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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Character Confessions: The Goliath Pack (Jess Haines & E. Blix) +giveaway

Today one of my favorite urban fantasy authors has brought some characters from her H&W Investigations series. These three weres live with Alec Royce and his vampires. But how did they end up there? What is their story? Jess Haines wrote Silent Cravings to answer those questions! So I will now turn things over to Jess...

By Jess Haines & E. Blix

Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the H&W Investigations series—urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade…

For this stop on the blog tour, my co-author from my most recent release, a co-written paranormal romance novel called SILENT CRAVINGS, has loaned me a hand and her characters for the day. SILENT CRAVINGS is a spinoff of the H&W Investigations series. One thing I haven’t really discussed anywhere about this book is that my co-author’s characters originated in Los Angeles, which means Shiarra gets to meet some of the pack members of the werewolves staying as “guests” with Alec Royce and his coven of vampires in New York.

All three Weres wound up stuck in New York: Analie because of a debt, and Christoph and Ashi because they got in over their heads. Now Christoph and Ashi have magic collars that prevent them from shifting, but they’ll get no help from Analie to escape. And here they are to tell you what they think of other Others…

Question: How well do you, as werewolves, get along with other things that go bump in the night?

Analie: Like...grues?

Christoph: I think she means other Others.

Ashi: What the f*** is a grue? ...wait, did I just get bleeped?

Christoph: I dunno, ask her. I was thinking we were supposed to talk about the vampires. You know, since we’re stuck with them. Or maybe the other werewolf packs. Those local guys, the Sunstrikers, are real pricks.

Analie: There’s a lot of complex inter-pack relations, but that’s a little boring to get into in an interview.

Christoph: Goliaths don’t get along with vampires, though the three of us are obviously pioneers in Goliath-vampire dealings. Well, maybe not Ashi.

Ashi: F***. S***. They’re bleeping me!

Analie: Goliaths don’t have dealings with magic-users, but we don’t have any animosity toward them. They’re just creepy.

Ashi: Christoph, swear.

Christoph: Fuck.

Ashi: What the f***?

Analie: Guys! The interview?

Christoph: Oh, right. Well, for the most part other shapeshifters don’t bother us. You know, animal shapeshifters. They tend to avoid us because werewolves are naturally aggressive.

Analie: There are special shapeshifters, too. Ones that can shift into any animal, ones that can shift into shadows, change their sex, the list goes on.

Ashi: And skinwalkers.

Christoph and Analie: We don’t talk about those.

Ashi: What? They’re just people-shifters.

Christoph and Analie: We don’t talk about those.

Ashi: Christ, you’re wusses.

Analie: They’re the opposite of traditional shapeshifters, which are magical beasts that can take human form. They’re all sentient, but not really...sapient. They don’t think like a human. There aren’t many of them, but they’re out there. Some coyotes can do it, but those are really the only ones you see around California.
Ashi: There are a few kinds in Japan that do it and they’re all d**** to humans. Foxes, badgers and tanuki.

Analie: What’s a tanuki?

Ashi: It’s like a magical raccoon dog.

Analie: A

Ashi: It’s like a raccoon. They look—sort of—the same. Tanuki are the magic version of those. They have giant, shape-shifting balls.

Analie: What?

Christoph: You’re just making this up to get out of the interview.

Ashi: Wikipedia the damn thing, then. It’s a magical raccoon-dog with giant, shape-shifting balls. And they turn into people on occasion.

Christoph: Their balls turn into people?!

Ashi: Wh—no! No, you moron, the tanuki turn into people.

Analie: I’m afraid to ask, but do they still have giant balls?

Ashi: No, they have normal-sized b—

Christoph: That’s awfully arbitrary.

Ashi: What the hell is wrong with you people?

Analie: Hey, you’re the one with magic-balled raccoons.

Ashi: It’s the Japanese! I’m not even Japanese! Blame them!

Christoph: Wait, the Japanese have giant—



...umm. Well, Analie, Christoph and Ashi may not always get along, but they’ll always be Goliaths! You’ll get a glimpse of them in FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS, but be sure to pick up a copy of SILENT CRAVINGS if you want the full story behind how they became permanent “guests” in Royce’s household.

Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Sharon, Katie, and the rest of Team Sheep!

The Goliath werewolves, a California pack hoping to expand into new territories, made an extreme error in judgment when choosing Christoph to be their representative for negotiations in New York. After two fights in the open with another supernatural, Christoph orders a lower-ranking teenaged Were to take the downfall for his mistakes by serving in his place under vampire Alec Royce’s watchful eye.

