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Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014


Please welcome Trent Jamieson to The Qwillery. Trent is the author of the fabulous Death Works series featuring the unforgettable Steven de Selby.  The Memory of Death, a Death Works eNovella, was published yesterday.



Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. Since your first visit you have had 3 additional novels published as well as the eNovella, The Memory of Death (Death Works 4), which was published yesterday. How has becoming an author changed your life? Is there any advice that you'd give debut authors?

Trent:  Thank you! I don't know if it's changed my life, other than the pleasure of achieving some very important goals.

The level of discipline you need to produce work before you are published continues once you are. So the biggest changes, I guess, are a little more confidence, perhaps a desire to leap at challenges a little more. I still work two other jobs, and money is always a little tight, but I love this work, I love writing, and writing to an audience. It's always a buzz.

As for debut authors: probably these two things.

No author's debut experience is the same as any others. Go into this new stage of writing prepared for, and open to, anything. And try and enjoy it! You're only a debut author once!



TQ:  How has your writing process changed (or not) since the publication of your first novel, Death Most Definite (Death Works 1)?

Trent:  Writing to deadlines teaches you how to write to deadlines, but my process is still a lot of throwing words at the page and seeing how they work. I do plot things out a bit more, but still only loosely, and I rarely draft in any linear way - that only comes into play in the editing process.

I think I have more faith that I know how to finish a story now when I start it, though every story has its unexpected challenges.



TQ:  Your most recently published work is The Memory of Death. Tell us something about The Memory of Death that is not in the book description.

Trent:  It's a direct follow on from the last book, but there are multiple point of view characters in this story. You finally get to see things from Lissa's perspective too, I'm hoping to bring more of that into play in the following stories.



TQ:  Why did you return to the Death Works series after a brief hiatus?

Trent:  I adore this world, and I needed a break from the novel I was working on. And I always knew I wanted to see what happened after, in fact I had the first chapter written a long time ago. It sat there, looking at me, making me feel guilty that I wasn't telling the rest of the story.



TQ:  Why do you think the Grim Reaper makes such a compelling character?

Trent:  Death is at once a dark, and tender character.

Once you remove the idea of Death doing the actual killing, what you have left is someone that helps, that guides, hopefully with compassion, souls to the Underworld. Death as a character is the ending of one story, and the beginning of another.

And the job, itself, the practicalities of it; thinking about that has always entertained me. Yes, I admit, I'm a little bit maudlin.



TQ:  Which character in the Death Works series has surprised you the most? Why?

Trent:  Steven de Selby has. He is endlessly unpredictable, I never quite know what he is going to do, and quite often it is the wrong thing, but he does it thinking it's right. I've seen him grow up in these stories, but there's still a long way to go for him. Do we ever really stop growing?



TQ:  What's next?

Trent:  I have a new book coming out next year called (at this stage at least) Day Boy. It's a departure for me. A coming of age story set in a small country town run by vampires (ok, so maybe not that much of a departure), and told from the perspective of one of the boys that works for them. They're called Day Boys, because their job is to keep the household running in the day. It's a dark and tender story, set in a very dark sort of world. I think it's the best thing I've ever written. I'm currently redrafting it for my publisher, hopefully, when people get a chance to read it, they'll like it as much as I do.




The Memory of Death

The Memory of Death
Death Works 4
Momentum, February 11, 2014
eNovella, 97 pages

Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014
He thought he’d return from Hell a hero. But things are never easy when your business is Death.

Steven de Selby gave up his love, his life, and his lucrative position as Head of Mortmax, the corporation in charge of Death. Then he found himself banished to the briny depths of hell. But hell has never held him before …

Now Steven’s back from hell, after escaping from the cruel Death of the Water, but he’s not sure how or why, or even if. No one at Mortmax trusts him, and he’s running out of time to prove he is who he says he is.

Steven is about to discover that hell really is other people, and the worst of them may well be himself.




Previously in Death Works

Death Most Definite
Death Works 1
Orbit, August 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.



Managing Death
Death Works 2
Orbit, January 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014
It's not easy being Death. For starters, people keep dying. And then, they keep getting up again.

Steven de Selby got promoted. This makes the increasing number of stirrers (and the disturbing rumors of a zombie god rising sometime soon) his problem. That time management seminar he keeps meaning to take would also remind him that he's got a Death Moot to plan, a Christmas party to organize, and an end-of-the-world thing to avert.

Steven must start managing Death, before Death starts managing him, or this time the Apocalypse will be more than Regional.



