Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Cosa Nostradamus Spotlight & Giveaway

My first introduction to Laura Anne Gilman and The Cosa Nostradamus urban fantasy series was back in 2005 when I came across the first book, Staying Dead. I was captivated from the get-go and have been following the adventures of Wren Valere and partner Sergei ever since. Here is a quote from her website which nicely captures the flavour of the series.
(Gilman) paints a vivid picture of a hidden, magical New York, and keeps fantasy in the forefront. Demons, angels and other fairy creatures, or Fatae, live there, but are mortal and face the dangers every other living creature has to contend with, including bigotry and hatred. And since magic is still a secret for most of the world, powerful shadow organizations operate under (above?) the radar, monitoring and oftentimes recruiting Talented individuals. Yes, there is the start of something big between the two lead characters, but Ms. Gilman manages to keep this particular form of character development from overwhelming the story... Keeping folks interested in the story, and making them believe the mythology she spins is the main point."

-- Denise Dutton, Green Man Reviews [Staying Dead]
Wren of course is a Talent and her particular skill is retrieving or finding lost objects. The jobs she takes are arranged by Sergei and are not always legal. I like to think of the series as a supernatural variant of It Takes a Thief. As all good things must, Laura Anne Gilman wrapped up the Retrievers series  last year with the sixth book Blood and Stone which is my personal favourite. The series long story arc of Sergei and Wren's romance ends on a sweet and satisfying note.

Fortunately Larua Anne Gilman has not abandoned her world of the Cosa Nostradamus. In just over two weeks, Hard Magic, the first book in the new Paranormal Scene Investigations spin-off series releases. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review! To celebrate this new release, I have a very special giveaway of the complete Retrievers series (six books in all) to be won by one lucky entrant. Many thanks to Laura for providing this incredible prize package!


GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. A complete set of the Retrievers series (mmpb), six books in all, to giveaway courtesy of Laura Anne Gilman. The winners name will be a random draw from among the commenters.
  2. I love cover art and I think the Retrievers series has very unique and original designs that stand out from the crowd. To enter the giveaway, tell me which cover you like best and why, or simply tell me why you would like to win and read this series.
  3. Open internationally.
  4. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  5. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  6. Giveaway open until Midnight, April 30, 2010 EDT.
OVERVIEW OF THE RETRIEVERS SERIES

Manhattan's nightlife just got weirder...
It starts as a simple job - but simple jobs, when you're dealing with this magical world, often end up anything but. As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while. . . Case in point - a cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there's a magical complication. (Isn't there always?) Wren's unique abilities aren't enough to lay this particular case to rest, and so she turns to some friends: a demon )minor), a mage who has lost her mind, and a few others - including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?) Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares...
Read an Excerpt 

And you think magic is complicated?
Once more Wren Valere's game plan has taken an unexpected direction. She'd agreed to a bargain with one supersecret magic-watching outfit to protect her partner and herself on their last job. But now the Silence is trying to wedge them apart.

On the one hand, ever since she and Sergei began to talk about their "relationship" things have been tricky. On the other, though . . . Well, no one better try to stand between Wren and Sergei when danger is near!
So now they are off to Italy in search of a possessed parchment (or maybe not possessed - all they know is that whoever reads it disappears). Still, when compared to what's going on at home (lonejacks banding together, a jealous demon, tracking bugs needing fumigation, etc.) maybe disappearing won't be so bad... As if!
Read an Excerpt

Wren Valere used to have a simple life. Her partner Sergei would negotiate the terms of the Retrieval -- all right, the theft -- and she would use her magical talent to carry it out. Paycheck deposited, on to the next job.

Now? Her relationship with Sergei is even more complicated (sex will do that). Her fellow lonejacks are trying to organize against the Mage's Council. The nonhuman population of Manhattan is getting fed up with being ignored and abused. And the Council? Well, they have an agenda of their own, and it's not one the lonejacks are going to like.

And Sergei is far too involved with the Silence, his former employers, for Wren's liking.

