Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BURNED release date, Mac & Barrons and absolutely no pedophiles...


I promised a quick recap of salient points from the Q&A this past weekend.

Q. Was the release date for BURNED really moved?

A. Yes.  The release date for BURNED has been moved to April 2014. 

Q. Why?

A. I won’t put a book out until I’m satisfied I’ve written it the best way possible.  I’m currently exploring two different ways of continuing the series. Previously I told you there would be three books (ICED, BURNED and FLAYED) in the Dani series followed by two Mac & Barrons books. I may be combining the next four books (BURNED, FLAYED and the untitled M&B books) into two.

Q.  Is Dani older in BURNED?

A1.  Crimeny, is it really all about sex?

Q.  Yes. Now answer my question.

A2.  Although Dani is 14 at the beginning of BURNED, she does mature by the end of the book.  Someone asked if she would be 17. I said possibly.

Q.  Will we get anyone else’s POV in BURNED? 

A.  Yes.  Among others, Mac is back!  Which means JZB is, too (but don’t expect his POV, LOL.) To those of you who insisted Mac and Barrons would never have let Dublin get iced because they’re natural born heroes, therefore they should have been on stage and on page…. what did Barrons say? “The world can wait. I can’t.”  But seriously, there are reasons you didn’t see them in ICED. There are reasons you will see them in BURNED. 

Q. Is Ryodan Dani’s dad?

A. No.  No.  No.

Q. Is Dani’s father relevant?

A. No.

Q.  Do you write about pedophiles?

A. No.  I write about life. I write with verisimilitude. I write about men who look at a 14-year old superhero woman-child (who is also an assassin—where is the moral outrage over that? Priorities, the UK would say, get some) and can see the women she will become one day.  I write about men who will do anything to keep her alive long enough to become it—even knowing they may never be the one lucky enough to get her.  I write about men who know that being gentle and making pleasant requests of a young woman who is stronger, faster, smarter and has more balls than pretty much everyone on the planet would be as effective as trying to chisel a sculpture from stone using feathers. Ryodan never lusts over Dani.  Dancer never lusts over Dani.  Christian has a few very realistic death-by-sex Fae moments but there is no question he is drawn to her “light’and her ‘innocence’ not the skull and crossbone panties he glimpses when she is freezing to death that ‘charms’ him.  Not turns him on. Charms him.  Do they have hard dicks?  The 9 and death-by-sex Fae always have hard dicks. The wind blows.They breathe. It’s that simple.  I was 13 when I first noticed a man looking at me like he wanted to have sex with me. How old were you? Although I didn’t act on it for a long time after that, I remember to this day being thrilled by it. Exhilarated. I was becoming a woman. Dani is an odd duck: raised by TV she has seen everything the world has to offer but experienced very little of it. She gets the actions, not the emotions. Yet.

Part of what may have been difficult for any readers who felt disturbed by the way I wrote the characters in ICED is this:  I have always given my reader a way in to the men, a heroine through which the reader could connect on a sexual and romantic level to the Alpha males I write.  ICED is the first book I’ve written that does not do that. I gave you no mature eyes through which to experience romance (of which there is none yet.)  There is no woman in ICED through which you can comfortably lust after my Alphas. Yet. Stay with me.  Keep the faith. This made it difficult for some readers who tried to view the Alphas through Dani’s vantage and felt an ‘ick’ factor.  Well, stop it!  You weren’t supposed to do that anyway, LOL.

Q.  What’s up with Jo? I can’t stand her.  She doesn’t deserve Ryodan.  And Ryodan shouldn’t be sleeping with her if he wants to one day be with Dani!

A. Can I please not be nailed to stand-alone romance novel clichés from the 90’s?  (Which I love to read by the way.) Really, is Ryodan the kind of…whatever he is….that would in any way be governed by them?  And Jo—who among you wouldn’t walk up those stairs if you got his nod?  She’s completely frank about knowing that she’s never going to keep him. She’s making a memory.

Transformation is what I find fascinating and emotionally stirring about life.  It’s what we become, how we become it, what happens when we think we’ve got nothing left inside us then stumble across some inner beast we didn’t even know was crouching in there that can rise to any occasion. No, Jo isn’t in Ryodan’s league and maybe Ryodan is currently being a jackass.  Those are starting points. Just like Darkfever was a starting point.  I haven’t forgotten that many people demanded I stop writing that new “horrible” series immediately, because they hated Mac and thought JZB was old and unattractive.

