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Cover Revealed: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines


Jess Haines has revealed the cover for Enslaved by the Others, the 6th book in the terrific H&W Investigations series.

Thoughts?



Enslaved by the Others
H&W Investigations 6
Zebra, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cover Revealed: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines
Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse--the Others have joined the mortal world, and there's no turning back now...

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she's desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what's going on and somehow get a message out, she's still a captive of the worst kind... 




Review - Stalking the Others by Jess Haines - 4 1/2 Qwills

Stalking the Others
Author:  Jess Haines
Series:  H&W Investigations 4
Publisher: Zebra
Pub Date:  July 3, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9781420124026
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review - Stalking the Others by Jess Haines - 4 1/2 Qwills
Vampires, werewolves, mages—the Others are very real, and wreaking havoc in Shiarra Waynest’s life. But now, she’s returning the favor…

Once, she was one of the good guys—or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon…

Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can—and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…


My Thoughts:

When last we left Shiarra Waynest (Shia) she was out for revenge and an emotional mess. Stalking the Others picks up exactly where the prior novel ended. Shia is after her ex-boyfriend (a werewolf) and members of his pack. She will stop at nothing. Her overwhelming desire for revenge drives the plot and her actions throughout almost all of Stalking the Others. Her lust for revenge pushes her to make decisions and alliances that under other circumstances she probably would have avoided. She’s not letting Others dictate to her anymore. She’s changed from the beginning of the series. It makes for engaging reading!

I like Shia even in this perpetually somewhat unhinged state. She is the center of the story with very little support and carries the story well. We get insights into other characters we’ve previously met through their interactions with her. She’s worried about her best friend, Sara, and what the vampires who should be protecting here might have done to her. She’s hunting down her ex’s pack who have gone into hiding. She’s also confronting the fact that she might become Other (werewolf) at the next full moon. To add to her stress she’s wanted by the police.

The enchanted hunter’s belt that she wears is a fascinating artifact. In Stalking the Others we learn its origin and its capabilities. The belt gets high marks for creepy.

Alec Royce, the vampire to whom she’s contracted, is present in the background until the last 3 chapters of the novel. I don’t think I’m going to forget the last chapter of Stalking the Others anytime soon. It’s really good!

Jess Haines cleverly subheads the first 24 chapters with the amount of time left until the full moon that will seal Shia’s fate. For me that helped add to the tension and sense of urgency in the novel. I counted along with Shia as she moved closer and closer to that fateful full moon. I watched as she became more and more reckless and more and more determined to kill those who had hurt her. This is a real page turner!

Bottom Line:

Stalking the Others is tautly written with plenty of action, dark humor, terrific pacing, and story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I want the next novel in the series now!


I give Stalking the Others 4 1/2 Qwills


Review - Stalking the Others by Jess Haines - 4 1/2 Qwills


I recommend that you read the prior books in the series:

Review - Stalking the Others by Jess Haines - 4 1/2 Qwills

The View From Monday - May 28, 2012

I can't believe that this is the last Monday in May. We're rapidly heading into the 6th month of the year.  And it's another busy week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood. Geekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Tuesday - Guest Blog by Jess Haines as part of The STALKING THE OTHERS Blog Tour Stalking the Others (H&W Investigation 4) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. The Janus Affair (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Barbara Ashford. Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theater 2) will be published on June 5, 2012.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Kelly Meding. Changeling (MetaWars 2) will be published on June 26, 2012.

Saturday - Interview with Nancy Gideon. Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Sunday - Interview with Jaime Rush. Darkness Becomes Her (Offspring 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.


There are a lot of books out this week! Wow!  A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter Lantos SF



May 29, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kevin J. Anderson (ed) H - Anthology
Flandry's Legacy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - The Technic Civilization Omnibus
The White-Luck Warrior (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
R. Scott Bakker F - Aspect-Emperor 2
The Janus Affair
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pip Ballantine F/SP - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2
Bleeding Out
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jes Battis UF - OSI 5
The Science of Avatar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Stephen Baxter Science/SF
When Passion Lies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 4
Harmony
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Keith Brooke SF
The Devil's Nebula
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 1
Charmed By His Love
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 2
Year's Best SF 17
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer
SF - Anthology
The Emperor's Gift
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Grey Knights
The Primarchs
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer : Horus Heresy 20
Casket of Souls
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 6
The Scottish Prisoner (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Diana Gabaldon HF - Lord John Grey 3
Seeker of Shadows
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nancy Gideon PNR - Moonlight 6
The Magician King (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lev Grossman F - Magician 2
Hit List (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
The Nano Flower (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter F. Hamilton SF/M - The Mandel Files. Vol. 2
Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Cursed
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 2
Night's Engines
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Trent Jamieson F - Nightbound Land 2
Deceived (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Wolfheart (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
By the Light of the Moon (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
The Darkest Evening of the Year (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
From the Corner of His Eye (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Life Expectancy (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
One Door Away from Heaven (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Bloodsworn
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nathan Long F - Ulrika the Vampire 3
Devilishly Sexy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kathy Love PNR - Devilishly 2
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Marshall H
Dragon's Time (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anne McCaffrey and Tom McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
Going Interstellar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Les Johnson
Jack McDevitt
SF - Anthology
A Blood Seduction
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Vamp City 1
Toxicity
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Andy Remic SF - Books of the Anarchy 2
A Brief Guide to Star Trek
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Brian J. Robb
Darkness Becomes Her
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring 6
All Spell Breaks Loose
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 6
The Road to Bedlam (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 2
Sixty-One Nails (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 1
Strangeness and Charm
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 3
Tangle of Need
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changelings 11
Threshold (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 2
The Watchers
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jon Steele ST
No Going Back
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon and Lobo 5



