Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"When I'm not writing" with Jaye Wells + giveaway!

Jaye Wells

Today's guest is the fabulous Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane books. Jaye is an absolute delight and I strongly suggest following her blog and/or Twitter feed because she writes fantastic books and she's got the best sense of humour. The last Sabina Kane book, BLUE-BLOODED VAMP, has just been released. I hope you've got it ordered or purchased because it's sure to be a wild ride!

Find out what Jaye does when she's not slaving away on her next novel and make sure to stick around for the giveaway!

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People ask me all the time what I do when I’m not hunched over a keyboard making stuff up for a living. I think people imagine that since authors have such rich and exciting imaginary lives we must also have very exciting real lives.

They are correct.

Never for a minute should you imagine that I spend my non-writing time watching bad reality TV or daydreaming while eating brownies for breakfast and staying in my PJs until unseemly hours. Never, ever think that is the case. cupcake

The truth is that I can barely fit writing in among all my many and varied exciting hobbies. Verily, it’s a struggle to get my daily word count done in between all the delicious gourmet treats I bake for my family, the Ninja lessons, and the extensive crime fighting I do every night as my alter super-ego “The Bullet Catcher.”

Admittedly, it’s difficult to juggle it all, but I do it because I am such a humble and giving soul. Back before I wrote, I spent four years volunteering my time in a leprosy colony outside Honolulu. This was before I joined the USO to entertain the troupe with my amazing dancing skills. Anyway, during my time among the lepers, my best friend Stumpy gave me some life-changing words of wisdom. “Jaye,” she said, “can you hand me my nose?”

I’ll never forget those words. They taught me how important it is to stop and smell the roses. Therefore, every day, I try to carve out some time to thank the universe for giving me an imagination that allows me to spin webs of lies like an incredibly witty and sexy black widow spider. I do this in between my tantric yoga sessions and my daily massage from members of my dude harem.

I kind of pity those writers who are so obsessed with stories that all they do is write, eat and sleep. In their free time, they go to writing conventions or sign up for weird classes to research their next books or meet other writers for coffee to talk about books. Every new hobby they try always ties back into their books because they’re so into writing that it’s become the center of their universe.

Not that I know anyone like that.

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Thank you so much for visiting us, Jaye, and writing such a fun post!

For more information about Jaye and her books, check out her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here's the scoop on BLUE-BLOODED VAMP:

Jaye Wells Blue-Blooded VampThe 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 an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Here's the rest of the series, including the e-novella. You can find out what Tynga thought of the first two books by clicking on their covers.

Jaye Wells Red-headed StepchildJaye Wells The Mage in BlackJaye Wells Green-Eyed DemonJaye Wells Violet TendenciesJaye Wells Silver-Tongue Devil

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giveaway

Jaye is generously offering one (1) set of the first four Sabina Kane books to a lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, obey the Rafflecopter!

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Ends Monday, June 11, 2012

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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

Jenn

Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

50 People left their mark' :

  1. I agree. One shouldn't be obsessed with anything. A well balanced life is what everyone needs. All thoses life experiences I would think would make your writing better.
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  2. I'm glad you take time to live, I think we all need to slow down and enjoy. Thank you for stopping by, I'm new to this series. Love vampire stories though.

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  3. I love this series, I always tear through the books at a break-neck speed (well, except for Violet Tendencies, which I need to get my paws on ASAP), and I love the sarcasm dripping from every page. I also agree, though, that writers need to take time out of writing to actually have experiences which can enrich the writing. Plus, as much as it is to imagine ass-kicking stories, you can't just let your characters have all of the fun! I can't wait to read Blue-Blooded Vamp!!

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  4. Thank you for such a fun post! What Jaye... you couldn't find a recipe for world peace? lol...

    I'm such a fan girl. I love, love, love this series and it's bittersweet that it's coming to an end. I'm currently 5 chapters into BBV and I'm trying to read it slowly so I can savor it. Thanks for giving us such a fantastic series and I can't wait to see what you come up w/ next :)

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  5. I loved the post Jaye. It was fun to read. I have had the Sabina Kane books on my wish list for a while so thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. This is a series that I keep hearing great things about. And getting a chance to read it back to back would be a fabulous treat.

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  7. All the life experiences are/will be noticeable in your books, so I support all the authors that go to weird clubs for research. It's good to get a wider perspective on any type of subject. I've only read the first book in your Sabina Kane series, but I remember enjoying it when I did. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. It's so easy to get caught up in our daily lives - we definitely need reminders to stop and smell the roses. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Wow! That's kind of awesome that you can do a lot besides write! I like to think that my fave writers do do other things besides writing the fabulous books that I read!

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  10. What a hilarious post! Where exactly can I sign up for Ninja lessons, pray tell?

    Thank you for the giveaway. I've been wanting to read this series for so long!

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  11. My husband thinks I need to start writing books since I read so many. I asked him when, the two minutes I use to brush my teeth of the 30 minutes at bedtime. Not always a glamorous lifestyle. Thaks for the giveaway!

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  12. If the books are as entertaining as your post, I have been missing out! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Oh I can't bear to watch any reality tv. I think the last one I watched was the Osbornes because it made me laugh. But me being obsessed? Na... unless you count all the yummy men in these UF/PNR books! LOL

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  14. This is one of my favorite series ever. I'm sad it's ending but I'm sure you have some more fabulousness up your sleeve.

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  15. Can you loan me the dude harem? Just for a day of course....

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  16. I love the covers! I love when series have a cover theme or the same model for every book. I defiantly can't wait to read this series!

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  17. That's great advice. The book sounds good. Nice cover.

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  18. I loved this post and cannot wait to get my hands on these books!!!

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  19. I have heard so many great things about this series but have yet to try it! This sure would be a good reason to start :) thanks for hosting the give away.

