That Sneaky Nalini Singh…

So, totally out of left field, Nalini Singh announced a bonus book today – that is due out in SIX WEEKS. Yep, only six weeks to wait. And, it is a contemporary romance with a rock-star hero. Niiice. Rock Addiction will be out in both print and e-book format in September, and there will be at least two more books and two novellas in the series (which is called The Schoolboy Choir). The cover release will be done shortly.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance…

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

So, yesterday word broke about a contemporary from J.R. Ward, and today it is Nalini’s turn. And the best part? These new books have absolutely no impact on the release schedule for the Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series. It is really a total bonus.

Nalini Talks Psy/Changeling Future…

Some of you may not be as, uh, devoted, to keeping an eye on the blog of Nalini Singh (and Ilona Andrews) as I am. I swear, I only check two or three times a day. So, on my last stalking visit, I found this very informative post on the future of the Psy/Changeling series. It is a must read for fans, and you can find it HERE.

Share your thoughts. I am thrilled to see that there is a plan for the single SnowDancer Lieutenants, since I was worried the storyarcs were moving away from them recently. I have loved the Psy and Silence arc, but I do miss some good old wolf stories, too.

Happy Endings and New Beginnings…

Pheonix was kind enough to send me over her notes from the RT book convention about some PNR/UF series that are coming to a close soon, and that got me thinking about who is wrapping up one world, and starting on a new one. It is hard to let go of a favorite series, but when you have something new to look forward to it takes some of the sting out of it.

  • Kim Harrison‘s popular Hollows series is calling it quits with the release of the 13th book, The Witch With No Name, on September 9th. She went on to give a little bit of info on her new project, which will be about a slightly older female heroine, written from the third person point of view. “It’s a twist on what I usually write, and I’m so excited about it,” she added.
  • Larissa Ione is also wrapping up the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. She said “I didn’t want to keep adding new characters and I didn’t want to keep adding new sequel bait.” I haven’t seen anything listed after Revenant‘s book, so I wonder if that is the finale? Interestingly, she and Stephanie Tyler are returning to their Sydney Croft ACRO series with a couple of new novellas in the works.
  • P.C. Cast‘s House of Night series is finished this October with the release of Redeemed. No word yet on what is in store after that.
  • Not one but two series from Gena Showalter are wrapping up soon, with both The White Rabbit Chronicles and Otherworld Assassin stories finishing at a trilogy. And she is replacing them with two new series. She has a new four book YA series in the works, and a New Adult Contemporary trilogy + novella called The Original Heartbreakers. The novella will be called The One You Want, and the first full book called The Closer You Are will follow next March. It will be followed by The Hotter You Burn and then The Harder You Fall.
  • Apparently, the publisher has chosen not to go ahead with Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, so she has turned to a new series called Sleeping With Monsters. This one seems to be a bit more on the steamy side of things. Book one is called The Haunted, and it will be followed by The Hunted in August.
  • We have talked before about J.R. Ward finishing up her Fallen Angels books with the sixth title, Immortal, which is due out this October. Aaand I am still on the hunt for info about the rumored two new series heading our way. More to come on that one.
  • Chloe Neill still has at least three more full books and a novella in her Chicagoland Vampire series, but she is already looking ahead and planning a new series for 2015. No title is available as yet, but a bit of a teaser is out. “After humans overcome a shocking attack by supernaturals centered in the Crescent City—the Second Battle of New Orleans—supernaturals are forced into a walled community known as the District. It’s not good—or safe—to have magic, so Claire Connolly risks everything when she uses her secret magic to protect a friend. Claire quickly learns the world is more complicated than she ever knew . . . and allies are hard to come by.” Interesting…
  • Night Huntress has been done for a few months now, and the end is in sight for Night Prince, but we have Jeaniene Frost‘s New Adult Broken Destiny series to look forward to. The Beautiful Ashes heads our way at the end of August.
  • And Delilah S. Dawson ended her popular Blud series this past January, but has since turned her attention to more stand-alone (and varied) stories. Her YA paranormal Servants of the Storm comes out this August, and a very interesting book called Hit will come out next April. It is an alternate future/romantic suspense mash up where the United States was bought out by a Bank, and those in debt become the hunted. Or the hunters. Hm, like I said, interesting…
  • Oh, and on a positive note, both Kresley Cole and Nalini Singh have confirmed that their IAD and Psy/Changeling series have no end in sight. Nalini has said that the next book, featuring Aden, is the end of the second arc, but a new arc shall begin. Very, very good new indeed.

