Buy the paperback edition of Survival Kit’s Apocalypse and recieve the ebook edition for free.

Everyone loves a great deal, right? Well to celebrate the beginning of November, we have one for you! If you buy the paperback edition of Beverly Williams’ new-adult, science-fiction thriller, romance Survival Kit’s Apocalypse, we will send you a free copy of the digital edition. Then you can read the book whenever you like (even in the bath – without fear of ruining your eReader). Simply email marketing@curiosityquills.com with your proof of purchase, and let us know your preferred digital format (Mobi/ Kindle, ePub/ Nook or PDF/ Adobe Reader) and we will send you a digital copy straight over.

Still not sure you want to read this great sci-fi thriller romance that’s The Walking Dead meets Fifty Shades? To help you make up your mind, you can read a free three chapter sample, here.

About Survival Kit’s Apocalypse

Kit, a depressed but stubbornly vital twentysomething, travels aimlessly during a zombie apocalypse: hiding from marauders, joining and deserting small groups, enduring irritations ranging from the zombies (or “rotters”) themselves to roving fundamentalists. Kit is a survivor not only of this plague, but of a series of horrific programs her stepfather hosted, wherein the audience would bid for the opportunity to publicly torture the presented children. Kit discarded her birth name once society crumbled and has been trying on new ones since, much as she’s been restlessly wandering, seeking an environment in which she fits.

Upon saving a woman and her children from rotters, Kit is invited to stay at a camp which seems ideal. Though she initially continues to feel isolated, Eric, a kindhearted bruiser, honors her with the name “Kit,” introducing her to feelings of friendship she’d never previously experienced. After Kit rescues Eric from a rooftop where a rotter swarm has him trapped, she is warmly embraced by his brothers, Thom and Matthew.

The brothers grew up near Kit’s hometown and also suffered beneath an appallingly abusive father. This similarity of experience lets Kit feel comfortable starting to open up to, bond with, and enjoy spending time with them. Eric especially is determined to pull Kit out of her shell, and she begins to entrust him with her secrets, learning how to love, be loved, and trust someone other than herself. Ironically, it’s only when she is surrounded by the undead that Kit truly learns to live.

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Are You Ready to Become a Bond Villain?!

Feeling evil? Want to take over the world? Already started interviewing henchmen?

Now’s your chance. For the next two weeks, Curiosity Quills is offering you the chance to win the opportunity to become the villain in the next book in the Jane D Everly/Andrew Buckley Spy Thriller Series – HAVELOCK 2: THE KILL LIST

All you have to do is purchase either a print or e-book copy of Havelock from Amazon and email proof of purchase to for your chance to win. Winners will be chosen by random draw and there are lots of chances to win! Actually, you can’t lose . . .

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (The Mastermind) – Everly/Buckley will name the main villain in HAVELOCK 2 after you. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the printed book along with associated merchandise and promo items, and digital copies of Everly/Buckley’s other works: Havelock, Stiltskin, Death, The Devil and The Goldfish, and Hair in All the Wrong Places.

RUNNER UP x1 (The ‘Oddjob’) – Everly/Buckley will name the villain’s main henchman after you in HAVELOCK 2. Your chances of survival are 50/50. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNER UP x1 (The ‘Pussy Galore’) – Everly/Buckley will name a potential love interest (male or female) after you in HAVELOCK 2 . You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNERS UP x5 (The ‘Nice Knowing You’ Group) – Everly/Buckley will name a character after you in HAVELOCK 2. That character will not have a happy ending. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNERS UP x3 (The ‘Good Guys’) – Everly/Buckley will name character after you in HAVELOCK 2. Not only will your survive, but you’ll also play an integral part in the story. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

EVERYONE ELSE (The Best of the Rest) – Everly/Buckley will make every attempt to work everyone’s name into HAVELOCK 2. If it’s not possible, then your name will instead pop up in one of the forthcoming HAVELOCK Short Stories.

What are you waiting for? Grab your copy! This contest will self-destruct in fourteen days!

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Eliana Havelock is a female with no past, whose determination to bring down a Karachi arms dealer catches the attention of the British Secret Intelligence Service. MI-6 is currently fractured due to political upheaval with many of its covert programs dissolved or disbanded. When Eliana presents the opportunity to divert an international arms disaster, the head of MI-6 partners her with one of it’s best and brightest, the enigmatic, Connor Blackwell. But in a world of secrets and hidden agendas, who can Eliana trust? And what, or who, is Eliana really after?

