Feb 27, 2011

New Vampire Releases for February 2011

February has a lot to offer vampire fans - the latest installment of The Maker's Song series - Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix; Sisters of the Moon series - Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn; The Sworn  - book one in new spin-off series by Gail Z. Martin; Jane Austen is at it again in Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford.....   And many more.




American Vampire
by Jennifer Armintrout
Mira (February 22, 2011)

Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five years…and he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all.

Jessa's the only one to even remotely trust him, and she's desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there's a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa's only hope for salvation.

Even if she has to die first…



Biting Me Softly
by Mary Hughes
Samhain Feb. 1, 2011

He’s a candy box of sex appeal wrapped with a golden bow. She’s on a diet.
Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.
Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.
Centuries old and tragedy-scarred, Logan’s mission is to fortify the Blood Center’s electronic defenses against his nemesis, the leader of a rogue vampire gang. He’s ready for battle but not for Liese, who slips under his skin, laughs at his awful puns, charges beside him into dark, scary places—and tastes like his true love.
No matter how often Logan declares his love, Liese can’t bring herself to trust him. But when his archenemy comes after her, not trusting him may cost her life…
Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.



The Bitter Seed of Magic (Spellcrackers.com # 3)by Suzanne McLeod
Gollancz (February 17, 2011)

On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm. Then a faeling - a teenage girl - is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim - herself!



Blood of the Rose: The Tudor Vampire Chronicles
by Kate Pearce
Signet, Feb. 1, 2011

When vampire slayer Rosalind Llewellyn had to join forces with her enemy Christopher Ellis to defeat a rogue vampire threatening Henry VIII, their alliance led to a surprising passion. Reunited after a year's separation, they now face a new threat that could destroy their last chance at happiness.






Blood Wyne (Sisters of the Moon, Book 9)
by Yasmine Galenorn
Berkley (February 1, 2011)

We're the D'Artigo sisters: half-human, half-Fae, we're sexy, we're savvy and we just turned in our badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch. Delilah's a werecat and blossoming Death Maiden. And as for me? I'm Menolly, acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire. But being a vamp isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when the Godfather of all vampires decides to play Prince Charming...

It's the holiday season and a vampire serial killer is on the loose. Hungry ghosts are tearing up the town and people are running scared. I strike a deal with Ivana Krask--one of the Elder Fae--and too late, discover strings are attached. But when I turn to Roman, one of the oldest, most powerful vampires around, for help, he offers me more than I ever bargained for.




Bonded by Blood
by Laurie London
HQN, February 1, 2011

Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….





Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians)
Dianne Duvall
Zebra, Feb. 1, 2011

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's handed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive.

Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible - when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. 




Dead Waters
by Anton Strout
Ace, Feb. 22, 2011

Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it's making some people crazy. Literally.







A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah E. Harkness
Viking, Feb. 8, 2011

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.



Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song)
Adrian Phoenix
Pocket, February 22, 2011

SON OF A FALLEN ANGEL. FORGED IN VAMPIRE’S BLOOD. SWORN TO A MORTAL WOMAN. IF DANTE FALLS, THE WORLD FALLS WITH HIM. . . .
 
THREE LEGACIES ETCHED IN BONE


More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .

ONE PASSION SWORN IN BLOOD

Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .



The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini (Vampire Assassin Trilogy 1)
by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Orbit, Jan. 27, 2011

Venice in the early fifteenth century is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. Within the Serene Republic, their word is law, but for all their influence, Venice's fate still lies in other hands . . .

Lady Giulietta is the Duke's cousin. She enjoys greater privilege than many can even dream of, but her status will demand a terrible price.

Atilo Il Mauros is head of the Assassini, the shadow army that enforces Venice's will - both at home and abroad.

Prince Leopold zum Bas Friedland is the bastard son of the German emperor and leader of the krieghund - the only force in Venice more feared than Atilo's assassins.

And then there is Atilo's angel-faced apprentice. Only a boy, Tycho is already stronger and faster than any man has a right to be. He can see in the dark, but sunlight burns him. It is said that he drinks blood.

Award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood seamlessly blends history, politics and dark fantasy in a compelling vision of a Venice that might have been.



Jane Goes Batty
by Michael Thomas Ford
Ballantine, Feb. 1, 2011

After two hundred years undead, Jane Austen still has bite. But will her most recent literary success be her last?
 

Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.

To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant threat of a certain bloodsucking BrontĂ« sister coming back to finish her off, and it’s enough to make even the most well-mannered heroine go batty!


Nightshade
by Michelle Rowen
Berkley, Feb. 1, 2011

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.






Raziel (The Fallen)
by Kristina Douglas
Pocket; Original edition (January 25, 2011)

Kristina Douglas’s sexy new series introduces a realm of fallen angels and ruthless demons, where an eternal rebellion is brewing . . . and one unsuspecting woman can change the fate of the Fallen forever.
She was just an ordinary mortal . . .
 
