I have news! Exciting-new-project news!! Officially-announced-so-I-can-now-finally-talk-about-it news!!!
As announced today in Publisher’s Marketplace:
WONDROUS STRANGE author Lesley Livingston’s ONCE EVERY NEVER, about a modern teen girl who spirals back in time to Rome’s bloody conquest of Britain — where she befriends the daughter of a fiery queen, falls for a fierce warrior prince, and discovers that she may be the only hope of averting a devastating blood-curse, to Jennifer Notman at Penguin Canada, by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
I have just had the most phenomenal couple of days. It’s been so packed with crazy, shiny excitement around here that I barely know where to begin or what to post.
Thursday was my official launch party for DARKLIGHT… and what a party it was! More to come on that but, for the moment, I am thrilled to be able to present to you, the video trailer for the book, which was premiered at the party and which I am SO proud of!
This all-original material video was directed by Steven Burley. Produced by Jonathan Llyr & Lesley Livingston. Music by Tom Lillington & Mark Opausky. Special FX & Titles by Joseph O’Brien. Model Construction by Scott Emerson Moyle. Photography, Editing, Sound Design by Steven Burley. Assisted by Stephanie Nakamura. Starring Adrianna Prosser, Jonathan Llyr, Lesley Livingston & Adrienne Kress. Voicework by Bethany Darroch, Becca Zadorsky & Benjamin Mehl. Special thanks to Kevin Robinson, Theatre Passe Muraille & the staff of Dominion on Queen.
Bakka Phoenix Books has posted their 2009 bestseller list. And guess who made the No. 1 spot for the Trade Paperback category? Can you guess? Can you?? Starts with a “Wondrous”… ends with a “Strange”…
Bakka is one of my all time favorite book stores. The staff are so utterly passionate about what they do and so knowledgeable and so cool. And it’s a hell of an honour to have my books on the shelves there. Thanks for all the WONDROUS STRANGE love, guys – buyers and sellers! You rock.
Check out the list here (And you will notice that WS in some pretty dang fine company – Adrienne and Megan and Rob and Julie and Michelle and…)
Okay! An update on what bookmouse99 – in a fit of frustration (a really actually very adorable fit of frustration) referred to as the ‘bipolar’ posting of the Canadian release dates for Darklight on Amazon.ca and the Chapters-Indigo sites – I can finally say this:
As I suspected, the whole thing is a matter of data entry gremlinage. Darklight‘s Canadian release is NOT being delayed until February. It is, in fact, now listed as IN STOCK on the Amazon site and it is already shipping from the warehouse to real live book stores in the Great White North as I type this. Fellow Canucks, despair not!
And (just in case your appetite needed more whetting – heh) I have another in-the-wild sighting from south of the border sent to me from Erin in Minneapolis! Thanks, Erin!!
I know. That was a little cruel. Sorry. Would it make you feel any better if I said I am positively DYING to see the thing on shelves, myself? No? Bookmouse? Squeak?…
Out there! In the world! For all to see! OUT THERE! As of TODAY!!!
(Okay… it’s ‘out there’ in the US – it’ll be ‘out there’ next week in Canada…)
I’m no longer a debut author. Okay… that’s a little weird. And wonderful. And Crazy!!
I wanted to take the opportunity to say “thank you!” to all the people who made this happen for me – again – especially my phenomenal editor Laura and my astounding agent Jessica.
To celebrate, let me share a story of something pretty amazingly cool that happened to me last week:
I got to spend a couple of hours with a group of smart, talented, funny, fun, enthusiastic young readers from Cheyne Middleschool at the HarperCollins Canada offices. The kids were on a field trip to see what the internal working of a publishing house is really like. They had also been group-reading WONDROUS STRANGE prior to the trip and were all given advance reader copies of DARKLIGHT and lots of cool swag when they got the office!
What they didn’t know was that I had been invited to come chat with them (over pizza, no less!) and answer any questions they had about the book and writing and sign their books and all that stuff.
What I didn’t know was that the kids had put together two scenes from the book to do as dramatic presentations with narration and acting and awesomeness. I felt like Quentin the Director only with nothing to snark about! They were amazing. It was really the coolest thing in the world for me to be able to sit there and watch live action versions of my scenes. I almost cried – but opted instead for grinning like an idiot. It was pretty special.
Anyway, here is a picture of me (still grinning like an idiot) and the Cheyne students!
And me, waxing philosophical no doubt about… something.
Thank you Harper Collins and Cheyne Middleschool for a day that I won’t soon forget!
And thank you to all my readers! I hope you enjoy the continuing adventures of Sonny and Kelley and company in DARKLIGHT!
Only ONE. MONTH. MORE. before DARKLIGHT hits the shelves, people…
*Insert Muppet Arm Flail here*
And – not only the book… but the audio book!!
That’s right – this time around the lovely folks at HarperCollins are releasing the audio-book at the same time as the book-book! Which I think is pretty cool. I’m inclined to think this because I just spent three days (including today) locked again in a tiny padded room talking to myself. And – again! – not for the reasons you would automatically expect!
