The two winners for a signed copy of Bound by Marriage will be posted later today :)
Behind the Silence
What if the flip side to incredible mental abilities like telepathy and telekinesis, was insanity of the worst kind, the kind that led to murder?
That’s the question behind Slave to Sensation, the first book in my Psy/Changeling series. Mine is a world made up of three races—the humans, the shapeshifting changelings, and the mentally gifted Psy. It’s the Psy that I want to talk about today.
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that we have hidden secrets in our brain, that what is now considered extraordinary, might one day become ordinary. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to talk mind-to-mind with others? Or to close your eyes, bring up an image of Paris, and find yourself next to the Eiffel Tower?
But we all know that extraordinary gifts often demand a price. In the case of the Psy, this powerful, amazing race, that price is insanity and violence. The minds of F-Psy—foreseers, shatter as they witness the future. Telepaths scream to cut out the deluge of voices in their head, while the telekinetics turn to violence.
Is it any wonder then that in a desperate bid to save their race, they embraced the Silence Protocol, a system of conditioning, that wiped all emotion from their lives? The Psy survived, but now they are a cold, pitiless race, one that knows nothing of love, or joy. Yes, they’re alive and yes they control much of the world...but was the bargain worth it?
What do you think? If someone told you that you could have any psychic ability you wanted, but that in a certain number of years, you would go mad from it, would you agree? What about Silence—would you embrace it if you knew the only other choice was madness and violence?
CARESSED BY ICE - Out Now!
AN ENCHANTED SEASON - Oct 07http://www.nalinisingh.com
On Writing Romance
I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.
I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. However I spent the past three years living and working in Japan, returning home to NZ only recently. If you’d like to see what I got up to over the years away, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).
So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.
Nalini's latest release:
Book 3 in the Psy-Changeling series
Explore new heights of sensuality in this return to the world of the Psy—where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts…
As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins—cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…
Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted—and had her mind violated—by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…
Stop by everyday this week to find out more about Nalini and Caressed by Ice. Also, get a chance at some goodies... come back tomorrow for more information on that :)
With novellas from authors:
Betsy Morgan & Susan Paul
I've had some very nice authors send me bookmarks to add to my packages for my blog winners :) Most recent authors who have kindly donated bookmarks or more are Megan Hart, Arianna Hart, & Michelle M Pillow. Please help me thank them by visiting their websites and looking around. Authors Megan Hart and Michelle Pillow are upcoming guest bloggers here so stay tuned.
Just leave a comment letting me know that you've stopped by their site and your entered.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, on this same post, so come back here :)
Don't forget, starting tomorrow, author Nalini Singh will be our guest blogger and we'll be checking out her recent release Caressed by Ice, book 3 in her Psy/Changeling series.
***The winner of this giveaway is ThatBrunette :)
Send me an e-mail at email@example.com :)
Sweet Surrender March 2008 Berkley HEAT
Sometimes the first step in taking control is surrendering.
Under Faith Malone’s deceptively soft exterior lies a woman who knows exactly what she wants. A strong man who’ll take without asking—because she’s willing to give him everything…
Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner—and bring him to justice. So far, he’s found a link between the killer and Faith—and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it.
Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she’s playing games. No way she would allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she?
Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance. So she takes matters into her own hands to prove to him it’s no game she’s playing. She’s willing to surrender to the right man. Gray would like to be that man. But catching his partner’s killer has to be his first priority. Until Faith is threatened and Gray realizes he will do anything to protect her.
Ali suggested I write about men. You know, heroes. Eh, they’re men. Ok so, in most cases, the romance hero is a to-die-for hunkolicious loooove factory. I’ve gotten reader email telling me how much my men frustrate them *snicker* and I’m guessing it’s because they fall into the category of, you know, a real man. Irritating, stubborn…you can guess the rest.
Wes from Undenied. Yep, he irritated people. Seth from Brazen? Lots of comments about his stubborn, ornery self.
I try to reach a balance between my heroes being “too perfect” and without faults and still being someone we wouldn’t mind having for our very own. I like my men with faults, and I like women who love them *in spite* of those faults, annoying traits etc.
Trust me when I say my husband annoys the living PISS out of me. There is no one who can aggravate me like him and also no one I love more on this earth ;)
Okay but I’m straying off topic, but I did want to give Ali a little dish on my heroes ;) And hey, if you want more dirt, just holler in the comments. But now on to why I think readers are just the bestest.
I went to the Romantic Times conference in Houston this past April. I was scared shitless, and I’m not exaggerating in the least. I was dying to meet Ali, but we never seemed to be in the same place at the same time.
Finally, one night, I’m in the bar, in the corner (my favoritest spot ever) and this really gorgeous, quiet woman walks over and starts to talk to me. Now, my gaze skated downward, and I saw what I thought was her name. I recognized it as an author who wrote for the same house I did, but it threw me because A. I had no idea she was coming to the conference and B. I’ve never spoken to her in my life online or off.
So she sits and is talking and I’m racking my brain because I’m completely befuddled at this point. She asks me if I was going to be participating in the signing and me trying to be polite and not having a clue what else to say return the question and ask her whether she’ll be signing books as well.
She gives me this “what the hell are you smoking” look and then says, “Who do you think I am?”
Long story short, it was ALI. (She was carrying around author swag which is why I saw the author name and thought it as her. In my defense I was TIRED and losing my mind lololol) OMG. I then squealed like girl and pounced on her, loving and hugging and petting. Heh.
Poor Ali. I know she thought I was on drugs. But she forgave me anyway. We spent a terrific evening chatting and then went to lunch the next day in the spooky underground abyss.
RT was cool. Was I terrified and overwhelmed? Uhm, yeah. But readers like Ali, so many terrific, way cool readers, made that conference memorable. So much so that I’m actually going to buck up and go back next year *g*
Hopefully this time I won’t forget my brain.
Wow, I want to thank Maya Banks for agreeing to be here this week :) I couldn't believe it when she said yes, lol. She's the bestest evah!! :)) Whether she's writing as Maya Banks or Sharon Long, you've just got to love her stories.
roflol, yup, that's how I met her... I still get a laugh from thinking of that moment.
OMG, did she just say that she's going to RT next year?! Now I must definitely go :)
*sigh* And I just love, love her heroes... they're great because they're so real. Ugh, and I was one of those who wanted to knock Seth up the head, too, lol
Now, don't forget to check out the rest of this weeks posts for news on how to win a book by Maya :) Leave Maya any comment here and come back for excerpts tomorrow and her interview on Friday :)
So, to be entered into this giveaway, like I wrote earlier, just visit Cheryl's website and tell me which book caught your eye.... for either cover or blurb... or excerpt :)
Feel free to leave any questions and I'll see if I can drag Serena back :))
Bookmark - Daisy Chain
Sets-Eververse - Keegan's Spirit
Necklace - Sweetheart
Sets - Cleo's Collar
Earrings - Golden Sun
Bracelets - Blushing Roses
Men's - Breacan's Brace
This Wednesday, Serena will be guest blogging with us about her jewelry so be sure to come back :)
I'll have this weeks giveaways posted shortly... one winner will even get a gift certificate to Serene Dreaming.