Series: Elemental Assassin #14
Publisher: Pocket Books on February 23, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.
It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.
Q & A with Jennifer Estep
- What is your favorite scene from the Elemental Assassin series?
JE: I really love writing all the fight and action scenes. It’s hard for me to pick out just one scene, but one of my favorites is the showdown between Gin Blanco, my assassin heroine, and Mab Monroe, the villain, in Spider’s Revenge, book #5 in the series. I had been building to that scene over the first five books in the series, and I really wanted to give fans a great showdown with that scene.
- Why is Finn so awesome and why should we all bow down to him?
JE: Well, Finnegan Lane, Gin’s foster brother, would certainly agree that he is awesome. 🙂
The thing that makes Finn so great is that he is a shameless, greedy flirt, among other things, and he is totally okay with that. Finn does exactly what he wants to, whenever he wants to, and he always says what’s really on his mind, no matter what the consequences might be. He loves being the life of the party and the center of attention. He’s just a really fun character for me to write.
- When writing sex scenes do you giggle the whole way through or are you more serious and technical about it?
JE: I would much rather write a fight scene than a sex scene. So I would say that I’m more serious and technical about those scenes. It’s really challenging to write a sex scene that is romantic, fun, sexy, and still moves the plot forward, but I try my best.
- What is your biggest goal for 2016?
JE: One of my biggest goals for 2016 is to make more time for myself and to not be so crazy busy with deadlines – to take some breaks, relax, and do the things that I want to do, like making more time to read for fun. So far, so good!
- Dogs, cats, or other?
JE: I don’t have any pets right now, but I’m definitely a dog person. I had a wonderful little Corgi mix dog named Lucky for nineteen years. I still miss him.
Enter to win 1 copy of BITTER BITE, US/Canada only. Ends Feb 22nd.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for a complete set of the Elemental Assassin series, a $25 Amazon gift card, and 3 signed copies of BITTER BITE. Series & gift card are open to US/Canada; signed copies are US only.