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Meet Marianne Kirby

Meet Marianne Kirby, author of YA LGBT dark-fantasy horror Dust Bath Revival, 2 December at 18:30–20:00, at Wordier Than Thou, 5741 75th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and 3 December at 13:00–15:00, at Writer’s Atelier, 336 Grove Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

coverAbout Dust Bath Revival

16-year-old Henrietta Goodness – Hank to all that know her – has heard all the stories about how the Dust made the dead rise. She’s heard about how life changed.

But that was a long time ago, and Hank is ready for another normal dry and dusty Florida summer. She knows the thunder doesn’t really promise rain. Instead, Hank and her brother will do their chores, run into town as much as they can get away with, and lock up tight and safe in their Aunt Marty’s house once the sun goes down. That’s the plan, at least, until an itinerant tent revival rolls onto their land, with a Reborn – one of the risen dead – traveling caged with them.

The arrival of an unknown cousin connected to the revival starts Hank on the road to solving a mystery that even the government might not want unraveled. There’s nowhere to go when the night isn’t safe and there’s no one to trust when everyone might be part of a conspiracy to keep the Reborn walking.

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curiosityquills.comAbout Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun.

A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.

Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration.

This is her first novel.

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Chest of Bone Cover Reveal and Pre Order Announcement

Curiosity Quills is excited to share the cover for Vicki Stiefel’s forthcoming paranormal, fantasy, romance, thriller CHEST OF BONE, which will be released on February 14, 2017!

Chest of Bone is avaliable now for pre-order, and those who pre-order will get the book three days before the offical release, on February 11 instead of 14! In addition, if you send your proof of pre-order to marketing@curiosityquills.com, you will win a prize bundle including:

coverChest of Bone

As magical and mundane worlds retwine, empath and unawakened Mage Clea Reese must team up with the secretive and complex James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and stop the forces of corruption from obtaining the elusive Chest of Bone, the ultimate source of otherworldly power.


As Clea’s beloved mentor Dave Cochran lays dying, tortured by a sadistic killer, he unlocks her nascent Mage powers, tasks her to find a mysterious chest and guard his daughter, Lulu.
Not that Clea believes in “real” magic or understands she’s becoming The Key. She’s focused on revenge—on ending the man who destroyed her world.
Point man in hunting Cochran’s killer, James Larrimer is a predator who pursues endangered-animal traders. Or so it appears. Unbeknownst to Clea, Larrimer’s prime directive is to obtain the most exotic creature of all—Clea Reese.


Forces both powerful and strange align against them, as they, too, seek the all-powerful Chest. Only Clea and Larrimer stand between these malignant forces—self righteous in belief and unfettered by conscience—and their ruthless quest.


None of the players are prepared for the fusion of Clea’s and Larrimer’s song, a wild and harmonic resonance which can bind one to the other.
With the lives of those they love at stake, drawn inexorably to one another, will deception and death destroy Clea’s and Larrimer’s song? Or can they ferret out the killer, reclaim the Chest of Bone, and defeat their enemies, the most powerful of which may be their own conflicted natures?

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Quo I Am

QStatus Quo is Latin for ‘the state of which’ and is defined as the existing state of affairs. It’s a word we love to toss around when talking about social norms or making changes. I think quo isn’t actually a thing, or a what, but rather, a who. WE are the quo. With technology and connectivity at an all time high, we have much more power to decide what kinds of products we want, how we communicate and relate to brands, what is usual or atypical.


A great example of this is the death of the damsel. With the immense popularity of book and movie franchises with strong female leads such as Hunger Games and Divergent, women in combative and less frilly roles are a new norm, a sensation that has sprung hundreds of thousands of novels in the YA publishing sector into stronger female narratives.

It is also becoming more neutralized (and dramatized) that women seek more sexual novels and with it a lack of shyness that previously existed.

Young males are increasing joining the bookish community (yay) and we are seeing a surge in more neutral covers (again, yay!) and a rising trend in historical/dystopian fiction.

We are increasingly loving books that take an interesting look at status quo now vs. a different time period, and twist it a bit to see what happens, which is half the reason we fell in love with Princess of Tyrone, the first of the Fairytale Galaxy novels. It’s a few hundred pages of beautiful contradiction and new perspectives, such as pirate princesses and medieval-like time periods in space…wha!!! Yes.  

What status quo do you want to change in publishing?

Overheard #Booknerdproblems

overheard, booknerd problems, a to z blogging challenge,We all know that booknerds are of the mermaid, unicorn, supersaiyan, pirate variety, which tends to lead to some really intense debates, and some very, very strange topics. Here are some of my favorite ‘overheard’#Booknerdproblems recently!

