Reading Wrap Up

I thought I might try something a little different for this post and take a look at not just the new releases that I have picked up, but maybe mention the “retro reads” that I do for the character guides, and then take a quick peek at an upcoming book that also caught my eye this week. Something like a yesterday, today and tomorrow spotlight.

51vz7BcgE-LI have a couple of current reads on the go, which is unusual for me – I am mostly a finish-one-then-move-on kinda gal, but that didn’t work out that way. I have been trying for a while to get through Forever Wolf by Maria Vale, but it just isn’t happening. As much as I enjoyed the first two books in the series, I am just not feeling this one – at all. I have put it down probably 8 or 10 times and tried to go back to it, but it just isn’t working. A big part of it is that I am not connecting to the characters, not even a little, and I am not getting past it. I know reviews have been quiet universally positive, but at this point it might end up being a DNF for me. Sigh.

12403828The book I picked up when Forever Wolf failed me? Celebrity in Death from J.D. Robb. No question, the In Death series has become my stand-by and go-to when I don’t know what else to read – or when I feel like I am in a bit of a slump. There is no doubt that I will enjoy whatever In Death book is up next, and that is a rare thing. I don’t get tired of them, I haven’t ever had one that felt stale or like a repeat of something from the earlier books, and I still look forward to the next story. And at #34 in a series? That is quite the achievement.

moon calledAs for my more retro read, I have gone back and tackled Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. As I always say, it scares me just how much I can forget about a series, and Moon Called is no exception. It felt like I was reading a brand-new book, and I am so glad I picked the Mercy Thompson world for my next guide – I definitely need the refresher. Moon Called is a great story, but if I had one gripe I would say that I found the ending a bit…confusing. Overly complex might be a better way to say it. Targeting Adam to provoke a fight between bad-dude’s father and Bran seemed a bit convoluted. Or, it could be that I was just a bit stunned because it was 7:00 in the morning and I was still reading from the night before and my brain had shut off, but I am going to give the last couple of chapters a re-re-read tonight to get it straight in my head. I have a feeling that this series will be like when I did my guide for the Night Huntress world, and my enjoyment will increase with each book I marathon.

the rogue kingAnd as for what future release caught my eye this week, it is The Rogue King from Abigail Owen. I read the first couple of chapters at the end of the recently released The Rookie, and I liked what I saw. I didn’t know that it was to be a spin-off of her Fire’s Edge books – which I quite enjoy – and that was a pleasant surprise. Here is a peek at the official blurb…

Kasia Amon has spent her entire life in hiding, knowing who and what she is makes her a mark for all sorts of creatures–a treasure to be taken and claimed. All she knows for certain is that keeping her secrets safe means avoiding dragon shifters at all costs.

As a rogue dragon shifter, hunted by his own kind, Brand Astarot has only survived thanks to a dangerous reputation as a mercenary. Giving a phoenix to a Dragon King would guarantee him a place in a clan, taking him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take.

But getting his prize to the King is a test of their lives, his skills, and their white-hot chemistry, forcing Brand to have to rethink his plan. Is giving her to the king the right choice? Or should he claim her for himself?

Your turn. What new releases are you reading? Have you gone back into the vault and picked up any old favorites lately?

 

New Series Alert

Happy Monday, folk. Time to look at what new series are starting up – and this week we only have one. After Darkness Falls, the first book of the After Darkness Falls series from May Sage, will be released on April 24th.

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They’ve exterminated an entire bloodline, purging the world of the only creatures vampires dread. Or so they think.

Chloe used to study hard, do everything right to pave a bright future, but children sometimes have to pay for their parents’ sins, and Chloe’s tab is pretty steep.

At twenty-six, when a series of attacks forces her to seek refuge in the notorious Institute of Paranormal Studies, Chloe sees it as a second chance to achieve her goals. She believes she has nothing to lose.

She couldn’t be more mistaken.

Levi has had centuries to observe the mortals and immortals of this world. He knows what the sassy woman who entered his domain is at first glance. A relic of the old days, so ancient that even an elder lord descended from the first immortals has reason to fear her.

