What Stace had to say on Friday, July 17th, 2009
First post on the new site!

Well, here we are. My first blog post in my new home. I hope it works. :-) Have you all seen StaciaKane.net? Staciakane.com should lead to it too (waiting for the nameservers to change over) as well as decemberquinn.com. I love the site; it’s better than I could possible have hoped. The fabulous Frauke at Croco Designs did it for me; she literally took my logo and my few vague thoughts (“I like skulls and black and white” is basically everything I gave her, no shit) and created the most gorgeous site ever. So go check it out. And yes, there are still some lurking typos; we’re working on it, I swear.

Sorry I wasn’t here yesterday. It was the hubs’ birthday, which of course I forgot when I did my Monday post, as we actually did most of our celebrating on Tuesday; dinner at Trader Vic’s downtown and a night at the Hilton (so we could both drink, y’see, and not have to drive home. And boy, did we drink. Mmm…tiki drinks.)

Anyway. So that deadline I had? Yes. I am very pleased to announce that DEMON POSSESSED, the third Megan Chase novel, was turned in at about 4:30 am Tuesday morning. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. I didn’t get as much editing as I would have liked, but my editor will be sending it back with her comments next week, I believe, so I can fix whatever little issues there may still be then. But I certainly think I’ve managed to up the stakes exponentially in this one, and the main conflict of the book came off pretty much exactly as I’d hoped and had been planning since I wrote the first one. So we’ll see.

This is the main problem, for me. When I start I’m all excited and think the book will be fantastic. It never lives up to what I had in mind. I can only hope it comes close. I could tinker with a book forever. FOREVER. At some point I have to force myself to stop–or well, now my editors force me to stop–and release it into the wild like an orphaned baby animal who can now hopefully fend for itself. And hope it gets a decent reception.

Oh! And this is exciting. UNHOLY GHOSTS is listed on the HarperVoyager website (UK) and they’ve added their own copy, which I will now share with you cuz I think it’s pretty fucking cool:

The first book in a compelling new urban fantasy series, The Downside Ghosts. Murderous spirits and ruthless drug dealers combine to create serious problems for fiercely independent heroine, Chess, in these fast-paced, sexy and addictive novels – fitting for a witch with a serious drug problem.

Cessaria – or ‘Chess’ – Putnam is a troubled young witch who hunts down and banishes angry spirits (there aren’t any other kind). Her tools are few: magical tattoos that alert her to their presence, an arcane powder or two, grave dirt and her devious imagination. Chess’ employer is the only powerful institution left in the world: the Church of Truth. After the dead rose, twenty-three years ago, to slake their thirst for blood, governments and religious institutions fell, and the Church of Truth took their place. They harnessed the supernatural and saved the remaining population. The Church has been training witches ever since. Chess lost her family during Haunted week and grew up in a succession of abusive childrens’ homes and foster families until the Church recognised her talent and took her in. But she’s still haunted by those memories, and has developed a ‘small’ drug problem in order to stifle them; a problem that could see her lose everything if it were uncovered, and one that frequently gets in her way. Not only is she caught between her addiction and Church rules, she is also exploited by her dealers, who see her as their own personal banisher; juggling her commitments has never been more difficult, especially when someone summons a Dream Thief: a dark force so powerful and malevolent that it even frightens the dead.

I notice they’re calling it the “Downside Ghosts” series, which is also pretty cool. I’ve been (as you know) calling it the Downside series; I’ve seen it referred to as the Chess Putnam series and assumed that was how Del Rey would refer to it. But whatever.

Anyway. Monday we start our Summer Series on critiques and critique partners. And I am going to try to figure out how to do lj-cuts at WordPress and start tagging all the old entries.

19 comments to “First post on the new site!”

  1. Hockeyvampiress Shell
    · July 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Hi Stacia…. great blog… verra safe of you to stay at the hotel overnight…cause you wanted to enjoy a tiki or two LOL

    I will be back and have bkmked it… will post the links later tonight I hope on my blog….. Shell

    • Stace
      · July 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm · Link

      Thanks! And yeah, usually I get to drink and he doesn’t, but we wanted to really enjoy all the tiki drinks, so what the heck. Only one birthday a year, right? :smile:

  2. synde
    · July 17th, 2009 at 1:04 pm · Link

    love the new site..well done.. :smile:

    • Stace
      · July 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm · Link

      Thanks Synde!

  3. Rob Charron
    · July 17th, 2009 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Hi :)
    I am loving your .net site.
    Thank you for a terrific blog post.
    I like the title “The Downside Ghosts” series.

    • Stace
      · July 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm · Link

      Thanks Rob! Yeah, I think it’s pretty cool, the Downside Ghosts series. Of course, since that was the original title for the second book, I would like it, wouldn’t I? Heh.

  4. Amanda
    · July 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm · Link

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the new site!!!! It rocks 😎

    • Stace
      · July 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm · Link

      Thank you Amanda! Yeah, I’m really happy with it!

  5. Tom Gallier
    · July 17th, 2009 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Hey, great looking site. I’ll explore at length this weekend.

    • Stace
      · July 17th, 2009 at 7:55 pm · Link

      Ha, Tom, I’ll bet you will. 😈

      • Tom Gallier
        · July 19th, 2009 at 7:50 am · Link

        Okay, I went through the site. Lots of questions and answers throughout. Me likey. Unfortunately, I found no incriminating photos of you or others (and we all know Mark Henry has to have something blackmail worthy out there). I’m sure you’ll remedy that next time you go to a con with other “Leaguers.”

        I’ll admit one thing surprised me. You’d rather be a vampire than a demon. Yet, you write about demons and witches.

      • Stace
        · July 19th, 2009 at 10:25 am · Link

        Yeah, but I used to write vampires. I still would if I could think of new stuff to do with them. But they’ll always be my first paranormal love. :)

  6. BernardL
    · July 19th, 2009 at 7:48 am · Link

    Excellent looking sites. I like the ‘Downside’ tag better than the ‘Chess Putnam Series’.

    • Tom Gallier
      · July 19th, 2009 at 7:51 am · Link

      I agree. Downside sounds more UF that Chess Putnam.

      • Stace
        · July 19th, 2009 at 10:20 am · Link

        I like it a lot too. So we’ll just have to see which catches on out there in the Big World, you know? :)

  7. Devon Ellington
    · July 19th, 2009 at 8:59 am · Link

    Congrats on getting the new book out!

    • Stace
      · July 19th, 2009 at 10:20 am · Link

      THANK YOU! Lol, I seriously thought that book was going to kill me.

  8. Cora
    · July 19th, 2009 at 5:42 pm · Link

    Love the new site.

  9. Tyhitia
    · July 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm · Link

    Hey there. I’m liking this site. It rocks!!! :mrgreen: I know you’re busy, but check your gmail from like 3 weeks ago. 😥

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