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Thank you for being my guest, Stacey Joy!

You’re published with The Wild Rose Press but you’ve also ventured into self-publishing. What have you learned about the differences between the processes?

Two things…one, self-publishing is A LOT of work. I mean, writing is hard work to begin with, and I certainly didn’t expect the publishing side to be easy, but there is a lot of time and effort involved in formatting for each ereader/distribution site (Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Smashwords, ect.), not to mention having a cover designed, writing back cover copy, pricing, uploading, and then you still have to promo and write the next book! The second I’ve learned about and really like is the absolute freedom you have as your own publisher. I swear I’m not a control freak, but I love having final say on my covers and being able to price books so they’re affordable to all readers. Not to mention being able to offer sales when I want! (don’t forget to check below!)

Did anything surprise you?

Honestly, the increased income was a very pleasant surprise. I’m not getting rich, but I’m finally making enough to pay some bills instead of just buying dinner every three months. Though an indie-pubbed author totally earns the higher royalty rates with the extra work they’re putting into the publishing side, not to mention the hours and hours spent writing the book in the first place.

Your tag line is “Rugged Heroes, Resilient Heroines, Heartwarming Romance.” Tell me about your latest Rugged Hero and Resilient Heroine. (I love that line, by the way.) 

That would be Zach and Sadie in MORE THAN A KISS. Self-made millionaire Zach might be a whiz in the boardroom, but when it comes time to protect a woman, he’s got no problem stepping up. And because he received a cheap shot before knocking out the jerk, Sadie makes sure to offer a proper thank you. (see excerpt below) Sadie’s resilience stems from her determination to make it on her own and not depend on her stepfather’s wealth. She’s a bit prickly about the whole money issue, and does her best to avoid her rich, rugged hero, but luckily he’s persistent in his pursuit.

What’s next for you?

Coming up next is another Welcome To Redemption story, HOLD ON TO ME, (release date TBA), and any day now I should be hard at work on the sequel to my romantic suspense LOST IN ITALY. I say any day because while I’ve started Ben and Evalina’s book, my flower and vegetable gardens have been monopolizing my time.

Do you have a favorite book (someone else has written) that you keep as a ‘comfort read’?

I kinda wish I did, but books take so long to read (comparatively), that when I’m looking for comfort I turn movies like The Cutting Edge, Ever After, Sahara, While You Were Sleeping, or about 20-30 other options in my DVD library. Besides, for books, there are SO many out there, and so many by new friends I’ve made in this business, I just don’t have time to reread books even though I am a fairly quick reader.

If you could go back to meet yourself as you were just getting out of high school, what advice would you give yourself?

You know, I don’t think I’d have any sage advice, really. I am who I am because of the road my life has taken and the things I’ve experienced on the journey. Sure there have been some decisions that weren’t very smart at the time, but I wouldn’t trade the results for anything, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without those decisions. I’m happy with my life and what I have—a great family, a good job and a dream that I’m living in my writing.

Random question! Sandy Caribbean beach in February or Scottish castle in June?

This one’s easy—Scottish castle! I am not a sit-on-the-beach person at all. I get bored. Not to mention, I’m a red head who burns easy, so I prefer the shade to sunscreen, and I’d much rather be hiking somewhere in the mountains. 🙂 Highlands would be pretty cool, too.

Leah here: Then Stacey definitely wouldn’t like the Sandy Caribbean beach in June. I wonder if Stacey would like the Scottish castle in February, especially if it’s in the Highlands. 😉

I’d like to share an excerpt, and after that, details about the indie-author Beach Book Blast event going on May 23-25th with FREE and discounted books by more than a dozen authors!


When a kiss…

All reporter Sadie Barton wants is to be taken seriously and judged on her own merits, not her stepfather’s money. She and her actress sister left Wisconsin to get out from under his controlling thumb and leave behind the malicious whispers that they’re no better than their gold-digging mother. But California isn’t all sun and fun, and paying the rent while trying to prove herself is harder than she ever imagined.

…is more than a kiss…

Something about Sadie drew self-made millionaire Zach Robinson—and it wasn’t just the amazing kiss they shared as impromptu actors in his company’s commercial. He’s used to women being interested in his wealth, and Sadie’s fierce independence is an enticing breath of fresh air. He’s falling fast—until his brother suggests acting runs in her family and Sadie might not be exactly what she seems…


copyright © 2012 Stacey Joy Netzel

“You should’ve iced this right away.”

The first touch of the cold cloth on his sore lip triggered a reflexive jerk away. He hissed air through his teeth before relaxing to let it out slow.

