Thank you, Ms Rardin

September 28, 2010 at 12:01 am 55 comments

The Bells by Edmund DulacLast week, I was greatly saddened to hear that Jennifer Rardin had passed away. As with most book-related news, nowadays, I found out on Twitter. The shock and sadness moved in waves, among authors, readers/bloggers, and publishers. In sharing our feelings about Jennifer Rardin the author, the woman, and about the wonderful series she had created, a few of us bloggers wanted to recognize the enjoyment she brought to us through her books. So, this post is my contribution to this memorial. Each of us will also be giving away books by Jennifer Rardin. Please visit the participants listed on the right to read more about her series.

Please visit these other bloggers who
are also remembering Jennifer Rardin,
through reviews, posts, and giveaways:
The Book pushers
(Big thanks to Has, from The Book
Pushers, who organized this blog roll.)
Lurve a la Mode
Book Lovers Inc
Dren’s B-spot
Reading Angel
Genrereviews
Sidhe Vicious Reviews

When I first started heavily reading author blogs and sites in late 2007/early 2008, I found Jennifer Rardin’s blog, and was charmed by her humor and grace. I had just read the first book in her Jaz Parks series, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and it was apparent that the wit with which the book was written, was a reflection of the author.

The Jaz Parks series is a great blend of urban fantasy, CIA action-suspense, and romantic comedy. I don’t read a lot of military-ops books, but this series sucks me in every time. The action is fast-paced, yet the story never becomes just a succession of break-ins and shoot-outs. There are a few reasons for this.

First, is Jaz, herself. The series is told in first person pov, and her voice is smart, and a little bit snarky. She’s still dealing with the horrifying death of her fiance, but has found some comfort in making sure that others are safe from rogue vampires.

The stories flow, as if Jaz is looking out at the book, and right at the reader, making observations about her life. That is, when she isn’t giving assorted bad guys a hard time with Grief, her Walther PPK or negotiating her complicated relationship with one of the sexiest vampires in urban fantasy, Vayl.

One More Bite by Jennifer RardinWhich brings me to the second reason I love Jennifer Rardin’s series: the sexy vampire himself, Vayl. Not only does he have great chemistry with Jaz (in their scenes together, their unresolved sexual tension can be cut with a knife), but he is a great character in his own right. Like Jaz, he has a dark and tragic past that regularly comes back to haunt him.

But, what makes Vayl so irresistable to me is how much he truly cares for Jaz. Yes, he’s all smoldering, lusty, sexiness too, but it’s the love he shows for her that really gets to me.

A couple of years ago, I fantasy casted a number of my favorite heroes, including Vayl. ER actor, Goran Visnjic still captures Vayl’s sophistication, sensitivity and magnetism that I love so much.

The last reason I enjoy this series is the great ensemble cast. Flirty PI Cole, seer Cassandra, tech-guru Bergman, and even Jaz’ blustering dad, Albert are a colorful cast of characters that add a sense of stability and place, even though the stories take place all over the world. With each book, I’m eager to catch up with Jaz’ Spec Ops crew almost as much as I am to see what will happen with Jaz and Vayl.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ms Rardin, for the hours of enjoyment she has given me through her books. I am so sad that the book community will miss out on the stories she could have written over the next few decades, but will be grateful that I can still spend time with the wonderful stories she gave us.

Book 7, Bitten in Two will be released November 2010. Book 8, which concludes the series had already been written, and will be released next year.

GIVEAWAY

One commenter will receive their choice of book from the Jaz Parks series. In the comments let me know if you’ve read Jaz Parks, and which book in the series you’d like to win.

Leave your comment by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) Friday, October 1, 2010 to be entered. Winner will be posted Saturday, October 2nd.

This contest is open internationally.

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55 Comments Add your own

  • 1. orannia  |  September 28, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I haven’t read any of Jennifer Rardin’s books – I’m very sorry to hear of her passing.

    Please don’t include me in the giveaway – my library has her books so I would rather someone else enjoy the prize :)

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  • 3. Mandarina  |  September 28, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Hello, I never read this author, but I want to read because I love vampires too.

    I am international reader (Spain), and I want the first book of the saga.

    mail: noemisapi(@)gmail(.)com

    thank you very much!