He should slit her throat while he has the chance.
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Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Wow, cover lover posts used to be pretty much a weekly occurrence, but now it is more like a monthly thing. Weird. Anyways, I do have a few to share with you, so let’s get started.

First up is Leopard’s Wrath from Christine Feehan. It is the 11th book of the Leopard People series, and it will be released on November 5th.

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He’s a man used to getting what he wants, but she’s not the type of woman to take things lying down….

Born into a life of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It’s constantly trying to claw its way to the surface—until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it’s only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he’d rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own….

Considering her family’s history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can’t stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she’s not sure she can accept what he’s offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things.

Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won’t let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making—not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate.

And this second one comes from Donna Grant. Fever is the 16th release from the Dark Kings series, and it will be out on October 29th.

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His kiss was fire and passion. She shivered, wondering how he knew just how to touch her, to
send her spiraling into an abyss of pleasure…

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?

Cover number three comes from Larissa Ione. She will be releasing a new Demonica story called Reaper on October 15th.

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He is the Keeper of Souls. Judge, jury, and executioner. He is death personified.

He is the Grim Reaper.

A fallen angel who commands the respect of both Heaven and Hell, Azagoth has presided over his own underworld realm for thousands of years. As the overlord of evil souls, he maintains balance crucial to the existence of life on Earth and beyond. But as all the realms gear up for the prophesied End of Days, the ties that bind him to Sheoul-gra have begun to chafe.

Now, with his beloved mate and unborn child the target of an ancient enemy, Azagoth will stop at nothing to save them, even if it means breaking blood oaths and shattering age-old alliances.

Even if it means destroying himself and setting the world on fire…

I wasn’t actually sure if this next one falls into a category that I cover here on my blog, but I am going to make an executive decision and add it. I think. Author Leigh Bardugo is releasing her first adult book, Ninth House, on October 1st. And it has me intrigued.

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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Hm, what next? Let’s do Air Born. It is the third book of The Guardians series from Rayanne Haines, and it will be out on May 22nd. I quite enjoyed the first two books of the series, so I will definitely be picking this one up.

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Quinn Taleisin hates secrets, and shadows, and subterfuge. Which is why she still can’t believe she agreed to become a member of the Guardians, an elite force of immortals tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world.

Sounds great, except, to be a guardian you must agree to live in secrecy. Quinn is a wind elemental. Being caged in by secrecy is worse than death for someone like her. She can’t imagine a worse fate—until she’s asked to work with Lachon Findel, the man she holds responsible for her mother’s death and her father’s insanity.

Lachon is the oldest living elemental in the world. Known as Lachon the Law, he’s an earth element; a man who sees the world in black and white, right and wrong. So maybe once, briefly, a hundred years ago she thought he was a good guy. She knew better now. No way would she fall for his savior of the world shtick.

When the dangers of the past catch up with them, Quinn realizes the only way either of them will make it out alive is if she can put the ghosts of the past behind her and finally trust the flesh and blood man in front of her.

Kristen Painter also has a new one coming out in the near future. The Trouble With Witches is the first book of her new Shadowvale series, and it will be released on May 12th.

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Shadowvale isn’t typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family, but doubts he can last much longer.

Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.

But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name…or will her history destroy them both?

And the final one for today comes from author D.B. Reynolds. Lachlan is the 13th title in the Vampires In America series, and it will be out on April 26th.

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Lethal and charismatic, vampire Lachlan McRae woke on his first night to death and devastation—his clan slaughtered, his fortress destroyed. One hundred and fifty years later, driven to avenge the murder of everyone he loved, he’s ready to hunt down and kill the one vampire who was behind it all—Erskine Ross, the Vampire Lord of Scotland.

Beautiful, smart, and cool under pressure, Julia Harper is determined to prove she’s more than a child of wealth and privilege. When a lifelong friend is murdered by vampires, she steps out of her role as an analyst for the CIA, and sets out to take down one of the most powerful men in Scotland—the deadly Erskine Ross.

