Wednesday, October 24, 2012

McKenzie Lewis and Aren from Sandy Williams' McKenzie Lewis Series Stop By & Giveaway - October 24, 2012

Please welcome McKenzie Lewis and Aren from the McKenzie Lewis series by Sandy Williams. The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis 2) will be published on October 30, 2012.

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

McKenzie:  Thanks for having us. I’m McKenzie Lewis, a college student - or rather, a former college student now. I was getting a degree in English until he came along.

Aren*sexy half-grin*

McKenzie:  There’s not too much to say about myself. I’m pretty much a normal human except-

Aren:  *snorts*

McKenzie:  *glares at Aren* I would be normal except the fact that I can see and track fae. I’m a shadow-reader. Fae have the ability to travel through fissures, which are vertical slashes of white light that rip through the atmosphere. When they disappear, they leave behind shadows that twist and turn and morph into different landscapes. I draw these shadows down on paper, show them to a fae, then name the location. When I do, fae are able to fissure to that spot. That’s really the only thing that’s special about me.

Aren:  McKenzie doesn’t give herself enough credit. Even if she couldn’t see or track us, she’d be unique. She’s selfless - too selfless in my opinion. She needs to put her needs before everyone else’s more often. She doesn’t because she’s loyal, and she won’t abandon her friends if she can help them.

McKenzie:  You’re supposed to be introducing yourself.

Aren:  I prefer talking about you.

McKenzie:  Aren.

Aren:  *shrugs* I’m Aren. I helped the rebels fight the king’s fae for the last few years. McKenzie here was a thorn in our side until I coaxed her into joining us.

McKenzie:  Coaxed? You kidnapped me.

Aren:  I was supposed to kill you.

TQ:  What one word would you use to describe Aren?

McKenzie:  Infuriating.

TQ:  Aren, your turn. What one word would you use to describe McKenzie?

Aren:  *grins* Enchanting.

TQ:  Tell us something about your latest adventure, The Shattered Dark, that is not in the book description.

McKenzie:  I made a lot of decisions in the first book. I have to deal with those in The Shattered Dark. I learn more about Aren, and some of the things he’s done are hard for me to accept.

TQ:  So…has your author been kind to you?

McKenzie:  No!

Aren:  I met McKenzie. The last few months have been difficult, but I wouldn’t change a thing about them because they led me to her.

TQ:  Can you let us in one what your author is up to next?

McKenzie:  I hope she’s stabilizing the Realm. I’m tired of war. I want a chance at a halfway normal life, and I want the people I care about to be safe. I don’t think that’s asking for too much.

Aren:  I hope for the same thing. McKenzie deserves a rest. She deserves to be happy.

TQ:  Thank you both for joining us today, and thank you to Sandy Williams!

The McKenzie Lewis Series

The Shattered Dark
McKenzie Lewis 2
Ace, October 30, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war between the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.

The Shadow Reader
McKenzie Lewis 1
Ace, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

About Sandy

Sandy graduated from Texas A&M University with a double major in political science and history. She thought about attending law school. Fortunately, before handing over her life’s savings, she realized case studies weren’t nearly as interesting as novels and decided to get an MA in Library Science instead. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. She’s now back home in Texas, writing full-time, raising newborn twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Runebound.

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What:  One commenter will win her/his choice of The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) or The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis 2) from The Qwillery.

How:   Answer the following question:

Which character from novels, comics, movies, or
TV shows do you find infuriating?

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 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 Wednesday, October 31, 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. The character I find most infuriating in anything fiction is the weak, dependent, damsel-in-distress heroine. But McKenzie definitely doesn't sound like one of those!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win The Shadow Reader.
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    1. I don't like damsels in distress either! McKenzie is way outmatched by the fae, but she tries her best to fight for what she believes in.

      Good luck in the contest!

  2. I really dont like Damon from Vampire Diaries.Dont ask me why ,I just dont.

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    1. I *shouldn't* like Damon. He kills and manipulates way too much, but gawd, for some reason I do. Even when I read the books back in junior high, he was my fave. I think all of us Damon lovers might have psychological problems. lol

  3. I can't stand Sookie Stackhouse. I find her really annoying!

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  4. i don't like damsell in distress weak and wimpering without a bone in their body ^^ oh edward cullen infuriated me too^^^

    thank you a lot for this giveaway

    i'm really tempted by this series

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  5. Lori from The Walking Dead (TV series). For some reason every single time I hear her talk I wanna turn my tv off... Talking about an infuriating character :)

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    1. heh I'm tempted to watch the Walking Dead just because I've heard how annoying Lori is.

      Good luck in the contest!

  6. Hm, I tend to avoid characters in stories that I don't like so I'm furiously trying to remember some annoying characters from books I've put down without finishing...and it isn't working. Ok, since my brain is clearly not functioning on all cylinders this morning, I'm going to go with the most recent jerk in a story - Octavian from The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Too selfish and clever by half. I really dislike manipulators, they make people believe that their thoughts and actions are their own but they were manoeuvered into them by a master manipulator. Ick.
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  7. Hahaha, I have to agree with Anna Ch. Lori on the Walking Dead is infuriating! Almost makes me want to stop watching the show. But her husband Rick upsets me, too. Just hanging around to see where the show takes us.

