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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Guest Blog & Contest with Author Stacey Jay

This week author Stacey Jay is back on Amberkatze's Book Blog! Stacey already visited us last year when her first book YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME had just been released. Now her second book UNDEAD MUCH? is out this week. I was lucky enough to read an ARC copy a while back and I throughly enjoyed it!

So sit back and read Stacey's Guest Blog then enter the contest to win a surprise prize!



Hey Amberkatze Readers!

When I’m asked to guest blog, I have to admit I get anxious. The inevitable “what to blog” about stressing hits hard. My glamorous mom-writer life is really very, very boring. I spend a lot of time changing diapers, feeding small people, cleaning up messes, and building elaborate block structures for my one year old to rip apart. Then there’s all the sitting on my butt typing with the roar of the never-ending laundry in the background. I mean, what could I possibly have to talk about that would be at all interesting to you—the blog reading audience? You with your fabulous lives that are no doubt much more interesting than anything happening in Stacey Jay land? By the time I sit down to actually write the blog, I’m drowning in a hot, sloppy mess of angst.

Like…right now, I’m a wreck. Really. This is what happens when you ask a fiction writer to write something that’s not pretend. (My own blog doesn’t count. You people who hang with me over there know it’s all weird pictures of me cooking zombie cupcakes in my candy corn pajamas and crap like that.)

So, I’m just going to pretend to interview myself and talk about some stuff. That sound okay? (If not, you don’t have to keep reading. That’s part of the beauty of blogging )

Q: So, self, what’s up with UNDEAD MUCH? Book 2 in the Megan Berry, Zombie Settler series?

A: I honestly think UNDEAD MUCH? (January 21st, 2010) is my best work to date (young adult or adult novel) and I’m so excited to share it with readers. It’s got everything I love in a book—romance, zombies, mystery, a love triangle, big secrets, hot sloppy angst (which I enjoy reading about more than experiencing it personally), and more zombies. On ice.

Q: Zombies on ice? For real?

A: Yes, zombies on ice. For real. I won’t give away plot points by telling you how the zombies get on the ice or what they do there (though I can assure you it does not in any way resemble ballroom dancing or an Olympic sport), but I had a blast writing that particular scene. Being a huge fan of mixing the silly and the scary, I dove into the slippery drama with both hands, fingers flying—I told you it was hard to make sitting on your butt typing sound exciting—chortling with glee to be creating a ridiculous and horrific literary combo never before read by man (or woman).

Q: Your glee was short-lived wasn’t it?

A: Yeah. It was. I found out that the Chicago Zombie people (http://chicagozombie.com/) do a Zombies on Ice event every year. The first one was in 2008—after I’d already written the scene in UNDEAD MUCH?—but that doesn’t matter. The book isn’t on the shelves yet, but those Chicago Zombies were on the ice in December 2008 and again in 2009. So they win. If this were a contest. Which it wasn’t…but yeah, if it had been, they would be the winners. I pass the figurative bloody, disembodied arm trophy over to them.

Q: Okay…anything else you’d like to share?

A: Um…no. I’ll just slink back over to the weirdness of my own blog and make some zombie cupcakes or something. (I’m also thinking of staging a pomegranate murder in my kitchen and taking pictures. Have you seen the way pomegranates splatter red juice everywhere when you cut into them? It’s crazy! Grizzly fruit murder. Perfect for a blog entry from a woman who has a new zombie book coming out.)

And…end weirdness. And ice zombies.

Without further ado, I say adieu. Thanks for having me Amber! And happy reading in 2010 Amberkatze readers!

Stacey Jay


Contest Time!

It's a mystery give-away this week! Stacey is putting together a surprise prize for the winner of this weeks contest! Not even I know what the winner will get! All Stacey told me is that the prize will be cool and not suck too much :)

So to enter for a chance to win the surprise prize - tell us what books you are dying to read in 2010!

No book = No entry!

Earn another entry for each place you link this contest on the net. You can post of Facebook, Twitter & MySpace but make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries!

You can also earn extra entries by emailing your friends about the contest. Just make sure you send a copy of your email or receipt to me at Amberkatzes_book_blog at gmx dot net.

Keep the contests going by using the Amazon links below and around the site!

The contest will stay open until Sunday 24th of January 2010 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.

Good Luck!


tawndam said...

