Friday, August 26, 2011

Spread the Word!

I have been so excited about this contest!  I need YOUR help getting the word out on my books and so I'm giving away some great prizes to encourage your help.  :)  View a enlarged photo of the prizes.

Between now and October 31, you could win 1 of 6 fabulous conference bags packed with books, SWAG and other cool stuff. All you have to do is TALK ABOUT ERIN’S BOOKS and tell others to spread the word.

1. Talk about Erin’s books on Facebook.  First, like  (yes, Author is misspelled, yes there was vodka involved, no, according to FB, I can never, ever get it fixed).  Next  talk about my books on YOUR page so your friends see it and mention @Erin Quinn Author--this will link it to my page).  Share your post and encourage others to help spread the word—then fill out the form here to enter.

2. Tweet about Erin’s books and mention @ErinQuinnAuthor (spelled correctly that time), encourage others to help spread the word—then fill out the form here.

3. Blog about my books or review them on your website guessed it, fill out the form here.

You can enter every single time you talk about Erin’s books to better your chances of winning--so don't forget to fill out the form each time you mention me or my books! These bags have so much cool stuff in them—I’ve been collecting it for a year and now I can’t wait to give them away! So help me spread the word! Releases to talk about:

ECHOES (re-release), came out August 15 for the low, low eBook price of $2.99 and print price of (coming soon).

HAUNTING BEAUTY (re-release—Book 1 in the Mists of Ireland series) comes out September 1. eBook and print $7.99.

HAUNTING EMBRACE (Book 4 in the Mists of Ireland series) comes out October 1. Pre-order eBook $9.99, Print 10.09 (33% savings!).

To enter, go here:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ECHOES available now in eBook and print

I blogged about this over at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, but wanted to share it here as well!  My second novel and first paranormal romance, ECHOES, is now available in both print and eBook formats! You can buy the eBook now for only $2.99 on Amazon and other eRetailers and the print book through Amazon for only $13.70. ECHOES is the winner of the WILLA award for historical fiction, The Orange Rose (now called Book Buyers Best) and a double finalist in the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best (both as romantic suspense and paranormal romance).

ECHOES was a novel that I simply had to write. I was obsessed with the story and I wanted to tell it from the moment the idea began to blossom. ECHOES is about a woman haunted by a past life. As circumstances in her current life trigger flashbacks, she comes to realize that history is repeating—bringing her together with the man she was destined to love, but also reuniting her with a man who brings violence and death. Want to learn more? Go to

The idea of reincarnation has always fascinated me. If you’ve read any of my books, you might have noticed the theme that runs through them: Time is not set in stone nor is it linear; rather time (in Erin’s World) is fluid and circular. And death is not always final. Hey, don’t judge me. It’s my world and I can do what I want with it. J

I have two re-releases and two new releases coming out between now and October 15, so I’m going to be asking readers to help me spread the word. And to help YOU help ME, I’m doing a fun giveaway. Details will be coming very soon, but the gist—talk about my books and enter to win one of six conference bags packed with books (8 or more in each bag) and SWAG galore. To find out more, sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be the first to know how it works. But here is a sneak peak and what I’m giving away. Click on the image to get a better look. And I'm still adding to them!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Erin Quinn and cover model Jimmy Thomas

This picture was taken at AZ Dreamin' Readers event--an event that was more fun than I can describe.  If you're a reader and you want to meet authors, participate in some fun activities and talk about our favorite topic--BOOKS--then you should really try to come next year.  I will post more on this later, but for now, wanted to share the picture.  (and yes, all those muscles are real and every bit as rock hard as I have described them in books, lol).

Jimmy was nice enough to agree to the pictures with AZ Dreamin' participants and to donate all proceeds to charity.  (of course I was so flustered after the picture, I forgot what charity the proceeds went to--but suffice to say someone benefited, ha ha)

Another great moment caught on film--me, Sylvia Day and Cindy Gerard at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver Colorado this past weekend for RomCon--another great reader's event that was such a blast.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Welcome author Julia Rachel Barnett

Recently I was a finalist in the paranormal catagory of the Booksellers Best contest (and I won!!!) which was very exciting.  I was so thrilled by it all, that I started reading some of the other finalists in both paranormal and historical which are my favorite categories.  Almost as thrilling as being one of the final few in this contest, was the great new authors I discovered.  I absolutely LOVE discovering new authors--although sometimes I don't manage to discover them until late in their careers, lol. 

One of the first books from Booksellers Best that I read blew me away.  Titled CAPTURED by Julia Rachel Barnett, it's a fast-paced science fiction story that shouldn't have been my cup of tea (because I don't read much science fiction) but it totally was.  The heroine is so tough and likeable, and the hero such a great man who changes so much.  I really thought it was great.  No surprise, this book won the Best First Book category in the contest!

