Review: Seventh Grave and No Body

Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review of another much anticipated October release – Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones. Now, anyone who has read Sixth Grave On The Edge knows that it ended with quite the unexpected development. To those who have not read it yet…PROCEED NO FURTHER! Warning!

spoiler bannerseventh graveWhat Doug said…

WARNING!!!!! If you have NOT read Sixth Grave on the Edge then STOP reading, this will be a spoiler that you don’t want to read.

Now that I have your attention I should mention that you do not want to read the synopsis of book 8 either until you finish this book

OK, on the last page of Sixth Grave on the Edge we find out that our favorite Grim Reaper Charley is pregnant (which kinda came as a surprise to everyone), in this book keep herself and the baby alive have become a primary mission for Reyes(and Charley to a somewhat lesser extent it seems at times). 12 hellhounds have been released from Hell and they want Charley, Reyes does not know how to kill them (and neither does anyone else), add to this plot, Charley’s Dad is missing, add to that people who are writing suicide notes but leaving no body (hence the title). It is a real party for Charley and crew.

While Reyes would like nothing better than to lock her in her apartment with him as 24 hour guard, Charley is having none of it because she will go crazy if she even tries. Unfortunately, it does lead to some moments of TSTL for Charley which does not really help her cause.

A newswoman is getting a bit too close to Reyes for her comfort and jealously looks bad on almost anyone, Charley is no exception. Reyes wants her to stay away from the newswoman because he feels something is “not right” about her but when it comes to scummy reporters how do you tell.

I can tell you that I laugh more at this book than the last one which I thought was hilarious, the beauty is that Darynda Jones manages to do this without taking the edge off of the serious parts of this book, takes a clever touch to accomplish that piece of writing.

There are several surprises in this book, a couple are held to the last chapter, you will have a few questions that obviously are not going to get answered until next book.

The overarching story is for all practical purposes being serialized and while i have no problem with that it DOES mean that you cannot even read the synopsis for future books or you WILL get some spoilers that should be discovered while reading the book.

Bottom Line: This is a 5 Star novel, I will subtract a half a star just because I already knew a big spoiler just from reading the synopsis for the next book Eighth Grave After Dark. Still you gotta get this but again, books 6-7-8 look like they HAVE to be read in order or you will not be able to appreciate them as much as previous novels (which still should be read in order but was not a 100% requirement). There are a couple of quick plots that Charley takes care of that add to the entertainment level of this book. So 4.5 Stars and highly recommended.

I just ordered my copy, so I have a bit of a wait…and I just remembered that I still need to update the character guide for the previous book, too. Crap.

Burn For Me Review

I don’t think anyone who stumbles across this blog has missed the fact that I am super looking forward to Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me. Ever since I heard that there was a new series in the works from them, I have been excited, and the brief teasers and snippets that have been released have justified that excitement. Well, while we have just under two weeks to wait, Doug Meeks got his hands on an early copy and was kind enough to share his review.

burn for meWhat Doug said…

Ok, let me start by just saying it was freaking awesome, if you are surprised by this this must be your first novel by Ilona Andrews (or you are terribly slow)

This is a world similar to our own but different due to magical powers being discovered during the 1700/1800 period which has changed the course of the world drastically in places and less so in others. The magical world is broken up into “Houses” which kind of divide up almost any chunk of real estate (in this case it is Houston).

Nevada Baylor runs her own private investigations company and prides herself on having some honor and client loyalty, a trait not as in demand as you might think which is part of the reason her company is mortgaged to the hilt to one of the “houses” which plays into the plot in them being able to assign her a case she is most likely to fail if not die in the process. The person they want her to bring in is a magical person with pyromaniac tendencies and he is powerful.

Enter Mad Rogan, scourge of Mexico (they will tell you why) and arrogant and self centered as they come because he is one of the most powerful magical beings on the planet, I won’t bore you with how they get together (read the book) but they are NOT a match made in heaven or any place else but their evolving relationship is entertaining beyond belief. I wondered several times if I should go back and read book 1 of Kate Daniels and see if Curran was this bad when they first met.

