Flash Giveaway: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Today, we’re excited to offer something very cool, in the form of a flash giveaway. If you’re like Thea, you freaking love Kate Daniels. You’ve been waiting anxiously for the newest book in the series, Magic Rises. If this describes you, then you’re in luck because we’ve got an early copy of Magic Rises up for grabs!

About The Book:

Magic Rises

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

You can read more about the book online HERE, including an early excerpt of the book.

About the Authors:

Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2smIlona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

You can find out more about Ilona Andrews on the official website, blog, and follow Ilona on twitter (@Ilona_Andrews) and on facebook.

You can check out Ilona Andrews on tour, too, if you’re lucky enough to be in one of these locations!

July 31: Murder by the Book – Houston, TX @ 6:30pm
August 1: Book People – Austin, TX @ 7pm
August 3: Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA @ 2pm

Giveaway Details:

Magic Rises Magic Bites

We have a copy of Magic Rises and Magic Bites up for grabs! The contest is open to addresses in the USA and will run until Sunday, July 21 at 12:01am. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!

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  • Angie Outland
    July 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I looove your books! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us!

  • Amanda
    July 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Such a great Give away! Thanks for all your hard work! Love your reviews!

  • Serenity
    July 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    My experience with Urban Fantasy has mostly been limited to YA. Izzy Lightwood from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is one of my favorite YA Urban Fantasy characters. I’ve heard great things about the Kate Daniels books, and I can’t wait to try them!

  • Make Kay
    July 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Mercy Thompson, because of all the ways she tweaked Adam when they first met and she was trying to resist mating him

  • Laura E
    July 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I am so very excited to read the next in this series! Love all the characters. Ilona and Gordon are such great writers. Thanks for the giveaway. I can’t wait to read your reviews.

  • Liz
    July 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    It’s a pretty close tie between Mercy Thompson and Harry Dresden. Both are great protagonists. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lee
    July 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Mercy Thompson because I like her loyalty, her heart, and her scrappiness; and Jane Yellowrock because she is so bad*ss but also vulnerable, conflicted, and, in many ways, lonely.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lesley D
    July 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    My favorite UF hero is Harry Dresden because he’s Gandalf on crack. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mims
    July 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Kate Daniels with Mercy Thompson as a very close second. Both series are so well written and each book advances the overall story arc, but can stand on their own.

  • Shauna
    July 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have to say my favorite UF herione would have to be a tie between Kate Daniels and Merit from Chicagoland Vampires. Mac from The Fever Series is another favorite as well.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Eileen
    July 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Mercy Thompson all the way! Love her!

  • Natalia
    July 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The first that came to mind are the Goodnight women in “Spirit and Dust” and “Texas Gothic” by Rosemary Clement-Moore. These are recent reads of mine and I love that the goodnight women are smart, snarky and red-headed. Their magic based powers are neat but they are not perfect or uber. Also they have a loving supportive yet weird family. They are not full of the angst and woe. That strong seeming but inner wounded type so prevalent in urban fantasy has started to wear on me. Back in the day I loved Anita Blake (the first 5 books) but now not so much with it being basically erotica.

  • Angie
    July 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Kate & Mercy. Tied. Because they know how to love and how to fight. And they both have such wonderful senses of humor.

  • Mary
    July 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love the Kate Daniels books. I have just done a re-read to get ready for the new book.

  • draconismoi
    July 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Franny Healey from the InCryptids! Though she is in the past….that might not be urban fantasy.

    In which case I’d have to go with Kate.

  • Lashawn
    July 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    My current favorite is Kate Daniels, I just read the series this year and I LOVE her!

  • Allana
    July 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I think Mercy Thompson is still my favorite protagonist, but Kate Daniels is close second.

  • Jacqueline
    July 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Besides Kate, I love Mercy Thompson of Patricia Briggs’s series. While her willingness to throw herself into impossible situations can be frustrating, I love seeing how she’ll manage to win in the end considering that she’s so weak when compared to the other supernatural beings in the series.

  • SarahDF
    July 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    It might be a tie between Kate Daniels and Mercedes Thompson. They’re both such strong characters who grow as their series progress, but don’t change in ways that are uncharacteristic. They’re strong women who can take care of themselves but aren’t so arrogant that they can’t accept help, and aren’t defined by their love interests.

  • Hannah H
    July 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    There’s the process of elimination at work here- I really like UF main characters. My favorite internal genre of UF is paranormal P.I.s. The more noir-like, the better for me. Out of the series I read constantly, Felix Castor has the worst life and outcomes. I don’t know why I like characters to suffer, but I do. Besides, the magic system is by far the coolest as well.

  • Kelly
    July 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Kate! I love her sense of humor.

  • Sylvia
    July 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I love the InCrypted heroine Verity (or Val, in her long red wig)
    Also her g.grandma Francis Brown, knife-thrower extroidinaire

  • Greg
    July 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Its a toss up for me but I have to say I dig Joe Sunday the heel come hero of City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore….. There are many close seconds but well Blackmoore just clicked for me…

  • Jae Lee
    July 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Jane True is probably my all-time favorite but Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson round out my top 3.

