Ange'el Series by Jamie Le Fay
It’s been an incredible adventure. I wrote Ahe’ey because I had to; I had no other choice. The story and the characters have been my loyal companions since my childhood days in sunny Portugal. They’ve grown up with me, kept me company in good times, cloudy days, and life tsunamis. They were inspired by the people in my life and the stories I enjoy, and yet, each and every one of them has stolen a part of me.
The unexpected success of Ahe’ey has caused some delays with the second book of the series. The recent awards enabled me to reach new readers and access new promotion channels such as Bookbub. To take advantage of these opportunities, I’ve been focusing my energy and spare time on the marketing of Ahe’ey.
I'm now back on track. I've been spending quite a lot of time with Morgan, Gabriel, Sky and the rest of the Ahe'ey as they stand divided by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. I'm about half way from completing the second book of the Ange'el Series and it's time to share some news.
As some of you may know, Ahe'ey - The Complete Collection, was first published in chapters/episodes. This allowed me to receive early feedback from the community. I'll use the same approach with the second book and will first release it in a set of ten episodes of about 10 to 15k words each.
Today, I'm uncontrollably excited to share with you:
Angha and Zanus continue to unleash chaos into the world of humans and Ahe’ey, yet Angha’s two-hundred Dragons and the presidential election are the least of Morgan's concerns. A destructive darkness emerges from the purest of beings. The ties and the love between the Royal descendants are tested to their limit. Death lurks around the corner waiting to harvest its prize. The heroes will rise, but some will fall. It’s inevitable and definitive. Rage can and will kill. The Ahe’ey will come across an unlikely ally, one they’d prefer to destroy, but things are . . . complicated.
I apologise for the delays with the release of the second book. As you can imagine, writing doesn't pay the bills, so I need to keep at least one foot firmly grounded in the real world as the second foot travels to the world of Ahe'ey and uncovers its secrets. You can expect Rage: Fallen Ange'el, Episode 1 to be available in January 2018. I plan to release one episode per month.
If you enjoyed Ahe'ey, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads as it helps other readers discover my work.
As always, I'd love to hear from you, so please do keep in touch.
Book 1 - Ahe'ey - The Complete Collection
Ahe'ey, Episode 1 - Beginnings
Ahe'ey, Episode 2 - Gravitational Pull
Ahe'ey, Episode 3 - Disillusion
Ahe'ey, Episode 4 - Escape
Ahe'ey, Episode 5 - Bloodline
Ahe'ey, Episode 6 - Before the Storm
Ahe'ey, Episode 7 - Betrayal
Ahe'ey, Episode 8 - Two Dragons
Ahe'ey, Episode 9 - A Thousand Lies
Ahe'ey, Episode 10 - Her Choice
Book 2 - Fallen Ange'el - The Complete Collection
Fallen Ange'el, Episode 1 - Rage
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What a fabulous time for Ahe'ey. The complete collection price promotion has helped launch Ahe'ey to the number one best-selling spot in several paid categories on Amazon.
I'm grateful to the Bookbub team for including Ahe'ey in their featured deals. I know the selection process is rigorous and I am honoured to have my novel featured by such a reputable value-oriented organisation.
Episode 1, available for free, has also reached number one in several categories, followed closely by the other episodes in the series.
I have some news for my readers, the cover and tittle reveal for book II are just days away.
I am delighted to announce that Ahe'ey won the Reader's Favourite Gold Medal in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic category.
For immediate release:
Reader's Favorite recognizes "Ahe'ey" in its annual international book award contest.
The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.
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Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Ahe'ey" by Jamie Le Fay won the Gold Medal in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic category.
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How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
This is a funny and weird little story. Some years ago, I moved from London to Sydney; it was an exciting adventure. I was traveling to a new place on the other side of the planet to assume a leadership role in a consulting firm. I decided to share my adventures on a blog, writing under a pen name. Soon, I had a large engaged following including a famous Canadian paranormal romance author.
