Mockingjay Part 2

I am a bit behind on posting this, but the trailer for the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, recently came out. This one is going to be a biggie, and it totally is going to call for a re-watch of the first three to get me in the spirit of things.

Anyone else counting down the days for this one? I hate to see a favorite end, but at the same time it is my most anticipated movie for the rest of the year. I just wish other adaptations could live up to this one.

My Mind. The Pain.

insaneSo, I am diving into updating the character guide for The Breeds. Usually it takes me a while to do it, mostly because I have to brace myself to tackle the endless issues that come with it. The errors and changes in backstory make me nuts, since I have to basically re-edit the entire thing every time a new book comes out. Physical descriptions change within books, histories are altered, that sort of thing. But Bengal’s Quest takes the pain to a Whole. New. Level.

Potential Spoilers…Beware

There is Claire Martinez. There is Fawn Corrigan. And now there is Cat/Catarina. I have one biography for Fawn as Claire. One for Fawn, since she was really a different character. Now there is Cat, who basically is a whole new character, and to top it off, there is the real Claire Martinez. Sort of. Not quite sure how to even begin to tackle that one. And Judd? He was Klah Hunter, but somehow became Cullen Maverick. I think. And he went from light brown hair and brown eyes to black hair and green eyes. I hate it when that happens. Keegan just became Keenan, too. And his eyes changed color.

Oh, and for the screw up hall of fame award, I present to you Lincoln Martinez. Formerly the son of Terran Martinez and brother to Chelsea and Isabelle Martinez. Now? Son of Raymond and Maria Martinez and brother of Claire/Fawn/Cat/Catarina/Claire. There. Top that one. Changing of eye color? I can let that one slip by. Changing of family? Eh, harder to handle.

My plan is to try and condense, get rid of some of the conflicting information, and simplify some of the multiple-names for the same characters under one biography. Not sure it will work, but it can’t be much more confusing than it is already.

Updating And All That Stuff…

I had big plans for this day off. Things that needed to be done, even if they aren’t fun. Cleaning stuff, laundry, bill paying, that sort of thing. But did it get done? Nope. Nothing did. And who do I blame? Why, I blame Nalini Singh

photoAnd yes, I did read it, in all its Naasir glory. What can I tell you? Naasir is just as unique and fun as I expected, and Andromeda was a great match for him. It took me a bit to wrap my brain around how he came to be, but then I had cooked up some truly bizarre theories on my own. The mission they are on is a biggie, and there were a few developments on that front I didn’t see coming, either. Let’s just say that things should be getting very interesting for the Cadre in the near future. Oh, and Illium, too. I was really happy to see some development for his situation, too. But I sort of went to a…trying to remain spoiler free, but those who have read it will know what I mean…interesting place with Bluebell. And Aodhan. Might be. Might not. But I got a vibe.

I did get a bit done last night, before my precious arrived. The author pages have been updated, and I added a few books to the new release pages…

  • Jennifer Estep – Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin #14) – February 23rd, 2016
  • Christine Feehan – Dark Promises (Dark Series #28) – March 15th, 2016
  • Shelly Laurenston – The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) – March 29th, 2016
  • Katie MacAlister – Dragon Soul (Black Dragons #3) – March 29th, 2016
  • Jennifer Ashley – White Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8) – April 5th, 2016
  • Terri Brisbin – Blazing Earth (Stone Circles #3) – April 5th, 2016
  • Ashlyn Chase – I Dream of Dragons (Boston Dragons #1) – April 5th, 2016
  • Faith Hunter – Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock #10) – April 5th, 2016
  • Diana Rowland – Legacy of the Demon (Kara Gillian #8) – April 5th, 2016
  • Christine Feehan – Fire Bound (Sisters of the Heart #5) – April 26th, 2016
  • Kerstin Gier – Dream On (Silver #2) – May 3rd, 2016
  • Gini Koch – Camp Alien (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #13) – May 5th, 2016

So that about wraps up what I got accomplished. I don’t even mind, since Archangel’s Enigma was the unexpected highlight of my week. Maybe my month. Oh, and Nalini also announced that the third Rock Kiss book will be called Rock Redemption, and it will be released this October 6th. And here is the blurby bonus…

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

To be honest, I am not driven to pick this one up. I will, of course, but for me Gabriel and Charlie was the pinnacle, the must-have story, and I could easily wrap up the series right there. Of course I won’t, but it will be hard to top T-Rex for me.

What’s Your Take On…?

question-markI have been blogging for a few years now, and while I don’t really know much about a lot of the self-pubbed authors, I am usually relatively up-to-date on the traditionally published authors. But I realized a while back that one author I never hear much about is Yasmine Galenorn.

She is on the prolific side, with her Otherworld series having just passed the 17 book mark and a couple of new series on the horizon. But what surprises me is how little I see any of her books mentioned, outside of cover reveals (and most of the covers are really great, too). So, what is your take on Yasmine Galenorn? Where does she fall on your author lists? Do the stories live up to the pretty covers, or do they leave you wanting more?