So, any you can add to the list? Anything new on the horizon from an old favorite?

Reader Reaction – Shield of Winter

shield of winterI know it has only been a couple of days since Nalini Singh‘s Shield of Winter was released, but I am pretty sure everyone has dived in by now. I read this one about a month ago, since Nalini was kind enough to send me my very first ARC (advanced reader copy). I was actually going to do a giveaway for the ARC, but I got greedy and kept it (it has its own shelf). And thank god she did, because my hardcover copy is still in the mail. THAT might’ve gotten ugly. Very ugly. I do not wait well. So, without further ado…

“What did you think of Shield of Winter? Vasic has been an intriguing character right from the start, so did you think the story did him justice? How does Ivy rank among your Psy/Changeling heroines?”

 

This one packed a punch. There is a lot going on, but the tone is a bit different than other books. They are all intense, but the stakes in the last couple of books have risen significantly. And while I am notoriously fickle when it comes to the female leads, I loved Ivy. She never gave me a Psy vibe, no hiding behind a cold mask, even though she struggles just as much (or more) as any other of the Psy race does. One of the bonuses for me was because it was Vasic, there was of course more Aden. Following the amazing Heart of Obsidian wasn’t easy, but Nalini pulled it off. Again.

Thoughts? Feelings? Spoiler zone in the comments section, so beware if you haven’t finished it yet…or are still waiting for your copy (like me).

Shield of Winter Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerYep, looks like we are coming in just under the wire for this one. Shield of Winter is released tomorrow, and since this latest from Nalini Singh was chosen as the Book of the Month for June it is also the latest giveway. There were 36 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) is #27…

Claire Tern

Congratulations, Claire. I will contact you shortly for your info. Thanks to all who took the time to enter.

June BotM and Giveaway

giveaway bannerSurprising precisely no one, I figure, Nalini Singh‘s Shield of Winter was chosen as June’s book of the month. What was a surprise was that it had 132 votes…and Laurell K. Hamilton‘s A Shiver of Light came in second with a total of 10 votes. Heh. Month of Shield is right.

If you are interested in winning a copy when it is released on June 3rd, just leave a comment in the section below.

Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through random.org. Let’s end this Monday night at midnight (Atlantic time), so you will know before the official release. Good luck!

shield of winterSynopsis…

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It seems like so long since I have put together a cover lover post…I think I was just waiting on a “big” one…and having Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews in the same book definitely constitutes as big. They both are contributing stories to the Night Shift anthology, along with Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane (aka Meljean Brooks). Look for it on November 25th.

night shiftI picked up the first two books from Suzanne Johnson‘s Sentinels of New Orleans series dirt cheap from the Book Outlet a couple of weeks ago, and so I will be keeping an eye out for Pirate’s Alley when it is released next April.

pirates alleyUp next is Of Silk and Steam from Bec McMaster. It is part of her London Steampunk series, and it is due out on March 1st.

of silk and steamNancy Holzner continues her Deadtown series with the release of Firestorm, which is due out on March 31st.

firestormMarch 31st is also the release date for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next Chronicles of Nick book, Instinct.

instinctNext up is Aimee Carter‘s Captive, the second book from her Blackcoat Rebellion series. It is due out on November 25th.

captiveAnd the last one for today comes from Alexandra Bracken. In the Afterlight is the third and final book from her Darkest Minds trilogy, and it is due out on October 28th.

in the afterlightNot a bad bunch, at all. Of course, I am most excited to get my hands on a Psy/Changeling novella (featuring Bastien Smith) and a Kate Daniels novella (Jim and Dali), especially in the same book, but the rest aren’t bad, either.

