Singh and Showalter News….

newsI just got my hot little hands on the Nalini Singh newsletter, where she give us a few details about the rumored Psy/Changling novella collection. I have to say, this sounds really, really good. It has a tentative release date of next August.

Apparently, there will be at least four original stories (not sure if there will be any re-printed content, as well). One will feature the teleporter Stefan (the almost Arrow who is based on the Alaris deep sea station). He has been mentioned several times in the last couple of books, but for some reason he didn’t cross my mind for his own story yet. Nice.

I like the stories that go back into the past and show the pack in its early days, and it looks like this time around there will be short story that focuses on a young Dorian. It follows him through being a latent juvenile, his rise to Sentinel, all the way up to today.

It looks like there will be some Kenji and Garnet time, too. There story has been hinted at for quite a while, and it looks like we will finally find out what has been going on between the two SnowDancer Lieutenants.

Aaand for something a little different, there is the potential for a submissive male/dominant female changeling story. It has been sort of touched on in previous books, like with Adria and her boyfriend, and Indigo’s concerns finding a mate that her wolf would accept, but it will be the first story that I remember where that dynamic works. I wonder if it will be about Felix, the SnowDancer horticulturalist specialist who does the replanting after the battle with PurePsy? According to, well, me…

Felix – Changeling

  • first appearance in Tangle of Need
  • SnowDancer wolf changeling
  • a submissive
  • horticultural specialist
  • in charge of re-planting the are destroyed in the battle with PurePsy
  • classically handsome face with refined features
  • brown eyes
  • 6 foot 3 and muscled
  • worked as a model while in college

Between the novella collection and the next full Psy/Changeling story being a reunion book, it looks like we will be seeing all of our favorite characters and couples in 2016.

My Gena Showalter news is a bit sketchy, and mostly rumor, but I do like gossip so here goes. We all have heard that the next Lords of the Underworld story will feature Baden, and it will be released in May 2016. But, it looks like Gena may be the next author to make the jump to hardcover. The Canadian Amazon lists The Darkest Torment as a hardcover release, due May 31st. Now, it isn’t listed anywhere else for me to be able to confirm if this is true or just a mis-print, but it does seem like strange timing to me. To be honest, I feel like the series is winding down, with really only a few stories left to tell. Cameo, William, and…uh…that’s about all I can think of off of the top of my head. Unless Gena is planning to start shifting the focus to a new batch of demon-possessed, that is. Did you see this one making the switch? I didn’t. Or, I should say, I would’ve thought it would’ve been earlier on in the series, rather than this late in the game.

Not Quite as Loyal As I Thought I Was…

question-markAs I was doing my usual hunting/stalking of several authors recently, I came across a Facebook post by Kim Harrison where she announced a Barnes and Noble buy one, get one half off sale that featured her newest release, The Drafter. What really surprised me, though, was that Kim said it was a “Last ditch effort to sell this book (which has failed miserably.)” Reading that really caught me off guard, because I don’t think I have ever seen an author be quite that honest. It also got me thinking about a few things, like just how loyal I really am.

Kim’s The Hollows series was quite popular, yet it seems that maybe her fanbase didn’t follow her to her new work. For some reason, I just figured that they would, but then I realized that I don’t always follow that rule myself. There are a couple of authors that I follow, no matter what. Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, to be precise. They write, I read. It doesn’t matter what – subject, format, price – I am there. But after that, there are no guarantees. I faithfully read Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races books, but her Game of Shadows books are probably in the next pile I will be giving away still unread. Chloe Neill‘s The Veil is still on Mount TBR. Ditto for Larissa Ione‘s Moonbound Clan Vampires, and even the Fallen Angels series from J.R. Ward hasn’t grabbed me yet…and the Bourbon Kings doesn’t tempt me at all.

Are you surprised that Kim is calling The Drafter a failure? Do you follow an author from one world into the other without question, or are you more hit and miss, like me? What authors do you follow, no matter what?

Rock Redemption Review…

Anytime that Nalini Singh has a new book coming out, things get exciting. Her next release is from her Rock Kiss series, and it is the story of Noah and Kit, Rock Redemption. While we have to wait until October 6th for the official release, Monica kindly sent over her early review.

rock redemptionWhat Monica said…

This is the 4th installment in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series. It’s Noah and Kit’s story. Although some readers have claimed that Charlotte and T-Rex’s story is their favorite, I have to say that I might have liked Rock Redemption even more than Rock Addiction (Molly and Fox’s story).

