Blog Tour: Dead Harvest by Jeanette Battista & Tracey Phillips *Review & Interview*

Posted January 8, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Dead Harvest by Jeanette Battista, Tracey Phillips
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Dead Harvest

Discreet Demolitions #1
Jeanette Battista & Tracey Phillips
Number of pages: 182

Book Description:
Someone’s been raising the dead and it’s J’s job to find out who. As a detective operating in the Underworld, J—with her powers of shadow manipulation—is uniquely equipped for the job. What she isn’t counting on is the help of an escapee from a mental institution who seems to attract trouble just by existing.

It’s up to J and T—two very unlikely allies—to find the necromancer and bring him before the Underworld Balance Magistrate for judgment before the human world gets wise to the dead walking among them.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was light-hearted, and fun to read.  You would think most books with dealings of the Underworld would be dark and deadly, but this one is refreshing.

J and T are complete opposites.  J is strung tight, shows no emotion, and can be kind of a bitch.  T is freaking nuts.  She doesn’t seem to understand the way things work in the world.  T kind of bends her mama’s rules to whatever situation she is in.  The one thing she is passionate about is cleaning.  I’ve never seen a character so OCD about cleaning as T. 

The plot is pretty quick paced.  The situations T gets herself in are pretty funny.  Each time she interacted with anyone, especially J, I had a Bean moment.  Which is probably why I liked this book so much.  To me it was a little Sherlock Holmes mixed with Mr. Bean.  It’s got the serious and funny, in equal parts. 

It’s a quick read, and will leave you giggling.  (If you are into that sort of dry humor.)  I recommend this to all.  There’s not a lot of language, and there’s a funny little gnome. 😉

Today we have Jeanette and Tracey with us to answer a few questions!

1. How hard was it to co-write a book? Did it all just flow naturally?

Jeanette: It was incredibly easy to write with Tracey. We have pretty much the same warped sense of humor so it wasn’t jarring to swap chapters (she’d write one, then I’d write the next). The only difference is that I tend to go darker than Tracey and she veers more into slapstick. Our signal is to shout/write RABID CHIHUAHUA when things get too crazy.

Tracey:  Jeanette and I have been friends for a long time and have very similar ideas about humor and taste in subject matter. Plus, we’ve been making each other laugh with this stuff for a long time, so it was pretty easy. The hardest thing was choosing where to start the series.

2. Where did you get inspiration to write Dead Harvest?
Jeanette: Well, neither of us are particularly romantic and we wanted to write something that had strong female protags that weren’t necessarily throwing themselves all over vampires or werewolves or . And we both love Terry Pratchett and Monty Python, so the weird humor just kind of wrote itself. We met for burritos and talked about it a lot.
Tracey:  It’s Jeanette’s fault. She did a Buffy fanfic that introduced these two characters, and we started talking about them and everything just spun off from that.

3. When do you write best? AM or PM?
Jeanette: I write at any time of the day, but PM is easiest for me. After the kid goes to sleep.
Tracey: Definitely PM. Mainly because that’s the only time I have to write.

4. Who would you pick to play T and J if Dead Harvest was made into a movie?
Jeanette: Oh wow. It would be hard to pick an actress for J–she’s almost skeletal in her appearance, so that would be kind of hard for an actress to do. They’d have to lose too much weight. Tracey and I always saw this more in terms of a graphic novel or animation. T is a little easier because she’s more normal looking. Jane Levy, maybe?

Tracey: That’s tough. I have “types” in mind, but not necessarily particular people. I’ve always pictured J as Christina Ricci, only younger. As for T…maybe Ellen Page.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Jeanette: I read. And I play video games with my daughter (she’s all about Skylanders right now). And I have a full time job, so that eats up a lot of my time outside of the house.
I have a toddler and a middle schooler, so I spend my time alternating between making Play-doh cupcakes and blowing stuff up in co-op mode on Halo 4.
Top 5’s–Jeanette
1. Food–Pasta (any), Brownies, Kettle Corn, Cheddar Bear soup, fried green tomato BLTs
2. Bands–Nine Inch Nails, Lana del Ray, Johnny Cash, Adele, and Florence + the Machine
3. Books–The Count of Monte Cristo, Rot & Ruin, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Sir Orfeo, and The Poisoner’s Handbook
4. Movies–The Avengers, The Lion in Winter, The Princess Bride, Army of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China
5. Songs–Locked Out of Heaven, Off to the Races, Seven Devils, Cosmic Love, God Will Cut You Down, Lucretia, My Reflection by Sisters of Mercy

Top 5’s

1. Food


Mexican food, but especially burritos.


Vegetarian sushi. Like the seaweed, not a fan of fish. Kind of missing the point, I know.
2. Bands
And here I reveal that I am both ancient and terminally unhip:


Mumford and Sons


Johnny Cash

3. Books
Princess Bride
Pride and Prejudice
Good Omens
Harry Potter series
The Secret History
4. Movies
Big Trouble in Little China. Don’t judge me.
Evil Dead trilogy
Raising Arizona
Aliens (the second one, where Sigourney Weaver kicks all kinds of alien butt. I pretend the third one didn’t happen.)
5. Songs
It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) – REM
Superfreak – Rick James
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
Hurt – Johnny Cash version

Thank y’all for stopping by the blog!  Big Trouble in Little China is full of awesome.  I also love Raising Arizona, the hubby doesn’t understand it, but oh well. 😛

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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