What Stace had to say on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Update! Giveaway!

Okay, my bad. It appears that there won’t be pre-order capability for WRONG WAYS DOWN because, well, the systems don’t allow it. By which I mean Amazon etc. aren’t set up to allow pre-order capability on self-published books. That’s the info we’re getting, at least–if anyone knows anything different, do let me know.

So, no pre-orders, and my apologies. As you all know I’m quite new with all this self-publishing stuff, so…hopefully next time (if there is one) it’ll be smoother. I feel really bad about this, guys.

However. This does NOT affect the August 6th release date, with which there shouldn’t be any problems. That has indeed been confirmed in the system(s), so everything is ready to go there. It just means the convenience of pre-ordering isn’t there, which does suck.

How about a giveaway instead? Comment on this post. Here, on the blog (NOT on the Goodreads “copy” of it or any of the various feeds; the link back to here should be on them, but just in case, it’s here.) And, let’s see…say in your comment…well, anything about the books, or the characters. If you have any questions you want answered or there’s anything you think would be an interesting blog post about the WWD, anything you want to know about, let me know in your comment.

You can get additional entries by tweeting about the book on Twitter (#wrongwaysdown OR #terriblefever), and/or by Sharing it and/or commenting on Facebook.

I’ll give away a couple of ebook copies (I don’t have ppb to give away, sorry). I’ll pick random numbers and announce the winners; winners will have 24 hours to contact me to tell me what format they want. If you don’t contact me within that time, you forfeit, sorry, and I pick someone else.

Contest will end tomorrow at noon EDT (it is currently about five til, so that’s basically twenty-four hours).

This is an international contest. And hopefully it’ll be fun.

69 comments to “Update! Giveaway!”

  1. Ydamom
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:12 am · Link

    πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to get my hands on Terrible’s words. He is such a sweet giant and yet a monster made by the streets. I guess she is too.
    I was wondering if you had an early model for him when you first started developing his character ? A real person, a character in a movie/book ?

    • Stace
      · July 31st, 2013 at 10:23 am · Link

      No, I don’t generally model my characters on actual people. Sometimes afterward I’ll see a resemblance to someone (like, I’ll come across a picture or someone will show me one and I’ll think, “Yeah, that’s not too far off,”) but their actual faces are always just made up in my head.

      And of course the characters aren’t modeled on anyone, or on anyone else’s characters. :)

  2. Leah A
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:13 am · Link

    That sucks about the pre-order. But I rarely read anything other than e-books anyways. Otherwise, I would be living in a library. And they have yet to run out of e-books :p Love your books. :)

  3. drey
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:15 am · Link

    Love me some Terrible, can’t wait to read this! Love ebooks, too – I could never fit my library in my house if they were ALL paper copies… :)

  4. kim moseley
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    ➑ where did you get the idea for downside speak? i have never heard it before but somehow it sounds natural to the characters :-) you are an amazing strumpet by the way :-) :mrgreen:

  5. Eileen
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    I love Chess and Terrible as well. The rooftop scene before the battle in Chasing Magic is one of my favorite scenes ever, anywhere. I can’t wait for a Terrible POV!

  6. Brittany Bishop
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:21 am · Link

    Can’t wait for WWD! <3 Terrible

  7. Jess
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am · Link

    Aw that sucks about the preorder. Now I have to remember to stay up on the 5th until the buy link is up πŸ˜‰

    I can’t WAIT for this! *throws self about dramatically*

    (also, tweeted and shared on FB!)

  8. Pam Hofmann
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:34 am · Link

    Thank you for the contest.

    As a kid, I used to identify with the male characters in scify, so you can imagine my pleasure in discovering that Andre Norton was a girl like me…

    Now, at the age of 64, it is an absolute delight to spend my time in worlds with authors being successful able to write about strong women in protaganist roles. Thank you.

    In addition, my wife and I quite enjoy bedtime after I’ve finished certain chapters… Thank you for that, too! :-)

  9. Melissa
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:37 am · Link

    I have been seriously jonesing for a new Downside book. (If there was a “strung out” emoticon here I would use it..) Thank you for giving us a series with “real” characters, people with limitations and reasonable flaws.

    Do you have any plans to go into Chess’s background? Who her parents were and why they may have left her? Or a snippet of a current Church employees POV – do they think The City is terrifying, too, but can’t admit it? Are they really “good” or was Haunted Week caused by them so they could come to power? Having The City already there seems like too good of luck..

    Terrible looks like the actor Vinnie Jones in my head, btw. Way off?

