Spotlight & Giveaway: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Posted September 9th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 38 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep to HJ!

Hi Jennifer! Welcome to HJ

JE: Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate it.

Jennifer, what would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Jennifer-EstepJE: I would say that my books have a little bit of everything in them – action, adventure, magic, fight scenes, and romance.

5 best things about being a writer?

JE: Here are some of the things that I enjoy about being a writer, in no particular order: 1) Getting nice e-mails/comments from folks saying that they enjoyed one of my books; 2) Meeting readers/bloggers in person; 3) Meeting other authors in person; 4) Talking to folks about books; 5) Going to book conferences.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

JE: I’d like to think that I would be the kick-butt heroine, but really, I’d probably be the girl next door because I’m pretty low-key and quiet. LOL.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

JE: I’m currently working on THE SPIDER, which will be the 10th book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. THE SPIDER will be out on Dec. 24.

After that, KILLER FROST, the sixth book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, is set to be released on Feb. 25, 2014.

Let’s talk about your newest release: HEART OF VENOM

If you had to summarize HEART OF VENOM for the readers here…

HOVJE: HEART OF VENOM is about Gin, an assassin who will do anything to protect the people she cares about. When Jo-Jo, one of her friends, is injured and Sophia, another friend, is kidnapped, it’s up to Gin to rescue Sophia and keep her safe from a dangerous enemy.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

JE: My Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Other characters in the series include Finnegan Lane, Gin’s foster brother; Owen Grayson, her love interest; Sophia Deveraux, a dwarf who disposes of bodies for Gin; and Jo-Jo Deveraux, Sophia’s sister and an Air elemental who heals Gin whenever she needs it.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

JE: I always have fun writing the first chapter of my books because I try to make it like a mini-adventure that kicks off the action for the rest of the book. In HEART OF VENOM, Gin and Finn are trying to get rid of a body, but they run into some trouble doing that.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

JE: HEART OF VENOM really gets into Sophia’s backstory, including why and how her voice was ruined years ago. Without giving out spoilers, there are some scenes with Sophia and the villains that really became darker than what I had first imagined them to be.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

JE: I think Jennifer Garner would be good as Gin. For Finn, I’d probably suggest someone like Bradley Cooper. Hugh Jackman might be a good choice for Owen.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

JE: Readers can find me on the following sites:




Twitter: (@Jennifer_Estep)



Thank you for stopping by HJ!

JE: Thanks for hosting me. Happy reading, everyone!


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38 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Debra A.

    I think some of JD Robb series would make a great movie. Also Anita Blake form Laurel K Hamilton.

  2. cahmmerritt

    I’ve been reading about Gin Blanco from the beginning and have her image so intrenched in my mind that I cannot think of an actress that would fit that image…

    Typically I ALWAYS love the book more than the movie – but The Harry Potter series and Gone With The WInd are the only exceptions to that rule for me…

  3. Wilma Frana

    There are several series that would make good movies, but I don’t know which actors I would pick.

  4. DebraG

    I am not at all good at casting. The books for me are always better. Harry Potter maybe the movie but I think only because I read the books.

  5. Sarah M.

    My pics for Gin are Jennifer Garner or Kate Beckinsale. I like Bradley Cooper for Finn, but I think Joe Mangianello would make a good Owen (someone broad-chested and tall). I tend to dislike most movies based on books that I love. I love the books because there are so many wonderful things, and all of those wonderful things can’t realistically be in the movie version.

    I love these books – Gin is a total badass!

  6. blondieblack

    I wish that Suzzanne Johnson’s Sentinel of New Orleans series would be made into a movie series. AND… my son and I watched a movie with a huge crocodile the other day… and there was a female lead who owned a restaurant on the bayou that would be fabulous as the heroine… but I don’t know her name. sigh… Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Jesica

    I end up thinking of Mila Kunis (even though I don’t always like her) as a heroine for a lot of the books. They all have the same description a lot of the time and she fits. I prefer the books to the movies almost always except for when it comes to the Sherlock Holmes movies. Can’t beat RDJ 🙂

  8. Kai W.

    I love the Chronicles of Narnia’s movies. It is just too bad that only three of seven books will end up being a movie. I also love World War Z with Brad Pitts. I just didn’t think Brad Pitts would fill the role but he did.