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    1. heh Sounds like the Walking Dead is filled with annoying characters! :-)

  8. Bill from the True Blood show and books is one of the most infuriating characters I can think of. The books and shows have really digressed lately. I will tough out the last book but if Sookie ends up with Bill I will probably want to tear the book to pieces and for me that is totally sacrilegious.

    I have to agree that Lori from The Walking Dead is really bad too. I'm kinda hoping the baby is a zombie and kills her during childbirth and I am normally not a mean or morbid person. Just love the show but am tired of her.

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    1. It's been so long since I read the books that I can't remember if I was annoyed by Bill or not. I think I'm just annoyed by his accent in the HBO show.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. A character from a book that irritates me with her selfishness is Jacinda from the Firelight series. Even though I like the series, I find myself wanting to just climb into the book and slap her!
    I'm looking forward to reading The Shattered Dark.

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  10. Thanks for a great post and congrats to Sandy on the new release! I can't stand Andrea from the Walking Dead. She's arrogant and b*tchy :)

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    1. This is too funny. Linda, Rick, and Andrea from the Walking Dead series have all been listed as annoying/infuriating. I think I'm glad I don't watch the show! lol

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  11. Charley on the new TV show REVOLUTION. God, she has the most insipid look. I just cannot stand her.

    Thank you!

    GFC Victoria Sloboda

    1. Oh, me too! Me too! Charley didn't bother me at all in the pilot, but every episode since then she's annoyed me. My husband jokes that she's just in the show to make sad/scared/accusing and what's-going-on? faces.

  12. Bill and Jessica from True Blood... Drives me insane at times watching them!

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    1. Aw, I loved Jessica! She was the only reason I watched more past the second season. She always cracked me up.

      Totally agree on Bill, though.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  13. I try and avoid tv shows or characters that annoy me silly, but I would have to go with Darian from Shaeges of Gray by Amanda Bonilla. I just started the series and was really enjoying it, but the way she refuses to demand answers and just gets let around really irritates me.

  14. Hi

    Great post - fun interview. I am getting a little tired of Prince Charming on Once Upon A Time (TV show)...he is a little wimpy and not very Alpha like I would think Prince Charming should be. But I will keep watching this season.


    Thanks for the chance

  15. I found Lana Lang in Smallville so infuriating!! She was so inspid and dull...

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  16. I find Damon from the Vampire Diaries infuriating. He just gets on my nerves. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  17. Stephen from the Vampire Diaries tv show...there's just something about him that I cringe at.
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  18. I was not fond of Damon either.
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  19. Ugh, agree about Lori, Andrea and that kid are driving me bonkers too.

    In books, Riley from The Demon Trapper's Daughter is just getting too stupid, annoying and helpless to live. And don't get me started on Sophie from the Underworld Detective Agency novels. She's become way too gross and ridiculous for my taste.

    Luckily, I don't find anything infuriating about Sandy's series. Can't wait to pick up The Shattered Dark!


  20. I had heard about the Kitty Norville series for a long time and finally decided to try the first book. I know some people love it, but to me Kitty was infuriating. She was so weak I wanted to throw the book across the room.
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  21. Lois Lane. For heaven sakes, he's Superman already. Think of him without the glasses. There!

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  22. You know, I can't think of any fictional character at the moment. Can I say that politicians are really irritating/infuriating me. They're on TV a lot lately ** Sigh/Grin**. Sorry, couldn't help myself. I have not had a chance to start this series yet and would love to! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  23. I find Deeks from NCIS:LA infuriating, he's just so annoying and tries way too hard to be funny but never succeeds.

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  24. Damon from Vampire Diaries.

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  25. Don't get me started on infuriating characters. I HATE damsel in distress or whining girls. I hate, hate, hate Bella Swan, she's such a BAD example for girls.

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  26. I definitely agree, Bella Swan is sooooo annoying!

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  27. I find character Hawke Snow and Sienna Lauren from Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh's novel very interesting....

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  28. I'm not a big fan of main characters that are all kick-ass and no humor. I like a bit of humor in my urban fantasies.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
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  29. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I don't like character's that are damsels in distress. I think that showing that is kind of lowering women to a point that they aren't strong enough to take care of them selves.
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  31. Pretty much everyone on GREY'S ANATOMY. I stopped watching way back when.

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  32. The characters on CSI: Miami

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  33. I think my pick would be Bill from the HBO series True Blood. Just the way he is and acts drives me crazy sometimes. Its like he cannot make up his mind about what he wants and who he wants to be.
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  34. [+1] I find Sookie of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris infuriating. She's too stupid to live! I sort of developed higher tolerance with her when True Blood came out because she is not as stupid in the TV series version as she is in the books, but even with that, I stopped reading the books halfway through Deadlocked.

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  35. I like Aren! Him and his sexy half grins..

    Infuriating, I would say there are a number of infuriating damsels in historical romances. I like the damsel in distress, but I can't stand it when they are empty headed or so impossibly ignorant. You just want to shake them!

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  36. I love character interviews, this was great!
    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- the whole dang book!

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