Dark Faerie Tales is excited to be today’s stop for Jess Haines’ Stalking the Others Blog Tour. Stalking the Others, the fourth installment of H & W Investigations will be released on July 3rd. Want to know our thoughts on the series thus far? Click on the links to read our reviews of Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others and Deceived by the Others.
Stay tuned to the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of Stalking the Others. A big thanks to Kensington Books for the giveaway!
Jess Haines, author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, is a displaced New Yorker who writes about vampires, werewolves, and other bitey creatures of the night from her home in Southern California. She’s best known for the H&W Investigations series.
The H&W Gang Want to Know What It’s Like to Live In Luxury
By Jess Haines
Shiarra has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She’s here with some of her friends (and otherwise) to tell you about it. Over to you, Shia!
Shiarra: I always thought it must be nice to have enough money to buy your way out of all of your problems.
Royce: Not all, Ms. Waynest.
Sara: Come on, how long have you known me? You know money doesn’t solve everything.
Arnold: But I’m sure it helps.
Royce: Well, yes. These days, I imagine my life would be made much more difficult without it. Though, of course, having as much as I do, it comes with its own set of problems.
Chaz: Like what? Deciding whether to get your new Ferrari in black or red?
Royce: Actually, I much prefer the Mercedes SLR McLaren. Still a sports car, but far less flashy.
Sara: I think he was referring to things like taxes and paperwork for titles and business licenses.
Royce: Very astute, Ms. Halloway.
Shiarra: What I wouldn’t give to have his problems.
Chaz: I wouldn’t wish for that. You’d also end up dealing with things like an allergy to sunlight and a thirst for blood.
Arnold: Yeah, but your sex appeal goes through the roof.
Arnold: Uh… or so I’ve heard.
Shiarra: Great. Nice to know I’ll bring all the boys to the yard when I’m dead. Undead. Whatever.
Royce: That animal attraction we exude is a rather nice benefit. It does make hunting easier.
Chaz: It’s all a lie. And you’re not going to turn into a leech. I won’t let him do it.
Shiarra: I was being facetious. You think I’d let anyone do that to me?
Royce: Oh, don’t be too sure, Ms. Waynest. Given the way things have been turning out for you lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if you changed your mind about that before long.
Sara: Okay, seriously. Have you met her?
Arnold: The vamp is right. They can exert a pretty powerful influence over someone when they want to. Their powers of persuasion aren’t as strong as a mage’s, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous.
Royce: Indeed. Though, rest assured, none of my flock will use such influence without a valid contract.
Chaz: Because that makes it okay.
Royce: Listen, dog, and listen well. We do what we must to survive. As another Other, I would think you would realize the benefit of using every measure of influence and power you have at your disposal to secure the future of your pack.
Chaz: Yeah, that doesn’t include warping the minds of the people we ask to join us.
Shiarra: No, you just do other things. Cheat, lie, manipulate…
Arnold: That seems pretty par for the course for vampires and werewolves.
Royce: I find lying distasteful. I might omit the truth, but I avoid lying as much as possible.
Sara: Why do I not believe you?
Shiarra: This might be a shocker, but I believe him. He’s been more honest and forthright with me than Chaz.
Arnold: That’s like saying your bank is more honest and forthright. Have you read the fine print? Looked for the hidden charges?
Sara: We both did. We managed to make the contract a little less “all your base are belong to us” and put them both in a position to lose something if one of them gets hurt or killed.
Chaz: I don’t like the sound of that.
Shiarra: Yeah, well, it’s none of your business anyway. Not anymore.
Royce: As the lady says.
Chaz: Bite me, dead man.
Royce: I’m not fond of getting fur stuck between my teeth, but thank you for the offer.
Chaz: Screw you!
Royce: You’re not my type.
Chaz: Why, you—
Arnold: This is just sad.
Sara: Maybe they should take it outside. Chaz is looking a little fangy.
Shiarra: You don’t really have to worry until his eyes start glowing.
Chaz: …forget it. I’m under control. It’s not worth it.
Royce: Oh, but I think it would be. I’d very much like to have an opportunity to show you who the real alpha is, here.
Arnold: Careful what you wish for, dude. Vamps rarely win against werewolves.
Shiarra: Take his age into account. I don’t think he’d be smiling like that if he thought he had any chance of losing.
Arnold: Good point. Chaz, maybe you should try counting to ten.
Sara: Why are you helping him?
Arnold: Oh, yeah. Never mind.
Shiarra: You guys are so messed up.
Chaz: You’re one to talk. Last I checked, we weren’t the ones who went postal.
Royce: I wouldn’t bait the lady, were I you.
Sara: It’s a bit late for that.
Shiarra: Tell me about it.
You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. For the next stop on the blog tour, be sure to visit the official STALKING THE OTHERS blog tour calendar.
This giveaway is provided by Kensington Books
Enter to win one of fifteen copies of Stalking the Others by Jess Haines
Available July 3, 2012 from Kensington Books
About this Book:
Vampires, werewolves, mages–the Others are very real, and wreaking havoc in Shiarra Waynest’s life. But now, she’s returning the favor…
Once, she was one of the good guys–or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon.
Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can–and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…
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