With that out of the way let the fun begin! We can’t wait to hear from you!
– Courtney and Casey
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, an 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 the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.
Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, 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…
Here are the past discussions!
|Slave to Sensation – the discussion||Blaze of Memory – the discussion|
|Visions of Heat – the discussion||Bonds of Justice – the discussion|
|Caressed by Ice – the discussion||Play of Passion – the discussion|
|Wild Invitation – the discussion||Kiss of Snow – the discussion|
|Mine to Possess – the discussion||Tangle of Need – the discussion|
|Hostage to Pleasure – the discussion||Heart of Obsidian – the discussion|
|Branded by Fire – the discussion|
Not much changed in the Psy/Changeling world between Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat. The ties between DarkRiver and SnowDancers has started improving. The pack members aren’t instantly embracing each other, but the Alphas are at least talking and working together.
The Psy world hasn’t changed much either. There are a scant few rumors that Silence might not be perfect. Sascha dropping out of the Net is only adding fire to those rumors.
Vaughn – A jaguar who was rescued by DarkRiver when he was only 10 years old. He is closer to his animal than most of the other members of DarkRiver. Vaughn is very curious about the Psy who lives close to the DarkRiver territory. He goes to investigate and meets Faith. He realizes that Faith is being ‘hunted’ by another Psy, a serial killer, and he decides he is going to save her. Vaughn reveals more of himself to Faith telling her of his parents who abandoned him and his younger sister and how his sister died because of it. He also helps Faith by pulling her out of the dark visions that are threatening her life. He teases Faith and falls in love with her and finally convinces her to mate with him. In the end they find the killer and Judd makes sure he cannot hurt anyone again.
Faith – A cardinal F-Psy who has been getting visions about murders that haven’t happened yet. Then she is told that her latest vision was actually the murder of her younger sister. Faith, already having planned for the trip and not knowing why, escapes her house/prison and ventures into DarkRIver territory to find Sascha, hoping she can help her stop the visions. She is found by Vaughn who arranges the meeting. Vaughn is very demanding of her and Faith, not used to physical touch, has seizures when they touch. She also realizes that her gift of foresight should not be just used to predict business trends but can be used to stop bad things from happening. The problem is she needs emotion to fight the visions of disaster and emotion is the one thing she does not know how to use. She slowly warms up to Vaughn and comes to rely on him to help her find her sister’s killer. She also agrees to mate with him. After getting her sister’s killer and becoming a part of the Web of Stars, she realizes that her father is not as perfect in his Silence as she thought.
Brenna – While Brenna survived Enrique’s attack from Slave to Sensation she is still not fully healed, emotionally or mentally. Tamsyn, Lara and Sascha are doing their best to help her but she is very hurt and is having trouble coping.
Lara – SnowDancer healer. Fills the same role in SnowDancer as Tamsyn does in DarkRiver.
Sascha/Lucas – Happily mated but they disagree when they feel their mate is being insensitive (Lucas) or too trusting (Sascha).
|Dark River Sentinels||SnowDancer Lieutenants|
|Nate – Senior||Riley – Senior|
Anthony – Faith’s father and the leader of the NightStar Clan. He wields enormous financial power and this allows him to defy the PsyCouncil without retribution by speaking to Faith even after she has joined DarkRiver.
Judd – Some of the mystery around Judd is solved when Faith realizes he used to be an Arrow.
Kaleb – A Cardinal Tk-Psy. He replaces Enrique on the PsyCouncil. He is known to be ruthless to get what he wants. One of his instructors was rumored to be Santano Enrique.
|Psy Designations||Psy Council|
|Tp-Psy – Telepathy||Marshall Hyde|
|Tk-Psy – Telekinesis||Ming LeBon|
|M-Psy – Medical||Henry Scott|
|F-Psy – Foresight||Shoshanna Scott|
|E-Psy – Empathy||Nikita Duncan|
Anthony seems to care for his children. Could he be against silence?
Faith had a vision about Dorian. What does that mean for the latent leopard?
Glossary of Terms
Vocabulary from the previous novels can be found on their discussion pages:
- Slave to Sensation is now posted here.
- Visions of Heat is now posted here.
- Caressed of Ice is now posted here.
- Wild Invitation is now posted here.
- Mine to Possess is now posted here.
Arrows – An elite group of Psy whose entire goal is to ensure Silence does not break.
Jax – A drug that is used mostly by the Psy. When a changeling takes Jax they are unable to hold their form and end up dying when their forms mix.
NetMind – A sentient being that is the ‘mind’ of the PsyNet. It can communicate with certain Psy and has been hiding E-Psy from being detected.
Web of Stars – The net that includes Sascha, Lucas, Faith, Vaughn and the other sentinels. It is not bleak like the PsyNet and is filled with rainbows that can help emotionally heal those in the web.
What do you think of Faith and Vaughn? Is there something specific about them you love or hate?
How do you like way the world is evolving?
What’s your favorite scene in Visions of Heat?
Do you have a new favorite character?
What are your impressions of Kaleb? The Council?
Who do you want to see more of?
Anything we missed? Anything you have questions about?
Visions of Heat Giveaway Winner
Last week we gave away a copy of Visions of Heat to anyone who answered the question What do you think about the Psy? Do you agree with their philosophy of Silence or do you believe they made a grave error? Everyone had some really fabulous ideas, and the winner was:
H Brady, who said “I love the Psy/Changeling world Nalini has created. I have recommend this series numerous times since I read Caressed by Ice. (I started in the middle, oops) The world is vivid and I find myself immersed every time I read or re-read a story. I can’t read these before bed or I’m up half the night.
I’m a shifter groupie, so changelings all the way! The cats are terrific, but those wolves are sneaky and I found myself wanting more of them in the story.
My favorite scene is when Sascha discovers the Web of Stars. The perfect ending / beginning……
I loved Tammy and her cubs. Tammy always seems to provide the missing pieces of the story when needed and the cubs are great comic relief.
Vaughn is one of my favorites and I am so glad he is next. So strong, quiet and alpha male, Yum.
You can almost see the beginning of the end of Silence or a change in what Silence means???“
Thanks to Nalini Singh and the wonderful people at Penguin, I have a couple of every single novel in the Psy-Changeling series, and while some of them have been claimed, all of them haven’t. So this is what we’re going to do – we’ll be giving away all the books in one shot at the end of the Read-Along. That means you have 13 different chances to enter for any one of the Psy-Changeling novels. Join in on any of the discussions and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: While the Psy Council is made up of several individuals, it becomes obvious that each member has their own unique personality. As a group that believes any emotion is a disease that needs to be destroyed, what emotions do you see the Councils members displaying? Don’t be afraid to answer any of the discussion questions above either!
The contest will stay open until July 1st, at which time we’ll determine the winners with help from this snazzy plug-in that Jackie has.