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Blog Bash Day 14 with Jess Haines

Aug 19, 2011

The H&W Team Talk About Travel
By Jess Haines
Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series



and the upcoming


 I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Sara, her business partner, Chaz, her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.

Seeing as JoJo and I just came back from the Authors After Dark convention, I thought it would be a good idea to have Shiarra and her friends discuss how they handle their travel arrangements.  Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra:  I haven’t done much traveling since I was in high school.  Used to go on family trips to visit landmarks like the Grand Canyon and stuff.

Sara:  I traveled a lot when I was younger. Not so much anymore, except to visit my sister sometimes.  She’s usually in England instead of stateside.  

Chaz:  Last year, I hit Tijuana for a long weekend.

Shiarra:  What?

Chaz:  You were on some big case.  You said you couldn’t go.

Shiarra:  I don’t remember you asking.

Arnold:  Hey, hey, calm down over there.  

Royce:  Quiet, mage. I’m finding this rather fascinating.

Shiarra:  Oh, shut up.  What do you care, anyway?  You probably hit Rio or Vegas or whatever every other weekend.

Royce:  Actually, I avoid leaving my territory as much as possible.

Arnold:  Don’t want someone to horn in on your action when you aren’t looking, huh?

Royce:  An accurate assessment.  Many vampires are opportunists, and we are more likely to use guile than violence to increase our holdings.

Shiarra: Huh.  So you became master over New York—how, exactly?  Aren’t you originally from Greece?

Sara: I bet he pulled a Dracula and came over on a ship, drinking from all the crew and passengers on the way.

Chaz:  Dracula killed everyone on the ship.  I bet fang-boy here did, too.

Royce:  Lovely to see how kindly you all think of me. Truly.

Arnold:  Does that mean they’re right?

Royce:  Partially. I did originally travel to America via ship.  I chose New York as my home in 1721, and have only left it sporadically. Perhaps once a decade since.

Sara:  I’m worried about the crew. What happened to them?

Royce:  No one aboard that ship died by my hand. There was a rash of dysentery that killed a few passengers, but that was not my doing, and a common enough occurrence during those times. After so many centuries, my hunger is easier to contain than you lot seem to believe.  When necessary, I can go for quite some time without feeding.

Chaz:  I’m sure that made everyone aboard feel so much better about having a life-sucking leech walking among them.

Royce:  As opposed to being trapped with a mindless beast that would savage them upon the rise of the full moon?

Chaz:  Hey!  We aren’t mindless when we’re shifted, you know.

Royce: And vampires are not all murderous fiends, either.  Watch your tongue, boy.  You might offend someone who would be quicker to take retribution.

Sara:  Damn. I was almost hoping for a good, scary story.

Shiarra:  Um.

Royce:  Believe me, Ms. Halloway, if you are in search of harrowing tales involving bloodshed and murder, you’ll find no lack of them if you study your own country’s history.  

Shiarra:  That’s boring. We want to hear something straight from you.  C’mon, how many hundreds of years have you been around?  You must have seen or done something gross in all that time.

Arnold:  I went to Scotland on vacation once and watched a butcher make haggis.

Everyone Else:  …

Arnold:  What?  That was pretty gross.

Chaz:  I heard there’s a ghost tour in Philadelphia.  Maybe we can take a road trip and check that out.

Royce:  Fascinating, I’m sure.

Shiarra:  You never answered Sara’s question. Have you ever seen or done something scary or gross in your travels?

Royce:  Ms. Waynest, I’ve seen and done things that would turn the hair on your pretty head white.  I’m not about to revisit those memories.  Not even for you.

Sara:  Lame.

Shiarra:  Totally.

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12 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Anne August 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM  

I've read all three books in the series and enjoyed them. The only negative is the ending of Deceived...the dreaded cliffhanger! AHHHHH!

Vanessa theJeepDiva August 19, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

After meeting Jess and Binah last week I came home and bought the 1st book in that series. Looking forward to reading it.

Michelle Bledsoe August 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

I am so putting this series on my list to buy. These guys sound like fun. One day I hope to get to go to any romance conference.

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Victoria August 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

I admit I haven't read these yet but they have drawn my attention. I hope to get to them soon.


donnas August 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM  

Great post. Looking forward to reading this series.

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BLHmistress August 19, 2011 at 1:41 PM  

I have the first book in this series, sitting on my kindle for pc for awhile now, I really need to get to reading this.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 19, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

This is the first I have heard of this series...sounds like something I would enjoy!

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JoAnna August 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

I really want to read this series!!!

Na August 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM  

I have been eyeing this series for awhile now. It looks great.

Jen B. August 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

I saw these books somewhere else and forogt to write down the names. Thanks for posting here. I've added them to my list.

Denise Z August 20, 2011 at 12:26 AM  

This is a wonderful series. I have read the first two and cannot wait to read Deceived by Others. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today.

Anonymous,  August 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

I've been meaning to read this series. I heard that they were really good and now I can't wait to read them. Great post!


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