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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas With… Devon Monk


I’m really excited to welcome Devon Monk here today to celebrate the release of Magic on the Line! I’m not quite up to date in the series as I started reading it recently, but It’s really great so make sure you read along to discover more!


1- Allie has come a long way since the first book, Magic to the Bone, was it all planned out since the get go?

It’s been mostly planned since the beginning.  I didn’t have every detail mapped out, and some things that have happened have surprised me (in a good way) but I’ve always known how it was going to end.

2- You've spent years now with those characters, which one is your favorite to write and why?

I don’t know who my favorite is, but I have to say two of the easiest are Shame and Stone. Shame, because he has a smart-mouth and has this attitude going 24/7, which is a ton of fun to write.  Stone, because he’s just kind of adorable to me.

3- If you had to build a top 3 songs that makes you think of Magic on the Line what would it be?

Oooh.  Hard question.  I don’t tend to attach certain songs to certain books, but instead listen to a variety of playlists while I’m writing.  Some of the songs I listened to while writing MAGIC ON THE LINE were Letters From the Sky by Civil Twilight, Bring Me The Disco King (Lohner mix) by David Bowie, Politik by Coldplay, Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge, Into Dust by Mazzy Star, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack from the episode, Once More With Feeling.

4- Magic Without Mercy, the eighth book in the series was announced to release on April 3rd, 2012, how many more books can we expect in the series?

Just one more after that.  There are nine in the series, and the last will release in November, 2012.

Now onto some Xmas-y questions:

5- How was a typical Christmas when you were a kid?

We didn’t have a lot of money, but we always had a gift under the tree we could open Christmas eve, and that would always be a new pair of pajamas.  We also had little gifts in our stockings.  My parents made Christmas a very special time by taking us out to see the neighborhood Christmas lights, making homemade nutmeg egg nog, going out to find the tree together, and making sure we spent as much family time together as possible.

6- What's your favorite thing to do on December 25th's morning?

We carry on the morning tradition my parents started.  We invite all our family over for stocking gifts and breakfast. Somehow we squeeze several dozen people into the living room, exchange gifts, laugh and talk, then cook up a breakfast to share.

7- How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

I’ve never stopped believing in Santa. To me, he represents the spirit of giving inside us all.

8- If we could offer Allie anything for Christmas, what should it be?

A weekend away with Zayvion.  I think they could use some private time together without the world falling apart around them.


If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Magic on the Line

I took a deep breath, set a Disbursement–a headache this time–and drew a Sight spell. I pulled magic into it. The world broke into shades of old magic among vibrant new spells, bright neon dripping down buildings, pastels drifting along the empty street.

Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes–and enforces–all magic policy. But when the Authority’s new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland could be caused by magic, Allie must choose whether to follow the Authority’s rules or to turn against the very people for whom she’s risked her life.

To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, Allie must put all that she values on the line: her memories, her life. As dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options…

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository


Devon would like to offer a copy of Magic on the Line to one of you!

Open Internationally!

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)

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Devon Monk spent her early childhood tucked behind couches or any other place with low light, “ruining her eyes” and reading. Her love of fairytales turned into a love of adventure, magic, future science, romance, mystery, humor, noir, and anything else she could get her hands on.

Devon has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies. Her stories have been published in five countries and included in a Year’s Best Fantasy anthology.  In 2010, Fairwood Press published twenty-two of her short stories in a collection titled: A Cup of Normal.

She is currently writing two series.  The Allie Beckstrom books (Magic to the Bone, Magic in the Blood, Magic in the Shadows, Magic on the Storm, Magic at the Gate, Magic on the Hunt)  are urban fantasy set in modern-day Portland, Oregon where magic is the new technology.  The Age of Steam books (Dead Iron) are steampunk set in the 1800′s American West.

Devon has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colorful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. When not writing, Devon is knitting strange things, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.

You can visit Devon here.

