Friday, March 29, 2013

EXCERPT & CONTEST - Jennifer Estep's Deadly Sting!

Alrighty then, boils and ghouls, today we have an extra special treat; Jennifer Estep, author of the Elemental Assassins series, has provided yours truly with an exclusive except from her newest release, Deadly Sting, a great edition to the fast paced, perpetually surprising series about a (semi-retired) assassin trying to get through life in corrupt and morally rotting city. You can read my review of this book, complete with links to purchase it, right here and be sure to scroll down after the excerpt for the contest details!

So, without further ado:

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.


A soft, feminine laugh floated through the air, followed by a series of high-pitched giggles. Bria and I looked at each other, then over at Finn. Apparently, all had been forgiven because the two saleswomen had practically draped themselves over him by this point. Red had her hand on one of his shoulders, while Blonde was cozied up on his other side, toying with his jacket sleeve. Finn’s head swiveled back and forth between the two women, as though he was watching an intense tennis match. It was a wonder his neck didn’t break, as fast as he was snapping it from one side to the other.
“Good luck getting those statements,” I murmured.
Bria smiled, showing a hint of teeth. “Oh, luck has nothing to do with it, big sister.”
She strode over and planted herself in front of Finn and his adoring entourage.
“Bria!” he said. “I was just telling these two lovely ladies how brave they were when that terrible dwarf rushed into the store.”
“Of course you were.” Her voice was mild, although she raised her eyebrows at him.
Finn gave her a sheepish grin, but he immediately disentangled himself from the other two women and stepped forward. His sudden movement made the saleswomen teeter in their heels and almost crash into each other, but Finn didn’t care. He leaned down and murmured something in Bria’s ear that caused a fierce blush to bloom in her cheeks. Red and Blonde both frowned, but Bria just smiled at them. They all knew that she had Finn’s full and undivided attention now.
He finally quit whispering to her and straightened up, a teasing grin on his handsome face. Bria stared back at him, her blue eyes warm and soft.
“I’m going to hold you to that,” she murmured. “Tonight.”
Finn’s grin widened.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Deadly Sting, the eighth book in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, was released on March 26. For more information, visit or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The bad news (because bad news should always be given first - gives the good news the chance to redeem it) is that this contest is unfortunately open to US mailing addresses only - sorry folks!

The good news, however, is that up for grabs is a copy of Deadly Sting and, believe me, you do not want to miss out on this little gem! It's like...imagine James Bond went to a high society event on his day off, but, of course, with this being Bond things go wrong faster than you can blink and next thing you know there are hostages and weapons and death. Well, it's a lot like that but with magic tossed. Now, tell me, how can anyone resist that?! All you have to do is (1) follow Calliope's Domain (links to do so are located on the sidebar) and (2) comment on this post, including your e-mail address in the message and voila! you're in! Normally, contest would close in exactly one week, but I'll be out of town a week from now so I'm going to give this contest TWO weeks. Yup, TWO! Winner will be chosen on Friday, April 12, and I will announce the winner the very next day, Monday, September Saturday, April 13. Good luck!


May said...

Love this series!

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Jennifer Estep said...

May -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

Van Pham said...

One of my favorite UF series,thanks for the giveaway!

Following wtih GFC- van pham


Jennifer Estep said...

Van -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

whitewolfreads said...

Can't wait to finally dig in and read this book in its entirety (these teasers are killing me)!

GFC follower - whitewolfreads

whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

Jennifer Estep said...

Whitewolfreads -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book.

Barbara E. said...

I'm in the middle of a lot of series, but this is hands down my favorite, so I can't wait to read Deadly Sting to find out what happens next to Gin and her family and friends. :D

GFC: Barbara E.
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Jessica Schlea said...

I cant wait to read the latest in Gin Blanco series. Jennifer E. never disappoints. Unless Owen dies, which is to horrible to think of. :)

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Malinov said...

Love this series. Its one of the the few I'd drop everything just to read.