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Release Day Madness!

We’re wishing a happy release day to Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and Jeaniene Frost!

Jayne Castle’s futuristic paranormal romance, The Hot Zone – book three of the Rainshadow series – is in bookstores today.

The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret……

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.

And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….

And Jeaniene Frost’s new adult novel, The Beautiful Ashes – book one of the Broken Destiny series – is also hitting the shelves today.

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

We are very excited  to get our hands on both novels! Happy reading!

-Rika Ashton and Chaos Ashton

(aka Bookworms)

Review – Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Rika Ashton:

The book review for Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh is posted over at the Romance Reader at Heart blog! Reblogged here for your reading pleasure…enjoy!

-Rika Ashton

(aka Folly’s Paparazzi)

Originally posted on RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk:

Love like a Rock Star! A Review for ROCK ADDICTION by Nalini Singh

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Nalini Singh first announced that she had an entire new – contemporary – series underway, I was a little apprehensive but also very excited for this unexpected bonus series, starting with Fox and Molly’s story in Rock Addiction.

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The Blurb:

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk… 

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become…

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Blurb Reveal: ROCK COURTSHIP by Nalini Singh

So I’ll be posting the promised review of Rock Addiction tomorrow over at Romance Reader at Heart, but till then I thought I’d share the blurb for Thea and David’s novella, Rock Courtship (the second installment of the Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh releasing September 30, 2014):

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

No official cover for Rock Courtship yet, but stay tuned for the reveal!

-Rika Ashton

(aka “Sorry, I blurbed it out!”)

(akaaka “That was really bad. I’m sorry. I should not be allowed to make jokes in public.”)

Archangel’s Shadows Tidbits and Reaction…

Rika Ashton:

Kaleigha, from Wicked Scribes, was kind enough to share her thoughts on Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh. The release date for this novel is October 28th – still a few months away, but it’s good to know that we have something in the interim to whet our appetites! :D

-Rika Ashton

(aka President of Kaleigha’s New Fan Club!)

Originally posted on Wicked Scribes:

As I usually try to do on these types of posts, I have to start by saying that Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors, to the point of it being a bit pathetic, actually. So does that mean that I go into anything she writes expecting it to be great? Yep. And she has never disappointed me yet. I was totally surprised to get an ARC of Archangel’s Shadows, and it was a one-sitting read. This will be a few spoiler-free glimpses, but I will assume that you are up-to-date with the events in Archangel’s Legion.

archangel's shadowSynopsis…

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are…

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Hanging with Levet on my ARC Shelf

Just got a arc of A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy, and I am very psyched to start reading. Levet, is a very funny, very tiny gargoyle who annoys the heck of the heroes of the Guardians of Eternity series, but charms all the heroines. ;)

Blurb:

A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional, not to mention unconventionally little even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.

So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in “amour”? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmastime!

Excerpt shared by Ms. Ivy on Facebook earlier today:

Thoroughly annoyed, Levet folded his arms over his tiny chest, his large wings that shimmered in brilliant shades of blue and crimson with golden veins stretched out behind him.

“What do you mean I am not allowed to pass?” He tilted his head to make sure the moonlight captured the beauty of his stunted horns and handsome gargoyle features. He could only presume the thick-skulled hound didn’t recognize him. “Do you know who I am?”

“I don’t give a shit who you are.” Hess turned his head to spit on the newly fallen snow. “The King was very specific. Only family is given permission to enter the lair.”

Levet scowled. “But I am family.”

Hess narrowed his gaze, his breath sending out small puffs of icy fog. It was barely ten degrees but the cur was wearing jeans and a too-tight muscle shirt.

“You?”

“Oui. I am like a brother to Harley.” Levet pointed toward the large house on top of the hill, referring to the Queen of Weres and one of his dearest friends. “Go ask her.”

“Everyone knows that the Queen only has sisters,” Hess said. “No brothers.”

Levet rolled his eyes. Did Weres deliberately choose the stupidest humans to turn into curs?

“I said like a brother, you imbecile. Clearly we are not the same species.”

Hess gave low growl, reaching down to grab Levet by the horns and yank him off the ground.

“What did you call me?”

“Eek.” Levet dangled helplessly, his tail snapping furiously behind him. “Release me, you oversized Chihuahua.”

This one is sure to be a fun ride!

-Rika Ashton

(aka Levet’s Sidekick)

Spotlight on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia Quinn

I missed the cover reveal for Julia Quinn’s upcoming novel, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, so I thought I’d share my thoughts/predictions about this novel instead:

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second—or third—look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

Needless to say, the similarities between this cover and the cover for The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever are uncanny. Although, that is not necessarily a bad thing because both covers are beautiful and a nice change from the usual theme of portraying a hero or heroine on the cover.

