Book Dates

BookDates

My fellow Harper Voyager Impulse authors and I are getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with something a little different. We’ve created dating profiles for the characters in our books! But wait, there’s more! You, the reader, get to suggest your favorite match up. Oh, but the real fun is that it’s across all of our books! Think Brendan would be a perfect match for a recent superhero girl who can bench press compact car? Now is your chance to let your voice be heard!

But wait, there’s still more! I promised that if I won the Qwillery best debut author cover of 2014, I’d give away three copies of The Stolen. Well, as it happens I did win. So if you post in the comments section of this thread, it will count as an entry into the giveaway. Don’t live in the US? No problem, as promised, this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere!

So, what do you do? Simple, read through the dating profiles below, then check out the profiles on the sites listed below and then come back with your match up. Sure, it’s a lot of clicking, but we’re talking about a signed copy of The Stolen! Also, several of my colleagues are having giveaways as well! Think of all the stuff you could win! And really, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?


 

Brendan Kavanaugh

*Please note that due to a ridiculous aversion to modern technology, this is being entered by Dante. And now I’m being told his aversion isn’t ridiculous. Anachronistic tendencies are adorable. And now I have to tell him what Anachronistic means.
 
Age:
You wouldn’t believe it if you knew. Over 18 should be enough for now.

What is your job/career?
Musician/Defender of humanity against dark creatures

Where are you from?
Barr Na gCurragh, County Galway, Ireland

What do you do for fun?
A nice pint, good music, and a warm fire. Or turning a pack of oíche into clouds of twinkling lights.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Joining the Fianna

What is your most treasured possession?
A handmade claddagh ring

What is your favorite book/movie/band?
He doesn’t do too much reading. In fact, before his interjections at the beginning I wasn’t sure he could read.

If you were an animal, which one would you be?
Irish Wolfhound

Who was your childhood hero?
Fionn McCool. Really? No, he’s sticking with that.

Who was your first crush?
Áine Connelly

What’s your perfect holiday?
A warm fire, good whiskey, and those who mean the most to you close by. Wow, I had no idea he could be so sentimental.

If you had friends over for dinner, what would you cook?
If they were friends he wouldn’t cook. Not if he wanted them to survive. And now he’s threatening to “kick my arse up around me ears.”

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
When he was eight years old, a Seanchaí (itinerant storyteller) came to his village. This storyteller also played the guitar, and taught Brendan how to play. Hey, I didn’t even know that!

Have you ever been in a fight? or prison?
Let’s just say he’s been in a fight or two and leave it at that.

If you won the lottery, which 2 charities would you give to?
Saint Jude’s and Saint Vincent De Paul

What do you think of children?
They are precious joys to those lucky enough to have them.

What is your ideal home?
A quiet home with some land and a view of rolling green hills. And I’d imagine a pub close by. And he just kicked my chair.

What is your perfect date night/day?
Anything that doesn’t involve a plot by dark fae.

What are you most afraid of?
Okay, he insists I put “Himself” but I’m doing it under protest.

What did your parents do? (Job/career)
They were members of the Fianna as well.


Dante

Age:
Ha! You REALLY wouldn’t believe me.

What is your job/career?
Magister – New Eastern Region of the Rogue Court

Where are you from?
Originally? Rome.

What do you do for fun?
I love theater, concerts, and good music in a nice night club. Conversely there is also something magical about a perfect cup of tea and an excellent book

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Finding an outcast Fian warrior and helping him find his place in the world.

What is your most treasured possession?
My Mustang. I love my car.

What is your favorite book/movie/band?
There are far too many books to list (I’ve had a lot of time to read in my lifetime) and I couldn’t possibly narrow the list down. Much the same for movies and bands. So how about this. My favorite authors include Dickens, Tolstoy, and this new author named O’Connell. I recently saw The Imitation Game and found it powerful and a reasonable portrayal of Alan Turing.

Do you have pets?
Just Brendan. And he just kicked my chair again.