The Business of Death
Death Works 1, 2 and 3
Orbit, September 19, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook, 864 pages
Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death - Mr. D's his boss after all - but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse - unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss - that is, Death himself.

THE BUSINESS OF DEATH includes the first two volumes of the Death Works trilogy, Death Most Definite and Managing Death, as well as the third volume.




About Trent

Interview with author Trent Jamieson - February 12, 2014
Trent Jamieson is a multiple Aurealis Award winner for short fiction, he has taught short story writing at the QUT, and Clarion South. His Death Works Trilogy of novels is available from Orbit books. Roil, and Night's Engines the two books of the Nightbound Land Duology, are available from Angry Robot. And he's just sold a novel called Day Boy to Text due out in 2015.

His webpage is at www.trentjamieson.com

Twitter @trentonomicon





Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

And the winners are....

Winner's Choice of one of Lisa Renee Jones' Zodius Novels - Ended May 20, 2012 - Read Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:   Who is your ideal paranormal hero? 

Amber Hughes who said...

One of my favorite paranormal heroes is "Zsadist" from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. His past is so tragic, but when he meets his mate, the healing finally begins. He'll never be perfect, but comes along way in recovering from such a tortured/tragic past.

This was a great post! Thanks very much for the giveaway! Lisa's books are definitely my kind of read :-)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Digital Copy of Mythic by Jae Lynne Davies - Ended May 21, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite myth or supernatural being?

Tore who said...

I love angels and vampires. I find them good looking and fascinating. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues 1) by Alexandra Ivy - Ended May 23, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  If you are immortal, when were you created or born? 

MamaKitty who said...

How funny - when I'm writing, I tend to go over a scene like a movie clip in my mind as well. I didn't think I was the only person that did that, but it always makes me laugh a little bit when someone else admits it. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm not the only crazy one? :)

If I were an immortal, I think I would have been born back in ancient Egypt. I've always been utterly fascinated with that time period - far more than I probably should be.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Choice of Roil (The Nightbound Land 1) or Night's Engines (The Nightbound Land 2) by Trent Jamieson - Ended May 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  What is the most recent Fantasy (Epic, High, Urban, etc.) book you've read?

Wrayth Lethe who said...

recently finished re-reading the Trickster series by Rob Thurman :)


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


Guardian of the Night (Vampire Moons 4) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom - Ended May 25, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012

Question:  Which historical figure or figures do you think should be a vampire(s)?

marybelle who said...

Queen Victoria would make a scary vampire.


Winners x 5 - May 27, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012

I am delighted to have Trent Jamieson at The Qwillery today. Night's Engines, the second novel in Trent's duology The Nightbound Land, will be published on May 29th in the US and Canada.


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

Trent:  I can write just about anywhere, I've written stories on the bus to work, scrawled them down in bed, about the only place I don't write is in the shower - though I do get some of my best ideas there.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Trent:  I'm a bit of both, I like to have a rough idea where I'm going, but I don't map out scenes. I love those moments where the story is flowing through my fingers, moving along as if by itself. It might mean that I take longer working through the writing of a story the what's and the who's and the why's, but I don't know if I could keep at this if I didn't have those wonderful and addictive moments of pure creativity and serendipity.

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

Trent:  Sitting down and staying focused. Maybe if I planned more, eh?

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Nightbound Land Duology?

Trent:  A whole host of things, a summer in Brisbane where it never stopped raining, a dark wall of smoke that I saw as a child that was caused by a bushfire hundreds of miles away, the odd issues that our culture seems to have with refugees, and my love of Michael Moorcook's more frenzied fantasies, and a illness that someone I loved was going through. Oh, and the idea of Terra Nullis - you can look that up if you want to, I don't want to spoil anything.

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

Trent:  I flew in a hot air balloon. I dipped in and out of more textbooks than I'd care to remember, I found bits of architecture that I adored. Lots of things, but none of it was particularly rigorous. I really wanted Shale to be kind of nebulous, almost like the Roil that threatens it.

TQ:  I've seen The Nighbound Land novels described as Fantasy or Science Fiction. Which are they?

Trent:  I've seen them described as fantasy, science fiction, horror and science fantasy. There's elements of all those things in them. There's a bit of a questish narrative in the second book, there's monsters, sentient machines, and zombie-like creatures. I don't quite know where it fits, but I like that. I like a book with rough edges.

TQ:  Describe Night's Engines (The Nighbound Land 2) in 140 characters or less.

Trent:  Roil was about a world ending & people running for their lives. Night's Engines is when people stop running & start doing something about it.

