Friday, July 15, 2011

Coming Home

In a few months Nightshine, the fourth novel in the Kyndred series, will hit the shelves. Normally I would say that this is also the final book in the series, and as it happens I did wrap up as much as possible with the Kyndred in this story. But as I am currently back writing in the Darkyn universe again, who's to say what the future will bring? I have to leave it in the hands of the publisher and the readership.

I'm quite happy with what I got on the page while writing Nightshine. I had a lot of fun with the storyline, the cast and the world-building. As with the other books in the series it's definitely not the usual thing, but for all the exotic aspects involved in the story, writing it reminded me of how it feels to come home after a long road trip.

I don't think everyone should have to wait until November to read the book, though, so I've got a stack of Nightshine ARCs to give away today. If you'd like a chance to win one, in comments to this post name the title of a book you felt was a particularly satisfying reading experience (or if you can't think of one, just toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Saturday, July 16, 2011. I'll draw ten names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners a signed ARC copy of Nightshine (if you win and have not read the first three books in the Kyndred series, or would just like to have a matched set, I will send along signed copies of Shadowlight, Dreamveil and Frostfire as well.) I will also be including a Nightshine-inspired BookLoop in every winner's ARC. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

83 comments:

  1. I particularly enjoyed A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin recently. It was just the sort of urban fantasy that I adore.

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  2. The first time I picked up Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen I knew it would be a good read and it was.
    Now I can't wait to sink my mind into A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin for some fantasy that just satisfies currently.

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  3. Any Ilona Andrews books. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a reading slump and nothing's really hitting the right spot and three times now a book by Ilona Andrews has pulled me right out of those slumps. Particularly the Kate Daniels series.

    I have the whole Darkyn series, which I've really liked, but haven't given the Kyndred series a try yet, though I've been meaning to.

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  4. Last month I read through the ten books in Nalini Singh's "Psy/Changeling" series. I read through them in a week because they were just that good and I couldn't get enough of it.

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  5. I have to say that Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card was a great read for me considering my resistance to reading sci-fi. it took recommendations from a few trusted friends before I took the leap and I am glad I did :)

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  6. ooh if i have to pic one book it would have to ur book evermore...i just love to plot..it was also my first book i read that was urs..

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  7. My most satisfying read so far this year has been Hounded by Kevin Hearne, who is a wonderful fresh voice in urban fantasy.

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  8. Right now I'm re-reading Raymond Feist's Empire trilogy. They're old favorites. Mara's struggle against almost impossible odds, and her eventual triumph has always captured my imagination. Combine that with the intricate worldbuilding that contrasting her culture with the "barbarian" world, it makes it easy to get lost in.

    Great way to forget everything around me, makes it a perfect "comfort read".

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  9. The last book I really loved, and which incidentally pulled me out of a reading slump, was Winifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

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  10. Oh, squee! I'm looking forward to Nightshine.

    Magic Slays was a great read, but I think satisfaction will have to wait until the last in the series.

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  11. Just one book? Wow...well, I really loved Ender's Game. I think it was a great story and was wrapped up perfectly. It also left room for the series and the Shadow series, too. I think that it should be a sci-fi staple.

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  12. Ohh, lets see... The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn, Skin Dive by Ava Gray, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and a bunch more. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! :)

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  13. Margaret S6:51 AM

    The Christmas Throwaway by R J Scott.
    It is m/m but it contrasts a good family life with a fatally bad one but has a happy ending.
    I don't like bad endings as I want to be cheered not depressed by the books I read.
    Good luck to everyone who enters.

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  14. Well, I really enjoy your books, but I'm not going to crawl (much!) I thought Loretta Chase's "Silk and Seduction" was a lovely read. Truly witty with characters that had depth and richness.

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  15. When I think back to the books I've read recently, one pops instantly to mind. I loved Soulless by Gail Carriger. It really pulled me in and held my attention. Great characters, intriguing story.

    Wonderful giveaway!

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  16. Fran Kane7:27 AM

    I'd love to win a preview of Nightshine so my particularly satisfying read was Jacquelyn Frank's Hunting Julian. I'd read my way through JF's Jacob/Gideon etc books and loved all of them, but Hunting Julian sat on my bookshelf for over a year before I got around to reading it. I would skim over it and say to myself, "no I don't feel that one just now" and I'd pick up something else. When I finally got to reading it, I was completely blown away because it was nothing like I expected. The story gripped me from the first and the validity of the world she created drew me in and kept my imagination buzzing. I could really see the images in my head and when it finished, I rushed straight out to buy Stealing Catherine, the follow on book. Its great to become so gripped by a book that your mind is full of it even when you're going through work and all its routines.
    Roll on November when Nightshine will be out!!!

