It’s Okay to Play Favorites

Sometimes it can be impossible to get an author to tell you which of her books is her favorite. She’ll say they’re like her children: you just can’t choose. But c’mon– we all know, deep down, Mom’s got a soft spot for somebody… Lucky for us here at XOXOAD, Jennifer Estep is not afraid to play favorites in her long-running Elemental Assassin series. Check out her post below and then read the newest installment in the series, BITTER BITE, and see if you agree!


 

bitter biteFourteen books. Wow. Part of me still can’t believe that I’ve written so many books in one series. And there are more to come, as I will be writing at least 16 books in the series now.

When it comes to a long-running series, there are certain books that readers like more than others. In my Elemental Assassin series, it seems like SPIDER’S REVENGE (book #5), HEART OF VENOM (book #9), and BLACK WIDOW (book #12) are particular fan favorites. (Leave a comment on this post if you agree or have another book in the series that’s your favorite.)

Why do these books seem more popular than others in the series? I think it’s because they all have lots of action, truly nasty villains, and really great dynamics/relationships between my heroine, Gin Blanco, and the other characters.

Readers like certain books in a series better, and I feel the same way as an author. Some books just flow easier than others as you are writing them. Sometimes, there’s a particular character that you love writing about, or you get to write a story/plot that you’ve been thinking about for a long time.

spider's revengeheart of venomblack widowWhen it comes to BITTER BITE, I had a lot of fun writing the villain, and I think the book features one of the best villains in the entire Elemental Assassin series. The cool thing about this villain is that the character comes in and is not only a physical threat to Gin, but also an emotional one as well. So it’s like a double dose of evil, but in a good, entertaining way.

BITTER BITE is definitely one of my favorite books in the series, and I hope that it will be one of the books in the series that becomes a fan-favorite as well. Fingers crossed anyway. We’ll see soon, since the book came out on Feb. 23. 🙂

What about you guys? What are some of your favorite books in a long-running series? What makes you like a certain book in a series more than others?

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Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite

Jennifer Estep

Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That's the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend's long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone--and a big problem for Gin in this 14th installment in the bestselling Elemental Assassin series.

HEAT METER
Spider’s Trap

Spider’s Trap

Jennifer Estep

Book 13 in the Elemental Assassin series. There's enough Gin to go around!

HEAT METER
Black Widow

Black Widow

Jennifer Estep

Find out why Publishers Weekly called BLACK WIDOW "one of the strongest to date" in Jen Estep's Gin Blanco series!

HEAT METER
Heart of Venom

Heart of Venom

Jennifer Estep

Book 9 in the Elemental Assassin series. Do not--we repeat--DO NOT mess with Gin's friends. Someone learns that here.

HEAT METER
Spider’s Revenge

Spider’s Revenge

Jennifer Estep

Book 5 in the Elemental Assassin series. Gin confronts here arch-nemesis, Mab Monroe. Look out!

HEAT METER
Spider’s Bite

Spider’s Bite

Jennifer Estep

Gin Blanco lives in Ashland and by day, works as a cook and waitress in a barbeque restaurant. But by night, she becomes an assassin known only as Spider. And when Gin shows up to kill her target, she realizes she's been double-crossed and she's now the intended target. Gin teams up with the sexy detective put in charge of her case to find out who wants her dead and why.

HEAT METER

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