Friday, November 04, 2011

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011

Please welcome Hannah Jayne to The Qwillery for a second visit. Hannah previously visited as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Under Attack, the 2nd book in The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, was published by Kensington on November 1, 2011.

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Hannah:  Thanks so much for having me back - I'm happy to be here!

TQ:  Please tell us about Under Attack, the second novel in your Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles.

Hannah:  Well, Alex Grace returns with a request for Sophie -- help him find the mystical Vessel of Souls so that he can be returned to grace. The task doesn't seem too hard until Sophie is faced with a team of seriously bad fallen angels hell-bent on taking her out. Throw in a mysterious stranger with a sexy British accent and an ankle-biting chihuahua named ChaCha, and the action never stops!

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

Hannah:  I think Vlad. Vlad always surprises me! He was supposed to make his appearance in book 2, only, but we all know that didn't happen. He's a typical teenager through and through -- if I ignore him and focus on the other characters, he ends up doing something ridiculous or jail-worthy. Typical... ;)

TQ:  If you worked at the Underworld Detection Agency, what would you be doing?

Hannah:  Hiding under my desk. Haha... Actually, I'd want to be in the Vampire or Fallen Angel Division. Both of those sport hot clients! Anything but the Hobgoblin or Zombie processing areas -- I think I'd have trouble with the slobber and falling body parts.

TQ:  Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?

Hannah:  That's a tough question! Since Under Wraps was my first book, it was the first time a lot of my friends and family had read my writing. I constantly got "you are Sophie!" but I don't think so! Sure, we have some similarities, but overall, there is a little bit of me in each one of the characters. Except maybe Steve -- I hope! Sophie and I are probably the most similar, but I like to think I have a little bit of Nina's fashion sense, some of Vlad's dry humor, and maybe Alex's street smarts, too!

TQ:  If you weren't an author what would you like to do?

Hannah:  I would like to be a forensic pathologist, an FBI agent, or a kept woman. FYI: I'd be horrible at all of those. Bodies don't get to me but maggots do, I giggle every time I lie ("are you a spy?" "No..." giggle, giggle) and I'm ruthlessly independent and eternally restless. But a girl can dream, can't she?

TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book came out that you know now?

Hannah:  Not to dwell on bad reviews. I don't have a problem if people don't like my work; it's not for everyone. But some reviewers can be downright hateful! Writers have to have thick skins right from the beginning, but we're people, too.

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to urban fantasy?

Hannah:  Yes! I was laid up for the last seven weeks with a post-op shoulder and I started writing a teen thriller that I'm really jazzed about, so fans should see that in a year or so. I love writing Young Adult and there are some traditional/cozy mysteries in the near future, too!

TQ:  What's next?

Hannah:  Well... book three will be out in March, 2012, and Sophie and Nina are faced with a slew of murders -- and a handsome new man with eyes for Nina.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Hannah:  Thanks so much for having me -- I always have a great time here!

About The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles

Under Attack
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2
Kensington, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…

Under Wraps
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
Kensington, March 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…

About Hannah

Hannah Schwartz is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to short fiction, Schwartz is the author of the romantic novel Rebound Guy and co-authored the self-help book Crisis Queens: Guide to Your Quarterlife. She shares an apartment with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats, and has created a little dance to go along with the thundering tick of her biological clock.

As an avid reader and writer of chick-lit, finding was a natural (and a godsend!), discovered by wiling one too many hours away on the company clock.

Hannah's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack, from Hannah!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What job would you do if you could do anything? 

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 Friday, November 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. If I could do any job, I would be self employed working outside with nature.

    These books look very exciting.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. That's a fun question since my ideal job has changed so much during the years. As a young girl I was fascinated with the movie Gypsy so I wanted to be a strip tease dancer, then I was fascinated by truck stop restaurants so I wanted to be a truck driver, then I wanted to own a small shop and now I would love to do something that required me to scuba dive every day. Ask me tom. and the answer will be different.
    lvs2dv (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. my big passion is to be a writer but i think being a spy is great too or lady in action is perfect

    thank you for the great giveaway

    +1 comment
    1+ follower
    1+ share on fb

  4. Be astronot so i can go to another planet

  5. hmmm....i want to be a writer and then my books become bestsellers and there would be movies from my books ;p

    +1 comment
    1+ follower
    1+ share on fb

  6. I'd like to be a healer ...but that's if it came with special all powerful healing magic!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweet!/LindaThum/status/132475849608933377

  7. If I could do any job I would like to work in a bookstore or a library. I just love books that much!


    +1 GFC follower

  8. That's an easy question! ;) I would read books, review them and get paid for it :) My dream job...
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    impy80 at hotmail dot com
    +1 comment
    +1 follower
    +1 mention on my blog:

  9. I actually like the job I have now. But being an editor sounds good if I could edit the genres I like to read.

    GFC Anne38

  10. If I could do any job?... Sounds silly, but I'd be a rock star! :)

    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway- the book looks great!

    +1 comment
    +1 email follower

  11. If I could do anything, I would be a private investigator.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follower

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  14. I would be an archeologist or a writer

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC: blacwolf
    +1 tweet:!/PandoraSWolf/status/132520598533447680


  15. I would love to be an astornaut! To the Stars!
    GFC Krystal Larson

  16. if i could be anything i would like to be an healer

    thanks you for this great opportunity to win and opening it to international readers too

    +1 follower via GFC: isabelle frisch ( or perhaps i'm listed a smiki sorry i'm not sure)


  17. If I can get any job, I'd be an actress/singer.
    GFC: Arianne Cruz

  18. I thought no one would ask me this !!
    Hmmm...what would i be;wait..just let me think for a while...or not.A super secret spy:D

    Just downloaded a sample of this for my kindle ,since you're a new author for me.

