Reading Roundup – Rule Breaker

rule breakerSo, when I got my hot little hands on my copy of Lora Leigh‘s newest Breeds story, Rule Breaker, I dropped everything else I was reading to dive in. On a shallow note, the cover was actually better looking in person than I expected, but my favorite part was under dust jacket where there is the initials LL and what looks like claw marks. Nice.

Well, there were a couple of things different with this release. First of all, it was the hardcover debut for the series, and thankfully it seems that the editing and proofreading were upgraded, as well. I only caught one instance where the wrong character’s name was used, but it wasn’t a glaring issue. If there were any other problems or mix-ups, I didn’t catch them. Error after error really takes me out of a story, and I am happy to say that it didn’t happen here.

Storywise, I was quite happy. I enjoyed both Rule and Gypsy, both as individual characters and as a couple, and I liked Gypsy’s genuine friendships with many well-known Breeds (Ashley, Loki, Flint, etc). Her tragic past could very easily have turned her into another Storme Montague (loathsome bigoted creature with a Breed-bias a mile wide), but instead it seemed to make her more of a part of the Breed world.

Here is where things get a bit tricky for me, though. As much as I did enjoy Rule Breaker, I did find myself confused a couple of times. The whole Navajo storyline is, for want of a better word, unwieldy. It has played quite a large role in the previous few books, and it continues to do so here. I think that for me things just got too complex to try and keep track of, and in each book the whole Navajo angle seems to get tweaked a bit so that you can’t easily keep track of things. For me, the confusion came from awkwardly written info-dumping – several times I had to stop and re-read passages to figure out what was going on, and to see if that info matched up with what I remembered from previous books. I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes I lost the flow of the story because of developments that seemingly just popped up out of nowhere (Rule and Cullen, Gideon and Dane, Dane and Gideon and Amber. There is some previously unknown Breed becoming Jonas’s right hand man. And Ryan Desalvo is now Rhys? Huh?).

On the plus side, things seem to be picking up steam for both Dane and Gideon, and the end is finally (Lord, FINALLY) in sight to the Amber saga. Some threads that have been seemingly hanging forever are starting to come together, and you can feel a bit of a new direction on the horizon. So, Rule Breaker shaped up to be better than I had hoped, and even though there were a few developments that seemed to come out of nowhere, they did add to the both this book and future storylines. I found myself quite happy with this one, even if the whole Navajo nation angle still feels a bit off to me. Now, I am ready for Gideon…

What did you think of Rule Breaker? Were you happy with the shift to hardcover? How hyped are you for the next one?

This and That…

newsOn the blog side of things, I did get off my butt and get the author pages updated (“Coming Soon” meant January 15th), and all of the Series List pages have been updated to show which series are complete. I did list some that are soon to be completed as complete, as well, as long as the purchase links were available.

While updating things, I did come across a couple of tidbits…

  • Alyssa Day has had some personal issues that have caused a bit of a delay in her release schedule. There is no word on the next Warriors of Poseidon book, but the second book from the League of the Black Swan has been pushed back from its May release, new date to be determined. You can read about it on Alyssa’s blog HERE
  • The first two-chapter excerpt for the next Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels book, Magic Breaks, has been upped to the author’s blog, found HERE. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!
  • Sigh. This is me, sighing. It looks like there has been yet another long push-back for Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever book, Burned. Originally scheduled for early this year, it was pushed back to July. But nope, now it will be a January 2015 release.
  • Not sure if I mentioned this before, but the title of the third Arcana Chronicles book from Kresley Cole will be Dead of Winter, and it has a tentative release set for October.
  • There are only a few days left until Rule Breaker comes out, and Lora Leigh has upped an excerpt over on her Facebook page. A decently sized, seemingly grammatically correct excerpt. You can find it HERE.
  • We are also chugging down to the release of the first Vampire Academy movie, Blood Sisters. Author Richelle Mead had a Twitter chat that addressed some concerns people seem to have about the tone of the movie, since the trailers and posters seem to have a more slap-stick vibe than the books did. You can find the chat transcript HERE.
  • C.L. Wilson has given a bit of an update about her upcoming projects. The previously delayed Winter King is still on schedule for a July release, and while it was originally to be a stand alone book it now looks like it will be a trilogy. Two other characters stood out and sort of demanded they have their stories told, as well. Also, the rumored book for Bel and Galen from the Tairen Souls series are still a go, as well, and she is actually writing Bel’s story now.

There are a ton of titles to add to the new release pages over the coming days, and I should be finished with a quick little character guide for Clean Sweep, too. Back to work!

