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Robert S. Sadler – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have Urban Fantasy author, Robert S. Sadler, joining us at SVR to celebrate the release of his novel, Secrets Of Blood & Bone, the first in The Q Trilogy! He’s taking over, guest blogging with a giveaway, so be sure to read all the way through to the end and lets give him a warm welcome. 🙂

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So let me start off by thanking Judi for being an absolutely awesome person and fabulous reviewer. I don’t just say this because she liked my book, breaking into the literary world is extremely difficult and Sidhe Vicious Reviews is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise very cynical industry. So again, thank you!

As silly as it may sound I wrote Secrets of Blood & Bone for people who don’t really like to read. I tried to keep it simple yet exciting, constantly moving but always going somewhere. I wanted to give it a sense of intrigue without being impossible to figure out, and most importantly I wanted to write within the genre without copying someone else’s world. An action packed thrill ride full of original characters with real problems and emotions. Mix all that up with a heaping spoon full of violence and a healthy serving of sex and you have the exact recipe for the kind of book I always wanted to read.

While I have incorporated many of the creatures we have all grown to love reading about over the years, I have put my own twist on many of their origins. Vampires and shape shifters of all kinds were originally created out of hatred and jealousy as part of a master race by the Dark God Brhamoren. Humans and Ogres were both created out of love and necessity by the most caring of all the old Gods, Odgerrin. The Fey and all of Faerie where a product of petty vanity by the beautiful Lamenell, and the mountain giants known as the Jätti were a Matriarchal tribe of warriors created by one so old none know their true origins.

Alongside our usual favorites, completely new characters also grace the pages of my trilogy. The brilliant Tonttu, who manage the finances of the Vanha Rotu, mostly resemble sarcastic Keebler elves with a Napoleon complex. Skritek are the very distant relatives to the Tonttu, but where the Tonttu got the brains, the Skritek got the brawn. Try to imagine furless, reptilian Ewoks in heavy armor with sharks teeth and bad dispositions. They act as the foot soldiers to the Valdosa Skira and supply endless comic relief when they aren’t causing mayhem and destruction. Finally we have the Mazāk Tiem; “The lesser ones” are made up of any supernatural creature that doesn’t possess the appropriate lineage to find itself counted amongst the ranks of the nobility or the warrior clans. While the Valdosa Skira gives these misfits of nature the chance to attain wealth, power, and position through combat, the Vanha Rotu has relegated them to a life of servitude and slavery. Most Mazak Tiem are the product of either cross species breeding or human rape by a supernatural. Until the two societies started recruiting unaffiliated Mazak Tiem, most had no clue of their heritage and often hid out in remote locations where they could avoid civilization. Ever wonder about the snake boy, or the dog faced kid at the circus? Are they Mazak Tiem perhaps?

This is just a taste of the world that I have created. A place where monsters can be heroes and saviors can be villains, where life and death, right and wrong are so intertwined that it’s hard to tell them apart. A place where love can blossom over night and vendettas can last for millennia. This is the world that I love to write about and I sincerely hope you grow to love it as well.

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Thank you Rob! Definitely an interesting introduction to the captivating world you’ve created. I know that I’m looking forward to book 2, Revelations Out Of Darkness.

Secrets of Blood & Bone Cover

Giveaway Details:

Robert S. Sadler has been gracious enough to supply an autographed copy of Secrets Of Blood & Bone, book one in The Q Trilogy to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone.

Ask Robert a question about the book, about writing, or about the paranormal elements he discusses in his guest post! Robert will be popping in to respond to questions and comments.

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Contest is open to Everyone and will run through September 16th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on September 17th.
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. If possible, could you post all your links in the same comment. It’s easier for me to keep track of entries. :D )

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 42 Comments

Sherry D. Ficklin – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome debut author Sherry D. Ficklin to SVR! Her first Paranormal YA novel, Foresight, is out now and she’s been kind enough to come by to guest blog and offer up an autographed copy of Foresight and some swag to one lucky commenter. ( Read my review ) Let’s be sure to give her a warm welcome. 🙂 

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Monster Mash

  

  

Firstly, I’d like to thank Sidhe Vicious for having me today. I’m a huge fan of the blog and being able to bring my debut YA Paranormal Fantasy here is just about the coolest thing ever. 
What I decided to talk about today is trends in YA literature. I have some friends who just came back from RWA (which I’m not actually a member of and don’t attend). One thing they discussed, apparently, was the what’s hot and what’s not in the paranormal genres. 

Out: 

1. Vampires 

Though, there was some debate on this one. One agent said it was “dead again” and another called the fanged ones “timeless” which just goes to show that what one person loves, another will hate. There’s no pleasing everyone, especially agents. 

2. Fallen Angels 

I have seen many of these recently, but I don’t know if I quite agree with this. I think there’s still lots of room in the mix for a well done Angel story, but I would like to see something new, something that puts a twist on what everyone else is doing with them. 

3. Werewolves 

Sorry, my furry friends. You are so over. (Except for you, Bree Despain. You just keep putting out those books) 

IN: 

1. Faeries 

Yes, the fair ones are making the rounds again. Who doesn’t love a good Faerie tale? 

