Our Authors After dark 2012 Spotlight continues with a visit and giveaway from the hilarious and unstoppable Jess Haines!!!!
*applause is welcomed and encouraged*
I’m happy to have Jess Haines at Smexy today. Well, I should say, I’m happy to have her characters here. They star in the UF series, H&W Investigations, and their latest book, Stalking the Others will release July 3rd. I have some questions for them today.
Mandi: First up – Chaz (a werewolf and Shia’s former love interest). Let’s do it buddy. Explain yourself. You cheated on Shia and you have to now answer to a crowd of romance readers. Can you ever be redeemed?
Chaz: I tried, Mandi. Shia didn’t want to listen.
Shiarra: Like hell. I listened—you just had nothing to say that I wanted to hear.
Chaz: I said I was sorry! What more do you want from me?
Royce: I imagine she wants an explanation. I suppose that’s too much to ask from a dog.
Chaz: Pipe down, dead man. Nobody asked you.
Shiarra: Answer the damned question.
Chaz: Fine, fine. I’d like to think so. I just haven’t figured out what I need to do yet to make Shia see reason.
Shia: Yeah, like that’s going to happen…
Mandi: Chaz, as a penalty for cheating, you must name three nice things about Alec Royce (Shia’s other love interest and a vampire.)
Chaz: You’ve gotta be shi—
Royce: This I must hear.
Chaz: Three? Really?
Royce: Yes. Really. Get on with it.
Chaz: …ck. Fine. First… uh… I don’t know. This is stupid.
Shiarra: Yeah, well, you got yourself into this mess, mister, so you can just grab a shovel and dig yourself out.
Chaz: Okay. Hell. I guess he’s smart.
Chaz: Shut up. You’ll get your turn.
Royce: Go on, then.
Chaz: I am! Give me a minute. Uh… rich? That counts, right? Chicks dig that sort of thing?
Shiarra: Some, I guess.
Chaz: Yeah, that makes me feel better.
Shiarra: This isn’t about making you feel better.
Chaz: Whatever. Last one. He’s… going to be a pale pink mist when I’m done with him if he doesn’t stop smirking at me like that.
Royce: I’d very much like to see you try.
Shiarra: I think we’ve gotten as much out of him as we’re going to. Let’s move on.
Mandi: Shia, are you exhausted from these two men who give you so much grief? Can’t you find a nice, human boy who you could fall for (this is being asked by someone who has not seen Mr. Royce naked. I could be swayed in his direction….)
Shiarra: I’ve tried. Believe me.
Royce: Stop trying. You’re contracted to me.
Chaz: She’d be contracted to me if it wasn’t for you.
Shiarra: Wow. He has a point. Thanks…?
Royce: That was not my intention behind the issue, but you’re welcome. And as for you, Mandi, we can always discuss the… perks… of being contracted to me after this interview. Privately.
Shiarra: Don’t do it, Mandi!
Chaz: He’ll drink you dry. No one wants to die like that.
Royce: Who said anything about dying? I take good care of my donors. Very good care.
Shiarra: Anybody else get a sudden case of the heebie-jeebies? Show of hands.
Mandi: Shia, you have a fledgling and fragile friendship with Jack in this book. How has he grown on you and changed since you first met him?
Shiarra: I wouldn’t say he’s grown on me. Though he acts more like a person and less like a psycho-killer now.
Royce: Once you get to know him better, you’ll understand his motives.
Shiarra: I’m not sure I want to. He’s mean, ruthless, and a few beers short of a six-pack.
Chaz: Sounds like my kind of guy. Aside from the whole… hunting Others… thing.
Shiarra: Oh, lovely. So glad we cleared that up.
Mandi: Alec…let’s face it. You are a smexy dude. How does it feel to have women lusting after you? Or are you too serious to notice us common folk?
Royce: I think you have only seen the side of me that has dealt with Ms. Waynest. She has rarely seen me at my best—and she has the unfortunate tendency to bring out the worst in me. Normally, I’m quite pleased to make the acquaintance of lovely ladies—like yourself.
Shiarra: Oh, please.
Chaz: Smooth, man. Where do you get those lines? Vampire Seduction For Beginners pamphlets?
Royce: I don’t believe Mandi was soliciting your opinions. Do you mind?
Shiarra: Not at all.
Royce: As you can see, current circumstances are not ideal. As I mentioned earlier, we can discuss this—privately—later.
Shiarra: Trust me, Mandi, don’t do it. Last time he pulled that stunt, before I knew it, he was blackmailing me into signing a contract.
Royce: Ms. Waynest, have I mentioned how very much you’re tempting me into taking advantage of the clause in that contract that allows me to do whatever I desire with that body of yours?
Shiarra: …I’m going to go away now. Forever.
Chaz: Come on, he’s bluffing.
Royce: Not about that.
Mandi: Shia, you are pretty hard core in this book. Getting revenge on Chaz and kicking some ass. How much of the belt’s influence directed you to take this approach and do you have any regrets?
Shiarra: I regret ever getting involved with the Others. My life is a mess.
Royce: If you would take but a moment to consider my previous offer, you’d know you wouldn’t have to face these things alone.
Chaz: Yes, all it will cost is your soul.
Royce: Your opinion is not welcome in this matter. When you have experience with contracts and keeping your prospective new pack members in line, then you may join this conversation.
Shiarra: Here’s my unsolicited opinion—both of you just leave me the hell alone. When you’re ready to be honest and put all your cards on the table, then we can talk.
Chaz: I tried that!
Shiarra: All your cards. Not some. All. And there’s no way I’ll ever trust you again.
Mandi: Does anyone else have anything to say?
Chaz: I could fix things, if only Shia would stop acting crazy and listen to me for once.
Shiarra: I’m going to murder him. Slowly.
Royce: As vastly entertaining as all of this has been, I’m afraid I must retire. My card, madam. Call me—we’ll talk business, and perhaps a bit of pleasure.
Shiarra: Hey, Creepy McCreepster. Stop hitting on our host.
Royce: If she’s curious, I have every right to inform her about the benefits of contracting herself to me. Besides, I see no harm in a little flirtation.
Shiarra: You know what? No. First of all, it’s gross. Second, it’s just tacky.
Royce: Just because you seem incapable of enjoying my charms doesn’t mean everyone else fails to appreciate them.
Shiarra: This. This is why I hate him.
Chaz: I hate him because he’s a walking dead man. It’s unnatural. Unclean.
Royce: You’re one to talk, cur.
Shiarra: Sorry, Mandi. I better take these two out of here before things get any worse. Thanks for having us over!
Mandi: Now, why do I have the song, “Bad boys, bad boys…what ya gonna do,” in my head? Anyway, thank you Shia, Chaz, and Royce for taking the time to talk with us today. And Royce? *making the call me sign.
You can find out more about Jess Haines and her series, H&W Investigations, at www.jesshaines.com.
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