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First of all, my publisher was nice enough to send me some extra print ARCs of Midnight Frost, so there are now four winners instead of one. Huzzah! And the randomly selected winners of the ARCs are:
Congrats! You have until midnight, EST, Sunday, June 23 to e-mail me your mailing address or I will pick other winners.
Thanks again to everyone who left a comment. I appreciate all the nice words about my books and all the great book recommendations to check out. Thanks again!
I have one print ARC (advanced reading copy) for Midnight Frost that I’m going to give away here on my blog.
Here is the description for the book. Note that this does have some spoilers for Crimson Frost, so if you haven’t read that far in the series yet, you may want to avoid reading the description.
Here we go again …
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.
As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …
To enter the Midnight Frost ARC giveaway, just leave a comment on this post talking about a book that you are looking forward to or one that you’ve already read and enjoyed this summer.
The giveaway is open to those 14 and older, U.S only. The giveaway will run through midnight, June 19, EST. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, June 21.
Today, I’m pleased to welcome Jess Haines to my blog. Jess is the author of the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, which includes the upcoming book, Forsaken by the Others, out on July 2. Take it away, Jess:
URBAN FANTASY AND STRONG HEROINES
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the H&W Investigations series — urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade …
One of the things I enjoy about writing Shiarra is having her grow into her big girl panties. So many urban fantasy novels start out with a powerful woman with magical powers who grows more powerful over the course of the book or series. Shia is something of a rare breed — not only is she human, she starts out both phobic and, frankly, racist against Others (supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, etc).
Over time, she’s become stronger, wiser, and more tolerant of those not like her. It’s one of the things I admired about stories like Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. As the series went on, the heroines came to understand that sometimes issues that started out seeming so black-and-white really weren’t so clear-cut after all.
Physical and magical ability has nothing to do with a heroine’s strength of character or what they are capable of as a person. When it comes to making the hard choices — the life or death choices, the decisions about whether to start or end friendships, knowing who they can really trust — that is where the real strength in that character lies.
That is one of the aspects of Shiarra I have really enjoyed exploring. Finding and pushing her limits to build on that inner core of strength. Making her look beyond her assumptions. In some cases, having to reevaluate some of my own.
That is one of the joys of being a writer. Discovering what makes your character tick can sometimes open up new avenues of exploration for yourself and your own nature. Finding their backbone to have them stand up for the issues they believe in is one of the greatest joys of building a character over the course of time.
Shiarra is one of those characters who is supposed to rub the wrong way on some levels from the start. Even though I don’t delve too deeply into social issues in my novels, I do like to think that I have given her a compelling case of character growth over the course of the series. She starts out afraid and distrustful of all vampires and werewolves. Over the course of the books, she learns that, like people, some are worthy of her trust and respect — and some aren’t.
As a reader, this is one of the things I love best about urban fantasy heroes. Harry Dresden and the fae, the Sisters of the Otherworld and their take on humans, Rachel Morgan and demons, Anna and her view of Charles and the rest of the werewolves — they’ve all grown in different ways over time. Seeing why and how is a fascinating journey, and I hope you’ll feel the same way about how Shiarra’s feelings change about Others and how she grows as a person over the course of the series.
WHERE TO FIND JESS ONLINE
Thanks so much for being here today, Jess.
For the next stop on the blog tour, be sure to visit the official FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS blog tour calendar. You can also visit Jess on the web at the following sites:
FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS BOOK DESCRIPTION
The Others – vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night – don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem …
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head … and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town – namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten – literally – in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them – and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge …
BUY LINKS FOR THE BOOK
To enter the giveaways that are part of the blog tour, use the Rafflecopter form below. Jess will be announcing the winners at a later date.
To help promote the Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology that’s out on July 23, one of the short stories in the anthology is being offered as a free download — and that story is Parlor Tricks, my Elemental Assassin story. Huzzah!
I think this is a really cool promotional idea, and I’m happy that folks will be able to get a preview of the anthology.
A free story from the forthcoming Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and also includes Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells. Samples of all fourteen tales are included to tantalize and to tease. Come to the Carniepunk midway and explore the creepy, mysterious, magical world of traveling carnivals today!
As I’ve said before, in Parlor Tricks, Gin and Bria go to a country carnival in search of a missing girl and find some unexpected sights and danger along the way. My story is about 9,000 words long, and you can read an excerpt here.
Currently, I only see the e-story up at Amazon, but it will be available at all of the usual e-booksellers. So if the story is not up at your e-bookseller, then it should be available soon.
Hope everyone enjoys the latest Gin short story and the anthology when it is published. Happy reading!
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