Some of you might have been wondering why I’ve been so very quiet (er… very quieter? heh) on the internets of late… Well, I’ve been a little busy with a thing. A new, awesome, super-secret thing. Well, now the cat’s out of the bag! And the cat has a sword! And a brand new book deal! And isn’t really a cat!

Last night, Publishers Weekly announced my new book deal with Razorbill in the US!

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This morning, I can add to the good news by telling you that the book will be published simultaneously in Canada by HarperCollins Canada, my fantastic publishers for the Wondrous Strange and Starling series! Here’s the announcement as it appeared in Publishers Marketplace (it’s a subscription site):

November 3, 2015 – THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston
Children’s: Young Adult
WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy author Lesley Livingston’s THE VALIANT, the story of a seventeen-year old’s tumultuous journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire, to Tiffany Liao at Razorbill and to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, for publication in Spring 2017, by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).

I am SO thrilled and delighted to be working with these two outstanding publishers on this project and can’t wait for you all to meet Fallon, my fierce and feisty girl gladiator!

So draw your swords and pop the bubbly! Ave!


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