I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.
But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Tangled Threads to one lucky individual.
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Jackie for having me here on the blog. Thanks so much, Jackie!
So today, Jackie asked me to talk a little bit about relationships in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series – particularly, the relationship between my heroine, Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, and her former lover, police detective Donovan Caine.
Basically, in Spider’s Bite, the first book in the series, Gin and Donovan hook up to unravel a conspiracy and are attracted to each other. Their attraction continues in Web of Lies, the second book in the series, but at the end of the book, Donovan says that he can’t be the kind of man that he wants to be and have a relationship with an assassin like Gin. So Donovan leaves Gin and the town of Ashland.
Jackie wanted to know if I had always planned for Donovan to leave Gin. The answer? Not really.
At first, I intended for Donovan to be Gin’s love interest throughout the series. However, as I was writing Donovan’s character, I realized that he and Gin were basically going to have the same argument in every book about her being an assassin. I didn’t feel like I could have Donovan accept Gin being an assassin without really weakening his character and undermining everything that was important to him. So I decided to bring in a new love interest for Gin – sexy businessman Owen Grayson, who has his own dark, shadowy past just like Gin does.
I’m glad I made the change. Gin’s failed relationship with Donovan really let me show some of her insecurities, especially as she tries to move on with Owen. Plus, everyone seems to like Owen much better than Donovan, which is really satisfying for me as a writer.
But something else also came out of Donovan’s character. After I made the decision to have Donovan leave at the end of Web of Lies, I knew that I wanted to bring Bria, Gin’s long-lost baby sister, back to Ashland in Venom, the third book. So I thought what if Bria was also a police detective? What if she took Donovan’s place on the force? What if she was committed to truth and justice just like Donovan was? How would Bria reconcile those things with having an assassin for a sister? I thought that would make for some interesting drama, and Gin and Bria reconnecting is one of the main story arcs in Tangled Threads. We’ll see how readers react to it. Hopefully, they’ll have as much fun reading the book as I did writing it. Fingers crossed, anyway. ;-)
What about you guys? Do you like it when authors introduce new love interests in a series? Why or why not?
Meet Jennifer Estep!
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a bar be cue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ash land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Jennifer also writes 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.
Want to purchase Jennifer’s novel?
- Karma Girl at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Hot Mama at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Jinx at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Spider’s Bite at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Web of Lies at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Venom at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Tangled Threads at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Spider’s Revenge at Amazon or the Book Depository
- By a Thread at Amazon or the Book Depository (February 28, 2012)
- Widows Web at Amazon or the Book Depository (August 21, 2012)
- Touch of Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- First Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Kiss of Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Dark Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository (May 29, 2012)
Contest Time! Jennifer is giving away a copy of Tangled Threads. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What is it about vampires that attracts that you. Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. (US/Canada only)
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Jennifer’s novels (listed above), or any novel, through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.