Posts tagged “guild hunter

Cover Reveal: ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh shared the very stunning cover for Archangel’s Heart earlier today – and while I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek a few days before – I am still stunned by how amazing Elena looks. (Yes, I am still lusting over her dress.) Fair warning, Elena, I will be spending more time in your closet. 🙂

However, we still have a while to wait before we can read about the occasion when Elena gets to wear this blue maxi as the novel does not release until November 2016 (which is really just in time for my birthday – just thought I should put that out there in case there are any ARCs lying around).

But till then, we will have to satisfy our readerly hearts with this tease of a blurb:

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

I feel like I have been waiting for another Elena and Raphael novel since the last one ended. If you haven’t had a chance to read about this angelic (kickass but not so innocent) power couple then you are very lucky – not only do you not have to suffer book withdrawal but you get to catch up with their story before the next one releases.

Happy reading,

Rika Ashton (aka Book Addict)


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


Cover and Blurb Reveal: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Wow, just wow! I had a mini attack of fangirl hysteria – and by mini, I mean HUGE – when I saw the cover for Nalini Singh’s upcoming Archangel’s Shadows, starring Ashwini and Janvier:

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 dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

I love, love, love the cover! Yeah, it’s not exactly how I imagined Ashwini and Janvier (from what little we can see of him), but the models are decent and and I adore Ashwini’s outfit. 😀

I remember reading Ash and Janvier’s short story in Angel’s Pawn and thinking that the characters were too fun not to get their own novel, so I’m glad it’s finally happened. Of course, it’s going to be hard to beat Elena and Raphael for top spot on my favourites list, but Ash and Janvier have potential – especially if he’s as funny as I remember. 🙂

So, who else is excited for Archangel’s Shadows?

Rika Ashton

(aka “Hold on, I’m hyperventilating.”)

I WON the Liebster Award for Blogging!

So cool! And totally unexpected. The Urban Book Thief, who is now officially the best person I have never met, left a comment on my recent post about the upcoming novel by Jeaniene Frost, Up From the Grave. I was super-shocked (in a good way) and speechless (which for me is beyond unusual) for bout 5 minutes and then I started screaming “OMG, OMG, OMG!!!” on repeat. (Insert hysterical shrieks and jumping up and down here.)

The Liebster Award for Blogging, is a award given to new note-worthy blogs (those with less than 200 followers). Before I was nominated, I knew people were reading my blog, because some of those people had left very thoughtful comments, but I had no idea that I would be up for an award. Again I would just like to say thank you!

So do I choose to accept this award! Hell YEAH!!!

As a recipient, I have to do the following:

  1. List 11 random facts about myself
  2. Answer 11 questions by the blogger that nominated me
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the award and link to them
  4. Notify the bloggers that they are awesome and have won a shiny pink blogging logo
  5. If they want to accept the award, ask them 11 questions to answer

(*Note: Nominees, should you choose to accept this award, you will also have to complete the above tasks.)

So here goes…


1. I still watch Saturday morning cartoons.
2. I’ve had three near death experiences…but thankfully they were near, not exact.
3. If I could go back in time, I would and then I’d kill the guy who invented Math.
4. If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in Scotland.
5. I’m an arachnophobia…that’s just a fancy way of saying that I’m terrified of spiders.
6. I’ m the laziest person you’ll never meet, because showing up for the actual meeting would require effort on my part.
7. I once appeared on a TV new cast, but I missed it.
8. When I was small I used to dress like a princess for Halloween, until I realized that being a witch was way more fun.
9. I have a very big ego…the biggest in the world, I’m sure…no make that the universe.
10. My Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast.
11. My favourite Greek myth is the one about Narcissus…I could really relate to how he fell in love with himself…lol.


1. Chicken or the Egg – CHOOSE!

I would have to say egg – maybe a chicken was the result of some random mutation in a bird’s egg.

2. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Muse (aka, someone who is a total inspiration to art – yup, that me, an inspiration). But in all seriously, my blog is full on random thoughts and ponderings (or rather musings) on books I’ve read, things I’ve watched and my experiences in the amazing journey that we call life, so the title naturally fit.

3. Which one of your posts/book reviews was the most fun to write?

My favourite post to date has got to be my review of Lydia Dare’s series on the Westfield Brothers, called “Lydia Dare: The Dynamic Duo with a Terrific Trilogy, Plus One“. I’m glad I had the chance to share this series, and these writers, with readers – especially considering they were relatively new at the time. The best part was when Lydia Dare – the writing tag-team of Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone – stopped by to comment!

4. What did you eat for breakfast today?

Some watermelon. I LOVE watermelons! And some toast.

5. Where are all the baby pigeons?

Divebombing some poor stranger on the sidewalk. Run, mon ami, RUN!

6. What are you reading right now?

“The Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind – I’m currently on Soul of the Fire. And I’m highly antipating Nalini Singh’s, Heart of Obsidian. I keep rereading her excerpt and trying to predict who the unknown heroine is going to be. (Yes, I am a tiny bit obsessed.)

7. Which book character do you simply love the most?

Lothaire, from Kresley Cole’s Lothaire – I love his sarcasm, bad attitude and narcissism, and his total mushiness when it comes to his wife, and her alone. I’m glad Kresley Cole didn’t make him a conventional hero.

8. Which is your favourite book series?

The “Guild Hunter” series by Nalini Singh. (I would also say the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling and the “Deltora Quest” series by Emily Rodda to name a few of my favourite children’s authors.)

9. Ninjas or pirates – CHOOSE!

PIRATES!!! The Pirates of the Carribbean films, and Jack Sparrow, have forever stolen my heart.

10. If you could have a supernatural power what would it be?

Pyrokenesis, because I think the ability to control and create fire would be EPIC!

11. What’s black and white and red all over?



The following are the bloggers I have nominated for the award:


Nominees, should you choose to accept this award in honour of your efforts in cyberspace, then you must answer the following questions on your blog or in the comments box below.

  1. What made you create a blog?
  2. What mythical creature would you want as a pet?
  3. If you could meet any one in the world, who would you meet?
  4. What is your favourite book?
  5. If you could invite three people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would you pick?
  6. What is your favourite movie?
  7. If your friends had to define you in a single sentence, what would they say?
  8. Who is your favourite author?
  9. What is your favourite song right now?
  10. Are you a summer or winter person?
  11. If you could travel to any city in the world, where would you go?

If you get the chance, check out the nominees.

Rika Ashton

(aka The Honoured)