Friday, October 26, 2012

The winners of the "help me promo" contest

Good morning!

First up, a big thank you to all of you who have helped spread the word about ROMEO REDEEMED. I appreciate you so much! Sales numbers are increasingly important in an author's career and those first few weeks are critical to a book's success. If the books sells in the first few weeks, it will stay on the shelves, if not, it goes back to the publisher. (So if you haven't picked up your shiny hardcover copy of ROMEO REDEEMED, this week would be a GREAT time to do that. You won't regret it. It's shiny. And hardcover. And the words inside are some of the best I've made so far, imho.)

So, yeah! Thank you for your help! You rock! And if you've got it in you to help a little more, I would appreciate that too.

Even posting a review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Redeemed-Stacey-Jay/dp/0385740182/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341331456&sr=1-1&keywords=romeo+redeemed

Or on Barnes and Noble's online site: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/romeo-redeemed-stacey-jay/1108301303?ean=9780385740180&itm=2&

--Can make such a difference.

And now, without further ado, the winners of the "help me promo" contest:

Rebecca F wins a free copy of MY SO CALLED DEATH (or a mystery book of her choice).

And Purple Berry (I don't know her name yet, but that's part of her email address) is the winner of the Advanced Reader Copy of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY. (Which I will mail out in February or March, as soon as I have them in my hot little hands.)

I wanted to give out more gifties, but Rebecca was the only one who emailed me her point total, so I was stuck putting the emails addresses of all the people who pre-ordered ROMEO REDEEMED from Hicklebees (as well as those who showed up at the signing) in my digital hat and drawing a random name. But...

SURPRISE CHANCE TO WIN!:

But if you would like to win a copy of MY SO CALLED DEATH (or a mystery book, also written by me, but under a different pen name<--oooo, mysterious!), you have one more chance. The next person to post a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and email me via my contact page alerting me to that fact: http://www.staceyjay.com/contact/ will also get a free book. (U.S. only)

So get to copying and pasting those reviews!

Hope to be back early next week with footage of the zombie run (and yes, my bug bites are feeling better, thank you for asking, you sweet things).

All best, and thanks again,

Stacey

Monday, October 22, 2012

My pain is your gain-2 extra days to earn points

Hey ya'll,

Remember that zombie race I did last weekend? Well, not only did I die and become one of the undead--all my flags were taken and I ended the race a zombie--but I was also eaten alive by desert mites/desert chiggers/an unholy flesh-eating insect that makes me wish zombies were real because their bites would probably be less annoyingly painful.

Yes, desert mites, that have left horrible swollen bite marks all over every place where my skin was caressed by tight clothing. Let your imagination fill in the blanks, but I will share that the bites under my armpits make me feel like I have the mumps or the lumps or something terrible that is going to explode from under my arms and infect all of the surrounding citizenry with killer spores.

So, due to the level of pain I'm in--and the amount of Benadryl I'm taking to reduce the size of the swollen bites--I am extending the contest until October 26th. You have until Friday to pimp ROMEO REDEEMED and then email me at stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com with your tally of "what I have done to promo your book." For a list of ways to earn points, scroll down through the blog to the proper entry (I would link it for you, but I am wasted on Benadryl.)

And please, do go forth and promo. I could really use your help and so far there hasn't been a great deal of participation, which equals not a lot of extra prizes. The more you participate, the more loot I will give away. So make use of those extra days!

xo,

Stacey


Friday, October 19, 2012

Holy ZOMBIES!!

 So...

I was going to post more ROMEO REDEEMED links, but then I realized that tomorrow is the day that I will run from zombies, and probably die, and I lost my will to blog about smexy bad boys.

Because...zombies!!

Running!

Obstacles!

Zombies!

Did I mention the zombies?!!!<--The next time I sign up to run in a zombie 5k, somebody please send me a virtual slap and tell me to come to my senses.

I'm off to carbo load and watch lots of reality television so my brains will be smooshy<---zombies hate smooshy brains-->I'll see you Monday...if I survive...

In the meantime, enjoy the zombies pics:











Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dear Teen Me Blog Tour & Anxiety Pit Stop

I'm Stacey Jay and I write fiction. Fiction. Pretend.

Or at least I did...until I agreed to participate in DEAR TEEN ME: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves.

