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Guest Author: Jennifer Estep (Guest Post & Giveaway)

I’m pleased to welcome author Jennifer Estep here today to Dark Faerie Tales to talk about her Elemental Assassin series and her young adult urban fantasy series called Mythos Academy.  Her latest book, Venom, was recently released on September 28, 2010.  You can read the first chapter of Venom here.  Haven’t had a chance to start this series yet?  No worries, you can also read the first chapter of Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies.

I really love this series and Gin Blanco is a great urban fantasy heroine.  You can read my review of Spider’s Bite here.  I will also post my reviews for Web of Lies and Venom this weekend.  Stay tuned…

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Venom.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Jennifer!

Gin Blanco 101

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Angela for having me on the blog today. Thanks, Angela!

Some of you might know me as the author of the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin urban fan­tasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assas­sin code­named the Spi­der who can con­trol the ele­ments of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing peo­ple and right­ing wrongs, Gin runs a bar­be­cue restau­rant called the Pork Pit in the fic­tional south­ern metrop­o­lis of Ash­land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vam­pires, and ele­men­tals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

The first two books in the series are Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies. Venom, the third book, came out on Sept. 28. Tan­gled Threads, the fourth book, will be pub­lished in May 2011, while the fifth book (unti­tled) will be released in Octo­ber 2011.

I’ve also sold a young adult urban fantasy series called Mythos Academy. The first book is called Touch of Frost and will be out in August 2011. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen finds herself shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendents of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, and more.

So Angela suggested that I might do a Gin 101 guide to the series for folks who haven’t read the Elemental Assassin books. Here are a few things you might like to know if you’re thinking about buying the books:

1) Gin is an assassin, and she kills people in the books – a lot of people. She wouldn’t be much of an assassin if she never killed anyone, now would she? In other words, Gin isn’t your average heroine – she’s more of an anti-hero than anything else. If reading about a bad-girl heroine bothers you, then my books may not be for you.

2) Gin might be an assassin, but she has her own code. She never kills kids or pets, and she never frames anyone for murder. Plus, she’s intensely loyal to the few family/friends that she does have. So she does have a few good qualities. LOL.

3) Gin likes to cook and she runs a restaurant, so there is a lot of food talk in the book. I’ve been told that it’s best not to read the books on an empty stomach. LOL. You can find a few of the recipes that Gin makes on my website: Scroll down until you see “Gin’s Recipe Box.”

4) The books take place in Ashland, a gritty, violent, corrupt city where Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina meet in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The books have a very Southern vibe to them. They always say write about what you know, and since I’m a Southern girl, it just made sense to me to give the books that sort of flavor.

5) With every book, I try to explore a little more of my city/world and take Gin and readers to new places, as well as visiting old favorites. Among the “set pieces” as I call them are a barbecue restaurant, a beauty salon, a coal mine, a swanky country club, and a riverboat casino.


6) I like writing fight scenes, and there are at least a couple of those in every book in the series as Gin battles various bad guys. There are also some pretty steamy sex scenes in the books.

7) My books are just fun. I’m not writing the next Great American Novel here, and I don’t want to. I just want to entertain folks with lots of action, lots of danger, and lots of magic, along with a fair helping of romance.

8) It would be best to read the books in order. I think that I include enough backstory in each of the books to help new readers figure out what’s going on, but if you want the whole story from beginning to end, then you need to read the series in order, starting with Spider’s Bite.


9) I’ve written a series of free short stories to go along with the series. To read the stories, go to the Excerpts page of my website. I thought the stories were just something fun that I could do for readers.

10) There is a plan for the series. Right now, I’m under contract for five books, which will let me finish out all the major story arcs, like who Gin ends up with and how she gets her revenge on the person who murdered her family. Of course, I hope to write more books beyond the first five but that will depend on sales, like everything else does. Regardless, I think the five books will give readers a complete, good story and answer all the major questions. I hope so, anyway.

So there you have it. Some things about Gin Blanco and the Elemental Assassin series.

What about you guys? Which urban fantasy or other series are you enjoying right now?

Author Bio:

By night, Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fun, sexy fantasy idea.

Jennifer currently writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The star of the series is Gin Blanco, an assassin who can control the elements of ice and stone when she’s not too busy running her barbecue restaurant, the Pork Pit. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance books, which feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Titles in the Berkley series include Karma Girl, Hot Mama (November 2007), and Jinx (September 2008).

By day, Jennifer is an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper with a broad range of journalism and media experience. She’s also a certifiable fangirl and an authority on fantasy literature and culture. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Visit Jennifer around the web here: Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Venom.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What about you guys? Which urban fantasy or other series are you enjoying right now?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, October 28th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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26 Responses to “Guest Author: Jennifer Estep (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Stacy MaynardNo Gravatar
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    +1 What about you guys? Which urban fantasy or other series are you enjoying right now?

    At the Moment I just finished reading the Dead world series by Jordan Summers and enjoyed all 3 books.

    +2 for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    Email: Chllybrd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. TinaNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoying the Kate Daniels series at the moment. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. ShanaeNo Gravatar
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    First I have to say I love this series! Gin Blanco is my kind of girl, I want her job. At this time I am reading a couple of series, Caitlin Kittredge Nocturne City & Black London series, Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake series.

