for long. And when some frightening ghosts launch a hostile paranormal takeover, Bren will team up with Celia Wird to take down the evil ghouls before they hurt someone they both love…

Includes a preview of the upcoming Weird Girls novel Cursed by Destiny!

Cursed by Destiny
Weird Girls 3
Signet, January 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

Celia’s a girl in trouble. Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction. And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)

In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her.

And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric…

Simone St. James

Silence for the Dead
NAL Trade, April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
“Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow....”

In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?

Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.

Joan Swan

Phoenix Rising 4
Kensington Brava, December 31, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

David Tallerman

Prince Thief
Tales of Easie Damasco 3
Angry Robot, September 24, 2013 (US/Canada) and eBook
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Altapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is under siege by its own King.

Far to the north, rebels have set a bastard prince up as a figurehead.

Yet again, Easie Damasco finds himself roped into a desperate scheme to preserve the Castoval, And kidnapping the Prince seemed like such a good idea at the time…

Michael R. Underwood

Ree Reyes 2
Pocket Star, July 15, 2013
eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former child-star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

On The Qwillery's radar:

Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold out in April 2014


Cateveiro (The Osiris Project 2) by E.J. Swift out later this year.

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013?  This is the ninth in a series of posts.

See Part 2 here.
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See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.

Lou Morgan

Blood and Feathers 2
Solaris, July 9, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9
This is the thrilling follow-up to Blood and Feathers, one of the most highly-regarded debuts of 2012. The battle between the Fallen and the Angels has turned into open warfare, on the streets of London.

"This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You're in this - just like the rest of us - to the end." • Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets. And they're winning.• As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice - barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over - once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high… and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it? • The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell breaks loose…

Nancy Northcott

The Protectors 3
Forever Yours, July 2, 2013
eBook, 394 pages

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9

FBI agent Camellia "Mel" Wray is no stranger to violence but when an old friend is brutally murdered, she takes it personally. The case hits even closer to her heart when the best person to help with the investigation is Dr. Stefan Harper, the only man she ever loved-and lost. One look at the gorgeous medical expert and Mel realizes he's still impossible to resist-and still harboring a secret after all these years . . .


Afraid Mel wouldn't accept him, Stefan never revealed his study of magical medicine or his abilities, instead allowing her to believe he'd been unfaithful. Now she's back in his life-and their mutual attraction burns hotter than ever. But when something dark and otherworldly threatens humans, Stefan must summon his mage powers to keep everyone safe. Will Mel be able to trust him again? Or will their love cost him even more than it did the first time?

Melissa F. Olson

Trail of Dead
Scarlett Bernard 2
47North, June 4, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 297 pages

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9
As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett’s secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city’s unearthly underworld.

Now two dead witches are found a few days before Christmas, and Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her own former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire and who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia—unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.

Cecy Robson

A Cursed Embrace
Weird Girls 2
Signet, July 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twentysomething girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird.…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.

Jillian Stone

The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 3
Brava, June 25, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9
From steam-powered bunkers to steamy boudoirs, paranormal detective Phaeton Black knows his way around Victorian London. But sometimes, when you slip down a rabbit hole, there's no turning back. . .

If The Portal's A-Rockin'

Phaeton Black is missing. Sucked into an alternative universe--courtesy of Professor Lovecraft's Trans-Dimensional Injection Portal--the illustrious investigator is nowhere to be found. Even the bewitching Miss America Jones, who's pregnant with Phaeton's child, has no clue to his whereabouts. But when a spy fly's microphone picks up Phaeton's voice in the parlors of Paris, she enlists his dearest friends to track him down--before his deadliest enemies find him first. . .

Don't Come A-Knockin'

Accompanied by the dashing Dr. Exeter, his delightful ward Mia, and a trusty duo of Nightshades, it's off to the City of Lights for the determined Miss Jones. Unfortunately, there is something about Paris in the fall that brings out the devil in Dr. Exeter--and the beast in mild-mannered Mia, whose animal urges transform her into a gorgeous panther. With physical reality unraveling on both sides of the cosmic rift, the good doctor must extract Phaeton Black from the clutches of a diabolical techno-wizard--or both could lose the women they love to love. . .forever.

