Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cover Art - "Spider's Bite" by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep has a new urban fantasy series coming out next year beginning with Spider's Bite that is being released January 26, 2010. At least two additional books are planned including Web of Lies (June) and Venom (October). The series is called the Elemental Assassins. In a note from the author she says -
The story focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin known as the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant. The series is very dark, gritty, and Southern, and the world features giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals -- Ice, Stone, Air, and Fire.
The series sounds like fun. Note the special tat on her hand. Jennifer's website is currently down for a redesign but you can find her on Facebook.

"My name is Gin, and I kill people."

My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider — the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

After a ruthless Air elemental double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way. I may look hot in a miniskirt, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble when irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine agrees to help. The last thing a coldhearted killer needs when she's battling a magic more powerful than her own is a sexy distraction ... especially when he wants her dead just as much as the enemy.


  1. Doug,

    This one looks great - another added to my list of must haves. :)


  2. Does they eat the people in the barbque? Sorry, I've been reading too many zombie posts!

  3. I'll have to add this to my wishlist. I enjoyed "Karma Girl".

  4. KB I have got to see how Jennifer works THAT into the story.

    Michelle as soon as I read the blurb (and a little excerpt) I knew I wouldn't be able to pas this one up.

    Rebrebs I think it is meant to be on the lighter side.

    Wendy I like the knife hidden behind the back look. Appropriate for an assassin.

    elnice it wouldn't surprise me, why else make it a BBQ place?

    Christina I have read quite a few positive reviews of the Karma Girl series but haven't had a chance to try them. Glad you liked it.

  5. Uh oh...someone keep Simi away. A BBQ restaurant huh? Sounds interesting. Yet another title to add to my TBR list.

  6. Will hang fire on this until I see what you think of it. :) Especially since I bought 8 books this week and still have to finish Orbus.

  7. I like the sound of this one. Will add it to my ever-lengthening list of books to hunt down when they release.

  8. But wait - where's her tatoooooo?

    Oh there it is, hiding on her handsy. Whew! For a second the world tilted off its axis. :D

  9. Hi, Doug. Thanks for posting this. I appreciate it.

    Rebrebs -- Dark but funny is a good description for the series.

    Elnice -- I get this question a lot. Nope, my assassin just kills people. She doesn't fry them up and serve them at the restaurant. No "Fried Green Tomatoes" stuff going on here.

    Jory -- I saw your book reviewed over on Dear Author recently. I love the concept of your book. It sounds really cool.

  10. The cover is not something breathtaking. I would have loved to see a steak fork to play a bit with her day job, but hey I am not the mind behind them. The story however sounds like a winner. I have long waited for elementals apart from the Weather Warden series.

  11. Jackie we need to have dueling TBR's

    Hagelrat lots of lead time on this and I love getting to review a series from the start. I'll keep you posted. Good luck with your own reviews.

    Jory the mini-excerpt Jennifer shared had me hooked.

    LOL KMont too funny. I am betting that the tattoo is ACTUALLY in the story.

    Hi Jennifer no problem and thanks for stopping by :)

    Harry I too like how Jennifer is using a less common supernatural theme. Should make things interesting seeing what the skills are and how an assassin would employ them.

  12. Southern plus pararnormals -- sounds like my kinda read. Nice find, I'm adding this one to the wishlist. Thanks!

  13. My sentiment exactly. I am all for the exploration of new territories in the paranormal field.

  14. Oh I will have to read this. Like this author.

  15. Donna we'll have to compare notes when you read it.

    Harry UF is creating new sub-genres and styles at a rate almost too fast to keep up with in spite the fact that you still hear of it a "vampire fiction" in the same way that romance is still called "bodice rippers". Not true but hard to dispel the perception.

    Hope you enjoy Janicu. January seems so far away.

  16. Hi Doug

    I always know where to find the new stuff coming out. Right here!!

    This Estep series looks very interesting and I will be watching for it.

    Covers not bad either.

  17. Patricia I think that it was inevitable that Jennifer would try her hand at UF and it looks like she is off to a great start.


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