I’m glad I didn’t listen.  I hope you are, too.

Q.  What is the hardest part about writing?

A.  Stopping at the end of the day.  Making myself sleep.

Q. Will we learn more about the 9?

A. Yes but probably never as much as you think you’d like.

Q. Will everything eventually be answered?

A. God, I hope so. Life confuses the crap out of me.  :)

~Karen

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love "Iced" ! I like the way Dani's POV is written. Exactly BECAUSE it is written honestly "dani-sh" and there is no "commercial lovey-dovey"; it's honest. It's about life (except for the AWC-setup ;P )and life is about emotions, circumstances and the most important part- how to deal with all of that.
And there's more than enough to deal with for everyone in this book- Kat, Jo, Dani, Mac & her parents, Ryodan, Dancer- there's no end-of-the-book-and everyone-lives-happily-ever-after-bubble in the story, a part that I also appreciate very much (because I think happiness lives in the moment and can't be captured after you have married (as the divorce rate shows) and not after you've had sex with Barrons/Ryodan either.)

And really now, think about a situation of yourself and a hot guy- did YOU always care if others did advocate your relationship? Or did you rather ignore it, enjoy the moments and make memories -just as Jo does? (not that I advocate this behaviour, it only seems people make the same choises too often; no offence here - we're back to dealing with life ;) as long as experiences make us expand...)

To cut it short: I like the different POVs and to experience how people in this story see their situation and act upon it. I enjoy watching Dani, Kat and Ryodan and the others develop, make decisions, learn nice and unpleasant consequences but be flexible, adapt and still stick to their plan (hopefully- and here I hope that being true to yourself and your heart is part of the plan ;).

And I'm not asexual here- Ryodan DOES bring a nice tingling sexuality into this story ;) although he IS a stubborn dickhead... I still hope to find out about a few of his motives.
And I like Dancer. He's cool in his own "brainy" way (laughs)

Hah~ I usually don't belong to commentators on the internet, but I just had to get that out; I'm really looking forward to read more of Dani's world! :) good work so far!

Anonymous said...

addition to before: Christians situation is described very multi-faceted and skillful; poor guy, I hope there's light for him in the future!
best wishes :)

Anonymous said...

I loved Iced and found nothing "ickly" about the men's reactions to Dani. Most of these men come from a time when women her age already married and maybe at least one child. They didn't act on the attraction so I was good. Can't wait for Burned,...no seriously, I can't. LOL

Anonymous said...

I second the comment about Christian. If he has not redemption, it's a pretty poor ending for the Kelters. I mean, haven't they been through enough? LOL.

Chasity said...

April 2014?? MAN!!!!! I'm dying here!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Dani. What a fantastic character. I don't care if she stays young for a while. The promise of romance provides good tension and really, there was not a whiff of pedophilia (pedophilism?) being a factor in ICED.

Mac in Dani's story is, IMHO, a boring character. I don't mind less of her, either.

Can't wait for BURNED.

ParaJunkee said...

While I think that it is amazing that you want to get things perfect before you would release a book and not try to squeeze out a ton of book sales from us...the inner brat in me is screaming April 2014... *sigh*

You are amazing. Thanks for sharing all of this. As always amusing along with informative.

Jodie said...

I'm so happy you put all this out there. I'm so tired of hearing about Dani's age. You either enjoyed it or you didn't. I've loved every book you've published so far and without a doubt I know I will enjoy the next no matter how things play out in the end. I love the fever world most of all but I can't lie I also read them for all those hot men you write about. And I admire the heroines tremendously. This is my number favorite series. I am anxious to read Burned but I respect and admire your decision to wait. It lets me know that your not just trying to publish something something but that you actually care. And sadly that can't be said for every author out there.

Thanks Karen for all the hard work and long hours you've put in writing this series. Love you for that alone.

Anonymous said...

I have loved all the books in the series, including Iced. I did not have a problem with Dani's age and the men in her life. I agree with another of the poster's that in the day and age the 9 are from Dani's age would have made her ready for marriage. This is still true of cultures around the world where life spans are not as long. I am looking forward to the rest of the series, was hoping it would be sooner, but am glad to know the details. I personally love Mac and Barron's, so want to see more of them!

Anonymous said...

I loved ICED and all the characters. I think you did a great job with the story and I can not wait to read the next "Dani" story. I do hope there is hope for Christian. I really like him. If I had to "root" for a love interest for Dani, it would be Dancer. I think there is more to him then what we have read so far. I really wonder "who he really is?" Is he even human, LOL.

