Thursday, November 15, 2012

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is one of the busiest authors I know who not only writes a very popular Urban Fantasy series, but also self publishes and also writes Young Adult. Here are three of her latest projects, one that's published, the other two to come:

Nightingale (Bigtime #4) is out now and costs $3.99. If you're a fan of Jennifer's Bigtime books, you'll want to read one. The story and characters are engaging, although a bit unrealistic at times, but then again it's about superheroes and super villains.

Synopsis: Anxious brides. Drunken businessmen. Panicked partygoers. As Bigtime, New York’s premiere event planner, Abby Appleby is capable of handling almost any crisis, but even she’s not prepared when she finds herself in the middle of a fight between superhero Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit. Abby manages to save Talon, but the superhero is temporarily blinded, so she takes him back to her loft, where the two wait out a snowstorm. During a blizzard that shuts down the city, Abby and Talon grow close, and he starts calling her Nightingale because of her love of music and singing.

But Abby is afraid of what Talon will think when he can see the real her, so she conceals her identity from the sexy superhero, and they go their separate ways. However, Abby discovers that Talon is looking for Nightingale, looking for her—and so is Bandit. The mercenary ubervillain thinks that Abby has information that belongs to his boss, the mysterious Tycoon. Abby knows that she’s in serious trouble and that not even Talon—or the Fearless Five—may be able to save her …

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4) (Kensington Teen, December 24th). I was first wary at hearing Jennifer was going to write Young Adult, but her Mythos Academy series is also very engaging. Gwen the main protagonist is no weeping violet, too stupid to live heroine, and her love interest, Logan is a worthy partner. Although he's the school's man ho, which again is something I'm not too keen on in Young Adult books in general. But I really like what Jennifer has done with Logan, who underneath it all is a pretty nice guy.

Synopsis: I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…


Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8) (Pocket, March 26th). Gin must be one of the most kiss arse heroines I've ever read in an Urban Fantasy. Plus I love me some BBQ and there's always mentions of if that makes me drool. I love Gin's insight and the way she handles the villains who try to snuff her. Also her relationship with Hottie McHottie, rich businessman Owen is pretty darn sexy. I must admit though, the series is waning for me because the big climax the series is based on ended a few book ago, but again I love these characters and I'm invested in seeing how they're living their lives constantly surrounded by the threat of danger.

Synopsis: Red 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’ 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.



JenB said...

Ooh, I didn't realize Nightingale was finally out. Yay! LOVED that book.