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Jennifer Rardin – Tribute & Giveaway


Last week I heard the news that one of my all time favorite authors, Jennifer Rardin, had passed away unexpectedly on Monday September 20th, 2010. I was in shock and deeply saddened along with the rest of the Urban Fantasy community. Such a vibrant, kind, friendly, talented and funny lady, Jennifer will be greatly missed by many. My heart goes out to her family, close friends, colleagues and fans. The world is a little less brighter without her in it.

Has from The Book Pushers organised the collaboration  for a bunch of us bloggers to come together in some way to honor the memory of Jennifer and her amazing books, because we had all wanted to do something. I’ve been a fan since her first Jaz Parks book, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, hit the shelves in 2007. I can think of no better way to honor this lovely lady than to introduce new readers or re-introduce readers who haven’t read all the books, to her no holds barred, hilarious, action packed Urban Fantasy heroine Jaz Parks!



I will be giving away any one of these books to a random commenter, but book 7, Bitten In Two would be a pre-order. Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere the Book Depository ships. Please check at the Book Depository to see if they ship to your country. Contest will run through Tuesday, October 5th, 11:59pm.

To enter, please leave a meaningful comment about what you love about the Jaz Parks series, OR, if you haven’t read any of them, then what you love about Urban Fantasy. One comment = one entry. Let me know which book you’d like & please leave your email in the form of wilmaflinstone(at)thequarry(dot)com so you won’t be spammed. I will post and contact the winner on October 6th.

Here are the Book Descriptions:

Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Jaz Parks #1

I’m Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that’s ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best–assassination. And I help. You could say I’m an Assistant Assassin. But then I’d have to kick your ass.

Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he’s meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing’s ever as easy as it seems?

Another One Bites the Dust – Jaz Parks #2

In their latest mission, Jaz and Vayl are sent to kill an ancient Chinese vamp who’s stolen a vital piece of biotechnology. The catch? They’re undercover as street performers…and Jaz has to belly dance.

Biting the Bullet – Jaz Parks #3

The Raptor, the CIA’s longtime nemesis, is back. Jaz Parks and her vampire boss Vayl are asked to join her brother David’s special ops team to take him down. But when her spirit guide tells her that she’s being lead to the wrong man, and she starts asking the wrong questions, her life — and her job– are threatened. And the one person who can help her–her boss– is off on a wild goose chase. Add to the mix a pack of reavers bent on revenge along with a small army of desert monsters, and BITING THE BULLET will take you so close to the edge of your seat you may want to leave a pillow on the floor just in case.

Bitten to Death – Jaz Park #4

Jaz Parks and her vampire boss, Vayl, have already fought demons, vampires, and reavers. Now, juggling work and family takes on a new dimension as she tackles her latest challenge: nail the Raptor before he can reduce her to Jaz-bits, survive a head-on crash with Vayl’s violent past, and lever her twin’s military career back on track before a dishonorable discharge ruins his life. To top it off, she must also contend with her father’s issues. Is he losing his mind? Or is someone really trying to kill him – from beyond the grave?

One More Bite – Jaz Parks #5

Jaz and Vayl have been assigned to travel to Inverness to prevent an assassination that has the potential to upset the balance between the west coast vampire nests and allow another Raptor to emerge. In the power vacuum left by Edward “the Raptor” Samos’ death, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies: The Coven of Inverness, the Valencian Weres and The Flock. The struggle takes on a new twist when Pete learns that the Valencians have hired an assassin to take out the Coven’s leader, a powerful witch named Floraidh Halsey. Jaz and Vayl must stalk a killer as wily and Gifted as themselves as they travel through the wild, stark beauty of the Highlands. Their travels also bring new heights to their romance, a new depth to their passion, and a bond they are both, at last, willing to seal.

Bite Marks – Jaz Park #6
Jaz is possessed.  After biting the neck of a domyter during a forced visit to his territory, she now has unwelcome voices in her head.  While fighting for supremacy in her own mind, she finds herself confronted with a near-impossible task: perform perfectly on her next mission or face the unemployment line.

Bitten in Two – Jaz Parks #7

Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed. Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman’s name. And it’s not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I’m forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions.

So it’s time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do – I must return to hell one last time.


Several other bloggers are also participating in the tribute giveaway:

Has, Lou & Minn at The Book Pushers

Kmont at Lurv ala Mode

Susi at Book Lovers Inc

Drensb at Dren’s B Spot

Angela at Reading Angel

Ocelett at Genre Reviews

Renee at Renee’s Book Addiction

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  1. I was so sad when I heard the news this is a great way to remember her.
    Thank you for this giveaway I would love a chance to win one of her books:-)

    I love everything about Urban Fantasy I can not get enough.

