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June 29, 2014

A commitment-free way to ‘meet’ new books!

Galaxy Bookshop will be holding their second ever Book Speed Dating Session from 6pm on Thursday, 10th July! It’s similar to traditional speed dating where you get a short amount of time to decide whether you want to get to know someone better, only this time, you’ll get to check out some books you may not have noticed. Most of the books offered on the night will be paranormal romances, but they may also introduce you to some possibilities from other genres. If you’re looking for something new to read, this is a great, commitment-free way to check out some books you may not have come across previously.

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May 26, 2014

Immortal by J. R. Ward (Fallen Angels, Book 6)Decadence brings us some exciting news for fans of J. R. Ward!

Yesterday JR Ward announced on Facebook that next year will bring two new series as well as continuing the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but no details on who/what those series will be about. I suspect this may finally show us the wolfyn she hinted at in Lover Unleashed. Also no word whether or not the series will have any links to other books, but I think they will since a hero in one of her earlier romances was friends with Butch O’Neal during childhood, and the Fallen Angels live in the same city as the Brothers.

Immortal will be the final in the Fallen Angels series and its cover and US release date of 7th October, 2014 were recently revealed.

The Boston Globe wrote an article on Ward’s journey to bestsellerdom, her most recent event in Cincinnati and gives a broader picture of her as an individual.

Click here for a round-up of BDB-related posts on Book Thingo.

April 10, 2014

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionA character-driven story is being forced into a plot-driven approach at the expense of elements that made the earlier books such great reads. But I’m keeping the faith.

An advance reading copy of this book was generously provided by Hachette Australia. If you need to catch up on the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, click here to for Decadence’s cheat sheets.

On the surface, a return to Wrath and Beth makes The King sound like an extended epilogue to Dark Lover, especially since she wants to have his baby, but it’s so much more than that. By the end of Dark Lover, Wrath got the girl and that was it in the HEA (happily ever after) department for him because he had to take up the burden of ruling a people trapped by tradition and facing extinction. Everyone else in the series got their HEA as well as being able to make peace with their demons or had the strain either lifted from them or modified to something they were better equipped to handle. Only Wrath was forced to give up his identity as a fighter and, over the course of the series, we’ve seen him chafing under worship from his subjects, the boring and monotonous desk job, and attempted coups from the glymera.

The King is a very necessary part of the series. It’s also a jam-packed installment of an addictive series, with background on the previous king, resolution of the glymera’s coup and Beth’s desire for a young, as well as the continuation of another three romantic plots.

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April 7, 2014

The Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's GuideThe official notes from J. R. Ward’s Cincinnati Q & A have been posted on J. R. Ward’s Facebook page but beware because there is a crapload of spoilers from The King (my review will be up on Thursday). If you don’t have a FB account, here are the highlights.

Need to brush up on your BDB knowledge? Click here for the BDB cheat sheets.

The next book, called The Shadows, will be about Trez and iAm, who both get some action in this book, and finally (FINALLY!) Murhder returns. Ward knows who the next three books in the series will be about.

Selena’s joint problems are caused by a genetic disease of the Chosen, but Ward won’t tell us more because then no one would read the book.

s’Ex fathered the Shadow Queen’s child.

It would destabilise the world if JM ever found out he was Darius, so Ward doesn’t think he’ll ever find out (but based on the phrasing of the notes, it’s not completely definite either way).

When asked when JM becomes a Brother, Ward explained that the timeline is a weird, variable thing, where one book might span ten days and another takes place over a year, which makes it hard to show other things happening at the same time.

Boo has bonded with iAm, but it’s not sexual. We may get to find out what Boo is, and I personally suspect he has a lot in common with Dog from the Fallen Angels.

The next book in the Fallen Angels series, Immortal, will also be its last, but we may see after that how the two worlds intersect.

Lassiter is firmly in the BDB world and him falling in love and discovering his purpose will be the final scene in Immortal.

Xcor and Tohrment are brothers.

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March 28, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when Decadence updates the Black Dagger Brotherhood cheat sheets in preparation for the next book in the series. Warning: These contain spoilers for books up to and including Lover At Last.

This is a summary of the updates made to the cheat sheets his week. You can find the actual cheat sheets here (the updates are in italics).

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) - Australian/UK editionLover Eternal by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) - Australian/UK editionLover Awakened by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) - Australian/UK editionLover Revealed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) - Australian/UK editionLover Unbound by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) - Australian/UK editionLover Enshrined by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6) - Australian/UK editionLover Avenged by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7) - Australian/UK editionLover Mine by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8)Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9) - Australian/UK editionLover Reborn by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10) - Australian/UK editionLover At Last by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11) - Australian editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionThe Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's Guide

Wrath

  • The laws making Qhuinn eligible to join the Brotherhood have been passed
  • His first public appearance since being shot
  • He still does not want kids, both because of the risk to Beth and because the young inherits the burden of the throne
March 18, 2014

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionJ. R. Ward has been very busy on Facebook lately, with updates on the virtual signing for The King as well as quotes.

