Jess Haines Guest Post and Giveaway!

Shiarra Waynest Talks About Her Essentials
By Jess Haines

Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERSTAKEN BY THE OTHERS, and the upcoming DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS).  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.

Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about the stuff she can’t live without.  Over to you, Shia!


Shiarra:  I never leave home without my pepper spray. This is New York, after all.

Arnold: Harsh.

Chaz: You carry pepper spray?

Royce: Being her beau, one would think you’d know this already.  It’s attached to her car keys.

Shiarra: …how did you know that?

Royce: Don’t question me about these things, Ms. Waynest. You won’t like the answers.

Shiarra: Oh, ewww

Chaz: C’mere, you little—

Shiarra: Chaz! Knock it off.

Chaz:  …sorry.

Sara: I just carry a few things in my purse. Lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, clear polish—I hate when I get a run in my hose, it’s good for fixing that sort of thing—a power bar in case I get caught in traffic too long, my cell phone, a—

Chaz: We get the idea.

Arnold: I carry my lucky dice with me.

Royce: I beg your pardon?

Arnold: You know, dice. Little round things with numbers on them? Handy to have around in case of an emergency D&D game.

Shiarra:  Sara, you really let him leave the house with dice?

Sara: What? It’s not like he leaves them around my place when he stays over.

Royce:  This conversation is ridiculous.

Shiarra:  Oh, yay. Something new and different for us.

Sara: What does a vamp carry around with him? Now I want to know.

Royce:  My wallet and breath mints. Terribly exciting and noteworthy, isn’t it?

Shiarra: I get the wallet part. Why breath—oh.  Oh.  Ew.

Chaz: What? I carry breath mints.

Arnold: Yeah, but you’re not carrying them to fix a sudden case of blood-breath.

Sara: Yuck!  Honey, could you not…

Arnold: Sorry.

Royce: Funny, spark.  Let’s hear what the dog has to say.

Chaz: Watch it, fang-boy.

Shiarra: Chaz, don’t. Let’s just get this over with so we can get out of here.  And get away from blood-breath.  Ugh.

Royce:  You certainly weren’t complaining about it when I kis—

Shiarra: MOVING ON.

Chaz:  What is he—

Shiarra:  Do. Not. ASK.

Chaz:  …

Royce:  …


Sara:  *snickers*

Chaz: Uh. Anyway.  I always carry hair gel, a comb, and a change of clothes.

Arnold: What for?

Chaz: In case of sudden shifts.

Shiarra:  Why are you shapeshifting outside of the full moon?

Chaz:  Pack leader stuff.  Nothing for you to worry about.

Sara: How many pack emergencies can there be requiring a change of clothes?

Chaz: Hey, it happens. Once I had to drive home naked in midtown traffic during rush hour.  Getting caught without a change of clothes the one time was enough—now I play it safe.

Shiarra:  Yeah, I don’t even want to know.


You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.  

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Thanks again for having me and the gang over!

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  1. Love the interview and I cannot wait to get to know these characters more! I think I need to read these next!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  2. I rarely read interviews all the way through, but this was really entertaining! Kudos to Jess for such an interesting post.

  3. Great interview.

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  4. What a great interview loved it! This sounds like a great book great giveaway thank you so much!

  5. Great interview. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading the books.

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  6. Loved this! LOL

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  7. I enjoyed this great interview and can't wait to get started on the series.

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  8. If the book is as fun as the interview, count me in.

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  9. A new to me author! Love finding them andthe book sounds really good. Please enter me.

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  10. It's great to get some insight into characters' personalities before you dive in to a series- thanks!


  11. Great interview and I have both of the first two book in my tbr pile. Would love to win the next one.
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  12. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  13. Loved the interview! It was very funny and makes me want to read it even more!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Great interview. I would love to read the book. Please enter me in contest.

  15. I love this series and would be super happy if I win this book. earlier in the week, I tried to pre-order the ebook of Deceived at Borders/Kobo, but it's not available yet.

  16. Thank you for the author interview. Those are my favorite reviews / posts. I love the sound of this book. I can’t wait to read it.

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  17. Loved the interview. Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks

  18. What a fun interview! Thanks for a great giveaway:)
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  19. thank you for the chance to win

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  21. Great interview. I love this series and cannot wait until this book comes out. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Heh. Sounds like a fun book to read. Perfect for summer. :0) Count me in!

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  23. Shifters must need a serious clothing budget!

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