Jaye Wells

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High Lonesome Sound and Decoration Day

As we near Memorial Day, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the origins of my novel High Lonesome Sound.

I chose to use the phrase as the book’s title because that it is used to describe the mournful quality of bluegrass music. My novel is set in southern Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian range. It’s nearly impossible to write about that region and not include music. The title was also fitting because the story itself was partially inspired by a song. John Lee Hooker’s “Decoration Day” starts like this:

“People I had a woman, she was nice and kind to me in ev’ry way
But Lord, she died and she left me, I sang the blues on ev’ry Decoration Day.”

I first learned of the mountain practice of Decoration Day from a tv show. The tradition happened every spring when the menfolk clean the cemeteries and the women make paper flowers to decorate the graves. There’s a picnic on the ground and the preacher offers a service. It’s a way for communities to reconnect after the long winter and to honor their dead.

There’s some debate about the origins of the practice. It’s similar to Dia de Los Muertos and Memorial Day, which came later. But I’m a writer so my brain is pretty twisted, and when I asked myself why a community would start a ritual like this one, I decided they did it because they had to–or the dead would rise.

John Lee Hooker’s song combined with one of my favorite short stories, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, gave me the idea for the basic premise of the story: A man, mourning his dead wife, will do anything to get her back, even if it means making a deal with a demon. The problem is deals with demons rarely go as one hopes, and his dead wife, Rose, doesn’t come back alone.

As I started writing the story, it grew into much more than a narrative about the lengths we’ll go to to escape grief. It became a story about five people who were searching for something they’d lost. Cotton Barret is the man searching for a way to get his wife back. Ruby Barret is his daughter, who lost her ability to hear the mountain’s song on the day her mama died. Peter West is a down-on-his luck horror novelist who’s looking for a new story to save his career. Deacon Fry is the town’s mayor and the head deacon of Moon Hollow’s only church, and he’s search for redemption for a sin he committed as a young man. Then there’s Granny Maypearl, the local granny woman who specializes old folk remedies and magic, who is searching for a way to mend her broken family and pass her gifts to her estranged granddaughter, Ruby.

If you haven’t given High Lonesome Sound a read yet, I hope you’ll consider it. From now through Memorial Day weekend, it’s only $.99 in ebook.

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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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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.

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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

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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

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Volatile Bonds is Here!

It’s finally the day! Today is the official launch of Volatile Bonds–the fourth novel in the Prospero’s War series.

Magic is a drug. 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 chapter one of Volatile Bonds here.

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Audiobooks will be available on October 31 from your favorite audiobook retailer. The delay was necessary to ensure we were able to continue with Morgan Hallett, the original narrator of the series. Going forward, the audio won’t have this sort of delay. Thanks for your patience!

I had so much fun revisiting these characters and I’m already hard at work on book 5, which should release next spring. Happy reading!

Children of Ash is Here!

The long-awaited sequel to Meridian Six is finally here! The novella comes in at a whopping 40,000 words, which is almost a novel but not quite. With the story growing so much, I’m considering writing a full-length novel in this world if the demand exists for more of these stories.

A masterful fusion of post-apocalyptic fiction, dark fantasy, and subtle social commentary, this is, simply put, the best self-published vampire story I have read in my 20 years of reviewing. And it’s just the beginning of a series that has the potential to change the landscape of genre fiction. Mark my words: It’s that good. -Paul Goat Allen on Meridian Six 

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The exciting second installment of the Meridian Six series …

Freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

Several months after their first victory over the vampires, Meridian Six and her band of rebels are called in to Book Mountain for a brand new mission. The leader of another rebel group needs help saving children who were captured by the Troika and sent to Krovgorod, the worst of the vampire labor camps. Getting inside the prison camp will be simple, but escaping it will be hell.

Red means life.

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Note: iBooks and Nook are coming. I’ll update this post with links once they are available.

If you have not yet read the first novella in this series, please check out Meridian Six.

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In a world at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

The daughter of a rebel leader, Meridian Six was used as a propaganda tool and blood slave to her vampire captors for years after her mother died. When she finally escapes, she runs toward a red light signal that leads the way to the underground world of human rebels. All she wants is freedom, but what she finds instead of a rebellion in search of a hero–and for some reason they think she fits the bill. The vampires used her famous name as a tool of oppression, but now the humans want to use it to inspire a revolution.

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