Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Interview with Jenn Bennett and Giveaway - May 2, 2012

Please welcome Jenn Bennett back to The Qwillery. Summoning the Night, Arcadia Bell 2, was published on April 24, 2012.

TQ: Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Jenn:  Thanks for having me, Sally! Err, that sounded dirty, but you know what I mean.

TQ:  Yes, I do! :)  What do you wish you'd known when your first novel, Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell 1), came out that you know now?

Jenn:  Hmm, tough question. I suppose I wish I'd known how incredibly difficult it is to be a Published Author. This isn't the creative girl who dreams up brave new worlds, nor is it the disciplined artist who hammers out manuscripts while managing a caffeine addiction. It's the person who's expected to manage social media. To smile and act professional. The person who has to understand the advantages and disadvantages of a particular contract clause. I think the New Author Me freaked out about all those things. The Sophomore Author Me has learned to ignore it. I figure I can either be someone who blogs twice a week about the publishing business . . . or I can be a good writer. Some authors can do both. Hats off to them. Maybe one day I'll learn to juggle all of it, but right now, I'm content with plugging along on my current manuscript and just enjoying the ride.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jenn:  Maintaining my confidence. When I'm happy and arrogant, I'm creative. When I'm doubting, say, why I chose to make the hero of my series 42 (after some eighteen-year-old blogger says old dudes are gross) then it all comes crashing down.

TQ:   Please tell us something about Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell 2) that's not in the book description.

Jenn:  Here are three fake chapter titles for three random (and real) chapters: 1) Jupe Hearts Kar Yee 2) How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hajo? 3) Kitchen Sex.

TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the Arcadia Bell series so far?

Jenn:  Probably Jupe. I knew I adored him when I created him. And I knew I was going to buck the rules by pushing a teenage kid as an interesting, vital part of the series. But I didn't expect the outpouring of Jupe fan mail—from people who are happy to see a biracial hero, to others who've told me he's so much like their own kid or a cousin or brother, or those who've said they swoon over his dialogue and can't wait until he's a few years older. It has been a wonderful, wonderful surprise.

TQ:  Which character in the series is most like you?

Jenn:  I'm a Jupe-Lon hybrid. Half the time, I'm bubbly and SUPER EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING. The other half, I'm a closed-off observer. My parents have told me that as a child, I vacillated between craving the spotlight and wanting to be left alone in my room so that I could read.

TQ:  The Arcadia Bell series is Urban Fantasy. Are there any other genres (or subgenres) in which you'd like to write?

Jenn:  I just finished a historical paranormal romance. I'd like dip my toes in young adult and have considered doing a Jupe spinoff. I don't know. A year ago, I would've said that I'd never be able to write anything that didn't have some supernatural slash paranormal slash horror element to it. But if I'm honest, what I really enjoy the most isn't the world-building, but writing unique characters. So who knows. Maybe I'll write a quirky mystery. Or an epic historical romance. Or a collection of erotic stories about monkeys. Anything's fair game.

TQ:  What's next?

Jenn:  LEASHING THE TEMPEST, Arcadia 2.5, is a special digital short novella starring Cady, Lon, Jupe, and Kar Yee. It comes out this Christmas. BINDING THE SHADOWS, Arcadia 3, releases next year, followed by Arcadia 4.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jenn:  It's been an absolute pleasure, thank you!

About Arcadia Bell

Summoning the Night
Arcadia Bell 2
Pocket Books, April 24, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages


After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no.

Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.

Kindling the Moon
Arcadia Bell 1
Pocket Books, June 28, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn't easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia "Cady" Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she's carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can't clear her family name soon, she'll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

About Jenn

Photo ©Bill Skeel
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist and author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series from Pocket Books. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured more demons than you’ve had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She currently lives near Atlanta with her film-geek husband and two very bad pugs.

Her literary influences include: Edgar Allan Poe, Anaïs Nin, Grimm Brothers, Philip Pullman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Shelley, Diana Gabaldon, Roald Dahl, and Oscar Wilde.

Get weekly Facebook updates from Jenn by liking her fan page, or follow her on Twitter for daily dribbles about her current writing projects, the book industry, and miscellaneous obsessions, which include: all things foodie and cooking; early to mid-20th-century art and culture; mythology & fairy tales; games, board and video; music (from indie to Ella Fitzgerald to metal); movies (from foreign to horror to fantastical); hermetic and arcane studies; world travel; vintage flea market finds . . . and the occasional picture of her dogs behaving badly.

Official Simon & Schuster author page

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win his/her choice of Kindling the Moon or Summoning the Night from Jenn!  US/Canada ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Last Urban Fantasy novel you've read or what is your favorite genre?