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  • 5. Mette J (Mysteriousrose)  |  September 28, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I have not had the oppotunity to read her book yet but I can not wait to get started when I find a way to get my hands on copies of her books.
    So if I win I would love book number 1 Once Bitten Twice Shy.
    Thank you for this giveaway it’s a great way to remember her.

    forceofstars(at)yahoo(dot)dk

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  • 6. Ashley C.  |  September 28, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I have actually not read any of her books :( I would love the first in the series please :D

    ashleysbookshelf[@]gmail[.]com

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

    Ashley’s Bookshelf

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  • 7. Jade  |  September 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I absolutely love Jennifer Rardin and I will continue loving her for forever! And then there’s the too great couple, Jaz and Vayl (I can’t help but love him way more than Cole, but that’s a little obvious :-P)
    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!

    legally_write[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  • 8. Cherry Mischievous  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I never knew this author but it saddens me to hear about her passing! :(

    I have book 1 in my TBR pile but I haven’t read it yet. So I would like to choose book 2, if I get lucky :)

    Thank you for the tribute giveaway!

    Cherry Mischievous

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  • 9. debp  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I haven’t read any of her series, but I would like to start with the first one. What a great tribute to her.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  • 10. Joni  |  September 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Well, I’ve never read any of this series, so I would be interested in getting the first one of the series. Sounds interesting.

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  • 11. Tynga  |  September 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

    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 am international.

    Thank you for doing this!
    TyngaUF(a)gmail.com

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  • 12. Auraya  |  September 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I really liked her books, so I was sad to hear she’d passed away.

    I’d like to win a copy of the first book. I’ve read most of them at the library, but always intented to pick up the books.

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  • 13. Stephanie K.  |  September 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I was very sad to hear about Jennifer Rardin’s passsing. I have not read any of her books, so I’d love to win the first in the series.

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  • 14. Rhyan Birch  |  September 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I like all of her readers will miss Ms Rardin. Hers was one of the first UF series I fallowed buying each book as it came out. I would love to win a copy of Bitten in Two. If it needs to be a book already pitchmen the last one published ( lent my copy out)

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  • 15. Angela D.  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It is so sad to hear of an author’s passing. I haven’t read any of these books yet (although they have been on my list) so I would be most interested in the first book.

    angela.donner @ gmail.com

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  • 16. Linda Kish  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I have not read any of her books yet. They do sounds interesting by the titles. I would start with Once Bitten, Twice shy

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  • 17. Donna S  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I have read the series and think its great. I highly recommend it to anyone that hasnt started it yet. I would love to get Bitten in Two

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  • 18. Ladytink_534  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I loved her books. I’ve only read the first three but I started reading them when she published her second one. She was such a great author and person too. Ms. Rardin will definitely be missed.

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  • 19. Scarlett  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I’m a huge fan of the series, very saddened by Jennifers passing, I have read all of the previous books in the Jaz Parks series and loved them!! I would like Bitten in Two, if I win.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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

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  • 20. vickyvak  |  September 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I haven’t read the Jazz Parks series but they have been on my wishlist for a while now!

    I’d love to win the first book in the series!

    vicky.vak8(at)gmail.com

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  • 21. LesleyW  |  September 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I am completely shocked to read this. I didn’t know. The Jaz and Vayl series is one that I truly love. So far I am up to book 5 of the series. So if I’m lucky enough to be picked I’d choose book 6.

    Sometimes life just sucks. :(

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  • 22. jessi  |  September 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I have not read any but want to. If i won i would like the first one.

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  • 23. Adelina  |  September 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I love this series! And I’m very sad to hear Jennifer Rardin has passed away. She was a wonderful author with a great sense of humor. I have such a great time reading her books. One of the things I love most about her series are all the awesome characters, especially Jaz and Vayl.

    I would love to win book 5.

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  • 25. tammy  |  September 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I was shocked to click on your blog and learn about the death of Jennifer Radin . I’ve read all of her books and Jazz is one of my favorite characters.

    I would love to win book 7 ” Bitten in two”

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  • 26. Chris  |  September 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I’m not entering – I have her first two Jaz Parks books to read sometime – but I’ll mention it Friday!

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  • 27. Jaz.parks  |  September 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Please, count me in. I just can´t believe she had passed away. It’s so sad.

    Good luck to everyone,

    Jaz.parks

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  • 28. Jolene Allcock  |  September 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I am sorry to say I haven’t read her books yet, they have been on my wishlist but haven’t gotten around to them. I’ve heard great things of her and her books. Please enter me

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  • 29. LSUReader  |  September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I haven’t yet read the Jaz Parks books. If I win, I’d like the first book.

    I was so sorry to read about Ms. Rardin. You are recognizing her work in such a wonderful way. Thank you.

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  • 30. heatwave16  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I picked up book one, and I’d love to get ANother One Bites the Dust.

    Thanks!!!

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  • 31. Linda Henderson  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I have not read any of her books, so I’d like to read book one.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  • 32. Renee  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you everyone for your comments and entries. Please be sure to visit the other participating blogs, as well.

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  • 33. Mariska  |  September 29, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I’ve only read the first book, so i would like to win the second one :)

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  • 34. Misha Mathew  |  September 29, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of her books yet. I would love to win the 1st book.

    Thanks!

    mishamary@gmail.com

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  • 35. Cathy M  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

    What a wonderful way to honor her, and let new reader’s discover the joy of her stories.

    Would love to read book 3, Biting The Bullet.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  • 36. Christine  |  September 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Renee, this is such a lovely tribute to Jennifer Rardin. My sympathies go out to Ms. Rardin’s loved ones, colleagues and fans.

    I’ve always heard such great things about the Jaz Parks series and it’s been on my wish list for ages. I’m still hopeful to get to it someday. I’d love to win the first book to get me going.

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  • 37. Valerie  |  September 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Wow, I haven’t read this author and it’s sad that she has passed away.

    I would love to win one, and if I did I guess I should begin at the very beginning with book one!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany
    valb0302@yahoo.com

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  • 38. Ina  |  September 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    yes, I’ve read the first three books of Jaz Parks and I was really shocked as I heard about Jennifer :(
    I would read on with book four…
    Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

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  • 39. Kelly  |  September 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I was so sorry when I heard she passed away and shocked too! She was so young! :(

    I am also even sadder and ashamed to admit that one of my friends had given me the third book of her series as a gift but I never got around to reading it! :(

    I am determined to read all of them now.
    I would love if I could win the first book.

    Kelly / yvantis@hotmail.com

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  • 40. Andrea I  |  September 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I think this is a great tribute to her. I’ve never read any of the books and would like the third book in the series.

    andrea.infinger@gmail.com

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  • 41. Kulsuma  |  September 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I have not read this series but it looks absolutely fab and of course I would love to read it! I would love the first book if I win.

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  • 42. Marianna G.  |  September 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I have read Rardin and I was very sad to hear that she passed on. I am glad you are having this tribute.

    I would love a copy of One Bite More.

    Reply
  • 43. Marg  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I am another one who hasn’t read this author, but had been meaning too, and was shocked to hear of her passing.

    If I win I would love to have the opportunity to read the first book in the series.

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  • 44. Darlyn  |  September 30, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I have to say I have not read any of her books and I feel sorry that we have lost one of talented author.

    Thanks for the opportunity to read her books.

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

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  • 45. LAMusing  |  September 30, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I’ve never read any of her books – so I’d love the first in the series.
    Very nice way to honor her

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  • 46. Norma  |  September 30, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Very sad news – she was so young.
    I’ve only read excerpts, so I would really enjoy reading the first book of the series.

    Reply
  • 47. Melissa R  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I’ve never had the chance to read her books to be honest had never heard of her before. What a wonderful way to honor an author. I would love to read the first book obviously :)

    giveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

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  • 48. Judy Cox  |  September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Sorry to say I have never read her books. Of course, I have heard of the series and how good of a read they are. My loss for not having picked up any!!

    I would enjoy reading anyone of them!!

    Judy Cox
    magnolias_1@msn.com

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  • 49. Carol Thompson  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I have only read one of her books but I remember enjoying it very much.

    It is always a great shock when someone dies at what seems a very early age.

    MY heart goes out to her family.

    I would love to read any of her latest books as a tribute to her.

    Thank you.

    Carol T (International)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  • 50. Patti (Book Addict)  |  October 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but they’ve been on my “start this series” list for quite some time. Now I feel guilty.

    bookaddictpatti at cox dot net

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  • 51. Angie B.  |  October 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I’ve never read any book in this series but I love vamires so I’d love to read any of them.

    Reply
  • 52. Chrizette  |  October 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I have not read Jennifer Rardin yet but would love to. Please enter me in the giveaway :)

    ~Chrizette

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  • 53. B-kitty  |  October 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I received the first book of the series and soon after I found out what happened. It is a sad thing and not fair. A smart, creative person went away.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.
    kaguya2000(at)gmail(dot)com

    Reply
  • 54. Spav  |  October 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I read the first 3 book of her Jaz Parks series and I loved them.

    Reply
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