The crux of the plot (outside of any romance or lack thereof between Nevada and Mad Rogan) is that her assigned target for capture can set almost anything on fire and has plans to do exactly that a LOT more and they have to stop him somehow. Throw in some near death experiences (USUALLY a good ice breaker for a romance) and some magical discoveries, this is an exciting story that never really allows you to get bored other than possibly the reader being more forgiving of Mad Rogan than Nevada is, although it should be mentioned she has valid reasons. (Suspecting him of government sanctioned mass murder ranks high on the list)

This is a story you are never quite sure where it is going and trying to guess will only make your head hurt. Excellent job of hiding some things until the epilogue, imagine my surprise, very nice touch. Never saw it coming at all.

Bottom Line: Exceptional story, multi-layered plot, intriguing characters that you really want to see more of, add all that to some nice little perks for veterans and you have a story that is hard to beat with enough similarity to our own world to make you feel at home just a bit (well a small bit minus the magic). 5 Stars, highly recommended which is actually more than I think I gave the first Kate Daniels book (but to be fair she had a horrible job of building a totally new world we had never seen). So go buy this book as soon as you can, no cliffhangers either I should mention.

Who else is on board for this one? It is my most anticipated read for the rest of the year, and most of the reviews I am allowing myself to peek at are overwhelmingly positive. Did I mention less than two weeks now?

Psy-Changeling and Charley Davidson Blurbs…

So, I spent the last 12 hours adding titles to the new release pages, updating all of the covers and blurbs on them, and double-checking all of the new release dates (which are all correct, according to Amazon, as of today). Imagine my surprise when I decided to pull my head up and find info on both the next Psy-Changeling book, and the eighth Charley Davidson book. Beauty.

First up, Nalini Singh has announced the title of Aden’s book will be Shards of Hope, and…and…the blurb…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

Dammit, I don’t remember Zaira! Calm myself, this is why I am an OCD nerd who made a character guide. Yes. According to, well, me…

Zaira – Psy

  • first appearance in Tangle of Need
  • defected Arrow
  • born in Jordan
  • raised in an Arrow training facility in Turkey
  • believed to be lost in action 5 years ago
  • presumed dead
  • leading the Psy defectors in Venice
  • continues to struggle being outside Silence
  • late 20’s
  • petite
  • softly curved, icy coal black eyes

Yes. Niiice. I was hoping to get into the defected Arrows more (like the Forgotten). Amazon.uk lists the next Psy/Changeling book as a June 4th release, but no other official word, as yet.

And, as an added bonus, is anyone interested in checking out the maybe-spoilery blurb for Darynda JonesEighth Grave After Dark? Spoilers if you are not up to date…final warning…

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Eighth Grave After Dark has a release date of May 19th.

So, did anyone else get a pleasant surprise from Aden’s heroine? I had swore for quite a while it would be Alice, but that theory was shot down a while ago so I had no clue. Either way, let the countdown begin.

Cover Lover – Two Kenyons and an Armentrout

Well, it is time for an updating of the new release date pages. I recently added quite a few new titles, and over the next couple of days I will be doing a date-check to make sure things are still coming out when they said they were going to. I try and do it every 6 weeks or so, just because publishers love nothing more than switching the dates around. So, if you see disarray for the next couple of days, you know what is going on.

These new covers remind me it is time to update the author pages. Again. Anyways, a while back I had posted what I thought was the final cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s The Return, the first book of her Covenant spin-off series featuring Seth. Looks like there was a change of plans, though, and the new cover will be looking like this…

the returnThe Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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And next up are two Sherrilyn Kenyon covers. This first one has actually been out for a few days, but I couldn’t find a decent sized version. It is from her League series, and it is called Born of Defiance. It will be out on May 12th.

born of defianceBorn an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

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And this last one is from Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series. Dragonbane is #37412 of the series (or close to it), and it due out on August 4th.

dragonbaneOut of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

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Yep, two more Kenyon’s to add to the pile. But, I have a plan. I am considering 2015 to be the “Year of Kenyon”, and I am determined to read all of the Kenyon books on Mount TBR…and do a character guide for the Dark-Hunters.

Cover Lover – 10 New Titles

It has been a while since I have done a cover post, and it looks like we have 10 to take a peek at today. This first one is from Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series. Eighth Grave After Dark is due out on May 19th.

