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Psy/Changeling news from Nalini Singh

Last week on her blog, Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series author Nalini Singh announced the starring couple for her next Psy/Changeling novel and teased a little of the new content…

The book will feature Adria and Riaz. The Arrows will also play a strong role, as will Councilor Kaleb Krychek.

What I haven’t shared until now, is that Hawke and Sienna will also have a very strong presence in this book. We’re going to see the next step of their relationship, and I think the book will interlink very closely with Kiss of Snow in that sense.

I can’t share anything more at this stage – I’ll probably talk a little more about the book once I have a completed near-final draft.

Oh, and the yummy image at the top of this post?   That’s the UK cover of Kiss of Snow.  Thinkin’ about snagging one?  Maybe just a little?  *wink*

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Related links:

http://www.nalinisingh.com/ (The Psy/Changeling series website)

Nalini Singh blog

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Review: Kiss of Snow (The Psy/Changeling series #10), by Nalini Singh

TLDR recap:

The rising tensions between the changelings and the Psy Council finally reach a critical impasse.  After years of fighting his attraction for Psy-defector Sienna Lauren, Hawke, the mighty Snowdancer pack’s alpha, has to make some hard decisions… both about the safety of his people and the woman he so badly wants to claim for his own.

    • Title: Kiss of Snow
    • Series: The Psy/Changeling series – book #10
    • Author: Nalini Singh
    • Prominent Characters: Hawke, Sienna, Walker, Lara
    • Recommended reader age: 16+
    • Sexual content level: moderate

Thoughts:

Like the wolf alpha himself, this 10th offering in the Psy/Changeling series is raw, intense, and unpredictable.  It is the culmination of years of storytelling – everything that came before has led to this, and Ms. Singh does not disappoint!

This book mainly focuses on Snowdancer, but we do get to see a little of the Darkriver cats.  The conflict with the Psy Council continues to escalate, allowing us to see Hawke’s calculating leadership alongside his yet-unseen softer romantic side.  We also finally get to see and experience what Sienna’s mysterious “X” designation is all about.  After all the buildup, I’ll admit I expected something a little more crazy than what it turns out to be, but it is definitely still impressive… and deadly on a massive scale.  Sienna isn’t the teenager she once was, and it’s refreshing to see her finally maturing within the pack and respected as an adult.

Hawke and Sienna, despite their vast age difference and disparate pack ranks, are addictively combustible.  We also get the dual-treat of witnessing the birth of a new couple in the series, one that has been hinted at previously but which might not have been strong enough to warrant its own book without sacrificing plot time, plus share in an intimate momentous occasion that we’ve all been waiting for.

Memorable quotes:

Not really a lot of quotable one-liners in this one.  Hope you guys don’t mind me semi-spoiling this little gem…

*swoon*

“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word – you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command.  A hundred years?  It’ll never be enough.  I want eternity.”


If you like Kiss of Snow of The Psy/Changeling series…

If you enjoyed Kiss of Snow and the rest of the Psy/Changeling series for its emotional impact and composite cast, you may also like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (starting with Dark Lover) by J.R. Ward and the Midnight Breed series (starting with Kiss of Midnight) by Lara Adrian.  Although both series feature vampires rather than shapeshifters, they have additional powers, much like the Psy, and they work together to support each other against their enemies.  Like the Psy/Changeling series, both series generally follow the one-book-one-couple format, with some cross-weaving of plotlines throughout the entire story arc.  Highly recommended reads.

If you liked Kiss of Snow for its shapeshifting heroes, check out the Feral Warriors series (starting with Desire Untamed) by Pamela Palmer.  The Ferals are all that remain of the once-plentiful spirit warriors who defended their race against their mortal enemies, and their passions run high.  These men are dominant and demanding, much like Hawke (and most of the Psy/Changeling men), and each is powerful in his own right.  Their women are no push-overs either!  The Ferals work as a group as well, making it a nice ensemble series with a slightly different feel.

Final thoughts:

Some of the books in the Psy/Changeling series have been less than stellar.  Not really bad, just not excellent, and while for the most part the stories about prominent characters are good, there are a few that stray a little too far from the changeling dynamic.  Kiss of Snow does it right, from Hawke’s reluctant acceptance of their attraction, to the slow sensual buildup, to the searingly exciting conclusion.  This is definitely a DO NOT MISS book for readers of the Psy/Changeling series!

Rating:
5 fangs: DEVOUR IT! 

Related links:

http://www.nalinisingh.com/ (The Psy/Changeling series website)

http://www.jrward.com/ (The Black Dagger Brotherhood series website)

http://www.laraadrian.com/ (The Midnight Breed series website)

http://www.pamelapalmer.net/ (The Feral Warriors series website)

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Fangtastic Friday: The Alpha Showdown is ON! Bones & Cat go fang-to-fang!