TQ:  Tell us something about Night's Engines that is not in the book description.

Trent:  There's some great scenes in this book. David and Margaret really get a chance to fight back. And a lot of secrets are revealed.

TQ:  In Night's Engines, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Trent:  I think David was the easiest to write. I do have this tendency to write bleak kinda horrible male characters, and he continued that trend. But I like to think he changed.

Trent:  Margaret was hardest, because she is so hard, so uncompromising. I think her journey was the most challenging to explore in the book.

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

Trent:  Anything with the Old Men. And the approach to Tearwin Meet was a lot of fun, I still dream about that place. I think the cover catches it nicely, with the tower and the walls. What you don't see is the Northern Ocean just beyond it, I close my eyes and I can hear the waves crashing against the city's walls.

TQ:  Which character from The Nightbound Land novels has surprised you the most?

Trent:  This book didn't surprise me as much as the first, they were all rather well behaved. I had a very clear idea of how I wanted this story to end, and I think, in the main, we (me and the characters) all agreed.

By about a third of the way through any book I've written I have a pretty clear idea how I want it to finish, this book was even clearer (I've had the ending for nearly ten years) things seemed to move pretty smoothly for me - which might mean I'm getting a little better at this writing thing.

TQ:  What's next?

Trent:  I've a whole bunch of projects that are starting to build momentum. It took a while after finishing Night's Engines, I think I needed to refill the well. I've an urban fantasy series I'd like to write all about family, debt and demons, with a weird sort of mythology that I haven't seen used before.

There's a murder mystery set in a world that is sort of like ours but not with a really awful killer at its heart - and a secret society of musicians. I've an epic fantasy novel that I've been sitting on for a few years, just because I didn't feel skilled enough to give it its due - the draft I have is pretty rough, but it has a few scenes that I think are some of my best writing. There's some kid's books.

And a novel that is set in rural Australia about love and alternate worlds filled with odd Dickensian characters.

Too many things are bubbling around in my head: I need to get back on my bum and start finishing them. I turn forty this year, without wanting to sound melodramatic (but hey, I'm a guy who writes about Death), I'm starting to get a sense that if I don't write furiously I'm going to run out of time. Better to have too many ideas, than none, I guess.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Trent:  Thanks!


About The Nightbound Land

Night's Engines
The Nightbound Land, Vol. 2
Angry Robot, May 29, 2012 (US/Canada)
June 7, 2012 (UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
Angelo Rinaldo at Artist Partners
The conclusion of the Nightbound Land duology. Shale is dying. The vast, boiling maelstrom known only as the Roil has pushed humanity to the edge of extinction. The last cities teeter on the verge of collapse.

There is one hope, but it is enshrined in a decadent wastrel who does not want his destiny, and a young woman who seeks only an end to everything. And yet they go on, in search of the ancient weapons that worked against the Roil once, and must work again.

File Under: Fantasy [ The World Engines | Darkness Prevails | A Land In Shadow | Final Chance ]


Roil
The Nightbound Land, Vol. 1
Angry Robot, August 30, 2011 (US/Canada)
September 1, 2011 (UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
Cover: Angelo Rinaldi at Artist Partners
Shale is dying. A vast, chaotic, monster-bearing storm known only as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land.

Where once there were twelve great cities, now only four remain, and their borders are being threatened by the growing cloud of darkness. The last humans are fighting back with ever more bizarre new machines. But one by one the defences are failing. And the Roil continues to grow.

With the land in turmoil, it’s up to a decadent wastrel, a four thousand year-old man, and a young woman intent on revenge to try to save their city – and the world.

FILE UNDER: Fantasy [ Into the Maelstrom | The End Times | Night's Engines | Over the Edge ]


Death Works

Death Most Definite
Death Works 1
Orbit, August 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.


Managing Death
Death Works 2
Orbit, January 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
It's not easy being Death. For starters, people keep dying. And then, they keep getting up again.

Steven de Selby got promoted. This makes the increasing number of stirrers (and the disturbing rumors of a zombie god rising sometime soon) his problem. That time management seminar he keeps meaning to take would also remind him that he's got a Death Moot to plan, a Christmas party to organize, and an end-of-the-world thing to avert.

Steven must start managing Death, before Death starts managing him, or this time the Apocalypse will be more than Regional.


The Business of Death
Death Works 1, 2 and 3
Orbit, September 19, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death - Mr. D's his boss after all - but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse - unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss - that is, Death himself.

THE BUSINESS OF DEATH includes the first two volumes of the Death Works trilogy, Death Most Definite and Managing Death, as well as the third volume.


