Teaser Tuesday: THE WOOD QUEEN (x3)

**ETA: Contest winners will be announced Thursday now, to avoid posting during the SOPA strike.**

So, I am super busy in the Writing Cave at the moment, but I haven’t forgotten the Australian edition of TWQ giveaway. I’ll be announcing the three names tomorrow THURSDAY, so check back then (although I will be emailing winners directly, rather than waiting for people to email me). There were so many entries that I had to put everyone into a spreadsheet! It all got a bit complicated, especially for a Kaz of Very Little Brain.* Thanks to everyone for their wonderful enthusiasm. I also need to collect names from the Goodreads entries before I can pull winners. 🙂

Today I’ll leave you with a few snippets from The Wood Queen for ‘Teaser Tuesday’. Two of these have appeared on my Facebook page before, so I thought it would be nice to include them here – all in one place. The third is a new snippet. Enjoy!

A little bit of Xan:

Donna tugged her steaming mug of coffee closer and watched Xan – who was shirtless – working in the open-plan kitchen…

[redacted for spoilers]

…She looked up and found Xan watching her, casually sexy in a pair of low-slung jeans and bare feet. He was holding a bag of bread in one hand.

“How many slices?”

The smell of eggs made her mouth water. “Four.”

He did the single eye-brow raise she’d always envied in Nav. “I like a woman with a healthy appetite.”

And a little bit of Navin:

“What are you doing here?”

“Oh,” Navin said. “I asked Maker if I could be here for the verdict.”

Donna almost cried with gratitude. “Really? You wanted to be here to support me?”

“Actually, I was kind of hoping to see you hauled off in handcuffs. Handcuffs are hot.”

Aaaand, a little bit of Donna (with Aunt Paige):

Donna fixed her with a determined expression. “You’re really going to make me go through with this?”

Genuine surprise slackened her aunt’s face. “Of course. What did you expect? That I could just wave a magic wand and make it all go away?”

“Honestly? I was hoping that maybe you could show a little trust in me. Can’t you do that, just this once?”

Aunt Paige’s eyes became guarded. “How can I trust you? After everything you did…” Her voice trailed off, but not before Donna heard the thread of uncertainty running through it.

“What I did, I did to save Navin. And Maker. Why can’t you understand that?”

“I do understand, Donna.” She took a hesitant step forward. “That’s just it. It’s not that I don’t understand; the problem is that I think you were wrong.”

*Winnie the Pooh reference, ftw!

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17 Responses to Teaser Tuesday: THE WOOD QUEEN (x3)

  1. Kate says:


    • Kaz says:

      I KNOW!!!

      Also, thanks for the tip re. Michelle Trachtenberg. I’ve found some great pics of her that are perfect for Donna. 🙂


  2. Shanna says:

    You chose some nice pictures! I like the fact that you choose Michelle Trachtenberg to accompany Donna’s part! 🙂 She’s… um… THEY are great. 😉

    I bet everyone who’s reading your blog is going to be so anxious to read the book after this… Ha! *g*

    • Kaz says:

      THEY are totally great! 😉

      I actually have Kate to thank (she’s the above comment) for saying Michelle would make a good Donna. I think she’s right!

      Thanks for supporting the book so much.


  3. Alice says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG This is so goood! I’m so excited to get my hands on this book (already preordered! ;D). Argh, especially that teaser with Xan. UNF. Got to appreciate those shirtless scenes. 😉 And Navin always makes me laugh, I love him. Can’t wait for this boooooooooooook.

    Nice choice for all the characters, though I have to admit that whenever I see Michelle Trachtenberg I still see Georgina from Gossip Girl. XD

    • Kaz says:

      Alice, you made me smile so much with this comment. Thank you very, very much!

      A friend of mine (Kate) suggested Michelle T. for Donna, and I always think of Dawn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 😉


  4. Isabel says:

    That last part was deep! 😛 Pretty excited now, crossing my fingers I’ll get lucky this time…

  5. Megan says:

    Omg XAN!!!!!!!!!! <3 I'm missing you babes!! I actually started reading the ironwitch again this morning and I was like how did I forget how hot he is???

    Plz don't let Donna get with Nav…I know handcuffs are hot but just NO! Donna and XAN ftw!


    Can't wait to read the woodqueen! I will probably get it for my birthday in MArch…which is a long time away:( but still excited!

    • Kaz says:

      Haha! Nav is very cheeky, right? 😉

      We’ll have to see what happens… You’ll find out more in The Wood Queen. Let me know when you’ve read it!


  6. Megan says:

    I don’t like Michelle for Donna…she was in 17 again wasn’t she?? I didn’t like her in that…sorry! I wouldn’t mind being her…but everyone must say that:L

    • Kaz says:

      She’s not exactly right in my mind, either, but she’s not too bad… I saw Michelle in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (I am old!)


  7. dina says:

    could i suggest ben stone for Xan?i know he has brown eyes but i think he’s perfect.when i started reading the iron witch i just imagined ben stone as Xan.i saw him in the nine lives of chloe king,with his hair in his eyes,just like Xan.ok.that’s my opinion. 😉

  8. Anna says:

    I loveeee the Iron witch and I am almost finished reading the Wood Queen.
    Well I saw on google that Xan writes Donna a love note and I surched the book to see where about the letter was I couldn’t find it D: Kaz can you help me?
    I want to read the stone demon. When will it be out?
    I loveeee these books. I’ve read the Iron Witch twice and once I finish the wood queen I’m deffo reading it again x
    I love your books Kaz, I really do xxxxxx

    • Kaz says:

      Here is the love letter! It was done as a guest blog post:


      (The giveaway is obviously no longer open.)

      The Stone Demon won’t be out until next Feb/March, I’m afraid. But. Between now and then I will be releasing a Xan short story – a prequel to the series, before he met Donna. Guess who else might be in it…

      Thank you for your lovely comment – you made my day!


      • Anna says:

        Thanks for replying and I loved the books – I read both of them in 1 week. I couldn’t stop reading the books.
        The Iron witch and the wood queen are my fave books.
        I am re-reading them that’s how good they are – I can’t wait till the stone demon.

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