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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. 

The Five Ps

World building is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s a great place to really let your imagination play, and that, my friends, is the best kind of work.

A few months ago I was asked to speak to some high school kids about what I do, so I came up with this down and dirty way to explain world building to them. I thought I’d share it with you guys in case anyone is interested in incorporating the concepts into their own work.

For the record, world building is not just the work of fantasy novelists. Pretty much every story has its own world building rules. It’s just that different genres require different types of world building. Whereas my novels require things like magic systems and origins stories for vampires, a mystery novelist might focus their efforts on creating a small town form scratch for their cozy detective  Similarly, a thriller writer will need to establish the rules of a spy agency or a women’s fiction writer the politics of a circle of friends.

The Five Ps

1. People (characters): Gender*, sex*, sexual orientation, age,  regional background, profession, religious beliefs, socioeconomic background, education, outlook, zodiac sign, Meyers-Briggs type,e tc, etc.

2. Place (setting): Region (North, South, East, West), city/town/village/planet; architecture; seaside, desert, tundra, mountain, etc.

3. Problem (conflict): What sorts of problems are the people in this setting faced with, i.e.fighting for resources, defending against roving hordes, global warning, winter’s coming, etc? How might they influence the direction of the story?

4. Practices: What is the culture of this world? Are there many or does one dominate? How might these cultures drive the action or problems explored in this story?

5. Peculiarities: These are the twists on worlds we already know. Vampires in space! Aliens in Albuquerque! Wizards fighting cops in a fictional Rust Belt Town!** A nun is a detective! Or perhaps is something less sensational–a twist on a common theme. In Jerry Maguire, the world is agenting in pro sports–something we’ve seen in a shallow way that gets an in-depth exploration. Character twist here is an agent who finds his heart.

The common theme is that each of your Ps must carry a lot of weigh. Combined they paint a picture and each contributes to the conflicts and relationships explored in your story. World building is not about painting backdrops. Characters don’t act in front of your world. They not only live fully in it. They affect and are effected by the world you create. World building is as integral to your plots as conflicts and characters.

Questions about the 5 Ps?

*Before anyone asks, yes, gender and sex are different. Gender is a social construct; sex is a biological construct.

** This one’s been taken. 😉

Dystopia Now?

Have you read the news lately? The NSA’s been conducting extensive domestic monitoring on US citizens. Greece is rounding up its citizens for internment camps.   Gays are to blame! Immigrants are to blame! Men are to blame! Women are to blame! Everyone not like me is to blame!

Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, are skyrocketing. 

Every day we’re inundated with bad news on a 24-hour news cycle, the economy is still in the shitter and pretty much everyone is pissed and worried all the time.

When people are poor and fed a constant stream of bad news day in and out, they become scared. Totalitarians love fear because it makes people easier to manipulate. Witness Hitler’s rise to power during the Great Depression. He used people’s fear against them, blaming the Jews , Gypsies, and other “fringe groups” for their problems. After all, all good stories need a villain. And no one makes a better villain than the Others.

I don’t know, guys. It’s worrying. Last week, I released a novella about how a group of vampires manages to take over our world by using our dependence on technology against us. They enslave humans in work and blood camps and tell them that their blood will set them free.

When I wrote it, I didn’t know about the NSA thing or the news out of Greece. I just wrote something that scared me. No, I don’t actually believe that a secret cabal of literal vampires are going to take over. But metaphorical ones? I think they’re always trying to take over. I think they’re especially prone to attack when we let our guard down and let fear guide our decisions.

I didn’t write MERIDIAN SIX because I wanted to write a morality tale or preach an agenda. I just wanted to entertain my readers. But if you read it and maybe wonder if something like this could happen, remember: It has happened. Some people are trying to make it happen again. It’s up to all of us to ensure it does not.

 

Meridian Six is Here!

Five years ago, I was asked to contribute a short story to an obscure anthology. The obscure part didn’t matter because it would be my first publication. I had just signed with an agent, but I had yet to sell.

I threw myself into the project and wrote a very short tale about a woman named Carmina Sargosa, who is on the run from the Troika, a totalitarian vampire regime that has enslaved the human race in blood camps. Her goal was to find a house reputed to be an underground railroad for those on the run from the system. It was a few short chapters. I called it “Red Life.”

Fast forward to last year. I’ve finished a five-book series that earned me a spot on the USA Today bestseller list and tone of the top awards for my genre. It’s time to pitch a new series. I have two ideas. One is a vague notion about writing a cops and wizards book. The other is to return to the red-soaked dystopian universe and write the rest of Carmina’s story.

In the end, I decide to pitch the cops and wizards story as my next traditionally published series (the forthcoming DIRTY MAGIC–out January ’14) for several reasons I won’t go into here. Suffice it to say, Carmina was not pleased with this choice. She whispered in my ear. She flashed images of book mountains and robotic bats and an ominous building known only as The Factory. Then she told me her secret, and I realized I had to finish her story.

This novella is the first step in sharing the tale of Carmina Sargosa, the woman the Troika calls Meridian Six. I hope you all enjoy it.

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MERIDIAN SIX: A Novella

Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother’s final words that have haunted her:

Red means life.

In the years since her mother’s death, she has been used as both a propaganda tool and a blood slave by the Troika. She’s withstood their indignities because the alternative meant bleeding out in a blood camp. But their abuses finally go too far, and she decides to run towards freedom and her mother’s red light.

On the other side, she finds the Sisters of Crimson. They help her just as her mother promised, but they also hand her to the human rebels. The vampires used her famous name to keep human slaves biddable, but now the humans want to use it inspire a revolution.

Meridian Six is about to learn that when the world is at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

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