“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a crosstown bus. Now she’s surrounded by gorgeous fallen angels with an unsettling taste for blood—and they really don’t want her around. Not exactly how she pictured heaven.
. . . until death catapulted her into a seductive world she never imagined.
 
Raziel is unsure why he rescued Allie from hellfire against Uriel’s orders, but she stirs in him a longing he hasn't felt in centuries. Now the Fallen are bracing for the divine wrath brought by his disobedience, and they blame Allie for the ferocious Nephilim clawing at the kingdom’s shrouded gates. Facing impossible odds at every turn, the two must work together to survive. Raziel will do anything to defend his spirited lover against the forces of darkness—because Allie may be the Fallen’s only salvation.



The Sworn (The Fallen Kings Cycle)
by Gail Z. Martin
Orbit, Feb. 2011

Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Tris seeks new allies from among the living - and the dead - as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle. Meanwhile, the legendary Dread are stirring in their burrows after millennia of silence and no one knows what hand wakes them and whom they will serve when they rise.

Now, Drayke turns to the Sworn, a nomadic clan of warriors bound to protect the Dread. But even the mighty Sworn do not know what will happen when the Dread awake. All are certain, though, that war is coming to the Winter Kingdoms.

THE SWORN is the beginning of a new adventure set in the world of The Chronicles of the Necromancer.



The Truth about Vampires: The Truth about Vampires\Salvation of the Damned (Harlequin Nocturne)
Theresa Meyers
Harlequin; 288 edition (February 15, 2011)

All her life, Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real-life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her….

Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story…or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.


Uprising: Vampire Federation
by Sean McCabe
Signet Select (February 1, 2011)

A gruesome ritual murder has stained the Oxfordshire countryside. It's just the first incident in a chain of events awakening Detective Inspector Joel Solomon to his worst nightmare-and a dreadful omen of things to come. Because Joel has a secret: he believes in vampires.

Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency. She's tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation, and hunting rogue members of her race. A tough job made tougher when the Federation comes under attack by traditionalist vampires. They have a stake in old-school terror-and in an uprising as violent as it is widespread.

Now it's plunging Alex and Joel into a deadly war between the living and the unloving-and against a horrifying tradition given new life by the blood of the innocent. 


Vampire Career (Turning Vampire) [Kindle Edition]by Phoebe Matthews
Dark Quest (February 13, 2011)


A beginning vampire...
A gnawing hunger...
A friendly guy...
Disaster...just a heartbeat away.

Newly turned vampire Gerogia can deal with the "dead all day" part, but she definitely wished the rest of her new lifestyle came with a training manual.

Despite all the legends, she definitely can't turn into a bat at night and finding a vein to suck doesn't come easy.

Luckily, she's got a new boyfriend willing to help her.

Unluckily, a vampire hunter with a stake may prove at least one myth true: how to kill an undead girl.

A new offbeat urban fantasy series from award-winning author Phoebe Matthews.

Feb 24, 2011

Jens Kuhn - Guest Blog and Contest


Please welcome Jens Kuhn author of the vampire novel The Gripsholm Mystery. One lucky reader will win a copy.

This is a brief description of the story: "Antonia Correlli has lived for 600 years. She's a vampire with special abilities which let her live amongst humans undetected. For the most part. In 1915 the First World War is raging through Europe and new, frightful weapons bring suffering and pain to the men who fight it. While using her cunning and her magic on a hospital ship in the Mediterranean Antonia discovers mysterious things aboard. And she develops dangerous feelings for her captain. Solving the mystery, she discovers once again that humans can't be trusted and that immortality has its price"

 Jens explains why he used an unusual setting for his book.

How does one get the idea to put a vampire on a hospital ship in the middle of the First World War? I might be tempted to explain it away by the fact that it's the ideal place to be if you are a vampire: lots of blood and no way for your prey to get away. But the fact is, I have a faint past as a writer of nautical fiction, so I couldn't do without boats whatever I'd write.

Having been quite intrigued by the paranormal romance genre for a while, I decided to add some preternatural magic to the mix of boats and steamy encounters between sailors and intriguing female spies, thus taking the story beyond the factual limits of historical fiction, while keeping up quite high standards of accuracy for historical and technical facts at the same time.

But of course I could not make it too easy for myself. So my heroine, Antonia Correlli, isn't just a vampire. She also is a succubus. That means she is endowed with some special magic, for example the ability to sustain sunlight and heal humans. But in order to keep this ability she needs to feed on human emotions. On their passion, their sexual arousal as well as on blood.

