Huzzah! I discovered that “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” had made it overseas! It has been found in Germany, Japan and even France. Here are several of the places where else it has been found. Needless to say I am ecstatic about it and just so overwhelmed! Thank you all very much for your support.


Sarafina and the Pirate's Spyglass, book 1 in the Sarafina series by Jaye Helm, published by Doce Blant Publishing

Hello there everyone!  I got some exciting news. I am now in two school libraries! I can be found in the Blessed Sacrament School in Pawnee Illinois and also in the St. Agnus Catholic School in Springfield Illinois. I am currently working on getting my book in California as well. I also have plans to bring it to life in the Carteret county schools in North Carolina.  I am very excited that The Beaufort Maritime Museum may carry it in their store in Beaufort North Carolina where, it just so happens, is where the main character is from!

And don’t forget you can order your copy from here on my website. Better hurry!  Book II is coming out soon!!  Thank you all.

Hello there, just wanted to say thank you to Doce Blant Publishers for putting me among some great writers. I am glad to be counted along with them.  Doce Blant Publishers have been with me from the start and have been my life preserver at times.  I am truely honored to be associated with such a fine group as Doce Blant Publishers.

Spyglass from the book Sarafina and the Pirate's Spyglass, by author Jaye Helm

The week is almost up to get your free brass telescope necklace with a purchase of “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass”  through this website only. It has been my pleasure to talk to some of the people who have already read my story and love all the wonderful things they say about it.  I didn’t expect to get rich, I just wanted everyone out there to enjoy a great little story.  Thank you all for your support and don’t forget,in a few months will be Book II that will take Sarafina on many new and exciting adventures!

Hello there everyone!  Just wanted to tell you that through this week only you will receive a spyglass necklace with your purchase of “Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass” through my website at  It is made out of brass, about the size of a small pointer finger and is retractable. It would make a great addition to any pirate look!  Thank you.

I was so surprised when I got a call from my daughter saying that one of her friends that bought my book wanted to meet me in North Carolina!! I live in Georgia. So I hop on a plan and we met at IHOP and had a wonderful brunch. I got to meet one of my fans and was tickled pink!! She was so excited to meet me. And wanted a sequel! Told her part two was coming out soon! It was fun!! Except I forgot to get a picture!! I had to go to the airport and didn’t have much time. But it was amazing to meet one of my “fans”!!! Thank you Carolyn, wonderful to meet you!! Hope I can meet more of you!!

Book Review Jaye Helm Sarafina and the Pirate's Spyglass Doce Blant PublishingHere are a few comments that people are saying about Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass:

By  on July 28, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

It has been a long time since a really good adventure story for teen girls has hit the market. This one is everything a good story should be with great characters, and a very easy to follow style that is hard to put down. With every turn of the page, there are interesting developments, as Sarafina tries to make her way in the unfamiliar world of the early 18th Century that she has been somehow transported into by an antique spyglass. She crosses paths with many interesting people, including some historic personages in the form of cutthroat pirates that she has to deal with. There is excitement, danger, and humorous incidents depicted in the story as Sarafina moves through the world of hardened scalawags and survives by her wits. Book 2 will continue the adventures as Sarafina experiences life on the high seas as a pirate herself while she tries to return to her own time period.

Format: Paperback

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

By Michael Mealey on August 17, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Great read for all ages! Excitement, adventure and pirates too, who could ask for more!

Format: Paperback

I bought my Nook copy of this book for my granddaughter and am so happy I did. This is a swarthy, fun story about a young girl who is swept back into the 18th-century through a magical spyglass. Her adventures begin in Beaufort, North Carolina. But that is only the beginning for Sarafina who finds herself suddenly enmeshed in the nautical adventures of the seaport town and eventually on board a pirate ship. Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass is a great middle-reader book for youth who love adventure, mystery and pirates!

Format: Paperback

We met the author in Beaufort NC at the annual Pirate Festival and bought the book for my 8 year old daughter.

She instantly fell in love with the book and character and now is asking for more books by Ms Helm.

I am so happy!  Lots and lots of good comments and several 5-Star reviews have been happening! People are still asking for autographed copies of the book!  I am just so excited that people are enjoying the story.

That was my intention all along. Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass has been a joy for me to write since the beginning. I could see this young girl on many adventures and my deep interest in Pirates made a good combination.

Plus, I also go to Pirate Festivals all over, dressed in authentic pirate attire to entertain and educate the crowd.

I hope to find Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass on many bookshelves in lots of stores soon! It’s already made it to two in Beaufort, North Carolina and I’m going to work hard to see it in more stores across the U.S. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Sarafina and the Pirate's Spyglass. The first in the Sarafina series by author Jaye Helm.

This is a picture of my set up.

I did it! My little hands were getting sore from writing so many autographs, but I loved every minute of it! I even did a story reading out of my book and the kids actually stayed and were intrigued. It was all so exciting to me, a little nervous at first, but then I had fun with it! It was done at the Beaufort Pirate Invasion in North Carolina inside the little gift shop. The ladies that worked there said that I sold the most books that had ever been sold in a book signing there.  The Old Beaufort Shop now carries my book in their gift shop. And to top it off, I had another store that also wants to sell my books, called the Scuttlebuck in Beaufort, North Carolina. Now I can’t wait for Book TWO!  The second book in the Sarafina series should be out early in 2016.

Reenacting a pirate's life is fun.

It’s a long way from Georgia to Massachusetts by car, but I love my life. You see, I reenact historical episodes, my favorite being pirates. The drive from event to event gives a lot of time for thought, introspection, and playing those fun license plate travel games.

I also get to travel with the one I love. Together we entertain and educate about pirates and the life at sea.

Do you remember when you were a child and you decided what you wanted to be with only one criteria in mind? It was about pure FUN, and that’s how I see my life.

So as we make our way up and down the east coast of the United States, I get more inspiration for the Sarafina series of books I’m writing. Be sure to enjoy the first one, Sarafina and the Pirate’s Spyglass. I can’t wait to share the next part of her adventures in 2016.