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Happy 4th of July! Spending the holiday with us for Deadly Destinations is Shiarra Waynest and the crazy, sexy, cool cast from Jess Haines H&W; Investigations series, my favorite character ensemble in urban fantasy. They are taking us on a tour of New York City where The Others have HUNTED, TAKEN, and DECIEVED me previously (and I keep coming back for more). The latest explosive story is DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS (available on July 5th & you can read my review HERE). Thanks to Jess and Kensington, one of you who comments on this post will win a copy of the book and a book thong! See details below
Shiarra Waynest Talks About New York City
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W; Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, and DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS). 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 the sexy, dark, and deadly underbelly of New York City. Over to you, Shia!
Shiarra: Uhm. It’s not that sexy.
Royce: I beg to differ.
Chaz: Yes, because undead creatures who suck your blood are, oh, so hot.
Arnold: I feel like the voices of thousands of fangirls suddenly cried out—
Shiarra: Oh, please.
Royce: Since we are talking more about my turf than Ms. Waynest’s, I’d like to take this opportunity to—
Shiarra: No. Just… no. This is not a forum for you to start advertising your businesses. Besides, New York City kinda sucks. It’s overcrowded, way too hot in the summer, way too cold in the winter, and smells funny. The only thing it has going for it are some landmarks, shows, museums, and a few nice restaurants.
Arnold: The coffee can’t be beat, though.
Chaz: The pizza, either.
Royce: Oh, I’m more a fan of the entertainment options, personally.
Shiarra: Yeah, we kind of figured that out, considering you’re the only one here who doesn’t—you know—eat.
Royce: The food isn’t the only thing tasty in this town, Ms. Waynest.
Shiarra: What? …oh. Oh, ew! Sicko!
Chaz: Forget about him. I’ll take you somewhere nice after this. We’ll go out to the pier on Montauk and we can grab a bite to eat after. There’s this great little crab shack—
Royce: Because that’s, oh, so much better than going to Le Petite Boisson, where every French culinary delight imaginable is available to tease and tantalize your taste buds, all while being serenaded by fine music and surrounded by lovers dancing by candlelight.
Shiarra: Yes. It is, oh, so much better. There aren’t things with sharp pointy teeth lusting after my blood hanging out there.
Arnold: Actually, Shia, I’ve been there and I have to say, the food is amazing.
Shiarra: Wait, what? Arnold!
Royce: It’s true. We do have an excellent Zagat rating.
Chaz: Nobody cares.
Royce: Quiet, cur. Perhaps you’d prefer something a little darker. Twisted Temptations might be more to your liking.
Shiarra: …I don’t even want to know what that is.
Arnold: It’s not as bad as he makes it sound. Even with that creepy lispy thing he does with the fangs.
Royce: Excuse me? I don’t lisp.
Chaz: Actually, when your fangs are out, you do a little. Really adds to that “sexy” vampire vibe you’ve got going there. Heh.
Shiarra: Honey? Just so you know, the only thing that kept me from doubting your heterosexuality for a second there were the air quotes.
Royce: Oh, I wasn’t referring to him when I made the offer, Ms. Waynest, I’d be happy to give you a personal tour of the facilities—
Chaz: HEY! Stay the hell away from my girlfriend!
Arnold: You know, the vamps aren’t the only ones who own nightclubs in this town.
Shiarra: I’m not sure if a bunch of mage-run restaurants are any better. What if it’s all Alice In Wonderland-y and I turn into a frog after eating something? I’m not willing to take that chance.
Arnold: Wait, what? You won’t—I don’t even…
Chaz: Does that happen?
Royce: I hate to be the one to point this out, but not only are you mixing your lore, you’ve essentially just broadcast your intolerance to the entire audience.
Shiarra: What? I—wait, what? I—oh. Oh. Oh, Arnold, I mean—I—I didn’t mean—oh, my God, I am so sorry!
Arnold: I… you…
Shiarra: SO sorry!
Chaz: …what? Why are you—
Shiarra: Chaz! Say you’re sorry!
Chaz: I’m… sorry?
Arnold: You know, I think we’re done here.
Shiarra: God, yes.
Royce: So, kids, come on down to Twisted Temp—
Shiarra: STOP. Just… stop. And stop smiling while you say that!
Royce: I always smile like this.
Chaz: We know.
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 copy of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS and a book thong, leave a comment below telling us what deadly destination you’d want to visit in New York!
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Abigail!
About Jess Haines
Jess Haines is a displaced New Yorker with a penchant for the silly, the obscure, and the fantastical. Los Angeles is home for the time being, since it consistently meets her daily quota of strange. She’s currently working on the H&W; Investigations urban fantasy series. Find out more about Shiarra Waynest, drop her a line, or join her mailing list at www.jesshaines.com!
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One copy of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS by Jess Haines & a book thong
Available on July 5, 2011 from Kensington Books
They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…
Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family–or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.
Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…
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