Here's a bit about the book:




DEAR TEEN ME includes advice from over 70 YA authors to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends–and a lot of familiar faces–in the course of DEAR TEEN ME.


Dear Teen Me has been named a Junior Library Guild selection!

About the editors:
Miranda Kenneally is the author of CATCHING JORDAN (fall 2011), STEALING PARKER (fall 2012), and BAD BAD THING (spring 2013).
E. Kristin Anderson is the co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me. Her poetry has been published worldwide in literary journals.

About my contribution:

And now for the Anxiety Pit Stop portion of the blog...

Although I write primarily for teens, I have deliberately avoided writing about my own teen life experiences up to this point. I don't draw on them for my work, I don't dwell on them here on the blog, and I do my best not to think about my life before I left for college any more than I absolutely have to.

But when I was asked to contribute to this project, a voice inside insisted I say yes, despite how scary it was to think about writing something so revealing. Because I hope that my essay speaks to teens like the teen I was, a girl who appeared to fit in and have it all together, but who secretly loathed the society she lived in so much that she resorted to very stupid ways of rebelling against that society (drinking and drugging and turning her anger against herself instead of directing it outward).

Why was I so angry at Society/The Man, you ask?

Well, I grew up in a very conservative part of the United States nicknamed The Bible Belt, but I came out of the womb an agnostic. I questioned the teachings of my church from the time I was very little (when I was disciplined at Sunday School for insisting that the snake in the garden of Eden couldn't really talk and that the story wasn't completely true). I craved a relationship with the spiritual forces I sensed in the world, but I was alienated by the way many people I knew back then (and now) practiced religion.  I mean, let's be honest here, no matter how much good and comfort can come from religion, it is often used as a reason to judge others (they're not like me/don't believe the same things I do, and therefore they are bad!), to control others (as we've seen this political cycle as Republican politicians use their religious beliefs as an excuse to make laws that give the government control over women's bodies--even women not of their faith), and to commit murder (as we saw in the Arab world as angry members of Islam killed Americans in the name of defending their god).

So anyway, I was turned off by the intolerance and hypocrisy and bigotry, but the conservative, Christian way felt like the only way (this was back before the internet, you must remember, before teens had a way of reaching out beyond their own home town and finding a large community of people who thought and felt the same way they do). And so I tried to force myself to believe. But for me, the cognitive dissonance required to attempt to have faith was damaging to my mental and spiritual health.

Without my few very good friends--who were the focus for my essay--I don't know if I would have made it to graduation.

When I left Arkansas and moved to upstate New York to go to college and finally met "my" people, I literally felt like I had escaped from a nightmare. Not to say that there aren't beautiful, sweet, hilarious, good-hearted people in Arkansas--and in my old home town--but for a girl who don't fit the mold, it was a pretty dark place to grow up. (I can only imagine how dark it was for my friends who were homosexual.)

And so I wrote my essay about that dark time, in hopes that teens who feel the same way will hold on and have faith that they will find their people, and their own, personal truth. A truth that will bring them peace and happiness, whether it involves religious affiliation or not.

If you'd like to purchase DEAR TEEN ME, follow one of the links below.


IndieBound: [and your favorite independent bookseller by extension!] http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781936976218 
The Book Depository (free shipping internationally to any country): http://www.bookdepository.com/Dear-Teen-Me-Miranda-Kenneally/9781936976218
Zest Books Dear Teen Me book page also has a “buy now” button: http://zestbooks.net/dear-teen-me-blog-tour/ 

I'll be back tomorrow with something much lighter!


Peace,

Stacey

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More ROMEO REDEEMED links

Hey all!

As my grandma would say I'm "busier than a cat covering up shit,"<--pardon my profanity, but I was quoting my grandmother and it didn't feel right to misquote the dead-->but I wanted to swing in to share a few fun links:

1. My good friend Jody Gehrman (who also happens to be an amazing author, if you haven't read BABE IN BOYLAND you should because it is loads of fun) interviewed me over on her blog: http://jodygehrman.blogspot.com/2012/10/author-interview-stacey-jay.html

Go check it out and learn my advice to young writers, what animal I would be if I were an animal (and why), and other random fun facts.

