This is the cover art I designed for S.L. Stacy. I think it turned out great, don’t you? I’m not sure when she’s releasing Retribution, but it’s fun sharing my artwork. A lot of my book cover designs I can’t. Relapse is my favorite cover, but Retribution and Reborn are tied for second.
If you’re looking for a designer to create your book cover, hit me up! I’m taking commissions.
Here’s a link to the book’s info page on Goodreads.
While going through old posts and cleaning up the site, I realized I didn’t do an “official” author interview with S.L. Stacy here! I interviewed her on a radio show I co-hosted with Tricia Andersen about seven years ago, but that doesn’t count.
S.L’s written a stack of books. I’m proud of how far she’s come since I met her. I think we’ve been friends for about nine years, give or take a year, and I did the cover art for her Reborn Series. I’ve seen her go from working on her first draft of Reborn, to becoming a best-selling author. It’s fun to see your writer friends become big-time authors! I love it!
I’m excited to interview her and let you all meet her. I’ve featured her in a few of my posts, so maybe you know a little about her. And besides being a talented author, Dr. Stacy is a scientist. How cool is that?
If you like my books, I think you’ll like hers. Hop over to Amazon and check them out. Reborn is FREE to download right now, so snag your copy HERE.
– H.N. Sieverding
Let’s Meet Author S.L. Stacy!
Author Bio: S.L. Stacy is the author of the Amazon bestselling Reborn series, including the novels Reborn, Relapse, and Reclaim, and two novellas, Revenge and Rectify. Her stories blend the allure of paranormal romance with the adventure of science fiction, but she prefers more nuanced endings over the straightforward HEA. She loves dark, tragic antiheroes, a la Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries) and Julian (The Forbidden Game). Her favorite authors include L.J. Smith, Karen Marie Moning, J.K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card, Kelly Creagh, Cassandra Clare, and Sarah J. Maas. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the Reborn series (when she isn’t watching Riverdale).
What genre do you write and why? I write romantic fantasy and urban fantasy. I used to call it paranormal romance, but fans of that genre have certain expectations about the book formula and ending. Which is absolutely fine! I just don’t always like following those formulas, haha. I write in these genres because I enjoy mixing old myths with our modern world.
What is the best review you’ve ever gotten? This isn’t a specific review, but a few times I’ve had readers tell me they don’t normally read fantasy or paranormal books, but they like mine. I always enjoy hearing that!
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? My advice is to just write—get that first draft down and don’t worry about how bad it is, lol. Keep writing, get the words down—you can fix it later.
Do you outline your stories? I usually write a basic outline. I often know the beginning, the middle, and how it ends, but not exactly how the characters will get there. And sometimes they surprise me! At the end of the day, though, the characters are in charge, and I’m just along for the ride. Maybe that sounds a bit weird, lol, but it’s true.
Are you working on any new books right now? I am writing the fourth (and final) installment of my Reborn series. It’s tentatively called Retribution. I’m not sure if that will change, but it might!
This is an excerpt from my WIP, Retribution (Reborn #4), so it might be a little rough. Most of the time, my main characters—Siobhan and Jasper—are involved in some pretty epic drama, but this is more of a silly moment between them.
“Siobhan?” Jasper raps on the bathroom door, his tone hesitant. “You okay in there?”
“Yeah, sorry,” I tell him, toweling my hair dry. “Be out in a sec.”
“No worries. You’ve just been in there for a while. Thought you drowned or something.”
“Ha, ha.” Lowering the towel, I study myself in the mirror. My hair falls around my face in wet, dark clumps. Taking my comb, I start to gently pick apart the tangles.
Once the strands fall straight and smooth once again, I feel like I can properly assess the dye job. Yep. While Jasper was sleeping in, I spent the morning dying my blonde hair black.
It’s a drastic change, to say the least. When I bought the box of Onyx hair dye at the pharmacy yesterday, I hadn’t completely thought it through. I’m not sure how much effort I’m willing to put into maintenance once my roots start showing. And I don’t even want to think about what I’m going to have to do to get rid of it if I get sick of it. For now, though, I’m kind of liking it. Sure, with my pale skin I resemble a very washed out vampire, but it’s striking. Dramatic. Dark, like my mood.
I set the comb on the sink and emerge from Jasper’s bathroom.
He’s sitting on the bed, scrolling through something on his phone. “Finally,” he says, glancing up with a smile before his eyes return to the screen. “I’ve had to pee for hours.” I see him stiffen, his head slowly lifting to look at me again in that did-I-just-see-what-I-think-did way. For a few moments, he studies me silently, midnight blue eyes wide.
“Your hair,” he finally says after a while. “It’s…different.”
Smiling, I run a hand over the still damp strands. “Do you like it?”