When it comes down to choosing sides, the first rule of the lonejack credo is "Don't get involved." But when friends are in danger, and the city you love is at risk, sometimes getting into the thick of things is all you can do.

The best Retrievers go unnoticed: sliding into shadows, gliding through crowds without entanglement. Wren Valare used to be almost invisible. But now she's not only being seen, she's getting involved.

Recent attacks against nonhuman Fatae have escalated into hate crimes against magic users in general-humans included. With the Mage Council distracted by internal power struggles, Wren is guilted into stepping up as a spokesperson for the fragiley united Fatae and lonejack communities...

And, because the cosmos deems her without enough complications, her partner-lover Sergei is drowning in his own problems. But not only can't she help him-she's the cause.

With lives on the line-including her own-Wren's going to have to break the lonejack credo, ditch her long-cherished invisibility and take a stand. But burning bridges can be deadly...
Read an Excerpt

The Cosa Nostradamus is in disarray; the Truce holding violence in check has been broken. Magical Manhattan is at war, and Wren Valere is left without her partner/lover Sergei, whose past loyalties keep him from her side just when she needs him the most.

Hoping to keep herself occupied, Wren takes a job— but what should have been an ordinary Retrieval instead forces her to realize that it is time to do more. It is time for the Cosa to take the battle to the enemy.
But she'll do it her way. The Retrievers' way. Sneaky, smart—and with maximum damage possible. What was lost will be found, what was stolen will be Retrieved. And this war will be ended, once and for all.
Wren Valere always finishes the job. Always.
Read an Excerpt

Wren Valere's job is driving her crazy. She's still Manhattan's most sought-after Retriever, but after last year's deadly confrontation with the Silence, all this magic-user wants is a break. With her apartment going co-op and her relationship with the demon P.B. putting stress on her romance with partner Sergei, is Wren finally ready to settle down to a more stable existence? Not likely.

Because when you're good, trouble always finds you. Wren's next assignment puts her on the wrong side of a child-snatcher—and a collision course with her past. But to save a friend—and protect her future—Wren must pull off the most important Retrieval of her life…and for once magic isn't on her side.

OVERVIEW OF THE PARANORMAL SCENE INVESTIGATIONS SERIES

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: Spinning off a minor character from the Retrievers books (Staying Dead, etc.), Gilman launches an entertaining new series set in her Cosa Nostradamus world of magic-using Talented humans. Following up on a mysterious job lead, college grad Bonita Torres joins the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (PUPI), a freelance CSI-style unit for Talent-related crimes. The puppies refine and practice spells until they get their first big case: an apparent double suicide. As they follow the evidence, trail and interrogate suspects, and defend themselves against attacks, the investigators develop comfortable and engaging team dynamics and create the field of forensic magic. Gilman's deft plotting and first-class characters complement her agile blend of science and spell craft, and readers will love the Mythbusters-style fun of smart, sassy people solving mysteries through experimentation, failure, and blowing stuff up.
 Read an excerpt.

Hard Magic will be followed by Pack of Lies in Spring 2011.



About Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman started her professional life as a book editor for a major NYC house, fitting her writing into the remaining available hours. In 2004 she switched that around, becoming a full-time writer and freelance editor for www.carinapress.com.

Laura Anne is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the "Retrievers" and "Paranormal Scene Investigations" urban fantasy series), and the award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket. She is a member of the on-line writers consortium BookVew Cafe, and continues to write and sell short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances as Anna Leonard.

Follow her on Twitter: @LAGilman

113 comments:

  1. All of those are really fantastic covers, but I think that Free Fall is the best. Not only is it purple(my favorite color), but it has movement to it that just makes me think it's going to be full of action.

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  2. Staying Dead and Free Fall are my favorites. I have only read the first book, but I think both these covers really tell you alot about Wren. She's powerful, but her life can get messy and she's not always in control.

    annasbookblog@gmail.com

    I've linked this contest on my sidebar.