About Trent

Interview with Trent Jamieson and Giveaway - May 17, 2012
Trent Jamieson is a multiple Aurealis Award winner for short fiction, he has taught short story writing at the Qld University of Technology, and Clarion South. His Death Works Trilogy is available from Orbit books. Roil, and Night's Engines the two book of the Nightbound Land Duology are available from Angry Robot.

His webpage is at www.trentjamieson.com





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win her/his choice of Roil or Night's Engines from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is the most recent Fantasy (Epic, High, Urban, etc.) book you've 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. You MUST 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 Thrusday, May 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.*

Roil by Trent Jamieson - Cover - March 5, 2011

Trent Jamieson posted the cover for Roil on his site yesterday, well actually today since he's on the other side of the world from The Qwillery. Roil will be published on August 30, 2011 in the US/Canada and September 1, 2011 in the UK.

Roil by Trent Jamieson - Cover - March 5, 2011
Shale is in trouble – the creature-infested darkness know as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land and swallowing up whole cities.

Where once there were 12 metropolises, now only 4 remain, and their borders are being threatened by the growing cloud of darkness. The only way to hold back the darkness and the horrific creatures that inhabit it are the cities huge ice canons. But one by one the defences are failing. And the Roil continues to grow.

With the land in chaos, it’s up to a drug addict, an old man and a woman intent on revenge to try to save their city – and the world.

FILE UNDER: Steampunk [ Ice Canons | Clockwork Tech | Holding back the Tide | Unreliable Heroes ]

Giveaway Winners - February 13, 2011

Giveaway Winners - February 13, 2011




The winner of Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler is

Kristin who said... "I think I'd like to go out with a were, were-what?, not sure, but definitely a were something, lol!"



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Giveaway Winners - February 13, 2011
The winner of the first 3 Envy Chronicles books by Joss Ware, Beyond the Night, Embrace the Night Eternal, and Abandon the Night, is

mbreakfield who said... "I would like to find food, water purification equipment, water, clothes, shoes, good camping equipment, and weapons."


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Giveaway Winners - February 13, 2011
The winner of the first 2 Death Works books by Trent Jamieson, Death Most Definite and Managing Death, is

samantha35 who said... "great giveaway- love to be a paranormal handler"


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Giveaway Winners - February 13, 2011




The winner of Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch is


tetewa who said... "I'm a follower and would go with the US covers!"











Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on February 27, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Guest Blog by Trent Jamieson & Giveaway - January 28, 2011

Please welcome author Trent Jamieson to The Qwillery.

Death takes the Stage and Why that's a Good Thing.

The character of death has always lurked at the edge of fiction, occasionally taking centre stage. And, right now, there are a heap of novels being published featuring Death (or people working for Death, Psychopomps, Reapers, whatever you want to call them). Death is the new black.

And, having devoted the last few years to writing about Pomps, I can understand the appeal. In fact, I think it's a very good thing.

With Death you get a chance to really explore life, after all what places life in starker relief than death? Death’s inescapable we’re all heading there. And yet it's so easy to ignore the important stuff: a life well lived; a love well loved; being open to the opportunities to not just help yourself, but others, too.

These seem to me to be absolute imperatives. But just as there many approaches to the subject of death, there are at least as many approaches to living a good life.

When I started my Death Works books with Death Most Definite, that was one of things that I wanted to look at. Surely, if you work for Death you’d have everything else sorted?

Then, of course, I realised that sometimes this just wouldn’t hold true. All of us can forget the meaningful things, as though this life is never going to end. And, maybe if you work so closely to death (people dying, crossing over) you're even more susceptible to forgetting that you're going to die, too. After all, death is what happens to other people. Not you.

Which is exactly the thinking of my protagonist, Steven de Selby. He has pretty much everything, but he’s really taken it for granted. By yanking it away from him, I could explore just what happens to a character when they realise what they thought was important, isn’t really that important, after all.

The results are messy for poor Steve. But mess makes great story! Steve is fundamentally a good person who has lost his way. If the Death Works books are about anything they’re about him facing up to that, scrambling in the dark perhaps, but moving towards being a better person.

In book two, Managing Death, Steven has to deal with the fallout from the first book. He has to get his house, and his business in order, and he may not be up to the task. He's moved higher up the chain of command, and is greater risk of losing sight of everything that's important to him.

He can be a bit of an idiot. He makes a lot of mistakes. But his heart is in the right place, even if his head isn’t. Oh, and there’s something out to destroy the world, something so big that people are starting to ignore it, in the hope that it will go away.