Be Still My Fangirl Heart…

Best. Picture. Ever.

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Ok. Maybe not so great quality, but still a great picture for a fangirl to get excited over. What doesn’t get me so excited is the fandom issues that were bound to happen. Apparently, there was a huge blowup between different factions that escalated to threats and tantrums (I missed the whole thing. I just like to look at the pictures).

I guess it is the usual battle between those who want the book followed exactly and those who don’t mind script changes. I am among the latter. Hey, the movie was on the painful side, so I am just happy for a second chance. Those who complain that the actress doesn’t have the right shade of hair or isn’t precisely the right height or isn’t “their” version of the character gets on my nerves. Even changes in storyline don’t make me too upset, as long as the basics are followed. For example, I guess Shadowhunter Luke is a police officer, not a bookshop owner (or maybe both). I have no problem with that. Had they made Clary a police officer? That would’ve been a different thing.

So, for me, I think the cast looks great, the behind the scenes peeks are awesome, and the storyline changes don’t matter. Where do you fall? Do you have a problem if things are changed between the page and the screen, or do give it a chance and see how things work out?

Chronicles of Nick Character Guide

chronicles of nickI have to start off by saying I can take absolutely no credit for this. My sole contribution was to hit the cut/paste buttons. PheonixFyre was kind enough to once again share with us one of her character guides, this time for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Chronicles of Nick series. She has already contributed guides for Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed and J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood, and she is currently working on one for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books (a.k.a. the series that shall not be named until I read it).

Guides are fun, as strange as it sounds, but they take a ton of time to do, and I really appreciate Pheonix sharing her efforts here. I would love to have more done than I do, but they can be slow going and sometimes having someone else help out can get me going, too. So, if you would like to check it out, you can find the Chronicles of Nick guide HERE.

This and That…

This is just a random post since there hasn’t been that much book-related to mention lately. I am in the process of adding quite a few titles to the new release pages, so keep an eye out in the next couple of days to see if anything grabs you. Also, I should have the character guide updated for The Others soonish, and then I will only be about a dozen behind! Don’t know why, but I can’t seem to get those suckers up to date no matter how much time I spend on them.

On a brighter note, Phoenix is working on a guide for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series (which is guaranteed to be a monster), along with the League and Chronicles of Nick series. While updating, I am going to try and start working on a new one, too, but I am going to let you choose for me. Which one of the following would you find a character guide most useful for?

To be honest, I will probably be doing one for Jane Yellowrock anyways since I have only read the first book, and it doesn’t involve a total re-read of a whole series. I can do it as I go.

So, that is what I am up to. How about you? Any great new books grabbing you lately, or anything coming soon you are excited for?

Vote! Vote! Vote!

O.K. everyone, time to show Ilona Andrews some love – a couple of times. The final four voting is on at dabwaha, and both Burn for Me and Magic Breaks are up. When I picked the brackets at the beginning, since there were no Nalini Singh books to pick from, I had both of Ilona’s books as the final two. It could still happen.

If you have a moment, pleas vote HERE. Oh, and as a bribe, Ilona has upped a Twitter conversation between Kate and Curran. It involved laundry.

Time to Vote..

I am not sure how many of you follow the dabwaha book-thingy, but Ilona Andrews is part of the final eight competitors – twice. Magic Breaks has already made its way through to the final four, but if you are interested in showing your Ilona love Burn For Me voting is still open. Ditto for Meljean BrooksThe Kraken King.

So, if you have a couple of minutes, you can head over to the dabwaha site and vote.

The White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…Number Four?

So, this is a thing. Gena Showalter‘s White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…isn’t. A trilogy, that is. Not having read the third book (yet), I am no expert, but apparently there were things that were left unresolved in The Queen of Zombie Hearts, and Gena and her publisher decided to add a fourth book to the mix. A Mad Zombie Party will apparently be released this September. This seems to be a bit of a newish trend, with a couple of other series that were announced (or maybe just assumed) as being done suddenly show signs of life. Kiera Cass did it with The Selection books, for example. Interesting.

On a semi-related note, I don’t know what rock I was hiding under, but apparently Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity (I swear, I originally typed Guardians of the Galaxy) will be getting a spin-off/add on, of a sort. She has teamed up with Laura Wright on the Bayou Heat books, and it looks like they will be at it again in a new series set in the Guardians world. The first release will be called Marked by Darkness, and from the little I have heard it will feature a dragon hero? Laura Wright’s entry will be a story from her Mark of the Vampire series, as well. Man, on a selfish note, I would love to get my hands on a physical copy of this rather than e-book, but I guess we will have to see. Either way, it should be out this June-ish, and it looks like so…

marked by darknessHas anyone given their Bayou Heat series a try? I usually collect all of the series by authors I like, but I swear I am trying to tame Mount TBR, not throw more on top. But, you know, books seem to just follow me home. Honest.