Jaye Wells

Jaye’s Drunk Cherries

Someone asked me on Twitter for my famous drunk cherries recipe. I use these for my Old Fashioneds, but they’re also great with ice cream or other desserts. These also make excellent gifts. Just make up a big batch, jar them, and put a fun label on them. Enjoy!

Jaye’s Drunk Cherries

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. cherries(fresh is best, but you can buy frozen cherries from most grocery stores if cherries aren’t in season)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

4 cardamom pods

2 whole cloves

2 whole allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup brandy

1-quart jar with lid and seal

Put It Together:

Pit the cherries (or defrost if using frozen, pitted cherries)

Bring sugar, water, lemon juice, and spices to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Stir in the brandy and the pitted cherries.

Using slotted spoon, transfer the cherries to a 1-quart jar. Pour enough of the cooking liquid over the cherriesto cover them completely. Twist on lid.

To preserve: Process the lidded jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, let cool, and store in a cool, dark place (such as a cupboard) for at least 6 weeks before using. Once opened, keep chilled.

High Lonesome Sound Reviews

The reviews are rolling in for my supernatural Southern gothic novel, High Lonesome Sound.

“Jaye Wells has a wholly adept pen and at times much more than that, adding flourish and style.

HIGH LONESOME SOUND is an easy and inviting read. The pacing is on point. The characters are good. The thrills and action move justly. I can’t imagine a fan of commercial horror being disappointed by this book.” —Unnerving Magazine

Read the rest of the review here. 

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Introducing: High Lonesome Sound

The day has finally arrived for High Lonesome Sound‘s big launch! I could not be more excited to share this Appalachian gothic tale about mountain magic, deadly secrets, and vengeful demons with you.

Secrets won’t stay buried. Neither will the dead. 

In the sleepy mountain town of Moon Hollow, Virginia, there is a church with a crooked steeple. No one will say for sure how it got that way, but it’s the reason the whole town gathers every Decoration Day to honor the dead.

This year, there are two fresh graves up on Cemetery Hill, a stranger’s come to town, and the mountain’s song is filled with dark warnings.

The good people of Moon Hollow are about to learn that some secrets are too painful to bear, and some spirits are too restless to stay buried.

Buy it now:

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What people are saying about High Lonesome Sound:

“This story will leave you shivering in the dead of summer.” –Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot

“A masterful portrayal of flawed humanity struggling to hear the song of the sublime. It’s harrowing, haunting, and ultimately triumphant with a deeply satisfying conclusion.” –Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling author of the Iron Druid series

“Some of the best horror I’ve read in ages. Feels like Stephen King after he  really hit his stride.” –Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things

Frequently Asked Questions:

-Where can I buy High Lonesome Sound?

You can purchase it in ebook or print at most online book stores. If you prefer to shop at independent brick-and-mortar stores you can always ask them to order you a copy.
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-When will it be available in audio?

Hopefully soon. Producing high-quality audiobooks is important to me, so I’m taking time to find the best partner for this project. Keep an eye out for more news on this as I have it.

Where can I read an excerpt?

The first chapter is here.

-Is High Lonesome Sound part of a series?

No. It is a stand alone novel. However, I do have other stories planned for this genre, which I call “Appalachian Gothic.”

-Will the story scare me?

Short Answer: Probably.

Long answer: It depends on your tolerance for creepiness. If you’re a fan of Stephen King or Shirley Jackson, you’ll probably love it. If you find them too scary, you’ll probably need to sleep with a light on.

-Does this mean you’ve stopped writing urban fantasy?

Absolutely not. I still have three books left in my Prospero’s War series, and lots of ideas for other stories that fall under the UF umbrella.

I believe it’s important for writers to stretch themselves so their skills don’t grow stale. Plus, the beauty of self-publishing is I can write whatever I want and get it all to the market faster. This allows me to work in several genres at once. If one of my chosen genres doesn’t work for you, that’s okay because there are plenty of other options.

 

Book Sale–The Art of Loving a Vampire

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, The Art of Loving a Vampire is a Kindle Countdown Deal until Feb. 14. Get it now for just $.99! 

About The Art of Loving a Vampire

Curator Sydney Worth has an embarrassing crush on the handsome kilted man in her favorite painting. The portrait is more than two hundred years old, so the last thing she expects is for him to walk into her museum.

Logan, the eldest son of the Murdoch vampire clan,  can’t understand why this stubborn mortal woman isn’t falling for his mind control. Left with no other choice, he agrees to work with Sydney to prove his family’s claim to the painting. Now he just has to figure out how to keep the very attractive curator from finding out he and his entire family are immortals.

Can a vampire who hates complications and a curator with trust issues learn the fine art of love?

Get it now on Kindle! 

 

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Praise for High Lonesome Sound

I’m excited to share  new book blurbs for HIGH LONESOME SOUND.

“Spooky and sweet, dark and warm, and sharp as an animal’s teeth. This is a story that will leave you shivering in the dead of summer.” –Cherie Priest, author of THE FAMILY PLOT

“A masterful portrayal of flawed humanity struggling to hear the song of the sublime. It’s harrowing, haunting, and ultimately triumphant.” –Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling author of the IRON DRUID series

“Some of the best horror I’ve read in ages. Feels like Stephen King after he  really hit his stride.” –Stephen Blackmoore, author of DEAD THINGS

 

HIGH LONESOME SOUND releases on February 13.

-Read Chapter One now.

-Add it to your Goodreads “To Read” list.

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Win Five Books!

Private investigators. Trackers. Cops. Cleaners. In Urban Fantasy, monsters exist alongside humans. Someone needs to keep the bloodshed to a minimum. And when the body count rises too fast or too high, someone needs to find who’s responsible and make them pay. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it…

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Big News!

I woke up to some amazing news this morning:

Volatile Bonds was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the Best Indie Urban Fantasy Award of 2017!

I am so excited and honored to nominated. RT Book Reviews has been incredibly supportive of my books, and the fact that my first big indie book was nominated is thrilling.

DIRTY DEALS LEAD TO DEADLY ENDS.

When the Magic Enforcement Agency is called out to the scene of a dirty magic lab explosion, a body with a bullet wound is found in the smoldering ruins. As Detective Kate Prospero and her partner, Special Agent Drew Morales, hunt down the killer, they uncover evidence that a dangerous new coven may be operating in the Cauldron.

It’s not long before the bodies start piling up, and the heat is on for the team to make an arrest. Solving the murders will require unraveling dangerous alliances between the city’s dirty magic covens. And if they’re not careful, the new complexities of Morales and Prospero’s own partnership threaten to make a volatile situation downright deadly.

Read the first chapter of Volatile Bonds now

Buy the ebook:

Amazon | Nook | Kobo | iTunes |Googleplay

Buy the print book:

Murder By the Book (ships signed copies) | CreatespaceIndiebound | B&N | Amazon 

Buy it in audiobook: 

Tantor | Audible 

Cover Reveal-High Lonesome Sound

Check out the gorgeous cover of my Appalachian gothic novel, HIGH LONESOME SOUND.

About High Lonesome Sound:

In the sleepy mountain town of Moon Hollow, Virginia, there is a church with a crooked steeple. No one will say for sure how it got that way, but it’s reason the whole town gathers every Decoration Day to honor the dead.

But this year, there are two fresh graves up on Cemetery Hill, a stranger’s come to town, and the mountain’s song is filled with dark warnings.

The good people of Moon Hollow are about to learn that some secrets are too painful to bear, and some spirits are too restless to stay buried.

High Lonesome Sound will launch on February 13, just in time for Women in Horror Month.

Note: Preorders will not be available on this title. If you want to keep up with release news, please sign up for my newsletter. When you subscribe, I’ll send you The Uncanny Collection for free!

New Year, New Look

Welcome to 2018! To celebrate the start of a new year, I’ve given one of my series a little facelift.

The Murdoch Vampires series has been given brand new covers and titles. These paranormal romantic comedies were originally published as THE HOT SCOT and REBEL CHILD under my Kate Eden pen name. For the time-being they will be Amazon exclusive, but if there is enough demand I’ll expand distribution down the road.

 

The Art of Loving a Vampire:

This vampire who hates complications and the ambitious curator with trust issues are about to learn the fine art of love.

“If you’re looking for a fun read then this is the book for you. The dialogue was sarcastic and super funny, and the pages seemed to turn themselves the story moved so quickly.” —Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling author

Buy it now:
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The Taming of the Vamp:

This very odd couple is about to find out that opposites don’t just attract—they smolder.

“Raven and Callum’s romance is fabulous fun! Loved it!” —Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers series

Buy it now:
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