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Bite at First Sight by Brooklyn Ann has had a couple of different release dates, but now it is looking like an April 7th release.

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Another one that had a release date push back was Casually Cursed by Kimberly Frost. It is now due for release on February 3rd.

casually cursed

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Karina Cooper has continued to release her St. Croix Chronicles series, but puts them out now in e-format. Transmuted is the sixth title, and it is due out on January 26th.

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I don’t know much about this one, but Rook by Sharon Cameron will be released on April 28th.

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These next 5 are all young adult. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Beautiful Creatures spin off, Dangerous Creatures, continues with the release of Dangerous Deception on May 19th.

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Rosamund Hodge has another fairytale retelling on the way called Crimson Bound. It will be out next May 5th.

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Strange Skies is the second book of the Burn Out series by Kristi Helvig, and it is due out on June 9th.

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It looks like the upcoming Orphan Queen series from Jodi Meadows will get its start with a series of prequel novellas, the first of which is called The Hidden Prince. It is due out on June 2nd.

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And finishing things off for today’s post is The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings. It is the second book of the Murder Complex series, and it is due out on April 21st.

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Any likes, loves, or loathes? I must admit that I was a huge fan of the early Charley Davidson covers, the ones that featured the model wearing “reaper wear”, but the last few haven’t been quite as stand-out. Either way, the book promises to be a blast, though.

Q & A With Ward and Moning

Living in the back end of absolute nowhere, things like book signings and author appearances are not something I will ever get to attend. The next best thing, though, is that PheonixFyre sent over a transcript of the Cincinnati Q & A with J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning. I am pretty sure the Fallen Angels is my next completed series to marathon (after I finish Women of the Otherworld), so I am looking forward to checking this out. Oh, and….

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First up is a brief session with Karen Marie Moning:

KMM Q: In the next book, is Danny going to be more than 14?

  •  A: Yes, she will be. And she will be sexually viable.

KMM Q: The teasers that you’ve been posting, how much time has passed since the last book?

  • A: That’s a really good question. Keep reading.

KMM Q: Are you going to sell the options to the books?

  • A: The options have expired, and I’m actually happy about that, because I would prefer to see it as a TV series.

KMM Q: Are we going to see more of the Highlanders?

  • A: Yes, in Burned.

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And then the session with J.R. Ward:

Q: How much of the Angels are we going to see in future BDB books?

  • A: Ed and Adrian are going to be tasked with finding Lassiter. So we just have to catch the BDB timeline up with the Angels.

Q: Will we ever see the main characters in Story of Son in future BDB stories?

  • A: I don’t know if we’ll see them again.

Q: Devina keeps saying she wants a man as evil as she is, and that makes me think of Lash. Is that going to be the next book?

  • A: I can’t release the name of the book after Shadows.

Q: The teaser on FB that you think you aren’t allowed to write…can you tell us what that is?

  • A: I’m going to have to keep quiet about that, because I’m going to have to ease my boss into that.

Q: Will Adrian and Eddie get their own books?

  • A: Yes, but not for a while, because I already know who the next two books are. But I can’t say.

Q: Can you tell me if you’re going to have the SV give Wrath his sight back?

  • A: No, it’s just where Wrath is now. But the SV is coming back at some point.

Q: Is The Bourbon Kings about werewolves and is it set in the Southern U.S.?

  • A: It’s not about werewolves but is set in the South. Imagine Downton Abby set in the south. There will be a signing in the beginning of April for the Shadows, then a signing for the BK around the first of August. And there’s a new series coming out next year that the BDB fans will love. But there won’t be werewolves in that one, either.

Q: Selena is the first dark haired, darker skinned chosen we’ve seen so far. Is Selena the product of a mating of the Primale and someone other than a Chosen?

  • A: The problem is whether I tell you now or let you read it in her book. She is a product of the Primale, but it matters the Primale is at the time. The thing that we sometimes forget is that Rhage is blonde, blue-eyed, but the rest are more olive, dark-toned.

Q: Will Murhder be in other books?

  • A: I thought he was in this book, but I’m not sure if he shows up before the end or not. But he will definitely be coming back.

Q: Who is the model on the cover of The Shadows?

