08 May 2011

AOTW- Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep

About the Author:
I write the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, and VENOM.

Two more books will be released in 2011 -- TANGLED THREADS in May 2011 and SPIDER'S REVENGE in October 2011. Also, HAINTS AND HOBWEBS: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SHORT STORY will appear in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE in October 2011.

I also write the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in the series, will be out in August 2011. KISS OF FROST, the second book, will hit shelves in December 2011. FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story to the series, will be out in July.

I'm also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in that series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, and JINX.

Excerpts, free short stories, and more for all my books can be found on my website at www.jenniferestep.com.

I love reading all genres, but my favorites are fantasy, romance, and spy thrillers -- or a combination of all three. ;-)

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Interview with Jennifer Estep
 
HP: How did you come up with the idea for your Elemental Assassin series?

Jennifer Estep: I’ve always loved reading about assassin characters, especially in fantasy literature. One day, I just thought that it would be cool to come up with my own assassin character with my own magic and world building. That was the start of my Elemental Assassin series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing peo ple and right ing wrongs, Gin runs a bar be cue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tangled Threads, which just came out on April 26.

HP: Do you ever get any backlash about the Elemental Assassin series? I would assume there is a lot of controversy about assassins in general, or does it mostly never get mentioned (badly) by readers?

Jennifer Estep: No, I haven’t really gotten any backlash. My books are urban fantasies, and the genre features everything from vampires to werewolves to giants to gods. It seems like a lot of the urban fantasy books feature a dark, gritty tone right now, so an assassin character seems to fit right in with the rest of the genre.

HP: SPIDER'S REVENGE the fifth book in your Elemental Assassin series come out in October 2011. Do you think this book will draw the series to a close? If so, do you think you will do a spin of the series or connecting one?

Jennifer Estep: The big story arc with my heroine Gin and her nemesis, Mab, will be wrapped up in Spider’s Revenge. But I’ve just signed on to write at least two more books in the series, #6 and #7, both of which should be out in 2012. I think I still have a lot of Gin stories left to tell.

HP: You are writing a Young Adult series, Mythos Academy about a girl named Gwen Frost. You have the first two books set for this year-- amazing by the way-- and First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, set for July this year. Can you give us the run down on what this series is about and maybe a little about Gwen herself?

Jennifer Estep: Of course. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spar tans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December. First Frost, a prequel e-short story to the series, will be out in July.

HP: What was/is the research for Mythos Academy like? I assume you had to do a lot of fact finding for the Spar tans, Valkyries, ect. of the book(s).

Jennifer Estep: The thing I like about writing urban fantasy is that you can make up the whole thing – you can create your own characters with their own magic and put them in any kind of world/setting that you want to. However, I did do some research about various myths, gods, mythological monsters, and more for the books. It was a lot of fun to look at some of these classic mythological stories and then think of how I could put my own spin on things and incorporate mythological elements into the world that I’ve created in my books.

HP: You write another series Bigtime. From the descriptions of the three books, Karma Girl, Hot Moma and Jinx, you have created a very intriguing world. Can you tell us a little about it?

Jennifer Estep: Of course. The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Titles in the series are Karma Girl (2007), Hot Mama (2007), and Jinx (2008). Basically, the books are just fun, campy takes on comic book-type superheroes and villains.

HP: You have at least 5 more books set for 2011 so far. Do you have any plans for more books this year?

Jennifer Estep: Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book in my Elemental Assassin series, will be released in October. Like I said before, the first book in my Mythos Academy series, Touch of Frost, will be out in August, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December. First Frost, a prequel e-short story to the series, will be out in July.

That’s all that I have planned for this year as of right now. Folks can visit www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts, free short stories, and more.

HP:
Do you think any of your characters reflect you in any way?

Jennifer Estep: I think I’m like Gin in that I like to cook and read just like she does, but that’s probably the only way in which we are similar. Gin is definitely much stronger physically and mentally than I am. I wish I was as tough as she was. LOL.

HP: How did you first get published?

Jennifer Estep: I wrote my first book – a really bad epic fantasy – one summer during college. After that, I just kept on writing, getting a little better with every book. Eventually, after about seven years, I sold the seventh book that I wrote, which was Karma Girl, the first book in my Bigtime paranormal romance series.

HP: Do you have an author(s) that inspired you to write? How did you start writing?

Jennifer Estep: I’ve always loved to read ever since I was a kid. One day, I had the thought that I think a lot of authors do after they’ve read something that maybe wasn’t so good – Why, I could write something better than that. So I decided to sit down and try writing a book. It wasn’t a very good book, but I’d been bitten by the writing bug, so I wrote another book and another one … and I haven’t stopped writing since.

HP: Do you have a favorite book(s)?

Jennifer Estep: I don’t think I could pick just one book. LOL. Some of my favorite authors are Robin McKinley, Ian Fleming, Donald Westlake, Robert Parker … I could go on all day!

HP: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Jennifer Estep: I just want to say thanks to all the readers, reviewers, bloggers, and other folks out there who love and talk about books. There are so many great books out there, and it’s just really humbling to know that people give my books a chance. It always makes my day when I get a nice email from someone saying that they enjoyed one of my books. Happy reading, everyone! ;-)

HP: I want to thank you Jennifer Estep, for being on my blog and this wonderful interview. Jennifer has also offered to giveaway one copy of her newest book in the Elemental Assassins series, Tangled Threads! Details at the bottom. 

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Books by Jennifer Estep
Elemental Assassin Series

#1: Spider's Bite
#2: Web of Lies   
#3: Venom
#4: Tangled Threads
For more information about short stories go here.

Excerpts & More for Ele­men­tal Assas­sin :
Book one: Spider’s Bite. Read the first chap­ter.
Book two: Web of Lies. Read the first chap­ter.
Book three: Venom. Read the first chapter.
Book four: Tan­gled Threads. Read the first chap­ter.
Book five: Spider’s Revenge. Read the first chap­ter.
Short story: Haints and Hob­webs, fea­tured in The Mam­moth Book of Ghost Romance anthol­ogy. Click here to read an excerpt.

Excerpts & More for Mythos Academy:
Book one: Touch of Frost. Read the first two chap­ters.

Bigtime Series
#1: Karma Girl
#2: Hot Mama
#3: Jinx

Excerpts & More for Bigtime:
Book one: Karma Girl. Read the first chap­ter.
Book two: Hot Mama. Read the first chap­ter.
Book three: Jinx. Read the first chap­ter.

Coming out soon
Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin #5)-- Expected publication: September 27th 2011
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)-- Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)-- Expected publication: November 29th 2011 by Kensington
Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)--  Expected publication: 2012 by Kensington


Bookmarks, e-ARCS, and More
Book­marks, book­marks, bookmarks:
Send Jenniefer Estep a self-addressed stamped enve­lope with two first-class U.S. stamps (88 cents) on it in order to get free the book­marks (this helps me cover postage costs). If you are over­seas, you must send me a SASE with at least $2 in U.S. postage on it.

Also find Jennifer at: 

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Jennifer Estep has offered to giveaway one copy of her book Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassins #4)!!!    (Thank you Jennifer!!)


Book Description:

"I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead.

Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too.

The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . ."


Giveaway Details:  
  • Giveaway is open May 9th 2011 - May 22nd 2011
  • One winner will be chosen on May 23rd 2011. The winner has 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.
  • Open to US & Canada only
  • One entry per-household please!
  • This giveaway is provided by the author.

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