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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cover Art and Scoop for Venom ( Elemental Assassin, book 3) By Jennifer Estep

I bought and read Spider's Bite a few days back, and LOVED it. I'm so hyped for Wed of Lies on May 25th! My birthday is the 21st, so I'm putting that on my list for sure! lol. :)
I've read that this cover has clues of what will be happening in the story. Jennifer Estep said that Gin will be on board one of those ships, so it fits perfectly!

I really enjoy this cover. Each cover is perfect for the books. It's tough, sexy and cut just right. Most female leads have a cliche cover with the girl and a weapon, but this seems to just look right. They are all great covers. I'm so glad I got into this series.

VENOM - To be released September 28th, 2010 -

For all you Estep Fans, and for those who want to know more: I found this on Jennifer's Blog.
So, here's the scoop!

Ques­tion: What are the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin books about?

Answer: The Ele­men­tal Assas­sin books are set in the fic­tional south­ern metrop­o­lis of Ash­land,

where Ten­nessee, Vir­ginia, and North Car­olina meet in the heart of the Appalachian Moun­tains. The

books focus on Gin Blanco, an assas­sin code­named the Spi­der who runs a bar­be­cue restau­rant

called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an ele­men­tal or per­son who can con­trol one of the

four ele­ments – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to con­trol two ele­ments,

Ice and Stone in her case. Besides ele­men­tals like Gin, Ash­land is also home to giants, dwarves, and


The first book in the series, Spider’s Bite, was released in Feb­ru­ary 2010 by Pocket Books. Web of Lies, the

sec­ond book in the series, will be released in June 2010, with Venom, the third book, to fol­low in

Octo­ber 2010.

Ques­tion: How many books will be in the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin series?

Answer: Right now, I’m con­tracted for five books – Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and books #4 and

#5 (which are unti­tled at this point). These five books will let me fin­ish out the first major story arc

with Gin and her neme­sis and answer a lot of the big ques­tions in the series. Of course, I would like to

write more books in the series beyond these five. But that depends on sales. So if you like my books, please

tell your friends about them.

I also plan to write a free short story to go with each one of the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin books and post

them on the Excerpts page on my Web site. Spider’s Bar­gain, a pre­quel story that takes place before the

events of Spider’s Bite, has been posted already.

You don’t have to read the short sto­ries to enjoy the books, but I thought the sto­ries would be

some­thing fun and extra to offer read­ers – for free!

Ques­tion: Why write about an assas­sin? That doesn’t seem like a very sym­pa­thetic character.

Answer: Ever since I started read­ing epic fan­tasy books in high school, I’ve been intrigued by assas­

sin char­ac­ters and the moral ques­tions that they raise. Do some peo­ple deserve to die? Does killing

some­one for money auto­mat­i­cally make you a bad per­son? Does an assas­sin ever feel guilty about

killing? These are some ideas I wanted to explore, so I cre­ated my own assas­sin Gin Blanco, with her

own moti­va­tions, quirks, pow­ers, and problems.

Assas­sins might not be the most sym­pa­thetic char­ac­ters or the eas­i­est to iden­tify with, but I think

they are some of the most fas­ci­nat­ing. Plus, I wanted to write a really smart, strong, tough female

char­ac­ter, which I think that I’ve done with Gin Blanco.

Ques­tion: What exactly is urban fantasy?

Answer: Urban fan­tasy is a genre that’s really exploded in pop­u­lar­ity in recent years. Urban fan­

tasy books are usu­ally set in a con­tem­po­rary world (one with cars, elec­tric­ity, etc.) that also fea­

tures magic and mag­i­cal crea­tures of some sort. Ele­men­tals, vam­pires, giants, dwarves, demons, elves,

selkies, trolls, witches, wiz­ards – all those and more can be found in urban fan­tasy books.

In urban fan­tasy, the focus is usu­ally one main char­ac­ter, and the story is often told in the first-

person point of view. Read­ers fol­low this one char­ac­ter through her var­i­ous tri­als and tribu­la­

tions. Exam­ples of urban fan­tasy include my Ele­men­tal Assas­sin series, the Dres­den Files by Jim

Butcher and the Hollows/Rachel Mor­gan series by Kim Har­ri­son, among many others.

Ques­tion: Why is the tone of the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin books so much darker and grit­tier than your

Big­time series?

Answer: The Big­time books are basi­cally tongue-in-cheek comic book spoofs. The tone is light, fun,

and campy in keep­ing with the old tele­vi­sion shows like Bat­man with Adam West and Won­der Woman

with Lynda Carter. They’re just fun, breezy reads.

But I wanted to write a dif­fer­ent kind of book with the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin series – a dark, gritty

urban fan­tasy full of magic, power, and dan­ger. My city, Ash­land, is a vio­lent, cor­rupt, south­ern

metrop­o­lis where any­thing can hap­pen, so I wanted to make my hero­ine, Gin Blanco, as strong,

capa­ble, and deadly as she could be. Also, Gin is an assas­sin – she kills peo­ple for money, which neces­

si­tated the darker tone of the books.

But in the end, I think the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin books have a lot in com­mon with my Big­time series.

Both books fea­ture strong, smart, kick-butt hero­ines, cool mag­i­cal pow­ers, awe­some action scenes,

and steamy romance. I think they’re all just fun reads. Every­thing is just a lit­tle darker and grit­tier

in the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin series, includ­ing the humor.

I loved getting the news! So, if you have yet to read Spider's Bite, I'd get on that! It's a series not to miss!


Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

I have not read Book one yet but I am already anticipating Book 2 and 3.

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