Throughout the previous books there have been hints of painful past between Noah St. John, the rock group’s guitarist and Kathleen „Kit“ Devigny (is it only me or does Kit make you think of Cara Delevingne?). Ever since she started out as a struggling actress in Hollywood Kit has been friends with the members of Rock Kiss, though she has been particularly close to Noah, with whom she has been secretly in love. In the prologue we learn what happened to cause the rift between the two of them and it is bad and all Noah’s fault. He behaved like a complete heel, but this wouldn’t be a novel by Nalini Singh if she did not manage to make us understand Noah’s actions and make us fall in love with him a iittle by revealing the secret of his childhood trauma (be warned: it is bad).

Kit is still deeply hurt by Noah’s betrayal, but when he needs her she doesn’t hesitate and rushes to help him. While they try to repair their relationship and become friends again the press makes them out to be the hot new it couple. In order not to jeopardize a potential movie-deal for Kit Thea advises them to keep up the charade. Noah will do everything to help Kit and to redeem himself in her eyes, even though being so close to her again is pure torture for him. Things are further complicated by a stalker that has been bothering Kit for some time by sending her psychotic messages and leaving creepy presents. Kit is still deeply in love with Noah, but she is also afraid that he will betray her again. Their love will only have chance when Noah is ready to trust her completely.

What I didn’t like: in my opinion the subplot with the stalker was kind of unnecessary. In the end it helped to bring about the conclusion but the story would have worked just fine without it. Although a red herring was thrown in, the true culprit was a bit predictable.

What I loved: once again Nalini Singh delivers a highly emotional love story with lovable characters, full of flaws and insecurties that make them believable. Their journey together is at times heartwrenching, but also sweet and sometimes even funny. I also liked that in this novel the two protagonists are on a more equal footing: Kit is an actress who has gained recognition in Hollywood, thus putting her famewise on the same level as Noah. My feminist sensibilities were a bit bothered by Molly, the librarian, who falls for the famour rock star and gives up her life to be with him and also by Charlotte, the administrative assistant falling for her new boss.

Rock Redemption is a wonderful addition to the Rock Kiss saga and an intense reading experience, so I give it 5 stars. As a bonus we also get glimpses of Abe and Sarah who still have feelings for each other after a messy divorce and whose story is going to come next.

Cover Lover – Rock Redemption

Nalini Singh released the cover for her third Rock Kiss book, Rock Redemption, today. While not in any way paranormal, it is Nalini, so totally post-worthy. I will be picking this one up, but I am not panting to get my hands on it. Stories where the couple have a past together before their book are never my favorite, since I usually feel like I am missing half of the story. The plus side is that we don’t have long to wait, since this one is due out on October 6th.

rock redemptionKit 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.

Weekly Wrap Up

booksAfter a completely crap-tastic reading week last week, where I managed to read precisely zero books, anything is progress. I didn’t do as well as planned, but still I got a few under my belt.

I started out with something a little different. Everything, Everything is a contemporary young adult book from Nicola Yoon. Hype on this one has been pretty heavy on YouTube and such, and I thought it would be nice to read something outside of my usual PNR/UF box. It was a quick, fun little read that I finished in maybe 2 hours, and it was a nice change of pace. I did figure out the twist within the first few pages, but I still thought it was ok.

This next one is a book I have been putting off for quite a while. Kresley Cole‘s third Arcana Chronicles book, Dead of Winter, has a dreaded love triangle and that made me run far, far away. After snarling at it for months, I figured I might as well bite the bullet and get caught up. Minus the triangle, I liked this one. The story is progressing well, we are learning more about the whole backstory and other Arcana, and everyone seems to be coming into their powers. But the triangle. Ugh. Hate them so, so much. I am way too old for that angsty crap. When you like both of the potential love options, it makes it worse. I liked both Jack and Aric, and I think they both should dump Evie and take off together. Problem solved.

