More Zombie Love with Author Stacey Jay

With Pet Monster locked safely in his office fighting zombies in Left4Dead while I listen on, taking copious mental notes for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, today’s just an undead kind of Sunday. In keeping with the rising dead / crawling out of the cemetery theme, I’m here to show a little love for Stacey Jay’s third book of YA zombie goodness, just out last month: My So-Called Death. I know you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I just have to say… any chick who can rock a bright pink beret like that one deserves our respect!

Speaking of deserving respect, Stacey is ka-razy prolific. This is actually her third visit to the blog to chat about her books. You can check out the earlier interviews to learn about her first YA novel, You Are So Undead to Me, and her second, Undead Much?. Now, on to the new stuff!

About My So Called Death

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.

Suddenly, Karen’s non-life is an epic disaster. She’s forced to attend a boarding school for the “death-challenged,” her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and 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 forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen’s non-beating heart flutter!

Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it’s up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Perky, well-dressed zombies? I don’t know about the cheerleaders in your high school, but when I think back to the ones in mine… hmmm. Yeah. Maybe the undead and certain cheerleaders1 have more in common than I originally thought. Guess I’ll have to check out Stacey Jay’s My So-Called Death to find out!

Congrats on another release, Stacey!

1. Except for the former high school cheerleaders I’m Facebook friends with now. You guys were totally not zombies. It was those other ones.

Zombie Horde Terrorizes Buffalo

…and Sarah risks her life to capture it all on film for our viewers at home (particularly Sharon and Khy)! It’s okay, though. I had the Left4Dead zombie fightin’ champ with me, so I felt well protected. And after enduring all the apocalyptic stuff of the 2009 Buffalo Zombie Walk, we got spinach benedict at Mythos, making the whole life-endangering thing totally worth it… until some of the zombies came in to the diner for a bite. Apparently they dig the Greek finger sandwiches. Who knew?

Anyway, a glimpse of the pre-benedict mayhem:

Fearless readers, today I learned an important lesson about the end of the world. When the real zombie apocalypse hits, we’re all going to die, like pretty much immediately. Not because we don’t have the right guns and canned goods and mad mad zombie-brain-bashin’ skillz, but because we’ll all rush out into the street to take pictures.

“Look, Ma! The zombies are coming! Get the camera!”


Leader of the Pack


At Ease, Pumpkinhead

Watch Out for the Cute Ones

Here Comes the Bride

Oh, We're Having Fun!

Leg Man

Want more pics? Check out the complete zombie photo shoot. And by the way, Happy Halloween, my little ghoulies!

Stacey Jay’s Character Debut Party

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey JayAfter partying with Sarah MacLean and the Regency crowd last week, we’re back in the present for a little zombie action with author Stacey Jay.

I haven’t read YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME yet, but it’s already flying — er, shambling — off the shelves across the country. Can’t wait to get my copy and get my undead on!


Megan Berry’s social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people. All Megan wants is to be normal–and go to homecoming. But someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party–the bloody kind.

Megan’s 2009 Debut Party

Given the recent news of the zombie apocalypse hitting Austin, I think partying with Megan is a pretty good way to hedge your bets!

The Guest List

Megan had to invite Buffy, just because so many parallels had been drawn between the two of them. But they both agreed that Megan is nowhere near as bad ass as the Buffster. Buffy tried to make a case that supernatural therapy skills are almost as cool as supernatural fighting skill, but Megan wasn’t buying.

The Party

Join us at Megan’s house for an undead pastry party in a small, intimate gathering of fellow Settlers, family, and friends. Everyone has to make a dessert with a zombie theme. We’ve got cupcakes with zombie hands bursting from the chocolaty ground, zombie sugar cookies with missing limbs and walnut brains, a jello mold made in the shape of a brain…all kinds of gross and yummy stuff. All guests receive glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!

Glow in the dark zombie finger puppets?! *Secretly wants glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!*

The Guest of Honor: Megan Berry

Megan dons a cute summer dress with shorts underneath, just in case zombies attack unexpectedly and she has to kick a little ass. Flashing your party guests is never cool.

And her theme song? Disturbia by Rhianna.

Stacey Jay’s Advice for Megan on Her Big Debut

Enjoy it and eat lots of cake. There are things you might regret in life, but one night of unlimited cake is not one of them.

Unlimited cake?

*Runs — er, shambles — to zombie party!*

Thanks for the invite, Stacey, and best of luck to you and Megan!

YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME is available in book stores now, and also online at Amazon.

About the author: Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, four kids, and a decidedly macabre sense of humor. She loves zombies, creepies, crawlies, blood, guts, gore, and of course, romance. “You are So Undead to Me”, Stacey’s debut paranormal Young Adult Romance featuring Zombie Settler, Megan Berry was released January 22nd from Razorbill books. Visit her online.