Hello and good afternoon my lovely readers,
I am thrilled to announce some very special guests on my blog. :3
Jenn Burke, author of Give Up The Ghost and Not Dead Yet is on my blog today and she comes together with Wes and Hudson, her main characters of her paranormal series. We sat down and had a nice, hilarious talk in our character interview. 😀
Give Up The Ghost is the second book in Jenn Burke’s paranormal trilogy Not Dead Yet and I can wholeheartedly say that this book was (again, and as the first already) one of my most anticipated reads since I’ve heard about it. ❤
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Title: Give Up The Ghost
Series: Not Dead Yet # 2
Author: Jenn Burke
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Mystery Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: June 3, 2019 (ebook only)
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 295 pages
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The bigger they are, the harder they maul.
Immortal not-ghost Wes Cooper and his vampire partner, Hudson Rojas, have it all—rewarding private investigation work, great friends and, most important, a love that’s endured. But ever since Wes sent a demon screaming back to the beyond, his abilities have grown overpowering and overwhelming. He’s hiding the fact that he’s losing control the best he can, but it’s hard to keep anything a secret for long when your partner’s a former cop…and especially when your partner’s a former cop who wants to move in together.
When all hell literally breaks loose in Toronto and superstrength ghosts are unleashed on Wes and his friends, he and Hudson are thrown into a case unlike any they’ve seen before. To save the city, Wes needs to harness his new power…and find some answers. But when he gets them, the solution to fix it all could mean losing everything.
Welcome my lovely readers. I am super excited to have you here. Today I have two special guests on my blog today. I beyond thrilled and I hope you are as excited to hear the answers to the questions I’ve asked Wes and Hudson from Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet series. Book 2, Give Up The Ghost, is out now!
Welcome Wes and Hudson. 🙂 And of course welcome author Jenn Burke for keeping an eye on them. 😉
Jenn: Thanks for having us.
Wes: Happy to be here!
Wes, you’re presented the reader as a non-ghost. Can you tell – especially those who haven’t read any of the NDY books – shortly what that means and what advantages and problems which come along with it?
Wes: Well…kind of. I guess the best way to describe it is that I was alive, then I was dead, and then I was kind of alive again, and I could turn into a ghost. It’s weird. But useful.
Hudson, you’re currently the (physically) older one in your relationship, being fifty-eight, with Wes being a non-ghost and sticking to his current age. How does it feels like to be in a relationship people would call a May/December romance by look? 😀
Hudson: Honestly, it makes me laugh. If they only knew.
Wes: I’m the December, by the way.
Hudson: But you definitely don’t look it. Which is what makes me laugh.
A question for both of you: what were your thoughts when you connected after such a long time? Wes, you’ve called Hudson via phone, how did that feel for you?
And Hudson, can you word your initial reaction to the phone call and your appearance to Wes’ home? It must be a shock to see him still wearing his Edmonton Oilers shirt, right? 😉
Wes: Calling Hudson was one of the hardest things I ever did. I mean, it seems easy on the surface, right? Pick up the phone, dial a number, say hello. But I was shaking inside the entire time. I kind of felt like throwing up.
Hudson: I didn’t feel like throwing up, but it was definitely a shock. Not only hearing his voice on the phone, but recognizing it, like I’d heard it last week instead of thirty-three years ago. All of the good memories came rushing back—his smile, his floppy hair, his bad fashion—
Wes: You’re one to talk.
Hudson: —but then I remembered the not-so-good stuff, and I felt…I’m not sure what I felt. On top of everything I knew he could never know…
Wes: But which I found out anyway.
Hudson: I should have just told you.
Wes: Yeah, you should have.
**looks at their direction, nods in agreement.**
Okay, we’re getting a bit cozy, if you don’t mind. 😀 **grins**
Wes, you mentioned Hudson was your second lover ever. What makes Hudson so special? And Hudson, what infatuate you about Wes – what makes him so lovable. 😉 ❤ Come on, guys, we can be honest here. It’s a safe space. 😀
Wes: His smile. It’s corny but true. His smile was so friendly and open, despite him being in his uniform when I first met him, and the contrast interested me. A lot. And then I got to know his kind heart and horrible but adorable communication skills…and I was a goner.
