Decadence provides a recap of the most recent chat with J. R. Ward, including tidbits on the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.
On Saturday morning, J. R. Ward answered readers’ questions in her chat room from her newest release, Crave, second in the Fallen Angels series. Both the US and local editions should contain an excerpt from the upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood release, Lover Unleashed (my local Piatkus does). Ward also discussed what’s coming for the Brothers, so please consider this a spoiler warning for both series. I’ve paraphrased the questions and tried to copy what Ward said as closely as possible, but anyone who has ever been to one of Ward’s chats knows that they can be chaotic. Any mistakes are mine.
JR is currently listening to Lil Wayne’s I’m Not a Human Being.
Q: Will Adrian have a love interest and will it include Eddie?
Define ‘include’. ;) That’s a Keeep Reeaddddinnnnggggg (KR). Bear in mind that they like to share.
Q: I’ve just started reading Crave. What’s the relationship between Matthias and Jim?
Their relationship only gets more complicated. I won’t say any more than that because you’re not yet finished.
Q: What impact does Tohr’s book have on the Brotherhood?
His HEA affects him deeply. The Brothers want him to be happy. They’ve watched him suffer so long, they’re glad when it happens.
My publisher has worldwide rights to my books, so they decide which countries to sell them in.
Xhex already has her John Matthew tattoo. He likey :D
Q: How did Devina know it was Matthias when Jim, Adrian and Eddie didn’t?
She’s like Nigel, so she knows as Nigel knows. Unlike him, she cheats.
Q: Why is Jim so much more powerful than Adrian and Eddie?
He’s more powerful but doesn’t have the experience, so he defo needs them. He’s the chosen one. It’s a different role. But they aren’t indispensable. (I’m just not sure if they relates to the chosen ones like Jim or the players as a whole. –Decadence)
Q: Will Blay become a Brother?
Not sure. I know he still fights but I haven’t seen it yet. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but not in the immediate future.
Q: Will there be an update on all the Brothers?
It’s happening slowly. There’s been a Wrath update and there’s a lot of V in Lover Unleashed. I get the sense there will be updates in future books. Also short stories like Rhage and Mary, and Wrath and Beth. I’m working on Rhage and Mary now. I imagine we’ll do another Insider’s Guide at some point.
Q: Will we get Xhex and Murhder’s back story in Lover Unleashed before Murhder’s book and will his return affect JM and Xhex?
There’s too much V to do more on others in Lover Unleashed. You’ll defo see Murhder again and so will Xhex.
Q: Will we see improvement in Qhuinn and Blay’s relationship in Lover Unleashed?
Depends on what you consider improvement. You’ll defo see them. Defo. But they are not together, that’s for sure.
Q: Will Qhuay get their own book or just a novella? Can we have a book for those who want to know everything and a novella for those who don’t?
Looks like novella, but a novella is relative. ;D If it focuses on them, it will cover everything, know what I’m saying. I’ll get to show the inside of the cupboard, if that makes sense. Publisher is open to a novella but it still needs to be fleshed out. Looks positive at this point but it’s going to be a little while. I’ll keep everyone posted. Promise.
Q: Is Sissy Jim’s eternal search and quest for a soul? Does he get a HEA?
Blue smurf robe. (An alternative to the KR, the blue smurf robe rises up to cover Ward so that she can’t communicate whenever a question is asked that she’s not allowed to answer. –Decadence) That’s all I got on that one.
Q: Will Butch and V ever give into their cravings and break their shellans’ hearts?
Cravings. Interesting choice of words. Sometimes what you need you don’t crave, but you have to have it anyway. That’s all I can say *tries to get smurf robe off*
Q: Why does Devina have a relationship with the souls? Does she know who they’ll be?
Devina has an inside track, but not greater than Nigel. They’re equal in knowledge but not ethics. Adrian and Eddie are outside the rules. So the question is, if both sides are cheating, what then?
Q: Are Colin and Nigel a couple?
The nature of their relationship was shown and the hero of Envy (third book in the Fallen Angels series) is in Lover Unleashed.
Q: Are we getting new Brothers?
There are some more vampires showing up and you’ll meet some in Lover Unleashed. Smurf robe.
Can we have a name?
Xcor (pronounced Core). (No idea if Xcor is male or female. Could the silent X denote femininity since Xhex also begins with a silent X? –Decadence)
Q: Whose book is after Payne and Manny?
I don’t know. I’m pulling into the last third of Lover Unleashed, but it’s quiet right now.
Q: Will we see Devina’s therapist? Is she an important character?
OMG, you so totally will but important is relative. What? I dnt say nuthun.
Q: Is No’One’s name a play on her being Sampsone’s daughter? Does she mate a Brother *cough*Tohr*cough*?
Not allowed to say dick about her. My admin nearly killed me in Radcliffe. So I be good author, unless when my moderator is threatening to size 14 my ass.
Q: Does Devina get bow chicka wow wow? Will she meet the Omega?
Roooarrrinnnggggg. She gets her some. Devina likes a good bang. I don’t know about Devina and the Omega. I feel it’s like two separate worlds but I’ve been wrong before.
Xhex uses her cilices to keep level. (I’m not sure, but it seems to imply that she continues to use them after her mating. –Decadence)
Q: Has Lover Unleashed made you blush yet?
Shower scene. Payne’s on the bench and Manny’s on the tile. I wrote it today. Tongue bath.
Q: How is writing V in Lover Unleashed?
