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Prospero’s War Series Readalong

With the fourth Prospero’s War book, Volatile Bonds, coming out in September, I thought it was a good time to host a series re-read of the first four stories in the series (three novels and one novella).

If you’re already a fan of the series, this is a great way to refresh your memory about all the twists and turns so far. If you’ve not yet tried the series, this is the perfect time to get onboard. In addition to discussions about each story, we’re also doing fun topic discussions and lots of giveaways. You definitely won’t want to miss this!

What to do now:

Go to Goodreads and join the readalong group. Leave a comment in the Intro post to start getting to know the other participants. Prospero’s War Readalong Group.

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    We’re counting down to the release of the 4th Prospero’s War Novel by Bestselling Author Jaye Wells. Join us as we re-read the series leading up to the release of VOLATILE BONDS!Genre: urban fantasy


    Books we’ve read

    Dirty Magic
    Cursed Moon
    Deadly Spells
    Fire Water



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    The first official discussion of Dirty Magic begins on July 11. It might be a good idea to get a head start on reading that book now since we’ll be moving at a pretty fast clip once we get started.

Cursed Moon Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Cursed Moon

by Jaye Wells

Giveaway ends July 07, 2017.

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Dirty Magic Giveaway

If you haven’t yet given DIRTY MAGIC, the first book in my Prospero’s War series, a read now is a great time to start. I’m giving away ten free, signed copies on Goodreads. Enter today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Dirty Magic

by Jaye Wells

Giveaway ends June 08, 2017.

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at Goodreads.

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Children of Ash News!

Big news! The International Vampire Film & Art Festival has shortlisted Children of Ash for their Golden Stake award. The festival will take place in May in Transylvania. At this point, I am trying to determine whether I’ll be able to attend the festival, but at a minimum, I’ll be doing a Skyped interview and reading. Either way, I am so thrilled to see this book honored among some of the best vampire fiction of 2016!

Here’s what the critics have said about Children of Ash

“This is one of the very best vampire series that I’ve ever read: tonally comparable to Cronin’s Passage trilogy, Hogan and del Toro’s Strain trilogy, and Matheson’s I am Legend. Utterly readable.” -Paul Goat Allen

 

 

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Goals for 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. I’m very excited about 2017 and I have some fun projects in the works for my readers. I can’t talk about the plans yet, but trust that I’m working on some new stories that should make you very happy.

Some of you might know that in 2016 I graduated with my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. I got the degree, in part, because I wanted to teach writing. It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to have a writers’ workshop where I share what I know about the craft, and I’ve been laying groundwork for a while to make it a reality.

One of my big goals for 2017 is to host a writing retreat. Then, in December, I was approached by a company that sells USB drives for companies to use as swag. I realized it was the perfect sort of giveaway to hand out at my writing workshops. Luckily, I’d just had a logo created for my teaching business that I could put on them, too. This is what you call synchronicity, friends. I am now the owner of these really awesome flash drives.

Aren’t they cute? If you can’t tell, they’re little wooden books! The logo is sort of hard to see, too, but in person they look amazing. Thanks to my stalwart marketing assistant, Chelsea Klepfer, for designing the logo!

Now I basically have to plan a writing workshop. I know it’s a backward way to motivate myself, but that’s pretty much how I roll. If you’re interested in taking a workshop with me or attending a retreat, definitely sign up for my newsletter because I’ll  be posting information for singing up there. My goal right now is to have a retreat in the fall and possible also host an online class this year, as well. Stay tuned !

Also, a quick thanks to USB Memory Direct for the custom drives they sent me. They were a pleasure to work with, and I’ll definitely be ordering more.

New Jaye’s Office Hours: Creating Tension in Dialogue

Reddit AYA Today

worldbuilders-logo_web_smaller1This morning, several authors are hanging out at Reddit doing an Ask You Anything to benefit the Worldbuilders charity. If you aren’t familiar with Worldbuilders, it was created by Patrick Rothfuss and raises money for Heifer International. You can also go to their site and bid on amazing special signed editions of books from your favorite authors. There are several signed editions of my foreign editions and audio books available there.   After you check it out, I hope you’ll stop by Reddit to chat about books with me!

 

 

Craft Thursday: Speak Up

Life has been pretty crazy lately. There have been some family things going on that require me to be away from my writing desk more often than I’d like. I promised my agent pages on a new project next week, so I’ve been a little stressed about getting it all done. Then I remembered that there is more than one way to get a story written.

Enter: Dictation.

tell your story

I read a couple of posts and a book by authors who swear by dictation as a method for drafting a novel. They pretty much all recommended Dragon for dictation, but a quick search told me the program is $300. I have text-to-speech (TTS)  on my Mac (just open any document or program and fit the “function” key twice), and I can’t imagine the Dragon software is 300X better. I did, however, download the free Dragon app for my phone for dictating on the fly.

Here’s what I’ve been doing. While I’m out running errands or if an idea comes to me while I’m folding laundry, I pick up the phone, speak into the app and then email it to myself. Now, the resulting document is a mess. First, the app doesn’t register punctation, so it’s really a string of words without any formatting. But the beauty of this is that once I’m back at my computer, I take those raw words, add the punctuation, and flesh out the scene. In essence, the dictation draft, messy as it may be, allows me to not face a blank page.

We’ve all been there, right? We get a fresh cup of coffee, turn off the internet, pull up our word processing program of choice, and then stare at the blinking cursor of death. It’s hypnotic, that cursor. It taunts and dares us to try to be brilliant. It’s daunting, y’all.

But if you can come to a page that already has some raw material on it, it somehow feels more manageable. “I don’t have to create anything from scratch, I just have to fix these words.”

A few benefits of this method include:

You talk faster than you write, so you can get a lot of words down quickly.

Speaking your story might make it easier to access your authentic voice.

Because your goal is just to get ideas and words down, it’s easier to ignore the internal editor.

Dictation might not be for everyone. It takes some getting used to to speak your story instead of type it. If it just doesn’t work for you, there’s another option. I have a new obsession for fountain pens. I have cheap ones and expensive ones (the cheap ones are actually my preference), and they make writing by hand a pleasure. In the same spirit of just getting things down, I like to sit down and write a quick scene on paper. Often it’s just a page or two of dialogue. There’s something freeing about putting it on paper. “I’m just jotting down some notes,” I say. “There’s nothing here that can’t be changed.”

Once I have a couple of pages, I either type the scene into Scrivener or I’ll speak it using the TTS function on my Mac. Again, the goal here is just to get something on the page that I can go back and flesh out. The bonus is that it’s easier for me to carry a pen and a notebook in my purse than to lug around my laptop. The benefits of this method are pretty similar to the dictation method, but you don’t have to worry about messing with technology you’ve never used before or the pesky problem of dictation programs inaccuracies.

My point here is that sometimes we have to get creative and work smarter. There is no writing police force who will arrest you if you speak your story instead of type it. You don’t have to sit in front of a computer for the work to count. Progress is more important that perfection, especially in the drafting phase.

If you’re feeling stuck, try to speak your story. Or pull out your favorite pen and jot down your scene. You’ve not nothing to lose but your resistance.

Happy Writing!

Craft Thursday: Making Old Stories Fresh

Today’s Craft Thursday entry is from my Jaye’s Office Hours vlog. James asked me how to avoid writing cliched stories, and this is my answer. Did you know I have lots of craft posts over on my Youtube channel? Subscribe today so you never miss a video!