Tidbits about book 13 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Shadows. Please note that there may be spoilers on this page. Newest items are first.

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August 28, 2014

The cover and back cover blurb for The Shadows have been revealed! Tentative release date is April 2015. Virtual signing for Immortal opens tonight at 11pm AEST, plus future books by J. R. Ward.

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The Shadows by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) - US editionTHE SHADOWS by J. R. Ward

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hisbe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

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J. R. Ward will start writing The Shadows in September and it is expected to be released in April 2015.

She’s posted the music video for Into You by Fabolous and Tamia for Rhage and Mary on Facebook, just to tease us and maybe subtly remind us their novella is still on her radar?

On one of Vishous’s few nights off, he wasn’t impressed when Lassiter took over the TV in the pool room to watch Sharknado 2, and Ward posted their conversation on her page.

The virtual signing for Immortal, the final book in the Fallen Angels series, opens at 11pm on Thursday, 28th August AEST (or 9am, August 28 for those in the US east coast) and Ward will hold an actual signing event in October, so hopefully we’ll get some spoilers from someone who can make it.

The new series will not be about the wolfen, as I’d hoped. Instead it will be contemporary (non-paranormal) called The Bourbon Kings, about the upper echelon of Kentucky whose family fortunes were made from bourbon. One of the Kings has three sons, Edward, Max and Tulane (also the name of a private college in New Orleans), but he may also be called Lane. Like the BDB, the character names are what they are, she doesn’t consciously choose them. Ward describes Lane as ‘a true gentleman — well, except for that little thing that happened against the wall in his bedroom…and that other thing…and the…okay, maybe not.’

At this stage, we can expect three books (her publisher initially bought the BDB as a trilogy even though Ward had always hoped to write more). The first half of the first book has been sent in to her editor and is slated for release late 2015.

On a non-bookish topic, Ward also accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge with freshly cut and carefully styled hair, signature dark sunglasses and full jewellery and posted her video on YouTube:

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.

April 7, 2014

The 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.

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.

Ward prefers to write about the males and finds it particularly challenging to write the Chosen showing Layla as distinct from Cormia as distinct from Selena.

We’ve met the guy who ends up with Saxton, but it’s not iAm because he gets a female, but we haven’t met her yet.

Ward confirmed that Lash comes back and for lack of a better word, dates Devina from the Fallen Angels.

She wants to do more Slice of Life scenes, which is something I’d really look forward to and wanted more of in The King!

The Lie was that she didn’t say everything she saw in a particular V scene and he hates her for it.

Luchas will recover, but he has a long way to go.

Although Throe seemed like a good guy at the beginning, he’s making her uncomfortable and not in a good way.

After the Fallen Angels ends, she will start another series, but it won’t be a BDB spin-off. I wonder if it will be about the wolfen.

The humans haven’t figured out that vampires exist, but there is a plotline that will give Butch and Jose closure.

While it had always been assumed that inbreeding led to Wrath’s blindness, it’s also possible that it might actually have been due to Anha’s poisoning.

She confirmed my long-held suspicion that the Creator in the Fallen Angels world is also the father of the Scribe Virgin and Omega.

Assail perceives his traitorous business practices as using the lessers for his own benefit. How convenient.