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?
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!
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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!!