What is a Black Friday without a few gifts and surprises? Jennifer Estep wanted to be here, but due to deadlines (and we totally want more stories, right?), she was unable to participate. However, to celebrate the release of Black Widow, she’s sent along this fabulous beauty instead: an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway for Black Widow and I know you want it. *grin*
Lethal, sexy, and always ready to protect her friends, Gin Blanco (a.k.a. the Spider) takes on the mysterious M.M. Monroe in book twelve of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.
The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bull’s-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
Exclusive Excerpt from Black Widow
“Don’t screw this up,” she growled. “Or you’ll be wishing that Blanco had killed you when she had the chance.”
Jonah smiled, trying to diffuse the tension between them, but the expression didn’t even come close to reaching his brown eyes, and his tan skin seemed even tighter than normal, as though he were clenching his teeth together to keep them from chattering in fear. I wondered how he liked his new masters. I was willing to bet that Madeline was more of a nightmare than Mab had ever been, given her propensity for playing games with people.
Emery gave Jonah one more hard look before she too disappeared into the mansion.
The lawyer stayed where he was, swaying back and forth on his feet, as though he were about to topple over in a dead faint. He glanced around, making sure that no one was paying any attention to him, then put his lemonade down, opened his briefcase, reached inside, and drew out a not-so-small silver flask. He threw his head all the way back and drained the flask’s contents, whatever they were.
I chuckled. Poor Jonah. Just a month in and drinking on the job already. Aw, I just hated that for him.
After he drained his flask, McAllister stuffed it back into his briefcase, snapped it shut, squared his shoulders, and headed back into the mansion to suffer through whatever else Madeline and Emery had planned for him for the rest of the day—
I froze at the sharp, staccato, unexpected sound. But what was even worse were the voices that accompanied it a second later—low, gruff voices that were getting louder and louder the closer that they got to my location.
I remained as still as death, scarcely daring to breathe, as I waited and listened, trying to determine if I’d been spotted.
Audible Excerpt from Black Widow
Meet Jennifer Estep!
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
Want to purchase Jennifer’s novels?
- Spider’s Bite
- Web of Lies
- Tangled Threads
- Spider’s Revenge
- By a Thread
- Widow’s Web
- Deadly Sting
- Parlor Tricks
- Kiss of Venom
- Heart of Venom
- The Spider
- Poison Promise
- Black Widow
- Spider’s Trap (Jul 28, 2015)
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