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What Stace had to say on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
FantasyCon in Brighton!

Yes, I know, I’ve been away for a while. Lots going on. Most of it not great, sigh. It’s been a rough month or two. But there are two good things: One, I finally finished my New Project and it is in Mr. Agent’s hands, and Two, I have started writing a Terrible POV novella that will hopefully not be awful. It’s very, very odd writing in his voice. The story starts about a month before UNHOLY MAGIC, and we’ll see how far into the established timeline it goes; I’m not sure yet if it’ll cover any of UM/CoG or not. Probably not, but if you guys like it and it’s successful I may do another one which does cover that period/story from his POV.

Oh, and Three, for my UK readers! I will be at FantasyCon in Brighton this weekend! I’ll be signing books at the big Friday night signing, and doing a reading Saturday afternoon at three. Eep. I have no idea what to read. Any suggestions?

I’m very excited; I love conventions, and I think this is going to be a really cool one, but I know very few people who’ll be there so please by all means come and say hello if you’re there.

Also for my UK/AUS readers, when I return I will have some info on FINDING MAGIC for you. I know it’s taken a while, sorry, but it will be released here/there, and hopefully it won’t take too long.

So…just a quick one, basically. Like I said, it’s been a fairly rough and busy couple of months. But I’m hoping to be back on track soon.

What Stace had to say on Monday, May 7th, 2012
FINDING MAGIC and a few other bits

I’m really excited about this, guys! A while ago I had an idea for an “origin story” for Chess, a little look into what life was like for her while she was in Church training. I mentioned it to my editor at Del Rey, and long story short, it’s called FINDING MAGIC, and the expected/planned release date for it is June 4. Less than a month away! It’s a novella, around 40k words, and I believe the price will be 99¢.

I don’t yet have cover art for it, but I have a blurb, and since the members of my Goodreads Q&A group asked for it, I have an excerpt for you, too!

Karen Marie Moning has called Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series “dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” Now, in this breathlessly suspenseful eBook novella, Kane has written a prequel to her thrilling series. Before Chess Putnam was a magic-wielding Churchwitch, she was a student in the Church of Real Truth—with a keen sensitivity to magic, a strong rebellious streak, and a penchant for self-destruction. And in Finding Magic, a grisly ghost murder becomes Chess’s baptism of fire.

When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. She’s never been a team player and hates how one male Inquisitor condescends to “the new kid.” But at her first bloody crime scene, she gets a taste for investigation—and is hooked on the high. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? As Chess gets closer to the dark truth, she puts herself in grave danger and risks losing everything she’s fought so hard for.

Includes a special preview of Stacia Kane’s upcoming urban fantasy thriller, Chasing Magic!

Note: I don’t yet know what from CHASING MAGIC is excerpted. But CM does have its first printed review!! Five Stars from The Book Evangelist:

With each and every novel Stacia Kane writes, my admiration and respect for her as an author increases. The Downside Ghosts books just keep getting better and better. … Chess is really forced to look at herself in Chasing Magic; she is forced to grow up and mature in ways I have been hoping for but dared not expect. I loved this book, and cannot imagine how I will get through the wait for the next one.

Also, this is really cool (for me, anyway). The Guardian (one of the biggest UK newspapers) did a review of HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION, in which they singled out my story RICK THE BRAVE as one of the two best in the volume (along with Patricia Briggs’s GRAY):

Far better are “Gray” by Patricia Briggs, a poignant vampire revenge drama; and Stacia Kane’s “Rick the Brave”, an original take on the ghost-hunting theme.

Anyway. Without further ado, here’s an excerpt from FINDING MAGIC! (As usual, this is from the pre-copyedited ms, so the final printed version may vary slightly): Read the rest of this entry »