    • alice
      · September 29th, 2014 at 4:07 am · Link

      I too totally was thinking of Vinnie Jones (perhaps a bit bigger build) for Terrible too :O

  10. Lyssa
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:38 am · Link

    Saw the giveaway on Twitter, can’t wait for WWD!!

    I’ve never read a UF book with an unattractive looking hero. Was there a reason behind making Terrible genuinely ugly?

    I think only a talented writer can manage to make their ugly hero swoony and attractive through their personality. I get so sick of all the super hot UF heroes who are only sexy because of their looks and not their attitude. Terrible is refreshing.

  11. Stephanie Cunningham
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    I really like that Chess isn’t perfect, or really whiney for that matter. She is screwed up, and she knows it. I love it.

  12. Lauren
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:48 am · Link

    I’m so excited for this book!! The music is a HUGE part of why I love the books so much and if a song is mentioned, I have to stop reading and listen to it:)

  13. BernardL
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:55 am · Link

    You’ll get the self publishing down pat in no time, Stace. It’s too bad about no pre-orders. I know the information really helps with projections.

  14. Maria
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:56 am · Link

    Hi Stacia,

    I discovered your books on the way to South America last year and I was addicted…any free moment I had during the trip was spent reading the Downside series. Do you plan on getting more into the politics behind the Church? It’s been hinted that there might be a connection between what happened in 1997 and the rise of the Church….


  15. donnas
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    Sounds great. Im looking forward to picking it up.

  16. Melanie
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:02 am · Link

    I love Terrible. He is one of my favorite UF males. The downside speak is wonderful. I’ve read other books where authors have invented slang and it just didn’t work as well.

    Do you keep a dictionary of all the terms and spellings?

  17. Mish
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:06 am · Link

    I’m really looking forward to this one. Terrible is my favorite character across the board. Thanks creating such a captivating world.

  18. Stacey
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:09 am · Link

    I’m not sure what I’m most looking forward to-Terrible’s POV or seeing Chess through someone else’s eyes. I often feel like her perception of herself is very distorted.

  19. Alana
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    Can’t wait!!! I read alot and this series by far is the most original and REAL Ive read. You rock girl. :)

  20. Mindy Brennan
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:33 am · Link

    I am a busy mom on the go with a husband disabled from Iraq and I don’t have time to sit down and read so I listen to the audiobooks and I love it!! Your books are so descriptive I can be in her world and mine at the same time. I’m a huge fan!! πŸ˜†

  21. Allison
    · July 31st, 2013 at 11:52 am · Link

    Thank you for writing this, it will be very interesting to see Chess and Downside through Terrible’s eyes.

    I wonder if you plan on expanding on Elder Griffin’s story as it relates to Chess or just in general?

    • Melanie
      · July 31st, 2013 at 11:54 am · Link

      That is a great question about Elder Griffin. I would love to know the answer to that as well.

    • Allison
      · July 31st, 2013 at 12:05 pm · Link

      I forgot to mention I shared on FB & tweeted. πŸ˜€

  22. La Mala
    · July 31st, 2013 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Can wait to read Terrible’s POV ! I love him and Chess , they are one of the greatest couples on URBAN FANTASY . Chessie ,That girl … wow , a lot of things about her remind me so much of myself .

    Thanks for this giveaway!!

  23. Becky
    · July 31st, 2013 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for more Terrible πŸ˜‰

  24. Stephanie F.
    · July 31st, 2013 at 12:37 pm · Link

    This series is in my top 5 favorite series. I love it because it is unlike anything I have ever read. It’s dark, gritty, so emotional, sexy and yet at times hilarious. It takes me through the gamut of my emotions which so few novels can do and I love it. Chess and Terrible are far from your average hero and heroine and that’s what makes them so intriguing. I can’t wait to read this story and get into the yummy Terrible’s head.

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  25. Escape Artist
    · July 31st, 2013 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Terrible, but I also have a soft spot in my heart for Lex. I think I’ve got that whole “He’s a bad boy, but love can redeem him,” thing going on.

    What I’d like to know is, will we ever find out what Lex’s true feelings for Chess are? Whether she really was just a warm body to him or whether she was more?

    He seemed genuinely hurt when she broke up with him. That was a tough scene for me because I was equally thrilled for Terrible and sad for Lex. πŸ˜₯

  26. Stephanie D.
    · July 31st, 2013 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to Terrible’s POV of Downside! I love it when Authors are so versatile that they can write in a different POV and still keep a conducive story! Yea!

