Hello everyone! How is the reading going???
Here, on Raunchy, Rude Reader's blog, we keep reading and suggesting the books we like, hoping you will like them too!
This is about to change, since I decided that I will introduce you to my favorite PNR authors!
What is paranormal fiction, though? The answer comes from http://www.wisegeek.com/ :
“Paranormal fiction, also called supernatural fiction or speculative fiction, is a specific type of fantasy fiction. Paranormal stories encompass elements of the paranormal, such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and any sort of magical or otherworldly creatures. This type of fiction often goes beyond fact and logical explanations to speculate about the things that cannot be seen or proved, such as extrasensory perception (ESP) and alien life. There are several different categories of paranormal fiction, such as young adult (YA) fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural horror, and paranormal romance.”
I have to warn you that I do not really like horror but I …..
On today’s post, I will tell you about the amazing Nalini Singh.
Nalini Singh started by writing contemporary romance, but she became famous with her “Psy – Chalenging” series.
She introduces us to her world, where there are 3 races: the humans, as we know them, the Psy, a race with extraordinary powers which has chosen to condition themselves not to feel emotions, and the changelings, various shifters (though we currently see only 2 packs, leopards and wolves, several species are mentioned) with their unique abilities, due to their animal side.
Needless to say that Psy and changelings do not work well together…..
“The changelings had had enough. Enough of Psy arrogance. Enough of Psy politics. Enough of Psy manipulation. Decades of resentment and fury had built up into a powder keg that the Psy had unknowingly ignited with their latest atrocity.
Now it was war.
And one very unusual Psy was about to be trapped in the middle.” (Slave to Sensation, 2006)
Or do they????
“Lucas drew Sascha’s attention back to him. Part of it was because he thought her far too dangerous to leave to anyone else. But part of it was because he didn’t like her being fascinated by anyone or anything except him. Given his possessive nature, that could turn out to be a problem. A big one.”(Slave to Sensation)
And that is simply the beginning!!!
Her Psy/Changeling books revolve around pairs in the mating dance,
“Putting his hands palms down on either side of her, he glowered. “A male doesn’t hurt his mate.”
And there it was. The reason her gorgeous, generous, laughing lover had turned into a crazed beast without warning.
The words seemed to penetrate his mind at the same moment. “We’re in the mating dance.”
They stared at each other for several long minutes. Then Drew began to smile, his eyes shifting from blue to copper and back again. “We’re in the mating dance.””( Play of Passion, 2010)
“"How old were you when they started training you?" he asked his Psy. He'd found her first. Therefore, she was his. It was the cat talking and Vaughn didn't feel like arguing.” (Visions of Heat, 2007)
women who know what they want,
““I don’t need a mate,” she muttered, staring up at the bright circle of the early autumn moon.
“But can’t you send me a nice, sexy, strong male to dance with? Pretty please?” She hadn’t had a lover for close to eight months now, and it was starting to hurt on every level.
“He doesn’t even have to be smart, just good between the sheets.” Good enough to unsnap the tension in her body, allow her to function again. Because sex wasn’t simply about pleasure for a cat like her—it was about affection, about trust, about everything good. “Though right this second, I’d take plain old hot sex.”
That was when Riley walked out of the shadows. “Got an itch, kitty?” (Branded by Fire, 2009)
and are ready to fight for it,
““I’d rather watch you take a lover than die at my hands.”
She knew how much those words must’ve tortured him. Even now, the air was staining bloodred with anger. “And would you let that man live?” she whispered.
No response. That gave her hope even when hope seemed impossible. “Then we fight, Judd.” She dared to place her hand gently on his chest. He flinched but didn’t move away. “We fight until every avenue is closed and then we dig under the roadblocks. Because I am not walking away from us.” Strong words, but she was shaking. He could destroy her with a few careless comments.” (Caressed by Ice, 2007)
and though the men can be very decisive about their woman (continues from the last expert),
““You’re the strongest, most determined woman I know.” He played his fingers along the strands of her hair. “You’d make mincemeat out of a lesser man. It’s a good thing you belong to me.”
Relief almost collapsed her knees. “Not funny.”
“I’m serious.” Something very male moved over his face. “If you say yes now, I won’t let you go if you decide I’m not what you want later on down the road. You say yes, you say yes forever. Be sure.”
For a single taut second, she was afraid of the possession in that voice, the implacability in his eyes. Judd was no tame wolf who would do whatever she wanted. He was complicated and dominant and more than a little bad.
And he was hers, no matter that the mating bond didn’t exist between them. She didn’t need that validation. Not with her dark angel. “If I ever want freedom, I’ll get it.” Men like Judd needed to know their women had claws.” (Caressed by Ice)
frustration is definitely there!
““Keep pushing, baby,” he murmured in that low, deep voice that touched places in her body it had no business touching. “We’ll see what it gets you.”
“Frustration!” she said, throwing caution to the winds on an adrenalinefueled rush of courage. “That’s all it’s ever gotten me. If sexual attraction followed any kind of a logical rule, I’d be in bed with Kit right now instead of sitting next to a man too scared to take a chance.”” (Kiss of Snow, 2011)
Their mating bond can only be described as the most beautiful thing that ever happened to them!
They are willing to put their lives in danger just to protect each other, their devotion to each other, so unique!
““Except I never had a prayer when it came to you. You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.”
Tears, slow and quiet, ran down Sienna’s cheeks.