You can preorder The King, which comes out next week, from the links below. Click here for more BDB cheat sheets and spoilers.

The virtual signing team ordered in record numbers of books and had just about sold out in a day (a friend ordered five minutes after I did and her invoice number was 200 higher than mine and this was only minutes after the signing opened). There was a massive snow storm that affected later orders, and even J. R. Ward took calls on the customer service line. I was tempted to make that international call, but felt that since my book situation was good, I would have wasted her time and kept someone who was trying to order from getting through. Not cool.

Anyway, she periodically posted anecdotes of the characters answering the phone, like V saying, ‘I’ll tell you when you can order,’ before hanging up. But she couldn’t resist the opportunity to tease her readers by having Murhder answer the phone. ‘Not my problem—yet. But I’m coming…’

Incidentally, international shipping rates have increased substantially, with at least one option to Australia at over $100. I spent an obscene amount on this book, even for a hardcover. But at least the postage is trackable.

Today she announced her new Instagram account at instagram.com/jrwardauthor.

Here are quotes from The King posted so far:

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February 3, 2014
The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US edition

The virtual signing for The King opens at 12.30 Thursday morning AEDT (or Wednesday night for those of us who don’t sleep, or 8.30am Wednesday morning New York time, or click here for other Australian time conversions). Mark this one in your calendar because the previous signing for Lover Unbound and Lover Enshrined closed after only four hours. There are plans to reopen the combined signing for Lover Unbound and Lover Enshrined after the release of The King, but there are no dates as yet.

In the meantime, you can check out spoilers for The King here.

October 7, 2013

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US editionBeware the spoilers! Look away now if you don’t want to know tidbits about future BDB and Fallen Angels books…

J. R. Ward’s mods have posted spoilers from her recent signing and Q&A for the release of the latest Fallen Angel book, Possession. Check out her Facebook page for the full post, because some things are too spoilery for me to mention here (mainly to do with Possession), but the highlights are:

  • s’Ex is the Shadow queen’s Enforcer and he will be in The King.
  • Murhder will reappear soon, but not in The King.
  • Beth’s pregnancy will take place in one book, but Keep Reading for the name of their young. Will they have a son and follow in the tradition of naming him Wrath, or will they choose something else? Will it be a girl? And the young might be a third option besides vampire or human!
  • Ward is working on Rhage and Mary’s novella (but remember that The King began life as Wrath and Beth’s novella).

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September 27, 2013

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US editionLet’s talk about s’Ex, baby…

Part of me is expecting this to be a massive BAZINGA, but J. R. Ward announced via Facebook that a character in the BDB world will be named s’Ex. 

No idea yet if this character will be male or female. For all I know, it could be the unnamed Bastard, or a new Shadow, since the name has a similar structure to iAm, or maybe even Layla and Qhuinn’s young (although I have trouble seeing Qhuinn agreeing to the name) since Ward does seem to see several books ahead.

To give you an idea, Ward never says how far ahead she is, but she revealed that Payne would be the first female Brother years before the character ever made it onto the page.

I’m also assuming that the name will be pronounced ‘sex’ since she hasn’t specified, and just to avoid confusion, Xhex is pronounced ‘hex’, so they are completely different names.

What’s next? Phuck???

Let the speculation fly!

You can preorder the US hardcover of The King from Amazon and Book Depository. It comes out March 25, 2014.

Click here for more BDB cheat sheets and spoilers.

May 24, 2013

Hey, Psy-Changeling fans! So you think you know who The Ghost is? This post might have you thinking again… (Updated 25/5/2013 to add link to Storify.)

Heart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (Book 12, Psy-Changeling) - Australian editionHeart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (Book 12, Psy-Changeling) - US editionThis morning Twitter users got to ask the Ghost some questions directly. He gave us some hints as to his identity, but some of his answers just raised more questions. Berkley will post a Storify link tomorrow (click here), but in the meantime, here is a summary of what we learned:

The Ghost was damaged before the PsyNet began to degrade, but he still does not want to leave. He is a male (not multiple people) who was ‘broken’ as a child, and who got rid of his conscience to survive. It hasn’t and (he believes) will never return. But he bonded with a woman (who is not his lover and is still alive today) during that time, and she is the only one to whom he is loyal and the only one who will keep him from carrying out his plans. He refuses to say what those plans are, only that they will become clear in time and he has been putting them into effect for over 20 years. He doesn’t discuss his plans with anyone except sometimes Judd and Xavier. He suspects Judd may have an idea of his ultimate goal. Sienna is no longer a part of his plan, but he would not answer why (is it because she is no longer a surprise?).

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