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Aug. 30th, 2013

Yet further...Tales..from the...Retirement...Village!

The back story: I was visiting/living with my mother for the first 1/3 of the summer. She lives in a retirement village, a 20,000 acre gated community inhabited by old people (mostly), who enjoy nothing more than eating dinner at 4 p.m., being suspicious of outsiders, reporting Village Covenant violations, getting angry when people drive through the entrance gate without giving their name, and playing golf. Lots and lots of golf. And also sometimes being crazy and driving very slow. It is a funny/disturbing/awesome/strange place.

It also has the most hysterical police reports ever. And because my mother is a peach and appreciates/helped foster my sick sense of humor, she has continued to send me clippings every week. *basks in the glow of motherly love*

And because I love you, I share these tales...

From the Hot Springs Village Voice, Tuesday, August 6th, 2013:

This week, the Village had the usual animal-vehicular interference (but no cows):

"Two accidents resulting from deer occurred during the week. No injuries were reported. Dead or injured deer were removed to preclude further accidents."

It had old people forgetting how to work All The Things:

"A resident reported locking herself inside her car. While an officer was en route, the woman again called to say that she'd gotten out."

It had Old People imagining foul play:

"A man reported five people in his back yard digging up a tree. No evidence of digging was found in his yard."

It had Old People being suspicious of All the Things:

"A resident complained of people on a boat on Lake XXXX. An officer found a man and his son concluding their fishing outing from a properly registered boat."

"A XXXX Lane resident reported a suspicious van stopped in the street and two people looking around. The west gate PRO on duty confirmed the van as a new newspaper carrier. The officer informed the thankful resident."

It had Old People being cranky with children throwing rocks:

"Residents reported boys throwing rocks at XXXX Beach."

But then it also had some of this:

"An XXXX Way resident reported outdoor urinating and exposure by a neighbor. The reportedly urinating man swore at the investigating officer and slammed the door in the officer's face. The reporting resident was told to file a formal complaint."

And...this...

"A man reported that he'd hired a cleaning lady, escorted her and a female friend into the Village and paid them $180. While he was in the bathroom, the women left with his money. The man contacted the woman, who subsequently returned his money. An officer commented that the man's home was very clean, at which time the man admitted that he already had a cleaning service and that he'd met the woman via an online dating service and had arranged for her to clean his house in the nude."

Things are heating up in the retirement village! Or trying to heat up...in nature and with assorted cleaning products.

In "Of Beast and Beauty" news. I'm doing a giveaway of 2 "Of Beast and Beauty" black rose necklaces in association with the International Girls YA Book Club. Learn how to enter here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=410783559021541&set=a.342362415863656.58646.342349499198281&type=1&theater

Have an amazing long weekend people, and if you use your Labor Day coupons to buy "Of Beast and Beauty" let me know and I'll send the first five a signed book sticker (international).

Best,

Stacey

Aug. 20th, 2013

And now for more Tales...From...the Retirement...Village!

Hello my lovelies,

Before we jump into the good stuff, I have 3 things to share:

1. I have a newsletter now. Sign up and be entered to win all future contests and stay up to date with all my news so you never again miss an announcement/new release/contest/promotion/etc: http://bit.ly/14LILWb

2. Hicklebee's still has a few signed hardcovers of "Of Beast and Beauty." It's never too early grab a holiday gift for a loved one... So click the link, add OBAB to you cart and put "signed stock" in the notes at checkout: http://bit.ly/1eZEMqK

3. Have you copy and pasted your blog/goodread's review to Amazon/BN yet? If not, please please do take a moment to do so. It really helps "Of Beast and Beauty" move up in the search engines and get in front of more readers (and the book needs that boost, since it isn't in many brick and mortar stores). You don't have to have purchased the book on those sites, just create an account and copy and paste and win my eternal gratitude. Here's the amazon link to get you started: http://amzn.to/13DsJJn

Okay! So! For anyone who hasn't been following this series of blog posts, here's the scoop:

The back story: I was visiting/living with my mother for the first 1/3 of the summer. She lives in a retirement village, a 20,000 acre gated community inhabited by old people (mostly), who enjoy nothing more than eating dinner at 4 p.m., being suspicious of outsiders, reporting Village Covenant violations, getting angry when people drive through the entrance gate without giving their name, and playing golf. Lots and lots of golf. And also sometimes being crazy and driving very slow. It is a funny/disturbing/awesome/strange place.

It also has the most hysterical police reports ever. And because my mother is a peach and appreciates/helped foster my sick sense of humor, she has continued to send me clippings every week. *basks in the glow of motherly love*

And because I love you, I share these tales...

