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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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

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.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012
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!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - PJ Schnyder

Please welcome PJ Schnyder as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

PJ:  As far back as middle school, I used to doodle story ideas in the margins of my notebooks. I kept a notebook handy specifically for writing, poetry and random character ideas. The notebook evolved into computer files, but the writing continued. Finally, a few friends noticed I'd hit a sort of plateau in my writing development and I was hungry for more feedback to improve. They suggested I pursue publishing. Even if I didn't get published, I'd probably find writing groups and possibly receive feedback from professional editors and/or agents.

As I researched the ins and outs of pursuing publication, I become more and more challenged. And I do love challenge. The desire to share my stories to a wider audience, and grow as a writer as I did so, took hold with surprising force. So I have to thank my friends for nudging me in the direction and setting me on the path to share my stories. Without them, I'd have kept my stories to myself like so many diaries on a shelf.

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

PJ:  Finding time. LOL

I am lucky enough to have a day job I love. It is every bit as demanding and challenging as writing, and it does require 90% travel for business. I find myself traveling twice a week at minimum on top of an average 50 hour work week. Staying fit and healthy is also very important to me, so I try to work out every day, twice a day.

All this means I need to be focused when I set myself to any given task. Rock it out and move on to the next. I go to great lengths to be organized and I make use of all those hours in the air or trapped at an airport to write or edit my work.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

PJ:  Making writing a part of my life. It's my creativity, my stress relief and my relaxation. I'm so very glad I've been able to make it a part of every single day. :)

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

There are always stories within my stories. I build a lot of background for my characters. There's usually a nifty side tangent or fun fact about how something ended up in my stories. For those who find them and smile over them, I hope they enjoy. :)

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

PJ:  Most recently, my first science fiction short came to print in the Gimme Shelter anthology. It's action and not romance, and still lots of fun.

Upcoming, I'm working on the sequel to Hunting Kat in the Triton Experiment series from Carina Press and Book 3 of the Terra's Guardians series from Decadent Publishing, as well as an all new paranormal romance. I've also been invited to contribute to a couple of very exciting steampunk projects, so look for announcements on those in the coming months!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn’t have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she’s just another biped. Most of the time.

Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat.

One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human façade.Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy’s demands, while trying to deny the passion between them. Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

PJ:  Thank you for having me. :)

About PJ

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion.

She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle.

She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories.

PJ is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Agency.

Visit PJ on her blog:



The Giveaway

Winner's Choice of ecopy of
Heart's Sentinel
Terra's Guardians 1
Red's Wolf
Terra's Guardians 2
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
In a post-apocalyptic world, humans rebuild cities of technology and shape shifters restore the wilds of nature. Mackenzie runs to the jaguars of River Gap pride in order to learn to live as something she never wanted to be – a shape shifter – and for sanctuary from the stalker who brutally Changed her.

Adam, a River Gap Sentinel, is assigned as her guard and mentor. Even though she ignites flames of primal desire in him, he holds himself back, well aware of his strength and how new she is to the shape shifter world. To survive the stalker, though, they both need to first battle their pasts and learn what it means to truly be the sentinels of each other’s hearts.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
Carri has definitely caught the eye of the big bad wolf.

Visiting the Glacier Valley pack to get a little breathing room from life in the city, she uses her skills to help install a high tech airspace sensor array for her adoptive grandmother’s pack.

Jason is a lone wolf, good at doing his job and good at being alone. Sparks fly between them, igniting desire hotter than Carri’s red hood. But the Glacier Valley pack has made it clear that Carri is under their protection and off limits.

And yet, the heat between them is undeniable and when Carri makes her choice clear, Jason is ready to claim her as his. He’ll go against the pack and any rivals, even take down an alien hunter to have her and protect her.


What:  One commenter will win his or her choice of an ecopy of Heart's Sentinel or Red's Wolf from PJ.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

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

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, February 24, 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.*
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