  9. winnie

    I’m not good with casting characters because when I imagine them while reading, they never resemble any celebrity really… as for books turned movies, the books are almost always better than the movie just because the movie usually has to be so condensed.

  10. barbed1951

    I agree with Jennifer Garner as Gin, for Finn I’m thinking Matt Bomer, and for Owen, Clive Owen. A favorite book turned into movies was Lord of the Rings. I read the books so long ago, I’m not sure which was better, but I remember really enjoying the books and I enjoyed the movies too.

  11. Alicia Jespersen

    I can never find the right person to fit how I see the characters in my mind. I think harry potter is a great book movie adaptation, it’s one of the closest I’ve seen recently. But unfortunately I usually dont like movies that are based off books. For me they are never good enough. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  12. Linda Thum

    LOTR & The Hobbit. Peter Jackson did an awesome job & whoever did the casting was inspired. I have zero imagination & I am totally awed by the world he created.

  13. Pat Powers

    I always have a hard time picking an actor for a part from a book, so I will leave it to the experts!
    I just started reading the Elemental Assassin series this summer, and I love them!!

  14. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I try not to pick actors to play in book to movie rolls because I sometimes am disappointed in the choices. One of my favorite book to movies is EAT PRAY LOVE.

  15. Katie Coss

    Lord of the Rings, (movies), twilight (books) and Hunger Games (both). Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Vivien

    I would love for the Newsflesh series (Feed, Deadline, Blackout) by Mira Grant to be made into movies.

  17. Krysten M

    The books are almost ALWAYS better… There are a few exceptions, but I can’t think of any at the moment 🙂 It’s hard for me to pick actors, I think anyone could really fill any role

  18. Amy Rickman

    Pride and Prejudice was a good movie adaptation but most of the books I like have not been made into a movie and when they are I usually get pissy because of the directors creative license. The book is always better.

  19. Kendra H.

    I really enjoy the originality of the Elemental Assassin series and always look forward to the next one. I definitely think it would be enjoyable to see them turned into film, but given the length of the series perhaps a TV show would capture it better than a set of movies.

  20. Rebe

    I always prefer the books, but I did think the Pelican Brief made for a better movie than a book, probably because the characters in the book were like paper cutouts. Sheesh.

    As for Gin and Owen, I second the Clive Owen nomination, and I can see Gin as an older Jennifer Lawrence.

  21. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I kind of like the thought of Jennifer Garner being Gin, although she might not be aggressive enough. I watched Hunger Games after reading the books and the books were definitely better. I try not to get too excited about the books becoming movies because I always seem to get disappointed.

  22. Lani

    Harry Potter, both movies and books its great..:D
    I think about Mortal Instruments its great to watch the movie.. but better books of course

  23. Tawnya Bentley

    Right now I’m crushing on Ian Somerhalder, and all the characters from The Avenger movie, and most of the X-men cast.
    I couldn’t stand the book Water for Elephants, in fact couldn’t even finish it, but adored the movie. And yes I read before I watched.
    And I am a Twilight fan/mom. Liked the movies, loved the books!!!!!!

  24. Heather W

    Actors are tricky because the image in my head is always how I picture them and actors jut don’t ever really fit. As far as the movies and book, I almost always prefer the book because it gives a fuller picture than the movie ever can because of obvious time constraints. However, I do think The Lord of the Rings series did a really good job

  25. Mary

    I love your books. I’m terrible at casting, but know that whenever the movies are made, the books are always better!

  26. Ashtrie Karana Putrie

    I must say that I like The Lord of The Ring movie better than the book. I’m easily distracted when reading the book, but the movie really hook me. Maybe Tolkien’s word are too advance for my beginner english at the time ;p

  27. orchid7

    Sorry… Guess I was falling asleep during that last comment- lol!
    Most times I like the books better than the movies. You’re only limited by your imagination and ability to write!
    Not sure who I’d cast in an Elemental Assassins movie though. Love the books!

  28. Texas Book Lover

    I am terrible at picking actors so I am not even going to try! My favorite book that has been turned into a movie is The Notebook…because I actually liked the movie better than the book. This is the one and only time this has been the case. Very rarely do movies live up to the book for me.

  29. Rena B

    The Harry Potter books were definitely amazing as movies, but my heart always belongs to the books!

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