Please welcome today’s guest, Stacy Juba. She’s sharing the moments that changed her life and her latest release, Fooling Around with Cinderella…
10 Moments That Changed My Life
- Receiving a telegram notifying me that I had won a competition and my young adult novel Face-Off would be published by a NY publisher. I was an 18-year-old college student. This success convinced me that I wanted to stick with writing, after a brief break from it.
- Accepting a job as editorial assistant at a newspaper where I soon met my future husband. (a sportswriter) One of my tasks was compiling 25 Years Ago Today items from the microfilm, which later inspired me to write my first mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. This job also launched my reporting and freelance writing career.
- Going on the first date with my future husband. We went to see the movie Volcano and out to dinner, and talked until past 1 a.m.
- Saying yes when he proposed to me less than a year later on a trip to Disney World.
- The birth of my first child and becoming a mother. This was a huge, and wonderful, life change!
- The birth of my second child. Another wonderful moment!
- Receiving an offer for Twenty-Five Years Ago Today from Mainly Murder Press. This inspired me to launch a web site and jump full force into the publishing waters.
- Having my child diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 6. This changed the lives of everyone in our family, but we learned how strong we are.
- Getting a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) which alarms for low and high blood sugars and shows whether blood sugar is steady or trending up or down. This was a diabetes game-changer – like flying with radar rather than flying blind.
- Going to a theme park and getting the idea for Fooling Around With Cinderella, and ultimately the Storybook Valley series. After years of writing mysteries and young adult, I branched out to chick lit and sweet romance.
Wow, interesting life you’ve led. I can’t imagine what it felt like to learn your child had such a disease. I love that you’ve written so many genres. I have never tried my hand at chick lit, but I think it would be fun. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
And now, check out Stacy’s book. Isn’t that cover fabulous? And, guess what? She’s giving away a free Smashwords or Audible copy of her mystery, Sink or Swim. Winner will be drawn on December 12th. All you have to do to enter is answer this question from Stacy in the comments:
What is your favorite amusement park ride?
Blurb – What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.
Excerpt – Jaine Andersen couldn’t stop staring at the framed poster of Cinderella outside the castle. Cylindrical towers and turrets ascended into the sapphire sky, lofty mountains rising in the background. Her hand poised in an elegant wave, Cinderella beamed toward the camera. Ornate script flowed across the right side of the glossy photograph.
“Follow your heart, dream big, and you will find the magic.”
“Okay, Jaine, time to find the magic,” she mumbled, shifting in her seat.
“Interesting. What magic are you hoping to find?” a masculine voice asked behind her.
The kind that erases someone’s memory and lets you start over? Nice going, Jaine.
Squirming, Jaine clutched the black leather portfolio case in her lap as Dylan Callahan closed his office door. He sat down at a battered desk strewn with papers, her eyes tracking his every movement. Forget Cinderella’s stirring quote. Now Jaine couldn’t tear her gaze off the hot guy conducting her interview. The blond hair ruffled across his forehead made him resemble a Venice Beach surfer, not the general manager of a family theme park.
Winter sports seemed his thing though, considering the posters flanking Cinderella. In one, a skier whipped down a powdery slope while the other showed a snowboarder in mid-air. Inspirational words stretched across the bottom of each print: Goal-Setting for the skier and Persistence for the snowboarder.
To nail this interview, Jaine needed to demonstrate her prowess in both areas. And show that she wasn’t some weirdo who talked to herself.
She recovered her voice. “Actually, I’m hoping to help your company find some marketing magic. Uh, thank you for inviting me in.” Jaine toed her navy blue dress shoes into the industrial carpet, hoping he didn’t notice her fidgeting. When the receptionist had escorted her into the office to wait, she hadn’t expected such a good-looking man to join her.
Focus, Jaine. Focus.
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Bio: Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) Stacy helps writers to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty.
Contact links: Website and blog: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/
13 responses to ““10 Moments that Changed My Life” by Stacy Juba – PLUS, Fooling Around With Cinderella”
Thanks so much for featuring my moments, Alicia!
With the exception of #8, Stacy, your life has a bit of a Cinderella ring to it. Lovely. Enjoyed your excerpt.
Thanks so much for coming by, Joelle!. It’s funny. I did a newspaper article on a psychic years ago and when she did a reading for me, she said she pulled cards that were royalty – a king and a queen. She said that was me and my future husband. I wonder if the royalty was related to my future Cinderella book, too!
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Sounds like a fun story, Stacy. And I love the cover! Thanks for sharing your big life moments. I share some with you–marriage, kids (one with Type I diabetes), and I work for a newspaper. 🙂 I’ve gotten many story ideas from answering the newsroom “tip” line!
Wow, Leah, we do have a lot in common! There is always a bond when I meet other T1D moms. The newspaper tip line – lots of interesting things come over that!
You are an inspiration Stacy!
It is amazing what we find out about our Cyber friends in interviews like these. Congratulations on ALL of your accomplishments.
Good luck and God’s Blessings on you and yours…..
Thank you, Pam! You are an inspiration, too!
Hi, Stacy & Alicia,
You’ve had a very interesting life, Stacy. I do hope your little one is doing well. I like chick lit and mysteries so I’m intrigued by your talent :). Your story sounds fab! My favorite amusement park ride would have to be the roller coaster.
Thanks so much for visiting, Monique. We’re doing well – T1D is a rollercoaster in itself, but luckily it is manageable. As for amusement park rollercoasters, you are a brave soul! I can do Big Thunder Mountain at Disney, but other than that, I like tamer rides! In my book there is a minor character who is a coaster junkie and her goal is to ride the coaster something like a thousand times in a year. She will appear in book to book and we will see what number she has progressed to in each one. The ironic thing is she is a yoga instructor, the complete opposite of what one would expect!
Very interesting topic and intriguing excerpt. Best of luck with your book. Linda Nightingale
Thank you, Linda!
What an interesting guest blog!
First off, I love your cover. Second, I really like where you’re going with your titles for your new genre. The titles are catchy and definitely link the books.
From the excerpt I can see I like your heroine, too!
As for favorite rides, mine is Spiderman at Universal, though I must add Epcot is my favorite park! (It’s just so dang expensive!!)
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for reading, Kimberly, and for the nice words! I’m playing with the concept of the second cover. I’m thinking maybe purple. I haven’t done Spiderman, but I do love Epcot. We just went in October. I still love SpaceShip Earth!