What Stace had to say on Monday, February 20th, 2012
Countdown Starting!

We have FIVE WEEKS until the release of SACRIFICIAL MAGIC in the US, can you believe it? It’s almost here!

And of course I’m starting the freak-out that will inevitably lead to me spending release day huddled up on the couch puking and crying and whatever else, terrified I’ll have let everyone down. But I’m trying to be optimistic.

Its helping that so far the advance readers seem to be enjoying the book very much. And I link to that page because, if you are a Goodreads member in the US, you can enter a drawing to win your very own copy!

Also lovely are the great reviews so far for HOME, the Heroes & Heartbreakers short. It is a *romance* story; I think it’s probably about as romantic and cheerful as a Downside story can be, really, and I’m thrilled and amazed by how enthusiastic everyone has been/is being about it. Remember, though, it’s only going to be available for a couple more days; after that it will be pulled, and will be “officially” released for sale in April (I believe it’s April), so read it now!

And of course, I’ll be posting some bits and pieces from SACRIFICIAL MAGIC here soon; the first chapter, and the songlist, and probably another excerpt or two (in fact, there’s one at the end of this post!). Deleted scenes etc. will go up one month after release.

I’m looking for someone to perhaps help design a few new t-shirts for the Downside Market (our desktop with the image program is in storage at the moment, so I can’t do them myself just now, which sucks). I can’t really pay money but I *can* promise a free t-shirt, so please let me know if you’re interested.

Additionally, for my artist pals out there…Suvudu is doing an art contest for the Supernatural Cage Match 2012! Details here. As I mention below, Chess will be “competing” in this, and I’d loooove to see not only your vision of her but see one of my readers get exposure like that; a lot of people read Suvudu and especially the Cage Match, and I’d be thrilled to see one or more of you get to participate. (Of course, you don’t just have to draw/create an image of Chess; there are sixty-four characters in the Match!)

AND…I’m thinking contest(s), and I have a couple of GREAT prize ideas, including one I’m really excited about that I can’t discuss quite yet but will be able to soon. But think merchandise you can wear that isn’t clothes. Hee.

So far I’m thinking I’ll run entries the way I did for the Name-a-Character contest I did for the release of CITY OF GHOSTS: you get two entries for pre-ordering the book, two for blogging about the books/series, one for tweeting about it (using, I’m thinking, #sacrificialmagic as a hashtag).

I didn’t do entries for reviewing on Goodreads/LibraryThing/Shelfari/Amazon/B&N for the last books and I’m still not sure how I feel regarding that, so I’m considering it and am open to your thoughts. See, the thing is, I’m very conscious of how it looks to ask for or encourage reviews on those sites and it bothers me personally to do so; I feel it’s unethical. But I also feel like anyone who spreads the word about the books and/or takes the time to write a review deserves some sort of entry for it and I hate to ignore people who don’t have blogs or Twitter or even accounts at various reader sites; if the only place you participate as a reader is Amazon, how is it right or okay for me to tell you that you don’t get to enter, you know? But at the same time, it *is* rewarding reviews on Amazon/B&N and I just think that’s kind of icky, so… Perhaps I’ll just leave it at Goodreads/LT/Shelfari and skip Amazon/B&N, which feels much better to me, because those sites aren’t actual stores where people go to buy books. (There will be a separate contest for the Downside Army, too, so members can enter both.) (Also, did you know you can “Like” books on Amazon? I just realized it, how long has that been going on?)

Speaking of Goodreads, I’m considering doing one of those Author Q&A groups, where you can ask questions and stuff for a set period of time; I was thinking of maybe March 26th–April 17th, which is about a month. Would anyone be interested in that? I’ll be doing a lot of interviews etc. elsewhere, as well; I’m already booked on several sites for the week before and week of release (and if you’re interested in having me as a guest on your site/blog, please do get in touch soon, because my calender is filling), so there will be other chances, but the Goodreads Q&A seems like fun and we can have a special section for spoilers that will ensure no one else is, well, spoiled by the questions/discussion.


Chess will be “competing” in Suvudu’s big huge Supernatural Cage Match, which will take place throughout March. I know who she’s battling and can’t tell yet, but a big part of the Cage Match is reader participation, and we’re encouraged to urge our readers to go and vote. So look out for that; I’m really excited about this and very hopeful that Chess can advance to the next round!