  27. Paula
    · July 31st, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link

    I love The Downside series so much and I continually rec it to friends of mine. Terrible and Chess are two of the best characters I’ve ever come across and I can’t wait to read the next book. I just know WWD is going to be fantastic! Thanks :mrgreen:

  28. Marta cox
    · July 31st, 2013 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Love the downsides world! Can we have more back story? Love terrible and want more from him but the chessie bomb needs to feel more love!

  29. Krista D
    · July 31st, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to read Terrible’s story!

    I would love to know how you came up with the Downside lingo, ya dig? Was it something you’ve always heard in your head or did you have to work at it?

  30. jayne
    · July 31st, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I am sooo waitin in antisipation of the release of latest downside book! Totaly one of my favorite series eva :):):)

  31. Nathalie
    · July 31st, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

    These books are so original and authentic. I love Chess and Teriible’s interactions with each other. I love how with each book they grow. That’s what makes the books so real no one is fixed overnight. I hope the series never ends. This has become my number one series.

  32. Mags
    · July 31st, 2013 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Really interested to see if Terrible’s voice feels the same in his head as it does coming out of his mouth. A whole book of Terrible-speak might have me talking like him.

    Feels like it’s been a while since we saw Downside, so looking forward to this one!

  33. Kristen
    · July 31st, 2013 at 2:56 pm · Link

    So excited about WWD!!! I am in love with Chess and Terrible – they are the most real UF characters I have come across. Thanks Stacia for creating perfectly imperfect people, I love when they stuff up and it’s like we are sitting with a friend “What did you do that for? It will be ok, but you really need to…”

  34. Shab
    · July 31st, 2013 at 3:33 pm · Link

    You know what I’m looking forward to? A drug-free Chess. I mean, I know that Chess has her problems, like we all do, but in the end don’t we all want the same thing. Not a happily-ever-after but at the very least a not-so-miserable-ever-after. I think that without the drugs, Chess wouldn’t be all that different, violent mood swings excluded, Chess would still probably be the neurotic, OCD, insecure, bad-ass we all know and love. I just hope she can let go of her past enough to save her, likely, rotting body.

  35. Jenny Lynn
    · July 31st, 2013 at 4:05 pm · Link

    So excited for this book to come out. I never thought I’d like Terrible as much as I do, but I freaking love him (so kudos on writing such an awesome character). And also, I love Chess in all of her anti-heroine glory; I root for her even as I yell at her when she messes up. But most importantly, I still love her :smile:

  36. Alicia P
    · July 31st, 2013 at 4:24 pm · Link

    What a great idea to write from Terrible’s point of view!

  37. Mishel
    · July 31st, 2013 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Your Downside novels (and your earlier Personal Demons series!) helped me get through a particularly difficult 4 month study abroad experience in Russia late last year. Can’t wait to read this latest novella and experience the world of Downside through Terrible’s eyes!

  38. Katheren
    · July 31st, 2013 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I have never read any other books like yours, there great. Keep up the great work!!!!

  39. Rachel
    · July 31st, 2013 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Starting ‘Chasing Magic’ tonight; I’ve been tearing through these books for the past week. The series quickly became a favorite for me and I will be mercilessly shoving these books down the throats of friends and unsuspecting strangers on the internet for the unforeseeable future. Stacia, I have such a crush on you.

  40. Bee
    · July 31st, 2013 at 8:24 pm · Link

    I like the cover of WWD but I really never pictured Chess in a skirt and fake fur. \ For certain, I’d not wear fake fur to any bar/ dive ever. or anywhere near blood or beer. Maybe if I was Macklemore for Halloween but that would be the solo event.

    • Stace
      · August 5th, 2013 at 7:18 am · Link

      Lol, that’s not Chess on the cover. It’s one of Bump’s prostitutes. :)

  41. Ezinwanyi
    · July 31st, 2013 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Wow. I am quite excited for the August 6 publication date. I am ready to revisit Terrible and Chess

  42. Clymistra
    · July 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Link

    Gah! Why is it that every time an author says go ahead and ask questions all the questions that I had while reading their books fly right out of my head!? At any rate, I love me some Terrible so I can’t wait to get my hands on WWD when it drops on August 6th!

  43. Olivia
    · July 31st, 2013 at 8:51 pm · Link

    WOOHOO!! Miss Chess & Terrible

  44. Jess
    · July 31st, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Link

    This is by far the best series I’ve ever read. Very unique style. Keep up the good work!

  45. Suzie
    · July 31st, 2013 at 9:02 pm · Link

    Counting down the days until WWD release. Thanks Stacia for writing such an original & engaging series! I would love to hear more about your inspiration for the series & the characters.

