“HAPPY” Blogiversary Celebration with Jess Haines


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Reading makes me happy! by Jess Haines I am what you might call a bibliophile. Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time, so naturally I collect a ton of reading material. My favorite genres include … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Cover Reveal: FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations, #5) by Jess Haines

Hello, my lovelies! I have a special treat for you!!! One of my favoritest people, Jess Haines, has a new installment of her H&W Investigations series (people… have you READ these?? AAAHHHHH!!!) coming out soon. FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS releases on July 2nd, and today we’re showing off the fantastic new cover!!!
This is the back cover copy:
The 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…
And here’s Shiarra in all her new cover glory!!
Forsaken by the Others
It’s it gorgeous!!!
To help celebrate the cover reveal, and new release, Jess is hosting a giveaway!!!! It goes live January 21st, and runs through Feb 22. You can win any one of her books (yes, an ARC of FORSAKEN is an option, but you’ve got to wait til they’re available), a signed cover flat, and an ebook copy of SILENT CRAVINGS (not in the H&W series)!!! You can click the link below to enter here… then head over to Jess’s website for more details and other chances to win!!.

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Blog Tour: STALKING THE OTHERS by Jess Haines (& Shiarra Waynest)

I LOVE when Jess and Shia come to visit!!! They always bring some fun chatter, are always entertaining, and things seldom goes as planned, lol. The crew is back this time to get us ready for the newest H & W Investigations book, STALKING THE OTHERS (July 3rd). Stick around after the chat for a chance to win one of 15 copies that Kensington is giving away!!!

Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS , TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS , and the upcoming STALKING THE OTHERS).

Shiarra has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She’s here with some of her friends (and otherwise) to tell you about it. This time, the ladies are discussing their latest relationships, and how they got into—or out of—them.  Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra:  Do I have to talk about this?

Chaz:  Yep.

Sara:  I’m not sure I want to discuss why Arnold and I started dating. That’s pretty personal.

Royce:  Am I supposed to cover this topic? I’m not sure there are enough hours in the day for me to list my conquests.

Shiarra:  That’s disgusting.

Royce:  Ms. Waynest, you can’t possibly expect me to have been celibate over nearly two millennia. Don’t be a prude. Or, worse, naïve.

Arnold: I think it’s more like none of us want to hear about all the chicks you boned and then drained dry. Though I imagine if I was a chick, that would be a pretty awesome way to go.

Sara:  Honey, that’s just rude.

Arnold:  Sorry. It’s true, though.

Shiarra:  This is so not even close to fair.

Royce:  Unfortunately, no one ever dictated that life would be fair.

Chaz:  Tell me about it. Make one little mistake, and—bam!  You’re paying for it for the rest of your life.

Shiarra:  That “mistake” was anything but little, and wasn’t the only one you made.

Chaz:  How many times do I have to apologize for that?  You know I wasn’t trying to hurt you.

Royce:  If I may interject—

Chaz:  Shut your face-hole, you walking corpse.

Royce: I’m allowed to have an opinion, you flea-infested imbecile. Thanks to your indiscretions, and your idiocy and lack of foresight, I am not cleaning up your pack’s messes in the media.  I’d show a little respect, were I you.

Chaz:  Yeah, well, you’re not. And I don’t need your help.

Arnold:  Guys, you’re both looking a little fang-y there. Might want to chill out.

Shiarra:  Or take it outside and kill each other, for all we care.

Sara:  Actually, I care very much. I’d like to see Chaz put away for his crimes, not torn to pieces.

Shiarra:  I don’t know about that…

Chaz:  What makes you think the leech would win?

Royce:  You would never best me in battle. I’ve led legions into war before your ancestors learned how to walk on two legs instead of four.

Sara:  You’re getting pretty upset for a guy who’s been around for halfway to forever. I’d think you’d be more patient.

Arnold: Or at least a bit more cold and heartless. Heh.

Royce:  If you had any notion of the amount of time and money I’ve spent cleaning up the messes Ms. Waynest and her former beau have left behind them, you might be a little more understanding of my lack of patience in this matter.

Shiarra:  Not that I’m keen to agree with Chaz on anything, but I have to admit I don’t think either of us asked for or need your help.

Royce: If you had any notion of what it is you’re turning away, you might not be so quick to spurn me, Ms. Waynest.

Shiarra:  If you’d tell us what the heck you’re doing and why, we might not be so quick to tell you to take a hike, Mr. Royce.

Arnold:  She’s got a point.

Royce:  I have been making efforts to keep these messes out of the media, or at least put as much of a positive spin on the involvement of Others as possible when left with no other choice.  The trail of bodies, damaged property, and humans claiming damages to their mental health due to the messes you have involved yourself in, Ms. Waynest, are no small matter. Your actions affect many, not just those closest to you.

Sara:  So why the heck are you going out of your way to make it right?  It’s not like she was dating you.

Royce:  No, but she did sign a contract binding herself to me. That investment would be worthless if she was either dead or locked away in prison for the remainder of her natural lifespan.

Shiarra:  Nice to know you consider me an “investment”.  Ugh.  You realize I’m a person, not a thing, right?

Arnold:  Vampires are weird like that.

Royce:  I suppose you consider yourself better, mage?  As I recall, the only reason you involved yourself in her affairs was because you felt you had something—several somethings—to gain.

Sara:  Our relationship had nothing to do with that.

Royce:  Are you quite certain, Ms. Halloway? I can’t help but see that his timing in seeking to woo you was rather fortuitous, given the circumstances…

Arnold:  Yes. She’s certain. You don’t know anything about us, so stay the hell out of it.

