What Stace had to say on Friday, December 24th, 2010
A Holiday Excerpt

I’m sending out a longer excerpt from this scene to Downside Army members later tonight or early tomorrow, but I thought hey, why not post a little bit here, too?

I hope you enjoy it, and that you’re having a wonderful holiday! I’ll be away for the first few days of next week, but I’ll be back before the new year. (Not that you asked or anything, just that you–oh, never mind.)

  • (NOTE: This is an excerpt posted free on my blog for anyone to read, yes, but it’s still mine and belongs to me. Sorry, but as the creator and copyright holder I do NOT give permission for this excerpt to be reproduced–on a blog or a website or whatever–without at least notifying me first, much less asking me. Please don’t do that. Feel free to link back all you like, of course, and discuss the excerpt or whatever else. But don’t just copy & paste it elsewhere, okay?)

    This is from the unedited manuscript and the final published version may vary.

    His eyes sparked too hard behind their darkness as he crossed the kitchen floor, not speaking. Too much energy moved in the air around him, and when he stood right in front of her—close enough to make her tilt her head all the way back—and reached out to touch her cheek she knew what it was. He’d had quite a day, she guessed; violence clung to him like black oil.

    Violence and a wild sort of intoxication from that violence, to be more exact. Whatever it was inside him that made him so good at his job, that made him the most feared man in Downside, had been riding him for hours from the looks of it, the feel of it. Now there was nothing else to hit or attack or destroy, and that energy, that almost feral whatever-it-was…wanted to find some other satisfaction. Something or someone else to overpower, something or someone else to subdue, to defeat, to conquer.

    She knew he’d never think of it that way. He probably wasn’t even aware of it, that dark bloodthirsty excitement lurking behind his eyes, surrounding him like a vicious cloud. His work—fighting in general—didn’t always do that to him, not that she’d seen, but when it did… Her heart jumped into her throat, then fell straight into her pelvis and stayed there, beating like a hummingbird’s wings.

    “The fuck happened here? It hurting?”

    “Oh, I just…” She bit her lip. “I got a new case today. And no, it doesn’t hurt, not really.”

    “Aye? Ain’t so much?”

    “Yeah, it looks worse than it—”

    Definitely violence. Even if she hadn’t known from his energy she would have known from the way he kissed her, the way he fisted her hair tight at the nape of her neck, the firm possessiveness of his hand on her bottom as he yanked her up against him, bending her backwards. Rough and eager, and that energy infected her, too, made her grab his shoulders, wrap her leg around his.

    35 comments to “A Holiday Excerpt”

    1. Jenny
      · December 24th, 2010 at 5:50 pm · Link

      Ahhhhhh! I LOVE TERRIBLE! Thanks so much for this excerpt Stacia!

    2. Allie
      · December 24th, 2010 at 5:52 pm · Link

      Oh, my! ** fans self **

      Thank-you and Merry Christmas Stacia xxx

    3. tori aka ggs_closet
      · December 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm · Link

      SQUEEE!! Oh my, I need some Terrible now.

    4. Karen
      · December 24th, 2010 at 6:02 pm · Link

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      Merry Christmas Stacia!

    5. Yodamom
      · December 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm · Link

      😛 I Love it, I can feel the fire between them 😳

    6. Leah
      · December 24th, 2010 at 6:48 pm · Link

      Oh my goodness I think I just wet myself a little and am about to…yep.. *dies from the greatness*

    7. synde
      · December 24th, 2010 at 6:53 pm · Link

      YOU ARE EVIL….>.<

    8. Bells
      · December 24th, 2010 at 7:44 pm · Link

      GAH!!!!!! I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the pressie!

    9. Marquetta
      · December 24th, 2010 at 7:45 pm · Link

      Oh that was so hot!! I’m suffering from Terrible Fever. I need to cool down!

    10. srbastian
      · December 24th, 2010 at 8:24 pm · Link

      What a yummy Christmas present!
      Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    11. Jamie
      · December 24th, 2010 at 9:50 pm · Link

      Ummm..Merry Christmas to us! Thank you for that bit of Terrible goodness.

    12. katiebabs
      · December 24th, 2010 at 11:10 pm · Link

      OMG I think I just swooned.

    13. Inky_Ash
      · December 24th, 2010 at 11:46 pm · Link

      Mmmm Merry Christmas indeed.

    14. Fit_Cat
      · December 25th, 2010 at 12:57 am · Link

      OMG Terrible!!! WOW
      Thank you for the “short” excerpt and Merry Christmas :)

    15. BernardL
      · December 25th, 2010 at 8:55 am · Link

      Very appetizing taste!

    16. krupke
      · December 25th, 2010 at 9:22 am · Link


      Very sexy……..also I’m wondering if we’re starting to see some of the repercussions of the spell Chess had to use to bind Terrible’s soul to his body?

      • Allie
        · December 25th, 2010 at 5:42 pm · Link

        Ooooh, good point… 😯

      • Stace
        · December 25th, 2010 at 6:04 pm · Link

        You never know, do you?