I still want to read 'You Are So Undead to Me'... sounds like a great book

elaing8 said...

Stacey Jaye is a new author to me,I will have to check out her books.

A book I'm dying to read is Shift by Rachel Vincent.

elaing8 said...



throuthehaze said...

I am dying to read The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Van Pham said...

Stacey's books sounds great will definitely new to check her books out!

Books i'm dying to read this year is"
A local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead, Shift by Rachel Vincent, and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

thanks for the contest!


Jessica Ureste said...

A book I am dieing to read is "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews.

Jessica Ureste said...


I tweeted it.

Ina said...

Hi Stacey!
you are a new author to me, but I will definitively keep you in mind!
My must-read in 2010 are Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks, Water Bound by Christine Feehan and Running Scared by Shannon K. Butcher - that are my top 3 books...
thanks for being here today Stacey!
wish you all the best,

titania86 said...

I'm really looking forward to the 3rd book in the Hunger Games series!

I posted about this on my sidebar (http://titania86-fishmuffins.blogspot.com/).


Karen W. said...

There are so many upcoming releases I'm dying to get my hands on!

I'm with throuthehaze about the Carrie Ryan book (I *loved* THE FOREST OF HANDS & TEETH), and I'm anxious for CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones (loved NEED) and DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston. I love YA fantasy/paranormal.

Becky said...

Stacey's books sound really good and I will have to check them out since she is a new author to me. A book that I am dying to read is The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong.

Wicked Walker said...

These books are currently on my wish list, I can't wait to read them!

Books I want to read in 2010: Captivate, Bleeding Violet, 3rd Hunger Games, Dead in the Family, and Sea.

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donnas said...

In 2010 some of what I am looking forward to are: Undead Much, Captivate, Twice Bitten, Firespell, Unknown, First Drop of Crimson, Spirit Bound, Shadowfever. Yes I have a long wishlist.

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SiNn said...

i have a huge pile of to be read

Stacey is a new author to me so id love to readher books id also

want to read Black mage by Jaye Wells

the rest the mind hunter series
fire spell would also be awesome to read


wanda f said...

Two top two on my dying to read list are Bitten by Cupid by Lynsay Sands and If He's Wild by Hannah Howell

Llehn said...

I'm looking forward to reading Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

Sweeter the berry said...

I'm dying to read "Running Scaared"


Kimberly B. said...

Hi there! Stacey's books sound great, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading them! On my list of books I want to read in 2010 are Ann Aguirre's Hell Fire and Killbox, Carrie Ryan's The Dead-tossed Waves and Maria V. Snyder's Inside Out. Thanks!
beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu

deb c said...

There are so many, but, I want to start off reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Simply Stacie said...

I am excited to read Hush Hush.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

SandyG265 said...

Stacey's books sound interesting. I'll have to check them out.

The books I'm dying to read this year include First Drop of Crimson, Kitty's House of horrors and A Local Habitation.

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Karen said...

Actually Undead Much is on my must read list. Already have it pre-ordered. I loved the first book!

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Tynga said...

My 2010 wishlist is so long it's ridiculous. Can I give you a top 3? lol
Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
Shift - Rachel Vincent
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Thanks for the opportunity!

Sheere said...

There are so many great books going to be published this new year! But some of my fav are the third part of the Hunger Games, First Drop of Crimson and Linger!


Erica G said...

There is a book coming out called 212 that I think sounds good. Thanks!

egreca at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson and the third book in the HUnger Games series!

Anonymous said...

I want to read the Twilight books.

Linda Henderson said...

I'm looking forward to reading the latest J.D.Robb In Death book, The Mammoth Book Of Irish Romance, Unbound and too many more to list.

seriousreader at live dot com

mariska said...

I'm waiting The Hunger Games 3 to come !

And Stacey is a New for me author, I really like to win her book :)

i tweet'd here : https://twitter.com/becunique

justpeachy36 said...


Please enter me in the giveaway.

Some books for 2010 that I want to read include, Brightly Woven, Bleeding Violet and Dead in the Family.

Bani said...

I'm looking forward to reading the new epic long novel, Roses.

Sara said...

ooh a mystery give-away! Please enter me if this contest is international, I love surprises! ;)

In 2010 I can't wait to read Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles, Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, and Endless Summer & Forget You by Jennifer Echols!

clynsg said...