February’s Book of the Month…

Yep, time for another poll to see which book you are most looking forward to for the coming month, and to determined which book will be chosen for the next giveaway.

I have chosen the usual 10 books for the poll, but if you have a different choice select the “Other” option and list your anticipated book in the comments section. A complete list of February’s releases can be found HERE.

I actually have a few that I am waiting for, but my most anticipated is pretty much a tie between Rule Breaker and Cress. I love the world building of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and they are just so fun and original that I am excited to see what happens in Cress. But on the other hand, Lora Leigh. A Breeds book. I will roll my eyes, probably snicker where I shouldn’t, and mock the cover when I open the box…and love every minute of it. Decisions, decisions.

Cover Lover – Rule Breaker and Friends…

Covers, covers, covers. Looks like there are 6 newish ones for this post, both adult and young adult. Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker, the first of the Breeds books to come out in hardcover, will be released on February 4th.

rule breakerThe third book from Lindsey Piper‘s Dragon Kings series, Hunted Warrior, will be released next May.

hunted warriorThis next one is from Zoe Archer. Wicked Temptation is part of her Nemesis Unlimited series, and it will be released on June 3rd.

wicked temptationNow on to the YA goodies. Tahereh Mafi‘s next novella from her Shatter Me series, Fracture Me, will be released on December 17th.

fracture meJuliet Marillier‘s next Shadowfell novel, The Caller, is due out on January 1st, according to Goodreads.

the callerThe first book of Kimberly Derting‘s upcoming The Taking series, also called The Taking, will be released on April 29th.

the taking
So, what are your thoughts on this bunch? I was hoping the changed over to hardcover would mean a new design for The Breeds books, but I guess not. I have seen worse ones, but I am not a big fan of the erased/covered head shots. I don’t mind the cut off head, but the erased head just looks weird. The Shatter Me covers are all very eye catching (uh, no pun intended), but the other two YA don’t really stand out much for me.

Cover Lover – Night Broken

This is one of the two big ones I have been hunting for for a while now (the other being Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker), but I was really excited to find this one over on Goodreads. Night Broken is the next book in Patricia Briggs‘ Mercy Thompson series, and it is due out on March 4th.

night brokenOn a side note…it did bring the pretty, but I am strangely disturbed by both the off-center placement of the cover model and, er, the rather impressive rack on display. Still excited to get my hands on it, still think it is very eye-catching, but I might’ve tweaked things a bit.

Character Guide Updates…

new avatarJust a quick line to say that the character guide for the Breeds (HERE) has been updated to include the information from the recently released novella called The Devil’s Due.

Now time to whine. Lora Leigh novellas, I have found, play a bit loose with previous character descriptions (and everything else, for that matter). For example, there is a Lobo who was introduced in Lion’s Heat that is second in command of the Ghost Team. There is a Reever Jacobs that debuted in Stygian’s Honor who is part of the whole Navajo Breeds…Protection…thingy (meh, it is something like that). And there is a Lobo Reever who shows up in The Devil’s Due who sounds a lot like Reever Jacobs with a different name. At this point, they are listed as three different characters until Lora Leigh clears it up – or adds a Jacob Reever Lobo to totally mess with my head.

I hope to (will, dammit!) have the guide done for Cassandra Clare‘s City of Bones done by early next week, just in time for the movie. I meant to have the whole Mortal Instruments series done by now, but…that didn’t work out so well.

Cover Lover – 11 New Titles

I was pretty much feeling like a big shot, since I thought I was all caught up. On everything. That smug attitude lasted about half an hour, when I took a quick peek on Amazon and discovered another 70 or so titles to add to the new release pages, and I realized that I am behind on three character guides. Meh. While I was looking around, I did find a few new-to-me covers, so I thought that warranted a Cover Lover post.

So, let’s start with some novella covers. This first one is from Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series, and it is called Dragos Takes a Holiday. Huh. It is due out in late November.

dragos takes a holidayI have some confusion about this one, since I remember Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken saying specifically that she was not putting out a novella, but Amazon has A Tale of Two Dragons listed for a November 1st release. I discounted it until I came across the cover, so I am not really sure what is going on.

a tale of two dragonsThis next one is the cover for the mass market re-release of Cynthia Eden‘s first Night Watch book, Eternal Hunter, which will be out on January 7th.

eternal hunterJoan Swan adds to her Phoenix Rising series with the release of Shatter on December 31st.

shatterAt first, I didn’t even realize that this was the second book in a series, but Lucy March will release her second Nodaway Falls book on January 28th. It is called That Touch of Magic.

that touch of magicThese next six are all from the world of YA. Erin Bowman will release the second book from her Taken series, Frozen, on April 15th.

frozenI think this next one sounds like it might be fun. Rachel Hawkins will release Rebel Belle on April 8th.

rebel belleI love this next one, and I might totally nab the design for my next Blu-ray cover project. Promise of Shadows is by Justina Ireland will be out on March 11th.

