Monday, September 28, 2009

Save Shrinking Violet! And 2 Contests!

No one likes to see a good book go. Learn how you can help:



Here's the scoop from Danielle Joseph:

SAVE SHRINKING VIOLET!
Help Tere keep her voice!

Shrinking Violet is about an extremely shy high school senior trying to find her voice and reach her dream of becoming a DJ, despite the obstacles that stand in her way.

The book is about to go on back order and in order for more copies to be printed, more people have to place orders for the book.

Read more about Shrinking Violet:

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest, and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize, Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare. . . .

Praise for Shrinking Violet:

"Bella, eat your heart out. Tere is the girl every young woman truly wants to be. . . . Brilliant work, Danielle Joseph." -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Identical

"Danielle Joseph takes readers into the glamorous world of Top 40 radio, with a character who is both funny and relatable. Readers will cheer when Tere finds her voice!" -Alex Flinn, author of Breathing Underwater and A Kiss in Time

"A funny, romantic, and truly inspirational Cinderella tale for any teen who's ever been shy, loved music, or dreamed of going to the ball. Wait, that's pretty much everybody." -Gaby Triana, author of The Temptress Four

So here's how you can help:

Please tell anyone that you think might be interested to place an order now before it's too late. Guys, girls, grandmas. grandpas, you're never too old to read humorous teen fiction!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416596968

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781416596967

I'm also running a contest for those that want to have some fun! There will be four winners, each receiving a $25 gift certificate to iTunes or the bookstore of their choice.

So how can you win?
1. Post a review of Shrinking Violet on Amazon.com or B & N.com 2 points
2 Blog, Tweet or Facebook about the Save Shrinking Violet Campaign 1 point for each mention
3. Take a picture of yourself wearing a sweater and mimicking the book's cover (you must have the book in the photo too). 2 points

Contest begins at 11pm on Thursday, September 24, 2009 and ends at 11pm on Thursday, October 15, 2009.
After you enter, you can either email me at danielle@daniellejoseph.com or leave me a comment on my blog at
http://daniellejoseph.livejournal.
com/ under the entry, Save Shrinking Violet!

Good luck everyone! If you order "Shrinking Violet", let me, Stacey Jay, know about it here on the blog or via email to stacey.jay.ya at gmail.com , and I'll put your name in the hat to win the ARC of "Undead Much" that I'm giving away at the end of this week. (You can also enter to win by making me some You Are So Undead To Me inspired art. Learn more about that Here:
http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2009/09/fan-art-fam-art-and-how-to-win-undead.html )

Happy Monday,

Stacey Jay

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Pam Bachorz



About Candor

Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he’s found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He’s got them all fooled: Oscar’s the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he’s made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar falls in love. He must choose whether to let Nia be lost to brainwashing—or to sacrifice himself.

About Pam Bachorz

Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees. Her mother is not happy that Pam’s degrees are stored under her bed.

Pam lives just outside Washington, DC with her husband and their son. She likes to read books not aimed at her age group, go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television. She even goes jogging. Reluctantly.

As far as she knows, Pam has never been brainwashed. Or maybe that’s just what she’s supposed to say.

Four Questions With:

1. If you had to kill off one of your characters which one would it be? Why him/her?
Hmmmmm, I like to really surprise my readers, so maybe Oscar's love, Nia.

2. Would you consider having this character come back from the dead? Why or why not?
Well, CANDOR doesn't have any magical elements... but if it did, YES! I think Nia would be a most excellent zombie. Already she's got attitude, and I think her artistic bent would lend a certain panache to her zombie look. And Oscar might prefer her as a zombie vs. being brainwashed by his father's Messages...

3. What's the strangest thing eaten in the course of your book? (If it's brains you get ten bonus points!)
Frozen yogurt instead of full-fat ice cream. What gives? That tells you how brainwashed this entire town is.

4. Random sharing time, what do you want my zombie-blog-author readers to know about your book?
I want them to strap in. I promise that they'll be surprised by where the plot takes them--and they'll be rooting for a boy who, at first glance, doesn't seem to need or want our help.

