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The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
In the throes of my LOVE, I’m putting up for grabs five copies of STARLING (for those of you who may not have gotten your hands on a copy yet, or want another one) and five ARC copies of DESCENDANT (for those of you itching to get your hands on book 2 in the series).
All you have to do is leave me a note HERE in the comment thread.
If you have a preference for either STARLING or DESCENDANT, let me know.
If you add it to your Goodreads list, that’s an extra entry. Follow me on Twitter? Extra entry. Facebook? That’s an extra entry, too. Pinterest? Extra entry. Blog about it? Extra entry. Tweet it? Extra entry. Tumblr? Extra entry… You get the idea! Tally ’em up and mention it in your comment! Then I’ll add ’em all up and choose winners by random number generator after the contest closes.
Open until Midnight, EST, March 15, 2013 – and… this one is open INTERNATIONALLY!
(Void where prohibited or otherwise altered by legal restrictions)
Because the thing I LOVE the most… is YOU GUYS.
(Fennrys and Mason are very fond of you, too.)
Hey hey, guys! I totally yoinked this from the blog of the fabulous Megan Crewe, whose brainchild this fabulous tour is!!
Check it out:
This news has been in the works for more than a month, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you. This November, preparation for the 2012 apocalypse, six Ontario authors of apocalyptic and dystopian YA fiction will be touring around the province, chatting with readers, signing books, and offering great prizes to those who attend!
The dates and details, if you have trouble reading the poster:
Tuesday Nov 6, 7pm – Indigo Yorkdale, Yorkdale Mall (Toronto) – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!
Saturday Nov 10, 2pm – Chapters Belleville, Quinte Mall – Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield, Courtney Summers. RSVP on Facebook!
Saturday Nov 17, 2pm – Chapters Brampton, 52 Quarry Edge Drive – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!
Saturday Nov 24, 2pm – Chapters Barrie, 76 Barrie View Drive – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!
You’ll notice I mentioned prizes? As long as you show up some time while we’re there (I expect we’ll be at least two hours at each location), you can add your name to the entry list to be eligible for fabulous prizes!
If you’d like to help spread the word, you’re welcome to borrow that e-poster and any text from this post.
Hope to see you there!
Despite their vow to each other at the end of Once Every Never, best friends Clare and Allie once more find themselves in trouble—and traveling in time. Indulging in a low-key vacation at Glastonbury Tor, taking part in an archaeological dig while soaking up the sights of summertime England, the girls have promised each other: no time travel shenanigans; no involvement with dangerous Druids or villainous museum thieves; and definitely no weirdness about the fact that Clare is now seriously dating Milo, Allie’s super-genius hottie cousin!
But when Allie makes an unexpected discovery at the dig site—a skull—the grisly artifact sends her spiraling back in time to a Roman encampment besieged by rampaging Celts. Caught between the Legions and the war band, Allie is rescued from certain death by Marcus, a young Roman soldier with a secret. As she struggles to survive in the past, Clare and Milo race desperately against time in the present to bring Allie home…before she loses her head OR her heart.
This bird is flying all over North America! Now that the US Release date is upon us I thought I’d celebrate by posting the STARLING Book Trailer for your enjoyment!
Here it is:
In honor of the Canadian launch day of STARLING (I’m sorry, my American pals – you’ll have to wait just one more week! Just one – I promise!) I’m thrilled to be able to post this lovely review from Quill & Quire, a fantastic Canadian literary review magazine that I used to daydream about having my book reviewed in when I was a young lass in University!
One of the first things I did when I moved into residence on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto, was seek out Convocation Hall. And then take a stroll down Philosopher’s Walk. Just in case. Y’know… just on the off chance that I would meet a tall, silver-haired, distinguished looking gentleman who, in reality was a wizard – a Mage from another world – looking for a handful of students to accompany him to that world. Epic adventure would then, naturally, ensue. Because, you see, that is what happened in my very favorite trilogy of books that I had been reading annually (at least!) for some years by that time.
That was some years ago.
