Friday, September 17, 2010

Interview and Giveaway: Jennifer Estep

Please help me welcome paranormal author Jennifer Estep to the blog today. Jennifer's latest book, Venom hit shelves September 28th. 

1. For any new readers, please tell us about your Elemental Assassin Series.
JE: Sure. The Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

The first book in the series, Spider’s Bite, was released in February 2010. Web of Lies, the second book in the series, came out in June 2010. Venom, the third book, will hit shelves on Sept. 28.

Tangled Threads, the fourth book in the series, will be published in May 2011, while the fifth book (untitled at this point) will be released in October 2011.

The books are basically dark, fun, sexy, action-packed urban fantasies.

2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. How would you describe Gin?
JE: I would describe Gin as smart, sassy, and sarcastic. She also has a real killer instinct, since she’s an assassin. LOL. Sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad joke there.

All kidding aside, I would describe Gin as a tough heroine who does what she needs to in order to survive the corrupt, violent world that she lives in. In Gin’s case, her family was murdered when she was a kid, which led to her living on the streets and being taken in by an assassin. As a result, Gin tends to kill first and ask questions later, especially when it comes to protecting the people that she cares about.

3. You have created an exciting, yet complex world. How do you handle your world building? Are you a post-it kind of girl?
JE: I don’t really plot that much or use post-it notes or anything. I do a general outline of the story, sit down, and start writing. When I start a new book, I have a rough idea of the various characters/creatures and how the magic works, and I just go from there.

With every draft that I do, I go back through, see what’s working and what’s not, and refine the characters/magic as needed. I do this several times until the book and the magic are as interesting and entertaining as I can make them;

4. By day you are "an award winning feature page designer". Sounds like a busy job. When do you find time to write? And I have to know if you ever worked in a BBQ joint.
JE: I write after work and on the weekends. I pretty much devote most of my Sundays to doing book stuff, whether it’s writing, blogging, updating my website, or the thousand other things that authors do.

I haven’t worked at a barbecue joint, but I live in the South, which is full of great barbecue joints. In fact, there’s a terrific barbecue restaurant not too far away from my house – and they make the best baked beans around.

5. You have another series called the Bigtime books that doesn't seem to get as much attention as Gin and the gang. Please tell us about this Paranormal Romance series.
JE: Like you said, the Bigtime books are paranormal romances. Basically, they are comic book spoofs that fea¬ture sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Titles in the series are Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx.

The books are just goofy, campy fun, kind of like the old Batman show with Adam West or Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter.

6. Given the choice, which element would you like to control: air, fire, ice or snow?
JE: Actually, some folks think that I can control an element already – ice, because my hands are always so cold. LOL. Seriously, they are like ice cubes most days, and some of my friends have jokingly said that I have “ghoul touch” because they are so cold. So if I could control one element, I’d have to go with ice because of all that.

7. Lastly, you write about paranormal beings and powers. How far do your beliefs go? Do you believe in all those things that go bump in the night?
JE: I like to think that magic is possible – that there is good magic and that there are good folks out there who help other people.

As for the other things that go bump in the night, well, I hope the nasty ones aren’t real! There’s enough scary stuff in the world already without adding killer vampires or bloodthirsty werewolves to the mix. LOL.

Ok,well I agree with the killer vampires, but I wouldn't mind a werewolf or two, especially if he looked like Joe Manganiello- yum.  Thanks for the interview Jennifer.  Congrats on your new release!

For more information about Jennifer or any of her books, you can find her at her website, on twitter, or Goodreads.  Venom can be ordered at booksellers such as Amazon
Giveaway...Jennifer is giving away a copy of Venom to a lucky reader from the US/CanadaTo enter, leave some love for Jennifer in the comments section (please include your contact email).  For an extra entry, spread the word.  Please leave the link in a seperate comment.  Giveaway ends September 25th.  Good luck!


Jennifer G. said...

Jennifer - your books sound awesome! I haven't had a chance to read them yet, but I do have them saved on my Kindle so I can put them on my TBR list!

Jennifer G. -

Jennifer G. said...

Jennifer G. -

Spread the word by posting the link to your page on my new blog.

SandyG265 said...

Hi Jennifer,

I loved the first two books in the series. Can't wait to read Venom.

Unknown said...

I just recently got Web of Lies and I can't wait to start it

tetewa said...

I've read the first two books in the series and been waiting for the latest release!

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Brilliant interview! I hear the most amazing things about Jennifer's writing, and this is a great contest. Thank you! :)

Jennifer Estep said...

Jennifer -- Cool. I hope you enjoy the books.

Sandy -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

Danielle -- Cool. I hope you enjoy it.

Tetewa -- Cool. I hope you enjoy it.

Melissa -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

Unknown said...

I'm a total book junkie and I'm always looking for new authors (new to to read and just from reading this inerview I'm so looking you up! your books seem to have what I like hot men and an air of fun :0)
Thanks :0)

Becky said...

Hey Jennifer!
I can't wait to read Venom - the first two books in the Elemental Assasins series were fantastic; I couldn't put them down.

Anonymous said...

I loved Spider's Bite and Web of Lies! My email address is

Teril said...

Jennifer, that was a great Q&A I love learning about authors.
This looks like a great series.
Nice icy control there in the palm of your hands. Nice massages in the summer?

Barbara E. said...

