Friday, January 10, 2014

First Look: Princess of Thorns

So..it's been four months since I blogged...look at that :). But now I'm back with your first glimpse at PRINCESS OF THORNS, presumably coming this summer...I think? (I'll let you know as soon as I know for sure.)

Happy Friday!


Game of Thrones meets Grimm in the high-fantasy, romantic adventure, Princess of Thorns.
Once upon a time there lived a princess . . .
Princess Aurora’s mother, the Sleeping Beauty, died in her arms when Aurora was seven years old, sacrificing herself to give Aurora her own fairy magic. In the ten years since, Aurora has learned that no magic comes for free. The price for hers is her romantic heart. Familial love is the only kind she will ever know, and so, when her brother is captured by the queen’s men, Aurora dresses as a boy and sets off to raise an army, determined to free the only person it is safe for her to love before he becomes the Ogre Queen’s sacrifice.
. . . and a prince. . . .
Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. He must convince a princess to marry him before dawn on his eighteenth birthday or meet the same terrible fate as his ten older brothers. And so Niklaas barters his most prized possession for a charm to locate the lost princess, Aurora. Instead, he finds her brother—or so he believes—and is blackmailed into helping raise an army.
Will they find their happily-ever-after?
As they race to prevent the fulfillment of an ogre prophecy foretelling the end of human life, Aurora and Niklaas learn that there are worse things than old curses. There is impossible hope, forbidden love, and kisses that steal like a thief in the night. . . .

Friday, September 6, 2013

Super SALE!: "Of Beast & Beauty"


This dark, romantic action is only 7.99 for Kindle today folks, get over there and snag a copy at 50% off!


And if you're feeling especially friendly today, leave a comment on my latest post on my Facebook author page. Every comment makes the post more visible and makes me love you more:

Happy Friday!


Friday, August 30, 2013

Yet further...Tales...From...the Retirement...Village!

The back story: I was visiting/living with my mother for the first 1/3 of the summer. She lives in a retirement village, a 20,000 acre gated community inhabited by old people (mostly), who enjoy nothing more than eating dinner at 4 p.m., being suspicious of outsiders, reporting Village Covenant violations, getting angry when people drive through the entrance gate without giving their name, and playing golf. Lots and lots of golf. And also sometimes being crazy and driving very slow. It is a funny/disturbing/awesome/strange place.

It also has the most hysterical police reports ever. And because my mother is a peach and appreciates/helped foster my sick sense of humor, she has continued to send me clippings every week. *basks in the glow of motherly love* 

And because I love you, I share these tales...


From the Hot Springs Village Voice, Tuesday, August 6th, 2013:

This week, the Village had the usual animal-vehicular interference (but no cows):

"Two accidents resulting from deer occurred during the week. No injuries were reported. Dead or injured deer were removed to preclude further accidents."

It had old people forgetting how to work All The Things:

"A resident reported locking herself inside her car. While an officer was en route, the woman again called to say that she'd gotten out."

It had Old People imagining foul play:

"A man reported five people in his back yard digging up a tree. No evidence of digging was found in his yard."

It had Old People being suspicious of All the Things:

"A resident complained of people on a boat on Lake XXXX. An officer found a man and his son concluding their fishing outing from a properly registered boat."

"A XXXX Lane resident reported a suspicious van stopped in the street and two people looking around. The west gate PRO on duty confirmed the van as a new newspaper carrier. The officer informed the thankful resident."

It had Old People being cranky with children throwing rocks:

"Residents reported boys throwing rocks at XXXX Beach."

But then it also had some of this:

"An XXXX Way resident reported outdoor urinating and exposure by a neighbor. The reportedly urinating man swore at the investigating officer and slammed the door in the officer's face. The reporting resident was told to file a formal complaint."

And...this...

"A man reported that he'd hired a cleaning lady, escorted her and a female friend into the Village and paid them $180. While he was in the bathroom, the women left with his money. The man contacted the woman, who subsequently returned his money. An officer commented that the man's home was very clean, at which time the man admitted that he already had a cleaning service and that he'd met the woman via an online dating service and had arranged for her to clean his house in the nude."

Things are heating up in the retirement village! Or trying to heat up...in nature and with assorted cleaning products.

