Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jennifer Estep Widow's Web Excerpt with Giveaway!


     I walked over, leaned against the desk, and pointed my paintball gun at Owen. “You should have known better than to let Finn talk you into drinking so much at Northern Aggression. Drunken challenges issued to assassins to have them test your security rarely end well for the challenger. Or challengers, in this case.”

     Finn stopped trying to scrub the paint off his shirt long enough to glare at me again.

     “As I recall, I wasn’t drinking alone, and you and I had quite a bit of fun later on that night,” Owen said in a husky voice.

     “Maybe.” I agreed with a grin. “But Finn was the one who bet me dinner at Underwood’s that I couldn’t kill you both by the end of the month. So you only have yourselves to blame.”

     Finn sniffed his displeasure. “You still didn’t have to ruin my suit.”

     “No,” I agreed. “I didn’t have to ruin it. That was just an added bonus.”

     He narrowed his eyes, but I just gave him my most innocent, gracious, beautific Southern smile.

     “Well, it’s getting late, and I’m supposed to head over to Bria’s,” Finn said. “And I obviously can’t go looking like this.”

     I rolled my eyes at his put-upon tone, but Owen just laughed.

     “Go,” Owen said. “Get cleaned up. We can finish our business tomorrow.”

     “Say hi to Bria for me,” I added in a sugary-sweet voice.

     Finn grumbled something under his breath about what I could do with certain parts of my anatomy before packing up his papers and briefcase and leaving.

     “Well,” Owen said after Finn had shut the office door a little harder than necessary. “You got us both, just like you said you would.”

     I grinned. “That’s what people pay me for. Or used to pay me for.”

     He raised an eyebrow. “Good to know retirement hasn’t lessened your skills any.”

     I shrugged. We both knew I couldn’t afford to let myself get rusty. Not now, when so many folks in Ashland and beyond would love nothing more than to see me dead. Back in the winter, I’d finally managed to kill Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who’d run the Ashland underworld for years. Pro-fucking-bono, as it were. Mab had murdered my mother and sister when I was thirteen, and her death had been about revenge to me more than anything else. But the Fire elemental’s demise had left a power vacuum in the city, and now every lowlife and not-so-lowlife was clawing for that power, position, and prestige. Some of them thought the best way to do that was by killing me, Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider.

     So far, I’d put all the challengers in the ground along with Mab, but they just kept on coming. A few weeks ago, I’d brought up the idea of testing and updating the security at all the places I frequented, including Owen’s home and office. There was no point in making things easy for my would-be murderers. Then, Finn had piped up and suggested we make it into a contest—with him and Owen trying to outwit me. Of course, that hadn’t turned out exactly like Finn had planned, but I was happy with the outcome. I always liked to win, no matter what game I was playing.


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Widow’s Web, the seventh book, will be released on Aug. 21. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts and more information about her books.


Oh poor Owen! I'll help clean you up. I don't mind at all... *fans self* Guess I should be careful since Gin isn't getting rusty... *nervous laugh*


Jennifer Estep is generously giving away the newest in Gin's adventures, Widow's Web!! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. It's US only. Good Luck!!

Widow's Web 
I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique. 
Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.

Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

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  1. Not entering because I am fairly certain I am going to buy this on audio since I have listened to all the rest :) I am such a sucker for good audio books!

  2. I can't tell you how much I loved the excerpt -- because I couldn't read it. Not because I couldn't, actually, but because I wouldn't -- I don't want to be spoiled! I finally, FINALLY picked up Spider's Bite a couple weeks ago, and I loved it! And I've barely finished Web of Lies. So I'm working my way through this damn good series, but I don't want to read something that spoils anything in between.
    So, I will continue on my merry way, and when I get to Widow's Web (a copy I win? Maybe!!), THEN I'll enjoy the part where this excerpt comes from. I know I will! :)

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading th.e book

  4. Love the series, and looking forward to reading a book with more insight into Gin and Owens relationship.

  5. I absolutely loved the excerpt and am dying for more in this series. I just love how brutal Gin is!!!!

  6. I am new to this series. I really enjoyed the Mythos Academy series so I decided to look into this one next.

  7. Felicia -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the audio book.

    Rissatoo -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series so far. There are also some free short stories on the Excerpts page of my website if you want to check those out sometime.

    SandyG265 -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

    ForeverReading1 -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Vivien -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

    Heather -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my Mythos Academy series.

  8. Not entering, I just wanted to say I love this book. That is all:)

  9. Excerpts kills me! Just because I'm dying to read Widow's Web and I happen to be at work and reading instead of working is frowned upon. ;)

  10. Jenny -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Whitewolfreads -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it.

  11. I just get all excited reading excerpts! I am a fan of Mythos Academy and I can't wait to dive into this series. Gin is a character I want to meet! Thanks for a tremendous giveaway!

  12. I love your stories Jennifer, they are a great escape. Thanks for the giveaway and keep those books coming.

  13. Heidi -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

    Rain Maiden -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Blodeuedd -- Thanks! Hope you like the excerpt.

  14. Ooooh my gosh! I SO need to read this series! It's RIDICULOUS and unacceptable that I haven't yet!!!!

    It sounds so AWESOME!!!!!

  15. I can't read the excerpt because I'm not yet up to book 7! I only started this series this year. I finished book 3 a month ago, I think. Never hurts to look ahead and try to win a great book though!

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  16. Loved it, and it made me want to read the book even more!!

  17. I just picked up the first book to this series, I can't wait to jump into it. Thanks for the chance.

  18. I love The Elemental Assassin series and I've been not so patiently waiting for Widow's Web to get my Gin fix. :D I loved the excerpt and now I'm even more impatient to get my hands on the book.

  19. The excerpt has me intrigued. Would love to read more. I am adding to my TBR list.

  20. Bookish Brunette -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    Maria -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series so far.

    Stay_Cee -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

    Sariah -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book.

    Barbara - Thanks! I appreciate that.

    MaryAnn -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

  21. Eeep! I need to get moving on the series to get caught up and get with Owen! :D Thank you!

  22. So sad that my Barnes and noble didn't have it in stock today! If you haven't read the frost or big time series check those out too if you like elemental assassin.

  23. loved the excerpt and cant wait to read the book

  24. Awesome excerpt and thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Hi Jen, I actually love all the varied series you write. I own all 3 of the YA books so far, and a few of the Gin books. Not much else to comment other then I hope your career is a loooong and continued successful one.

  26. Love this series. Congrats on the new release. Cant wait to read it.

  27. Melissa -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Caro -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

    Carole -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

    Savannah -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    NoraA -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Donnas -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

  28. To be honest I didn't read the excerpt because I haven't read this series YET. It is on my TBR list and I don't like spoilers.

    Thanks so much!

  29. I love the excerpt and I really want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. I just happened upon this blog and read the excerpt from the book. I'm unfamiliar with this series, but I'll have to put it on my to read list! It sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Texas Book Lover -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    Tore -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

    Jackie -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.

  32. I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds good.

  33. Bn100 -- Thanks! Glad you liked the excerpt.

  34. Great excerpt. Going to have to check out the previous books from this series. Have read the Mythos series, but have not read any of this one. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  35. It was a great excerpt and winning is fun!

  36. Like some of the other commentors, I can't read the excerpt because I haven't started the series yet. I love the Mythos Academy series and this series is definitely on my TBR list.

  37. Every time I read something about this series I just have to bump it up on the list of things to buy.


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