As soon as I arrived in Sydney, I fell in love with the city and with a kind man who was a bit of a troublemaker. Back then, I was very insecure and self-aware, and he was the biggest, loudest personality I knew. He was a single father of an adorable two-year-old girl, and they made the most enchanting duo. I fell in love with them both immediately but worked hard to resist my feelings because we both worked for the same company and he was a bit of a wildcard. I used to write about it on my blog, enhancing the story for dramatic effect. It became a forbidden romance story, full of my insecurities and plenty of self-imposed drama.
A few years later the Canadian author sent me a note telling me that my adventures had inspired her new vampire novel. When I read it, I discovered that the author had used most of my stories in her new book, she even used my real first name for the main character of the novel. I was conflicted; happy to see some of my adventures in print, and amused to find out I was the main character of a cheesy vampire romance. But, I was also somewhat annoyed with the actions of the author. At that time, I decided that if my stories were good enough for her to publish, then I should go ahead and start publishing them myself. And voilà, ten years later, I'm doing so. These days I don’t let anyone appropriate my stories.
I still smirk at the thought that my ex was turned into a vampire and now lives forever in the pages of an extra-cheesy and somewhat saucy vampire novel that is read by thousands of people around the world. Even Taylor Swift would be proud of such a devilish, revengeful feat, an unintended consequence that is both amusing and completely surreal.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Today we stand at a crossroads; the road ahead is dangerous and uncertain and every step we take brings with it collateral damage. Yet, we must keep walking; we must place one foot in front of the other; we must be thoughtful, and present, and connected. We must choose the path of inclusion, empathy and compassion, and if we follow this path, everything may turn out to be just fine.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Putting myself in someone else’s shoes and letting the story emerge. I find I learn a lot about the world and people different from me by immersing myself in my characters’ perspective. This is particularly interesting when the character is a villain as I still need to uncover the humanity in his or her actions.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The vulnerability that is required to commit pen to paper. It’s as rewarding as it is confronting because every character is part of you and you need to abandon any embarrassment and serve the story and the characters as authentically as possible.
What advice would you give to people who want to enter the field?
Tell a story that only you can tell; take full advantage of what makes your voice unique. Surround yourself with authors that can help you learn the craft and overcome fears and challenges. On a more practical note, use scrivener, I’d never been able to finish my novel without it.
What ways can readers connect with you?
The Infinite House of Books's interview can be found here. Thank you, Shannon, for your amazing support.
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Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
In the second book of the series, we will learn more about Sathian. The devil that haunts the nightmares of the Ahe’ey is a lot of fun to write. He’s as lost as he is wicked and mercurial. We’ll learn more about Gabriel’s carbon copy and discover his perverse influence over the lives of the four royal descents of Ahe’ey. It’d be easy to succumb to his beauty, wit, intellect, and charm. It’s almost impossible not to feel sorry for the broken victim that hides under the creature’s madness. But the monster has committed unforgivable crimes. How much punishment must one endure to attain redemption?
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) - I would like to hang out with this perfect human. I won’t lie, I’d try to steal a kiss or two, but soon we would move on to debating ethics, philosophy, history, and books.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Morgan Le Fay (The Mists of Avalon) – I’d love to spend some time with one of the most influential characters of my teen years. I’d take her to Vegas to watch Cher’s concert. We would sing If I can turn back time and recall that special moment in Avalon when Sir Lancelot was almost hers, almost . . .
“There is no sorrow like the memory of love and the knowledge that it is gone forever”
Bastian Balthazar Bux (The Neverending Story) – We would travel to Fantastica to visit our olive-skinned Atreyu. We will then travel together to see Morla, the ancient one. I suspect she has grown indifferent to the fate of the world, and we must beg her to join the resistance.
“The Nothing is spreading," groaned the first. "It's growing and growing, there's more of it every day, if it's possible to speak of more nothing. All the others fled from Howling Forest in time, but we didn't want to leave our home. The Nothing caught us in our sleep and this is what it did to us."
