Deadly Destinations: Jennifer Estep & win WIDOW’S WEB

August 21, 2012 Deadly Destinations 67

Today’s Deadly Destination is an interview with Jennifer Estep on Ashland from WIDOW’S WEB (published on August 21st 2012 by Pocket). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Interview with Jennifer Estep on Ashland from WIDOW’S WEB

ATUF: The Elemental Assassin series is set in Ashland, a fictional southern city.  What made you create a fictional city as opposed to fictionalizing a real one?

JE: I decided to create a fictional city just so I could make it my own and describe it the way I wanted to. Plus, by creating a fictional city, I could put restaurants, homes, businesses, and other places that the characters visit where I wanted them to go, as well as add on other locations as the series goes along. I just like creating my own little city/world and letting my characters and readers explore it.

ATUF: Your protagonist, Gin, owns Ashland’s best barbecue joint known as The Pork Pit (which we can glimpse on the cover of SPIDER’S BITE).  Why do the locals love it?

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)

JE: Well, as Gin would say, because the Pork Pit serves up the best barbecue in the city. LOL. I think we’ve all been to some small restaurant that served up amazing food, and that’s the sort of place and atmosphere that I wanted to create with the Pork Pit.

ATUF: There are a number of Ashland hotspots listed on your website. Can you tell us about one or two of your favorites?

JE: Well, I like them all, and I try to give places their own distinctive personalities so that they almost become like characters in the books. But if I had to pick, I would say that Jo-Jo’s beauty salon and Fletcher’s labyrinth of a house are among my favorites if only because those are two places were Gin can just relax and be herself.

ATUF: Your cover artist, Tony Mauro, always captures key locations from Ashland for each book.  Do you have a favorite?  Do you provide input or does Tony surprise you?

Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)

JE: I usually give my editor some suggestions for scenes in the books that might make for an interesting cover. But I think Tony has done a terrific job on the covers, and I’m always excited to see the cover art for the next book in the series. Tony seems to outdo himself with every new cover. I like them all, but I would say that VENOM and WIDOW’S WEB are probably two of my favorites just because I love the blue colors on those.

ATUF: What other projects can we look forwarding to reading from you soon?

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy, #4)

JE: WIDOW’S WEB, the seventh book in my Elemental Assassin series, will be out on Aug. 21. DEADLY STING, book eight, will be out in April 2013, and there will be at least two more books in the series beyond that one.

Also, CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, will be out on Dec. 24, 2012, and there will be at least two more books in the series after that one.

Folks can visit my website at for more information on my books.

ATUF: What are some of your favorite titles/authors in the paranormal genres?

JE: One of my favorite books is Beauty by Robin McKinley, which is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I enjoy reading both adult and YA books in all of the fantasy genres, so I also like books by authors like Jennifer Nielsen, Maria Snyder, Kresley Cole, Eilis O’Neal, and too many other authors to name.

ATUF: Finish this statement with as much/little detail as you like: You’ll like WIDOW’S WEB if you like …

JE: …action, magic, danger, romance, and heartbreak.


Giveaway provided by Jennifer Estep
One copy of WIDOW’S WEB by Jennifer Estep


Published on August 21st 2012 by Pocket


I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.

Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.

Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

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67 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Jennifer Estep & win WIDOW’S WEB”

  1. Caty R

    I can’t wait to read this! Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors! Great Interview and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. ashley whaley

    i love the elemental assassin series. i go and buy the new releases on the day of release every time. gin is such a strong character and though she kills people (did it for a living) she keeps you on her side of the fight and routing for her. she can do all that and still whip up a wonderful meal out of practically nothing. she’s an all around good guy w/ a personality thats hard. i want to be just like her when i grow up LOL. jk.

  3. alicia marie

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!! Love this series and can’t wait to read this once : )

  4. JenM

    I’m a bit worried to read this installment, since I hear my guy Owen doesn’t come off too well in it, but I love the series. It’ll be a long wait until the next one comes out though.

