Spotlight & Giveaway: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Posted October 27th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 58 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh to HJ!

Hi Nalini and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Archangel’s Shadows!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Here’s the blurb, which I think gives a good feel for the story.

Asha1Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Please share the opening line of this book:

I’ll leave the opening three lines to be a surprise for readers, but here are three other fun lines from the book.

“You want me to investigate a mummified dog?” Ashwini loved animals, would have a big slobbering pup of her own if she didn’t live in an apartment in Manhattan, but this was hardly her area of expertise. “I’m no Egyptologist. I also don’t like sewers.”

If you’d like to read the full excerpt, you can find it on my website.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

Archangel’s Shadows features glimpses of the Cajun language, as Janvier speaks fluent Cajun.
There is a dinner party unlike any dinner party you’ve ever seen.
There is a snowy motorcycle ride.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Ash and Janvier are both complicated, funny, wonderful characters with many layers to them. I could never predict what they’d do next! They kept me on my toes throughout the book.

What are you currently working on? 

I’m currently working on the next Psy-Changeling book – Aden’s story. It’s intense and romantic, and takes us deep into the heart of the Arrow squad, as well as introducing us to two changeling packs we’ve heard about, but haven’t yet got to know.

I’m also working on the next book in my Rock Kiss series. This book features Charlotte and the boss she’s named T-Rex. Let the games begin! 😉

I have a Psy-Changeling novella, “Secrets at Midnight” in the Night Shift Anthology, out November 25th. This is a hot, sweet novella featuring Bastien Smith, changeling leopard and all around gorgeous man.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Angrily hiding a few more knives on her body for good measure, she strode to the front door and yanked it open.
“There you are, sugar,” said the two-hundred-and-forty-seven-year-old vampire on her doorstep, his hair the rich shade of the chicory coffee he’d once made her, and his skin a burnished gold.
She bared her teeth at him in a way that couldn’t faintly be taken as a smile. “I thought I told you to go away.” Last time he’d “been in the neighborhood,” he’d brought her mint chocolate chip ice cream. Her favorite. She’d taken the ice cream and shut the door in his face in an effort to teach him a lesson. He’d laughed, the wild, unabashed sound penetrating the flimsy shield of the door to sink into her bones, make her soul ache.
“I did go away,” he pointed out in that voice accented with the unique cadence of his homeland, his shoulders moving beneath the butter-soft tan leather of his jacket as he folded his arms. “For an entire week.”
“In what version of going away does it mean you send takeout deliverymen to my doorstep?”
Eyes the shade of bayou moss, sunlight over shadow, scanned her head to toe. “How else was I to make sure you weren’t lying collapsed in the bathroom because you were too stubborn to call for help?”
“I didn’t get hit with the stupid stick anytime in the past couple of weeks.” And, despite the somber predictions of her father in childhood, she had friends. Honor had been by every couple of days, alternating with Ransom, Demarco, and Elena. Naasir had filled her freezer with meat before he left for Japan forty-eight hours after the battle.
“Protein will help you heal,” had been his succinct summation. “Eat it.”
A number of other hunters had dropped by to compare battle scars after they escaped hospital arrest. Saki had stayed for two nights, caught Ashwini up on her parents in Oregon. The older couple had once done Ashwini a great kindness, and while she’d been too damaged then to trust them enough to forge an emotional bond, never would she forget their generosity. As she couldn’t forget the way Janvier had held her in his lap in the old armchair by the window, his hand stroking her hair as snow fell over the city.
It was a moment she’d wanted to live in forever. But she couldn’t. “Out of the way,” she said, her anger at fate a cold, clawing thing inside her she’d never been able to tame despite her decision to live life full throttle. “I’m heading to a job.”
No more lazy grace, his expression grim. “You’re not fully recovered.”
Stepping out and locking the door behind her, she strode down the hallway. “The doctor gave me a clean bill of health.” Even if he hadn’t, Ashwini knew her body. It had been in hunter condition before the injury and she’d begun exercising as much as she could the instant there was no longer any danger she’d tear the wound open.
“Ash.” Janvier touched his hand to her lower back.
“No touching.” Gritting her teeth against the impact of him, she reached out to push the button to summon the elevator.
Janvier used his body to block her. “I’m coming with you.”
Her mind flashed back to the last time he’d said something similar, to the first mission they’d worked together. Back then, they’d been antagonists who’d declared a temporary truce, and the problem had been a clusterfuck in Atlanta. Now, he was openly attached to the Tower, which technically put them on the same side. They’d worked like a well-honed partnership in Atlanta, fallen back into the same flawless rhythm during the battle. As if they had always been meant to be a pair.
And that just sucked.
“Fine.” Refusing to face the awful, painful grief that lurked beneath her anger, she stepped into the elevator when it opened to disgorge one of her neighbors.
Janvier waited until after the other woman was out of earshot to say, “I don’t trust it when you cooperate.” Narrowed eyes.

from ARCHANGEL’S SHADOWS by Nalini Singh (read full excerpt here)

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Meet the Author:

Nalini SinghNew York Times bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as the new Rock Kiss series, Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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58 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh”

  1. Heather L

    I’d go with a gym or crossbow because I would be too chicken to get close enough to use a sword or knife!

