Okay!! Both contests are now closed and I will be tallying the entries, firing up the random number generator and announcing the winners early next week! Hang tight!
In the meantime, in honor of this Greenest of days, I’d like to share with you a wee (green man) snippet from DARKLIGHT – Book 2 in my WONDROUS STRANGE series, wherein Kelley Winslow describes an unpleasant encounter she had in Central Park to Bob, otherwise known as Puck.
“You killed a tree?”
“It tried to kill me first.”
“Perhaps you should tell me just what—exactly—happened to you, Princess.”
Kelley sighed gustily and gave Bob the ‘Cliff’s Notes’ version of her adventure in the park, while all around her Sonny’s fire sprites danced in her hair. The evening stars began to peep through the creeping dark and the trees in the woods gleamed with the reflected glow of the rising moon.
“This man who attacked you,” Bob said finally, once she was finished her tale. “describe him for me.”
“He was some whacked-out Faerie guy.” Kelley shuddered a bit, remembering how frightened she’d been, but tried not to sound that way in front of Bob. “I thought he was just a mugger that first night.”
“And both times he appeared you were just walking through the park?” Bob asked.
“On the path?”
“You didn’t kick over a toadstool in a Faerie Ring or step on a patch of bluebells or anything?”
“No, Bob. I left the park flora entirely unmolested.” Kelley laughed without humor. “Which is not to say that it returned the favor.”
“Hmm,” Bob grunted. “What did this ‘whacked-out Faerie guy’ look like?”
“Biker couture. Skinny, shaggy hair, jeans and tattoos… plus, y’know, the aggressively green thumb.”
“Vivification, yes,” Bob said. “Impressive. Especially on that kind of scale…”
“Vivi—?” Kelley blew a strand of hair out of her eyes. “Okay. Whatever.”
Bob’s pale green forehead furrowed faintly. “I don’t suppose your assailant was wearing exceptional quality footwear?”
“Yeah,” Kelley answered, startled. “Boots. Like motorcycle boots. Shiny black leather, silver buckles.”
“I didn’t exactly stop to count.”
Bob didn’t even crack a smile at her joke. “If you run into him again, I suggest you don’t.”
“What… washe?” Kelley asked, wavering between being intrigued and a little spooked. Bob, in her experience, didn’t exactly scare easy, but the ancient Fae’s expression had grown very dark, indeed.
Come on out and party with me and Clare and Allie and Milo!
If you’re in the Toronto area on March 22,
we would LOVE to see you!
By the way… speaking of EVERY NEVER AFTER… remember that Cover Reveal contest I announced here? The one I never mentioned a closing date for so… it never kinda ended? Yeah – that’s why I shouldn’t be allowed to organize things (don’t worry! other people are handling the party!). But, in honour of the full, fabulous cover art (see below) and impending launch, I’m declaring that contest STILL OPEN, with all entries still valid, and a closing date of March 15 – when I WILL CHOOSE, for realsies, the winners!
SO, for all of you who haven’t entered yet
(and for all of you who have and would like to enter again, I’ll totally count it)
I am SO FAR beyond THRILLED with this cover I can’t even!
Wait. Actually… Yes I can!!
Check it out:
The second book in the STARLING SAGA…
Fennrys drew his sword, sank into a crouch, and readied himself for the fight, the kill . . .
for the wave of blood-red battle madness that would carry him forward.
Because Fenn would be damned if he let Mason down again.
The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
I present to you…
Mason Starling in all her
BADASS, NIGHTMARE FOREST-Y GLORY!
I love this cover. I love how it goes with the cover of STARLING. I love how it shows the change in Mason from the first book to the second and hints at what’s to come in the third…
I love the title. It is so fitting on multiple levels.
I love the LOVELY blurbs on the back:
Praise for STARLING
“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.”—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey series
“I’d recommend anything by Lesley Livingston.”—Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author, in a USA Today article
“Livingston’s intense novel will satisfy eager readers.” —VOYA
“There are special effects and eye candy galore, making for a quick, pulse-pounding read.” —Publishers Weekly
And I LOVELOVELOVE the whole wraparound package, with the swords and green and trees:
In the throes of my LOVE, I’m putting up for grabs five copies of STARLING (for those of you who may not have gotten your hands on a copy yet, or want another one) and five ARC copies of DESCENDANT (for those of you itching to get your hands on book 2 in the series).
All you have to do is leave me a note HERE in the comment thread. If you have a preference for either STARLING or DESCENDANT, let me know. If you add it to your Goodreads list, that’s an extra entry. Follow me on Twitter? Extra entry. Facebook? That’s an extra entry, too. Pinterest? Extra entry. Blog about it? Extra entry. Tweet it? Extra entry. Tumblr? Extra entry… You get the idea! Tally ’em up and mention it in your comment! Then I’ll add ’em all up and choose winners by random number generator after the contest closes.