Additional Details

Author Web site: http://www.pambachorz.com/

Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Candor-Pam-Bachorz/dp/1606840126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251759032&sr=1-1
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781606840122

Thanks Pam! This is a good one, ya'll, go check it out!

Stacey Jay

Friday, September 25, 2009

Deadline: Focus your fear!!!

I found this picture while googling "deadline". It's a movie, but I think the tagline is eerily appropriate: Deadline, focus your fear...



AHHHH!!! I have. I have focused my fear and it is fearful. And focused. And fearfully focused.

The outline for Book Three has been approved and I've been given the green light to start writing. That's the great news! The other news is that the book is due in December. And I haven't written a word of it yet.

AHHHHH!!!! More fear.



Honestly, this wouldn't be a huge deal--I write quickly, especially when I know where I'm headed--but I've also got a few other projects simmering away on the writerly burners, and a first birthday coming up, and fall soccer season, and we're selling our house so I have to keep it frighteningly clean at all times, and there have been some annoying health problems I've had to contend with lately, and...stuff...

So I'm a little nervous. But I know I'll feel better as soon as I finish my research, get my butt in the chair, and actually write the first chapter. The first chapter is always the hardest. Those first few thousand words are very intimidating. They are the first thing the reader will see when they open the book and I want them to be good. Really good. Better than the last book, better than anything I've ever written to that point.

No stress or anything.

Wish me luck, I'm going in.

Stacey Jay

p.s. Back with more news about mystery project in a few weeks. I'm not sure when I'm allowed to share the specifics!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Megan Crewe



About Give Up the Ghost

Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

About Megan Crewe

Like many fiction authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity.

Four Questions with Crewe!

1. If you had to kill off one of your characters which one would it be? Why him/her?

Probably Danielle, the sort-of villain. Just because it'd be reeeally interesting having Cass interact with her ghost.

2. Would you consider having this character come back from the dead? Why or why not?

As a ghost, of course, that's the fun part (see above)! As a zombie... probably not. Maybe in another book! :)

3. What's the strangest thing eaten in the course of your book? (If it's brains you get ten bonus points!)

My characters eat pretty normal stuff (blueberry muffin, bacon, chips, spaghetti).

4. Random sharing time, what do you want my zombie-blog-author readers to know about your book?

Ghosts are just as cool as zombies! They're dead, they interact with the living (well, mostly just one living person in my book), and what they lack in brain-munching they make up for in gossip-gathering.

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://megancrewe.com/

o Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Give-Up-Ghost-Megan-Crewe/dp/0805089306/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234364355&sr=1-5
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780805089301

Thanks for chatting with us, Megan! And y'all go grab this book!

Stacey Jay

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fan Art, Fam Art, and how to win "Undead Much?"

Hey folks,

I'll start by saying that I think fan art is the coolest thing ever. When I see other authors showcasing drawings, paintings, or youtube trailers made by their readers, I get author envy BIG time. You may be saying, "But what about the glowing literary reviews? What about the huge movie deals? You don't have those, Stacey Jay. Don't all those things make you envious?"

Honestly...okay, sometimes. But not really that often. I figure I'm at my own place in my author journey and comparing myself to others is a waste of time. I get to write books for a living, who am I to complain, right?

But, fan art? Gouge my green, rotten little heart out with a spoon. It makes me zombie rabid with jealousy. Perhaps because I am a fan artist, myself:

Here's Hello Kitty if she were a zombie:



And here's Stewie from Family Guy if he were a zombie:



And here's Spongebob if he were a zombie and also colored by my five year old:



Okay, so my fan art is...not the best. But, trust me, my original stuff isn't much better.

Here's my baby if he were missing his legs and had weird elf ears:



And here's a vampire mermaid zombie being stalked by a little, purple fish:



Yeah. I know. Sigh. I want to be able to draw SO. BADLY. I've always coveted the ability, but alas, it was not to be. My skills are limited at best and suckity suck suck at worst.

