When you have a ho like Jaye Wells in your stable, yo.
I’ve been friends with Jaye for a while, and she is awesome. But what’s even more awesome are her books. See, last year when we were moving and all of that stuff, I really needed something to read during the journey. I grabbed a few books to take with me–can’t remember which ones–during a last-minute trip to my local Waterstone’s.
But what did I see there but Jaye’s RED-HEADED STEPCHILD. And lucky for me I did, too. Like I said, I don’t remember the names of the other books I bought to take along, but I know that after struggling to get through the first three or four chapters of each, I finally gave up and grabbed R-HS. Aaaaaaah. It was like finally getting to take a shower after four days of heavy physical work and sweat. I felt cleansed and refreshed. Yes, it’s first person and we all know that’s not my favorite thing. But, as with all the best first-person POVs, I hardly noticed. I loved the book. Good, crisp writing, likable characters who said interesting things and thought interesting things, humor in just the right places that was not over-the-top or silly (but also not mean-spirited, contrived-sounding snark). I practically cried, I was so happy to finally be reading a well-written book again.
Aaaanyway. The sequel, THE MAGE IN BLACK, comes out tomorrow, and to celebrate, I’ve invited Jaye here to do a guest blog (Ann Aguirre will be here next week, as well, so be prepared). Let’s all be nice to her, shall we? Heh.
Hello, Stacia’s minions!
Do any of you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race? If you don’t, you should. Why? Well, in addition to being hilarious and catty, the show is chock full of awesome catch phrases. Two of my favorites are, “The time has come for you to lip synch … for your life” and “Don’t f**k it up.”
I mention this because suddenly my life has become a lot like an episode of the show. Instead of tucking and strutting on the main stage, I’m pimping a new book. Promoting a new release is a lot like lip synching for my life. Because after my performance is done (writing the book), my fate is decided by the judges. Reviewers and readers will either love it or hate it (if I’ve f**ked it up). Or worse, they’ll give my book the hand and ask me to sashay away.
But this leads us to my third favorite RuPaulism: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else?” To an author, this translates to:”If you don’t love your book, how can you expect anyone else too?”
So in that spirit, I’ve decided to share with you all the things I love about this book.
1. The part where Sabina gets into a kung fu style show down in the middle of a Kum-n-Go gas station.
2. The fact Sabina’s demon minion, Giguhl, gets involved in a demon fight club.
3. The vision quest scene involving psychotropic drug use and bizarre visions involving vampiric snakes and the ghosts of people she’s killed.
4. The part where Sabina gets shot by an unwilling blood donor.
5. Adam’s attempt to “distract” Sabina.
6. The line, “Lady, I piss insight.” Spoken by Giguhl, naturally.
7. Valva, the Vanity demon.
8. The scene with the nymph prostitutes and the blue satin demi-bra.
9. The kick ass fight between Sabina and the Alpha werewolf of New Your City.
10. The part where Sabina tosses her cookies on the feet of the ancient and venerable Hekate Council.
All that said, I’m a little biased. But the good news is you can go buy it for yourself and decide what you like (or not) about the book.
And you definitely SHOULD go buy it, just as fast as you can. Okay?
Jaye may pop in and out through the day, so ask her questions or leave her comment if you like. I know how shy most of you are but I promise she’s nice. Mostly.
Oh, also, I’ve been informed that I was nominated for an Author Blog Award. Of course I won’t win, but if you vote for me you can get entered to win some pretty cool prizes, so go and vote! The deadline is tomorrow–I guess I’m a pretty late nominee, huh? Of course I am–but there is still time, so go for it and hopefully win something.
And that’s pretty much it for the moment.