"Is it very painful?" Atreyu asked.
"No," said the second bark troll, the one with the hole in his chest. "You don't feel a thing. There's just something missing. And once it gets hold of you, something more is missing every day. Soon there won't be anything left of us.”
The Little Prince (The Little Prince) – Because he needs to share his most important lesson with several heads of state.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Elphaba (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) – The resistance needs Elphaba. I’ d knit two pink pussy hats for us to wear. I’d hold her hand and we’d march side by side with other change makers from all over the world.
“Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.”
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go any where? What would you do with this time?
I would travel the world, wandering around museums and historical places, enjoying artworks, especially sculpture. I’d probably start in Paris, at the Louvre, where I would, once again, spend hours marveling at The Winged Victory of Samothrace. Then I’d jump on a flight to Stockholm to visit the Angel Musicians on the lower deck of Millesgården. The tour would have many stops around the world, but I’d finally return to the Bethesda fountain where I’d wait a few hours for the Ahe’ey to emerge from its waters.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Sure. I’m halfway through the second book of the series. Both Angha and Zanus continue to unleash chaos into the world of humans and Ahe’ey, but Angha’s two-hundred Dragons are the least of our concerns. A destructive darkness emerges from the purest of beings. The ties and the love between the four Royal descendants are tested to their limit. Death lurks around the corner waiting to harvest its prize. The heroes will rise, but some will fall. It’s inevitable and definitive. Rage can and will kill. The Ahe’ey will come across an unlikely ally, one they’d prefer to destroy, but things are . . . complicated.
The Book Junkie Reads' original interview can be found on her website via this link. Thank you, Book Junkie Reads, for your amazing support.
Ahe'ey reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (05/17).
“Ahe’ey” by Jamie Le Fay is the complete collection of ten episodes or stories that take place in and beyond the fantasy world of Ahe’ey, spanning from the 1800s to present day.
Morgan is a strong, independent, influential woman who is making a difference in the lives of women all over the world. When she’s around Gabriel however, it’s a battle for self-control as the man leaves her weak in the knees! As political opposition threatens to shut down Morgan’s agenda at any cost, the two take refuge in the world of Ahe’ey, a place where women are in charge. But, this outwardly perfect world may not be as idyllic as it first seems.
There is a lot going on in this story and it is considerably impressive how the author interweaves the world of fantasy, dragons, and fairy tale qualities with modern day issues such as racism, gender equality, and political unrest. The story feels new and fresh – unique in the fantasy genre for certain, if one can even contain it to a single genre.
What I enjoyed most about “Ahe’ey” is the writing style. At over 600 pages, I was prepared to settle in for the long haul, but the natural flow of the storyline kept me engrossed throughout the entire read. Though I’m sure Le Fay put a considerable amount of time and effort into this work, the result is seamless and fluid from the perspective of the reader, a clear distinction of her talent. The ease and effortless movement through the story left me wanting more – I truly did not want it to end.
The characters are full of life, multi-dimensional and believable, commanding the reader to connect with and invest in the outcome of their plights. Women will fall for Gabriel, an enchanting, sensitive male and the very definition of a prince. Gabriel, of royal blood, is depicted in a much different light than the “common” male characters – Fay provides an excellent demonstration of role reversal at its finest with the men of Ahe’ey. It was the women however, that influenced me the most. I found each character to represent a certain trait in myself. For instance, Morgan represented all of my contradictions, Sky reminded me of my stubborn side, Sage was my calm, patient, and levelheaded self, and Quinn struck a chord with my determined self. The women of Ahe’ey absolutely stirred some heavy inward reflection.
“Ahe’ey” by Jamie Le Fay is very high on my list of reading recommendations. The story is unique, inspiring, and very well written. It will hold great appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, and romance, as well as those interested in women’s issues and politics.