If you were an animal, which one would you be?
Perhaps a falcon.

Who was your childhood hero?
You wouldn’t know them.

Who was your first crush?
Her name was Aeliana, and she was stunning beyond description. You’ve seen her, though you wouldn’t know her name. She was a popular inspiration for a number of sculptures.

What’s your perfect holiday?
I don’t really celebrate holidays, but in terms of time off, a perfect cup of tea and an excellent book.

If you had friends over for dinner, what would you cook?
Depending on my friends, but probably a nice salad of mixed greens, with nuts and dried fruit, dressed with a homemade honey vinaigrette.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Well, that was a VERY long time ago. Though the first summer sunrise over the ocean I saw, and it’s an image that I still carry.

Have you ever been in a fight? or prison?
Perhaps a fight or two, but never prison. Though I have been taken prisoner on a few occasions.

If you won the lottery, which 2 charities would you give to?
Make-a-Wish and Native American College Fund.

What do you think of children?
Fascinating and the most honest creatures on the earth.

What is your ideal home?
My penthouse apartment. I’ve had plenty of time to find my ideal home and create it.

What is your perfect date night/day?
A light dinner, a brisk walk through the heart of the city to a performance at a small theater, then dancing till dawn.

What are you most afraid of?
Letting others down.

What did your parents do? (Job/career)
My father was a poet and my mother was…well, very special.


 

Caitlin Brady
Age: 27

What is your job/career?
Registered Nurse.

Where are you from?
Manchester, New Hampshire.

What do you do for fun?
I think I remember fun, vaguely. Seriously, there isn’t anything much more fun than reading to my daughter and seeing her smiling at me as I do the voices.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Becoming a mother.

What is your most treasured possession?
My daughter. Beyond that, a cut glass barrette given to me by my grandmother.

What is your favorite book/movie/band?
Ireland, by Frank Delany. Hands down, Love Actually is my all-time favorite movie. For band, I’d probably say Gaelic Storm.

Do you have pets?
Just a rug rat.

If you were an animal, which one would you be?
As Lois Griffin said, “I’m like one of those bald eagles you see on TV, graceful and beautiful, but if you mess with my chicks I’ll claw your ######## eyes out!”

Who was your childhood hero?
My mother.

Who was your first crush?
Oh, I’m not telling you that! He might see this!

What’s your perfect holiday?
A tree with lots of presents and watching Fiona’s delight as she opens them.

If you had friends over for dinner, what would you cook?
I’m strictly opposed to poisoning my friends.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Sitting on my mother’s lap, eyes closed, listening to my father singing.

Have you ever been in a fight? or prison?
No and no.

If you won the lottery, which 2 charities would you give to?
Saint Jude’s and Make-a-Wish.

What do you think of children?
Mine is a perfect angel, yours is probably an unruly hellspawn.

What is your ideal home?
Any home that has love. And Timothy Olyphant wouldn’t hurt.

What is your perfect date night/day?
Staying up past 9pm. Or going to bed early…with Tim Olyphant.

What are you most afraid of?
Anything happening to Fiona.

What did your parents do? (Job/career)
My mother was a librarian, and my father was a musician.


 

Edward Huntington
Age:
34

What is your job/career?
Psychiatrist. Despite common misconception, we don’t “head shrink,” that’s really what psychologists do. I work with neurological disorders: schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, and the like. I also do keep my medical license current so I’m also a General Practioner (MD).

Where are you from?
Concord, New Hampshire.

What do you do for fun?
Enjoy a nice whiskey while reading in my library

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Graduating medical school is very high on my list, but learning to use magic is right up there.

What is your most treasured possession?
My books, and my friends. Okay, friend.

What is your favorite book/movie/band?
Hard to pin down a book, I love so many. I’m a sucker for comic movies, and I’d say The Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite. I don’t have a favorite band, but Tom Waits is my favorite musician.

Do you have pets?
I’d like a cat, but I’m allergic.

