Thursday, June 09, 2011

Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011

The Qwillery is the 6th stop on the #Dark Tour By Erin Kellison and Laurie London. Erin and Laurie are celebrating the releases of new e-novellas: Shadow Touch by Erin and Hidden by Blood by Laurie. Let's listen in as their heroines have coffee.

Coffee with Heroines of #DarkTour

Welcome to #DarkTour, and a big thank you to Sally for hosting us. Laurie London and I have got great prizes to give away— Shadow Bound (book 1 in my Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Ascension, by author Caris Roane. We’ll also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards to the package. Good, yes? Enter to win by answering the question below.

Today we are spotlighting the heroines of the Shadow and Sweetblood series. To start, Brenna, the heroine of Hidden by Blood, has met up with Ellie, from Shadow Touch, for a coffee and a get-to-know you chat to prepare for #DarkTour.

Brenna tries to keep her gaze on Ellie, but can’t help looking over at Ellie’s nude, disembodied shadow, who is glaring at her. “So,” Brenna asks smiling, “uhh…what’s up with the shadow?”

Ellie glances at her dark self, who is curled on a seat at another table, clearly distrustful of Brenna. Ellie hopes Brenna doesn’t notice that her shadow is on edge, ready to attack, if necessary.

Ellie smiles back, shrugging. “She senses that something is unusual about you, but since I’m split in two, I can’t exactly point any fingers, can I?” Ellie laughs nervously. “My shadow is my deep self, kinda like a Freudian id. Passions and instinct control her. And she’s getting stronger every day.”

Brenna leans forward, sympathetic. “That must be very…”

“… embarrassing?” Ellie interrupts. It’s so much more than that, but impossible to explain to a stranger. Instead, Ellie quips, “You should see her around attractive men. And if she senses I’m in danger…”

Her shadow hisses at Brenna.

“…then she will defend me,” Ellie finishes. “It’s happened before. No one knows, not even me, what she’s capable of.”

“I’m capable of anything,” her shadow says, gaze never leaving Brenna.

Ellie closes her eyes for patience. “I don’t mean that to sound threatening, it’s just…she obviously can tell that you are dangerous in your own right.”

Brenna smiles. “I suppose I am. But you have nothing to worry about.”

Ellie knows Brenna’s telling the truth, because her shadow settles back on her seat, though her glare is just as fierce. “Anyway, I’m determined to put an end to it,” Ellis says, “which is why I’m going to Segue. And I’m not leaving there until someone helps me.”

“What’s Segue?” Brenna asks.

Ellie picks up her coffee mug. Takes a sip. “It’s a paranormal research center. There’s a scientist there, Dr. Cameron Kalamos, who is investigating the unusual properties of shadows. He’s finally agreed to see me, though I’m pretty sure he’s not prepared for the likes of her.” Ellie darts a glance over at her dark self. “I think she’s only accompanying me because Dr. Kalamos is pretty cute.”

“Hot,” her shadow corrects.

Ellie sighs. “Yeah, okay. He’s hot. Anyway, enough about me. …

Brenna tears open a sugar packet, pours it slowly into her mug. “No, really, I don’t mind.”

“ don’t?” Ellie’s eyes go wide. “I figured she...we would totally freak you out.”

“Hardly. It’s refreshing, actually.” Brenna smiles as she stirs her latte. “I can totally relate to having a dark nature.”


“You’re not the only one with issues, Ellie. As a vampire, my dark nature is a part of me. I struggle with it daily. The urges, the compulsions.” Brenna glances at the shadow who looks ready to spring again. No doubt because the V word has been dropped. “Most of the time I manage pretty well. Working in the medical field like I do, you have to. But it’s especially difficult with one particular man. And yeah, he’s hot.”

“How do you manage?” Ellie glances over at her naked self. “I find it so...overwhelming at times.”

“I’m not saying it’s easy. If it was, no one would want to tell our stories.” Brenna sighs. “In my case, I try to avoid situations where I know I’m going to have...trouble.”

Brenna tenses, expecting some sort of reaction from the shadow, but the dark figure has just noticed the tatted up barista behind the counter.

“So, tell me about this guy,” Ellie prompts.

Brenna takes a sip of her latte and stares at her new friend over the rim. “Finn McKentry is a former Army Ranger who runs his own helicopter business. You know, sight-seeing, corporate outings, that sort of thing. He’s brash, bold, daring with just the faintest touch of a Scottish accent.”

“Mmmm, he does sound hot. So what’s the problem?”

Brenna sighs. “For one thing, he’s a human. But not only that, he’s also a sweetblood. It’s a rare blood type that’s extremely addictive to vampires. One taste and I won’t be able to stop. My dark nature will take over and I’ll kill him. Drain him of his blood and his energies.”

“His energies?” Ellie scowls. “I don’t understand.”

Brenna looks at the shadow who is now rubbing a hand suggestively over her hips as she stares at the barista. Wow, that would be hard to deal with day in and day out. Okay, she’d better be quick about this.

“Give me your hand.”

Ellie tentatively reaches out across the table. Brenna grabs her hand and a jolt of energy shoots up her arm before she lets go. “Did you feel that?”

Ellie looks at her palm, shakes her head.

“Many humans don’t,” Brenna explains. “Because vampires can’t get energy from ultra-violet light like you do, we need to absorb it through physical contact. Often, you’ll just feel tired afterwards. Like you didn’t sleep well. Or, as is the case for many people in the Northwest, you’ll feel as if you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder and need sunlight.”

Ellie nods then waits a moment before asking, “So, what...ah...happened to the guy?”

Brenna stares into her cup. The heart design the barista had made in the foam is gone. All that is left is a stirred up mess.

