Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stacy Gail and Zero Factor

I feature guests with some regularity and all of them are special... but Stacy is SPECIAL (and I'm not using that as a euphemism, though as a double entendre it might not go amiss). You see... Stacy is one of my early Harry Potter friends. We've been friends since 2005, and from the very start we knew we were kindred spirits... a little too zany for many, certainly more gutter-minded... she says her laugh scares children, but to us grown ups, it is CRAZY infectious, even online. Never a dull moment. In fact I've been known to tell people Stacy is the only person I know more 'out there' than I am...

Ice-skating coach by day, Penguin always
In fall of 2006 I had a conference in Dallas, and I couldn't be so close without going the extra couple hours to meet up with Stacy (she lives in the Austin/San Antonio area). We met for dinner and she told me I HAD to write real books (I'd been writing fan fiction at the time). I confessed to my early couple chapters of my first book (there were more than three and less than ten at that point)... and she confessed to being a romance writer...

That sneaky sneak-o-penguin had not told ANY of us she wrote! She had had a very near miss heart break (book sold, the publisher was acquired, the new publisher didn't print it) and had given up sending them out, but had NOT given up writing...

So in many ways, Stacy and I began on this journey together—my only long time friend to HIT IT at almost the same exact time I did, which, if you have had anyone go through parallel motions and successes with you, you know is pretty cool... she'd been writing longer, but I had the chutzpah of a not-before-disappointed newbie... I wrote... I polished (in my cluenessness about what rewriting really meant) and then I dived into the social networking... and started chipping away at this.... THING... and encouraged HER to dive back in.

Stacy showing off my Austin hotel as birthplace of O Henry
This May I had a conference in Austin and got to meet with her again. MAN, we had fun--spent the whole day together, touring Austin and laughing—I blogged about it, if you don't remember...

Stacy is really a success story in alternative routes... She dived in on tweeting and learned stuff about 'calls for submission'... she has been writing so long that she was all over writing something to fit their parameters rather quickly—a new challenge... and she had success right away. Her editors at Samhain LOVE her—she has two novellas for them this fall and one for Carina, which is an imprint of Harlequin... the FIRST, part of an anthology, is an unusual genre—Cyberpunk Romance... It's called Zero Factor and comes out TODAY!!!!

So without further ado... one of my VERY favorite people on the planet (and that's saying a lot... I like people, for the most part), Wecome Stacy!

My First Book Release EVER! SQUEEE!

Thank you, Hart, for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today. You know, THE day. The ultimate kick-butt day of my entire life, otherwise known as… AUGUST 30th! YAY!

Okay, I can see you’re unimpressed, so I think I’d better ‘splain. For several months now, the mere thought of this fabulous date has landed me smack in the Depends undergarments aisle. Why, you ask? Because August 30th – TODAY – just happens to be my first-ever release day of ZERO FACTOR, a cyberpunk romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd!

Now can I have a yay? ^_^

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of sci-fi and alternate-reality fiction, so when I stumbled upon Samhain’s open-submissions call for a cyberpunk story, I was SO ready. I was going to do some gritty, acid rain-soaked world-building – a place where the sun never shines and your rugged leather combat-gear never gets a chance to dry out.

Yet somehow my story wound up in Vegas, or what’s left of it (I totally wrecked the place, heh). Go figure.

At least my main characters are wearing leather (after all, this IS a romance), but there’s no rain, acid or otherwise, but again that’s okay. A waterless wasteland where a meched-out soldier and genetically-altered woman can still find enough hope to build a future together was a perfect backdrop for the story I wanted to tell. Talk about a love that can endure anything, right? When you come right down to it, that’s what romance is all about.

ZERO FACTOR is one of three cyberpunk novellas released individually as ebooks by Samhain now. These three cyberpunk projects will then be released as part of a print anthology in July, 2012, under the name CYBERSHOCK (hope that makes sense). I’ve just received the cover art for the print release from my editor, but can’t show it off just yet (sorry). For now, I’m happy to share with you the cover art and blurb for ZERO FACTOR. Enjoy!

A Cybershock story.
Born a Psionic—a rare human prized by the government for her gifts—Agridome worker Via Brede lives by two simple rules: slip into stealth mode whenever the cybernetic-enhanced militia is near. And never remove the gloves that block her psychic ability.