In "Of Beast and Beauty" news. I'm doing a giveaway of 2 "Of Beast and Beauty" black rose necklaces in association with the International Girls YA Book Club. Learn how to enter here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=410783559021541&set=a.342362415863656.58646.342349499198281&type=1&theater

Have an amazing long weekend people, and if you use your Labor Day coupons to buy "Of Beast and Beauty" let me know and I'll send the first five a signed book sticker (international).

Best,

Stacey

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A slew of upcoming events!

Happy Thursday!

I'm going to be out and about promoting "Of Beast and Beauty" in the coming month and a half and I wanted to let you all know where I will be lurking so you can come lurk with me. (Because lurking together is always more fun.)

So, here we go:

SEPTEMBER 20TH

Group signing with Kendare Blake, Anna Carey, and Michelle Gagnon at Kepler's books.

This is going to be a panel-style event where you'll be able to grill 4 fantasy/paranormal YA writers at the same time. It should be a lot of fun and Michelle is going to bring gummy bears, so... (Haven't decided what I'm bringing yet, but I'll be sure it pairs well with gummy bears.)

7 P.M.
Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, Ca.

SEPTEMBER 21ST

The Sonoma County Book Fest!

This is always a good time and this year they've relocated the event to the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. This is a gorgeous campus (and the place where I took flat pattern drafting and learned to Sew all the Things!).

You can catch me at the noon panel outside the campus bookstore (there is a pretty fountain close by and roses and we will feel very outdoor-sy and literary):

12:00-1:15: Our World and Beyond, with Corrine Jackson (Pushed), Stacey Jay (Of Beast and Beauty) , Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange), CJ Omololu (Transcendence and Intuition) and Corina Vacco (My Chemical Mountain)

SEPTEMBER 29TH

The Orange Country Children's Book Festival!

This is my first time at the OC Fest and I'm super excited to head down there at the end of the month. I'll be on the 1 p.m. Panel "Writing Fantasy & SciFi on Paper and Screen" along with Nancy Holder and other fancy peeps. Would love to see you there.

OCTOBER 12TH AT BOOKS INC OPERA PLAZA IN SAN FRANCISCO

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Not Your Mother's Book Club™ celebrates Teenquake 2013 with our 2nd Annual Author Party featuring so many awesome authors we can't fit them all in this little space. So join us, along with 20+ authors, for an awesome evening featuring giveaways, goodies to eat, and all kinds of magical memories.
For more information on Teenquake visit: http://www.litquake.org/education/teenquake
Location: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco
California
United States

Be back tomorrow with some Tales from the Retirement Village!

Happy Thursday,

Stacey Jay

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's time for...Tales...From...the Retirement...Village!

Hello my lovelies,

Before we jump into the good stuff, I have 3 things to share:

1. I have a newsletter now. Sign up and be entered to win all future contests and stay up to date with all my news so you never again miss an announcement/new release/contest/promotion/etc: http://bit.ly/14LILWb

2. Hicklebee's still has a few signed hardcovers of "Of Beast and Beauty." It's never too early grab a holiday gift for a loved one... So click the link, add OBAB to you cart and put "signed stock" in the notes at checkout: http://bit.ly/1eZEMqK

3. Have you copy and pasted your blog/goodread's review to Amazon/BN yet? If not, please please do take a moment to do so. It really helps "Of Beast and Beauty" move up in the search engines and get in front of more readers (and the book needs that boost, since it isn't in many brick and mortar stores). You don't have to have purchased the book on those sites, just create an account and copy and paste and win my eternal gratitude. Here's the amazon link to get you started: http://amzn.to/13DsJJn

Okay! So! For anyone who hasn't been following this series of blog posts, here's the scoop:

The back story: I was visiting/living with my mother for the first 1/3 of the summer. She lives in a retirement village, a 20,000 acre gated community inhabited by old people (mostly), who enjoy nothing more than eating dinner at 4 p.m., being suspicious of outsiders, reporting Village Covenant violations, getting angry when people drive through the entrance gate without giving their name, and playing golf. Lots and lots of golf. And also sometimes being crazy and driving very slow. It is a funny/disturbing/awesome/strange place.

