Hello everyone! Hope you are doing well. I just wanted to share with you my latest experience. I had accepted a new friend request, someone I knew nothing about. I was lucky enough to get to chat with him and learn more about him and what a great guy he was while telling him about myself. And of course my book “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” came up.  Well, the more we talked the more I liked this friend and he loved hearing about me. Odd, that he did not ask me a lot about my book.


I learned that he was from Australia so our time zones were so different that it made it difficult to let us chat. But, the next day he chimed in and before he was about to go to sleep while I was having my first cup of coffee!  He informed me that he tried to order my book but it was only available on Kindle!


Well, for one, I was very surprized! I didn’t know that he was so interested in my book. But, I did give him my website and told him to check out the 5 Star reviews on Amazon and he said he could not order fast enough!  Wow! That’s what us authors love to hear. And I was overjoyed that my newly made friend wanted my book within 12 hours of being friends!


So, it just goes to show you that even though you have to be careful who you befriend, there are also gems like the one I found in Australia. I am also know in other parts of the country like Canada and France since I have good friends all over!


So, I just wanted to say how thrilled I am that I have a new friend!  Who just so happens to love my book is a bonus!!  Thank you all for reading my blogs. I am available to chat with anyone should you so desire. There is a contact space where you can leave me a question or just want to chat. I welcome you all!

Thank you all for listening.

Your friend,

Jaye aka Stowaway Jaye



Hello everyone. I just wanted to say thank you for all the great reviews that have been written and comments that have been said to me about “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” book. That’s really the best present you could give an author. It really means a lot to me. I am SO happy so many people really like it. Funny too, it’ mainly adult readers!


So, I’ll be quick today and say I hope everyone has a safe journey if you’re travelling and Happy Holidays.  I wish you all the best the New Year will bring. (Someone can buy me another horse for Christmas) !  Merry Christmas! You can still order “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” anytime at jayehelm.com . You’ll want to hurry because Book II will be coming out soon!


Sending all my love,

Jaye Helm

Hello everyone! It always makes my day when I go and look and see new Five Star reviews about “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass”!  I am very humbled that so many people like it and are looking forward to Book II in the Sarafina Series.  Thank you all!!  Please read the following, you may be missing out on something good!



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I loved it. The way Jaye captured the imagination of a young girl with a simple spyglass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome story , kept you wanting not to put it down! I recommend this for anyone that has a young girl. Why? Girls have so few heroines they can look up to. Sarafina, gives us just that ! I sure hope Sarafina goes on many awesome adventures with her awesome spyglass !!!!!!!!!!!!! I think every girl young and old will love this girl’s adventure ! I love how she started in the now. Sarafina, does have to watch her words as she speaks. Which makes her very interesting to whoever is reading about her. She does meet some dears as well as few savery charactors. Best of luck to JAYE HELM she makes the reader want MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!
on December 1, 2015
Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass is such a wonderful story for any age! It’s definitely a book that’s hard to put down and makes you bite your nails waiting for the next one to come out!! The story is captivating and easy to follow, there are no ‘slow’ or ‘boring’ parts. The attention to details makes you feel as if you are in the story yourself! It’s such an amazing adventure that keeps a permanent smile on your face! What’s really great is that the story is great for any young adult as well as it is for any full grown adult! It would make a fantastic gift for any occasion! I highly suggest you give it a read! The only bad part is that it’s over before you know it!!! I guess that just gives me more time to read it again while waiting for book 2!
By the way,  Book II will be coming out in January 2016! Be sure to get Book One so you can best appreciate the great adventures in Book II.
Don’t forget you can order an autographed signed and numbered edition now. Limited only to 100!  So, get your’s now.  Thank you!!

Hello there everyone. I have much to tell you but first I want to show you this. Another friend/fan wrote this about “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass”.  Thrilled me to hear!



Just finished reading Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass!!! Its AWESOME! I can’t wait for the next book! I highly suggest this book for any young or old adult! It would make a great gift! You can purchase one at jayehelm.com


She went on in a message to me about how she hated it when it came to the end and that she will read it again until Book II in the Sarafina Series comes out in January 2016.

