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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Author Event & Contest - Jennifer Estep!

One of my favourite authors is Jennifer Estep. Her Urban Fantasy Elemental Assassin's series is not to be missed and her YA Mythos Academy is also on my must read list.

This week the seventh Elemental Assassin book was released. Widow's Web was a spectacular read and I can't wait for book #8!

Haven't read Widow's Web yet? Well you are in for a treat! Jennifer has sent me an excerpt to tempt you and there is even a chance to win a copy if you read till the end!

Enjoy and make sure you try out this amazing author!



With our war games finished, it was time for me to collect my prize—dinner at Underwood’s.

The next night, Owen and I took his Mercedes Benz over to the restaurant, which was located in a classy older building in the city’s financial district. Owen pulled up to the sidewalk where a crimson awning bore the restaurant’s name, and we got out of the car. While he handed the keys off to a valet, I stood on the sidewalk and reached out with my Stone magic, curious about what I might hear. The brick of the building whispered about money, power, and plots, mixed with lighter notes of dishes and silverware tinkling together. Not unpleasant sounds, but ones that told me just how many dark, deadly schemes had been hatched here over dinner, dessert, and a nice bottle of wine.

Owen took my arm, and we went inside and rode the elevator up to the third and top floor, where the maĆ®tre d’ escorted us to a corner table. Crimson linens covered the table, which had been set with fine white china, delicate wine glasses, and silverware that had a higher polished luster than some diamond rings. Three crimson candles shaped like forks burned in a crystal candelabra in the center of the table. The fork was the restaurant’s rune, representing all the good meals that could be had here, and the symbol was etched into the plates and silverware, as well as being stitched into the linens in crimson thread.

Underwood’s prided itself on its excellent food, service, and luxurious trappings, but what I appreciated most was the view. The brick had been stripped from the walls and replaced with floor-to-ceiling windows, letting diners look out over the Aneirin River, which wound through this part of downtown. The shops and lights along the river made the surface of the water glimmer like a silver ribbon unspooling into the black velvet embrace of the night. In the distance, I could just make out the white gleam of the Delta Queen riverboat casino. From this angle, the riverboat looked lovely, pristine even, but like many things in Ashland, what lurked beneath the pretty, polished surface was a different story.

A waiter took our drink orders—whiskey for Owen and a gin and tonic for me—and handed us each a leather-bound menu. No prices were listed on the creamy white pages. Underwood’s was Ashland’s fanciest and most expensive restaurant, the kind of highfalutin place that charged you an exorbitant amount just for drinking tap water—and even more if you wanted a refill. But Finn was paying tonight, so I had no qualms about ordering whatever I wanted and enjoying every single sip of it.

“Too bad Finn and Bria couldn’t make it,” Owen said.

I snorted. “Please. Finn could have put off his meeting if he’d really wanted to. He just didn’t want to sit through dinner and listen to me gloat about how I’d won our contest and ruined his suit. Can’t say I blame him.”

“Well, then, I suppose you’ll just have to make do with my company tonight,” Owen teased.

I reached over and threaded my fingers through his, enjoying the warmth of his skin against mine. “Oh, I think I can manage.”



Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Widow’s Web, the seventh book, was released on Aug. 21. Visit Jennifer's website for excerpts and more information about her books.


Elemental Assassin Series

#1 - Spider’s Bite
#2 - Web of Lies
#3 - Venom
#4 - Tangled Threads
#5 - Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 - Thread of Death
#6 - By a Thread
#7 - Widow's Web
#8 - Deadly Sting (April 2013) #9 - Untitled (Sept 2013)

The Mythos Academy Series :
#0.5 - First Frost
#1 - Touch of Frost
#1.5 - Halloween Frost (Inside 'Entangled')
#2 - Kiss of Frost
#3 - Dark Frost
#4 - Crimson Frost (Dec 24th)
#5 - Midnight Frost (Aug 2013)


Contest Time!

To celebrate the release of Widow's Web, Jennifer is giving away one print copy of the new release! US/Canada only!

How To Enter

Gin's calling card is her spider rune. What would your calling card be? No Answer = No Entry

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The contest will stay open until 4pm on Sunday 2nd of August (Central European Time) and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.


Unknown said...

A paw print that would be my calling card.

Barbara E. said...

My calling card would be a cat rune - for patience and stealth.
I love this series and I've been waiting for Widow's Web. I'm so glad it's finally here!

SandyG265 said...

A book.

May said...

I think mine would be a dog paw- for loyalty and my own pet!

Love Jen Estep too!

compgeek said...

My calling card would be red rose...Love this series!!!

Victoria said...

My calling card would be a book because you never see me w/o one :).

Anonymous said...

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to say thanks to Amber for hosting me on the blog and for all the nice words about the series. I really appreciate them.

I think my symbol would probably be a book too. If only because I have so many in my TBR pile. LOL.

Diane said...

Mine would be cat's claws because i love kitties big and small.

Pamk said...

Id pick a lion symbol since I'm a true Leo.
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wade2121 said...

A cupcake or a marshmellow tweet.

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

My calling card would probably feature a picture of a book with a lighthouse and a cat on the cover.

debbie said...

My calling card would be a snowflake, because I love winter.

NoraA said...

My calling card would be either a Cleft Note, or a pair of crossed drum stix.

I play piano, guitar, trumpet and drums. I played the drums at a Dixie Land club in Greenwich Village back in the early '70's. The Red Garter.


clynsg said...

My calling card would be knitting needles.

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AEKZ2 said...

My calling card would be a star (that's what my last name means)

Stephanie said...

My calling card would be a milk dud.


Anonymous said...

Hi, again, everyone! I just wanted to say thanks again for all the nice words about the series. I really appreciate them. And I think the calling cards you guys have come up with are really interesting.

Stay_Cee said...

I think mine would be a moon.

justpeachy36 said...

Mine would definitely have a book.


JenM said...

My calling card would be an airplane because I love to travel.

whitewolfreads said...

My calling card would probably be a bunny just because bunnies are cute.

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Cheryl said...

My calling card would be a funky north arrow or an image of a globe (because I'm a cartographer).

Heather said...

My calling card would be a four leaf clover.

CrystalGB said...

A jaguar would be my my calling card. Love Jennifer's books.

Anonymous said...

Hi, again, everyone! I just wanted to say thanks again for all the nice words about the series. Also, if you're interested in the Elemental Assassin series, there are several free short stories on the Excerpts page of my website. Happy reading.

Taylor Z said...

My calling card would be....a half moon

Taylor Z

trichie said...

popscicles. keep them on hand for my nieces and nephews

Pam P said...

Love the series! I'd have a fairy on my calling card, magical and mystical call to me.

hotcha12 said...

mine would be a butterfly,