Urban Fantasy Author Jennifer Estep Shares Some Free Short Stories

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to the folks at RT BOOK REVIEWS for having me on the RT Daily Blog today. Thanks so much!

I don’t know about you all, but I love free stuff, especially when it comes to free reads. As a thank-you to all the readers out there, I’m writing a series of free short stories that tie in with my new Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The first book in the series, Spider’s Bite, came out in February, and the second book, Web of Lies, is coming out on May 25. The third book, Venom, will hit shelves on Sept. 28.

The series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant in her spare time. The books also feature vampires, dwarves, giants, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone – all living, loving, fighting, and dying in Ashland, my fictional Southern metropolis.

To help celebrate the upcoming release of Web of Lies, I recently posted two new free short stories on the excerpts page on my website.

Here’s some information about the stories:

Web of Death: This short story takes place after the events of Spider’s Bite but before the beginning of Web of Lies. In Web of Death, Gin Blanco’s night gets interrupted by some unwanted guests.

Web of Deceit: This short story takes place when Gin is a teenager. It’s told from the point of view of Fletcher Lane, Gin’s assassin mentor, and focuses on Gin’s first solo job as the assassin the Spider.

And, for those of you who missed it the first time around, there’s another story called Spider’s Bargain. This is a short story that takes place before the events of Spider’s Bite. In this one, Gin takes on a corrupt cop, but only one of them will be left standing in the end.

There are no major spoilers in any of the stories, and you don’t have to read them to enjoy the books. Writing the stories was just something a little extra that I wanted to do for readers. I hope reading the bonus material is as much fun for everyone as it was for me to write in the first place. Happy reading! ;-)

-Jennifer Estep