Whose Story Needs to be Told?

question markAs I was whining to myself annoyingly about Jeaniene Frost still not confirming Ian will have his story told in the Night Huntress World series, it got me to thinking about what characters are due to get their happily ever after already. Some might be in the works, but some are long, long overdue, too.

  • I already said it, but Ian. Seriously. Jeaniene Frost‘s Night Huntress series has wrapped up, both Spade and Mencheres had their stories, and Vlad is getting not just three books, but four. That leaves scene-stealing Ian as odd-man-out, and you just know his story would be a hoot. Definitely time for Ian, and once his story is told I can say that the series is done, but not a moment before.
  • Now I have been complaining epically about this one for what seems like forever, and that is Dallas from Gena Showalter‘s Alien Huntress series (or the spin-off Otherworld Assassin series). Dallas has been, for me, the most interesting one from way back at the start of the series, and he is the last main character left. Gena has said that she would like to write about him, but as of now there is no book in sight. In fact, the Otherworld Assassin series is wrapping up at a trilogy, and Alien Huntress hasn’t been mentioned in forever. And that sucks. Dallas! Dallas! Dallas! I can’t consider the series finished until he has his story told.
  • Dane Vanderale from The Breeds. Now, from what I understand, Lora Leigh has plans to write Dane’s story in the near future, and it is long overdue. His character has been around forever, and it seems with each story he plays an ever-larger role (not to mentioned the constant changes to his backstory, but that is another issue). Cassie is also in need of her story (and I am calling it now, that it is the new assistant director dude, Rhyzan Brannigan, or whatever his name was), but for me it is Dane’s turn.

Ok, those are the three that for me have been left hanging. Not having their stories makes things seem incomplete somehow. Whose story do you think is most overdue, and which ones do you think you have a shot of getting sometime in the future?

50 Shades and the D.U.F.F. Trailers

Two totally, TOTALLY different adaptation trailers have been making the rounds for the last few days, so I thought we could take a peek at them. The first one is for the epic 50 Shades of Grey. Epic as in probably going to be an epic disaster, or at least a trainwreck. But I have to admit, this trailer isn’t bad…and I love the music they have been using so far.

And this second one gives me a totally She’s All That vibe, but still looks like it could be fun. The DUFF is based on the book by Kody Keplinger’s book about the Designated Ugly Fat Friend…

Will you be checking either of these out? I have to admit, you wouldn’t catch me watching 50 Shades at the theater unless I went in disguise, but I might, and I mean might, catch it on video. And I think the DUFF looks like a good time – won’t be running to the theater on opening night, either, but it could be a fun flick to catch. Any new adaptations you are looking forward to?

Hidden Legacy Character Guide

Just a quick note to say that I have started a Character Guide for the new Ilona Andrews‘ series, Hidden Legacy (it is easier to start when the series is new than to go back later and try and do 6 or 7 books). I also removed the guide for the Mythos Academy series from Jennifer Estep, because I really just didn’t think anyone, me included, ever actually used it.

Oh, and does anyone think they want a guide for Nalini Singh‘s new Rock Kiss series? I have done her two previous series, so I wouldn’t mind keeping up and adding another, but I am not sure it is something many would actually use. Let me know if you think I should add it, since it wouldn’t take long.

Site Updates…and I Feel Dirty

So, today is the day for my pick of the week, except I don’t actually have one. So scratch that. Then I thought I could post some newsy stuff, except I haven’t found anything that grabbed me. Instead, looks like I will do a little site update post instead.

  • I have gotten a few emails asking when certain character guides will be updated to include the most recent book in whichever series. I got really, really behind when I was doing the Kate Daniels guide, because I set a deadline and had to work on it for a long time to get it done by that date. I am going through the list and updating them in order so I don’t miss any, so best I can say is that they are in progress. Promise.
  • Quite a while back, I started changing the links on the Series Reading List pages from Amazon.com to Goodreads, and that is still chugging along. I am about half way through, so it might be odd if one link takes you one place, and the next link takes you to the other. I also took the opportunity to do a little tweaking here and there, and to be honest I deleted some authors. I got rid of the ones that either you never hear about, or have some obscure series from way back when and never did anything else. Hopefully I didn’t get rid of anyone’s favorites, but it did need a clean up.
  • Oh, and I am still in the process of updating the author pages to include all works by that author, whether paranormal or not. And that leads me to the whole feeling dirty part. I just finished the Lora Leigh page, and I have to admit that I felt like a perv for a good part of it. Some of those covers made me cringe to upload to my blog, honestly. I would only add the covers late at night, in case my father wandered by and wondered what kind of kink I was into. I seriously considered skipping her section. So, if you check it out, be warned – some seriously hideous cover art awaits.
  • On a personal note, I finished watching the first season of Bitten…and I liked it. There were a few changes, but that didn’t bother me. I can only say I had three issues. One – Elena was a bitch to Clayton for longer than I thought she needed to be. Two – Logan’s girlfriend was too damn stupid to live. Everytime she was told to stay somewhere, she left and was promptly kidnapped. Every. Damn. Time. What part of STAY was hard to grasp? And Three – what was Nick wearing? Seriously, I got a seventies porn star vibe from his whole wardrobe. Skin tight red pants and his mom’s green polka dot shirt? This was actually preferable…

NickOk, what are you up to this week? Anything exciting?

