Spotlight & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Posted June 4th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 72 comments

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


Nalini Singh on Virgin Heroes:

Nalini SinghI’ve written quite a few virgin heroines because of the setup of the Psy-Changeling world. The Psy don’t have sex, ergo, the Psy heroines are virgins.

This logic, of course, applies to the males as well.

I love this! Especially when the Psy heroes are also Arrows (or former Arrows), part of the most dangerous combat/stealth squad in the world. These men are deadly, alpha, and fiercely determined. So when they do decide to have sex, they research the hell out of it.

The poster boy for this research is Judd Lauren, also known as the Iceman. When he melts in Caressed By Ice, he ignites.
Now, in Shield of Winter, it is Vasic’s turn.

Not only is a virgin Arrow hero curious in the sexiest way, he is totally and utterly focused on this one thing and this one thing only—this man will not be distracted in bed, and because Arrows are highly results-oriented, he will also not be satisfied until the heroine is satisfied.
It may take time for an Arrow to warm up, but when he does…Boom.

About Shield of Winter

SOW“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice…
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Psy-Changeling Series

1. Slave to Sensation
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed By Ice
4. Mine to Possess
6. Hostage to Pleasure
7. Branded By Fire
8. Blaze of Memory
10. Bonds of Justice
11. Play of Passion
13. Kiss of Snow
14. Tangle of Need
15. Heart of Obsidian
16. Shield of Winter


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About Nalini:

Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling novels inlcuding Heart of Obsidian, Tangle of Need, and Kiss of Snow; and the Guild Hunter series which includes Archangel’s Legion, Archangel’s Storm, and Archangel’s Blade. 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. Visit the author online at her webiste. Nalini also invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about future books, as well as free short stories set in the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter worlds.

To find out more about Nalini’s books or to read full-chapter excerpts, please visit her website: While there, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter, which goes out once a month with a roundup of news, as well as exclusive goodies like extra excerpts and free short stories. You can also find Nalini on Facebook: and Twitter: @nalinisingh.

72 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh”

  1. elizabeth gray

    Yes, I like them because they are so rare. Men are usually written as being the know it all there was to know about sex, where virgins may know the concept, but have no idea how to do the act.

  2. Krysten M

    They’re fun to read, but it has to be believable otherwise the story doesn’t really make sense to me

  3. Heather L

    I don’t like reading about virgin heroes. However, I did really like Archer from Archer’s Voice.

  4. maidenveil

    Honestly, I really don’t mind. As long as it’s something that makes up the personality of a character in the story. I really have no preference. 🙂

  5. Cari White

    I’m sure that I’ve read about one, but it’s been so long that I don’t remember. I would think paranormal or inspirational romances would provide the most believable scenario.

  6. Eva Millien

    Along as the story is believable, I like them. The Psy-Changeling series is of course believable and my favorite. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  7. Tracey Parker

    I do and I don’t. I usually likt to read about how a man knows how to pleasure a woman. I think the only time I do is when it really fits the guy… like has to be the right character, really fit his personality and back story.

  8. martha lawson

    I haven’t read many like this, but I don’t mind them. Don’t have a favorite.

  9. library addict

    As with any story it really depends on the execution. Judd and Kaleb’s stories are two of my favorites in this series, so I do enjoy Nalini’s versions.

  10. renpuspita

    Love virgin heroes so much! Maybe because they are so rare as gems, that what make they feel different. Also virgin do not make them less alpha. They just need to find the right woman, and it’s a very romantic to read rather than read about virgin heroines.
    My fave virgin heroes is Conrad Wroth from IAD series

  11. BookLady

    Depending upon the series, I think they can be interesting. The Psy-Changeling series is a great example.

  12. marcyshuler

    I like reading them. An oldie but goodie that I adore is THE ENDEARMENT by LaVyrle Spencer. There was also PLEASURE ME by Monica Burns and A ROYAL WORLD APART by Maisey Yates.

  13. Stephanie Fredrick

    I think it great that we are getting more virgin heroes, It used to only be heroines which I think was a little ridiculous. Judd and Kalebs have been two of my favorites. The Outlander series and several books in the Immortal After Dark series are others I have loved.

  14. Janie McGaugh

    I do like virgin heroes for a change of pace. One of my favorites is Outlander’s Jamie Fraser.

  15. Alexisa N

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a hero pr heroine who hasn’t slept around. we use that as a flaw/ change is the character to look forward to. Why not have something different!

  16. Kai W.

    I do like reading about virgin heroines and even if they are not. Of course, it always depend on the story. I can’t think of the last virgin heroine I have read lately.

  17. thebookdate

    I don’t mind virgin heroes or not, what matters to be is the quality of the story and the characters. Nalini Singh can have as many virgin heroes as she likes in her books. She writes great stories.

  18. Amanda Farrelly

    I don’t think I’ve read one about a virgin hero but I kind of like the concept of it 🙂

  19. Linda

    Definitely a rare breed. Courtney Milan wrote an awesome one in Unclaimed. I’d highly recommend it.

  20. Marianne W

    Depends on the rest of the story. If too much emphasis is on the “virginity”, it gets distracting.

  21. Monique D

    Absolutely! It’s so nice for a change!My favourite so far has been by Elizabeth Hoyt, Thief of Shadows.

  22. Jen B

    I like them when it’s believable. My favorites are this series, Visions of Heat particularly because the first time they’re together, Vaughn gets tied to the bed by the virgin heroine!

  23. Michelle H.

    The thing is… by the end of the story, I don’t really remember the heroes were virgins. They usually make up for lost time! It wasn’t until reading through these comments that I recalled those mentioned started out as virgins. So I guess I don’t mind them, but their virgin status isn’t memorable to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. acm05

    Not my favorite, but as long as it makes sense within the context of the story line and world (as it is in Nalini’s series) it’s ok.

  25. sacha christensen

    I do like virgin hero more then I like virgin heroine. My fav is of course Judd Lauren.

  26. wandac

    I do enjoy reading about them. It is nice to see a guy saving himself for the right woman. My favorite is Archer Hale from Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. I absolutely loved that story.

  27. stacey7smith

    I do like reading about them but do not remember witch books have them in them.have really bad memory witch kind of makes it nice for rereads!

  28. erinf1

    Doesn’t matter to me either way as long as it fits the story 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  29. Michelle M

    I do enjoy it. Especially when the guy really appreciates it! One that comes to mind first is Breathe by Kristen Ashley. Love it!

  30. Kelly C

    Honestly, I dont give it much thought and don’t really have an opinion either way. It just needs to work with the story and be believable.

  31. Kate I.

    I’m neutral toward virgin heroes as long as that characteristic doesn’t take over the whole story.

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