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Monday, July 1, 2013

Were-Critters of the Other-verse by Jess Haines (blog tour)

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…

This time, she’s here with some friends to tell you about the different types of Were-critters inhabit the world of the Others. Take it away, Shia!


The cast
Shiarra &Sara - humans

Christoph Ashi - werewolves
Royce - vampire

Shiarra: I wish I didn't know as much about this topic as I do.

Christoph: Why? What’s wrong with Weres?

Royce: She has not had the best experiences with your kind, wolf. Tread carefully.

Ashi: I don’t see how that’s our problem.

Shiarra: I’m not trying to make it a problem, I’m just saying. My ex is a werewolf. Leader of the Sunstriker pack. Thanks to him, I got to get a lot more up close and personal with other werewolves than I ever want to be again.

Sara: Don’t forget the nerd brigade.

Shiarra: Oh, yeah. Then there was the Were-crow, Were-bear, and the Were-snake. 

Christoph: Were… snake?

Ashi: Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of a snake-shifter. They’re not common, but they’re not un-common, either.

Sara: Until about ten years ago, we didn’t believe werewolves existed. Cut us a little slack.

Ashi: Whatever.

Sara: I wonder if there are Were-sheep?

Shiarra: I don’t know. Maybe?

Royce: Probably not. Were-creatures tend to be predators of some flavor or another. Most Others are.

Shiarra: Weird. Anyway, Chaz also mentioned there are Were-cats.

Ashi: Yes. They’re annoying.

Christoph: Dude, lighten up.

Ashi: Why? This is boring. These people irritate me, and this topic has nothing to do with me.

Shiarra: Oh, come on. We’re trying to have a reasonable discussion here.

Sara: For once.

Royce: I, for one, find the topic intriguing. Weres have a tendency to stay away from my kind.

Ashi: Because you smell dead.

Christoph: Ashi! What the hell, man? Sorry, Mr. Royce. We can’t take him anywhere.

Royce: His dislike of me is understandable. To be fair, the last Were who tried to oust me from my own territory ended up a smear on an alley wall.

Shiarra: …because nothing says, “Howdy, neighbor!” like making pâté out of their insides. Good lord. No wonder they don’t like you.

Sara: Anyone else ready to run for the hills? Show of hands.

Royce: Ladies, please. It was centuries ago. 

Shiarra: And that makes everything okay… how?

Christoph: Can Ashi and I leave? Today? Right now?

Ashi: I told you he was nothing but a heartless leech, but does anyone listen to me?

Royce: If I were truly that heartless, you two dogs would be dead. You’ll be returning with me, and you’re not going anywhere until you work off your debts.

Sara: Debts? What’d they do?

Christoph: I… uh…

Ashi: The lunkhead attacked the leech. The leech kept one of our pups in payment for the damage. We tried to liberate her, and failed. 

Royce: They destroyed a portion of my building. You have no idea what kind of headache it was to get the construction permits for the repairs.

Shiarra: I’m a little confused. What exactly can a couple of werewolves do for a vampire to work off that kind of debt? I mean, it’s not like you’re lacking in funds here, and I can’t see them being cool with some vamp using them as a convenient juice box.

Christoph: Can we end this interview? Right now?

Ashi: Second that. We’re done.

Royce: They perform in one of my strip clubs a couple of nights a week.

Christoph: Gah! Not cool!

Sara: Wait, really? Stripping werewolves?

Ashi: I don’t want to talk about it.

Shiarra: Hold up there. Stripping? Really? You?

Ashi: It’s not like I had a choice.

Christoph: Honestly, it’s not so bad. Better than the alternative.

Royce: They are lucky I was feeling lenient.

Sara: The mental images I have right now are kind of horrifying. 

Christoph: Hey, at least we look good in ass-less chaps.

Ashi: Is that what those things were called?

Shiarra: Cripes. Stripping werewolves. And here I thought a Were-snake was weird.


Never a dull moment with this crowd. For the next stop on the blog tour, be sure to visit the official 

Forsaken By the Others blog tour calendar 

Thanks again for having me, Sharon, Katie, and the rest of the flock of Sheep!

Just saying...

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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About the author:
Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she's been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Her latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013). Visit her at for the latest news and updates.


  1. I can't wait to read FORSAKEN. "The Others" in the series all appeal to me immensely! As a matter of fact I look forward to reading the whole series. I'm really into paranormals now. Verra cool.....

  2. Great guestpost Jess, thank you! No raptors in your universe?

  3. What is my favorite supernatural beings? Well I like Valkyries but I also like elves and anything celtic. Can I say shape changing dragons?

  4. I'm really into human investigators & werewolves & other critters out there. Bring it on!!

  5. Thank you for taking the time to share with us today guys. Yes it appears that we are being outed - the weresheep, a long kept mystery and secret, has finely been photographed after all these years of lying low and pretending to be sweet little baa-herds. You know what they say truth is stranger than fiction and you never know what we will come up with or where we will show up. Although I do have to admit, I really don't think we will be anywhere near as lovely a sight as Christoph and Ashi in the ass-less chaps ;)