***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHADOWS, THEN THIS DISCUSSION OF TODAY’S Q&A AT THE SHADOWS SIGNING, with deets about The Beast and the series in gene***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHADOWS, THEN THIS DISCUSSION OF TODAY’S Q&A AT THE SHADOWS SIGNING, with deets about The Beast and the series in general, WILL SPOIL YOU***
Always a great time at the Ward signings; today was no exception. I attending with Liza of Blogging by Liza and we did our best to live-tweet, take notes and correct each other where we could. It was especially difficult to hear this time around because the audience members weren’t passing around a mic during Q&A, so we’d often hear an answer without hearing the actual question. Sometimes the questions were repeated; other times they were not. Even JR’s assistant who was furiously transcribing the event begged, “Repeat the question!”
As usual - UGH - no food or drink allowed in the ballroom. But also as usual, that didn’t stop fans from working through several bottles of champagne during the hallway pre-gaming hehehe :)
I interviewed some fans before the signing to post later on YouTube and...surprisingly...no one I spoke with was raging over Selena’s death. I was expecting to find at least one person to commiserate with. While everyone admitted it brought on the sads and lots of tissue, they seemed to understand the decision and were just super psyched to have lots of scenes with the original brothers in The Shadows. I’m glad about the latter, but I couldn’t even properly experience Selena’s death because I was in COMPLETE denial about Selena’s death, even after she was burnt to a crisp. I think I had 5 minutes left on my audiobook when I realized, “wait, she’s really dead?” But back to the Q&A coverage, with some of my tweets from this afternoon tossed in for good measure :) There's a ton of stuff I didn't get that's covered in JR's post. And there's stuff here that's not there. I'll let you sort that out ;)
Next BDB hardcover book: The Beast (Rhage & Mary) (Liza yells at me, “I KNEW IT! I WAS RIGHT!”)
Q: Can you elaborate on what’s going on with Rhage? (People all around me “He seems like he’s PMSing") Tweet: "'Rhage is too big to fit in a small package' ;) Hence no longer a novella. Rhage has survivors guilt." JR: He has lots of survivor’s guilt (referring to his shellen living while other shellens have died). Then she closes by mentioning an aspect of their life coming to fruition. (Of course we’re all thinking baby....What what I REALLY find interesting is the Twitter theories this afternoon. Most readers think they’ll adopt the baby from the shelter in The Shadows. But after JR’s comment later in the afternoon, about trouble ahead for Rhage and Mary, and how with as many women as he’s f*cked, that’s bound to come back and bother you...That perhaps he knocked up one of the past hookups and THAT’S how Rhage and Mary end up with a baby....To me, this is pretty much the ONLY way I could see a past woman/past fling becoming a problem. Because right now, Rhage and Mary and so OVER that garage from his past.)
Tweet: “JR: ‘Next Question!...Are you gonna tell me to F*ck Off?" I KNOW people are pissed. I respect that.’” Next questions is a comment, and it’s actually about exactly that. Q: There’s a lot of haters for this book, but you handled it perfectly. (basically echoing everyone I spoke with in the line today) JR: She tells us a funny story about the time she went to see Steel Magnolius in the theaters, thinking it was just a Southern comedy. Then she left the theater extremely pissed, feeling she’d wasted her time and her mom’s $$ on a “piece of shit where the bitch died at the end” LOLOL! So yeah, she gets why people are pissed with The Shadows but that’s what happened in her head. Lover Unbound was the last book where she tried to interfere with what was happening in her head, and she said that Lover Unbound sucked as a result, so she didn’t want to mess with it again. So basically a kind of reiteration of her recent Facebook post where she explained that she wrote what she saw and the characters made her do it.
JR: “Questions! Would anyone ELSE like to tell me to Fuck Off?” LOLOL! (lots of laughter of course)
JR loved the Mercedes scene with Fritz (Me, too!!!)
Q: Will we see more of s’Ex? JR: In the course of giving her answer, she says, “I love s’Ex” several times and giggles afterwards. We’re all laughing, too. Then she jokes about the men in the audience thinking her husband is a lucky man :) She loves s’Ex a LOT. Someone says something I can’t hear about his now-dead baby. And JR’s like yea yeah that was horrible and adds that her boss had said, “You killed the BABY!” and JR’s said, “You think THAT’S bad? Wait for it....” LOLOLOL #DEAD She’s SO f*cking funny. But I digress.
Q: Will Rhage be pardoned by the Scribe Virgin? JR: SV can’t get out of her own way. Tweet: “Keep reading on whether Rhage gets pardoned by the scribe virgin.”
Q: Will Darius and Murhder come back into the books? JR: Darius is NOT coming back. He’s kind of back in JM. I though Murhder was coming back in this book, but he didn’t. Probably the next book. Tweet: “When Murhder comes back, that re-tees JM/Xhex. And that's gonna be some shit. In Blood Kiss that fact that Butch fucked Xhex comes out.” (yup I TOTALLY forgot about that)
Someone comments about golden retriever hair found in their virtual signing book so JR apologizes*g*
Tweet: “Don't hold her to it, but she thinks Layla and Xcor will be after THE BEAST.”
JR: Lash will absolutely be back but we’re not there yet.
Q: will we learn more about Throe’s family? Then someone adds, “What’s the name of his sister again?” (trying to play it off as if it’s information that has already been given to us - sneaky bitch - I loved it!) JR: What was the name of his sister? “FUCK” and “YOU” LOLOLOL *cue the uproarious laughter
Q: Can bonds be unrequited? JR: Yes
Q: Will the humans find out about the vampires? JR: The shooting on the roof from way back when? We’re going to find out that it was YouTubed It’s coming out over the next few books.
