Jayme Woods

Writer. Geek. Adventurer.


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When Life Gives You a Toilet Seat…

Today I may or may not have broken my toilet seat.

I may or may not have boxed it up, created a shipping label to disguise it as school books, and left it on my sister’s doorstep.

And I may or may not have included a note signed, “With love, Fred and George Weasley.”

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When life gives you a toilet seat, make… haste to wrap it up and give it to a friend!


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Teen Werewolves Invade My Disney Vacation

You may have noticed my blog has been pretty neglected the past few weeks. Or maybe you haven’t noticed because you’ve been just as busy watching Teen Wolf as I have.

For those of you who don’t know, Teen Wolf is a teen paranormal drama on MTV. It’s loosely based on an 80s movie I’ve never seen… and it’s kind of been running my life for the last few weeks.

It all started about two months ago, when I wanted to do something nice for my sister. Teen Wolf didn’t really look like my thing. I don’t like horror/gore. I’m not huge on romance. But my sister loves Warm Bodies, City of Bones, etc. Teen Wolf seemed somewhere in that zone, so out of the goodness of my heart I endeavored to introduce her to her new favorite TV show.

After the first episode, I thought, “Huh. That was actually pretty good.” Three episodes in, I wondered, “How many seasons of this have they made??” By the fifth episode, I was hurling things at my computer screaming, “STUPID GEICO COMMERCIAL! STOP INTERRUPTING MY SHOW! I WILL NEVER BUY YOUR INSURANCE!! NEVER EVER EVER EV– ooh! Stiles is back.”

So in the end my sister ended up introducing me to my new favorite show. She even bought me the first season for an early Valentine’s gift. My parents followed it up with the best birthday gifts ever – Season 2 and Season 3 Part 1!

Basically, my family is the best.

I’ve been racing to catch up before the finale, and now I’m sort of seeing Teen Wolf everywhere. Even at the Happiest Place on Earth. To prove it, I snapped some pictures.

On Toy Story Mania, my sis and I ended up in Stiles’ car!

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On Haunted Mansion, we spotted birds like the ones that attacked Ms. Blake’s classroom. You know, when Stiles shielded Lydia with his body? And anti-romantic me actually uttered an, “Aww!”

haunted mansion bird

As we exited Haunted Mansion I snapped a pic of this awesome window, which reminded me of the gates at Eichen House and (*sobs internally*) Oak Creek:

eichen house

In Liberty Square, I advised my sis to be her own anchor:

anchor

As we passed the London section on Small World, my sister whispered to me, “Wave hi to Jackson.” I’ve never been prouder. 😉

jackson in london

I got a little choked up by Small World’s wall of goodbyes.

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Because we’ve already said goodbye to [spoiler] and with the finale looming I’m sure we’ll soon be bidding at least one other person adieu.

But that’s a downer, so on to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, where my sister caught me making advances on this shrub. Why? Because Bambi is our nickname for Isaac. No offense intended. We love Isaac. But he’s got those big innocent Bambi eyes. Observe:

bambi vs isaac

I’m even seeing Teen Wolf at work. I was tempted to scrawl “De-” on the front of this Void stamp (I resisted):

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When the vending machine ate my money, I came *this close* to employing the patented Stiles (or Boyd) method of snack extraction:

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Even the Veronica Mars movie, which I’ve been looking forward to FOREVER, couldn’t escape a Teen Wolf comparison. It’s their own fault, really, for opening with a case wall crisscrossed with red yarn just like the one Stiles has. All I could picture was this…

Lydia

…and imagine that after a quick chat with the yarn Lydia could’ve solved the murder in time to go ice skating with Stiles, Scott, and Allison. (Again, no hate intended. I ❤ Veronica)

So there it is. My name is Jayme and I have a Teen Wolf problem.

The problem is that it’s only Sunday… and the finale isn’t until Monday. 😉

How about you guys? What’s your secret (or not so secret) TV obsession? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


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MORTAL GODS Cover Reveal + How YOU Can Win an ARC

Everyone, quick! I have shiny goodness on the blog today – the cover reveal for my agency sister Kendare Blake’s new book, MORTAL GODS! It’s gorgeous and haunting (just like Kendare’s writing), but don’t take my word for it. Scroll down to take a look!

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Isn’t it beeeautiful? That cover model is giving Katniss a major case of braid envy, and don’t get me started on her footwear. Chuck Bartowski approves.

Given the understated cover for the first GODDESS WAR book, ANTIGODDESS, I wasn’t expecting an amber-hued landscape and a font that bleeds lightning. So cool! Kinda makes you wonder what other surprises good ol’ Kendare has up her sleeves, doesn’t it?

For more about MORTAL GODS visit Amazon or Goodreads.

And be sure to visit Kendare’s site to find out how YOU can enter to win an advanced copy of MORTAL GODS just by sharing the cover on your blog or social media! Full details HERE.


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Author Interview: Dakota Douglas

Today I’m doing my very first author interview! Everyone, please welcome Dakota Douglas, author of ANTics, a novel for young readers about three ants who must work together to outwit an evil spider who’s vowed to turn them into ant soup!

Dakota Douglas ANTics

Your ants all have such clever names. What do you think your ant name would be?
I’d like to say Brilliant. But who am I kidding. Seriously, it would probably be Observant. I’m a people watcher. What they say, how they say it, their body language and facial expressions help me with character and dialogue creation.