61bO+OjzmNL._AA1500_This next one is from Nina Berry and her Otherkin series. I read the first book, but I found I didn’t have any interest in continuing on with the rest of them. It looks like Othersphere, book three, will be out on December 31st.

othersphereWayfarer, the second book in Lili St. Crow‘s Tales of Beauty and Madness series, will be released on March 6th.

wayfarerAnd finally for today we have the cover for In Dreams by Erica Orloff, which is described as Inception meets Unearthly. It will be out on January 9th.

in dreamsI saw the cover for Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker, and if we were hoping for a sweeping change in design to mark the first hardcover Breeds book, we are going to be disappointed. It is better than that atrocity Stygian’s Honor where Stygian’s head was simply erased, but not much. The official cover release should be soon-ish.

Spotlight on…Lora Leigh

Many thanks to Pam, who sent over the info she had found over on Lora Leigh‘s site about what is coming for The Breeds. Be warned, this is a bit long (and a bit awkwardly written), but it will give you the gist of what we might be seeing next. Lora says that these next five books will wrap up some ongoing storylines, which would be great, and exactly what the series needs. Because these are works in progress, they are subject to change.

From the upcoming Enthralled anthology, we will get The Devil’s Due, which will be released on July 2nd.

        What’s Gideon been up to?

Why is Cassie and Dash Sinclair joining Dane Vanderale on the remote New Mexico estate belonging to the lone wolf Lobo Reever? And what is the breed executioner, Wolf breed, Devil Black doing now that the Bureau of Breed Affairs polices the breeds?

Find out in The Devil’s Due.

An Irish lass only now realizing her breed genetics now also carries the proof of a little known breed phenomena, called ‘genetic flaming’. A fever that literally pulls recessed breed genetics from hiding.

She’s discovered in the worse of places, in Europe, where breeds are now required to submit to testing facilities or forced to those facilities once found. But breeds rarely leave the same way they enter.

If Kathleen ‘Katy’ O’Sullivan doesn’t find a miracle than no one can save her, even her adored Da, Barrett O’ Sullivan. Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable can save her from the fate her country would order her to.

Rescue comes in the form of the famed, Devil Black, a former Breed Rogue Executioner and now, her mate.

I recently posted the blurb for the upcoming Rule Breaker, which is due out on February 4th in hardcover, but to keep things organized I will post it again here…

        Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don’t walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he’s mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.

If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?

But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her.

Okay, he could handle that.

What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she’s possibly been working against them.

The exact publication order of these next ones are not set in stone, but we have been hearing about Wake the Sleeping Tiger for a while now, and it will be Judd’s story.

        On a moonless Navajo night, the recessed Bengal Breed known only as Judd became Cullen Maverick, grandson to one of the Chiefs of the Six Tribes of the Native Americans.

Bengal genetics, usually so fierce as to be labeled primal, was recessed so deep inside Judd that no hint of it can be found. A phenomena so rare it’s been notated only a few times. And there’s no way, it’s believed, to force those genetics free once they’ve disappeared past the genetic level.

Now, as commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Division in Window Rock, New Mexico, Cullen leads his six agents in protecting the treasures of the Navajo Tribes by ensuring they remain safely in Navajo possession.

Secrets such as the location of the Tribal Genetic-DNA database where more than 70% of all known or suspected Native American’s have sent their genetic samples for safe keeping and to ensure any Breed searching for family members at least have a starting point to begin searching.

Secrets such as the events that occurred twelve summers before when two young girls who should have died, supposedly didn’t. The night Judd watched an ancient ritual, mourned for the children he’d watched over, and found a life he’d never imagined he could have. Secrets one renegade, revenge seeking Bengal will destroy, if left to his own devices.

But, as much as Judd and the Navajo are determined to keep their secrets, still others are determined to steal them or to use them to capture, the Primal rogue breed, Gideon Cross – the only breed Judd fears. Because if Gideon finds Judd, then it will only be a moment’s thought to identify and locate the young woman Gideon is determined to kill.

The young human who was a part of those experiments Judd, Gideon and Honor Roberts endured so many years before.

Forces are converging in and around Window Rock as Gideon draws closer. The Genetics Council units are being sighted more frequently and Bureau and Council skirmishes in the desert are happening more often.

