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Paperback Proust and Giveaway: Tangled Threads Bog Tour with Jennifer Estep

Submitted by on April 22, 2011 – 7:00 am40 Comments

Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the ele ments of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fic tional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.


What is your current state of mind?
JE: Busy. Every time I turn around, it seems like there’s something else that I need to take care of.

What is your favorite occupation (way of spending time)?
JE: It’s a tie between reading and watching TV/movies. I’m a sucker for all forms of entertainment. LOL.

Which living person do you most admire?
JE: My mom. She’s the strongest person I know.

Who is your favorite fictional hero? Heroine?
JE: James Bond is my favorite hero. There’s something just so cool about Bond, who’s the ultimate spy. For heroine, I’ll say Beauty from the book Beauty by Robin McKinley because she manages to be strong in a very difficult situation.

Who are your real-life heroes?
JE: My mom and my grandma, who are the epitome of strong, Southern women.

What is your most treasured possession?
JE: When my first book, Karma Girl, was released, my significant other had a silver pendant shaped like a book made for me. That’s definitely one of my most treasured possessions.

What is your most obvious characteristic?
JE: My determination. I’m definitely an anal-retentive, overachiever type. LOL.

What is your greatest extravagance?
JE: It’s a tie between food and books. I love dark chocolate, strawberry cheesecake ice cream, and going to the bookstore and buying a book that I’ve been dying to read – even though I already have ten books to read in my TBR pile at home. ;-)

What is your favorite journey?
JE: Coming home after being away. There’s no place like home – and nothing better than getting to sleep in my own bed.

On what occasion do you lie?
JE: To save someone’s feelings from being hurt or to make things a little easier on myself.

What is your greatest fear?
JE: To have regrets about roads not taken.

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
JE: Really, like, totally, cool … sometimes, I sound like a total valley girl. ;-)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
JE: Getting published. I wrote seven books over the course of about seven years and racked up hundreds and hundreds of rejections before I sold. But I kept writing and submitting, and it finally happened for me. The whole experience definitely taught me to go after what I want and to never give up.

Where would you like to live?
JE: I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, so I’ll say there, although I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t take that much cold and snow year in and year out. LOL. Basically, anywhere with mountains, fall colors, and beautiful views.

What is the quality you most admire in a man? In a woman?
JE: A sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself.

What do you value most in your friends?
JE: A sense of humor, being on time, honesty, and keeping the promises they make.

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
JE: Hmm. Hopefully, my karma would be good enough that I wouldn’t come back as a bug! I’ll say a wolf since wolves are some of my favorite animals. Although, really, I’d probably end up as a shy little bunny rabbit instead of a big, bad wolf.

Who has been the greatest influence on you?
JE: My mom. When I was a kid, she used to take me to the local library every Saturday, which is how I fell in love with reading and books in the first place. She’s the reason I’m a writer today.

What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)?
JE: Never give up, never surrender! It’s a quote from the movie Galaxy Quest and one that means a lot to me as a writer, since being a writer is so full of rejections and heartache and second-guessing yourself. But you just have to keep writing and keep going, no matter what happens. I think it’s a great quote for everyone who has a goal that seems like it’s unattainable.

The Dolls would like to thank Jennifer Estep for taking the time out of her very busy schedule and visiting us today! For more about Jennifer Estep and her books visit her Website

Jennifer Estep has been kind enough to offer one copy of Tangled Threads to a lucky follower – What do you have to do? Just comment!
Giveaway is for US/Canada residents

Giveaway ends May 7th, winner to be announced in Week in Review feature on May 8th

And remember – (Book 4 in the Elemental Assassins series)

hits a bookstore shelf near you on April 26th!

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  • Candy says:

    This sounds like an interesting series.

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  • Jane says:

    I have been wanting to read her books since the last time you girls had the author visit.

    "Never give up"=great motto.

    Please enter me!

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  • Day says:

    Thank you Jennifer for stopping by and answering our questions and the giveaway too!

    I love how close you are to your mom. The older I get the more I wish I had my grandma with me. I find myself doing things all the time and wondering what she'd say. I miss my grandmother dearly and value my mother's opinion immensely. PS. Books and food do me in every time…especially if I get into a cookbook buying frenzy. Then the food extravagance goes through the roof!

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  • Candy — Glad the series sounds interesting.

    Jane — Cool. I hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Day — My mom and my grandma are two of my heroes. So sorry that your grandma has passed on.

    But I know what you mean about the food. So many recipes to try, so little time!

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  • NoraA says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I love the series and read the first 3 in one long marathon of adventure. I'd love to win a copy of the new book. Even if I don't I'll get a copy from the library and post a review on my own blog site.

    NoraAdrienne (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  • pamerd says:

    Hi Jennifer

    Love this series – I have read the first 2 and have the other on my TBR pile…

    Thanks for the chance to win the newest book in a great series.


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  • Anonymous says:

    love the cover and your books sound like a great storys

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  • Nora — Cool. I hope you enjoy Tangled Threads even more than the first three books.

    Pam — Cool. I hope you enjoy Venom and Tangled Threads too.

    Anonymous — Thanks! I hope you get a chance to check them out one day.

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  • Tracy Lynn says:

    I love this series. I picked up the e book when it popped up on my Recommended list and quickly devoured the whole series. I can't wait to read the new one, and see what happens, especially with Gin and her sister.