Can you share any hints about the ANTics sequel?
It follows on from where ANTics finished and is called MutANTs. It’s about a tribe of super strong ants who like to attack and steal ants from other nests. Our heroes are thrust into an adventure to rescue their friends who’ve been ant-napped by the Mutant slaveraiders. The task is way too big for them but they get help from some unlikely sources.

Has your background as a newspaper reporter helped with your fiction writing?
Definitely. The training and discipline I learned through my job helps enormously with structuring a story, proofreading and editing. Often, a reporter has to do a lot of research for information to accompany a story. Some people think research is boring and they just want to get on with the writing. I love research. I also love to hear people’s stories. They are so inspirational. But long before I became a journalist, I had a vivid imagination and would weave stories all the time, probably when I should have been giving other things my 100% attention. My imagination, as a child, was fuelled by all the great stories I read. I loved to go to the local library and second hand bookstores with my mother. We would spend hours thumbing through pages.

Do you have a writing routine? Where do you enjoy writing the most?
I don’t have a regular writing routine. I write at all different times of day and for different lengths of time. Though, I wish I was more organized.

I write on scraps of paper and in notebooks whenever an idea for a story, word, phrase, piece of dialogue, new scene or plot twist pops into my head – even in the middle of the night. When I am writing at any length, I prefer to sit at my computer and slog away. I don’t worry about spelling or grammar; I just try and type as quickly as the words mysteriously appear in my head. On my next session, I read what I wrote before or even start from the beginning of the story and read. This cuts down on the time spent editing later and settles me into the action.

I make corrections. I think this also helps sharpen up my writing. Everyone is different but this system seems to suit me.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Go for it. Today’s market is very competitive and you might not become a best seller. But, hey, who knows. Write because you love to write. Write because it’s something you have to do.

And when you write The End, remember it’s far from over. You need to edit, edit and edit until you can publish the best story you are capable of producing at that moment. I say ‘that moment’ because writing is like anything else; the more you practice writing, the better you get.

What was your favorite book growing up?
I loved Enid Blyton and would read her books under the bed covers by torchlight when I was supposed to be asleep. My favourite books were her Adventure Series. I wanted a parrot like Kiki. She inspired me to write my own book. It’s so long ago; I can’t remember what it was called. It has vanished, like so many other childhood treasures that I wish I could get my hands on.

Just for fun, here are some Lightning Round questions:

Dr. Seuss or Dr. Who?
Dr. Seuss

Sand or Snow?
Sand

Neverland or Wonderland?
Neverland

Popcorn or Pop Tarts?
Pop Tarts

Indiana Jones or Han Solo?
Indiana Jones

Thank you so much for dropping by, Dakota!

To keep up to date on all things Dakota Douglas, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her official website.


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Nerd Valentines

Love it or hate it, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, I’ve whipped up a few Valentines for that special nerd in your life. This is all done with Sharpies and the Microsoft photo software that came with my computer (no Photoshop here), so apologies in advance if the TARDIS is not quite the right shade of blue.

First up, one for all my fellow Castle-holics:

Castle Valentine

For you Whovians out there, here’s one to get both of your hearts thumping:

Doctor Who Valentine

Fellow Teen Wolf fans will go crazy for this one (see what I did there?):

Teen Wolf Valentine

And finally, since one Teen Wolf Valentine just isn’t enough, here’s one for all you future Mrs. Stilinskis out there:

Stiles Valentine

Can’t choose? Get all four here:

Nerd Valentines PDF

Hope everyone has a great week!


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3 Reasons You Might Like SOLVING FOR EX

A few months ago, the awesome Leigh Ann Kopans was kind enough to send me an e-ARC of her upcoming YA romance, SOLVING FOR EX. I’ve been holding onto my review for a while because it seemed downright mean to tease you guys with it months before you could actually get your hands on the book. But with Leigh Ann’s February 11 release date just TWO WEEKS away, I can’t help myself anymore!

So, without further ado, here are 3 reasons YOU might like SOLVING FOR EX:

1: This cover:

To see it in all of it's glory, head on over to Icey Books  for the official cover reveal. :)

To see it in all of it’s glory, head over to Icey Books for the official cover reveal. 🙂

I mean LOOK at it! The chalkboard makes me insanely happy and the model for Ashley reminds me so much of Emma Stone. Brendan’s model looks a little like Andrew Garfield, so it’s like a Gwen-Peter reunion to tide us over until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters in May.

2: Math puns. If you hadn’t already guessed by looking at the cover, this is a story about Mathletes, as evidenced by adorable little notes at the end of some chapters. My favorite? Octopi. Get it? Octo-PI!

Want it on a shirt? Snorg Tees  has you covered!

Want it on a shirt? Snorg Tees has you covered!

3: Mansfield Park. Any Jane Austen fans out there? You might be interested to know SOLVING FOR EX is a modern twist on Austen’s classic novel, Mansfield Park (with a little Clueless and Mean Girls sprinkled in). Austenland hits shelves the same day as SOLVING FOR EX, making the two the perfect Valentine’s combo for that Austen fan in your life!

Haven’t heard of Austenland? You’re welcome:

Sound like the book for you? You can preorder your copy here or add SOLVING FOR EX to your Goodreads shelf.