Joan Swan

Phoenix Rising 3
Brava, August 27, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9
Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world—again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to now and in 2013?  This is the fourth is a series of posts.

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See Part 12 here.

Simone St. James

An Inquiry into Love and Death
NAL Trade, March 5, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.

Elisabeth Staab

Prince of Power
Chronicles of Yavn 2
Sourcebooks, January 8, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
The second installment of Elisabeth Staab's paranormal romance series follows Tyra, a vampire soldier who is nearly killed on the battlefield while fighting the vicious wizard clan. When she awakes from her injuries, she discovers that the man who saved her life is none other than the Master Wizard's son, Anton. They are inexplicably drawn to each other, but Tyra knows this mysterious wizard is hiding a violent secret. She is unsure of whom to trust, who to believe, and where she belongs. Is Anton really in love with Tyra and out for revenge on his father? Or is he only pretending to love her so that he can kill her and steal her powers?

Jillian Stone

The Moonstone and Miss Jones
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Brava, September 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
A master of paranormal deduction—and paramour seduction—Phaeton Black has a knack for bumping into things that go bump in the night, from ghoulies and ghosties to long-leggedy beauties…

Mooning For The Moonstone

Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Balck returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone—and he needs Phaeton’s help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. Perhaps, bringing his lady friend along for the ride won’t be to too much trouble…

Shanghaied In Shanghai

The bewilderingly beautiful and bountifully gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure, especially with Mr. Black as her traveling companion. But when Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he’s run out on her. Stranded in the Orient—and steaming mad—she’s prepared to look under every stone for the missing detective. The case has put them both in the most compromising positions, but this time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom…of a truly infernal plot.

Joan Swan

Phoenix Rising 2
Brava, Deptember 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…

Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…

David Tallerman

Crown Thief
Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Angry Robot. September 25, 2012 (US/Canada)
October 4, 2012 (UK)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
From the Tales of Easie Damasco…

Meet Easie Damasco: Thief, swindler and lately, reluctant hero.

But whatever good intentions Damasco may have are about to be tested to their limits, as the most valuable – and dangerous – object in the land comes within his light-fingered grasp.

Add in some suicidally stubborn giants, an old enemy with dreams of empire and the deadliest killers in two kingdoms on his heels, and Damasco’s chances of staying honest – or even just surviving – are getting slimmer by the hour.

File Under: Fantasy [ Run Easie Run | A Big Help | Not again! | Prince of Thieves ]

James R. Tuck

Spider's Lullaby
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter Novella
Kensington, June 26, 2012
eBook, 79 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can’t defeat…

For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte’s un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he’ll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him …

Blood and Silver
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter 2
Kensington, August 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face…

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer…until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who—or what—to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay…

Blood and Magick
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter 3
Kensington, March 5, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming…

Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson (signed) - Ended February 22, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

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Question:  Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans?

Tanya1224 who said...

I have not read any books yet set around a natural disaster but I have read a few that take place in New Orleans. In The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost cat and Bones are there a lot. I went there to visit and loved the place. I was very sad when Katrina hit...I know that had to have been awful. Thank you for the contest.

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Sentinel's Heart or Red's Wolf by PJ Schnyder (ecopy/winner's choice) - Ended February 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

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Question:  Which genres or subgenres (for novels/novellas/short stories) do you like to read?

ML who said...

My favorite genre is paranormal romance. I'm also a fan of urban fantasy and historical romance. Recently I've discovered steampunk and found that I enjoy that as well. I enjoy sticking with favorite genres and branching out and reading new things as well.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) by David Tallerman - Ended February 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

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Question:  What is you favorite fantasy movie?

Tim who said...

I love this story, especially the after note about walking into a room and Labyrinth is playing on the TV.

The question is an easy one for me to answer, except it's not a single movie. The Lord of the Rings trilogy are my favorite fantasy movies. Peter Jackson brought these amazing books to life without making too many drastic changes and the result is magic.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) by Nico Rosso (ecopy) - Ended February 27, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

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Question:  Who is your favorite motorcycle riding hero?

icha who said...

christian bale in batman dark night..and jack pallas from a something about you (julie james)

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) by Joan Swan - Ended February 28, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY.