She raised her other arm and laid her palm along his stubble covered jaw to hold him still. It seemed strange, her fussing over him like this when he could take care of himself. Warmth spread from her touch and started his heart thudding in his chest. As if someone smacked him upside the head, he realized this was the closest she’d gotten to him since they’d kissed on the set of the commercial. Voluntarily, anyway.

With her concentration fixed on his mouth, Zach let his gaze wander over her long, down-swept lashes, smooth skin, and enticing lips. Discomfort shifted to center below the waistband of his shorts. Didn’t help that she had the corner of that lush, lower lip caught between her teeth again. He wanted to nibble.

When he raised his gaze to find her watching him, his pulse stuttered. Color stained her cheeks, but she didn’t break the connection.

“I didn’t thank you yet,” she said softly.

“Sure you did.”

His grip tightened on the cold bottle in his hand. Shut up, idiot! Let her thank you however she wants.

“Not for taking me to get Gemma, I didn’t. Or helping us get out of there and taking the hit for us.”

“Two,” he reminded, throwing in a grimace for good measure. “I took two hits.”

A smile tugged the corners of her mouth upward. “Don’t worry, I was counting.”


She lowered the hand with the ice pack to rest on his shoulder, bracing herself as she leaned closer. The minty freshness of her breath filled his nostrils and he swallowed hard at the thought of tasting it on his tongue.

“So…anyway…thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Zach held still, afraid to even breathe in case she changed her mind. Anticipation sizzled through his body and what had been a refreshing ocean breeze now became a teasing caress on his heated skin.

Sadie’s lashes lowered as she closed her eyes and pressed her lips to his. Stomach muscles tightened in his effort to lean into the kiss, but she pulled away.

Well, damn. He had two chances here and one was already over? To hide his disappointment over the all too brief contact, he joked, “That’s one.”

The thumb of her right hand whispered across his lips. “How does your mouth feel?”


He barely had a chance to draw a breath before she leaned in for take two.


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Thank you for having me here, Leah! I enjoyed the interview and look forward to talking with everyone.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.

Learn more about Stacey Joy and her books at her website and Blog: http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com or at Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel or follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

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11 thoughts on “Stacey Joy Netzel: More Than a Kiss

  • May 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, great interview, Leah and Stacey! I like the sounds of More Than a Kiss 🙂 Sadie and Zach sound like an interesting couple!

    Can you tell us a little more about your Welcome to Redemption series? Which books are part of it? How are they related? Do you have more planned? And are your other stories stand alones?

    Thanks so much!

    • May 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Hi, Fedora! Thanks for stopping by! Welcome to Redemption currently has 6 novellas in the series. I wrote books 2/4/6 and have 8 written as well. My co-author, who wrote 1/3/5 is working on her book and we’ll release them both when she’s done. The stories all take place in one town and 1&2 share a scene, 3&4, ect. The Colorado Trust Series is my 3 book romantic suspense series available from The Wild Rose Press, and my single title Lost In Italy will be part of my Italy Series. I just have to get the next 2 books written!

  • May 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hi, Stacey
    I met you the first time at Blame it on the Muse last Friday. I’m so glad I stopped by. I plan to go right over to Amazon and pick up the books. Like you I’ve found the self-publishing is NOT for the faint of heart or anyone who doesn’t have the time to do all the tasks that are normally accomplished by publishers and editors. The autonomy and freedom to write the story the way it needs to be written is an asset while not having an editor isn’t. All the best with your writing.

    • May 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Hello again, Livia! Hope you enjoy the books and wishing you the best of succes with your writing as well! I agree on the editor, which is why I have one for my self-pubbed titles. I want the book to be the best it can be, and my awesome editor Stacy D. Holmes helps me accomplish that. (Her link is on the right side of my blog.)

  • May 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Great questions and answers, Leah and Stacey. I’m dying to get this book, but I’ve been swamped. Only with life and not writing. Grrr!

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Sandy, I hope life settles for you soon so you can get back to what you love. Hugs to you!

  • May 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Hi, Stacey! Being self-published is GREAT! I have to agree with you. I too love the satisfaction of being able to price my own books, name them, and have a big say in my covers.
    You are so right! It does take time away from reading, so in down time I LOVE the same movies!!! BUT I do make sure that I carve a few minutes a day to read because I think that is so important to the growth of a writer.

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Tonya–I wouldn’t go back on this self-publishing journey at all. I also keep up my reading. It refreshes my creative well to enjoy great books by authors who I now get to call friends. 🙂

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Thank you, Stacey.

    I have a question. You said, “I wouldn’t go back on this self-publishing journey at all.” Does it mean you wouldn’t self-publish again or that you don’t regret self-publishing? Sorry to be so technical.

  • May 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I must’ve been tired when I read your first answer. lol

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