Howdy, folks! My name is Jess Haines, and I’m the author of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, hailed as “a delightful romp of a book” (Angela Knight, NYT Bestselling Author). I’m here today to let a few of my characters tell you about their adventures and what makes them tick.
Take the floor, guys!
Shiarra: Um, hi? Wow, this is different. Uh…
Royce: Haven’t you done this before? Say your name. Introduce yourself.
Arnold: Find your cue cards. Did we get cue cards?
Sara: Hush! Let her do it. This is her interview.
Shiarra: Right, sorry. My name is Shiarra Waynest. I’m a private investigator, co-owner of H&W Investigations. I’m also the main character in a book. How weird is that?
Sara: Hi, I’m Sara Halloway, the “H” in H&W, and Shiarra’s best friend.
Chaz: Is it my turn? Oh, hi. Call me Chaz. I’m Shiarra’s boyfriend, leader of the werewolf pack, the Sunstrikers. Go Yankees!
Royce: Was that really appropriate? Well. My name is Alec Royce, owner of A.D. Royce Industries. You may have visited one of my clubs or restaurants if you’ve—
Shiarra: This isn’t a commercial.
Royce: *offended look* May I finish?
Shiarra: Yeah, sure.
Royce: As I was saying. I run a number of fine dining establishments, as well as nightclubs and other local entertainment. I’m also the leader over the vampires in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Arnold: Show-off… Hey, I’m Arnold. I’m a mage and head of security for The Circle, a corporation devoted to making the benefits of the arcane available to one and all. I also helped save Shia and Sara—
Shiarra: Hey, hey! No spoiling things for the readers.
Arnold: Oh, yeah. Well, I’m still awesome.
Sara: Now who’s the show-off?
Chaz: Hey, do we get any pizza for doing this interview?
Shiarra: Ohh, pizza! I want pepperoni.
Royce: This is the silliest interview I’ve ever seen. Why isn’t anyone running some kind of control on this? The PR people should’ve briefed—
Sara: I’ll get the crushed pepper and garlic salt.
Arnold: The vampire may not like that.
Sara: Ohh. Made a Very Bad Call there, didn’t I?
Shiarra: Hey, so, while we wait for the pizza, I’ll tell you a little about the story.
Chaz: Nobody asked you, fang-boy.
Royce: That’s it. I’m done.
Shiarra: Sit your ass down! Jesus, you’re such a whiner… Now, as I was saying, this is a story about me and a few of my friends. Acquaintances, in some cases. *eyes Royce*
Chaz: Don’t forget the friends with benefits.
Shiarra: C’mon, I’m blushing over here.
Sara: What she’s trying to say is we’re a bunch of regular folks—err, in some cases, supernaturals, aka, Others—who got caught up in a big mess started by The Circle—
Arnold: Not all of us are assholes, by the way.
Sara: No one said you were!
Royce: Most of them are. Executives at The Circle did attempt to steal my property. Which, last time I checked, is illegal whether you’re human or Other.
Arnold: Not the point!
Shiarra: Anyway! I ended up doing some stuff I never thought I’d agree to—ever. Unfortunately, it involves Mr. Sensitive over there—
Royce: I don’t have to take this abuse, you know. I managed to get injunctions against the White Hats, I’m sure I can do the same—
Shiarra: Oh, whatever! Look, we have a bunch of adventures, things get wacky, and just read the darn book.
Arnold: *in Summer Blockbuster Guy Voice* It’s bold! It’s new! It’s—
Chaz: Really annoying?
Sara: You guys are such children.
Royce: I’m calling my lawyer.
Shiarra: Are we done yet?
Um, sorry about that. Sometimes my characters have a mind of their own. *sheepish grin*
While I’m here, I’d like to invite you to join me in my celebratory shenanigans over on my blog (http://jesshaines.com/blog/2010/05/04/release-day-is-here/)! Through June 30th, I’m running a contest-slash-experiment. Stick around for a while! There shall be pictures. There shall be swag. There shall be much rejoicing.
Hope you all enjoy my book!
Also, for a chance to win a copy of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS by Jess Haines, all you have to do is leave a comment. If you do not have a blog with your e-mail address listed, please list your e-mail address as follows: your e-mail (AT) wherever (DOT) com, so the spam bots won’t send you junk mail. The contest is open to everyone in the world. The contest will end on May 18, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck.