It Begins. Again.

Remember Burned? Karen Marie Moning‘s seventh Fever World book that was pushed back something like 4 times and 2 years? That Burned. Well, it will be followed by book eight, Feverborn, this October! Right? Uh…nope. As per Amazon today:

feverborn delayedSo, this is a thing. Alexandra and I had a little conversation about this very scenario, with both of agreeing that we were a bit skeptical of an October release. Turns out we weren’t too far off of the mark. New predicted release date, at least by me, is…July 2016. Placing bets, anyone?

Pick of the Week…

Today is the day that Burned by Karen Marie Moning officially hits the shelves, and it was a big one. It was a one-sit read for me, and I am looking forward to the re-read. Basically, I can say it started my 2015 reading year off right.

burnedSynopsis…

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

When word originally came down that Burned was changing from being the second Dani O’Malley book to a multiple POV story heavily focused on MacKayla Lane, I was less than thrilled. I liked Dani, liked her take on things, and most of the time I forgot she was supposed to be only 14. I know some people had issues with her as the protagonist – the fecks and dudes, the age factor, for example – and those were addressed, and addressed well. I will start up a discussion thread later, if there is any interest, or you can drop a comment about it here after you finish. Happy reading!

Burned. It is Mine. And it was worth the wait.

Cue evil, evil laughter. The book gods have for some reason seen fit to ship Karen Marie Moning‘s Burned a whole week early. Behold the beauty that arrived in my mail this morning…

image2And yes, I read it. The entire thing. Here is my entirely non-spoiler thoughts about the long awaited Burned.

So, originally Burned was supposed to be the second book of the Dani O’Malley trilogy, but somewhere along the way (and through several long pushbacks), Burned became a multi-POV book focusing mostly on MacKayla Lane. I was skeptical, and more than a little bummed, since a) I don’t like change, and b) I actually liked Dani. Oh, and c) Roydan. Anyways, I wasn’t thrilled with Dani (and Ryodan) getting pushed into the background again. But that isn’t quite what happened.

It isn’t really Mac’s story this time around. It is a bit tricky to describe, but Mac is less…active?… and more the vessel through which we learn the rest of the story. Not sure that even makes sense, but while Mac does have a lot of page time, it isn’t actually her story being told. If anything, she is in a bit of a holding pattern while the world moves on around her. Ryodan, Lor, Kat, Jo, Christian, the Highlanders all have their turn in the spotlight, and the story flows along quite well with the multiple POV’s. But Mac is just sort of…there.

I really liked the direction Lor’s story went, and Kat’s, too. Neither had a huge role, but I liked where they were going. Ditto for Jo. Never thought I would say that since I loathed Jo from the start, but she grew on me here. The Highlanders are more than capable of holding their own against Barrons and the boys, and there are a few developments on that front that I didn’t see coming. At all.

And then there is Dani. Wow. I think we all know by this point that she was to be aged to late teens in Burned, and aged she is. There really isn’t anything I can say about it without spoilers galore, but it worked out way, way better than I had hoped. Ryodan is one of the main ones impacted, and he steals every scene he is in. There was a lot more going on behind the scenes for him with Dani than we ever knew, and in Burned he not only shows some emotion, but becomes almost noble. Still a badass, but with his own code of honor.

I did find that things dragged a bit during some of the Mac sections, or rather the sections that focused on Mac rather than the sections where Mac is narrating what is going on with others. Those were great, and very informative. All in all, I can honestly say that Burned was worth the very long wait. I wanted a Dani/Ryodan book, but what we got was so much more. Less Mac would’ve been better, but it was a small price to pay for the rest.

Now, I will lose what is left of my mind if the next book, Feverborn, does not come out on its scheduled October 20th release date. I mean it. Rage will follow.

Fever World Character Guide

I really, really didn’t think I would get this one done. I started it probably over a year ago, did the first two books, and then didn’t look at it again until last week. My goal had been to try and get it done before Burned comes out on January 20th…and I actually did it, with time to spare!

Reading a series for the second time, especially one as complicated as this one can be, always is an eye opener as to just how much I missed the first time around. So, if there are any fans of Karen Marie Moning who need a little refresher, the Fever World Character Guide can be found HERE. I will be updating links and things soon.

2015…A Look Ahead

Well, we took a look back at the year that was, so now let’s check out what is ahead for 2015.

