Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, book 4) by Jennifer Rardin – book cover, description, publication history. 8 books in this series. Once Bitten, Twice Shy. from: $ #1. Another One Bites the Dust. from: $ #2. Biting the Bullet. from: $ #3. Bitten to Death. Jennifer Rardin is the author of Bitten to Death and three previous Shy; Another One Bites the Dust; Biting the Bullet and Bitten to Death.
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Jennifer Rardin, who has died unexpectedly at the age of 45, was the author of the popular Jaz Parks series of urban fantasies featuring jennifef, martial arts and paranormal terrorists. At the centre of the books are two CIA “black ops” agents, one a former vampire-hunter-turned-spy, the other a year-old vampire.
Their complex working relationship, forthright attitude and the romantic tension between the two have kept readers enthralled for six full-length novels.
Rardin had completed three unpublished fantasy novels before she decided to write jennife vampires in the real world. Taking the idea of allowing a vampire to do what he does best — killing people — she rarddin writing the story of Vayl, a Romanian-born vampire now working as an assassin for the CIA.
Jasmine “Jaz” Parks was originally created as a sidekick but, as she continued to write, Rardin found that Parks was the character through whom the story was best told. She completely revised the book, which now took the harder path of first-person narrative, a choice that allowed Rardin to speak “straight from Jaz’s mouth into the reader’s ear”. Moody and sardonic, Jaz proved to be an engaging mouthpiece for Rardin’s novels as she dealt with her problems — her family, her troubled past, her relationship with Vayl — while facing jenniffr supernatural foes.
Jennifer Rardin – Wikipedia
Unlike many female protagonists, who secretly yearn for — and require — the aid of a strong alpha male, the spirited year-old redhead Jaz has the strength, character and training to resolve any situation she finds herself in.
Her fast-paced, world-spanning adventures the settings including Iran, Greece, Scotland and Australia were laced with humour and appealed to a wide age range, but especially to young women.
The debut novel, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, was accepted by the London-based Orbit Books and published in Octoberand her agent negotiated a deal for two more books featuring Parks and Vayl.
Where the first book had taken two years to write, the sequels — Another One Bites the Dust and Biting the Bullet — were completed within months and published in December and February respectively. In these, Bittej additions to her cast of oddball characters included the criminal mastermind and vampire, Edward “The Raptor” Samos, who came to the fore in further sequels, Bitten to Death and One More Bite. Increasingly jenniifer the series, Jaz herself suffered from nightmares, became more sensitive to the paranormal and, in the sixth of the novels, Bite Marks, experienced a full-blown possession.
The seventh novel, Bitten in Two, which takes place in Marrakech, is due to be published next month. Rardin recently completed the eighth and final Jaz and Vayl novel The Deadliest Bite, due to be published in and a young adult fantasy, Shadowstruck.
For Rardin, urban fantasy was the ideal mix of reality and myth. The combination of the two worlds, reality and fantasy, makes the genre my favourite and one in which I’ll never tire of writing.
She grew up in Illinois, graduating from Casey-Westfield high school and went on to study literature at Eastern Illinois University, gaining her BA in Introduced to CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia at the age of 11, she became hooked on fantasy novels and was writing poetry and fiction deagh the age of 12, although her earliest success was a prizewinning essay on why she loved Sherlock Holmes.
Her first fiction sale was Marty’s Mile, a short story, to the fantasy magazine Midnight Zoo, that was published in Before selling her first novel, Rardin wrote for trade journals and scripted business videos.
She married Kirk Rardin in and the couple had two children, Katie and Ben.