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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)

Blurb Reveal: WILDFIRE IN HIS ARMS by Johanna Lindsey

A few days ago I posted about the title for the upcoming Johanna Lindsey novel, Wildfire in His Arms, and now we have a blurb! YES!

#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.

After reading this blurb, I need to go back and reread One Heart to Win and refresh my memory as to who Degan is…I think he was the ranch-hand, but I can’t recall for sure. It’s just that this book was released two years ago, before Judith (The Anthony Malory’s daughter) got her novel in Stormy Persuasion and I started salivating about Jacqueline and The Bastard’s story. (Only Jaqueline could refer to her hero as “The Bastard” and get away with it, lol!)

But it’s always fun to reread a Johanna Lindsey novel, so I’m looking forward to reliving the adventure in One Heart to Win before Wildfire in His Arms releases in June 2015. :)

-Rika Ashton

(aka “Will definitely pay more attention to Degan this time…”)

P.S: Sorry, no cover art yet, but I will hunt that down as soon as possible.

Throwback Thursday: A HEART SO WILD by Johanna Lindsey

Yup, I picked another Johanna Lindsey book for this week’s Throwback Thursday because…

  1. It’s our WordPress Blogiversary!
  2. A Heart So Wild is my FAVOURITE Johanna Lindsey novel…ever!
  3. This fabulously talented writer has another book releasing June 2015 called Wildfire in His Arms…and I am insanely excited!

Yes, those are the triple threat of exclamation points, which of course only proves that these are very good reasons for choosing to spotlight Johanna Lindsey as a Throwback Thursday author again. :)

Courtney Harte is certain her missing father is a alive, lost somewhere deep in Indian territory. But she needs a guide to lead her safely through this dangerous, unfamiliar country, someone as wild and unpredictable as the land itself. And that man is the gunslinger they call Chandos.

Courtney fears this enigmatic loner whose dark secrets torture his soul, yet whose eyes, bluer than the frontier sky, enflame the innocent, determined lady with wanton desires. But on the treacherous path they have chosen they have no one to trust but each other–as shared perils to their lives and hearts unleash turbulent, unbridled, passions that only love can tame.

Best of all, my favourite historical romance novel of all time has a sequel. The second novel of the Straton Family series, All I Need is You, follows the story of Courtney and Chandos’ daughter, Casey. It also an exciting novel, where the female lead is definitely more street smart and ready to kick ass than the hero – though the hero, Damian, does have his moments.

I highly recommend this novel to historical romance fans!

-Rika Ashton

(aka “Happy Blogiversary to me…Let them eat cake!’)

 

Graphic Novels, Manga, Comics…A Rose by Any Other Name

Kaleigha over at Wicked Scribes recently posted about novel to comic book adaptions and whether or not they should be included as part of a series if they are only rewrites (or reinventions) of the original works. Personally, the geek in me is for anything graphic novel related, but I understand the limitations of such works…as well as their strengths.

Art sample from SWORD OF DARKNESS by Kinley MacGregor

Case in point, let’s take a look at some recent (and not so recent) adaptations of some of my favourite books and series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, and Nalini Singh.

Marvel has created comic books adaptations of Ms. Kenyon’s novels Lords of Avalon novels, written under her penname Kinley MacGregor. While I personally adored the adaptations, I know not everyone was a fan of the artwork, as well as the fact that some of the minor interactions between characters had to be cut out. On the other hand, the artists for this series did an amazing job using colour and keeping the basic story line and event descriptions the same. Compared to the novels, the sex scenes in the comics were not as explicit, and included more for furthering the plot.

On the other hand, if we look at the manga adaptations of Ms. Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series, the major as well as minor interactions between the character remain intact. Partly, this is due to the publisher’s decision to split each novel into two separate mangas – like the last Harry Potter film was split into two movies. Not to mention the improved level of artwork.

Artwork which is further improved in the Chronicles of Nick series – the third of Ms. Kenyon’s series to be adapted into manga format.

Romance publisher, Harlequin, has also been on the comic/manga bandwagon for a while. They’ve adapted most of the Harlequin Presents line into mangas, as well as recently transforming Ms. Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series into graphic novel format.