 

The dark side of #Booknerdproblems: 

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“He really needs to stop murdering people. It’s unhealthy.”

“I can’t watch a movie tonight, I need to go drop a guy off a church roof.”

“But it’s hard not to kill everyone! Fictional characters are so breakable.”

“Why did you have to kill all the little fairies? You didn’t have to do that. But I’m glad you killed that mean guy.”

“You need to be willing to kill people. In FICTION I mean!”

“Why did you feel you needed to kill all those kids?”

“How do you make blood stick to paper”

 

The weird side of #Booknerdproblems:

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“Sometimes I have to decide between rent and new books, which is why I live with my mom”

“Androids make the best boyfriends because they have mechanical body parts. Do you really need another reason?”

 

“Thank you for reviewing my book about mermaids and sea creatures even though you have a crippling fear of underwater animals”

“I change my book husband more often than my underwear, let’s be honest”

“I spent a weekend youtubing how to take heroin, the high feeling, after effects, and street terms. All in the name of research for a small part in The Devil’s Flower”

“Just today I was trying to figure out how to run a search on photos of women’s torsos”

 

The ‘writers riding the struggle bus’ side of #Booknerdproblems:

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“Is it appropriate to run through the streets yelling and throwing bookmarks at people as a method of promoting my book”

“The writer life is essentially like shampoo instructions. You cry and procrastinate until you somehow have a manuscript, then you’re relieved. Then you need to start querrying, and are overwhelmed. Get an agent/publisher, relieved. Get your first edits back, overwhelmed. Repeat.”

“I want my new love interest to have blue eyes, but all of my male characters already have blue eyes!”

“I would rather iron my pants while on my body than write my book descriptions”

“What illegal thing should my character havein her apartment…Guns? Drugs? Guns made of drugs!”

 

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E [Teaching] Environmental Awareness in Fiction

EBooks have been a primary method of educating for centuries, with more and more progressive steps towards better relating to kids developing each year (yay!). One way teachers are utilizing more relatable material is through teaching and assigning curriculum with fiction novels with commentary on social responsibility,, humanity, community, etc. Many schools are utilizing Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in classrooms now, and we could not be happier.

Fictional storytelling is a fantastic way to instill lessons without being dry as sandpaper or completely irrelevant, and we believe it should be used for all sorts of teaching aspects, including environmental knowledge and awareness. We were so excited about this prospect when publishing Amy Bearce’ Fairy Keeper, an upper MG coming of age novel that discusses responsibility, family, and how humans affect the environment around us, and it in turns affects us.  The fairies in her debut are actually based on bees, which is why when Fairy Queens start disappearing left and right, the entire world is sent into flux, with large scale environmental changes. Says Bearce, “Book 1 [Fairy Keeper] was largely inspired by the bee culture and teaching their importance and effect in the environment. I’m seeing a lot of articles in my news feed relating to efforts to keep them protected again, and discussing other related topics such as climate change, so I think using novels like this as a jumping off point to further awareness and discussion on human responsibility toward our environment and the politics of resource management.  In book 3, people are tired of doing without to save their world and there’s backlash, just as I think there would be in our world if people ever go the point of really changing behavior to protect our planet.”

While bringing children to an Apiary may not be a feasible option due to locality and the severity of bee allergies, teaching through a  novel that address their importance has an extremely low barrier to entry, and could build lasting presence of mind in the decision makers of tomorrow. Moreso, even if a novel doesn’t relate to the environment in a linear way, enforcing consequences and realistic affects to plots in relation to the planet, such as in a dystopian environment, is still a step in the right direction. 


About Fairy Keeper: 

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Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.

Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.

The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.

Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper


Teachers and Librarians, please feel free to reach out to CQ to discuss how we can help faciltate teaching through fiction! Know a great fiction novel that has environmental lessons ingrained in it? Comment it below!

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(B) BookTears: Awkward Times You’ve Caught Book Feels

b, blog, a to z challenge, book tears, booktears, funnyIt’s for Booktears people. We’ve all had that book that we were so involved in the story, so connected with the characters, that our feels go into overdrive and salty water just seems to fall from our eyes for no reason at all. These are called booktears, and yes, they happen in the most awkward places. Check out some of our favorites lately-

At work, listening to an audiobook while programming.

-Ian Hiatt, Death of an Assassin

Reading Goblet of Fire on public transit isn’t a good idea. I just have bad season allergies.  

-Little Great Reads

I was on a plane to New york from London, bawling my eyes out during ‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’. My partner touched me subtly on the arm and mouthed ‘you okay?’ and I had to confess it was the book!