Recruited by a friend to arrange contact between Lachlan and her best friend Cyn’s mate, the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael, Julia soon discovers that she and Lachlan want the same thing . . . Erskine’s death. But when Erskine sets out to kill Julia instead, she and Lachlan find themselves fighting for her life, and for a love that neither one of them can trust.

There you have it. Any must reads? Anything new catching your eye? Which cover is your favorite?

The One Where I Rant

This is probably going to be rambley, long-winded and maybe pointless, but something has been bugging me for a while and I feel the need to jump onto my soapbox. There is something that I just don’t understand, and I want to know what side of the issue most other people fall on. What I am talking about is readers who feel the need to get in touch with authors to insult, complain, or make demands. I just don’t get it.

Personally, I have experienced a small bit of that here on my blog. Usually, people just question my taste and attack me for not swooning over the same people they like, but whatever. But it was way more prevalent for my other online hobby of custom cover designing for DVDs and Blu-ray movies. Most people ran from fine to really great, but there were some that felt that it was completely ok to message me with their list of demands, what they liked and didn’t, and could I change/edit/add/redo what I had already done to suit their needs, and when exactly could they expect me to get on it? I would be ashamed to tell you how many times I did as asked, stayed up late and reworked something for someone, and never got so much as a grunt of thank-you. I only started to come to my senses when one actually told me off because it had taken me a couple of days (while working at my “real job” 60 hours a week), and they were short on time, and since they didn’t want to “waste” their money on the credits it would take to download it could I just send it to their email so they wouldn’t have to pay the site that hosted it? And when could they expect to hear from me, because if it took too much longer they might have to re-think giving me “another chance”? Ugh. Really? Please don’t bother.

So maybe I am biased, but I get annoyed when I hear of “fans” getting in touch with authors to tell them off for what they didn’t like about their book/series/characters, what have you. Ilona Andrews has been very open about reader response – good and bad, and seem to have reached a point where they are pretty straight-forward about dealing with it. But I just don’t get it. I have emailed authors before – with questions for the blog, to say thanks for something, but it has never, ever crossed my mind to write to complain. If there were things you weren’t fond of, post a review on Goodreads or Amazon – that’s what they are for. Make your feelings, both good and bad, known through the proper channels and let others decide for themselves.

Back to Ilona Andrews. They are my favorites, so I admit I am biased, but even today on their blog they mentioned how they get hatemail about Julie, and how that response has influenced their thinking about continuing on with plans they had to expand the Kate Daniels Universe. In fact, there was a Julie trilogy in the works, which would’ve (fingers crossed) led to more Derek. And there was always talk of books featuring Roman. But guess what? Those things are indefinitely on-hold. And I don’t blame the authors. Why would they bother?

I am not trying to say that people need to ass-kiss and suck up to authors, either (equally ugly, I think. There are some author communities that literally make me cringe). They provide a product, we as consumers choose to buy – or not – as we see fit, and we have the ability leave reviews to let our feelings be known. We can then continue with their work or move on to another author or story if it isn’t to our taste. When did it become ok to make things personal? To question or bash something someone has created and released like they owe us? I don’t get it. It is something that has always bugged me, since as I have said it is 1) something I have experienced on a much smaller scale, and 2) it is just plain damned rude and ignorant. It has been going on for quite a while, with many different authors, but this time it effects MY reading enjoyment. Stories I was looking forward to are not coming because of the self-entitled actions of others – and those others will probably be the first ones to whine about it (well, second to whine. Looks like I’m the first).

Where do you fall on this? Am I alone in thinking that things have gotten way out of hand? Have you ever dealt with something like this in your on-line life?

 

Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is actually a bit of a blast from the past. Back almost four years ago, Alexandra Ivy release When Darkness Ends, which at the time was the wrap up to her Guardians of Eternity series. I am glad to say that things have changed, and she has at least three new titles announced in the Guardians world. And on top of that, all of the previous books have been re-packaged with all new covers, which I like. So, my pick of the week is Darkness Returns.

darkness returnsSynopsis…

Blessed with an even more compelling allure than most vampires, Chiron has made a fortune in the human world, creating an empire of resorts and casinos. Since the betrayal and imprisonment of his master, he has existed outside the order of the Guardians, trusting no one. But now, the new vampire king has given him a peace offering: a scroll that could free his master. Following the relic’s magic leads him to a demon hotel deep in the Everglades, a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and
mesmerizing woman . . .

