What Stace had to say on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
It’s out! Reviews! And stuff

Oh, geez, I just realized I didn’t update my home page yesterday. Duh. To be honest I was staying away from the net a bit–still am–in an attempt to lighten my release-day panic. Did it help? Maybe. Maybe not. I do know that I’ve spent several more hours now scrubbing the hallway floor with bleach–pretty much straight bleach–and it’s working. Slowly. Like, I scrub, and I let it sit, and I scrub and I let it sit, etc. etc. for a few hours, and when I wipe it clean it looks pretty good. Sigh.

Also, we had some fun with the oven yesterday! It’s a really cool old-fashioned gas oven. Like, when you use the oven part there are actually open flames in the back. I would take a picture, except–guess what?–it runs on gas/propane tanks, and they are empty! Which I discovered halfway through cooking out Very First Dinner In The New House–a steak pie. So much for that, and so much for the carrots I was going to roast and the potatoes I was going to boil in watered-down beef stock and serve with coarse salt and a bit of ground rosemary (delicious, btw). We had Chinese instead. They should be replacing the gas tanks today, so here’s hoping. The half-made pie is in the fridge but the half-cooked veg were a loss. Sigh.

My deep fryer arrived, though, which is exciting, and I can’t wait to use it.

But, of course, that’s not the big news of yesterday, is it? The big news is that SACRIFICIAL MAGIC is out there in the world, sinking or swimming on its own. Eek!

Like any anxious author, I’ve been keeping a semi-loose track of my Amazon and B&N rankings. They’re much better than I expected; SM on Kindle is around 500 overall, and in paperback it’s around 2000 (as I write this). For the Nook it’s at 171 overall, which is quite nice. And it’s been in the Top 25 for various Fantasy categories in both paperback and Kindle.

Like I said, it’s nice. It also means nothing, sadly. Nothing at all. A book can have a ranking that high and sell fifty copies. The rankings are nice but don’t exactly signify Runaway Bestseller, either. Amazon rankings are essentially meaningless; they always have been. Which is why you’ll never ever see me running around calling myself a “Bestselling Author” due to Amazon rankings. Is it nice to see? Sure. Does it matter, really? No. Hell, BE A SEX-WRITING STRUMPET has been in the Top 10 for its categories for like the last year. Still doesn’t mean it’s a bestseller or that I am a bestselling author. You get to be a bestselling author when you hit the USA Today list, or the NYT, or Bookscan or one of a few other legit lists. You get to call yourself a New York Times/USAT bestseller when you hit the Top 10 (afaik); if it’s not the Top 10 you’re a “National Bestseller.” Those are the rules, to my knowledge–I mean, they’re not “rules,” like you’ll get punished or something, but they’re general ethical guidelines–and I don’t violate them and am uncomfortable when others do.

So beyond that, let’s look at some stuff around the net!

The lovely Katiebabs is having a giveaway here; go comment!
(NOTE: Uh…okay, I saw Katiebabs’s links to this, and brought it up in a new tab so I could post the link here. But I didn’t actually get time to READ it until now. Wow. I’m overwhelmed. [And no, I had no idea.] Please go show Katie some support by commenting!)

An interview and giveaway at The Readventurer here!

The full text of my chat with Stacey Jay is up here, at Addicted2Heroines!

And how about some reviews? Because we got a bunch of them yesterday, and it’s pretty exciting!

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy says:

Everything about the Downside series pulses with paranormal perfection, not the least of which is Downside itself. It’s like New York from Escape from New York overrun with murderous ghosts and deadly magic. Gritty doesn’t begin to describe it. There is a wonderful contrast between the residents of Downside with their slang/dialect way of talking, and the hyper formality of the Church of Real Truth, the ruling entity that protects humanity by magically banishing ghosts. Seriously, everything about this series is so finely nuanced and realistic, frighteningly so in some cases, but always intensely gripping. I can’t wait for my next Chess and Terrible hit when CHASING MAGIC is published on June 26, 2012.

Tori at SmexyBooks gives it an A:

Sacrificial Magic is a force to be reckoned with and only enforces my belief that the Downside series is one of the top urban fantasy series out there to date.

Samantha at Fiction Vixen says:

This book was a rollercoaster. But when is life with Chess not? This series continues to be a must read for me. Terrible continues to rock my world.

