Tangled Threads: Giveaway & Chat with Jennifer Estep

This giveaway is closed. The winners are mbreakfield, Allison, Kristen, Lexie & Heather.

 If you’ve never read the Elemental Assassin series, you are definitely missing out. This is a fun, fast moving Urban Fantasy series, featuring a female assassin, who can command both ice and stone magic.  The latest installment of Gin Blanco’s adventures, Tangled Threads, is just days away from release.  (If you want to want to read my review, click here.)  To celebrate, the mastermind behind Gin’s story, Jennifer Estep, is here to answer some of my burning questions about the series:

Jen: One of the things I really love about these books is that they are Urban Fantasy but not the same old vampire and werewolf fare. Explain the world of the elementals and where you got the idea for it.

Jennifer: Basically, in the Elemental Assassin series, there are humans, vampires, giants, dwarves, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Some folks can also use related areas to the four main elements, like electricity is an offshoot of Air and metal is an offshoot of Stone. Anyone can be an elemental – humans, vampires, giants, and dwarves. My heroine, Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, has a very rare talent in that she can use not one but two elements – Ice and Stone in her case.

I just thought it would be cool to use elemental magic. I thought that using that sort of magic system would let me come with some interesting powers for Gin and the bad guys that she faces. For example, Gin can use her Ice magic to make knives, lockpicks, and more, while her Stone power lets her make her own skin as hard as marble. And the bad guys have everything from Fire magic to electrical powers.

Jen: Donovan Caine was Gin’s initial love interest in the early books. Did you ever intend for him to get over his issues with Gin or was their relationship doomed from the start?

Jennifer: At first, I intended for Donovan to be Gin’s love interest throughout the series. But after writing Spider’s Bite, the first book in the series, I realized that they were going to have the same argument in every book about her being an assassin. Donovan is such a straight arrow that I really couldn’t let him come around to Gin’s way of thinking without really weakening his character. So I decided to have Donovan leave Gin at the end of Web of Lies, the second book in the series.

I’m glad I made the change. Having Donovan walk out on Gin made for some great drama – and so did bringing in Owen Grayson, the sexy businessman who is Gin’s new love interest. So far, most folks seem to be on Team Owen, which is really satisfying to me. 😉

Jen: Will we ever see Donovan again? Does he feel the pins I stick into his voo-doo doll?

Jennifer: Heh. That’s funny. A lot of folks seem to not like Donovan after what he did to Gin. I’m thinking about bringing Donovan back at some point, if only so Gin can get some closure about their relationship. Donovan walked away from Gin, and she didn’t like that very much. Plus, I think I could write some interesting scenes with Gin, Donovan, and Owen. We’ll see what happens.

Jen: Do you intend to ever tell Sophia’s backstory?

Jennifer:  Readers will learn more about Sophia in Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book in the series, including why her voice is so broken and raspy. If the series goes long enough, I’d like to do a book that really delves into Sophia’s background – including the bad guys who hurt her.

Also, there’s a free short story on the Excerpts page of my website called “Tangled Dreams” that has some scenes from Sophia’s point of view. Here’s the link to read it and the other stories I’ve written for the series: http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/

Jen: Will Spider’s Revenge be Gin’s last book?

Jennifer: Actually, I’m working on book six right now, which I’m jokingly referring to as “Gin on vacation.” Gin decides to get out of Ashland for a while, but trouble manages to find her no matter where she goes … Such is the life of an assassin. LOL.

A big thanks to Jennifer Estep for stopping by and for joining me (and some of my other blogging friends) for chat earlier this week.  You can hear her join us about 10 minutes into the chat. If you’re interested, check it out:

So, are you sold on the series yet?  If not, I’ve got something to sweeten the deal! I’m giving away 5 copies of Tangled Threads!  The contest is open to all followers of Red Hot Books in the US and Canada.  To enter, just make sure you’re following with Google Friend Connect, then leave me a comment, telling me what your favorite Urban Fantasy series is!  The contest will run through the weekend and I’ll announce the winners Sunday night.


  1. The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost.


  2. Ohh This is great!! I would have to agree with Rie The Night Huntress series is amazing. I also love The Georgia Kincaid series by Richelle Mead amazing Great giveaway thanks soo much!


  3. Great interview. My favorite UF series would be either Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series or Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    aharel4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Great interview Jen! I’ll have to check out this series, I haven’t heard of it before.

  5. Rie — I like the Night Huntress series a lot too. Bones is such a great hero.

    Kristen — I keep meaning to try Mead’s various series.

    Ahz — I need to read more of Armstrong’s Otherworld books. I liked the book she did about the female assassin (although that one wasn’t a fantasy book).

    Sarah — Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

  6. Hey, awesome contest here, and love the interview! This series is on my TBR list and has been for awhile. Let’s see, it is so hard to pick a fav urban fantasy series, I really like the Kate Daniels series, but I’m currently reading Jaz Parks by Jennifer Rardin, and I love it as well….

  7. Elemental Assassin of course! I have her Big Time series as well just have not read it yet.

  8. Heather — It’s a great time to be a fantasy fan isn’t it? It seems like there’s a great new book out every month.

    Debbie — Cool. I hope you enjoy the Bigtime books as well.

  9. My number one would be the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs been reading her books for a long time 🙂 Elemental Asassins and the Chicagoland Vampire series are right up there on my list!