2. Greek Mythology 

With movies like Clash of the Titans and the forthcoming God of War, is this a huge shock? Nope. 

3. Zombies 

Really? I guess so. Not a huge surprise. They are looking for good Zombie books that put a new twist on the old ideas. 

Other huge trends right now are Steampunk (think Dr. Who) and Romance (think Perfect Chemistry). 

Why is this important? Short answer, it’s not. If you (like me) love vampire books, that’s not gonna change just because fewer are being published. “Trends” are crap and writing to a trend is stupid because it takes so long to write and publish a book that by the time you made it to the shelf, the trend would be over anyway. 

So, then why did I write a Greek myth/Faerie story? Because I love them. Passionately. And when I wrote this book, 3 years ago, I had a hard time finding someone to publish it because all anyone wanted was a vampire story. Yep. Thank goodness my publisher had the foresight (no pun intended) to give FORESIGHT a try. 

Monsters will never fall out of favor totally. We love our monsters. We need our monsters. But they do seem to cycle around. So you tell me, what monsters would you like to see more/less of? 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work on my Zombie/Steampunk/Romance. Have a great week everyone, and Happy Reading! 

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Thanks Sherry! 

 

Giveaway Details: 

Sherry Ficklin has been gracious enough to supply an autographed copy of Foresight, book one in The Gods Of Fate trilogy and a reversable book tote with some swag such as buttons, pens and a beaded book thing to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone. 

Ask Sherry a question about the book, about writing, or about the paranormal elements she discusses in her guest post!  

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)  

 For extra entries:   

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
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  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through September 10th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on September 11th. (That’s my birthday! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than for one of my readers to win a great book & some cool swag)
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D

 

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger | , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Bernita Harris – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Hi All,

Today I have Paranormal Romance author Bernita Harris here guest blogging to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut e-book, Dark & Disorderly! Be sure to read through to the end for the giveaway deets. I’ll pass the reigns over…

Sidhes and Such
 
When one has written a paranormal suspense novel which includes a bean sidhe in the cast of characters, what better place to introduce her than a site by the name of Sidhe Vicious Reviews?
I’m really happy to be here today and thank you so much for inviting me!
 
Popular culture has trained us to think of the bean sidhe (banshee) in her aspect of The Weeper, the fae creature who attaches herself to various ancient families of Irish descent and keens a shrieking lament at their deaths.
 
However, I learned from research that Bean Sidhes–like most paranormal entitieshave multiple roles in myth and legend. She is also the Washer Woman, the Woman-of-the Fords, who launders the clothing of those who are about to die. It seemed appropriate then in Dark and Disorderly, that–instead of beating at blood-stained clothing in the cold water at the edge of some shallow river ford–my modern banshee frequent the local laundromat.
 
At their first encounter there, Lillie describes her thus:
A small woman in a forest green tracksuit and a stone-gray windbreaker sleeve-tied around her shoulders like a cloak stood filling the washer next to mine. Ornate, carved combs swept back her hair, brick-red, from a delicate, ageless face. Her ears, contrary to popular description, were not pointed. She had no aura as such, she was pure shimmer.
 She smiled and looked me up and down, green eyes crinkling, and turned back to her mixed wash. Sheets and men’s clothes, mostly, brightly stained, in a wicker basket by her feet. Cold water wash for blood…
I took my hand away from the useless bag of salt hidden in the kangeroo pocket of my sweatshirt. Rowan and red alder alone would serve for such as she.
  
The banshee proceeds to make enigmatic comments about Lillie’s parentage, warns her of the corpse pale on her doorstep– and advises her not to subject her good bras to the excessive heat of the commercial dryer.
 
Of course, the banshee is not the only paranormal creature to appear in Dark and Disorderly. Also out of legend comes a Mauthe Doog, a Black Dog named Dumbarton, who, when he is not off chasing spectral squirrels and ghostly groundhogs, presents himself as Lillie’s watchdog.
 
And, of course, there are the ghosts…
 
Writing is an isolating occupation, so writers crave and yearn for readers’ reactions, comments and questions. Please comment! Please ask! And you can always reach me at bernita dot harris at gmail dot com.I would love to hear from you!
 
Bernita Harris
The Adventures of Lillie St. Claire
DARK AND DISORDERLY –  Carina Press, June 28
An Innocent A-Blog
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Thanks Bernita! 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Bernita Harris has been gracious enough to supply a e-book copy of Dark & Disorderly to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone.

Ask Bernita a question about the book, about writing, about the paranormal elements she discusses in her guest post! 

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

 For extra entries:  

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
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  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through July 3rd until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on July 4th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , , , , | 18 Comments

Brigit Zahara – Guest Blog & Giveaway


 

Today I have erotic paranormal romance author, Brigit Zahara here guest blogging along with a giveaway of her newly released e-novella, The Turning! Giveaway details will be after Brigit’s guest blog and an excerpt of The Turning. Let’s give her a warm welcome.

ALTERED STATES

How Would You Feel if You Woke Up As A Vampire?

