December 27, 2012

Suspense: Young Ladies of Mystery @stacyjuba #rlfblog

Young Ladies of Mystery.

Stacy Juba, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your new release, the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set.
Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
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Publisher: Thunder Horse Press
Cover artist: Mark Juba (for the boxed set cover)
Length: 595 pages
Heat rating: Clean romance
Tagline: Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. 3 books in one download.
The Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set features Stacy's adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download:
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today - For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson's killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana's sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself.
Sink or Swim - How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real.
Dark Before Dawn - When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak "accidents" in town, Dawn has an important choice to make - continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
In Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Kris Langley is in her mid-twenties and is a newspaper editorial assistant, obit writer and aspiring reporter. One of her duties is compiling the 25 Years Ago Today column from the microfilm.
In Sink or Swim, Cassidy Novak is in her mid-twenties and works as a personal trainer for a health club. She is also a recent reality show contestant hoping to gain some income through endorsements.
Dawn Christian, the heroine of Dark Before Dawn, is a teenage psychic who gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor.


How did you get your start in the industry?
I wrote my first novel, a young adult book called Face-Off, during high school study halls when I was 16 years old. I entered it in a competition for teen writers and it won a publishing contract with a major New York publisher. This was an exciting experience for me, and it gave me the confidence to keep writing and submitting to publishers and agents.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
The publishing industry has changed so much since the early 1990s, when I was originally published. Now I have a web site and a blog, and am very active on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as with many author groups. The opportunity to network with readers and have access to all of this insider information about the publishing industry has given a big boost to my career. Also, the rise of e-books has had a tremendous impact on my career. Years ago, I remember thinking that it wouldn’t even be worth being published if they had electronic books someday, as I was tied to the concept of holding a printed book in my hand. Boy, was I wrong! The growth of e-books has allowed me to make a living as an author and I find e-books very enjoyable to read on an e-book device. It’s like a toy for book lovers. As a result of this e-book trend, I spend a great deal of my time targeting my marketing toward e-book consumers via social networking.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Luckily, I had the opportunity to change something about my first published book, my young adult hockey novel Face-Off. It was originally published in the early 1990s, and I recently brought it back into print and released digital editions. I deleted the names of some retired hockey players, as well as the names of music groups and TV shows and movies that today's kids wouldn't identify with. I'm now more careful about what real life details I add into a book, as I'm more aware that someday it will be out of date.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
It would definitely be to lighten up, go with the flow, laugh more, and take more time to relax!
What does "balance" mean to you as a writer?
It means balancing family, fiction-writing, marketing my books, and my freelance clients, while not overextending myself. This is challenging, but I am learning to take more time to exercise, read, and just "be."
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Since high school, I've worked in a drugstore, as a trainer and lifeguard at a health club, as a college writing tutor, as a newspaper editorial assistant, newspaper reporter, and as an administrative assistant, publicist and event organizer. I currently write and edit newsletters for a few freelance clients, in addition to being a full-time author.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I'd recommend Twenty-Five Years Ago Today as a starting point for someone who doesn't normally read mystery or romance novels. I've visited a few book clubs that read literary fiction, and not genre fiction, and they really enjoyed Twenty-Five Years Ago Today as it has a lot of discussion points for a book club. However, some of the members said they normally wouldn't have stumbled across it as it was in the mystery section and they don't usually read mystery novels.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I enjoy reading mystery novels, romantic suspense, sweet romance, romantic comedy, and occasional young adult novels.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I love Christmas, and the excitement of exchanging presents on Christmas morning. I also love the carols on the radio and driving by houses with Christmas lights. It's a nice time of year.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was kissing my husband in the living room of our then-apartment as the ball went down on the television.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I love to read, play Just Dance games on Wii, and take walks.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Yellow. I feel like yellow is a happy color, and I have it on several walls in my house. I also wear bracelets with yellow in it, to give me a lift.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Definitely ten-countries in ten days as I like to be on-the-go when I'm on vacation, though my goal is to become more laid back and less of a Type A personality!

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with green peppers and onions.
I'm always ready for a good book.
When I'm alone, I like to blast music very loud.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm very introverted.
If I had a halo it would be yellow and sparkly.
If I could win a million dollars I'd go for a massage every week.
I can never read enough books because it's one of my favorite things to do.

Previous Books

Adult: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim
Young adult: Dark Before Dawn; Face-Off
Anthology: 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back
Children's: The Flag Keeper; Teddy Bear Town Children's E-book Bundle
Stacy Juba

Books Coming Soon

Watch for a new romantic comedy in 2013, followed by some fun short story spin-offs for my books!

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  1. Excited to have you on the blog today Stacy. I've been offline nearly all day, so was glad to get on and say hello finally. I envy you having a boxed set of books to offer. Some day maybe...

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me, Kayelle! I was glad to have the opportunity to offer a boxed set. I think e-book bundles are a neat concept so that readers can enjoy more of an author's body of work without having to hunt down individual titles. I also have a children's boxed set in ebook and audio formats, The Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle, with two of the stories in it exclusive to the bundle. It's about as opposite from the Young Ladies of Mystery as you can get! Wishing all your readers a Happy New Year!


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