Hudson: Wes isn’t just one thing. At first glance, you might think he’s flighty or unreliable, but he’s not. He’s got a huge heart and he cares so much, which is why he’s learned to protect himself by pretending not to. And, yeah, okay…he’s cute as hell. His eyes sparkle when he laughs.
**chuckles* Awww, you two are adorable. ❤
After you reconnected your journey wasn’t the easiest one. Because we won’t to spoil anything for the readers, let’s focus on the time when you’re able to relax. What do you do in your free time, what’s your hobbies? Please, tell us a bit about it. 🙂
Hudson: I promised Wes I’d give up my hobby.
Wes: To be fair, it’s less of a hobby and more of an obsession.
Wes: That’s his ‘you’re right, Wes, thank you for being so wise and helpful’ grunt.
Hudson: No, it was my ‘you think you’re right but you’re not’ grunt.
Wes: It’s not healthy to continue to try to track down a vampire for twenty years. You’ve got to see that it crosses a bit of a line.
Hudson: Yeah, maybe.
Wes: Right, so we need to find something healthier for you to do. Maybe you could build model cars?
Wes: For me, my hobby is watching reality TV shows. Mostly cop ones. Like The First 48, Forensic Files, that sort of thing.
Hudson: And paranormal reality TV too.
Wes: Yeah, well…I’ve got to see how wrong they get it.
**smiles* Alright guys, it seems you have very clear opinions about this. 😀
The next question for you: Lexi is a huge part in your life, later there’s Evan added to your small group of people, to your – I hope it’s safe to say, found family. 🙂 What does Lexi mean to you, Wes? It’s pretty clear you’re very good friends, when she’s calling you “an angry bunny” 😀
And Hudson, you kind of be a father figure and mentor for Evan. How do you feel about this? 🙂
Also, can you share a few secrets from them? Again, safe space here. 😉 What drives you nuts about these guys? 😀
Wes: I’ve loved all of April’s descendants, but Lexi is special. I knew it from the moment she showed up at my apartment door and announced she was moving in while she went to university. She’s got a confidence about her, an iron-clad sense of self, that I envy. She can also be stubborn as hell, and that’s beyond annoying. Oh, and she has this habit of being right all of the time. So aggravating.
Hudson: Okay, first off…I might be Evan’s sire, but I’m not his father. I don’t want to be a father, though I don’t mind being a big brother type. It’s going to be a fine line we tread with Evan, I think—protecting while not stifling. He needs room to grow and become a fully fledged person, but I don’t think I can stand by and let him get hurt, you know? I also would like to get him to realize that being passive is a bad idea. He needs to learn to speak up and be heard.
Wes: He does that sometimes.
Hudson: But it needs to be his first reaction, and it’s not. I worry that he’ll get steamrolled by someone.
What’s a thing from the 80s you’re missing now, in the 21st century? What’s something you definitely don’t miss at all? Wes, please start. 🙂
Wes: Original TV and movie concepts. Everything these days seems to be remakes and reboots. But I don’t miss not being able to watch TV or a movie whenever I want. That is a fantastic development of the 21st century!
Hudson: I don’t miss neon, that’s for sure.
Wes: It’s making a comeback.
Hudson: Oh man, don’t tell me that. You know, I don’t think there’s much I miss from the 80s. I mean, the music was good, and the movies, like you said, but the rest of it? It can stay in the 80s. I like how I can be more open now, even if I’m not totally comfortable with it yet. It’s an option, and I never felt like it was before.
Okay, let’s coming to an end, but first, we should play a little game – one you probably know very well. 😉 Truth or Dare!
Q1: What is the most childish thing you still do?
Hudson: Argue with Wes over stupid stuff that doesn’t deserve an argument.
Wes: Have chips for breakfast. What? I only do it on weekends.
Q2: What do most of your friends think about you that is totally untrue?
Hudson: That I’m human.