  • Experiment BL626
    July 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Since the Kate Daniels is my favorite Urban Fantasy series, the answer would of course be Kate Daniels. Eric Carter from Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore is a close second.

  • Alea
    July 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This is one of my favorite series.

  • Krista
    July 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love the Kate Daniels series! Kate and Curran are great characters and really manage to mix the laughs with the drama.

  • Allison
    July 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The first protagonist that came to my mind was Aislinn Foy from Wicked Lovely. She was smart, loyal, and very well-written and fascinating to read about

  • Julia
    July 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Kate Daniels ROCKS!!!

  • Ruth
    July 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love this series. So excited about the new book

  • Rylie
    July 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    My favorite UF protagonist is Kate Daniels. She’s an engaging character, whom I enjoy reading about.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    My list would go: 1. Mercy Thompson, because hers was the first UF series I’ve read, and 2. Kate Daniels, because she’s fiercely independent. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  • Judy
    July 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Anna Latham from Patricia Brigg’s Alpha and Omega series has great internal strength.

  • bn100
    July 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    haven’t read any; don’t have a fav

  • Kris
    July 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I love Shia from H&W Investigations. She’s passionate and rough around the edges, and you can trust her to have your back.

  • Marie
    July 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Okay so this is never a common answer for this question, but I really like Anita Blake’s character (from Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series). Many of the complaints with her character/personality is that she’s just a bitch. I tend to like traits that resemble bitchiness in a character. I view her as being a strong, capable, honest, and somewhat (okay very) abrasive woman. I am not a people lover in general and am no stranger to “strong” language so it’s easy for me to relate to the harder side of her. She’s just being herself-and that’s okay with me 🙂

  • Barbara Elness
    July 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    My favorite UF protagonist is Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco because although she’s an assassin, she has a heart of gold and helps those that are being bullied and harmed despite great danger to herself. 😀

  • Linda W
    July 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Kate is great, but so is Harry Dresden. I also like the changing heroes and heroines in Ilona Andrews’s The Edge series (like Declan who is swoon worthy).

  • Bethany C.
    July 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I like October Daye. She has supernatural advantages but retains some mortality- I think she’s a great mix of strong and vulnerable both physically and emotionally.

  • Rebe
    July 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Kate is one of my favorites, but I also like Mercy Thompson and Anna Cornick.

  • Christina
    July 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series.

  • JenM
    July 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Well, of course, I love Kate, but like many others in this thread, my other favorites are Mercy Thompson and Anna Cornick. I think they are my favorites because they never give up, and they always try to protect others who are weaker than them.

  • Lexi
    July 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Rachel Morgan are all great characters because they refuse to let things happen to them or let others decide their path, even when the result can be less than splendid.

  • Mary Anne
    July 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Kate and Mercy, like so many others. I like their toughness and their humor, though I have to admit that I’m getting a little tired of Mercy being destroyed and hurt up one side and down the other so often. I have also recently come to like Edie Spence (Night Shifted etc), probably because she resonates for me (night shift nurses unite!)

  • Becky C.
    July 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Kate Daniels!

  • Jen B.
    July 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Mercy Thompson is amazing! She is strong and smart while still being female. She loves Adam and she needs Adam but he needs her more. Mercy could feel sorry for herself but instead she assesses her situation and moves forward. The can either love her or hate her. Gotta love a strong woman!

  • Jbst
    July 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t really have one favorite UF heroine.

  • DianaJH
    July 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I’m really looking forward to this book! 🙂

  • janicu
    July 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Favorite UF protagonist is a toss up between Kate Daniels and October Daye. Love them both.

  • Danielle @ Ladybug Literature
    July 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Anita Blake. She is one tough chick, which is what I love in a protagonist. 🙂

  • Christine
    July 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Kate Daniels! Or Mercedes Thompson. Both are awesome urban fantasy series!

  • Jordan R.
    July 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I think Kate and crew qualify as favorite for both character and series. I love how I can go from swooning to biting my nails in suspense to snorting in laughter to crying from something that touches me deeply in a single book. Well done!

  • Katie
    July 15, 2013 at 12:57 am

    mercy thompson. she has a great sense of self.

  • Anonymous
    July 15, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Probably Kate Daniels, actually. She’s tough and smart, brave and self-sacrificing, and does her best to be a good “parent” to the child she never expected to have. Second would be Kitty Norville, a fellow lit major who prefers talking to fighting and runs a great radio show.

  • erinf1
    July 15, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Kate Daniels!!! Cuz she’s strong, confident and can do magic 🙂

  • Kate Traylor
    July 15, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Eek! Anonymous above (Kate Daniels/Kitty Norville) was me. So excited I forgot to fill out the form…

  • pam f.
    July 15, 2013 at 5:01 am

    i love magic series i own them in paper and audio book

  • Tim R
    July 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Harry Dresden, and lots of Charles de Lint characters

  • elyse l
    July 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Kate Daniels because I love the way she’s evolved over the course of the series.

