Monday, November 30, 2009

Gross stuff and a turkey named...Amy

Welcome back to the blog!

It's Monday! And the only way I'm staying awake is by propping my lids open with cute little exclamation points! Just in case you're feeling the same way, here's an extra one or two!!!! Whee, exclamation points!!

It is my firm belief that vacations in kid and people-who-work-outside-the-home world are in fact overtime for most work at home moms. I am flat out beat. Beat down. Exhausted. I love my family dearly, but it was time for them to go back to work and school and for all of them to cease being sickly immediately.

All the snotting and coughing and festering is giving me a nervous tic...or two or three.

Note to those without children:
It's an interesting fact that small people lack the ability to blow their own noses until they are alarming large. Think, three or four years of age for the more advanced rugrats. And until such time as they learn to blow the nasty from their face, their parents are in charge of sucking the boogies out for them with a little sucky-thing that looks kind of like a miniature turkey baster. Gross, right! Totally gross! Icky sticky nasty gross!! Ew!!!

(Sorry, I needed a few more exclamation points for propping-up-the-lids purposes.)

Oh, the snot I have sucked in the past three weeks. Probably enough to fill up a milk gallon and still have mucous left over something else with...other than put it in a gallon once occupied by milk.

Um...yeah. So gross. The gross just won't stop...and I guess I'm done blogging now.

Oh, right. The post is supposed to be about gross stuff and turkeys.

In other news, my turkey's name was Amy. It said so right there on the tag that I cut off before I stripped her from her plastic container and rubbed her with olive oil and garlic salt. I think that's just plain wrong. They also listed her weight for the entire world to read and--as a fellow female--that really made me feel for her. (Though it was helpful to know how much Amy weighed for timing the length of her roasting and all that.)

So...yeah. Thank you, Amy, for your sacrifice. Thank you kids and husband for going back to the places you go when you're not home all the time expecting entertainment and snot sucking (though the baby is still here with me and still snotty, he's easier to manage when it's just me and him chillin' with our gnomes...or whatever). And thank you universe for a lovely Thanksgiving.

Despite the bitching, I have a great deal to be thankful for. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Let's get out there and kick December's ass people!!!

Stacey Jay

Monday, November 23, 2009

Great Booklist review for "Undead Much?"

Booklist liked "Undead Much?"!

Undead Much? by Stacey Jay

Jan 2010. 320 p. Penguin/Razorbill, paperback, $8.99. (9781595142733).

In this delicious sequel to Jay’s You Are So Undead to Me (2009), teenaged pom-squad girl Megan goes up against evil not-quite-zombies, while trying to keep her college boyfriend and being unsettled by another cute guy who—of course—is quite dead. Though this is a lighthearted story, Jay does an excellent job of portraying serious and credible interpersonal relationships. Sharp storytelling, good writing, and the current hunger for zombie fiction make this a sure hit with some nutritive value. No need to be familiar with the prequel, but readers who first meet Megan here will likely ask for that one, too.

— Francisca Goldsmith for Booklist

I'm so very pleased! I think the reviewer gets me. I'm like a granola bar with icing. There is sweetness, but there is also nutrition and fiber. And fiber, as we all know, is very important for maintaining colon health.

(And I will promise you this is the only blog today that will give you both a book review and tips on keeping your colon happy.)

Happy day to all,

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Evil Ninjas: Beware them

Scene One:

Me and the Roo (5) are in the family van, headed out and about when a pair of helicopters fly overhead, hovering low to the ground:

Me: Hey, Roo, do you see the helicopters? I wonder why they're flying so low?

Roo: They're probably looking for evil ninjas. I bet some got loose.

Me: Loose from where?

Roo: Where they keep the evil ninjas.

Me: (Laughing too hard to ask where are evil ninjas kept? Jail? Fenced in yard? Kennel?)

End Scene

Scene Two:

Roo and Daddy M are getting ready for bed and Roo refuses to go into his room.

Daddy M: Come on, it's time for bed.

Roo: I can't go in there with you. You might be an evil ninja.

Daddy M: I'm not an evil ninja. Come on, it's time for bed.

Roo: But you could be an evil ninja. Look at your shadow there on the ground. It looks like a ninja shadow.

Daddy M: Nope, evil ninjas don't have shadows. They're too evil.

Roo: Oh. Right. (Runs to bed, satisfied by this sensible answer.)