-S.D. Wasley, Downfall

I’ve cried in public over a book too many times to count. I don’t get bothered. I just sniff loudly and tell everyone who walks by what a great book it is, as they scurry away from me tossing worried looks over their shoulders.

-Amy Bearce, Fairy Keeper

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In line at the DMV

-Epic Reads

New Year’s Eve. 11:30pm. Crying over Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. My boyfriend & his friends laughed and laughed and laughed…

-Jessica Gunn, Gyre

Crying in a supermarket cafe as I typed the last sentence of the first draft of Unhappenings

-Edward Aubry, Unhappenings

I used to hide fiction books behind my textbooks in school. I was reading one of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz and my favorite character died. I broke down in tears and had to admit I was not as enthralled by the geometry lesson as it seemed.

-Nikki Tetreault, CQ Marketing

I got to a certain section of LOOKING FOR ALASKA and started bawling so hard, I had to go to the bathroom just to calm down. Talk about awkward.

-Vicki Leigh Catch Me When I Fall

I teach middle school and during my prep period one day at school, I was sneaking in a few pages of a book I was reading in the kindle app on my phone. I was blind-sided by a tragic turn of events and cried. My next class walked in to find me putting away my phone and wiping my eyes. Those poor kids probably thought I was having a breakdown or a personal crisis.

-Samantha Bryant, Going Through The Change

It wasn’t me, but I had a friend call me REALLY PISSED OFF because I had recommended THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and she read it in public and… you know what happened.

-Ann M Noser, How to Date Dead Guys

Tell us your most awkward #Booktears moment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or in the comments below!

Meet The CQ Acquisitions Editors

If you’re thinking about submitting to Curiosity Quills, before reading our Submission Guidelines, check out what our Acquisitions Editors are looking for, so you know if your manuscript is more likely to hit the spot!

Alisa GusManaging Partner and Acquisitions Editor Lisa Gus is looking for historical, contemporary romance, unique retellings / steampunk, and alternate history. In particular, she wants to see submissions with Asian and ancient history-inspired mythologies.

 

 

 

 

Andrew BuckleyVP of Operations, Andrew Buckley, is seeking quirky humour, gripping urban fantasy with a twist, horror that has nothing to do with vampires/werewolves/zombies, and a great sci-fi yarn that makes me want to see it as a movie.

 

 

 

 

image1Acquisitions Editor Alison Heller is looking for adult and new adult fiction with a twist. The twist could be the POV, the setting, a not-so-happy ending, an unexpected love interest or whatever you decide. She prefers SF/F, magical realism, paranormal, urban fantasy and romance (all heat levels) – pretty much anything except horror.

 

 

 

 


Vicki Keire - Author PicAcquisitions editor Vicki Keire is looking for all sub genres of romance. She would love to see adult and YA contemporary romances with exotic settings, GLBT elements, and non-standard heroes. She’d also love to get her hands on a twisty Sci Fi that’s about 40-60% romance.

 

 

 

 


DSCN0776Acquisitions Editor Kathleen Kubasiak is interested in all things YA and MG. She has a life-long weakness for fantasy, historical romance (particularly when set in the Regency era), and unique fairy-tale retellings. She is also currently looking for contemporary fiction, especially mysteries and crime novels.

PRESS RELEASE: Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas, by David D. Hammons

Release of David D. Hammons’ second novel Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas

Springfield, MO

 

In the shimmering fallout of the post-apocalyptic genre’s rocketing rise in popularity, Curiosity Quills Press announces the publication of David D. Hammons’ second novel, a parody of classic world-ending novels set in a nuclear blasted United States in desperate need of quality produce. The book will be released December 7, 2015 in the US.

 

It’s hard to find a decent brunch in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. But that’s all Henry Rosetta wants from the world. That, and not to be eaten by nomadic cannibals. Henry has traveled the nuclear bomb-blasted highways critiquing the finest radioactive eateries and cataloging his experiences. All the while, he’s been searching for the knowledge of why the bombs fell. It’s this hunger for specialty food and forbidden knowledge that brings Henry to the city of New Dallas. There, Henry meets a green-skinned mutant, a katana-wielding assassin, and a horrible dictator who claims to know why the bombs fell. Henry must help the people of New Dallas and learn the great secret of how the world ended. And maybe get a taco along the way.

 

David D. Hammons has started working as a full-time author and editor after traveling the world selling black walnuts, learning about foods both dark and illuminating. He is an adjunct professor of Logistics at Missouri State University and lives in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri.

 

For further information, please contact David D. Hammons at daviddhammons@gmail.com or Clare Dugmore of Curiosity Quills Press at clare@curiosityquills.com.