nalini singh

Interview with…Nalini Singh

So if you’ve caught some of my review’s of Nalini Singh’s work, you know I ADORE her books…I had a chance to interview (and sign!!) with her last year, and she graciously agreed to contribute to the newsletter.  (Remember, you can get these babies hot off the press once a month by signing up for the newsletter…and have a chance to win a $10 gift certif to Amazon!!).  Anyway, with no further ado…Nalini Singh!

MftBS: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as an author?

I think the first sale is just something special.  The excitement of knowing that my book was going to go out there in the world – it was this amazing, wonderful, stupendous feeling! It makes me grin each time I think of it.

But you know, cool things happen every day – every time a reader emails to tell me they loved my work, it just makes my day. 🙂

MftBS: If you were trying to describe your work to a new reader, what would you say?

I write about the Psy, a race that buried their emotions a century ago in an effort to fight a vicious tide of insanity and murder, and the changeling shapeshifters who challenge their perfect Silence. The Psy have amazing powers of the mind, none of the heart, while the changelings crave touch, live for sensation. Caught somewhere in between are the humans.

If you like hot, alpha heroes, strong heroines, and find yourself intrigued by the idea of a world in which telepathy is accepted and a panther can walk alongside a human, check out my books!

MftBS: Who are three of your favorite writers & why?

Oh wow, this is SUCH a difficult question!! I’m a huge reader and have so many favorites. Here are three (but really, I need a whole page to list them all!)

JD Robb – love, love, LOVE her In Death series. I’m really in awe of how she’s kept the Eve/Roarke relationship interesting despite the fact that the two of them are now married.

Anne McCaffrey – her Pern series, & her Tower and the Hive series are just amazing blends of sf/fantasy and romance. The way she builds worlds, creates these wonderful relationships, it’s something extraordinary.

Jayne Castle (actually Jayne Ann Krentz in any of her guises!) – I really enjoy her characters and how they interact. Love her alpha heroes, especially when they’ve convinced everyone else that they’re beta. Yeah, right!

MftBS: What is your oddest habit while writing?

Hmm, sometimes I listen to music in other languages. I might not know what it means, but if the tone works for me, I’ll listen to it.

MftBS: Last but not least…what tidbit of BSP (Blatant Self Promotion) would you like to share with my devoted, die-hard fans?

Well, I have a book out this month – it’s called CARESSED BY ICE and it’s about an icy Psy assassin that I just know you’ll love. On reader said that the hero was “so dominant, so controlled, so Icy Hot that he gave me hot flashes” . Oooh la la!

If you want to read extended excerpts of all the books in the series, check out a free short story, or go Behind the Scenes, swing by my website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/

Also, just for fun, you might want to check out this quiz to see which Psy/Changeling hero is for you: http://www.quizilla.com/users/NaliniSingh/quizzes/Which%20Psy-Changeling%20Hero%20Is%20For%20You?/

TABT, Caressed in Ice by Nalini Singh

 As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people.  Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins-cold, pitiless, unfeeling.  Until he meets Brenna…  Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted-and had her mind violated-by a serial killer.  Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer himself.  Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness.  Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them.  Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…

Yet another freakin’ GREAT book by Singh.  Judd is perhaps my favorite hero yet, because he’s so understandably tortured.  Seriously, this is not a guy who’s manufacturing angst, but has to live through a very real torment.  Brenna is his equal match, living through something that would shut down 99.9% of the population.  The fact they find redemption, healing and a measure of comfort in each other’s company makes this a stunning book indeed.  Run, don’t walk, to grab this one while it’s still on the shelves.

TABT…Visions of Heat, by Nalini Singh

I really, really hope to get better about blogging in general, but right now the book review and my Wednesday posts are all I can seem to scramble out of my little brain with the move and the respective “stuff” that comes with it.  Without further ado…here’s this week’s book review! 

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder.  A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, and F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future.  Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need…exquisite pleasure.  But so powerful is her sight so fragile her state of mind, that the very emotions she years to embrace could be the end of her.  Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith.  The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument.  But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity.  And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes.  They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn.

Sigh.  Yet another author on my auto-buy list.  I was tres disappointed that they didn’t have Caressed by Ice in Wal Mart when I went in for sundries earlier this week, so I guess it’s time to hit Amazon.  Anyway, Singh continues her Psy/Changeling series shortly after the end of Slave to Sensation.  (Recommend you read this one first, so you can get the worldbuilding from the get-go.)  Faith is a beautifully drawn character, one who’s drawn to the Changelings, but not-so-ready to betray the Psy.  Because of that, you’re drawn into her turmoil immediately.  Vaughn was less of a mystery, but still drool-worthy in his alphaness *g*.  Definitely pick up this series if you want a decadent treat!

TABT…Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed.  To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”-the complete psychic erasure of everything she was…  Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain.  After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women.  Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket to their closely guarded society.  But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion-and that the animal in him is fascinated by her.  Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities-or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

Um…holy crap, what a FABULOUS book.  I haven’t been this excited about a new author in a long, long time.  Singh infuses her work with very real passion and feeling, while at the same time flawlessly bringing us into a complicated world that doesn’t seem so complex because it’s done so well.  Never once did I scratch my head and say “huh?”, never once did I want to whack the hero or the heroine for being morons.  They things that keep them apart are very real, and never seem contrived.  I’m not going to just recommend this one…I’m telling you to go out and buy it…you won’t be disappointed…instead you’ll be sucked in so hard and fast you’ll forget where you are and what you were doing.