Hey, hey, hey…great day. We've got an interview with Jenn Windrow to start things off today.
SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.JW: Alexis Black is a vampire who has signed a contract with an angel to hunt and kill at least one supernatural creature every night for 50 years. If she completes the terms of her contract she will become human again. She’s snarky. Doesn’t play well with others. And just wants to do what she has to do to have the life that was stolen from her back.
SC: We know that “doesn’t play well with others bit”. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?JW: Yes. I was raised with a grandmother who believed in spirits and ghosts. My Grandfather wore a hearing aid and months before he died he lost a piece of it. The family looked everywhere for it in the house, but we never found it. The morning after he died, my grandmother came out to the family room and the missing piece was sitting in the middle of the couch. Guess he left it for us.
SC: That’s a nice story you shared about your grandfather.. What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?JW: The third book in my Redeeming Cupid series called Pricked By Thorns. Here’s a short blurb for that…
After losing one man to Cupid’s curse, surf wear model Alicia Garis has decided that being alone is better than being the reason someone else dies. But when she meets the literal man of her dreams, the man she believes is her true soul mate, Alicia must trust her heart, and offer him a poisonous berry. If he turns out to be her true soul mate cupid’s curse will be broken. If not, he will die and her heart will harden towards love forever.I’m also working on the Second book in this series, Evil’s Ultimate Huntress, this blurb is still a mess, but gives you an idea of the story…
Vampire, Alexis Black thought the only enemy she had to conquer and kill was Delano, a vampire out for revenge on the human race, but when she finds out her missing twin brother is the one leading his army, she has to chose between her family, her humanity, and her life.I’m also trying to finish up another Urban Fantasy called Tweaking Talisman, think The Portrait of Dorian Grey meets Breaking Bad set in a traveling freak show.
Drew Glau loses her full ride scholarship to one of the merry-band-of-misfits from the local Freak Show. In a drunken act of desperation, Drew decides to confront the girl, but the leader of the caravan tricks Drew into wishing her soul into a Carnival Caricature. Drew's only chance at reversing the curse and freeing her life force, now trapped in a piece of paper, is to join the caravan and cook Talisman, the mysterious drug that caused her parents death.
SC: Thanks so much for stopping by. Let’s take a look at Evil’s Unlikely Assassin now.
Evil's Unlikely Assassin
An Alexis Black Novel
Release: June 6, 2017
Genre : Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing
Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 80K
Cover Artist: Erica Petlit Designs
Tagline: Sometimes it takes evil to kill evil
Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission - to rejoin the human race.
Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an Angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for fifty years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.
But when a revenge-seeking bloodsucker threatens her city, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there’s a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon to defeat the monsters that threaten her friends and future, Alexis must choose to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.
"Evil's Unlikely Assassin is a promising urban fantasy debut that features all that's great about the genre--action, attitude, and ass-kicking."
-Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling author of The Sabina Kane and Prospero's War series
Tonight’s job had me sitting in a shadowy corner of a dead-end dive watching the unfortunate, the hopeless, and the degenerate. Had I known this is how I’d be spending my one hundred and seventy-third birthday, I would have called in sick.
An aging cocktail waitress hustled to over-serve society’s misfits. An ex-con, a dealer, and an addict pissed their lives away at the far end of the bar. A trio of prostitutes circled the room, their knock-off stiletto’s clicking on the wooden floor. And a single cockroach scurried for cover before being squashed.
How would the humans feel about me, the vampire, hiding in their shadows?
One of the battered bar stools toppled, throwing its occupant to the filthy concrete. The man, in a faded red and black flannel shirt, picked himself up off the floor. Dingy jeans slid down his hips, revealing a pair of boxers far past the expiration date for a wash. He bumped and weaved his way through the crowd, ignoring the spilled drinks and curses he left in his wake, and cut a crooked but determined path right to my table.
He collapsed into the booth next to me, blocking my only chance at escape. “How’s ’bout a drink?”
I wrinkled my nose at what had to be three days’ worth of sweat and grime, raised my bottle and sloshed the liquid from side to side. “Still nursing this one.” I focused on a faded picture of the Blues Brothers nailed to the wall and hoped he’d take the hint. A sharp tap on my shoulder told me this guy was either clueless or didn’t give a shit. My money was on clueless.
“What’s your name, sexy?”
Oh how I wanted to ignore his question, but the last thing I needed was Mr. Drunk and Stupid to cause a scene and blow my cover. “Alexis.”
His grease-coated fingers played “Get the Buggy” up my arm. I slapped them away before they got past my elbow. “How’s ’bout we get to know each other better?” He gave me a lopsided wink and ogled my breasts.
When he looked at me, he saw what every other human did, a twenty-three year old, petite brunette with large, light blue eyes. But if he leaned in close, he would see what lurked below the exterior, something sinister and scary, with sharp fangs and a deadly personality.
About the Author:
Jenn Windrow loves characters that have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you've got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it's-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that's what she claims.
Jenn's Urban Fantasy, EVIL’S UNLIKELY ASSASSIN won the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFandP), “On The Far Side” writing contest in July 2014, top 5 in the RWA Desert Rose, “Realizing the Dream” writing contest, and finaled in the Houston Writers Guild annual writing contest in April 2014. It was also selected as first runner up in Writers Type’s First Chapter Contest in April 2013.
Her Paranormal Romance, STRUCK BY EROS placed first in the RWA’s Golden Pen Contest, third in the Ruby Slippered Sisterhoods Make it Golden contest, and fourth in the West Coast Romance Writers Beacon contest.