Halfway to the Grave

Night Huntress Series, Book 1
Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Synopsis

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Excerpt

“Playing with fire, Kitten?”

His mouth grazed my cheek. His lips were cool against my skin. My head spun, my senses reeled, and my tongue crept out and licked his neck.

The shudder went all through him. Bones pressed me so close his body ground into mine, jerking my head back with a thick handful of hair until our eyes locked. What had started out as a game was not an open challenge, as well as a direct threat.

All of this should have frightened me, but it was as if my mind were incapable of rational thought.

He was a vampire, a hit man, and had almost killed me…and nothing mattered more than the feel of him.

I licked my lips and didn’t pull away.

It was all the invitation he needed.

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Quotes

“I’m great as bait! All the vampires want to eat me!” page 195
(Cat to Bones)

“That’s right, luv.” Softly, but unyielding resonance. “If you run from me, I’ll chase you. And I’ll find you.” Page 202
(Bones to Cat)

“Kitten,” he moaned as he drew me down onto the bed. “I only thought I was living before I met you. You’ll love me until you die? That’s not nearly long enough…” Page 352
(Bones to Cat)

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Character Bios

Bones
Cat

Extras

Jeaniene has been very involved in this fansite and has graciously shared plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits. Here’s some of the extras she shared with us about Halfway to the Grave.

Original first chapter for Halfway to the Grave
A Cat & Bones deleted scene

Setting

Why did the author choose to set Halfway to the Grave in Ohio?

There are several reasons why I chose Ohio. One, I spent five years of my childhood in a teeny Ohio town, so I felt familiar enough with small-town Ohio to write about it. Also, Ohio was a good setting for HTTG due to its extremes in cultures. You have the big cities, like Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, and then you have these tiny rural areas and even Amish country. So Cat’s from one of these small towns, which helped explain her relative innocence versus, say, a 22 year-old from New York City, but she didn’t have far to go to find those crowded big-city bars where she went vampire hunting.

About the Cover

My editor and I discussed the covers when my book was first sold. I was very emphatic that I only wanted Cat on my front cover, because to me, having just her signified that this wasn’t a usual done-in-one-book paranormal romance, like most couple covers are. So, HTTG has only Cat on the cover, and the stepback (inside flap) doesn’t have anything but cemetery scene. I think it did a great job in setting the “mood” for the book.

In OFITG, however, my editor told me that Marketing wanted both Cat and Bones on the cover to make it sexier. I argued the same point as before – this book is part of a series, it’s got a lot of urban fantasy to it, and I don’t want to disappoint romance readers who are picking something up by the cover and getting very ticked at what they get instead. So, we compromised, and Bones was put in the stepback (which, as irony would have it, I love that image more than the front cover image. Serves me right!).

As far as how the cover model compares to how I see Bones…he’s different from my mental image of Bones, but I think some overall characteristics are the same. One, the guy is hawwwt! . Two, he’s got nice high cheekbones and he’s tall, like Bones. Three, he’s got a lean muscular build, which is what Bones has. And four, he’s hawwt (okay, I said that already, lol). So I was very happy with how his image turned out.

Cat & the FBI

There were a few reason why Cat went off with Don (the FBI guy) at the end. One, she did it to protect Bones. Don had agreed to leave Bones alone if Cat went with him, but that was before Bones rearranged the highway and demolished the agents taking Cat away [pg. 342-344]. So after that, Cat had every reason to suspect Don would go back on his promise, since Bones had proven to be not just another vampire, but a dangerous, powerful vampire. Also, it wasn’t that Cat thought the government would be better at protecting her versus Bones – it was that her mother, Justina, would never have gone along with that plan. Cat knew her mother’s hatred of vampires was so deep, she’d try to run away, putting all of them in danger, or possibly even kill herself rather than be sheltered by a “demon” [pg. 334-335]. Cat already felt horribly guilty over her grandparent’s death, so she wasn’t about to risk more people she loved dying. Plus, as the other big reason, Cat realized she and Bones didn’t have a future together anyway, since she was mortal and he’d live indefinitely [pg 340]. So, she figured she could keep Bones safe by leaving and passing another body off as his [pg 354] and keep her mother safe by taking Don’s offer, all at the same time. To Cat, it was the only way to be sure that those she loved would be all right, even though it broke her heart.
Now, obviously Cat’s plan wasn’t foolproof, or there wouldn’t be a sequel . ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE shows Cat’s new life as a Special Agent, how there was a lot more going on with Don than she’d ever guessed, and how everything changes when Bones enters the picture again.

Media Extras

Halfway to the Grave Playlist

Halfway to the Grave wallpaper

What Others Are Saying

“Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel!”
–Romantic Times

“Jeaniene Frost is dynamite. Halfway to the Grave is dark, sexy, and supernatural, blended with a touch of humor. I dare you to disagree–Cat will have you staked in five seconds flat.”
–Cheyenne McCray, “New York Times” best-selling author

“Jeaniene Frost takes Urban Fantasy head on and makes the genre her own with a winning blend of humor, sex, and real emotion that will leave readers eager for more.”
–Kathryn Smith, “USA Today” best-selling author

“Halfway to the Grave has breathless action, a roller-coaster plot, flashes of dark humor, and a love story that will leave you screaming for more. I devoured it in a single sitting and I can’t wait for the sequel. Sign me up for Jeaniene Frost’s fan list!”
–Ilona Andrews, “New York Times” Bestselling Author (This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition)

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