By Brigit Zahara

Vampires are big business these days. Seems darn near everyone wants to read about them and more than a few people want to become one.

Back in the old days when the myth of the undead first arose (pun intended;) these creatures of the night were considered to be ugly, abhorrent monsters that were to be avoided at all costs. But today’s abiding immortals have quite the fan base.

Why? Wouldn’t you think the Pros would far outweigh the Cons in the question of whether or not to take the eternal plunge?

From what I can see, the pros are pretty obvious:

  • Immortality

  • Superior power/strength and speed

  • Superior senses

  • Freedom to do and be what you want

And depending on which type of vampire you like/vampire books you’ve read, the list may also include:

  • Heightened beauty and sexual appeal

  • Powers of control and coercion i.e. hypnotism, mind reading, etc.

  • Flying

  • Shapeshifting

I’m sure there are more characteristics to be found but just looking at what I have so far, it sounds like a no-brainer right? But what about the cons?

  • No sunlight

  • VERY restricted diet

  • Losing scores of mortal friends and lovers

  • Being the quintessential outsider

True, it’s a short list but it packs a punch. Just having to eat – or rather drink – only one thing for the rest of all eternity is a big turnoff for me. And no sun? Ever? Yeah, that wouldn’t float my boat either. Those two may not be deal breakers for you, but no matter how you look at it, deciding to become a vampire is not an easy decision.

That’s when you get to make the decision.

In THE TURNING—my contemporary vampire ménage that flashes back to Rome and the time of gladiators, none of the three mortals who become vampires were actually given a choice.

So that’s the question on the table:

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?

Excerpt of The Turning

Once outside, Atticus collapsed against the wall, grimacing as his long, white eyeteeth lengthened into twin razor-sharp daggers with each passing second. Intense emotion always brought out the animal in him. Clamping a hand over his mouth and willing himself to calm down, Atticus squeezed his eyes shut.

God he loved her.

He had from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.

At the tender age of eighteen, Atticus had seen fifteen-year-old Galeria for the very first time as he stood in the center of the dusty arena, addressing the emperor in the standard salutation before his premiere match was to begin. She was perched high above the stadium on a throne situated to the emperor’s left but even from that distance, Atticus could discern the regal carriage, the sheer elegance and stunning beauty of her delicate form. Where Atticus was hulking and muscular, she was petite and pristinely pale. Only months before his massive body and physical prowess had attracted the attention of the emperor during one fortuitous meeting along a road where Atticus was toiling as a farmhand. Right there and then he was specially “selected” to train in Rome’s premiere gladiator school, until he was ready to showcase his strength and speed, testing his keen instincts of survival in matches against other similarly endowed males for the delight of an audience.

An audience that included Galeria.

At the end of each victorious contest, Atticus would approach the raised section of the stadium where the privileged sat. He would bow, his gaze trained on the ground. It was considered a show of disrespect to make eye contact with any member of the royal family post-match so he never looked at the emperor.

Or his daughter.

But Atticus felt her—felt her gentleness, her feminine power, her seductive beauty.

For many years, Atticus fought valiantly, always winning, albeit frequently saved from various near-fatal injuries in a number of different ways. However none quite so fatefully as the last time.

It was during one of the Tour of Champions’ stops in a strange country filled with ancient legends and superstitions that, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, bordered the Black Sea. It was there that a mysterious healer performed some strange kind of bloodletting on Atticus to treat his life-threatening wounds sustained in a match. It appeared a miracle cure had been administered but in reality, Atticus had unwittingly turned into a strigoi—a creature of the night who survived solely on the blood of warm-blooded beings.

From then on, he had to endure many changes.

 Giveaway Details:

Brigit will be popping by today to reply to comments and questions!

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?”

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)

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  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)

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  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)

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  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing and let me know in your comment. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)

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  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through April 8th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 9th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , | 30 Comments

Sean Cummings – Guest Blog & Giveaway


 

Today I have a fellow Canadian guest blogger who’s the author of  Shade Fright, (March 1st, 2010). A huge welcome to Sean Cummings as he takes the reigns here at SVR to celebrate the release of his new Urban Fantasy series! Giveaway info will be at the bottom of the post.

I think we all want to believe in the things that go bump in the night.
Then we want someone to blow them all to kingdom come.
That’s sort of how I view the fantastic growth in urban fantasy novels over the past few years. With so many different authors introducing their own take on the genre, you have to wonder if urban fantasy can continue to grow at all – have we reached the limits of what you can do, for example with vampires? (There’s books where you kill ’em, work for a government branch and kill ’em, have sex with them and kill ’em, become swept away in a world of romance, sex and intrigue … I could go on.) I doubt it. This is the golden era for vampires, were-things and the living dead. It’s mainstream and this can only be a good thing because there are so many talented authors with a wide range of successful book series and new ones debuting seemingly on a monthly basis. Some might argue the market can’t support it, but I’m a believer in one simple fact: if you write a good story people will want to read it.

