Today we welcome Jael Wye to the blog! We’re a stop on her virtual book tour to promote Ice Red and she’s giving away a copy of the book to a lucky commenter. Let’s learn more about her.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
My favorite movies are action and scifi/fantasy, the more EPM’s (explosions per minute) the better. Comedies are all right, and cartoons can be tons of fun, but what I absolutely cannot watch is “serious film.” Who wants to spend two hours and fifteen bucks without any superheroes or orcs to show for it?
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
I read strictly genre books these days. What you’ll find on my e-reader, since I don’t really do print any more, is lots of romance, lots of science fiction, a few mysteries, and a sprinkling of nonfiction science books.
Tell me your favorite pick up line, and did it work on you or for you?
“Hey, doll, is this guy boring you? Why don’t you talk to me instead? I’m from a different planet.” It didn’t work on me, but it did work on Trillian in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
Knows how to drive a Mars rover and throw a punch.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been coming up with stories since before I could read and write, and I’ve noodled around with writing ever since. But it was only about five years ago that I came up with the concept of fusing romance, fairy tales, and science fiction and settled into a career as a novelist.
What writing rituals help to get your mojo flowing so you can write?
My ritual of making a gargantuan pot of coffee and drinking it is always invigorating.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
In romance the sex scenes should always serve to develop the characters, advance the plot, or provide a big emotional payoff. If the sex does those things, then it’s not too much. But sex should never be simply gratuitous…unless, you know, it’s really super hot.
Is there a scene in Ice Red you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
One of my favorite scenes in Ice Red is when Bianca and Cesare are having a picnic in a rover next to frozen lake on Mars. The rest of the book has a lot of action, tension and spectacular Martian scenery, but the picnic scene is quiet, intimate and full of yearning, and I love it.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
The best comment I ever got was from a reader who said they couldn’t wait to read my next book. That was when I knew I had succeeded in creating a world as fascinating to others as it was to me.
What can readers expect from you next?
Next up is the sequel to Ice Red, Ladder to the Red Star. This book is set on a future Earth, and retells the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. That will be released on April 28. Right now I’m working on Book 3 in the series, which is coming along splendidly. After that, I’ll continue to develop my Once Upon a Red World series, exploring the future of the Solar system one fairy tale at a time.
Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?
The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine’s charming owner, Cesare Chan.
The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca’s trip is the perfect opportunity.
The charming prince: Cesare shouldn’t get involved. Bianca’s visit could reveal the escaped slaves he’s hiding at his mine, but he can’t ignore a damsel in distress–especially one as beautiful as Bianca.
Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that’s meant to end with Bianca’s blood.
In one swift rush, he tackled Woods, driving him away from her. She crouched on the floor, stunned, as the two men grappled for control of the rifle. Cesare was bigger, but the Earther was as solid and hard as a boulder, his shorter limbs letting him power in close. He briefly let go of the gun with his left hand and pounded Cesare in the side with a series of vicious jabs. Cesare grunted in pain but didn’t let go. He used his superior height to jerk Woods off balance and send them careening into the rover’s cab, half falling against the consoles.
The rifle fired with a sizzling crack, the round blowing through the rover controls. Blue sparks crackled under the panels, and the sharp stink of fried comps filled the air.
“Fecking mookie!” Woods shrieked. His face was a bestial mask under the sickly, flaring light. “You’re dead! You’re dead!” With a heave of his thick shoulders, he slammed Cesare backward into the wall next to the lock door, trying to shove the rifle up against his throat.
Cesare’s lips were drawn back from his teeth in a fierce snarl, but his face was gray, his arms shaking with strain. Bianca looked around wildly for something, some way to help him. Her eyes fell on the emergency lock release on the door. She launched herself at it before the thought could even half form in her mind, darting past the two fighters to fetch up against the door. She ripped through the protective membrane and clawed the switch.
Instantly the locks burst open, the rover’s air rushing past her into the frozen world outside. She threw herself sideways, crouching next to the wall.
On the other side of the open door, Cesare’s eyes flashed toward her once, and then he jabbed his knee up into Wood’s stomach. The Earther grunted, wavering slightly, and Cesare instantly hauled him back and through the lock.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: an eCopy of Ladder to the Red Star to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour
How to enter: Leave a comment or a question below. Follow the tour and comment on the other blogs. The more you comment, the better your chance of winning. The rest of the tour dates can be found here.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s).
Deadline to enter: April 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.
Where can readers connect with you online?
Website — http://www.jaelwye.net
Twitter — @jaelwye
About the author
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.