And I am working on the latest Carpathian novel from Christine Feehan, Dark Ghost. It isn’t bad, isn’t great, and actually a bit on the dull side so far (maybe a third of the way in). Lots and lots of cave. Andre has done the whole claim-her-now-and-explain-later thing, which never works out as planned. Teagan is handling things pretty well up to this point, so that is a bonus. If anyone has any question about Christine having a ghostwriter (no pun intended) for some of her more recent books, this one seems like Christine all the way (short, choppy sentences and lots of random info-dumping). Oh, and may I present to you my laugh of the week, maybe the month, and my new favorite expression…

Velvet helmet

Yep. Velvet helmet. And if you have ever even glanced at a Feehan book, you know exactly what she is referring to. Hard to believe two little words can completely take you out of a scene, but there you have it. I read it, blinked a few times, then laugh for a good 5 minutes right in the middle of a love scene, and I still snicker like a teenage boy whenever I think of them. Probably not the effect anyone was going for, but there you go.

What did you read this week? I figure most of you probably dove into Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Enigma by now, so what did you think? Did you love Naasir and Andromeda’s story, and where do you see things going from here? I am hoping for Aodhan’s story next, I think, but I would be happy with any of them.

Archangel’s Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerWell, I imagine that most people have already picked up their copy of Nalini Singh‘s newest Guild Hunter book, but it came out too darn early in the month to get the giveaway done before the release date. Anyways, there were 31 entrants for the Archangel’s Enigma giveaway, and the randomly chosen winner was #11…

Celine G.

random winnerCongratulations, Celine. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

September BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerThere are a couple of things I have learned over the years I have been blogging, and one of them is pretty much absolute – whenever Ilona Andrews or Nalini Singh has a new release coming out, their book will be the book of the month. Period. And usually by a long, long way. Well, September once again proves that right, since Nalini’s Archangel’s Enigma had 129 votes…and the runner up had 19. But seriously, did anyone expect anything else?

As usual, to celebrate the release of another great book, let’s do a little giveaway. If you would like to win a paperback copy of Archangel’s Enigma, just drop a line in the comments section and let me know. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Let’s close this baby down on Thursday night, Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

archangel's enigmaSynopsis…

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

For those who devoured this one already, I will start up a spoiler thread next week so we can obsess over discuss this beauty. Much is to be said.

Pick of the Week…

This is one of those interesting weeks, where my pick of the week is not actually the book I am most excited for. Strange, I know, but it works like this. Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Enigma, comes out today, and that is a total win. But, it is already going to be the book of the month for September, and I have already read it (thanks to a most gracious ARC copy). I then thought about Kim Harrison‘s The Drafter, but since I am on the fence about that one, it was out of the running. That left perennial stand-by Christine Feehan and her latest Carpathian book, Dark Ghost, as my pick of the week. I know that doesn’t sound like the most glowing recommendation, but her books have a special place in my reading heart. I roll my eyes, snicker way more than I should, pick apart every plot hole and error, and devour them anyways. It is a sickness, I think.

feehan dark ghostSynopsis…

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

I know a lot of people have drifted away from the Carpathian books in the last few years, but for those who still chug along, how excited are you for Andre’s story? He has never been a standout character for me, or maybe all of the ancients are starting to blur together for me at this point. I mean, really. How many “the most dangerous of them all” can there really be? Are you looking forward to checking back into series, or are you giving this one a pass?

What’s On Your Wishlist?

question-markAt the start of the year, I did a post about your most anticipated reads for 2015. I thought that well over half of the year has flown by, it was time to do another check in and see what you are looking forward to in these last months of 2015.

For me, there is surprisingly few. Since I already got an ARC of Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Enigma, I am down to just a couple of books that I would say fall into the “can’t wait for” category. First up is Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, and luckily it is due out next week so the wait is almost over. The second one is Winter from Marissa Meyer, which it the final book in the young adult Lunar Chronicles series. If there was one series that I would love to see a few more books from, this would be at the top of the list.

There are a couple that should be on the list but didn’t quite make it. J.R. Ward‘s Blood Kiss, for example, should have me excited. But for some reason I am more in a “whatever” mood about it. Ditto Kresley Cole‘s Sweet Ruin. Actually, I am past “whatever” and onto “meh” for Sweet Ruin, which is sad. Also, I have been waiting for Thea Harrison to write Graydon’s story for her Elder Races series for what seems like forever, but I can’t work any excitement up for his leading lady, so that took care of Shadow’s End.

So, what books are you still looking forward to for the rest of the year? Do you have any, like me, that you should be excited about but just aren’t for some strange reason?