Thursday, September 08, 2011

Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - September 8, 2011

Please welcome Erin Kellison to The Qwillery.

Erin:  First of all, a huge thank you to Sally for hosting me here today to help celebrate the release of the third book in my Shadow series, Shadowman. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Leave a comment for a chance to get all three books in the series: Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman.

TQShadowman is the 3rd novel in the Shadow series, how have the Shadowlands surprised you since the 1st novel, Shadow Bound?

Erin:  The Shadowlands, or Twilight, has always been my story wild card. I can do whatever I want with it. I’m able to exceed the physics of the mundane world and dive into pure fantasy. BUT, I was completely surprised by how Shadowman perceives that realm.

TQ:  In the Shadow series, which character has surprised you the most?

Erin:  Zoe. I had no idea at the outset that I would use, like, and relate to her so much. She’s a wreck in this book because she’s undergoing a massive character change. She’s very real, very angry, very raw, and I love every moment she’s on the page.

TQ:  Please tell us about The Segue Institute.

Erin:  The Segue Institute is dedicated to the research and understanding of paranormal phenomena arising from the influx of Shadow into the world.

For more information, visit for current research projects, personnel, and updates on wraith attacks globally.

TQ:  Describe Shadowman (Shadow 3) in 140 characters or less.

Erin:  Curses, this is hard.

Death builds a gate to Hell to find his love, but she finds him first. A devil is loosed and angels ready for war. All Hell breaks loose.

TQ:  In Shadowman, who was the most difficult character to write and why? Easiest and why?

Erin:  Shadowman was the most difficult! He’s made out of Shadow (magic), and so every aspect of touch and movement had to be re-imagined. And since he’s fae, he has no human sensibilities. I had to step out of myself to make sure his reactions and motivations worked. I had to make an abstraction, Death, a multi-layered character.

Easiest? Rose Anne Petty, psychopath and escapee from Hell. Usually I work on a character a bit before they completely gel both in my mind and with the story. I did not revise a single scene featuring the murderous Rose. I don’t want to think about what that says about me. I can say I had a hell of a lot of fun.

TQ:  The Shadow series is what I would call paranormal romantic suspense. Are there any other genres in which you'd like to write?

Erin:  I love where I’m writing now, but I can also easily see myself going a little more urban fantasy, horror (which is what I started writing), and for a little bit of split personality, sometimes I’d like to kick around a historical romance (medieval). And I’m also working on a YA (in the paranormal romantic suspense subgenre).

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shadow series? Will there be more novellas?

Erin:  I’m working on the fourth book now, Shadow Fire, which has a release date of July 2012. And I’m contracted for a fifth beyond that. And yes! There will be three more novellas continuing the story I began in Shadow Touch, with characters Cam and Ellie returning.

TQ:  What's next?

Erin:  I’m preparing to dive into part II of Cam and Ellie’s story. I enjoy the novella length, which surprises me because I’d love to write longer books. (What I wouldn’t give to write a 500 page book!) And I’ll be jumping into book five of my Shadow series as well.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About the Shadow Series

Shadow 3
(Kensington, September 6, 2011)
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

It survives even death. And Kathleen O'Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.

The Gate
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken...
Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Books-A-Million : Indie Bound

Shadow Touch
(Kensington, June 1, 2011)
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Ellie'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?

Shadow Fall
Shadow 2
(Dorchester, July 27, 2010)
Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn't cut out to be an angel.

One moment he's fleeing Heaven; the next, he's waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who's desperately afraid of the dark.

It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.

He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.

Shadow Bound
Shadow 1
(Dorchester, June 29, 2010)
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

Book covers and descriptions from Erin Kellison's website.

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.

Find, Follow, and Friend Erin here:

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and  Shadowman from Erin!

How:  Leave a comment.

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 Thursday, September 15, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. GFC follower:) This series looks great. All of the covers are beautiful:)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction

  2. Hi Erin, just popped over to say hi to the other half of the Double E duo! Good luck with the latest book. You know I'm a big fan!!!!

    (Don't enter me in the giveaway--I've already bought all of Erin's books!)


  3. No need to enter me into the contest...just wanted to say how much I'm looking forward to reading the entire series, Erin...I love the Shadow concept!

  4. so excited for shadowman I have all of them on my kindle and am thinking about getting them in true book form to I ABSOLUTELY ADORE all three books

  5. I've been looking for a new series to start, and this series sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower

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  7. Hi Erin,
    I am so excited for you. You know I love this series and am so happy that Shadowman has his own book. Oh and the book trailer rocks!!! Love it!

    (no need to enter me in the contest I already have all of Erin's book--signed even)

  8. Looks awesome! :)

    GFC follower: Frederikke Reimer

  9. how this series sounds! I must read the whole thing,starting with the first one!
    I follow by GFC.
    I posted on Facebook and Twitter.