As far as Lilah knows, she’s lived her entire life within the confines of her enchanted estate. Memories of her own past are elusive and cloaked in shadows. Even Chiron can’t figure out exactly what she is, and if her intoxicating beauty is his destiny or an illusion drawing him ever closer to his demise—or perhaps to an even more tormenting choice, between his master and his mate . . .

Are you glad to see a return to a presumed-finished series like Guardians of Eternity? I am looking forward to getting back into it, even though it seems like the other two Alexandra Ivy series I liked – Dragons of Eternity and ARES Security – are left in limbo. Have you heard anything about them? I have been keeping an eye out, but haven’t found any new info on either one, which is a shame.

 

Cover Lover – Archangel’s War

Well, I don’t think there are a lot of Nalini Singh fans who aren’t on the edge of their seats waiting for the next Guild Hunter book. The ending of the last one was a real kick in the pants, and having to wait until September 24th for Archangel’s War is a bit of a nail-biter, but at least we have the pretty, pretty cover to look at until then.

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Short hair and wings of light. Sigh. Did I mention it isn’t out until September 24th?

J.R. Ward Q&A Transcript

Thanks for this goes to Pheonix, who sent over the transcript for this year’s Q&A session with J.R. Ward, held every year in Cincinnati. You can always get some tempting little bits of info from these, and I usually pick up a few details that I totally missed, too. I’m not sure how spoiler-y this might be, so proceed at your own risk…

First, a disclaimer from the transcribers: We do our best to keep the questions true to what was asked. Please be aware that we often have to extract the question from prefaces that include scene or character references. Also, the event is very lively and there is a lot of background noise, which can make it difficult to hear both questions and answers. Where an approximation of the question was necessary, we noted what we thought was the questioner’s intent.

Some abbreviations that may be used:

HEA: Happily Ever After

SV: Scribe Virgin

And without further ado, here is the transcript!!!!

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Q: What is the next BDB hardcover book?

A: The 2020 hardcover BDB book is………The Sinner, featuring Syn and Jo Early.

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Q: What was the hardest book for you to write?

A: The hardest story was Zsadist. Emotionally, it was tough. I’ve always said that I’d never re-read Zsadist’s book. The other one was Blay and Qhuinn, but because it was a clusterf*ck of what could go wrong, did. Computers broke, files were lost. I had to spend a lot of money on getting an expert to recover the lost files…it just went on, and on.

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Q: What inspired you to write this series?

A: I got fired from my first publisher. I started by thinking, I’d write like Nora Roberts, but the problem is, Nora Roberts writes like Nora Roberts already. So, after I was fired, I had to reinvent myself. Then after two weeks of thinking, I was out of the job I love and would maybe never get to do again, I tried writing some romantic suspense. All of a sudden, there was this huge presence in my head, and he was like, “My name is Wroth….” Which made no sense. Then, there were all these people in my head, and I have no explanation for why they chose me, but, here we are.

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Q: When are we getting Adrian and Eddie (from the Fallen Angels series) back?

A: So, in the last book (of the Fallen Angels series) they were sent off, by Lassiter, and I keep thinking, they’re going to show up. I’ve been waiting for them. But I think it’s going to be in The Sinner.

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Q: Is the Fallen Angels series complete? Is there any chance they’ll be in the BDB series?

A: Yes, they’ll definitely be in the BDB world once Adrian and Eddie come.

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Q: At the end of The Savior, we saw JM and Zsadist eating the apple…is it important that they shared the apple with Nalla?

A: Yes, that is definitely significant, and also a Keep Reading.

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Q: There is a balance in the BDB world. What does Lassiter have to give up to save Sarah?

