Interview (& Giveaway+Exclusive Excerpt): Faith Hunter, author of Death’s Rival!

It’s always a pleasure to have Faith Hunter on the blog. Her brand new Jane Yellowrock novel, Death’s Rival, is out on Oct. 2nd, and Faith stopped by as part of her blog tour (click here for the full schedule) to talk about it (including an exclusive exerpt!!), and we’ve also got a copy for giveaway, so check out the details at the bottom of the post!

Death’s Rival, the newest Jane Yellowrock book will be out on October 2nd! Can you give us a bit of a teaser?
Oh Yes! Something not seen on any other blog….

Chapter Two

Oh, Goody. I Wasn’t Gonna Get Sucked to Death

The pilot stuck his head out of the door above me, back inside, and then raced down the stairs. “I’ve called airport security and 911. They’re sending an ambulance and the cops,” he said.

I said something that would have gotten my mouth washed out by the house mother at the Christian children’s home where I was raised. “Medical kit!” I demanded. But the pilot was ahead of me and knelt beside Tory, opening the small kit. With actions that were medic-fast, he ripped open boxes and plastic packages and applied a thick layer of gauze over Tory’s wound. Over that he folded a blanket from the jet. The entry wound was low in the upper left quadrant, above his waist, below his ribs. I tried to remember what organs were there and came up with upper colon and maybe spleen. The exit wound was directly behind it and way bigger. The pilot adjusted Tory’s limp body, stuffed another blanket over that one, and wrapped them in place with gauze and a sticky-wrap bandage. He leaned in, applying pressure, his knees on the tarmac. “Come on, boy. Don’t die on me,” he muttered. “Don’t die. Fight. You can fight this.”

I lifted Tory’s feet and propped them on the steel step, got more blankets from inside, all treatment for shock. I’d taken an emergency medicine course between life in the children’s home and life as an adult as the junior member of a security firm. I’d taken a lot of classes in a lot of things. Some of what I’d learned was even useful occasionally.

Needing to be doing something for the man who had thought I needed help, and knowing there was nothing I could do, I secured the unconscious attacker, hands and feet, with double zip strips, cleaned out his pockets, and made a fast reconnoiter of the area while I called Leo’s to report in. Bruiser answered. “We’ve landed. Two blood-slaves—” I stopped. Yeah. Multiple vamps had fed off them. Blood-slaves, not blood-servants. Expendable weapons. “—attacked me as I got off the plane. I took them down, but the first mate, Tory somebody”—I slid a hand over my face. I didn’t even know his last name—“jumped in to help. He’s injured. The pilot called 911.”

Bruiser swore. Vamps took care of their own, avoiding all human agencies when possible, but this time it was too late. “Dan’s a part-timer. Leo’s regular pilot is sick today,” Bruiser said. The phone fell silent as he thought, probably going over the vamp-political implications of Leo’s self-proclaimed and uninvited Enforcer killing someone in the city of another master. Unlike me, Bruiser had a political mind and an elegant surface in addition to his ruthless side, which was the reason he was Leo’s real Enforcer. That and the fact that he had the blood-bond with Leo that I had refused. “Okay,” he said. “I’ll get someone there to handle things. You get to the Romanello Clan Home.”

Which was what I’d known he would say, but the words were still cold and heartless. Something twisted deep inside me. As if he knew what I was feeling, Bruiser added, “Or you can stay and spend the next two days answering the questions of local law enforcement.”
He was right. I knew it. Still . . . “Okay. But someone knew we were coming. That list is limited to the pilot and first mate, the pilot who called in sick, any of the vamps y’all told on your end, and Derek Lee and his guys on my end.”

Are there already plans for more Jane books in the works after Death’s Rival?
I am hoping for a total of 15, but that, as with everything in a writer’s life, is in the hands of the fans.

What about you? How was your summer? Did you get any whitewater paddling in?
Unfortunately not, and I miss it! I have four elders who are having health problems and I have been stuck on land with one or several at every opportune moment.

What are you reading right now?
Several things. Deb Harkness’s Shadow of Night, trying to catch up on Janet Evanovitch, with Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews next on my TBR pile.

Any recent movies or books that have really caught your eye?
I fear I don’t watch films very often. I do, however, watch TV, and Revolution’s first was lovely!

Is there any other news you’d like to share?
I am in negotiations with my publisher for a Jane Yellowrock World Book, to include a brand new Jane novella. But it’s a secret. Shhhh!
Keep up with Faith: Website | Twitter

1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open to US  addresses only (no PO boxes) .
4. Must include a valid email address with your entry (no need to leave it in the comments, just include it when you fill out the rafflecopter form)
5. You must enter on or before 10/5/12
6. Giveaway book courtesy of Roc
7. Please see my Giveaway Policy.

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  1. I love this series, and I was wondering why New Orleans for the setting?

  2. AWESOME!! interview 🙂 I’m soooo thrilled to hear that there will be more books! Love, love, love this series!

  3. Wonderful interview, this book sounds wonderful. 🙂

  4. I love your books, and your writing… and hope that I actually win a copy of Jane’s next book.

  5. I’m curious about the bond between Jane and Beast. Because Jane created that bond without Beast’s consent, even though it wasn’t intentional, will that bond create a larger rift between the two? In Raven’s Curse it seemed that Beast was angry about it but then she suddenly became so angry she was silent and then the rage dissipated though she is clearly still not happy about it. Will we get more of this as the series goes along?

  6. One of my all time favorite series!

  7. I adore Jane Yellowrock and I’m dying to get my hands on Death’s Rival to find out what happens with Jane and Beast next.

  8. I have not started this series yet, but it sounds like a butt kicking good time. Enjoyed the interview.

  9. I haven’t read any of the books in this series but it looks like it is right up my alley so it will go on my TBR list

  10. Jane Yellowrock is among my top favorite heroines. I absolutely love the books, they are so much fun 😀 And Oct. 2nd is soooooooo close! 😀

  11. I so love your books and can’t wait to spend some more time with Bruiser, Beast, Jane and Ricky Bo!

  12. Thanks so much to everyone for giving Faith such a warm welcome, and thanks to Faith for, well, just being so plain awesome 😀

  13. I still might have to pre-order the book on my iPad… don’t know that I can wait very long to start reading this. Jane Yellowrock is one of my fav series. 🙂

  14. Faith, Read the Andrews book. It was great! Got the Evanovitch, JD Robb. Elizabeth Moon , and Danielle Ackley McPhail in my to be read file. Love both your series! can’t wait for this book to get here!

  15. I love all your books and I am impatiently waiting for tomorrow!

  16. Yay and thanks for the giveaway. Were there ever any road blocks into writing the book , if so what did you do to over come it?.

  17. Thanks for the giveaway. Your books rock.

  18. Awesome stuff. Great interview and thank you to the sponsors as well.

  19. That’s a lot of books planned.

  20. I love Jane Yellowrock and would be very happy to win a copy of DEATH’S RIVAL. Thanks so much.

    Amy in NYC – life long lover of SF & F.

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