If you were an animal, which one would you be?
Well, I’d like to think of myself as an Osprey, but others would probably say a mouse.

Who was your childhood hero?
My Taid, Grandfather.

Who was your first crush?
Um, let’s just skip this question.

What’s your perfect holiday?
Fiona’s birthday, seeing her brilliant smile as she eats cake and opens presents.

If you had friends over for dinner, what would you cook?
Well, I make a fabulous Chicken Kiev, but my lasagna is pretty good too.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Graduating high school. Please, no Doogie Howser jokes.

Have you ever been in a fight? or prison?
Never been to prison. I don’t know as what I do in a fight qualifies as participating.

If you won the lottery, which 2 charities would you give to?
Saint Jude’s and Make-a-Wish, and also Toys for Tots.

What do you think of children?
I love children, though admittedly my experience is limited.

What is your ideal home?
The one I have is pretty amazing.

What is your perfect date night/day?
Dinner and a movie?

What are you most afraid of?
Spiders. Yeah, go ahead and laugh.

What did your parents do? (Job/career)
My father is a computer security specialist, and my mother is a lawyer.


Now, go forth and find a match for these poor, lonely souls! (my characters, not the authors listed)

A.F.E. Smith
Ingrid Seymour
John Ayliff
Lexie Dunne
Laura Liddell Nolen
Christi J. Whitney
Brooke Johnson
Jack Heckel
Alison Stine

Guest Post

So all this month I’ve been the featured author at Drey’s Library. She’s been a gracious host, and you should certainly check out the site as a whole. So far, she’s interviewed me here, I’ve talked about some of my favorite reads here, and she’s reviewed The Stolen here.

Now, as my time as her featured author comes to a close, I’ve written a piece about considering your audience in your writing. Have a look here, and be sure to peruse the rest of Drey’s site.

My Favorite Books

As part of being the featured author in January on Drey’s Library, you can read the original post here, this week I’m talking about some of my all time favorite books. It wasn’t easy to get the list down to something manageable, but I did. The giveaway is going on for another week, the details are here. If you’re outside the US, don’t fret, you can enter as well!

Review of The Stolen and a giveaway

As I noted in a previous post, here, I’m the featured author in January on Drey’s Library. Drey did a review of The Stolen and is holding a giveaway (two copies within in the US and one international). The giveaway last until the end of the month. While you’re there, be sure to look through the page for other excellent reviews, interviews, and giveaways.

Read an Interview and Win a Signed Copy (And a Surprise Gift)

Ingrid Seymour was kind enough to interview me for her blog, Fiction Bound, and host a giveaway. You can find both here. Do check it out as it was a lot of fun and you can sign up to win a free signed copy of The Stolen.

Did I mention it was free?

Did I mention it was signed?

But wait, there’s more!

Act now and I’ll include a special bonus gift!

No, I won’t tell you what it is, you’ll have to wait and be delighted in surprise when it arrives.

For those who prefer the full link, here it is: http://fictionbound.com/2014/09/06/meet-bishop-oconnoll/

Something for Nothing, Almost – Updated

One week from today The Stolen will be available in paperback. To mark the occasion, I’m giving away two signed copies, before you can even get it in stores!
But I hear you asking, “Bishop, what do we have to do to receive such a rare and precious gift?” I’m glad you asked. Three simple steps (it is a faerie tale after all):

*Update* I’ve come to see I might’ve asked too much being an unknown to people at this point, so if you complete just one of the following, or fan me on Goodreads, I’ll put you in the running. This is NOT limited to the USA*

  1. Follow me on twitter @BishopMOConnell
  2. Follow this blog (you can do so via email if you don’t have a WordPress account) use the button to the right, under “categories”
  3. Like my Facebook page, here

That’s all you need to do!
Wednesday Thursday afternoon I’ll announce the winners, chosen at random.

If you’ve already done those three things, just send me a tweet saying “I want a book!”

Giveaway

You know you want one…