My guest today is urban fantasy author Jess Haines. The second book in her H&W Investigations series, Taken by the Others, hits bookshelves on January 4, 2011. Please join me in welcoming Jess here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can also read the first chapter of Hunted by the Others, which is the first book in the series.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Hunted by the Others. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
Shiarra Waynest Talks About Her Christmas Wish-List
By Jess Haines
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the urban fantasy novel HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, and its upcoming sequel TAKEN BY THE OTHERS. I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Sara, her business partner, Chaz, her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who occasionally lends the girls 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 she wants for Christmas. Over to you, Shia!
Shiarra: This one is easy. I want one of those nifty sunglasses that are also MP3 players and spy cameras!
Sara: Really? Those are so cheesy, though.
Shiarra: I know. It’s perfect.
Arnold: I want that Hayao Miyazaki boxed set.
Chaz: Was that English?
Arnold: It’s a DVD boxed set! It comes with Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke…
Royce: Cartoons? Really?
Arnold: It’s anime. They’re not just “cartoons”—it’s art.
Chaz: Uhm. I’m with the vampire on this one.
Arnold: Says the guy that reads DC comics when he’s not trying to be a Schwarzenegger impersonator.
Shiarra: Back in the land of adults…
Sara: Don’t worry, sweetie, I’ll get you your DVDs.
Arnold: Yay! And a “This Land” t-shirt.
Sara: Err. Sure.
Shiarra: What do you want, Sara? I need to get started on my shopping.
Sara: Cripes, you really put it off to the last minute there. Get me that Godiva chocolate truffle gift box again, that was amazing. None of that See’s crap, though, that stuff is nasty.
Shiarra: Aw, man. See’s is awesome. And cheap.
Chaz: I need a new set of weights. I broke my last set.
Shiarra: …I am not even going to ask how that is possible.
Arnold: The vampire is being very quiet. Should we be worried?
Royce: I don’t see much reason to get involved in this immature banter.
Shiarra: Is the big bad vampire too good for Christmas or what?
Royce: I have seen the passing of too many winter solstice fads to feel a need to participate.
Shiarra: You don’t buy anything? You don’t give your employees a Christmas bonus? What kind of Scrooge are you?!
Royce: I never said I didn’t participate on any level. I’m hardly that heartless.
Arnold: Could’ve fooled us.
Royce: I do give my employees plenty of time off around the holidays, as well as bonuses and gifts. People would hardly want to work with me if that wasn’t the case.
Chaz: I’m surprised anyone wants to work with you to begin with. Are the gifts supposed to make up for 24-7 blood breath?
Shiarra: Oh, ew. I didn’t even think of that. I thought you were going to say something about being forced to work under duress and pain of biting or something.
Royce: Gods. What do you people take me for?
Arnold: An evil, soulless vampire with no morals to speak of.
Shiarra: Except when it’s convenient!
Royce: …I must concede your point. However, I still don’t celebrate Christmas, personally. I can see why others get involved, but it holds no interest for me.
Sara: Oh, come on. There must be something you want. Money doesn’t buy everything. Believe me, I know.
Royce: *looks at Shiarra*
Shiarra: AUGH. Okay, that’s it! We’re done!
What about you? What’s on your Christmas wish-list?
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Angela!
The author has over 5 years freelance experience in technical writing, editing and screenplays. More recently, this repertoire has expanded to include short stories and a series of urban fantasy novels in progress.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Hunted by the Others.
1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
2. Giveaway ends Monday, December 13th at 11:59 PM EST.
3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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