2. A great review of ROMEO REDEEMED over at the Escaping One Book at a Time blog who said that "The romance is...beautiful and heart felt".: http://escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-romeo-redeemed-by-stacey-jay.html

3. If you're looking for signed copies of ROMEO REDEEMED and are in the Santa Rosa, Ca area, there are signed copies at Copperfield's in Healdsburg and Barnes and Noble in downtown Santa Rosa. (And there may still be signed stock at Hicklebees in San Jose, as well. Give them a ring to find out.)

4. And another great review over at Basia's Bookshelf: http://www.basiasbookshelf.com/romeo-redeemed-juliet-immortal-2/

Basia said: "If you liked or loved Juliet Immortal, you will love this, so go buy it right now."

A wise lady. I couldn't agree more.

Once again, I'd like to thank all of you who have made the effort to purchase your copy of ROMEO REDEEMED in the weeks immediately following the release. It can make such a difference in an author's career and I appreciate the heck out of you.

And if you've reviewed ROMEO REDEEMED on your blog or Goodreads, please take a second and cross post your review to Amazon and Barnes and Noble (.com). Online reviews can also make a big difference.

All best and thanks again!

Stacey

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Romeo Redeemed is out today! Lots of fun links...

Today!

Today is the day!

ROMEO REDEEMED is out today!



Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. 

While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

Purchase at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/romeo-redeemed-stacey-jay/1108301303?ean=9780385740180&itm=1& 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Redeemed-Stacey-Jay/dp/0385740182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349799720&sr=8-1&keywords=Romeo+redeemed

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385740180

Books-a-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Romeo-Redeemed/Stacey-Jay/9780385740180?id=5497998612628

Book Depository (with free international shipping for readers in other countries): http://www.bookdepository.com/Romeo-Redeemed-Stacey-Jay/9780385740180

Or wherever you like to be buying your books!

And now I have a bunch of fun links to share with you all.

First up, head over to Literal Addiction for release day fun.

First up is a link to an interview I did with the folks over there in which I confess my deep fear of parasites and talk about the time I tried to physically overpower a nurse while in the hospital (I was 5, but still...bad patient!<--and I would totally do it again, but this time I'd take her down. I'm a lot bigger than I was when I was five, and that's a fact.) So go forth and read all about that here: http://www.literaladdiction.com/authors-corner.php

And after you check out the interview, don't forget to enter the contest to win a signed paperback copy of JULIET IMMORTAL and a hardcover of ROMEO REDEEMED here: http://www.literaladdiction.com/  (I'm not doing a ton of giveaways this time around, so if you want to win a copy of the books this might be one of your only chances.)

Next you can read a previously unreleased excerpt from Chapter 2 (told from Ariel's point of view) over at the Underworld Love Addiction blog: http://underworldloveaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/10/romeo-redeemed-excerpt.html Be sure to comment at the end of excerpt because Becky has a secret prize for one commenter. There are no comments at this time, so your odds of winning are all kinds of awesome.

And finally, head over to Justine Magazine's homepage to check out their reviews of ROMEO REDEEMED: http://www.justinemagazine.com/content/romeo-redeemed

Yes! ROMEO REDEEMED was reviewed in Justine Magazine and they said: "This epic romance lives up to the classic star-crossed love story that inspired it."

How's that for awesome? I was thrilled. Completely, totally thrilled.

I am also thrilled by the number of release day tweets and facebook posts I've received already. And you people who are out there reviewing the book at online retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and etc on release day are my champions. My CHAMPIONS I tell you! Thank you so very much for your support. It means a lot.

And for other ways to support the book and be entered to win lots of goodies, check out this blog post: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2012/09/help-me-promote-romeo-redeemed-and-win.html

All best and happy reading today!

Stacey





Monday, October 8, 2012

You did it! The 3 winners & New International Contest

Hey you guys!

First up, I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! to everyone who pre-ordered from Hicklebees or showed up for the signing. Y'all are made of awesome!

We not only made the pre-order goal of 15 copies, but, thanks to a few last minute orders placed mere minutes before I arrived at the store, exceeded it by 4! That number combined with all the books purchased by those in attendance made this my most successful signing of all time. And not just because of the number of copies sold, but because of the quality and quantity of the people who came out.