I also came across a manga adaptation previously done for Ms. Singh’s novel, Desert Warrior, from Harlequin’s Silhouette Desire line.

Opening from DESERT WARRIOR by Nalini Singh

More artwork from DESERT WARRIOR

Can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the artwork in Desert Warrior – though this is a much older adaptation and the dated artwork is to be expected – but it’s certainly a creative way to introduce new readers to novels. Not to mention if they make a graphic novel adaptation of Ms. Singh’s Guild Hunter series, I’d be the first in line to buy.

Though the artwork varies from novel to novel, all the graphic novel adaptation outlined in this post have strengths. Each of these graphic novels is a unique platform on which to engage new readers, plus the visualized scenes reaffirm the importance of key events in the novels. Graphic novels introduce readers to characters, setting, and story in a new light – strengthening the writer’s vision and founding an incarnation of this world in the readers’ minds.

Could…would you get on the graphic novel bandwagon or has that train firmly departed?

-Rika Ashton

(aka Graphic Novel Advocate)

P.S: A special thanks to Kaleigha for inspiring this post!

Throwback Thursday: LORD OF SCOUNDRELS by Loretta Chase

Confession time: I read this novel way back when and I have no memory of it.

Tough-minded Jessica Trent’s sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And when Dain’s reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction …

Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him … and then forcing him to salvage her reputation! Lord Dain can’t wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place – and in some amorous position, And if that means marriage, so be it! – though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof … and steel his heart to the sensuous, headstrong lady’s considerable charms.

Loretta Chase‘s Lord of Scoundrels is often featured on “Best of Historical Romance” (or a variation of) lists and I know I read this novel because the names Dain and Jessica are so familiar. I think I can even recall some scenes from the book, but I can’t be sure.

But what I do want to do is read this novel again. I found this quote from the novel on Goodreads and it made me laugh out loud.

“Jessica, you are a pain in the arse, do you know that? If I were not so immensely fond of you, I should throw you out the window.”

She wrapped her arms about his waist and laid her head against his chest. “Not merely ‘fond,’ but ‘immensely fond.’ Oh Dain, I do believe I shall swoon.”

“Not now,” he said crossly. “I haven’t time to pick you up.”

Don’t know how could have forgotten such hilarious banter – I guess I must have been in some fugue state…or possessed, which is always a possibility in my life.

Have you ever read a book that you can’t remember reading? (Yes, this question is meant to be confusing.)

-Rika Ashton

(aka The Demon Possessed)

P.S: Can you guess which is the older cover?

Cover Reveal: THE PRINCE AND I by Karen Hawkins

Is Robin Hood’s secret identity finally going to be revealed? Okay, so technically Robin Hood doesn’t have a secret identity – he is Robin Hood – but Karen Hawkins has another historical romance novel, The Prince and I, releasing next year in August as part of the Oxenburg Princes series and this one features the heroine as an incarnation of Robin Hood.

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I, personally, can’t wait to see how this plays out because I love the classical Robin Hood character and want to see how Ms. Hawkins incorporates his traits into the new story. Course, this one will feature a whole lot more romance and I’m curious as to whether our hero will embody a bit more “Marian” just to balance things out. ;)

But, really, don’t you just love the colours they used for this cover? The background reminds me of the film, Brave, and plus the heroine is holding a bow and arrow. The cover artists were seriously channeling Merida for this one. And, lo and behold, the models are both fully dressed.

Who else is excited to read Ms. Hawkins’ retelling of Robin Hood?

-Rika Ashton

(aka Member of Robin Hood’s Merry Band)

Blurb Reveal: ROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

T-Rex and Charlotte officially have a blurb! I’ve been waiting for their story ever since the couple was introduced in Nalini Singh‘s Rock Addiction (book one of the Rock Kiss series), and it looks like book three Rock Hard is going to belong to Charlotte and Gabriel (aka T-Rex)…YES!

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.

Any other eager T-Rex/Charlotte fans out there?

Also for those of you interested, there is an excerpt from Rock Hard on Ms. Singh’s blog.

-Rika Ashton

(aka Blurb Flasher)

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