Author Jess Haines Character Interview and Book Giveaway

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 newly released 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. This time, the H&W gang are going to grill Royce on what he’s planning to do about Chaz. Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra: I don’t think I want to know what the vampire wants from me. Speaking from experience, it’s usually nothing good.

Royce: Come now, Ms. Waynest. Surely you don’t think I intend you any ill?

Chaz: Stay away from her, dead man.

Shiarra: Oh, stop that. I don’t need your help with this.

Chaz: Don’t be too sure. You haven’t been doing a great job of taking care of yourself since you took off.

Arnold: She wouldn’t have done the disappearing act if not for you.

Sara: Maybe not, but she still would have been in trouble.

Shiarra: Okay, so I made some stupid decisions—but it wasn’t all my fault!

Royce: That was neither stated nor implied. Perhaps you should consider taking a step back to calm yourself and consider your options.

Sara: Wow, the vamp has a point. You do have a tendency to rush into trouble.

Shiarra: Sara! I thought you were on my side!

Sara: I am! I’m just saying he has a point, that’s all.

Arnold: You know, Shia’s done a pretty good job of holding her own against the Others. Most of us are pretty… uhh…

Royce: Self-serving? Manipulative?

Chaz: Hey, we’re not all bad.

Shiarra: You have no room to talk, mister.

Chaz: What?

Sara: You betrayed her, and now you act like nothing ever happened. What the heck is wrong with you?

Chaz: Look, I tried to find a good way to tell her, but there is never a right time with this girl.

Arnold: Good going, newb.

Shiarra: Do I really need to remind you what you thought was the “right time” to let me know you were a werewolf? ‘Cause your timing sucks.

Chaz: I was trying to be honest with you!

Sara: You turned into a wolf in her living room right after sex. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that’s epically bad timing.

Shiarra: I don’t know whether to hug you or hit you right now.

Sara: Hey! Helping over here.

Royce: Is that how it happened? I had never inquired into the matter. Quite amusing, Ms. Waynest.

Shiarra: Oh, shush, you. You have no room to talk. You’ve been manipulative and cruel, too, you know.

Royce: Have I? I hadn’t noticed.

Arnold: Sarcasm. It’s what’s for dinner.

Royce: Don’t test my patience, mage. You have little idea of just how much time, money, and other resources I have expended just to keep your girlfriend and Ms. Waynest alive.

Sara: Not that I’m not appreciative, but you’re only doing it to further your own ends.

Royce: Naturally.

Shiarra: Lovely. So what exactly are you planning to do with me?

Royce: Any number of things best not spoken about in polite company.

Arnold: You might want to put the fangs away while you say that. Gives people ideas, you know.

Chaz: I am going to kill you, leech. Slowly. You keep your hands off my girlfriend.

Shiarra: I’m not your girlfriend anymore! Get it through your head!

Royce: I believe the lady has spoken. And if I ever catch you in my city again, I will destroy your entire pack until nothing is left of the Sunstrikers but a memory.

Everyone Else: …

Shiarra: Anyone else find that incredibly creepy?

Sara: Yes.

Arnold: Yes.

Chaz: He’s bluffing.

Royce: Oh, no, dog. Keep pushing me, and I will use your pelt as a battle standard.

Sara: Ick. That’s kind of gross.

Shiarra: Considering my frame of mind, it doesn’t sound like such a bad idea to me.

Chaz: What the hell, Shia?

Shiarra: No. I am done with putting up with your lies.

Arnold: Someone just got owned.

Chaz: Shut up, four-eyes.

Arnold: Yeah, that’s original. Some free advice—you better book, dude. You’re gonna get zerg rushed and ganked by the vamps, the White Hats, and Shia if you stick around town.

Shiarra: Did anyone understand that?

Sara: Translation: he and the rest of the Sunstrikers are dead meat if they don’t get out of town.

Royce: Indeed.

Chaz: We’ll see about that.

Shiarra: Yes. Yes, we will.


