Cover Lover – The Sinner

Well, no one can say that I spam the subscribers here, anyways, but behold! There is something to post. This time around, we have the cover and official blurb reveal for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book from J.R. Ward. The Sinner, book number 18, will be released on March 24th.

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Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication?

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail…or was the prophecy wrong all along?

Honestly, before I dive into any more Black Dagger-related books, I absolutely need a complete series re-read. I am not getting the full enjoyment out of this series anymore because, as I always say, I am getting really fuzzy on the details of what has already gone before. I swear, I used to be amazed when people said they did re-reads on a regular basis, but I so, so get it now.

Yay or nay on The Sinner? I’m…underwhelmed by the cover. It is nice and clean and classy, but it didn’t make me take a second look, either. But then again, it might be one of those that just looks really great in person. I hope.

 

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Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is really only my pick because of the name-brand of J.R. Ward, if I am being completely honest. For some reason, as much as I usually look forward to most things Black Dagger related, Blood Truth is a bit of a outlier for me. I never thought about this book, I have read the blurb a couple of times and have no clue who either of the main characters are, and I didn’t even realize it was coming out today until I got my shipping notice from Amazon. Maybe I got hit in the head or something, but I just can’t seem to get into the groove for this release. That will probably change as soon as I start reading…or I hope so. Not the most glowing recommendation for pick of the week, is it?

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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?

So, have you ever completely spazzed on a book like I have for Blood Truth? I think, as of right now, I might just hold off reading this one until I manage a big BDB/BDL series re-read, because at this point I hardly know what is going on anymore. Sigh. The joys of getting old, I guess…and reading way, way too many books.

 

Cover Lover – Where Winter Finds You

A couple of days ago, J.R. Ward released the cover for her upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood novella, Where Winter Finds You, which will wrap up the story of Trez. This one has a release date of November 26th.

where winter finds youSynopsis…

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death, his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

I have to admit, I like the thought of Trez getting his HEA. It might’ve taken a while to get there, but better late than never. Are you ready for Trez and not-Selena?

 

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Well, maybe I should say two new releases and a mass market paperback re-release, but that makes the post title too darn long. Oh, and neither of them are for Munro. Just saying.

First on to some site business. I did a scan of what was coming out in May, and I came across a huge pile of new releases to add. I think I might’ve put something like 20 more books on the list for next month, so if you are looking for some preorders you can head over HERE and see if anything catches your eye.

Oh! And thanks to Redbutterfly, who caught me up on the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning. Kingdom of Light and Shadow will be a Spring 2020 release. I had started to think that maybe she was done with this series, honestly, so it was a surprise to find out about this one. Another surprise was that it is about Mac. Again. Hm, thought that arc was done already – a couple of times. But I guess things have really changed for her since the last Mac and Barrons book, so it should be a wild ride.

Anyhow, I have three new covers to show for today. This first one is for the mass market paperback version of J.R. Ward‘s The Savior. It keeps the same tone and coloring as the hardcover, but gives us a different shot. The paperback re-release will be out on September 24th.

the savior paperbackSynopsis…

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?

And these next two covers are from G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston. The first one is for The Blacksmith Queen, the first book in The Scarred Earth Saga, which will be released on August 27th.

the blacksmith queenSynopsis…

The Old King Is Dead
 
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.

Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned …

And this last one is from Shelly Laurenston‘s Honey Badgers series. Badger to the Bone is the third book in the series, and it will be released on March 31st, 2020.

badger to the boneSynopsis…

She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly…

Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

I just had a weird, random thought. Did anyone else notice that the Honey Badger books are about the MacKilligan sisters…but it all dudes on the cover? Huh. Strange.

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

Covers, Delays and a Look Ahead

I haven’t really had enough of any one thing to make a post for the last couple of weeks, so I figured I would just car-pool everything into one messed-up catch-all post instead. Let’s start with the bad news…

  • It looks like Wicked Bite has been pushed back. Jeaniene Frost posted that something wasn’t quite right with the book, and so she had to do extensive re-writes which lead to a new release date of January 28th, 2020. So, we have to wait an extra 6 months for Ian and Veritas, but it isn’t too long extra.
  • Christine Warren‘s next one is a bit of another story. Her next Alphaville book, Your Lion Eyes, was originally scheduled for an end-of-December 2018 release, then it was delayed until June 2019. Right now, though, Amazon is listing it as a December 2020 release. It is unfortunate, because I always seem to just get involved in one of her series, and then the long delays start and throw me off.

