Jaye Wells

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This Saturday I’ll be attending ConDFW in Addison, TX. It’s a really low-key, fun con, so if you’re in the area stop on by and say Hi!

Here’s my schedule for the day:
PROGRAMMING 2 (Chinaberry)
Saturday, 10am: Don’t Quit Your Day Job!
Panelists: Gloria Oliver, Jaye Wells, K Hutson, Lou Antonelli (M), Paul Black
A popular panel from last year, we bring the perennial topic back: what does one do to survive while waiting for the big break? Our panelists talk about what they had to do to survive, and if there was video evidence to prove it.

Saturday, 12pm: Jaye Wells, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Martha Wells

AUTOGRAPHS (Dealers Room)
Saturday, 1pm: P. N. Elrod, Candace Havens, Jaye Wells

PROGRAMMING 2 (Chinaberry)
Saturday, 3pm: What Is A Parody?
Panelists: A. Lee Martinez (M), Kathy Turski, Bev Hale, KB Bogen, Jaye Wells
To quote Wikipedia: “A parody (/ˈpærədi/; also called spoof, send-up, take-off or lampoon), in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialize an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation.” Famous examples are “Weird Al” Yankovic in song and Mel Brooks in movie (and musical!). There are always dangers in parody – Weird Al has been sued because of his parodies before, for instance. Our humorists talk about how to create a parody – and what to watch out for.

Jaye Wells Has No Humility

Are you a fan of the popular game Cards Against Humanity? Do you like my books?

Lucky for you, I’ve created a custom booster pack called “Jaye Wells Has No Humility.” The pack includes forty white answer cards based on both my Sabina Kane and Prospero’s War series. See the link for details and legal stuff.

The booster pack can be downloaded here. Have fun!



New Adventure

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (if you don’t you need to remedy that right now), you might have seen me mention that I’m embarking on an epic journey to earn my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. The program I’m doing is offered through Seton Hill near Pittsburgh, PA, and it’ll take me just over two years to complete.

Yes, I know I’m already a writer of popular fiction. But I want to be a better writer of popular fiction. Plus, since it’s a terminal degree in the field, once I’m done I’ll be eligible to teach at the college level. Terrifying, right? Terrifyingly awesome.

Anyway, I leave tomorrow for a week-long intensive residency on campus. I’ll basically be running from critique sessions to modules on characterization and plotting from nine a.m. to nine p.m. for five days. They bring in a guest speaker for each residency, and this term’s distinguished guest is Philip Palmer. I’m pretty excited about this because Philip is a fellow Orbit author, and I’m sure we’ll have lots to chat about.

Once the residency is over, we’ll return to our homes and get started on the real work of the program: Writing and reading books. I’ll have a certain number of pages I’ll be required to turn into a mentor and critique group each month. The idea is that doing this for several terms will result in a finished book by the end of the program.

In addition, I’m taking a Readings in the Genre class. This term I opted to focus on the romance genre class because it offers a few UF-type books, while the SFF class didn’t have any urban fantasy (biting my tongue on this one). Below I’ve listed the books I’ll be reading for the class, in case you’re interested in reading along or adding to your TBR pile. I would quibble a little over the genres listed for some of these books, but since it’s not my class to teach, I won’t do that here.

Paranormal Romance – Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Urban Fantasy Romance – Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Romantic Comedy – My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
Fantasy Romance – Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Romantic Suspense/Erotica – Rush by Maya Banks
YA Fantasy Romance – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Historical Romance – Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick

Since I’m taking romance this semester, I’ll probably do horror or mystery next time so I’m studying a good cross-section of genres.

tumblr_m7njr7xoHO1rpzupkAnyway, I’m crazy excited about this new adventure. I haven’t decided which book I’ll be writing for my thesis, but for the first term, I’ll be using the third Kate Prospero book as my writing assignments since it’s due in like three months. I have a spec project I’d like to turn my attention to after that, but we’ll see what happens. Mostly, I’m just excited that I got to buy new school supplies.




Did you notice anything different? Yes, my friends, ye olde web site got a makeover over the weekend. Hopefully you’ll find the new design easy to navigate and pleasing to your eye stalks. Huge thanks to Mr. Jaye for doing all the coding. He  has proven once again he’s more than just a pretty face.

Some new features you might enjoy are the handy clickable slideshow and list of appearances on the home page. I’ve also reorganized my book page so it’s easier to find out more about my different series. The FAQ has also been updated on the About page. In the near future, I’ll be uploading a handy PDF with all my books in reading order in case you’d like to print it and take it to your favorite bookery.

Have a look around and let me know what you think!

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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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!


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.


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!


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.

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