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 (and some extra chances to win), be sure to visit the official STALKING THE OTHERS blog tour calendar!

You can also visit me on the web:

Now for the giveaway! There will be two winners who each get a copy of STALKING THE OTHERS. All you have to do is leave an answer for one of these questions in the comments:

If you are in the U.S.A., tell me what you would prefer to be—vampire, werewolf, or mage?

If you are anywhere else (aka, international), are you more active in the daytime or nighttime, and how do you like to spend that time?

If you just want to chill in the comments, tell me some of your favorite urban fantasy novels! I’m a big fan of Jim Butcher, Nicole Peeler, Mark Henry, Allison Pang, and a few other authors. Do you have any favorites you want to share?

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


Note from Rachel:

What you see above  is all we are doing for the contest today, it is really casual. You DO need to put your First Name and the Last letter of your last name AND Country as usual. We aren’t doing points etc. We will just pick two winners at a later date.

But you WILL want to go and RSVP for Erin Kellison’s Kindle Fire Contest Here:

And check out the new Screen Bites Summer Movie Review Here:

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  1. USA is where I”m from.

    I’d prefer to be a vampire.

    urban fantasy hm..I read lots of vampire books. I also just tried a new series by G.A. Mcevvet. (not sure i spelled that right) its a mystery series. It’s the Savannah Reid series. I like it because the main character is a plus sized woman which I am also myself and she loves food, but she’s smart and figures out stuff easily. You might want to try it. I also like the Aunt Dimity Mysery series. I know you didn’t really ask for that but Aunt Dimity is a ghost, so in a way it’s an urban fantasy thing.

  2. I’m from USA.
    I vote for mage.
    Mary H

  3. Angela P, from USA
    I loved the previous Others books and am so excited for the new release!
    I would want to be a Mage.
    Right now I am deviating from my normal urban fantasy area and I am reading Gail Carriger’s Alexia Tarrabotti series. Victorian, steam punk, werewolves and vampires makes a interesting mix. I am on the fifth and last book now.

  4. Jessica S. from the USA

    Hmmm…while being vamp would be fun, I think I would want to be a werewolf instead! They have speed, power, agility! And they can burn carbs and all that super fast! Heehee! Depending on who says, they are also immortal! Or at least age slower which is cool since living forever would get a little boring, but if you say they live forever, I’d live with that too!

    I do like Nicole Peeler! Her books have a healthy dose of snark! And a mixture of beings! Like Rachel Vincent too! Oh my list can go on and on!

    I RSVP–not sure if that counts for points since everything’s so casual!

  5. Raonaid Luckwell

    Rachel Flesher / Raonaid Luckwell

    • Raonaid Luckwell

      Though I would admit so far in the book scene my favorite mage has to be Kethry in Mercedes lackey’s Valdemar books. And Raistlin even though he’s an evil sickly man. LOL

  6. Hi Jess –

    I’m in the USA and it’s vampires for me. I’m up all night so my husband calls me a bat, kind of fits ;). +1
    RSVP’d +25
    total = 26

    Viki S. USA


  7. Gloria Sanders-Gomez

    Gloria S. from U.S.A.

    I would love to be a vampire. I have been fascinated with vampires since I was very young. I would be content having their strength, speed, and immortality. I have enjoyed reading your last three books and I can’t wait for “Stalking The Others” to be released.

    Gloria S.

  8. Lisa R from the foothills of North Carolina

    Oh, definitely a vampire. The top of the food-chain is always an advantage. I’ve only read the first book in the series but I have the next two so plan to go a a reading marathon shortly!

    I RSVPed, commented on screen bites and shared the contest on both Twitter and Facebook!

  9. Roni L., PA USA

    I think I would pick a werewolf, although a mage sounds fun~can I be both? LOL!
    I think I’d like to be a werewolf because you get to experience your “wild side”! Especailly if you can find a hot, hunky mate!
    When I was younger I was definitely a night owl~up all night reading, writing, drawing. Now I’m more of a morning person—the adult world will do that to ya sometimes!

    • Roni L, PA USA
      Sorry, forgot! I did Tweet & Facebook this and RSVP for Erin’s event. I was too late to RSVP for Jess today :(.

  10. Erin F. USA

    Congrats on the latest release! Thanks for a great post! I’ve got this series in my TBR pile and I’m saving it for my vacation in August 😉

    Ummm… I just finished Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin #2)by Amanda Bonilla. Blew my socks right off! Definitely recommend this author!

  11. Hi Jess,

    Tough choice, but I’d have to go with the vampire. They are always sexy and mysterious, and how fun would that be. 🙂

    Some of my favorite authors: I completely agree on Mark Henry & Nicole Peeler. I love Kim Harrison’s Hollows & LKH Anita Blake as well.

  12. Oh, that was priceless! But it might be best if all of them are never in the same room ever again. I don’t want to lose any of the characters to a UF style death.

    Which would I choose? Well here’s the thing, when it comes to answering this question it always depends on the mythologies. I typically never choose vampire, because of my slight obsession with chocolate. I’d miss food way too much! Now if I was a vamp who could eat then we could talk!
    Since I love shifters to an almost insane degree, I’d typically choose werewolf. But on this I think I’d have to go with mage. There is just too much coolness to pass up there.

    Wow, is it sad that I have different levels of reasoning to logic my way to an answer? Please say no. In fact say it’s not sad, it’s not genius, it’s super-genius!

    And since that was my rant for the day, I won’t name all the UF authors I love. Because I will seriously sit here and keep naming them. So I’m just going to give a big ditto to the ones named above!

    Rae M., USA

  13. Since I’ve written a fantasy series myself that features a teen who discovered he has mage powers, I have to go with mage, although there are nights when the moon is full….

  14. Congrats on the new release!

    I would be a Werewolf…have wanted to be one since I was a little girl!!
    Shaine K.

  15. I’m so glad to see all of you stop by! Loving your answers, guys.

    @Jennifer H — That’s a new author on me, I’ll have to check those books out. Thank you for the rec!

    @Angela — I heard Gail speak at the Passion & Prose conference in February. She’s a riot! Hope you’re enjoying her books.

    @Raonaid — Mark Henry always sends me into inappropriate gigglefits. He’s a riot to follow on Twitter, too. 🙂

    @Erin — By any chance, is that vacation you mentioned Authors After Dark in August? If so, see you in NOLA!

    @Heatwave/Heather — I LOVE the Hollows books! I’m behind, though. I still have to read PALE DEMON and A PERFECT BLOOD.

    @Rae — Yeah, I’m right with you. I can go on and on when it comes to talking about authors I love!

    Thanks again, everybody, and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!


  16. I’d make a horrible vampire, I like to eat, so I would take the mark of the Were. I could run in the forest free and hunt and still eat real food. My favorite is the Hollow series by Kim Harrison.

  17. Hi, Jess. Thanks so much for joining us here at BBB!

    I live in the US, and I think I’d rather be a mage. It seems as though one could have at least a semblance of a more “normal” life that way.

    Some of the favorite UF authors: Adrian Phoenix, Jeanne Stein, Caitlin Kittredge, and Kelley Armstrong. Honestly, I have way too many to be able to list the all here. 🙂

    Jess, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing for relaxation?

    (USA, I did RSVP)

    • Hi Carol, you’re welcome. Always happy to pay a visit to BBB!

      I love to chill with my friends every Sunday night to watch cheesy movies. We tend to MST the really special ones. 😉 Aside from that, I can spend hours getting lost in YouTube videos, reading a good book, or just chatting with a friend over coffee. Every now and again, I’ll head to a club to dance, too, though I haven’t done much of that lately. How about you?


      • Jess, I love to read, but since I’m a reviewer, it is sometimes “work” even though I find it relaxing the majority of he time. 🙂 My favorite way to relax and unwind, though, is to spend time with my two grandsons. I also like the trips away with my husband.

        I love the MST idea — I may have to do that sometime…

        • Oooh, I like to travel, too! I don’t get to do it very often, but now that I’m published, I have excuses to spend money on that kind of stuff. Next month I am going to New Orleans for the first time. Super excited! What kind of places do you like to visit? I miss the Catskills and the mountains in New Hampshire, but I’ve been in the Los Angeles area so long, I’m afraid if I did more than visit it would drive me crazy to be there very long now.


  18. Mage. Werewolves and vampires have pretty big drawbacks which counteract their strengths (no sunlight, silver allergies)…yeah, being a mage sounds like a better deal.
    (Also from the USA)

  19. Daytime for me, coz i’m a full time mommy..with two boys, 6 and 1.8 time will be my busy time 🙂 and when they all take their naps, it’s my time to go online and read my do those house

    mariska hadienns

  20. I’m going with vampire. although if I think about it, I might pick one of the others after some soul searching. 🙂 I haven’t read these books, but I have them in my TBR list. I need to pcik up Stalking the Others yet, but I’m realy looking forward to them since they sound so good. Right now I’m actually re-reading the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, I love anne Bishop, Robert Jordan.

    Joani S

    • I’ve heard great things about Anne Bishop. I have that collection of 3 books in one around somewhere. One of my friends rec’d it, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.


  21. hi Jess
    have not read your books yet.but want to
    I Would like to be a werewolf.loved wolves all my life.
    I RSVPed.
    Stacey S USA
    sasluvbooks at

  22. 1. If you are in the U.S.A., tell me what you would prefer to be

  23. I did RSVP what ever that means!!

  24. Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

    I am more active at night. I am an insommiac and I spend a lot of time reading/editing/etc.
    I am not sure if I RSVP’d.

  25. I enjoy a good mystery and your books sound intriguing.

  26. Hi,

    I’m the most active in the evenings, as it takes ma a better part of the day to have my engine revving:)

    Dovile P., Lithuania

  27. I’m active in the morning and I like to spend them reading books or knitting. 🙂

  28. The thing is… each book universe is a little different. So Dependning on the rules for that universe, I want to be all three, at different times. Like for instance, In the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews… the Vamps are mindless and controlled, or is it the controller who would be considered to be the vamp? Hmmm… Totally different from say Anita Blake books.
    I also am a fan of Jim Butcher, Mark Henry and SOOO many others. Have you read Angie Fox?
    – Vanessa P / USA

  29. USA here
    I would probably go with Mage. I like the others but don’t think I would want to be one.

  30. Jeanne J. USA
    I would be a werewolf.
    Like to read lots of authors. Some favorites are you, as have read all except last one, Lynn Viehl, Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, C.E. Murphy, Jaye Wells, Seanan McGuire to name a few.

    • I keep meaning to get to Patty Briggs’ urban fantasy. I love her high fantasy novels, which I read many years ago, and I like the first two Alpha & Omega books, but I haven’t read her Mercy Thompson series.


  31. I’m a nightowl and usually spend my nights getting lost in a story 🙂


  32. I would rather be a werewolf or mage. I currently suffer from a backward body clock and am nocturnal, but I can choose to be out in the day.

    I think EVERYONE should read Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, Gini Koch’s Alien series (and G.J. KOCH’S Alexander Outland: Space Pirate), anything written by Angie Fox especially the Demon Slayer series and there will be a new series starting in August, the M*A*S*H series and last for today for I could go on and on Simon R. Green Nightside series.

  33. MARY P

    I’m a lot more active during the day. I work & do my crafts & run chores.

  34. I would be a vampire. Some of my favorite authors are, Jeaniene Frost, Jessica Andersen,J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Monning.

  35. I’m. Pamk from the USA. Ill go with a mage myself. Id list my favorite but hunting and pecking on my fire is time consuming.