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Stacia Kane

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Stacia Kane is the author of the light-hearted romantic urban fantasy "Megan Chase" series starting with PERSONAL DEMONS.

She currently writes the gritty dystopian urban fantasy "Downside" series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass '69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.

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Yes, yes. It’s been a crazy year for me (for all of us), and it has absolutely flown. I’ve driven back and forth between here (DFW) and Atlanta four times in the last six months (twice by myself) to deal with some family issues, I’ve had some very optimistic and exciting plans crushed, I’ve had a few good things work out, I’ve had a (thankfully fairly brief) recurrence of the depression bug, I sli

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Unholy Ghosts (Downside Gho...

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Unholy Magic (Downside Ghos...

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City of Ghosts (Downside Gh...

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Sacrificial Magic (Downside...

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Chasing Magic (Downside Gho...

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Personal Demons (Megan Chas...

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Home (Downside Ghosts, #3.6)

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Wrong Ways Down (Downside G...

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Finding Magic (Downside Gho...

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Demon Inside (Megan Chase, #2)

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Unholy Ghosts Unholy Magic City of Ghosts Sacrificial Magic Chasing Magic
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“Readers have the right to say whatever the fuck they want about a book. Period. They have that right. If they hate the book because the MC says the word “delicious” and the reader believes it’s the Devil’s word and only evil people use it, they can shout from the rooftops “This book is shit and don’t read it” if they want. If they want to write a review entirely about how much they hate the cover, they can if they want. If they want to make their review all about how their dog Foot Foot especially loved to pee on that particular book, they can."

[Blog entry, January 9, 2012]”
Stacia Kane

“NO reader has ANY obligation to an author, whether it be to leave a review or to write a "constructive" one. I put out a product. You are consumers of that product. Since when does that mean you have to kiss my ass? Hey, I like Pop-Tarts and eat them a few times a year; since when does that mean I'm obligated to support Kellogg's in any way except legally purchasing the Pop-Tarts before I eat them? I wasn't aware that purchasing and consuming a product meant I was under some sort of fucking thrall in which I'm only allowed to either praise the Pop-Tart (which to be honest isn't hard, especially the S'mores flavor) or, if I am going to criticize a flavor, offer a specific and detailed analysis as to why, phrased in as inoffensive and gentle a manner as possible so as not to upset the gentle people at Kellogg's."

[Something in the Water? (blog post; January 9, 2012)]”
Stacia Kane

“You know I do, aye? Love you right, Chessiebomb.”
Stacia Kane, City of Ghosts


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25x33 Q&A with Stacia Kane — 121 members — last activity Dec 24, 2013 10:17AM
Goodreads Author Stacia Kane will discuss all things Downside from March 20th - April 17, 2012.
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message 15: by Elena

Elena Stacia, I just had to tell you how much I love this series! Chess and Terrible (especially Terrible!) are among my favorite characters ever.... I love that they are not your typical leading characters, but flawed and real. I am so sad that I just finished Chasing Magic, and now have to wait for the next one :(

message 13: by PageTurner (last edited Sep 23, 2014 09:04PM)

PageTurner Stacia, thanks for adding me as a friend! Your Downside Ghosts series is a work of art...by far my favorite UF series EVER!

message 12: by Kim

Kim  *Mo Chridhe* Hi Stacia! I just finished Chasing Magic last night. I loved it so much! I hope you continue writing Downside. I don't think I'll ever get enough of it. I know they're fictional but I care so much about Chess and Terribe. I think this will be a long book hangover.

message 11: by Maggie

Maggie Ms. Kane, I cannot tell you how pleased I am to find a punk author. Your Downside series is among my favorites. Anyone who puts The Stooges in their books is my hero. :)

Derrolyn Anderson You're awesome. Just the name "Foot Foot" alone...LOL XD

Sarah (SB) ღ Hey! Happy (late) Birthday! Did you make your own cake?

Jypsel You are wonderful and I adore you.

Georges Kariotis ......................................... Hi Stacia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your friendship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

message 6: by a

a I love your attitude about reviews so much that I just bought everything of yours that I could off Amazon in one fell swoop.

message 5: by Lisa

Lisa Happy Birthday Stacia!!

message 4: by Lisa

Lisa I recommended your Downside Ghost series to my favorite local book store...today after lunch I was happy to see your books are on display! :~)

message 3: by Lisa

Lisa just ordered the first Megan Chase! I have a feeling I'm going to be re-reading my Downsides again. I can't stop comparing each book to them. :) This is a good thing, except the waiting for #4 will seem long!
Have a great week.

Stacia Kane Lisa wrote: "Just finished City of Ghosts! Wow! I love your writing style. I love Chess, Terrible and Lex. I am so happy to have found this series and your books! Look forward to finding more! Have a fantastic ..."

Thanks Lisa! You too. :-)

message 1: by Lisa

Lisa Just finished City of Ghosts! Wow! I love your writing style. I love Chess, Terrible and Lex. I am so happy to have found this series and your books! Look forward to finding more! Have a fantastic weekend!

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