Hi! It’s me! I’m back!

No really. I am. Don’t look at me like that – I had a deadline! It’s a word that has the word “dead” in it. At any rate, I’m very pleased to say that I’m about to hand in the first finished draft of the manuscript for ONCE EVERY NEVER. I’m so excited about this book and I really hope you guys will be too! I think you will be. 🙂

And then, as of today, I no longer have to sit on the news of my next project (and let me tell you, the keeping-secret-thereof has been killing me!) because my new deal announcement for a brand new trilogy with HarperCollins is out!

It’s called STARLING and I’m really thrilled about it. Here is the official Publishers Weekly announcement:

HarperTeen Nabs Bourne-Like YA Trilogy

Jessica Regel, at Jean V. Naggar, sold North American rights to a supernatural YA trilogy by Lesley Livingston tentatively called STARLING. HarperTeen editor Laura Arnold acquired the books, which Regel said are reminiscent of The Bourne Identity and “blend Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies with paranormal elements.” In the series, warring powerful New York City crime families, all with ties to the supernatural, vie for control of the fate of mankind. Book one in the trilogy is scheduled for summer 2012. Livingston’s debut novel, the 2008 faerie-tinged Wondrous Strange, was the first book in a YA trilogy she just finished for HarperTeen; book two, Darklight, was released in 2009, and book three, Tempestuous, is scheduled for January 2011.

Now I’m going to go celebrate! Or nap! Or both!

But before I do that, I also wanted say that I really appreciate all of the comments you guys leave. I know I’m not always around to answer them (remember the “deadline” word!) but please know that I read each and every one and they are so very much appreciated! You guys rock.

Now let’s party before I pass out on my keyboard! Wooo!

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25 Responses to “NEWS!! I HAVE NEWSY NEWS!! NEW DEAL NEWS!!”

  1. Ariadne says:

    That is unbelievably awesome! So looking forward to all these! Congratulations!!!! Yes, now go rest and then, Pie shall be eaten:)

  2. Rhiannon says:

    oh boy! i was on your site like an hour ago thinking back sadly to the days you did updates! hahaha
    I’m glad there was no dead in the deadline though!
    What an exciting release year for you!! Now you’ll have to go to phila optical and buy yourself pretty new glasses frames as a congratualtions to self gift. wink.

  3. Midnight Bloom says:

    Congratulations!!! The new trilogy sounds like it’s going to be amazing… is it too early to say that I already can’t wait to see what you have in store for us? lol 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    So is Once Every Never the first book in the Starling series? Just wondering because the post was kind of confusing.

  5. Michele says:

    Awesome news Lesley!!! No wonder you’re sooooo busy!! Congrats on everything… nominations and awards for the Wondrous Strange series (still one of my fav series EVER!), upcoming Once Every Never and your newest book deal!! So happy for you!! Can’t wait to check it all out!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    cant wait to read the last book of wondrous strange and also starling, they both sound awesome 🙂

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