  2. Becky Flores

    Definitely a sword, because I feel it is more dangerous, and I would fight better against vampires.

  3. orchid7

    Love this series!
    I think I’d go with the crossbow- I wouldn’t want to have to get that close to the vampire.
    If not that, then a sword.
    To be honest though- I’d never even thought about it before- lol!

  4. astraeainteligente

    Knife perhaps, since I don’t know how to wield a sword. Yay. And for the chance to get close and personal for the kill. Hoping the vampire would not kill me first.

    Thanks for the chance! <3

  5. kateivan

    I’d choose a gun. I don’t want to take the extra risk that comes with close combat as the knife or sword would require, but don’t have the strength or skill to handle a cross-bow. However, I have some talent with firearms.

  6. Eva Millien

    If there were a vampire wanting to cut off my head I think I would want to have the knife (as long as it is a big knife), because vampires are fast, he might get to close to me before I could use the crossbow, the sword also in this case would be to big to get into a good place to hurt or hopefully kill, the knife however I can put out an eye, knife his throat (I would prefer the heart of course) or somewhere else and hopefully wound him enough that I could either kill him or get away to fight another day.

  7. Terri Shortell

    Crossbow first because u can shoot from a distance and, hey, stake to heart. Then my second choice would be sword because according to some lore you have to cut off their head. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Love this author.

  8. ELF

    I’d rather not get too close…so a gun, I’d probably cut myself with a sword, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Kristy dean

    I love the crossbow. It’s fun to shoot. Event though I would use it if the world was coming to an end or if invaded by zombies. I would use a gun or bombs. Crossbow for silent attacks.

  10. BookLady

    I would use a crossbow to kill the vampire from a distance, but I would also like a sword to use as a backup weapon.

  11. raonaidluckwell

    Sword because of Xena and Tamra from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. They both kicked arse with a sword

  12. darholley1

    knife because I think that he would be too fast for me to use a crossbow and a knife is small enough for me to handle without dropping but it would have to be very sharp

  13. Puscas Mircea

    I would choose knife . The sword is harder to use , the knife is small and you can hit faster . The gun and the bow are for distance , but if you have to reload the gun or run out of arrows , bad luck for you . With the knife you can hit him anywhere , move fast and even run if you have to . The knife has precision , the gun and arrow not so much , you can miss and then …you’re dead.

  14. miki

    i would use teh crossbow so i can stay at a safe distance^^;; security first;)
    thank you a lot for the giveaway i can’t wait to read more about ash an,d janvier

  15. Theresa Hurley

    Gun – need to use it before the ve heampire gets close – then need the sword to cut off head!

  16. anne3230

    The sword since the crossbow gives you one chance before it needs to be reloaded which takes time. The sword over the knife because it keeps you farther from the vamp.

  17. Colleen C.

    I probably would choose the crossbow… I like archery! Would not want an attacking vamp to get too close to need something else!

  18. BethRe

    Assuming I would be an expert in all of the weapons above I think it would be cool to go with a cross bow but I may choose a gun because of the speed of vampires. So one minute they are 20 feet away the next minute they are right next to you.

  19. Joye

    If I were a pirate, i would use a sword.
    If I were a Celt, I would use a crossbow.
    If I was Crocodile Dundee, I would use a knife.
    Being me, I would try to shoot a gun. I would be so scaird I would probably miss.

  20. Kathleen CafeWorld Banks

    I would keep a cross-bow with wooden stakes/arrows with me! A sword would require too much strength & getting too close!! I have been a fan of Nalini Singh and her series for years. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  21. nicholskathy

    I want to use a crossbow or a knife because both weapons can be used from a distance & that’s want you want when dealing with an enemy of superior strength.

  22. Nicole Potter (@NiiArt)

    Ahh, I’ll say SWORD! Because if I at least can’t attack with it, it could be used for defense, at least something to keep between me and the vamp! And I think even without training, any blow I’d land with it would at least hurt him 😉

  23. Ashleigh Downes

    Crossbow because Darrell makes it look super sexy in The Walking Dead. But I’d also have to say a gun!!

  24. rachael constant

    crossbow- weapon that you can use from a distance, so I don’t need to get too close to the vampires

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