Good Morning everyone! I am really thrilled to have Jess (author of Hunter by the Others) and her characters by my side this morning, for a rather interesting guest post! Jess has been really fantastic and she also got some treats to share with you, so make sure you stick with us ‘til the end!
Shiarra Waynest Talks About Hunting Vampires
By Jess Haines
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the new urban fantasy HUNTED BY THE OTHERS , released in May by Kensington. I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.
Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about what it takes to hunt vampires. Over to you, Shia!
Royce: First, I’d like to make sure it’s on the record that I had no idea that today’s topic was going to cover hunting my people down, and I take offense to that.
Shiarra: Oh, come on. I didn’t kill you, did I? Anyway, I’m never going to get used to doing these things.
Arnold: Me neither. Tyhitia was pretty nice to give us pizza last time we did this,though.
Royce: What is it with you people and pizza?
Shiarra: Pipe down, let me tell the people what they came here to hear about. Okay, so—wait a sec, I’m supposed to talk about hunting vampires?
Arnold: Yeah. It’s not easy, by the way. Hell, I wouldn’t do it.
Shiarra: I’m not a hunter!
Royce: We know.
Shiarra: Hey, I never agreed to this. I’m not good at fighting or hunting or whatever. Tynga, did some White Hats put you up to this?
Arnold: You can just say what you know.
Royce: Or you could keep your mouth shut.
Shiarra: You know what? Fine. All right, people, listen up, I’m only going to say this once. Vampires are evil, devious, manipulative—
Shiarra: —and not to be messed with. They’re dangerous. Don’t sign a contract with one, don’t talk to them, don’t even look at them if you can help it. Stay away from them.
Royce: We’re not that bad. New York has the lowest rate per capita of deaths to contracts signed—
Arnold: Oh, that’s reassuring.
Royce: Quiet, spark. Why are you even here?
Arnold: We’re supposed to be talking vampire hunting. I provide the tools for assignments like that at The Circle, New York’s premier actively practicing mage coven. So, folks, if you ever need to get rid of a leech, come see me! Our office is centrally located in downtown Manhattan—
Royce: For God’s sake!
Shiarra: Whoa. Vampires can say that?
Arnold: Yeah. They even say “damn” instead of “darn.” Can you believe it?
Shiarra: Now you’re making fun.
Royce: Caught on to that, did you?
Shiarra: Hey, everyone! Vampires hate sunlight! Ooh! And garlic! And holy water!
Royce: Actually, holy water doesn’t hurt me.
Shiarra: Really? I thought—
Royce: —wrong, as usual.
Shiarra: I hate you. Did I mention that?
Arnold: No, but some of us wouldn’t mind hearing it again.
Royce: If you insist on carrying out a death wish, use holy water against a vampire who doesn’t subscribe to Catholicism or any of its subsects.
Shiarra: Yeeeeah—‘kay. Oh, fire is always good!
Royce: Or not. Consider the potential property loss and collateral damage.
Arnold: Shoot, does that mean I don’t get to use my fireball spell? I’ve got a Wand of Fireball that does an extra D-6 of damage every round.
Arnold: What? That was funny! Am I the only nerd here? C’mon, people!
Shiarra: Yeah, you know, maybe you should let me finish the interview.
Arnold: Gah. Fine.
Shiarra: Okay. Things that are bad for vampires: fire, garlic, sunlight. Not holy water. Stakes? Sharp, pointy objects?
Royce: Considering our speed and strength, getting close enough to use those things could be hazardous to the average hunter’s health.
Shiarra: Okay, you know what? This isn’t fair. What do we need to do, nuke you from orbit to be sure?
Arnold: Holy shit! She made a geek reference! Win!
Shiarra: Christ! It’s not that big a deal. I’m not a geek. Who hasn’t seen that movie?
Royce: We’re straying from the topic at hand again.
Shiarra: Right, right. So, seriously, what would kill you?
Royce: I’m not answering that.
Arnold: Shoot. What if we guess via charades? Hey, that sounds like a fun way to figure out how to kill vamps. Who wants to start?
Royce: This interview is over.
Shiarra: It is? …Hey!
Err, right. So! There you have it, folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. If you’d like a chance to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below telling us what you think is a great way to get rid of a pesky vampire! (Tynga will give you the details below )
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Tynga!
Thank you so much Jess for such an entertaining moment lol
Now on to giveaway details!
As Jess mentioned earlier, one of you lucky duck will win a signed copy of Hunted by the Others!
In a Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder
Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.
As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…
This giveaway is International (Thank you Jess!)
To enter you have to leave a comment answering Jess’ question AND Fill the form!
If you don’t fill the form, your entry doesn’t count.
There are no ways of earning extra entries, but spreading the word is greatly appreciated =)
Ends July 4th, 2010.