“I…yes. Yes, I do.” He rubs his chin, seeming to choose his next words carefully. “I do, but it threw me off guard. I wasn’t expecting you to go into the bathroom a blonde and come out a Morticia Addams.”
I laugh, coming to sit on the edge of the bed. “You know about the Addams family?”
“I’m not as completely pop culture illiterate as you think I am.” Reaching over, he traces the side of my face, tucking a section of hair behind my ear. “I do like it. It’s hot.”
“Really.” Gathering me close to him, he captures my mouth in a gentle but urgent kiss. It pours all the way through me like a shot of espresso, warming me all the way to my toes. Too quickly, he pulls away.
“As much as I want to follow up on that kiss,” he says, getting up from the bed, “I’d better grab a shower while it’s still available. You might go back in and come out with a buzz cut.”
“I wouldn’t get a buzz cut,” I call after him. “I’d just shave it all off. Go full Britney 2007.”
I’m excited to introduce Verona Wolves, my September release! Fans of Black Kat begged me for another hockey novel, so here it is!
Verona Wolves is a Sport’s Comedy, so it’s nothing heavy like my horror/romance series like CK and Nightwalkers. But unlike Black Kat, this series has cruder humor and comes with a warning label in the blurb. There is A LOT of swear words and dirty jokes in it, so I felt it necessary. But it has the same light mood as Black Kat.
Below are the blurb and specs for the book. There’s a sequel, but we’ll throw that one’s name out there after this wolf gets its claws in.
Verona Wolves: Firebird Series Book #1
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Genre: Sports (hockey), Comedy
Word Count: 68 K
Book Blurb: (Warning: Contains profanity, crude humor, and adult situations) When an accident takes the lives of her mother and step-father, Sophie moves to Verona to care for her brother, Christopher. Sophie struggles to connect with him, but can’t find common ground. Obsessed with anything hockey, its Christopher’s greatest passion and will help her get closer to him. She finds an ally in Firebird Callahan, the loud-mouthed center for the Verona Wolves. Not only does Callahan school her on hockey, he gives her the cringe-worthy nickname, Mistletoe.
In the beginning, I referred to this project as “Mistletoe”, and it was supposed to be a novella. I changed the storyline in the spring and rewrote it into a series. The temporary title didn’t fit, so I went with Callahan’s team name, the Verona Wolves. FYI: Mistletoe is the nickname Callahan gives Sophie after she falls for his mistletoe prank. The other Wolves call her that, though they shorten it to “Missy”.
Below is an excerpt from the book. I picked a tame one from the beginning to introduce the series. There are better ones, but you must buy the book to read those. Check out the series Facebook page to see teaser quotes from Verona Wolves.
“Just so you know,” he gave his answer with a chuckle. “All the city stuff is at the rink across the street.” He pointed to his right. “This is the Wolves arena, so technically, you’re not supposed to be in here. I don’t even know how you got in here without a key.”
-Hunter “Firebird” Callahan
Verona Wolves Ice Arena
When Sophie opened the door to the main arena, she peeked inside. They dimmed the lights, and a Zamboni made runs over the ice.
Massive, the stands held thousands, and they covered the walls with screens and advertisements.
Sighing, she realized this wasn’t the place. This was the arena for the Verona Wolves, a team part of World League Hockey.
Annoyed with herself, she backtracked.
There must be a hallway leading to the public rink. The ramp’s directions led her here and there wasn’t another rink on the street, so it was close.
Frustrated and fretting about not getting to Christopher in time, she trotted through the halls searching for it.
Weighted down, she toted a bag with her tablet and work materials in it, a zip-up hoodie over her arm, and Christopher’s hockey stick. She wore Christopher’s Pup’s T-shirt, but it was tighter than she predicted, and her amble breasts stretched the logo.
The long necklaces and bangles she wore didn’t match her casual shirt, and either did her black jeggings and tall boots.
When she fled the house, she took off her blouse and forced the tee over her tank. It was a splendid idea to cheer him on, but now she wished she didn’t do it. She looked silly.
Her phone sounded off with a text.
Sophie tucked the stick under her arm to read the note from her boss. Distracted, her attention glued to her cell as she typed and walked to her destination. She banged into the wall a few times, and paused near an intersection to complete it.
Sophie tried to finish fast and concentrate on finding Christopher. She didn’t have time for this, and it showed in her stiff jaw and thinned lips.
A man dashed around the corner and knocked into her. The impact slammed her into the concrete wall.
Shrieking when she landed on her brother’s stick, Sophie’s back burned. She gritted her teeth as she hissed, pain running down her spine.
She dropped the stick, and it fell to the floor.
The man startled and ripped off his headphones. He held a phone, and it appeared to be an accident.
“Fuck, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you.” Apologetic, he spoke with a quick tongue.