    GFC: follower Kristen- Seeing Night

  10. Fabulous giveaway, Jen! & just in time since I was about to start this series in a week or so! 😀

    As for favorite UF, I’d have to say the Fever series by KMM or the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost! 🙂

    brilliant dot love at hotmail dot com

  11. Team Owen all the way! Anyways, as for my favorite UF, besides Elemental Asassin, would probably be Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and October Daye series by Seanan Mcguire.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite UF series are The Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead and the Mercy Thompson series. I need to catch up on my Elemental Assassin books I’ve only read the first one and it was really good!

    elainareads AT aol DOT com

  13. The Dark-Hunter series is my favorite! tWarner419@aol.com

  14. Kristen — I keep meaning to try the Chicagoland series …

    Allison — Cool. I hope you enjoy the books.

    Kristy — Everyone seems to be on Team Owen, including me. 😉

    Ereader — Cool. I hope you enjoy the other books.

    Tetewa — I like that series a lot too.

  15. Great giveaway!

    My favorite is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Awesome giveaway and great series. I’m a big fan.

    As for FAVORITE UF series…I’m afraid if I mention just one the others will get jealous!

    Ah, well. My favorite completed UF series is KMM’s Fever series. My favorite active one is Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series…and DD Barant’s The Bloodhound Files…and Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series…and of course Jennifer Estep – can’t get enough of Gin…then there’s Jeanine Frost’s Night Huntress series…and Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts…and Seanan McGuire’s October Daye…then there’s Chloe Neill…her Chicagoland Vamps series rocks…and so does Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian series…and Carrie Vaugh’s Kitty…Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane…Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi…

    And that’s just the fav UF series, but Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series always gets left out of that, as it’s more fantasy, but it is also very good…

    Uh…yeah…I’m addicted. I’ve heard admitting it is the first step.

  17. Mariee — That’s another series that I need to get caught up on …

    Tracy — That’s a great list of authors to be included in. 😉 I think it’s a great time to be a fantasy fan because there are so many cool books out there. I wish I had more time to read them all.

  18. My favorite Urban fantasy series are:
    -Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews
    -OF COURSE Jennifer Esteps!!
    -Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay
    -Soul screamer and Shifter series by Rachel Vincent
    -October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
    – Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells
    There are more, but these are just a few of my favorites:)

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!!!


  19. Elemental Assassin is one of my favorite urban fantasy series (I’ve read the first three and can’t wait for Tangled Threads!). Some of my other favorite urban fantasy series are: Kate Daniels (by Ilona Andrews), Fever (Karen Marie Moning), Guild Hunter (Nalini Singh), Chicagoland Vampires (Chloe Neill), and anything by Richelle Mead.

    GFC follower


  20. Van — I keep meaning to try Rachel Vincent and Jaye Wells’ books …

    Amy — Thanks! I appreciate the nice words about the books.

  21. Definitely Mercy Thompson series!! 🙂

    Your chat with Jennifer was hilarious, I had so much fun reading it! 🙂 Please count me in for the giveaway!


  22. Great interview. Love reading paranormal/urban fantasy stories, my current favorite series is Vampire Mistress by Joey W Hill.


    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  23. OMG Jen I’ve been hearing a lot about this set of books lately! They look really good! I have to say that my fav UF series is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Then of course there is Richelle Mead’s stuff…

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  24. I want to say the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning but not sure if that’s UF so I also pick Jeanienne Frost’s Night Huntress Series…bones =) Thanks for the chance to win. Have a Happy Easter.
    GFC follow as Tanyaw1224

  25. Evie — Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the interview.

    Cathy — Thanks! Joey Hill is one of the many authors on my list to try …

    Meggerfly — Cool. Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Tanya — I think everyone likes Bones. He’s just too cool. LOL.

  26. My favorite UF series is Nalini Singh’s Angel series.

  27. There are so many great series out there. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance, Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, Dirk & Steele series by Marjorie M Liu, the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill, etc. How does one pick which series to start first?

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  28. lord there are many,
    Jennifer Estep
    Karen Chance
    Patricia Briggs
    Ilona Andrews
    Nalini Singh
    Kresley cole
    Probably more that i am forgetting but those are some of my favs right now.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  29. It is hard to pick, but I’d say Night Huntress is my favorite series.
    eagjolly at gmail dot com

  30. I have many UF series that I love but if I had to limit myself to just one I would say the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong.

    I follow via GFC.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  31. Night Huntress is my favorite series.

  32. Unless I know I can a hold on all the books, I tend to stay away from reading part of a series to keep myself from getting too addicted! haha. My library has a tendency of carrying only on or two of them and skips in between. 🙁 So, I don’t really have a favorite.

    Tangled Threads looks awesome! Great interview!


  33. I’ve got a tie for favorite urban fantasy series between Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews.

    Not sure if this giveaway is still open but I’d love to be entered if it is 🙂 Either way, now you get to know my favorite two UF series! (I’m a GFC follower under Kaity Gatchell)


  34. I’m sorry I didn’t post the winner on this last night! (I was out of town for the holiday. Heading over to random.org to select the winners. –Kaity, you’ll be entered too. Be right back with the winning names.)

  35. OK! The winners are: mbreakfield, Allison, Kristen, Lexie & Heather (booksavvybabe.) Emails are heading your way. Thanks to everyone who entered & to Jennifer Estep for checking in with us throughout the contest.

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