Right now, I think there are two classes of urban fantasy novels – ones where vamps, shape-shifters and so forth live among us (Sookie Stackhouse)  and one where we have no knowledge of their existence or we aren’t psychologically prepared to accept that what we just saw was real. (Harry Dresden). We’ve got zombie novels aplenty (YAY!) and we’ve even got zombie romance becoming quite popular. Very simply, we are at a point in our literary history where readers can’t get enough of it. That said, urban fantasy, indeed most genre fiction won’t wind up on Canada Reads even though in the vast majority of the cases, that’s what Canada is actually reading so the name is rather a misnomer, isn’t it? You won’t see Kelley Armstrong winning a Man Booker Prize though she should – she’s an exceptional author and probably one of the most commercially successful authors out there.

Stigma blows. Period.

I could go on a bit of a rant here about how it is basically impossible to get genre fiction published in Canada (this has to do with our government bankrolling a great deal of the publishing industry and a perception that taxpayers wouldn’t want to have their tax dollars going to publishers who pump out books about chicks having sex with vampires or a zombie infestation in Moose Jaw.) but I won’t. What I will say is that genre fiction still faces a stigma among the traditional opinion shapers (Newspapers – oh, and they’re declaring bankruptcy all over the place, by the way. Magazines. Radio. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and probably the BBC.) out there and it is for this reason that I am so very thankful for book bloggers. In a nutshell, you have be passionate about genre fiction to amass a virtual library showing the world everything that you’ve read and reviewed. Without your love of what people like me write, well – nobody would ever hear about us – end of story.

Judi’s blog is one of the last stops on my blog tour. Every author who writes genre fiction absolutely must do a blog tour and rightly so. Bloggers are the barometer of everything from “what’s hot and what’s not” to upcoming trends in urban fantasy. All are rampant bibliophiles who are an authority – hell, the definitive authority, really, on where urban fantasy is going. Everyone on my blog tour are daily reads for me – through bloggers I can learn about what works and what doesn’t. I can get honest feedback on a story idea and most important – bloggers are connected with other bloggers through social networking – something that doesn’t exist among traditional opinion shapers. It is because of bloggers, I think, that urban fantasy is experiencing its golden age. I cannot express in enough words how I am so very thankful for blogs like Judi’s and for the opportunity to have a book reviewed or to do a giveaway. Without bloggers, nobody would ever hear about the stuff I write.

So .. my publisher has just released the first book in an urban fantasy series with a uniquely Canadian flavor. Shade Fright is different -from the cover art right down to the characters. Yeah there’s romance, but the object of my protagonist’s affection drives a dump truck and has a fairly generic name – Dave, as opposed to, you know, Steel or Wraith or Caine. (Nothing wrong with those names – but being a dude, I just can’t call the romantic interest of my female protagonist anything other than Dave. Most women in the real world are married to a Dave, Rick, Steve or possibly a Dennis, so it’s pretty accurate.) We’ve got a world where Canada sort of opened Pandora’s box by mucking about with the supernatural in the 1930’s and now the government is up to its ears in bad juju. There are bad guys, of course – The Conclave. They’re an affiliation of everyone from Vamps to Necromancers and they have their own agendas that deal with terrorism and upsetting the power balance in a world where the supernatural is common knowledge among governments. Valerie Stevens is just starting her journey – there’s something special about her. She bears the mark of clarity – something unique among those who are magical practitioners and she’s an apprentice mage as the series begins. Her best friend is a zombie and her side kick is the ghost of a dead politician. There’s giant statues that come to life, dead birds falling from the skies, a missing grain bin and a climactic battle in a park that is the highest point in the city – a battle where if Valerie loses, over a million people are going to die.  (There’s even a bonus – half of the first chapter to the sequel is at the end of the book… shhhh .. tell everyone!!)

It’s a bit of a crap shoot, writing a book. Actually, scratch that. It’s insanely hard work to get a book published and you want so much for people to really enjoy what you’ve written. It’s a leap of faith, too. You have to get a thick skin because your book might actually suck and because of social networking, news of a crummy book travels at light speed. So yeah, big time leap of faith.

Still … I’m pretty damned lucky to have a great publisher. I’ve beaten the odds by getting a book published not to mention having a publisher wanting an entire series. I do hope everyone enjoys Shade Fright and I just want to thank all you readers out there. Like me, you’re in love with those things that go bump in the night and I’ll keep writing about characters who blow them straight back to hell as long as you keep reading.

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Thank you Sean! I really enjoyed this post and hope that my readers will as well. I have a copy of Shade Fright that I’m dying to get to, (because I snuck in a few pages while reading another book for review ;)), and it was great so far, so look for my review soon. You can find out more about Sean and the books he’s written at  http://sean-cummings.ca/

Giveaway Details:

 Sean Cummings has generously offered one reader a signed copy of Shade Fright! Giveaway is open to USA & Canada only. Sean will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments.

Question: What’s your favourite type of urban fantasy, do you prefer the kind where the whole world knows about all the supernatural creatures, the kind where only the supes and a select few know about their existance, or are you a fan of both kinds?     

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
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  • Contest is open to USA & Canada  and will run through March 24th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on March 25th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

 

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , | 20 Comments

Erica Hayes – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have Erica Hayes, author of the Shadowfae Chronicles, here to celebrate the release of the second book Shadowglass. I’ll let Erica take it from here, let’s give her a warm welcome!

