Congratulations to Pam K for winning a copy of Deadly Sting!
We’re doing something different today. New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Estep, is on a blog tour with excerpts from DEADLY STING, her 8th Elemental Assassins book. An excerpt is below, but first I’m sharing this post with Edie. Both of us are rabid fans of Jennifer. Edie is talking first about Jennifer’s Bigtime and Mythos Academy Books. Then I get to talk about the kickass Elemental Assassin series. Comment for a chance to win a copy of DEADLY STING (US only). The winner will be announced on Saturday.
I’ve been a Jennifer Estep fan girl since I read her first Bigtime book, KARMA GIRL. It was so fun, and I wished I lived in Bigtime, a place where you might very well see superheroes and ubervillains shopping in the supermarket. Or like the heroine of KARMA GIRL, you might see them in bed together – and one is your fiance. You can see the review I wrote for it in 2007. Since then, Jennifer has published another three Bigtime books and a short Christmas short story. They’re pure fun.
Her young adult Mythos Academy books are different in tone from her Bigtime books, but just as well written and they really tug on the reader’s emotions. Gwen Frost is a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who ends up attending the Mythos Academy, “a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.” I won’t say what happens, but Gwen is on a great journey that can be dangerous, with allies and enemies. And even a bad boy Spartan romance interest who is fighting his own demons – sometimes literally and with relish. Though each book stands alone, it is a continuing series, and when I finish one, I’m eager to read the next.
Liz, here. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Jennifer’s Elemental Assassin series
which features Gin Blanco, a/k/a the “Spider”, an assassin for hire. Gin
is a terrific, multi-faceted character who possesses her own code of
ethics in a profession that should encourage anything but. I’ve been a
fan of Jenn’s Elemental series since the first book, SPIDER’S BITE. I’m really looking forward to reading DEADLY STING. Enjoy the excerpt!
DEADLY STING EXCERPT:
I walked over to the others. Finn leaned against the case, his elbows on the glass and his face propped up in his hands. He stared dreamily at Bria as she crouched down and examined some of the diamond jewelry scattered on the floor. Red and Blondie were still standing against the wall, although they’d now focused their laser-hot glares on Finn. But he didn’t notice the daggers the saleswomen were shooting him with their eyes. Finn excelled at ignoring little unpleasantries like that.
I elbowed him in the side. “I think you’ve officially lost your fan club.”
“Hmm?” Finn said, unabashedly admiring Bria’s ass. “What did you say?”
I elbowed him a little harder and jerked my head at the two women. Finn finally deigned to glance in that direction.
“Oh, them? No worries,” he murmured.
Finn straightened up, adjusted his tie, and plastered a smile on his face. Then he squared his shoulders and swaggered over to the two women with all the confidence in the world, even though anger still pinched their faces. But that was Finn for you—always ready, willing, and eager to tame the savage female beast. Or beasts, in this case.
“Ladies,” he said. “Have I told you both how very brave you were? Why, it was just amazing the way you both kept your cool when that horrible robber stormed into the store …”
And he was off, telling the saleswomen just how much he admired their level-headed gumption in the face of such terrible danger and other such nonsense. He only stopped talking long enough to draw in a necessary breath here and there, in between dazzling them with smile after toothy smile.
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Deadly Sting, the eighth book in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, was released on March 26. For more information, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.