A: The true answer to that is, Lassiter ain’t giving up sh*t. You know how the SV was all, “There must be balance….” And all that sh*t, but Lassiter doesn’t give a sh*t. He wears leopard print tights, FFS. (general nods and agreement from everyone present.)

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Q: On the back of Phury’s neck, there’s a symbol. What does it look like?

A: I don’t think I can describe, and I don’t have the talent necessary to draw it. Maybe I’ll have to get someone artistic to draw it.

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Q: Does Devina show up in the next book?

(Devina was originally in the Fallen Angels series.)

A: Yes, Devina definitely shows up in The Sinner. We know that the Omega has to end. We know that Butch is the Dhestroyer. Soooooo…..you are not ready for this…she falls in love with Butch. Yes, that’s a big reveal, but I want to make it worth your time to come to this sh*t.

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Q: There’s images of the Old Language, but what does it sound like?

A: Hmmmm. That would be interesting. I’d like to do that for people who are interested in hearing it, but that’s going to take some time….

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Q: I read Prisoner of Night, and I don’t understand. Do the BDB not know the others (at the penal colony) exist?

A: The reason I want to write books like Dearest Ivy and Prisoner of Night is so I can focus the world. I can’t fit it all in the BDB books, so I’m happy to write those e-books so I can write more details outside of the larger BDB books. But, that means that sometimes, the timeline seems disjointed, or like things don’t fit the bigger world.

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Q: Who is talking to Jane and Hannah on the other side of the Ouija board?

A: It was the Scribe Virgin.

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Q: Is Jose de la Cruz (Butch’s police partner) a wolfen?

A: No, he’s just a regular guy, a good Catholic boy. But I’d like to see him back in the BDB world. Wouldn’t you love to see what he thinks of it?

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Q: Have you been approached for a movie or TV? Would you have control over casting?

A: I get approached for movies and specials. But, the writing is it for me. So, as long as I could keep doing the books and the characters, I would do it.

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Q: Will we ever get more of Butch and Manny’s dad?

A: In The Sinner, we will see more of Butch, Manny, and Jo Early’s father, Robert Brook, the douche.

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Q: Will JM ever find out that he was Darius?

A: The Scribe Virgin had an agreement with Darius, that he gave a token of conscience. Even though Lassiter is now in charge, the magic that rules the agreements is still in force. And, that knowledge would destabilize the entire BDB world. So, no, I don’t think so.

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Q: When the Omega was speaking to Butch, and he says, “Find your family” was he talking about Manny and Jo?

A: I don’t think he was talking about Jo, Manny, and Robert Brook. He was trying to get Butch to come over to the dark side, like Darth Vader to Luke in Star Wars.

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Q: Would you ever consider writing Darius’ backstory?

A: I would, but you have to realize, that would only be for fans that are really invested in the world. It wouldn’t appeal to new readers. So, yes, I’d like to but I’m not sure if I’ll get to.

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Q: Will we see more of Assail’s cousins?

A: Yes, I love those ghost-pepper eating *&#$.

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Q: I’m confused because Phury was asking if someone could imagine Cormia abandoning her child, if she had one. But, didn’t we see them have Ahgony, and Zsadist showed up and sang for the baby?

A: Yeah, but that was a flash-forward about five years. That question would be asked before they had Aghony. The time line just hasn’t caught up yet.

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Q: I cheered out loud when Sarah knew sign language. When Butch was inducted, his name was Dhestroyer on the wall in the BDB cavern. But when JM was inducted, his name, Tehrror, was not on the wall.

A: I think the thing to remember is that the BDB is evolving. When Butch was inducted, that was a million years ago. And, even though Dehstroyer isn’t Butch’s name, that he uses, that was what they did at the time. They used the warrior name. But now, they’ve changed, and JM is also on the wall as Darius. So, it seems like they used JM because that’s who he is.

