Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011

Please welcome Kristen Painter to The Qwillery.

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

Kristen:  I have to have a title. Books don't feel real to me unless I have one, so even though it might change, there has to be one in place before I can start writing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kristen:  Both, although I plot as little as possible because my books rarely want to follow the path I've chosen.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I had an idea - a mysterious woman in a slinky white dress that dipped low enough to reveal a gold tattoo. My heroine, Chrysabelle, grew out of that idea and everything else followed.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I researched a lot of things that got no more than a passing mention, but I felt like I needed to do it for my own sense of backstory. Things like the sounds a panther makes, the history of executioners in France, the treatment of gypsies in Europe, the physiology of blood, snakes. That kind of stuff.

TQ:  Describe Blood Rights (House of Comarré 1) in 140 characters or less.

Kristen:  Underworld meets Memoirs of a Geisha

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood Rights?

Kristen:  It's impossible to answer that question without giving spoilers, so I'll just say there are a few at the end of the book.

TQ:  In Blood Rights, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kristen:  None of them were really difficult. That book pretty much poured out of me.

TQ:  Do you and Chrysabelle have anything in common?

Kristen:  We're both blonde, but that's about it. Although I do love the idea of a gold tattoo.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite character in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  When I'm writing them, they're my favorite. I can't pick one over another!

TQ:  How many books are planned for the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  There will be five. And possibly, if my editor likes it, a spin off series.

TQ:  What's next?

Kristen:  What's next is book five, Last Blood. But what's physically next is I'm headed to NY Comic Con October 14th - 16th. I'll be on a panel with some amazing authors, so if anyone's going, stop by and say hi!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kristen:  Thanks for having me!

About the House of Comarré series

Blood Rights
House of Comarré 1
(Orbit, September 27, 2011)
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Read The Qwillery's Review of Blood Rights here.

Flesh and Blood
House of Comarré 2
(Orbit, October 25, 2011)
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.

Bad Blood
House of Comarré 3
(Orbit, November 22, 2011)
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .

About Kristen

When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to exorcise them onto paper and share them with the world. Blood Rights, the first book in her gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarré, is out this October from Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded with Jax Cassidy. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, she’s represented by The Knight Agency.

Kristen's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Blood Rights (House of Comarré) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite Urban Fantasy heroine or hero?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

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

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

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. At the moment Ilona Andrews urban fantasy books, the Kate Daniels series comes to mind. I love both Kate and Curran. Two of my all time favorites.

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  2. Cat from the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost is my favorite urban fantasy heroine.She has a kick-ass attitude and I love Bones as well:)

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  3. I have to chose again? Argh....
    Ok... I'm going with Maxine Kiss (Hunter Kiss by M.M. Liu)

    Or should I go for Tara? (Oracle series by Alaya Williams)


    Ack! This is difficult...

    Maxine it is! For now...

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  5. Love the sound of this series. I am also excited that the books will be released so close together. My fav heroines are: Mercy Thompson, Faythe Sanders, Allie Beckstrom, Kate Daniels, Rachel Morgan and Anita Blake.

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  6. 'm also a reviewer so picking a favorite hero or heroine is really hard. I'd have to say overall that it would be "Cat Crawfield" from the "Night Huntress" series by Jeaniene Frost.

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  7. I really like Cat,Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost. wow!
    I am a follower GFC as veltara +1
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    Thanks for the chance

  8. I love Zsadist from Lover Awakened from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.

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    Tracey D
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  9. My favourite hero and heroine are Elena and Clay from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld sereis.

    I follow via GFC.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/whitewolfreads/status/121256472192614401

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  10. My all-time favorite is Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I can never get enough of them and their relationship is unbearably passionate :)
    But I love Sabina and Adam from Jaye Wells' series as well!

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    Thank you for the giveaway,

  11. I'm torn between Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels and Seanan McGuire's Toby Daye. I absolutely love them both.

