Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Downside Series by Stacia Kane - Giveaway

Stacia Kane has written a compelling new dark and gritty urban fantasy series. I have not yet finished the 3rd book, City of Ghosts, but when I do I will have more to say. Until then I'd like to share a set of the books with one commenter.


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.


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.

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.

To have a chance to win the three Downside books leave a comment telling The Qwillery what you are presently reading.

If you tweet the contest, we’ll give you another entry for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll give you another entry. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times, but you only get one extra entry. You can also mention the contest on your blog (it must be your blog) to get another entry. If you are a follower of The Qwillery you get another entry. You can get a maximum of 5 entries (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention, Follower). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blogged. Please leave The Qwillery a way to contact you.

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, August 4, 2010.

If you're a fan of the series you can pick up this nifty Downside Army badge at Stacia Kane's website.


  1. I'm currently reading "Twice as Hot" by Gena Showalter.

    I tweeted :

    I'm a follower.

    Total = 5



  2. I'm currently reading 'Fallen' by Lauren Kate.

    I'd love to win this series!

    I'm a follower!:)


  3. I'm reading Early to Death,Early to Rise by Kim Harrison




  4. I'm currently reading Angel by LA Weatherly.

    Great contest please enter me.


  5. I'm about to start reading "Mr. Darcy, Vampire", by Amanda Grange.

    I'm a follower & RTed. (Can't do a link w/ this durn iPhone.)

    And... I would LOVE to win all 3 books!! :)


  6. I just finished Marjorie M. Liu's new release-A Wild Light and LOVED it!
    +1 I tweeted:
    +1 I'm a follower
    +1 comment

    Thanks so much!

  7. I'm reading 'Strange Angels' by Lili St. Crow, and loving it!

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this!

    hawkeyegirl at gmail dot com

  8. Among other things, I am currently reading "Give Em What they Want - the Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents," and I will masquerade as human in order to be able to psrticipate in this contest. (I am also reading another book by Stacia under a different pen name.)

    I follow and tweeted -
    For 3 entries.

    You can find me @LaylaMessner on Twitter


  9. I'm currently reading Nightlife by Rob Thurman.

    Re-posted your contest at:



    I'm an old follower.

    total points = 5

    Thank you for the chance to win this fab series!!

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  10. Great giveaway! I'm currently reading Pretty onsters by Kelly Link. Pretty decent short story collection. :)

    I tweeted:

    I'm a follower :)

  11. I'm reading Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield! I'm also a follower!

  12. I'm currently reading Black Magic by Cherry Adair.

    I follow!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. My current reading is slightly different.

    I am about halfway through World Without End by Ken Follett !

    +1 I am an old Follower
    +1 for my comment.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  14. I am currently reading: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. The Hollows series is excellent.

    I have this series at the top of my list to get!!!

    +1 for follower
    +1 for tweet -

    +1 for facebook -!/hcreely

    total = 4


  15. I follow and I'm currently reading Shiver!

  16. I am currently reading "The Sweet Far Thing" by Libba Bray. +1
    I am a follower +1
    Facebook +1!/profile.php?id=630067989
    Blog sidebar plus mention on contests page +1
    Total 4


  17. I am reading Ghost Night by Heather Graham.

    Tweet -

    post and sidebar -

    Im a follower

    Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the chance!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. awesome contest! no need to enter me I bought the 3 books already =D

  19. +1 Right now I am reading Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns. I also just finished reading Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus.

    +1 I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter (@skyla11377).

    +1 I posted this giveaway on my Facebook page.

    +1 I posted a blog about this giveaway (skyla11377).

    +1 I am an old follower.


  20. I am currently reading Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver.

    I'm a follower
    I Tweeted:

    3 total

  21. I'm reading "Destined for an Early Grave" By Jeaniene Frost.

    + 1 commented
    + 1 tweeted :

    + 1 FB mention :

    + 1 Follower

    I've been wanting to read this series back to back, count me in !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  22. I'm currently reading 3 different books (depends on my mood and attention span)- Angelology by Danielle Trussoni, Kiss Me Deadly 13 Tales of Paranormal Love Anthology, and Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler by Rick Steves.

    I tweeted it, I can't link it right at this moment but my name on Twitter is OceanJamie

    I'm a follower.

    And I posted this contest on FB -!/oceanjamie

    You can contact me at OceanJamie(at)aol(dot)com

    Thanks for having such a great contest.

  23. I'm Reading What Happens in Vegas After Dark by a few diffrent authors one of them is Anya Bast
    +1 Comment
    +1 Follower GFC


  24. I'm reading Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead righ now and I'm loving it!

    + I'm a follower



    +1 linked to blog sidebar


    thanks for the giveaway!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  25. I am reading Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

    I am a follower.


  26. I'm reading Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

  27. I'm reading Soulless by Gail Carriger.

    I'm a follower.


  28. I'm reading The Blind Side by Michael Lewis.

    I'm also a follower :)

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  29. I am now reading Blood Song by Cat Adams. I've only just started it, gotta get back to it now... Thanks so much for making this international!

    I am follower and go by the name of Pink Panther. Total: 2 entries and you can contact me through

  30. I am currently reading ALPHA by Rachel Vincent.

  31. I am reading Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund.

    I am a follower

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  32. I am currently reading Jill mansell's Sheer Mischief as well as the National Geographic that just came in the mail :)

  33. I'm currently reading The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King and The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski

    - I am a follower

    - I Comment

    - Tweeted (

    - Blogpost (

    Total: 4 entries

    Thank you so much!


  34. Thanks for the great giveaway =) I really want to get my hand son this series.
    I just finished reading Jealousy by Lilith Saintcrow, and I'll be starting Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning!


  35. Awesome giveaway!

    I'm currently reading Bloody Jack by L.A Meyer, and it's actually interesting.

    +1 Tweet:

    +1 Follower.

    Total: 3


  36. I am currently reading:

    The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky
    Author: Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki, Scott Sherman

    I'm a follower!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  37. I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.

    I'm a follower.

    Total: 1



  38. I have seen so many loving this series, it looks truly addicting.

    As for me, I am reading His for the taking by Sarah parr

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  39. Wow, thanks for such a fantastic giveaway! I keep hearing amazing things about this series, please enter me.

    +1 right now I'm reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy
    +1 old followe
    +1 tweeted:
    +1 posted on Facebook:
    +1 posted on my sidebar:

    = 5 entries

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. I'm finishing up "The Girls with Games of Blood" by Alex Bledsoe.

    I'm a follower.

    I tweeted.

    3 entries:

  41. I am Reading Th1rteen r3asons