Randi Troxell said...

i love all your fever books.. including ICED! and dani and the men never concerned me, like someone said above nobody ever acted on anything.. so.... there you go!

dani is AWESOME.. but i won't like.. oh mac, mac, mac... she is one of my most favorite characters that have ever been.. then you throw jericho in... aargh! LOVE!! so i for one, cannot wait for burned... i love dani, but am SO eager for me mac and jericho too.. keep up the AWESOME work.. you are totally brilliant!!

Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I wasn't too sure about Iced and Dani as our leading lady but I just finished reading it and have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm curious to see how the men in Dani's life play out. There's good and bad in all of them and that Dancer character doesn't have me fooled for a moment. There's more to him, we just haven't discovered it yet and I have feeling poor Mega is in for a rude awakening at some point with him.

Personally I'm rooting for Christian, I have a soft spot for Highlanders. I think its the accent, gets me every time.

Anonymous said...

"Transformation is what I find fascinating and emotionally stirring about life. It’s what we become, how we become it, what happens when we think we’ve got nothing left inside us then stumble across some inner beast we didn’t even know was crouching in there that can rise to any occasion."

Pure poetry... this is why I can't get enough of anything and everything you write!

Anonymous said...

I need this feafever series made into a movie!!! I love rereading the series. Mac and Barrons soooo freakin hot!!! I love them!!! I still havent found another series that can catch my attention. Thankyou!!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved ICED! Thank you for writting it the way you did. I can't wait for april 2014 and read BURNED.

Unknown said...

Dude! I'm kind of disappointed by this :/ I was really looking forward to 3 books with Dani's POV. She's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Read a lot but the fever series from Karen and the downside ghost series from Stacia Cane are my favorite. They are the only series I will re-read over and over again. Waiting for a new book from both series.....sigh...its going to be a long rest of the year.

tina r said...

I was looking forward to the 3 books from Dani's POV and 2 more from Mac! Oh well, :) Just loving that we got/get more of them at all!

Anonymous said...

Ok, to start with - I shouldn't judge but WHO WOULD THINK RYODAN WAS DANI'S FATHER????? EWWWW. And also, really???

Yes, I am shallow and definitely kinda wished Dani was an adult a few times... Because I am, and have a very dirty mind, sooo... But she's not. It's the plot, and that's that. Furthermore - even though there's plenty of sexy dream potential in Iced for the reader to pick up on - it was clear that it wasn't in Dani's head, nor was it in Ryodan or Dancer's heads, at least not in a any-time-in-the-next-few-years way.

When I read Iced, apart from loving it, and being pathetically grateful there was something after Fever, I was impressed that the book wasn't somewhat pedophilic... Considering the ages, and how infectiously Dani's thoughts were written. It was a fine line well walked...

Anonymous said...

I love the story and the characters, Dani is a great character, but sheesh could they stop beating her up now?

shanese hicks said...

I loved Iced just the way it was...pedophiles and all. Although, if my opinion mattered, I'd say I found nothing "icky" or pervy about Iced at all. It was as realistic as it could be in a Fae filled world. I love Dani and looked forward to growing with her and seeing her relationships with the men develop. I was actually kinda bummed to hear Mac was going to be coming back as the main character. Then again I felt the same when I heard about Iced after reading Shadowfever so here we are. I'll keep an open mind and I'm sure I'll still love the rest of the series. No need for complaints, we're all gonna still read it regardless.

Anonymous said...

I have been an avid reader of KMM for several years now. I like her work because even when I think I know something is going one way and it ends up in another direction. I feel more pleased, but not because I could not guess the plot. Its the way that those changes and all of her writing continues to captivate me. I quote her novels because they offer a perspective that I cant help but contemplate.I like her most recent work iced. I am sure that whatever she delivers will continue to keep me enamored.Her work can be drugging for some (ME). So far she has continued to put out wonderful work . I think it would be wise to just see how things play out. I can live with the complaints and I am sure most of the world can as well. However if given the choice I would rather live in a world with work from authors like KMM to read from time to time.

BeautifulDay said...

KMM, you've done an amazing job of listening to yourself and knowing when you were right. For example, you listened to your characters and gave Dageus his darkness.