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  3. I think all of the covers are very catching, but Free Fall draws my eye the most. I see it and instantly want to know what kind of power the character has and what amazing world she lives in. I've had my eye on this series for a while, it would be amazing to win a set!!!

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  4. I love all those covers, the lightning makes them cool. But if I had to choose I would choose Free Fall cos it looks so intense.

    Have not read the books but I sure wanna now.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  5. To be honest I am not really someone to rave about covers. Covers that are unusual do tend to stand out in a bookshop with hundreds of volumes but all to often I find the cover has been created with only that in mind and bears no real resemblance to the story that is inside.

    I understand why publishers try to make their cover eye-catching but I would never buy a book just for the cover !

    I haven't read anything by this author and am not a great fan of paranormals but I am trying to read more of them to see if the genre grows on me.

    Don't think the above comments will increase my chances of winning (I am an International entry) but I would still love to win the books !

    Thanks

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  6. I like Free Fall and Bring It On the best. I like that they're not the usual poses you see on Urban Fantasy covers. Plus, Free Fall makes me wonder if that scene is really in the book, what's happening and how in the world she gets herself out of it. Heh.

    Thanks! :0)
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  7. I like Free Fall cover the best. It's the colors and the look of the model falling, all her limbs seem to be struggling to stop her fall - kind of scary. I'm afraid of heights, so this kind of makes my hackle rise. Very dramatic cover.

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  8. I like the Burning Bridges cover best with the red background. I would love to read this series. I read Hard Magic and was completely blown away by it and seriously need to read what else is going on in this world.

    jennsicurella at verizon dot net

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  9. Oh I love to read one I havent read any but I love to read them.
    elizabethcerna2011@gmail.com

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  10. I'm a huge urban fantasy fan but I have never heard of these! I'm British, so sometimes these things take a while to filter through.

    vorvolaka.reviews@googlemail.com

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  11. These are among my favorite series of books, and I'm looking forward to reading 'Hard Magic'.

    I like the 'Staying Dead' cover the best.

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  12. I think I like the Free Fall cover the best. I think the cover represents the title the best. I love the hair flying up.

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  13. Going to have to go with the latest cover. I like the fact that it doesn't focus quite as much on the person. There are too many uf books out these days that focus overly on presenting the kick-butt chick in a cool outfit. The last cover gives a little bit different feel, and I'd grab that off the shelf compared to the others. A reason to read them? Actually my 19 yr. old daughter will devour them far faster than I will, and she is always whining about finding something good to read.

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  14. Staying Dead is my favorite cover. It captures the whole magical NY theme perfectly. Which is also why I would love this series, being from NY myself it would be fascinating reading about about a magical world there. Thanks for the opportunity. Indigo

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  15. I think I prefer Blood & Stone's cover overall. Very eye catching and the colors work well with it.

    I read the first two books and got the third on my bookshelf waiting for me. :) Love this author.

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  16. I like FREE FALL best. The color, plus the sense of action and danger in it is very catching.

    This is a series I need to catch up on. I've only read the first book so far.

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  17. They are all great covers but the one that draws my attention the most is BURNING BRIDGES. It's the deep red making it stand out.

    This is a series I just found out about not long ago. It looks very different and I like the change of pace where the sups are mortal. I would love a chance to win! Thank you Laura!

    I added this giveaway to my contest bar.

    fantasydreamersramblings at gmail dot com

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  18. I would love to win and read this series.
    I think the cover to 'free fall'
    is a grabber.
    Please enter me.
    Thanks!

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  19. I haven't had a chance to read this series yet so I would love to win a set. My favorite cover is Free Fall. It matches the title so well.

    sgiden AT verizon DOT net

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  20. The Burning Bridges cover is the best. The perspective is cool, and the red is eye-catching and dynamic.

    I'd love to read these books. Thanks!

    gshep72@gmail.com

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  21. Somehow I've missed this series. I would love to try it out. I like the hidden world stories.

    I'm clothdragon on gmail too.

