Friday, March 30, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler

Please welcome Nicole Peeler as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Nicole:  I've always loved writing, but for academic stuff. Then I read Charlaine Harris's fifth book on a flight back to the UK, and I was like, "I want to write something like this." So I went home and started writing! I think all my years of reading and writing came together for me, then. It was a very weird experience!

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

Nicole:  Just finding the time with a busy life. But I can't complain, I love it!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Nicole:  Just doing it, to be honest. I never thought I'd publish a book so the whole thing feels pretty magical.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Nicole:  That it's pretty off the wall. Jane swears and she likes sex and she's got a goofball take on things. She is half selkie, after all. ;-)

TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Nicole:  My latest releases are a short story called "Something Wikkid This Way Comes," which is about the ladies of Triptych who you meet in book three. And Tempest's Fury, book five, comes out in July. Right now I'm writing book six, Jane's final book. It's been a great run and I can't wait to see her all grown up. :-)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you, it's my pleasure!

About Jane True

Tempest's Fury
Jane True 5
Orbit, June 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Jane's not happy. She's been packed off to England to fight in a war when she'd much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane's enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble -- the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they're not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with the barghest, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.

Praying she can pull of a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane also has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don't think she can live up to her new role as Champion.

Along the way, Jane learns that some heroes are born. Some are made. And some are bribed with promises of food and sex.

Something Wikkid This Way Comes
A Trueverse eNovella
Orbit, January 17, 2011

Capitola, Moo, and Shar are the halfling ladies of Triptych: supernatural private investigators who get paid to clean up paranormal messes.

Normally Cappie doesn't take human cases, but who can resist a priest, missing Catholic school girls, and a creature that may or may not be the Prince of Darkness?

A story set in the world of Nicole Peeler's Jane True series.

Eye of the Tempest
Jane True 4
Orbit, August 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Nothing says "home" like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she's not the only thing that's been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped...and Jane's just the halfling for the job.

Tempest's Legacy
Jane True 3
Orbit, January 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Mass Market Paperback and eBook
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.

Tracking the Tempest
Jane True 2
Orbit, July 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

Tempest Rising
Jane True 1
Orbit, November 1, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.

About Nicole

Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She’s lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides outside Pittsburgh, to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. When she’s not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she’s writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel. You can find her blogging here, as well as at the League of Reluctant Adults and Pens Fatales. She’d love for you to add her on Facebook (Nicole Peeler), and on Twitter (NicolePeeler).

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will his or her choice of a Mass Market Paperback of one of the first 4 Jane True novels: Tempest Rising, Tracking the Tempest, Tempest's Legacy, OR Eye of the Tempest  from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which book series would you like to go on forever?
Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already? 

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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, April 6, 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 a little tired of Lora Leigh's breed series and Sherrilyn Kenyon's DarkHunters, to be honest. I'm wondering if I gave the Chronicles of Nick a chance that would change, but I think I'm pretty much through with LL's breeds. On the other hand, I'd love to see more of the In Death series. How could anyone have too much Roarke?

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  2. Thanks for a fantastic interview! I love Nicole's Tempest series and her series has a special spot in my reader heart as she was the very first purchase I made for my Kindle when I first got one :)

    I agree w/ Rebe... the In Death series could go on forever as far as I'm concerned. They are still addicting and fresh even after 30+ books. On the flip side, Janet Evanovich can retire The Stephanie Plum series. The last few books have been repetitive and blah. Which kills me as I loved them at the beginning.

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  3. LOL... I think Nicole's series needs to go on forever!!! I think the Kenyon's series may have run its course not. The characters are just not as strong as they once were.

    I am a follower and shared the contest on facebook (

    I would love to win Eye of the Tempest! Thanks for another awesome contest dear!

    robin (at) intensewhisper (dot) com

  4. I'm a bit tired of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. But I continue to read it (off and on) because I feel I have some much invested with it.

    I'm sorry the Adrien English and Cambridge Fellows series have ended.

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  5. I would love the Twilight series to go on forever. I love that series. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

  6. thanks for the contest and the giveaway! It's sad to think a series should end, I think I would say the Anita Blake series. I really enjoy this one, but it's difficult with the last books. Maybe it would change I don't know, I hope so.
    I'm a follower; Melliane


  7. I'd like the Immortals After Dark series to go on forever.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. I want the Hollows series to go on forever.

  9. I would like the Fever series by KMM to continue. I didn't get enough of Mac's and Barrons's world. There is a spinoff series featuring secondary characters but I want to see Mac and Barrons front and center.

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  10. I am looking forward to meeting everyone this summer. Thanks for the interview!

    I think both Christine Feehan's Dark Series as well as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series should both come to a conclusion. I just want to be put out of my misery and find out how it ends already I have followed them both for several years now and am kind of over them. Because I am a glutton for punishment as I still continue to buy them to find out what happened, despite being disappointed the past couple of books~(I wish I could quit you amazon!) I really need to spend the money on other books that I would enjoy more like (fingers crossed)another book in the Harry Potter series, I can't wait to see what Rowlings new book is going to be about; or the next Kiera West Great Wolves of Passion; or Dana Marie Bell's follow up to Shadow Wolf; or Karen Marie Moning's next Highlander book!

  11. I would like A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series by George RR Martin to go on forever. It is brilliant.

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  12. I think The Hunger Games Trilogy should've ended after the first book!

  13. My fav series is KM Moning's Fever series. I'd like it to continue-love Mac & Barrons!!! I have to say the Anita Blake series got old for me.

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  14. I would love for the Sookie Stackhouse series to go on forever. I know it hasn't ended, yet all good things must come to an end. I have to agree with everyone else in saying it's time to put Anita Blake to rest.

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  15. I want the Chicagoland Vampire series to go on forever!! I know more books are coming but I really enjoy that series. Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win. I haven't read this series yet but it is on my list to read before August.

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  16. I would have to agree that the Anita Blake series should have ended a long time ago. However I do wish Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series wasn't ended with 13 later this year... it just feels like there is a lot more to tell that she has hinted at.

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  17. Thank you for the interesting interview!!

    I would have liked Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld to have gone on, and I even would have preferred if she wrote more Nadia Stafford books, I love that series of hers! Another series I would want more books is Sonya Bateman's Gavyn Donatti series!!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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