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Q: Was the raid on the Sanctuary 35 years ago or 75 years ago? (It appears in different books as 35 or 75 years)

A: That was a copy-editing error. There are different places we could go after The Sinner, so, maybe there needs to be a past-cannon, like the Insider’s Guide, so we could clarify this stuff. Things like, the relationship between Darius and Beth’s mom. But, it would be for hardcore readers, and they’d have to understand that that doesn’t end well. But, yes, it was 75 years ago, not 35.

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Q: With Sarah’s background in immunology, could she solve the disease killing the Chosen?

A: Yeah, I think that’s a distinct possibility. And maybe she could solve the blood issue, the one that Havers was never able to solve.

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Q: What’s the hierarchy of the deities?

A: Devina, Lassiter, SV, and the Omega. Two good, two bad. The question for me, since I think the Creator prefers balance, is what role is the Creator playing in the demise of the Omega? With the SV out of it, will he have a hand in the exit of the Omega? What’s interesting to me, is that, at the end of the FA series, Devina was down and out. She’s smart. And, she’s had time to plan. Because remember, time isn’t the same for the deities. It’s going to be interesting to watch.

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Q: Do you know how the penal colony is going to be introduced?

A: There’s going to be another BDB Legacy book, called The Jackal. It will feature Rhage’s half-brother and the penal colony, and will be out in August 2020.

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Q: (This question was hard to hear, but it sounded like they were asking why JR listens to rap vs. other types of music.)

A: The music helps me see the books and the scenes. I’m a runner, and I love rap, and it really helps me focus.

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Q: Do we see Nate or any of the others in future books?

A: Nate, Markcus, and Luchas all get books.

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Q: Why couldn’t Nate tell that Lassiter’s not a vampire? Is there another connection we don’t know about?

A: Yes, and Keep Reading.

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Q: We get references to a lot of the fathers (of the Brothers.) Why don’t we hear about the warriors’ moms?

A: One of the hard things is that the world is so large, it’s challenging to tailor the stories and keep the books tight and focused. I want to keep the focus back on the couple, so it’s not so sprawling. But that also means that other details get sacrificed.

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Q: Why did Devina leave those glowing footprints?

A: The reason why she leaves the footprints, because as Throe gets sucked down into the hole, he gets stripped of all of his energy. Devina needs to follow a trail up. So what was glowing, and then faded, was the residue of the trail she followed up the hole.

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Q: With the scene with the apple, did you plan that it for it all to come full circle? (this references the original scene when Zsadist shares an apple with JM when he’s new to the Brotherhood compound and then the newest scene in The Savior, where they offer the apple to Nalla.)

A: There have been several scenes and details that I didn’t understand the importance of. The damn coffins in the garage. I mean, there’s three John Deeres and some fertilizer and a stack of *&%$ coffins. Vishous kept talking about the chained dogs. That moment when Zsadist was on the bus, and pared that apple. What I know to be true, is that if something keeps showing up, it must be important. As I was getting ready to outline The Savior, I saw JM with a black dagger, peel that apple. And it was crystal clear. I don’t like profound moments, I get tetchy at tender moments. So, I’m watching him peeling this apple, and I’m like, what’s he doing. And then I realized, no, what’s important is who is he giving it to.

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Q: When Vishous got scratched, and realized that the water helps that? Why? Is that important for later?

A: I don’t know.

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Q: I don’t like the ebooks. I prefer a book in my hand. Is there any chance of a collection of those e-books?

A: The thing I’m very cognizant of is the pricing of the books. But, once I write the book, the rest is up to the publisher. I’d like to get things into the hands of the readers, but more hard cover books gets expensive. So, the e-books lets me get the stories into the hands of the reader at a lower cost. But, Simon & Schuster is aware that people would love to have a compendium of those e-books and they’re working with me to make that happen.

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Q: Will there be more firefighters?

A: We’re trying to fit it into the schedule, and we’re hoping to announce something soon, perhaps for 2020.

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Q: Xhex said that JM’s grid is similar to Darius. What does she think about that?

A: There was a part where I felt like she was coaching JM, and I thought he was going to get it, but no, she didn’t get him there.

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Q: I’m confused by the names like Xhex, and s’Ex. I never know how to pronounce them, unless I hear you say them.

