So you can always tell when I disappear into what my friend, Janu, likes to call my writing cave. I appear only to eat or work out or raise the pesky little people I’m responsible for, and for whom the word “deadline” means nothing. (There’s growing up to be done, and by God, they’re going to do it!)
But for me first drafts especially are like another reality — I truly have to live there for a goodly amount of time if I’m going to bring that world alive for anyone else. Right now I’m finishing up the first draft of THE GIVEN, the final book in my Celestial Blues trilogy. I want to give Kit and Grif – and you, the reader – a deserved and satisfying ending, but that requires pulling focus away from other areas of my life. These days, my half of any conversation consists merely of grunts and glassy-eyed gazes, so I’d advise just standing back a ways, and waiting for it to pass. It always does.
In the meantime, I like to offer up to my readers some other great storytelling options. This first one is a bit of a tease, but I just can’t help talking about it. I finished it, and immediately wrote the author, “I wish I’d written this!”
Great cover, right? And here’s the description:
The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.
The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier-on the same day she swore she’d never use dirty magic again.
Kate Prospero’s about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.
And, FWIW, here’s what I had to say upon completing it:
Jaye Wells raises the urban fantasy bar with DIRTY MAGIC, a hard-boiled series debut as unique and surprising as the creatures and characters peopling it. Kate Prospero is charged with policing the Cauldron, a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails. Wells is known for deftly weaving non-stop action with no-holds barred humor, but the unique and deeply drawn relationships are the real alchemy here. DIRTY MAGIC showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat.
Which doesn’t even do it justice. Seriously, guys, just go preorder it here.
Also, a little insider info — Ms. Wells has been a very sneaky writer. It turns out she’s also writing funny paranormal romances as Kate Eden — who knew? So if you like your vamps to do more than just bite, I suggest giving these a shot. They’re priced great, too.
Speaking of vamps, this will be out next week:
This is the only vampire story I’ve ever written. I was never interested in bloodsuckers if only because there was already so much text already out there. I’m not going to contribute to a mythos if I’m only rehashing the same ol’, same ol’, yanno? But when I was invited to contribute to the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance some years back, I decided to take on the challenge of creating my own mythology for vampires, and I was really drawn by the question: what would someone who thrives on blood actually find romantic? This, Remember the Blood, was my answer and it was as dark as anything I’ve ever written. But romantic too, I think. Or maybe not. Maybe my husband needs to buy me more chocolate and roses.
But later. Right now I’m on deadline.
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Finally, this one needs no introduction:
But what you need to know is that DEAD WITCH WALKING will be Amazon’s daily deal this Sunday, which means it will be 1.99 for a very short time. You can’t afford not to add it to your e-collection, or gift it to someone you know and like. It’s Sunday only, so save this link til then, k?
Hope that helps feed your reading addiction while I’m in my cave.