Five by Five – JES YOUNG and the Five Books that Inspire Her

May 11, 2012 Five by Five, General, Giveaways, Interviews 16

Five Authors and the Five Books that Inspire Them –

Five by Five, May 7th – 11th:


Due to unfortunate, unforeseen, and totally understandable circumstances, the author originally scheduled for today, was unable to contribute.  So, I decided it would be a great opportunity to introduce you to a new author.  I was lucky enough to get the wonderful Jes Young to step in and save the day!  


Jes Young is a former copyeditor who decided to leave the publishing world for a bit in order to be a full-time mom.  She is back with a vengeance now that her debut novel, Tab Bennett and the Inbetween, has been released.  A dark fairy tale, it is the first in a new UF series called “Princess of Twilight and Dawn.”  I read a small short on her website and I am excited to get my hands on the full-length novel.  Read the synopsis.  You’ll want to get your hands on it, too.  It looks to be a great start to a new world and heroine.


Without further ado…Jes Young!



5 Books that Inspire Me


Jessamy by Barbara Sleigh

Jessamy is the first book I ever loved. It’s about a girl who is transported back to 1914 every time she enters the schoolroom of the old house where she spends summers with her Aunt. It’s a book about wonder and magic and mystery and it unlocked my eight year old brain and filled it up with stories.




The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole

For some reason I can’t fully explain, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is like writing fuel to me. Reading them never fails to inspire me to write. Maybe because every book is just the right combination of funny and sexy and sad. Demon from the Dark is my favorite because of quotes like this:

“He’d swiftly collected those monsters’ heads, tying them together with a piece of the rope she’d hoped never to see again, then strung them over his shoulder. Periodically, he offered his catch to her.

“No, no, I have a pair just like them at home,” she’d said. “I would just regift them.” 




Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Still Life with Woodpecker is just so full of words. No. Not words. Language.  Of beautiful, thick sentences that go on and on. It’s convoluted and silly and a little bit dirty. It’s about true love and redheads and bomb making. And every time I read it I end up wishing I was the one who wrote it.




A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton

Before I read A Kiss of Shadows, there was hardly any magic in Tab Bennett and the Inbetween. This book and the others that followed in the Merry Gentry series made me think about magic and sex and menace in a way I hadn’t before. This is where my urban fantasy education really began.




Darkfever and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Urban fantasy is populated by kick-ass heroines; women with long hair and high heels who literally fight monsters for a living. Leather pants are practically a genre-wide epidemic. For me the thing that sets Darkfever and the rest of this series apart is that Mac, the main character, is exactly the opposite of that. At the beginning she’s innocent and sweet and very, very pink. Over the course of the series she fights, she fails, she kills, and she dies. She loses everything and from the pieces she builds someone tough and sleek and strong. Darkfever taught me that a cream puff can become a tough cookie with the proper motivation – something I was definitely inspired by when I was writing Tab Bennett and the Inbetween.


What books are my characters reading?


Tab would be really interested in Fifty Shades of Grey right now. I think she’d find Ana’s struggle between acquiescence and rebellion easy to relate to; Tab’s got a lot of strong-willed, over protective men around her too.

Robbin has Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson on his nightstand but I don’t think he’s much of a reader. It’s probably been sitting there for a long time.

Alex is reading Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.


What’s up next for Jes?

Book #2 of the Princess of Twilight and Dawn series!

Tab Bennett and the Underneath will be out in December. Unlike Inbetween, which was a talking book, its sequel, Underneath, is an adventure. There’s a dark forest to cross, a dungeon to escape, and bad guys to vanquish. It’s been incredibly fun to write.



Go get your copy of Tab Bennett and the Inbetween here.

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16 Responses to “Five by Five – JES YOUNG and the Five Books that Inspire Her”

  1. Jes Young

    I just wanted to start this visit off by thanking Lee for having me over today. I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of 5 by 5.

    I’ll be around all day so please, in case anyone feels like chatting.

    Thanks again, Lee.

  2. Annie

    This is a hard one because Jes and I seem to read and love many of the same books!! I have read many of Hamilton’s books, but think I might have missed Kissed of Shadows! So I will go with Kissed of Shadows!

    • Jes Young

      Kiss of Shadows (and the rest of the Merry Gentry books) are strangely addictive. You’ll see what I mean.

  3. Jayla | LadyBlueJay

    I would probably either choose Jessamy or Darkfever. I have a soft spot for children’s books and Jessamy sounds like it would be a real adventure. And I love a good heroine (especially one that goes against the normal genre heroines). Darkfever sounds like a very interesting read.


    • Jes Young

      Sadly Jayla I think Jessamy might be out of print. I got the 1976 school book fair edition as a present a few years ago from someone who knew how much I love it. Darkfever, on the other hand, is readily available and an incredibly good book. Word of caution though, once you read one, you’ll want the whole series. = )

  4. rissatoo

    Yay for steppin’ up as a pinch hitter, Jes! 😉

    I have to go with Demon From the Dark, though to be honest, THREE times this week I’ve heard about Still Life With Woodpeckers, so maybe I really should go for it. (But that snippet killed me… “regift”… Ha!

    (Oh, and two times were here on this blog, but the other was a client at my office, who came in carrying it! Is Tom Ribbins haunting me? I haven’t really read him since Skinny Legs, but maybe I should?)

    • Jes Young

      Hi Rissatoo,

      Still life with Woodpecker is the best Tom Robbins book. (His best title is Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, but that’s a different story.) You should read it because of passages like this one:

      “Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. In stead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words ‘make’ and ‘stay’ become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”

  5. Lea Krnjeta

    Darkfever! I adore Karen and her books. Her characters are amazing,especially Barrons and Dani.

  6. JessS

    I love the Fever series! But since I pretty much have all the books already, I think I’d have to go with the first book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. Thanks!

  7. Amy K

    I haven’t read anything by Karen Marie Moning yet, so I’d choose Darkfever.

    Jessamy by Barbara Sleigh sounds great, I need to go hunt this one down 🙂