    17. VikingLover
      · December 25th, 2010 at 2:40 pm · Link

      Thank you for this! A member of a forum that I frequent recommended this series (she’s a huge fan and gave a glowing review) as well as the Megan Chase series. I just finished the 3 books of the Megan Chase and I absolutely adored it!! Can’t wait to start Book 1 of the Downside series tonight!

      Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year! :)

      • Stace
        · December 25th, 2010 at 6:06 pm · Link

        Thanks, I hope you like it! The two series are pretty different. :-) But I’m proud of them both.

    18. Allie
      · December 25th, 2010 at 5:57 pm · Link

      “I’m sending out a longer excerpt from this scene to Downside Army members later tonight or early tomorrow”

      I’m reminded of the times when my son would wake up at 4am wanting to open his Christmas presents and I would send him back to bed. Karma is a bitch.

      • Stace
        · December 25th, 2010 at 6:07 pm · Link

        Hahaha! He’s getting ready to send it now. Between my toe and the kids and all of that it didn’t get done this morning, sorry!

    19. Allie
      · December 25th, 2010 at 6:36 pm · Link

      OMG, I didn’t think you’d actually be reading these today!

      I should be a bigger person and shout at you for working on Christmas day when you should be putting your feet up (no pun intended and ouch btw) but I am selfishly over the moon 😉

    20. Allie
      · December 25th, 2010 at 6:46 pm · Link

      Got it!

      Thank you so much!!!!!!

      I *heart* Chess & Terrible

    21. Fiendishly Bookish
      · December 25th, 2010 at 8:16 pm · Link

      What a great Christmas surprise. Thank you for sending. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of Chess and Terrible!

      Merry Christmas,


    22. Kerry
      · December 28th, 2010 at 1:10 am · Link

      i just started Unholy Ghosts about three days ago. i finished the third one about three minutes ago and HAD to find out when the next one comes out. the wait might just kill me. death by Terrible Fever! what a way to go!

    23. Tara
      · December 28th, 2010 at 12:47 pm · Link

      Thanks for the excerpts, Stacia! The DA one especially had me dying for more. Great job! 😀

    24. TravelingGal
      · December 28th, 2010 at 7:25 pm · Link

      Belated but very sincere thanks! Love both excerpts. :smile:

    25. Dacey
      · January 1st, 2011 at 3:44 pm · Link

      Ummm…so I love, Love, LOVE Terrible and I simply can’t wait for the next book to come out!! I was lucky and found your series after the third book was already published. I would not have liked waiting for it after reading the second book!! Anyways…love your stuff! Hope that you had a Happy New Years. (Sorry about all the exclaimation points)

    26. Jana
      · January 2nd, 2011 at 3:11 am · Link

      Gawd I love Terrible, he is so hot!
      Thankyou Stacia.
      Happy New Year

    27. Natasha J
      · January 4th, 2011 at 11:58 am · Link

      AHHHHH! I want more NOW!
      I miss Terrible, terribly! hehe

    28. Mary Roya
      · January 8th, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

      Wow! Such a teaser. Can’t wait for the rest. 😕 So when is the rest coming out?

    29. Stacey May
      · January 10th, 2011 at 5:30 am · Link

      Omg that was too much and too little at the same time!

      This is my first time at Stacias website, but I will tell you guys one thing this series is going to become (even more) sooo popular in Australia; I have always been into Urban Fantasty but there is something about this series that sets it above the rest.

      First of all when I tell everyone I know about the series because I’am just falling in love with it (I was lucky to pick it up when all 3 were punlished; dont thing I could have handled the wait between 2 and 3) the people who arnt really into Urban Fantasty always go “wow that sounds soo different and interesting..whats the name??iam totally going to have a look” and then I do a little dance –

      or they end with “wait so your telling me that its not about vampires or werewolves and watever…and the human falls in love with ANOTHER human???..man sounds good… wats the name again??” and that is were i love love LOVE this series the characters are sooo complex but sooo human,and you cant help but fall in love with them

      I’am proud to say that I have successfully converted three of my housemates (which are Kathy Riches(?)/Jodi Piccolt readers, and no so far only the downside series is the only Urban Fantasy they like but im trying…) to the Downside Series and we all have “Terrible” Fever lol!

      Unfortunatly I now think I’m developing a complex where I can only date a man who is tall, broad, muscled, has tattoos, black hair and looks like they will beat the living crap out of anyone who so much as looks at them the wrong way…

      sorry about the long post guys but I have to tell you guys that this is definatly going to become big in Oz!


    30. Amy Tran
      · March 22nd, 2012 at 8:09 pm · Link

      Oh my gosh, what book is this scene from and where can I read the rest?!

      • Amy Tran
        · March 22nd, 2012 at 9:22 pm · Link

        On a side note, I just signed up as a member of the Downside Army :) is there any chance at all that I can still receive the longer excerpt of this? x) I am dying to continue reading lol.


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