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 OTHERS, TAKEN 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.
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.
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…
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: 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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