Here, the confined space of the hospital ship becomes a double-edged sword. Because as well as her human prey being unable to escape her, there is only a limited number of them and sooner or later Antonia won't be able to protect her secret. When certain mysterious things happen aboard the vessel, her curiosity makes her less cautious. And there is the captain, who seems to have some magic of his own.

This is the setting for "The Gripsholm Mystery", the first book in a planned series about succubus-vampire Antonia Correlli. 600 years old, Antonia has not always been a succubus. Starting out as a classic vampire of the more primitive kind, she has lived through ages of misery, bloodlust, filth and carnage. When she eventually discovers her other side, her succubus magic, she becomes what she is now, a unique being that is capable of love and caring, but also of deadly dispassionate actions if her survival requires them.



 CONTEST



*Jens is offering a paperback copy of The Gripsholm Mystery to one lucky reader.

*Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. 

*Contest is open tor residents of the US, Canada, and Europe.

*Contest ends March 10 at 11:59pm EST

Feb 17, 2011

Fevre Dream - Still a Vampire Classic

Fevre Dream
by George R. R. Martin.

From the publisher: "When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something's amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn't care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh's dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won't earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh's concern--no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

"Marsh meant to turn down York's offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve--coupled with the terrible force of York's mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind's most impossible dream."


PVN: Recently I was surprised to find a copy of Geroge R R Martin's Fevre Dream on the shelves of Barnes and Noble's SF section. That book was published some time in the eighties (1982 to be exact).

Someone gave me a copy. I read the cover flap. Steamboat captain meets vampire in the 19th century. Didn't sound that interesting so I set it aside but did make a note of it for a list of vampire fiction I was compiling.

A few years later when I decided to expand and publish said list into Vampire Readings  I picked up Fevre Dream so that I could read enough to write my own annotation. Why did I wait so long?? I was hooked from the first sentence and could not stop until I finished the last captivating word.

What I remember most was the courage of the vampire Joshua York who was willing to make great sacrifices in order to allow his people to live honorably among humans without depending on their blood for sustenance. Helping him, although reluctantly at first, was Abner Marsh a rugged steamboat captain who became this vampire's closest friend. 

Abner had lost his riverboat after his fleet was destroyed by the severe winter of 1857. He was penniless until the pale aristocrat Joshua York came along and offered to finance the fastest riverboat on the Mississippi. Her name would be the Fevre Dream, and it would become the vehicle for Joshua to bring to life the dream he held for his people.

Fevre Dream is a classic story of courage, honor, and friendship. if you haven't read it you should. Martin creates vivid characters and evokes time and place with great clarity.

Feb 14, 2011

Jess Haines Interview and Contest

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. To celebrate this special day we have an interview with author Jess Haines author of the urban fantasy series about the Others - werewolves, vampires and mages. Book one is Hunted By the Others. Book two, just published in January is Taken By the Others. One lucky reader will win a copy of both books.

[see contest details of contest at the end of the post.]

Welcome Jess!

PVN: Tell us about Shiarra and the world she lives in.

Jess: Shiarra Waynest is a human woman who lives in an alternate, present-day New York.  She hasn’t been affected much by the “coming out” of supernaturals after the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11, roughly ten years ago.  She doesn’t deal with anything that isn’t human.  As far as she’s concerned, their business is Other business—it has nothing to do with her.

Sadly, her story wouldn’t be very interesting if she wasn’t thrust into supernatural events.  As much as she’d like to stay away from them, her private investigations firm is failing, and when a mage coven offers her a lucrative job that just might save her firm, she goes against her instincts and accepts the offer.  All she has to do is confront New York ’s oldest, most powerful vampire to find out where he’s hiding a magic artifact.  Simple, right?

Yeeeeah.  Being phobic of vampires doesn’t help her much.  Added to her troubles is her mother trying to set her back up with her ex-boyfriend (who happens to be a werewolf), a group of vigilante supernatural hunters threatening her to join them or die, and a snarky, sentient hunter’s belt making fun of her lack of vampire hunting skills.  Oh, and it appears that any supernaturals who come in contact with the artifact she’s searching for wind up dead soon thereafter.

She’s really not having a good day.


PVN: What are the characteristics of your vampires?

Jess: My vampires aren’t the sparkly, cuddly type.  While they retain their memories and personality when they are turned, they have new needs, new powers, and new demands thrust on them that make their unlife difficult.  Older vampires are more likely to be cold, ruthless, and keep to themselves simply because that is the only way they could survive.  They’re relatively newly introduced to our society, so there are still some “growing pains” associated with having them around.   However, some—like Alec Royce, New York’s master vampire—push for acceptance, and boldly stepped into the public eye, thereby attaining a form of instant celebrity.

New laws were enacted requiring any human who wants to become “intimate” to sign a contract that negates any rights for them or their loved ones to seek recriminations for damages or death caused by the Other.  Since most of the vampires are striving very hard to achieve equal rights and become mainstream, they police their own, and come down hard on anyone who gets too violent with or kills too many of their contracted donors.  Their desire to fit in doesn’t make them any less dangerous.  Behind the glamour and the publicity, they are predators.