What new series are you most looking forward to?
  • For this one, I am going to have to go with The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. I love the Shadowhunter world, and the main character of Emma got a great start in City of Heavenly Fire.
Most anticipated new-to-me series for 2015?
  • Yep, I am going to do my damndest this year to tackle Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series. There are a few others that I plan on getting into, too, but this monster is my main goal. Wish me luck?
Highest hopes for a second book in a series?
  • This one was a no-brainer – the as yet untitled second Hidden Legacy book from Ilona Andrews. When the first book makes your best of the year list, you just know the second book will be awesome. It isn’t like Ilona has ever let me down yet, either.
Most anticipated series finale?
  • I am lucky to be able to say that there is only one series wrapping up for me this year, and I am ok with it winding down. It is the Bloodlines series from Richelle Mead. I think I am ok with it ending because I suspect that there will be another series featuring Jill and Eddie down the line.
Top 10 most anticipated books of 2015?
Reading goals for 2015?

I have several, actually. I want to read the Dark-Hunter books, which is a monster goal on its own. I also want to finally finish the last book in a few series that wrapped up recently. My reading goal is going to be to read 120 books this coming year, or 10 books per month. I figure it is more reasonable than the 150 I had planned for this year, anyways.

This and That…

Just a little bit of random book info…

  • If you were a fan of the recent C.L. Wilson release The Winter King, there is another book on the way called The Sea King. As of right now, it is scheduled for release on July 28th…

From the author of THE WINTER KING comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure, set in the mystical land of Mystral.

Summer Coruscate has grown up the daughter of royalty, a Princess of the Rose and a weathermage, but over the past three years of war, Summerlea has been rendered a shadow of its former self. Now, after the joining of her younger sister Khamsin and the Winter King in marriage, her kingdom is finally at peace.

A Calbernan warrior and seafarer, Dilys Merimydion has always possessed the ability to control the animals of the sea and uses their sight to chart his way through the dark, sometimes savage waters.

As she does it best, C.L. Wilson weaves a tale of war, love, and desire that will take you on a journey to lands many only dream of.

  • There has been some new info coming out about Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series. Burned was originally to be the second book in the Dani O’Malley arc, followed by Flayed. Well, Burned is now told mostly from Mac’s POV, and Flayed is cancelled altogether. Fever #8 will be called Feverborn, and #9 is Feversong, and both as of right now are looking like a 2016 release. There will be at least one more book after that, as well. Not sure how I like that, changing in mid-stream and all, but we will see how it goes.
  • Both Larissa Ione and Lara Adrian are contributing a second title to the continuing 1001 Dark Nights series. Larissa’s next story will be Demonica #11.5 and features Hades, and it is due out on May 26th. Lara’s next installment will be called Stroke of Midnight, and it will be out next October 13th. Has anyone checked this series out yet? I was surprised to see just how many there are planned for the 1001 Dark Nights, and the variety of genres covered. Even Jennifer L. Armentrout has one coming up called Dream of You, which is part of her Wait for You contemporary romance series.
  • There isn’t any info out as yet, but J.R. Ward‘s first Bourbon Kings novel does now have a release date of July 28th.

That looks like it for today. Hopefully more info to come.

Q & A With Ward and Moning

Living in the back end of absolute nowhere, things like book signings and author appearances are not something I will ever get to attend. The next best thing, though, is that PheonixFyre sent over a transcript of the Cincinnati Q & A with J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning. I am pretty sure the Fallen Angels is my next completed series to marathon (after I finish Women of the Otherworld), so I am looking forward to checking this out. Oh, and….

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First up is a brief session with Karen Marie Moning:

KMM Q: In the next book, is Danny going to be more than 14?

  •  A: Yes, she will be. And she will be sexually viable.

KMM Q: The teasers that you’ve been posting, how much time has passed since the last book?

  • A: That’s a really good question. Keep reading.

KMM Q: Are you going to sell the options to the books?

  • A: The options have expired, and I’m actually happy about that, because I would prefer to see it as a TV series.

KMM Q: Are we going to see more of the Highlanders?

  • A: Yes, in Burned.

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And then the session with J.R. Ward:

Q: How much of the Angels are we going to see in future BDB books?

  • A: Ed and Adrian are going to be tasked with finding Lassiter. So we just have to catch the BDB timeline up with the Angels.

Q: Will we ever see the main characters in Story of Son in future BDB stories?

  • A: I don’t know if we’ll see them again.

Q: Devina keeps saying she wants a man as evil as she is, and that makes me think of Lash. Is that going to be the next book?

  • A: I can’t release the name of the book after Shadows.

Q: The teaser on FB that you think you aren’t allowed to write…can you tell us what that is?

  • A: I’m going to have to keep quiet about that, because I’m going to have to ease my boss into that.

Q: Will Adrian and Eddie get their own books?

  • A: Yes, but not for a while, because I already know who the next two books are. But I can’t say.

Q: Can you tell me if you’re going to have the SV give Wrath his sight back?