“So, why should I read your book?”

Well, isn’t that the question every author needs to answer? With so many wonderful books released each week – and because, y’know, we have to worry about boring things, like food and electricity – readers only have so much hard-earned cash in their pockets. Choosing what to read, sadly, is often more about what we’re forced to leave behind.

And it’s part of the author’s job to convince readers why their book is the one you should choose.

So, here I am 🙂 my thirty seconds starts now…

6 reasons why you should read SHADOWGLASS

1. It’s about fairies. And I don’t mean the cute fluffy Tinkerbell kind that sit on your shoulder or hide at the bottom of the garden. These fairies are crazy, colourful, sexy and dangerous, a mad bunch of tricksters and seducers. The heroine, Ice, is a water fairy and a jewel thief, and she and her friends really know how to party. At least, they would, if they weren’t drunk. Or high. Or driven mad by a magic mirror. Which brings me to my next point…

2. It’s a magic mirror story. Seriously, who doesn’t love magic mirrors? “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the sickest of them all?” And this rusty little guy is downright twisted. I mean, he’s serious trouble. He lies. He cheats. He puts naughty ideas in your head. Gaze into him at your peril, Ice. We warned you…

3. It has a demon who’ll actually steal your soul. Y’know, an honest-to-hell demon. Not one of these dudes who merely use the moniker to pick up chicks. Kane is handsome, courteous, charming, seductive, receptive to your deepest desires. That’s right before he drags your soul down to hell. And he’s mighty pissed that a certain cute little fairy thief stole his magic mirror.

4. It has the hottest fairy hero since… well, since forever. Indigo has jagged black hair, glittering silver wings and thighs that could kill you. And he’s hiding a dark, painful secret, so damning he’s never told a soul… until Ice comes along, and lures the bad things out. Yes, Indigo is the hero. Wait till you meet the villain.

5. It has a bodysnatching angel. Yeah. Nice, huh? And ditto on dudes who use the name to pick up girls: this guy’s here on a mission from God! Or from someone, anyway… at least, he thinks so. Still, better not to flash feathers around in a city ruled by an angry demon lord. Better snatch the nearest spare body…

6. And if all that’s not enough… at one point, a guy turns into a snake. Yep. This book is that cool.

Oop. Time’s up. Thanks for listening. Hope I’ve sparked your curiosity. You can read an excerpt of SHADOWGLASS at my website: http://www.shadowfae.net

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Giveaway Details:

Erica has kindly offered one reader a signed copy of Shadowglass!

So answer me this dear readers, What’s your favorite type of Fae? Do you like the Seelie (light, beautiful & cold) or the Unseelie (dark, dangerous & emotional)? Do you like ’em with the long flowing hair and pointy ears? Or are you fascinated by another type of Fae?  

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question. I’m not sure if Erica will be able to reply to comments or questions as she resides down under and is in a totally different time zone than us, but we can try. (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)
  • Contest is open Internationally and will run through March 14th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on March 15th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

 

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Sidhe's News & Updates | , , , , | 31 Comments

Naomi Clark – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have Naomi Clark , author of Silver Kiss here guest blogging along with a giveaway! Let’s give her a warm welcome. 🙂

Book Description:

Ayla Hammond has come home.
After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile she’s rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents.
She’s convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways?
As if homecoming wasn’t hard enough, Ayla also can’t help getting involved in a missing person case.
With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie – and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.

Did you know that silver bullets didn’t exist in werewolf mythology until the 1940s? Like a lot of other things we now take for granted with our werewolves, it was invented by Hollywood – specifically for the film Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man.

Hollywood also gave us monkshood (a key part of SILVER KISS’s plot!) and pentagrams as weapons against werewolves. Not to mention the idea of a werewolf passing on its curse by biting and scratching, and a werewolf’s victim transforming at the first full moon after their attack.

One of the things I wanted to do with SILVER KISS was mix up traditional werewolf lore with my own ideas. So whilst you won’t find my werewolves attacking humans and turning them into shapeshifters, you will see that monkshood is definitely a weakness. And you won’t see any pentagrams or mysterious gypsies hanging around, but you will see full moons and plenty of silver… although maybe not the kind you think…

Follow the SILVER KISS BLOG TOUR (http://www.queeredfiction.com/silverkiss.htm) for more chances to win.  Check out the itinerary and join me on the next step of the tour. 

Visit the Silver Kiss page at http://www.queeredfiction.com/silverkiss.htm for a reading as Naomi Clark reads from Wolf Strap! (Released in parts over the course of the blog tour!)

Giveaway Details:

I’ve got a great contest for everyone.  There’s an ebook for a winner at the end of today and everyone who enters now will also be in the running for winning a signed print copy of SILVER KISS drawn at the end of the week. 2 Winners!  Just answer this simple question in your comment to be entered into both competitions:

Giveaway Question:

What’s your favourite werewolf film? Are you a fan of the old classics, or do you prefer the modern spins?

 Tweet about it @queeredfiction and #silverkiss for more entries into the drawings!