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  17. 'Faking It' by Jennifer Crusie and 'Black Echo' by Michael Connelly. I've read them more times than I can count, but each time I get sucked in, and when I'm done have that wonderful "that book was really fantastic" feeling.

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  18. Shizuka7:36 AM

    'Cold Kiss' by Amy Garvey. In a moment of fierce grief, teenager Wren uses her powers to bring back her boyfriend from the dead. The book is about her trying to make things right.

    What I loved about the book -- the paranormal element is not the focus of the story. It's really about the relationship she has with her dead boyfriend, with her mother (who also has powers), and the new boy in town. The book comes out in September.

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  19. I just recently enjoyed Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. Great book!

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  20. I am rereading Patricia Briggs alpha and omega series. Love them! And would love to preview Nightshine.

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  21. H. Rasmussen8:57 AM

    I recently read 'God's Behaving Badly' by Marie Phillips. Absolutely hilarious and charmingly British.

    Would love the opportunity to read these.

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  22. A Dream Called Time was a particularly satisfying reading experience for me. You wrapped everything up so well in that one book, I was on my knees doing the whole 'I'm not worthy' thing afterwards. I can't wait to see how you 'end' the Kyndred story (although, I am not looking forward to end there anymore than I was looking forward to an end of the StarDoc universe.)

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  23. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. A romance but also good enough for my library book club book!

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  24. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. :D


    Cheers,
    Erin

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  25. Cannot wait for your next book. I have been doing some catch up reading. Just finished Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper. I am currently reading Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh. I treated myself to Deanna Raybourn's The Dark Enquiry.

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  26. Anne V.9:32 AM

    Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate and Ilona Andrews Edge novels. I'm ready for a new novel to blow me away though. My fingers are crossed for Rob Thurman's new release in a few weeks-Basilisk.

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  27. Afterlife by Sophie Littlefield. It was just amazing. It also pulled my out of a slump.

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  28. A Mankind Witch by Dave Freer (Baen). Funny, and with a sweet and satisfying romance. Very rare to have a good romance written by a man. Can't think of any others off the top of my head.

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  29. The Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson. A very satisfying end to a long, long series.

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  30. J.R. Ward's Lover Awakened was a lovely mix of action, romance, hot sex and redemption.

    Can't wait to read the new Darkyn novel!! One of my favorite universes.

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  31. Michael Connelly's "Angels Flight" was a particularly good one in his Bosch series... a nice, tight mystery that still propelled the characters forward.

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  32. I just recently got around to reading Harry Connolly's "Child of Fire" and "Game of Cages", and I really enjoyed both books.

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  33. Anonymous10:48 AM

    There isn't just one. I love Nalini Singh's Archangel series, though the books I keep rereading when I just need to disappear into another world is Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

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  34. Just re-read "Red Moon and Black Mountain", the classic fantasy by Joy Chant, and, man, she could wrench your heart out.

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  35. I'm throwing my name in the hat!

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  36. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Joy said...

    Quicksilver by Amanda Quick; Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh.

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  37. I thought Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson (author: Lindsay Faye) was very well written and highly entertaining. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of her books.

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  38. bluebamboo11:23 AM

    Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly. Well-crafted mystery, engaging characters....and kittycats. :D

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  39. Atropa Rainwater11:40 AM

    I loved "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. It was weird, twisty, full of dark creatures, and absolutely hilarious.

    Kind of sounds like my life . . .

    I wouldn't say it was the best read of my life or anything, but for some reason I've had this huge soft spot for it since I read it, and have re-read it by myself and to my husband since. :)

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  40. A satisfying read? Would saying After Midnight be too much?

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  41. Most recently, Hounded by Kevin Hearne, the first book in the Iron Druid series.

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  42. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning......it wraped up a series, that i was sad to see end.

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  43. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer.

    It totally made me anticipate the arrival of the next book Wolfsbane, which will be out in a few days!

    I absolutely LOVED Shadowlight and Dreamveil! I've got Frostfire on my to be read list.

    Jan van Es
    moonie442001@yahoo.com

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  44. I enjoy all of Deborahm Crombie's mystery novels. Entrancing and thrilling. Another one was A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.

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  45. A memorable series to read and savor is by Jacqueline Winspear. Wonderful writing and appealing stories.

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  46. Anonymous12:49 PM

    I'm going to say "Cold as Ice" by Anne Stuart. It's onde of those books I keep coming back to and every time I read it, I get lost in the story all over again.

    Lia

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  47. AthenaW12:53 PM

    Quinn by Iris Johansen. It was particularly satisfying because we found out for certain who the killer ISN'T and I know the last and final book (Bonnie) will reveal all. PS I would love an ARC of nightshine

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  48. I read Kiss of Snow and Magic Slays and they were perfect to read while I was on vacation.