The delay makes me nervous for Burned. I wonder if you had a full vision for Dani as you did for Mac but you got too much discomfort from your publisher and a few readers. I hope you are continuing to listen to yourself and your vision. You proved yourself with the Fever series. I hope you trust yourself with the Dani series. Just write and we will follow.

BeautifulDay said...

Amen!!

BeautifulDay said...

YES!! I agree totally.

Nickie Robinson said...

I just want to say that I love all your books and I can't wait for the next one to come out. I have read the Mac & Barrons series at least 5 times now and they are always great.

Anonymous said...

I'm a 16 year old reader-writer. I have read many romance novels(though i probably shouldn't :D) I find Iced perfectly refreshing. -excuse the pun ;)- It's nice to not have a heroine always lust after the alphas. She's still confused, like most of us are. Heck, I LOVE Johnny Depp, and he's 50!! My 18 year old bestie got hit on by a 37 year old! She found him attractive (but she has not asked him his number, so calm your tits ladies ;D). It's nice to have a similar viewpoint to ours in your stories. Keep it up KMM!

Anonymous said...

I love all your stories, Karen! Iced was just add addicting as all the others. I especially like the way Dani has multiple conversations at the same time with the same person. Ryodan keeps up the best.

Oh, and Fever.... I can't tell you how it tore me up when Mac accidentally "offed" Barrons! These guys gotta learn to explain themselves better. ....
Keep doing what you do so well and I hope you love it as much as we all do!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book.

Some said it's not what they want about the evolution of the characters, about secrets, sex...

But the worst they didn't trust Karen about her writting.

YOU SHOULD ! She NEVER dissappointed us. She has always surprised and delighted us !

So Karen Keep doing your job like usual.

Reste égale à toi même pour le meilleur et pour le pire. C'est tout ce qui compte.

J'adore ton imaginaire et ton humour.
Reste dans la lumière ;)



Anonymous said...

I remember when I first started reading Darkfever. Even though I had read hundreds of books before, I had never read anything close to Darkfever. It was hard for me to get into it, I struggled through the first hundred pages and then I stopped trying to figure everything out. I just let myself go and experienced the most amazing book I had ever read. I learned a long time ago that this world doesn't fit into a cookie cutter mold, and that's the best part. Thank you for writing these books; I treasure them and look forward to reading more.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Iced! I think it's great how Dani is young and niave! She's a true hero in the dark city of Dublin, a light if you will.
I was really wondering about Mac and JZB, i love how the book ended with somewhat of a drop off cause it makes you wonder non stop what happened.
Though, i do approve of your waiting for the book to be just right, i CAN'T Wait! I'm sooo excited to see how Dani's story goes.
And whatever happened to Christian? Is no one concerned about the poor dude, i mean, seriously? Self sacrifice to get the girl he can't even have?!
But, keep up the good work, Karen! I'll be rooting for yah!

Anonymous said...

I totally love the fever series and also Iced. I was a little worried at first cause Mac was my hero, but Dani is so kick ass and funny, but also mature at the same time that you just have to love her. The only thing I'm not 100% ok with is the switching between perspectives. I know there is a lot of stuff happening and you can't just leave that out, but I love it even more if the story is only told from one charakter. Also switching perspective between Mac and Dani in Burned wouldn't be my preferance, cause you are always on the side of one charakter, that's why Mac was so boring during Iced, which was kinda okay cause Dani is so much fun and she's our hero.
I really don't think that anything was pedophilic (?) in Iced. Dani has endured so much shit in her life she could be 40 or something :D
(Btw sorry for the mistakes, I'm from Switzerland LOL)

Anonymous said...

My husband asks me why I'm reading that book again...There is always something I missed the first 8 times...I loved Iced and can't wait for the next installment...I love my hubby, but my books are a close second :)vb

Jwb52z said...

roususDoes the "4 books being combined into 2" mean that you've decided to take things out and leave them for later or that we'll get 2 extra long books that would have been shorter having not been combined?

Anonymous said...

After reading The Fever Series, I didn't doubt once that Iced would be a welcomed extension to the world that we all so desperately wanted more of. I was a little apprehensive about seeing it through Dani's eyes, only because of the love I had for Mac and JZB !! But, it did not disappoint!! I couldn't put the book down and finished it in 2 days with a smile on my face, knowing that my fav characters are back in the mix!! Anyone who criticizes how Iced was written obviously did not follow and love The Fever Series - Dani's age didn't even come to mind at any point while reading the book - it's not what the book was about ... you should be looking for the underlying story, not just the romance!!