 

Good Luck Everyone! Naomi will be popping by to answer questions or reply to comments. 🙂

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases | , , , | 11 Comments

Lana Griffin – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have erotic Paranormal Romance author, Lana Griffin, guest blogging about one of my favourite supernatural beings, yep, you guessed it, the Vampire! Think Spike & Angel, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Bones and a whole slew of other uber sexy vamps. There are so many spine tingling dangerous and gorgeous vamps out there, I’m always up for getting to “know” some more. 🙂

Be sure to read all the way to the end as there’s a giveaway too! Let’s give Lana a warm welcome.

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LANA GRIFFIN AND BAD BOY VAMPIRES!

 

Hi, and my thanks to Judi and Sidhe Vicious for hosting me today. (I love the name, Sidhe Vicious!) I’m Lana Griffin, alter ego of a New York Times Best-Selling Author. I’ve written more than 20 books and am currently working on several new novels. Under my real name, I’ve sold more than 6-700,000 books worldwide.

DUSK (Ravenous Romance, 12-30-10) is my first erotic romance novel.

DUSK is a sexy vampire tale, in which an ancient voodoo priestess and her vampire lover must overcome their “bad blood” to save the lives of ordinary humans.

http://www.amazon.com/Dusk-ebook/dp/B0032FOITE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1262367358&sr=1-1

http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/dusk.php?flypage=0

When Judi kindly asked me to guest blog on her site today, I decided to talk about the allure of vampires.

These are seductive creatures who take what they want. The vampire is the ultimate bad boy (or bad girl!): drinks your blood, lives forever, and often tormented by his own desires.

Of course, this is the cliché version of the vampire, who comes in plenty of other flavors: some don’t drink human blood, some aren’t plagued by any guilt, and some pine for a way out of immortality.

But in the end, no matter what the flavor, the vampire represents forbidden love and lust. There’s no way to resist these guys, and that makes them sexy and intoxicating.

I wrote my first vampire story when I was thirteen years old. It had a simple title: The Master. It was set in a graveyard, and there was absolutely nothing sexy about the vampire. The story was pure horror. I liked creepy stories that made my heart race.

I continued writing creepy stories, even while sitting in classes. And when I wasn’t physically in school, I wrote creepy stories about my classes.

It was a hop and a skip from there to erotic horror and dark comedy. I wrote a lot of stories about vampires, witches, ghouls, spirits, and other supernatural entities.

I obviously loved the paranormal…

And now I love writing paranormal romances. The fact that a romance has a happy ending appeals to me a lot.

I also like to keep things moving with tight plots, and good characterization is always a wise thing to toss into fiction. I don’t know if I achieve these goals, but I always try.

But back to DUSK! Ravenous Romance calls DUSK an “adult Twilight,” and while DUSK is about forbidden love and lust, it also has plenty of passion. Yes, the characters do have sex: imagine that!

With DUSK, I decided to add some love triangles, and along with my lead vamp hero, I made my heroine an ancient voodoo priestess and gave her a longtime lover, who just happens to be a poetic wraith. I even tossed in a gargoyle, who falls in love with the true Venus de Milos: hey, they’re both statues, so why shouldn’t they fall in love? Finally, I gave DUSK an underpinning of mystery to drive the plot.

My goal is to entertain readers. So if you read DUSK, I hope you like it.

XOXO,

Lana Griffin

(http://lanagriffin.blogspot.com)

Synopsis:

Alexandra Leveau comes from an ancient voodoo priestess clan that’s been feuding with sexy vamp Vadim Blerinca’s family for centuries. The mysterious “bad blood” between the Leveaus and Blerincas is what keeps Alexandra and Vadim burning for each other, yet it also makes them a very dangerous match: by making love, each could kill the other.

Added to the erotically charged mix is Alexandra’s ex-boyfriend, the poetic wraith Skipp, as well as a gargoyle who is devoted to Alexandra and will kill anyone who tampers with her. Add one more wraith to the mix plus an insane vamp sire and the true Venus de Milos. Now mix in elements of murder and mystery: the deaths of elderly citizens for unknown reasons.

A sexy, romantic romp of forbidden love and lust!

http://www.amazon.com/Dusk-ebook/dp/B0032FOITE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1262367358&sr=1-1

http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/dusk.php?flypage=0

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Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Lana Griffin, one lucky commentor will win an e- copy of Dusk! Giveaway is open to everyone internationally. Lana will be popping by to answer any questions or comments.

Leave a comment telling us what you’re favourite kind of vampire is. Do you like them centuries old and worldly? Do you like them young and impulsive? European? American? A Viking vampire? A Biker vampire?  What would your “perfect” vampire be like? (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)
  • Contest is open Internationally and will run through February 28th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on March 1st. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

 

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, Uncategorized | , , , | 10 Comments

David Niall Wilson – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today, we have author David Niall Wilson here with us guest blogging to celebrate the release of his debut urban fantasy, Vintage Soul! Here’s a bit of background on David, or an author bio, if you will. 🙂

David Niall Wilson has been writing dark fiction, fantasy, and science-fiction since the mid-eighties. He has six published novels, one collection and over 120 short stories published in various markets including Year’s Best Horror XIX, Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Love in Vein II, Werewolves, Deathport, and many more. His poetry has appeared in various venues in the small press, as well as in a limited edition package from Kelp Queen Productions, and a selection of haiku to appear in his upcoming Lone Wolf Collection, The Subtle Ties that Bind.