    If I win I would love her first book Once Bitten Twice Shy.


    Comment by Mette J (Mysteriousrose) | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Jennifer Rardin ? Tribute & Giveaway…

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  3. I have yet to read this series, but I have it on my list of things to read!
    As for what I like about Urban Fantasy?
    I love that it’s unique, and gritty. Not everything is rainbows and sunshine!

    natasha at

    Comment by Natasha A. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. I have yet to read this series. As to what I love about Urban fantasy is everything. The fighting the loving and the all around good guy/girl vs bad guy/girl 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love book #1


    Also don’t forget to check out my amazing giveaways located at the top of my blog posts.

    Ashley’s Bookshelf

    Comment by Ashley C. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. I haven’t had a chance to read any of the Jzz Parks books yet but I’d like to. I like urban fantasy because the stories are edgy and the authors come up with so many twists.
    Thanks for teh giveaway. I’d like the first book.

    sgiden at

    Comment by SandyG265 | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  6. I was sad to her that she passed away. This series was one of the few UF ones I saw when I visited a bookstore in a bigger city. sadly no part 1. Would love to read it cos first, those covers kick ass, and secondly they just sound so funny and good.

    So for me it would be book 1.

    blodeuedd1 [at] gmail [dot[ com

    Comment by blodeuedd | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  7. I absolutely love Jennifer Rardin and I will continue loving her for forever!
    I was devastated when I heard the news but she’ll never be forgotten, I’m very sure of that.
    And I really hope to own her books, maybe even her newest “Bitten in Two” – my country is not one of the best to get them from such an awesome author.
    Please enter me in such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much for this chance!


    Comment by Jade | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. I love urban fantasy, because the female characters are always so strong, tough, and intelligent. They can deal with anything. The men are handsome (in their own way) and have the qualities I really like.
    twoofakind12 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by debp | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  9. I was lucky to have met her in person. The book club I was in had a lunch with her and her husband and then she did a book signing. She was very funny. I also was on her facebook page and got to smile over her many funny posts.
    I also won the first 5 books (autographed) off of a book site. I recently bought the 6th book so I would like to get the 7th book Bitten In Two.
    I was shocked to hear about her passing. I will miss her posts and I know she will keep God smiling.

    Comment by Sandy Jones | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  10. I’ve had this series on my wishlist forever; it looks like exactly what I like to read. I feel kind of guilty I haven’t gotten into it sooner. It’s hard for me to describe what I like about UF (guess that’s why I’m a reader, not a writer) but there must be something to it or I wouldn’t have a giant notebook specifically for listing all the series I’ve already read/want to read! It’s seriously out of control.
    I’d pick Once Bitten, thanks for the contest!

    Comment by Bethany C. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  11. I can’t believe I’ve never read any of these and its my favorite genre! Sorry to hear about the sad news.

    Comment by Teresa W. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  12. I was really shocked when I learnt last week that she had passed away =( My condolences to her loved ones.

    I’d love to win the second book (i have the first one at home but I haven’t read it yet).

    I love UF because it’s a world you can relate to but with the magic of creatures that don’t really exists. It’s an escaped I couldn’t live without.

    Thank you for doing this!

    Comment by Tynga | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  13. I was saddened by her loss. She will be greatly missed. I have her first book but; have not got to read it yet. It is my most cherished book as it is signed by Jennifer. I would love to win book #7. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Comment by sue brandes | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  14. I was shocked to read she passed away. Her books are on my Books To Read List. I love urban fantasy because of the action and strong characters.

    I’d like the 1st book please.


    Comment by Tala1006 | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  15. I haven’t read these books yet but they were on my list so it was a huge shock to hear the author passed away!

    I love urban fantasy because it lets me escape from my day to day routine for a while into something much more exciting. I love that urban fantasy can be really dark and moody or have humor or romance. There is such a variety!

    I would be interested in the first book.

    angela.donner @

    Comment by Angela D. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  16. I absolutely love the Jaz Park series, it’s one of my favourites! I was shocked and very upset to hear that Jennifer passed away. She was a very funny lady and a brilliant author!

    I love the characters, love the relationship between Jaz and Vayl. There are a lot of LOL scenes (Cole is hilarious). Great action and there are some lovely touching scenes in the series.

    I would like to win #7 Bitten in two as i’ve read all of the previous books.

    montana_sky at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

    Thanks for doing this giveaway.