June’s Book of the Month…

book of the monthI figure that this whole poll is pretty much a formality, since this is the month that Nalini Singh‘s Shield of Winter comes out. Of course, I have been surprised before, but I figure the odds of it being any other title are pretty slim. Ok, everyone, you know what this means. Time to vote for the book that you are most looking forward to for next month.

As always, the title chosen as June’s book of the month will also be the next giveaway, and I have chosen 10 that caught my eye. If none of these are your big pick, just check “Other”, and leave your selection in the comments section. A complete list of June’s upcoming releases can be found HERE.

I know there are a lot of Hamilton and Gabaldon fans, but I still figure this is the month of Shield of Winter (and next month is Magic Breaks, I figure, but that is getting ahead of myself). Let’s see if anyone can unseat Nalini for the Queen of June.

Teasers and Excerpts…

air boundI have a love/hate relationship with excerpts. On one hand, I am greedy and can’t wait to get my grubby hands on a piece of a much-anticipated book. On the other hand, sometimes having just a tease makes me want the book even more. There are a few new excerpts available, if anyone is interested in checking things out…

  • The first chapter of the upcoming third Sisters of the Heart book from Christine Feehan, Air Bound, is available in the author’s member’s section, HERE. The book will be released on May 27th.
  • I don’t think there is anyone who isn’t excited about getting their hands on Nalini Singh‘s Shield of Winter on June 5th, but if you would like to sneak a peek at chapter one you can find it HERE.
  • I think I have bored pretty much everyone with my anticipation for Ilona Andrew‘s upcoming Burn for Me (due on October 28th). There have been several teasers already released, but another snippet has been upped at the author’s blog, HERE. If you head over, you can check out their snazzy new site design, too.
  • Aaand, Jeanine Frost is starting a New Adult series on August 26th with the release of The Beautiful Ashes, the first book of the Broken Destiny series. If you are interested in checking the excerpt out, head over to Jeaniene’s blog, HERE.

Shield of Winter Review…

review iconNalini Singh can do no wrong, of that I am sure. Of course, that is my personal opinion, but I am going with it. Nalini kindly sent me my very first ARC, which I devoured it in a day. Usually, I am hard on liking the heroines in a story, but Ivy jumps to the top of my favorites list, and the mysterious Vasic was already there. Doug Meeks recently got his ARC, and did up a review for the much-anticipated 13th Psy/Changeling novel, Shield of Winter.

shield of winterWhat Doug said…

Shield of Winter

Release date 3 Jun 2014

Nalini Singh is seriously messing with my head. This is not the first time I thought that the last book I read of hers was the best until I read the next one and then I feel kinda stupid.

In Shield of Winter she takes Vasic who is a stone cold killer from all appearances in previous books and pairs him up with Ivy an empath and carves a story of romance and sacrifice that defies description (that will be my excuse for this review).

In the early chapters I could not get past the feeling that I was reading something that could best be described as “The Love Life of Mr. Spock” and that mental image stuck with me for a good portion of the first half of the novel but at about 450 pages you know there is some serious changes coming. It was funny and touching before it got really serious and somewhat sad and frustrating.

The novel morphs into a “save the world” plot with the romance being an integral part of the story and add in a couple of very stressful subplots that add exceptional depth to this story and you have a formula for another masterpiece (no I don’t use that word much).

The fact that with the fate of the world hanging in the balance the romance never lets go and the emotional feelings that is imparted to the reader just all make me wonder why all authors can’t be this good instead of the mere handful writing today.

The loyalty of friends, the romance of people that never doubt their mates, the multi-layered plot all make this yet another of the better things I have read in the last year. She inserts most of the characters from previous books into this story in various places which I love. So, if you love a great romance, great action and a story you can’t forget, this is it (I also said a similar thing about Heart of Obsidian which was true). This is a true 5 Star novel and anyone that can’t appreciate this story really needs to schedule time with a professional therapist (yes it IS that good).

I know anticipation is high for this one, and it is rightly deserved. The next story is a novella in the Night Shift anthology, and it will be a return to DarkRiver and feature Bastien Smith.