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  22. My favorite cover is Burning Bridges. I love the reds and the intensity. The positioning of the hand and effects are spectacular. I also liked Blood from Stone, for its passion and intrigue.

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  23. I think Free Fall's cover is the one that catches my eye best. I like purple, but it's also the way the lettering "floats" as the character falls implying danger & action. It's also the "cleanest" so there's not as much visual clutter in the background, which makes it stand out at a distance. While we may not "love" covers, marketing departments DO!!

    I am moishemoose at gmail.

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  24. I think all the covers look amazing. But Free Fall stands out the most to me. It's just not something that you see very often. The series sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. Burning Bridges. I think it's a combination of the red, the architecture in the background, and the fact that it's not a full body shot of the character.

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  26. I like Gilman's work and I'd love to have the set!

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  27. Since my favorite color is purple Free Fall is my favorite cover. Also you can feel action when you look at the falling woman. I have not read any of these books and would be very excited to win and read the entire series. This series sounds fantastic. I love mystery, suspense, intrigue and romance.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this awesome giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Sounds like a great series! I'm always looking for good new books to read and I really like paranormal detective types.

    I agree that the covers are a bit different from the usual UF covers, even though they do have a young, pretty woman in tight black leather in them. :) I like best the first cover where the character almost invites me to take a look at her magical city.

    mhamalainenenator at gmail.com

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  29. It's hard to pick one, they're all great. But I think Burning Bridges is the one I like the most... it's like I never get tired of looking at it.

    carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

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  30. Sigh. This is a little embarassing. I want to win b/c I was reading Laura's work when it was just her own work, and years away from publication. At that time, I was already in love with her voice and work. However, I lost track of my college gal-pal, and she went off and published well over a dozen books, and I can't actually afford to get the whole series to read it. I will, however, gleefully pass along my copy of _Blood From Stone_ if I win another copy!

    The shame. I am actually kind of ashamed of this. ...but I really want all the books, so here I am.

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  31. I just love the cover of Free Fall. The purple/blue is just so eye catching.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  32. It's a toss up for me between Curse the Dark and Bring It On. Both really intrigue me, although I think I wouldn't want to be on that ledge in heels! Curse the Dark makes me see the magical mystery part of the story and I love that!
    Yes, Free Fall is very dramatic, but it kinda gives me the heebies just looking at it. 'Ouch' is in her near future to me.

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  33. I love the cover of Bring It On the best, Wren's B&E habit brings a smile to face.

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  34. And posted to FB.

    melissa.walker@gmail.com

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  35. I guess I'm in the minority, I like all the covers except for Free Fall.

    This is why I visit this blog, Laura Ann Gilman slipped from my mind after Bring it On, but the plus is now that's she's been brought back to my attention I can read several of her "new to me" books in a row. Yeah!

    acm05@juno.com

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  36. I liked the Burning Bridges cover best. There's something about the imagery that really drew me.

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  37. I love the cover of Burning Bridges - it seems like she controls the lightning just with her fingertips :) and I love lightning...
    Laura Ann, you are a new author to me and I don't know how I missed you and your series - they sounds fantastic and are now on top of my wishlist...
    wish you all the best,
    Ina

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  38. Free Fall is my favorite. This would be a new author and series for me, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  39. Thanks for the amazing contest.

    I'd love to win this series because I've had these books on my radar for a while now. I just haven't had a chance to add them to my TBR pile for one reason or another.

    Jen
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  40. I like the cover of Free Fall the best out of all of them . . . the color is awesome! This is a series I've been wanting to try, but just haven't gotten the time to buy. Thanks for the contest!!

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  41. Those are some amazing covers. I like the cover to Burning Bridges best. Love the red and the crisp graphics.

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  42. I have been circling around this series for a few years now, wondering if I should read it. So it would be great to win the books because then I would definitely give it a shot and if I like it I'll have the rest to read too.

    The Free Fall cover is the best to me. It is the one that caught my eye because I really wonder how this relates to the story...is there a point when she is really just falling through the air?

