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?

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!

 

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!

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!

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!

Can you imagine what it would be like to be on one of these big ships in a land of pirates? The gentle swaying of the rocking ship as she sails on through into the night on dark blue waters. The creaking of the wood as you step on a plank on the deck. The gentle warm breeze that slightly lifts your hair. The call on down from the crows nest that all is well, meaning no pirates have been spotted…yet.

 

Sounds like it would make a start to a good book right? Well, if you throw in a young teen-age girl that got thrown into the eighteenth century from the year 2012, and gets kidnapped by pirates and well… I don’t want to spoil it for you but you can find all these adventures in my books in The Sarafina Series. Take a look at the Books of the website to learn about me and the stories that I tell in my books.

 

You can also order there as well. Check out Book One, “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” and Book Two, “Sarafina and the Pirates Journey.” Intended for Young Adults and also safe for 8 year olds. Adults love them!

So, take a ride on a big pirate ship, and don’t forget to bring a good book!

Well, what do ya know? Our friend the dead pirate skeleton came by my table at the Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida just to get my book! Friendly chap, he was. Didn’t have much to say, being dead and all but he really took an interest in the Sarafina Series. Lots of mystery, suspense and even a laugh here and there! OH, and lots of pirates!

Actually, I had a lot of people come by to see me and get their books and have them signed by me. It was such a pleasure at the great turn out! I appreciate each and every one of my fans.  You mean a lot to me!

I had the great opportunity to wear three different outfits on the three day event. You need to watch because you’ll never know what I’ll wear next!

Please go to my website to learn more and order your own Sarafina Series at jayehelm.com  Please contact me anytime as I would love to hear from you. There is a contact button on my website.

So, little skeleton pirates fall asleep reading about Sarafina’s trials and journey.

Good-night my friend.

Smooth sailing.

 

Sailors are great, but everyone loves pirates. I guess because they have been glorified so much in the media that gives them sort of mystery and romance.

 

Well, I have been a pirate (re-inactor) now for six years and I love it. I dress up in authentic clothes with real weapons, hat, sash and boots in all. I attend Pirate Festivals and charities and even fancy Pirate balls! I love to entertain the crowd being Stowaway Jaye, handing out jokes and coins to the kids and making everyone laugh. Teaching them a bit about pirates, the sea and the historic towns they’ve made famous.

 

I also love travelling. My adventures has taken me from the East coast to the west coast. From Key West and all over Florida. I have met some wonderful people! Including one who challenged me to write my books. It was a hard struggle but I loved every minute of it since it had been my life’s dream to have my very own book published. I was very lucky I found a great publishing company. I’d be lost without them.

 

I’ve also been itching to write Book Three in the Sarafina Series. But, so far, it is just a story in my head. I’m waiting for the right time to make it a legend.