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Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013

Today Covet, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, reveals covers for its 5 launch titles slated for publication on April 21, 2013. To find out more about Covet's launch titles, chat with authors,  and participate in special events visit Entangled Publishing, follow Covet on Twitter (@CovetBooks), and/or LIKE Covet's Facebook page.

So.... do you have a favorite cover?

Gone With The Wolf
by Kristin Miller

Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013
CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

The Awakening: Aidan
by Abby Niles

Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013
Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

The Demon's Song
by Kendra Leigh Castle
Hearts of the Fallen

Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that's how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren't even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.

While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happy ending...and his heart.

Tall, Dark, and Divine
by Jenna Bennett

Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013
Being the Greek god of love doesn’t mean you believe--or want--anything to do with that sappy emotion. Sure, Eros runs his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, but finding his own love has never been part of the equation. When he spots the sweet baker who works across the street, he vows to match her with someone else before she stirs his sullen heart.

Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.

Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone who isn’t him—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

Deceiving the Witch Next Door
by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013
Down-on-her-luck witch Storie Bell never thought the biggest threat to her future would be Reid Malone, the very man she’d run from years before. After striking it rich in Texas shale, he’s back in town, and he seems hell-bent on getting in the way of her bookstore’s grand opening. A witch trying to blend in in a small southern town is hard enough, but now he’s seriously testing her strict No Kissing Mortal Men policy. But even witches don’t have a spell for that.

Reid knows there’s much more to Storie than meets the eye. But right now he has only one mission: to infiltrate her shop so he can snatch the elusive secret ingredient to his father’s million-dollar moonshine recipe. Once he does, he can go back to the city and get out of his small hometown, a place in which he has no future.

But as the days go by, he can’t help falling for Storie in every way…and every encounter brings him closer to finding out what happens when you try to deceive a witch.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

And the winners are.....

Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum 3.5) by Rosalie Lario (ecopy) - Ended January 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  If you could go on a date with one paranormal being, who or what would he/she/it be?

*yadkny* who said...

I'm all about panther shifters! The big cat shifters are what do it for me... just love hearing them purr:)

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

To Walk The Night (Kat Redding 1) by E.S. Moore - 2 copies - Ended January 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite vampire slayer from books or film?

Lexi who said...

Blade =) Love him. Can I also pick a vamp that kicks were butt? Selene in the Underworld movies! I can't wait for the next one to come out =)

Can't wait for this book!!!


Marg @ Clockwork Reverie who said...

I loved Buffy, but I also totally loved Faith. The two are probably my favorite vampire slayers.

Thanks for the giveaway! I have this book on my TBR list.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore - Ended January 13, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:   Favorite book, movie, comic, or TV show with zombies?

Anne who said...

I liked My Life as a White Trash Zombie, probably cause it had a mystery element to it. I also liked the movie Zombieland.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Flashfire (Dragonfire 7) by Deborah Cooke - Ended January 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite stories with dragons or dragon shifters?

JoAnna who said...

I have several dragon shifter series in my TBR pile. The series that I have read that comes to mind is the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

One book from Virna DePaul's backlist - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

How: Leave a comment or ask Virna a question. 

Blowingfeather who said...

Good morning Virna!!! My question is while you are writing do you have conversations in your head with your characters like they are real people?

I hope you are doing well and congrats on the success of your books. I love them!!

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Changeling Dawn (Changeling 3) by Dani Harper and Dani Harper Tote - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the interview here. US / Canada Only.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series?

Brenda Demko who said...

My favorite shapeshifter would be Mercy Thompson. I love the Macleod clan and the pack but I've known Mercy longer! Thank you for the chance to win Changeling Dawn, I love, love, love this series! Happy New Year to all!

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Heir of Danger (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3) by Alix Rickloff - Ended January 18th, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada Only.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Is there something you want to do or somewhere you want to go before Dec. 31, 2012?

alainala who said...

hmm there are a ton of places and things i would LOVE to do.. but realistically.. im going to go home and stand in my best friends wedding and pray i dont look like a giant blueberry.. lol..
hopefully go somewhere warm with the BF too!!