Anyway, as a result, I’m a little on the giddy side and should not be trusted to type anything sensible. So, I leave you, instead, with a bit of an idea of what DARKLIGHT is all about, and a teeny-tiny sneak-snippet from inside the book to whet your appetite!
In this sequel to WONDROUS STRANGE, Kelley Winslow finds her NYC acting career blossoming as she takes the lead in Romeo and Juliet. But she also finds herself desperately missing Sonny Flannery—who was forced back to the Faerie Otherworld, charged with a dangerous mission by Kelley’s father, King Auberon.
When Kelley finds herself thrown into the Otherworld following a deadly chase in Central Park, her passionate reunion with Sonny is cut short. Ancient magick is stirring, and a dangerous enemy has Sonny and Kelley caught in a web of Faerie deception that could tear their love apart.
In spite of himself, Sonny knelt back down on the grass and glanced into the Faerie queen’s improvised scrying pool. He had no wish to spy on Kelley. Still, he found he could not look away. . . . The wild, dangerous look on Kelley’s face made her look so much like her mother that it gave Sonny a hollow feeling in the pit of his stomach. But not nearly as much as the last, lingering image that flared up in the water—the image of Kelley throwing her arms around another man.
Did I scare ya? (Just say yes. My ego is fragile.)
So. I had the super-creepy delight of contributing a tiny-terror of a tale to this awesome anthology. It’s called HALF-MINUTE HORRORS and it has a truly stellar line-up of authors contributing all these deliciously spine-tingly, skin-crawly micro-stories all designed to freak you right out in 30 seconds or less! Authors like Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman and RL Stine and James Patterson and Margaret Atwood and and and… me! Cool huh? What’s even cooler is that proceeds from the sale go to First Book, a nonprofit organization that puts new books in the hands of children from low-income families. Super super cool.
Check it out!
Even cooler still, if you go to the HALF-MINUTE HORRORS website, you can get all sorts of info, sneak previews, and — here’s the really fun part — upload your very own scary tales!
And — if you happen to be in Toronto during that scariest time of the year, you can come out and meet me and a bunch of other cool H-M HORROR authors on Saturday October 31, 2009, 2-4PM at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (1214 Queen Street West) for the HALLOWEEN DAY FAMILY CABARET Presented by World Literacy Canada http://www.worldlit.com/
So if you live in Toronto, put on a costume and come to the event. And forward this invitation along — especially to those with kids 8 and up.
On October 20, the lovely and wonderful people at ViceVersa Editorial will release the Spanish edition of WONDROUS STRANGE! In Spain!
They have been absolutely lovely to work with and the VV design team came up with an absolutely beautiful cover. It’s so different from the North American version (which I adore beyond words), and yet, I feel it also really captures the feel of the story!
The Spanish Version also has a different title – LA NOVENA NOCHE. It means “The Ninth Night” and that, also, is such a lovely and perfect interpretation.
Without further gushing from me, here for your viewing pleasure, LA NOVENA NOCHE:
And, if your curious, and want to hear me torture the Spanish tongue, click here for the ViceVersa site, and a video interview with yours truly!
Today is the first day of Autumn. I love Autumn. I love it even more today.
Because, two years ago – at this very time of the year – I was on the verge of signing a deal that would make me a Published Author and I was very excited and crazified by the prospect. It hadn’t happened yet. But it was this immense, burgeoning possibility setting the horizon alight like a coming sunrise. Ooh – look at me getting all poetic. *blush*
Now, it’s happened. I am a Published Author. But what’s more is that, today, I got to wake up knowing that, not only was my debut novel WONDROUS STRANGE a reality (as I have every day since last December), but that reality has just been reinforced by the release of the US paperback edition!!
And so I’d like to celebrate that release with you.
Oh look! Sonny remembered to bring Firecrackers! Or maybe that’s just Kelley having a bit of fun…
All this after I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend at the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival reading and signing under glourious sunshine, beside gleaming streams in a field full of bees and gracefully fading hollyhocks. It was a fantastically writerly thing to do.
And then, today, my paperback got to go out and meet the world. I’m so excited for it! It is beautiful and sleek and shiny and portable and has a sneak-peek teaser excerpt from DARKLIGHT in the back! It has – and I think this is SO cool – blogger review quotes in the front cover from (among others) three of my favorite book bloggers: The Story Siren, The Compulsive Reader, and The Dreamer Reader: lovely ladies whose passion for books never fails to warm the cockles of my heart!
So won’t you join me in welcoming in the Fall season and celebrating the release of my paperback darling? Queen Mabh will no doubt be serving refreshments in the courtyard of the Tavern on the Green, and Auberon’s sure to supply the ice…
And to further celebrate, all this week, if you head over to THE NOVEL GIRLS, you can enter to win a signed copy of the WS paperback! And, as a super-cool bonus, you will also be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of our blogoversary celebrations over there!! I’m tellin ya’, it’s party-time everywhere!!