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What Do We Know…

That is today’s question…well, more precisely, the question is “What do we know about Kresley Cole‘s upcoming Immortals After Dark novel, Sweet Ruin?”

I know what I know…which is ZIP…

ZERO…

ZILCH!

No, really, I clearly have not been keeping up with the forums so when I saw the cover and title earlier today, I was baffled.

So I should probably rephrase the question and instead of asking “what do we know,” I should probably be asking “what do you know?”

Because what you know is what I want to know…

Get it…

Got it…

Great!

So please, please, please share!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Informationless Blogger)

Cover Reveal: COLD-HEARTED RAKE by Lisa Kleypas

We have a quick cover reveal for Lisa Kleypas‘ upcoming historical novel – SQUEEEEEE! – Cold-Hearted Rake:

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

Anyone else looking forward to this one?

Rika Ashton

(aka Brief Blogger…”Oh Gods, I just realized how that sounded!”)

Avengers: Age of Ultron…A Movie Review

NOTE: This review may contain spoilers – pesky things, really – so read with caution.

I had the privilege of watching Avengers: Age of Ultron tonight and decided to write a quick post about with my “reactive review.”

Though I wouldn’t necessarily say that Marvel outdid itself with the latest installment of Avengers, it was an entertaining film. Avengers: Age of Ultron had the signature humour one would expect from a Marvel film – with Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.) providing much of the comic relief in the film. The film also did a great job of introducing original origin stories for two well-known characters: Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Another new character, the Vision, also had a spectacular debut. Not to mention, the villain – Ultron – was nothing to sneeze at…

So why did it feel as if something was missing?

Well, something – or rather someone – was missing…and I think (with all the spoilers and discussion going around) we can all guess who…

Loki, of course.

I knew going in that Loki wasn’t going to have a role in the film – Joss Whedon had already discussed that (with his reasons) at length, but I was hoping that another character would make up for the lack…but, alas, it seems that Loki is hard to replace.

Though, I guess he was there in spirit since his staff played quite an important role in the film.

But I also felt that Thor was underdeveloped/underused in this film. (It seems that the Asgardians just couldn’t get a break in this film.)

While its true that Thor plays an important role in discovering the existence of the infinity stone and in the creation of the Vision, he otherwise delegated to action sequences rather than having his own personal narrative. On the other hand, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are heavily explored as characters – which is a refreshing turn of events.

Another refreshing change in the film was Ultron. Despite this film’s villain being a man-made and completely avoidable disaster, Ultron made sure that the heroes had to work to bring him down. He was unpredictable and a force to be reckoned with. Plus, he one-liners were funny. :)

Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron packs a “mighty punch” with its flawlessly executed CGI and cinematography. It was highly entertaining and, judging by the cheer that went up in our theatre tonight, a crowd favourite!

Rika Ashton

(aka Film Critic)

Blurb Reveal: SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

So I haven’t even gotten my hands on Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and she’s already teasing me with another future-favourite-to-be in Secret Sisters. Somehow from the tone of the blurb, it seems like Ms. Krentz upcoming romantic-suspense novel is different from her usual…

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters – until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel – a place she never wanted to see again – a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

I’m very excited…and very nervous because I have no idea what to expect.

But mostly I can’t wait to get my hands on the novel!

Rika Ashton

(aka “Can it be December already?”)

Lisa Kleypas…Back in the Land of Historical Romance

If you thought my four month-ish break from blogging was something…then what do you have to say about Lisa Kleypas‘ FIVE YEAR break from historical romance…what?

Five years!

But what I’ve been hearing and reading of her upcoming novel, Cold-Hearted Rake, seems to have made the wait worth it (though it’s not officially over till October).

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny-and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

I did read somewhere that the heroine’s name was Diana, but my reviewer site (which has yet to let me down) and this blurb is officially calling her Kathleen…but anything could happen till October I guess.

Did I mention that this book releases in October?

October!!!

Argh!

Rika Ashton

(aka The NOT Very Patient)

Booking My Summer…and Then Some!

Hi all,

Soooo it’s been a while, huh?

What can I say? Every time I thought about updating my blog, I was too tired to move…the thought’s about as far as it got. Teaching can drive you crazy it seems. And that sense of accomplishment? Most day’s I just end up waiting for it and it never arrives. Until Friday. And then…HALLELUJAH!

Long tangent short, I’ve been busy. :(

But not too busy to start pre-ordering my summer/fall/winter reads, which include some of these highly anticipated novels by proven authors:

First up, Blood Kiss by J. R. Ward, Black Dagger Legacy book one:

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Second, Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle:

In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets . . .

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him . . .

Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep – or to their deaths.