And unfortunately, it looks like my son missed the able-to-paint-things-that-look-like-people gene from his bio dad. Here's the "pretty picture" five drew me this weekend. I think it might be square pigs.



My stepdaughters faired much better. Here's a really kick butt fairy the Princess drew:



And get a load of this tiger eye from 15. Obviously, she's been holding out on me and could have been my artist slave for years. Years! When I think of all the days of slav-i-tude I let slip through my fingers I want to weep.



But, alas, child labor is against the law and my stepdaughters have lives and stuff. So I can't make them sit around drawing pictures inspired by YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME. But perhaps there is someone out there...someone with talent who feels moved to artistic expression by my book? If you were so moved, I would be so grateful. Heck, I would even send you an Advanced Reader Copy of "Undead Much?" to thank you for your time.

Okay, so you might be asking yourself, "Is this author really bribing people with an ARC to try to get them to draw fan art and send it to her?"

And the answer would be, um...yes. Yes I am. (I got a box of TEN extra ARCs from fabulous Editor Lexa last week and it just seems wrong to keep all of them for myself and the October contest. Wouldn't you agree?)

So send me something pretty (or zombie-ish), inspired by YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME and you could win a book. Please NOTE: If you send me something, please write in your email that you have given me to permission to post the image on my blog/website and let me know what name you would like me to use to credit you with the artwork. (If you're underage, I will not use your entire name.) Um, assuming more than one person sends me a picture, I'll draw next week to see who the winner will be.

And if no one sends me a picture, I will cry. I may film it and post it on the blog for your amusement, as well. Because I live to amuse. Live for it, man.

Happy Monday,

Stacey Jay

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Kate Messner



About The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z

Gianna Zales has a lot on her plate this fall – a father who drives her to school in the family hearse, a mother who’s turned into the junk food police, a little brother who thinks he’s a member of the paparazzi, and a grandmother who leaves false teeth in the refrigerator. Worst of all, she’s left her 7th grade leaf collection to do at the last minute. It’s a monster project, and Gianna will miss cross-country sectionals if she doesn’t meet the deadline. She’ll need the help of her geeky friend, Zig, and some brilliant ideas of her own to pull it off.

About Kate Messner

Kate Messner grew up in Medina, New York and graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She worked as a television news producer and reporter in Syracuse, NY and then Burlington, VT, before going back to school to get a teaching degree. These days, Kate is a National Board Certified middle school English teacher. She has helped hundreds of kids work on leaf collection projects and likes sugar maples and catalpa leaves the best. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her husband and kids and loves spending time in the woods.

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://katemessner.com/

o Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brilliant-Fall-Gianna-Z/dp/080279842X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251760751&sr=1-1
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780802798428

Go Forth, and explore the brilliant fall,

Later ya'll,

Stacey Jay

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Or I will eat your brains!

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Translated: "Buy my mama's book or I will eat your brains."

Fearsome, no?

And that's all I got, folks. Busy week, busy, busy, busy.

In good news, I'll have some cool MY SO CALLED DEATH stuff coming your way soon. I've been copy editing all week and am getting really excited to start promoting this book. It's just fun, if I do say so myself.

Happy Thursday,

Stacey Jay

Monday, September 14, 2009

Zombie Prom Pics This Time w/Real Zombie Babies!

So, the Saturday night book signing got a little crazier than expected.

First, the hubs had a little too much zombie-virus contaminated grape juice. (I've told him not to leave the grape juice out on the porch where the zombies can drool in it, but he never listens.)



Then he shambled up behind me while I was cooking dinner--I didn't suspect anything because he often shambles around groaning and complaining when he gets home from work--and before you know it...



Yep. I was contaminated too. I think it affected my parenting skills. (I don't usually look that evil whilst looking out my back window, holding my precious second loin fruit.)

Then, my five year old asked me to fix the Wii for the zillionth time that day and, in my zombie form, the request pushed me over the edge. I nibbled on his arm a little, which led to him nibbling on his brother.



