Pirates loved the sea, tis true. But, how it all changes with the wind. Such a strong resource to be lucky enough to have. For without the wind the ship would be dead in the water. They would manage the best they could taking the slack time keeping up with cleaning guns and the sort. It was a time for story telling and carving pictures and scenes from a battle in the tooth of a whale or if not available into stone or even wood.

 

Yes, tis hard to separate the pirate from the sea. Many are great sailors and earned the respect of their peers to become Captain. A very difficult position to hold and keep. Whilst some become quite valuable such as  carpenters, ships doctor and sail makers, not to mention the night-watch men, the cook and the one who climbs up past the top of the masts taking station in the crow’s nest looking for ships of every kind as well as land.

 

Sometimes the journey takes them to far away lands for spices, shimmering cloth and expensive wine and rum.

 

Rum was in great demand as fresh water was hard to keep fresh on board.  Depending on who you were and your position greatly affected how much rum you would receive besides your daily rations.

 

So, pirates and sailors have much more in common than you might know. Consider the free spirit of life at sea, but know this, it was not easy.

 

As much as people would like to think of the glory and romance that follows pirates. There is a great deal more!

A ship. The ship. Is just off the harbor at anchor. Awaiting to unload it’s riches and re-stock on supplies. The night is cool but calm. You watch at a distance as the shirtless pirates load and unload the goods. You can’t help but wonder what they may be. What far off lands did they travel to, to find such wonders?  And how much are they worth?

 

Your mouth waters as they begin to unload the chests of silver coins and small gold statues of what looks like Greek gods that must be worth a fortune! And at the delicious spices and sugars and exotic fruits in crates that appear! You can hardly wait to taste them as you creep closer in the dim light of the night.

 

As you stand in the twilight behind another ship docked watching the activity of the new ship, you can’t help but wonder the possibilities.

I often find myself wondering what great heroic feat should I bring to my main character to accomplish in my books. It’s not as easy as you might think coming up with something that fits your character and situation. I find humor works well. As long as it’s not life threatening. It’s a little harder when your character is a female, a young female, and accompanied by pirates.

There just aren’t that many books out about girls and pirates. And, in “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” you even get to time-travel! So I guess I’d say there is a little bit of everything in there. There’s mystery, legends, intrigue, a little puppy love and laughter.

I think Sarafina’s super power would be endurance. For she can withhold her own in a time that is far from her own and withstand many different cultures of people~ including pirates! All while trying to find her way back home.

So, while my super powers may only be simple, they are indeed, super to me!

 

 

Sometimes it is very hard to finish writing a book. Heck, it’s hard to even start writing a book!  It gets tough when you run out of words to say. We throw in adjectives and adverbs to brighten things up a bit, but, occasionally you run into writer’s block. I have had this happen to me several times. I knew where I was going with the story and what I wanted to say, it’s just that the sentences were at a loss. Then you get discouraged and soon it becomes weeks since you’ve last written anything! No one ever said writing a book is easy. In fact, quite the opposite.

 

I have an idea for Book Three and know what I want to write about, yet, here I sit. So, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you find yourself at a loss for words. But, the well won’t produce water until you pump the handle. So, I guess I better start pumping and get my hands wet!

Hello. I have another great story to tell you. I was at the Beaufort Pirate Festival in North Carolina just recently, signing books and a young girl came to my table with her mother. She looked up at me with big brown eyes and a smile a mile wide. Her mother had explained that they saw me at the Swansboro Pirate Festival which is a nearby town, a few months ago, and they had bought my book “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass’ the first in the series. She then told me that her and her daughter had been reading it together but then the little girl had taken it a few days later to read on her own and the mother said she was upset because she really liked the story and wanted to know what happened next!

She said she was so glad to have found me at this event so they could get Book Two and have me sign it. All the while this cute little girl was just staring at me like I was a Rock Star! I was so surprised that they had followed me to the next event. I smiled back at her while talking to her mom about my book and she gently tugged on my skirt and finally found the courage to speak. Those dark brown eyes so big, she said in a hushed voice “I really like your book.”

I wanted to cry I was filled with such love! I signed her second book and we said our good-byes. And as she was slowly walking away she looked back over her shoulder at me and I gave her a wink of my eye.

I was never so happy to be followed by someone!

