What Stace had to say on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Here it is!

I am so excited about this.

This cover is a commissioned painting by artist Alessandra Kelley. (Sometime soon I’m planning to have Alessandra here to discuss the process and how the image went from concept to final cover). Seriously, guys, she drew this. And painted it. By hand. From scratch, as it were. Isn’t that amazing?

The font is called “Dirty Ego” and was designed by Eduardo Recife at Misprinted Type.

Now that this is all done, I’m hoping to have a release date to announce SOON.

And yes, I’m including another excerpt!

It’s all after the break.

His phone beeped. A text.

From Sela. “Home alone. Bored and lonely.”

He knew what that meant. She probably already had her clothes off; she usually did, when she sent texts like that. Specially when she’d been drinking some, which he guessed she had been with them shrieky dames she hung around.

“Something wrong?” Chess asked.

He glanced at her, glanced at the phone, and set it back down. He could tell Sela he was busy when he got it, be why he ain’t answered. “Naw, naw, just sayin no problems this night.”

“So what’s happening with that?”

He hesitated. He had to be careful what he told her, causen of what Bump might say, and causen he ain’t wanted to give her anything might upset her, when she already weren’t in a great mood.

She mistook his hesitation, and said real fast, “I mean, if you can talk about it. I know—”

“Naw, naw, ain’t that. Just ain’t got more to say on, dig. Almost done up. More worried on Slobag, him sneakin over here make trouble, dig.”

“He’s getting past the border streets? I thought you guys had people watching for that.”

A second’s calculation, before he made the decision. Ain’t like it mattered. Chess kept she mouth shut. And she weren’t gonna try going down there sheself; witches ain’t liked the downs. Ghosts were more powerful underground, she said. “Using them tunnels. Run all under everywhere.”

She hesitated with the water bottle right in front of her lips. The way she held it made her shirt gap at the neck; he ain’t could see the bite-mark anymore. Make-up, maybe, or maybe she did some spell or something to hide it. She could do shit like that. She could do anything. “I thought those were a myth.”

“Naw. Them real. Only no point starting fighting over em, aye? Just keepin eyes out. Figure one day we use em. Til then letting Slobag an they think them got one over, dig.”

She smiled. Aye, whatever she took were hitting her. “Are you ever not having to think about every little thing you do, and have strategies in place and shit like that?”

He cocked his eyebrow. “Like you ain’t do the same.”

“Yeah, but only when I’m working.” She looked at him, caught the raised brow, smiled bigger. “Or, well, okay, maybe not only then. But at least sometimes I’m not working. You always are.”

“Not here.” He glanced around, wished again his place were nicer. It suited him fine, and part of the reason he’d picked it was the lack of walls, the lack of places people could hide, but still. And it was cold, he thought; the back of his neck felt cold, and he reached up to cover it. “Only place I ain’t gotta do shit, aye? An ain’t gotta look over my shoulder, see who’s comin up behind, who’s giving me the try. Only place I’m relaxing, dig.”

“Yeah,” she said. Softly. All of the sudden they ain’t were teasing anymore. “I guess you have to be really careful, huh. The second you let your guard down… You never know what people are planning to do.”

He nodded. His turn to feel all awkward, he guessed. Never could decide if it made him feel good or embarrassed when she knew what he meant so fast on shit like that. When she understood what he meant. Like she knew him. She knew him better than anybody else, he figured, cepting Bump. Maybe even better than Bump.

22 comments to “WRONG WAYS DOWN Cover!”

  1. Jenna Scarberry
    · June 19th, 2013 at 7:09 am · Link

    Sweet blessed virgin mother of SQUEE! Awesome cover, and a great teaser for the novella. So very excited for this one.

  2. Laura
    · June 19th, 2013 at 7:22 am · Link

    I flipping love Terrible. LOVE HIM.

  3. Lege Artis
    · June 19th, 2013 at 8:35 am · Link

    OMG! That cover is gorgeous! I dig it so much! 😉

    And Terrible… I love him. That is all…

  4. Helen
    · June 19th, 2013 at 8:44 am · Link

    Can’t wait!
    Are there more books planned for the series?

    • Debra
      · June 20th, 2013 at 6:07 pm · Link

      I agree, can’t wait for the new read. I hope there will be more of Chess as well.

  5. Amanda Legg
    · June 19th, 2013 at 9:35 am · Link

    :mrgreen: So excited! Love Terrible! Can not wait to crawl into his head!

    • Amanda Legg
      · June 19th, 2013 at 9:41 am · Link

      P.S. Love the cover!

  6. Donna Fulford
    · June 19th, 2013 at 10:05 am · Link

    Simply love this cover and the book sounds great also.

  7. Ydamom
    · June 19th, 2013 at 11:07 am · Link

    😈 Love the except and the cover looks 😯 amazing. Now to get it in my hands 😉

  8. Bee
    · June 19th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Hoy! It is sick how excited I am for this. I talk ‘downside’ in my head after I read these Teasing Bits.

  9. Jane
    · June 19th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    OMG! Terrible’s arm! It looks like he has a fresh scar, poor baby. The cover is great, fits so well with Downside.

  10. Annie
    · June 19th, 2013 at 4:11 pm · Link

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOMENESS….. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Jenni Ebba
    · June 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm · Link

    WHEN WHEN WHEN!?!?!?!?!? (Sorry don’t mean to yell, but come on! An awesome novella with Terrible!) **Cue the high pitched squeals of adoration** Absolutely love these stories AND that cover is gorgeous in raw gritty downside glory!

  12. Shelly
    · June 19th, 2013 at 7:29 pm · Link

    Sweet Mother of God I can’t wait! It’s been WAAAAAAAYYYY too long since I’ve been in Downside…I can barely contain myself!!!!

  13. gwen
    · June 19th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Looks great, I can’t wait to read this one!

  14. Erana
    · June 21st, 2013 at 1:28 am · Link

    So excitied about this novella…ain’t can breathe… 😛 😛

  15. Cassi Carver
    · June 21st, 2013 at 10:10 am · Link

    Whoo-hoo!!! I can’t wait!!

  16. Lucy
    · June 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am · Link

    Awesome! So pumped! Thanks for the little tidbit as well!

  17. Stephanie D.
    · June 25th, 2013 at 8:39 am · Link

    So can’t wait for this to come out!!!!! Absolutely love this divine cover!!

  18. Stephane
    · June 26th, 2013 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Those tats. That car.

    Amazing rendition of the Downside story in my head. :)

  19. SpitsFire
    · July 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Okay, I only came across your audiobooks a week ago, loaded them all on my iPod and listened to them. I could not pry the earbuds out of my ears. That be one mighty fine imagination you have there. Just finished book 5 and I can’t wait for what comes next. Hoping Elder Griffin finds a way to get over it, after all, she didn’t want to tell him and he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

  20. Shana
    · July 15th, 2013 at 10:24 am · Link

    Like Spitsfire above, just got turned onto these books a few weeks ago. MAJOR ADDITICTION! 😆 Can’t wait for another one. Just downloaded the 2 other short stories to ease the comedown. Love Terrible, love the downside speak. Cover art is awesome!


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