But they seemed pretty happy together once they were both zombies...



And five even gave Baby a few tips on where to find the brains on the humans we would soon encounter at Barnes and Noble.



"This is where they are! Brains!!"

At the book signing we made a loud, groan-filled arrival:



And were immediately surrounded by other friendly and fantastically decked out zombies!





I met a reader who'd brought her book from home for me to sign and managed to smile for a picture. Even as a zombie, this book-bringing touched the cockles of my heart so I was able to get through the picture without munching on the lovely reader's undoubtedly lovely brains. (I mean, she loved me book. Her brain must be lovely, right? ;))



The smiling continued when some of my young writer's workshop best horde girls stopped by.



The event was off to a great start. Bookseller/CRM Lynda was fabulous! And had put out quite the zombie spread. I think a good time was had by all.



Sure there was a brief scuffle over a disembodied leg...





But they got it worked out and shared the coprse parts. Because that's what zombies do. They share.

And drink green punch...



Oh! And win things. This fabulous reader/zombie prom attendee won one of my last 3 remaining ARCs of "Undead Much?" (Don't worry, you'll have a chance to win the other two coming in October, so stay tuned to the blog.)



All in all it was the best zombie prom ever.

The hubs and I were even named Zombie Prom King and Queen, but we didn't get a picture with our sashes on. We were too busy wrangling the two little brain-eaters. But that was fun too.



Thanks West Little Rock Barnes and Noble! You rock!

Stacey Jay

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Zombie Prom Tonight, link, and babies want to eat your brains!!



Just a friendly reminder that the book signing and Zombie Prom is tonight. At 7:00 p.m. at the West Little Rock Barnes and Noble (the one on Financial Center Parkway next to the Toys R Us.) I'll only be there from 7-8 p.m. due to family constraints, so come early and snag your signed copy of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME.

I've heard they make great back to school presents. Or early Rosh Hashanah gifts (Any holiday is a good day for gift giving. Especially zombie book gift giving.) Or maybe you're looking for something special to slip in the Halloween basket of a loved one. Give them the gift of zombies, a gift they won't soon forget.

So...yeah. I just don't want to be that author dressed up with a huge pile of unsold books sitting on the table next to her. It's kind of the equivalent of getting pretty for a party and then no one asking you to dance. Or saying "no way, pink jeans" when you ask them to dance. I still remember the seventh grade boy of whom I speak! If you live close to Little Rock, person, you'd better come buy a few books and maybe I'll forgive you for your thirteen year old sins. (And those pink jeans were fun. I stand by that fashion choice made by my younger self.)

Anyway, I'm a little nervous, but I am excited about the dress up part. The hubs and 5 and BabyLo are all going to get zombified, as well. I imagine BabyLo will be especially fearsome and drooly and lend quite a bit of credibility to his role of tiny brain eater. So come just to check that action, if for no other reason. (The baby below is not my baby. That is also not my cat. This baby and cat are used to illustrate what could happen tonight if my baby gets into his zombie role and...someone brings a cat to the bookstore.)




And now, for the link to an excellent interview with the geektastic authors of THE GEEK GIRL'S GUIDE TO CHEERLEADING:

http://zombiesintiaras.blogspot.com/2009/09/awesome-book-alert.html


Thanks! Hope to see some of you tonight!

Stacey Jay

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Jennifer Brown



About Hate List

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

About Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the author of HATE LIST, a YA novel coming out in September 2009. As a two-time winner of The Erma Bombeck Global Humor award and weekly columnist for The Kansas City Star, as well as Saturday Featured Blogger for Mom2MomKC.com, Jennifer spends a lot of time dressing up her dog for laughs and thinking of new ways to works words such as "Puh-lease" and "Ch-yeah!" into sentences. Jennifer grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri area, where she still lives with her husband, three kids, and whole herd of uncooperative pets.

The Questions:

1. If you had to kill off one of your characters which one would it be? Why him/her?

Well, since I actually did kill off several of my characters, can I *unkill* someone? Probably Nick, because I think if I could've just introduced him to Dr. Hieler he'd never have done what he did.

