Monday, May 28, 2012

An Urban Tuesday with Jennifer Estep


First, a huge Thank You to all that shared yesterday's A Duchess post! It was so great to see so many love the snippet I shared from Lara Adrian's historical romance. Great fun indeed!

For today's snippet reading I've picked from Jennifer Estep's Tangled Threads, An Elemental Assassin book. I've not had a chance to read this series but I've heard many good things about it that make me wish I could break away and dive right in. I've a plan though that if played right will lead me right to this series by August. ECK! that seems like a long time off to my inner book worm but at least I have a road map for my To-Be-read pile. :) A bookaholic shouldn't be without one!

Okay let's get started! I'm going to switch my format up a bit and start sharing the book deets first then move on into the snippet. A few readers have shared with me that they'd much prefer the book blurb then the snippet so that's what we'll do. :)

Tangled Threads
Jennifer Estep
Elemental Assassin Series
Book four

Available at
Amazon | B&N

Back of the Book

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.
But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .

Snippet Reading

   “Fuck.” I let out a soft curse. 
   “What are you—” Finn’s eyes narrowed. “Wait a minute. Is that who I think it is?” 
   I nodded. “That would be her. LaFleur.” 
   Finn let out his own curse. 
   Roslyn looked back and forth between the two of us. “LaFleur? As in the assassin that you guys think Mab hired to come to Ashland and kill Gin?” 
   “The one and the same,” Finn murmured, his green gaze on the other woman. “And she’s talking to Vinnie.” 
   The three of us stared at them. LaFleur crooked her finger at Vinnie, who swallowed before moving forward. LaFleur leaned across the Ice bar a little more and whispered something into his ear. Whatever she said, it wasn’t good, because Vinnie’s blue-white Ice magic leaked out of his eyes once more. LaFleur was breaking his concentration with her words. 
   I tensed, my thumb tracing over the hilt of the silverstone knife that I’d palmed under the booth table. I wondered if the other assassin was going to kill Vinnie right here, right now, in the middle of the nightclub since no one had shown up for her staged meeting last night. Because the Spider hadn’t made an appearance like LaFleur had wanted me to. She could easily kill Vinnie. One blast of the assassin’s electrical elemental magic would be enough to cut through any Icy defense that the bartender might be able to muster. 
   That’s how elementals fought—by flinging their raw power, their raw magic, at each other. By measuring their strength against each other. Dueling each other, until one person weakened, and the other’s magic washed over the loser and killed her. Suffocated by Air, burned by Fire, frozen by Ice, encased in Stone. The end result for the weaker elemental was never a good one, and death by elemental magic was never pretty, easy, or painless. 
   But instead of forming a ball of green lightning in her hand and shoving it into Vinnie’s face, LaFleur did a most curious thing. She patted the Ice elemental on the cheek, gave him a sly wink and a sexy smirk, then turned and disappeared into the crowd. 
   Leaving him alone and unharmed. 
   Vinnie blinked, then sagged against the bar as though his body were made out of water and he were melting all over the place. He stayed like that for about thirty seconds, before a waitress stepped up in the spot where LaFleur had been and slid her empty tray over to him. The waitress said something, probably telling him about her latest order. Vinnie shook his head, then picked up his martini shaker once more. But the blue-white magic flickering in his eyes was weak, dim, and faint. Whatever LaFleur had said to him, it had utterly demoralized the Ice elemental.   
   Since Vinnie wasn’t going anywhere, I tracked LaFleur’s movements through the crowd. To my surprise, the assassin headed toward the front door. Leaving. She was actually leaving. It was too good an opportunity to pass up. I wanted to see where she was off to in such a hurry. 
   “Watch Vinnie,” I told Finn, slipping out of the booth. “Call me on my cell phone if he makes a move to leave. I want to see if LaFleur’s here with anyone.” 
   “Gin?” Finn said. 
   I looked at him. 
   “Be careful.” Concern filled his face, and I knew he was thinking about LaFleur’s magic. What we’d seen her do with it last night and what she might do to me tonight. 
   I flashed him a grin. “Don’t worry about me. I always come back, Finn.” 
   I just hoped this time it wouldn’t be in a pine box.

Keep up with Jennifer by visiting her site at www.JenniferEstep.com
Your turn! What do you think of the author's writing style and of the series if you've read it? I think she is brilliant at writing first person, making the action snap and pop. She allows the surrounding to play in as well as the secondary characters while staying in one point of view. That's not as easy as it seems, believe me. :) 

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