  • A: I don’t know, NY does that, but they tried to match my description of the tats.

Q: What’s going to happen between Layla and Xcor?

  • A: A whole helluva lot of Barry White. Their relationship goes to another level in the shadows.

Q: How was Devina able to keep one of the Swarovski shoes when everything else went?

  • A: She starts the book with the shoes, so she ends the book with the shoes. I look at it as a gift from the Creator.

Q: Devina is so crazy. Can we see more of her therapist?

  • A: The therapist was God. So the therapist we saw doesn’t actually exist.

Q: At the end of Immortal, when Jim was in the kitchen, he was talking about “her”. Who was he referring to?

  • A: It was Jim’s mother.

Q: Are there other Chosen who go back and forth in between the worlds? Will we see more of them?

  • A: Those Chosen aren’t very compelling characters, so they need to live more life in this world to be interesting.

Q: You’ve said before that some things are more than they appear. What more is Boo?

  • A: I know, but I’m not saying.

Q: The Purgatory that we saw in Immortal…is that where Wellsie was?

  • A: Yep, it’s the same In Between.

Q: The beginning books were all Lover Something. Now we’re going with titles that being with “The.” So is this a new theme?

  • A: I could see this being a thing, because there’s only so many “Lovers” you can do.

Q: What about the Rhage and Mary novella? Is it almost finished?

  • A: I think you’ll be reading about them in the future.

Q: Fritz was seventy seven when he was working for that other family, and he left that employment. What would make him do that at his age?

  • A: I like to think he was unhappy, and when Darius established his own household, Fritz went with him.

Q: Do Assail and Sola get together.

  • A: Absolutely.

Q: Is Assail the one who drives the Rolls Royce?

  • A: Nope.

Q: We have to get Adrian and Eddie caught up to BDB. How long are we talking?

  • A: Hmmm, it doesn’t take us very long, maybe a month or so.

Q: How much of s’Ex and the Queen are we going to see?

  • A: I don’t want to see the Queen, I want to see s’Ex. But I’m going to warn you need to get your tissues ready. Something happens at the beginning of the Shadows that changes s’Ex’ entire trajectory.

Q: Does iAm have sex?

  • A: Yeah….But I’m not saying with who.

Q: Do the twins share a mate?

  • A: Nope, they each get their own.

Q: Is iAm’s mate going to be female?

  • A: Yes, his mate is female, but I’m not saying who today.

Q: Is the SV going to get it together?

  • A: She shows up in the beginning of the Shadows.

Q: Any idea who Saxton ends up with?

  • A: I have an idea, but not sure.

Q: Will the SV and the Omega have a confrontation?

  • A: I’m sure they’ll have to, eventually.

Q: So Devina’s not going to be redeemed?

  • A: I just think she and Lash would make a lovely couple

Q: Is it possible that Qhuinn is adopted?

  • A: No, he is the blooded brother of Luchas.

Q: Are we going to find more about the other Bastards?

  • A: You will and those will be interesting books, especially if they all come around the way I think they will.

Q: Are JM and Blay going to be made Brothers?

  • A: I will tell you they will, but I can’t say when yet. All of these plotlines run into the future, so, it’s hard to say which book that will fall in.

Q: Where is Qhuinn’s brother, Luchas?

  • A: He’s in the Training Center med center. He has an infection in his leg that’s hampering his recovery.

Q: What about Lassiter and Devina getting together?

  • A: No.

Q: Will Butch and Marissa have a baby.

  • A: I guess, but I don’t know.

Q: Will be see more of Blay and Qhuinn?

  • A: You’ll see more of them in Layla’s book, though you’ll see a lot of Qhuinn in this book with his brother.

Q: What about Nick Rhodes from Story of Son and the Jessica Bird books?

  • A: We’ll see of more of him.

Q: What was Lassiter doing when he created the Dead Sea?

  • A: Messing around. He’s awesome, I love him.

Q: Will we see more of Abalone and his daughter, Paradise?

  • A: Yes, they’ll be in future books. Right now, she’s a year or two out of her transition.

Q: What kinds of things go on between characters who knew one another before they were involved in the BDB?

  • A: That’s kind of like a love story for Fritz. It would be interesting but not very explosive.

Q: What about another IG and a map of the mansion?

  • A: I just don’t have time for another IG or those kinds of details and backstories right now.

Q: Will Lassiter have a book and a mate?

  • A: Yes, he will.

Q: Who was the “her” Vishous was talking about when he was giving Lassiter grief in previous book?

  • A: The “her” will come out as we learn more of the backstory between Vishous, Lassiter, and Throe.

Q: Why does Jim keep having sex with Devina?

  • A: Part of the reason is that it’s one way for him to express his anger with her. I kind of think it has to do with the evil in him. It’s not love.

Q: Why do we hear about Fritz but not other doggen? We never see children and families, just older doggen.

  • A: It’s a part of the world that’s just not that explosive and interesting.

Q: Devina keeps going after Jim. Why will she want Lash?

  • A: Devina loves Jim because he has redeemable qualities but what appeals to her about Lash, is that he’s not redeemable. For her, that’s part of her attraction to Lash. He doesn’t give a shit and so she’s going to be drawn by that. He’s going to be an obsession, because she loves the chase and she needs to collect.

Q: Why did other characters come back from FA previous books?

  • A: Sissy was seeing the halos above the heads of the souls in play. She had to understand that Jim was the soul in play so others had to come back so she could understand the pattern.

Q: Will Jim and Sissy stay in heaven or come back?

  • A: They’re in Heaven and won’t come back.

Q: When Lash and Devina come back, will they look human or be their disgusting selves?

  • A: They’ll look the same as they appear to humans now.

Q: When is Layla giving birth? Will that create a lot of drama?

  • A: Yes, it does. Things get so bad for Xcor. Some of it isn’t even his fault. Xcor is one of my favorite people.

Q: Who did Xcor save in the alley?

  • A: Xcor saved Tohrment’s life in the alley. That event was recorded by a human. So it’s coming that humans realize there are vampires.

Q: Does Blay accept the baby?

  • A: He’s wonderful with the baby and his parents accept the baby.

Q: When will she have the baby, the next book?

  • A: I can’t say, I’m not sure how far ahead we get. It’s a really big book.

Q: Is the new fore-lesser Lash?

  • A: No.

Q: How far along is Layla at the beginning of The Shadows?

  • A: She’s getting there.

Q: In this book will we find out what is wrong with Selena?

  • A: Yes, absolutely. But I have to say, this book didn’t turn out the way I expected.

Q: Are you saying we’re going to be mad at you after the next books?

  • A: It’s not me, I just write what I see.

Q: Will you ever write about the next generation of BDB, like Little Wrath, Nalla, and Ahgony?

  • A: I don’t know. We’ll just have to see.

Q: Why can Adrian now have an erection? Is that because he got rid of the evil inside him?

  • A: What Adrian assumed from Matthias, it was evil that latched onto him. When it was expelled, he was cleansed.

Q: What is the origin of the evil and was it in Eddie?

  • A: No, Eddie never had sex with Devina, so was never corrupted like the others, which was the point.

Q: Will Adrian keep having wandering hands?

  • A: I can’t answer that.

Q: Will we see the relationship between Butch and Manny.

  • A: I want to see the paternal relationship and find out who’s the daddy.

Q: When are the Brothers going to go back to kicking a$$.

  • A: I think the BoB has been more visible in the field than the Brothers have recently, because their primary directive is to protect the King. So, now that the threat has eased, we should see them fighting more.

Q: What happened to the trainees and will we see them again?

  • A: That’s such an interesting question….

Q: Do Adrian and Eddie hate Lassiter for the same reason or do they each have their own? Is there a big thing that made everyone hate him?

  • A: Lassiter is just annoying and gets off on annoying people. There is a specific event that happened involving Lassiter, Throe, Vishous and Throe’s sister. So, the details will come out in future books.

Q: What’s the difference between the matings between the Brothers and their shellans and the matings of civilians?

  • A: Because of the pureness of the blood, they seem to bond more deeply.

Q: Which characters do you not love?

  • A: Caith, the slut ho bag from the first two books. I don’t like loose women. I don’t have a trouble with loose men. I don’t like Havers at all. I don’t like the woman who was with the entire BoB, who was married to the old guy. I didn’t like the SV initially but like her now. I didn’t like Beth’s boss, Dick. I like Devina but I still don’t like Lash, partly because of the scene with JM in the bathroom.

