Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Help me promote ROMEO REDEEMED and win stuff

Hey folks,

First of all, thanks to everyone who has already chimed in with offers to help promote the release of ROMEO REDEEMED. You all rock, and I really, really mean that because I am a terrible promoter and I need all the help I can get.

And I do think it's important for me to promote this release more than I have others because I've noticed a disturbing number of people out there who enjoyed JULIET IMMORTAL, but who have no idea that JULIET IMMORTAL was the first of a two book series, and that is...no good. These people need to know that Romeo's story is coming their way because it is steamy and romantic and fast-paced, supernatural fun.


So I'm going to spell this promotional scheme out for ya'll and try to keep it nice and simple. That way it will be easy for us to get the word out, and for all of you to win the goodies you so richly deserve.

I've decided to utilize a point system and each point equals one time that your name will be entered into the hat to win the grand prize, the Advanced Reader Copy of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, my twisted retelling of Beauty and the Beast and 2013 release from Delacorte. So, more points = more chances to win!

And there will be more than the one ARC up for grabs. There will be little prizes like magnets and tattoos, and bigger prizes like signed books, and maybe even some handmade goodies (we'll see how crafty I get this October, shall we?). But there will be many, many opportunities to win and I'm betting everyone who gets involved will get a little something. *wink*

So here's the breakdown on how to collect points/entries:

TWEET/FACEBOOK about ROMEO REDEEMED between September 22nd and October 18th and get a point for each tweet/facebook entry. Tag the post with my Twitter handle, @Stacey_Jay and tag it #Romeo so that I can verify the entries on Twitter. As for Facebook, just tag me or...whatever you Facebook-loving people do (I'm still a reluctant Facebooker in case you can't tell.) (Don't get obnoxious about this, however. Let's keep it to one tweet/facebook per day m'kay?)

BLOG ABOUT ROMEO REDEEMED between September 18th and October 18th and get 20 points.

Post a REVIEW on Amazon or Barnes and Noble between October 9th (release day) and October 18th and receive 50 points. (This will be easier for those of you who have already read the book, but I'm sure the rest of you can catch up. I believe in you!)

Tweet or Facebook your RECEIPT from a purchase of ROMEO REDEEMED between October 9 and October 18th (be sure not to reveal any delicate financial information, just the date and the item purchased) and receive another 50 points.

And if you've already PRE-ORDERED your signed copy from Hicklebees in San Jose then you are in luck because you'll be receiving 100 points for your pre-order! (It's not too late to pre-order. Just click the underlined bit up there.)

Make a BOOK TRAILER or FAN ART or DO SOMETHING CRAZY CREATIVE to get the work out about ROMEO REDEEMED and post it where readers will be able to take a gander at that action. I've seen some fan made trailers for Juliet Immortal that are just AMAZING. I trust you all to get creative and make something cool. So get your creative game on and I'll hand out some points (anywhere from 50 to 500 are up for grabs here, depending on how much work went into the project). 

The promo blast will end October 18th and I will make the official call for you to contact me with your point total (with links to blog entries and projects and etc) before October 23rd. I will tally the points, do the drawing, and announce the winners on my birthday, October 24th. (It is more fun to give than to receive, even on your own birthday. This is true.)

Oh, and one last thing: This contest/call for promotional help is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. Though I am happy to help promo the book when it comes out in other countries at a later date, this is to get the word out about the U.S. release October 9th.

So that's it. As I said before, I really appreciate your help. Knowing readers who loved JULIET IMMORTAL are excited to help get the word out thrills me more than I can express. Thank you, guys. You warm my cockles big time.

Hugs all around,

Stacey

Friday, September 14, 2012

Adventures in Sewing!: Tula Pink Dress 2

This hasn't become a sewing blog! I swear it hasn't....yet.

But seriously, people, I love writing, but sewing is probably the second most fun thing ever (or maybe the third, after ballet) and if you haven't tried it yet maybe you should. It's pretty magical stuff.

Before I started sewing about 6 months ago, I had NO IDEA how gorgeous and playful and flat out awesome fabric design had become. One of my favorite designers is Tula Pink. I love all of her stuff, but her Nightshade collection (preview below) is by far my favorite. And knowing you, dear readers, I think you will love it, too. It's dark, but playful, pretty and romantic with just a kiss of the sinister.



If my books could wear clothes, they would be wrapped up in Nightshade. (I think the tone would suit them, yes?)

But since books don't wear clothes, I've been wrapping myself in Nightshade instead. This dress is from a pattern called the Betty June Dress by Sew Serendipity, and is available here.)

(RANDOM ASIDE--This is why this blog will never become a sewing blog. I HATE having my picture taken. Like, I am severely averse to it to the point that it will occasionally make me break out in spots. I've had this dress finished for months, but only forced myself into it and shoved a camera in my husband's hands last night.--END RANDOM ASIDE)

 


 Here you can see a close up of the fabric covered buttons. Fabric covered buttons are great fun.


And here a little more of the fabric. Can you find the Venus Fly Trap and the spiderwebs? What about that sweet little skull and crossbones? (Are you about to die from the spooky cuteness?)


If you've fallen for the fabric the way I have and would like to see more, the Sew Sweetness blog is hosting a Tula Pink sew along in the coming weeks. There will be quilts and dresses and all sorts of lovely sewn things. (Learn more here: http://www.sewsweetness.com/2012/09/tula-pink-sew-along.html)

Be back next week with more on ROMEO REDEEMED (out October 9th!!) and...probably some more sewing...mumble mumble...

Have a marvelous weekend,

Stacey

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Help me spread the word and win stuff!

