Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Guest Author: Stacey Jay + Giveaway!

Stacey Jay has been kind enough to stop by Reading with Tequila, along with her character Karen Vera, to tell us about zombie romance.

Romance for Zombies:

It’s a common misconception that zombies are totally gross, brain-munching, rotted-skinned freaks who couldn’t care less about things like love and romance. So not true!!

Hello, my name is Karen Vera. As a freshman at DEAD High—a top secret school for zombies, which isn’t so top secret now that my book MY SO CALLED DEATH has hit the stands—and a recent acquirer of my very first boyfriend (also a zombie, like me), I know a thing or two about love and dead people and I’m here to assure you that the two are NOT mutually exclusive.

Now I know you’re probably saying: “But, Karen, ew. That’s still so gross. Who would want to kiss a dead person, even if you are, yourself, a dead person?”

Aha! But you’re missing the point! We’re not dead. We’re undead. There happen to be some very big differences between the two; let me show you them:
  1. Aside from very pale, cool skin and dark under-eye circles—which are easily concealed with a good base, I recommend the Mac kind that comes in the little pot, applied with a horse hair brush—zombies look and feel like people. Our diet of brains (Animal only! Don’t freak!) works a kind of magic in our undead flesh, keeping us looking very human to the untrained eye.
  2. Zombies have feelings too. Sometimes we have even MORE feelings. Can you imagine dealing with the fact that you have to eat brains for the rest of your life, and that you could potentially outlive your entire family if you don’t get taken out by some supernatural zombie hunter first? Just the fact that there are supernatural zombie hunters out there alone is enough to whip up a big batch of angst. So yeah, we zombies feel stuff. We can cry too, normal, salty human tears, not the creepy, bloody vampire kind. So hug a zombie today if you get the chance. We won’t bite…usually.
  3. Speaking of biting, only bad, black-magically raised zombies consider humans a food source. A normal Death Challenged individual would never think of a Breather as meal. In contrast, ALL vampires think of humans as food and you people don’t seem to have a problem thinking of them as romantic heroes.
  4. Dead guys can be really cute. Take my boyfriend for example: totally cute. With a precious little dimple and big blue eyes and manly, swimmer’s shoulders and…well, you get the idea. (Okay, I’m blushing a little. Yes, zombies can blush too!)
In conclusion, I would like to add that love and romance are powerful forces of the universe that know no boundaries. It’s not like dead people are dogs and cats. We’re all still people, whether we breathe or are able to metabolize dairy foods or not. (Zombies can’t eat milk. We’re allergic.)

Join me next time, when I’ll be discussing why it’s okay for a zombie to be on team unicorn, and the reasons sparkles should NOT be considering a dying trend!

Best in life and death,

Karen Vera

About the Author

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.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very, very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and dancing like a total freak who all but the coolest of her friends are embarrassed to be seen with. You can write her email if you want. She’ll do her best to answer in a timely fashion and tell you thanks for reading.

About the Book

Just because you don't have a pulse doesn't mean you can't be perky.
One second, freshman Karen Vera's on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she's lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she's a genetically undead zombie.

Soon, Karen is sent off to DEAD High, a boarding school for the "death-challenged," and her non-life is suddenly an epic disaster. She's stuck with a greasy-haired, wannabe-Goth roommate who hates her guts. She's chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a dark ritual . . . and it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen's non-beating heart flutter!

As more brains are stolen—including her best friend's—Karen tracks down the brain snatcher to save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Stacey Jay's website
My So Called Death at Indiebound
My So Called Death at Amazon
About the Giveaway

The fantastic Stacey has offered to send one lucky reader a copy of My So Called Death!

Deadline for entry is Monday, March 15 at 11:59pm EST. US & Canada only.

To enter, leave a message for Stacey!

Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winner.

Stacey's going to be popping in today to see your responses, so feel free to be chatty!


  1. Your book looks great. Please count me in.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  2. Don't enter me; just wanted to say that I loved this guest post! Hilarious! I'm sure that the undead do have feelings, too! :-)

  3. Please enter me in this contest. This book looks really good and I would love a chance to own it.

    Thank You!


  4. this sounds funny, would love to read!


  5. This book looks hilarious! I know you probably get this asked a lot, but I'm wondering where you got the idea for the book? I've never read a book quite like this.

    Please enter me in the contest! I'd love to read and review this book on my blog.


  6. Great post. Congrats on the release!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  7. Yay! I love reading books with zombies! Sounds like a great read. Congrats on the release!

    pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

  8. I would love to read this book. It looks like a great book!! My email is bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  9. Your book sounds really good. It's nice to see a paranormal novel for teens that isn't all about vampires.


  10. It sounds like a crazy story! Can't wait to read it. The cover seems to match the synopsis perfectly.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  11. "4.Dead guys can be really cute" LOL. Great guest post - very witty writing!


  12. Sound like a great read!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  13. This book sounds like a lot of fun!


  14. Here's my message for Stacey Jay... What does Team Zombie truly think of Team Unicorn??


  15. Stacey Jay, I loved your post. You sound very cool so your books must be great. You go girl. Thanks for stopping by today.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  16. love the positive spin on zombies. i'm so curious to see what kind of world is presented in this book.
    vvb32 at yahoo.com

  17. A teen zombie romance?! Count me in!!


    Tara SG - 25hourbooks.com

  18. This book looks amazing! Please enter me into this lovely contest. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile. :)


  19. Bring on the zombies. I'm pretty burned out on vampires. Great post!


  20. I love Zombies, and I loved You're So Undead To Me. (: My So Called Death sounds great! (:

  21. This sounds awesome! What a cool giveaway! I would love to read this book!


  22. I would love to win this book, it sounds really good!


  23. I want to read this!!


  24. I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  25. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    This looks like a cool one.

  26. This book looks amazing. I seriously need to read it.


  27. Please include me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. I always wanted to read Stacey's books but never got around to it!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  29. Great post, I'd really like to learn about zombies and have my preconceived ideas turned around! Although I'm in the UK, I have a US address so I'm hoping you will enter me! Thanks :)

  30. I would LOVE to win this!
    The cover is SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! I LOVE it!!!!



  31. Ok I have to say that, that blog post was awesome! The character sounds soooooo awesome! :D I love it!

    leslie-lv at hotmail dot com

  32. This Book looks like a lot of fun! Would love to win it!