Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue-Blooded Vamp

So it's Tuesday, and if you spend any amount of time hanging around places where authors congregate, you might know that Tuesday is a very important day for book people. It's important because it's the day when most book stores lay out new stock, a.k.a. release day.

This particular Tuesday happens to be the day that many booksellers will likely be laying out my new book.* But it's not just the release of any Jaye Wells book--it's the fifth and final book in my Sabina Kane series.

BLUE-BLOODED VAMP represents the culmination of five years of work. Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot of time to authors who have series with 13 or 20 book, but since this is the first series I've ever written, it's significant to me. I have learned so much about myself and about being a writer and about the craft of writing writing these books. I'm proud of them.

It's also, I hope, significant to the readers who have followed Sabina and the rest of Team Awesome through a lot of crazy shit. Everything from kung fu battles in convenience stores to surprise orgies to trippy voyages through dream lands and battles with Avenger demons. There's not a lot they haven't been through together.

I like to think my readers and I, we've been through some stuff together, too. Granted, we've never faced down a psychopath who killed our sister together, but book signings can sometimes be kind of stressful and don't get me started in the treacheries involved in blog tours. Plus, these days with everyone so busy, it's a gamble and a commitment to give a new writer a try. It's a commitment to try an untested series. Thank you all for reading the books and talking to your friends about them.

Yeah, BLUE-BLOODED VAMP is a special book to me. It marks the end of one chapter in my writing career and opens the door for a new one. Soon enough, you and me, we'll have a nice long chat about what's coming, but for now, I want to sit down together in a cozy spot so I can tell you the end of this epic tale. Thanks for taking the journey with me. It's been one hell of a godsdamned ride.

By Jaye Wells

The epic conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane urban fantasy series.

Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too. 

The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he's in Rome and may not want to be found.

Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute. As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.

Read Ch. 1 here. 

*If your bookstore doesn't have it out today, they might be waiting for the official release date--June 1, but for the most part the big guys are all releasing it to the wild today.

Monday, May 14, 2012


First off, I'd like to apologize about last month's blog post. I was so deep into revisions for A Trace of Moonlight that I completely forgot. (A few days later, I was like "Wasn't I supposed to...crap.")

The good news is that revisions for ToM are finally done and I'm just waiting for copy edits now. And playing catch-up with everything else. Speaking of ToM - there is a cover for it floating around on Amazon and elsewhere on the web - please note that cover was leaked and is not final. It's a pretty low quality image and as far as I know, my publisher is still working on a few of the changes I requested. When the official cover comes out, it will be up on my website ASAP.  :)

Otherwise, things are in a sort of lazy medium. I've started a few new projects, but I've given myself a couple of weeks to give my brain a bit of a rest. Which means that days like yesterday's Mother's Day was spent doing nothing but putting Lego Avenger kits together. (Well over 1000 pieces by the time I was done.) Simply because I could.  Well, that and Lego Loki.

Taking time for the small things, I suppose. I've got this head full of epic story but I'm still struggling to wrap my brain around what it is that I want to tell.

In the meantime, I'm happy to say that my collab Fox & Willow online graphic novel project is now officially up and running. We update every Monday and Thursday, so do check it out if you get the chance. I'm having a lot of fun with it!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Celebrating Moms

Since my day to blog here at the League fell on Mother's Day, I thought I'd do a post around the topic of mothers. I've been lucky enough to have had a good relationship with my mother for my whole life. I haven't always lived close by, but I know I'm loved and that I can depend on her (and in case you were curious, I'm tight with my dad, too, but this is about mothers). It's funny, though, that the majority of the characters I write about either have absentee mothers, bad mothers, or dead mothers. Evangeline* Stone's mother died when Evy was a kid, and before that she was a pretty terrible mother. Wyatt's mother is dead, too. The only genuine mother/child relationship I can think of in the Dreg City books are Aurora/Ava.

(*On the other hand, we haven't had a chance to look at the relationship between Chalice Frost and her mother, which was supposed to be part of book five….)