5 Stars from Claire’s Book Corner:

As with the earlier books Ms Kane writes a very emotional scene that had me fighting back the tears and wanting to give Chess a big hug as well as a little shake. There aren’t many authors who can make me feel such strong emotions and have me rooting for such a messed up character but Ms Kane excels at this. If you are fans of this series you will not be disappointed and I cannot wait for the fifth book Chasing Magic to be released. I would like to give Sacrificial Magic 5 stars.

From Books to Brighten Your Mood:

What can I say about Stacia Kane, that hasn’t already been said or that will do justice to her work! This author is plainly brilliant and with Sacrificial Magic she just proves that once more! Sacrificial Magic was among my most anticipated titles for this year, and now that I read it, I can positively say that I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

Another 5 Star review, from The Romanceaholic:

Overall, I of course adored it. Chess’ self-hatred and self-sabotage did start to grate on me towards the end, which I admit almost kept it from being a 5-star read, but the ending was absolutely amazing and the setup for the next story has me frothing at the mouth at the thought of having to wait until June to read it, which more than made up for any irritation I might have had with Chess.

An incredibly solid 5/5 Stars.

And 5/5 from My Keeper Shelf:

I have a long held belief that no matter what book I pick up after reading one of Stacia Kane’s books it will not compare in any shape or form to the Downside Ghosts series. … If you’re already a fan of the series you will love Sacrificial Magic. If you have “Terrible Fever” you will love Sacrificial Magic. If you have a soft spot for Chessiebomb the most amazingly flawed female character out there right now you will love Sacrificial Magic. If you’ve never read any of the books and are currently wondering what the hell I’m going on about, go buy the them you will love them. Nothing out there right now compares.

My rating: 5 out of 5 (and then some).

18 comments to “It’s out! Reviews! And stuff”

  1. Allison
    · March 28th, 2012 at 6:41 am · Link

    What is slat? I tried googling it & the closest thing that came back as a food was “Irish for spent salmon” and other than salmon being a fish I don’t know what that means.

    Yay for the fantastic reviews! I’m actually waiting until the weekend to read because I don’t think I’ll be able to stop once I start & I haven’t been at this position long enough to take a day off. It’s half killing me though.

    Good luck with the cleaning and the stove.

    • Stace
      · March 28th, 2012 at 6:49 am · Link

      Lol, “slat” is a typo for “salt.” Sorry. I fixed it, and added “coarse” because that’s what I use (actually I use a mix of fine and coarse for these).

      I hope you like the book!

      • Allison
        · March 28th, 2012 at 7:31 am · Link

        Ha, too funny! I love roasted veg w/rosemary, makes the house smell good too. I use Kosher salt for pretty much everything.

        I know I’m going to love the book, I’ve loved all of them so far! In fact I bought the paperbacks just to have, I don’t want to crack the spines.

        I think I’m trying to drag things out like Pony said except I know I won’t be able to put it down so I’m just waiting.

  2. Pony
    · March 28th, 2012 at 7:11 am · Link

    I’ve been savoring it sloooowly… read a little, then put it down for a while (easier said than done) because I want to make it last a while instead of devouring it in a few hours like I usually do. I’m only on page 111- I’m so proud of my self-restraint! Haha! Loving it just as much as the previous books, too.

    Thank you for writing such amazing stories. Seriously, this series is one of my top favorites ever. You rock.

  3. Miss Bliss
    · March 28th, 2012 at 8:26 am · Link

    Awesome reviews! I do hope the sales reflect how wonderful I think this series is. Can I just say it NEVER occurred to me to boil potatoes in beef stock? That just sounds… luscious. Sorry you didn’t get to have them but obviously there is hope for the future. Also…(because of course we’re really here to discuss your cooking and so on…LOL) what kind of deep fryer did you get? I’ve been considering getting one even though the last thing we need to do is eat more fried food.

    • Stace
      · March 28th, 2012 at 9:38 am · Link

      I actually got the idea from a side dish in a little book of Scottish recipes I bought years ago; the dish was called “stoved potatoes,” and you basically slice potatoes into thick rounds, cook them in butter in a frying pan until they start to go translucent, and then add beef stock, cover, and simmer 30 minutes until they’re all soft.

      To do the “regular” boiled potatoes I make the boiling water maybe 1/3 stock; it’s not an exact measurement, just enough to make the water brown, lol, and add a bit of extra flavor/color the potatoes slightly.