Q3: What was the worst encounter you had with a police officer? **looks pointedly at Hudson**
Wes: Maybe when I ran into a particular one in the grocery store after stealing—I mean, recovering something and he kept following me around because I was cute.
Hudson: I am an upstanding citizen and I haven’t had a bad encounter.
**caughs and laughs** Okay, well, let’s continue. 😀
Q4: What was the strangest place you have had an intimate intercourse?
Wes: In the back of an El Camino under the stars in Algonquin Park.
Hudson: Uh…**clears throat**…on the dance floor of a club.
Wes: You had sex in public?
Hudson: It was a vampire club and I barely remember it, but…yeah.
**glances curious in their direction**
Q5: What is the stupidest thing you have ever done?
Hudson: Put my job before Wes.
Wes: Let Hudson’s job drive me off. But…maybe we needed that, huh?
Hudson: Maybe. And there’s no point in dwelling on the past.
Wow, fun times are sadly over. We’re at the end of the interview. That’s it. 🙂 Thank you so much for being my guests on my blog and for being here today. It was so much fun. 🙂 And thank you, Jenn for allowing these guys to come out. 😀
Wes: Thank you. Now, if you’d excuse us, I need to talk to Hudson more about this sex on the dance floor thing.
Hudson: I told you, I barely remember it.
Wes: Oh, did you think I was mad about it? No, I want details.
H: Details? Why? …Oh. Those kinds of details.
Jenn Burke: Wait, guys, I need to write this down!
Thanks, Mikku! 🙂
**holds belly and tries to catch a breath**
Awesome guys, thank you so much! ❤
I hope you had the upmost fun reading the interview. I’m still chuckling from it. 😀 If you’re now curious how it’s going on with Wes and Hudson read below for a teaser excerpt. 😀 Have fun! And be sure to grab your copy if you have’t it.
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Let’s investigate. Simple. Direct. Easy.
Except I’d forgotten about the wet blanket known as Hudson Rojas.
“No,” he said, his arms crossed. The fabric of his long-sleeved, eggplant-colored Henley bunched across his biceps. He was tall—way taller than my five-seven frame—and broad, muscular, barrel-chested. His dark brown hair was more silver than not these days, and long enough for gentle waves to tease his collar. His everyday appearance was intimidating, but when he let his vamp out and flashed his fangs, he could be downright scary.
Not to me, though. Never to me. Just looking at him made my blood sing.
Usually. Right now, though, it was starting to boil.
“What do you mean, no?” I demanded. I cast a glance at Lexi and Iskander for support, but their attention was conveniently occupied by other important things in the office. Like the coffeemaker. And a wall. “Look at the big picture. Those imps got through somehow.”
“Wes has a point,” Lexi interjected. At Hudson’s glare, she shrugged. “Just saying. We should find out how they ended up here.”
“We’re not the paranormal police,” Hudson countered. “And do you think the cops or health inspectors or whatever are going to let some random investigators wander through the scene?”
“You’re not a random investigator,” I said. “You used to be one of them.”
“Not the point.”
“Okay, so…we could sell our services to Bhavana. I’m sure she’d like to know—”
“What? How the nonexistent rats entered her café?” Hudson scoffed.
I squinted at him. “You don’t want to investigate because it’s a paranormal thing.”
Iskander let out a soft groan. “Oh, here we go.”
“No, that’s not why, and you damn well know it,” Hudson growled. “We’re investigators, not exterminators. How the hell are you going to sell our services to Bhavana?”
“I could—could—” I waved a hand in the air. “I’d make something up!”
“Good business practice. Start out by lying to your client. Excellent.”
My magic, reacting to my temper, pounded in my head to the time of my increased heartbeat and I let out a frustrated noise. “You always have an excuse.”
“An excuse for what?”
“Not taking on the cases that seem a little weird.”
“The cases that ‘seem a little weird—’” he made air quotes “—are weird because they’re not legit cases.”
“You don’t know that.”
“C’mon. Give me some credit for knowing people and knowing when their stories are bullshit. I was a cop for nearly forty years.”
Author bio – Jenn Burke
Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.
Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (authored with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press.
She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.
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