Friday, December 21, 2012

Blogtour Stop/Giveaway - Into the Dark by Stacy Green

Today, we welcome Stacy Green who recently published her debut novel, Into The Dark, and has brought with her an excerpt and a digital copy for one lucky winner.  

Stacy Green previously wrote a fanfiction called The Hostage under the penname EBAlways. This fanfic was never completed, and eventually taken down from Stacy then took the general plot idea/premise of that fanfic and says she wrote a wholly new story with a wholly new set of characters (who had very different back stories and thus behaved very differently than the original fanfiction cast which led the plot into a wholly new direction) which, after many revisions, became Into The Dark. Please read Jami Gold's blogpost for more information about this particular case. Since that blog post, Stacy has reposted the unfinished fanfic, see link above.

From the blurb:

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her. When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate. 
Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share? Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle. But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.

An excerpt:

Emilie’s resolve faltered as they reached the tunnel entrance. She peered over Nathan’s shoulder at the triad of pipes branching off in different directions. Big enough for a tall man to walk through easily, their murky blackness was as foreboding as anything Emilie had ever experienced.

She pressed the button on her flashlight and shined it into the abyss. Four other lights joined hers, and the inner concrete walls of the tunnel became visible. Graffiti was scrawled over them. A bevy of cockroaches scuttled away from the intrusion.
Emilie followed Nathan and Chris across the threshold and tried not to give in to the claustrophobia that immediately wrapped itself around her. The tunnel was wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side with room to spare, but the sense of being closed in was amplified by the heavy silence. The group’s splashing feet echoed and then faded away into the never-ending darkness. How deep were the channels? A smell resembling the rotten egg she’d once dropped on Evan’s porcelain kitchen floor hit her full force. Emilie’s hand flew to her mouth.
“Something else, ain’t it?” Chris’s voice broke the uneasy stillness. “I liken it to a men’s locker room filled with dirty socks and jocks after a five-mile run.”
“If you guys stink this bad, you need medical help. Christ.”
“At least my stomach’s not rumbling anymore,” Nathan said.
“Shit, I could eat,” Chris said.
“You can always eat. You’re like a human trash compactor.”
“Do you guys have any idea where to find Snake?” Avery’s voice came out muffled.
Chris turned around and shined his light on Avery. “Dude, that hanky over your face ain’t gonna stop the stink. Embrace it. Feel the burn.”
Emilie laughed as the knot in her stomach began to uncoil. The banter made it easier to forget why she was here. Her right foot suddenly came down on something hard in the shallow stream of water. She stumbled into Nathan’s back before an arm caught her from behind.
“Watch it,” Avery said. “Last thing you want to do is fall face-first in this.”
“Sorry.” Emilie clutched the hem of Nathan’s thin T-shirt. “I tripped over something.”
She shined her light into the two-inch-deep water. A pair of soulless black eyes stared back at her. A child’s doll lay abandoned, its once-blond hair soaked with the filthy water.
Children lived down here?

Buy this book: Amazon | MuseItUp | Amazon UK

Enter this giveaway for your chance to win a digital copy of Into The Dark. 

Stacy is also running her own giveaway as part of her blogtour.  

"The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice."

Thank you for stopping by!! Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Into The Dark. Until next time,

Purchasing links are provided as a courtesy only and do not constitute an endorsement by this blogger. 


  1. Hi Sandra,
    Thanks so much for your support and for having me!

  2. Hi Sandra, Hi Stacy! Back in the day, I never missed an update of The Hostage. When it was pulled, I was disappointed, but understood the reasons why it was done. When I heard that Stacy had taken up the pen (or the keyboard) again to give it a complete overhaul, I was so happy to hear I'd get to have the experience of reading Stacy's suspenseful writing again. I'm glad to hear that it doesn't resemble the few chapters that had been posted before on FF. So thank you for the opportunity to win a copy, and welcome back to the world of writing, Stacy!

    And love the idea of the charity giveaway. It's a wonderful way to give back to the less fortunate. Congratulations on your release and Happy Holidays to you both.



    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, the only resemblance to The Hostage is in the opening chapter or two, during the bank scenes, and even they were overhauled. I've heard from a few people who've read both the fic and the book, and they were happy at how different they were. That was a relief, because I've never billed it as The Hostage and didn't want people wasting their money.

      Thank you for understanding my decision to pull the fic. At the time, it seemed the right thing to do because I wasn't going to be updating, but hindsight is 20/20. That's why the fic is back up. No point in it not being there. Good luck in the giveaway, and I'm glad you like the charity giveaway - it's the least I could do.

    2. Hi Stacy!

      I am not disappointed to hear that Into the Dark bears no resemblance to the fic. On the contrary. I'm happy to hear that you made this your own. And since I already had a small taste of your writing, I don't doubt this won't be just as exciting and nerve wracking as what I do remember :) I daresay I'm also pleased that you're not one of those authors waving the former fic around to garner attention. This will stand on its own feet and merit.

    3. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the book, and no, the last thing I want to do is piggyback onto the fic community for sales. I'm just glad to get the confusion settled:)

  3. Hello, ladies! I'm looking forward to reading Into The Dark. I never did read The Hostage, but I did read the background detailing Stacey's road of writing this novel. It is difficult to see all the attention--and sales--that p2p stories get and not fall into that whole mess, so it's quite interesting to read about your journey. It is a much harder, longer road, and so much more work, but I can certainly appreciate the path you took. Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for all your comments. Yes, it was a hard journey but one I needed to take. When I wrote fan fiction, I was in no way good enough to publish a novel-although I thought I was, lol. Despite the p2p confusion, in some ways I'm glad, because tearing everything down and starting from scratch forced me to check my ego and learn craft, which is vital.

      Hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Hi Sandra and Stacy!
    I am so happy to read that Stacy is being published. I enjoyed her fanfiction stories and I was so hooked in The Hostage. Into the Dark sounds it will hook me in the same way. I can't wait to read it. Congrats on being published Stacy. :)

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for the support. I'm glad to hear you liked the fan fiction well enough to give Into The Dark a chance, because my writing has come a long way, lol.

      Thanks again, and have a great holiday!


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