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Question:  Who is your favorite bad boy from novels, film, TV?

BookAttict who said...

The list of my fave bad boys is long! (Yep, I got a "thing" for bad boys!) Aside from the "usual suspects" Malkolm from Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (House of Comarre series) and Nightshade from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series are definitely on my short list though!

The original winner, Barbara, had already won a copy of Fever and a new winner was chosen.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) by Laurie London (signed) - Ended February 29, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

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Question: Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with
paranormal phenomena?

Barb P who said...

Hi Laurie! I guess that I'm showing my age, but one of my favs was Dark Shadows! I have all of the episodes on DVD. I can't wait for the new movie (Johnny Depp YUUUMMM!). I also love shows like Grimm, Supernatural etc. Love your books and congrats on the new release!

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

White Horse by Alex Adams (3 Advanced Reader Copies) - Ended March 2, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

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ARC Cover is slightly different!

Question: What is/are your favorite apocalyptic movie(s), comics or novel(s)?

1. erin who said...

OMG... this book sounds awesome!!! Immediately added to my new release wishlist! But I like the UK cover much, much better. The US version is very misleading...

I love post-apocalyptic books and movies. And if they have zombies and mutants etc. so much the better! My fav so far as been: movies - any Resident Evil and Book of Eli, TV - Walking Dead, and books - The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant and The Passage by Justin Cronin.

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

2. Vivien who said...

I absolutely LOVE Mira Grant. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a great one.

3. Spaz who said...

Great post and I love the book summary. This is going on my wishlist whether or not I win the giveaway.

Favorite post-apocalyptic stuff... lately I really liked the setting of The Passage by Justin Cronin though I felt the book dragged quite a bit. I look forward to The Twelve.

But all-time? It's Stephen King, but no, it's not The Stand. It's the Dark Tower books. While the Dark Tower didn't have some singular causal event, the world (multiverse) is clearly falling to pieces.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner.

Thank you!

Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012

Please welcome Joan Swan to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

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

Joan:  Interesting? Oh, wow. I don’t know that any of my quirks are interesting. Really, I have a LOT of quirks, but the only one that has any consistency is my McDonald’s fetish. I have breakfast at McDonald’s almost every morning. The only time I don’t is when I have a breakfast date with my husband – usually the day after I get home from being gone for three days at work so we can catch up.

I prefer to write away from home because the pull of housework and bills and the general untidiness wreaks chaos on my mind. McDonald’s has all you can drink soda for $1 and free internet. What’s not to like? My only beef is that there are no outlets. (I think they’re trying to tell me something. *la la la la la la* I can’t hear you!)

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

Joan:  I love Dean Koontz for his gorgeous prose and many other craft techniques. I love Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters for her voice and the team atmosphere she creates. I’m fond of Susan Elizabeth Phillips humor and Robert Crais’ fast-pacing and Sandra Brown’s complex plotting and characterization. Oh…so many awesome authors…so little time!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Joan:  I create plot points for major events and pants-it in between the dots. How’s that for vague?

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

Joan:  Keeping my ass in the chair. I’m an anxious writer. Any time I’m stressed, I feel the need to escape. Well, heh, when I’m writing a romantic suspense and all I do for 300 pages is cause conflict, conflict, conflict…what do you think I want to do all the time? Keeping my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard instead of letting myself escape the anxiety of what’s on the page (or needs to be on the page) is, by far, my biggest challenge.

TQ:  Describe Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) in 140 characters or less.

Joan:  A desperate convict with nothing to lose. A determined hostage with everything to live for. An enemy with unlimited power and grave secrets.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fever?

Joan:  Lots and lots of bad boys…and a few bad dreams to go with them.

I’ve been a sonographer for twenty years and one of the hospitals where I worked serviced a huge prisoner clientele. I spent half my day surrounded by guards and inmates and the more I understand their routines and procedures, the more clearly I recognized how easily something could go wrong. With something as simple as one tip off from someone inside the hospital or one officer off his game that day, the unthinkable could have occurred.