In MetaWars, all of the main characters are orphans. Although you could argue that Dahlia Perkins had a great relationship with her mother—except her mother died a few years before….well, you'll learn all about that in CHANGELING (June 26, 2012). The Sekrit Project I've been mentioning here and there follows the same pattern of dead mothers (although for variety, there are some fantastic father/son relationships in that series). One of these days I'll write something with a healthy, solid mother/child relationship, I swear.

Since today is supposed to be about celebrating Mom, I want to list some of my favorite mothers in books, movies and television. In no particular order:

 JOYCE SUMMERS. "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." She rocks it as a mom. Smart, funny, protective of her only child. Her death was one of the saddest moments of that entire series (admit it, you cried, too).

CAROLINE INGALLS. "Little House on the Prairie." As a little girl, I used to play Little House with my neighbor. Because I was younger, I got to be Laura a lot. I wanted to be Laura, and I wanted Ma Ingalls to make my dresses and braid my hair.
 Photobucket CHARLIE MADIGAN. The "Charlie Madigan" series, by Kelly Gay. A single mom urban fantasy novel protagonist. You don't see many, and Charlie handles both her professional life and her role as a mother with a deft hand. If you haven't picked up this series, grab it now!

MRS. BRISBY. "The Secret of NIMH." This movie is part of my childhood, and I still adore it to this day. No one can touch Don Bluth's animated movies, and NIMH is my absolute favorite. Mrs. Brisby faces her fears and finds courage she never knew she had in order to save the lives of her children.

 FAITH YOKAS. "Third Watch." I adored all six seasons of this show, which few people seem to remember. Yokas was a fascinating character to watch grow. She was a patrol cop, but she was also a wife and mother, and those relationships developed over the course of the series in very complex ways.

KAREN SANDERS. The "Shifers" series by Rachel Vincent. She's the wife of the Alpha. She's Faythe's mother (really, enough said right there). She protects her family with a quiet strength, and when she's angry? Look out.

EVELYN O'CONNELL. "The Mummy Returns." She's a bookworm turned action heroine. She's also a reincarnated Egyptian princess. She trades blows and sarcasm with equal finesse. Plus she's just plain funny.

HEROINE. "Feast." Probably the most clever horror movies in recent decades, Heroine is a mama on a mission. She's not afraid to violently kill a bunch of radioactive monsters if it means getting to her daughter.
Photobucket MARILLA CUTHBERT. "Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea." Do I really have to explain why Marilla is, like, the most awesome mom ever? Anyone else who adored the Anne movies as a girl will understand.

So that's my short list, and I'm certain I've forgotten some awesome mothers.

 Who are some of your favorite fictional Mom's?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Seattle has a supervillain

When you live in a world of fiction, it's sometimes hard to return to the real world and accept its truths. Like, most romantic banter isn't all that witty or even really bantery. Magical forces can't be summoned in times of need. And there are no superheroes and villains waging epic battles in our midst. Until now.
Meet Rex Velvet, Seattle's self-proclaimed "people's villain." I admit, I was surprised to learn that Seattle had a supervillain who was challenging our city's superheroes because I hadn't known we had those either. But, apparently unbeknownst to me, Seattle's been a battleground for costumed superheroes walking our streets. Their leader is named Phoenix Jones, who appears to be the main target for Rex Velvet's villainy. Rex released a video on YouTube earlier this month, calling out Phoenix and stating that Seattle would no longer put up with costumed antics.
Rex's declaration caused a ripple of excitement in the internet community and among pop culture geeks in general. Immediately, people began making suggestions of crazy supervillain things that Rex should do in our fair city: steal North Face jackets, put a handlebar mustache on the Space Needle, and hijack the monorail to...well, nowhere. Rex got a Facebook page and a Twitter account, and people waited to see what was next. "Next" was another impressively well-made video, in which Rex again reiterated his position against superheroes. He even offered up anti-superhero poster for people to download and post. There was no mention of other villainy and mayhem, although we did learn that Rex has an astonishing car collection.
Personally, I'm a fan of Rex Velvet. He has a handlebar mustache, an eye patch, a scar, and a bowler hat. You can't get much more villainous than that. He also has a mustache ring and a bottle opener that looks like the Space Needle. Plus, his name makes me think of red velvet cupcakes. I'm a sucker for hilarious well-made videos, and I would love to see a battle of videos and other social networking ensue between Rex and Phoenix. Unfortunately, based on Phoenix's recent comments, it doesn't sound like he's going to play ball. This means one of three things has to happen, or else Rex is going to fade into obscurity: 1) Another superhero with a better PR machine needs to come forward on YouTube 2) Rex needs to start a major merchandising campaign of mustache swag 3) Rex needs to unleash a dastardly plan, like stealing all non-prescription glasses from hipsters on Capitol Hill How's the Emerald City going to get out of this one? I guess we'll all have to stay tuned to find out.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Lost (or Found) in Translation

