Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Interview with Jaye Shields

   Zahra proves that sex demons do it better as she goes from captive to captivator.
Sex Demon Zahra Aniron is a closet romantic. Too bad she spends her time having hot, kinky sex with paying strangers. But she needs the money to pay off her sister's debt to wizard thugs. There could be worse things than getting paid for pleasure, especially since a sex demon needs climax to survive.
As a blacksmith, Lennox Aegros puts his fury to good use pounding steel into swords. When he arrives at a new town, his real cause for being there isn't to sell weaponry, it's for revenge. When he finds the succubus he's been searching for, her beauty means he can mix business with pleasure. But the joke's on Lennox, because as he succeeds in torturing his victim by repeatedly bringing her to the brink of orgasm and then denying her the release that she so desperately needs, he realizes that Zahra's slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn't think he had.
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First off, tell me a little about yourself, and your books!

Thank you for having me! A little about myself. Hmm… How about a dirty little secret? I wrote Confessions of a Sex Demon on the job at the VW dealership I worked at. The next time you see the receptionist smiling, you know why. While I did most of the footwork at VW, I got the idea for Confessions of a Sex Demon while walking to my favorite coffee shop. The title came to me first, and then I went from there. Strange, I know. Usually it’s the reverse. ;)

How long have you been writing?

Forever. My kindergarten/2nd grade teacher told me that someday I’d be published. When it came time for designated journal writing, I told epic stories of everything that happened in my life. My mom and dad have all my early stories, including one called the Seahorse, the first of many books dedicated to my mom. Although one thing’s for sure, my content has changed since the days when I was writing with crayons. Tee-hee. I’ve traded seahorses for sex demons.

I didn’t start writing seriously until November 2010. Up until then, I’d started stories, but never finished them. Ask my coworker Cynthia, who was generally pissed, because everything I gave her to read, she ended up in constant suspense because I never finished. Fall 2010 was special though because I transferred to SFSU and moved in with my aunt so I wouldn’t have to keep working full-time. Voila! I had tons of spare time, and lots of inspiration from my archaeology classes included in my anthropology requirements.

Plotter or pantster?


When you aren't writing, what are some of your favorite hobbies/ passtimes?

When I had horses, I loved riding, especially on my grandpa’s farm in Chehalis, Washington. Of course, I love reading. I never have time to read anymore, but when I do, I always read start to finish, generally reading until 4am in the morning.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite genre?

I love every genre, but I probably read contemporary the least. Paranormal and Historical remain at the top of my list. I also love non-fiction, especially historical, biographical and the occult.

My very first romance novel I ever read was the Reef by Nora Roberts. These days my favorite authors are Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione. Recently discovered favs include Simone Elkeles, Candis Terry and Monica McCarty.

If you were given the chance to co-author a book with someone, who would you chose?

Probably Kresley Cole or Sherrilyn Kenyon because they would appreciate my sense of humor. If my kickass crit partner, Elle Fillipe would ever finish her book, it’d be my privilege to co-author with her. I might even go contemporary just for her ;)

What's the strangest thing you've done, or strangest question you have had to ask for research purposes?

Well, I’ve done loads of crazy things, but the most cringe-worthy thing I did recently was decide to major in archaeology. I thought I was going to be learning how to read hieroglyphs and excavate pottery. Well, I did learn some Mayan hieroglyphics, but I also had to spend the majority of my time in an osteology lab tracing my fingers over recently-deceased roadkill and ancient human remains. I’m too superstitious for that! I was too busy wondering if I’d unleashed some sort of curse to figure out how old the bone was and if it belonged to a human and if it was male or female. Eek.

What talent do you wish you had, but don't? (For me, I wish I could draw better!)

I play guitar enough to be able to sing and have a good time, but I wish I was brilliant, like some of the people I’ve met that can just hear a song and immediately know how to play it.

What's a typical writing day for you like?

I roll out of bed and begin a relaxing mile-long stroll through quaint Victorian-lined streets to my favorite coffee shop, Julie’s Coffee and Tea. I usually spend 1-2 hours there sipping on a strong, beautiful latte and munching on a lemon ginger scone with Devonshire cream. Yum. Usually by the time I’m done I have at least 2k words written. Then when the sun begins to set, I pour a glass of Merlot or and Aint your Daddy’s Zin and get writing again.

How many different genres do you write in?

Paranormal, urban fantasy, historical and erotica. I just submitted a historical/paranormal, so fingers crossed!

If only one, do you ever think about writing a different book than what you are known for?

Yes, I’d love to write an inspirational book about Breast Cancer and the incredible, courageous women who fight it. I’ve done the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer many times and I’d love to write a heartfelt book about the journey and donate proceeds to my D.C. Lombardi Walk Team. My Aunt is a breast cancer survivor.

What do you do to celebrate a book release day?

Champagne and lots of it. I love black cherry mimosas; they have a very romantic look about them. And nothing beats the beautiful and tasty Sofia Coppola champagne.

We all know there's trends in writing. A certain type of book, or genre explodes in popularity. Some fade into the dark. What's a type of book you'd love to see make a comeback?