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  4. Jenn at Girls Just ReadingNo Gravatar
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    1. Am loving Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1) by Rebecca Maizel

    2.@GirlsJustRead

    3. http://bit.ly/c0uDBw

    jenn (at) girlsjustreading (dot) com

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  5. AngelaNo Gravatar
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    Testing…Anyone else having problems leaving comments? Seems to be working fine. Not getting any error messages.

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  6. RKCharronNo Gravatar
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    Hi :)
    Thank you to Jennifer for sharing here today.
    YAY! for (at least) 2 more books!!
    All the best,
    RKCharron

    PS – DO NOT ENTER ME IN CONTEST, ALREADY HAVE ALL THREE!!

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  7. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    I just finished a book and am looking forward to diving into the next! I think I will be reading some Ward. Otherwise a romance suspense.

    +1 entry for answering
    +2 follower of this blog and on Twitter
    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/IntenseWhisper/statuses/27379810607

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  8. Jennifer EstepNo Gravatar
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    Hi, everyone! Sorry I am so late chiming in, but I’ve been having some technical difficulties. LOL. I just wanted to say thanks for the nice words about my books. I appreciate them!

    An interesting mix of reads. I’ll have to check out Summers and Maziel’s books. I hadn’t heard of those before. And I keep meaning to try Ward’s new series, the one with the angels …

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  9. WenjNo Gravatar
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    +1 Lately I’ve been reading some new (to me) series and really enjoying them. Namely the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman and the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland. But this series is definitely on my ‘to-read’ list! They sound wonderful and I’ve heard nothing but good things about them!!

    +2 Follower via GFC and GR

    blacklagoon.blown-back(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I love this series and can’t wait to read Venom. I just finished Changeless and Blameless – Books 2 & 3 of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Laugh out loud funny. Next up, Sin Undone, the final book in Larissa Ione’s Demonica series.

    jen at delux dot com

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  11. KissellNo Gravatar
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    I just heard about this author and the books sounds great I cant wait to get them and read them.

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  12. EdnaNo Gravatar
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    +1 well last week I finished book 4 of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It was AMAZING! I love those books so much! It’s torture waiting for the next one. Right now I’m reading the first book in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I’m not too far into it but it’s going okay so far.

    +2 follower of this blog and on Twitter (@ineedsafe)

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

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  13. Jolene AllcockNo Gravatar
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    I am currently catching up with Lynsay Sands Argeneu series. I was missing a few books in the series so needed to play catch up

    +1 for question
    +2 following blog and twitter

    ten.ttanull@111enuj

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  14. chieuNo Gravatar
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    i lovee this series so far right now im reading the anita blake,vampire huter series

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  15. chieuNo Gravatar
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    i lovee this series so far right now im reading the anita blake,vampire huter series

    i just became a fallower o twitter

    moc.liamgnull@21raebulb-liame

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  16. Jennifer EstepNo Gravatar
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    Hi, everyone! Once again, thanks for all the nice words about my books. I appreciate them. You guys have named even more authors that I’ve been meaning to try, especially the Parasol Protectorate series. Everyone seems to just love those books. I’ve read Lynsay Sands before and need to get caught up on that series as well …

    Next up though, I think I’m going to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, so I can finish out the Hunger Games trilogy.

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  17. Jennelle SNo Gravatar
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    I’ve really been wanting to read this book.
    My favorite adult series is probably the Anita Blake series (the early part of the series, though, not the last five books or so)

    I’m a follower on here and twitter as sablelexi.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  18. JoAnna BNo Gravatar
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    I would love to read this series.
    Right now I’m reading the latest in the Dark Hunter series. Just finished reading the latest in the Kerrilyn Sparks series (Love at Stakes – I think it is called) and just finished the latest in the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill.
    I’m a follower on the blog and twitter (beckerjo).

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  19. Donna SNo Gravatar
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    Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, The Hollows, Otherworld are some of my other favorites.

    blog and twitter follower

    tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/statuses/27802605477

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    +1 – answer – I’m a big fan of the Hollows, Anita Blake, and Angie Fox’s Demon Slayer series.

    +2 blog & twitter follower

    +3 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/27892910934

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  21. Lis(Darkling)No Gravatar
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    1.+1Currently I’m enjoying the WickedkLovely series.

    +2 for following!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  22. JulieNo Gravatar
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    What about you guys? Which urban fantasy or other series are you enjoying right now?

    I’m currently devouring House of Night.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  23. AmyNo Gravatar
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    The series I’m currently following are: Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs), Midnight Breed (Lara Adrian), and Demonica (Larissa Ione). I would love to read your Elemental Assassin series, as it’s been on my “to read” list!

    +1 entry for answering the question
    +2 entries for being follower of the blog
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    angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. kisah j.No Gravatar
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    What about you guys? Which urban fantasy or other series are you enjoying right now?

    i just finished black dust mambo (loved it!), and i’m just starting mark henry’s happy hour of the damned (laughing myself silly!)

    +1 question answered
    +2 blog follower

    =3 entries

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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  25. Natasha JNo Gravatar
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    I just read Chloe Neill’s Chagioland Vampires series, and I LOVED it. It’s amazing. :)

    +1 Answered question
    +2 Blog Follower
    +3 Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AGreatBook/status/29024218592

    =+6

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  26. CrystalNo Gravatar
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    I am currently ready Terri Garey’s Nicki Styx series and lovin’ it!

    +1 Answered Question
    +2 Blog Follower
    +3 Posted on sidebar (http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/)
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    folksohana AT gmail DOT come

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