When you all filled up all the chairs that had been put out and the lovely Ann, of Hicklebees, had to bring out more I honestly got a little choked up. As someone who has spent her share of signings either alone or chatting to one or two poor people who are shell-shocked by the force of my undivided attention, I really, really, really, reeeeaaaalllly appreciate it when people come out to see me and chat about books.

So thank you! Thank you! A hundred times thank you. You made my weekend.

And now, I'm excited to announce the 3 winners of the free signed copy of MY SO CALLED DEATH:

Marina of San Jose (the lucky hometown girl who pre-ordered when she realized she couldn't join us)

Jessica of Maine

and

Rebecca of North Carolina

Congrats, ya'll! And no worries about contacting me with addresses, I snagged them from the store and will be putting these books in the mail a little later this week. (I'm going to wrap them in Trader Joe's paper bags and send them media mail, because I'm classy like that and reusing and recycling is good.)

And now for THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST:


To celebrate the release of ROMEO REDEEMED on October 9th in the United States and October 11th in Brazil, I'm asking you all to send me pictures of ROMEO REDEEMED in the wild.

Snap a picture of Romeo on a bookstore shelf and post that to Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email it directly to me at stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com---and make sure you let me know about it by tagging me on Facebook or Twitter (my tag is @Stacey_Jay)---and you will be entered to win a thank you note filled with 25 temporary tattoos.

The tattoos are an original design by artist Jennifer Redstreake (a super talented artist who has an etsy shop you should check out) and inspired by JULIET IMMORTAL and ROMEO REDEEMED. I love the J and R on the hilt of the sword.


For more ways to be entered to win free books, an ARC of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY (my 2013 Young Adult release from Delacorte), and more, please take a gander back at this blog post: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2012/09/help-me-promote-romeo-redeemed-and-win.html. The more participation I get, the more things I will give away. And I'll be sure to pester you about this a few more times before your official point tally email is due to me on October 23rd. 

Have a great Monday and I'll see you around the interwebs tomorrow to celebrate the release of ROMEO REDEEMED! It's out tomorrow! I can't believe it. Eep!

Best to you all,

Stacey

Friday, October 5, 2012

Early Reviews for ROMEO REDEEMED and last 10 hrs for ordering signed copy

Howdy!

I hope to see some of you tonight at Hicklebees Bookstore in San Jose from 6:30 to 8 for a book signing, goody giveaway, and a teen book swap (I'm bringing three books by other authors to give away and I will not be taking anything in return so...free books, tell your friends!)

But if you can't make it, you can still order a signed copy of ROMEO REDEEMED until 5 o'clock today. If you've considered it, but have been hesitating, let me encourage you that your odds of winning a second free book (MY SO CALLED DEATH, signed and mailed to you for free) will be one in 5 if we get 4 more orders before the signing tonight. Those are very good odds. And even if you don't win the bonus book, you will get lots of goodies tucked into the front cover of your book, your name in the hat to win an ARC of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY (my 2013 YA release), and my undying gratitude.

So go forth, time is nearly out: http://www.hicklebees.com/romeo-redeemed-preoder-now




And no some early reviews:

"The fantasy behind this tale is intriguing, as are the shifts between parallel worlds that ultimately save not only Romeo but also Juliet." -VOYA reviews

"This is a dark and complicated romance that will tug at your heartstrings and take you on a spin across time and space as Romeo finds the real meaning of forgiveness in true love. Romeo Redeemed is wicked fun and sexy! This one gets the full five." -5 Stars Amy's Book Den

"I really like Romeo in all of his flawed, smexy glory....I thought this was a delightful, face-paced, action-packed read with a romance that left me breathless." 4.5 Coffee Cups from Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer

"I absolutely loved every minute of this read and this series...This story ended beautifully." -5 stars from My Guilty Obsession 
"Romeo Redeemed, was actually preferable to me than Juliet Immortal. This does not happen often, but in the case of this sequel, it has more than surpassed its predecessor. This book was achingly romantic, tender and raw all at once. It is action-packed and bittersweet, hot and cold. It is one of those rare books that make you feel just about every emotion possible. And it more than passed the tear-test."-All About Me Book Review
"Romeo’s reformation and Ariel’s transformation from tortured outcast to radiant beloved should appeal to...readers." -Kirkus Reviews
"Romeo Redeemed is a great book! This undeniably sweet story, reveals the real heart of Romeo. Written well with a refreshing twist on the story, Romeo Redeemed is a book you want to read." -4 Bites from Books with Bite

