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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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I have been asked by many of my friends and fans if there is going to be a Book Three in the Sarafina Series.  I have to admit I’ve been making plans and writing down ideas! But, it may still be a while before it all comes together. I think I have come up with a perfect sequel. Even been working on a title!

 

I have even had several people ask to be a part in the book! So many choices! Who do I bring back? What new characters should there be? How many? Which one of my friends should I pick? What’s a girl to do? I don’t have all the answers yet, but it is fun to think about it!

 

But, remember…please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you! Ha ha ha!

 

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I am so excited! On March 9th thru the 12th I will be doing book signings and meeting other Doce Blant Publishing authors, editors and artists at some fantastic places in Savannah Georgia, like The Pirate House resturant and Barnes and Noble book store and E. Shaver Booksellers. We will also mingle at The Crab Shack on Tybee Island as well as Sting Rays Seafood where they are going to make a signature drink from a character in our books! So I will have to tell you all how to make a “Sarafina”!

 

We plan on attending the Irish Festival and be in the parade. What fun! And on the last day together we will say our good-bys at Fannies on the Beach on Tybee Island. We sure have a lot of exciting things to see and do but for me the most exciting will be meeting the other half of the people at Doce Blant Publishing!

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I believe that one of lifes greatest treasures are books. For they can take you anywhere your imagination can go. Think about it. There are so many different kinds of books. You can be entertained, scared, feel love and have your curiousity peaked. In the Sarafina Series, I hope I have done all that. Sarafina can appeal to young adults as well as a little younger or older. Many people have told me they bought it for their children and read it themselves and loved it!

So, to me as a writer and an avid reader, books are precious treasures. Like finding diamonds in the rough. I hope you get intrigued and discover what exciting adventures lay ahead in the Sarafina Series books. Book One “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” is a tale of a teen-ager who mysteriously gets thrust back into the 18th Century with pirates. And in Book Two “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Journey” she finds herself aboard a pirate ship as a cook, but then turns pirate herself all while trying to find her way home.

Get your little treasures today of the Sarafina Series and discover a world of possabilities!

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I especially like to read before I go to sleep. I get under the blankets and like a little kid and pull the blanket up over my head just enough so that I can see the pages. But, instead of a flashlight, I turn on my little lamp on my nightstand. It’s soft glow helps set the scene, lighting the book just right. I fluff up my pillow and tuck it up under my chin and begin the adventure of whatever I happen to be reading at the time.

I like to read about many different things. Mainly pirates, but I also love a good drama or a mystery or even a good love story. But, mainly pirates. Oh, did I say that before? Well, it was worth saying again! I love to dress in authentic clothing with real working weapons of the pirates of the 18th century and make appearances at Pirate Festivals . My character, Stowaway Jaye, keeps a low profile being a stowaway, but loves to tell a story or two about her travels.

Speaking of stories, it’s getting about that time. Sometimes I find myself wanting to go to bed early just so I can have my quiet time in my nice warm bed to read! But, even though my head may nod and my eyes grow weary, I want to continue on. And I usually don’t stop until my head hits the book in my hands and wakes me up enough to place my bookmark in my book and turn out the light.

And so, I was just wondering if I was the only one out there like this!