Open until Midnight, EST, March 15, 2013 – and… this one is open INTERNATIONALLY! (Void where prohibited or otherwise altered by legal restrictions)
Because the thing I LOVE the most… is YOU GUYS. (Fennrys and Mason are very fond of you, too.)
Hey hey, guys! I totally yoinked this from the blog of the fabulous Megan Crewe, whose brainchild this fabulous tour is!!
Check it out:
This news has been in the works for more than a month, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you. This November, preparation for the 2012 apocalypse, six Ontario authors of apocalyptic and dystopian YA fiction will be touring around the province, chatting with readers, signing books, and offering great prizes to those who attend!
The dates and details, if you have trouble reading the poster:
You’ll notice I mentioned prizes? As long as you show up some time while we’re there (I expect we’ll be at least two hours at each location), you can add your name to the entry list to be eligible for fabulous prizes!
If you’d like to help spread the word, you’re welcome to borrow that e-poster and any text from this post.
Here it is – the spectacular cover for the second book in my NEVER trilogy…
The sequel to ONCE EVERY NEVER…
EVERY NEVER AFTER
It’s happening again!
Despite their vow to each other at the end of Once Every Never, best friends Clare and Allie once more find themselves in trouble—and traveling in time. Indulging in a low-key vacation at Glastonbury Tor, taking part in an archaeological dig while soaking up the sights of summertime England, the girls have promised each other: no time travel shenanigans; no involvement with dangerous Druids or villainous museum thieves; and definitely no weirdness about the fact that Clare is now seriously dating Milo, Allie’s super-genius hottie cousin!
But when Allie makes an unexpected discovery at the dig site—a skull—the grisly artifact sends her spiraling back in time to a Roman encampment besieged by rampaging Celts. Caught between the Legions and the war band, Allie is rescued from certain death by Marcus, a young Roman soldier with a secret. As she struggles to survive in the past, Clare and Milo race desperately against time in the present to bring Allie home…before she loses her head OR her heart.
Massive kudos to the fine folks at Razorbill Canada for knocking this one out of the park!
To celebrate the cover reveal of EVERY NEVER AFTER,
I’m giving away
FIVE COPIES of the Newly Released Digest Format
version of the first book in the series…
ONCE EVERY NEVER!!
All you have to do link and/or re-post the EVERY NEVER AFTER cover, let me know in the comments below, and you’re entered! The more places you post or link, the more times you’re entered! (US and CANADA only)
In honor of the Canadian launch day of STARLING (I’m sorry, my American pals – you’ll have to wait just one more week! Just one – I promise!) I’m thrilled to be able to post this lovely review from Quill & Quire, a fantastic Canadian literary review magazine that I used to daydream about having my book reviewed in when I was a young lass in University!
From the September 2012 Issue of Quill & Quire Magazine:
Lesley Livingston; $17.99 paper 978-1-44340-
764-9, 352pp., 5½ x 8¼, HarperCollins
Canada, Aug. (Ages 13+) Reviewed from
advance reading copy
A modern spin on ancient mythology – a mix of Norse, Greek, and Egyptian – is at the centre of the latest supernatural offering from Toronto writer Lesley Livingston. In the first book of a forthcoming series, Mason Starling is a bold, raven-haired teenager with dreams of winning the national fencing championship at her elite New York City high school. But when a freak storm unleashes a swarm of otherworldly creatures and a fierce, handsome young fighter appears out of nowhere to save the day, Mason’s whole life is turned around – suddenly, she finds her fencing skills coming in handy for more than just competitions.
Inexplicably, the stranger who saved Mason remembers very little about his past other than his name: Fennrys Wolf (a character fans will recognize from Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy). The instant connection between Fenn and Mason is undeniable. As they work to uncover his identity, Mason discovers some dark secrets about her own family’s connections to Norse mythology and a foreboding prophecy.
Starling introduces a cast of complex, intriguing characters who change and grow in satisfying ways: there’s Calum, the crush-worthy fellow fencer torn between his jealousy of Fenn and his desire to do what’s right for Mason; Heather, the initially cold classmate who proves herself a dependable friend; and Mason’s older brothers, Rory and Roth, whose concept of family loyalty plays out in unexpected ways.
