What Stace had to say on Monday, March 26th, 2012
One Day to Go!

My goodness, it’s almost here! Can you believe it? Because I sure as fuck can’t.

So. I moved house this weekend, from Bedfordshire back to Devon (the hubs works there/here; he’s been commuting for a few months while we waited to see if the position would become permanent, and since it has, here we are). Really not the best weekend to be moving, but what can you do? And it’s actually awesome. In Beds we had a little two-bed flat, a teeny place. I liked it, but it was teeny. This “new” place–and I say “new” because the house is almost two hundred years old, it was built in the 1830s–has four bedrooms, a front room, a dining room, a huge kitchen, a laundry room, one full bathroom and two half-baths. And three fireplaces. It’s pretty incredible. And the best part is that it’s owned by a gentleman my husband works with, so we’re paying very little for it (which is how we’re able to afford it, frankly). Like, we pay £20 more per month for this than we did for that little two-bed flat. So, we–I–feel extremely lucky, which is nice because I could use every bit of luck I can find this week, quite literally. Please luck please.

So, the house is amazing–it even has a front staircase and a back “servants” staircase–but man, is it filthy. FILTHY. Like, filthy to the point that I don’t even know where to start. (I have started, in the kitchen, but you know what I mean.)

Anyway. This explains, basically, why I haven’t been around much this last weekend. (I also don’t have internet, really–the BT guy is here now–so am using a pay-as-you-go dongle from 3. Which I really have to recommend, if you’re in the UK; it’s lovely and fast.) (ETA: The BT guy decided he didn’t feel like actually connecting anything or doing anything, so while the phone was technically switched on, the only working jack is above the front door. No, I am not kidding. He told me I should call an electrician if I actually, you know, want the phone jack somewhere else. He didn’t have any wires/cords with him to even just allow us to plug in the phone somewhere else. Thanks, BT. And it especially sucks because he was kind of cute [not that I’m looking] and seemed so nice. Anyway.)

I do have some pictures of the house, if anyone wants to see them?

SO. Moving on. There are some new reviews, and TWO interviews up with me today! (A reminder, since it’s been a while: All links on my blog open in new windows/tabs.)

An interview at BadAss Book Reviews, where we discuss characters and character flaws, and have a bit of fun.

An interview at Red Hot Books, where we discuss the Chess/Terrible relationship and what’s in store a bit.

Both interviews were a lot of fun to do, and I hope you go read them and comment and ask more questions or whatever.

The lovely ladies at Stellar Four review SACRIFICIAL MAGIC:

Readers of Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, let me reassure you: The things you love about the series abound in Kane’s fourth novel, Sacrificial Magic. Terrifying ghosts. Malicious evil-doers. Magic, both pure and vile. That distinctive Downside cant. And — perhaps most importantly for many of us — the crackling, fraught passion between Chess and Terrible.

Cathy at Greyt Thoughts says:

So, to try and sum things up a little bit, Chess’s emotional story, both the romance and the drug addiction, as well as her strength and bravery when it comes to doing her work and defending the people she cares about, adds tremendously to the fact that these books are serious novels with a lot of layers to explore, not just light adventures. They’re still a lot of fun to read, don’t get me wrong. The mysteries are exciting and interesting. It’s not going to depress you, I’m super sensitive to that, I hate dark and depressing books. The balance it terrific, it’s fun, exciting, thoughtful and smart writing with layers that will leave you thinking for a long time to come. I really recommend this book and this series.

Under the Covers gives it five feathers:

Ms. Kane is one of the very few authors that can make me feel a myriad of emotions, all in one book. Sacrificial Magic is no different.

From the amazing writing, to the non stop story and characters that have stolen my heart. Sacrificial Magic will take you on such a ride, I really didn’t want it to end. THAT I CAN GUARANTEE!

Last but certainly not least, Red Hot Books says:

It’s like watching a star explode: It’s beautiful and destructive and you can’t take your eyes off of it. And before I convince you that it’s all heartwrenching sadness, remember that joy and elation I talked about earlier. It’s not all one way or another. This book took my emotions on a roller coaster. When it was over, my heart was in my throat; I felt satisfied and exhausted; and I’m already dying to get back on the ride. If you have never read this series or if you gave up on it early, you are truly missing out. 5 stars.

…I think that’s it for new reviews, and as always if you’ve written one and I haven’t mentioned it, let me know it’s out there!

And tomorrow is release day, and I am panicking.

8 comments to “One Day to Go!”

  1. Miss Bliss
    · March 26th, 2012 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I have pre-ordered my Kindle copy…and I’m about to have kittens…crazy f’d up insane kittens waiting for it to be time already. Great interviews…I too hope we get more and more Downside books. I really, really love this world. You have talked a bit about how important it is to you that Chess has these realistic flaws and that is a HUGE part of what I love about her but I also love that the whole world has flaws…real ones. There are poor people, drug addicts, petty thieves, hard working middle class folks, lying and cheating middle class people, people doing well working for the Church who are honorable and some that are sort of nasty shallow people…the whole ride. That’s a big part of why I keep wanting to mentally dive into this world…it’s absolutely no stretch to find myself there because it’s all there.

    Also…I’d LOVE to see photos of your new house. I worked a tour in England many years ago and Devon is one of the places we spent a week…at a school in Dartington…that’s in Devon isn’t it? My English geography isn’t so great. Anyway…congrats on the move and the release.

  2. McFish
    · March 26th, 2012 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I can’t wait either, but will have to – Sacrificial Magic isn’t being released here in the UK until; May 👿 WHY???? I know it will be brilliant and worth the wait, but I’m wishing my days away until then… 😆

  3. Pony
    · March 26th, 2012 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Congrats on the house- it sounds like it will be wonderful once you get it all sorted. :) (Yes, I want to see the photos!)

    I keep checking the icon on my Nook screen- is it available yet? No. Is it available yet? No. hehehe.

  4. Diana Grubbs
    · March 26th, 2012 at 6:30 pm · Link

    The photographer in me REALLY wants to see the pictures ;0). The do it yourselfer in me, wants to let you know that phone jacks are easy…just copy the colored wires…or they make portable jacks if you do not mind wires everywhere. The female in me says, what the hell, get the BT guy back for more visual or hire the electrician if he is cute (sounds like money well spent) The rest of us in here does not give a damn about any of that…we just want to read the book! Your story is a fantastic one and we are all blessed that you have shared them with us. I am excited for you and wish you the best!

  5. Jane
    · March 26th, 2012 at 7:08 pm · Link

    I just discovered the Downside books and have absolutely devoured them. I pre-ordered and cannot wait until tomorrow and see what is store for Chess and Terrible.

    I have to say the “slap” caught me entirely by surprise. You so stealthy worked up to it that when it happened I was stunned. I loved Chess for doing it and felt sorry for Terrible at the same time. Thanks for the great story telling.

    I would enjoy seeing the photos of an 1830’s house as you have described. It sounds like it is very special.

  6. BernardL
    · March 27th, 2012 at 7:18 am · Link

    Moving is supposed to be one the most monumental stress inducing events in an adult’s life – especially an adult with family and all the odds and ends associated with family life. I know you’ve not only done it in one country, you’ve done it back and forth between different countries. Yikes! I would be stark raving mad. :)

  7. Allie
    · March 27th, 2012 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Book Depository mailed my copy on the 23rd. I still don’t have it. Damn you Royal Mail 👿

    (I can’t believe it’s time btw! Squeeeeeeeee!!!!!!)

  8. Hayley
    · April 2nd, 2012 at 5:50 pm · Link

    You can get it in paperback from the Book Depository.

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