Wednesday, December 22, 2010

End of Year Giveaway 2 - Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane - December 22, 2010

Next up in my end of year giveaways of favorite books from 2010 is the Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. There are 3 books in the series so far: Unholy Ghosts (May 2010), Unholy Magic (July 2010), and City of Ghosts (July 2010). Books 4 and 5 will be coming in late Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 (dates subject to change).

Stacia posted The Brave Tale of Maddie Carver at her site, at Smashwords, and at Scribd. It's a short short story about the beginning of Haunted Week. Haunted Week is important in the world of Chess Putman.

I really can't say enough good things about this new series. It's well-crafted, with a unique setting and history. I wrote a short series review here.

The Chess Putnam / Downside Ghosts Series:

Unholy Ghosts 

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

Unholy Magic 

For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.

City of Ghosts

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

Included with this Giveaway is Dead Star, a necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelry.

Dangling from a pewter toggle are a sterling silver skull and black swarovski star... Silver plate chain finishes the look. 17"
(Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry)

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic, and City of Ghosts and the Dead Star necklace.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery who are your favorite band(s) or singer(s)? If you don't answer the question, your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

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

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

Who & 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 Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Stacia's books and a Synde necklace? Sign me up! :)
    I don't know that I *can* pick a favorite...or even several... It depends on my mood and the day and the season and, and, and... :p But this morning, for no reason I can explain, "If I Had a Million Dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies is on 'repeat' in my brain, and since I do love 'em, that'll have to suffice!
    I will, however, need to replace this earworm fairly soon...preferably to something seasonal. Maybe the Crosby/Bowie "Little Drummer Boy"? :)

  2. Favorite group has always been INXS and of course my favorite singer is Michael Hutchence.

  3. My favorite band is Duran Duran. I love how they've endured through the years and always come out with something new that still sounds like them.
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  4. fav bands:Nickelback,the Glee cast,westlife, (:

    fav singers: Pink,Kelly Clarkson,Adam Lambert,Bryan Adams,Taylor Swift,Brad Paisley etc....

    i mentioned the giveaway on twitter:!/axxxa06/status/17613429044940801

    and i'm a follower :)


  5. Great giveaway!

    I love Maroon5. They ROCK!

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  6. Nice giveaway, heard lots of good things about these books.

    My favorite bands/singers are Cake, Lady Gaga. Also listen to a lot of movie soundtracks

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  7. I work in the biz and music is always flowing around me so a single favorite band is nye impossible.

    The songs that are currently flowing through my brains repeat are: Pink's "Raise Your Glass" & KT Tunstall's "Still A Weirdo."

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  8. One of my favorite bands is kings of Leon. Thanks for the contest!

  9. I listen to so many different types of music but I like Pink, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Five Finger Death Punch.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    +1 for the comment
    +1 for GFC follower
    Total=2 Entries.

  10. I am an Evanescence fan!
    I'm a follower!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com

  11. Lately, my fav bands have been indie bands, and I gravitate towards Cat Power and Florence + the Machines! Cat Power has a song, Half of you, that rocks from True Blood soundtrack. and Florence + the Machines has a couple on soundtracks, I fell in love with them with Kiss with a Fist.

  12. Wow- hard to choose! Some of my favorites are Seether, Led Zeppelin, Lacuna Coil, and okay, Poison. Stranded on a desert island, if I could only bring one type of music with me, it'd be power ballads.
    I'm a gfc follower


  13. I really like Dido & La Roux. Would love to be signed up to win :)

  14. I love Tool. They are my favorite. I even got a Tool tattoo :) But others are Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Parkway Drive, Dethklok, Nirvana, Machine Head, Deftones, Mastodon, Winds of Plague, Rage Against the Machine, NIN...


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  15. +1 My favorite bands are Crosby Stills and Nash, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Grateful Dead

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  16. Right now I am obsessed with the song I'll Be by Edwin McCain. Honestly I do not know if he sings anything else. I just keep hitting repeat :)

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    Happy Holidays!
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  17. My favorite group is linkin park and paramore. As for favorite singer is Bruno Mars.

    Blog follower

    thanks for the giveaway


  18. Count me in too!

    My favorite band is Paramore! I really love them!

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  19. Great giveaway.Love the necklace.

    favorite band is Nickelback and favorite singer Michael Buble.

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  20. Hi :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    Love Stacia Kane.
    Let's see... favorite band/singer(s)?
    It's a tie between Beatles,ABBA,& ACDC.
    Merry Christmas!

  21. My fav band is Westlife :D

    I follow via GFC.


  22. Hmm, favorite singers... Ginger Doss and S.J. Tucker.
    (I am a follower & mentioned on Twitter -!/LaylaMessner/status/17794386481905664)
    I can be contacted @LaylaMessner on Twitter.

  23. Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Fallout Boy, and ok I admit it...I just went to a Bret Michaels concert with some girls from work and he was pretty amazing =) I like Darren Criss (the new guy on Glee) and a little bit of everything. Except songs about booties, ho's, stripper poles and shots. gawd, I'm sick of those!

    Follower GFC

  24. I like Green Bay, Nickleback, UB40, U2.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  25. Been meaning to read Stacia Kane's books so thank you very much for the giveaway.

    One of my favorite bands is Green Day.

    GFC follower.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    My favourite singers/bands include - The Script, Jack Johnson, Rob Thomas and Train.

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  27. My fave bands, wow there's a lot. I like Trivium, Senses Fail, Disturbed...a lot of hard/alt. rock. Which kind of surprises some people I think because I'm such a quiet person at times and have this "innocent" look. This is usually only from NEW people who are just meeting me for the first time!

    But I also liked Queen, AC/DC, David Bowie, Nickelback, Good Charlotte.

    +1 Follower

  28. I have a lot of bands that are favorites (mostly alternative rock), but probably my all time favorite is Pearl Jam. For a favorite singer, I'd pick Duffy - there's just something about her singing that I love.

    GFC follower

  29. I love Nickleback and lots of oldies (but goodies). When I listen to music I prefer to not listen to only one artist.

    tweet -!/allthedaysof/status/18023077937946625

    baychriz at gmail dot com

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  31. Talk about favorite band and singer, I have a lot. I love Travis, Green day, The Beatles< and Coldplay

    For singer I enjoy listening to Alanis Morissette, Sting, Usher

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  32. I haven't read any of these books, count me in !

    My favorite singers : Mariah Carey, Gloria estefan. Favorite band : Backstreet boys :)

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  34. Chance to finally get my hands on this series, def want in so for years have to say my favorite band has been Styx and my favorite singer Steve Perry when he was with Journey!

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    shared on Facebook (today 12/25/10)


  35. My favorite bands are HIM, the 69 Eyes, and Blue October!

    +1 GFC Follower

    Wenj @ Black Lagoon Reviews


  36. I LOVE My Chemical Romance!! I like alot of bands but they're top of the list.

    I'm also a follower :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  37. My favorites are The Clash and The Stooges. Love them! Can listen to Johnny Cash all day long and right now I'm on this crazy Paulo Nutini craze.

  38. I used to love Dokken - Nothing like an 80s hair band to make you sing loud and proud! Now, I have branched out a bit more and think Kerli is great!

    Thanks for a fun contest!


  39. favorite band is blink182

  40. Books and a cool necklace... You know I WANT THAT!!! SIGN ME UP!!!

    I like some old school~ Duran Duran, Styx and Foreigner but I also like Pink, Beyounce, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks...I could go on and on.

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  41. My favorite singer is Meat Loaf.

    treerose AT yahoo DOT com

  42. my fave band has to be nickleback...

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    +1 tweet!/cathyqt85