Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jess Haines - The Gang from the H&W Investigations Series Stops By!

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. Over to you, Shia!


Arnold: We’re talking about if we’re… what? We’re Other, but we wish we could be some other kind of Other?

Sara: I guess so.

Shiarra: I’m not Other.

Royce: Nobody said you were.

Arnold: Yeah, but she thinks she might be turning—

Sara: Honey, no. Sensitive subject, remember?

Arnold: Sorry.

Shiarra: This topic doesn’t really apply to me or Sara. You guys should be fielding this one.

Chaz: I like being a werewolf. Nobody messes with me.

Sara: Yeah, but it must suck having to sign a contract just to get close to somebody you care about. No hanky-panky without one, right?

Chaz: Err…

Shiarra: He never said anything about that before we—you know what? Never mind.

Royce: Well. Seems the dog is in more hot water than I had previously guessed. I cannot say I’m surprised.

Chaz: Shut your facehole.

Arnold: Sorry to say it, but I’m with the vampire. Not surprised at all.

Sara: Me neither.

Chaz: Are you kidding me? Whose side are you on?

Shiarra: Any side but yours. Seriously, am I the only one who didn’t see it coming? For God’s sake, I was the one dating him!

Sara: Shia, I hate to break it to you, but sometimes you turn a blind eye to the obvious.

Royce: Clearly.

Shiarra: Hey. You. Tall, dark, and scary. Not your business.

Royce: On the contrary, as you are contracted to me, anything which involves your health or wellbeing is my business.

Sara: So where were you when all the trouble went down?

Royce: Being thrust away, as seems to be Ms. Waynest’s normal mode of operation when it comes to things which might assist her.

Shiarra: You mean the help that comes with a price tag? Because, last time I checked, it’s always been a shady practice to back someone into a corner and give them offers they can’t refuse.

Chaz: You never had to accept his offer. You could have come to me.

Shiarra: Oh, please.

Arnold: Maybe you should start a new business. Give consultations to normal people about how manipulative the dangerous Others can be before they end up signing contracts.

Royce: Is that an attempt to be clever? I don’t find that amusing, spark. Just because you don’t have to have people sign contracts to interact with you doesn’t mean you pose no danger to normal people.

Arnold: You’re right. I might incite the kiddies to play D&D or start watching anime.

Sara: Oh, the horror.

Chaz: You know you’re dating a monster even more dangerous than me, right?

Sara: The only thing that’s dangerous is his infectious obsession with gaming. It’s been rubbing off on me.

Shiarra: Don’t tell me you’re turning to the geek side?

Sara: It’s not so bad. They have cookies.

Chaz: …what?

Royce: I’ve always wondered why none of you take these conversations seriously. Magi are some of the most dangerous Others there are. They may not drink blood to survive, or change their form into some bestial creature, but they can manipulate the very fabric of reality to suit their whims. That’s not something to take lightly.

Shiarra: I take it that’s what you’d rather be, then?

Royce: Excuse me?

Sara: You sound almost envious. You’d rather be a mage than a vampire?

Royce: Absolutely not. I may have to entice and manipulate people to sign contracts in order to feed and continue my own existence, but there is no limit to how long I may live to acquire wealth, knowledge, and power.

Arnold: I could probably dig up a spell to become immortal if I really wanted to, but that sounds boring.

Shiarra: …seriously?

Chaz: I’ve heard of magic-users who lived hundreds of years. That’s pretty impressive.

Arnold: Every spell we cast has its price. You haven’t heard what they had to do to live that long.

Sara: Judging by your tone, that’s nothing I want to hear about.

Arnold: Yeah, probably not. The form of every supernatural creature has its benefits and drawbacks.

Royce: Some more so than others.

Chaz: Don’t look at me when you say that.

Shiarra: So when you’re a mage, you can use magic, but you have to pay for it. When you’re a vampire, you get immortality at the cost of surviving on blood, losing your humanity, and living in the dark. When you’re a werewolf, you get incredible speed and strength, and can change your physical shape, but at the cost of… what? A problem even Nair can’t fix?

Chaz: Decreased lifespan. Has something to do with our metabolism.

Shiarra: Okay, decrea—what?!

Arnold: Sucks to be you.

Chaz: Shut it.

Shiarra: Anybody else feel like Weres got the short end of the supernatural stick? Show of hands.


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!

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

About H&W Investigations

Stalking the Others
H&W Investigations 4
Zebra, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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…

Deceived by the Others
H&W Investigations 3
Zebra, July 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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…

Taken by the Others
H&W Investigations 2
Zebra, January 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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…

Hunted by the Others
H&W Investigations 1
Zebra, May 4, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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…

About Jess

Jess Haines, author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, is a displaced New Yorker who writes about vampires, werewolves, and other bitey creatures of the night from her home in Southern California. She's best known for the H&W Investigations series (starting with HUNTED BY THE OTHERS).

You can also visit Jess on the web:



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  1. I enjoy reading series with paranormal elements. The biggest draw to me, for this book, is the characters. I loved the character interview and look forward in learning more about them.

    Tracey D

  2. I just loooove this series!! I love Shiarra! She's such an awesome character!

  3. Hi Jess! I've read the first book in the series and loved it! I would love to read more. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  4. I want to find out what happens after Shiarra went through the window!!!

  5. Hi Jess. Not familiar with the series - yet - but I really enjoyed that dialogue between the characters. Good luck with the book/tour.

  6. last year I decided that 2012 would be the year for me to explore more paranormals, so I want to try as many new authors in this realm as I can. I've found several that I will continue to read (Lara Adrian & Lauren Dane), and fewer that I won't be reading again (names I will not mention).

  7. This series is so funny - I love the snark!

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by, guys! Glad you're all enjoying the snark. ;)


  9. Thanks for a fabulous group "interview". I would love to read this book b/c of the snarky cast!

  10. I initially picked up book one when it first came out on a lark not having a clue what it was about and fell in luv. This is an awesome world and the characters are becoming old friends that I want to visit again and again. Thank you for sharing with us today. I loved the character interview and certainly cannot wait to read the next adventure in Stalking the Others :)

  11. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  12. Oh I've been wanting to read these books for a long time. Been on my wishlist! Love the banter. Gotta have. LOL

  13. I love this series. The Others has a great cast of characters and each book has a thrilling plot. They just keep getting better.
    Thank you for the post and giveaway.

  14. That was such a fun read! I always love interviews with that crowd :))) Thank you!

  15. I would like this book because the characters sound interesting.

  16. I love paranormals. And this one sounds like a great one to read.

  17. sounds like a great read and it would motivate me to read the other two I already own lol.