  • A: No, it’s just where Wrath is now. But the SV is coming back at some point.

Q: Is The Bourbon Kings about werewolves and is it set in the Southern U.S.?

  • A: It’s not about werewolves but is set in the South. Imagine Downton Abby set in the south. There will be a signing in the beginning of April for the Shadows, then a signing for the BK around the first of August. And there’s a new series coming out next year that the BDB fans will love. But there won’t be werewolves in that one, either.

Q: Selena is the first dark haired, darker skinned chosen we’ve seen so far. Is Selena the product of a mating of the Primale and someone other than a Chosen?

  • A: The problem is whether I tell you now or let you read it in her book. She is a product of the Primale, but it matters the Primale is at the time. The thing that we sometimes forget is that Rhage is blonde, blue-eyed, but the rest are more olive, dark-toned.

Q: Will Murhder be in other books?

  • A: I thought he was in this book, but I’m not sure if he shows up before the end or not. But he will definitely be coming back.

Q: Who is the model on the cover of The Shadows?

  • A: I don’t know, NY does that, but they tried to match my description of the tats.

Q: What’s going to happen between Layla and Xcor?

  • A: A whole helluva lot of Barry White. Their relationship goes to another level in the shadows.

Q: How was Devina able to keep one of the Swarovski shoes when everything else went?

  • A: She starts the book with the shoes, so she ends the book with the shoes. I look at it as a gift from the Creator.

Q: Devina is so crazy. Can we see more of her therapist?

  • A: The therapist was God. So the therapist we saw doesn’t actually exist.

Q: At the end of Immortal, when Jim was in the kitchen, he was talking about “her”. Who was he referring to?

  • A: It was Jim’s mother.

Q: Are there other Chosen who go back and forth in between the worlds? Will we see more of them?

  • A: Those Chosen aren’t very compelling characters, so they need to live more life in this world to be interesting.

Q: You’ve said before that some things are more than they appear. What more is Boo?

  • A: I know, but I’m not saying.

Q: The Purgatory that we saw in Immortal…is that where Wellsie was?

  • A: Yep, it’s the same In Between.

Q: The beginning books were all Lover Something. Now we’re going with titles that being with “The.” So is this a new theme?

  • A: I could see this being a thing, because there’s only so many “Lovers” you can do.

Q: What about the Rhage and Mary novella? Is it almost finished?

  • A: I think you’ll be reading about them in the future.

Q: Fritz was seventy seven when he was working for that other family, and he left that employment. What would make him do that at his age?

  • A: I like to think he was unhappy, and when Darius established his own household, Fritz went with him.

Q: Do Assail and Sola get together.

  • A: Absolutely.

Q: Is Assail the one who drives the Rolls Royce?

  • A: Nope.

Q: We have to get Adrian and Eddie caught up to BDB. How long are we talking?

  • A: Hmmm, it doesn’t take us very long, maybe a month or so.

Q: How much of s’Ex and the Queen are we going to see?

  • A: I don’t want to see the Queen, I want to see s’Ex. But I’m going to warn you need to get your tissues ready. Something happens at the beginning of the Shadows that changes s’Ex’ entire trajectory.

Q: Does iAm have sex?

  • A: Yeah….But I’m not saying with who.

Q: Do the twins share a mate?

  • A: Nope, they each get their own.

Q: Is iAm’s mate going to be female?

  • A: Yes, his mate is female, but I’m not saying who today.

Q: Is the SV going to get it together?

  • A: She shows up in the beginning of the Shadows.

Q: Any idea who Saxton ends up with?

  • A: I have an idea, but not sure.

Q: Will the SV and the Omega have a confrontation?

  • A: I’m sure they’ll have to, eventually.

Q: So Devina’s not going to be redeemed?

  • A: I just think she and Lash would make a lovely couple

Q: Is it possible that Qhuinn is adopted?

  • A: No, he is the blooded brother of Luchas.

Q: Are we going to find more about the other Bastards?

  • A: You will and those will be interesting books, especially if they all come around the way I think they will.

Q: Are JM and Blay going to be made Brothers?

  • A: I will tell you they will, but I can’t say when yet. All of these plotlines run into the future, so, it’s hard to say which book that will fall in.

Q: Where is Qhuinn’s brother, Luchas?

  • A: He’s in the Training Center med center. He has an infection in his leg that’s hampering his recovery.

Q: What about Lassiter and Devina getting together?

  • A: No.

Q: Will Butch and Marissa have a baby.

  • A: I guess, but I don’t know.

Q: Will be see more of Blay and Qhuinn?

