Book of the Month: Author Interview with Nalini Singh

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Book of the Month

allegiance of honorThe “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?


 

Can you tell us about the newest Psy-Changeling book, Allegiance of Honor, in 40 words or less?

 

It’s a book about family, about friendship, and about holding on to honor and what is right even when evil and darkness attempt to shatter those bonds.

 

This next book will feature everyone, not just a main “couple,” correct? Will everyone make an appearance or will certain favorite couples have more page time?

Everyone will make an appearance, but I realized as I was writing this book that certain people needed to “anchor” the story so that the story threads remained strong even as we caught up with different people. As a result, the anchors naturally get more page time, but I did my best to make sure we got a peek into everyone’s lives!

Do you know how many books will be in the Psy-Changeling series? Is it something you intend to end in the near future or can we expect several more books from this world?

 

I generally tend not to know how many books there will be in a connected series – I think more in terms of how much story there is left to tell. And in the case of the Psy-Changeling series, there is so much more of the story yet to tell—and there are so many characters who I can’t even bear to think about leaving behind. I’ll be writing this series for a number of years yet.

 

By far, my favorite couple is Hawke and Sienna. Do you have intentions of ever giving them another book or possibly featuring them in a novella?

I don’t have any plans in that direction at this point in time—but they will continue to show up in the books as needed, and so we’ll see them growing together as a couple.

I just finished Wild Invitation and loved all the side stories that didn’t have their own novel. Do you have intentions to write another full length novella with several different stories?

WILD EMBRACE comes out in August.  It features four new Psy-Changeling novellas. You can read an excerpt here. More excerpts to come soon! (Incidentally, if any of your readers are new to the series and would like a taster, WILD EMBRACE would be a good choice.)

I’m so curious of Kit will get his own book? I had originally thought that you were going to pair him with a certain someone, but that didn’t end up happening since she’s mated to someone else…. Do you know who he’s going to end up with?

Kit is very young yet. As a young male with the potential to be alpha, he has to grow into his skin even more than other men his age. He’ll choose his heroine when he’s ready, and then I’ll write their story – it may not be for a while yet, given his age.

Out of all of the couples/characters in the Psy-Changeling series, do you have a favorite?

No, I really don’t. They’re like family and friends to me. I adore them all in different ways.

Out of all the books, do you have a favorite?

I always say it’s the one I’m writing at any point in time, as that’s the one that has my total focus and attention—and that answer is the absolute truth. I am totally into whatever book I’m working on at the time. I live it. Breathe it. Dream it.

If you twisted my arm for a more specific answer, I’d say Slave to Sensation – it’s where the entire Psy-Changeling series began. STS led me into this incredible world that I cannot imagine leaving.

If you could give Allegiance of Honor a theme song, what would you choose?

I often (but not always) get obsessed with a song for a book. For example, it was Beyoncé’s Halo for Shield of Winter, Adele’s Skyfall for Heart of Obsidian, and Imagine Dragons’ Demons for Rock Redemption.

I didn’t have a song obsession while I was writing Allegiance of Honor, but afterwards, I heard Rachel Platten’s Stand By You and I think it’s a great song for this book—because the story is all about standing by each other no matter what.

What series’ would you recommend for readers who love the Psy-Changeling series?

I tend to recommend more on the emotional “feel” of a book or series than because of similarities in story themes, so while not all of these books are paranormal, I think they give the reader the same happy book feeling that I hope my books inspire.

 

Trilogy: Orchid, Amaryllis, Zinnia by Jayne Castle (I love JC’s futuristic paranormals, but this trilogy is among my favorites of her work).

The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison (kicks off with the wonderful Dragon Bound)

La Vie En Roses series by Laura Florand (Once Upon A Rose is my favorite in the series so far)

The Chronicles of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (This is a classic sf series that first showed me what it is to build a world that feels so real I wanted to visit. If you haven’t read it, do!)