From the "Hot Springs Village Voice" April, 16 and 23, 2013 (Mom has been sending me scraps from the old newspapers she's hoarded in her reading room, which is awesome.)

"An officer on patrol located trash dumped at Cortez Pavilion. The officer picked up the dumped bags and placed them in a dumpster."

(This is the kind of police force I'd want my loved one to work for. You've got to love it when throwing away trash is a news-worthy event.)

"An XXX Lane resident complained of a barking dog. As the officer exited his vehicle to investigate, a fox being chased by a dog went by. The officer was unable to catch the dog."

(Ditto on fox being chased by dog=news. It's so cute I can almost hear the perky banjo music playing in my head.)

"Multiple officers attempted to contain a cow which had wandered on to XXXX Blvd. The off property owner of the cow was located and the potential traffic hazard contained."

(*dies from the country awesomeness*)

"A resident reported rock thieves on XXXX Road. An officer located a tree-service truck in the area performing contracted work."

(Finally, some real suspected almost not-really crime to report. You can't be too careful around potential rock thieves, as they are probably the most dangerous thieves of all.)

"A XXXX Lane resident gave an officer a bag of CDs and a piece of speaker wire, saying that she didn't want them in her house. The woman couldn't or wouldn't say who the CDs belong to, saying only that the police chief and a named detective knew "what's going on" and that she'd contact them later. As the officer started to leave, the woman demanded that he give her a dog treat. When the officer responded, "I don't have dog treats on my person," the woman opened a drawer, took out a dog treat, handed it to the officer and instructed him to give it to the dog. The officer did so and left."

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Thank you so much for joining me for another installment of "Tales from the Retirement" village, and have kick-ass amazing Tuesday for me.

Stacey

Aug. 8th, 2013

Signing in San Jose tonight! (And update on one other event.)

It's finally here!

The Big Launch signing for "Of Beast and Beauty" is at Hicklebee's in San Jose tonight, August 8th, at 7 p.m.! (The location: 1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 292-8880.)
You still have until 6:30 today to order your signed copy here: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8 (This is your only chance to get a free black rose charm necklace with purchase. I will not be giving them away at any other event.)
And remember, you don't have to attend the signing to get your signed copy and necklace. Hicklebee's ships within the U.S. and Canada.
Now for an IMPORTANT UPDATE:
The location for the August 16th event has been changed from Copperfield's Petaluma store to their store in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village. (I presume so that our pizza party wouldn't stink up the Petaluma store before Chris Colfer gets there for his signing the next day. I just want Chris to know there are no hard feelings, and that my son LOVED his first book. So put your mind at ease, Chris. I'm sure you've been worried, but we're totally cool.)
So! Join me for a pizza party at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, Montgomery Village Store on August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. with author Corina Vacco.
Hope to see some of you tonight in San Jose!
Stacey

Aug. 5th, 2013

Justine Magazine's Spark Reviewers loved "Of Beast and Beauty"

Justine Magazine's Spark Reviewers loved "Of Beast & Beauty!"

Anna said: "...the romance was as lush, wild and thorny as the magic roses that protect the domed city of Yuan."

Vanessa said: "This version of the classic...is more addicting because the main characters are misfits who slowly develop their love through shared goals, secret whispers & INTENSE chemistry."

Meri said: "This super-romantic fable made me start to question what makes something beautiful and what makes someone a beast…I couldn't put it down!"

Visit "Of Beast and Beauty's" page over at Justine Magazine online: http://www.justinemagazine.com/content/beast-and-beauty

And remember ONLY 3 AND 1/2 DAYS left to order your SIGNED COPY from Hicklebee's: http://bit.ly/13DsLRu

The black rose charm necklaces I'm giving away to those who order from Hicklebee's are just gorgeous (I was wearing mine yesterday) so don't miss out. I want to give you nice things, y'all, and Hicklebee's ships nationwide.

I'll be picking the first 3 winners for "Give Away All the Books" week later today. Be sure to "Like" my Facebook fan page to enter: http://on.fb.me/1chnsk6

Have an amazing day!

Jul. 26th, 2013

The "Of Beast and Beauty" playlist

Good Friday!

First up, I'd like to thank everyone who has tweeted/Facebooked/blogged/etc about "Of Beast and Beauty" this week in celebration of the release. I appreciate your help spreading the word about this book so much.

"Of Beast and Beauty" wasn't picked up in huge numbers by brick and mortar stores so word of mouth is really going to be important for this book. So thank you! I am so thrilled to see so many people excited about this read, and going out of their way to be supportive.

