Monday, 11 July 2011

It’s In The Blood - Character Interview by Jess Haines + Giveaway

To kick off the Spotlight on H&W Investigations event in style, I give you the creator of the series, the wonderful Jess Haines, who was sweet enough to bring Shia, Chaz and Royce around to give us a small coffee round table discussion about what it was for Shia to be blood bound to an old and extremely powerful vampire such as Royce. Please give Jess and our guest of honours the warmest welcome! :-)

It’s In The Blood
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 recently released 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 on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.

In the second book, Shiarra finds out what it’s like to be bound to a vampire. Seeing as there has been a great deal of talk lately about Shia and Royce, today she’s going to tell you a little about what it was like to be bound to Royce. Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra: Could we pick a more awkward subject? Yeesh.

Chaz: I’d rather we talk about anything else. Skinning my own fur off, for example.

Hunted By The OthersRoyce: Such dramatics. Was it really so terrible?

Shiarra: Don’t play the innocent. You know it was.

Chaz: At least with Weres, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re able to be your own person anymore if you get bitten. You have to answer to the alpha and any dominant Weres, but once you’re one of us, you’re part of the family. Not a puppet.

Shiarra: I’m not sure if that’s much better, honey.

Royce: Don’t let his statements mislead you. Any dominant wolf with a grudge or taken in a momentary fury might kill you by accident. I find death to be a waste. You can rest assured that any life taken by my hand is done so deliberately.

Shiarra: Do you listen to yourself? “Hi, my name is Creepy McCreepypants, and I’m going to talk about your eternal servitude today. Or your death. You know, whichever sounds creepier.”

Chaz: Heh.

Royce: That thing you did with your hand was not necessary.

Chaz: Oh, I don’t know. I think it gave her statement just the right amount of dramatic flair.

Shiarra: I try.

Royce: Ms. Waynest, perhaps you’d prefer to illuminate your beloved and the rest of the audience as to just what it was like being at my beck and call. I’d like to remind you that I never once took advantage of your charms, or caused you any harm while you were in my care.

Shiarra: Hey, guess what? That was the most stressful and traumatic event of my life. I’m not interested in taking a trip down Memory Lane, so back off, you fu—

Chaz: Ahem!

Shiarra: Err.

Royce: Yes, because I was so terribly cruel to you, saving you from potentially being drawn to the side of my rival, Max Carlyle, sheltering you, and respecting your wish to remain unsullied by my hands.

Shiarra: And gloating at my situation and lack of choice in the matter wasn’t an issue, oh-h-h-h-h, no.

Royce: Are you telling me I’m not allowed to be pleased when I have drawn a new member into my fold?

Chaz: Not when you’re talking about my girlfriend, leech. She’s not yours, so back the hell off.

Taken By The Others (H&W Investigations)Royce: Try me, wolf. If she’ll let you off your leash, I’ll delight in the opportunity to impart some lessons on what it really means to be an alpha.

Chaz: Why, you son of a—

Shiarra: Chaz. Don’t take his bait, he just wants to stir up a fight.

Royce: Am I that transparent?

Shiarra: I really don’t like that sarcastic tone of yours.

Royce: And I don’t like how you won’t open your eyes enough to see that I have never deliberately caused you any harm, nor have I done anything to deserve your unkind words. I’ve done nothing but aid you in your time of need.

Chaz: Nothing but make her into an unthinking marionette so you could pull her strings.

Shiarra: You haven’t got a clue what that was like. I couldn’t think of anything but you. Every thought was about what I could do to please you, to get closer, to be a better servant—I had no desire but to be around a… a thing that drinks blood and can’t stand sunlight. You want me to thank you for that? Please.

Royce: Would you have preferred to have continued feeling that way for Max? To have him draw you back to his side so that he could kill you out of hand, or perhaps first make you betray your friends and family—even that mangy cur at your side?

Chaz: Hey! My coat is thick and lustrous. I’ll have you know my pack has some of the best grooming habits in the state.



Chaz: What? It’s true.

Royce: Ahem. Back on topic. So, Ms. Waynest, let’s hear it.

Shiarra: No, you didn’t mistreat or hurt me. Yes, you could have done worse. No, I wouldn’t have wanted to go back to Max’s side. But you’re still a weird, scary, creepy, unnatural—

Royce: Desirable, dangerous, sexy predator. Yes, yes, I know.

Chaz: Modest, too, I see.

Shiarra: I was going to say walking corpse, but whatever.

Deceived By The Others (H&W Investigations)Royce: You wanted me before the bond, and you still want me now. When you tire of your dog, you know where to find me.

Shiarra: Keep dreaming, you sicko.

Royce: I have eternity to wait, Ms. Waynest. When the tide changes, and the going gets rough, we’ll see who remains by your side—and who you turn to for help.

Shiarra: Hello, and welcome to my nightmare. Ugh.


You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.

If you were faced with the choice of being at the beck and call of a werewolf or a vampire, which would you choose?

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Thanks again for everything, Stella! Looking forward to seeing what other surprises you have in store for me and the rest of the H&W Investigations gang this week!

Thank you for stopping by Jess and bringing Shia and co! :-)

And now, if you haven't read the H&W series yet, time to grab yourself a copy:

You can buy Book#1 Hunted by the Others at the Book Depository US, the Book Depository UK, Amazon, or the Kindle Strore

Hunted By The Others

Taken By The Others (An H&W Investigations Novel)

Book#3 Deceived by the Others at the Book Depository, Amazon, or the Kindle Store.

Deceived By the Others (H&W Investigations)


Thanks to the generous Kristin of My Bookish Ways, one lucky commenter will win a paperback copy of Deceived by the Others from the Book Depository!

All you need to do is:

1) answer Jess' question: If you were faced with the choice of being at the beck and call of a werewolf or a vampire, which would you choose?

2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide (wherever the Book Depo ships) and ends on 18 July 2011!

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