Anonymous said...

I loved both the Fever series and Iced, but I don't know if I'd be as happy with combined books. I kind of like being able to focus on each leading character without getting Dani's peanut butter in Mac's chocolate. Dani's a good leading lady and she deserves more stand-alones! Having Mac become POV too much in her story sort of cheapens Dani as a main character.

Still, the very fact that I care highlights what interesting characters you've developed!

Anonymous said...

I really, really loved the way Iced was written and i can hardly believe anyone would have a bad comment about the sex innuendos towards Dani. do these people live in the real world? everyone learns about sex by Dani's age in fact many have had sex and then some by that age. I love that men are interested in Dani, of course it will have to wait, but them being tempted and unable builds the excitement of the book. i was 14 once and i haven't forgotten it. i hope others will remember that too. Keep up the great writing Karen i cant wait for the new book!!

Anonymous said...

So I love Dani and I actually ended up liking her more than Mac. At first it seemed I would be too bored by a 14 year old. Dani proved to be so much more, and very intelligent! She's just not caught up on her emotions especially with all that she has been through. But she's very smart and I love that she's a true hero. I also love that there wasn't this whole romance and sex thing going on. I agree here that sometimes we need to get to know the characters and ease into it. I definitely see how this can make one epic love story and how Ryodan can eclipse Barrons. I see his potential! Plus I trust Karen explicitly. Just one thing.... July 2014?!? I'm dying. At the same time though I appreciate the extra long work that's put into these books. There's a reason this series is so famous!

Amy Barber said...

Love them all. Just keep doing what you do, which is entertain on a multitude of levels.

MandieMay said...

To be honest, I haven't been interested in Iced at all... I'm not a huge fan of Dani and I am not capable of really handling change meaning -- AUGH NEW POV? PANIC. Because I'm a jerk. But now that I know we get to see Mac and Barrons again in the next book, I'm ready to delve into Iced. I'm sort of excited. Took me a while to be ready to accept a new POV.

LizaC said...

I too am worried that all the naysayers screaming "pedophile" have gotten to your head or your publishers and the story might not go the way you have first envisioned it with all these changes. I am truly praying this is not the case. I was one of the people who really HATED dani's pov on the fever previous books, however I read ICED with an open mind and omg was I blown away. Never once did I get any "ew/gross/ick/pedobear" factor from any of the men in the book. I do like how people selectively forget that Dani has literally been on her own since she was 9, kills, lives by herself, watches porn but god forbid if there's any hint of attraction to an older man. I think Barrons would tell them to get some perspective.

Karen, I think you are a genius and as long as you keep true to your characters I trust everything will work out as it should.

I have to admit that I'm disappointed that you might combine the books though. This means less Dani & Ryo and also less Mac & Barrons :(

Anonymous said...

I've loved all of the books in the series. While I would like for Dani to be older quickly, I also loved Iced and didn't find any "ick" factor to the way the relationships were portrayed. I can't wait for Burned! I'm adicted!

Cynical Nymph said...

Several months late to catching up on this post, but I had to leave a comment saying thanks for walking us through your process with portraying facets of the characters in Iced. It was really interesting to read. And honestly, if your objective was to write these Alphas not through the lens of a mature heroine and allow the reader to experience that minefield, well, I think you knocked it out of the park.

I got major enjoyment from Iced, problematic characters' realities (poor Christian...) and complicated social realities in the new Dublin included. Can't wait for Burned!! Glad you're waiting to put it out until you are satisfied that it's where the series should go. Thanks so much for the amazing world you create!

Anonymous said...

I didn't like Iced at first especially the fact that Dani was only 14 but after reading all the books right from the begining and reading Iced the 2nd time I realised where Karen is going with this - it's a huge build up and I can't wait for the climax. What fun is there if Dani is all grown up and Ry just gets her? No, he's going to have to work for it. Look at Barron's; did he get Mac overnight? No. And when he did - oh happy days. Some things are just worth waiting for. And no Ry is not a pedophile. He's just waitign for the woman Dani will become.

Dana-Maria said...

Though I'm happy we'll be seeing more from Mac and Barrons in this book, I've just read on your blog that instead of 5 books, you'll be writing only 2, combining the Dani and Mac books :(((((((((((((((((((( I loove the universe you created, Ms Moning, please continue writing it, no matter with what characters! It has so much potential and there are so many of the 9 still waiting for their good story that you can't just stop at 2 books! :(((

WhoDatGirl77 said...

