Tuesday, February 14, 2012
AAD NOLA Author Spotlight: Jess Haines
Shiarra Waynest Talks About Valentine’s Day
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, 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-(at the moment, very)off werewolf boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who lends Shia a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire she meets in the course of her adventures.
Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about her plans for Valentine’s Day. Over to you, Shia!
Shiarra: Valentine’s Day sucks.
Chaz: Did you get those flowers?
Shiarra: Screw you.
Chaz: …how about the chocolates?
Shiarra: Go piss up a tree.
Royce: Such language, Ms. Waynest.
Sara: She’s got good reason to be upset.
Shiarra: How about we don’t talk about that? Ever.
Chaz: How many times do I have to say I’m sorry?
Shiarra: Always once more.
Arnold: I could cast a spell—
Sara: Honey. No. Just… no.
Royce: Ms. Halloway has the right of it. I wouldn’t get involved, spark.
Arnold: The vampire is talking again. Make it stop.
Shiarra: Yeah, you know, I’m already not the best person to be discussing this topic with, but I think having him here makes it worse.
Royce: And why is that? As I’ve said any number of times before, I’m not about to hurt you. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Chaz: You stay the hell away from her.
Shiarra: Chaz, shut up. Royce… ugh.
Royce: You have but to say the word, and I will make your dreams—every dark, depraved, delicious wish—come true.
Sara: Barf bag. Now.
Shiarra: I… it… I…
Arnold: Are you allowed to say that here?
Shiarra: I feel unclean.
Chaz: If you ask nicely, I’ll make the scary man go away.
Royce: Just try it, dog.
Shiarra: Both of you. Shut. Up.
Sara: Not that I’m saying you’re one of them, but I’ve heard some people are really into that vampire thing.
Sara: What? I’m just saying!
Royce: She’s right.
Chaz: What about the werewolf thing? We’re fuzzy. We’re cuddly.
Shiarra: You’re also lying scumbags.
Arnold: Hey, how about magi? We’ve got the magic stick!
Sara: Hey, hey, hey! This is a public forum! Kids could be reading this! Also, ew. Don’t call it that.
Arnold: What? It’s a wand. Made of wood. That does magic.
Sara: …oh. That magic stick.
Royce: What were you thinking, Ms. Halloway?
Sara: So not going there with you.
Arnold: I can make it romantic. I can tie a red ribbon around it or something. I was thinking of conjuring up something girls would like. Ribbons and lace and flowers and crap. That’s romantic, right?
Sara: How about you just stick to roses and chocolate? Or maybe some jewelry?
Arnold: Boring. I’ll get you the Firefly/Serenity boxed set instead. We can watch it on my big screen.
Shiarra: Hey, Arnold?
Shiarra: Free hint: girls aren’t into that stuff.
Sara: Speak for yourself.
Shiarra: Seriously? You’ve gone to the geek side?
Chaz: I don’t know how you did it, man.
Arnold: Oh, I’ve got my ways. It’s all in how you cast your mojo. Spirit fingers, baby. Wiggle ‘em just right, and—BAM! She’s yours.
Shiarra: Stop looking at me like that.
Sara: That’s not quite how it happened, but if it makes you happy…
Royce: I say one evocative thing, and the rest of you look at me like I’ve dragged a dead body into the room with me. The mage says something more suggestive than me, and gets a pass. Someone explain this to me.
Sara: You’ve got fangs. You scare people.
Shiarra: Plus, you’re a big perv.
Royce: Fine. Sometimes seduction takes time. I just thought you might appreciate spending the holiday with someone.
Chaz: You. Fang-boy. Shut it.
Royce: Think about it. Wine. Chocolate. Roses. Satin sheets…
Shiarra: For the first time in my life, I think I might actually want to spend Valentine’s Day alone.
Erm. Can’t you just feel the romance in the air?
You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS!
Visit me on the web:
Fan Forum: http://jesshaines.freeforums.org/
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Tori!
About the Author
Tori is a 23 year old college graduate with a bachelor's in English Literature. She's currently pursuing a master's degree in Nutrition, and hopes to eventually become a registered dietitian. She enjoys reading, writing, baking, cooking, and has a strange addiction to chocolate, shoes, and coffee.
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