Tweet: “Anything significant about Creag's parentage? Keep reading.”
Tweet: “We probably won't see Shellans joining the training camp.”
Tweet: "Lassiter will absolutely get a book." (My friend can only envision his mate as another male...Ditto.)
Tweet: “I think it's a LONG way off but I think Trez will fall in love again. Selena kind of gave him permission.”
JR: I think the “Cunt Devina” will be in Lash’s book.
Tweet: “Most fearsome male in the sack? Probably Rhage. Zsadist. Wrath....WRATH."
Tweet: “On Layla: ‘She needs to have those babies. We need to move that along.’” Agreed!
Q: When Rhage is flipping out, why didn’t his Beast step in and say, “Dude, calm the fuck down?” LOL JR: The Beast can’t talk.
Tweet: “Now that you turned my man into a crackhead is he going to need rehab? JR: Assail's going to be fine. He just needs his woman”
Tweet: “Why can't the Brothers smell Xcor on Layla?? She's pregnant that's why. But once she drops that load, that’s ova!”
Tweet: “The Brothers are going to rip the recruits new Assholes. Saxton's HEA will come in...Can't Answer. I'll get in trouble.”
Tweet: “Butch and Manny ARE connected. That baby daddy's been out there. (I think this is not new news right?)”
Tweet: “Will Lassiter hook up with a sister? Answer: Do you think a beautiful proud African American (woman) would put up with all that stuff?’ LOLOL!
JR can’t wait to see when Zsadist finds out Nala has a boyfriend.
Tweet: “On Butch and Xhex: "Butch was all UP in that shit. Dirty public sex. I think john Matthew will have a hard time with it." (from the back, against a bathroom sink, is consensus around me)
There’s lots of discussion and debate about Xhex’s sexual history and what JM does or doesn’t know (between JR and an audience member and also the audience with each other, whispering). Consensus with the girls sitting around me: V found out about Butch fucking Xhex and V got jealous (?!?!) For me, as I’ve completely forgotten about Butch f*cking Xhex, I’ve also completely forgotten about this “V jealously” thing as well.
JR: There would have been no HEA for Iam if Trez had stayed in the Fade.
Tweet: “JR's assistant: "I don't care what you have to do, no more deaths. If you kill one of Layla's babies, I'm going to f*cking kill you!!" (based on JR’s impression, assistant's tone/delivery was initially super sweet and sugary, but turned straight up angry demon at the “I’m going to f*cking kill you!!” part, LOL)
Q: Why did Qhuinn only see one baby? (lots of chatter around me about Qhuinn only seeing ONE baby with multi-colored eyes) JR jokes (I HOPE): I can’t answer but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to do that anymore. (alluding to my tweet about her assistant's threat)
Tweet: “Asked @Katiebab’s question: ‘will Saxton's HEA be one of the recruits?’ She did a cute little jig dance, ‘I know something YOU don't know!’” Tweet: “Then she said ‘I'm not telling you G*d damn thing. You're not gonna get ME in trouble.’”
Tweet: “Hollywood bought rights to The Bourbon Kings. BDB series being looked at again. But she thinks BDB would be so much $ to do right.”
JR refuses to comment when Liza asks about the sex of Layla’s babies.
Bourbon Kings signing likely in July and likely in Nashville. Blood Kiss signing in December.
Cute moment where she takes a live question from one of her VIP fans currently in Dubai and allows her answer to be videotaped for him. It’s the question about the Scribe Virgin. I only caught the stuff about deities losing power if no one worships you. JR goes into better detail on her Facebook transcript.
Q: Any chance of a women in the Brotherhood? JR: (Takes a suuupper long time for her to answer) Yes.
JR talks again about Rhage’s survivor guilt (for what happened to Mary/Mary getting to live/other shellans - Wellsie...Selena...not so much)
Audience member comments that she appreciates that unlike Tohr, Trez got some closure by speaking with Selena in the Fade.
Tweet: “Rhage and Mary and gonna have to work some things out. All that pre-Mary f*cking Rhage did? She thinks that's going to come up.” This lead to lots of audience moans and grumblings, of course. Then JR tried to reassure us to not worry, and that it would be fine. Then she hilariously added, pretending to be US speaking to her: “You have NO credibility; you’re a F*cking murderer; so F*CK you” LOLOL! (looking at JR’s chat transcript tonight, I think I misunderstood and that my tweet’s inaccurate....It’s not the PRE-Mary women that becomes an issue, but rather it’s the fact that he f*cked another woman when he was WITH Mary)
Legacy books will be more focused; more traditional HEA’s
I have a lot of friends that absolutely LOVE this series. I was expecting to do the same. It didn't happen for me and if the future series installmentI have a lot of friends that absolutely LOVE this series. I was expecting to do the same. It didn't happen for me and if the future series installments are like this one? I'll be skipping them.
There are some romantic comedy series that I love - like the earlier installments of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. There are highjinks and funny lines, but it's never so much that it's annoying. And I'm still hot for the hero/hereos...Just the complete opposite for me with Seduction and Snacks. It felt like nearly every other line was a joke or comedy bit - it was too excessive for me. And no - it's not because the humor was crude; it was just too much (quantity). It was excessive to the point of distraction. So much so, I didn't care about the love scenes or interactions with the h/h. I even had to ask myself at one point, "Wait - did they have sex yet?" - because I forgot. Because I wasn't at all invested in the couple.
You'll either love this book...or really not enjoy it.
The Audiobook: The narrator's voice for the heroine's internal thoughts vs. the hero's internal thoughts was too similar! I like first person POV just fine, but it was sometimes hard to tell who was speaking. I read similar review comments from folks that read the paperback...I imagine it was 10 times harder with the audiobook. ...more