Congratulations to Nalini Singh, whose latest installment in the Psy/Changeling series, HEART OF OBSIDIAN, hits stores today! This is definitely a dark and broody book, with an incredibly complex hero and a heroine struggling to recall her own strength. Makes for an intense, powerful romance with far-reaching repercussions in this world Nalini has created. Be sure to check it out!
Just a quick post to announce that Nalini Singh has initial book tour information up on her blog. The tour coincides with the release of her next Psy/Changeling novel, HEART OF OBSIDIAN, which hits stores June 4th. Please note that even if there isn’t a signing near you, you will be able to order signed books from stores holding “virtual” signings.
The Naked Truth
Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when there’s no one around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn’t she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady — demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she’s going to enjoy her freedom…
A Revealing Discovery
Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance — or the bride that comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he’s just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane — or to the altar.
Be sure to check out this fun, romantic romp. Big congrats again to Samantha Grace!
You might have noticed a theme among book bloggers when Wednesday rolls around. Posts about books — specifically what’s been finished, is in progress, and is up next on the to-read pile — abound. If you were wondering about the origins of this habit, you might want to check out Should Be Reading, home of the theory that mid-week is a great time to share your reading status with the world.
I love reading these posts, but I’ll admit I tend not to participate. Why? Because I’m often painfully slow to finish books once I start, and I would hate anyone to take that snail’s pace as a reflection on the quality of the books. If I’m not enjoying something, I don’t bother to finish anymore. Life is way too short and I am far too busy to keep reading a book that doesn’t interest me. Better to move on to something else from one of the teetering stacks around the apartment. But the reality is that most of my reading time goes to unpublished work; client manuscripts, rewrites, outlines and so on, plus an endless onslaught of submissions. And given I can only talk about those projects in the vaguest of terms, there doesn’t seem much point.
However, I also feel like I don’t discuss actual books enough on this blog. I get excited over my clients’ work, of course, and will occasionally reference other authors I admire — often when linking to an intriguing interview or bit of writing advice from them — but I don’t provide much of a clue regarding my reading tastes. So I’ve decided to start sharing. Probably not every week, because of that snail’s-pace thing, but at least a couple of times a month.
So, what am I reading? On the work front I’m finishing up some early chapters for one client and then I have a rewrite to read from a second client. I’ll probably try to work through some submissions later this afternoon — partials rather than full manuscripts, which I more frequently tackle on the weekend unless I have a breather during the week.
As for books with covers, it’s been a while since I’ve finished anything, mostly because I have a fair number with bookmarks tucked into them and I keep rotating what I’m reading. I’m about a third of the way through WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel, which I’m loving. I am also picking my way through Neil Gaiman’s FRAGILE THINGS, which is short fiction and poetry and allows me a mini sense of accomplishment. On my Kindle I’m reading SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Julie James, and MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch.
What’s next? The to-read pile is actually five or six piles at this point, but I’m itching to read Mary Robinette Kowal’s WITHOUT A SUMMER, and I have Mette Jakobsen’s THE VANISHING ACT right beneath that on the stack. I also just got a copy of HIDDEN CITIES: A MEMOIR OF URBAN EXPLORATION by Moses Gates, which sounds fascinating.
That’s it for my current reading line up. What are you all reading? Have you recently finished something you want to recommend? What are you looking forward to? Please do share — I’d love to hear what books have you excited.
Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for a copy of Shannon K. Butcher‘s FALLING BLIND. I’m happy to announce our randomly selected winner is Stacey Callahan Krug! Big congratulations to Stacey. Please watch your inbox for information on how to claim your book.
Everyone else, thanks again for playing along, and be sure to keep an eye out for future giveaways here on the blog. Shannon’s book hits stores on April 2nd.
It’s time to giveaway another wonderful book. I’m happy to announce that Shannon K. Butcher‘s next title in the Sentinel Wars series, FALLING BLIND, will be released on April 2nd. However, I’m giving away a shiny new copy of the book here on the blog! Just leave a comment here on the thread by Monday, March 25th at 12:00 noon PDT to enter the drawing. I’ll pick a random winner at that time.
They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect a strong-minded woman from an incredible evil….
A beautiful, independent Theronai, Rory Rainey knows that her attempts to be a warrior are futile — unless she can stop the demonic visions that torment her. Determined to be free, Rory sets out to find the mysterious guardian who can cure her, before she loses her sight — or her life. But Rory’s journey brings its own dangers when she is attacked by a pack of Synestryn sent by the demon lord Raygh.
Cornered and desperate, Rory narrowly escapes with the help of a sword-wielding stranger. Cain knows that Rory needs his protection to survive, just as he knows that her power is compatible with his own. And when Rory binds herself to Cain, the warrior knows he will do anything to keep her safe from the threat of the demon lord who pursues her.
Without further ado, I’m happy to announce that the randomly chosen winners are LISA O’BRIEN and AZTECLADY. Please watch your inboxes for information on how to claim your ARCs. I’ll be contacting you shortly.
Keep an eye on the blog for more fun giveaways in the coming months, along with book chat, writing tips, etc. Happy writing, everyone!