How about a recent comeback I’m enjoying, Erotica. Glad to see the risqué becoming so popular! Also, as a paranormal author, if the genre’s popularity fades away, I hope it makes a comeback. LOL.

What are three things your fans don't know about you that may surprise them?

  1. I was in a grunge band called the Hymens. We played shows and our demo was called the Bloody Truth. Tee-hee. Good times.
  2. My Maya Civilization professor asked me to speak this fall regarding archaeofaunal use of stingray spines. That’s right, I’m a Maya Civ badass.
  3. Two weeks after graduating from college I was hired by Horizon Airlines as a flight attendant.

What are you working on at the moment in terms of writing?

I’m currently working on the fourth book in my paranormal “Immortals in Alameda” series coming out from Crimson Romance. It’s about a lost King of dragons and the woman that tempts him to take back the throne. I’m 10k into it and there’s already been a torture scene, a love scene, and a dramatic escape. The first book in the full-length series, Secrets of the Fog, will be available in print and e-book October 29th 2012, followed by the second and third book releasing soon after. The follow ups to Confessions of a Sex Demon are also releasing soon.

What's something you'd like to accomplish that you have not yet done?

Write something that will inspire people. For now, I’ll settle with igniting some internal fires and making ladies and gents blush!

About Jaye: Born and raised in the grunge capitol, she took her love of music and poetry from the Pacific Northwest to California. Now she lives in Alameda, a quaint island town in the Bay Area. With a degree in Anthropology-emphasis in Archaeology, she’s itching to climb some more pyramids. When she’s not writing, she’s either at her day-job or taking long walks along the Alameda beach and gazing at the outline of San Francisco in the distance. Oh yes, and her heart can generally be found in Paris...
Confessions of a Sex Demon is out September 17th and will be available in digital format through Barnes and Noble, Amazon and my publisher’s website, http://www.beachwalkpress.com.I

Coming Soon From Jaye Shields:
Erotic Novellas
Confessions of a Sex Demon: Available now from Beachwalk Press
Claiming of a Sex Demon: Dec. 2012 from Beachwalk Press
Addictions of a Sex Demon: Feb. 2013 from Beachwalk Press
Sensual Full-lengths
Secrets of the Fog: Oct 2012 from Crimson Romance
Secrets of the Sky: Feb. 2013 from Crimson Romance
Secrets of the Jaguar: June 2013 from Crimson Romance
Twitter: @JayeShields
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaye-Shields/228175300573148?ref=hl
Website/blog: www.JayeShields.com


ahra woke to a sharp pinch against her skin. She tried to peel open her eyelids, but they were heavy stones. She wanted to touch her eyes, but her arms moved nowhere. Fear caused her lids to fly open only to realize that she was indeed strapped down.
The perpetrator smiled, but it was subtle. Very subtle. His tan skin was darker in the dim room. His blue irises appeared so light that his eyes became demonic charcoals glaring at her in the shadowy room. He finished strapping her foot down.
"Do you like your accommodations, demon?"
"You should have asked Bane for help decorating. He's also very good at the dark, gloomy dungeon thing." She'd hoped to sound feisty, but instead, her voice was nothing more than a pitiful rasp.
"Since you're used to your mouth being filled, I'll help you." Lennox stood over her. She never took her eyes from his intense frown as he tied a scarf around her mouth. He pulled it tight enough to cut into the edges of her mouth. Zahra did her best to smash his fingers into the cold metal table she was strapped to. Unfortunately, the back of her head missed its mark and thunked hard against the steel.
At least she could still see what was taking place. Fear coursed through her. She barely knew this man and she couldn't imagine what he had in store for her. She was a succubus, used to kinky requests, and most men knew they didn't need to kidnap her for such a session. She watched Lennox's tall form cross the mostly empty room. The only furniture was a small table. Probably where he kept his—
Scissors. Lennox turned toward her with a pair in his hand. As he walked in her direction, he looked entirely too innocent to be foreboding. His blond hair was a stark contrast against his tan skin. She'd felt his muscles earlier and they were those of an intense lover, not a fighter. Clearly this guy was tweaked. He was hot as hell and normally she liked freaky guys. If he hadn't insulted her ever since they first met, they might've even had a chance. No charge.
Lennox stood between her legs and she could barely see him from her tight bondage against the table. The cold metal of the scissors slipped under her corset. As the fabric began falling away, the soft groan of the metal cutting through thick black fabric echoed in the empty room. Her tight top became looser with every passing second. Heat crept into her body. Good news: she had the feeling this guy could make her come. Hard. The bad news: she was kidnapped by a psychopath and no one knew where she was.
Maybe he's a trap-and-set-free kind of psychopath. Love 'em and leave 'em.
"Your body betrays you. You crave your abductor, don't you, succubus?"
She avoided his gaze by staring at the ceiling. Zahra could feel the heat from his intense appraisal of her body as he guided the shears across her pants. Apparently, he was leaving no clothes for her to try to escape in. It was becoming clearer by the moment that he had no plans for her to leave.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the blurb and excerpt from Confessions of a Sex Demon - it sounds like something I might enjoy reading:)