And, on a final note, I am so grateful to everyone who took time to read and review ROMEO REDEEMED. Most of the time, I make it a point not to read reviews--because they make me angsty in all kinds of ways, even good reviews can often lead to angst of the "Oh man, I hope they like my next book as much" variety--but rounding up these snippets made my morning. I'm so thrilled that so many of you enjoyed reading ROMEO REDEEMED as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Hope to see some of you tonight!
Stacey

Thursday, October 4, 2012

In which I make a fool of myself and remind you how short time grows to order a signed copy of ROMEO REDEEMED

Hey ya'll,

So, the sweet people over at the Stalking The Bookshelves blog asked me several months ago to do a blog post for them about an average "day in the life" for me as a young adult author. I made them a montage. It is obnoxious and silly and I make a fool of myself, but it also might make you laugh a little (especially if you, too, are a writer...or simply prone to fits of internet-induced despair).

Go check it out and leave a comment for the lovely bloggers if you would?

http://stalkingthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2012/10/author-feature-day-in-life-ofstacey-jay.html?m=1

And in other news YOU ONLY HAVE A DAY AND A HALF TO ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPY OF ROMEO REDEEMED FROM HICKLEBEES AND GET STUFF AND BECOME ELIGIBLE TO WIN STUFF!



Time grows short. If you haven't ordered yet, perhaps you might? (This book really is one I'm so proud of and, in my humble opinion, one of my best teen romances.) And while I appreciate every single person who purchases my books or reserves them at the library so much, you people who make it a point to purchase/reserve within the first few weeks of release have a special place in my heart. Those first few weeks of sales are so critical to a mid-list author's career, so thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping me in a job and enabling me to feed my obnoxious children (they really are, go watch that video).

Here's that pre-order link in case you need it:

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

Be back tomorrow with some early reviews of ROMEO REDEEMED and my very last (I swear) reminder about ordering and times for the book signing tomorrow night.

Mwuah!

Stacey

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3 days left to pre-order your signed copy of ROMEO REDEEMED and Brazilian book trailer action!

Hey all!

Only 3 more days--3! 3! I say!--left to order your signed copy of ROMEO REDEEMED from Hicklebees in San Jose and get not only the book (which is one of my best teen romances, in my humble opinion), but also lots of Romeo themed goodies and--

1. Be eligible to win one of the first Advanced Reader Copies of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, my 2013 release from Delacorte as soon as it becomes available.

2. Be eligible to win a bonus book, a signed copy of MY SO CALLED DEATH (my 12 and up "teen zombie goes to zombie school" novel) which just went out of print. So if you don't get one of these copies, you're not getting one. And I would love to send three of you this book absolutely free of charge if we get at least 15 pre-orders (I think we're up to around 7 right now, and I appreciate every one of you).

So go forth and pre-order: http://www.hicklebees.com/romeo-redeemed-preoder-now

And, if you're able to join me at the SIGNING THIS FRIDAY FROM 6:30 TO 8 AT HICKLEBEES IN SAN JOSE, you can RSVP for that on the site as well. Just find my banner and click on the RSVP link: www.hicklebees.com (I really hope to see some of you there. I'm having "at the signing alone" nightmares and those are bad nightmares. Very bad. Especially when they come true. Eep!)

In other fun news, ROMEO REDEEMED (ROMEU IMORTAL) will be coming out in Brazil two days after it hits the shelves in the United States and my publisher there made another book trailer. It uses the same footage as the JULIET IMMORTAL trailer, but with a new original song. My only complaint is that there isn't new footage of the man who plays Romeo in the trailer. He's a cutie, that one. (I don't think he's actually a teenager so I don't have to feel like a dirty old lady for saying that, right?)

Here is the Romeo trailer:



And here is last year's Juliet trailer, in case you'd like to compare and contrast:



Have a lovely Tuesday all, I'll be back tomorrow with a link to a ridiculous video I made in which I make a complete fool out of myself. It could be fun (or painful) to watch.

Stacey