David writes from a great big house in North Carolina, where he lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber, their children Billy, Stephanie and occasionally his own boys Zach and Zane, and a plethora of cats and fish. David is currently president of the Horror Writer’s Association.”

So let’s give him a warm welcome to SVR as he takes over for a while to guest blog! There’s also a giveaway with 4 winners following David’s post!

David: You just can’t make the world ignore your story. Not this world, mind you, but the world where you happened to place the story. You can’t have a believable character if that character overlooks things that would be inconvenient to you, as creator and God of the novel universe, just to simplify your plot.

I say this because, as a reader, I’ve become more and more annoyed with this practice over the years. Characters should not be less intelligent or perceptive than believable, and if they are portrayed as intelligent and clever, you can’t just turn that off and make them stupid for a few pages so the plot flows smoothly.

I’d cite examples, but that would be mean, and since this is not my blog, I applied the snark filter. It’s entirely possible that I will out the author behind my current irritation (Jim Butcher) and his character (Harry Dresden) in my own blog, but I won’t do that here. I do have professional standards. Seriously.

The point, in any case, is this. If you are writing along, following the path lain out by your outline and it suddenly occurs to you that one of the characters, knowing what they know, would never go along with things as you’ve planned them…change the plan. Don’t change the character – particularly in a series novel – to match a plot twist, because your readers, and fans of that particular character, will notice. They will trip over it. They will hate you for it. Seriously, fans can do that.

When you are writing, you have to be able to focus directly on the prose ahead, and at the same time you have to keep a watch on that prose through the eyes of all the characters involved. If they would see through your plot, they SHOULD see through your plot. If you know they’d react a certain way, you can bet your readers know it too. Don’t cop out on fixing plot holes just to keep the words flowing.

I write a lot of supernatural thrillers and urban dark fantasy. It’s easy to get caught up in your story and forget the “mundane” world that surrounds it. In fact, you have to make a conscious choice early on about how you will handle interaction between your story and that other, plainer world. Either you ignore it completely, or you have to interact with it in a realistic and consistent manner.

In my new urban fantasy series, The DeChance Chronicles, I’ve chosen to ignore it – at least at first. Now and then there are sirens in the distance, but for the most part I keep the story in the dark side of the city and I’m careful not to cross that line. I’ve written the first two books now, and though there are brushes with the mundane, daytime city, I’ve been careful to keep them so vague that they don’t intrude. If, in a future volume, the two worlds cross (as I suspect they may in book III), then I will have to expand my vision to encompass reactions by an entirely new subset of characters.

**NOTE** This is the point where I diverge from just writing about writing and move on to personal promotion. I’m like that. I segue to myself when the opportunity presents because, despite the talismans, late-night candle-burnings, and ritual chants, I have yet to reach a wide commercial readership with my own work. Sure, lots of people read my Star Trek Voyager novel (Chrysalis) – and a bunch will read the new Stargate Atlantis novel (Brimstone) when it comes out – and I even sold tens of thousands of White Wolf World of Darkness novels worldwide. For all of that, not many people know who I am, or what I do. I’m always hopeful that this will change.

The first book in the DeChance Chronicles, Vintage Soul, just came out in December. Donovan DeChance is a collector of old manuscripts, books, spells, parchments, and anything arcane. He is also a practicing mage. In this capacity he is often employed by other elements of the darker half of the city when things start to get out of balance, or too much to be handled through normal channels.

I love the thought of blending vampires and mages, werewolves and ghouls, all into the underground, hidden society of a city. San Valencez, California, has been the setting for several of my novels – DeChance is the most recent. I believe that in the future he’ll cross paths with the musicians of Deep Blue and Tommy Doyle, the “Psychos ‘R’ Us” cop, but for now he has his own problems to deal with.

A beautiful 300 year old vampiress has been abducted from the Penthouse home of her lover, despite serious magical security. When Donovan is called in and begins his investigation, he finds that there is a lot more at stake than the mortal, or immortal life of a single vampire. A ritual is about to be performed that has been forbidden since ancient times, and if it reaches its completion the entire city will be in danger. He’s also pissed off because part of that ritual is possible due to an object stolen from his home, also by magical means.

Donovan doesn’t fight alone. He has an Egyptian Mau (his familiar) – a host of informants and suppliers – and his lover Amethyst, a geomancer and expert on the magic of crystals. I had a blast writing the first book, and have just completed book II – Heart of a Dragon – which I’m currently revising. Both books were written (or at least started) during the annual Nanowrimo challenge.

I call this series the “fun” side of my career. When I started out as a writer in the eighties and early nineties, I wrote a lot of novels for White Wolf – designers of Vampire the Masquerade, the role-playing game. All of my novels in their World of Darkness were constrained by the references and game books, and it always felt as if I was holding something back. The DeChance Chronicles is me writing as I wanted to write during that period, but wasn’t allowed. I hate nothing more than I do restrictions.

