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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)


Cover Reveal: NIGHT SHIFT (Anthology)

We finally have a cover for the upcoming anthology, Night Shift, featuring some reader favourites, like Nalini Singh, Illona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane. Anthologies are a great way to try new writers and get the “flavour” of a series without major spoilers, and with some great stories – including Bastien’s from the Psy-Changeling series – don’t hesitate to give this one a shot!

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

The cover looks eerie cool with all the glowing green and orange!

Rika Ashton

(aka Unashamed Cover Lover)

Sneak Peek: SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

Going to keep this really short…I promise!

I’ve just come briefly out of my hermit cave to say that Nalini Singh sent out her March newsletter this morning and, as promised, it included an excerpt of Shield of Winter. This excerpt is for all of chapter one from the novel. (And next month, she’s promised us chapter two! I can only hope this means we get to meet Ivy Jane.)

Want to read the sneak peek, click here!

I also previously posted some possible spoilers for this book here. But if you’ve heard some more spoilers please do share – inquiring minds want to know!

Are you more excited than ever to read this book or what? And what do we think of Vasic?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Stealthy Sneak Peeker)

Cover and Blurb Reveal: When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries

I squealed – yeah, squealed – like a piglet when I saw the cover for Sabrina Jeffries, When the Rogue Returns, the second installment in the Duke’s Men series.

Though this isn’t the fully edited version of the cover, it’s still gorgeous, no?

But for a special bonus treat, Ms. Jeffries revealed that the second novel features a heroine who is a jewellery designer.

“The new cover of When the Rogue Returns, which is coming out late January 2014! She’s a diamond cutter/jeweler, hence the necklace.” (Sabrina Jeffries via Facebook.)

And then I found an official blurb on a UK bookstore website which revealed a little more…

It had been a decade since Victor Cale, first cousin to the Duke of Lyons, had seen his wife. After some royal jewellery went missing from the jeweller’s shop where they worked, Isabel Mertens disappeared. When Victor gets word of a woman who fits his wife’s description, he sets out to confront her. But he discovers that nothing is as it seems-and revenge is never as sweet as true love.

EDITTED TO ADD: Sabrina Jeffries visited by blog – excuse me while I take a moment to let that sink in – and read the blurb I’d posted. She then shared an even more comprehensive blurb with me that I could post, so here it is!

Victor Cale never imagined his sweet, shy wife, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels for criminal pursuits. But there’s no denying it was Isa’s handiwork that turned up in the scandalous and brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was all but undetectable, the sexy investigator heads to Edinburgh, where his cousin Maximilian has landed him a job tailing a wealthy baron’s bride-to-be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” in question proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluringly eligible young widow.

No longer the meek and mild newlywed he once knew, the daring woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her. Piecing together the past to prove Isa’s innocence reawakens a volatile passion, hotter than ever. With a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the scheming thieves to justice without getting burned themselves.

The first blurb is the one from the UK site and the second is the official -maybe – North American blurb that Ms. Jeffries was given with her cover flat.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for this novel!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Sabrina Jeffries Insider)

Updates, Excerpts and Recommended Reads


Just a quick post to let you guys know what I’ve been up to. Well, for one, I graduated from university with m Bachelor of Arts (English Major) degree. What am I going to do with this degree, you ask? Well, the long answer is I have no idea. And the short is that I’ll teach. Probably.


If I can stand the kids…but teaching’s a good back-up plan to have, which is why I”m going to start my Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia in September. (Yay for more school! No, seriously, I’m bored out of my mind right now so I’m kind off looking forward to it.)

Along with finishing school I’ve also been busy writing and editting The Dagger of the Sun and in the spirit of writing, here’s a small preview of the chapter:

As soon as Delphyne smelled the putrid breath of the dragon, she knew Apollo had lied to her. Again. Python, as the locals referred to the beast, would not be an easy kill.

      The colour of trampled grass, the dragon was at least ten feet long. Its body was covered with impenetrable scales that made him near invincible. It was rumoured that the Titaness, Gaia, had created Python from the foul-smelling swamp waters that surrounded the region of Delphi, to protect the oracle of Delphi and its prophetess.

      A duty Apollo wanted to relieve it of – a task that was proving more difficult than he anticipated.

      The once lush lands of the Delphic oracle were now barren, after an hour of hard battle. The ground was sodden with the poison that Python spewed from his mouth. The poison had eaten away at the grass and trees in the area. The trees that had survived the acidic downpour were uprooted and tossed asunder.

      “Keep it occupied and I’ll shoot it down from above.”

      Her dark braid whipping her back as she dodged to avoid another of Python’s swinging claws, Delphyne dared a brief glance behind her. The movement made the strap on her sandal tighten awkwardly, biting into her skin. Sure enough, she could feel the beginnings of a blister.

      Apollo was hidden safely behind one of the large boulders that surrounded the sunken ground of the oracle, the sunlight that glinted off the golden bow in his hands was the only clue to his current location.

      Coward, Delphyne scowled. It was easy for him to give orders, he wasn’t the one who’d nearly been sliced in half four times in the past hour.

      “How do you suppose I keep an ten-foot serpent preoccupied? Maybe I should just stand still and let it rip me apart?” The sarcastic retort rolled naturally of her tongue. “It seems to enjoy doing that.”

      “She,” said Apollo from his safe haven.


      “The dragon. It’s female.”

      “Oh, really. Well, doesn’t that just change everything.” She was beginning to sound like a hysterical fishwife even to her own ears. The pressure of nearly dying over and over again must be getting to her.

      “Dodge left.”

      Delphyne swerved left on Apollo’s command. A flaming arrow went flying past her, only to hit Python’s armoured shoulder and bounce off harmlessly. The flame put out by the damp ground while the arrow joined its fallen companions, Apollo’s previous attempts to kill the dragon.

      Apollo let out a foul oath.

      “Perhaps you should distract it while I shoot it down,” Delphyne said. “Oh wait, that’s shoot her down.”

      “You can’t aim worth a drachma,” said Apollo. “With your luck, you’ll shoot everything but the dragon. Move right.”

      Another arrow shot out. This one landed close to Python’s eye, but not close enough to do any damage. 

      “That would be different from what you’re doing, how exactly?”

That’s a little taste of Delphyne, Apollo and the Python.

(Chaos: Apollo a total coward in this scene, not to mention an idiot.

Apollo: *glares at me*

Me: *starts running as if my life depends on it cause it probably does*)

Finally, for some recommended reads:

book cover of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The Duke's Perfect Wife<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (Highland Pleasures, book 4)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />by<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Jennifer Ashley book cover of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Under a Vampire Moon<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (Argeneau Family, book 16)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />by<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Lynsay Sands book cover of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Once Burned<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (Night Prince, book 1)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />by<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Jeaniene Frost

I recommend the The Duke’s Perfect Wife for those who love mystery, romance, some tears and IAN MACKENZIE! For people whol love to laugh, the Under a Vampire Moon is perfect! And though strickly speaking the Once Burned isn’t out yet…who doesn’t love Vlad?

Rika Ashton

(aka I’m Back!)