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  43. Burning Bridges. That clear, crisp red, the drama of the suspension bridge caressed with lightning, the evocation of a supernatural High Noon. Yeah, it works.

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  44. Great looking covers, and it sounds like some great reads too. thanks for the giveaway!


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  45. I really like the cover for Bring It On the most. For some reason, the pose and the background just beg to be read about to me.

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  46. I love the cover for Burning Bridges! I love the perspective, the pose of the hand and the lightning. Very eye-catching.

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  47. Of all of the covers, I find the one that draws me the most is Curse the Dark. The pose of the person intrigues me, and the word overlay makes me intensely curious as to what's going on in the book. I've never read these, but I do love urban fantasy!

    awhisperinthewind(at)gmail(dot)com

    Facebooked it: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=52700499

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  48. I dig 'Staying Dead' and 'Burning Bridges'. The covers depicting the whole figure just don't feel as well-composed and frankly, sometimes they're a bit contrived. However that may catch the eye and sell books, so who am I to judge? (Actually, I'm a cover artist myself so I suppose I CAN judge if I wanna!)

    I'd love to see more painted covers vs. photomanips, though. Maybe that's part of the 'contrived' aspect. Sounds like a great series, though! I lurv Urban Fantasy.

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  49. I am one of those readers who is not a fan of 'cover love' things and I don't really pay attention to covers. I rarely choose my books on covers, really nowadays the covers can all be overwhelming so I look for titles that interest me and then I read what they are about. It could have the best cover, but If I am not interested, I will not buy the book.

    That being said, in order to enter, I choose Burning Bridges, as I like the idea of having to cross a bridge in order to get things done. It's like very allegorical in that it can mean very different things. We all have to cross a lot of 'bridges' in order to get where we want and I love the title because sometimes we have to move quickly and make quick decisions.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

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  50. I would love to read the series.

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  51. # tell me which cover you like best and why, or simply tell me why you would like to win and read this series.
    --> i love the 'Burning Bridges' cover. I can see the Bridge 'burning' in the red color behind. it is so cool !

    --> And i'm still new with this author, i'm sooo looking forward to get my chance to know her works :)

    # uniquas at ymail dot com

    # post on Facebook
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  52. I liked the colors of Staying Dead and they caught my attention more so than with the others. But the lightning is definitely something you don't see on every other cover like you do with dark vampires in dark alleys and the like.

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  53. This series sounds really amazing. I've read a few others that deal with select magic (such as finding items, elemental, etc) and I'd love the chance to read more about Wren and Sergi, although, if I don't win I'll be looking for it in the bookstores! lol

    Thanks,
    chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

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  54. My favorite cover is free fall because the color really catches your attention, and then the cover model falling is a very interesting image.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  55. I like the Blood From Stone cover. I read Hard Magic earlier this month so now I’m dying to read the Retrievers series.

    TheFictionEnthusiast@live.com

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  56. I would have to say both Free Fall and Blood From Stone are fantastic covers. The colours in them caught my eye most.

    sleepingaurora at gmail dot com

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  57. I love these covers!!!
    I've been wanting to read these for over a year, but eveytime I checked at work we only had the 2nd or the 4th..but never the first installment.. so I kept forgetting. I'd love to win this!!

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  58. All the covers look great, but my favorite by far is Burning Bridges. Something about the angle of the picture is just fantastic. I'd love to read this series.

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  59. I love Free Fall because the cover makes me feel exhilarated. Silly, I know...but that's me. This would be an awesome series to win. You rock Doug!

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  60. I shared on facebook here:

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  61. I love..love the cover of Free Fall..it's perfect for the name of the book. When you look at the cover you feel the movement even though it's just an image..My personal opinion (lol) It just stands out and screams (pick me up and read me!!

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  62. 'Free Fall' would have to be my favourite cover. The purple, the lightning...it just looks absolutely awesome!

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  63. Favorites are thew covers of 'Bring It On' and 'Blood from Stone', because I like their backgrounds the best, and the girl's poses.