It also has the most hysterical police reports ever. And because my mother is a peach and appreciates/helped foster my sick sense of humor, she has continued to send me clippings every week. *basks in the glow of motherly love* 

And because I love you, I share these tales...


From the "Hot Springs Village Voice" April, 16 and 23, 2013 (Mom has been sending me scraps from the old newspapers she's hoarded in her reading room, which is awesome.)

"An officer on patrol located trash dumped at Cortez Pavilion. The officer picked up the dumped bags and placed them in a dumpster."

(This is the kind of police force I'd want my loved one to work for. You've got to love it when throwing away trash is a news-worthy event.)

"An XXX Lane resident complained of a barking dog. As the officer exited his vehicle to investigate, a fox being chased by a dog went by. The officer was unable to catch the dog."

(Ditto on fox being chased by dog=news. It's so cute I can almost hear the perky banjo music playing in my head.)

"Multiple officers attempted to contain a cow which had wandered on to XXXX Blvd. The off property owner of the cow was located and the potential traffic hazard contained."

(*dies from the country awesomeness*)

"A resident reported rock thieves on XXXX Road. An officer located a tree-service truck in the area performing contracted work."

(Finally, some real suspected almost not-really crime to report. You can't be too careful around potential rock thieves, as they are probably the most dangerous thieves of all.)

"A XXXX Lane resident gave an officer a bag of CDs and a piece of speaker wire, saying that she didn't want them in her house. The woman couldn't or wouldn't say who the CDs belong to, saying only that the police chief and a named detective knew "what's going on" and that she'd contact them later. As the officer started to leave, the woman demanded that he give her a dog treat. When the officer responded, "I don't have dog treats on my person," the woman opened a drawer, took out a dog treat, handed it to the officer and instructed him to give it to the dog. The officer did so and left."

(?)

Thank you so much for joining me for another installment of "Tales from the Retirement" village, and have kick-ass amazing Tuesday for me. 

Stacey


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Launch Tonight! (And news on one other upcoming event.)


It's finally here!
The Big Launch signing for "Of Beast and Beauty" is at Hicklebee's in San Jose tonight, August 8th, at 7 p.m.! (The location: 1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 292-8880.)
You still have until 6:30 today to order your signed copy here: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8  (This is your only chance to get a free black rose charm necklace with purchase. I will not be giving them away at any other event.)
And remember, you don't have to attend the signing to get your signed copy and necklace. Hicklebee's ships within the U.S. and Canada.

Now for an IMPORTANT UPDATE:
The location for the August 16th event has been changed from Copperfield's Petaluma store to their store in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village. (I presume so that our pizza party wouldn't stink up the Petaluma store before Chris Colfer gets there for his signing the next day. I just want Chris to know there are no hard feelings, and that my son LOVED his first book. So put your mind at ease, Chris. I'm sure you've been worried, but we're totally cool.)
So! Join me for a pizza party at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, Montgomery Village Store on August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. with author Corina Vacco.
Hope to see some of you tonight in San Jose!
Stacey

Monday, August 5, 2013

Justine Magazine's Spark Reviewers Love "Of Beast and Beauty"


Justine Magazine's Spark Reviewers loved "Of Beast & Beauty!" 

Anna said: "...the romance was as lush, wild and thorny as the magic roses that protect the domed city of Yuan."

Vanessa said: "This version of the classic...is more addicting because the main characters are misfits who slowly develop their love through shared goals, secret whispers & INTENSE chemistry."

Meri said: "This super-romantic fable made me start to question what makes something beautiful and what makes someone a beast…I couldn't put it down!"

Visit "Of Beast and Beauty's" page over at Justine Magazine online: http://www.justinemagazine.com/content/beast-and-beauty

And remember ONLY 3 AND 1/2 DAYS left to order your SIGNED COPY from Hicklebee's: http://bit.ly/13DsLRu

The black rose charm necklaces I'm giving away to those who order from Hicklebee's are just gorgeous (I was wearing mine yesterday) so don't miss out. I want to give you nice things, y'all, and Hicklebee's ships nationwide.

I'll be picking the first 3 winners for "Give Away All the Books" week later today. Be sure to "Like" my Facebook fan page to enter: http://on.fb.me/1chnsk6

Have an amazing day!