October 2nd Death’s Rival, the latest in the Jane Yellowrock series, was released. Squeeeeee! The series is a dark Urban Fantasy about a Cherokee skinwalker, who kills rogue-vampires for a living. The series has a pretty nifty (and complicated) world building, and I sometimes get asked excellent questions by fans about Jane Yellowrock, the world, and the magical systems. The two sets of questions in this post were asked by a fan (who has also become a good friend) and they made me think. So, here, answered especially for BBB, is one about Jane’s love life. Ermmm … Okay, her lack of love life. (see me rolling my eyes.) I have tried to give away few clues and spoilers and still give you honest answers. You can read that as – Inside Information!
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Q – Why does were-taint automatically occur during sex? Even through a condom? Even to a Skinwalker?
A – In Jane’s life, she was in the middle of a complicated relationship with an undercover New Orleans’s cop when he was infected with were-taint. And that changed everything. For reason that are covered in the series, Rick LaFleur can’t shift into his were-animal, and that make the three days of the full moon insanely, unbearably painful. But even without that considerable problem, if he and Jane risk intimacy, there is the slight possibility of transmitting that virus to Jane. And that means death. How?
Were-taint infection doesn’t always occur during sex, especially with condoms, but it is possible. Condoms tear, or are sometimes not perfectly made, and were-taint is especially strong in all body fluids. Worse, when Rick became infected with the were-taint, he was … um … gifted! Yeah. That’s the word (koff-koff) … with a Grindolow. Pea is a neon-green-furred juvenile, a creature that is most often confused with a dyed cat until it is grown, but only because people don’t expect to see a fanged, clawed killer no bigger than an eight week old kitten. Grindylow’s job is to kill any were-animal that transmits the disease, and they are a no tolerance species.
Pea plays a bigger and bigger part in Rick’s—and therefore Jane’s—life in future books. As to the Skinwalker possibly being immune to the were-taint? Well, in all honestly, Jane hasn’t told me! It doesn’t seem likely (barring miracles) that she, of all creatures, would be immune. So at this point, I have to say, were-taint is the strongest, most virulent virus on the planet. And even Jane is in danger.
Q – Why, in Skinwalker, didn’t anyone recognize the bad-guy’s scent as being a species-match to Jane’s?
A – Liver-eaters smell different from sinkwalkers. Once a skinwalker makes the decision to go down into the Dark-side, and become the creature called the liver-eater, and they chose a human victim, everything about them begins to change. Their appetite changes, their needs change, and when they take the body of that sacrificial victim—a human or other sentient creature—they take on the scent signature of the victim. This stealing of a living body gives them youth and vitality and a new identity for a long time, but even that body will eventually begin to get old, and when it does, the smell starts to change, they start to decay, and they need copious amounts of blood to keep their scent markers normal for the victim they chose and replaced.
When the character in Skinwalker was taken and eaten by a skinwalker who had gone into the Dark, No one noticed anything new, except perhaps a few new habits, and forgetfulness, which could be explained away or even hidden, if the liver-eater had chosen to live apart for a time.
I hope that gives you a taste for the series, without satisfying you too much! And be sure to do all the steps to win the gift!
Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes the Urban Fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock: Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival (Oct. 2012), Blood Trade, (April 2013) and two short story compilations, Cat Tales and Have Stakes Will Travel. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. A role playing game based on the series, Rogue Mage, just went to press!
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 27 countries.
Hunter writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranian’s to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.
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