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Midnight Reckoning (signed) by Kendra Leigh Castle - Ended January 19, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who or what is your favorite type of shifter? or Ask Kendra a question on 1/12/12.

Brandi who said...

I love shifters, period. Although I do love wolf shifters quite a bit.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Taft 2012 by Jason Heller - Ended January 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, when would you go?

Barbara E. who said...

If I could time travel I'd go 100 years in the future. Seeing the difference between 1912 and 2012, I'm sure there would be some amazing things to see.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you all for reading!

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012

Please welcome Kendra Leigh Castle to The Qwillery. Kendra's most recent novel is Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 2), which was published on January 1, 2012.

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

Kendra:  My funky quirk is that all of my books have soundtracks…but I can’t listen to music while I write. I love it for inspiration, but I’m terrible at writing with any amount of noise. The weird thing is, I did write one book, RENEGADE ANGEL, that seemed to require that I listen to music all the time while writing. It was fabulous, and I haven’t been able to pull it off since…so it was a fluke, but a nice one. Music blocks out all of the other noise around here!

TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kendra:  I’m definitely a pantser! Well, with maybe a dash of plotter thrown in for good measure. I do like to have my bearings in a very basic sense. Someone once told me my process was “organic”, which is a really flattering way to describe what I would normally just call “a mess”. Every book is an adventure for me…I keep discovering things I didn’t know about my characters right up until the end, and the plot always turns in directions I don’t expect. I don’t actually like knowing everything that’s going to happen! Outlines are the bane of my existence…and I never end up following them anyway.

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

Kendra:  Time constraints. I tend to work on a pretty tight schedule anymore, and since I have a young family, wrenches get thrown into the works all the time. I always manage to pull it off, but by the end of each book I am extremely zombie-fied. Ratty stained pajamas, moaning and shuffling, red, vacant eyes…it’s not pretty. Having both a writing career and a nice family life sometimes means I’m up obscenely late. Especially if I’ve gotten stuck…which is the second most challenging thing about writing. Smashing through a block can be rough!

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

Kendra:  I had a few different story pieces I’d been saving up/kicking around/mostly ignoring, and then an interesting but of inspiration came along that managed to pull everything together. That’s the way it usually happens with me! I just need that one piece to set off a chain reaction. In this case, the catalyst was a History Channel documentary on Cleopatra’s sister Arsinöe, which I watched in the basement when I was supposed to be working out (oops). I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, and I never knew that Cleopatra had assassinated her younger sister in order to secure the throne for herself. It was a long and interesting story, and I thought (as all good paranormal authors do), “Hey, I what if she didn’t die and became a vampire instead?” Sparks flew. Several brain cells fried, leaving the faint scent of burning in the basement air. Vampire Arsinöe connected to dynasties connected to cool bloodline tattoos connected to that hot cat-shifter hero I hadn’t been able to figure out a story for yet…and the Dark Dynasties were born!

TQ: What sort of research did you do to create your mythology?

Kendra:  Most of the research I did was on vampire lore from around the world. It helped me to ground some of the dynasties in pre-existing mythology, though I won’t pretend that my finished mythology has much more than a nodding acquaintance with what I researched! Creating a world out of thin air is really part of the fun for me.

TQ: Describe Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 2) in 140 characters or less.

Kendra:  An enslaved cat vamp hunts, and falls for, a powerful innocent who will change the world of night forever…if she survives.

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

Kendra:  I think my favorite scene is quite early on in the book, when Jaden shows up at Lyra’s door unannounced. There’s so much tension between the two of them every time they get anywhere near one another, and at this point, the sparks are still making them bristle…especially Lyra. She’s so stunned to open her door and find him, of all people, a cat vamp who has just waltzed into a town full of werewolves to return something to her. And Jaden tries so hard to play it cool. I can just picture their faces every time I read the scene, and it makes me smile every time.

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

Kendra:  I want to say that Lyra was the easiest character for me this time around, which is unusual. Generally, the heroes are much easier for me. And Jaden was wonderful to write, but I got such a kick out of Lyra from the start. She came to life for me very quickly, and is probably one of my favorite heroines I’ve written. I don’t think any of the characters gave me fits, though it did take me a while to get a good handle on Lyra’s cousin and rival, Eric Black.

