Jaye Shields holds a degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in archaeology. Her previous claims to fame include being a bass player for a grunge band called the Hymens, being mistaken for Britney Spears while in Tokyo, and commercial model. She insists the commercial still counts even though her lines were cut.
Born and raised in Seattle, she now lives in the realm of fog, skyscrapers, and redwood trees. Happy to call San Francisco home, she spends her time writing sensual paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Thanks to her grandmother, she's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. Jaye sprinkles her love of history, mythology, and the occult into flaming hot reads.
I suspect her Sex Demon Trilogy is going to be a huge hit and put her name on the map but for now, she's all ours, so please join me in welcoming her to UNWRAPPING ROMANCE.
Amy: Hi Jaye, it's truly a delight to have you here today. We've been talking about it for weeks and I'm so glad you chose to visit us so early in your career. We will be able to say we knew you when. Perhaps you'd like to tell us a little bit about yourself so everyone can get to know you.
Jaye: I’m so excited to be here and thank you for having me. *Bows down to the blogging queen* Being a published author is still surreal to me.
Amy: I am hardly a blogging queen but I love that you bowed to me. *wink*
Jaye: Well, my name is Jaye Shields, and yes, Shields is my real name. I thought it was pretty unique so I figured I’d keep it. Since I write erotica, I really wanted a sexy alter-ego name like Jenna Ember, but in the end, I decided to keep it simple ; ) I live in Cali these days so I’m spoiled by the sunshine, but since I was born in raised in Seattle, there’s nothing I love more than walking through the rain.
Amy: I like Jaye Shields better than Jenna Ember - besides, it sounds more like a character's name than a romance author. *wink*
Speaking of which, I'm going to put you in the hot seat for a bit, dear Jaye, but CONFESSIONS OF A SEX DEMON, as professed by the title, is an incredibly erotic novella - so, since an author's first works tend to extend from her own personality more than not, what was your inspiration for CONFESSIONS and how much of you is in Zahra Aniron?
Jaye: Bahaha. *Blush* You know what they say, write what you know…Tee-hee, just kidding. Kinda. Zahra is the sexiest sliver of me, but really, we’re not much alike except for the fact that I love my family and I’d do just about anything for them. Everyone has a secret kinky side I think, but I’d never sell my body. ; ) I’ll leave that one to the sex demons.
Amy: That's my girl. I was hoping you'd say that. Thank you for answering such an inquisitive question - you've certainly got Zahra's courage.
This story grabs the reader from the very first page with its explicit scene of sexual escapades but we quickly learn what Zahra is all about. It's as much about family as it is about staying alive for Zahra. Will we be seeing Zahra and Lennox again?
For now, I’ll just unleash the blurb…
Addictions of a Sex Demon
Moving to a new village was supposed to help Sephina Antara get clean. After all, she’d gotten into a lot of trouble as a sex demon with a drug addiction. This time her relapse comes with a side of hot dragon man.
Axel Stavros may be a drug dealer, but he’s also the town healer. Half-human, half-dragon, his blood can cure just about anything, but it has some erotic side effects for its user. And the new beauty in town is about to find out...
Amy: Sounds great! Half- human, half-dragon - Axel sounds very sexy! Have to wait till February, huh? Wow, winter is going to warm up real fast with your help.
As someone currently working on a novella, I appreciate the difficulties encountered with minimum word count and trying to fit as much into it as possible while providing a coherent read. You've done an excellent job of doing just that and so I'm curious - which do you find more challenging, a novella or a full-length manuscript which means telling a story on a grander scale?
Jaye: You are totally right. A novella is much, much more difficult. I’ve written three full-length paranormals, and it’s easier because you have all the time in the world to build a realistic chemistry and do world-building. Novellas are such a challenge because there’s so little time. It’s like, WAM-BAM-THANK YOU MAAM!
Amy: LOL!! So true - at least with your Sex Demons they don't have to worry about living down sex on the first date. *wink*
Last question and one I ask everyone if I have the opportunity. IF you could be ANY character in ANY book, not necessarily one of your own - who would it be and why?
Jaye: Can I make up a character?
Amy: Of course you can. : )
Jaye: I want to be an extra character in Lord of the Rings, the one that Legolas falls in love with. Mmmm. Love me some hot elf… I love a man that can ride a horse bareback, shoot demons from miles away, and sing like an angel. Oh, and did I mention he was dead sexual? I’m obsessed. Any man who wants to win my heart (I’m single everyone) should dress up as an elf, armed with a bow. The only thing that can rival a tunic is a kilt. ; )
Amy: LOL! Jaye, I think a lot of ladies would totally agree with you - right kilt lovers?! *wink*
Jaye, having you visit has been so much fun and I wish you all the greatest success and congratulations on the release of CONFESSIONS OF A SEX DEMON. You've got a forever fan here and I am very much looking forward to reading everything you write in the future. Thank you so much for the story of Zahra and Lennox.
Jaye: Thank you so much, this has been so fun. Unwrapping Romance also has a huge fan in me. I’m so glad you enjoyed Confessions of a Sex Demon and I hope you will like the next two! XOXO
Amy: Jaye has been kind enough to provide me with the covers for her next two releases and if you'd like to read more about Jaye and her books, please feel free to visit her lovely new WEBSITE. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and at Goodreads.
Now, let's talk Giveaway. Jaye is a brand new author and as she pointed out to me, she hasn't many fans yet which I am hoping will change when y'all read her debut novella and start spreading the news of how talented she is but in the meantime, I'm going to help her out - especially since she gave me an eARC of this fab novella - by purchasing 2 copies of her debut novella, CONFESSIONS OF A SEX DEMON and award it them to TWO LUCKY COMMENTERS!
So, here's what we're going to do:
EVERYONE is welcome to enter (void where prohibited, of course)
You must leave a COMMENT + your EMAIL ADDRESS = ENTRY
You may just say hello, ask Jaye a question, comment on the interview or covers, or anything else - anything goes (within reason - this blog is not X-rated yet anyway.)
This Giveaway is open to EVERYONE and will run until 11:30PM EDT, Friday, September 21, 2012. The winners will be chosen at random, notified by mail so make sure you leave an email address, then announced on a special Saturday post. Good Luck!
PRIZE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS FOR PLAYING!
Blurb for CONFESSIONS OF A SEX DEMON:
Sex Demon Zahra Aniron is a closet romantic. Too bad she spends her time having hot kinky sex with paying strangers. But the sex demon has to work with what she’s got to save her sister from her debt to wizard thugs. Then again, there could be worse things than getting paid for pleasure since a sex demon needs climax to survive.
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!
CONFESSIONS OF A SEX DEMON by Jaye Shields, Beachwalk Press, available now in ebook formats.