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Blurb Reveal: THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Amanda Quick

Edited to add (August 17, 2016): Jayne Ann Krentz tweeted me about a name change for the hero. I will edit to add the new name once we have details.

Edited to add (August 18, 2016): The hero’s new name has been added. The old name was Hutton Axton in case anyone was interested. 

I stumbled across some news about the next Amanda Quick novel by accident, but it comes from a trusted source. Get this, the next novel is titled The Girl Who Knew Too Much (which sounds amazing) and it’s set in the 1930s!

And here’s the amazing back blurb I found:

Welcome to Burning Cove, California, an idyllic small town on the coast that has become a refuge for Hollywood moguls and stars seeking privacy for scandalous trysts and wild parties…

Cordelia Carter is a reporter working undercover for Whispers, a Los Angeles based gossip tabloid. She arrives in Burning Cove on the trail of the biggest story of her career.

Oliver Ward is the new, enigmatic owner of one of the most elegant resort-spas in Burning Cove. Before he can get a read on the mysterious Cordelia, she discovers the body of a beautiful, fast-rising film star in one of the hotel spa pools. It soon becomes apparent to Oliver that Cordelia, as the first person on the scene of the murder, may be a suspect. As for Cordelia, she is convinced that the killer she’s trailing has committed murder again.

I did a little (or a big) happy dance after reading this blurb. The whole concept seems so exciting and new, but have the romantic suspense undertones that we know and love in an Amanda Quick novel.

As of now, the novel is set for a May 9, 2017 release. And, of course, because the release date is so far away some details of the book may change (title, etc)…but I hope not, because it sounds pretty exciting as it is!

Can’t wait,

Rika Ashton (aka Breaking News Reporter)


Blurb Reveal: TILL DEATH DO US PART by Amanda Quick

When I read book news, there are few things that get me as excited as reading about an upcoming Amanda Quick release! I recently came across a blurb for the third book in the Ladies of Lantern Street series, Till Death Do Us Part, on Goodreads and I just had to share the news with you all!

Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.

Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.

But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

The novel is slated for release on April 19th, 2016 – yes, 2016 – so we have quite a wait ahead of us…

On a side note, who else is psyched for the upcoming release of Siren’s Call under Ms. Quick’s pen name Jayne Castle on July 28th?

Rika Ashton

(aka Lantern Street Resident)

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)

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)

Taking a Peek at THE HOT ZONE by Jayne Castle

Best. Day, EVER!

Not only am I making some headway into my to-do-list, but Jayne Castle just announced that she’s posted an new excerpt of her upcoming futuristic-paranormal romance, The Hot Zone, on her website!

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…

Plus, Ms. Castle previously confirmed that Sedona Snow is a descendant of Arizona Snow from her Eclipse Bay and Arcane series. So cool!

Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this novel. 😀

Who else loves dust bunnies?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Paranormal Insider)

Reading Recommendation: The Guinevere Jones Collection by Jayne Castle

My obsessive love for all thing Jayne Castle has no bounds…yeck, I’ll even brave the wild 1980s for her! And that’s exactly what I did when I re-read, not once but twice, the entire Guinevere Jones series which include four novels: The Desperate Game, The Chilling Deception, The Sinister Touch, and The Fatal Fortune. The series follows the adventures of Guinevere Jones – not related to the Jones family from her Arcane collection, but then again it hasn’t been explicitly denied either – and her partner, Zachariah “Zac” Justis.

Sometimes I find it hard to get into old contemporary novels, especially if they were published in the “olden days” like, shall we say, the 1970s to 1990s. I usually find that the covers or the reference to – ahem – the mullet pull me out of the reading experience.

But the Guinevere Jones series is a bit different from some of its contemporaries. The landscape the the story is familiar – Seattle, to be exact – and, with the exception of a notable lack of cell phones, it wasn’t  too hard  to see it as a modern day equivalent of the city. That is to say, we weren’t hammered over the head with 1980s slang (although the word “yuppies” was used) or television references. In the novel, The Sinister Touch, there was the mention of the baby craze and the emergence of sperm banks, but I think it added to the experience of reading the novel rather than taking away from it.

