Jaye Wells

Update and Some News

Holy smokes! How did it get to be the middle of October already? This month has already been crazy.

Those of you who follow me on twitter (if you don’t, why not?) might remember that I left last Thursday to go to Colorado. My good friend Margie Lawson hosts these awesome immersion editing classes in her log cabin on a mountain an hour outside Denver. If you haven’t heard of Margie and fancy yourself a writer, don’t walk, run to her web site. She’s a writer and psychologist who teaches writers how to edit your work for maximum emotional impact. Her techniques are brilliant and I can honestly say every workshop I’ve taken from her has improved my writing.

Anyway, so I headed to Colorado on Thursday. I took about 100 pages of my next book with me and spent five days tearing them apart and making them better. In addition to the work, I also got to know three other writers, all lovely and talented women who I hope to see in print soon. In between lectures and work, we took a side trip to Boulder. We wandered around Pearl St. and ate at this amazing restaurant called Dushanbe. If you’re ever there, do yourself a favor and eat at this place. The food and the decor were amazing.

I stayed an extra day to hang with Margie and she took me into Denver for some sight seeing. One of my favorite stops was the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. OMG. That place was amazing. I’d post pictures but being a wordpress idiot prevents me from doing so. So you’ll just have to imagine it. Or visit the web site.

That night  Margie, her cool hubby Tom, and I met up with fellow Leaguer Mario Acevedo for dinner. I’d bought Margie some of those poetry magnets and we busted them out over dinner. Mario’s books have titles like THE UNDEAD KAMA SUTRA and THE NYMPHOS OF ROCKY FLATS, so it should come as no surprise that the poetry got pretty naughty. If that sort of thing appeals to you, and if you read my books we all know it does,  please do yourself a favor and read Mario’s Felix Gomez vampire series. His latest is WEREWOLF SMACKDOWN.

The other cool thing? On my last morning there, I woke up to a wintry wonderland. Yes, friends, it snowed. Maybe if you’re from a place where such a thing happens often, this is not news. But for this Texas girl it was pretty awesome.

I got home Tuesday feeling really inspired. Writing has given me so many amazing opportunities and introduced me to so many awesome people. It’s pretty humbling.

On the other hand, I also returned home ready to work. Good thing, too. I’ve spent the last few days typing up revised scenes, plotting and reading through galleys of Green-Eyed Demon. Galleys an author’s last chance to make changes to a book before it goes to print. I just finished reading through them and am happy to report that I still love this book. I can’t wait to see it on the shelves. Also, I’m happy they’re done because now I can focus all my energy on book four.

As for book four, well … It’s coming along. I’ve given myself six weeks to finish the draft. Then I’ll have two months to revise the hell out of it. Guess it’s a good thing I just finished an editing workshop. I am at that point with the book where I’m convinced I’ll never figure it out, but then I remind myself I felt this way about every book I’ve written. Or so Mr. Jaye tells me. Every time I start a new book I think so fondly of the last book and wonder if my new problem child will ever turn out as well-behaved as the last. Eventually they all do, but not without some major tough love. I’m still not sure who needs the tough love more, the book or me.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. Oh! I forgot to tell you the news. I think we have a title for book four. I know I told you guys it would be the “blue” book. However, after a few weeks toying with possibilities (many of which involved the phrase “blue balls”) I decided that blue just wouldn’t cut it for this one. So I went another direction. Luckily both my US and UK editors liked my final choice. I hope you do too.

Ready?

Book four in the Sabina Kane series will be called …

SILVER-TONGUED DEVIL!

I’m already picturing the cover. I’m hoping for some awesome shiny foil or something, but we’ll see. What do you think?

10 Thoughts on “Update and Some News

  1. Yay! Can’t wait to get my hands on Green-Eyed Demon! 😀

  2. Yay! Great title!!!

  3. Ruth T. on October 16, 2010 at 2:48 am said:

    Sounds great!

  4. Love your books if Margie helped get you there go Margie!!!!

  5. I love the title and I can’t wait for green-eyed demon.

  6. That workshop sounds wonderful. I have duly bookmarked Margie Lawson’s site and I’ll pass her information along.

    I have Mario’s Nymphos of Rocky Flats, but when I picked it up I just wasn’t in the mood for that book and set it aside. It’s still waiting for me to finish it. I could see that he relishes dark humor, which is just up my alley. 🙂

  7. Debbie W. on October 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm said:

    That is truly a wicked title!!!! They’ve GOT to do some shiny foil. Do we have an estimated release date for it yet?

  8. Love it! Much better than “blue balls”

  9. Excellent title. Glad you had fun in Colorado. I love living here. I work in Boulder and get to Pearl Street Mall when I can. Next time, spend more time here and meander more. I love the Artists’ Co-op for treasures. Best mystery bookshop, High Crimes, used to be there. Thankfully, Cynthia is online still, but I miss the shop.
    And there’s Celestial Seasoning that’s created in Boulder. And more smutty poetry from Mario, too.

  10. Yes, shiny foil a must. That’s a great idea.

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