Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Grand Opening--"In Vino Veritas (Truth in Wine)" Contest

Click HERE for the contest announcement and rules.

Sabina Kane was born a vampire.

Sabina Kane was also born a mage, a magical being.

Vampires and mages tend not to get along. Whoops.

Folks, RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is urban fantasy at its best. You have a sweeping plot, kick-butt characters, humor, and an endless supply of apple wood stakes (the vamps hate those). I'm not going to tell you more about our fabulous co-host's debut novel, because you're going to enjoy it for yourselves. It's simple. Throw down the best contest entry ever, and you'll win it. (Or you can play it safe and just order it.)

Welcome Jaye!! This contest is in your honor. Awesome blog friend, great writer, and now debut author! We all join in offering you warm congratulations.


(Entries accepted until July 15, 2009 at 11:00 p.m., eastern U.S. time)

I sat down with Jaye to talk about some burning questions I had regarding RED-HEADED STEPHCHILD. While you all are plugging away at your entries, I thought you might like to listen in.

Jason: Welcome to the coveted position as co-host, Jaye! I'd give you a key to The Clarity of Night or something, but unfortunately, I misplaced them all.

Jaye: I'm excited! Did I say I'm excited? I'm excited!! And don't sweat the key. I'm keyed up enough already.

:: I have a question about one of your beloved characters. Say, for the sake of argument, you had a demon cat which was shredding your leather furniture. What are the pros and cons of declawing?

Jaye: At the moment, I can only think of cons. First, good luck. Because, you know, it is demon cat and all. Second, those claws come in handy when you need your demon cat to help out in a fight. So I say deal with the shredded couch. Or get yourself a spray bottle. Just be sure to run like hell after you spritz them.

::I suspect that we're going to learn a lot more about the capabilities of mages and their magical spells in future books. But do they have spells in their repertoire for romance? Are there spells for, um, intimate occasions?

Jaye: Oh yes. There's a whole class of mages whose specialty is sex magic. It's mostly used ritualistically, but I like to think part of the fun of dating a mage would be discovering the tricks they've got hidden in their ...(clears throat)... wands.

::Is that wine in the In Vino Veritas glass spiked?

Jaye: Isn't wine, by it's very nature, spiked? ;) I think I'll leave it up to the contest entrants to decide if there's anything other than fermented grapes in there.

::In one of your subsequent contest entries, you talked about a poor nymph who got caught up in a faery porn ring. I smiled when I read about Vinca in your novel. She's that nymph. I have gotten literally hundreds of hits to my blog on searches for "faery porn." What words of advice do you have for the people doing those searches?

Jaye: The trick with faery porn is you've got to keep it classy. No one wants to see a cracked out Tinkerbell getting it on with an oily bohunk of a Peter Pan. And for gods sakes, people, make sure there's a plot.

::Sabina, your half-vampire/half-mage protagonist, has an air of tragedy swirling around her. She so desperately wants to be accepted and loved by her vampire family, but in the end they only have disdain for her and don't even value her life. What was Sabina's life like when she was younger, say 16?

Jaye: Imagine a human sixteen year old. Now add bloodlust. Scary, huh?

Thanks for the thoughts, Jaye!! Are you all ready for some great writing??

I've received several entries already, so look for the first stories to be posted tomorrow. Stretch yourselves, keep it sharp, support each other, and above all, HAVE FUN!!


JR's Thumbprints said...

Several entries? Already? Amazing!!! I bet this contest surpasses 200 entries. I look forward to reading each and every one of them.

Jaye Wells said...

Yay! I can't wait to read all the entries. Good luck, everyone.

Anonymous said...

Hi :)
Thanks for a great contest!
Also it was a very good interview with one of my new favorite authors!

Catherine Vibert said...

Yikes, already my eyes are blurring! Here we go on the best fiction contest ever! Jaye, I'm so glad you're helping out, and I HOPE TO WIN YOUR BOOK. (Me and a bunch of others, heh heh). Good luck everyone, may the best story win!

Chris Eldin said...

Welcome Jaye! Can't wait to get going!!

Precie said...


What a fun interview! Jaye--what are you working on now?

I suspect this will be the best CoNtest yet! Thanks!

Off to polish my entry.

laughingwolf said...

sounds yum, all of it... thx jaye and jason ;)

as of this morning, my entry is in your email inbox, jason...

can't wait to read the hundreds i'm sure you'll receive!

Jaye Wells said...

Precie, I'm finishing up the second book in the series, called The Mage in Black. I'm contracted three, so I'll be hanging with Sabina for a bit longer.

Anonymous said...

Great interview.

"No one wants to see a cracked out Tinkerbell getting it on with an oily bohunk of a Peter Pan" Speak for yourself. I mean, I agree. Ahem.

Adisha said...

That was a great interview. I was under the impression that the contest last entry date was over. But am so excited to see that it's still open ... :) Yaaay !!

Awaiting to read the many entries that are bound to come up ... :)

Aimee Laine said...

As a photographer by profession, I love putting words to photos, so this was the perfect opportunity to have fun with both! Thanks so much for the challenge!!

Sandra Cormier said...

Jamie Ford's tweet reminded me to send in my entry. It's been waiting for what seems like forever.

I'm looking forward to reading the entries.

Laurel said...

I'm a Clarity of Night virgin and I am so excited about this! I found out about you (both) linking over from Chris Eldin's blog and you have been subsequently cyber-stalked.

Can't wait to start reading the entries!


Danielle said...

I just entered a story for my first time, and am hoping it's decent for a newbie. I read about this contest after going to Jaye's site looking for info on her next book, since I just finished her first book, which was GREAT!