Interview and Black Friday Giveaway with Jennifer Estep

It’s Black Friday & we’ve got free books!

We’ve got two copies of the book from the publisher on standby for delivery to the first two, lucky commenters that get this answer right: What is the title of the book Fletcher is reading when he’s killed in the Pork Pit. Later, Gin has it framed and hangs it over the cash register, blood stains and all. Remember?

image001Filled with death-defying feats and sweeping emotions, Estep’s 12th Elemental Assassin contemporary paranormal (after Poison Promise) is one of the strongest to date.”— Publishers Weekly

 “Estep’s outstanding skill and talent have made sure this series remains one of the absolute best in the genre. Utterly gripping!”— RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Hot

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Blurb for Black Widow: Jennifer Estep is back with BLACK WIDOW – out November 25, 2014! Lethal, sexy, and always ready to protect her friends, Gin Blanco (a.k.a. the Spider) takes on the mysterious M.M. Monroe in book twelve of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Let me know if you are interested in featuring.

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bull’s-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, and Black Widow, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit and @Jennifer_Estep.


1. I’ve read that you plot, write, then come back fresh and fix. Have you ever changed the fate of someone in one if those edits? Saved a character you’d previously killed off?

JE: I haven’t saved a character, but some of the characters have surprised me, and some things have worked out differently than how I first imagined and wrote them.

For example, back when I was writing Spider’s Bite, the first book in the series, Gin’s love interest was Detective Donovan Caine. But as I was writing that book, along with Web of Lies, the second book in the series, I realized that Donovan would just never really understand Gin, and that the two of them would never work out. So I introduced a new love interest for her in Owen Grayson.

It’s worked out well. I’ve gotten a lot of nice comments from readers saying that they really like Gin and Owen together as a couple.

So it’s always sort of a process of me discovering what characters and what plot points are going to work best with the overall story that I want to tell.

  1. Do you ever think Gin will do a murder for hire again?

JE: I don’t know. I do have some future story arcs in mind for Gin, so it just depends on where she and the story arcs take me. We’ll see what happens.

3. What trait of Gin’s do you most like, and what do you least like about her? How is she like you?

JE: I would love to be as strong and confident as Gin is. No matter what happens, or how bad a situation gets, she always knows just what to do.

Several folks have told me that they think Gin needs to stand up more for herself when it comes to her friends and family. Sometimes, Gin lets them get away with saying hurtful things to her that they shouldn’t.

Gin is much tougher than me, but we’re alike in small ways in that we both like to read and cook.

4. How will Gin react when Finn gets hurt? It was devastating to see Sophia trapped up in the hills, and to have Owen so hurt by his ex-girlfriend’s death and withdraw. But I think Finn’s story would be devastating to me, written by you.  If there is a Finn story where he’d really in danger like Sophia was, how do you think Gin will react? I can imagine it would bring back memories of Fletcher’s death.

JE: Well, without giving out spoilers, I do have a story arc in mind for Finn. So we’ll see where that might lead me in future books.

In many ways, Finn is Gin’s oldest and closest friend and confidante. I think that if Finn were ever in danger, then Gin would do everything in her power to save him, no matter what the personal cost to herself might be.

5. I have very few authors I go to for quotes I find match my life style and need. You’re one of them, along with an eclectic bunch whose overriding qualities include dark humor, grace under pressure, and never giving in. Who do you turn to yourself to read when you’re in search of comfort, of feeling at home and secure. Which writers set that stage for you…like you do for us?

JE: Thanks! I appreciate that. Glad you are enjoying my books.

I really like fantasy and action books, so that’s what I enjoy reading. One of my favorite books is Beauty by Robin McKinley, which is a lovely retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Some of my other favorite authors are Donald Westlake, Ian Fleming, David Eddings, and Lisa Kleypas, among many others.

6. Also, what are some holiday traditions that you might share with Gin? She loves to cook, do you? Can you share a Gin/Jennifer recipe with us?

JE: I like to bake and make desserts. One of my traditions that I think Gin would do as well is that I usually put my Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving morning while the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on TV. It’s a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and season.

Some recipes borrowed from Jennifer’s website appropriate for the holiday!
Apricot-Glazed Carrots

1 package baby carrots
Apricot preserves, to taste
Brown sugar, to taste

Put carrots into a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, and boil carrots until they are tender (about 5 minutes or so). Drain water off carrots. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup apricot preserves to the carrots, along with 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (depending on your taste preferences and how much glaze you want). Stir preserves, sugar, and carrots together, until the preserves and sugar have dissolved and formed a sweet glaze. Serve immediately.

Note: If you are cooking a large bag of carrots, just add more apricot preserves and brown sugar until you have enough glaze to cover all the carrots, and the glaze is the desired sweetness that you want.

Blackberry Dessert Salad

1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (21-ounce) can blackberry pie filling
1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, softened

Using the mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth. Gently stir in the whipped topping and the blackberry pie filling. Refrigerate until cold and serve. Note: You can use any kind of pie filling you like in this recipe. Cherry works especially well. For a really sweet, fruity salad, use two cans of pie filling instead of just one.

Happy reading and happy holidays, everyone!


Twitter:  (@Jennifer_Estep)


By: Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication Date: November 25, 2014

Mass Market / Price: $7.99 / ISBN: 9781476774541

eBook / ISBN: 9781476773384

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