Launch Party for THE DEFIANT!! February 8, 2018!

by Lesley Livingston


Please join me and HarperCollins Canada as we celebrate the launch of THE DEFIANT, the second book in the VALIANT trilogy. All ages welcome! There will be live music, a reading followed by book signing, and gladiatorial fights to the death (maybe not that last one…) Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Bakka Phoenix Books. More fun than you can shake a gladius at!

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 pm at Dominion Pub and Kitchen, 500 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON


by Lesley Livingston


Announced today in Publishers Marketplace: “Lesley Livingston’s THE TRIUMPHANT, the third book in her Valiant series, in which the fragile peace Fallon and Cai fought for is broken when the Roman Republic plunges into bloody chaos, and the gladiator sisters of the Ludus Achillea must take their fate into their own hands, to Jessica Harriton at Razorbill, for publication in Spring 2019, by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media.”

I’m thrilled to be continuing Fallon’s journey in this third instalment in the series! Come join the War Band!

Here’s the link if you’d like to add THE TRIUMPHANT to your Goodreads TBR!

Check out THE VALIANT Audiobook

by Lesley Livingston

Sometimes, you just want to sit back and have someone else read you that book, am I right? Well, let me tell you… the audiobook for THE VALIANT just might be one of those times. Narrated by the brilliant Fiona Hardingham, check out this sample. That’s some serious ear candy, right there!


Available from these fine retailers:

Amazon (physical CD)

Barnes & Noble (physical CD)

Audible (DN)


Penguin Teen On Tour!

by Lesley Livingston


Penguin Teen is going on tour!

Here’s your chance to meet authors Renée Ahdieh (THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER, sequel to THE WRATH AND THE DAWN), Natalie C. Anderson (CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES), Alwyn Hamilton (TRAITOR TO THE THRONE, sequel to REBEL OF THE SANDS), and Lesley Livingston (THE VALIANT)!


Follow along with the tour and share your own experiences and photos on social using #PenguinTeenOnTour!


Wednesday, March 8th

6 PM                    

Books of Wonder in-store event

Location: 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011


Thursday, March 9th

6 PM                    

Wellesley Books in-store event

Location: Central Plaza, 82 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482


Friday, March 10th

5 PM                    

Magic Tree Bookstore in-store event

Location: 141 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301


Saturday, March 11th

NOVA Teen Book Festival


Sunday, March 12th

2 PM                    

Barnes & Noble Fairfax in-store event

Location: 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033


Monday, March 13th

7 PM                    

Quail Ridge in-store event

Location: 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27609


Tuesday, March 14th

7 PM                    

Tattered Cover in-store event

Location: Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120


Wednesday, March 15th

 7 PM                    

King’s English in-store event

Location: 1511 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105


Thursday, March 16th

7 PM

University Bookstore in-store Event

Location: 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105


Friday, March 17th

7 PM

Barnes & Noble Clackamas in-store event

Location: Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97086

New Book Deal — Sequel to THE VALIANT!!

by Lesley Livingston

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.



Add to your Goodreads TBR!

(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. 

THE VALIANT – Cover Reveal!!

by Lesley Livingston

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!

THE VALIANT - Cover Reveal!


Also – did you know you were DYING to read this book? You are! It says so right here:

5 Upcoming Books You didn’t Know You Were Dying To Read! 



by Lesley Livingston

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!


FANEXPO Canada 2015!

by Lesley Livingston

Hey all!

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!

Hope to see you there!



by Lesley Livingston


I would be delighted if you would come help me celebrate the launch of the third and final book in  STARLING Saga…


Need added incentive to party? It’s also my birthday! Kill two birds with one stone!! And chase away the post-holiday blues with a mid-January bash!

Signing, reading, live music, food, drink, an impending apocalypse! FUN TIMES!!

Also, a brand new, easy-to-get-to, shiny location — JOY BISTRO, 884 Queen Street East, Toronto on January 14, 7:00pm

Hope to see you there!