He’s better than in Lover Unbound, easier to write, so I’m expecting that to change any time now.
You’ll get to see JM in Lover Unleashed, but only in relation to Qhuinn.
Q: Thank God for Butch when Manny and V confront each other.
You got it.
I’m hoping to post the Lover Unleashed cover next week when I get permission from my editor.
Hopefully Rhage and Mary’s short story (about their need for young and how it shakes out) will be finished by the end of the year. Then I have to write about Wrath and Beth. Then Qhuinn and Blay. I’m not sure when the short stories will be published.
I could see Rhage with a daughter.
So can I. He’d spoil her rotten.
V would be great with a kid.
I think he would disagree with you.
Saxton is absolutely positively not into Layla. Trust me. He adores Blay and would never hurt him. Ever. I love Saxton.
I don’t know if we’ll see Claire and Michael again (from Story of Son).
Q: Are we going to get anything physical between Butch and V? A kiss, something?
There’s something, I’ll tell you that.
Q: Any info on Rehv?
His role as head of the symphaths will be very interesting to see.
Q: What’s Manny’s ethnicity?
His mother is Italian. (No mention of his father and doesn’t Manello sound Italian? –Decadence)
Q: How’s Butch?
Butch is feeling a lot of black right now. (Why do I automatically think leather or candle wax? — Decadence) Blue robe.
Q: Will Sissy be Jim’s HEA?
Q: Will Trez and iAm get their own books?
I’d love to write their books and I know who iAm ends up with. No, you haven’t met her.
Q: What inspired you to be a writer?
I was always a writer. I came hardwired that way, always with the stories and getting them down.
Q: Who was your favourite Brother to write?
Q: How do you get past writer’s block?
I don’t have writer’s block if I just do what my Rice Krispies say. If I try to influence the story, the voices and pics shut up.
Q: Can you tell us about another new vampire besides Xcor?
My admin will kill me.
Q: What’s up with the painting on the ceiling of the angels and warriors?
The painting is something Darius loved. He commissioned it and sometimes Lassiter sees Wellsie in it.
Q: Is the Scribe Virgin fading? Wouldn’t the Omega also fade if they are connected?
The Omega is going strong while the SV fades. If she disappears, what then? I’ll leave it at that.
Q: Were Adrian and Eddie human?
Their back story gradually comes out and it’s a KR.
Q: Did Lash go back to the Omega like all lessers?
The answer is at the end of Lover Mine.
Q: Can you give us a list of Adrian’s piercings?
Let’s say he’s into chains kind of like Lassiter is. He and Qhuinn and Lassiter are the kings of pin cushions. Looks better without clothes on, s’all I’m saying.
Q: Is there a connection between Devina’s black oily things and the Omega’s, like are they the souls they’ve killed?
The Omega’s creatures are not unlike Devina’s. But just his private ones in his lair, not lessers up above. So there’s a crossover at that level. Oil is the new latex.
Q: How are Nalla, Bella and Z?
They are going so great that Mary’s been a bit transformed. But it will work out for her. You’ll see it in the short story, which P.S. is not going to be short.
Q: Have you considered writing future generations?
I think it would make great Slices of Life or like a flash forward in a bigger book. I want to write Nalla (OMG, can you imagine Z?) and I love Phury’s little guy.
Q: It’s interesting that Butch and Manny have the same drink preference.
LOLOL, well, he wanted some Lag, that was for sure. But he denied, denied, denied liking it in Lover Unbound. Perhaps he’s had a change of heart after a little mind f***ing around courtesy of V at the end of Lover Unbound. You’ll see how his mind does not do so well and that shit goes into the shitter.
Q: Does Adrian get a HEA?
Defo see more of Adrian.
Q: Would Rhage and Mary adopt from a human orphanage?
No, they’ll find another way.
Q: How old are Rehv and Xhex and why were you so cagey the last time we asked?
I guess I’m just cagey sometimes and I’ll take your point to be cagey now.
Q: Will there be a triangle between Manny, V and Butch?
V’s had enough of triangles already ;) Manny gets his memory erased a few times and it changes him until he’s literally rendered useless. And then you’ll have to see what happens. You never know what’s inside and what’s covered up.
Q: Will Beth go through her needing in Lover Unleashed?
The second short story should be finished next year and I don’t know when the book. (I think she means the book with both short stories published together. –Decadence) Beth is a half breed, so her needing time is different.
Q: What is the significance of the Angels’ appearances and piercings?
KR, but nakey is better.
Q: Does Devina have power over Jim because they had sex in Covet? Will we see the Fallen Angels in the BDB world? Is God Devina’s therapist?
God is defo not Devina’s therapist. Devina barters for things and she wants Jim so he will have to do stuff he doesn’t want to. I worry it will eat away at him over time. There will be casual crossovers. Now that the Angels are coming back to Caldwell, I think we’ll see more BDB cameos in the Fallen Angels series. Never know when you’ll see them.
Q: Can you tell us about Tohr’s mate?
I loved Wellsie, but I think he needs someone. I’m not sure when his book will be, but I don’t want it to be right after Payne and Manny. I want more time to prepare.
Q: What’s V’s problem with Lassiter?
Q: What about Butch’s father?
Right now there are seven Fallen Angel books, but I can see it being open ended. I see the last book and I’m like, ‘Huh?’
You can find a list of BDB-related Book Thingo posts here, most of which were written by Decadence, our resident BDB guru.