Not to mention the protesters and hunters who think the vamps shouldn’t be allowed to live and prey upon humankind.  Being a donor to a vampire doesn’t just put you in danger of losing life and limb to your host—you might find yourself lumped in with the Others when the hunters come calling.


PVN: What's next for Shiarra and company?

Jess: In my first book, HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (released May, 2010), Shiarra got to know a few Others, save her business, and get her priorities straight.  In the second book, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS (released January, 2011), she got to face her fear of vampires in a very big way.  Here’s the info on book three, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, coming July 5, 2011:

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…

There are six books contracted in the H and W series, but I won’t go spoiling what’s coming just yet.  *g*



PVN: What other projects are you working on?

Jess: Aside from books four, five, and six, I am working on a standalone paranormal romance novel.  It ties into the world of H and W Investigations, but it is meant to be a story that can be read on its own.  It may be a while before this one is ready to be shopped around for a home, so don’t count on seeing this on the shelves in stores anytime soon.

I also have a novella coming out in an anthology called THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY later this year.  Ever see or hear of those reality TV shows, “The Real Housewives of _______” (New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, etc)?  Yeah.  Give it a supernatural twist, some extra bitchy werewolves, and a prima donna supernatural hunter, and you’ve got the idea of what my story will be like.  *g*


PVN: What attracts you to the paranormal?

Jess: Everything!  I love the potential behind magic and supernatural creatures.  I love how you can make, shape, or break worlds when it comes to the paranormal.  When I was a kid, I devoured everything, from the tales of the Brothers Grimm to Greek myths and legends.  I’ve always been, and probably always will be, attracted to the fantastic.



PVN: What kinds of books do you like to read?

Jess: My reading tastes are very catholic.  I’ll read almost anything.  Above other genres, I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, romance, and horror, but I also occasionally like to read non-fiction, books on philosophy, books on certain types of animals (mostly birds, reptiles, and killer whales), and study about faraway lands I intend to visit some day.  When I get an idea involving a character who is supposed to be an expert or have something to do with a subject I’m unfamiliar with, I’ll happily devour every text in sight that has to do with what I’m studying.


PVN: Which authors have inspired you?

Jess: I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, whose work encouraged me to think outside societal norms.  Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) taught me that imagination coupled with humor knows no bounds.  Janet Evanovich taught me that sometimes the hero doesn’t start out special or strong or talented, but becomes that way over time. Laurrell K. Hamilton introduced me to urban fantasy and first planted the idea that I could get something published in the genre, too. Jim Butcher, and Kim Harrison taught me that a sense of humor in fantasy was not only okay, but something to strive for.  Lastly, but certainly not least, Greg Costikyan taught me that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel in fantasy to create a worthwhile and engaging story.

There are many other books and authors that have touched me in some way, but I think those cover a lot of the bases.


PVN: Describe your writing day and your writing environment.

Jess: Honestly, it’s more my writing night, lol.  As much as I would love to be a full-time author, it doesn’t pay the bills for me just yet.  Monday through Friday, I work from 9AM until roughly 10:30 or 11PM.  When I get home, I spend a few minutes answering emails and writing.  Saturday is the day I set aside to work on nothing but writing.  From the moment I wake up (and I sleep in—the glory of sleeping in!) until the end of the day, I’m busy doing something related to writing.  Whether it’s one of my novels, a guest post, answering interview questions, updating my blog, etc, I get the bulk of my “work” done on Saturday.  Sundays, I’m at work again, from 9AM until 6PM, and after I get home from shopping, etc, I usually get a little more work done while watching movies and hanging out with my friends.  It’s rough, but I get the job done!


PVN: Do you listed to music as you write or for inspirations?

Jess: Not as often as I used to.  Sometimes when I’m listening to the radio in the car, I’ll get an idea that I jot down for myself later.  More often I have the TV going and/or my friends chattering in the background while I write.  It is rarely quiet around me, so I’ve gotten used to tuning things out around me so I can concentrate on my work.


PVN: How can readers contact you?

Jess: I’m all over the place.  You can come visit me on…

My website: www.jesshaines.com

My blog: www.jesshaines.com/blog

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Jess_Haines

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jesshaines

The H and W fan page on Facebook

PVN: Anything else you would like to add?

Jess: I love—lovelovelove—hearing from my fans!  Feel free to come chat me up on Twitter or chill with me on my blog anytime!

Thanks again for having me over, Patricia!

 CONTEST



*Jess is offering a copy of Hunted By the Others and Taken By the Others to one lucky reader.

*Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. 


*Contest is international.

*Contest ends Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:59pm EST