I've been listing Spider's Bite as one of the best books I've read this year, and I mean it. I really enjoyed the story, characters and all the action. I haven't had a chance to pick up Web of Lies yet due to finances, but I really want to see what happens next in the series so I will pick it up soon. And now there's Venom as well - all the more Gin for me to enjoy.


Van Pham said...

Hi Jennifer!

Great interivew, Love your Elemental assassin novels and can't wait to get my hands on Venom! I have already pre-order it :)


Persephone said...

Just started reading Spider's Bite and I am already eager to read more in the series. In love with the covers, btw!

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Persephone said...

Shared on twitter

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throuthehaze said...

I have heard great things about this series!
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Ruth T. said...

I would love to get my hands on Venom loved the 1st 2 of the series.

Zita said...

Hi Jennifer. I absolutely love your work and can't wait to get my hands on Venom. You do good work! Thanks =)


Edna said...

The Elemental Assassin Series is on my TBR/wish list. I've been exploring urban fantasies all year and I adore how many of them have strong heroines. Gin sounds really great and I'm intrigued by her past.

Thanks for the interview!

nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

Jamie said...

I've heard nothing but good things about your series. Looking forward to checking it out for myself.

Jamie said...


Rosie said...

Hi Jennifer, I haven't had a chance to read any of your books yet, but I sure am anxious to!!! Thanks for stopping by today.

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

Shai Williams said...

This sounds like a great series! I have added to my wish list.


Shai Williams said...

I tweeted :)


Ashley said...

These look fantastic!

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Becky B. @ Bibliognome said...

Would love to read this book. :)

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

I've heard great things about this series and they have some of the best covers out there. Congratulations on your release!

bookaddictpatti at cox dot net

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

Posted this giveaway on my contest sidebar:

Jennifer Estep said...

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to pop in again and say thanks for all the nice words about my books. I appreciate them. It always amazes me that people read my books in the first place. It really is humbling to know that folks enjoy these crazy stories that I come up with. Happy reading, everyone! ;-)

Teril -- No massages, but I have been known to make people wince when they shake my frozen hand. LOL.

Linda Henderson said...

I've heard a lot of great things about this series but I haven't started it yet. I definitely need to read these books.

seriousreader at live dot com

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I wish we had a barbeque joint around here, none are close by though :(
THanks for a great review and giveaway!

dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

Casey said...

Omg Jennifer I love you!

Sorry, had to get that out of the way...

Anyway, I do love you. I loved Karma Girl and I love Gin. (Not sure which I like better...I'll just love them equally xD)

I tweeted:

Anonymous said...

This is now one of my favorite series. I love her 'snarky don't mess with me" attitude. Her bickering with Finn is so funny and unassasin like.

Shell said...

Oh! I own Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx already and I LOVED them! I haven't read any of your other books and believe me, I want to.

Anonymous said...

My TBR list has just gotten longer! I love series and I haven't read these books!

Andrea I said...

I haven't read any of ths series; they're in my TBR stack. I loved the Big Time series.

Andrea I said...


Jolene and Family said...

I haven't read any of these books, but they look amazing and I'm always up for finding new authors. Please count me in :)

practimom said...

Hey Jennifer!

I am so ready to read Venom! I am ready to see what is going to happen now that cop isn't around and sissy is now in the picture. I do have a question about Jinx. Was is ever printed in trade paper back? Debonair, was so hot. I love the complete opposite of his alter ego. I loved the whole Big Time series. I hope they publish the next story.

Mare/TommyGirl said...

Jennifer, I just wanted to say how addictive your books are. I picked up the first Elemental Assassin book a little while ago and am now almost done the second! Can't wait to read the next book!

tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

Liz said...

I recently read the first book in the series... which resulted in a 10 pm run to the bookstore to get number two. Can't wait for Venom!

whitewolfreads said...

I can't wait to get my hands on Venom! i love this series and I really want to know what happens next!

spettolij AT gmail DOT com

whitewolfreads said...


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jennifer57 said...

Venom sounds really good :)

Book Sake said...

I love the idea of the spoofs within the Bigtime books!

Book Sake said...

Tweeted re: the giveaway

jellybelly82158 said...

I loved the first two books in this series and can't wait to read this one.

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

Abhishek Duggal said...

Wish you luck Jennifer!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

SaraC said...

I loved the first two books. Gin is such an interesting character!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Jennifer, I hate to admit I have not read any of your books, (hanging my head in shame)but I do have Venom on my wish list and hope to read soon. I have read several great reviews on Venom and know it will be an awesome book to read.
Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I did tweet the giveaway

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the books and the covers are very well done. The Venom cover is my favorite so I hope I win.
RhyanbATgmailDOTcom. I ma following both of you on twitter @Rhyansplace

Moridin said...

Your books sound great! I also love the covers.

Pamk said...

I love this series and am looking forward to reading venom.
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Pamk said...

I tweeted this
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donnas said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I loved the first two in the series and am looking forward to Venom.

Tweet -

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Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

Her new series looks really interesting!! Great interview!

Julia Karr said...

Great interview! These sound like books I would enjoy!

Juliakarr at me dot com

Jennifer Estep said...

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to once again say thanks for all the nice words about my books. I appreciate them. ;-)

Practimom -- You asked about Jinx. It only came out as a mass market paperback. It was not released in trade format. Hope that helps.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Awesome series!

I follow on GFC.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

I would love to be entered for this contest. I cannot wait to read these books.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Cathie said...

I've heard nothing but great things about your books! I hope to read them soon.

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