When Christoph and another packmate try to save the girl from Royce’s clutches—never mind the inevitable war they’d start in the process—the two are outcast from their pack. The vampire once again demands servitude as recompense, and they soon find themselves magically “neutered” by enchanted leather fetish collars so they can’t hurt themselves or anyone else in the vampire’s entourage. Hey, the collars were all Royce had handy at the time.

Just when Christoph thought it couldn’t get any worse, a mute vampire named Mouse decides to claim him, taking him for her own. She has her own set of problems, what with being mentally damaged by her sire, Max Carlyle, who delighted in enforcing her monstrous nature. She hungers for Christoph, but can’t stand to see someone victimized or—even worse—afraid of her.

Christoph is taught the greater lesson of what it really means to follow the Goliath Code of Honor and Mouse narrowly avoids a nervous breakdown in the process of accepting her own predatory nature. The two must learn how to live together (and deal with his new accessory)—without driving Royce and the rest of his household crazy in the process.

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The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

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Jess Haines, author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, is a displaced New Yorker who writes about vampires, werewolves, and other bitey creatures of the night from her home in Southern California. She's best known for the H&W Investigations series

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You can check out our interview with Jess Haines here

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  1. thanks for the nice post! Hmmm great question... I love them all, but maybe I would choose the ones we don't find a lot in books, like necromancers or ZOmbies. Yes zombies are really fun!

  2. Great interview. Very funny! I love paranormal and right now I am enjoying shifters.

  3. Great post! I have always been a sucker for vampires (oh wow, I did not mean that pun >.<) and wolf shifters BUT I like most anything paranormal.


  4. Great post! Right now I am really enjoying shifters.

  5. Vampires!!!!! I love this series and can't wait to read this one.

  6. I have to choose just one? I don't think I can do that. Each and every type has something specific about them that I love. I am more keen to watch a movie about a vampire or werewolf, but only because they're more commonly made.

  7. Hmmm, I think I'd pick Shifters. Vampires creep me out.

  8. I love them all but if I could be anything it would be a valkyrie.

  9. Wow, this really sounds like a fun series. I love all the different characters that she has mentioned in her interview.

    The interview was really funny. I look forward to reading Jess Haines series. To answer the question for the blog comment. I do love my Vamps, with the Were's running closely behind.

    Teresa K.
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  10. werewolves

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. I prefer shifters ( werewolves yes but not only)

    thank you a lot for doing something for international too!!!

  12. Thanks for the fun post! I honestly don't have a fav... love them all :)


  14. I am a vamp tramp all the way. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. I love them all, but vampires are at the top of the list. :D

  16. I think my favorite type of supernatural is the fae.

  17. Interesting post! My favorite supernatural being is the vampire. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  18. Great post! I like most all the supernatural beings in books.
    Thanks :)
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  19. I think it would be shifters, but I like most of them.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  21. I love vampire romance :)

  22. I love them ALL!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  23. Vampires are my favorite!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  24. I haven't read any of this series. It sounds...interesting. :-) I like weres and other shifters best.

  25. I haven't read any of this series. It sounds...interesting. :-) I like weres and other shifters best.

  26. Love shifters! Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I love shifters.

  28. I like vampires because you can't tell they're not human right away.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I really enjoy them all - I am not going to pick a favorite as they each bring something awesome to the world and make me smile. I love them funny, tall, short, snarky, sizzling, and mean - bring them on the more the merrier! Lets get the party started ;=D

  30. My favorite is Vampires and witches, Fae and on and on!! But I also love them all! It's hard to choose just one because there are so many creatures. Thanks for this amazing and very generous giveaway!

    1. Jeez I am the biggest dork! I am so sorry but I accidentally clicked enter on the INL giveaway. Could you fix that for me? I feel so bad! thank you and I'm so sorry again!!

  31. Thanks for this fun guestpost, I am so looking forward to reading the new book!
    I love books with multiple kinds of paranormal creatures, especially the more obscure ones.

  32. Wizards jjsvdsr1(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. Out of that list? Werewolves. (:

  34. I would have to say vampires are my favorite, although I love to read about anything supernatural! Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Bonnie Hilligoss -

  35. My favorite is vamps, but than I also love a hairy man (wares). But its really had to pick because I love all para's and anything to do with supernatural or bumps in the night