Friday, 30 December 2011

Top Pearls Revisited (+giveaway) - Carolyn Crane

Last year I made a list of my top favorite reads of 2010.
4 debut authors ended up on that list and they kept on writing and impressing me with their books. I decided to revisit last year's list and tell you about what these awesome authors have been up to, what we can expect from them in the future, ask them some questions and to give away some books.

Today: Carolyn Crane

Carolyn had two releases in 2010: Mind Games and Double Cross, book 1 and 2 in the awesome Disillusionists Trilogy. Both are beyond awesome and book 2 ended in such a way I was dying to read the next book.

It looked grim at first for book 3 in the trilogy though, because Spectra didn’t want to contract Carolyn for book 3. Luckily Carolyn managed to sell book 3, Head Rush, to Samhain and that’s why 2011 brought us the audio and ebook version of this awesome conclusion of an amazing trilogy.

Carolyn also released a novella in her Disillusionists world featuring the mysterious Monk in the anthology Wild & Steamy.

What’s next:

2012 will bring the print version of Head Rush (which I'll buy if only so I can hug it) as well as another (as yet unnamed) Disillusionists novella featuring Simon and a novella in The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance.

Carolyn is also working on a Paranormal Spy series and an Urban Fantasy mystery series.

And now for a short Q&A with Carolyn Crane:

- What was your favorite moment of 2011?

I can’t think of any one moment…or when I try to think of specific moments, they are never better than the moments of laying in bed in the morning with my husband and our two cats, just waking up and talking and laughing and playing with the cats and looking forward to writing. Or reading a good book in bed. This is a lovely question because it just makes me appreciate that time more. I guess I love laying in bed!

- What will you be doing on New Year's Eve?

Laying in bed with my husband and the cats! LOL. Actually, probably nothing much different than what I do on any night, except nothing with my day job will be due the next day because it’s New Years Day so I will be able to relax. I used to be sort of jealous of women dressing up fancy to go to a ball on New Year’s Eve, but I so love being at home and laying around and reading and writing, I don’t feel like that anymore.

- What are you looking forward to in 2012?

I’m looking forward to self-publishing my Simon novella in February. It’s the first thing I’ll ever publish completely on my own, and I find it incredibly exciting, and scary. I’m also looking forward to springtime, and hopefully having time to work in the garden at our new place!


Carolyn, thanks for dropping by and I wish you a wonderful New Year's Eve and a great 2012!


Want to get your hands on a signed copy of either Mind Games or Double Cross?

Now is your chance!
- leave a comment for Carolyn
- don’t forget to mention which book you want
- leave a way for me to contact you

This giveaway is international and will run until the 9th of January 2012. A winner will be randomly chosen soon after that date.

Don’t forget to check my previous three posts for news about my other Top Pearls authors of 2010 and for more cool giveaways.


Jeffe Kennedy said...

Oooh, I haven't read Carolyn either - so I'd love a copy of the first book, Mind Games.

Melliane said...

I hope you'll have a nice New Year and you'll relax as much as you want. It could be nice! I'm curious about your novella, good luck for everything.

Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win double cross.


Mel said...

Sounds like a lovely to spend New Years (or any day actually!).

I have Mind Games on my TBR pile and I really need to start reading soon! So I think I would like to go for Double Cross so I don't have to wait for it when I finish Mind Games! :-)


Barbara E. said...

I've heard a lot about Carolyn's books but haven't had a chance to read them yet. I'd love to win a copy of Mind Games.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Diana said...

Wish you a wonderful new year! Thank you for the great giveaway and I would love Mind Games.

artgiote at gmail dot com

Tamsyn said...

Happy New Year! I completely agree that nothing gets better than laying in bed or waking up with hubby (without the cats).:o) Thanks for sharing and for making the giveaway international. I would love to win a copy of Mind Games.

Harriet Holmes said...

Good luck with your novella in February! I've heard great things about these books and I'm eager to get my hands on them :)

I would love to win a copy of Mind Games.

harrietaholmes at gmail dot com

Kaetrin said...

Is love to read Mind Games and a signed copy would be lovely. I keep meaning to try/buy this series but haven't managed it yet.

Is it necessary to read MG before any of the novellas or do they stand alone?

Good luck with your self pub venture Carolyn!

hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

Sullivan McPig said...

@Kaetrin: The novella in Wild & Steamy could be read as a stand alone I think, but if you've read the trilogy you will have more backstory about the heroine in the novella.

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I've heard heard this series is wonderful. Best of luck w/the novella! I would love to win Mind Game.
Thanks and Happy New Year!

LK said...
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LK said...

This series is fabulous! I wish Ms. Carolyn a fabulous new year ahead of her and hope to see more books by her in the future!

It's impossible to grab a paperback copy anytime soon where I live. I'd love to win Mind Games.


schuergerbear said...

I love the series!!! Carolyn Crane is an amazing story teller.

I would love a chance to win a signed copy of Mind Games

alainala said...

these books look great!! i have to say, i havent read her before.. so i would love the chance to get book 1!! thank you!

alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

Anonymous said...

I've read Books One & Two. I would love to have Head Rush.


Red said...

Your New Years Eve sounds like it was pretty perfect. We stayed home and lounged too. Was great!

Love the series and would be so excited to have a signed copy of Mind Games!

acade29@gmail .com

Anonymous said...

The release schedule for Head Rush has been KILLING me. First audio (never!) then ebook (but this is one of my print series!) and now I have wait months for the paper version?!

I am sending death glares to your publisher in my mind.

But a signed copy of Mind Games would definitely help ease my torment. (I'll can't have a signed copy of Double Cross in my house. I need the next book before I can determine if the ending is horrific or genius).

lawdog at sigmadog dot com

Filia Oktarina said...

I haven't read Carolyn, but I want try it. so I'd love a copy of the first book, Mind Games.
Thanks for giveaway!!

filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. It sounds to me like Carolyn and hubs did much the same as out household for new years LOL I have not read this series, although it has been on the wishlist. I would love to start with book 1 :)