Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday Bash Day 3 - Jess Haines

Now, I had the pleasure of meeting Jess at this year’s Coastal Magic Convention. I bumped into her in the hallway, we got to talking along with Taylor Law, and next thing you know, an hour and a half had gone by. And the rest, as they say, is history. So, it is my great honor to introduce Jess Haines!

My Most Memorable Birthday Experience
Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the H&W Investigations series—urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade…

Emily invited me to swing by to tell you about my most memorable birthday experience. Don’t laugh at me, but… it was my trip to Vegas for my 21st birthday. With my mom.

I was never much of a party girl, so planning to head to Sin City for my birthday left me feeling a mixture of trepidation and excitement. On the other hand, I’ve never seen my mom so excited to take a trip in her life.

We stayed at Circus Circus. My first night, she took me to the casino to try my hand at the slot machines. I won about $40—not bad for a first timer, eh?

We wandered around town, checking out the different hotels and entertainment. My mom bought me my very first (*coughcough*) legal drink, an Irish mocha. The bartender put so much whiskey in it that I couldn’t choke it down, so my mom ended up finishing it off for me. Some bender, eh?

While I was there, we enjoyed excellent food at Paris and the Bellagio, and some fabulous entertainment, including the Sirens of TI in front of the Treasure Cove casino and the “dancing” water fountains in front of the Bellagio.

By far, the most memorable moment for me in Vegas was the Thunder From Down Under show at the Excalibur hotel.

Think Chippendales with some very buff hunks sporting over-the-top Australian accents.

Don’t forget that I went to this show with my mom.

Did I mention the part where I got called up on stage to compete in a “best fake orgasm” contest? It was me against a middle aged woman and a tottering grandma who was also celebrating her birthday and had to be helped up onto the stage. Spoiler alert: grandma won.

That is truly a birthday memory I will have seared into my brain forever.

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Thanks again for having me, Emily! And a very Happy Birthday to you!

Forsaken by the Others:
The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

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Enslaved by the Others:
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...

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Jess has offered up a signed paperback copy of The Real Werewives (US only) to one random commenter. Just leave a comment with your email address to enter.

The Real Werewives of Vampire County:
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 Lucien 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 fiancé, 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...

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Author Bio:
Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she's been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Her latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013) with the next book in the series, Enslaved by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 1, 2014), releasing later this year. Visit her at for the latest news and updates.


  1. Enjoyed reading your memories of your birthday trip to Vegas, laughed out loud when I read your spoiler alert.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  2. Such an entertaining story--wish my trip to Vegas had been that much fun!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  3. Glad you got a laugh out if it! *g* Good luck on the giveaway!