He wasn’t finished. “You have the power to tear me to pieces, to wound me so deep and true that I’ll never recover. What Rissa’s death did to the boy I was? You have the ability to do a thousand times worse to the man I’ve become. Some part of me knew that was a possibility from the instant you walked into my life—so I tried to keep you at arm’s length even as I demanded everything you had. I was a coward.”” (Kiss of Snow)
But fair warning!!! Not all pairs are mated *wink wink*….. Those details are up to you to find out!
Nalini Singh, did not stay at shifters…. She has also written the "Guild Hunter" series in a whole different context.
In these series we get to see mainly one couple, Elena and Raphael.
A “too tall female with pale, almost white hair and silver eyes”, Elena is not your average woman. What makes her even more special, is the fact that she is hunter born! She can track vampires by their scent and she is one of the best (if not THE BEST).
Raphael on the other hand….
“She took a deep breath and a step backward before turning to face him. The impact hit her like a physical blow. He was . . . “Beautiful.” Eyes of such pure undiluted blue it was as if some heavenly artist had crushed sapphires into his paints and then colored in the irises with the finest of brushes.
She was still reeling from the visual shock when a sudden wind swept across the rooftop, lifting up strands of his black hair. But black was too tame a word for it. It was so pure it held echoes of the night, vivid and passionate. Cut in careless layers that stopped at the nape of his neck, it bared the sharp angles of his face and made her fingers curl with the urge to stroke.
Yes, he was beautiful, but it was the beauty of a warrior or a conqueror. This man had power stamped on every inch of his skin, every piece of his flesh. And that was before she took in the exquisite perfection of his wings. The feathers were a soft white and appeared dusted with gold. But when she concentrated, she saw the truth—each individual filament of each individual feather bore a golden tip.” ( Angel’s Blood, 2009)
In a world ruled by Archangels, where mortals are at the bottom of the food chain, The Guild exists to protect humans against vampires (mostly). How do vampires fit in the equation, you will ask….
Though it’s a secret on how exactly they are Made, it is common knowledge that the angels make them (you have Archangels, so you must have angels, too!!).
Except you must never confuse them with your average guardian – angel of the other stories! These creatures are dangerous!!
””Will you not look at me, Elena?”
“No.” She continued to stare upward. “I look at you and things get confused.”
A male chuckle, low, husky . . . and inside her mind. “Avoiding my gaze gains you nothing.”
“Didn’t think so,” she said softly, anger a dark ember in her gut. “Is that how you get your kicks—forcing women to worship at your feet?”
Silence. Then the sound of wings unfurling and snapping shut. “You are using up your lives.”” ( Angel’s Blood)
And while, as we said before, we see mostly Elena and Raphael, Nalini has also written the stories of three of the Seven (Raphael’s elite guard, his most loyal and lethal men).
And since I am drown to *ahem* difficult men, my favorite of the Seven is Dmitri, a vampire so dangerous and yet so loyal, that he is Raphael’s second ,
““Do they still have their tongues?” he asked Andreas, noticing the fact that both men had been turned into eunuchs, their penises and testicles removed with what appeared to have been dull blades. They were vampires. The parts would grow back—which was when Andreas would order their removal once more. Without anesthetic.
“I was planning to have them cut out again tomorrow.”
Dmitri felt no disgust at the brutality of the ongoing punishment, not when he had an excellent idea of the horrors these males had inflicted on Honor for their sexual gratification. “Leave it for now. I might need to question them again.”” (Archangel’s Blade, 2011)
yet so sensual, that women come crawling to him, even when they know that he enjoys pleasure mixed with pain,
“Her hands clenched on the lapels of his suit. “Anything, Dmitri.”
“You don’t want to say that to me.” He allowed the cold, dark predator within him to rise to the surface, to fill his eyes as he lowered his voice to hold pure, silken menace. “I don’t play nice and I never stop when asked.” Raising his finger, he touched it almost delicately to her cheekbone, the violence in him a pitiless blade as a result of the memories that had suddenly begun to surface. “Do you want me to hurt you?”
Carmen went white, didn’t resist when one of the vampires on watch put a hand on her arm at Dmitri’s minute nod.
Watching her go, he turned to Honor. “Now, you,” he murmured, having never lost awareness of the staccato beat of her pulse, the jagged spike of her breath, the subtle complexity of her scent. “You, I want to say those words to me.””.
For those of you still not convinced to read Nalini Singh’s paranormal books, there always is the Rock Kiss series. You can find my reviews here and here for the first 2 books, as I am impatiently waiting for the next one!
Meet the Author
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.
Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, whileAngels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.
The fourth book in Nalini’s Psy/Changeling series, Mine to Possess, hit the Extended New York Times Bestseller list. Her next book, Hostage to Pleasure, hit the printed list.
Since then, six more of her books have hit the New York Times Bestseller list, with Blaze of Memory hitting at #8, while both Play of Passion and Archangel’s Kiss hit at #9.
Nalini’s books have also consistently hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. The German translations of her books have hit the Spiegel Bestseller list.
2010: Play of Passion, Bonds of Justice, and the character Elena from Archangel's Kiss have all been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards.
Blaze of Memory, Angels' Blood, Branded By Fire, and the Must Love Hellhounds anthology win PEARL Awards in several different categories
2009: Mine to Possess is nominated for the prestigious RITA Award run by the Romance Writers of America.
Angels’ Blood wins the award for Favorite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance at the Australian Romance Readers Association Awards, while the Psy/Changeling Series wins the award for Favorite Continuing Romance Series
“Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat wins the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella
2008: Caressed By Ice wins a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.
2007: “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season wins the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella