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Free Extended Preview of Dirty Magic

We’re still have a few more weeks until the launch of DIRTY MAGIC, but I have something cool to share with you today. Orbit has released the first EIGHT chapters in a free extended preview  ebook through the major etailers. This excerpt gives you ample opportunity to test out Kate Prospero’s world and see if it’s a place you’d like to know more about.

The preview is only available electronically because it’s the easiest method to deliver a preview like this for free. However, the final novel will be available in both print and ebook through all retailers on January 21. I hope if you enjoy this preview that you’ll preorder the novel through your favorite retail outlet. Preorders are crucial to creating early buzz for a book, and since this is a new series we need all the early excitement we can get.

Also, I hope to be announcing a Really Cool Thing later this week regarding preorders of Dirty Magic. Trust me, you’re gonna love this. In the meantime, keep your preorder receipts! Just sayin’.

Happy Reading!

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Thanksgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving! This time of year always put me in a reflective mood. This year especially, since lots of changes are about to happen in my life.

The two biggest changes will happen in January. First, I’ll be starting my MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill. I’m incredibly excited about this. A lot of people have asked why I’m bothering getting an MFA when I’m already published. The main reason is that this degree will allow me to teach. I also find it really fun to teach others about the craft, and have realized that the more I teach others the stronger my own writing grows. My hope is that I’ll be able to parlay this degree into more opportunities to teach workshops and possibly even land a job as a professor in a program similar to Seton Hill’s.

Second, my new Prospero’s War series will debut on January 21. I am so, so proud of DIRTY MAGIC, and the early feedback I’m getting is incredibly exciting. Over the next couple of months, you should keep an eye out for all the cool contests and promotions we’ll be running to get the word out. Case in point, on December 10, my publisher is launching a free, three-chapter preview of DIRTY MAGIC. (For some reason, Amazon is the only retailer with a link up for the preview at the moment, but if you have another preference, keep an eye out on those sites.) If you like what you read, be sure to preorder the book!

Other changes are happening, too. For instance, I’ve begun writing the third Kate Prospero book already, and it will be my tenth published novel. Ten! I can’t believe it. It wasn’t so long ago I couldn’t imagine even completing one novel. Now, I’m a bestselling, award-winning author with lots of books under my belt. It’s been a wild ride so far, and I’m so excited to see where this career takes me next.

photo 1 (1)But enough babbling about what’s coming. Right now, I’m busy writing and prepping for Turkey Day. Last night, I made some candied ginger to use in a couple of recipes, as well as the brine I’ll be using for the turkey. The candied ginger turned out great. Cool trick: You can use all the sugar that falls off the ginger to sprinkle on top of desserts or put it in your coffee for a little kick.

Our menu is as follows:

Brined/Roasted Turkey

Dressing (my mom’s specialty)

Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, shallots, and balsamic vinegar

Broccoli with Cheese Sauce (this is a must-have for Mr. Jaye)

Mashed potatoes with gravy

Homemade cranberry relish

Homemade yeast rolls

Pumpkin pie

Chocolate torte

A lot of people drink wine while they’re cooking, but this year we’ll be having Old Fashioneds made using a batch of brandied cherries I made last year. They’re delicious. Also, I tend not to worry so much about getting the meal together when I have some delicious bourbon in mah belly.

What are your must-have dishes for Thanksgiving?

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, sinners! I’m pretty sure it will come as no surprise to anyone whose read my books that this is one of my favorite holidays. To celebrate, I’ve created the plan for the perfect New Orleans style Halloween shindig. Check it out at the Orbit blog.

Of course, my main celebration this year was publishing a Halloween-themed Sabina Kane novella set in New Orleans. If you haven’t check it out, today is the perfect time to do so. Buy links are in the sidebar to your right.

Also, some of you might know that tomorrow marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Basically, people pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, I’ve decided to participate because I have a book to write and it needs to happen quickly. If you’re participating, please be my buddy–my user name is Jayebird75.

Also, also I don’t think I’ve mentioned here on the blog that I’ve joined the gang at the Hide and Create podcast. Each member of the podcast represents a different approach to the industry: I’m the traditionally pubbed author, Moses Siregar is the Indie author, Jordan Ellinger is a tie-in writer, and Joshua Essoe is the editor. Each week, we post 30-minute shows about a variety of writing topics. This week we discussed creating tension in writing. Upcoming episodes include a 2-part interview with my agent, Rebecca Strauss, and an epic throw-down where we each defend our own writing paths. If you’re a writer, you should totally check us out.

I hope you each have a fun and safe Halloween. Remember: Friends don’t let friends eat stale Tootsie Rolls!

Happy haunting!

Rusted Veins Release

It’s finally here! My new Sabina Kane novella, RUSTED VEINS, is out! It’s a Halloween-themed novella set in New Orleans, and the action takes place a couple of years after the end of the completed series. Yes, you get to meet Giguhl and Valva’s demon kids. Yes, the usual suspects are all there: Sabina, Adam, Giguhl, Valva, Brooks, Erron, Rhea, Nyx, etc. If you’ve been missing Team Awesome you’ll definitely want to check this out! Alternately, if you haven’t read the Sabina Kane series yet, this is a great way to get your toes wet for only $2.99.

Orbit has created a special page for the story with excerpt and buy links. Go check it out!

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News for Good

I’ve been sitting on this news for a couple of months now, but I can finally reveal it. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be contributing a short story to Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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Two years ago my grandmother was stricken with colon cancer and several years ago my great aunt was, as well. I’m happy to report they’re both healthy and feisty as ever because their cancer was detected early and treated quickly. So I didn’t hesitate to sign up when I was asked to donate a story.

The story I’m contributing is called “The Bluest Hour” and is set in New Orleans. It’s about Soul Singers, people who use music to guide the souls of the departed on to the afterlife. It’s a bit of a departure for me stylistically, but I’m having a ball writing it.

The complete list of contributors to the antho has not yet been announced, but the ones they’ve shared so far are all incredibly talented writers of fantasy. But more names are coming. Big ones. Be sure to like the anthology’s Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

Here’s a list of the contributors so far:

Michael Moorcock, Piers Anthony, Jay Lake, Alan Dean Foster, Carrie Vaughn, Jane Lindskold, Samit Basu, Nnedi Okorafor, Kelley Armstrong, Jordan Ellinger (co-editor), and Richard Salter (co-editor).

 

 

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to know how I write, be sure to check out my post today at Chloe Neill’s blog as part of her Show Your Work series.

Also, also remember that it’s less than a week until the release of RUSTED VEINS!

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RUSTED VEINS
Halloween in New Orleans is usually a treat. But for Sabina Kane and the rest of Team Awesome, this year’s celebration has its share of nasty tricks. When Brooks’s new waitress goes missing, the Changeling asks Sabina to help him find her.

The problem? The missing mage is one of Adam Lazarus’s old flames, and having her show up in their lives is giving Sabina heartburn. Plus saving her may also threaten the fragile peace Sabina’s achieved for the Dark Races. Luckily for Adam’s ex — but unlucky for her kidnappers — Sabina Kane isn’t easily spooked.
Click on the cover image for an excerpt!

Dirty Magic News

So we’re just over three months out from the big release of DIRTY MAGIC (Jan. 21, 2014). Because Advanced Reader Copies are starting to leak out to reviewers, I’ve been getting emails and people coming up to me at events with news that they love this book. This is incredibly exciting. But then, last night, I received an email that absolutely blew my mind.

The email was from Laurell K. Hamilton.

(Pauses to let that sink in.)

Not only was the email was from Laurell K. Hamilton, but  it also contained a cover quote for DIRTY MAGIC.

Here is what she had to say:

“Jaye Wells has created a fresh, magical world full of potion junkies & alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers.”

Laurell K. Hamilton

And that, my friends, is how you get me to do the Running Man in my kitchen.

Preorder Dirty Magic now from Amazon | B&N | Apple

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Rusted Veins Cover

So it’s almost October, which is awesome because it’s pretty much my favorite month. It probably will surprise no one that I am a huge fan of all things Halloween. Plus, living in Texas, October’s arrival usually signals an end to the Devil’s crotch heat, so there’s that.

This year there’s even more to celebrate about October than usual because I’ll be releasing a brand new Sabina Kane novella. Even better? It’s a Halloween Sabina Kane novella. This one takes place a couple of years after the end of Blue-Blooded Vamp and features a lot of your favorite characters: Brooks, Zen, Erron Zorn, Nyx, Queen Maeve, Mike Romulus, and–of course–Team Awesome.

It was so fun to visit these guys again–sort of like having a dysfunctional family reunion. I know a lot of you have been missing them, too, so I hope you enjoy this novella.

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Halloween in New Orleans is usually a treat. But for Sabina Kane and the rest of Team Awesome, this year’s celebration has its share of nasty tricks. When Brooks’s new waitress goes missing, the Changeling asks Sabina to help him find her.
The problem? The missing mage is one of Adam Lazarus’s old flames, and having her show up in their lives is giving Sabina heartburn. Plus saving her may also threaten the fragile peace Sabina’s achieved for the Dark Races. Luckily for Adam’s ex — but unlucky for her kidnappers — Sabina Kane isn’t easily spooked.

 

Rusted Veins will launch on October 28.

Preorder it now: Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

ALSO, remember that Violet Tendencies is on sale until October 1 for just $.99! So when you preorder Rusted Veins, be sure to snatch up a copy of Violet Tendencies, as well.

Happy reading!

Release Dates, Covers and Sales!

Hey peeps! I have a couple of bits of new to share with you regarding projects I’ve been working on.

First, I just turned in a Halloween novella set in the Sabina Kane-verse. It’s titled “Rusted Veins” and should be out by October 28. More on this once it has a cover, etc. I’m super excited about this one because I know lots of you have been clamoring for more Team Awesome. Consider it a treat (and maybe a trick or two) to hold you over until DIRTY MAGIC launches in January.

Second, some of you may remember another Sabina Kane novella called “Violet Tendencies,” which took place between THE MAGE IN BLACK and GREEN-EYED DEMON. It’s the one where we find out what happened to make Valva leave the team. If you don’t remember it or haven’t read it, all of the major ebook outlets have it on sale right now for only $.99! Grab your copy before this deal goes bye-bye!

Violet Tendencies Buy links:

Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Apple 

Third, in Kate Prospero news, Orbit has released the cover for CURSED MOON, which is the second book in the Prospero’s War series. It won’t be on sale until next summer, but it’s so pretty I couldn’t resist sharing! Isn’t it awesome?

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Recipe: Jaye’s Delicious as Hell Chowder

I like to cook. It’s a creative project I can usually start and complete in an hour or less, and that appeals to me as someone used to undertaking months-long book-writing marathons. Anyway, I tweeted today about a damned delicious chowder I made yesterday and some people asked for the recipe. So here goes.

Jaye’s Delicious as Hell Chowder 

1Tbsp Butter

1/4 LB Bacon Chopped

1/2 C yellow onion

1 shallot

Garlic to taste (in our house it’s a minimum of two cloves)

4 cups diced potatoes (I used Yukon Gold because they’re less starchy, but you can use whatever you prefer)