(And in the name of being supportive, if you've reviewed "Of Beast and Beauty" and wouldn't mind posting your review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads, I would appreciate it so much.

Here's the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385743203/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0PY2TXBBGQGJ2K9DNVCH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

And here's the B&N link, just in the name of being a helper ;): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-beast-and-beauty-stacey-jay/1113557132?ean=9780385743204)

So I spent most of the week over at the Random Buzzers site answering reader questions. (If you want to check out that Q and A, go here: http://www.randombuzzers.com/things-to-do/boards/topic/1166/142556/ ) While I was chatting over there, the subject of the "Of Beast and Beauty" playlist came up. I shared a few of the songs I listened to while writing, but thought I'd go ahead and post the full list here on the blog.

THE "OF BEAST AND BEAUTY" PLAYLIST (please don't download music illegally, anything you enjoy, purchase through legal channels):

"Only if For a Night" by Florence and the Machine

"All Yours" by Metric

"New Slang" by The Shins

"Crash Into Me" covered by Stevie Nicks

"Stairway to Heaven" covered by Heart

"Thrown Down" by Fleetwood Mac

"Unchained Melody" covered by Cyndi Lauper

"Blinding" by Florence and the Machine

"A Sorta Fairytale" by Tori Amos

"Save Me" by Aimee Mann

"I'm on Fire" covered by Bat For Lashes

"Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Fall at Your Feet" by Boy and Bear

Have a wonderful weekend, and if you spot "Of Beast and Beauty" in the wild, please snap a picture for me. I've yet to find a copy in a brick and mortar store.

(And remember, if you haven't ordered your signed copy of "Of Beast and Beauty" from Hicklebee's you still have until August 8th to order and get your free Jenny and Jimbob black rose charm necklace. Be back next week with more pictures and info.)

Stacey Jay

Jul. 23rd, 2013

"Of Beast and Beauty" is out today!

This is it!

"Of Beast and Beauty" is out today. I'm so proud of this book, and have been very pleased to see the early reviewers enjoying it so much. If you only pick up one book of mine, I hope "Of Beast and Beauty" will be it.
All the pertinent information is below:

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.
Special Offer! PRE-ORDER from Hicklebee's in San Jose before Stacey's launch signing on August 8th and receive a signed copy of "Of Beast and Beauty" and a limited edition Jenny and Jimbob "Of Beast and Beuaty" black rose necklace. Pre-order here: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8
Also available from:
(Aside number one: "Of Beast and Beauty" should be stocked in all Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores. If you don't see it on the shelf today, ask for it and let me know about it. There could be a goodie in your future...)
(Aside number two: I'm running a 600 by 6 p.m. contest today. 600 likes on my Facebook page by 6 p.m. and someone will be getting an "Of Beast and Beauty" charm necklace. Here's the link. Feel free to share with friends, family, etc: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacey-Jay/186079701439253?ref=hl)
Happy Tuesday, and thank you all for your support!
Stacey Jay

Jul. 22nd, 2013

"Of Beast and Beauty" One More Day!


In honor of ONE MORE DAY! until "Of Beast and Beauty" hits shelves, I give you...

A couple of new review snippets:

"My God, man. What an incredible story...Jay has done daring, beautiful things with [Of Beast and Beauty] that make it one of those unparalleled stories you have a hard time expressing your gratitude for...It is undoubtedly one of my favorites of this year." -Paranormal Indulgence Blog.

Read full review here: http://www.paranormalindulgence.net/2013/07/reaction-to-of-beast-and-beauty-by.html

"Stacey Jay completely blew me away with the rich, colorful world in Of Beast and Beauty. Gem and Irsa have taken seats upon my favorite couples AND characters lists! This one is not to be missed!" -5 Stilettos from The Bookish Brunette

Read the full review here: http://www.bookish-brunette.com/book-review-of-beast-and-beauty-by-stacey-jay/

A link to the "Of Beast and Beauty" Pinterest board (where you can see pictures such as the one below by liga-marta over on deviant art):

http://pinterest.com/staceyjayya/of-beast-and-beauty/

A gentle reminder that you have until August 8th to order your signed copy of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY from Hicklebee's in San Jose and get a free, limited edition black rose charm necklace with purchase. (I just finished assembling the necklaces with my own two little hands--and the help of my husband's larger hands, and my friend, Jenny's, similarly sized hands--and they look great.)


Click here to be whisked away to the Hicklebee's site to place your order: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8
I'll be back (briefly) tomorrow for a release day check in.

