Saturday, August 11, 2012

Interview with Reid Malone, Eros and Nick Christos & Giveaway - August 11, 2012

Please welcome Reid Malone, Eros and Nick Christos to The Qwillery. We’re going to get to know each of them a little better today. You can also read more about them in their recently released novels, the first novels in Entangled Publishing's Covet imprint!

TQ:  Good day, Reid, Eros and Nick. I’m very pleased to have you virtually visit The Qwillery today. Would you each tell us a bit about yourself?

Reid:  Great to be here. A little about myself. Well, I grew up in Bloomington, Texas, went to college in Austin, made a mint with mineral rights and gas holdings, and now I'm trying to help my dad stay out of trouble. Moonshine. But that's another story.

Eros:  I am the Greek god of love, premordial and immortal, born of darkness and night before the earth was formed. At the moment, I run a matchmaking agency in Astoria, Queens, New York.

Nick:  This is a nice place you have here. Thanks for the invite. I'm an adrenaline junkie, and love the art of making a business deal. Lately, I've been distracted by a certain blonde downstairs. She makes it hard to focus sometimes.

TQ:  Why do you think you’d be the perfect catch? Or are you?

Reid:  I'm the perfect catch for the right woman. Who just happens to be Storie Bell. She just doesn't know it yet. She's the woman who makes Bloomington a home instead of a place to run from.

Eros:  God of love. Duh. Then again, I'm maybe a tad bit disillusioned right now. Or cynical, if you will. The love of my life, beautiful Psyche, left me for another, after a mere three thousand years or so, because she said I was a workaholic and didn't pay enough attention to her. Yeah, so... bitter, cynical, mistrusting, and a workaholic. Being god of love isn't a nine-to-five job, you know what I mean?

Nick:  My businesses keep me pretty busy, and I have -- other things that make it difficult for me to make any long-term commitments, though that may be changing in the near future. Women are the best thing about the world.

TQ:  What qualities do you look for in a date/commitment until time ceases?

Reid:  Everything Storie possesses. I want to be with someone who gets the small town guy in me, and who will also get the businessman part. Someone smart, caring, and, yes, sexy. Like I said, Storie Bell.

Eros:  Loyalty. Or stick-to-it-iveness, if you will. I mentioned Psyche leaving, did I not? After only three thousand years. I mean, that's not even half an eternity! So the second time around, I definitely want someone who'll stick around longer.

Nick:  I have an ideal woman in my head. She's funny, intelligent and she's curvy. I like a woman who has meat on her bones.

TQ:  Have your authors been kind to you or have they made things as difficult as possible for you?

Reid:  Difficult, of course. That seems to be he job of every author.

Eros:  I guess I can't complain. There was the thing about Psyche, of course; that happened through no fault of my own. But other than that, everything that went wrong was pretty much my own fault, I think. My stupidity, my stubbornness, my mistrust. Nobody's fault but mine.

Nick:  It's a little weird the way these writers get into my head. It's like they know me. She definitely made things difficult for me by creating one of the most incredible women who has ever graced the Earth. I've been around 800 years so I've seen a few of them.

TQ:  Tell us something about your story that is NOT in the book description.

Reid:  The tattoo on my arm? I got it just after an encounter with Storie at the lake. It's represents something I never thought I'd have with her.

Eros:  I have a few little superpowers. Like super-speed and super-strength. Other than that, and the whole immortal god thing, I'm pretty much just like any other man. Show me a pair of red shoes with four inch heels, and I'm just another guy tripping over his tongue. So much for the gods being superior to mere mortals.

Nick:  I nearly had to kill my best friend Linc, when he got a little too close to my beautiful neighbor down stairs. He isn't right for her, and I feel unnaturally protective of her.

TQ:  Can you let us in on what your authors are up to next (assuming you are even speaking to them)?

Reid:  Storie's sister is coming back to Bloomington, and I got the feeling there was a little something between her and a wine maker I know. I bet that's the next story to be told.

Eros:  Oh, we're speaking. God of love here, right? She needs my help in figuring out all the happy endings. First up there's Avery and Derek, who are getting ready to tie the knot after five Do It Yourself mysteries. You can read their story in Wall to Wall Dead on September 4th. Then on October 15th, there's Friends With Benefits, and Kaylee and Owen's story. Kaylee is pregnant and Owen has health insurance, and it seems that a marriage of convenience is just what the doctor - or the god of love - ordered. And then on November 13th, there's Fortune's Hero, and Quinn and Elsa. After that, we'll see if Herself can't crank out another Greek gods book. I've got a lot of friends who could use some help getting the word out. Adonis, Alastor, Dionysus... even Harry!