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  12. I'll go with Faythe Sanders from Rachel Vincent's shifter series.
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  13. I'm right there with LadyVampire2u. Kate and Curran from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Two strong and interesting characters.

    GFC Anne38

  14. Im a follower!!

    Patricia Briggs' Mercy.. Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels.. Simon R Greens's JOhn Taylor.. soo many out there!!

    +1 for Following

  15. GFC: Arianne Cruz
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    Fave heroine is either Claire from Morganville Vampires OR Rose from Vampire Academy :)

  16. I would have to say Anita Blake from Laurel K Hamilton & Cat Crawfield from Jeaniene Frost's books. I love both of those woman for the same reasons. They are STRONG females, they take crap from no one, sexy, love their man/men, their friends, and family, and most of all protecting others.
    I love the cover of this book and the other books from this series. I would love to win and read this book. I have seen reviews and this is the type of book that I love to read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    GFC follower: Chris Bails +1
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  17. (+1) My hero would always be Harry Dresden! :) (diehard fan much?)

    (+1) Follower. My GFC name is Cherry.

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    Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  18. OOh that's a tough one! Read soooooo many books it's impossible for me to have 1 fave! I like Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress heroine Cat! She's totally kick-a$$!

    I also really like Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's Hollow series and if I keep talking I will proceed to mention just about every heroine I've read to date!! ;)

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  19. totally Cat and Bones from Jeaniene Frost series. they are just the perfect couple.

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  20. Right now I would have to say Merit from Chicagoland Vampire series and Cat and Bones from Night Huntress series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower

  21. Dang dang dang. I saw this book at B&N on Sunday and almost picked it up but didn't, and now I'm kicking myself.

    My current favorite urban fantasy heroine (who is really only 'urban' if you are 150 years old or so I guess...) is Alexia Tarabotti (Gail Carriger - SOULLESS). She has aspects that are so much like me and others that are so contrasting with my own personality. I find her fascinating.

  22. Tara (Oracle series by Alaya Williams)hands downs, your book looks so cool! I love the cover :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson
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  23. I would say Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series is my favorite urban fantasy heroine right now. A close second is Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock.

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  24. I like Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan.
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  25. I've got too many favs: Cat, Rachel Morgan, Maxine Kiss, Joanna Archer, Mac Laine.

    +1 GFC: ML
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  26. My favorite Urban Fantasy heroine would be Anita Blake, she's just so bad-ass!!
    Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =) The books sound great and I absolutely LOVE the covers! I follow this blog, I also shared this post on FB. =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

  27. Oh, bother. My favorite heroes would be Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments plus Acheron and Nick from the Dark-hunter series. My favorite heroines are Calla from Nightshade and Evie from Paranormalcy. :) Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

    GFC - Lieder Madchen


  28. I would say MacKayla Lane from the Fever series. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  29. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! And for making it international.....it means so much to be included.

    My fave heroine would have to be Rose from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. There was nothing that girl couldn't do; she was kick ass and fierce, but very human and well.

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    Thanks again and best wishes!


  30. I absolutely love Merit from the Chicacoland Vampires!! Thanks for a chance to win a book that is right at the top of my wishlist!!

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  31. Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews's series. Brains, skills and great sense of humour, - love her.
    I'm a follower and shared the link on my blog
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  32. I have been seeing some of these beautiful covers on different sites around the web. They've definitely enticed me to want to read them!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

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  33. Forgot about the question:
    Cat for the Night Nutress series is one of my first urban fantasy reads and therefore, the first kick-ass heroines.
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  34. This is a tough one! I think Mackayla Lane and Secret McQueen are my currents favorites.

    I am a follower

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  35. I have to go with Mira from Jocelynn Drake's Dark Day's series. Love her attitude and personality!!

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  36. Who is your favorite Urban Fantasy heroine or hero?

    I really love the brothers from the "black dagger brotherhood" or i love the guys from the "love at stake" series. i dont think that i could narrow it down to just one from any particular series. (+1)

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  37. Kate Daniels is my favorite heroine. Barrons is my fav hero. I love the covers of this series.