Thanks to everyone who has read and early reviewed. "Of Beast and Beauty" and I appreciate you.
Stacey

Jul. 19th, 2013

And now for more TALES!...from...the retirement..Village!

Hey people!

We're going to take a slight break from "Of Beast and Beauty" release coverage (It's out in 4 DAYS! Four days! But you have until August 8th to pre-order from Hicklebee's, so get over there if you haven't yet: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8 )

And now for TALES..FROM...THE RETIREMENT...VILLAGE!

For anyone who hasn't been following this series of blog posts, here's the scoop:

The back story: I was visiting/living with my mother for the first 1/3 of the summer. She lives in a retirement village, a 20,000 acre gated community inhabited by old people (mostly), who enjoy nothing more than eating dinner at 4 p.m., being suspicious of outsiders, reporting Village Covenant violations, getting angry when people drive through the entrance gate without giving their name, and playing golf. Lots and lots of golf. And also sometimes being crazy and driving very slow. It is a funny/disturbing/awesome/strange place.

It also has the most hysterical police reports ever. And because my mother is a peach and appreciates/helped foster my sick sense of humor, she has continued to send me clippings every week. *basks in the glow of motherly love*

And because I love you, I share these tales...

From the "Hot Springs Village Voice June and July  2013"

"Officers responded to many calls of illicit fireworks, excessive noise, unusual boating, and other activities..."

(I'm excited already, are you? Unusual boating sounds delightfully scandalous.)

"A resident complained that golfers hit her home with a ball and that the players were 'arrogant' in response to her demand for them to leave her property."

(Nothing worse than an arrogant golfer. Except maybe an arrogant bowler or badminton player.)

"A man known for inebriation was told to leave neighbors alone and not walk around the neighborhood intoxicated lest he be arrested for public intoxication. The man found it difficult to believe that he couldn't walk around his own neighborhood while intoxicated."

(What is the world coming to? When you can't even walk around your own neighborhood slobbery drunk and belligerent? It's communism, man. Communism!!)

"A local healthcare facility reported a complaint by a resident that an employee had laughed at him."

(If I'd known I could report people to the police for laughing at me, fourth grade would have played out differently. WAY differently.)

"POA staff, preparing for July 4th activities reported a couple repeatedly trying and failing to trailer a boat and arguing with each other. Officers found the couple too inebriated to stand and unable to complete the task. After repeatedly refusing to take direction from officers, the couple was arrested for public intoxication"

(Unusual boating indeed... Hugs not drugs, kids. Especially when boating.)

"A resident accidentally stayed on the premises of a storage facility beyond closing time and was locked inside before being released back into the wild."

(I'm assuming this means the resident was a werewolf. Or maybe a man-bear-pig. Either way, it was nice of officers to release him/her back into the wild.)

"An XXXX Lane resident reported a noise coming from the home of a neighbor, who was out of town. She also reported that her dog stared at the house. An officer found nothing amiss."

(Probably because the neighbor had turned into a werewolf, but was already locked into the storage facility. There's no other logical explanation.)

"A naked man was reported sitting in his truck near Lake XXXX...The man said he'd been swimming the night before with his 'wife' but they'd had an argument. She swam off, took his clothes, and left in her own car. He swam in and found that his truck wouldn't start...The officer told the man not to be walking around while awaiting his brother."

(Good advice. I really want to know why "wife" is in quotes, however? There is an untold story in those quotes...)

"A resident complained that kids on an operating pontoon boat were dangling their legs over the side. The boat wasn't found."

(Damn kids!! Keep your feet out of the water! There will be NO FUN ALLOWED on this old person lake!)

"A resident reported having returned from walking her dog to find that her porch light wouldn't work and that her dog was barking. And officer found the light switch and turned it on...The resident apologized for the inconvenience and thanked the officer."

(Aw. I kind of want to hug this lady and sweep her porch for her. I also want to assure her dementia isn't to blame. I do things like this all the time. I forgot my address yesterday and couldn't remember it  for the life of me and I'm half her age. I also have to change my banking password every month because I can't remember it between one bill paying cycle and the next.)

Tune in next time for more TALES...FROM...THE....RETIREMENT VILLAGE!

And I'll be back in a few days with more OF BEAST AND BEAUTY release week fun.

Stacey

Jul. 17th, 2013

More early reviews for "Of Beast and Beauty"

I know, I know,

It's like all "Of Beast and Beauty" all the time around here. But that's because it comes out next Tuesday! And the big launch at Hicklebee's isn't long after (August 8th). I am practically obligated by writer law to keep bringing this book up.

