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Cover Lover – Secrets at Midnight

Hey all, stuck in the crapfest that is Mother’s Day weekend, so this is just a quick little cover post. Nalini Singh released the art for the upcoming stand-alone e-release of Secrets at Midnight, which was originally published in the Night Shift anthology. This story features Bastien and Kirby, and comes in as Psy/Changeling #12.5.

secrets at midnightBastien Smith is frustrated. A changeling male should be able to track his mate anywhere—through fire and hail, snow and rain. But he keeps finding and losing her scent in the city streets, ever since he first became aware of it two weeks earlier, when the elusive fragrance awakened the leopard within him…

Then Bastien is suddenly confronted with his prey. Kirby is an all-too-human woman who wants Bastien just as much as he wants her. But he can’t deny what his body and senses are telling him: there is a raging chaos inside of Kirby that he doesn’t understand, secrets that whisper awake at midnight and cause her terrible pain. If they’re to have any chance of forever, then he must solve the mystery that is Kirby…

Pretty…I am liking the direction these covers are taking. I quite enjoyed Bastien and Kirby’s story, but since I already have the print version I will probably be giving this one a pass.

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Cover Lover – Wild Embrace

Yay! I am (like most of you) looking very forward to Nalini Singh‘s next anthology collection, Wild Embrace, which will feature 4 all new novellas set in the Psy/Changeling world. This one has a release date of august 23rd.

wild embraceEcho of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander…

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…

Which story are you most looking forward to? I have always wondered about Stefan, the Arrow who isn’t, since he first was introduced. And Kenji and Jem have been building for while. But I think I am most looking forward to Partners in Persuasion. It will be an interesting change to see the dynamic of a submissive male and a dominant female, not to mentioned another inter-pack mating.

Review

Reading Wrap Up

booksI figured it was time for a reading wrap up post…but then I realized that I didn’t really remember much I had read since the last time. I got caught up on the Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound novellas I had been behind, and I also read a couple of Alexandra Ivy e-books from her Dragons of Eternity series. I am part way through The Beast by J.R. Ward (which is great so far, but not finished yet), but I dropped that one to read the Allegiance of Honor ARC from Nalini Singh (of course).

So, I thought maybe I could give a few small, completely spoiler free thoughts Allegiance of Honor. When I first heard that there was to be an ensemble book, I was excited but a bit hesitant. The cast of characters in the Psy/Changeling world is huge, and to see all or even most of the previous couples in one story could easily have become chaotic and overcrowded, or sheer volume of people could’ve come at the cost of a cohesive plot. Of course, since it is a Nalini Singh book, none of that happens. Everything is flowing along, no one feels like they are just “thrown in” to make an appearance, and there are a couple of very strong storylines. If I had to pick a main couple, I would say it is Lucas and Sascha, but all of the couples from previous books and novellas have their time, too. I was especially happy to see Max Shannon and Devraj Santos again, because they haven’t really been seen much since their stories.

Even with everything going on, Nalini also seemingly has begun to plant some seeds for future books, as well. Two characters who seem to be poised for their own stories are Silver Mercant and Pax Marshall. Both of them have small roles in Allegiance of Honor, but both of them stood out for me and made me very interested in the role they will play in a post-Silence world.

Ok, that wraps things up for me. What have you been reading the last couple of weeks? Any surprisingly good stories, or are you in a dry spell?

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Behold the Beauty of the ARC

Yes, twice a year I make a totally bragging post when I get my Nalini Singh ARCs. I know a lot of people get ARCs right and left, but I treasure the two a year that come my way. And if I had to pick an author to get a surprise in the mail from, Nalini is it. So, behold the beauty of the ARC…

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Now, I must try and decide whether to finish reading The Beast (which I am enjoying a lot), or latch on to Allegiance of Honor like the junkie that I am. Decisions, decisions. I should probably work a cleaning of the table in the picture above into the schedule, too. Nah, it will just get dirty again, right?

Release Info

From the Author Pages

Updating time again, and there are a couple of things to mention from the author pages…

  • The fifth (and I believe final) book in Anne Bishop‘s The Others series now has a name. Etched in Bone will be released next March.
  • And next March will also see the last Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, which will be called Blade Bound.
  • Jeaniene Frost‘s third Broken Destiny book will be called The Brightest Flame, and it will be out next July.
  • There will be an Elemental Assassin novella from Jennifer Estep released this December, and it will be called Nice Guys Bite.
  • Nihcki sent over word that the second Black Dagger Legacy book from J.R. Ward, Blood Vow, will feature Axe and Elise. It has a release date of December 6th.
  • Probably coming as a shock to no one at all, Lora Leigh‘s next Breeds book has gotten a quite hefty push-back. Originally due for release on October 6th, it looks like Wake a Sleeping Tiger won’t hit the shelves until next March.
  • Ooooh, the official blurb for Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunters book, Archangel’s Heart, is now out. And wow…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

  • And finally, the title for the next Mercy Thompson book from Patricia Briggs has been announced, and it looks like the 10th book will be called Silence Fallen.