Nick:  Oh, I found my dream woman, so I'm definitely happy with my author. Though, she didn't make it easy. As for what is up next, I have a feeling my friend Linc is going to be in some deep trouble soon.

TQ: Thank you to Reid, Eros and Nick for ‘being here’ today! And thank you to their authors Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, Jenna Bennett and Candace Havens!

The Novels and The Authors

Deceiving the Witch Next Door
by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Covet (Entangled Publishing), July 20, 2012
eBook, 291 pages

Storie Bell has a little secret—she’s a witch. But magic hasn’t exactly kept her life from being a complete mess—her love life is non-existent and the town thinks she’s a total nutter. Plus there’s her neighbor Reid Malone who runs hot one minute and cold the next.

Reid Malone can’t wait to escape Bloomington, Texas. Unfortunately, he’s stuck where he is unless he helps his father hide a very illegal secret. The only key to Reid’s freedom lies with the eccentric Storie…and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the information he needs from her.

But Reid’s holding something back. Something big. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out exactly what happens when you try to deceive a witch…

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense titles.

Visit Melissa at her website | Twitter Page | Facebook Home | Goodreads | and Books on the House, a website bringing books and readers together!


Tall, Dark, and Divine
by Jenna Bennett
Bagging a Greek God 1
Covet (Entangled Publishing), July 20, 2012
eBook, 291 pages

Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He’s lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he’ll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.
Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.

Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

Jenna Bennett

Jennie Bentley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, while Jenna Bennett writes the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. Jenna is also the author of the upcoming Soldiers of Fortune series of futuristic romances from Entangled Publishing. The first book in the series, Fortune's Hero, will debut in November 2012. In addition to futuristic romance, Jenna also has the first books in a contemporary romantic suspense series and a paranormal series coming from Entangled Publishing in fall 2012.

A former Realtor® and renovator and current full-time author, Jenna/Jennie lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband, two kids, two frogs, two goldfish, a killer parakeet, and a hyper-active dog. Originally from Norway, she has spent more than twenty years in the US and still hasn’t been able to kick her native accent.

She's a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Music City Romance Writers (MCRW), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Women's National Book Association (WNBA), the Author's Guild, and two different PTOs.

Visit Jenna at her Website | Twitter | Goodreads


Take it Like a Vamp
by Candace Havens
Covet (Entangled Publishing), July 20, 2012
eBook, 293 pages

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her books for the Blaze line at Harlequin include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. In addition to Take It Like a Vamp, she has the steampunk novels Iron Demon (Oct. 2012) and Iron Blood (April 2013) from the Maisy Clark series debuting with Entangled Publishing.

Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. Model Marine is a National Readers Choice Finalist. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.

Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

Visit Candace at her Website | Twitter | Goodreads

The Giveaway


What:  Three commenters will each win an eBook from Covet (Entangled Publishing)!

One commenter will win Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.

One commenter will win Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.

One commenter will win Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

From novels, TV, movies - which fictional character would you go out on a date with? 

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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook and/or Twitter. You MUST 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 Saturday, August 18, 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 would like to go out with Castle.

  2. I am a follower on GFC as Suekey.

  3. I would want to go out with a bad boy...something new for me so I would choose Eric from True Blood or Wraith from Demonica series (Larissa Ione) or Gregory from Dark series (Christine Feehan).

    GFC: Books4me


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  4. I would totally go out with Damon from the Vampire Diaries tv show:) Awesome giveaway!

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  5. I would like to go out with Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think he is so gorgeous. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

  6. thanks for the great interview and giveaway!!!

    I'd also have to say that I'd like to go w/ a bad boy and say Spike or Angel From BTVS :)

    gfc: erin

  7. I would go with Eric from True Blood. Great interview.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  8. I do love the bad boys too. I would love to go out with one of the guys for Larissa Ione's Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series. Especially either Wraith, Ares, or Than.

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  9. I would like to go out with Roarke from In Death Series by JD Robb!!!

    GFC as Filia Oktarina
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  10. These sound fantastic! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  11. I'd say Rehv from the BDB series.

    I follow the blog.


  12. I'd love to go on a date with Gray from Dragon Bound. He seems like he would be a lot of fun.

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  13. Zadist from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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  14. I would like a date with Eric or Alcide from True Blood. Or maybe Angel from Buffy. Thanks for the chance.

    I am a follower
    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  15. As much as I love all the paranormal bad boys I think I would have to pick Roark for an actual "date" that man knows how to take care of a woman!

    GFC: Maria pronounced Mariah


    Thanks so much!
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