Needless to say I am very excited to hear this as my heart swells. I wrote it for people to enjoy and it warms my heart to hear such nice things about my book.  You can also see the many 5 star ratings on Amazon as well.  Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass would make an excellent stocking stuffer so get yours before the Holidays!

Last Monday, I was visiting my daughter. And we had some really nice weather considering where we were. So, she  made the remark that we should go to the beach. I used to live there and missed the beach a lot so of course I said yes!  We went back home and changed. I actually got to where flip flops again! We walked along the beach taking pictures. Then we were brave enough to test out the water and it wasn’t as cold as we thought it was going to be!


Needless to say we had fun. I was enjoying my time off of being in between my two books. Book II will be going to editing soon and should be out by January 2016. I am so excited! Sarafina, my main character, is going to have some exciting quests in this part of her life!  Lot’s of adventure to come! So, I must get back to work. Hope everyone had a great week-end.

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to share with you some of the things people are saying about “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” series Book One. It has thrilled me and warmed my heart to know so many people have enjoyed my book.  And I know many of you are waiting for Book II which will be coming out in a few months! Thank you all for your loyalty.


Here’s one.


I just wanted to let you know my grandson started reading Sarafina last night. He took it home and is so excited that he is reading a book penned by his Mema’s friend. He said he is going to tell all his friends at school that I know an author personally. Thanks for writing a great story, sharing it with the world, and most of all being my friend.

Pat Carpenter


Doce Blant This is exactly why Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass is such a success. Congratulations Jaye Helm for a job well done, and congratulations Pat for receiving a wonderful book for your library!


Here is another one.

My good friend Sarah Wolfe Thacker wrote me this wonderful comment that she said I could share. Thank you Sarah!!

I just finished reading your book and the reason I took so long reading the book is because I was afraid it would not be a series
So happy it is and now I can wait to read the next one!


Thanks to all my fans. I appreciate your support!

Did you know that Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass has gone International? I’ve been posting a lot on Facebook, sharing details about my book, introducing the second book in the Sarafina series (it will be coming out soon), and chatting with fans! What a great facilitator Facebook is to communicate and share details about my writing, funny events that happen along the way, and of course … lots of pictures.

Of course, I really don’t need thirteen reasons to meet Ellen DeGeneres — I really only need one:  she’s AWESOME!  And I hope I don’t need thirteen reasons to remind anyone else that a limited number of special numbered and signed copies of Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass is available (only 100 books total).  Some have already been sold so the number available is decreasing.

It goes without saying that I’d like to send a copy of Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass to Ellen. I know she would love it. And of course, everyone loves Ellen!  Perhaps she’d be a perfect pirate for the next book — wouldn’t that be the greatest!

Give me a call, Ellen.  Let’s talk!

Ahoy there!  Good news to spread around. My book, Sarafina and the Pirates Spyglass and I will be in an on-line magazine article next month!  The magazine is called “lEcho des mers” or the “The Echo of the Seas” from Festival Des Pirates, produced by MFT production out of Quebec. Website forthcoming. You can also go to “Festival Des Pirates.

The article will introduce me and give you insight into me as an author, how I came to write the book, and what my inspiration was. Then it goes on to tell you what the book is about and how Sarafina goes on many adventures by herself AND with a scurvy lot of pirates.  It tells of the people she meets and the perils she must go through and how she overcomes them.

There is a surprise coming up in Book II of the series that will catch everyone off guard — although, it’s not due to come out for another couple of months. So, you’ll have to be patient. I know a lot of you are already looking forward to Book II and I am just as excited as you are — but, I’ll not spoil the surprise. More exciting adventures and trouble, glory, and fun comes out in full swing.


Thank you!

~ Jaye

I went into Beaufort yesterday to check on a few places that sell my book and there is was! Front and center!! Couldn’t resist a picture! This is in “The Scuttlebutt” book and gift store on Front st in Beaufort North Carolina.  OH I also forgot to mention that another Book store is going to carry my book! It’s called “The Bookstore” in Moreheard City North Carolina! Also stopped by the gift shop inside the North Carolina Maritime museum and she said she will be in touch soon regarding my book! I’m so excited!!