    Comment by Scarlett | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  17. I’ve never read this series, but I was still so sad when I heard the news. Blessings to her family and firends.

    I would like to be entered for the first book in the series.

    Comment by Chelsea B. | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  18. It was quite the shock when I heard. It is a great series to leave as a legacy. I love the relationship between Jaz and Vayl and all the supporting characters. They combine to make the books such fun to read. Thanks for doing this and sharing it with us.

    I would love to get Bitten in Two.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    Comment by Donna S | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  19. I have not read them yet. I’d start with book 1. I think UF is a quirky change of pace for my reading.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Linda Kish | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  20. I did not hear about this before and am in shock. I absolutely love this series and am deeply saddened to hear this. The world has lost a wonderfully talented woman. I will certainly miss what she shared with us.

    Comment by Dana | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  21. In urban fantasy I like that you are constantly on edge, that you don’t know what will happen next!
    I’d like the first book.


    Comment by vickyvak | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  22. I was sorry to hear that she passed away. I have never read any of her books but I would like to. If I win, I would like to win the first book. I love reading urban fantasy because it very interesting.

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  23. I have never read her book but I have been wanting to for awhile. I love reading urban fantasy because it is so exciting and intense, they have our everyday problems plus a lot more

    Comment by jessi | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  24. I was very sad to hear Jennifer Rardin passed away. Her Jaz Parks series is one of my top favorites. It’s such an awesome series with lots of great characters. It’s such a fun series. I couldn’t put down the first four books so I would love to win book #5.


    Comment by Adelina | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  25. it was a sad moment when we all heard the news i havent had the pleasure to read these books what i love about UF is the excape the willingnes s to go to another world other then your own its just awesome

    if i win id love to get the first in the series if i win

    Comment by SiNn | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  26. This series is on my wish list as well. I love urban fantasy for the adventure and intensity. I love living in the fast lane with the heroines.

    I would love Once Bitten, Twice Shy.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

    Comment by Robin K | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  27. I was deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and gifted author! My condolences to her family and friends, just know that she will be sorely missed!
    I had already read the first three books, because they were mass market paperbacks (cheaper, sorry)and I was waiting on the rest to come out in mass market! (again, sorry) I love the interchanges between Jaz and Vayl! They are one of the most memorable power couples in fiction! I love her books and she WILL be missed by her fans!
    I would enjoy #5 as I have the first three and #4 on order!
    Thanks to The ladies at Sidhe Vicious Reviews for this wonderful tribute and giveaway!

    Comment by Cindy Bailey | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  28. I will post a link on my blog to this Tribute and Giveaway to speed along the Tribute!
    Again I would like the #5

    Comment by Cindy Bailey | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  29. I picked up book 1 a few months back, but I have yet to start it. What drew me to Jaz, as well as UF in general, is the kick-ass heriones. 🙂


    Comment by heatwave16 | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  30. I have not read any of her books yet, I’ve heard wonderful things about this series. I love Urban Fantasy because it seems anything is possible. I would love to win #2 Another One Bites The Dust. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

    Comment by Linda Henderson | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  31. I was so sorry to hear about Jennifer Rardin’s passing. I haven’t had a chance to start the Jaz Parks series yet, but I do have Bite Marks on my TBR shelf. I was waiting until I got a chance to get the rest of the books to begin reading. I’d love to win a copy of the first book, Once Bitten, Twice Shy.
    I love Urban Fantasy because anything is possible – any creature, any situation, things I could never imagine, can all come to life in the pages of UF books.


    Comment by Barbara Elness | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  32. What I love about urban fantasy is that we as readers get to see into the imagination of the author and visit a world that would otherwise exist for only one person.

    Comment by Moridin | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  33. sounds like a great read. Sorry it’s took her passing to bring it to my attention. I’d love to have the first one.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Pamk | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  34. I really couldn’t tell you what I enjoy about urban fantasy other than the author can do whatever they want with it. It’s interesting to see the creativity that is in many of these novels and that’s why I keep coming back to the genre.

    Comment by Stephanie N | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  35. I haven’t read any of the series, but they’ve been on my TBR list. I enjoy urban fantasy as it’s an escape from the real world. I would like the first book.


    Comment by Andrea I | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  36. It was a shock to hear about Jennifer. I haven’t read any of her books yet but they really sound interesting and I have a couple of them in my must read stack but haven’t got to them yet. I have her family in my prayers.


    Comment by Julie Swaney | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  37. It’s such a sad day when we loose someone of such great talent. I’ve not yet read any of the Jaz Park series but it most definitely has been on my list for some time now.