If I’ve done my job properly these books should be funny, dark, a little scary, and possessed of a heart that beats with love and terror.

When Death is your job title you never know what tragedies the working day will bring. But the stakes are always high, and you forget that at your peril. Let’s hope Steve has a good memory.

 
Death Works Series 

Death Most Definite
Book 1
Guest Blog by Trent Jamieson & Giveaway - January 28, 2011Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.


Managing Death
Book 2
Guest Blog by Trent Jamieson & Giveaway - January 28, 2011
It's not easy being Death. For starters, people keep dying. And then, they keep getting up again.

Steven de Selby got promoted. This makes the increasing number of stirrers (and the disturbing rumors of a zombie god rising sometime soon) his problem. That time management seminar he keeps meaning to take would also remind him that he's got a Death Moot to plan, a Christmas party to organize, and an end-of-the-world thing to avert.

Steven must start managing Death, before Death starts managing him, or this time the Apocalypse will be more than Regional.






About Trent

Guest Blog by Trent Jamieson & Giveaway - January 28, 2011
Trent Jamieson lives in Brisbane, Australia. A multiple Aurealis Award winner for short fiction, he has taught short story writing at the Qld University of Technology, and Clarion South. Death Most Definite, Book One of the Death Works Series was published by Orbit Books in September 2010. Book Two, Managing Death was released in Jan 2011, and Book Three The Business of Death is due for publication in September 2011. He has just sold a two book series of Steampunkish novels to Angry Robot Books, the first of which, Roil, is due for publication in September 2011.

September's going to be a busy month!

His webpage is at http://www.trentjamieson.com/

He also produces a series of ridiculous writing blogs called Trent's Book Corner.

Watch them at your peril here http://www.youtube.com/user/Trentonomicon


The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperbacks of the first 2 Death Works books: Death Most Definite and Managing Death.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what sort of supernatural or paranormal job you would like to have? Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

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

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you in case you are a winner. If The Qwillery can't contact you, you can't win!

Who & When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, February 4, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.



*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Review: Managing Death by Trent Jamieson - 5 Qwills

Managing Death
Author: Trent Jamieson
Series: Death Works 2
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Orbit (January 1, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780316126298
Review Copy: E-Arc provided by Publisher via NetGalley

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Cover and Description:

Review: Managing Death by Trent Jamieson - 5 Qwills
It's not easy being Death. For starters, people keep dying. And then, they keep getting up again.

Steven de Selby got promoted. This makes the increasing number of stirrers (and the disturbing rumors of a zombie god rising sometime soon) his problem. That time management seminar he keeps meaning to take would also remind him that he's got a Death Moot to plan, a Christmas party to organize, and an end-of-the-world thing to avert.

Steven must start managing Death, before Death starts managing him, or this time the Apocalypse will be more than Regional.






My Thoughts:

Please note that this a bit spoilery for the first book in the series.

I am totally in love with this series. I enjoyed the first book Death Most Definite, but Trent Jamieson has raised it up more than a notch for, Managing Death. Steven de Selby is a now Regional Manager (RM)  for Mortmax Industries meaning that he is Death for his part of the world. He became RM after a Regional Apocalypse in his area, which seems to be a normal way to change RMs. de Selby does not have a handle on his job at the start of Managing Death. He's relying heavily on his Ankou (2nd in command), Tim, and his head psychopomp (Pomp), Lissa, who is also his girlfriend. The Pomps send the souls of the dead to the Underworld. They also stall Stirrers who are not good for the world at all. The Death Moot he's to host is coming up. A Death Moot is a gathering of the worldwide RMs and is very important. The Stirrer god is coming. Bad things keep happening. Things are just not going well for Steven de Selby.

Managing Death is a terrific book. Steven de Selby is an incredibly interesting flawed character. The interactions between de Selby, Lissa, and Tim ring true. I like the Underworld construct in this series a lot. Both primary and secondary characters are well developed. The story kept me completely engaged from start to finish. There is, of course, plenty of dark humor. We are reading about Death after all. I did not see the end of this story coming though I knew something was coming. I was completely surprised by the exact events at the end. I had a definite "Wow" moment followed quickly by an "I can't wait to read the next book" moment.  Managing Death is a book I will read again.

I give Managing Death 5 Qwills.


Review: Managing Death by Trent Jamieson - 5 Qwills


Prior books in the series:

Death Most Definite
Book 1
Review: Managing Death by Trent Jamieson - 5 Qwills
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him.

Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family.

Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.
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