In Death series by JD Robb (One of my favorite series of all time.)

Envy Chronicles by Joss Ware (A different kind of zombie apocalypse! This is an excellent series that seems to have flown under a lot of people’s radar.)

The Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook (Meljean has such an amazing imagination and I love this steampunk world of hers).

 

I think I’ll stop there, because I could definitely keep going!!

 

Thanks for stopping by YaReads!

Thank you for the interview.

 

 

Below are some additional interview questions provided by the publisher:

Is Allegiance of Honor the end of the Psy-Changeling series?

 

No, it’s not. 🙂 I ADORE this world and the characters and I have so many Psy-Changeling stories yet to tell. (I’ve often joked that I’ll be writing this series until I’m ninety-eight!)

 

 

Where do you see the Psy-Changeling world going from here?  Who is the next book about?

 

(Slightly spoilery answer to follow if you’re just starting the series).

 

Allegiance of Honor sets up a lot of possibilities for the future. There are many avenues I could take. However, for me, this arc is all about what happens not just to the Psy, but to the world, now that Silence has fallen and all the rules have changed.

 

We’ve had the immediate aftermath books, both of which focused on the Psy race (Shield of Winter & Shards of Hope), but what about the wider long-term future? Because Silence existed for a reason. The Psy still have these incredible abilities that have the potential to drive them murderously insane, and the world is still a fractured triumvirate. And there are players about whom we know very little, like the falcons and BlackSea.

 

As for who’s book is next, I’m not ready to announce it yet because I want to be certain this character is ready – but I think you’ll be pleased. 😉


NaliniI’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

 

Read below for an excerpt from Allegiance of Honor:

Excerpt from Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

 

Lucas had had to chase Naya around the aerie at bedtime last night—her walk might still be a little shaky, but she was a rocket when it came to crawling. Dressed only in a diaper, she’d laughed uproariously and said a loud, firm “No” each time Lucas caught her and put her in her crib.

After which she’d clamber out—she’d figured out how to escape a month earlier—and the game would begin again. Of course, since Lucas was a cat, he’d been having just as much fun as their daughter. Sascha, meanwhile, had sat in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate and just indulged in the sight of her mate playing with their cub.

She’d had to pretend to be stern when Naya ran over and pleaded her case with loud sounds and wild gesticulations of her hands. “No, Naya,” she’d said, biting her tongue in an effort not to laugh. “It’s time for bed. Go with Papa.”

At which point, Naya had growled at her, eyes sparkling with mischief.

And Sascha had cracked, laughing so hard she’d had to put down her hot chocolate before she spilled it. Lucas had shaken his head as Naya plopped down on her diaper-covered butt and joined in, clapping her hands at having made her mommy laugh. “No discipline.” Lucas had mock-growled at her before picking up their misbehaving baby. “And you”—a growly nuzzle that made Naya laugh harder and pat his stubbled cheek—“time for bed.”

He’d finally got her to sleep—by walking around with her pressed up against his bare chest.

Today, their cub was playing in the living area just outside the kitchen nook. Sascha had locked the aerie door to ensure Naya wouldn’t undo the latch and go out onto the balcony, and Lucas had childproofed the entire main area of the aerie, so Naya was free to roam as she liked. A lot of the time she practiced her walking skills. And no matter how often she fell down, she started back up again after a little break.

Stubborn, determined baby.

Peeking out from the kitchen, Sascha found her concentrating on stacking the colored alphabet blocks Faith and Vaughn had given her as a gift. Beside her sat a more than slightly ragged wolf plush toy, aka “The Toy That Shall Not Be Named.” Hawke had given that to Naya when she was a newborn, and it remained her favorite snuggle toy, much to her father’s despair.

Though Lucas did enjoy it when Naya went leopard on the toy, growling and “fighting” with the wolf. Then he’d smile and say, “That’s my girl.”

 

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Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.

 

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I haven’t read any of them. They sound really cool. Thanks for introducing me to this series!

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