I simply spent one too many days wondering, “What if…?”

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

Joan:  As far as the inciting incident, I lived it, as I mentioned above. Beyond that, I’ve lived in California all my life and traveled most of the roads, so the journey Teague and Alyssa struck out on in FEVER was very familiar to me. In fact, the town of Truckee, where they ended up, was a location my family and I lived for several years and the café where Alyssa and Luke, a secondary character and the hero in the next book, BLAZE, meet, called, Wild Cherry’s, is an actual café my husband and I favorited when we lived there.

So, I suppose you could say a lot of the research for Fever had been completed well in advance of the novel. :-)

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

Joan:  I think Alyssa was the easiest to write. She and I share a profession and we share a common disposition held by those in the profession—independent, determined, diligent. I spend a lot of my time on the job either coaxing people into doing things I need them to do or insisting that they do it. When a doctor needs answers, there is no valid excuse as to why you’ve come back without them, so you learn not to accept defeat.

In that way, Alyssa is an impossible diehard. When her mind is set on escape, nothing keeps her from trying to seek freedom. When her mind is set on his well-being, nothing can dissuade her from fighting for him. Her brain is always working, endlessly seeking a solution.

I understand that deeply ingrained part of Alyssa, which made it easier to anticipate her actions and reactions and ultimately, easier to write her character.

The hardest character to write was Luke. Luke is a secondary, but critical, character in FEVER, and he is the hero in the second book, BLAZE, which releases in October. Fans who read FEVER before BLAZE may notice that Luke’s character arc begins in FEVER, therefore he’s a very different character than he is in BLAZE, so writing Luke here was like writing a very dark version of my awesome hero. That was very difficult. And after seeing how Luke comes through in BLAZE, it was worth every second of work.

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

Joan:  I love pivotal scenes – usually concerning the internal landscape of a character: a personal epiphany, a moment of crisis when the character’s true essence or vulnerability shows or that second the character pushes themselves past a fear and acts.

In Fever, I love the scene when Alyssa is tired of Teague’s repeated rejection of her physically when they both know he wants her. She finds a bag of condoms in the medicine cabinet, ones Teague had been given in a getaway kit supplied by accomplices and carries them into the bedroom where Teague is not yet sleeping.
     Indecision zinged around her chest like a firefly trapped in a jar. She pulled in a slow breath then blew it out.
     “Wrong room, Lys.” His voice came out low and languid and lusty, giving her firefly a shot of adrenaline. But his eyes stayed closed, his body still.
     “I…don’t think so.” She garnered another ounce of confidence and walked toward the bed.
     “I don’t want to talk anymore, Alyssa.”
     He didn’t move even a millimeter, but his lids cracked, and he tracked her with his eyes. The heat there, the longing, gave her the final flash of confidence she needed to make her move.
     “Neither do I.” She dropped the condoms on his chest. Watched as they scattered over muscle. Teague’s gaze darted to the little packages and held. “I had something else in mind.”
I think that is fun and gutsy.

Another scene I like is when, after Teague and Alyssa have made love, Alyssa wakes in the middle of the night to find him gone from bed. She hears the shower running and goes to join him, but when she surprises him, Teague reacts like he would react in a prison shower.
     Already naked, Alyssa pushed the curtain aside just enough to slip in behind him. She closed the distance and wrapped her arms around his torso from behind. Before she could lay her cheek to his back, Teague whipped around. One arm slashed across her throat, the other shoved her against the shower wall. The force of the thrust snapped her head on the tile. Pain exploded beneath her skull. She cried out.
     When she opened her eyes, she found Teague staring at her with an expression she could only describe as menacing. His eyes were dark and flat and glazed, filled with violence.
     “Teague.” She gripped his forearm, tried to pry it off her throat. “Stop.”
     His eyes cleared, but he didn’t release pressure. Water sizzled as it hit his skin, evaporated and filled the shower like a steam bath. Heat seared through her neck where his arm nearly cut off her air supply.
     “Teague,” she tried again, “you’re hurting me.”
     The hostility in his eyes shifted to fear then to a sick regret as he fully focused. “Oh, my God.” Teague instantly released her, hands up, palms out. “Oh, my God. Lys. I’m sorry.” In the next instant, he swept her up in his arms. “I’m so sorry.”
     She didn’t immediately return the embrace, still stunned and confused.
     “I-- I--,” he stuttered, “Oh, my God.” He pressed his face to her neck and let out a sound somewhere between a sob and a growl. “I didn’t think. I just reacted. I thought— I thought—“ he shook his head and buried his face deeper. “Fuck.”
     His turmoil churned her own gut. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders, ran her hands over the smoothed course of his new hair growth. “Okay. It’s okay. I’m okay.”
     “It’s not okay.” He let her go as quickly as he’d pull her close and turned away. He slammed both fists against the shower tile, knuckles first. “It’s not okay. Nothing about this is okay.”
I love seeing and showing the inner torment people live with from their past—it makes them so very real.