Jonas Wyatt’s daughter, Amber is becoming more ill and even the information key’s provided by Liza Johnson, the young woman once known as Honor Roberts, and the keys Judd himself anonymous sent Wyatt, haven’t helped.

But those keys will only help when Gideon’s and especially Fawn’s are added to them. If either Gideon or Fawn are lost to them, then Jonas’ child may follow.

Added to this mix is none other than the delicate Window Rock police detective determined to stick her pretty little nose in his business.

And once Cullen realized the animosity that keeps flaming between them is far more than he imagined, then the Primal Breed that’s lurked inside him comes out to play. And when that beast decides to make itself known, Cullen suddenly remembers all the reasons it was better off sleeping.

I am looking forward to Gideon’s story probably even more than Cassie’s. We know his will be one of the big five, but the synopsis is..uh…looooong. And more than a bit convoluted.

        Gideon is amused.

For months he’s walked among the Breeds, somehow mistaken as a lion breed. Hell, he’s even gone on desert forays to search for ‘that fucking bastard primal, Gideon’. He’s befriended several of them, soothed one as she wept for her wounded sister, and all the while they’ve had him laughing his ass off.

Lion breed his ass. The secrets he learned in Brandenmore’s labs, and the drugs he stole when he left, were amazing little inventions.

The primal killing urges have receded, though he’d be damned if he knew why. For the first time in years he’s not besieged by that tormented, enraged creature he shares his body with. For the first time he can actually think, plot, plan.

Just because the creatures rage is no longer guiding him though, that doesn’t mean he’s no longer searching for Fawn. She did something with that transfusion she and Judd forced on him. It had created a monster. A ravening, revenge – seeking, brutal creature.

Poor little Fawn would have had not a moments breath to draw had he found her then. And sweet, proud little Honor. How she had begged and pleaded for gentleness for the rest of them, forced her father to  demand it, then sobbed until she had made herself sick. Those sobs had forced Gideon to drag his pain wracked body to her, to hold her hair as she was sick. She had been far too proud of the quickly growing tresses for him to risk having it cut off, only two days before she was allowed to shower.

Being the cherished generals daughter had ensured she wasn’t treated cruelly, but it had also not insured she was treated gently either.

God, how he had loved those girls. Fawn though, his heart was often left bleeding for the cruelties he’d been unable to protect her from and enraged at times, possessing such gut wrenching fury at the the horrifying experiments done on such a tiny, frail child as she had been.

Memories of her screams echoing in those cells had the power to tempt the primal creature still lurking within him, free once more.

If he closed his eyes and allowed his thoughts to center on the shy, always wary little Clair Martinez, then he can calm himself. For a while he had been certain she was Fawn, despite the physical differences between the two.

As a teenager Claire had been as wild as the wind, experimenting with drugs, running with the wrong crowd. Her father, Ray Martinez, President of the Navajo Nation always stank of shame whenever his daughter was near, leading Gideon to assume the rumors were true. She had made her mistakes as a child and left them behind her as she matured though. Many children were not as self – sufficient and independent as Clair. Ray should feel pride in her, not shame. Just as her grandfather Orrin feels pride in her. So much so that the scent is often tinged with a slight hint of arrogance when he speaks of her.

Her uncle, Terran Martinez, has the same scent of pride in her that’s scented whenever he talks of his own daughters, making the shame Ray feels tempt the animal Gideon now keeps carefully hidden.

He only allows the creature out to play occasionally now. Such as when the Coyote, Malachi, had his mate abducted by the man who had attempted to rape her, determined to turn her over to council loyal coyotes. When Gideon had scented her terror, scented the pain of another’s touch on her flesh, sensitive from the mating mark Malachi had placed on it, even in the crushing grip of insanity, Gideon had been unable to turn his back on her.

She was Malachi’s woman, and Malachi could never turn his back on Gideon. Now Gideon couldn’t turn his back on Malachi’s mate.

That didn’t mean the animal had released him. Hell no, fully primal and enraged, still held in that dazed placed where sanity was an uncommon occurrence and the animal rules his senses, Gideon had watched, satisfaction surging through him as he managed to finally wrest control from his instincts.

How strange those years had been. Even stranger was how the animal had just suddenly sat back, stilled and its rage had slowly calmed. As though to say ‘I’ll rest now, see if you can manage things alone for a while’.

The Bengal he harbored in his genetics still checked in occasionally, especially when Gideon went searching for council loyal soldiers or coyotes. He willingly allowed the animal out to play then, knowing that primal rage was, for the time being, stilled.