TQ: Who is/are your favorite character or characters from the Dark Dynasties series?

Kendra:  I can’t pick! It sounds like a cop out, but I’m always in love with whatever characters I’m working on because I’m spending so much time with them. They all get their turns at being favorites, though, which seems fair to me.

TQ: What's next?

Kendra:  I’ve got a lot coming up! This past year has been the busiest of my writing career to date. In March, I’ll have a novella available through Harlequin Nocturne’s digital-only Cravings line. That’s called REFLECTED DESIRE, and features the slave in the magic mirror as the hero. In July, I’ll have a novella in the Harlequin anthology VACATION WITH A VAMPIRE, which will be out in print and digital. That story is about Justin, the vampire king from my book RENEGADE ANGEL (Nocturne, 9/10). Then in August, the third Dark Dynasties book, SHADOW RISING, arrives. I’m very excited to share Damien Tremaine’s story with my readers! He’s my mouthy assassin, and I had a great time writing him.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kendra:  Thank you so much for having me! If anyone has any questions, I’ll be around all day to answer them.

About Dark Dynasties

Midnight Reckoning
Dark Dynasties 2
Forever (January 1, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012
Two separate worlds . . .
One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She's the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn-if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they're both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity . . . just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith-and Lyra and Jaden's love-may never recover from the deadly blow . . .

Dark Awakening
Dark Dynasties 1
Forever (July 1, 2011)
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012
Enter the world of the Dark Dynasties . . .

For centuries, shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer-a human woman with a special gift-who can secure victory for their clan. Ty's search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he's never known . . .

Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she's had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer-she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire's vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces . . . or unleash her dark destiny?

Other books by Kendra Leigh Castle

MacInnes Werewolves Trilogy (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012

Renegade Angel (Harlequin)

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012

About Kendra

Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012
Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy (Sourcebooks), the 2011 RITA finalist RENEGADE ANGEL (Harlequin Nocturne), and the Dark Dynasties series (Forever). She lives in Southern Maryland with her husband, three children, and menagerie of pets. You can find her on facebook, twitter, or at

Kendra's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 2) from Kendra!

HowOn January 12, 2012 only: Ask Kendra a question.


From January 12, 2012 through January 19, 2012:  leave a comment answering the following question:

Who or what is your favorite type of shifter? 

Please remember - if you don't ask Kendra a question (1/12/12 only) or answer the question (1/12 - 1/19/12) your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, January 19, 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.*

The View From Monday - January 9, 2012

It's Monday again. These Mondays happen with frightening regularity. This is another very busy week at The Qwillery!

Monday - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour with Virna DePaul.

Tuedsay - 2012 Debut Author Guest Blog by Eowyn IveyThe Snow Child, Eowyn's debut novel, will be published on February 1, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Alix RickloffHeir of Danger (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3) was published on December 27, 2011.

Thursday - Inverview with Kendra Leigh Castle. Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 2) was published on January 1, 2012.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jason Heller. Taft 2012, Jason's debut novel, will be published on January 17, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Daniel O'Malley. The Rook, Daniel's debut novel, will be published on January 11, 2012.

Because there are just a few books out this week, there is no PDF shopping list.  However, if I hunt around and find more releases, this post will be updated to include those releases and a shopping list.

January 10, 2012
Nameless (d)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Kyle Chais F
The Fat Years
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Koonchung Chan SF
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 12
The Liminal People
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Ayize Jama-Everett SFT
Catacombs (h2tp)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Anne McCaffrey,
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SF - Barque Cats 2
Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
J.-H. Rosny SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction

January 11, 2012
The Rook (d)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Daniel O'Malley UF

January 12, 2012
Come In and Cover Me
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Gin Phillips F/H

d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR  - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFT - Science Fiction Thriller
COVET - The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles and The Demon's Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaways - August 26, 2013Covet Cover Reveal - April 19, 2013Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012Interview with Kendra Leigh Castle and Giveaway - January 12, 2012The View From Monday - January 9, 2012

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