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  20. Love this series and love Jaye :) Hope to get to see her again at MBTB in Houston but if not, maybe I'll win a signed copy of the final book.

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  21. After the finish in STD I cannot wait to see what is ins tore for all of these fabulous characters in BBV. Sabina is such a snarky brilliant character that the series just keeps better and better.

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  22. I keep hearing more and more about this series. So I have it on my wishlist and would love to get that little "push" to get into the series.

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  23. I would love to read this awesome series. Please enter me in contest.

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  24. I LOVE this interview! Too funny. Baking and ninja lessons? A woman after my own heart. I've heard great things about this series and I can't believe I haven't started it yet.

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  25. Great post. I read the first book in the series and loved it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Awesome post. So far I have only read the first book but I really thought it was great and am looking forward to reading the rest.

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  27. I can tell from your post that you've got an amazing personality! I hate to admit that I have not had the chance to read any of your Sabina Kane series books, but I definitely want to. They sounds great!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Pam

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  28. Okay, this probably won't count as a meaningful comment but...dude harem?! Hahahahaha!!!!

    I've seen these books around forever but have yet to pick the first one up. Now that I know the series is finished I may be more inclined to do so because if I like them, I'll be able to blow through the series without the horrible year-long wait!

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  29. No chance of me ever getting overly obsessed with work. Smelling the roses is kind of out, though. I live in New York City and I wouldn't recommend breathing too deeply to anyone, especially on the subway.

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  30. I have heard great thing about this, I will have to add them to my ro read list.tanks for the excerpt

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  31. Excellent guest post. I really want to read this book. Hope I win.

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  32. I have the first book in this series and have been dying to get the rest! I don't know how you ever found time to write it with your busy schedule (baking, crime fighting, volunteering AND keeping track of that dude harem) but I'm so glad you did!

    Thanks so much for a great offer!

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  33. It is so important to enjoy life. I think women have so much to do and everyone expects from from us: to be a great wife, mother, friend, worker, cook and so on; we can only strive to do our best, and have some fun while we're at it :)

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  34. Hilarious. I'm so glad that Jaye has a much more exciting writerly life. ;-)

    -Lauren

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  35. I've seriously need to catch up on this series. This reminded me how much I enjoyed the first book.
    Need more time and definitely need to win the lottery lol.

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  36. I've been dying to start this series. I just haven't had the time :( Brownies for breakfast sounds good, though, right?

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  37. Dear Ms Bullet Catcher, do you have a cool superhero costume, or are you out there 'incognito', in street clothes? ...just wondering... ;)
    I am very much looking forward to starting BBV. I've loved Sabina since RHSC, and I'll miss her, but I'm glad you're not stretching the series out 'just because'.
    Thank you, Jaye, for the hours of enjoyment the series has brought me.

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  38. Wow, that's quite a life! but what I'm really surprised about is that I've never heard of this series before. I definitely need to start reading!

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  39. Thanks for the guestpost, that was fun.

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  40. Sounds like some great books. I would love to read them.

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  41. Your books sound so cool! I would love to read them! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  42. What sense of humor? I see no indication of said humorousness in the guest post above.... Seriously, Ms. Wells, we can make a deal. I'll believe that YOU don't sit around in your PJs all day eating brownies for breakfast and watching terrible reality tv...IF...YOU believe that *I* don't sit around in my PJs all day eating ice cream for breakfast and watching terrible reality tv!! And then, someday, if we meet, we can laugh at those people who DO do those things by, well, watching some terrible reality tv in our PJs eating cake and pie for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner), of course!! You know...as research! Just so we can see what it feels like to actually BE one of "those people".... Sooo...should we watch Basketball Wives, or Mob Wives? Mob Wives old-school, or Mob Wives: Chicago?! OR, maybe we should go for Real Housewives of New Jersey??? (which, since we're being honest here, is pretty much just Mob Wives: New Jersey!!) :)

    Ahhh, I tell ya...that's the kind of wit and wisdom I need in my life right now, so you better believe you've gained a new Twitter follower and blog reader and Facebook liker (is that a word, "liker"?? it kinda sounds...weird). Oh and most certainly also a reader of your books! In all honesty (no, I really AM being honest here - honest!), I've heard such great things for some time about your writing and about this series. I absolutely love the "trend" over the past few years of having some kick-a**, bada**, strong a** (sorry, just wanted to say it three times) heroines in (mostly adult) science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal and speculative fiction, etc. I've always been a sci fi/fantasy reader, but the great number of books with such awesome female characters is what has really drawn me to the paranormal/paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres here lately, which I'm having a blast exploring. So, yada yada, long story short since this comment couldn't get much longer, I would absolutely LOVE to win this giveaway and I will NO LONGER put off reading this series, I can promise you that!!! HONEST! Stay classy, Jaye Wells.

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  43. This is my first experience with this author - and these books look delicious!
    Erin
    loveeria@gmail.com

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  44. I have seen these book around the book world but never looked into them. after reading this wonderful post I decided to give them a try. I love the cover and urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres.

    Thank you for this giveaway. I hope to read your books soon, Jaye.

    - Beckie

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  45. I hope I win so I can read your books Jaye!!! They really look good!!!
    kathyross75@yahoo.com

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  46. These books look great, I haven't read any in this series but I can't wait to start. Who wouldn't want to be a ninja a master of all kinds of deadly arts :) Thanks for the chance at this great giveaways!

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  47. The covers for these books are beautiful. I've only read book one, but I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Jaye, may I please join your family so I can eat the treats you bake and become your crime fighting sidekick?

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  49. Nice share. I really enjoyed reading and knowing how Jaye spends time when he not write up any novel. It's kinda interesting his time passing and book writing ways.
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