Blog Tour: FORSAKEN BY THE OTHER by Jess Haines

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Today we get to hop on the blog tour for one of my favorite people. Jess Haines just released the fifth installment of her H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, and I’m THRILLED to share a bit about the book, and Jess, with all of you!!!

Forsaken by the OthersThe Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

Author Q&A

Moi031) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I’m an odd duck in that I tend to write with a movie or TV show playing in the background. I used to listen to music, but now I find that I can’t concentrate when I’m playing it (unless it is very, very quiet instrumental or classical music). It became a habit to write with my friends chattering around me—rude, I know—so these days I like having the sound of people talking nearby when I’m writing.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I have a me-shaped spot on the couch in the living room. It’s a comfy place to park myself, relatively distraction-free. When my friends are over, once in a while I’ll show them a guest post as I’m writing it, but I keep my novel drafts to myself until they’re ready for the eyes of betas.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

Most of the time I’m working during release day, which plays hell on my nerves. I like to get on Twitter and Facebook and get jazzed with my fans about the book being available, but I don’t watch the numbers. That there is crazy-making, let me tell you. I learned my lesson about that with my first book. Better to concentrate on the people who make up my fanbase than on nebulous numbers I have no control over, I figure.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

I had a pretty sexy vampire pirate thing going for me one year. I’ve also done the intrepid vampire hunter. Those are my two favorites!

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

Money is no object, I assume? *g* I would go to Scotland and tramp around every inch of the place, top to bottom. I would bring my laptop, Kindle and cell phone since I can’t bear to be parted from my technology and I would want to take pictures, write all about it, and have plenty of reading material on hand for cold nights on the moors.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Man, it’s hard to pick just one song. At any given time, I might have an entire playlist to cover what’s going on in my life. If pressed to pick just one, I think Everclear’s “Wonderful” fits pretty well. Or maybe Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumper.”

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

I think I would want to hang out with Arnold the mage. Of the Others (supernatural critters), he’s least likely to eat and/or maul me and I think we’d have the most to talk about since he’s also a gamer geek. I would probably spend the day having him show me some cheap magic tricks and end the day with a rousing game of Return to the House on Haunted Hill, Munchkin, or maybe a quick and dirty Firefly/Serenity or D&D campaign.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I think largest private collection of exotic birds and reptiles would suit me. Hehe!

No, seriously. When I get old and gray, I swear people will be calling me the crazy bird/lizard lady.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

If I could get rid of a word, it would be antidisestablishmentarianism. Do we still need such a special word to describe “removal of a specific church’s status as official state church of England, Wales and Ireland”? It feels outmoded and of note these days only because it’s the $64,000 question and/or considered one of the longest words in the English language.

If I could add a word, it would be one someone submitted to the Washington Post back in the day:

Sarchasm (n.): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it. [Source: Tom Witte, Gaithersburg, Aug., 1998]

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

Oh, lawd. I tend to get on a roll and tell the same stories ad nauseum. I doubt there are any stories I haven’t beaten into the ground with my friends by now.

I’m honestly drawing a blank. Usually people are trying to get me to STOP telling stories again, LOL! Maybe that time my phone touched dead people parts? How about when I wandered around an abandoned zoo? No? How about the weird shrine-thing I found on a hike? Or the time I met James Marsters?

Thanks again for having me, Jennifer! Hope you guys enjoyed the interview, and get a kick out of my books!

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