    I am a huge fan of UF and Paranormal stories. The possibilities are endless, the main characters are kick azz, and the whole concept is, at times, mind blowing!

    Comment by Kate N. (Yzhabella) | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  38. I’m a new convert to Urban Fantasy. I enjoy the vitality it seems to have as a genre. I’ve never read the Jaz Parks books – but that first paragraph in book 1 is fabulous!

    What a nice tribute.

    Comment by LAMusing | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  39. My daughter got me reading my first urban fantasy book recently – really enjoyed it! After reading your post I’d love to read the first book in this series.

    Comment by Norma | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  40. I love urban fantasy because it gives a twist of what we usually do in real life & fantasies. Also, I like how the authors create their characters & their world. They’re all so unique!

    Comment by angel | September 30, 2010 | Reply

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  42. I’ve heard a lot of the series, and it’s been on my to read list for a very long time as well.
    And I kept meaning to get to it, and…
    Well, hopefully now will be my chance.

    I love the genre for its strong female characters and the supporting cute hunks.


    Comment by Kitty | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  43. So sorry for the loss to the writing community. I am sure she will be sadly missed and also her Urban Fastasy books. They really look like good reads!!

    Judy Cox

    Comment by Judy Cox | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  44. Though I’ve not read her books, I do have a couple in my TBR pile. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her books and her personality.

    Comment by Lisa Richards | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  45. I haven’t read this series but I love UF because of the strong female characters.

    I would love Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

    Comment by Throuthehaze | October 1, 2010 | Reply

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  47. I have the first 5 books of the series sitting on my shelf for a while and haven’t had the chance to read them yet. Now would probably be a good time to start. I love urban fantasy because of all the possibilities.

    I would like a copy of Bite Marks.

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

    Comment by jmspettoli | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  48. I’ve heard of this series but have never read it. I’m sorry to hear of Jennifer Rardin’s passing.

    Her legacy will continue to live through her family, friends, fans, and works.

    If chosen, I would like Once Bitten, Twice Shy, please.

    Tracey D

    Comment by Tracey D | October 3, 2010 | Reply

  49. I was so sorry to hear about Jennifer. She had a great way of taking what has become increasingly common (vampire & human woman working together with romantic tension) and making it something uncommon and unique. She’ll missed.

    I love the Jaz Park series although I’ve still got a few left to read so I will truly savor those last few books. I don’t have Bite Marks yet so that’s moved up my shopping list! 🙂

    Comment by Mel S | October 3, 2010 | Reply

  50. It’s always so sad when someone passes away so young. I was enjoying the Jaz Parks series. It’s one of the first that I started reading when I got into this genre and I liked it because Jaz is a strong woman and because of the way the romantic tension was strung out. If I win, I’d love Book #5, because I’ve read the first four.

    jen at delux dot com

    Comment by JenM | October 3, 2010 | Reply

  51. I Was sad to hear she’d passed away. She wrote great books. This is a good way to remember her. If I win I’d like a copy of Once bitten, twice shy.

    dorien_benaets at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Auraya | October 4, 2010 | Reply

  52. I have the first 3 books of her Jaz Series. I was buying them as they released in mm and had just sent her an email about when the others were going to be released in that format. Trades don’t fit on my shelves that my hubby built. This is so sad ;(
    If I win, I’d like book #4, it’s the next in line for me to buy. Stephanie

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  54. Truly is a sad thing. I would love to have the first one as I had never heard of her before this tragedy.

    Comment by Melissa R | October 4, 2010 | Reply

  55. Oh WOW….Just heard the news and still can’t believe it. I have loved the Jaz Parks series since the debut. She set the bar with the kick-ass heroine who also has depth.

    This is truly a great way to honor her, and if I win, I would like book #7, Bitten In Two.


    Comment by Robyne | October 4, 2010 | Reply

  56. I love the Jaz Parks series, it’s been a while since I’ve read it but I’m definitely going back to it. I love Jaz’s kick-arse personality and the weird, tense relationship she has with Vayl.

    If I win, I’d like Once Bitten, Twice Shy.

    Kate1485 at

    Comment by Katherine Ryan | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  57. That’s a sad thing ..for the UF fans well as her fans…
    I haven’t read any of her books ..but Once Bitten, Twice Shy is on my (TBB)To Buy Books and ..if i win i would like that one:|

    Comment by PinkStuff28 | October 6, 2010 | Reply

  58. Hello!, Very interest angle, we were talking about the same thing at work and found your site very stimulating. So felt compelled to com?ment a little thank you for all your effort. Please keep up the great work your doing!

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