May 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damnation for Beginners
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Alan Campbell F
Crawling Chaos Volume One: Selected Weird Fiction 1917-1927
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
H.P. Lovecraft H
The Providence Rider
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Robert McCammon ST - Matthew Corbett 4
The Dragon Griaule
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lucius Shepard F - Short Stories



June 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Graveyard (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anonymous ST - 3
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Damien Broderick Literary Criticism
Lord of the Black Isle
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Elaine Coffman PNR - Mackinnon-Douglas 3
Thoroughly Kissed (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kristine Grayson PNR
Fluke (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Herbert H
Chase Me
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Tamara Hogan PNR - Underbelly Chronicles 2
Seduced by the Vampire King (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
G.J. Koch SF
The Frenzy War
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gregory Lamberson H/M -  Frenzy Cycle 2
The Secret Queen
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark Miller F - Empyrical Tales 3
Night of the Cougar (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Caridad Pineiro PNR
The Islanders
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christopher Priest SF
Must Be Magic (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 2
Veteran
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gavin Smith SF - Veteran 1
Classic Black Magic from Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, Gateway to Hell
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dennis Wheatley H - Omnibus



e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Here are the winners of some recent giveaways.


Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk and 17 Jewels from Cemetery Cat Jewelry

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Winners! - July 30, 2011


pattepoilue who said

My favorite genre is Historical romance! I love UF and Steampunk too but I tend to read more historicals ;)



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Hunted by Others, Taken by Others, or Deceived by Others - winner's choice or 1 of these books

Winners! - July 30, 2011

marybelle who said

What does it say about me that my favorite video game right now is LEGO Harry Potter?



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A Shot in the Dark (Jesse James Dawson 2)

Winners! - July 30, 2011


Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy who said

Oh my goodness, yes! I get sidetracked wayyyy too easily when searching the internet. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!



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A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef Mystery 1) by Sarah Zettel

Winners! - July 30, 2011

cyn209 who said...

my favorite snack or meal??? too many choices, by i would have to say favorite snack is CHIPS!! favorite meals???? spaghetti or pizza!!!!



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Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Gail who said

I love all westerns! Rio Bravo is one of my favs. John Wayne, Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson, it had it all :-) My current favorite postapocalytic book(s) are Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series. I'm looking forward to reading Bloodlands!




The winners have been notified and have until Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to claim their goodies or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

As usual... thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011

Please welcome Jess Haines to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jess:  I do some of my best writing late at night, when I’m under the pressure of a deadline. Sad, but true.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jess:  Both. I usually start out pantsing, then gradually gravitate over to plotting. The entire H&W Investigations series started out as an all-pants-all-the-time project, then grew into an overall plot which I am (for the most part) following now.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the H&W Investigations series?

Jess:  Stress. I write to relax. I finished the first draft of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (H&W #1) in about 3 or 4 months. I needed an escape—and I write what I like to read.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York City?

Jess:  I’m originally from New York, so it’s always been near and dear to me. New York holds a lot of memories, so even if I don’t get to go back very often, I have a way of “visiting” by writing about it.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create H&W Investigations.

Jess:  I referred mostly to my familiarity with law (for my day job, I’ve worked for and around lawyers for over 10 years), as well as the hundreds of books I’ve read spanning many genres, to draw upon for H&W. Plus my encyclopedic knowledge of all things cheesy horror and sci-fi related, and my extensive experience as a Certified Geek™.

TQ:  Describe Deceived By Others in 140 characters or less.

Jess:  In a nutshell: OMG WTF BBQ PWNED OH NO HE DIDN’T WAIT WUT NOOOOOOO

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Deceived by the Others?

Jess:  The scene where the Nightstrikers start speaking geek and no one (save the author and perhaps a few World of Warcraft enthusiasts) can understand what the heck they’re talking about. *g*

TQ:  In Deceived by the Others, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jess:  Chaz was the most difficult to write. Confession time—I’ve had a dislike of him that I’ve always found hard to set aside when writing scenes with him, particularly when he’s getting cuddly with Shiarra.

The easiest to write is Shia. I’m inside her head enough and know her so well that her responses to the obstacles I throw are her are always a breeze to write.

TQ:  Who should play Shiarra Waynest if the books become movies? Sarah Halloway? Chaz? Alec Royce?

Jess:  I like the idea of Dina Meyer playing the part of Shiarra, though she might be too old for it now. Someone on the fan forum recently suggested Rachel Lefevre, which may be the better choice.