Q: Does your mother read your books.

  • A: No. No, no.

Q: When Qhuinn talked about running away, he mentioned going to a rebel camp out west?

  • A: Yes, there are definitely more vampires, and we’ll see more of them in future books, but I’m never sure when these things happen until I write each book.

Q: How long of a series is The Bourbon Kings?

  • A: It’s open-ended and will just depend on how it goes. It’s similar to Dynasty. It’s more about the emotional stuff.

Q: Adrian and Eddie will get their own books within the BDB?

  • A: I’m guessing so, but I’m not sure. Based on what I know of the backstory for Lassiter, I think that’s what happens.

Q: In Lover at Last, it seemed as if there wasn’t the same level of passion as the other couples. Was this intentional, or was it the result of your discomfort with writing male/male sex?

  • A: I don’t think it was different than the others. It felt the same to me.

Thanks again to PheonixFyre for sending this over. I always swear I will avoid spoilers, but I just can’t resist.

From Page to Screen…TV Style…Part II

the-mortal-instruments-tv-showA couple of posts ago, I asked what you all had thought about a recent crop of TV shows based on some series like Bitten and Outlander. Well, just today, I found an article over at The Hollywood Reporter that says there will soon be another one to add to the list…and it is one that I never saw coming – The Mortal Instruments.

The City of Bones movie was not a success, no matter how much I wished it had been. Even though the second movie was supposedly only postponed, continued silence on it made me think that the whole project was dead. It turns out that there were plans to take it in a different direction – to the small screen, instead. Constantin Films has brought on Ed Decter (writer-producer of shows such as Helix, Unforgettable, and In Plain Sight) as show-runner, with production set to begin early next year.

According to Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz -

“There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

On the question of casting, from what I understand it has been confirmed that none of the actors who appeared in the movie will be making the jump to the tv show. I must say, that makes me happy. I am usually not one of those who actually gets too picky on the specifics of casting, but as much as I tried I just didn’t buy Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. I can only applaud his devotion to the role, and the class he showed to all of those who got really personal about how he wasn’t “good looking enough” to play Jace, but for me he just didn’t quite fit. And the dour, rather humorless writing really didn’t do him any favors, either.

So, what do you think? I am quite liking this development, but with cautious optimism. If handled well, it could be one hell of a show – but that is a big if. Either way, I will be first in line to see how this one plays out. Now we just need word on the Dark-Hunters series from Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Fever tv adaptation from Karen Marie Moning to really get me excited.

Reading Roundup…

Time again to bore everyone with what I have been reading, and what I thought of it. I have been a bit more eclectic than usual, even branching out into non paranormal (god, been a while since I can say that).

the beautiful ashesThe Beautiful Ashes – Might as well start with the hard one. I picked up the first book of Jeanine Frost‘s new Broken Destiny series as soon as it was released, but I didn’t really have any burning desire to dive right in. As I took a non-spoilery peek at some reviews, I found they veered wildly from “OMG Awesome!!!!” to “DNF”. I fall somewhere in the middle.  Well, it was…ok. I should say up front that I was not one of those looking for another Cat and Bones, either – it didn’t have to “live up” to the Night Huntress books, for me. I didn’t hate it, I made it through to the end, but I finished more out of duty than desire to see how it all ended. I guess the easiest way to say it is that I didn’t connect to it – characters, world-building, none of it drew me in. Will I pick up the next book? Probably, just because I already have the first one. If I had read it on my i-pad and didn’t have the physical copy of the first one? Probably not. Unless the reviews were stellar. All in all, a disappointment. On a ratings scale, I would say…2 out of 5.