A: Yeah, I think we need a pronunciation guide.

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Q: I love that the Brothers aren’t perfect. Are you ever going to stop writing them?

A: Have you ever known a man that was perfect? And, one of the things I was worried about was, what if they stop talking to me. So, as long as they keep talking, I’ll keep writing.

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Q: Who will be the first trainee to be inducted in the Brotherhood?

A: That’s a Keep Reading, because I don’t know yet. We’re going to find out together.

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Q: Are the diamonds Lassiter gave to Mary and Sarah significant?

A: Remember when Lassiter gave the diamonds to Mary, and he said a mother’s tears are precious? He has the ability to turn tears into diamonds. Diamonds are forever, so the diamonds he gave to Sarah were a promise that she would live forever.

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Q: When will we get the hardcovers for the first books re-released?

A: I get a lot of people who ask that. The thing is, there’s a certain threshold that a book has to pass, in sales, for the publisher to consider re-releasing a hardcover book. All folks can do is keep asking. And, I’ll keep telling them folks are asking.

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Q: Pre-trans are able to go out in the light. Do the kids go to school?

A: Not a traditional school. You have to think about how kids were educated in the 1800s. There’s some things about the BDB world that haven’t evolved. So, they don’t attend schools.

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Q: Is Fritz getting a book?

A: No, that just wouldn’t be interesting.

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Q: I want Lassiter to have his own, whole book. (Not just pieces of his story in other books.)

A: He does get a book, but it’s going to be awhile.

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Q: Does your mom read your books? And if so, which is her favorite book?

A: I want you to know, my mom has never had biblical knowledge of a man. I showed up in her mailbox…but she loves the first one, she liked Dark Lover.

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Q: Have you ever considered posters, with models? (So we can really see what the Brothers look like)

A: I have an idea. I’m thinking of commissioning a series of illustrations, of what the Brothers look like.

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Q: (This is another question that was difficult to discern, but it seemed that the questioner was asking why the book covers don’t always match the description of the character.)

A: The publisher has control of the covers, and they can get close, but they can’t get the exact match. Like, hair styles, or tattoos. So they do their best.

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Q: Throughout the books, there’s a theme of the humans being ‘rats without tails’. But, they’re getting together with humans, and the Queen was human. Why are they still being disrespectful of the humans?

A: You know, a lot of people have asked that question. And I just don’t have a good answer.

So, that’s it. Thanks again to Pheonix for sharing.

 

New Series Alert

There is only one new series to take a look at this week, and it comes from Cassandra Clare and her Shadowhunter world. The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book of her Magnus Bane-centric The Eldest Curses series, and it is the first book (I believe) to fall into the Adult category. I was a die-hard Shadowlover for quite a while, but I did drop out during The Dark Artifices. Fond memories and all that, but I am not looking back…I don’t think.

the red scrolls of magicSynopsis…

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

How many of you are still on the Shadowhunters train?

 

Cover Lover – Blood Truth

After having just finished The Savior, I am really in the mood for the next J.R. Ward story. The next book is called Blood Truth, and it is the fourth book in the Black Dagger Legacy series. I just found the cover posted on Goodreads today, and it is a pretty one.

blood truthSynopsis…

As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

This one has a release date of August 14th.

 

Kinda, Sorta Pick of the Week

Man, a week goes by so quickly it is hard to believe, but it is time to once again so up a pick of the week post. This one is a bit on the strange side for me, because a Black Dagger Brotherhood book would usually be an unqualified pick. But for some reason, as excited as I am to get Murhder’s story, the actual book blurb is leaving me a bit…anxious, for some reason. Not sure why, and it totally isn’t fair, but it is what it is. So, my kinda, sorta pick of the week is J.R. Ward‘s The Savior. I hope.

the saviorSynopsis…

In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

Oh, and it looks like next year’s book will feature Jo and Syn, and it will be called…The Sinner. Aaaand I just got it. Syn. Sinner. Sigh. I just woke up, and am not too quick on the uptake right now.