Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Evil's Unlikely Assassin by Jenn Windrow Excerpt, Interview, Teaser & Giveaway

Evil's Unlikely Assassin
An Alexis Black Novel
Book One
Jenn Windrow

Release: June 6, 2017

Genre  : Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

ISBN: 1771279222

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.

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"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?”

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.

Where are you from? Born and raised in Chicago, but now I live in Phoenix Arizona
Tell us your latest news? Just typed the end on my latest novel, which is always a good feeling.
When and why did you begin writing? After being a stay at home mom for so many years with a husband who traveled a lot, I wanted something that was just my own. Just for me. I had always wanted to write, so I just decided to do it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? The day I won my first contest.
What inspired you to write your first book? A dream.
Do you have a specific writing style? Snarky.
How did you come up with the title? She’s a vampire who kills other vampires. Vampires in this world are considered evil, and another vampire taking out her own kind seemed pretty unlikely. It all just kind of came together when I thought it through.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Be happy with who or what you are.
How much of the book is realistic? It has a kick butt vampire, a horny ghost, a hot werewolf, a hostile angel, and a cranky human. I guess only the setting and the human.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No…just what my twisted mind could come up with.
What books have most influenced your life most? I think most vampire based books. They are what made me want to write in the genre.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Jeaniene Frost. Not that I have ever met her but if I did I would bow at her feet.
What book are you reading now? Working through Kelley Armstrong’s Age of Legends series.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Sarah J. Mass, not that she is new, but I just found her about a year ago and can’t get enough.
What are your current projects? The third book in my Redeeming Cupid series, Pricked By Thorns. Then the second in this series, Evil’s Ultimate Huntress. Then I want to finish another Urban Fantasy I have been working on called Tweaking Talisman.

What would you like my readers to know? I appreciate you. Really, I think readers don’t realize how much authors need them in their lives.

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