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  64. I like the cover of Curse The Dark because it looks very cool. Is the woman on the cover channeling her power to something?

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  65. I tweeted:

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    12339136012

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  66. I shared on Facebook.

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  67. I think Free Fall is the best, because it shows the falling motion of the girl.

    Evelyn ~ eggyc at hotmail dot com

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  68. I tweeted about your giveaway. Here's the link:

    http://twitter.com/3velyna/status/12339679183

    Evelyn ~ eggyc at hotmail dot com

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  69. Wow. These covers are spectacular. I couldn't pick a favorite. How about a tie? Between Freefall and Blood from Stone. How have I never heard of this series before? I'm so in :-)

    -Lisa B.
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  70. I love FreeFall! I just think it is the most intriguing. It catches my eye out of all the books!

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  71. Although all the covers are outstanding, I like Staying Dead the most. This is the first I've heard of this series, but I'm certainly going to have to check them out now.

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  72. Hi!

    I'd love to be entered for this contest!

    My favorite cover is Staying Dead. I love the lightning from her hands and the city scape in behind the girl. It looks like she is about to reek some major kick A** havoc!

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  73. I think that Burning Bridges is my favorite. With the electricity coming from her hand and heading towards the bridge, it makes me feel like a big showdown is coming next.

    Looks like a fabulous series.

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  74. I have only read the first in the series but really enjoyed it and would love the chance to read the rest.

    My favorite cover is Free Fall, I just really like the colors and how it shows the character falling so well against the backdrop. It really stands out.

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  75. As much as I love urban fantasy, I don't know how this author and series snuck by me. These are book I would enjoy reading.

    My favorite cover is for Free Fall. It reminds me of the rush I get when I skydive.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
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  76. I like them all, they don't have too much of the 'lets draw in people by putting a girl in a sexy pose or just having her half naked or covered in tattoos' look that is all the rage these days. However, Burning Bridges is my favorite because the focus is on the action and not the protagonist.

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  77. It's a tie between Burning Bridges and Blood from Stone. I think they really capture the spirit of the books. There's just something about them that appeals to me a bit more than the others.

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  78. My favorite cover is Free Fall because it's great that she is actually free falling!

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  79. I like the Free Fall cover the best because her falling makes me want to find out more about the book. Plus, I haven't seen many book covers with the character falling.

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  80. My favorite cover, hands down, is "Bring It On". Anyone who can balance on a high ledge in heels (and look graceful and confident doing it) definitely gets my attention and respect! Plus there's a bird flying by, and being an animal lover, I think that's just cool.

    This looks like a really intriguing series, and I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

    Extra entry: Blogged about this giveaway here -
    http://smoonempress.blogspot.com/2010/04/hi-guys-scifiguy-httpwww.html

    meggie1985 at gmail . com

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  81. I like Free Fall the best. This cover has more "movement" then the others.

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  82. I think I like the Curse teh Dark cover the best - the perspective of it makes you feel like you are part of the picture.

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  83. I would LOVE to win this!
    Thanks! :D:D:D

    -Lindsay

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  84. Free Fall catches my attention because of the colour and sense of action, but I also like the cover for Bring It On. Thanks for the great giveaway. star_gazer11 at hotmail dot com

    +1 http://twitter.com/jays7/status/12557717727

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  85. I am like most of your commenters and Free Fall cover is great. I swear looking at it I can actually feel the effects. I would love to read this series. cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  86. My favorite cover is Free Fall. I just love the pose, the city in the background, the lightning (of course) and how it immediately draws you into the book. You know something is going to happen.

    These sound wonderful! Most definitely enter me, please. : )

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  87. My favorite cover is Curse the Dark. It's simply awesome!*_* And I love blue!
    This series sounds really AMZING and I'm soooo happy this contest is open to international readers! Thank you for this chance!

    Giada M.

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  88. About my extra entries:

    I tweeted:
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    I shared on facebook:

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    Thanks!^O^

    Giada M.