But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks – and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame . . .

Read number three is none other than About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands:

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him . . .

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can’t win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly’s already married.

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker’s help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate – maybe even his life – and he’ll break every rule to do it . . .

And because I love historical reads as much as paranormal ones, book four is Wildfire in His Arms by Johanna Lindsey:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s passionate new tale about a gunfighter running from his past who finds his future when he escorts a beautiful outlaw to her hanging. Featuring one of Lindsey’s most intriguing heroes: the dangerous and mysterious Degan Grant from One Heart to Win.

With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget – until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.

But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.

Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.

And that’s all I have on my list for now, with the exception of the upcoming Nalini Singh novels…but that’s a given. ;)

Rika Ashton

(aka Bookworm)

Cover Reveal: ROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

Hi all,

Just taking a short break from writing and teacherly-stuff to bring you the cover reveal for Nalini Singh‘s upcoming installment from the Rock Kiss series, Rock Hard.

ROCK HARD

 

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

I gotta say, this is my favourite cover from the series so far. Wow, Gabriel is gorgeous – or at least the slight teaser of his jaw promises sinful beauty!

What do you think of the latest cover? Love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less?

Rika Ashton

(aka Currently a Sporadic Blogger)

P.S: If you can’t wait another month for the release date, go ahead and read an excerpt from Rock Hard on Ms. Singh’s website.

Blurb Reveal: ARCHANGEL’S ENIGMA by Nalini Singh

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging and writing recently – mostly due to first an annoying flu and then my post recovery laziness…and *cough* bingewatchingNarutoShippuden *cough*…but more on that later.

I did stop by on Twitter and Facebook a few times to share book news, but if you haven’t been following along, then be prepared for one very happy surprise!

Nalini Singh is writing Naasir’s story! Yes, that Naasir…the one who stole every heart and every scene in Archangel’s Shadows. And now finally the enigmatic Naasir is getting his own novel, very appropriately titled, Archangel’s Enigma.

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…

We do have to wait until September 2015 to read it, but the next Psy-Changeling novel should dull the pain in the meantime.

So tell me…did Naasir steal your heart in Archangel’s Shadows or was he just another character?

Rika Ashton

(aka “NAAAAAAAAASIR!”)

Throwback Thursday: SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS by Mary Balogh

This week I pulled out a book from my “to-be-read” pile to share with you all – Mary Balogh‘s Slightly Dangerous.

All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention.

But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye—and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke…all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress.

What red-blooded woman wouldn’t enjoy a tumble in the bedsheets with a consummate lover—with no strings and no questions asked. An infuriating lady with very definite views on men, morals, and marriage, Christine confounds Wulfric at every turn. Yet even as the lone wolf of the Bedwyn clan vows to seduce her any way he can, something strange and wonderful is happening. Now for a man who thought he’d never lose his heart, nothing less than love will do.

With her trademark wit, riveting storytelling, and sizzling sexual sparks, Mary Balogh once again brings together two polar opposites: an irresistible, high-and-mighty aristocrat and the impulsive, pleasure-loving woman who shows him what true passion is all about. A man and a woman so wrong for each other, it can result only in the perfect match.

I confess, I have never read a novel by Ms. Balogh, but she seems to be on most “must-read” piles so I placed this novel on my reading list a long while ago. (Only, I have yet to actually read the darn thing…argh! Other novels just keep getting in the way.)

Who are some TBR authors you never get to?

Rika Ashton

(aka #HavingBookwormProblems)

Ah, Jeremy! (aka One Very Sinful Suitor)

A few days ago, Heroes and Heartbreakers revealed the cover for the first book of Sabrina Jeffries‘ upcoming Sinful Suitors series, The Art of Sinning. But, of course, you may all remember Jeremy – the very sexy scene stealer – from How the Scoundrel Seduces.

However, if you haven’t had a chance to look at the cover or read the back blurb, hakuna matata (no worries) – we’ve got another look below:

American artist Jeremy Keane refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s driven to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work—and determines to capture the young heiress’s defiant spirit and breathtaking sensuality on canvas.

No stranger to scandal, Yvette agrees to be Keane’s subject—in exchange for his help gaining entry to the city’s brothels he knows intimately–so she can track a missing woman and solve a family mystery. But when their practical partnership leads to lessons in the art of sinning, can they rise from the ashes of their troubled pasts to find a bold and lasting love?

So what do we think of the very naughty expression on Jeremy’s face? It sure would be nice to be Yvette at that moment, huh?

How many of us are eagerly awaiting this novel…and how many of us (however unlikely) have no idea who Jeremy is?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Sinful Scribe)

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