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  49. Anonymous1:43 PM

    It's just so hard to pick just one! OK, I'll go with Watership Down by Richard Adams.

    Sari from Michigan

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  50. Hi!
    I've read and enjoyed your Darkyn & Kindred Series. I can't wait for more!!
    BTW, a big "Thank You" for sharing your stories!!

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  51. I have been re-reading a series, which I guess is an indication that it was and is a satisfying reading experience! Sharon Shinn's Samaria series: it mixes my love of fantasy and my love of music.

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  52. Oh me pls... I'm hoping for the entire set of Kyndred...

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  53. Anonymous2:34 PM

    I just finished Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh which I love

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  54. I just finished Feed, a horror novel by Mira Grant, which I loved, and it's twisted and shocking ending kept me up half the night! I consider that satisfying :)

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  55. loved Kiss of Snow by Nalini. And I have all of your books. Glad you're writing more in this verse. Love it.

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  56. claire cherven2:47 PM

    I just finished reading Marjorie M. Liu's In the Dark of Dreams, which you recommended a while ago. WOW! Thanks for the adventure.

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  57. One series I find very satisfying no matter how often I read it is The Deeds Of Paksennarion by Elizabeth Moon. I like how the heroine goes from a simple sheepfarmer's daughter to a Paladin of the Gods over the course of the trilogy.

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  58. Deeper Than Midnight. It was the first of this series I have read and didnt want to put it down.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  59. I haven't read this series yet and would love to read this. I'm still reading the Darkyn series.

    wade2121(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  60. Tammy S3:22 PM

    OOOHHHn That's hard, but the one Ijust finished reading somehow spoke to me - the title is No Mercy by Lori Armstrong.

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  61. I really enjoyed Christine Feehan's "Ruthless Game."

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  62. I've been reading the Sword of Change series by Patricia Bray. The characters are engaging and the story is well-made, with an interesting world. I've just begun book 3 but the first two were very satisfying, and I'm eagerly anticipating the finish of #3.

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  63. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Quicksilver by Amanda Quick and The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen. Both were fabulous.



    CherB

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  64. I enjoyed Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley for the first time years ago and have read it a couple of times.

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  65. The one that sticks out for me is A Discovery of Witches. I started reading thinking I wasn't going to like it and end the end I didn't want to put it down.

    I love the Kyndrd series! Thanks for the great opportunity to read it early, November seems like forever from now.

    Sararcummins AT gmail Dot com

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  66. I got into Gini Koch's Alien Series and just love it. It's one of the few series that I re-read when I finished each one.

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  67. Most recently, DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth.

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  68. The Villa by Nora Roberts

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  69. The best book I ever read (nonfiction) was "Why I Love Black Women" by Michael Eric Dyson.

    I also love your Kyndred and Darkyn series. Can't wait to read "Nightshine".

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  70. I've been enjoying Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity as of late.

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  71. Currently, it's Annie's Song, by Catherine Anderson.

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  72. I just finished Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman. A magical private investigative agency with a cool magic system.

    I'd love to win said arc. Have a great summer :D

    Sue

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  73. Getting back to a bit of hard sci-fi after a sojourn in other genres. Just finished rereading "Excession" by Iain M. Banks. I love the ship names in his Culture universe. That's one of the reasons I read them.

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  74. I'm just throwing my name in the hat because I haven't read your Kyndred books although I've read the Darkyn ones.

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  75. Melissa De La Cruz "Bloody Valentine". I love the whole Blue Blood series.







    Necole P

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  76. Also just throwing my name in the hat--it's too hot to think right now : >

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  77. I really enjoy your blog, though haven't yet read any of your series. So, thought I'd throw my name in to see if anything comes of it.

    I have to say, the best reading experience I ever had was with Alocott's Little Women: I got so drawn in, even though I'd previously disliked a lot of classical, period fiction!

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  78. I've read all of the Darkyn & Kyndred books & I've been revisiting the Darkyn books once more, but the one that I love the most is: " If Angels Burn".. Looking forward to "Nightshine"..

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  79. Anonymous1:30 PM

    A Civil Campaign by LMMB works on so many levels!

    - Nicole

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  80. I'm in the middle of "The Department of Lost and Found" by Allison Winn Scotch. I'm enjoying it very much, laughing and crying, as I read. And without examining why I'm crying so much, I'm very glad I picked up this book.

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  81. Karla Jackson-Levine3:28 PM

    Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. I read it the first time at about 12 y.o. and have re-read it often - I'm on my 3rd copy in paperback - still hoping I'm around for the real thing.

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  82. I'm an avid reader, but My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares touched my heart. I think it's a must read for romance lovers.

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  83. Right now, I'm re-reading Alexis Morgan's Paladins.

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