 

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.

Random Rant…

Mild spoilerish rant for those who haven’t read Rule Breaker…

Dear God…the Breeds make my brain hurt. I have finished the re-read of Rule Breaker so that I can update the Breed character guide, and I have started to add the information. Seems easy, right?

No.

So many changes in plot, random new developments that seem to come out of absolute nowhere and make you wonder what you missed. So many little errors in characterization, appearance, backstory. Eyes are brown. Nope, blue. What, they are totally green. Of course Dog and Dane have been partners for years, and working with Gideon. Who was left near dead in the Navajo desert but somehow found by Dane and Leo in Africa. Of course.

And the Navajo…stuff. Covert Law Enforcement Division. Law Enforcement Agency. Unknown Warriors. Secret agents. Undercover agents. Double agents. Aaaaaargh!

I have been trying to add the info, but I have to edit all of the previous info at the same time, because there is so much conflict between what was said in other books and what came out in this one. Gotta love ‘em, but they are hellish to make sense of.

Rant over. Now, what color are Dane’s eyes again?

How I Spent My Summer Vacation…

question markYou know when you have time off and you make big plans to get a ton of stuff done? Things that you have been putting off for months, that you tell yourself “I will get ALL of that done when I am off”, but the list has gotten so damned big that you can’t possibly get to it all? That was me, this week. Here is how my reading/blogging to-do list looked at the start of my vacation…

  • reformat all author pages to include all of their non-PNR/UF series, change the links and do new graphics for the character guide links.
  • add a couple of new Featured Author pages.
  • finish re-doing the links for at least three pages of the Series Reading List pages.
  • check to make sure all of the new release dates were current, and add all new cover art and blurbs to the monthly summaries.
  • add the new releases I have gathered over the last couple of weeks.
  • get at least 4 character guides up to date.

Yeah, most of that didn’t happen. I did get the new release dates double checked and covers and blurbs added, so things are current as of September 1st. Surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of shifts in release dates this time, so mostly what you were looking forward to should still be on schedule.

I did also manage to get the character guide updated for Gena Showalter‘s Angels of the Dark series, and half of the Dark Skye info added for the Immortals After Dark one, too. I am half-way through the re-read of Rule Breaker, so the Breeds one should be done soonish, as well. That means I am only behind on 8 or 9 now. Beauty.

As for the author pages, I got a grand total of two done. The Alexandra Ivy and Cassandra Clare sections, to be precise. Things are pretty much the same, but I have added a few new things. I dropped the biographical stuff, for the most part, but I did add a listing of all of their series and what genre they were on the front page (like adding Alexandra Ivy’s historicals written under the name Deborah Raleigh, that sort of thing). I also added a little “On the Horizon” section for those upcoming titles where there isn’t much info yet. If you find it awkward or confusing, just let me know.

The biggest thing I did manage to get done was all of my bookshelves cleaned and organized, and all of my books vacuumed. Individually. One. By. One. It is at those moments that I really hate my love of book hoarding. But see…the pretty…

hardcoversoftcoverHow did you spend your summer vacation? Any excitement, action, or drama? Or were you like me and it blew by before you knew it?

So…This Quick/Krentz/Castle Thing is Out of Control

I am working on changing the links for the Series Reading List pages over to Goodreads, and since I am stripping everything down I decided I might as well update as much as possible while I am doing it. I have added some, deleted some, and updated a lot, and things were chugging along until I hit IT. I have been hearing more and more lately how much you all like Jayne Ann Krentz and her alter egos Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, so I thought I better check and make sure I had everything covered.

Nope.

I can honestly say it took a good, solid couple of hours to figure this monster list out, and I thought I would post it here to see if you all can make sense of it. Not only are there three author names to contend with, but so much series overlapping it boggles the brain. What do you think?

Arcane Society (Series Complete)

Curtain (Jayne Castle)

Dark Legacy (as Janye Ann Krentz)

Dreamlight Trilogy (Series Complete)

  • #1 – Fired Up (Arcane Society #7 – as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • #2 – Burning Lamp (Arcane Society #8 – as Amanda Quick)
  • #3 – Midnight Crystal (Arcane Society #9, Harmony #7, Curtain #8 – as Jayne Castle)

Ghost Hunter (as Jayne Castle – Series Complete)

Gift Series (as Jayne Ann Krentz – Series Complete)

Harmony Series (as Jayne Castle)

Ladies of Lantern Street (as Amanda Quick)

Looking Glass Trilogy (Series Complete)

Lost Colony (as Jayne Ann Krentz – Series Complete)

Rainshadow (as Jayne Castle)

St. Helen’s (as Jayne Castle – Series Complete)

Whispering Springs (as Jayne Ann Krentz – Series Complete)

Can you follow it, or is it just a jumble? I can’t really figure out another way to do it without color coding, diagrams, and perhaps flow charts.

Wonky Blog…

Not sure what exactly is going on with the blog, but either WordPress or Wicked Scribes is acting pretty wonky. Things aren’t opening for me to update or post on the main computer, so I am just managing to post on the tablet for some reason.

*Yay, me. Fixed. I think.