Hey ya'll,

I had a post planned in which I was going to discuss some Megan-Berry related stuff with you, but wiser heads have assured me there will be time for that AFTER I promote the book that is releasing in LESS THAN A MONTH! (But rest assured that the time for Megan Berry chatting will come. I have listened to your emails and have every intention of sending a Megan Berry story out into the world in 2013, barring some crazy, life-changing event. Like if my fingers fall off. Or my eyeballs fall out. Or something of that nature.)

But for now, let's talk about this, shall we?:


Yes, that's right, ROMEO REDEEMED is out October 9th. (Ah, that steamy cover. Love it.)

If you haven't pre-ordered yet, there is still time. You can get a signed copy with goodies slipped into the front cover by ordering from Hicklebees in San Jose, my indie store supplier for this book:

http://www.hicklebees.com/romeo-redeemed-preoder-now

But you can also score a great deal on a pre-order from Barnes and Noble or Amazon and many other online sites as well. 

And just FYI, pre-ordering or buying the book during the first few weeks after release can make a big difference in the shelf life of a book and in the writing life of the author. Those first few weeks are crucial to show our publishers our books can perform for them sales-wise, and we authors really, really, really appreciate it when readers who have enjoyed our previous books make a point to snag our next book right when it comes out. (If you don't have the cash on hand, however, we struggling artsty types also understand that, and are thrilled to hear that you've requested our book at the library. Just about the only thing that doesn't thrill us is seeing 120 searches for "free download of Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay" show up on our websites search query list the day of release. That...is not so good, and pirating is another big reason you good book buyers and borrowers are so important.)

But in order to encourage the buying and borrowing, the word has to get out and I would love your help with that.  So in the name of making spreading the word about ROMEO REDEEMED's release more exciting for you all, I'm devising a diabolical scheme that I shall unleash upon you next week. There will be challenges issued and points given and little prizes for many and a grand prize to the winner.

What is the grand prize you ask? I'll be giving away a voucher for an Advanced Reader Copy of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, my twisted retelling of Beauty and the Beast and 2013 young adult release from Delacorte Press. I really am so, so proud of this book. It still made me smile and sniffle a bit on my read through during copy edits (by the time I get to copy edits I'm usually sick to death of looking at a book, but not so with this one) and I can't wait to share this love story with my readers next year. It won't be out until fall of 2013, but if you win this voucher, you'll receive the ARC as soon as I do (probably early next spring). And the cover of this is GORGEOUS by the way. I can't share just yet, but it's haunting, and worth having on your shelf just to look at the pretty.

So stop by the blog this coming Tuesday and find out how to help promote ROMEO REDEEMED and be one of the first people to read OF BEAST AND BEAUTY.

See you soon,

Stacey 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Juliet Immortal in paperback today and more

Guess what's out in paperback today?!

 
The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

In paperback today from:

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385740173

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/juliet-immortal-stacey-jay/1100083575?ean=9780385740173&itm=1&usri=juliet+immortal

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Juliet-Immortal-Stacey-Jay/dp/0385740174/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347372888&sr=8-1&keywords=Juliet+Immortal

Or wherever you like to be buying books!

Also out today: HANGING BY A THREAD by Sophie Littlefield

(You'll notice I blurbed this one. It's a great read, totally worth picking up today while you're snagging your paperback copy of JULIET IMMORTAL ;).)

 


"Dark secrets, a dangerous romance, and a chilling murder mystery"
   —Stacey Jay

 
Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.

Available at IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375989827

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hanging-by-a-thread-sophie-littlefield/1108022883?ean=9780375989827&itm=1&usri=hanging+by+a+thread%2c+sophie+littlefield

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-Thread-Sophie-Littlefield/dp/0385741049

This means we're less than a month out from the release of ROMEO REDEEMED! Meep! Can't believe it's almost here.

Have a Tuesday,

Stacey


Saturday, September 1, 2012

ADVENTURES IN SEWING! (Hell Yeah, Bear Jumper, Edition)

Welcome to ADVENTURES IN SEWING! 

This is a very extra extra super special edition of ADVENTURES IN SEWING today, my friends. Because today, I finished my very...own...bear jumper!! 

I have coveted this bear jumper most terribly since I first saw it on the too adorable for words Brie Larson on the series "United States of Tara." (She's mid angsty-acting-moment below, but I'm sure you can tell how freaking adorable both she and this jumper are from this shot.)

 

Super cute, right? 

I thought so too, so, as soon as the episode was over, I stalked the internet and found the bear jumper over at the Lu Flux website (http://luflux.bigcartel.com/) on sale for 190 pounds (roughly 300.00 U.S. Dollars). 

Yeah. 300 bucks.



Still super cute, but I could not justify spending that much money on a piece of clothing. That's like my entire budget for back-to-school clothes for the boys. So I tweeted about how much I needed the jumper and then forgot about it.

Until two weeks ago, when I realized that, after six months of lessons, I just might possess the sewing skills to rip off the bear jumper. And so I set about making a mock-up and this is the result:

 It's super comfy and super fun.


And it makes you feel like this inside: 


Kind of triumphantly whimsical with a side of victorious satisfaction.

Next time I think I'll make the bear face a little smaller and I'm considering adding a back and making the skirt an A-line rather than a gathered skirt to give it a more tailored look, but still, I'm very pleased with this first attempt at making something without a pattern and I enjoyed the heck out of wearing this sucker out to breakfast this morning.

And the best part of all? The entire jumper cost me less than $32.00 in materials to create (and that includes the bear face pieces I cut out and later discarded because they weren't quite the right size).

Have a great long weekend!

Stacey