I'm not sure what kind of world some of the readers of "Iced" lived in when they were 14, but I ABSOLUTELY remember grown adult men hitting on me at that age. That is just the way of life, and at that age, instead of being icked out by it, you were flattered (not a healthy reaction, but healthy reactions are reserved for mature adults, not hormonal teenagers). As long as they didn't try to force themselves on a 14 year old, it isn't pedophilia. Men get thoughts; some girls at 14 look much older, actually work very hard to look older because they have thoughts too. Let's all get off our hypocritical high horses and remember how things were when we were 14.

Anonymous said...

I am sooooooo excited for Burned! I loved the Fever series and Iced. I can't wait for April 2014, but I'm a little worried about ONLY two books!!!! That's not enough!! We need more... Definitely 4... Or more. Please! I can't get enough of Mac and JB and Dani. :) never stop writing the series. I'll never stop re-reading it. On my 6th time now.

Anonymous said...

I am a writer myself. I haven't been able to get any writing done since I started Darkfever three weeks ago and just ended with Iced tonight. I have the biggest book hangover I've ever had in my life. I rarely go back and reread a book that I JUST read - usually takes a good year before I can reread a book - but I may have to start at the beginning again. I love Mac and Barrons and I love Dani, Ryo, Christian, and Dancer. For the record, I would totally be hanging on Cruce's bars and drooling. Excuse me while I go apologize to my readers who are waiting for my next novel. I hope you don't mind if I blame you for the delay :)

Anonymous said...

I am at the end of the Fever Series and I am here to tell you now, I NEED BARRONS and MAC!! I do not think I can finish it just because it is the last book. I'm a 35 year old mother of 3 and this has been my release. I don't know where I'm going from here, but I honestly am begging you to not end Mac and Barron's journey. This has been the best series I have read in a long time. I read everyday and night. This one is heartbreaking that I'm to the end. Thank you, Karen for writing these great adventures. Jericho has gotten me through some hard nights!!

deborah said...

Please don't listen to the haters, Ms. Moning. You have so many fans out there! I've even found a Fever recovery group online - folks who are trying to find a follow-up book that comes even close to as good as the Fever series. (I haven't been able to so far.) Yes, you stretch boundaries. That's what makes your books so fantastic! Please keep them coming.

Carmen in Canada said...

I have read all your books over and over (re-reading them just before the next ones release!)I just want to say that after reading your books any one after that, by any author, falls short of the mark of my expectations when reading a romance novel. Thank you for continuing the series of Mac and Danie - I also look forward to any other books you write beyond the fever series.

A said...

Forget the guys in the words of Dani "dude I'm fourteen." More about why her powers are glitching? Also the observer?? So many questions so few answers, could you please give us another spoiler please January is so far away :c

Lovie Button said...

I loved ICED! I did not get a pedophilia vibe at all while reading it. I have no idea what haters are talking about. I hope that means I was reading the book right? I can not wait for Burned to come out!
I am glad you continued to write Mac's story. I love Mac and Jericho's love!

Anonymous said...

the countdown begins~ love you karen!! i have read every story repeatedly!! when i first read faefever, by accident really, i got home and ordered every book you had out, and spent the next 2 weeks in the highlands and in dublin.. i can not wait for burned to come out~ its killing me!!

Ashlie McQueen said...

I don't know why so many people are creeped out by Dani's age in relation to Ryodan's and Christian's. For one thing, this is fiction, its not meant to always be politically correct. I find it refreshing that an author writes the characters as he/she sees fit without concern for public opinion.

I don't think that Christian or Ryodan crossed any lines in the book and Dancer is not even an issue since he is a teenager as well. Further, we're forgetting three important factors in any potential relationship between Dani or her two adult love interests:

1. Ryodan is a man who is centuries old, up until recent history (the last 75 years or so) Dani would've been considered marriageable at the ripe age of 14.

2. The world as we and the characters know it has ended. The walls came down and literally billions of people have died. This changes societal "norms" by greatly decreasing the average life span of humans. If there were a similar event in the real world today, with a limited number of survivors, then the average marrying age would drop significantly (at least by a decade).

3. I think Moning did a good job of making it clear to the readers that neither Ryodan or Christian were considering a relationship with Dani in the immediate future. I always got the impression that they were protecting her so that she could grow into the woman that they pictured her being. Both Ryodan and Christian are immortals, so they have nothing but time on their hands. Waiting 4 or 5 years for her to mature really is just a blink of an eye for them.