“I broke up with him and told my dark self, never again.”

About the e-Novellas and Authors

Hidden By Blood
A Sweetblood e-Novella
(June 1, 2011)
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free—but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all…

Amazon : B&N

About Laurie

A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

You can find Laurie online here:


Shadow Touch
A Shadow e-Novella
(June 1, 2011)
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Elllie's problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. . .

It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.

Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?

Amazon : B&N

About Erin

Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall, as well as the upcoming Shadowman (Sept 2011), and the e-novella Shadow Touch (June 2011). Stories have always been a central part of Erin's life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.

You can find Erin online here:


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win Shadow Bound (book 1 in Erin's Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Ascension, by author Caris Roane. Erin and Laurie will also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards to the package.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What are your favorite fictional characters who fight with their dark side?

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 or Twitter. 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 Thursday, June  16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I think my top one would be Janet Begay from the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.

    +1 GFC Follower
    +1 Tweet:


  2. The Incredible Hulk because he was the 1st one I thought about.

    Qwillery follower

    zombvampire AT gmail d0t com

  3. Thanks for the great interview.
    My favorite fictional characters are Vampires. I think I am drawn to them because of the struggle they seem to go through with their darkside.


  4. Agreed! most of my favorite vampire are the one who seem to struggle the most such as Simon from the mortal instruments series

    I follow via GFC Laura Morales
    FB stat:


  5. I'm outing my age, but must confess my favorite character who struggles with his dark side is Quentin Collins from the 60s/70s soap opera, Dark Shadows.

  6. Wow, hard questions. A score of Vampire characters would fit this bill. Some good guys also embrace their inner darkness but often reluctantly. My favorite characters are the ones who embrace a wee bit of dark and take even a little pleasure in it :)

    I am a follower.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  7. Fictional character that fights with his dark side? For some reason The Sadist, Daemon from Anne Bishop's Blood/Black Jewels comes to mind.

    Qwillery follower
    raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. The Sadist, Daemon from Anne Bishop's Blood/Black Jewels strikes me as a good choice ;) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson tweeted!/Icecream1891

  9. Janet Begay and the Incredible Hulk/David Banner were the first I thought of.

    GFC Anne38

  10. Maybe my favourite is Zadist from the third installement of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I love him and it's wonderful how much he changes within those few months. He suffered a lot in the past and the past left huge wounds on him that can be cured by only a woman he loves :)

    +1 for the comment
    +1 for GCF following (as mikki-mano)

    Thank you for the chance to win,

  11. I'm sure you'll get this a lot but Vampires are my favorite. They struggle all the time with their dark side and well I love reading about it =) I read a lot of other myths but they don't usually have a dark side struggle going on. Maybe shifters with their tempers but vampires still rule out I think =)
    I'd love to win these books...awesome giveaway...thanks ladies for the chance ;)
    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follower as Tanyaw1224
    +1 twittered at

  12. These are some good ones! I like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  13. I just started reading Laurie London's books and am in love with them already from the moment I started reading Bonded by Blood I was hooked and have to say my favorite character dark or otherwise very aluring is Dom, definately he can bite me any time and thank you Laurie if you read this for writing such a great series love your style :)

  14. I recently read Witches and Warlocks: Trouble with Spells by Lacey Weatherford. So I'm going to go with Vance.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  15. Great Interview. im gonna go with lora leighs breed series. the characters are always strugling with themselves and their dark sides.


  16. Absolutely vampires are my favorite fictional characters who fight with their dark side! Vampires are just so sexy and dangerous. They take bad boy to whole different level :)


  17. Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood is the first person that popped into my head.
    +1 comment
    +1 follower

  18. Ohhh. Let's see... Damon from The Vampire Diaries, Lex from Smallville, Angel/Spike from Buffy.... Gotta love those wanna-be good guys :-)


  19. I just read the book Midnight Reign and the main character, Dawn, is constantly fighting with her dark side. She is always trying to control her dark urges, and sometimes even succeeds!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 Tweet (looks odd, I know, but it's real!))

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  20. I agree that vampire characters would be my favorite fictional characters who fight with their dark side and Zsadist from the BDB series certainly comes to mind.

    +1 answer question
    +1 GFC follower


  21. Such a great variety of characters, some of which I've never heard of. Guess my TBR pile is about to get bigger!

    And Sue G., thank you! I'm thrilled you're enjoying the series so much. <3

  22. I just finished reading Bronwen Evan's "Invitation to Ruin" & Anthony (the hero of course) immediately come to mind. Couldn't help it, i loved the book! I also have a very short term retentive memory (LOLs)
    - Follower
    - Facebook
    - Comment

  23. I'll say Spike from the Buffy series.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower

  24. I would say Leslie from Ink Exchange. She fights to become who she was again.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  25. I liked Dare Devil!

    +1 GFC Follower
    +1 Tweet

  26. I think I would say in general, newbie vampires have a tough struggle. So do shifters to control that primal/predator side of their wild natures. But if I am picking a single character.... From a book I would say Ellysetta Baristani from C L Wilson's Tairen series. I admired how she fought against her dark side even as the darkness tried to presuade her by attacking her friends and even her family.
    +1 GFC: LadyVampire2u
    +1 Tweet:!/LadyVampire2u/status/79473863645339648

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  27. my favorite character is Jace from TMI,
    +1 follower
    +1 comment
    +1 tweet:!/michelledluvsu/status/79572752280981504
    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  28. Both vampires and shifters can fight with their dark side. Although I prefer the vamps. A great example I would say if Bones from the Night Huntress series.

    Im a follower

    tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/80855272125505536

    bacchus76 at myself dot com