New fantasy lovers necklace & bracelet giveaway

Small TBSB pendantAn exquisite, one-of-a-kind necklace was designed by Moore Park artist Chris (Ekko Glass Designs) last year to celebrate the launch of The Blood She Betrayed.

The red, white and gold mirrors the shades of the TBSB cover: the red represents Shahkara and her Taloner blood; the gold the spritz of the Twilight Mists; the silver-white is the tail spines of Shahkara’s dragon key – and the many paths she must take to find the Elnara.

The Ekko Glass necklace and a gorgeous heart bracelet made by The Bling Thing, Hervey Bay, were to be the prizes at The Blood She Betrayed FaceBook launch party, but were withdrawn when the eBook was unable to be launched on the night.

bracelet1Instead, I’ve held these two prizes over until early this year when I knew the eBook would be available (and I’d be back from my physical author tour and able to give it some attention again).

To enter, all you have to do is buy a copy of The Blood She Betrayed and email your proof of purchase (Amazon or Dymocks receipt, etc) to me at cheryse (at) quietdawn (dot) org

Two separate winners – one for the necklace and one for the bracelet – will be drawn.

Those who have already bought a copy of The Blood She Betrayed in 2013 (either eBook or paperback) are also eligible – just email me your proof of purchase – and/or remind me where I signed your book for you during the physical author tour.

Winners of the Hearts & Talons giveaway 2013:

September: $AU50 Clan Destine Press book pack: C Prowse, Townsville, Aust

October: $AU50 Amazon gift voucher: M Black, Paterson, NJ, US

November: $AU130  9ct gold crystal pendant: Ian G. Blackwell, Bundaberg, Aust

Book trailers, SupaNova and more awesome places to be

Big news! We have a book trailer for The Blood She Betrayed.

Check it out here:


Huge thanks to my friend and fellow writer Reece McPherson who put together this fabulous trailer. Please share it with your friends and leave a comment on YouTube.

I’m at SupaNova Brisbane today with the amazing Rowena Cory Daniells, fantasy author extraordinaire. We’ll be hanging out at Artist’s Alley in the RICC building. Here’s Rowena and I:

Rowena Cory Daniells and Cheryse Durrant at a writers conference at the Gold Coast.

I drove down to Brisbane yesterday and did a book signing at Angus and Robertson Post Office Square (thanks, Amecka for your energy and hospitality!). This kicks off the next stage of my book tour which takes me to Melbourne, Toowoomba and Roma, and a few little places in between.). If you’re anywhere nearby, please come along and say hello – I’d love to meet you.

Cher’s Calendar

More of my itinerary is yet to be confirmed but for the time:

Nov 8, 9 and 10: SupaNova, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane.

Nov 12-19: Final Melbourne itinerary yet to be announced.

Sat, Nov 16: 5.30pm, Book Launch, Notions Unlimited Bookshop.

Sat, Nov 23: Wine & Cheese, Farmers Arms Tavern, Cabarlah.

Sat, Nov 30: Author Event, Mary Ryan’s Books Music & Coffee, Toowoomba.

Thurs, Dec 5: 10am-2pm: 2nd Chapter Bookstore, Roma

Fri, Dec 6: 10.30am: Calico Cottage, Wallumbilla

Sat, Dec 7: 10am: 2nd Chapter Bookstore, Roma





Fast-action October for debut urban fantasy author (that’s me)

Fantasy author Louise Cusack presents me with flowers to celebrate the launch of The Blood She BetrayedIn a week’s time, I’ll finally be able to hold my novel, The Blood She Betrayed, in my hands, as I arrive in Brisbane for the start of its official round of book launches and author signings.

Its rather surreal. One spends years working on a story that is special to them, years waiting for publishers to get back to them and, as if the fabric of the universe has been ripped open, there’s this last minute bolt to the finish line as your Publisher formats pages, makes last minute changes and you spend hours reading proofs, and not even getting to see the final proof, before your baby is sent to press. And then you’re getting flowers and congratulatory emails/phone calls from friends – like my beloved fantasy author Louise Cusack (above).

This month, I’m sDean J Andersonharing my book launch journey with WriteFest buddy Dean J Anderson, whose adult urban fantasy novel, Unnaturals, will be officially launched at the same time as mine, along with Melbourne identity Jane Clifton’s crime novel, Flush, at GenreCon at the State Library of Queensland on Saturday, October 12.

In the lead-up to the official launch, Dean and I will also attend special Dark Creature book-signings and author events in Brisbane. Locations include Mary Ryan’s Milton (our major night event) and Dymocks at both the Carindale and Chermside Shopping Centres, all on Thursday, October 10.

I’ll return to Bundaberg in time for my local book launch at the Bundaberg Regional Library at 6.15pm on Wednesday, October 16. If you’d like to come along, please join me. Tickets are free but you must RSVP by telephoning the library on 4130 4140.

Cher’s Calendar of Events for October (so far):

Thurs, Oct 10: 10am: Dark Creatures Book Signing Event at Dymocks Carindale, Carindale Shopping Centre, Brisbane. I’ll be joining forces with urban fantasy author Dean J Anderson for all Dark Creatures events at Carindale, Chermside and Milton.

Thurs, Oct 10: 2pm: Dark Creatures Book Signing Event at Dymocks Chermside, Chermside Shopping Centre, Brisbane.

Thurs, Oct 10: 6.15pm: Dark Creatures Author Event, Mary Ryan’s Milton, Brisbane, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are $5/person to cover drinks and nibblies (but your children are free). Come along, chat with epic people and get your book personally signed. For bookings, please telephone Mary Ryan’s Milton on 3510 5000.

Sat, Oct 12: GenreCon, Brisbane. The Blood She Betrayed paperback will be officially launched at GenreCon at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, at lunchtime. Please email me via cheryse(at)quietdawn(dot)org if you’d like to join me for this special celebration.

Wed, Oct 16: Bundaberg launch of The Blood She Betrayed, Bundaberg Regional Library, 49 Woondooma Street, from 6.15pm until 8pm. Please telephone the Bundaberg Library on 4130 4140 to confirm your spot. This event is free but you will not be allowed in unless you book a ticket.

Sat, Oct 19: Presenting five children’s workshops at the Carinbundi Children’s Crush Day, CQUniversity, Bundaberg. Tickets can be booked online.

Sat, Oct 26: Book-signing at Mary Ryan’s Hervey Bay, 10am until noon. Come in, have a coffee and a chat and get your book personally signed. The Blood She Betrayed makes a terrific and personal Christmas present for teenagers and 20-somethings.