Sunday, 13 February 2011

Shiarra Waynest Talks About Contracts by Jess Haines + Giveaway

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Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming one of my favourite blogger/author friends to the blogoversary celebrations: the always friendly and funny Jess Haines! Jess is the author of a very original UF series (the H&W Investigations series) and the creator of some fantastic characters such as Shiarra, Arnold, Royce and Chaz just to name a few. So when Jess offered to bring her characters here for a little discussion I of course immediately jumped on the offer (if you have already read any of Jess' characters post you know why: the fun is guaranteed with all the banter and witty jabs :-p). So please give a warm welcome to Jess and her characters! :-) 


Shiarra Waynest Talks About Contracts
By Jess Haines

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 the upcoming DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS).

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Chaz, her werewolf on-and-off boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, Jack, a White Hat (aka supernatural hunter), and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.

Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about the contracts that humans have to sign before they can become “intimate” with their significant Others. Over to you, Shia!


Jack: Untie me right now! Let me out of here!

Hunted By The OthersChaz: Shut up.

Shiarra: Chaz! I don’t think this is right. I thought this was supposed to be a civilized discussion.

Royce: Oh, I don’t know. We didn’t gag him. He should be able to participate like the rest of us.

Jack: As soon as I get out of here I’ll kill you all!

Royce: That’s nothing new.

Arnold: Ahem. Jack, sorry, man, but you need to calm down. It was the only way we could get the vamp and the werewolf to agree to be in the same room with you.

Jack: I’m holding you accountable for this, spark. You tricked me!

Shiarra: Look, let’s just hurry up and get this over with so we can get him out of here.

Royce: That’s fine with me. I do believe we were going to discuss contracts.

Chaz: Well, what about contracts?

Shiarra: Yeah. This isn’t a comfortable subject, you know.

Jack: Vampire’s whore.

Shiarra: HEY!

Royce: That’s not entirely accurate.

Taken By The Others (H&W Investigations)Shiarra: Yeah. Wait. HEY. *GLARES* The number one thing to know about contracts is not to sign them!

Arnold: Didn’t stop you.

Chaz: Hey, why haven’t you signed one for me? You signed one for fang-boy over there.

Royce: Some of us just have that way with women, I suppose.

Shiarra: Yeah, in that “I’ll destroy you and all you love if you don’t” sort of way.

Jack: I want out of here. Now. Get this over with!

Arnold: Royce, you probably have the most experience out of the rest of us with contracts. What do people usually ask you about it before signing one?

Shiarra: Other than “are you going to kill me”?

Royce: There are two questions I get asked quite often. First, and most frequently, is whether or not being bitten hurts. They have no way of knowing beforehand as they can’t be bitten by vampires without a contract.

Jack: Lying leech. Since when do you follow the law?

Royce: Bite your tongue, boy. I may omit truths, but I find lying distasteful in the extreme.

Shiarra: Yeah, yeah. What’s the other question?

Royce: If I’ll grant them eternal life.

Jack: Devil-spawn.

Chaz: Really? The only questions I ever get are if it hurts to shift and where the hair goes after we change.

Everyone Else: …

Chaz: What?

NocturnalShiarra: Okay. Um. Well then.

Jack: Ugh.

Arnold: Jack, as long as you’re here, why don’t you tell us something about why you’re so dead-set against Others.

Jack: People don’t know what they’re getting into when they sign those contracts. They’re signing their souls away. They don’t realize that they’re putting themselves in the hands of murderers—

Royce: I find this offensive. Must we listen to his rumor mongering?

Arnold: I told you having him here was a bad idea. You were the one who wanted everyone to hear both sides of the argument. Creepy leech.

Royce: I didn’t imagine he’d be this unpleasant to deal with.

Shiarra: As much as I dislike the vampire, I’m kinda with him on this one. Royce may have been a manipulative asshole, but he never really tried to kill me. Neither have most of the other supernaturals that I’ve met who actually follow the law.

Royce: Charming, Ms. Waynest, to know you think so highly of me. Unfortunate you don’t feel the need to grant me the liberties our contract allows me. You might change your mind…

Shiarra: Oh, ew. A thousand times, no.

Deceived By The OthersJack: Stay away from the girl, monster!

Chaz: Watch it, leech. Stay away from my girlfriend.

Royce: The offer stands, if you ever change your mind.

Shiarra: Yeah, that’ll be around the tenth of never.

Royce: Give it time, Ms. Waynest. I can wait.


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 signed copy of my first book, leave a comment below telling us whether you would sign a contract with a vampire or a werewolf!

Hunted By The Others

Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Stella! And happy blog-o-versary to you!

Jess Haines has over 6 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.

Jess loves to hear from fans, too! Visit her at her website and comment on the blog, follow Jess on Facebook and Twitter, or drop a line through the contact page.

Hunted By The OthersThey are the Others-the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again...

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm-if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend-a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing-and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil-whether she likes it or not...

"A fun, high octane ride with a take charge heroine who will leave you wanting more." —Alexandra Ivy

"Haines' fresh, feisty and fast-paced debut is full of litigious vampires, sexy shapeshifters and a mage sidekick akin to Bond's Q, what more could you want?" —Mark Henry

"A sexy, bruising tango of supernatural fun and vampiric mayhem." —Mario Acevedo, author of Jailbait Zombie


As stated above Jess generously offers a signed copy of Hunted by the Others to a lucky commentator.

Hunted By The Others

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. Answer the question Jess asked above, tell us whether you would sign a contract with a vampire or a werewolf!

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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