      And the deep fryer is the DeLonghi F34512CZ Coolzone Fryer with Easy Clean system:


      I haven’t tried it yet but am very excited! It does seem really sturdy and well-made, and it’s a nice big size.

      • Jane
        · March 30th, 2012 at 9:00 pm · Link

        This sounds delicious. The only thing I would add would be thinly sliced onions during the stage when the potatoes are frying in the butter. I am definitely going to try it.

  4. Gretchen
    · March 28th, 2012 at 8:53 am · Link

    I picked up my copy yesterday and was trying to come up with a plausible excuse to not return to work so I could read all afternoon…. Thank you for creating such wonderful characters…I absolutely love them.

  5. Lege Artis
    · March 28th, 2012 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Hi, Stacia!
    I got my copy yesterday, didn’t go to work, didn’t sleep at all, but it was soooo worth it.
    I just finished it and I’m wordless. When Chess had to choose… OMG. She is so beautifully messed up as ever!My favorite character…
    And what can I say about awesomeness that is Terrible…? Love. Him.
    I’m glad that Lex is still important to Chess. I reread whole series before Sacrifical Magic and every time Lex appeared in the story, that song from Faith No More went through my head:
    ” ’cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning…”
    It’s weird I know,it never happened before, but he just put that kind of smile to my face.
    You.Are.Goddess. Thank you on another wonderful book.

  6. LaniLani26
    · March 29th, 2012 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I was lucky! I read City of Ghost back in November, so I completely forgot (force myself to, to keep my sanity) that Sacrificial Magic came out Tuesday. I don’t even remember what prompted me to check amazon at 5am, but I was so happy I did! 😀 I LOVED IT! Find myself wanting some kind of love-resolution (maybe a spinoff) for LEX! That would be nice 😀
    Anyways, thank you so much for writing this, and can’t wait for the audiobook!

  7. Maria
    · March 29th, 2012 at 9:02 pm · Link

    I have been waiting for this book for months! When is it going to be on Audible?

  8. Chantal Halpin
    · March 30th, 2012 at 7:25 am · Link

    I just finished Unholy Ghosts – which I loved! I’m so glad there’s more to read :smile:

    • Chantal Halpin
      · April 4th, 2012 at 2:20 am · Link

      And I just consumed the next two straight after – I love Terrible and Chess! Sacrificial Magic isn’t out here in the UK until 10th May and I think the wait is going to kill me!! My hubby and kids are all glad to see me again though 😉

  9. Allie
    · April 1st, 2012 at 8:20 am · Link

    I just finished it!!! Gah, it’s an exquisite torture – I love these books so much I can’t put them down, but then when I get past halfway the dread starts building in my belly that it’s nearly over and I don’t want it to end…

    Another knockout Stacia, I loved loved loved it! I really like Blue and I still adore Lex… but the tension of him knowing what he knows (and god knows who else!) had me grinding my teeth for the last part of the book… and into the next apparently. Evil ;p

    Can’t wait for the next one!

  10. JaeInSa
    · April 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 am · Link

    Very annoyed that once again Books-A-Million doesn’t carry this—but I’ll have it in my hot little hands soon. Even asked my local library to buy it so other’s could get it too.

  11. Robbie Thornton
    · April 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 pm · Link

    I’m definitely going to buy it. I promise I will. As soon as it comes out on audio. I’ve listened to the other 3 on audio and have a girl crush on the narrator. I really don’t want to besmirch our relationship by reading it with my eyes before she gets a chance to read it to me. On that note, when exactly can I expect the audio version?

  12. tamara h.
    · April 5th, 2012 at 11:12 am · Link

    Posted by Blackstone Audio on 4/04/12 • Categorized as Inside Blackstone
    I just read this on the Blackstone Audio blog!! All the writing to them worked!!
    Attention Urban Fantasy fans! Blackstone is happy to announce that the next books in Stacia Kane’s popular Downside Ghosts series will soon be available in audio. We had a huge amount of customer feedback in support of continuing this series. We will be releasing the fourth book in the series, Sacrificial Magic, on May 15. Chasing Magic, the fifth book, will follow on June 26, simultaneous with the print release. Both titles will be read by Bahni Turpin, narrator of the first three books in the series.

    • LaniLani26
      · April 11th, 2012 at 12:50 pm · Link

      yeeeeey~! 😀 😀 😀 😀


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