Oh, and I have the blurb for the next Black Dagger Legacy book from JR Ward, too. Blood Truth is due out on August 13th…

“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?”

And now onto the covers. I have four new ones to share, starting with the second Gods of War book from Gena Showalter, Frost and Flame. It has a release date of September 17th, 2019.

frost and flame

This second one is from JD Robb‘s In Death series. Vendetta in Death is the 49th book (yes, 49th), and it has a release date of August 1st.

vendetta in deathSynopsis…

The predator becomes the prey in the newest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas.

She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.

The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.

Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled…

This 3rd one is from Jeffe Kennedy. The Orchid Throne is the first book of the Forgotten Empire series.

the orchid throneSynopsis…

Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people
free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

This final one for today comes from author Maxym Martineau. Kingdom of Exiles is the first book in the new Beast Charmer series.

kingdom of exilesSynopsis…

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin’s Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins…not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

So, this post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Do you have any tidbits to add?

The Year So Far

There were a few stories that I was looking forward to in the early days of 2019, and since we are well-past spoiler time I would see what you thought of them.

prisoner of nightLast year, I really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s Dearest Ivie novella from the Black Dagger Legacy series – and that made me excited for the next one, Prisoner of Night, which was released on January 7th. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this one. At all. I tried a few times to get into it, but it just didn’t happen and I DNF’d at about the half-way point. I plan on getting through it when I managed the BDB re-read at some point in my future, but right now I don’t feel any urge.

summoned to thirteenth graveSummoned to Thirteenth Grave was a biggie. The final book in any series has a lot of baggage with it, but I was all for Darynda Jones wrapping this one up. I have said before that as much as I like the Charley Davidson books, I did cool a bit on them once the whole God angle cropped up. It made the storyline more convoluted and hard to follow (at least for me), and didn’t flow as well. And I didn’t feel the connection as much between Charley and Reyes, either. But the supporting gang was great as always, and there was a ton going on. Maybe it was just me, but I almost felt that there was too much going on, and the wrap up felt…rushed? Not sure if that was what it was, but I am still on-board for a Beep and Osh spin off. Hopefully.

9780451490148_VengeanceRoad_FCO_mech.inddAnd my final big read for January was Vengeance Road from Christine Feehan. Yeah. This one is tough. I love everything Sea Haven based, but this story hammered home a couple of truths for me. One is that I am probably not a fan of MC stories. Not sure what doesn’t quite work for me, but the vibe feels off. And I completely, absolutely, utterly despise the term “old lady”. With a burning passion, I hate that expression. I know that in the MC world it is a thing, but it just comes off as so crude and disrespectful (even though it isn’t meant in that way – I think it is meant as a compliment). My father made the mistake of using it once – ONCE – in the presence of my mother, and if he didn’t know what he was before he said it he did when she got done with him. Let’s just say it was never, ever uttered again.

Another thing that I have been realizing for a while now is that I am kind of getting done with the tortured past storyline. I don’t mean something bad in a character’s backstory – that’s a given – but I mean the rape and torture since childhood thing like every Torpedo Ink character has (it was what finally made me give up my Dark-Hunter marathon, too). I am no delicate flower, but to see each character abused worse than the last is putting me through the ringer. And it is giving the characters hang-ups and kinks that I don’t usually go for in my reading, too. I don’t expect unicorns and rainbows, but I think I am hitting the point where enough is enough. Same with the whole human trafficking/kidnapped and raped kids that is going on in the background. I need a break.

But I am still on the Sea Haven train, even though it might not sound like it. I guess it is like an addiction that I just can’t shake – and there is something about them that I do like. But let’s just say I am not sad there there is only one book released a year. And give me a few months, and I will be looking forward to the next one, I’m sure.

Did you check any of these out? What did you think?

Pick of the Week

Happy Tuesday, folks. It looks like it is time to do a pick of the week post, and for this week I am going with J.R. Ward‘s Prisoner of Night. The last novella from the Black Dagger Brotherhood was a real treat, and I hope that this one is half as good.

prisoner of nightSynopsis…

When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.

Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.

Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

So, what is your pick of the week? Anything exciting on your radar?