He slung a duffle bag over his shoulder and wore a tight black long-sleeved shirt and loose track pants.
“You all right?” He shoved his earphones and cell into his sack.
“What are you composed of? Concrete?” Sophie pressed her lips together, her jaw rigid as she groaned and rubbed her back.
She spoke under her breath in Italian, “Hard as rock.”
As she readjusted the strap on her bag over her shoulder, she checked the floor for the stick.
“Shit, I’m told.” He smoothed his wet reddish-blond hair as he sought to make a joke.
When she went for the stick, he swept it up before she did.
“Must be coprolite, because it really hurt,” she replied in a whiney tone as she ripped the hockey stick from him with a swift hand.
“Corpro what?” Still in a stupor, he gawked at her with a vacant expression.
I went to the I.O.W.A (Imagine Other Worlds with Authors) event yesterday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I originally went to see a friend (Author Tricia Andersen), but also wanted to see the other authors.
The only issue I had with it was that it was hard to find the authors because they were so scattered. I think they could’ve benefited to having their very own area where they all congregated. Otherwise, it was an nice little event and I had fun attending.
While there, I also got to see my biggest, and most in-depth design I ever did, too. It was the life-size poster of Max from Breaking the Cycle. Though the books in the series now have new covers, Tricia put it up at the event so I could see it. I thought that was sweet of her.
Very neat thing to see my design in the “flesh”. This design was my hardest to date. A lot of work went into this design because it lost a lot of detail when blown up. I think I repainted/blended every inch of that man by hand in PS. So, it’s actually a digital painting, which is why it turned out with such a painterly effect. I think if anyone else but Tricia asked me to do a project like this, I would’ve said no.
Anyway, gripes aside, I’m attached to the design because of all the added work that went into it. If she ever has to ditch it because of it’s new cover, I’ll take it. Though….I’m sure the cover model we used for it might “fight” me for it. Yeah…sorry, bad MMA joke.
I’ve never been to this kind of event, but it’s super close to where I live, so I’ll be checking it out. I’m not a featured author, but I’ll be there 😉
If you’re close by, you should stop and check it out, too. I’m going to visit Tricia Andersen’s booth because she’s one of my besties. She’s supposed to bring the life size Max that I designed for her, which I’m excited to see. It’s the first thing I’ve designed on that big of a scale, so it’s kinda like a baby to me.
If you’re there and you want me to stop by and say hi, just shoot me a message!
Here is the cover for S.L. Stacy’s upcoming novel, Reclaim, the third book in the Reborn series. It’s release date is October 25th 2016. You all had to wait until today to see it, but I’m so special I got to see it BEFORE S.L. did. Yeah…designer privilege lol. I designed all three book covers for the series. S.L. is a great person to work with, as well as a wonderful friend and writer. So…mark your calendars for this book’s release!
Carly just lost the last week of her life trapped in Pandora, the space between universes. Most of it was spent navigating an illusion created by her only companion, Dolos, the god of trickery. Even so, the time Carly spent there changed her. She fell in love. She’s more fearless and more determined than ever to leave the darkest parts of her past behind. And she’s learned that, sometimes, family is the one you make for yourself, like the one she’s found at Gamma Lambda Phi.
But a lot can happen in one week, and Carly returns to a sorority in jeopardy. A curse has been placed on her sisters, and it’s up to her to break it. With the Gammas out of commission, Eric’s halfling army is plotting something big, and Carly and her sisters are the only ones who can stop them. To make matters worse, Dolos is working for the bad guys and up to his old tricks.
Time is running out, but the antidote for the curse is proving impossible to find. To save her sisters and stop Eric’s army, Carly has some tough choices to make. But will she choose duty and sisterhood, or the kind of passion that comes around only once in a lifetime?
October’s a long ways away, so in the meantime, go check out the rest of the books in the series to get prepared! Reborn and Relapse. You can find them on Amazon!
Stop by S.L.’s website for more information on this author. https://www.facebook.com/TheUrgeToWrite/
Today, I’ve asked my panel of published authors the question, “What is your most effective social media platform?”
“WordPress is most effective for people to read samples of your work and get a real idea of what you write, why you write, and how you write. Twitter is most effective for getting quick attention and saying, “Hi. I have a book. Would you please read it? Thanks!”
“Facebook, with WordPress as a close second.”
“WordPress. FB would be my second choice.”
“Facebook because I cheat. When I post on Facebook it also posts on Twitter. I kill two birds with one stone.”
“I’ve found Facebook, don’t over post there otherwise you will drive perspective readers away, and Twitter to be the best. Also doing radio interviews and blogs.”
“(facebook, twitter, wordpress, etc) Facebook, for allowing communication with readers and friends of course, although WordPress is a great tool for allowing you to improve your writing craft and connect with other writers who in some cases also become wonderfully dear friends.”