A good thing he had decided, because learning Claire’s secrets, her fears and her pleasures won’t always be as easy as drawing forth her timid little smiles.

As for Claire Martinez, she’s living on borrowed time and she knows it. Dreams and nightmare images are coming more frequently and now she doesn’t always have to be asleep.

She stares into the mirror but she doesn’t know herself for precious moments.

She hears chants.

She hears Joseph Redwolf ask if she knows why they are there.

Sometimes, she hears her own ragged screams and the dark, gentle voice soothing her fears.

She’s terrified, but refuses to allow anyone to see her fears.

Klah Hunter, a breed that’s worked with the Breed Underground Network she’s a part of was in her hospital room after an attack on her and her cousins. He’s returned and she sees him around often. He frightens her, because there’s something about him that makes those nightmares seem so much closer.

Then there’s Graeme, Lobo Reever’s head of security. He’s so smart, so strong. When he’s with her, she doesn’t feel so frightened, or so in danger of losing herself to the nightmares trying to overtake her.

Then the horrifying truth of her father is revealed, and Claire’s life is suddenly in more danger than it’s ever been. But, Claire knows she’s not Claire Martinez. The nightmares are becoming memories. Brief images, flashes of conversations and the horrifying realization that she can’t escape something she managed to escape when she was fifteen.

And how she longs for Graeme. Longs for him so much that she reaches out to him in dreams that aren’t really dreams. In images that feel far too real.

When she was little, her father once told her she could fly. The night she realized the secrets her father harbored, she stole his car, convinced a friend to ride with her. She flew that night, didn’t she? Or did she? Now she wonders, what was left of her when she landed?

Protective custody lasts only as long as it takes Graeme to find her, but once in his arms, will the woman she truly is emerge? And when that woman emerges, how much will survive a Bengal’s fury.

And the one that everyone has been waiting for is part of this arc, too. We will finally find out who Cassie’s mate is. Dog? Brim Stone? Cavalier?

        As yet untitled, the Mating of Cassandra (Cassie) Sinclair, and the breed she should have never dared –

Never dare a Coyote.

Never challenge a breed.

How many times in her life has Cassie heard those warnings? So what made her challenge a Coyote the night she felt the sights leveled on her head.

He should have killed her, because she could have handled that. She expected that. What she can’t handle? What she never expected?

The mating that occurred, the coyote destined to be her mate, and her father’s fury –

So, does this get you excited about the Breeds again? What do you hope to see, and where do you think the series will go after this arc is completed? Maybe Africa for the Leo’s Breeds (and Dane), or maybe on to some of the Winged Breeds? If you can decipher the rambling summaries, it does sound like the switch to hardcover might be worth it after all.

Site Updates…and a Couple of New Blurbs

avatarJust a quick note to say that all of the New Release Pages have been updated, both the monthly and yearly summaries. As always, a few books have had their release dates changed, so if there was anything you were counting on take a quick double-check to see if it moved.

The covers and blurbs are also up-to-date on the monthly pages, as well. In the updating, I came across a couple of blurbs that I had been searching for for a while, so I thought I would highlight them here.

First up is the much anticipated Murder of Crows from Anne Bishop. The cover came out a couple of weeks ago, and I found the blurb yesterday…

        Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “phenomenal” (Urban Fantasy Investigations) world of the Others—where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules…

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

And this second one is from the next Breeds Book from Lora Leigh, Rule Breaker, which is due out on February 4th.

       Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don’t walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he’s mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.

If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?

But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her.

Okay, he could handle that.

What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she’s possibly been working against them.

Now, my crackpot theory is that the heroine is Isabella Ross. She is the grand-daughter of Council scientist Jeffrey Amburg, the one Jonas is holding prisoner at Sanctuary. They use the grand-daughter as leverage to keep Amburg in line, and she is monitored by Breeds 24/7. Just my theory, what’s yours?

The Breeds Character Guide

I never, ever thought I would get to say this, but it is finished. Almost 30 stories, nearly 200 pages of notes, and just under 30,000 words, but I finally got the Character Guide for Lora Leigh‘s The Breeds series done. I will update linkage and stuff after work tonight, but for anyone who is interested, it can be found in the Lora Leigh section in the drop down menu above, or by clicking the link below.

the breeds buttonI have to add that this was a difficult one to do. Not just sheer volume, but there are numerous mistakes in the stories themselves. Physical descriptions, names, and back-stories can change from book to book, or sometimes even within the same book. When that happened, I went with either the character’s own story (like Mercury in Mercury’s War. His entire backstory changed in his own book, so I went with that), or when that character has not yet had their story told, I went with the latest info available. Hope you like.