Likewise, this story also revolves around, judging by the blurb, a Plain Jane heroine – again much like Miranda’s.

But I can only hope that The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy showcases Ms. Quinn’s writing talent and well as Miranda’s novel. I have often thought of The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever as one of her foremost works – funny, romantic and able to break our hearts in a thousand little ways, Miranda’s story was definitely Ms. Quinn at her best!

-Rika Ashton

(aka The Foreseer)

Behold…The Beauty of the ARC

Rika Ashton:

Guys!

The wonderful Kaleigha over at Wicked Scribes has an arc of Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh…we now know who to bribe for teasers, don’t we? ;)

-Rika Ashton

(aka “Secretly – or maybe not so secretly – I am very envious.”)

Originally posted on Wicked Scribes:

Nalini Singh is one of my two absolutely favorite authors, so when I get a surprise package in the mail from her, I get more than a little excited. Once again, I wasn’t expecting it, but today I got the wonderful surprise of an ARC of Archangel’s Shadows. Behold the beauty…

imageThe saddest thing is that I have only read the first 50 pages, but I am already more involved in the story than I have been after 250 pages of Dark Skye.

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Cover Reveal: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

This just in…the cover for Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh has been unveiled!

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Rock Addiction is Ms. Singh’s return to contemporary romance – though not at the expense of her other series. According to Ms. Singh, you can enjoy this series “guilt-free” because she thought it up and wrote the first novel during her vacation time.

Other speculation includes that this is a self-published series, though I can attest that I received my ARC for this book through The Knight Agency – Ms. Singh’s usual agency.

Whether self-published or not, the good news is that their will be more books in the Rock Kiss series – a story for every member of Fox’s band!

What are we thinking about the cover? Are you green with envy…or green with another kind of feeling? (Excuse the very intentional puns.)

-Rika Ashton

(aka Speculative Reporter)

Throwback Thursday: The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

I thought I’d share one of my favourite books by Amanda Quick for this week. I can’t count the number of times I have read and reread The Paid Companion – in fact I’m currently rereading it again – so I wanted to highlight this book is a Throwback Thursday post. Plus, I don’t think I’ve shared too many of Ms. Quick’s novels on the blog – a conscious decision because she is one of my favourite authors and whenever I start talking about a book by an author I adore, I start gushing and fangirling like crazy! :P

The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical-he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion.

Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer.

Her sorry financial circumstances-and dreams of a life of independence-convince her to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she’d been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he’d initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.

All of Ms. Quick’s heroines are strong leads with a sense of honour and boundless optimism and Elenora  is no different. Plus, they all get a chance to actively save themselves and the hero at some point in the novel. Left destitute and alone, she finds a way to overcome her situation by becoming a paid companion for old ladies of the ton. Saving her wages, she plans to open a bookshop – a dream I can relate to. ;)

St. Merryn – Arthur – is also a trademark Quick hero. Faithful, relentless and slightly arrogant, he’s a neat foil for the heroine. Arthur balances out Elenora more innocent and optimistic personality, but they also balance out and make up or each other’s weaknesses and they hunt for the villain in the story.

Suspenseful and romantic, The Paid Companion has long been one of my favourites by Amanda Quick.

-Rika Ashton

(The Unpaid Writer)

Teaser Reveal: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Jeremy Keane

WARNING: Read with caution. This post contains spoilers from the Duke’s Men series, and has been updated with exclusive info from Sabrina Jeffries herself!

The cover for Dom and Jane’s story.

Who is the mysterious Jeremy Keane?

A. Scene-stealer in How the Scoundrel Seduces

B. Cousin to Zoe Keane

C. Hero of Sabrina Jeffries‘ work in progress

D. Self-proclaimed arse

If you answered all of the above, you are correct!

Ms. Jeffries recently revealed that she is hard at work on Jeremy novel and released a very small, very fun, snippet!

The following exchange takes place at Jane and Dom’s wedding, in Jeremy’s book which will begin the new series, tentatively titled The Sinful Suitors:

“Didn’t I hear that you were jilted by the bride?” Jeremy asked.

Blakeborough scowled. “Didn’t I hear that you were an arse?”

Jeremy shrugged. “That does sound like me.”

Fun, right? Makes me wish Ms. Jeffries was finished with Jeremy’s novel so I could get my hands on it already! Though there is no official title for Jeremy’s book (September 2015) or the Christmas novella (October 2015).

But we can only hope that Ms. Jeffries keeps the teasers coming!

-Rika Ashton

(Exclusive Eavesdropper)

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