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As posted by Ms Kessler in the original thread, the winner of a signed copy is…

Melissa!

Congratulations, Melissa! Make sure to follow Ms Kessler’s instructions to claim your prize.

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Branded by Fire - Small

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…

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A reader recently wrote to me about how they see a particular character, and it got me thinking—when I write a book, I have very strong visual images of the characters in my head. As I write, I hope that image comes through on the page.

However, as a reader, I know that the person I visualize when I read (or write) a book, is unlikely to be the same as what another reader visualizes.

But imagine if there was a machine that could take the image from an author’s head and turn it into a photograph—so that, for example, we could then look at a photo of Roarke from the In Death books and know that that’s exactly what JD Robb had in mind when she wrote a particular scene.

Would you want to see that photograph? Personally, I’m not so sure. I think part of the joy of reading is being able to surrender to your imagination—as such, each time we read a book, our experience is different from our fellow readers. But on the flip side, if we all knew what a particular character looked like, would it affect how we discussed the books?

What do you think?

Everyone who leaves a comment goes into a draw to win a signed copy of Visions of Heat. You can read an excerpt over on my website nalinisingh.com

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Thank you for visiting, Ms Singh!

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