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Mon
Jun 8 2015 1:45pm

Come to the Dark Side...Or Not: Two Sides of the Comic Coin with Arrow, The Flash, and More!

Fandemic by Jennifer Estep

Today we're thrilled to be joined by Jennifer Estep on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jennifer's latest release in her Bigtime series, Fandemic, came out on June 2. Fandemic focuses on superheroes and supervillains in Bigtime, New York, and specifically a superfan who has to come to their rescue. Jennifer is here today to talk about some superheroes we're familiar with and to let us know that even though with great power comes great responsibility, it can also come with a lot of fun. Thanks, Jennifer!

Note: This post contains spoilers for the shows Arrow and The Flash. If you haven't watched the season finale's of either show, we suggest you a) go do that right now—for the Cliff Note's version, we have a recap of the Arrow finale, here!, and b) read with caution. You've been warned!

I’ve always loved superheroes.

As a kid, I remember watching reruns of the old Batman show with Adam West and Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter. I loved how bright and colorful and just plain goofy and fun those shows were. I loved the action and adventure and how the heroes always triumphed over the villains.

I still love all those things about superheroes, but these days, I also love the relationships—the romantic entanglements, the friendships, the mentorships, even the rivalries between the heroes and villains.

[Romantic relationships can make superheroes more amazing...]

Fri
May 29 2015 12:00pm
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Fandemic: Exclusive Excerpt

Fandemic by Jennifer Estep

Piper Perez has always wanted to be a super­hero. Always wanted to wear a cool costume, have amazing abilities, and save the day. There’s just one problem—Piper doesn’t have any superpowers.

So she focuses on other things. Facts, figures, memorabilia. Piper knows and collects it all, about both the superheroes and the ubervillains who roam the streets of Bigtime, N.Y. Piper’s friends jokingly call her a fandemic—someone who is a superfan of all things superhero. The nickname is truer than anyone knows, especially since Piper can’t stop thinking about Swifte, the speedy hero who broke her heart months ago.

But someone has been killing off Bigtime’s heroes and villains. When one of Piper’s friends is murdered, she vows to do whatever she can to help bring the killer to justice, superpowers or not. All the clues and information she gathers lead her to believe that Swifte is the killer’s next target. Piper has always wanted to be a hero, and now she’ll have to use all of her fandemic knowledge to save the man she loves—or die trying….

Get a sneak peek at  Jennifer Estep's Fandemic (available June 2, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A violent wind swept through the auditorium, hard enough to make my black hair fly around my face. The wind gusted again and again, sending all the comic books on the vendors’ tables swirling up into the air, rattling the pink candy conversation hearts in their glass dishes, and making the candy heart balloons attached to the bar whip back and forth like they were caught in the middle of a tornado. It was a tornado, all right—a superhero-fueled one.

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Thu
Mar 7 2013 1:00pm
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Deadly Sting: Exclusive Excerpt

Deadly Sting by Jennifer EstepRed is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

Get a sneak peek of Jennifer Estep's Deadly Sting (available March 26, 2013) with an excerpt of a selected scene.
 

I leaned forward, until my nose was almost pressed against the glass, and studied every single millimeter of the runes. The pendants weren’t polished to a high gloss like everything else on view was. Rather, the chains they hung on were blackened, and what looked like streaks of soot and bits of ash clung to the surface of the Silverstone runes, as though they’d once been in a fire and had never been properly cleaned.

They’d been in fire, all right—Mab’s murderous elemental blaze.

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Fri
Mar 2 2012 12:00pm

Get Out of Town!: Author Jennifer Estep Talks Vacation Movies

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the StoneToday, we’ve asked author Jennifer Estep to stop by to talk fabulous getaways. Her latest book, By a Thread, is out this week. Thanks, Jennifer!

In By a Thread, the sixth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, my heroine Gin Blanco decides to go on vacation to try to forget about her worries for a few days. That doesn’t work out so well for Gin, though, and her vacation ends up being filled with danger. So in honor of Gin’s trip, I thought I would talk about some of my favorite movies where the characters get out of town for vacation, work, or something else entirely.

Romancing the Stone

When romance writer Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) goes to Colombia to find and rescue her kidnapped sister, she sees plenty of new sights and has lots of adventures, just like the ones she writes about in her books. Along the way, she also meets her true love, Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). Who wouldn’t want to take a trip like that?

[When did you say the next flight out is?...]

Mon
Feb 27 2012 1:00pm
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By a Thread: New Excerpt

By a Thread by Jennifer Estep

When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation.

Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis Mab Monroe a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco. So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun. But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. Complicating matters further is the reappearance of Detective Donovan Caine, my old lover. But Donovan is the least of my problems. Because this time, the danger is hot on my trail, and not even my elemental Ice and Stone magic may be enough to save me from getting buried in the sand—permanently.

Get a sneak peek of By a Thread by Jennifer Estep (available February 28, 2012) with an excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

“You need a vacation.”

I looked up from the tomato I was slicing and stared across the counter at Finnegan Lane, my foster brother and partner in so many murderous schemes over the years.

“Vacation? I hardly ever take vacations,” I said. “I have a barbecue restaurant to run, in case you’ve forgotten.”

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