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  89. I like 'Staying Dead' the best I think. I like how she is turned towards us as if inviting us into the book.

    Lexie
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  90. Hi, I'm from Italy and I would like to win these books because here in Italy we haven't got them and I'd really love to read them! I first heard the name on the author on year ago, and since I read the synopsis of the books I hoped they arrives here in Italy! I hope to win!

    yuko86@hotmail.it

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  91. I never read anything by this author, I would love too though! Great contest by the way! I think my favorite cover is Blood from Stone. I like the color and the composition.

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  92. Free Fall is the best cover! I could stare at it for hours and wonder how that model must have felt with her legs in such a weird angle! ;)

    I was lucky enough to read Hard Magic and found it extremely interesting. Now I really want to try the Retrievers series...winning a whole set would be perfect!

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  93. i love the way the lightning bolts fly out of her hands on almost every cover...and i've been meaning to start this series, so if i win, that would work out great!

    k_sunshine1977@yahoo.com

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  94. Curse The Dark is my favorite cover.
    I first saw it in the French edition and I liked it. I wanted to read this serie but I forgot the author's name. I was so happy when I saw it on this post! It's a beautiful cover, I like the little incomprehensible writing and the electricity coming out of her hand. And yeah the color is nice too.

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  95. Freefall: It's just the pretty colours :)
    This series has been pretty hard to get so I've only read the first couple, but gosh it's good! Exciting, fun, dynamic and I love the characters. and the magic thing. Very nice twists.

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  96. Curse of the Dark is my favorite cover art, but they all are really great covers.

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  97. Tuff choice. I love these covers! I like Staying Dead the most I love the city in the back ground.

    I tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/Romantic73

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  98. I love the electricity coming out of the fingers.

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  99. I like Free Fall the most. I love the purple background :)
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  100. the free fall, it just looks so fun and exciting

    i would really love to read this series, i always wanted to read her seriers but never did , i would love to win the whoel series to read all at once!!!!!!! blackroze37@yahoo.com

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  101. free fall

    its looks exciting to be doing that and well , guess the name suits it, it looks FREEING to do that

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  102. I like Burning Bridges best. Red is one of my favorite colors, and I think the closeup of her hand is an interesting angle, design.

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  103. Fantastic giveaway! I haven't read this series, but it sounds exciting and fun!

    My favourite cover is Burning Bridges: the red background looks great and I LOVE that looming gothic bridge!! It looks awesome!

    +1 I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/12880984690

    +1 also spread the word on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000899165880&v=wall&story_fbid=120772171271349

    Thank you!

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  104. I like them all but my favorite is Free Fall. I really like the purple colour..it catches my eye. One of the reasons I choose a book is the cover and I would pick up this one to see what it is about.

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  105. Staying Dead is my favorite. The combination of height and lightning is well, exhilarating.
    red_handed99@yahoo.ca

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  106. These look nice! Would love to read them.
    goetzreads at gmail.com

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  107. The covers all look great but the cover is not what gets me to buy the book and read it. It is what the books sound like in reviews and on the back blub. This set sounds great and I really would love to read them.

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  108. Burning Bridges is probably my favourite. I that the picture literally matches the name. The electricity looks like it's reaching out to the bridge wanting to burn it. And the colour of the sky gives a foreboding feeling. You just know something bad is going to happen.

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  109. I like all the covers actually, they are all very neat, but I probably would choose Burning Bridges as my favorite. It's most very interesting but also intriguing because it leaves a lot to the imagination.

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  110. all the covers are awesome, i don't know if I could pick a fav.
    I woudl love to be entered itno this contest.

    sarah(dot)ahiers(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. I'd love to read this series because I pretty much love anything UF and am absolutely certain that I'll enjoy Retrievers!

    Free Fall's cover is stunning!

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  112. My favourite cover is Blood from Stone. The model looks very mysterious.

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  113. I love the cover for Free Fall the best. That pose is just full of awesome! :D

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