In short fellow readers, this is not a novelized version of "To Catch a Predator". Chris Hanson will not be jumping out of the back to catch anyone, so just enjoy the book!

Anonymous said...

Fecking fantastic Karen!
You've really blossomed into this amazing multidimensional author (pun intended). You give us wit, heart, humor, and sex... what more could a girl ask for?!
Thanks for blazing your own path! The Fever series breaks so many molds the tropes you do indulge feel so good. I'm sure it must be hard in this genre to write about a 14 year old girl and still keep us horny bitches satisfied. Wonder what that conversation was like with the publishers!
Must confess I was quite hesitant to read ICED, Dani hadn't grown on me yet and the sexy time was in question, but now I'm buying it as gifts for friends and stalking your next release.

Thanks for giving this chick something more to sink her teeth into, you've got a fan for life.

~Nix

Anonymous said...

Iced was the first Karen Marie Moning book I read. Within four days of reading it, I have gone through all of the Fever and most of the Highland books (haven't been sleeping), but Iced is still my favorite. Takes such incredible talent to remove actual sex from the equation, and yet still have the novel be so sexy! Dani doesn't know she lusts after Ryodan (she doesn't understand her feelings at all), but we do-- because of the writing. I almost like it better this way, the Fever series was in a way more gratifying because, as was mentioned- the reader gets to lust after Barrons along with Mac. But Iced is just so much more interesting, and you just can't wait to see how Ryodan/Christian/Dancer are going to respond when Dani grows up. Tons of respect. I seriously am dying for the next one to come out.

Anonymous said...

I really really really appreciate this Q & A and knowing now beyond a shadow of a doubt Ryodan isn't Dani's father. I've been terrified of that-- I think I would've died. Knowing for sure now that my Ryodan hopes won't be crushed, I really like how the interaction between Dani and Ryodan is somewhat paternal, it shows just how much of a kid Dani is still. A big part of her need for him at this point is to fill the void her parents made by neglecting her. It's almost a more honest love than if she were lusting after him. (Although, I keep questioning this, when I was 14 my libido was through the roof-- I of course didn't act on it till much much much later, but it's interesting how Dani doesn't even seem to recognize her feelings... too busy kicking ass.)

I can't believe people are mad that he's "boinking" Jo. Let's be honest, he's not going to be celibate until Dani's a grown up. And it'd almost be creepier if he weren't continuing business as usual-- like he's lusting after her, waiting for her, and thus doesn't want other women. Instead, she's still just a kid to him. And it's amazing to see her jealous and unable to recognize WHY she's so annoyed about the situation. I love that scene where they're arguing "about Jo" and completely ignoring her.

Anonymous said...

No "burn" here for anything written in my FAVORITE books series! Listen I love the Ryoden love of Dani, he see's potential and I haven't found anything fully sexual, who wouldn't want their first kiss by an experienced bad ass????? Especially when the reality of that world is might makes right and she does need a protector~ from herself! Jo heck, who can blame her right? I have fallen in love with all the characters, Christian, Dancer, Ryoden, and well duh, Mac and JB! I can't wait for Burned, I am sure it will be just as awesome as the rest! Great Job, KMM

Anonymous said...

To Karen: I read Drunstan's story years ago, was going to hunt for The Dark but never found him, then this last fall I found ALL of them all the Highlanders, the fever, the iced. Great. Love them all re-read them all. And mostly likely will read them again. I was told long ago to read something at least 3 times because there is always something you missed the first 2 times. Never once in reading Iced did I get the even inkling of perversion w/Danny. Way I read it, Christian has found his soul mate, he's immortal, what's time to him. Ry now him I haven't made up my mind about. He's part of the 9, she's a lot like them, she needs so much in guidance, training, even nurturing of some kind. Sure didn't get it anywhere in her first 14 yrs. of life.
Nothing, so I was wide-eyed that you had been critized for it. Go figure.
Kind of scary that you would go from 4 books to 2. Seems to me that would be either a lot of butchery to your ideals or we your fans get some mega books to feast on. Now having the mega would be outstanding but not at a cost of the dreams you had in forming your new world.
Long time reader of romances, love those Highlanders. But you have turned this "romancer" into whatever this genre would be considered.
Just don't bow down to politics. Stay your ground, your fans will back you up.