During a routine delivery, a tear in her glove connects her with what should be her worst nightmare. A meched-out soldier with bulging muscles and a scarred face that makes her heart pound like a pneumatic drill. She also envisions his death in an attack that happens…now.

Locke’s typically ho-hum mission goes sideways when the stunning, green-eyed bubble farmer plants a sensual kiss that sets fire to every one of his remaining man-nerves. He also sees her vision. His own commander is about to kill him.

He needs Via to find out why. First step is to get her to Old Las Vegas—and do it without succumbing to a raw, sexual need that burns in him like fever. Getting there alive will be a snap. Getting her to trust him—and getting out alive—might be a little tougher.

Warning: This title contains mild violence, blow-your-mind Psionic sex, buns of steel (literally) and the usual hanky-panky at a bordello. Author is not responsible for side effects, including locked-and-loaded hunks taking your dreams by force.

Again, thanks so much to Hart Johnson for allowing me to bounce into her space for a bit any make myself comfy. And, ahem, if anyone is interested in picking up ZERO FACTOR, it’s now available at:

Samhain’s website
Barnes & Noble

Bio: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true. Ms. Gail is published with Samhain Publishing, Ltd, and Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, Carina Press. She also thinks she’s a penguin.

Tart Note:  She IS a penguin.  LOVE YOU STACY!!!

(Penguin art at top by Marissa Montano)


Christine Murray said...

Yay! Congrats Stacy!

Pk Hrezo said...

How fun! sounds super cool! Good luck, Stacy!!
And thanks for sharing this, Hart! adding it to my TBR list!

Cruella Collett said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay Stace-face! Congrats! :D

Jan Morrison said...

What a nice story about friendship and cool on ya, Stacy, have a great day!
On another note, I'm having problems commenting on Lee's site (tossing it out) Like you, I had to pull it off my sidebar and now I'm not allowed to make a comment. What the hey? Any suggestions...

Matthew MacNish said...

As you know, I'm not really into Romance, but color it Cyberpunk, and I can probably get down with that.

Besides, Stacy sounds pretty hilarious, thanks for sharing, Hart!

Laura said...

CONGRATULATIONS STACY!!! That is completely amazing... and now I'm off to buy a copy as a treat for me, as I've just finished my first draft of my first novel ever... you must be a lucky talisman or something.
Yay for you :)
Laura xxx

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks for the congrats, gang!

Jan-as to Lee-no clue--does he have an email link to let him know... it may be causing problem because he's in the midst of fixing?

Matt--romance isn't normally my thing either, but Stacy has enough humor and excitement that I love her stuff.

Laura-enjoy it!!!

Stacy Gail said...

@Christine -- hi, chickie! I'd forgotten, we did meet through the Naked Tart, didn't we? :P She knows all the cool kids in class, I tells ya. Thanks!

@PK -- I'm glad it sounds fun, because it was SO much fun to write!

@Cruella -- *tacklehugs* Next time, I'm putting in giraffes. Promise! <3

@Jan -- thank you so much, Jan, and it's wonderful to finally "meet" you! *waves frantically from Texas*

@Matthew -- does it help that my hardcore sci-fi/horror-loving brother was able to read ZERO FACTOR without eye-rolling over the kissy stuff? =D And YAY for cyberpunk! It doesn't get the mad love it should, does it? It's one of my favorite subgenres, but most peeps go all blank-eyed when I start talking about it. They're so missing out. *sigh*

@Laura -- whoa, whoa, WHOA, young lady! You can't just drop a bombshell like you just finished GIVING BIRTH to your first-ever novel, then toddle off like that. You have to SHARE, mainly because I'm nosy. What do you write? How long have you been writing? Do you have a place to send your baby off to, or are you a self-pub peep? (as your hard-working talisman, I have to know these things)
Oh, and thank you so much for the kind words! It's definitely an exciting day!

@Hart -- THANK YOU so much for letting me guest on your blog, sweetie! I'll be bouncing in and out today, so be prepared for my drive-by goofiness. :P Oh, and P.S. You should know that no one is letting me streak in celebration. Me = Sad. :(

Alison said...