So, that wraps things up for today’s post. Are you looking forward to any of these (duh)? Have you got any new info to share?

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Cover Lover – Allegiance of Honor

With just under 100 days to go until its release, Nalini Singh has upped the cover for Allegiance of Honor. It is going to be epic to “see” everyone in one story, and I figure that would be a great opportunity for a Nikita/Anthony romance as a sub-plot. Plus, of course, it must be time for the pupcubs, too. Am I alone? Now we just have to wait until June 14th to find out…

Allegiance of Honor_MediumThe Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Time to play a guessing game. What sub-plots do you think might show up in this one? Any predictions, or hopes?

Review

Reading Wrap Up…

February is a bit of a meh month for new books for me, so that means I have been dutifully reading off of my TBR and doing the re-reads I need for character guides. That is a good thing, because March is going to be a beast what with the second to last Chicagoland Vampires book, a new Carpathians book (even though I am not exactly excited for a book about Grandma Trixie and what seems to be a whiny Gabrielle. Maybe the fellas can save it for me?), a new Shelly Laurenston story, plus the hat trick of Lady Midnight, Fire Touched, and Marked in Flesh. All on the same day. Yeah.

So, back to the reading portion of things. I continue to tackle the In Death books, and I just finished up the third one, Immortal in Death. I have to say, I am surprised by how much I am really enjoying these J.D. Robb books so far, especially since my experiences with her Nora Roberts books didn’t stand out for me. I am liking Eve a lot, and Roarke continues to be a stand-out. Let’s just say I liked it enough to pay almost $34 dollars for the fifth book – a paperback. Yep. I am getting the UK paperbacks, and the only place I could get this version of Ceremony in Death

ceremony in death

…was from Amazon.uk. I have looked ahead, and I think it is the only one that wasn’t carried by The Book Depository, so hopefully it will be the last one I have to hunt down. It is pretty though, right?

I also started the Baba Yaga series by Deborah Blake. Wickedly Dangerous was a good book, but I am liking the second book, Wickedly Wonderful, quite a bit more. This series is another one that I picked up because buzz for it was so good, and I am happy that I did.

Oh, and I picked up something totally different for me. City of the Lost is a straight up mystery/thriller with a bit of romance about a small town in the middle of nowhere where people go when they need to disappear. The only reason I picked it up is because Kelly Armstrong is a favorite, but I ended up reading the book in one sitting. Definitely looking forward to the next one.

And I finally dove into Rock Redemption. I picked this up when it first came out, but for some reason I didn’t really have any big desire to read it. I liked the rest of the Rock Kiss series, loved Charlie and T-Rex’s book, but Noah and Kit’s story didn’t tempt me. I decided to read the first chapter last night, because I needed to start it for the character guide – and I ended up finishing the book at 6 o’clock this morning. Another awesome book. I can’t believe I doubted that a Nalini Singh book wouldn’t be “my thing”  – but it won’t happen again.

Finally, I did a re-read of Feverborn from Karen Marie Moning, which I did a rant on a couple of weeks ago. I had hoped that some time and a re-read would make me see things in a different way, but no such luck. I can’t say it was a bad book – it was just a nothing book. Nothing happened. Nothing progressed. Nothing was resolved. I really noticed it when I looked at the notes I had taken. Usually, when I take my notes for a character guide, I have between 12 and 15 pages of notes, and when I edit down everything I am down to 10 or 11 pages and a couple of nights to add the info. For Feverborn? I had 4 pages of notes, which edited down to 2, and it took me an hour to add the info. Because nothing happened of note, there wasn’t anything to add to the guide. And that hurt.

So, what have you been reading and loving (or been totally let down by) for the last couple of weeks? What is the most you have paid for a must-have book?

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Archangel’s Heart…

I just found this over on Goodreads, which was a very pleasant surprise. It looks like Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book will be called Archangel’s Heart, and it will be another Elena/Rapheal-centric book. According to Nalini, it will “link back to something Elena discovered earlier in the series about her ancestry.” Hm, interesting. It will be the 9th book in the series, and it will be out this October 20th.

As much as I look forward to stories about the seven, I look just as forward to a return to Elena and Raphael’s story. Let the countdown begin…