An Echo in the Bone by Gabaldon, although there are many others in my TBR pile as well.

clynsg at yahoo dot com

Rosie said...

Well, I'm late to the party on these books, but I'm anxious to read all of The Vampire Diaries books. I just got the two books that have volumes 1-4 and those are first on my list for 2010. Thanks!

mogrill said...

I want to read the last Twilight book!! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I am dying to read Linger and Dead-Tossed Waves, but I've also been hearing great things about Undead Much?

Spav said...

I can't wait to read Changes by Jim Butcher.

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/7978636071

Curling up by the Fire said...

I am looking forward to Suzanne Collins' third book in the Hunger Games series, Cassandra Clare's new book in her new series, The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy, The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick and Beautiful Creatures.

Brooke said...

I'm looking forward to reading some of the books already on my TBR but also... Rachel Vincent's new releases from both series (shift and my soul to save)... Kelsey Coles newest book in her series (deep kiss of winter). Gena Showalter's new releases of the Underworld series I believe there are three. Hmm I see a trend here... OH and adding Undead Much to the list...
weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com

Katie said...

I'm looking forward Rachel Caine's next Morganville Vampire novel, Patricia Briggs' next Mercy novel and Eileen Wilkes' latest World of the Lupi novel...and that is just to start the year.


Patricia Altner said...
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Patricia Altner said...

Loved your post, Stacey.

Here are some titles I'm dying to read

Unchained: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood

Casa Dracula Book 4 by Marta Acosta

Magic Bleeds Book #4 in Kate Daniels Series


Kris said...

I am dying to read:
Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
Crave by J.R. Ward

Anonymous said...

I'm dying to read Lion's Heat by Lora Leigh. Congrats on the new release Stacey! Great post!

amysmith98 @ yahoo.com

Blodeuedd said...

These books looks so fun :) It'd sure love to read You-re so undead..

I am waiting for the 3rd Hunger Games book, oh and a bunch more.

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

BrigidsBlest said...

I want to read The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, and Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.

BrigidsBlest at yahoo dot com

D Q said...

Stacey's books sound great.
Among many others I am dying to read
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

BreiaB said...

I am dying to read Rachel Vincent's Shift, Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison,The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong and so many others. Stacey Jay is a new author to me and I think my daughter would love her as well, adding to my tbb pile.

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bbricke AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

I am dying to read Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, Shift by Rachel Vincent,First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost, Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris,and Lover Mine by J.R. Ward.


Sarah said...

Stacey is a new author for me but this series looks like fun so I'm looking forward to checking it out :o)

Other books I'm looking forward to this year are Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr, Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison, Lover Mine by J.R. Ward & I'm sure there are a load more that I've missed!

Sue Brandes said...

You are a new author to me also. I am going to add your book to me to read list.
I want to read~Bone Magic, Under The Dome, 7 Sins,Dead In The Family.
Sue B

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this!!

Dawn M. said...

I'm dying to read:

Hunger Games #3 - Suzanne Collins
Shift - Rachel Vincent
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
This World We Live In - Susan Pfeffer
The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong
Rules Of Attraction - Simone Elkeles
Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews
Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I haven't had a chance to read You Are So Undead To Me, but it's going on my list! I'm really looking forward to the next book in Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series.

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

Jess13angel said...

I'm not sure if this contest is international,if so please count me in =) I'm dying to read:
*Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
*Gone by Lisa Mcmann
*Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
and many other XD

So here are me extra entries:
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-Tweet: http://twitter.com/angel13js/status/8113872541

Jess (angel13js@gmail.com)

Kassy821 said...
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Kassy821 said...

I Want to read My Soul to Take By Rachel Vincent and Carpe Corpus By
Rachel Caine.


~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

I want to read the Twilight series!

Flo said...

so many books i want to read: crescendo, bleeding violet, the body finder...

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Eva S said...

I'm dying to read Lover Mine by J R Ward.

startrek said...

George Ferris

Donna said...

I want to read Crush It.

Unknown said...

There is so many books that I want to read this year!
Some of them are Only the good spy Young by Ally Carter, Burned by P.C. Cast, and The Clock Work Angel by Cassandra Clare

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm looking forward to SuperFreakonomics

yadgirl said...

I'm trying to read Fedora 11, Server 2003 Inside Out(both textbooks), and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.