And we also don’t have to worry about outdated covers for the Guinevere Jones series because it’s been refreshed and reissued in both e-book and trade paperback format…

However, for fun – and maybe, slightly, for sadistic pleasure – I thought I’d place the old and new covers side-by-side. 😉

the desperate game

It’s hard to keep a small business afloat, just ask Guinevere Jones, owner of a struggling temp agency. And security consultant Zac Justis isn’t making her life any easier. After he blackmails Gwen into helping him solve a computer crime, she finds herself caught in a web of suspense, danger—and love.

the chilling deception

A temp job as an executive secretary gives Guinevere Jones access to high places—and sets her instincts for danger tingling. Convincing Zac Justis to provide security for her client during a meeting on the wintry San Juan Islands gives her peace of mind, but brings them face to face with a dead man determined to avenge the past.

the sinister touch

Guinevere Jones has her head turned by the handsome young artist across the way. And when his apartment is broken into and a painting defaced, she offers her help. Now, she and Zac—and his jealous nature—must confront a dark evil that will stop at nothing to achieve its unholy goal.

the fatal fortune

When Guinevere Jones discovers that a so-called fortune-teller is making big profits by deceiving her clients, she vows to expose the scam. Now Zac—who will do anything to keep Gwen safe—helps her uncover the deadly deceptions of a blackmailer and killer out to destroy every trace of the past…

Despite the fact that these are all quick, short reads – a little under 200 pages each – the blurbs for these books don’t do the stories justice. They also contain the basic elements of a Jayne Castle trademark novel – a quirky heroine and a committed hero. Yes, her writing has improved a lot since the days of the Guinevere Jones series, but these are still some of my favourite reads – I just wish the series was longer.

What oldies are you reading and loving?

Rika Ashton

(aka Looking for Love in the 80s)

P.S: If you have a slow Internet connection, you’re going to hate me…but I couldn’t resist all the pretty pictures. 😛

Cover and Blurb Reveal: The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle

One of my favourite authors to cyberstalk is Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick, aka Jayne Castle and formerly aka Stephanie James), so when I saw the cover and blurb of her latest novel, The Hot Zone under her pseudonym Jayne Castle, posted online I had to share. 😀

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…

More dust bunnies? Bring it! Enigmatic guild bosses? Yes, please!

I have a feeling I’m really going to like his novel. It gives me an After Glow/After Dark vibe – Castle’s first novels in the futuristic Harmony series, starring Emmett and Lydia. (Although, I do wish they would stop guillotining the heroine’s head on every cover in this series.) And the hero’s last name is “Jones,” which could link back  to the Jones family from her Arcane series novels and Marlowe Jones from Midnight Crystal – but, really, I’m hoping this means more cameos from previous characters. But other than these suspect tidbits, the blurb doesn’t give away much from the story behind the cover.

So are there any other Jayne Castle fans out there anticipating this novel? What are some of your predictions for The Hot Zone?

Rika Ashton

(aka Extraordinary Book Blogger – “Or so I’ve been told.”)

Reading Recommendation: Ghost Hunter by Jayne Castle

I’m not usually into sci-fi or futuristics – I find that most writers tend to overdo the world-building aspects – but novels by Nalini Singh and Jayne Castle are my two exceptions.

For the past week, I’ve been re-reading Jayne Castle’s backlist – in particular her Harmony series – and, because gushing to my close friends about the awesomeness of these novels wasn’t enough, I thought I’d rave about them on my blog as well! 😀

I’m currently on book four of the series, Ghost Hunter.

