I am beyond thrilled to announce that there will be a sequel to THE VALIANT! Here’s the official news as it went live in Publishers Marketplace today!! Razorbill and HarperCollins Canada have been a dream to work with and I’m ecstatic to be able to continue to chronicle Fallon’s journey with them in THE DEFIANT.
(Here it is again, if you can’t read the tiny PM type!)
THE DEFIANT, the sequel to Lesley Livingston’s highly-anticipated YA historical fantasy THE VALIANT, in which gladiator Fallon and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire, again to Tiffany Liao at Razorbill and to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, for publication in Spring 2018 (North American), by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary +Media.
I’m SO excited to share the cover of my upcoming YA Historical Fantasy, THE VALIANT!
Here’s the lowdown on what this bad girl is all about:
The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.
Intrigued? Sure you are! You can add THE VALIANT here on Goodreads, and pre-order it on Amazon!
Now, I freely admit that I’ve had some of the most amazing covers for my books. The Goddess of Glorious Book Covers has smiled upon me repeatedly. But – holy WOW! – she must have been grinning ear-to-ear on this one! I truly LOVE this cover and I hope you do to!
Also – did you know you were DYING to read this book? You are! It says so right here:
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!
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!
Poking my head out of the Cavern of Revisions (directly below the Cliffs of Insanity — who knew?!) to remind you all that JONATHAN LLYR and I will once again be signing and doing a panel at Fan Expo in Toronto!
Things are a little different this year — there are no Authors Alley tables — so we’ll only be doing these scheduled events:
The “Bestselling Authors Panel” is on Saturday, September 5th at 11:45am, rm 705.
We will also be doing a signing on Saturday from 2-4pm.
And another signing on Sunday, September 6th from 2-3pm.
We will have the WIGGINS WEIRD books available for purchase, along with the entire hardcover WONDROUS STRANGE series. If you would like to pick up something other than those books, please message me ahead of time!
Also — I’ve attached a handy graphic to help you find the author signing tables!
The lovely ladies at ROCK STAR BOOK TOURS are sending me hither and yon across the blogosphere for the next two weeks — check out these fantastic book blog sites for reviews, interviews, fun features and a CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK! Here’s the schedule of stops — GO NOW! CHECK IT OUT! WIN!!!
TRANSCENDENT, book 3 in the Starling Saga, fast approaches!
“Here’s where Mason goes berserk.”
Have you been dying to read the STARLING trilogy, but wanted to wait until all three books were available so you could rip through ’em like a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible ripping through downtown Chicago in the 80s?
Well… here’s your chance. For a limited time only, the STARLING ebook is available for the low low price of only $1.99! (US only – sorry my Canucklings!)
Come take your Halloween costume out for a test run and help us celebrate the launch of the second book in the Wiggins Weird Series at our Haunted House Costume Party happening at the beautiful An Sibin (pronounced AHN SHE-BEEN) Pub & Restaurant!
Tricks, Treats, Popcorn, Prizes, Food, Drink, Reading, Live Music, Book Signing, Ghost Busting… one HECK of a Good Time!
All ages welcome!
Wear a costume for a chance to win cool stuff!
(No pressure – all you non-costumed folk are welcome too!)
Cheryl, Tweed, Pilot and Artie look forward to seeing you there!
Monster-mashers and babysitters extraordinaire Cheryl and Tweed are back, along with their friends Pilot and Artie – and they’re in trouble again!
This time, they’re tangled up in some ghostly goings-on: solving the mystery that lies behind the creepy doors of Hecklestone Manor, Wiggins Cross’s only genuine haunted house. The gang must face off against a whole new host of horrors, including gargoyles, possessed drive-in movie speakers, and a gaggle of ghoulish ghosts.
At the same time, Cheryl and Tweed must defend their babysitting turf against the rival sitters in the town – in a contest of wits, guts and sitter-fu!
DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD announced today that WONDROUS STRANGE has been optioned by the fantastic folks at SHAFTESBURY FILMS, the production company responsible for shows like MURDOCH MYSTERIES and THE LISTENER! You can go HERE to read the official announcement. To say that I’m excited about this would be a galactic understatement.