  38. Mac Lane from the Fever series. There are a lot more heroines I am looking to meet in the UF genre.

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  39. My favorite UF heroine is Charlie Madigan from Kelly Gay's 'The Better Part of Darkness'.

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  40. My ultimate UF-heroine is without a doubt Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison), for she is quirky, sassy and kick-ass. All I need from my urban protagonists, she has bucketloads of it :)

    Thank you so much for this giveawaym I find it really intruiging novels.

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  41. There are so many but i do love Merit in chicargolands vamps but i love kate and curran too i just cant choose
    thanks for the giveaway i am a follower



  42. Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews' Magic series) and Anna Cornick (Patricia Briggs' Alpha&Omega series).

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  43. My favorite Urban Fantasy Heroine is Mackayla Lane from tha Fever Series and Hero es Atticus O´Sullivan fron The Iron Druid Chronicles.
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  44. Favourite heroine and hero in an Urban Fantasy would be Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost!

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  45. I think my favorite urban fantasy heroine would have to be Tally Youngblood.

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  46. My favorite heroine of all time is Cat (AKA Catherine, Kitten) from Jeanine Frost Night Huntress series. She is about as real as a half vampire can get. Not only is she relatable in regards to her insecurities, she kicks A$$! In every book Cat gets better and better as a person, but still has the inate ability to care about someone else other than herself. She would sacrifice herself and her feelings to make sure the people she loves (or actually anyone that is the underdog or needs help) are not harmed. Her love for humanity is what makes her the most deadly heroine in my eyes. She doesn’t forget what brought her to that point in her life and she takes what she has learned and grows from it… That makes a hero a hero…

    Gladys Gonzales Atwell

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  47. My favorite heroine of all time is Cat (AKA Catherine, Kitten) from Jeanine Frost Night Huntress series. She is about as real as a half vampire can get. Not only is she relatable in regards to her insecurities, she kicks A$$! In every book Cat gets better and better as a person, but still has the inate ability to care about someone else other than herself. She would sacrifice herself and her feelings to make sure the people she loves (or actually anyone that is the underdog or needs help) are not harmed. Her love for humanity is what makes her the most deadly heroine in my eyes. She doesn’t forget what brought her to that point in her life and she takes what she has learned and grows from it… That makes a hero a hero…

    Gladys Gonzales Atwell

    Posted Link to the Qwillery:
    I joined the mailing list and followed the blogsite!

  48. My current favorite is Sabina Kane. Oh, and Eugenie Markham.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  49. Mine is Mercy Thompson. Mercy Thompson Series Kicks Ass!
    Thank you
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  50. My favorite hero & heroine are from two of what I feel are the 'most re-readable series': Harry Dresden and Rachel Morgan. Love them!

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  51. my fave so far raphael n elena by nalini singh,mercy thompson series,anita blake n jean claude, n cat n bones..:)

  52. My favourite Urban Fantasy hero would have to be Adam from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.

    I am a follower (Gabbie)
    I tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/Gabelle_M/status/122933767483564032)

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  53. I would have to say any of the kick ase girls from the Kresley Cole books.

  54. my favorites would be Cat from the Night Huntress series and Anita Blake from Laurel K Hamilton. there are so many great ones to choose from this was a very hard decision.

  55. Kate and Curran, Cat and Bones are my favorites.

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  56. My favorite Urban Fantasy heroine is Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series. I love Mercy and all the trouble she gets into.

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  57. There are so many to choose from but currently my favourite would be Peter Grant from Ben Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot and Moon over Soho. I'd choose him because there's nothing overtly special about him, he's just a man doing his job with dedication, and currently I'm a little bit tired by larger than life characters :P

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  59. great giveaway
    Urban fantasy books: I love Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

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  60. Mac from the fever series..she has come a long way from rainbow girl...now shes just bada@@
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