    + 1 for the comment
    + 1 New GFC : TheDaydreamer3
    +1 tweet:!/TheDaydreamer3/status/132520654363828224

    rallu.93 (@) gmail (.) com

  19. Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    I just got Under Wraps for my Kindle and I can't wait to read it :)

    I know this is completely cliche but.... I'd say my dream job would be as an owner of a bookstore where I have a capable manager who actually runs it for me and a book reviewer. I've loved to read ever since I learned to read and everyone, friends and family, thought I should be a librarian. However, they all agreed I'd get fired cuz I was always reading on the job.

    +1 comment
    1+ follower ~ erin

  20. I would want to be able to travel the world as a food critic.

    GFC follower
    I tweeted:!/FieryNa/status/132510650143485952


  21. Thanks for this great giveaway, I didn't know about these books, it sounds really nice !

    I'm a follower : Melliane
    I've shared it on twitter :


  22. I would be a pastry/dessert chef. I love to bake and every weekend I experiment on a new and exciting recipe.

    +1 comment
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    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  23. I would work with animals by becoming a veterinarian. These books sound great! Thanks for the contest!

    GFC Follower

  24. I would have loved to have been an archeologist.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    +1 for cmomment
    +1 I Follow via GFC

  25. A food critic: paid to eat. Love it!!!

    GFC: Mary Preston

  26. Congrats - the books look great!
    If I could do anything, I'd go back to my old career. I had to stop because of a very bad back and, besides needing surgery to fix the problem, I had to retire from a job I loved and was passionate about.
    So, ki'd go back to that!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com
    +1 comment
    +1 gfc as MJB

  27. I would either be an archeologist, movie critic, or food critic.

    +1 gfc follower


  28. If could do any job, I want to be an opera singer. I want to stand in a big stage singing Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Opera, Turandot.
    What a big (and impossible) dream I have,huh?^^

    Thank u for the giveaway....

    +1 comment
    +1 follower
    +1 share on twitter!/JungieFairy/status/132645860780679168

  29. I would own a bookstore!!

    old gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  31. First and foremost would be a writer. But I'd also like to work outdoors, like at a national park as a hiking/tour guide.


  32. My ideal job would be lady of leisure LOL, but in my dream world I would be this hot supper kick ### gal who goes out and tries to make things right in my world. If I got hurt in the process it would not hurt for long (don't care much for pain LOL) Thank you for the fun today. I would love to read Under Attack and regardless this series is going on my wishlist :)
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweeted -!/ZDz59001/status/132655442303270912


  33. If I could do any job, I would work in a museum or library, I love old things and books so I'd be happy with that type of job.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC Follower

  34. Well for starters if I could do anything, it would be find teleportation and make it free because I am tired of sitting in traffic. That and driving in the snow. So teleportation it is. That and becoming a shifter, since then I could be moody and hawt!

    Under Wraps was an amazing novel I love the heroine and the setting! I cannot wait to read Under Attack. THank you for the giveaway.

    terilhack at gmail dot com
    GFC Teril

  35. +1 If I could do any job, it would be a job involving lots of free trips overseas to foreign and exotic locations and, when, I'm not travelling, working from home in my pj's with lots of spare time to read books.

    +1 Follower

    +1 Tweeted:!/SweetNSensible/status/132799837937741824

  36. My dream job is to own a small bookstore / cafe in my hometown. I have a lot of plans for it - it is still within the realms of possibility - but the perfect building I coveted was torn down for a new bank. :( I guess I shouldn't worry too hard about losing the location, since it's still ~5 years before I can move towards making it a reality. Que sera, sera.

    (comment, follow, retweet)

  37. I have a degree in marketing, and my dream job would be to work for the marketing department of a major publisher or record label.

    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  38. I'd love to write travel articles.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

  39. I'd be a forest ranger. I'd really appreciate the chance to connect with nature.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  40. I'm a Follower of The Qwillery.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  41. I tweeted:!/aikchien/status/133034402933506049

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  42. If I could do any job I'd either be an archeologist or work for Pixar!

    +1 GFC: ML
    +1 Tweet:!/Rogue237/status/133298320289443840

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  43. If I could do any job I would love to be the person in charge to decide which book has to be translated (since I live in Italy and many books ARE NOT translated, sigh). I would love to do any book-related job, actually!

    GFC follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  44. I would love to be a photographer. Or a kickboxing instructor.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  45. I'd want to run an enormous book store so I'd get first shot at all the new releases.
    +1 comment
    1+ follower-Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  46. I would love to do something in the criminal justice field, something out in the field. I really like stuff with action. I really like the sound of this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  47. i would love to work in a magazine as a writer or translator...magazine like cosmopolitan, elle, allure..
    thanks for making this international!

  48. If I could do anything I would love to be a novel/movie/theatre and concert/travel reviewer. Would love to do all the things that are my hobbies for a living :-D

    +1 commented
    +1 tweeted:!/Stella_ExLibris/status/134921466251722752
    +1 GFC follower as Stella (Ex Libris)

    Thank you for the chance! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. i would love to either own a bookstore or work in one... or a library. i would love to be surrounded by books day in and day out..

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

    +2 - follow and commented!