Just have to tell you all about my exciting days at the Pirate Festival. It was so good to see my pirate friends again and re-connect with new ones. I was signing away in the stifling heat, when a young man at the age of eleven came up to my table. He had on a big beautiful smile and seemed rather shy. His mother told me that he is also a writer and has won several awards and reads at a high school level. I was very impressed and eager to hear more as I congratulated him. His mom said last night they were looking for more books to read and said that she was looking on Amazon and my books came up. She read a little bit about it and the young man recognized my photo from the Vero Beach Pirate Festival program that I was featured in. So, his mom said he was so excited and really wanted to get my books and meet me! I felt so honored.

There was also a young girl who was standing waiting to take her turn to pick from the treasure chest as it was at my table. She looked up and said “Hey, I have that book!” and pointed to “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” just out of nowhere! I tell you, days like this make me so happy that I have been given the chance to enter into someone’s life! Just made my day!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I will be doing a book signing at the Vero Beach Pirate Festival in Florida on July 28th thru the 30th. Here is a link to learn more about me.  http://www.verobeachpiratefest.com/jaye-helm.html   Please come out and have some fun with the Pirates, Treasure hunters and authors and enjoy the music and feast on the food while viewing the many wares of the vendors.

I would love to meet you and will gladly personalize and sign a book or two for you. So make your plans now, it’s coming up quick!

I’d like to think that this saying “You’re only one book away from a good mood” is true. Growing up I used to hate to read, mainly because I had a short attention span and couldn’t remember much of what I read. Now I love to read! But, I still have that problem but for different reasons! To me books are a magic portal that can take you anywhere, make you think, scare you or make you laugh. Even more! They are good for any age and I believe make the best gifts.

I like to read from all different types of authors and subjects. Gives me a good rounded perspective on things. I write for the young adult because I feel that field is lacking and something or someone needs to fill that void. Maybe get the kids off the video games, use their imagination and get lost in a good story so that they will want to read more.

I include real life historical characters as well as fictional ones. I like to color the scene with a variety of people and exciting places, but not to the point where the reader would get confused and lose interest.

So, if you find yourself in a bad mood or just with some empty time on your hands remember, you are only one book away from a good mood!

It is true pirates carried many weapons. They almost had to, for when in a battle at sea or land you never know for sure how many enemies you may end up fighting! One of their favorites was the cutlass. It is a medium to long size sword with a curve to it. Good for close quarters battle, especially on board a ship.  Also, for close hand to hand combat a pirate would need a big knife to protect himself should he suddenly found himself without his cutlass or sword.  A longer blade on a sword was usually reserved for fighting on land for it’s longer reach.

 

They would also carry at least one flintlock pistol tucked inside their belt or sash. The gun holster as we know it today did not exist back then, so more than one pistol might be hung around around the neck as well. Only having one shot, it was also used as a club to hit someone over the head if no more ammunition could be found, and even if so, it took time to pour the powder down the barrel, and a shot (or bullet) ram it in there, pour gun powder into the flash pan, close the frission, pull back the hammer to full cock and fire!

 

Another favorite weapon was the blunderbuss. Which had more firing power than a musket or long rifle. Being a of shorter barrel and wider at the end gave this gun more chances to hit it’s mark. Being of bigger caliber made it very powerfull. Although somewhat on the heavy side, it was preferred among the pirates.

 

Pirates also liked to use a long spear, a sharpened boarding axe or a boarding pike which is like a short spear used more for close one on one battles.

 

And let us not forget the all important dagger. These come in handy as they are easy to hide anywhere on one’s body. When you have been stripped of all weapons, this handy weapon can become dangerous as it can be thrown at a very vulnerable part of the body for a quick kill or stabbed anywhere for immediate damage.

 

This may all sound so gruesome. But, pirates were out for treasure and aimed to get it! Having no other money-making occupation, they depended on defeating others and stealing what they can. Not as romantic as the movies, but, more true to real life. Pirates risked their very lives everyday just for a bit of coin or gem. And if caught, was given a short trial which almost always ended in a hanging.

 

So next time you watch a pirate movie, just imagine, what kind of life they must have had that drove them to be pirates!

I don’t know about you but I love old books! The older the better. They just don’t make them anymore with linen or leather backing and vellum pages. I think they even smell better! I will go to garage and yard sales and books stores and antique stores looking for the oldest books I could find, within reasonable amount of wear and tear.  I have seen rare books in museums that have to be carefully touched by gloved hands only.

The picture above is not real, just a photo program I like to play with.

But woudn’t it be nice if it were?