  • April V.
    July 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I’m going to have to say Harry Dresden though Mercy and Kate are close runners up. I like Harry because he is funny, interesting, smart and always chooses to do the right thing, even when it hurts.

  • MarieC
    July 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    OOO! tough question, but both Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels are my faves. Both are strong women, but have not lost any sensitivity or sensibility when doing what they believe is right. I also love that they both ‘fess up when they’ve don’t wrong!

  • Katrina T.
    July 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    MacKayla Lane from the Fever series. I love how she’s so pink, bright and bubbly but at the same, tough and strong.

  • Lindsey
    July 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Kate Daniels is my favorite. Although, Mercedes Thompson is up there and so is Tinker from Wen Spencer’s Elfhome books

  • CrystalGB
    July 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen is my favorite urban fantasy heroine. She is a kick butt gal. 🙂

  • Lozza
    July 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Like everyone else, I love Kate Daniels (and Andrea Nash!), as well as Mercedes Thompson- those are usually my first recommendations to folks new to the genre. However, I also really love Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP series, which has a new and interesting take on vampires, and the main heroine Ciara is a refreshing change from the “do the right thing, no questions” common UF heroine in that she’s admittedly self-serving.

  • Justine
    July 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Sookie Stackhouse because I’ve had the most exposure to her.

  • Krista
    July 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Rachel Morgan. I love how she never gives up and how she is always there for her friends. And her smart-mouth 😉

  • Jen
    July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I actually have to say that it is a toss up between Kate Daniels and Mercedes Thompson, they are both awesome ladies.

  • Angela
    July 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love Kate Daniels! Mercy Thompson is great and was my gateway into the genre, but Kate is definitely my favorite.

  • Helen
    July 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I have to pick just one! Umm, I would say Stacia Kane because I love me some Terrible!

  • Tina
    July 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Kate Daniels, definitely! Wit, strength, determination, a sense of humor… and plenty of sass!

  • Kelley
    July 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Definitely Kate Daniels because she’s sarcastic, smart and loyal to the extreme–in addition to being kick ass!

  • Katharine
    July 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Harry Dresden, but I don’t have very many to compare him with. Planning on taking the first Kate Daniels to Cape Cod with me in a couple weeks!

  • scribe kira
    July 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    i’ve never read urban fantasy. #awkward

  • Collette
    July 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Yikes, that’s a tough one. I love Kate Daniels, Gin Blanco (Jennifer Estep), Mercy Thompson…oh, I think I could go on. Is Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter UF?

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  • Jennifer Allis Provost
    July 16, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Love this series!

  • Halley
    July 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Kate Daniels b/c she is confident and kickass

  • Mary Wood
    July 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    My favorite UF character hands down is Kate Daniels because she runs into situations to save someone or to right a wrong because no one else will step up and she does it knowing that she probably won’t come out the other side. A close second would be Toby Daye, for pretty much the same reasons.

  • whitewolfreads
    July 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Kate Daniels is definitely one of my favorites but so are Elena Michaels from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison’s Hollows series.

  • Van P.
    July 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Kate is BY FAR my favorite UF heroine! I love her kick-butt and snarky attitude.

  • Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books
    July 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I haven’t read many urban fantasies, to be honest (something I intend on fixing soon!). If you count Holly Black’s Tithe, then I’d say Kaye. Once I continue with the Kate Daniels series, I can see Kate becoming one of my favorite uf protagonists too. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen K
    July 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Of course, Kate Daniels. The books keep on getting better and better throughout the series. Plus she is awesome. 🙂

  • xenu01
    July 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I love Kate Daniels, although I must admit that Kitty Norville is my current favorite.

    My only beef is that they seem to be giving her the “oh so exotic looking but still a white girl” treatment (Almond shaped eyes, etc)at the moment, which totally pisses me off because why not just make her a POC, then? See: Andrea’s physical description of Kate in Gunmetal Magic.

  • Serena
    July 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Mercy Thompson, for me.

  • Ana
    July 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Favorite UF protagonist is def Kate Daniels. Can’t wait for this book!

  • Brendle
    July 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    My favorite UF heroine is definitely Mercy Thompson, but I am awfully fond of October Daye as well

  • Aman
    July 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Kate in Kate Daniel series (of course!) and Mercy in the Mercy Thomson series by Patricia Briggs

  • Katya
    July 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I had to think long and hard about this one, because it’s so hard to pick one favorite. And interestingly enough, I’m pretty sure my favorite *protagonist* is not the one from my favorite *series*. Since the question is about protagonist, I’ll have to go with Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. (If I were asked for my favorite urban fantasy *series*, though, I’d probably say the Kate Daniels series.)

    Runners-up: Kate Daniels, Harry Dresden, and Verity Price from the Discount Armageddon series by Seanan McGuire.

    (And like I said, I had to think long and hard about this, and it was a very close call.)

  • donnas
    July 20, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Cat and Kate. Both are strong and self reliant

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