Now, of course, I write. I write Young Adult fantasy. This trilogy of which I speak – these three extraordinary books, written by an extraordinary writer named Guy Gavriel Kay, that make up THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY – were the fantasy I read when I was a young adult. And although this series isn’t technically catagorized as such (indeed, I’m not entirely certain there was such a classification back then), if you like to read YA fantasy, you must – MUST – pick these books up.
THE SUMMER TREE, THE WANDERING FIRE, and THE DARKEST ROAD.
They are epic. They are transporting. They start in, of all places, Toronto (now my home town – see above!). They are heartbreaking and majestic and funny. They are steeped in mythology and folklore. They are bursting with a cast of characters that will stay with you forever and I sincerely mean that. Diarmuid (oh, Diarmuid… sigh…), Aileron (sigh…), Paul, Kevin, Jennifer, Kim, Dave, Loren Silvercloak (that Mage I mentioned earlier – and am still on the lookout for every time I’m around campus), Jaelle, Arthur (super sigh…), the list goes on. There are fantastical creatures and bloody battles. There is love and loss. The settings are rich and the story is layered and fascinating and, above all else, fun!
And I now have to go read them again. You should too.
Today is #FIONAVAR day on Twitter. That is because the good people at HarperCollins have decided to re-release them with new covers. This is an excellent idea. Because EVERYONE should get the chance to read these books. They made me want to read. More to the point, they made me want to write. Sonny and Kelley, Clare and Milo and Allie, Fennrys and Mason owe their existence, in no small measure, to these books.
Check them out.
Of course, I’m not the only one who feels this way about these books. The lovely and talented Arthur Slade wrote this excellent post about the effect these books had on him not too long ago. When I read it, I felt like he was reading my mind. Arthur – I would like to join you on that desert island in a second comfy chair so we can sit silently and reread the whole dang trilogy front to back. In the evening, we’ll discuss. And raise a glass to the sons of Ailell. 😉
(Yes. Again. I know. I went away. Don’t look at me like that. “Deadline” has the word “Dead” in it.)
And I (finally) have the winners of the TEMPESTUOUS paperback giveaway! Thanks to everyone who tweeted the trailer and shared the love! To show you how much I appreciate it, I decided to give away not one copy each of the US and Canadian paperbacks… but TWO!! (cue streamer cannons and glitter bombs!) So that means… (wait… math is hard… for me…)… FOUR winners!! And I’ll sign and personalize them for you!
So! The random number generator has done its work… (drum roll)
Step right up and send me your mailing address deets to lesley (at) lesleylivingston (dot) com:
– Ana Barrios
– Anonymous (who is actually Alison, so via mom Heather O’Connor!)
Thanks to everyone who participated! I *heart* you guys BIG TIME!
Find the new TEMPESTUOUS here:
It’s April! And it looks like it’s shaping up to be a busy month. Here are some upcoming appearances I’ve got scheduled. If any of you guys in in the area, I’d LOVE it if you’d come on out and say “hi!”
Guest of Honour at AD ASTRA
April 13, 14 & 15, 2012
Markham Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
This is one of my favorite SFF literary conventions. One of the first ones I ever attended back in the days when I was still an unpublished whippersnapper! I’m beyond thrilled that the Ad Astra folks have see fit to invite me to be a Guest of Honour this year.
Come on out! It’s a blast!
On Saturday, join me and Mark Askwith from SPACE for a special one-on-one hour where I’ll be giving out special sneak-peek previews of STARLING to attendees!
Check out the website here: http://www.ad-astra.org/
And then, as part of the ongoing Penguin RazOrbill Launch Festivities, I will be doing two events with amazing authors, Charles de Lint and Jay Asher!
Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm
6321 Autoroute Transcanadienne,
Jay Asher, Lesley Livingston and Charles de Lint
Thursday, April 19th, 7pm
Indigo, Yorkdale Mall
3401 Dufferin Street Unit #29,
Jay Asher, Lesley Livingston and Charles de Lint
I will also be at the L3 Writers Conference in Barrie, ON on April 19, 2012 to do a presentation with super-cool author Robert Paul Weston! Info here: http://l3writers.ca/
And, y’know, somewhere in there… I’ll be working on another book! Or two! Ha! Bring Coffee!