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Guest Author: Stacey Jay (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is author Stacey Jay.  The first book in her new urban fantasy series, Dead on Delta,  was just released on May 31, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Stacey here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first chapter of the book here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win two signed cover flats, and a second winner will receive a copy of DEAD ON THE DELTA.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

You can visit Stacey around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Welcome Stacey!

Lions, tigers, killer fairies, and ex boyfriends. Oh my!

by Stacey Jay

I like to write about scary things. I always have—whether it’s fictional zombies and murderous best friends or cultural anthropology papers about really old people having sex. (They do. They’re all sneaking in and out of each other’s rooms at the nursing home, dragging oxygen machines and smuggling condoms and dentures in their housecoats. How awesome is that? Go, old people. *makes note to be scary old woman prowling the nursing home in a leather bustier if I outlive the hubs*)

So, when I first had the idea for the world of “Dead on the Delta’s” killer fairies, I couldn’t wait to start writing. But I made myself, because I wanted these killer fairies to be really scary. First up, I made the fairy bites affect people in different ways—some die instantly, some go insane and have to be locked away in camps for the infected, others suffer very few side effects at all.

For me, that lack of predictability made the monsters even more frightening, and allowed reactions to the fairy threat to reveal things about the characters. Are they more afraid of dying or going insane? Are they still afraid, even if they are one of the lucky 5% to be immune to fairy venom? Do they find the loss of the people they love more terrifying than death itself? Or are they glad they scored a free pass and exploit the fear of others to make a quick buck?

I also made the fairies beautiful—with the exception of their flat, glassy eyes, and rows of shark like teeth—because it seems the human mind has a harder time dealing with horror when it comes wearing a pretty face. (Think of all the old horror movies with the precious child who’s the murderer, or even worse, the doll! *shudder, vows that nothing is scarier than a murderous doll. Except maybe a murderous clown. Or—gasp!—a murderous clown doll.* *grabs laptop and hides under tablecloth at mere thought of murderous clown dolls*).

I added in the iron gates surrounding the fairy-ridden southern towns for a hint of claustrophobia—always scary—and a new drug made out of fairy poo and highwaymen on the roads between iron-protected towns and I was feeling pretty good about the creep factor in my first adult urban fantasy.

So I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when the most traumatic scenes to write weren’t the ones where fairies were swarming or someone was about to get ripped to pieces. The hardest scenes to write were the ones when Annabelle’s ex-boyfriend unexpectedly shows up in town. It was a Nasty break-up. There are secrets. There is anger and sadness and Many Unresolved Things. And he’s brought another woman with him, one who holds Annabelle’s future in her hands.

Those were the scenes that had me hiding under the tablecloth with my laptop.

I guess I know now that I have a few things to learn about what’s scary. I’ve also learned that—should I someday gather the courage—there’s a really terrifying book about a murderous clown doll loose in a geriatric brothel just begging to be written.

Thanks so much to Angela for having me over to the blog! And thanks to her readers, as well. I hope you enjoy “Dead on the Delta.”

About the Book:

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year-old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win two signed cover flats, and a second winner will receive a copy of DEAD ON THE DELTA.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What’s scarier: Zombies or Killer Fairies?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Friday, June 17th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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30 Responses to “Guest Author: Stacey Jay (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    After reading that post I have to go with Killer Fairies. I love reading fresh and different stories. This is going on my wish list.

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  2. Kathryn RobertsNo Gravatar
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    Eww…I would have said Zombies, but if Killer Fairies are faster, then I’d say them =).

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  3. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Zombies! I would be hoping for the super hot deathly fairy. There have not been super hot zombies!
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    terilhack at gmail dot com

    ohh this has been on the TBR! I looks awesome. Thank you for the guest author.

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  4. CindyNo Gravatar
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    Killer Fairies I think; Zombies are slow and mindless (usually) so outrunning them or outsmarting them is easier…but trying to outrun something that flies?

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  5. vidishaNo Gravatar
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    Killer faries

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  6. VivienNo Gravatar
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    ZOMBIES!! ftw!
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    +3 spread here
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  7. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    Don’t know about scary but zombies really creep me out. +1
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  8. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I think zombies scare me a little more

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  9. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I’m sorry, I have to go with the Zombies! I can’t watch zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead etc. They gave me really bad dreams when I was a kid and apparently this has followed me into adulthood. Killer Fairies sound scary but Zombies ** shiver **. I would love to read Dead on the Delta, so count me in on the contest please! ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb +1 comment and +1 Blog follower.

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  10. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    Most certainly Zombies! Unless the faeries look like zombies! Flying Zombies would be the scariest.

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  11. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Zombies scare me more. According to most myths, they eat flesh, so that makes the person’s death slower. At least killer faeries kill quickly, I think

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  12. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    While zombies are scary, you should be able to outwit, or at least outrun them. Killer fairies on the other hand, might be harder to outwit or outrun, so I guess they’re scarier.

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  13. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    Killer fairies would be scarier because I think they’d be harder to get away from.
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  14. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    Killer fairies are scarier, because zombies aren’t usually very smart or fast.
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  15. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Oh I’ve been wanting to read this one!!!

    As for scarier… depends on the zombie, but overall, I’d say killer faerie would be worse. Their minds are quite sharp.

    I’m a gfc/twitter follower @BooksThings
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  16. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Well it depends on the type of zombie, but as a general rule they are stupid and slow. On the other hand fairies are cleaver and tend to be amused by messing with humans. So killer fairies? I can’t imagine much that’s scarier.

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  17. Van P.No Gravatar
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    Zombies! The thought of having a decaying body chasing you is pretty terrifying.

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  18. Pam S (pams00)No Gravatar
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    well if we are going by looks am saying zombies… however most zombies are depicted as slow and u can ofcourse spot them a lot easier. Unless you are invaded by a hoard then I’d think they could be pretty easily dodged or taken out. Killer Faeries on the other hand, I am guessing are a lot smaller and faster so might have probs avoiding them.

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  19. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Zombies, totally. They have the whole ick factor going for them.

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  20. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    Killer fairies are definitely scarier because you’d never guess something so beautiful could be out to get you. I follow you everywhere and retweeted the giveaway @freeman11246 so hopefully I have plenty of chances to win!! So excited about this series!!

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  21. Mallary MottNo Gravatar
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    I would have to say Zombies. I meean, at least the fairies are nice to look at. +1

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  22. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    I would have to say zombies are scarier. They have body partys falling off…and they want to eat your brains.

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  23. MirandaNo Gravatar
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    Zombies absolutely freak me out! I GFC follow you Miranda Grissom, Twitter.com/randa781

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  24. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    Wow…I think they would both be pretty scary, but I’ll say Killer Fairies because they are probably faster than Zombies.

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  25. shadowNo Gravatar
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    i would say zombies

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  26. Shehawah CollinNo Gravatar
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    totally killer fairies-because unlike zombies, they would play with us before killing us. altho zombies would prob eat us alive…. lOool

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  27. Elizabeth BancroftNo Gravatar
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    Both have major ick factors but killer fairies would be worse because we think of them as cute. Can you just imagine Tinker Bell with sharpened teeth and weapons. What a way to throw ice water on childhood fairytales.

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  28. RubyNo Gravatar
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    I’m gonna have to go with zombies. Then again, I hate zombies so it’s a no brainer for me.

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  29. MannaBNo Gravatar
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    I would have to go with killer faeries because they can fly and tend to be faster than zombies.

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  30. OrchidNo Gravatar
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    Killer faeries, without a doubt would be scarier to come across. :)

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