End Scene

Scene Three:

Me and Roo are hanging in my bed, reading night night stories, and I am trying to explain Thanksgiving:

Me: (post reading of sanitized Thanksgiving story about Squanto and the Pilgrims) So, Thanksgiving is really about being thankful for the generosity of others, about being the kind of person who shares and helps other people to be happy and successful. It's about being a good friend to everyone, even people who might not be your friends just yet.

Roo: Right. Be a good friend to everyone...except evil ninjas.

Me: Right. Evil Ninjas aren't good friends.

Roo: We're not going to invite them for Thanksgiving.

Me: No, we're not.

End Scene

And after googling "Evil Ninjas" this morning, I can confirm that--




There will be no scary-ass ninjas at our Thanksgiving dinner. I don't care if they want to teach me how to hunt and kill wild game with their throwing stars. I just can't have evil ninjas in my home, they're too different, creepy, and evil.

Sorry ENs,

Stacey Jay

Monday, November 16, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Jon Skovron

About Struts & Frets

More than anything, Sammy wants to play guitar in a famous indie rock band. The problem is that his front man is a jerk who can't sing, his bassist is a burn-out who can't remember the songs, and his drummer is just out to lunch. But Sammy needs this band because it's the only good thing he's got going. His father skipped out before he was born, his mother is an overworked therapist with a drinking problem, his grandfather is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimer's, and the girl of his dreams is dating his jerk lead singer.

Now that jerk lead singer has entered them in a Battle of the Bands contest to win free studio time and guaranteed radio play. Sammy has two weeks to get them to sound like a real band, or face public humiliation in front of the entire local indie music scene.

About Jon Skovron

Jon Skovron is an insatiable music geek who can play eight instruments, but none of them well. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, has lived all over the US, and now resides with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC. His short stories and reviews have appeared in publications like Jim Baen's Universe and Internet Review of Science Fiction. Struts and Frets is his first novel.

Four Questions With:

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

Probably Laurie. If Struts & Frets were a horror movie (which it isn't), she would be that hot girl who gets killed right at the beginning.

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

Well, she's a goth chick, at least at the beginning of the book, so that would work out pretty well for her. Plus, if you haven't seen Return of the Living Dead III, zombie chicks can actually be kind of hot.

Stacey: My zombie heroine in MY SO CALLED DEATH would entirely agree with that statement.

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

Sammy's favorite breakfast food is scotch eggs, which are hard-boiled eggs rolled in breading, wrapped in bacon, then baked to a golden brown.

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

While there is, sadly, no mention of zombies, there is a scene between Sammy and his mother in which she explains to him what "foreplay" means while they watch The Terminator.

Stacey: That's way scarier than zombies! Lol!

Additional Details

Thanks so much for stopping by Jon! And ya'll go get some "Struts and Frets".

Back tomorrow with more postage,

Stacey Jay

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Baby + Cake = Nom

Hey all!

Welcome to all the new followers! It's so great to see you over there in the sidebar. Thanks for reading along. Now, as the regular readers know, I try not to venture into purely personal territory too often--unless the personal has comedy factor. (See the making of the cake pictured below for example: )

But this is a VERY special week. First up, today my last baby is turning one (sniff!). Then my marriage turns 3 tomorrow. (Yes, I was in the hospital for my anniversary last year. With a spinal headache, no less. Not fun. At all.)

So please pardon the personal posting. (Hey, at least I didn't post the baby montage I made in Imovie! Though I've heard it is precious enough to make grown men weep, it also has a very graphic shot of Baby Lo being untimely ripped from his mother's womb. Though many of you are zombie enthusiasts and have a love for guts and gore, I didn't think you'd really want to see my guts. Ya know?.)

And so, without further ado:





Must find more cake! Cake in overalls!

Cake on plate! Nom cake!

Nom plate?

Yes! Nom plate, nom cake. Nom nom nom!!

Cake!! Argh! Blergh! Nom! Cake!!!

Happy Birthday BLo. You are my precious, sweet, wild, crazy boy and I love you so much. Next year, however, try not to grow up so fast.

See everyone soon!

Stacey Jay

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Winners!!

Yeay! Some people won stuff:

Winner Number One: Rainesire111 (who posted her comment over at my Livejournal blog)

She'll win the Advanced Reader Copy of "Undead Much" and the Awesome T-shirt with this design by the talented April McGuire:

Winner Number Two: Mrs_Blingammm! (Who wins an Advanced Reader Copy of "Undead Much?")