There are certain overwrought clichés at play here, which are seemingly impossible to avoid in the booming supernatural YA genre: once again, we have a teetering love triangle, an absent parent, and a gutsy heroine with a special skill. But by building mythology into an accessible, modern-day story, Livingston sets her book apart. Memorable characters and a plot replete with some staggering acts of loyalty and betrayal will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment. – Laura Godfrey, associate director of Bookclub-in-a-Box.
One of the first things I did when I moved into residence on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto, was seek out Convocation Hall. And then take a stroll down Philosopher’s Walk. Just in case. Y’know… just on the off chance that I would meet a tall, silver-haired, distinguished looking gentleman who, in reality was a wizard – a Mage from another world – looking for a handful of students to accompany him to that world. Epic adventure would then, naturally, ensue. Because, you see, that is what happened in my very favorite trilogy of books that I had been reading annually (at least!) for some years by that time.
That was some years ago.
Now, of course, I write. I write Young Adult fantasy. This trilogy of which I speak – these three extraordinary books, written by an extraordinary writer named Guy Gavriel Kay, that make up THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY – were the fantasy I read when I was a young adult. And although this series isn’t technically catagorized as such (indeed, I’m not entirely certain there was such a classification back then), if you like to read YA fantasy, you must – MUST – pick these books up.
THE SUMMER TREE, THE WANDERING FIRE, and THE DARKEST ROAD.
They are epic. They are transporting. They start in, of all places, Toronto (now my home town – see above!). They are heartbreaking and majestic and funny. They are steeped in mythology and folklore. They are bursting with a cast of characters that will stay with you forever and I sincerely mean that. Diarmuid (oh, Diarmuid… sigh…), Aileron (sigh…), Paul, Kevin, Jennifer, Kim, Dave, Loren Silvercloak (that Mage I mentioned earlier – and am still on the lookout for every time I’m around campus), Jaelle, Arthur (super sigh…), the list goes on. There are fantastical creatures and bloody battles. There is love and loss. The settings are rich and the story is layered and fascinating and, above all else, fun!
And I now have to go read them again. You should too.
Today is #FIONAVAR day on Twitter. That is because the good people at HarperCollins have decided to re-release them with new covers. This is an excellent idea. Because EVERYONE should get the chance to read these books. They made me want to read. More to the point, they made me want to write. Sonny and Kelley, Clare and Milo and Allie, Fennrys and Mason owe their existence, in no small measure, to these books.
These are the covers of the new editions. They are also gorgeous!
Of course, I’m not the only one who feels this way about these books. The lovely and talented Arthur Slade wrote this excellent post about the effect these books had on him not too long ago. When I read it, I felt like he was reading my mind. Arthur – I would like to join you on that desert island in a second comfy chair so we can sit silently and reread the whole dang trilogy front to back. In the evening, we’ll discuss. And raise a glass to the sons of Ailell. 😉
Hey hey!! I’m back! (Yes. Again. I know. I went away. Don’t look at me like that. “Deadline” has the word “Dead” in it.)
And I (finally) have the winners of the TEMPESTUOUS paperback giveaway! Thanks to everyone who tweeted the trailer and shared the love! To show you how much I appreciate it, I decided to give away not one copy each of the US and Canadian paperbacks… but TWO!! (cue streamer cannons and glitter bombs!) So that means… (wait… math is hard… for me…)… FOUR winners!! And I’ll sign and personalize them for you!
So! The random number generator has done its work… (drum roll)
Step right up and send me your mailing address deets to lesley (at) lesleylivingston (dot) com:
– Ana Barrios
– Anonymous (who is actually Alison, so via mom Heather O’Connor!)
Thanks to everyone who participated! I *heart* you guys BIG TIME!
I know! You all think I’ve been abducted by aliens (they were very polite and I’m not allowed to talk about it, thanks) but no! In fact, I’ve been head-down and powering through the first draft of STARLING 2! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
But I couldn’t let today go by without noting that TEMPESTUOUS, the third book in the WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy (CHECK OUT THE AWESOME TRAILER BELOW!) has just released in paperback format in the US and digest paperback in Canada! This… this is cause for celebration. For those of you holding off on reading the last book in the series until it was in a more portable (and cheaper!) format, this day is for YOU!
And, just to make it sooper-special, I’m going to give away a US copy (which has a preview of STARLING!!) and a CAN copy (which has a cool matte finish!!), and I will open this contest up INTERNATIONALLY.
All you have to do is REPOST or TWEET the TEMPESTUOUS trailer, seen below, and let me know that you did so in the comments! Contest closes midnight, EST, June 15, 2012!
And I also want to send a big THANK YOU to all of my readers who have embraced Sonny and Kelley and the rest of the WONDROUS STRANGE crew! It ain’t over yet!