Guest Post Stop 6: The H&W Gang Discuss Their Phobias
By Jess Haines
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, and the upcoming STALKING THE OTHERS).
Shiarra has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She’s here with some of her friends (and otherwise) to tell you about it. Over to you, Shia!
Sara: This one is pretty obvious.
Shiarra: Yeah. Any bite-y, clawed thing of the night.
Chaz: Oh, come on. You weren’t afraid of me.
Shiarra: That’s because I didn’t know what you were. Plus, it’s a little hard to be afraid of a guy you’ve seen wandering around your apartment in his Ghost Busters boxer shorts.
Arnold: I prefer Captain Hammer on my boxers.
Royce: I don’t wear boxers.
Everyone Else: …
Shiarra: We don’t want to know what you’re wearing under those business suits.
Sara: Kidding, honey. Kidding.
Royce: I should hope so.
Arnold: My boxers are the only ones you should be looking at, damn it.
Sara: Yes! I know. Anyway. On topic. I’m afraid of spiders, snakes, and the IRS.
Royce: I’d have to agree about the IRS. Dealing with the corporate taxes and licensing and such when most of your businesses and shell corporations have been around longer than the country’s established government can be a nightmare.
Chaz: Yeah? Well, I hate fleas.
Chaz: And ticks.
Chaz: Tapeworms, too.
Shiarra: Enough already!
Chaz: What? I do.
Royce: Dogcatchers, too, I would imagine.
Chaz: Shut up, fangs.
Arnold: I bet we can all guess what the vamp is afraid of. Sunlight, garlic, fangirls…
Shiarra: …body shimmer lotion…
Sara: …teenaged wangst…
Royce: Yes, yes, we get the point.
Shiarra: Vampire baseball?
Royce: What does that even mean?
Shiarra: Never mind. My comedic brilliance is wasted on you.
Sara: I got it. Heh.
Royce: This is ridiculous.
Arnold: Oh! Oh! I want to share my phobia!
Sara: Okay, your turn.
Arnold: I’m afraid of summoned planar beings that haven’t been harnessed into a body and metaphysically cohered to a mage who is trained how to control it.
Chaz: Was that English?
Shiarra: It sounded like words, but nothing came out.
Arnold: Oh, come on. Do I really have to explain that?
Sara: I think I get what you’re saying. You’re afraid of familiars that have broken away from their masters somehow. Or never had a master. Right?
Arnold: That’s what I said.
Shiarra: Next time, use small, normal people words.
Chaz: I don’t get it.
Shiarra: Big surprise.
Chaz: No, I mean—I don’t get how they can’t have a master. How do they get here if no one is controlling them?
Arnold: Believe me, it can happen, and it’s not pretty.
Royce: Indeed. They are not easy to banish or kill.
Arnold: How would you know?
Royce: Have you ever seen a familiar survive beyond the death of its master? I have.
Shiarra: Yeah, that’s all kinds of creepy right there.
Sara: It wouldn’t be that bad if he didn’t look so pleased with himself while he said it.
Arnold: Wow. Great. I’m ready to go. Forever.
Royce: That’s right. Run away, little mage. When you’ve been around as long as I have, you see and do things far beyond the ken of mortal men.
Arnold: You guys?
Sara: Let’s get out of here.
Shiarra: Right now.
You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS . For the next stop on the blog tour, be sure to visit the official STALKING THE OTHERS blog tour calendar!
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Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Jennifer!
Always welcome here Jess, especially if you bring Royce :) Check out our review of Stalking as well as Hunted, Taken, and Deceived. You will not be disappointed in this series, especially not in Stalking, but you have got to get out there and start at the beginning so you can catch up before the release on July 3rd :)
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