I am a fool for cyber punk fiction and dystopian worlds, so I shall be picking up this book for certain. Thanks so much for putting up this guest host (guest penguin.)

Talli Roland said...

Congrats to Stacy! Yay for fab friends! Sorry for the inane comment! I've been drinking vodka!

Stacy Gail said...

@Alison -- Hi, fellow futuristic junkie! I feel like we should have some sort super-sekrit handshake, or something. ^_^ And high-fives on your easy acceptance of my penguin-ness. So many people judge me harshly for that *cries penguin tears* :D

@Talli -- Yay for vodka-fueled comments! They (like vodka) are always full of awesome. :P

Thanks for the comments, y'all! I'll be back (no, this is not a threat).

Clarissa Draper said...

What an awesome blogger. I would so love to visit blogging buddies of mine. I live about five hours from San Antonio but it's across the border into Mexico.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a cool read, Stacy - congratulations!

Helena said...

What a great day for you, Stacy, and your blurb is sensational. I am so gonna read this book!

Old Kitty said...

I've found a new NAKED word(s) "meched-out"! Yay!!!!

Good luck Stacy!!

Take care

Michael Offutt said...

Samhain is an awesome publisher. I'm gonna have to check out this book. And btw Hart...everyone writes. 2 in 10 are not writers...that means 80% of the world writes. Yeah.

Hart Johnson said...

Alison-they're awesome genres, eh?

Talli *snort* rum for me...

Clarissa-isn't she fabulous!?

Alex-she Clarissa's note... erm.

Helena-she did that well,didn't she?

Jenny-yeah, I know lots of word-maker-uppers... come to think of it, there needs to be a word for that...

Michael- erm... what? Have you caught me in a goof i forgot I made?

Stacy Gail said...

@Clarissa -- Hart Johnson Is. A. GODDESS. :) I came to that conclusion when I first met her online and she somehow got me into a cyber-pudding wrestling match while discussing the intricacies of Severus Snape's unusual psycholgical pathology. I've adored her ever since! ^_^

@Alex -- Hi, Alex! Forgive me if I'm wrong, but are you a sci-fi writer? I know I've heard of you, and I think I've seen you floating around here somewhere (but if I'm wrong, sorry about that. In all honesty, I'm pretty much used to living in a perpetual state of wrongness, so it doesn't faze me a bit :P) Thanks so much for the kind words, and I hope to see you floating by some time!

@Helena -- *cries* I'm SO happy you like the blurb! I took about a week to write that sucker, only to have Samhain's editorial department take their Edward Scissorhands to it (and admittedly made it WAY better, but still... *sniffle*). I hope you enjoy ZERO FACTOR! :)

@Kitty -- Ha! You have no idea how much I giggled over the "buns of steel -- literally" line. And of COURSE those buns wind up naked. The naked Tart wouldn't have it any other way. (Oh, and about made-up words... Gulbaria. That is all. *waves at Her Tartness*)

@Michael -- Samhain is GREAT. Yes, they get the "recommended" nod from Editors and Preditors, but even more than that (at least for me) is that their NYT best-selling authors keep coming back to them -- Maya Banks, Ilona Andrews, Shelli Stevens. Just today, I shared my release day with none other than Lauren Dane, who started a new series at Samhain, when she could go ANYWHERE. I have to admit, I'm so star-struck I can hardly manage to pick my jaw up off the ground. :)

*tacklehugs Hart* You were right, Tamkini -- your people are outstanding. Thank you so much for allowing me to talk a bit about ZERO FACTOR!

Hart Johnson said...

*preens* MY people! erm... but note that they love you! And they really are fabulous. I LOVE my people!!!

Ciara said...

Congratulations, Stacy. Sounds like a great read!

Ketutar said...

Dito :-) Yay! and congratulations :-) It sounds... not steamy... steam and electronics don't go well together. Bah. Now *I* sound all kinds of things I don't want to sound :-D

Stacy Gail said...

Thanks, guys! And Ketutar, I think we might be related. That totally sounded like something I would say! =D

Helena said...

What a fab lady you sound like, Stacy! Here's to your success as I add your book to my reading list...and as I totter off to find some liquor for a toast.