“Skin Like Dawn” is ONE MONTH away! Catch up on the series now!

I’ll be the first to admit that when I released my first book When You Come to Me a couple of years ago, I had no idea that I would be receiving emails from people, wanting to know more about Brandon and Natalie, angry that I hadn’t released the sequel yet, leaving them hanging.  I’ve glossed over reviews online – some, obviously, were better than others.  But one thing holds true: people are reading.  And that’s all I really wanted.  The great thing about it is people are reviewing, whether good or bad, meaning that some sort of emotion was evoked.  That’s what a writer constantly seeks out of their readers.

Without rambling too much, I say with unbridled exuberance that Skin Like Dawn is just one month away.  The sleepless nights, the editing, the formatting and the nerves have all begun.  This is my first completed novel in years.  That means that this is my first novel that I haven’t pulled from my archives, dusted off and refreshed.  This is all new material. My friends and my family and my life in general have inspired me, and as a result, my hands are aching because I’ve been typing so much!

If you haven’t yet read When You Come to Me, please do.  And take something from it.  And share it with your friends.  And your friends’ friends.  It’s free right now.  That’s how much I want everyone to read it!

Besides, it’s the predecessor to Skin Like Dawn.  You have to read it.

As always, thank you so much for joining me on this journey.  August 15th can’t get here fast enough.

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Can’t Believe It’s Been ONE YEAR Since Kiawah Was Released! Have You Read It Yet?

Can't Believe It's Been ONE YEAR Since Kiawah Was Released! Have You Read It Yet?

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Simply put, I love this story. I started it not too long after I graduated from college in 2008. I was lost, I was in love, and I was fighting for independence. So, marks Loren Soto’s origins. At face value, she’s a scorned bitch who’s having difficulty getting over the fact that her first love is in love with her childhood friend. Hell, at the very beginning of the novel she’s watching them get married. Yes, it’s a love story: but it’s one with some bite to it. While Loren and Nicholas’ decade-long love affair comes to an end, she must decide if she can start anew with a fresh-face musician who’s just returned to town from an inexplicable hiatus.

Without say too much, I encourage you all to read it at your leisure and absorb it.

Loren is a smart, witty girl and gravely misunderstood. Her sexuality, her cursing and her drinking make for an interesting heroine.

Interested?  Read some sample chapters below 🙂

Kiawah Excerpt | Twenty-Nine

Check out my radio interview with Ladies Unscripted on Blog Talk Radio!

 

Check out my radio interview with Ladies Unscripted on Blog Talk Radio!

From time to time, Ladies Unscripted will feature a young and successful African American talent on the rise.  This week is dedicated to author, Jade Alyse. 

Check out my first radio interview, where I discuss my books, interracial dating and what inspires me 🙂

Have You Added One of My Books to Your Summer Reading List Yet?

 

 

Tritely put, the summer season is probably one of the best times to catch up on reading.  There’s just something about the balmy heat and the breeze sweeping across our faces that lulls us into succumbing to our own imaginations. And what better way is there than to pick up a good book and get lost in it?

June 1st will mark one year since my first book was published.  Since then, I’ve managed to release 4 more publications, all of which have sold over 100 copies each.  For an independent author, that’s more than I could have ever dreamed.

This comes as no surprise that I love to write. But what excites me more is someone reading what I’ve written and loving it.  So, as I meticulously compose The Trail’s End and form it for its release this fall, I want people to read my work, get lost in the words, the characters, learn about my inspiration.

Add these to your summer reading list – you won’t be disappointed 🙂

 

Star-Crossed Lovers, Driven to Madness on a Suffocating Island of Memories

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Loren Soto meets Nicholas Grey at the age of fourteen on sleepy Kiawah Island – and ever since she can’t seem to shake him no matter how hard she tries. They grow together, developing a love affair torrid enough to send a mountain crumbling to the ground. And just as everything appears to be set in place, Nicholas interrupts the course and marries Loren’s oldest friend and Charleston’s princess, Sadie Vansant instead. Disillusioned and angry, Loren then occupies her time with Oliver Russo, a Vansant childhood friend who mysteriously returns home just in time for the wedding. Loren then begins to notice that there may be more to Oliver and Sadie’s friendship than they let on, and subtle truths and revelations inevitably lead toward an unveiling of secrets that no one, least of all, Loren, is prepared for.

Throughout the novel, I combined a little bit of what I loved best in life: music, art and love. Without these three things, I don’t think life would be nearly as worth it.

In this excerpt I pulled inspiration from the classical Arabic tale: Layla and Majnun and listened to Nayanna Holley’s On Love and Fear extensively.

The concept of star-crossed lovers driven to a semblance of madness by their feelings and the inevitably of their proximity to each other has always fascinated me.

WANT A PREVIEW? Here you go: Kiawah Excerpt / Twenty-Nine / KiawahExcerpt1

Already read it?

In Honor of Love, Read Two Chapters from When You Come to Me and Kiawah for Free :)

These two particular chapters are rather special to me, as they were literally written on location. No exaggeration.  In the chapter from When You Come to Me, it took place on a honeymoon in Nevis, and I was writing it, guess where I was…on the shore of Pinney’s Beach, typing away.

Although the chapter from Kiawah was not in Hawaii, guess where I typed it? Overlooking the beautiful cerulean Pacific Ocean on Maui.

Although it’s not a necessity, writing whilst being a part of nature does add extra spice to the sensation inside of you as you write.  There’s something about looking at palm trees swaying and the current rolling that sends a genuine thrill of inspiration soaring through you.

There’s no greater feeling.

Without further adieu, check out the two chapters below and pictures from my excursions.

I hope you have an amazing Valentine’s Day, guys 🙂

Jade Alyse 

DOWNLOAD When You Come to Me Chapter: Newlywed and Nevis

DOWNLOAD Kiawah Chapter: Twenty-Nine

Read: Excerpt of “Kiawah”!

With the unexpected success of “Kiawah” on the iBookstore yesterday, what better time than to show a little bit of what it’s all about.

Throughout the novel, I combined a little bit of what I loved best in life: music, art and love.  Without these three things, I don’t think life would be nearly as worth it.

In this excerpt I pulled inspiration from the classical Arabic tale: Layla and Majnun and listened to Nayanna Holley’s On Love and Fear extensively.

The concept of star-crossed lovers driven to a semblance of madness by their feelings and the inevitably of their proximity to each other has always fascinated me.

Enjoy! 🙂

Nezami Ganjavi

Download Now: KiawahExcerpt1