TQ:  What's next? /this is where you share anything you'd like/

Joan:  I’m really excited about the revision I’m working on right now. This romantic suspense manuscript finalled in the RWA Golden Heart twice, and I’m publishing the story as an Indie novel in April 2012, called INTIMATE ENEMIES.

Cassandra Christo is on a quest for answers. Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed her mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. But there she runs into two major obstacles: her stepfather, a man Cassie despises and who she suspects is involved in illegal activities, and Rio Santana, Saul’s right hand man and the person she unknowingly let into her heart after he comforted her during the darkest moment of her life.

Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now, when he’s only weeks away from finalizing transport of a terrorist cell over the U.S.-Mexico border. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie, let alone the risk it poses to his cover.

So when Cassie’s stepfather grows nervous about her investigation and orders Rio to use seduction as a last ditch effort to keep her from learning too much, Rio thinks he’s found the perfect solution. Until, that is, the heat between them turns into a full blown inferno. Suddenly, Rio’s not sure who’s doing the seducing. And not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joan:  Thanks for having me!!

About Fever

Phoenix Rising 1
Kensington Brava , February 28, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook,  448 pages

Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012
Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish...

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble.... Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose...

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

About Joan

Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012
Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist and writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. Her debut novel with Kensington Brava, FEVER, releases February 28, 2012. Her second novel, BLAZE, follows in October, 2012.

In her day job, she works as a sonographer for one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation and lives on the California central coast in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.

Joan's Links:


Joan has a tour giveaway**!  All comments are eligible for tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE. Enter here:

** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Joan's tour giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Joan's rules to enter to win the tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE .

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a print copy of Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) from Joan. US/CANADA ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite bad boy from novels, film, TV?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries at The Qwillery to win the print copy of Fever 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 at The Qwillery: 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 YOU MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012

The View From Monday - February 20, 2012

We've arrived at the penultimate Monday in February. Happy Monday everyone! We've another busy week ahead at The Qwillery.

Monday -  Guest Blog by Nico Rosso. The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) was published on February 13, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Joan Swan. Fever will be published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Laurie London. Laurie's third Sweetblood novel, Tempted by Blood, will be published on February 21, 2012.

Thursday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Melanie Card.

Friday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Alex Adams. The White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Saturday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Megan Grooms.

Sunday -  Interview with Karina Cooper. All Things Wicked, the third Dark Mission novel, was published on January 31, 2012.

It's a quiet book release week, which for me means I can get everything I'd like!

February 21, 2012
The Troupe
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Robert Jackson Bennett F
Love Crazed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Tamala Callaway PNR - Super Natural 2
A Perfect Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Forever Claimed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Lee PNR - Claiming
Tempted by Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Laurie London PNR - Sweetblood 3
The Half-Breed Vampire
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Theresa Meyers PNR - Sons of Midnight 3
Echoes of Betrayal
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 3
Raven Calls
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 7
The Restorer (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 1

February 22, 2012
John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Marv Wolfman GN - Collection

February 24, 2012
The Legend of Eli Monpress
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Aaron F - Omnibus

tp2mm - Trade Papeback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
PNR - Paranormal Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12What's Up for the 2012 Debut Authors in 2013? - Part 9What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012The View From Monday - February 20, 2012

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