Yeay! Winning! It is so winn-a-licious.

Okay folks, back into the trenches for me (neck deep in copy edits and other assorted deadlines of various stressful flavors). I'll be attempting to contact both winners via email, but either of you can feel free to email me at stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com with your snail mail if you read this before I have a chance to contact you. Then I can get your prizes out by Wednesday or Thursday.

Happy end of your weekend and beginning of the week, be back soon,

Stacey Jay

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Kristina Springer

About The Espressologist

The Espressologist is In

Fridays 6-10 p.m.

Come in for a little latte and love.

That's the sign outside of a local Chicago Wired Joe's every Friday night when jerky boss Derek Peters finds out about 17-year old barista and high school senior Jane Turner's unique talent to match couples based on their favorite coffee drink (which she calls Espressology). He decides to capitalize on it-turning Jane into the holiday promotion for the month of December. She's never been wrong, sales are through the roof, and the line of people each Espressology night wraps the block. But can it be too much of a good thing? During an interview with a talk show at the height of Jane's fame, she is faced with a dilemma, lose her love or lose her credibility? Or possibly lose it all, including her best friend.

About Kristina Springer

Kristina Springer has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University. Her first novel, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on October 27, 2009. Her second novel, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, also from FSG, will be published in the fall of 2010. She lives in a suburb of Chicago, IL with her husband Athens and their four small children Teegan, Maya, London, and Gavin.

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

Melissa Stillwell. Cuz' she's nasty to my main character, Jane.

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

Oooh, that could be fun. I'd like to see her with see-through flesh and bones jabbing out of her skin.

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

Well, mostly there is a lot of coffee consumed. And coffee drinks aren't strange-- they're delicious! :)

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

I'm sorry there are no undead in my book but there is fun and love and lots of coffee!

Additional Details

Go check it out folks! And come back tomorrow to find out who won some STUFF!!

Stacey Jay

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Win! Advanced Reader Copy "Undead Much?"

Okay ya'll,

I'm headed out for my first big vacation in nearly two years (my mom is at the house watching my children so don't think this means you can come steal all my super fancy electronics from 1992), so it seemed like the perfect chance to start the contest to win one of my last two unclaimed copies of "Undead Much?" (January 2010, Razorbill Books). Win it before you can buy it folks!


Even Zombie Settlers with Super Hot Boyfriends get the Blues...

A few months ago I was a normal girl with a normal life. But that was before my power to Settle the Undead returned and someone tried to kill me with zombies.

Now I work magic and practice kicking butt while trying to find time for pom squad and my boyfriend, Ethan, and trying NOT to think about how freaky my life has become. It can be tough. Still…things could be worse…

Oh yeah, right:
1. Feral new super-strong zombies. Check.
2. Undead psychic hottie predicting a zombie apocolypse. Check.
3. Earth-shattering secrets that could land me in Settler prison for life. Check.
4. Cheerleader vs. pom squad turf war threatening the end of the half time as we know it. Check.

I’m going to need therapy (and a cookie) if I live through the week. Unfortunately I’m learning that’s not something Zombie Queens can take for granted.

Still not keyed up for this release? Then take a look at the trailer from Air Productions:

Still not psyched? Then take a look at the "Undead Much?" T-shirt, by artist April McQuire:

Is that not pure awesome sauce? I love it. I love it so much, I've already ordered one, yes just ONE, t-shirt with this graphic printed on it to give away to one lucky reader.

So here's what you can win:

Winner One: ARC of "Undead Much?" and "Undead Much" t-shirt

Winner Two: ARC of "Undead Much?"

And here's how you win:

Post a link to an amazon review of "You are so Undead to Me" (good or bad, though of course I'd prefer good since I'm trying to sell books here) for 5 entries!

Post a link to a book review of "You are So Undead to Me" (ditto good or bad) for 2 entries.

Twitter or Facebook about "Undead Much?" or this contest for one entry. (One entry per Tweet or Facebook post. Maximum one per day so you could get in 6 entries before the contest ends next Sunday. Post a copy of the tweet/Facebook post in the comments here to make sure you are entered.)

Okay folks! Happy contesting, and remember "Undead Much" is already available for pre-order, check the links to many pre-ordering locations here:

See you next week,

Stacey Jay