Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York Comic Con - Some More Thoughts and Giveaway 2

So... I spend most of New York Comic Con doing interviews, saying hello to authors and publicists I've meet before, meeting authors and publicist I've only emailed with or tweeted at (or should that be with?), and meeting new authors and publicists. I do wander about a lot too in between trying to follow a schedule that has me in 4 places at once (which I actually have never managed to do). Sometimes I'm about to enter a panel and end up getting a text that someone is available NOW for an interview and end up rushing through the crowd to get where I now need to be. Rushing of course is a relative term at NYCC. It's more like carefully moving around people and trying not to bump into to anyone or be bumped into. I say "Excuse me" a lot. I also spend a lot of time on lines for book signings. At a signing by Michael R. Underwood I had the extreme pleasure of meeting two folks I chat with on Twitter: Rob Bedford and Shecky. We had a really lovely time chatting! (Waves "hi" to Rob and Shecky) This is another thing I love about NYCC: the chance to meet and talk with people who I'd never otherwise meet. And the chance to talk with complete strangers who share common interests and likes. In that respect NYCC 2014 is amazing!

So enough about the Con... you want to know what I'm giving away.

  1. Diamond Star (Skloian Empire 13) by Catherine Asaro;
  2. The Eflstones of Shannara (First King of Shannara 2) by Terry Brooks;
  3. Big Egos by S. G. Browne;
  4. The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman (ARC);
  5. Something From Nightside (Nightside 1) by Simon R. Green;
  6. The Man With the Golden Torc (Secret Histories 1) by Simon R. Green;
  7. Pandora's Star (Commonwelath Saga 1) by Peter F. Hamilton;
  8. Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles 1) by Kevin Hearne;
  9. Horrostör by Grady Hendrix (SIGNED);
  10. A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair 1) by Emma Jane Holloway;
  11. Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War 1) by Mark Lawrence (ARC);
  12. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard 1) by Scott Lynch;
  13. Uprooted by Naomi Novik - Chapters Pamphlet (Chapters 1 -3) (SIGNED);
  14. The Man with the Golden Mind by Tom Vater;
  15. Don't Look Now Sampler - Suspense, Historical Thrillers and Cozy Mysteries;
  16. Various pins pictured.

The Giveaway and Rules

What:  One entrant will win the Books, pamphlets and pins pictured.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on December 17, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Void by Timothy S. Johnston

The Qwillery is thrilled to reveal the cover of The Void, the 3rd novel in The Tanner Sequence, by Timothy S. Johnston. The Void will be published on March 30, 2015 by Carina Press.

The Void
The Tanner Sequence 3
Carina Press, March 25, 2015

A Tanner Sequence Novel

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. But when his ship breaks down in interstellar space and another murderer starts carving a path through the people around him, Tanner realizes that he might be in over his head. Unfortunately there’s no one to call for help, and the days are ticking down to his probable death. He’s facing a mysterious threat in deep space, but he knows that if he can’t decipher the clues and capture the killer, he’ll at least die trying …

The Void is coming from Timothy S. Johnston and Carina Press on March 30, 2015. It is the third book in The Tanner Sequence, a series of standalone murder mysteries set in unique and claustrophobic environments. The first two are The Furnace (2013) and The Freezer (2014.)
More Pre-order links at Timothy's Website

You may read Brannigan's reviews of  The Furnace (The Tanner Sequence 1) here
and The Freezer (The Tanner Sequence 2) here.

About Timothy

Photo by Tiffany Jones Photography, 2013
Timothy S. Johnston is a writer of futuristic and contemporary mystery/thrillers. There is always a technological component to his plot lines, and the science that he uses to propel his stories forward is real and verifiable. His characters are strongly motivated and undergo extreme change; his protagonists each find themselves drawn into intense situations seemingly beyond their control. The stakes are always huge and the outcomes unique and unpredictable. He is dedicated to the art of telling a compelling story and contributing to the genre that has given him so much over the past four decades. He is passionate about writing and committed to inspiring others through his stories. Carina Press is currently publishing a trilogy of thrillers by Johnston: The Furnace (2013), The Freezer (2014), and The Void (2015). This series — The Tanner Sequence — details Homicide Investigator Lt. Kyle Tanner’s emotional journey as he solves difficult cases set in unique and deadly claustrophobic environments.