So... The Avengers was frick'n awesome! (That's not really what this blog is about but seriously... HOLY CRAP that was a great movie)

To loosely tie the movie into the topic at hand, The Avengers is a movie where the comic book characters translated very well to the screen. It's a hard thing to do, to take something which looks good drawn and make it look equally awesome on the screen. Marvel has been doing a fantastic job with the jump from page to screen lately. Some things changed... Banner was trying to discover a super soldier serum rather than creating a Gamma Bomb. But it worked.

Getting back to that picture up there of the French cover for ReVamped by yours truly, though. One cool thing about translations is that they sometimes give you even more than you bargained for. Nick Fury, for example, is made so much cooler via Samuel L. Jackson's portrayal that, in the Ultimates universe at least, Nick Fury now even looks the same as his movie counterpart.

"Jeremy," you may be thinking, "you are talking about The Avengers again. Get to your point!"

Okay. I will. Sorry.

I haven't seen the French translation of ReVamped yet, but it has already given me something I've wanted for four books.

See... I've always had title issues. My first novel was supposed to be called WELCOME TO THE VOID, which is both the words printed on the T-shirt my male protagonist wears and an in-joke... It even welcomed the reader to Void City. That didn't work out for various reasons, but I still kept trying to work punny titles or even double meanings into the one word past tense titles we wound up using.

ReVamped: because the main character has to figure out how to get his body back and become a vampire again and also because his world is changing...

Crossed: because there is double-crossing and people are crossing the wrong people and because the big bad winds up facing down with the wrong character...

Burned: because several character get burned in every sense of the word...

Now, with the publication of Pour le Vampire et le Meilleur, I finally have my punny title. :)

It took one of my French speaking fans to explain the title to me, but when I got it... Man, you should have seen the grin on my face. In English, we have the phrase "For better or worse." The French version of that is "Pour le pire et pour le meilleur" or For the worse or for the better.

So the title of my book is basically: For Better or Vampire.

Finally. My punny title. :)

Maybe book five will wind up with a punny title in English (The One with the Dragon in It, maybe?), but I'm guessing it won't. Either way, book two does so I'm happy.

And speaking of happiness, if ya want check out free fiction that might make you grin, you can find mine at http://authoratlarge.com . I suggest starting with For Want of Chocolate, because it'sabout a newly turned vampire realizing she can no longer eat chocolate. Doing so somewhere other than right outside a Godiva Chocolatier might have been less traumatic, but nowhere near as humorous. :)



Thursday, May 10, 2012

New cover! (Ooooh, Shiny!)

The cover for the anthology I'm doing with Jessica Sims and Katie McAllister in September!

Who the HELL Do We Think We Are?

We're a bunch of paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors who occasionally blog, make filthy jokes and prowl the halls of conferences and conventions with switchblades!

Current roster: Mario Acevedo, Michele Bardsley, Sonya Bateman, Dakota Cassidy, Carolyn Crane, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Stacia Kane, Jackie Kessler, J.F. Lewis, Daniel Marks, Richelle Mead, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler, Kat Richardson, Michelle Rowen, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein, K.A. Stewart, Anton Strout, and Jaye Wells