  10. Where do you get your inspiration for these books? I love them, so I was just wondering!

    GFC Follower


  11. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! This series sounds amazing and the covers are very beautiful.
    GFC follower as Diana
    I shared it on FB:

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  13. ooohh these sound good!! pretty pretty too!!

    im a follower!

    i hope i win!

  14. Ohhh Such nice covers and this sounds like a great series I just didn't read. Well, must do something about it!

    GFC follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  15. These books look great!! I can't wait to read them :)

    GFC follower: Julie Witt

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  16. Cool books! They sound great, and the covers are beautiful. Wishing you all the best with your series.


  17. These look like great books! Would love to read and review them for my own blog, thank you for the chance! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  18. All the books look amazing & the covers are very beautiful.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  19. What a great giveaway all three books ** wow ** I have not yet Erins books would love to .. The covers are lovley !! Im a cover love Kinda girl I cant belive I havent seen these before :)
    I am a GFC follower !!!

    Have twittered the comp and giveaway
    ( I am run_with_wolves)
    ( I am katrina whittaker)

    I have also posted on my blog and posted links back here ;)

    Thanks for the great interview its always great to find new authors and the series sounds great !!



  20. Beautiful covers, especiall the last one! These books go to my TBR pile :)
    I'm a follower, and I've shared the contest on my blog

  21. This series looks very promising. The covers are just made of awesome.
    +1 follower
    +1 comment

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  22. I totally agree with all the comments that this series looks great & that the covers are gorgeous! Can't wait to read it.

    Hope Erin will consider writing some Historical Romance soon; or Fantasy Romance. Those are my fav sub genres.

  23. Beautiful covers!! More books for ye olde TBR pile.

    GFC: ML

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  24. I think it's really interesting that it's a series, but leads into different main protagonists with each book.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  25. oh this series has been great!

    GFC Teril

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  26. I've read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. The series looks really good.
    GFC follower

  27. I have not read any of the series as yet but after reading the interview I am very interested in trying it.

    It sounds as if the author has put an amazing amount of thought into creating the whole mythology and the characters, which I think is quite unusual.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    +1 for comment
    +1 I Follow via GFC - buddyt

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  29. Congratulations on releasing your third book,Shadowman!
    "She’s very real, very angry, very raw.." I think... You.. Just..describe me.. Hahha no no just kidding :>
    GFC follower
    Fan on FB(Natasha Areena)

  30. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway ! I didn"t know this serie but it sounds great, I really like the covers.

    I'm a GFC follower


  31. Great interview, it was nice getting to know Erin a bit since she is a new-to-me author. I would love to be entered for the giveaway, thanks!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower


  32. This looks like a great series! Thanks for the chance to win

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweeted-!/joleneallcock/status/112275791152300032


  33. This series sounds fantastic! I have heard nothing but great things!


  34. I've had my eye on Shadow Bound since last summer. Now there are more books out, all sounding great.

    It's time for me to start reading this series.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  35. I love a good series and am always on the lookout for something new. I love to be able to get into the characters and follow them as the story lines progress in the world they are written in. Ms. Kellison's series sounds like a doozy:) Of course I am also a cover junky, I love a beautiful cover! Thank you for sharing today and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    GFC - Denise Zaky
    tweeted -


  36. great giveaway!!

    i'm a gfc follower: Candice

    thanks again

  37. This series caught my eye a while back but i haven't had the chance to read it yet.

    gfc follower
    FB share

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  38. I have heard this series is fantastic, would love to read it

    Thanks for the interesting interview!

    +1 GFC follower

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  39. I have heard such wonderful things about this author. Definitely at the top of my wishlist! Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

    GFC ~ erin

  40. Thanks for another great giveaway! The covers are gorgeous and the premise of this series is VERY intriguing!

    +1 Already follow via GFC (MamaHendo3).
    +1 Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/113051332449009665


  41. Would love to read this series!

    GFC follower: Amy


  42. Erin is a new to me author and Shadowlands is a new to me series. i would love to give it a try. I agree with Erin that after having children, nothing scares you any more, unless it is danger to your children. Congrats, good luck, and thank you for the contest. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. +1 GFC Follower

    Would love to win this! Aweome Interview and Awesome Giveaway!

  44. The Shadow series is new to me but it has an interesting concept and I would like to read it.

    GFC follower
    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  45. This series is on my to be read list. GFC follower and email follower.

  46. I'm a GFC follower *InnocentButler* I think :)

    tjotjoc at gmail dot com

    I want to read these books!

  47. I have not read this series but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. Love the covers.

    I am a follower through email.

  48. Thanks for such a generous giveaway! I would really like to read this series.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower

    thegirlofire27 at gmail dot com

  49. Hi Erin:) Your series sounds very intriguing, especially the character of Shadowman who sounds very complex. Rose Ann Petty also sounds like an unusual character. I look forward to reading it:)

    +1 Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 GFC: Identity Seeker

    +1 Tweeted:!/SweetNSensible/status/114043419541782528