  • A: You’ll see more of them in Layla’s book, though you’ll see a lot of Qhuinn in this book with his brother.

Q: What about Nick Rhodes from Story of Son and the Jessica Bird books?

  • A: We’ll see of more of him.

Q: What was Lassiter doing when he created the Dead Sea?

  • A: Messing around. He’s awesome, I love him.

Q: Will we see more of Abalone and his daughter, Paradise?

  • A: Yes, they’ll be in future books. Right now, she’s a year or two out of her transition.

Q: What kinds of things go on between characters who knew one another before they were involved in the BDB?

  • A: That’s kind of like a love story for Fritz. It would be interesting but not very explosive.

Q: What about another IG and a map of the mansion?

  • A: I just don’t have time for another IG or those kinds of details and backstories right now.

Q: Will Lassiter have a book and a mate?

  • A: Yes, he will.

Q: Who was the “her” Vishous was talking about when he was giving Lassiter grief in previous book?

  • A: The “her” will come out as we learn more of the backstory between Vishous, Lassiter, and Throe.

Q: Why does Jim keep having sex with Devina?

  • A: Part of the reason is that it’s one way for him to express his anger with her. I kind of think it has to do with the evil in him. It’s not love.

Q: Why do we hear about Fritz but not other doggen? We never see children and families, just older doggen.

  • A: It’s a part of the world that’s just not that explosive and interesting.

Q: Devina keeps going after Jim. Why will she want Lash?

  • A: Devina loves Jim because he has redeemable qualities but what appeals to her about Lash, is that he’s not redeemable. For her, that’s part of her attraction to Lash. He doesn’t give a shit and so she’s going to be drawn by that. He’s going to be an obsession, because she loves the chase and she needs to collect.

Q: Why did other characters come back from FA previous books?

  • A: Sissy was seeing the halos above the heads of the souls in play. She had to understand that Jim was the soul in play so others had to come back so she could understand the pattern.

Q: Will Jim and Sissy stay in heaven or come back?

  • A: They’re in Heaven and won’t come back.

Q: When Lash and Devina come back, will they look human or be their disgusting selves?

  • A: They’ll look the same as they appear to humans now.

Q: When is Layla giving birth? Will that create a lot of drama?

  • A: Yes, it does. Things get so bad for Xcor. Some of it isn’t even his fault. Xcor is one of my favorite people.

Q: Who did Xcor save in the alley?

  • A: Xcor saved Tohrment’s life in the alley. That event was recorded by a human. So it’s coming that humans realize there are vampires.

Q: Does Blay accept the baby?

  • A: He’s wonderful with the baby and his parents accept the baby.

Q: When will she have the baby, the next book?

  • A: I can’t say, I’m not sure how far ahead we get. It’s a really big book.

Q: Is the new fore-lesser Lash?

  • A: No.

Q: How far along is Layla at the beginning of The Shadows?

  • A: She’s getting there.

Q: In this book will we find out what is wrong with Selena?

  • A: Yes, absolutely. But I have to say, this book didn’t turn out the way I expected.

Q: Are you saying we’re going to be mad at you after the next books?

  • A: It’s not me, I just write what I see.

Q: Will you ever write about the next generation of BDB, like Little Wrath, Nalla, and Ahgony?

  • A: I don’t know. We’ll just have to see.

Q: Why can Adrian now have an erection? Is that because he got rid of the evil inside him?

  • A: What Adrian assumed from Matthias, it was evil that latched onto him. When it was expelled, he was cleansed.

Q: What is the origin of the evil and was it in Eddie?

  • A: No, Eddie never had sex with Devina, so was never corrupted like the others, which was the point.

Q: Will Adrian keep having wandering hands?

  • A: I can’t answer that.

Q: Will we see the relationship between Butch and Manny.

  • A: I want to see the paternal relationship and find out who’s the daddy.

Q: When are the Brothers going to go back to kicking a$$.

  • A: I think the BoB has been more visible in the field than the Brothers have recently, because their primary directive is to protect the King. So, now that the threat has eased, we should see them fighting more.

Q: What happened to the trainees and will we see them again?

  • A: That’s such an interesting question….

Q: Do Adrian and Eddie hate Lassiter for the same reason or do they each have their own? Is there a big thing that made everyone hate him?

  • A: Lassiter is just annoying and gets off on annoying people. There is a specific event that happened involving Lassiter, Throe, Vishous and Throe’s sister. So, the details will come out in future books.

Q: What’s the difference between the matings between the Brothers and their shellans and the matings of civilians?

  • A: Because of the pureness of the blood, they seem to bond more deeply.

Q: Which characters do you not love?