And, yes, that is Nathan Kamp on the cover – wow, haven’t seen him for a while! 😀

Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman’s heart is the most dangerous adversary of all…

Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for – the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage – and leave small-town life behind…

But starting over in the thriving metropolis of Cadence City isn’t easy, especially when one of Elly’s new friends disappears in the eerie catacombs beneath the streets. Cooper turns up just in time to help Elly investigate. And as the mystery deepens and dangerous ghost myths and legends come to light, Cooper makes it clear he intends to stick around – and this time he’s holding nothing back…

Ghost Hunter is one of the bests – in my humble opinion –  in the series so, of course, I just had to share one of my favourite scenes:

“Well, for starters, The Road is the most exclusive nightclub and casino in town. It’s located in the Old Quarter, right up against the wall. It’s a private club with a special VIP entrance. If you don’t have a pass, you have to stand in a long line with all the lesser beings and hope that the bouncers will eventually let you in. I admit that I can’t give you any firsthand observations of the place, because Emmett tends to be extremely straitlaced about some things.”

“I’m a married man,” Emmett declared piously. “Married men don’t join clubs like The Road to the Ruins unless they’re doing deals with underworld figures or having torrid affairs with their best friends’ wives.”

“Excuses, excuses.” Lydia exchanged a meaningful glance with Elly. “Beware. This is what happens after you get married. All of a sudden they want to stay home every night and grill fish instead of taking you out for a good time.”

“I’ll remember that,” Elly said politely.

She sat down on a deck chair and crossed her legs. Cooper was suddenly keenly aware that the little violet-colored dress she was wearing was even shorter than the skirt she’d had on last night.

“They say the food is great,” Lydia continued. “And I’ve heard the entertainment is first-rate, if a little on the raunchy side.”

Cooper looked at Emmett and shook his head in a mockingly sorrowful manner. “And to think you never take your wife there.”

“Call me boring.” Emmett used the spatula to transfer the filets to the grill. “But I guarantee you, it isn’t the kind of place you’d take the respectable daughter of a high-ranking member of the Aurora Springs Guild, either.”

“I think he’s talking about me,” Elly said to Lydia.

Lydia nodded. “Yes, I did get that impression.”

This scene is one of my favourites because Emmett and Lydia – the leads of After Glow and After Dark, the previous novels – make cameos and, call ne nostalgic, but I love catching up with old characters.

If you’ve liked what you read so far, you can find the reading order of the Harmony books here and continue to explore some Harmony extras, including dust bunnies!

Here’s a book trailer featuring Vincent, the artsy dust bunny, from Obsidian Prey:

If you know a futuristic novel that you think is worth reading, please leave a comment below and share. As always, I’m desperate for good reading material. 🙂

Happy reading!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Raving Non-Lunatic)

P.S: The next novel of the Harmony series, Deception Cove, releases on August 27, 2013.

For the Love of Man Candy!

In order to tide me over to the release of Deception Cove by Jayne Castle, I’ve been stalking – er, researching – potential Kale candidates. (Kale is my hero/anti-hero/villain from Dagger of the Sun – what can I say, he’s complicated!)

Here are some that I found:

Introducing the delectable Paul Marron!


And the gorgeous Luke Evans!

luke evans

And this dude, who’s name I still have to learn!

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And last, but definitely not least!

unknown 3 (Jackal)

Kale is supposed to be dark haired and dark-eyed, but I never let a little things like details stop me from hunting down gorgeous dudes from the internet.

If you have a secret man-harem, do share!

-Rika Ashton

(aka The Man Candy Lover)

P.S: If you know the names of the last two gentlemen pictured, please do tell!

Cover and Blurb Reveal: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

I have yet to read Deception Cove by Jayne Ann Krentz, under the penname Jayne Castle, which releases on August 27th. But I’m already anticipating Ms. Krentz’s next release, River Road, which releases in hardback on January 7th, 2014 (incidentally, this is also my sister’s birthday).

From the New York Times—bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance.

It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Ms. Krentz had been a long-time favourite of mine and I pretty much auto-buy her books.

What about you? Do you have any favourite authors that are on your auto-buy lists?

Rika Ashton

(aka Book Blogger)