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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Jennifer Estep!

Today we are celebrating the recent release of BY A THREAD, the sixth book in the massively popular urban fantasy series by Jennifer Estep. Under the Covers got the chance to ask Ms. Estep some questions. Here's how it went down...

Jennifer Estep

Thank you, Jennifer for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today! What can readers expect from BY A THREAD, the sixth book in your Elemental Assassin's series?

JE: Thanks for hosting me on the blog today. I appreciate it.

I’ve been calling BY A THREAD my “Gin on vacation” book. Basically, Gin decides to get out of Ashland for a few days so she can rest, relax, and recharge after everything that happened in Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book in the series. But Gin’s vacation ends up being anything but relaxing. One of Bria’s friends is being threatened by a vampire who wants her land, and Gin decides to help Bria’s friend – and finds herself in just as much trouble as ever. There’s also some emotional fallout between Gin and Bria because of what happened in Spider’s Revenge, so Gin is dealing with that, as well as the reappearance of someone from her past.

You also recently released an e-novella called THREAD OF DEATH. Can you tell us a bit about this novella?

JE: THREAD OF DEATH takes place around the time of the end of Spider’s Revenge. Basically, Gin and her friends attend the funeral of Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered Gin’s family. But trouble always seems to follow Gin around, and the funeral is no exception. In addition to Gin, the e-novella also features the points of view of Jonah McAllister, Mab’s lawyer and Gin’s enemy, and Phillip Kincaid, another one of the movers and shakers in Ashland.

Gin Blanco is kickass, smart and steady. How would you say Gin has grown over the course of the series?

JE: I would say that Gin has definitely opened up a little in her personal life and let people like Owen and Bria get close to her. That’s probably the biggest way that she’s grown and changed so far.

When readers hear your name, Jennifer Estep, they automatically think of your Elemental Assassin series. However, you do write two other series: the Mythos Academy and the Bigtime series. Can you tell us a bit about each series?

JE: I also write the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

Books in the series are Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost. Dark Frost, the third book, will be published on May 29.

I’m also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Books in the series are Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx. A Karma Girl Christmas, an e-story, is also available.

Folks can visit my website at www.jenniferestep.com for more information and excerpts from my books.

You write several books from a female protagonist's POV. Gin Blanco, from the Elemental Assassin series and Gwen Frost from the Mythos Academy series are unique characters. Do they share any similarities? Any differences?

JE: I would say that the two series share a lot of the same elements – a strong, sassy heroine, magic/world building, lots of action/fight scenes, and a little romance. The Elemental Assassin series is darker and grittier than the Mythos Academy series. Also, as a heroine, Gwen is still learning about her magic, growing up, and trying to figure out what her place in the world is. So the Mythos Academy books tell a little more of a coming-of-age story than the Elemental Assassin books do.

You have created interesting worlds in your books. What would you say the best easiest part of worldbuilding? The most difficult?

JE: I would say the easiest part of world building is just dreaming up ideas for magic, powers, creatures, and more. That’s always fun to do. The hardest part is making sure that everything works together and that the magic system and world building makes sense.

When not writing, what do you do in your spare time?

JE: I love to read, watch TV/movies, and spend time with family and friends.

Who are your go-to authors when you are in a slump?

JE: I like authors like Robin McKinley, Lisa Kleypas, Donald Westlake, Ian Fleming, and too many others to name.

What do you do when you are stuck while writing a particular scene?

JE: It depends. Sometimes, I’ll take a break for a few minutes and see if that helps or gives me any ideas about how to move forward with the scene. Other times, I’ll just keep writing and try to get something down that I can hopefully go back to later and work with.

If Gin could take another character (from another author’s books) out for a drink, who do you think she would pick and why?

JE: Hmm. That’s a tough question. I think there are a lot of characters Gin would be interested in having a drink with, but I’ll say James Bond from the books by Ian Fleming. Bond is sort of the ultimate spy, and I think Gin would be interested in learning how he’s survived so many deadly situations over the years. Bond could have a martini, Gin could drink gin, and they could share stories.

Thanks for answering our questions, Jennifer! It was a pleasure to chat with you!
When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation.

Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis Mab Monroe a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco. So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun.

But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. Complicating matters further is the reappearance of Detective Donovan Caine, my old lover. But Donovan is the least of my problems. Because this time, the danger is hot on my trail, and not even my elemental Ice and Stone magic may be enough to save me from getting buried in the sand—permanently.

In honor of the recent release of BY A THEAD, Jennifer is giving away a copy to one US resident. To enter this giveaway, please:
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ELF said...

This is such a great series! I love that Gin has grown in her personal relationships over the various books.

Penny said...

Love this series! Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

pandalovesyou said...

I haven't read any of Jennifer's work yet! She's up next, though. I always feel like I'm behind on my reading.

Underworld Love Addiction said...

Great interview :)

Anonymous said...

Elf2060 -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the books.

Penny -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

Pandalovesyou -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out my books.

Underworld Love Addiction -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

amandakgc said...

Great interview and looking forward to this one.

bookbunny68 said...

Love your Mythos series. Have to admit (hanging my head in shame) I haven't tried this series.....yet! It is now on my TBR list.

Joanne said...

Have not read this series yey but it sounds fantastic. Can't wait to start. Thanks for the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

Amanda -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

Bookbunny -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the Mythos Academy series. Hope you get a chance to check out the Elemental Assassin series too.

Joanne -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

Anonymous said...

A conversation between Gin and James Bond is definitely one I'd like to listen to. Love your books Jennifer!!

Rhonda D said...

I just found out about this series and can't wait to start it. I would love to win one of the books for free.

Cathy M said...

Love reading Gin's adventures.

GzNKz4evr said...

I have heard a lot about this series and now have it on my TBR list. I am hoping to get around to starting it soon! Congratulations on the latest release and thanks so much for a chance to win. :)

Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

pamerd said...


Great interview. I love this series - I am a little behind but have the next book to read in my stack.

Thanks for the chance.


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I've only read the first two in this series but I've got the rest on my TBR pile.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurie said...

I have heard so many great things about this series and it has been on my TBR list. I'm so looking foward to starting them soon! Thanks for the inverview & giveway!

SacredmOOn said...

I bought the first book it's on my TBR pile. Great interview! I'm dying to dive into this series! Thank you for the chance to win!:D
DeAnna Schultz

Vanessa N. said...

Great interview. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance.


Anonymous said...

Paranormal Haven -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about the series.

Rhonda -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

Cathy -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

GzNKz4evr -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

Pam -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

Lisa -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

Laurie -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the series.

SacredMoon -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy SPIDER'S BITE.

Vanessa -- Thanks! I like the cover a lot too.

Shelly said...

Enjoyed the interview. This sounds like a good series.

Rachel V said...

This is a new series for me. This book sounds really good. I need to start at the beginning.

whitewolfreads said...

The world building in both sereis is especially well done. World building is the best and perhaps most intricate part of urban fantasy so well done!

msmjb65 said...

I haven't read any of the series, but that is going to stop now! I can't wait get started and then win this one!
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

toni said...

Looking forward to reading about Gin during her vacation!

Anonymous said...

Shelley -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

Rachel -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

Whitewolf -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the world building in the books.

msmjb65 -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

Toni -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book.

SiNn said...

Ive read the first one now i need to get the rest really it is ana wesome series so far greatinterview!

Ezinwanyi said...

I only have book 1, but I really need to get caught up on the series.
thanks for the giveaway

Unknown said...

Jennifer is a new to me author. I will be checking out her books. I love learning about new books to add to my list!
bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

Kim D said...

New series thanks so much


Heather said...

I just found out about this series and can't wait to start it.