Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Guest Author Jess Haines & Hunted by the Others Giveaway


Please welcome today's guest author Jess Haines, she's here to chat about supernatureal BFFs and her new book Hunted by the Others!

Howdy, folks! My name is Jess Haines, and I’m the author of the new urban fantasy, HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. I’d like to thank Roxanne for having me here as a guest poster. Today we’re going to explore the pros and cons of having a supernatural BFF (Best Friend Forever – note that in some cases, forever might be literal).

Depending on the flavor of supernatural, there can be some amazing benefits to having one by your side. On the other hand, they might lust after your flesh, and not in the way you want. To help you choose what form of supernatural would make a good BFF, here’s a short and handy checklist to use to help you make your decision.

Werewolf / Shapeshifter
Pros
· Very handy in a fight.
· Superior senses make locating those missing keys a breeze.
· Can lift heavy furniture with ease, making it a cinch to clean up otherwise inaccessible dust-bunnies and collect long-thought-lost change.

Cons
· Legendary tempers.
· Might attempt to eat you.
· Furry-factor is often contagious. See above points for why this is a problem.

Vampire
Pros
· Protective of perceived property (up to and including of the human variety).
· Often attractive and intelligent.
· Your friends will be jealous if one allows you to hang on his/her arm.
· Immortal. Can share immortality, if so inclined.

Cons
· Protective of perceived property (up to and including of the human variety).
· Wants to drink your blood.
· Some (fatal) allergies; includes sunlight, holy/blessed objects, garlic. Forget Italian food and suntans. More rarely, can be allergic to silver, running water. Strongly susceptible to fire.
· Broody, moody, and occasionally harps upon (and/or brags about) the fact that they are immortal.
· Usually doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

Wizard, Mage or Sorcerer
Pros
· Phenomenal cosmic power.
· Requires neither lighters nor matches to start that perfect summer bonfire. Break out the s’mores!
· Very wise and learned in the arcane arts. An excellent go-to source when Wikipedia doesn’t have enough information on the mating habits of fairies.

Cons
· Knows more than you do, and isn’t afraid to tell you so.
· May resort to forms of hypnotism to make you clean their dirty socks and underwear.
· Occasionally deals with demons or planar beings, resulting in unfortunate and sometimes fatal accidents.

Zombie
Pros
· Tenacious.
· Requires little to no upkeep.

Cons
· Tenacious.
· Wants to eat your brains.
· Depending on age, fragrance may be hard to ignore.

Psychic
Pros
· Will never be caught by surprise.
· Good at predicting the actions of others.

Cons
· Knows exactly what you’re thinking about them. Yes, that.

Angel
Pros
· Has a direct line to The Big Guy Upstairs.
· Achingly beautiful and often gifted with many supernatural talents.
· Will always do the right thing.

Cons
· Has a direct line to The Big Guy Upstairs.
· Distressingly straight-laced.
· Can’t attend poker night.
· Will always do the right thing.

Demon (in human guise
)
Pros
· Has a direct line to The Big Guy Downstairs.
· Deliciously wicked, delightfully charming, and charismatic.
· Great at parties; a social butterfly.
· Smokin’ hot in bed.

Cons
· Doesn’t really look like that.
· Has a direct line to The Big Guy Downstairs.
· Will not hesitate to kill or maim you if you get in his/her way.
· Is most likely using you and/or attempting to steal your soul.

Faerie
Pros
· Lovely, talented, great taste in clothes.
· Good at illusion; excellent to have along at social occasions for party tricks.

Cons
· Will happily trick you into giving up your most prized possession while inadvertently destroying everything you love in the process.

Elemental

Pros
· Can perform various feats of magic based upon nature (earth, fire, water, etc). Very handy for lighting cigarettes when you can’t find your lighter or providing that perfectly chilled glass of water on a hot summer day.
· Power grows exponentially when fed fuel for said element.

Cons
· Does not play well with other elementals.
· Often cannot survive outside of own element.
· Insatiable appetites.
· No regard for property damage or human life.

Unicorn
Pros
· One of the most lovely and coveted of all supernatural creatures.
· Renowned for healing gifts; occasionally has other supernatural powers.

Cons
· If you’re not a virgin, forget it.
· Can’t be tamed.
· Capturing one is about as likely as catching a fart in a windstorm.

There you have it, folks! A handy list to keep with you at all times to help you decide, should it come down to it, how to choose a supernatural BFF!

The Fine Print: This list is not all-inclusive. Some terms and conditions may not apply (see sub-heading under “sparkling vampires” for example).


If you had to choose, which supernatural BFF would you pick?


One commenter will win a copy of Hunted by the Others


Open to International Shipping


Contest Closes Tuesday May 18 Midnight EST


Winners Announced on Wednesday May 19


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Description for Hunted by the Others:

They are the Others—the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…

In a Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not






40 comments:

Sullivan McPig said...
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Sullivan McPig said...

That is a handy list!!
I myself am torn between the Zombie and the Shapeshifter. If the Shapeshifter was a pig I'd go for the Shapeshifter, but otherwise I think a Zombie BBF would be really cool! (Yeah I got a thing for Zombies, I will admit.)

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cait045 said...

I would love a werewolf as a BFF, would be might handy to move in and out of the dormroom.

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SandyG265 said...

If I had to choose one, I'd pick a shapeshifter.