I came across this great review blog last week via Facebook and LOVE the Alpha Showdown idea!  The Vampire Book Club has set up a tournament bracket, pitting some of our favorite heroes and heroines of paranormal romance & urban fantasy against each other.  The contest is billed as an “alpha” showdown, implying it’s about strength of leadership but it’s feeling more like a “who could kick whose ass in a fight” sort of thing.  Really either way is fun, so no complaint here!  In the first two showdowns, one of my personal favorite paranormal romance couples, the Night Huntress series’ Cat & Bones, won their respective matches and are moving on to the next round… to fight EACH OTHER!  *gasp*

Soooooo, this is either some really bad bracket seeding or a nice ironic jab at the power couple.  Now there’s a tough choice for voters: powerful, sexy, badass, dirty-fighting Bones or his one-of-a-kind vampire-blood-drinking mate, whom he trained personally.  My first instinct is “Bones, hands down”.  He’s got at least a century on Cat, extra strength and abilities, and knows all her weaknesses.  That said, she knows all of his weaknesses too, and she tops his list of “people I’d rather die for than sneeze at”.  She also could drain him of all his blood and absorb some of his powers… if she could hold him down long enough.  Mmmm, toss -up.

Now, that said, this is the showdown doesn’t necessarily have to involve fighting.  When it comes to straight leadership, it’s still a tight race, with both of them having headed up separate successful and powerful organizations, but I think the scales tip a little to Bones on that front.  She does allow him to dominate her though (well, moreso than the other way around at least), and that’s what being “alpha” is about – convincing others to accept you as their leader, whether through fighting, love,  loyalty, or manipulation.  Who will win?  You’ll have to check back and see!

Other notable match-ups are…

  • Anita Blake vs Eugenie Markham
  • Zsadist vs Curran (I’d have rather seen Vishous here! /pout)
  • Eric Northman vs Raphael (this one should be interesting)
To follow the action, check out The Vampire Book Club and cast your vote!  The competition bracket is below, if you want a sneak peek…
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Fangtastic Friday: Hot summer reads, Romantic Times awards, & Mr. Romance 2011

When the heat of summer hits (especially in the south!) and all you can think of as you pour yourself out of your car is how fast you can get into an air-conditioned building, relax & chill out with a steamy little story or four.  *grin*  Yeah yeah, I know there are TONS of great books that are probably releasing this summer that I’m not mentioning here.  Hey, I can’t read all the time – I gotta eat and sleep and work too!  =P  These are the upcoming sequels to the stories I’ve reviewed (and intend to continue reading) on this site:

  • May 3: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris – read an excerpt here
  • May 31: The Reluctant Vampire (Argeneau Vampires #15) by Lynsay Sands – read an excerpt here
  • May 31: Kiss of Snow (Changeling/Psy #10) by Nalini Singh – read an exerpt here
  • June 7: Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5) by Karen Chance – read an excerpt here
  • June 7: Hit List (Anita Blake #20) by Laurell K. Hamilton – read an excerpt here
  • June 28th: Deeper than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9) by Lara Adrian – read an excerpt here

The famous Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention was held earlier this month, and a few of my favorite authors were honored.  Here are some of the award nominees and winners:

Career Achievement Best Author Awards (winner in bold):
  • Urban Fantasy: Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, Simon R. Green
  • Paranormal: Amanda Ashley, Rebecca York, Maggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, L.A. Banks
Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards (winner in bold):
  • Vampire Romance: Blood Born (Linda Howard, Linda Jones), Lover Mine (J.R. Ward), Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Jeaniene Frost), Cross Your Heart (Michele Bardsley), Devoured by Darkness (Alexandra Ivy)
  • Shapeshifter Romance: Serpent Moon (C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp), Touch of Seduction (Rhyannon Byrd), Whisper Kiss (Deborah Cooke), Play of Passion (Nalini Singh), In the Dark of Dreams (Marjorie M. Liu), Day of the Dragon (Rebecca York)
  • Paranormal Romance: Lion’s Heat (Lora Leigh), Bonds of Justice (Nalini Singh), Water Bound (Christine Feehan), Bayou Moon (Ilona Andrews), The Iron Duke (Meljean Brook), Living Nightmare (Shannon K. Butcher)
  • Paranormal Fiction: Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever (Molly Harper), Truly, Madly (Heather Webber), Undead and Unfinished (MaryJanice Davidson), My Way to Hell (Dakota Cassidy), Something Wicked (Michelle Rowen), Haunted Honeymoon (Marta Acosta)
  • Urban Fantasy Novel: Magic Bleeds (Ilona Andrews), Total Eclipse (Rachel Caine), Chosen (Jeanne C. Stein), Dust (Joan Frances Turner), Mob Rules (Cameron Haley), Double Cross (Carolyn Crane)
  • Urban Fantasy Protaganist: Archangel’s Kiss (Nalini Singh), Spider’s Bite (Jennifer Estep), Battle of the Network Zombies (Mark Henry), Death Blows (DD Barant), Stormwalker (Allyson James), Red Hot Fury (Kasey Mackenzie)
  • Scotland-Set Historical Romance: Seduced by a Rogue (Amanda Scott), Taming the Highland Bride (Lynsay Sands), The Chief (Monica McCarty), Seduced by a Highlander (Paula Quinn), The Devil Wears Plaid (Teresa Medeiros), One Night in Scotland (Karen Hawkins)

And of course, it wouldn’t be a RT convention without the annual crowning of Mr. Romance.

Here’s this year’s winner, Len Gunn…

And the rest of the hotties…

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy… see you next week!

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