  • A: Caith, the slut ho bag from the first two books. I don’t like loose women. I don’t have a trouble with loose men. I don’t like Havers at all. I don’t like the woman who was with the entire BoB, who was married to the old guy. I didn’t like the SV initially but like her now. I didn’t like Beth’s boss, Dick. I like Devina but I still don’t like Lash, partly because of the scene with JM in the bathroom.

Q: Does your mother read your books.

  • A: No. No, no.

Q: When Qhuinn talked about running away, he mentioned going to a rebel camp out west?

  • A: Yes, there are definitely more vampires, and we’ll see more of them in future books, but I’m never sure when these things happen until I write each book.

Q: How long of a series is The Bourbon Kings?

  • A: It’s open-ended and will just depend on how it goes. It’s similar to Dynasty. It’s more about the emotional stuff.

Q: Adrian and Eddie will get their own books within the BDB?

  • A: I’m guessing so, but I’m not sure. Based on what I know of the backstory for Lassiter, I think that’s what happens.

Q: In Lover at Last, it seemed as if there wasn’t the same level of passion as the other couples. Was this intentional, or was it the result of your discomfort with writing male/male sex?

  • A: I don’t think it was different than the others. It felt the same to me.

Thanks again to PheonixFyre for sending this over. I always swear I will avoid spoilers, but I just can’t resist.

This and That…Things Are Changing Edition

Not a biggie this time, but there are a few little things to mention…

  • Many thanks to Alexandra, who let me know that some info has come to light from Karen Marie Moning and her Fever series. It seems that the originally planned three-book Dani arc and two-book Mac and Barrons arc has in fact been condensed to three books in total, but that’s not all. Burned will actually be a return to Mac’s narrative, with some Dani POV, as well. I wondered why the official blurb hadn’t come out yet, but here it is…

Sidhe-seer MacKayla Lane may have finally managed to locate and bury the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of deadly black magic, but its hold on her has never been stronger, as it threatens to destroy the worlds of man and Fae alike. Meanwhile, a whole new breed of evil is being unleashed in Dublin, and the city is fast becoming a war zone. The only thing keeping Mac grounded is the unshakable, undestroyable Jericho Barrons, until a secret about their relationship forces her to question who she can trust if not the man she loves.

I have to admit, I am a bit bummed by this. I didn’t mind a condensing the five into three, actually, but I wanted at least one more to focus on Dani. And by Dani I mean Ryodan and the Nine. According to the author, the storylines themselves won’t be changing, just the way they are told.

  • As I said a while back, whenever I see the word “End” in a series I like, I get nervous. Such was the case the next Guardians of Eternity book, whose title is When Darkness Ends. I decided to go to the source, and Alexandra Ivy shot me back a quick answer.
“Right now I am finishing up the series with Kensington, but I promise that I have many more stories I intend to set in the Guardian world, although they will probably be self-pubbed.”

 

It was great of her to get back to me about it, but I was hoping I was just being negative. I don’t usually follow the self-pubbed as well as the traditional, but I will make a definite effort to on this series.

  • On the young adult side of things, author Kiera Cass has announced that her Selection trilogy…isn’t. It turns out that there will be two more full novels coming out, starting next May with The Heir.

So, that about covers it. Less than planned for one, a change of plans for the second, and more to come for the third. Things are a changing…

 

Cover Lover – Burned, Take II

All credit for this one totally goes to Amber, who gave me the heads-up that Karen Marie Moning posted the updated cover for her next Fever/Dani O’Malley book, Burned. Not nearly as epic as the hardcover for Iced, which I thought was terrific, but it does match up with the paperback re-release. I am still looking forward to it when it comes out on January 20th.

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Have you Heard?

question markA couple of readers have sent me questions over the past little while, and no matter how much I have dug I can’t seem to find any answers. So, lets see if maybe you have…

  • Is there any sign of a new Breeds book from Lora Leigh? Her website is a pain, and it still lists Rule Breaker as “Coming Soon”.
  • What’s up with Karen Marie Moning. Originally, there were to be three Dani O’Malley books, followed by two more Mac and Barrons books. Then rumor was that there were going to be three more books, total. Has anyone heard any updates?
  • J.R. Ward has not one, but two new series in the works (along with continuing the Black Dagger Brotherhood). Rumor had one as being a shifter series…any gossip on this to share?
  • This one is all me…seriously, what is up with Entangled Publishing? I swear that there isn’t one title that doesn’t get a push-back at the very last minute…and usually the print run is cancelled leaving only an e-release. I get that for a story or two, but not the vast, vast majority of there titles. I have my heart set on the new Jennifer L. Armentrout Covenent series spin-off featuring Seth, and it is due out next February. Maybe?