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  • Hayley King says:

    I love Galaxy Quest- it's so quotable! The Assassin series is one of my favourite fantasy series (release dates are marked on calendar AND in day planner. I am a geek) and it makes me sad to hear that you suffered so many rejections. You're such an amazing writer. I'm glad that you never gave up.

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  • Tracy — Cool. Glad you are enjoying the books. And there's lots of good stuff with Gin and Bria in Tangled Threads.

    Hayley — Galaxy Quest is a really great movie. And thanks! I'm glad you are enjoying the series. Unfortunately, rejections are just part of being a writer. LOL.

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  • You have quickly become one of my favorite writers. I loved the Bigtime books (please say you'll release Nightingale eventually!) and absolutely adore the Ele­men­tal Assassin series. Eagerly await all of your new releases. Thank you for being such an entertaining, fun author. Keep up the great work!

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  • van_pham says:

    I have a question, sorry if it been already askeds.

    When you start writing your novel, do you have it planned out or do you start writing and see where everything goes?


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  • BigMama — Ah, that's so nice of you to say! I appreciate that. And I hope to release Nightingale sometime as an ebook. It's on my to-do list. ;-)

    Van — I plan out the story and the big turning points (like the fight scene at the end), but mostly, I just sit down and start writing and see what happens.

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  • Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and interview! I really want to read Tangled Threads! Elemental Assassin is one of my very favorite series and it's so addicting! I really hope that after this five-book story arc, there will be more Elemental Assassin books.


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  • I have read the first two books and am on the third one now, can't wait to get my hands on the third!

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  • Vivien says:

    A sense of humor is definitely high on my list as well. Thanks!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  • This is great, thanks!

    thegironfire27 at gmail dot com

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  • Amy — Thanks! I hope you enjoy Tangled Threads even more.

    AtomicExpress — Cool. I hope you enjoy it and Tangled Threads as well.

    Vivien — Me too.

    GirlOnFire — You're welcome.

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  • Thanks so much for the interview. Your covers are beautiful. I have your books on my TBR pile! I like to work steadily through my pile! Good luck in the future!

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  • Lisa — Thanks! Glad you liked the interview. And I love the covers of the Elemental Assassin books too. They just capture Gin and the stories so well.

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  • Tore says:

    Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book and series.

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  • Thanks for chatting with us, Jennifer. I love Gin and these books – best reading discover of last year for me.

    I would love to win!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • I am really looking forward to reading this book. Jennifer is a new to me author and this series looks really good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  • Anne says:

    I love this series and am really looking forward to Tangled Threads.

    After reading the PBD review, I'm hoping Owen doesn't disappear from Gin's life. I think they're a good fit and I see potential for him becoming a part of Gin's working life.

    How many books are planned for this series?

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  • Anne says:

    Forgot my e-mail

    Anne 4:56 post

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  • I love the Elemental Assassin books. Can't wait to read the next instalment. Thanks for the giveaway!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

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  • JenM says:

    I love this series. Can't wait to read the new book. Is the series going to wrap up after the 5th book, or will it keep on going with new adventures for Gin?

    jen at delux dot com

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  • Jill says:

    I've been looking forward to this one. I've really enjoyed Gin's other books!
    buckfamily at

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  • minhchieu says:

    I love the Elemental Assassin series. Can't wait to read the this one!. Thanks for the giveaway

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  • Diane says:

    I haven't read this series, sounds interesting!

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  • I've wanted to read Beauty by Robin McKinley for some time now. Your the first person I've come across to say anything about it. Thanks and loved the interview!

    Stephanie G

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  • jeanette8042 says:

    Great interview and I love this series!


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  • Nikki says:

    Yet another 7 books to add to my reading list… In the thousands now…

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  • Tore — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Mare — Thanks! That's so nice of you to say.

    Danielle — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Anne — Cool. Glad you are digging Owen. There's more of him in Tangled Threads. Right now, I'll be writing at least seven books in the series.

    Whitewolf — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the books.

    Jen — Thanks! Book 5 will conclude the Gin-Mab story arc, but I've just signed on to write two more books in the series — #6 and 7.

    Jill — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Minhchieu — Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book.

    Diane — Thanks! Glad the books sound interesting.

    Paranormal Haven — Beauty is an excellent book. One of my favorites and a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You should definitely check it out.

    Jeanette — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the books.

    Nikki — Too many books, too little time, right?

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  • Miranda Grissom says:

    I love this series and Jennifer Estep is so nice!! Great Interview!

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  • Me Me Me Me!!! As you can tell, I would love to have a copy in my hands :) Thanks so much for the chance to win


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  • AngieH says:

    I love this series. I actually love all of Jennifer Estep's books. I haven't read Tangled Threads yet, but I'm really looking forward to it.

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  • Jaclyn says:

    This looks like a great series! I love the idea of the elements giving supernatural powers. I'd love to win a copy and check out the series! :)

    You can contact me on Twitter: @jacqua83

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  • Sopha Chee says:

    Ahhh! I have been looking for this book everywhere since April 26th! All the book stored around me have been closing down, probably because theyre a bit overpriced but that means i dont get the books i want anymore! Darn you americans, so lucky!

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