2. Would you consider having this character come back from the dead? Why or why not?

Now that he's already gone? Nah. He's finally at rest.

3. What's the strangest thing eaten in the course of your book? (If it's brains you get ten bonus points!)

By me or by my characters? For me, it would definitely be soup straight out of the can. For my characters... well, they do eat high school cafeteria food...

4. Random sharing time, what do you want my zombie-blog-author readers to know about your book?

I've heard it'll make you cry.

Sounds sad, but great Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://www.jenniferbrownYA.com

Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hate-List-Jennifer-Brown/dp/0316041440/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251761088&sr=1-1
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316041447

Be back with another post later people!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Zombie Prom This Saturday!



This Saturday, at the West Little Rock Barnes and Noble at 7:00 p.m. I'm going to be dressed as a zombie and signing copies of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME and giving away one coveted ARC of UNDEAD MUCH?, the sequel.

Don't make me dress to distress alone! Come hang out and get your ghoul on.

Hope to see you there,

Stacey Jay

Monday, September 7, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Sydney Salter




About Jungle Crossing

Thirteen-year-old Kat can think of dozens of good reasons not to go on a boring family vacation to hot, grungy Mexico. Number one: missing her friend Fiona's minicamp. If she's not there, she'll begin eighth grade as a social reject. And it looks like she's the odd girl out on vacation, too. When Kat's parents arrange for her and her younger sister, Barb, to go on a teen adventure tour, Barb makes more friends than she does. The only person who will talk to Kat is Nando, a young Mayan guide (who happens to be quite a cutie). Each day as they travel to different Mayan ruins, Nando tells Kat and Barb another installment in the original legend of Muluc, a girl who lived in the time of the Ancient Maya. The dangerous, dramatic world in which Muluc lives is as full of rivalry, betrayal, jealousy, and sacrifice as Kat's world at school. And as she makes new friends and discovers new treasures in Mexico, Kat begins to wonder: Is she willing to keep sacrificing her self in exchange for popularity?

About Sydney Salter

Sydney Salter's fascination with Mayan culture started when she was six years old and climbed down a steep, dimly lit stone staircase to the elaborately carved tomb of King Pacal who had once ruled Palenque. Visiting Mayan ruins, walking through fragrant Mexican market places, watching women wash clothes in a river, and chasing lizards in the jungle ignited the spark in Sydney's imagination that led to writing Jungle Crossing. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two dogs. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and traveling—especially to Mexico where she can explore ancient Mayan ruins and swim in underground rivers.

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://sydneysalter.com/

o Bookstore links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jungle-Crossing-Sydney-Salter/dp/0152064346/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237326676&sr=1-2
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780152064341

Congrats Syd! This looks awesome!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tons of STUFF! Read it if you like winning, mascots, and zombies!



First up, the August winner of the summer reads and tees contest must be announced....are you ready? And the winner is...RHIANNA! From Montana! Congrats Rhi, all those comments paid off with big time super entries. So just shoot me an email to stacey.jay.ya at gmail.com and I will get your signed copy of Melissa Francis's "Bite Me" and the kick ass vampire orthodontics t-shirt out asap.

Everyone else, stay tuned for more contest excitement and adventure. At the end of the month I'll be telling you how you can win two of my last remaining Advanced Reader Copies of UNDEAD MUCH? That's right, win it before you can buy it in stores and all that good stuff.

In other news, I'm guest blogging over at The Epic Rat for Zombie Week. Head over there for a chance to win a YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME t-shirt! And to read my brilliant blogging about songs-to-kick-zombie-butt-to of course ;).

http://epicrat.blogspot.com/2009/09/feast-uponstacey-jay.html


And in still other news and linkage-ness, head over to Zombies in Tiaras for some blogging about weird school mascots. Go ahead, click the link, I promise you won't be sorry.

http://zombiesintiaras.blogspot.com

And that's all I got. Thanks ya'll.

Stacey Jay