More Devon Monk‘s books:

Magic to the Bone (Allie Becks...Magic In the Blood (Allie Beck...Magic in the Shadows (Allie Be...Magic on the Storm (Allie Beck...Magic at the Gate (Allie Becks...Magic on the Hunt (Allie Becks...Magic Without Mercy (Allie Bec...Dead Iron (Age of Steam, #1)Tin Swift (Age of Steam, #2)The Mammoth Book of Vampire Ro...


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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32 People left their mark' :

  1. Allie's my favorite character. I wouldn't continue to read a series if the main character wasn't compelling. I'm warming up to Zayvion. I wasn't a big fan.

    GFC Anne38

  2. Just want to let Devon know how much I love, love, LOVE! this series!
    If anyone hasn't read it yet, get on it! You, too, will love Allie (and Zay and Shame and Stone and...)
    (Is it April, yet???) ;)

  3. Allie is my favorite character.

  4. I really love Zayvion! This is such a great series!


  5. I haven't read this series yet. I hear so much good things about it. I will read this series in 2012. It is on my list. Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  6. I haven't read this series yet, so I can't give you my favorite character's name, but I asked for the first book for Christmas from my mum, and I can't wait to get my hands on it, since it's been on my wish-list for a while :) So thank you for the giveaway! :)

  7. I haven't read this series either. It looks really good though. Lately I've been reading more books with magic involved. Thank you.


  8. Looove this series so much! I think one of my faves is Zay!


  9. This is a new author to me and i wouldn't mind trying one of her books.

  10. I haven't read this series yet so I am eager to meet all the characters.

    GFC: Na

  11. I can't say what character is my favorite because I haven't started this series yet.Although I do have a few of the books.

    GFC and twitter follower-elaing8


  12. I love ALlie as well - the idea that every time she uses magic she has to pay for it some how just makes her inheritly more compelling - especially when she loses memories!

    GFC Follower
    Mel S

  13. I haven't read this series yet but it is on my wish list!
    GFC: ML

  14. Allie Beckstrom is my favorite character, she's not afraid to do what she has to to protect the innocent.

    GFC follower-Barbara E.

  15. I would love to win this book. Shane is such an awesome character. Will there be any spin offs, novellas or future Allie books?

  16. Rafflecopter did not give me a place for my name or email.

    I have not begun the series yet. Yes, shame on me. On my list though.


    Mary P

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I just love the series. I think my favorite character is Allie, she is so interesting!



  18. This is a new author to me. I haven't had the chance to read her books yet. Although, I would love to get the chance. Thanks for the giveaway! DeAnna Schultz

  19. Allie is my favorite character
    Audra Holtwick
    I am a GFC follower

  20. I haven't read the series yet but I would like to. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  21. One of the BEST series i ever read....
    I would love to have the actual book... to add to my collection...
    Please enter me...
    Thanks for the giveaway...

  22. I LOVE this series so please count me in!

    GFC follower - Taz
    Friended you on GR - Tasnim
    Twitter follower - @star_light91

    Tasnim x

  23. Haven't read it but Allison seems pretty awesome! GFC follower (Kara DiDomizio) since rafflecopter was being wacky.


  24. I'm new to this series and don't have a favorite character yet, but I do have the first three books on my bookshelf ;)
    greetings, Ina

    GFC follower

  25. I love Allie. I love that she has all this power, but she takes the repercussions of using on herself. I love that she tries to keep people at bay, but fails spectacularly. I love that she kicks butt, but has the good sense to be scared and knows when she's in over her head.

  26. haven't read it so no fave character.

  27. I haven't had a chance to read the series so I'm not sure who my favorite would be.

  28. I don't have a favorite character because this is my first time seeing this series. I can't wait to read it though because it looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

    stephanie eckstein
    email subscriber eckstein 99, gfc follower stephjx, fb follower

  29. I haven't read the series yet but Allie seems really interesting :)

  30. My favourite character is Allie.

  31. I haven't read this series yet! But I would love to and i'll do it soon!
    I'm GFC follower