But I am also thrilled to share some more early reviews with you. I've been saying for months now that "Of Beast and Beauty" is special to me, so it's super exciting to see readers picking up the book and feeling the same way. (My favorite reviews are the ones where the reader was expecting to feel "blah, blechk blah" about the book and then fell in love with Isra and Gem. I love Isra and Gem so much. It makes me happy to see others loving them, too.)

Take a gander below....


A few more "Of Beast and Beauty" review snippets to share:

The Happy Booker:

"Of Beast and Beauty is absolutely one of the best, if not the best,
book of 2013 and will have a permanent place on my favorites shelf. I
highly recommend that you read this at some point this summer. I
recommend it for every and anyone, whether you like romance, sci-fi,
fairy tales, or are just a fan of outstanding writing and brilliant
storytelling." -5 Stars from The Happy Booker, full review here

Scott Reads It:

"It's a rare, beautiful experience when a book totally catches you
off guard and completely exceeded all expectations you had.  Of Beauty
And Beast was not a book I was particularly excited for, I was only
slightly interested in reading it. Despite my skepticism, Of Beauty And
Beast was exactly what I needed to read and I am so glad that I picked
it up. This is definitely one of my top books of 2013" -5 Stars from
Scott Reads it, read full review here.

Boxes of Paper Bookselling Blog:

"With some books, you reach the end of the first chapter and just
know that you’re in good hands.  Stacey Jay has written such a book." -5
Stars from Boxes of Paper, read full review here

Brad About Books:

"Absolutely original and utterly captivating, Of Beast and Beauty is one of a kind and unputdownable. Overall, Of Beast and Beauty is easily one of the best books I've read this year, hands down. Enthralling and darkly peculiar, Of Beast and Beauty is a fantastic, radiant read!" -5 Stars, read the full review here.

So if you haven't ordered your copy yet....

Special Offer! PRE-ORDER from Hicklebee's in San
Jose before August 8th and receive a signed
copy of "Of Beast and Beauty" and a limited edition Jenny and Jimbob "Of Beast and Beuaty" black rose necklace. Pre-order here: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8

Also available from:

Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-a-Million Indiebound Book Depository

See you all soon with more "Of Beast and Beauty" stuff and a JUICY "Tales from the Retirement Village."

Happy Wednesday,

Stacey

Jul. 15th, 2013

BIG "Of Beast and Beauty" giveaway announcement!


Good Monday!

I'm so excited to finally share the nitty-gritty details about the big giveaway-with-pre-order from Hicklebee's books in San Jose!

But first some backstory:

In the past, I've spent a certain amount of money on magnets for one book release, and temporary tattoos for another. I've also done postcards and bookmarks and the occasional mug or t-shirt, and while all those things are nice, for "Of Beast and Beauty" I wanted to do something really special for everyone who pre-ordered a signed book. Not only because "Of Beast and Beauty" is a book I'm really, really proud of (and so want to encourage my readers to read), but also to say a big thank you to all the people who have ordered a signed book (or two) year after year.

I know a signed copy from a bookstore is more expensive than a copy you could get from most online retailers, and I know money is tight for a lot of us. So for you to take that twenty bucks out of your budget and buy a keeper-shelf copy of my book means so much to me.

So this time around, I decided to spend a little extra on promo to say thank you to all you awesome readers.

The first 60 people to pre-order their signed copy from Hicklebee's (head here to do so if you haven't already, Hicklebee's ships all over the United States so you don't have to attend the signing to snag your signed copy and thank-you gift: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8 ) will receive a limited edition black rose charm necklace from Jenny and Jimbob jewelry (jewelry featured on the Today show and sold at BCBG, etc).
The charm was designed especially for the book--inspired by the evil roses in the royal garden--and I adore how lovely-creepy it is (and hope you will too).
Here are all the details (please feel free to snag this image and share it anywhere you like):


So yeah, that's it. Order the book, get the necklace ($22 when sold in stores) for free. This makes it a great time to try out one of my books if you haven't before. (At least you will have a nice piece of jewelry if you're not so wild about the story. Though I hope you will enjoy "Of Beast and Beauty." So far, Isra and Gem's story is getting the most enthusiastic reader reviews I've ever had. I'll be back to share a few of those later in the week.)

Here's that link to pre-order again just in case, you have until the signing on the 8th to place your order: http://hicklebees.com/event/stacey-jay-august-8

See you Tuesday or Wednesday with some review snippets,

Stacey

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