Monday, April 21, 2014

Cover Spotlight - Incarnate by Anton Strout

The Qwillery is thrilled to share with you the cover for Incarnate, the 3rd novel in Anton Strout's Spellmason Chronicles.
Urban Fantasy author Anton Strout is pleased to announce the third and final installment of his Spellmason Chronicles, INCARNATE, coming to readers' bookshelves and e-readers on September 30th from Penguin/Ace Books. Like the two previous books in the series, ALCHEMYSTIC and STONECAST, the book will focus on spellmason Alexandra Belarus, who has the ability to give stone life-like qualities, and Stanis, the centuries-old gargoyle who has sworn to protect her. At the end of STONECAST, readers were left at a point of high tension with lots of questions still unanswered. INCARNATE promises to deliver answers by way of a fast-paced adventure with all the action and snarky humor Strout's fans have grown to love.

The Spellmason Chronicles 3
Ace, September 30, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook


When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City—a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right.

But the stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship, driving them to work separately to solve the problem. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished.

To save her city, Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world—and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible…

The Spellmason Chronicles 2
Ace, September 24, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

The Spellmason Chronicles 1
Ace, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

About Anton

Born in the Berkshire Hills, Strout currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you). He's the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series and the Spellmason Chronicles, both for Ace Books, as well as many short tales published in anthologies by DAW Books.

In his scant spare time, Strout is a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the world's most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing, which he assures is as glamorous as it sounds.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @antonstrout  ~  LiveJournal  ~  The Once & Future Podcast

The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will each win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1) by Anton Strout. US ONLY

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59PM US Eastern Time on April 28, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change without any notice.*

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  1. I hope I win something. I'm always looking for good reads :D

  2. Can't wait for Incarnate! Thanks for the great blog and giveaway!

  3. Would love to win. Always looking for new material to read.

  4. I need this book like you would not believe. Belarus is so strong, sexy, and clever. I need to see how she ends up. I need closure. I have needs, okay?! I want to win!

  5. Haven't read this series yet, but it looks great! Thanks for the terrific giveway!

  6. Love the covers! And the stories are fun, too!

  7. Love Anton. Can't wait for the next book, Incarnate!

  8. Been super curious about this series but too broke (unemployed) to acquire. Giving away the 1st book to get new folks hooked is a nice strategy. :D

  9. Have wanted to read this series for a while but haven't found it in the bookstores around me.

  10. I've been wanting to read this series for a bit, but I haven't been able to find it. Here's hoping!

  11. This looks like an amazing series. How have I not read it yet!?

  12. Ever since I saw the Gargoyles the animation, I have been fascinated by them. This series has gargoyles and I would be interested in reading it.