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 and Deceived by the Others). I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Chaz, her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, Sara, her business partner, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.
Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about exercise regimen and how she stays fit and healthy. Over to you, Shia!
Shiarra: Staying fit is an important aspect of how one runs the hell away from anything with fur or fangs.
Chaz: What? You don’t run away from me.
Shiarra: Oh, honey, you know you don’t count.
Royce: I don’t see why not. He’s far more dangerous than I am.
Arnold: Vamps and Weres are both pretty dangerous. It’s like comparing poisonous spiders and snakes. Doesn’t matter which kind bites you, if one latches on, you’re still pretty screwed.
Chaz: The difference is that she likes it when I bite her.
Royce: If she’d give me the opportunity to show her, I’m sure she’d enjoy her time with me just as much—if not more.
Shiarra: You know what? You’re both pervs.
Arnold: I’m with Shia on this one. Let’s get back on topic.
Chaz: I’m not sure that there’s much to say. Shia doesn’t have the benefit of supernatural strength or speed. If one of us was really after her, she wouldn’t stand a chance.
Royce: Not to worry, Ms. Waynest. Unlike some of those present, I am not an unthinking beast who would run you to ground like some food animal… Hmm. Actually, on second thought…
Shiarra: Oh. My God.
Chaz: Don’t listen to that leech. I’ll protect you.
Sara: AHEM. I like pilates.
Shiarra: I think I’m going to barf.
Arnold: I’m just going to wait outside—
Sara: Yoga. Let’s talk about that. Or something else. Anything else. Oh, ew.
Chaz: I hear you chicks like belly dancing. It’s really good for the… uh… abs. Circulation. Yeah.
Shiarra: Running. Running away is good.
Royce: Gets the heart pumping… fills the blood with adrenaline and endorphins…
Shiarra: Hey! HEY! Put those fangs away, buddy!
Arnold: I’m not much of a runner.
Sara: I bet even an Olympic runner would have a bitch of a time getting away from a werewolf or a vampire coming after their ass.
Royce: Considering some older vampires can move faster than human eyes can follow, yes, I imagine it would be quite impossible to escape us without a supernatural edge.
Chaz: Yeah, but you’re not supposed to be chasing down people. I’ve hunted down a few deer and elk, but—
Shiarra: Oh, yuck, Chaz! Come on!
Chaz: What?! I’m a werewolf, I do that.
Shiarra: As long as you didn’t… didn’t eat it after… ugh.
Chaz: Well, I… uh…
Sara: Seriously? That’s so nasty.
Chaz: It tastes pretty good when you’re changed.
Royce: Not nearly as good as the blood of a frightened human. You failed to mention that part.
Shiarra: Barf bag. Pass it. Right now.
You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in Hunted by the Others (review). So, tell me, folks—what kind of exercise do you recommend to stay in shape?
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Chelsea!