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. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I'm reading what I consider an Urban Fantasy novel right now. It's "Back From the Undead" by D D Barant. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  2. I am currently reading Bear meets girl by Shelly Laurenston and I love it. Love the interview and thanks for the giveaway . +1 comment. +1 follower. +1 tweet :

  3. Please don't enter me in the drawing - I've already purchased the book!

    I just wanted to LOL at the 18 year old blogger who said "old dudes are gross." So funny! And this book is excellent - a great sophomore novel!

  4. I am currently reading Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. I cannot get enough of Harry Dresden!

    +1 comment
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    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  5. Don't enter me! 'Cuz the last UF I read? Summoning the Night... and I *loved* it! (& Cady, Lon, and Jupe!)


  6. I just finished reading Fair Game by Patricia Briggs.
    +1 follower (toomstwin)

    Amy R
    born_2b_alive at hotmail dot com

  7. Last Urban Fantasy novel I read was Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay.
    Thanks for the giveaway- I just got the first book in this series.

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    debbie at burdeen dot com

  8. Dont enter me either, cuz I'm reading Summoning the Night *rightnow* :) and I'm loving it!!!!

    Thanks for such a fun interview! I love Jenn's voice and I am firmly in the I love Jupe fan club. And the age gap doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I appreciate it as Lon is a steady, solid guy who isn't pron to machismo or emotional seesaw. Love them all!!!!

  9. My favorite genre is Urban Fantasy.

    +1 comment
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  10. Thanks for the interview! I've been eyeing this series, thanks for the chance to start! I read UF and PNR mostly. I just finished a re-read of River Marked, and I have Fair Game on my short list of next reads! I also started Ilona Andrews series and I'm excited to read more of that. lfacchini(at)
    I follow via email & GFC

  11. I've had my eye on this series for a while now. Have the first sitting on my shelf, but I have a feeling I won't start it until I've bought the second as well because I'm going to want to dive right in.


  12. The last urban fantasy novel I read was Shades of Gray by L.M. Pruitt. I've been wanting to read this series for awhile. I have a soft spot in my heart for demons. ;)

  13. Hi
    Great post and interview. I loved Jenn's first book and look forward to reading Summoning The Night. The last UF books I have read were Black Howl and Black Night (Black Wings series). I really enjoy this series. (received Black Howl from The Qwillery)

    Thanks again for the chance.

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  14. ooo sounds awesome!! last ive read was ... hmm .. is Chloe Neill UF?? if not, then patricia briggs!!
    i really like UF, paranormals (but lighter, funnier ones) and some YA..
    i really liked book one, and would love the chance to win book 2!!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

    i follow!

  15. I think Keri Arthur's DARKNESS RISING is UF, right? I have trouble with UF and Paranormal.
    Follow GFC as Victoria Sloboda

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  16. Laura - I'm dying to read Fair Game!
    Most recent urban fantasy was probably a reread of Wicked Lovely.

    Following you

    Total +3

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  17. I read Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz

    1. forgot e-mail address:

  18. I have read several of Jenna Black books. They were great.
    debby236 at gmail dot com follower

  19. I love YA and any paranormal books. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  20. Magic without Mercy in the Allie Beckstrom series! (# 8.. only 1 more left) That book was really fun. Entering isn't necessary as I have a copy of Summoning the Night! Very awesome book btw, can't wait for more installments.

  21. UF is my favorite by far! Right now I'm reading Dakota Banks's Sacrifice.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  22. Urban Fantasy is definitely my favorite genre, although the past two months have included more Dystopian YA than usual. My current read is UF: Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis and I'm really enjoying it.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  23. I'm reading Fair Game, I love urban Fantasy! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  24. I like paranormals.

    I follow the blog.


  25. The last one I read turned to be a fav of mine... Shaedes of Gray
    by Amanda Bonilla.

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  26. I'm a big fan of Jenn's so winning one of her books would be a real treat. As for the last UF book I read, it was Kevin Hearne's Tricked, definitely another author that everyone should check out of you haven't already, his books are so smart and funny.
    +1 Comment
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  27. The last one I read was The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross - I love it when there is humor in the books I read because everyone needs more laughter! Next up is Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters.

    I'm a Quillery follwer: april dot vrugtman at gmail

  28. The last UF book I read was To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore, a debut author. My favortie genre varies but for the moment, historical. I like the escape to a different time period.

    GFC follower

  29. My favorite genres are UF and PNR. It's a tie. Right now, my favorite UF series is Mercy Thompson. I have Kindling the Moon on my wishlist but haven't actually read it yet. :(

    +1 Comment
    +1 I follow via GFC.