the iron trialThe Iron Trial – This one is the first book of a new middle grade series from authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare called The Magisterium. The most common thing I have heard about this one is “Harry Potter rip-off”. In fact, some were quite up in arms about that. Well, since I am about the last person in the world who hasn’t read Harry Potter, I can’t comment on that. Personally, I liked it. It was a fast, fun read with quite a bit of action and a few twists and turns that should lead to some very interesting storylines in coming books. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Rock Addiction coverRock AddictionNalini Singh is my favorite author, and I have never made a secret of that (along with Ilona Andrews, but that is a debate for another day). That said, however, I still really wasn’t driven to pick up Rock Addiction for one strange reason…I have never liked books where one of the characters is supposed to be famous. Models, actors, athletes, race car drivers…rock stars…they have never done it for me. And the strange reason is that I find them unrealistic. Yep, I said it. A chick who reads pretty much all PNR and UF finds a book about famous people more unrealistic than vampires and dragon shifters. If it was written by anyone other than Nalini I wouldn’t have given it a second look even if it was free. But because it is Nalini, I did take the plunge – and I liked it. I know that a lot of people didn’t like the insta-love or the abundance of sex scenes, but neither bothered me. I think, for me, there was enough story to balance that out. I didn’t even mind the rock star angle, which for me was a big hurdle. I do have to admit, though, that I thought Gabriel and Charlie completely stole the show, and I cannot wait to get my hands on their story. That one is going to be fun. So, I can say I am glad I overcame my bias against famous characters and tried this one, and I am first in line for Charlotte and Gabriel’s turn. Rating: 4 out of 5.

How has your reading been stacking up? Any standouts, good or bad? What was your take on any of these relatively new releases?

From Page to Screen…TV Style

Confession time…I don’t watch tv. Nope. If I see a series that I think will interest me, I download the first episode, check it out, and then wait and pick it up on blu-ray and pull a marathon. My shows include Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals (which I haven’t seen even 5 minutes of, but bought anyways), and True Blood. But, it looks like my collection might be soon growing, since there is a whole crop of book adaptations hitting the small screen that I just haven’t gotten to. Yet.

Bitten is what actually made me write this post. I had heard something about Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld books making the jump to tv a few months ago, but it promptly slipped my mind. I only recently started reading (and really liking) the series, so I decided to take the plunge and pick up season one.

From Page…
bitten

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

To Screen…

And who hasn’t heard about the Outlander adaptation, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon? This is another series I have been hesitating to pick up – not because of the length of the books, but because I have an iffy relationship with historical romance. It used to be all I read back in my college days, but I find historical with a paranormal bent is really hit or miss for me. However, the buzz I am hearing is so good for this one I just might have to break down and start buying both the show AND the books.

From Page…

outlanderThe year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

To Screen…

Now, to be honest, I hadn’t heard of either the book or the show for this next one until the author, Brian McGreevy, sent over a request for a review. Hemlock Grove is a Netflix original series that already has a couple of seasons under its belt (where have I even been?!?).

From Page…

hemlock groveThe body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

To Screen…

And the final one that comes to mind is Melissa de la Cruz‘s Witches of East End. This is another one that slipped under my radar, for some reason (and here I thought I was more in touch than that). This one is part way into its second season, but I haven’t heard much about it either way.

From Page…

witches of east endThe three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

To Screen…

What is your take on this “new” batch of book-to-tv adaptations? Any fans so far? How faithful have the shows stuck to the source material, and does liking one mean you automatically check out the other? I do know starting the Women of the Otherworld books made me interested in the show, and the good reviews of the Outlander series have made me consider getting the books, but do you do the same?

New Series Alerts…

Happy Monday everyone, if there is any such thing. Time once again to take a peek and see what new series are starting up this week, and all three of them are from the world of young adult. First up is Heather Demetrios with Exquisite Captive, the first book of her Dark Caravan Cycle series.

exquisite captiveSynopsis…

Jinni. Empress. Warrior. Slave.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more dangerous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince Malek that she truly loves him.

Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia must make choices that betray everything she believes in and choose between the jinni who has unexpectedly stolen her heart and the dangerously persuasive master who wants to own it. Soon, Nalia realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Purchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Lailah, the first book of the Styclar Saga from Nikki Kelly.

lailahSynopsis…

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Purchase at Amazon.com

And wrapping things up for this week’s new series is The Young Elites from Marie Lu. It is the first book of The Young Elites series.

the young elitesSynopsis…

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice.

As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Are you checking out any of these newbies? I still have to read the third and final book in the Legend trilogy, which I think I will do before I start this new series.