You can find an excerpt from Vintage Soul on my website – http://www.davidniallwilson.com/the-novels/vintage-soul/vintage-soul-excerpt

That is Chapter One. This book is available through Amazon.com – Barnes & Noble.com – or you can order it from me at http://www.macabreink.com/store – it might take a little longer to get it through me, but I’ll autograph all copies. It will also be released soon by Bad Moon Books as a signed, limited edition with an absolutely gorgeous (yes, I’m prejudiced) wrap-around cover by artist Don Paresi. You can find me anytime at http://www.davidniallwilson.com – or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/david_n_wilson or on Facebook at : http://www.facebook.com/davidniallwilson

I hope you’ll read my books. I hope you love them. Hell, I hope you get freaking addicted to them and beg for more. We always have hope…

A big thank you to Judi for the opportunity to post here…I believe before too long you’ll be able to read her review of Vintage Soul here. How cool is that?

DNW

Thank you David! I do have a review copy of Vintage Soul jetting it’s way to me, well ok, maybe not jetting, more like being driven over bumpy roads in the back of a truck via snail mail, lol. I am really looking forward to reading it though, it sounds awesome! And you, my readers, have a chance to win a copy for yourselves or one of three of David’s other novels.

  

Here are the Giveaway Details:

Up for grabs: One book is a limited edition novella, signed by David. It’s titled “The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Currently Accepted Habits of Nature,” and is an urban “redneck” fantasy story. There are two copies of the trade
paperback of DEEP BLUE – a rock and roll dark fantasy novel, and last but not least, an ARC copy of Vintage Soul. 😀 Sweet, right? I’m going to have to just match up the 4 winners with the 4 books as I draw the numbers, though you can feel free to say which you would prefer and I’ll try to match you up with the book you want.

So answer me this dear readers, Have you ever been reading along and you find yourself stumped by a character doing or reacting to something in a way that is completely off the wall? By that, I mean in a way that is contradictory to their usual behavior.

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question, or a comment or question for David. He’ll be here off and on in the first couple of days to reply to comments. (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)
  • Contest is open Internationally and will run through February 15th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on Feb 16th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

 

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 29 Comments

Christine & Ethan Rose – Guest Blog & Contest


C & E Rose Today I have Christine & Ethan Rose, authors of the Rowan Of The Wood YA Fantasy series here guest blogging to celebrate the release of the second novel, Witch On The Water. There’s also a contest for some pretty awesome prizes (she says enviously ;)), so be sure to read through till the end and I’ll pass the keyboard over to Ethan…

 
 
The Lonely Hero (by Ethan Rose)

It is no accident that most of my central characters are solitary figures. The lonely soul adrift in a world that defies understanding is one of the most pervasive archetypal characters in human storytelling. It is a character easy to identify with since we all feel that way to some degree.

I believe that one of the strongest longings for humans is companionship, not to feel alone in a hostile and confusing world. This longing can be well employed to create an undercurrent to any adventure.

The classic hero’s quest is primarily a quest for the hero to find himself and how he or she fits into his or her world. It is a right of passage that begins alone and ends with a community.

The corollary characters to the lonely hero are the wise teacher and the lover. The wise teacher is typically grand-parental in aspect though not a real relative. They are often imbued with mystical type of knowledge. Merlin to Arthur and Obi Wan to Luke Skywalker are both good examples. They are there to help and guide the hero.

The lover is someone on the hero’s basic level, searching for their own answers and joining forces with the hero for mutual benefit. Taran and Princess Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles are great examples of this kind of partnership.

I admit that I am heavily influenced by my own life. I grew up without any real community or even a family. As a result I have always been a solitary person myself. But I have spent a good deal of my life searching for both a community and answers. This is why I can identify with my characters so well. There is a little bit of me in all of them.

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Thanks Ethan! I can relate to the solitary figure myself, seeing as I’m somewhat of a hermit as well. I’m always fascinated by an authors insight into the inner workings of their character motivations and characteristics. Now on to the contest… 

CONTEST Details:

Christine & Ethan have generously offered one lucky commenter signed copies of both books as well as an absolutely gorgeous handmade Green Man Journal or you can choose a pewter book mark along with your signed books!

Rowan OTW  WOWcover  GMJournal5  OR  PewterBM2&Books

Contest open to USA only. (Sorry to my international readers)

How To Enter

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite kind of hero is. Do you love the reluctant hero? The reformed bad-boy/girl hero? The totally alpha hero? The unintentional hero?  

For An Extra Entry: 

-Subscribe to my blog and be sure to verify the subscription through your email. Leave a comment to let me know you’ve subscribed. If you’re already subscribed and you enter, you’ll have an extra entry.

The contest will run until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 25th and the winner will be posted at some point on the 26th. Please leave an email address in your comment if you’d like an email to let you know if you’ve won. If I can’t contact the winner and I don’t hear back from the posted winner after 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

Thanks again to Christine & Ethan Rose and good luck! 🙂

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Send Witch to the top on October 15th!

 

 

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Contest, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 33 Comments