Award-winning writer Stacy Juba is the author of the mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim (Mainly Murder Press), as well as the patriotic children's picture book The Flag Keeper. Stacy is a past recipient of the William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for new mystery writers. Stacy has written more than 2,000 articles for newspapers, magazines and newsletters, and has won over a dozen writing awards. Her young adult novel Face-Off was published by Avon Books when she was 18 years old under her maiden name, Stacy Drumtra.
Growing up, I was influenced by mystery series such as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden. I also admired the work of Agatha Christie.
SINK OR SWIM - COMING IN JANUARY 2011. When reality TV turns to murder, it's sink, swim or die. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit reality game show set aboard a Tall Ship. She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers.
Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, after the game show ends, the terror begins. Upon returning to her small Massachusetts hometown, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by his bizarre rules. She's also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be the nice guy that he seems. With or without Zach's help, when the stalker forces a showdown by threatening her family, Cassidy must once again walk the plank - this time for her life.
"Being on a hit reality show not once, but three times, made Sink or Swim really hit home for me. I could identify with Cassidy on many levels. This novel was so entertaining and suspenseful and had me so on the edge of my seat that I read it in one plane ride from Philly to Vegas. It was an easy read and extremely well written… I would love to see it come out as a movie one day!" Stephenie LaGrossa, owner of GiGI Restaurant & Lounge, Philadelphia PA, Television personality and fan favorite Survivor: Palau, Guatemala, Heroes vs. Villains
"I thought it was a very interesting read. Not too many people will ever really know all that happens behind the scenes unless you've worked on reality TV shows or been a contestant. So much takes place that's indescribable especially where travel is involved. I thought the author did a great job in giving the behind-the-scenes of the process, and various scenarios that reality TV stars may experience - during and after they've appeared on air." Shawne Morgan, contestant CBS’s The Amazing Race 16, Entrepreneur
"After being on a reality show, Big Brother 10 on CBS and Showtime, reading Sink or Swim made me feel like I was Cassidy. People don't ever know what happens behind the scenes. I thought it was a great read and kept me in suspense." Michelle Costa, contestant Big Brother 10
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Stacy is trained in Reiki, a form of hands-on healing which she practices on friends and family. Her other hobbies include doing Tai Chi and reading mystery novels.
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