Monday, May 12, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Jael Wye

Jael Wye, author of Ladder to the Red Star, stops by The Library to talk books with us today. She's on a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the tour banner and you can see all the stops on her tour. Jael will be awarding a digital copy of Ice Red, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My favorite book as a child was The Firelings by Carol Kendall, a wonderful, richly imagined story about a village of elf-like people who live beneath a volcano and must find a way to escape before it erupts. The book’s nearly anthropological approach to world-building influences me to this day, though my imagined worlds are completely different.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

No problem! Ladder to the Red Star is about: Jack and the beanstalk on a ruined future planet Earth.

What are you reading right now?

I’m getting ready to read The King by J. R. Ward. I’ve been addicted to her vampire series since the first one, so I have high hopes for the newest installment.

E-Reader or print? and why?

This is hard to admit to a librarian, but I do love my e-reader. Before I had it, books were piling up on every available surface in my house and toppling over onto guests at odd moments. Now, my huge library is neatly contained in one hand-held rectangle, except for the really beautiful books that I just had to keep on my shelves. As a bonus, I can now read books with sexy covers in public without getting stares.

As long as you are reading, it's all good. I have an e-reader as well for traveling! One book at a time or multiples?

I read fast, so I often devour a single book in one sitting. It makes for a more intense experience, I think, than picking up and putting down several books over a course of days. If I put down a book, it’s usually because I’m bored, and then I likely won’t pick it up again.

I used to have time to read like that. **sigh** Favorite genre?

My favorite genre is romance. But within that genre there are so many sub-genres to choose from, the question gets harder. I mostly stick with paranormal romance and its relatives like steampunk, urban fantasy, and of course, science-fiction romance. But I’ve been known to read historicals and contemporaries. The one thing all these different kinds of books have in common is that they end happily ever after. That’s what makes them romance, and that’s why I like them.

Favorite book to recommend?

Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair, about a rogue starship captain and the enemy cyborg who loves her. This is one of the best science fiction romance books ever written, in my humble opinion.

Re-reader or not?

I love to re-read books. Sometimes I do it to study a particular author’s technique, but often I’ll find myself falling into the dream of the book and reading for the sheer enjoyment I got the first time around.

What would make you not finish a book?

Boredom. I can put up with a lot of ridiculousness in my reading material, as long as it’s unique or intriguing. On the other hand, a book could have the most intricate characters and themes described in the most exquisite language imaginable, but if nothing actually interesting happens, it’s toast.


Once upon a ruined Earth 300 years in the future...

Jacques Tallinn, biotech smuggler and thief, is after the cure for a brain disorder he's suffered since childhood--a disorder inflicted by a powerful tyrant. To get the cure, Jacques will need to climb the space elevator to the new Zenith space station hovering above Earth and go undercover in the lab where it's produced.

Martian head tech Devi Chandra is immediately intrigued by her sexy new lab assistant. Though she insists on keeping things professional, she finds herself charmed by Jacques. Until he betrays her trust, kidnapping her and spiriting her off to Earth.

All Jacques needed to do was steal the biotech and get back home. But when things go wrong, he can't bring himself to leave Devi behind. Now she's injured and a simple caper has become an intergalactic cause, endangering his life and the lives of millions of others. But the hardest part? Winning back Devi's trust.


Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.

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