23
May

If you want a signed copy of Body & Soul or Queen of the Dead… 

I will be signing books in lots of places this summer, but mostly in the Midwest because that’s where I live. :) Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of territory uncovered.

However…the Barnes and Noble in Vernon Hills, IL has graciously offered to ship signed copies of Body & Soul and Queen of the Dead (paperback). Yay! Their only requirement, I believe, is that your billing address must match your shipping address.

To order, just give them a call: (847) 247-1157

I stop by there pretty regularly and will sign more stock as needed!

24
Apr

Chapter One
Alona

(SPOILERS AHEAD! STOP NOW if you haven’t read the previous two books! :D)

Malachi the Magnificent, Consultant to the Stars, had a storefront in a dingy, rundown strip mall between a sketchy-looking Laundromat and a closed-up nail salon with a big, bright orange health department sticker plastered on its door. It couldn’t have been less magnificent if he’d tried.

My heart sank. This was the guy we were going to for help on life and death matters?

I looked over at Will in the driver’s seat. “You’re kidding, right?”

"What’s wrong?" he asked, making the turn into the crumbling and pot-hole filled lot, which was—surprise, surprise—basically empty even on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon.

"Look at this place! It’s about six seconds from being raided by the police…or Health and Sanitation." I shuddered.

At least, Madame Selena had had her own building…about sixteen inches from the edge of the highway, but still. And she had a turban. Say what you will, but it certainly added an air of mystery to her, like what, exactly, she was hiding under it.

"Appearances can be deceiving." Will looked over at me pointedly.

I shoved her…my fine brown hair away from my eyes and glared at him. “Oh, ha, ha. Very funny.”

I’d been stuck inside Lily Turner’s body for almost a month now. My well-intentioned attempt as a spirit to simply borrow her body for the purposes of communicating with the living had backfired in a huge way. And now I had to pretend to be Lily. Or, try to, anyway.

I’m an expert at pretending. I spent a lot of years and even more effort convincing people that the perfectly put together and trouble-free Alona Dare they knew and seemingly loved was the real deal instead of a carefully crafted and maintained cover.

But being a whole other person—someone I’d never met—that was a stretch, even with my skills.

I’d read Lily’s diary—revoltingly full of naive gushing about Ben Rogers, barf—reviewed the contents of her pathetic closet, and dug into the depths of her medicine cabinet (cheap makeup in the wrong color palette and one bottle of expired antibiotics—boring).

But none of that told me how to be her, especially around her family. And I was failing…miserably. I didn’t know Lily’s favorite color, that she was allergic to strawberries (found that one out the hard way), or that she hated that old Backstreet Boys song “Everybody,” which her younger brother, Tyler, played over and over again just to bug her. I’d just tuned it out and chalked it up as another example of Tyler’s bad taste, in music this time instead of fashion.

Trauma and brain injury could explain away a lot, but not enough. The Turners had given me space in the beginning to “adjust,” but now, unsurprisingly, Mrs. Turner was pressing for more time, more interaction…just more from me.

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

On shelves May 1, 2012!

24
Apr

Body & Soul Celebratory Giveaway 

Body & Soul comes out next Tuesday, May 1. To celebrate, I’m posting a small excerpt (see my next post) and doing a giveaway.

For the giveaway, I can’t, unfortunately, give a copy of Body & Soul—I would be in SO much trouble for that as the book is not yet out. :D

BUT…here’s what I’m thinking. Lots of people are telling me they have been or will be re-reading The Ghost and the Goth and Queen of the Dead in preparation for book three.

I have one ARC left of each of these. :D And to sweeten the deal (depending your perspective, lol), I’ll go through each and add notes about behind-the-scenes stuff. I think this is affectionately known as “the director’s cut” of the book.

For example, did you know that the Prologue in The Ghost and The Goth did not originally exist? It was my brilliant editor’s suggestion and the opening is so much stronger with those few pages at the beginning. And Queen of the Dead was originally titled Princess Poltergeist.

And…I can’t give you a copy of Body & Soul, BUT I can give you a $20.00 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. ;)

So…

—“Director’s Cut” of The Ghost and The Goth

—“Director’s Cut” of Queen of the Dead

—$20.00 Barnes and Noble gift card

To enter, let’s keep it simple. Spread the word (politely and only on YOUR pages, please) online. :)

Twitter:

—Use the hashtag #bodyandsoul. The tweet doesn’t have to be about the book, though that would be lovely! :) (Don’t use the &. Twitter can’t handle punctuation in hashtags for some reason).

Facebook:

—Post about Body & Soul on your page and let me know on my FB page that you’ve done so. https://www.facebook.com/staceykade

Tumblr:

—Post about Body & Soul in whatever format you’d like (a quote, picture of the cover, etc.) Use the tags #bodyandsoul and #theghostandthegoth. (I’m not sure if there are other Body & Soul books, songs, etc. on Tumblr. Hence, the two hashtags).

Enter as many times as you’d like in whatever way you want. Just give me a way to find it. :) I’ll select one winner (by random number from total entries found) on Friday morning.

Sound good? :) And yep, it’s open to international folks if they want to join in.

Excerpt coming up next…

(Cross-posted at my blog on www.staceykade.com)

29
Mar

RT Booklovers Teen Day—April 14, Chicago, IL 

Just a quick reminder…on Saturday, April 14, more than 60 YA authors (including yours truly) will be gathering at the RT Booklovers Teen Day at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Come say hello! :)

There will be panels, prizes, free books, fun discussions, a giant party, and, more than likely, a good share of silliness! :D

Pssst…I WILL have early copies of BODY & SOUL (G&G3) for this event!

Details are here: http://www.rtconvention.com/teen-day

But in case you need further convincing, check out the amazing list of attending authors:

Jus Accardo

Ann Aguirre

Josephine Angelini

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Kelley Armstrong

Brodi Ashton

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Charlotte Bennardo

Franny Billingsley

Jenna Black

Rachel Caine

Ally Carter

Kiera Cass

Elizabeth Cheryl

Tera Lynn Childs

Cinda Chima

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Kristi Cook

Carey Corp

Kady Cross
  aka Kathryn Smith

Melissa De La Cruz

Tracy Deebs
  aka Tracy Wolff

Shannon Delany

Kimberly Derting

Bree Despain

Anne Elizabeth

Jennifer Estep

Kami Garcia

Cole Gibsen

David Macinnis Gill

Traci Hall

Cynthia Hand

Alyxandra Harvey

Jill Hathaway

Leanna Renee Hieber

Nancy Holder

Colleen Houck

Amalie Howard

Michele Jaffe

Sophie Jordan

Stacey Kade

Laura Kreitzer

Stephanie Kuehnert

Mary Lindsey

Mari Mancusi

Melissa Marr

Emily McKay
  aka Ivy Adams

Richelle Mead

Dawn Rae Miller

Saundra Mitchell

Alyson Noël

Erica O’Rourke

Jana Oliver

Stephanie Perkins

C. Allyn Pierson

Aprilynne Pike

Amy Plum

Sarah Rees Brennan

Beth Revis

Veronica Roth

Carrie Ryan

Suzanne Selfors

Kristen Simmons

Jeri Smith-Ready

Margaret Stohl

Rachel Vincent

Lacey Weatherford

Veronica Wolff

Natalie Zaman

So excited to be part of this incredible event and looking forward to meeting lots of new people! :D