I’ll be posting my Big Release event schedule soon; a lot of blogs are doing some really cool giveaways you won’t want to miss! And of course I’m trying to think of some more fun stuff to do as well. It’s just crazy that we’re so close!

A little excerpt:

She wasn’t going to run away. From what, a ghost? Some asshole who decided it would be fun to have a little tea party with a ghost? No fucking way.
She pulled her knife out of her pocket and snapped it open, used her left hand to grab a handful of asafetida and graveyard dirt. Let them fucking come. She was ready.
What she wasn’t ready for was the quick, fast whoosh of something flying through the air, or the heavy sharp pain in the back of her skull. The dirt and her knife flew from her hands; the floor flew up to greet her. Painfully.
She barely had a chance to realize what had happened before everything went dark.

11 comments to “Countdown Starting!”

  1. Jenn Watts
    · February 20th, 2012 at 8:45 am · Link

    I just wanted to write a little note about how fabulous Home is :) I was having a perfectly craptastic day when I got to read your short story on Heroes and Heartbreakers and it totally made my night! Anyone who hasn’t read it yet definitely should (especially if they’re fans of Terrible and Chess). Can’t wait for Sacrificial Magic 😀

  2. Miss Bliss
    · February 20th, 2012 at 10:21 am · Link

    WAHOOOOOO!! So excited for Sacrificial Magic. Home was fantastic and I’m looking forward to purchasing it when it’s released. Sounds like you have some really great release stuff lined up. I’d personally love the Goodreads Q&A. I’ve participated in that sort of thing with a couple of other writers and it was great fun. Hope your health is holding up well.

  3. Tina R.
    · February 20th, 2012 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Pre-ordered from B&N and ready to go!!! There are a couple of new books in series I enjoy being released that same day. I plan to take a couple of vacation days off of work and wear my eyeballs out. :)

  4. BernardL
    · February 20th, 2012 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Looking forward to Amazon sending me my pre-order of Sacrificial Magic. Great news! :)

  5. midnightblooms
    · February 20th, 2012 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Quick note: I adored HOME. It was nice to have a glimpse of Chess and Terrible just being together with nothing trying to kill them or chasing them or pulling them apart. It was a sweet and lovely story!

    Five weeks!! I can’t wait!

  6. Kokolo
    · February 20th, 2012 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I just wanted to say that I preordered Sacrificial Magic from The Book Depository and it is released March 1. So if you can’t wait 5 more weeks… :)

  7. Gems
    · February 21st, 2012 at 9:05 am · Link

    Yay!! Do you know the release date for Sacrificial Magic in the UK? On Amazon it looks like the 10th May?!! Otherwise, can we purchase a signed copy through any US bookstore? I’ll definitley have to look at my options to buy from US as I can’t wait till May!!! A Q & A at Goodreads sounds like a brilliant idea!! Good luck with release- not that you need it I’m sure it will be amazing

  8. Allison
    · February 21st, 2012 at 9:31 am · Link

    I’m so excited! So many ways to participate & to help get the word out. I bought the first 3 for my Kindle & have pre-ordered the 4th but I’m thinking maybe, based on Kokolo’s information, that I might just order them all from The Book Depository. That way I’ll have all of them & I don’t have to wait for the last one!

  9. Laura
    · February 21st, 2012 at 8:14 pm · Link

    As I am new to Goodreads, I have not participated in an author Q & A but it sounds like fun! I pre-ordered Sacrificial Magic as soon as I finished reading the first 3, which I read back to back to back! I couldn’t put them down!

    Plus I would love to win things; as Chess and Terrible are my favorite characters ever. It was so nice to read about them in Home, like midnightbloom said, without something chasing them, or Chess getting in her own way. And if you ever need another advanced reader, sign me up! I can put away a Downside book in under a day! 😉

  10. A.
    · February 23rd, 2012 at 1:49 am · Link

    I’m a very recent convert to your novels. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve torn through the downside series like Chess tears through bogus business in an investigation! I’ve been singlemindedly plowing through the books in any free moment and really enjoying them. I’m a little embarrassed at my junkie’s-itch to get the next one in your contest.
    Thank you so much for making Chessie’s universe exist for all to explore. It has been a great treat & I can’t wait for the next fix!

  11. FranW
    · February 23rd, 2012 at 9:12 pm · Link

    I am soooo desperately waiting for this book!

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