  46. Katie
    · July 31st, 2013 at 9:14 pm · Link

    I absolutely love how dead-on you’ve nailed attributes of an addict. every character is believable (and i suppose unfortunately, totally identifiable as ive experienced some horrors yself). its such an visceral experience reading your books and living the lives of your characters. so refreshing and pure.

  47. Jill
    · July 31st, 2013 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Hi Stacia! Your books are so unique and I absolutely love them. What is especially surprising and attractive to me is the lifestyle/scene and the music of Downside. Every time I read a dirty street punk or metal band in your books, it reminds me of great times with great friends. Any chance we might see some Anti-Nowhere League, GG Allin, or even a little Slayer in Downside? :o)

    • Stace
      · August 6th, 2013 at 7:04 am · Link

      GG Allin’s in SACRIFICIAL MAGIC. Lex’s car on the way to the fight, Hell in NYC. :)

  48. Pamk
    · July 31st, 2013 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Sucks that we can’t preorder but I am waiting on Bday money anyhow lol. This would make a great early birthday prezzie. I’ll be 47 on the 8th and I love me some Terrible. I will tweet and share on facebook both.

  49. Becc
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:14 pm · Link

    I hope I haven’t missed this! It’s a bit hard to judge times from all the way down here in Oz…

    However, my sister and I are both eagerly awaiting the arrival of Wrong Ways Down. We are so excited to finally have a release date, the count down is on!!

    • Becc
      · July 31st, 2013 at 10:24 pm · Link

      EDIT: The countdown is nearly finished!

  50. Susana
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:17 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to see what Terrible has goin on. This is one of my favorite series. When I’m finished reading them I always have a book hangover that makes it really hard to read anything else. I don’t know how you can write downspeak, it seems like it would be difficult. I’m amazed at how fluid it is. I hope future books in the series can be written in both of their voices. Keep em coming

  51. Gwen
    · July 31st, 2013 at 10:32 pm · Link

    I love these books. I can’t wait to get inside Terrible’s head.

  52. Brighe
    · August 1st, 2013 at 12:36 am · Link

    OMG I’m so excited for this! I’ve managed to get my boyfriend hooked on this series and am currently working on my best friend too… I even uploaded all the cover art to my Facebook page in a ‘Downside’ album.
    Yeah, I’m a dork πŸ˜›

  53. Trudy
    · August 1st, 2013 at 12:57 am · Link

    Just wondering if WWD will be available in Australia. We still cannot get finding magic over here?

  54. Julia
    · August 1st, 2013 at 2:51 am · Link

    I love the world and the characters you created in your Downside Ghosts book! The characters are all a little broken (as is the world itself) and mess up things and that makes it more realistic in my eyes!

    Thanks for the giveaway

  55. Annie
    · August 1st, 2013 at 4:22 am · Link

    OH MY GOD! I can’t wait… I fell in love with him the same way Chess did, slowly and having the sudden realisation hit suddenly and out of nowhere. I’ve always found his thought process interesting, so I’m super excited to get inside his head. Thank you so so so much for writing this for us

    · August 1st, 2013 at 4:28 am · Link

    Hi Stacia! I’m so glad that I discovered your books! I think the world you create is real and raw, and it works perfectly with the characters. It’s really wonderful to be able to relate to a main female character that isn’t perfect, and has deep emotion and flaws just like the rest of us girls. I’m sure that writing these stories is a huge process, but I wish we could get the Downside books faster! But thats just the fanatic in me, sorry. I’m a fan for life now. I’ve recently started reading Personal Demons, and I’m not disappointed. Keep it all coming!
    Take care,

  57. DeeAnn K
    · August 1st, 2013 at 7:53 am · Link

    I love this series and am really looking forward to this book! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  58. Leah S.
    · August 1st, 2013 at 8:56 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read WWD! Were there any particular songs or bands that you listened to with this book? Was it more difficult writing from Terrible’s POV?

  59. Leann
    · August 1st, 2013 at 9:13 am · Link

    I love Terrible. I was heartbroken for him when he found out Chess had been with Lex. Looking forward to reading things from his POV.

  60. Hindley
    · August 1st, 2013 at 10:12 am · Link

    Hey stacia I am a fervent fan of the downside ghosts,and can’t wait to go into terrible’s head and explore a much loved character.Could you please tell me if the 6 th of August is a general release date or is it specifically for the US, as I am from the uk, I was wondering if there was a different or later release date. Thanks a million!

  61. Traci
    · August 1st, 2013 at 11:28 am · Link

    Chess and Terrible are my favorite “real life” people, I can’t wait to get inside Terribles’ thoughts

  62. shari
    · August 5th, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link


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