For Sara, I think Katee Sackhoff would be perfect. She’s lovely and a fantastic actress. Also have to throw in Alan Tudyk as Arnold! Ever see him in that yellow T-shirt and glasses in Dollhouse? Rawr!

Chad Michael Murray would be an excellent choice for Chaz.

For Alec Royce, Paul Rudd or Robert Downey, Jr. (think of him as Tony Stark in Iron Man—hoo, boy!) would make my everything. I lean more toward RDJ, as that boy can really pull off the sleek, sophisticated, sexy asshole vibe that embodies my vision of Royce.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the H&W Investigations series?

Jess:  I’m currently contracted through six books, though I’ve plotted through nine, total.

TQ:  What's next?

Jess:  I’ve got a few things on my plate. On October 25th, if you’ve got a hankering for something funny and snarky, you can check out the upcoming anthology THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY (includes stories from me, Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, and Tami Dane). Here’s the back cover info:

Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on.

I’M PUREBLOOD WERE, AND PROUD OF IT…
“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy

No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect–and seduce…

I’M A TOMBOY AT HEART, BUT I WANT A MAN WHO MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A REAL WOMAN…
“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox

When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucian Mead posing as her husband…

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD WEREWOLVES? NOT ME, THAT’S FOR SURE…
“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines

Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities–except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

THIS IS A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS. AND I INTEND TO UNCOVER ALL OF THEM…
“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane

Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiance, Jonathan, and his twelve year old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

I’m also going to be making an appearance at the Authors After Dark convention in Philadelphia in August. It’s the lone in-person appearance scheduled on my calendar for this year, so if you want to shake hands or hear me speak on a panel, I think there were a few spots still open last I checked.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jess:  Thanks very much for having me!


About the H&W Investigations Novels

Hunted by Others
H&W Investigations 1
(Zebra Books, January 4, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
They are the Others—the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…

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Taken by Others
H&W Investigations 2
(Zebra Books, January 4, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
Jess Haines draws readers deep into the mesmerizing world of the Others—werewolves, vampires, and mages who make their home among humans, and are turning Shiarra Waynest’s life upside down…

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia—for very different reasons.

Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties—and even her desires…

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders


Deceived by Others
H&W Investigations 3
(Zebra Books, July 5, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders


The Real Werewives of Vampire County
(Kensington, October 25, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011


About Jess

Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
The author has over 6 years freelance experience in technical writing, editing and screenplays.  More recently, this repertoire has expanded to include short stories and a series of urban fantasy novels in progress.

Jess' Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   One commenter will win his or her choice of one of the H&W Investigations Novels: Hunted by Others, Taken by Others, or Deceived by Others.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite video game?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Release Day Review: Deceived By The Others by Jess Haines - 4 Qwills

Deceived by the Others
Author:  Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations 3
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books (July 5, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1189-7
Review Copy: ARC provided by Publisher

Cover and description:

Release Day Review: Deceived By The Others  by Jess Haines - 4 Qwills
They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…


My thoughts:

The majority of the story unfolds in the Catskills where Shiarra and Chaz have gone away for a weekend... with the werewolf pack. Shiarra is ready to commit to Chaz and this is an important weekend. Things, however, do not go exactly as planned.

This is the third book in the H&W Investigations series. It's a transitional story. In the first 2 books we see Shiarra Waynest drawn. perhaps dragged, into the world of the Others. She's made the adjustment to dealing with Others through the prior two books. Now she's ready to be part of the world of the Others even more deeply.

There is a lot going on in Deceived by the Others, but it's easy to follow along as Shiarra navigates through what is increasingly a messed up weekend. She's out of her element, but still manages to hold it together and try to figure out what is going on. Shiarra is faced with some surprises and difficult decisions caused by the actions of Others during the course of the novel. I really can't say much because I could easily give away everything.

Shiarra has grown as a character throughout the three books, while always maintaining a clear sense of who she is. This is challenged in Deceived by the Others.  Jess Haines has populated the H&W Investigations novels with some wonderful secondary characters. While the focus of this novel is the relationship between Shiarra and Chaz, my favorite vampire does show up as well. I'm firmly in the Team Alec Royce camp, not the Team Chaz camp. 

Deceived by the Others sets up things to come. I can't wait to see how the can of werewolf opened in this novel is resolved.  The end of the novel is a bit of a cliffhanger, which has made me very anxious for the 4th book.

I give Deceived by the Others 4 Qwills.

Release Day Review: Deceived By The Others  by Jess Haines - 4 Qwills

This series should be read in order.

Prior books in the H&W Investigations series:

Hunted by the Others
Author:  Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books (January 4, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1187-3

Release Day Review: Deceived By The Others  by Jess Haines - 4 Qwills
They are the Others—the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…


Taken by the Others
Author:  Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations 2
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books (January 4, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1188-0

Release Day Review: Deceived By The Others  by Jess Haines - 4 Qwills
Jess Haines draws readers deep into the mesmerizing world of the Others—werewolves, vampires, and mages who make their home among humans, and are turning Shiarra Waynest’s life upside down…

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia—for very different reasons.

Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties—and even her desires…
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