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KMichelleC87 said...

Great contest! I would have to choose the werewolf/shapeshifter becaues the cons were not as bad as some of the others.

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Christa said...

Depending on the applicants in the area, I'd choose either a Shapeshifter or Elemental. : )

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Roxanne Rhoads said...

My supernatural bff would be either a shapeshifter or a vampire, no zombies, no elementals, when I was younger I would have said a unicorn cause I had a thing for them.

I've had a few freinds that might have been faeries (not the gay type, the screw up your world type) so I won't choose one of those. :-)

Great post Jess!

SiNn said...

my BFF would have to be either a shifter or a demon wy because well the whole smoken hot in bed lol and the whole shifter can be rather handy because well they are relaly rather sexy so yeah haven those as my BFFs would totaly well help since i only have male friends lol

Anna Dougherty said...

This was a much tougher decision than I thought it would be. No fairies, demons or zombies- too tricky or creepy. My choices would be a vampire, shapeshifter, or mage- I just couldn't narrow it down any more than that. Choosing a BFF is a big decision:)

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My choice would be vampire! +5 for being a follower tWarner419@aol.com

Estella said...

I would have to go with the vampire for a BFF.

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Jen said...

Hard to choose, but it would either be a vampire or a shapeshifter.

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Ohhh, a vampire all the way!
That way she/he could make me a vampire! its my dream, :)

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Robin K said...

Great post! I think I would choose an Elemental. They have always mystified me.

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Barbara E. said...

I had a hard time choosing between the wizard/mage/sorcerer and the vampire, but I think I have to go with the vampire because I just like them the most.

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joder said...

After much deliberation, I think it would be fun to hang out with a Demon. As you said, they'd be fun at parties and gorgeous to look at and drool over.

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van_pham said...

I would love a shapeshifter or Elemental BFF :D

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Heather (DarklyReading) said...

I think I would chose Shapeshifter or Wizard - very tough choices though! Great list btw!

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Lisa Lane said...

I love your breakdown of creatures--very cool!

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Sherry said...

I would love to have a Werewolf / Shapeshifter as a BFF.

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Karen W. said...

Jess, your book sounds awesome! :)

I would have to choose a vampire as my BFF, but a sorcerer would be really cool too!

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Martha Lawson said...

I'd either go with a werewolf shifter or vampire! I love them both.

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Pam P said...

I'd want the wizard with all that power. Though, I'd hope I'd be able to convince him to conjure up a maid to take care of his dirty underwear, lol.

throuthehaze said...

Either a vampire or a shifter :)

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donnas said...

I think I would go with a shapeshifter. Most similar type and can therefore do all the things a bff should be around to do.

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mbreakfield said...

I would pick shapeshifters, because they are my favorites, and I've always had a way with animals.
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angie said...

I think I would have to go with an angel. That I think would be a safe bet:)
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I would choose a Psychic.
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Marianna said...

Werewolf/shapeshifter for sure...for me anyway.

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AliseOnLife said...

The demon gave me pause. The cons are bad, but think of all the fun!

But, if the shapeshifter were a werewolf or large cat, I'd go with him as my BFF. (Be nice to have someone scare away the first dates that become the never agains)

Otherwise, demon. Yeah.

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Cathy M said...

I would pick a werewolf. He can easily blend into the shadows and always be near.


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EVA SB said...

A Vampire sounds fun except for the possesiveness.
Same for a Demon except that I would really prefer to keep my soul.

I'd probably choose A Physic as I already live with a man who seems to now what I'm thinking most of the time and hopefully with a Physic I wouldn't have to give such a detailed explanation of how to cook a frozen pizza!

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julialynn said...

First off, I am a follower of the blog.
I guess I would say a vamp. it would have to be a HOTT guy vamp and we would be very very close friends and of course he would be in love with me, right. It's my fantasy so I get to pick and I have a thing for vampires!
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Tamsyn said...

My choice would be a mage. Really cool guy to have around.

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Beth said...

Thanks for the great list.
I think I'd like a shapeshifter, especially a bear or dragon.

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Cherry said...

I think out of that list, an angel is the lesser of all evils. To answer your question... angel, it is!

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Jess Haines said...

Look at all these fabulous comments! You guys are great, loving your answers all the way around.

@Sullivan - Nice to see a little zombie love. *g*

@Anna - Tell me about it. I was trying not to play favorites when I threw this together, too. Seemed to turn out okay, it got people thinking!

@Heather - Thanks very much! Been seeing you around at the other giveaways, best of luck to you on this one! I do hope you enjoy the book when you get your hands on it. =)

@Karen W - Aw... *le blush* Thank you!

@Pam P - Tell me about it. Wizards aren't known for their cleaning habits, I'll tell ya that!

@Alise - I like the way you think!

@Eva - You totally made me snort some coffee. Frozen pizza, indeed!

@Julia - Awesome! It's always a pleasure to hear someone's that committed to reading the story. *g*

Thanks so much to everyone for reading and posting! Good luck to all entering the giveaway!

Best,
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YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

Eeesh! That's hard! Shape-shifters cause they can kick some serious a** But, ultimately, I'd have to choose the Elemental. I'm just not that into fur!

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Aik said...

I would choose either a shapeshifter or elemental.

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Joyson said...

Werewolf as a BFF is not bad at all!! :))

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