Today’s Deadly Destination is from Jess Haines & E. Blix’s characters on LA from FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS (published on July 2, 2013 by Zebra), and a giveaway to win a signed set of the H&W Investigations series. Want to win ? Enter via the widget below.
Jess Haines & E. Blix’s characters on LA from FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the H&W Investigations series—urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade…
Today I have my co-author from SILENT CRAVINGS with me to introduce you to some of our characters. Shia is here with her best friend and the H in H&W Investigations, Sara, the master vampire of Los Angeles, Clyde Seabreeze, and pseudo-master vampire of a postage stamp-sized slice of Los Angeles Clyde lets him run, Jimmy Thrane. They’re here to tell you about the dangers and pitfalls of visiting Los Angeles.
Clyde: Oh, here we go again.
Thrane: Pseudo? I am the rightful, the only master of Los Angeles and her surrounding territories. This usurper to my throne, who I am forced to sit next to – nay – lower myself to the point of allowing myself to be sat next to—
Shiarra: Is he always like this?
Thrane: Like what?
Sara: Look, we’re not trying to cause trouble. We’re just trying to give people a head’s up if they’re going to be walking into the middle of a vampiric turf war if they visit L.A.
Clyde: Ladies, I can assure you, that childish, bumbling idiot will present no threat to you—or anyone else.
Thrane: I am so a threat!
Shiarra: You’re wearing guyliner, a top hat and torn fishnet. Are you sure about that?
Thrane: I’ll have you know that Clyde often trembles in my presence.
Clyde: I’m holding in laughter. It’s very difficult.
Thrane: I hate you so much.
Sara: Amusing as this is, I think we need to get back on track. So. Los Angeles. Vampire turf war or…?
Clyde: He insists he has some claim to the land when I was the one who ousted the last master—what was her name?
Shiarra: I’m not sure that it matters.
Thrane: It doesn’t.
Clyde: No matter. It was my first order of business when I arrived in California. She was unimportant then, she’s unimportant now—as are you.
Thrane: The—the gall, the utter nerve—
Clyde: Oh, shut up.
Shiarra: Now, now, children.
Clyde: I don’t appreciate your tone.
Sara: We’re supposed to be helping people out here. This? Not helpful.
Shiarra: Yeah. So why is it so hard to find your way around out here? In New York, all the streets are laid out in a grid—north, south, east, west—very simple. You can’t find anything in L.A. and it always takes at least 20 minutes to get anywhere. What’s up with that?
Clyde: It’s an old city with a long history. It has experienced growth over many years and early city planners didn’t account for such expansion.
Thrane: L.A. is my favorite city out of all the ones I’ve been to. It may have its problems, but it really is a great place.
Clyde: I’m glad we can finally see eye-to-eye on something, Mr. Thrane.
Thrane: Thank you, Mr. Seabreeze.
Shiarra: So are you two like Louis and Lestat?
Thrane: Oh, my GOD. No-no-no-no-no. No.
Clyde: God, no, nothing like that.
Thrane: I’m not even blond!
Clyde: Wait, what?
Sara: This is worse than getting Chaz and Royce into an interview together.
Shiarra: You’re telling me.
Shiarra: Never mind. Look, can you guys stop arguing for like five minutes and tell us something useful about L.A. so we can all get on with our lives?
Clyde: It is an excellent place to visit. We have many attractions—beautiful public beaches, plenty of shopping outlets for all budgets, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm—
Thrane: What are you, the board of tourism?
Clyde: Don’t make me notice you, boy. You won’t like it.
Shiarra: Hey, let’s take this in any other direction like right now.
Thrane: There is also a very active club scene at night. No matter how or when you like to party, there is always something to cater to your interests.
Clyde: Thank you.
Thrane: There is also a huge problem with uncontracted vampire biting and turning.
Shiarra: This sounds interesting. Gee, look at my wrist, I think it’s time to go.
Clyde: I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Thrane: Sure you don’t.
Sara: Yeah, I’m just gonna—
Shiarra: We’re just gonna—
Clyde: Stay right where you are until these patently false accusations are sorted out. Every human bitten on my turf does so while under legal and binding contract. So, care to explain your statement, Mr. Thrane? Or shall we save it for the police when I send them knocking at your shack later this evening?
Thrane: There is no uncontracted biting or turning in L.A. We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.
Clyde: I don’t appreciate your turn of phrase.
Shiarra: I don’t get it.
Sara: Satire. It’s what’s for dinner.
Sara: I think we can safely assume that none of us would ever be safe in your town. Thanks.
Shiarra: If I ever come back, I’m loading up on garlic, holy water and stakes first.
Thrane: It’s just best not to come at all.
Shiarra: Duly noted.
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Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she’s been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Her latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013). Visit her at www.JessHaines.com for the latest news and updates.
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The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…
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