I ask Julia to stop by and blog with me and I was thrilled when she agreed.  So, without further ado, I welcome Julia Rachel Barnett to Quinn's Essentials!  Be sure to leave a comment because Julia is giving away an autographed copy of Captured to one lucky commenter!


When Erin read my science fiction novella, Captured, and invited me to write a guest post for her blog, I was thrilled, humbled, excited and nervous - she is so far out of my league. But, how could I turn down such a generous offer to talk about Captured?

This book is such a big part of me. I am in love with the story and the two main characters, Mari and Ekkatt. The truth is, the book began as a dream. It may sound odd, but while I was in the middle of working on a four-book science fiction series, I dreamed Captured from start to finish. I stopped the series and wrote Captured in three weeks. It wasn’t all that hard, I simply recorded the dream, conversations and all. Thus Ekkatt and Mari sort of sprang from the top of my head fully-formed like a fantasy Athena.

The novella is a bit of a morality play. Mari is a woman captured for the meat market by trappers from advanced species, a species that officially considers us to be at the same evolutionary level as apes. While Ekkatt’s people, the Atun, are vegetarians, many other species in his quadrant of the galaxy have developed a taste for human flesh and the trade is quite lucrative. Humans are an oddity, a curiosity. The species populating the planets Ekkatt is familiar with are singular. For example, all Ekkatt’s people have black hair, bronze skin and yellow eyes, while we come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. He notices Mari because he is attracted by the sun shining off her red hair.

When Mari wakes from stasis during the voyage and Ekkatt has the opportunity to interact with her, he gradually comes to the disturbing realization that everything he’s been taught about humans is a lie. While humans may not be as technologically advanced as the Atun, they are every bit as intelligent and civilized, and most important, they possess a soul, the one thing the religious authorities of Atun insist a human does not possess.

Once Ekkatt’s eyes are opened, he cannot close them again and he is rocked by what he’s done; he’s sent sentient beings to their deaths. His entire world view is upended. Overwhelmed by guilt, he decides that although he cannot save all the cargo, he will risk everything to save this one human woman.

Thus begins the impossible love story of Mari and Ekkatt. I think it’s a beautiful tale. If a reader asked me to recommend only one of my books, I would recommend Captured.


A word from your sponsor (Erin):  Sounds great, right?  It is.  And if you want to know more about Julia's books, here is the blurb from her next novel, INCORPOREAL.

Sara Wise is sick of ghosts. They’ve haunted her since she was a child, destroying her family, endangering her life. When an incorporeal being appears in her shower, she curses him soundly and orders him out, but this ghost is sticky. Not only does he invade her shower, he moves into her home, invading her dreams, sharing her bed. The reluctant Sara finds herself falling in love with a dead man.

Despite Sara’s objections, Natan de Manua isn’t permitted to leave. Protecting the woman is both his penance and his means to redemption. She’s not easy to protect, she fights him nearly every step of the way, except in her bed. Nathan may have come to regain his soul, but instead he risks losing his heart.

You can find more about Julia at:

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Romance novel convention comes to Denver

This weekend I was at RomCon in Denver, Colorado. I got to meet so many new readers and it was a wonderful experience. Fox 31 in Denver covered the conference and if you watch closely, you'll see that I made a cameo. :)

Romance novel convention comes to Denver

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New release I just have to shout about! Kathryne Kennedy's The Lady of the Storm

Kathryne Kennedy is one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are so rich in imagination and romance that I always fall in love with her people and her world.  I've been lucky enough to be a pre-reader for the last few of her books and now that THE LADY OF THE STORM is coming out, I can't wait to read it again.  Read more or what the video (below)!

One lucky commenter will get a copy of The Lady of the Storm so be sure to say hi!

Giles is bound to protect her...

In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.

But duty soon turns to desire...

When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever...

“Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting."~Publishers Weekly
“Kennedy’s exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read.”~Booklist STARRED review Amazon

You will find THE LADY OF THE STORM on sale at all your local bookstores or buy at:

Barnes and Noble
Kathryne’s Bookseller Directory


Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, The Lord of Illusion (February 2012).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Haunting Desire--Recommended Read....

It's always exciting when a reader "gets" your books.  It's just as thrilling when that reader is also a reviewer.  Just in on Two Lips Reviews, a top rating Recommended Read.  A snippet of what she had to say:

"Haunting Desire by Erin Quinn is a passionate love story set within a complex backdrop of vividly described scenery and horrifying monsters. This is truly a unique and compelling read that sucked me in from the start and didn’t let go until the incredible ending......Tiarnan makes the ideal hero with a mix of strength and vulnerability. And Shealy is his perfect heroine with her determination and force of will that refuses to see failure as an option. Ms. Quinn weaves an unforgettable tale that will leave you yearning for more. An absolute must-read!"

Gotta love that!