  5. Michelle B.

    I love this series since page one of the first book!!! Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. Does Gin ever get a happily everafter??? 🙂

  6. Rebe

    I love this series, but I’m worried about Owen, too! I definitely have to check this one out!

  7. Chinyere Ezinwanyi

    Spider Bite is the only one that I have, but I need to get on with the series.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope that I win

  8. Vivien

    I love this series!!!

    Do you prefer writing from male or female pov?

  9. Melissa B

    Thanks for the giveaway! Just started the Elemental Assasin’s series and I’m loving it so far. Just finished Venom.

  10. chris bails

    Great post. This is a new series for me. This book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.
    My questions are: any new series in the works? What is your favorite genre to write? Name 3 authors that you would recommend to others? Thanks foe the giveaway.

  11. Chelsea Foust

    I love your books Jennifer, I can’t wait to read widows web, and also crimson frost. You have such a fantastic way of building characters and worlds, that i want to stay in and be friends with the characters, even if usually being friends with them puts me in imminent danger…

  12. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  13. whitewolfreads

    I love Tony Mauro’s covers and he’s really outsone himself with the Elemental Assassin series. I would have to say that Widow’s Web is also one one of favorites.

  14. justpeachy36

    This series is one of my absolute favorites. I look forward to every one of them coming out and can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  15. Viki S.

    I’ve got to work this series into my reading. The reviews are fantastic and I know I’ll love it. Thank you.

  16. Jennifer Estep

    Jennifer — Thanks! I like the covers a lot too.

    Caty — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    StacyUFI — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Kristina — Thanks! I like the covers a lot too.

    Ashley — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about the books.

    Alicia — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    JenM — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Michelle — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the books. I’m sorry but I can’t really give out spoilers. Hope you understand.

    Rebe — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Sandyg265 — Thanks! Glad you are looking forward to the book.

    Chinyere — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Vivien — Thanks! I guess I would say I prefer the female POV.

    Melissa — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series so far.

    Chris — Thanks! I don’t have any new series in the works as of right now. I would say that fantasy is my favorite thing to write (whether it’s urban fantasy, YA, etc.)

    Nat — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Chelsea — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

    Nora-Adrienne — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

    Victoria — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Whitewolfreads — Thanks! I think Tony has done a great job on the covers too.

  17. munchkin

    I love Gin, such a great series and yes i love the covers too

  18. Cathy M

    This is one of my favorite UF series and I can’t wait to read Widow’s Web.

  19. 3monstersmom

    Looking forward to reading Widow’s Web. On a side note, I adore Jennifer’s Mythos Academy series.

  20. Jennifer Estep

    Justpeachy36 — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about the series.

    Viki — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Munchkin — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Cathy — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    3monstersmom — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

  21. Natalia J

    Can’t wait to read this book. What is the most difficult part in writing your books?

  22. Lisa Richards

    I have not started the Mythos Academy series yet but going to the beach in two weeks and these are definitely in my suitcase (who needs clothes) to devour!

  23. Suzie

    I love your books Jennifer. I cannot wait for this latest books. I have gotten several friends hooked on the series too!!

    Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Jennifer Estep

    Danielle — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Carin — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Natalia — Thanks! For me, one of the most difficult things is just making time to write since authors do so many things (social media, email, etc.)

    Lisa — Thanks! Hope you enjoy the series.

    Suzie — Thanks! I appreciate the recommendations.

  25. Natasha

    I can’t wait to read this one!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Jasmyn

    Mythos Academy drew me into your world of writing and I’d love to see what the Elemental Assassin books are like.

  27. DeAnna Schultz

    I have the first, forth and sixth book of this series. I’m working to fill in the blank books as soon as I can so I can dive-into this series. I’m quite OCD about reading a series in order…well, at least through the first read of it. Re-reads are fair game though. 😉 I really love the all the covers of this series so much. Tony does a fabulous job!

    Thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

  28. Jennifer Estep

    Natasha — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Jasmyn — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    DeAnna — Thanks! I like the covers a lot too.

    Stacey — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Celeste — Thanks! I appreciate that.

  29. Lexi

    Oh Jen you are killing me! I have read a few reviews of Widow’s Web and I just have to know how it ends!!! I have been rooting for Owen since Gin first laid eyes on his delicious self. You have the knack for keeping me coming back for more. I hope you continue to enjoy writing the Elemental Assasin series, I know I will continue loving reading it!

  30. Barbara Elness

    I love the Elemental Assassin series, I would list it at the top of my favorite series. It was a thrill to meet Jennifer at the RWA Literacy signing in July, I even got a picture with her. 😀 I’ve been not very patiently waiting for Widow’s Web to be released, and I’m so glad it’s time for it to be released.

  31. Damaris

    I heard so many great things on your series, so I gave it a try and I really love it.

  32. Barb P

    Hi Jennifer! It has been my pleasure to read the first book in the series and loved it! I haven’t had a chance to read any of the others though. I guess that I need to get busy! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  33. donnas

    Congrats on the new release. Love the series and cant wait to read it.

  34. Mickie T

    Nooooooooooooo – not heartbreak! Gin’s had enough of that. Um. That means I’ve read all the books (in both series), and have connected with the characters. Great series. (Stop being mean to Gin…) 🙂

  35. Jennifer Estep

    Lexi — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about the series.

    Van — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Barbara — Thanks! I appreciate that, and it was nice meeting you too.

    Damaris — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

    Barb — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Kai — Thanks! Right now, there will be at least 10 books in the Elemental Assassin series.

    Donnas — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Mickie — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

  36. Texas Book Lover

    This series is new to me…but quickly moving to the top of my TBR list!

  37. Sariah

    Great post! I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Karin Anderson

    My favorite is Patrica Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series! I love the emotions she includes, as well as her acceptance of unusual mating pairs.

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  39. Sumiyati E Monoarfa

    I have read all of the Elemental Assassin books. I love Gin and everything she represents. I just got my book, but am on pins and needles about the ending in Widow’s Web. I made the mistake of reading some of the interviews. I hope Owen doesn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for “Deadly Sting” to come out next year. Glad the series isn’t ending. I would be lost without Gin’s escapdes to look forward to.~

  40. Audra Holtwick

    I love this series Gin is great— And I love to hear more about Finn and Bria- Fangirl ****SQUEEEE*******

  41. Neon612

    The only book from the series I have is Spider’s Bite. I’m hoping to find the rest of them before I start reading, and this one.. I just can’t wait.

  42. Jennifer Estep

    Texas Book Lover — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    Sariah — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Lexi — Thanks! I try to do that on all of the guest blogs that I do, but it doesn’t always happen. I do my best, though.

    Karin — Thanks! I’ve heard a lot of good things about that series.

    Sumiyati — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about the series.

    Audra — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Neon612 — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the books.

  43. Amy

    Can’t wait to read Widow’s Web! I’d love to see how Gin reacts to Owen’s ex-lover showing up.

  44. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    I have been seeing this author all over the blogs lately. I have not read any of her books but she has me interested in them. Thanks for posting!

  45. Jennifer Estep

    Amy — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Bn100 — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Rachel — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out my books.

    Heather — Thanks! I’m pretty busy with my Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy series right now, but I hope to write something new in the future.

  46. DeeDee Griffin

    These covers are awesome! I’ve been planning on starting this series, and I’m also looking forward to more Mythos Academy books.

  47. Jolene A

    Mythos and this is a great series! I’m only a book or so into both, but she is an amazing author!

  48. Samantha

    I’m a HUGE fan of this series and I’ve only read the first book so far! Gin was such an amazing kick-ass character. I couldn’t get enough! I already have book 2 waiting for me 🙂