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Feature: Entangled Publishing's Black Friday Sale

Entangled Publishing is having a Black Friday Sale starting today and lasting through December 6th. Many of Entangled's eBooks are on sale for 99¢. The sale includes titles in Entangled's Paranormal, Historical, Young Adult, Teen, and/or Contemporary Romance lines. Check it out here.

Click 'Read more' to see the flyer and links to the sale eBooks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guest Blog by Lincoln Crisler - The Inspiration Behind Skinjumper - November 24, 2014

Please welcome Lincoln Crisler to The Qwillery. Skinjumper is out today from Ragnarok Publications. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Lincoln a Happy Publication Day!

The Inspiration Behind Skinjumper

Like most authors, I wanted to write something unique. Like most horror authors, I wanted to write a book about a killer, at least once. Those two aspirations may seem to be at odds, at first glance. I mean, if most horror authors want to write a ‘killer’ story, what are the chances a good portion of them could be unique? It’s certainly not a statistical likelihood.

Luckily, when I was brainstorming the novella that would one day grow into Skinjumper, I had a third criterion in mind, and if my novel really is as unique as I think it is, it’s because of that. I wanted to use a bit of the supernatural, but not too much. Horror authors can really pile on the supernatural sometimes, to either stunning or disastrous result. And of course, what every writer—and reader—thinks is enough to evoke the former rather than the latter is a very personal matter.

There’s a very famous series of books featuring a killer that I enjoyed at first, until the author started introducing more of a supernatural aspect into a world and character that the supernatural seemed out of place in. Interestingly enough, the show based on these books placed almost zero emphasis on anything unearthly, and was much more to my liking, at least for a few seasons. Another book, by an author of my acquaintance, was recently made into a movie with limited release. In that story, the supernatural element was not out of place at all—and trust me, this book would have evoked fear in most readers even without it.

That’s the kind of book I wanted Skinjumper to be. I needed a touch of the other world to set my killer apart from the ones we see in the news everyday—not that I’m adverse to a more mundane murderer; my current work-in-progress features a serial killer with no ghostly abilities whatsoever. I drew upon my past for the little bit I needed; I would never in a million years have killed a dog in anything but self-defense, but I did study Wicca, walk around high school with a Satanic Bible under my arms for a couple years and wear a black trench coat into my early twenties. My classmates often asked me some…interesting…questions.

It wasn’t difficult for me to design the sort of dark art some people probably thought I was getting up to. It was important to me that I concentrate the hocus-pocus in the first chapter as much as possible, to get it out in the open and move past it quickly; mission accomplished, for the most part. I was even able to write in the sort of disbelief I felt vital to the success of the story’s supernatural element; the spell was a complete and utter bust from the kids’ perspective and Terry, the titular character, didn’t discover he’d been made different for five whole years. Finally, that first chapter, which you can read here if you like, let me include two elements criminal profilers often mention when they discuss career killers: cruelty toward animals at a young age and sexual dysfunction.

If that third criterion had to share credit for my finished product with any other part of the process, it would be that I initially wrote a draft of Skinjumper that was half the length of what’s being released this month by Ragnarok. I’ve written and spoken on multiple occasions about how the length of my average story has increased directly proportionate to my time spent as a writer. My beta-readers for the novella version of the story insisted unanimously that Skinjumper needed to be a full-length novel and, about a year later, I made that happen. And, doubling the manuscript diluted the amount of supernatural-ness even more.

No matter what complaints I might get about the book, I’m pretty sure I got that part of the recipe right.

Ragnarok Publications, November 24, 2014
Trade Paperback, 306 pages

Rose Bennett, a young, recently-widowed mother, comes face to face with a newly-minted murderer and learns that there are much scarier things than raising a child alone in an unfamiliar town. Terry Miller has discovered three things in a very short amount of time: his high school sweetheart's been cheating on him with his father, killing is fun, and if he does it just right, he can switch bodies with his victims.

About Lincoln

LINCOLN CRISLER has been writing and editing horror and science fiction since 2006. His first novel-length collection, Queen & Other Stories, is now on sale from Apokrupha. His debut novel, Skinjumper, and third anthology are scheduled for publication in the fall. A United States Army combat veteran and non-commissioned officer, Lincoln lives in Augusta, Georgia

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