1 Leek (Sliced, rinsed, and then chopped)

2 C corn kernels (I had two fresh ears, but you can use frozen if you’re a heathen)

1 C Half and Half

2 Tbsp Flour

4 C Chicken Stock

Cayenne Pepper to taste

Thyme to taste

1/4 C Cilantro, chopped

2 Green Onions, chopped

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Make with the magic

Melt the butter in a soup pot or dutch oven and then cook the bacon until crispy. Yeah I know, we’re starting off with lots of fat. I told you this is delicious, right? Fat=flavor. Remove the bacon from the pot and place on paper towels to drain. Using the bacon fat/butter, cook your onions and leeks until the onions are translucent. Add the shallots and garlic. Cook for a minute. Add two tablespoons of flour to this to make a sort of oniony/leeky/shallotty/garlicky roux. Add the potatoes and the chicken stock. Cover that bitch and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Give it a stir every few minutes to remind it who’s boss. Then add the half and half and the corn. Now you season with salt and pepper, thyme and cayenne to your taste. I had some chipotle chili powder so I added that instead of cayenne.  Cook until the corn is cooked through. Serve the soup hot with a sprinkling of delicious bacon, cilantro, green onions and cheese. Prepare to be adored. Note: This is even better on the second day after the flavors have had a chance to meld.

If you don’t want to do the kind of Southwestern spin I did with the chipotle and cilantro, you can skip those and do any fresh herb or spice you prefer. Or, if you hate flavor and life, you can skip those altogether.

Happy cooking!

 

Launches, Signings, Scandals!

Lots of cool things are going on right now. Thought I’d share a few.

1. CARNIEPUNK’s Coming! On July 23, THE urban fantasy anthology of the year drops at a bookstore near you.

Evil clowns? Check. JoJo the Dog-Faced Boy? Check. Demons luring unsuspecting carnival goers ot their doom? Check, check, check. Funny, creepy, irreverent, and downright horrifying delights awaits you between these pages.

Here’s more about the antho and buy links at the Simon and Schuster web page. 

2. Carniepunk TOUR! Yes, friends, every good carnival-themed anthology requires a damned-from-the-start roadtrip. Thus, Nicole Peeler, Mark Henry, and I along with special guest Liliana Hart are touring around Texas for three signing dates. As a bonus, we’ll also have Kevin Hearne and Deliliah Dawson joining us in Houston. I can’t guarantee actual carnies will show up at these events, but they will each definitely be a freakshow.

CARNIEPUNK Texas Tour Dates:

July 25 7pm Barnes & Noble (across from Northpark Mall in Dallas): Mark Henry, Nicole Peeler, Liliana Hart, Jaye Wells

July 27 4:30 pm Murder By The Book Houston: Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Nicole Peeler, Liliana Hart, Jaye Wells

July 29 7pm Book People in Austin: Mark Henry, Nicole Peeler, Liliana Hart, Jaye Wells

3. CURSED MOON is done! Well, actually, a draft of Cursed Moon is done. Whether or not it passed editorial muster will depends on the verdict of my editor, who is very witty and wise and quite beautiful. This is the second book of the Prospero’s War series. The story focuses on what happens in a town full of magic addicts when a Blue Moon makes everything magical go haywire. Also there’s a villain who thinks he’s a Greek god, a sacred hermaphrodite, and a foul-mouthed leprechaun.

 

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4. In other Prospero’s War news, My advanced reader copies of DIRTY MAGIC arrived! They put a special cover on these copies to differentiate them from the final version, but I still think they look pretty stinking cool. Also, I plan to use these beauties like a con uses cigarettes in the Hoosegow Hilton. In other words, I will bribe, extort and cajole people with promises of a sneak peek into this world. Look at them–aren’t they amazing?

 

 

 

 

5. I’m working on some new Sabina Kane novellas for you guys. I’m hoping to get one out by this fall (Halloween hopefully.)

6. Paul Goat Allen interviewed me about my recent experiments with self-publishing and MERIDIAN SIX.He had this to say about the novella:

“Powered by extraordinary world building, Wells has created a layered narrative set in an intriguing postapocalyptic future, and put a fascinating spin on the vampire mythos. “

 

Check out the interview here.