Chaz:  The leech might have a point, there, sparky.  You did put the moves on her pretty quick, considering everything that went down right before Shia ended up in the hospital.

Sara:  Not you, too!

Shiarra:  Shut up, Chaz.  Your opinion means even less to me than the vampire’s right now.

Arnold:  Wow. Didn’t think that was possible.

Royce:  Neither did I.


You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.   For the next stop on the blog tour, be sure to visit the official STALKING THE OTHERS blog tour calendar!

You can also visit me on the web:


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessHainesAuthor

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Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Jennifer!


*Alright everyone!!! I warned you… things can get a little “interesting” around Shia’s bunch… I love when they come to visit, but I’m real glad I put the sharp objects away before they got here, lol!!

So… who’s wants to win a copy of STALKING THE OTHERS from Kensington Books??? Click through the Rafflecopter links below to enter, and watch Jess’s website for the announcement of winners.

You don’t have to comment to enter the contest… but in the spirit of this chat with Shiarra… I’d love to hear some of your sweet or funny “get together” stories. Share the love (PG for this, guys, lol) in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by, and GOOD LUCK!!

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Guest Blog with Shiarra Waynest and Jess Haines

Hi everyone!!! I have a FANTASTIC treat for you all today… we have an awesome guest post today! Shiarra Waynest, detective from H&W Investigations joins us for a little chat, via her author, Jess Haines! We’re also giving away a copy of recently released third book in her series, Decieved by the Others (see below for details). For now… some thoughts from Shia…

Shiarra Waynest Talks About Movies

By Jess Haines 

Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, and DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS).  I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Sara, her business partner, Chaz, her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.

Shiarra and her friends are going to tell you a little bit about some of the movies that influenced them as kids.  Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra:  Um.  I liked Disney movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.  Does that count?

Sara:  Everyone likes those.  How about something unusual?

Arnold: Dude.  DarkCrystal and Labyrinth.  All I’m sayin’.

Chaz:  Huh?

Arnold: I am ashamed for your childhood.

Chaz:  Whatever.  I liked stuff like Lone Wolf McQuade, The Delta Force, Invasion U.S.A.—

Royce:  You would be the Chuck Norris fan.

Shiarra:  There’s nothing wrong with that.  He’s pretty hot inWalker: Texas Ranger.

Chaz:  *growl*

Shiarra:  Oh, stop that.  You don’t have any reason to be jealous.  It’s not like I’m going to go hunt him down and jump his bones.

Arnold:  You do not hunt Chuck Norris.  Chuck Norris hunts you.

Sara:  Chuck Norris does not sleep.  He waits.

Arnold:  Chuck Norris once ate a whole cake before his friends could tell him there was a stripper in it.

Sara:  No wonder Shia has a crush on him.  He’s ten feet tall, weighs two tons, breathes fire, and can take a shotgun blast standing.

Shiarra:  …

Chaz:  What the hell are you guys talking about?

Arnold:  We are talking Chuck Norris facts.

Sara:  Duh.

Chaz:  …what.

Arnold:  If you spell “Chuck Norris” in Scrabble, you win.  Forever.

Sara:  I knew there was a reason I loved you.

Royce:  Chuck Norris once shot down a German fighter plane with his finger, by yelling, “Bang!”

Everyone Else:  …

Royce:  What?  O-o-o-oh, I see. The big, bad vampire isn’t allowed to tell jokes.

Shiarra:  Stop having a sense of humor.  It scares me.

Sara:  Huh. Never would’ve taken the vamp to be in touch with pop culture.

Chaz:  Since when do you know who Chuck Norris is?

Royce:  I find it amusing that this human has reached such a cult following, a near-legendary status, without being Other.  I admire humans with such speed, skill, and agility.

Shiarra:  Does that mean you’re into actors like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, too?

Royce:  To some degree, yes.  As you might imagine, I have a greater appreciation for older films than newer ones.

Arnold:  Casablanca over The Transformers, huh?

Royce:  Exactly.

Sara:  That’s understandable.  I was really into some of the cartoons when I was a kid.  The Land Before Time was one of my favorites.

Arnold:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the win!

Chaz:  How about The Brave Little Toaster?

Shiarra:  That movie was messed up.

Sara:  Sentient appliances creep me out.

Arnold:  Good morning, Dave.

Sara:  Exactly.

Royce:  I prefer Mel Brooks films over science fiction.

Arnold:  Whoa.  You watch Mel Brooks movies?

Royce:  On occasion, yes.

Arnold:  What about Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs?  Eh?  Eh?!  Don’t disrespect the sci-fi, man!  It’s everywhere!

Chaz:  The truth is out there.

Shiarra:  Whatever. Weirdos.


You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.

So, how about you guys?
What movies did you enjoy growing up?
Do you have a favorite Chuck Norris fact?  Share (or ask questions) in the comments!

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Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Jennifer!

**HOW FUN WAS THAT??!!** Thank you thank you thank you to Jess for wrangling her troops and providing such a fun chat!! Now… the lady asked a question… it’s time to talk movies!! Commenters and Questioners will be entered to win (via random drawing) a copy of the newest release in the H&W Investigations series, Decieved by the Others. Please remember to include your first name and email in your comment so I can reach you if you win. I can’t wait to hear all about your movie choices… and remember, if you have questions about Shia, or Jess, or Chuck Norris… ask away… Jess will be checking in during the day to read comments and answer YOUR questions :-). Have fun, and good luck!!