Hey hey! It’s April! And it looks like it’s shaping up to be a busy month. Here are some upcoming appearances I’ve got scheduled. If any of you guys in in the area, I’d LOVE it if you’d come on out and say “hi!”
Guest of Honour at AD ASTRA April 13, 14 & 15, 2012 Markham Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
This is one of my favorite SFF literary conventions. One of the first ones I ever attended back in the days when I was still an unpublished whippersnapper! I’m beyond thrilled that the Ad Astra folks have see fit to invite me to be a Guest of Honour this year.
Come on out! It’s a blast!
On Saturday, join me and Mark Askwith from SPACE for a special one-on-one hour where I’ll be giving out special sneak-peek previews of STARLING to attendees!
Well… last week kinda went sideways, what with the death of the hard drive in my MacAIR and all (Bob is dead! Long live AlsoBob!). There was panicking and tears and recriminations and–thankfully–not too much work lost on the current book. But… yeah. It got ugly there for a bit. Yeesh.
But! I’m finally able to announce the three winners, chosen at random, of the WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy sets! Thank you so much to everyone who entered and tweeted and blogged and spread the STARLING cover love! I adore you all!
In fact, I adore you all soooo much that I’ll be holding another giveaway plenty soon! (No hints, except to say that I might just have recently received a few shiny shiny STARLING Advance Reader Copies…) WATCH THIS SPACE!!
And now — without further ado — congratulations to:
As you can see, I have been blessed by the Goddess of Cover Art Awesomeness once again!
There’s very little I can say about this cover other than I am THRILLED TO DEATH AND BEYOND!!
“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.” ~ Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the IRON FEY series
“A must read for all mythology fans!” ~ Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of STARCROSSED
“Love is just the beginning… of the end.”
When Mason Starling rescues an unconscious young man from the ravages of a terrible storm—and he rescues her from the otherworldly creatures lurking in that storm—little does she know her whole life is about to spiral dramatically, mystically out of control. Someone is trying to kill her, someone else is trying to use her, and the only one who seems willing to help her is the tantalizing, dangerous stranger who can’t even remember who—or what—he is. All he remembers is his name: Fennrys Wolf.
What Fennrys doesn’t know is that, thanks in part to his past actions, a crack has appeared in the barrier between the mortal world and the Beyond Realms. The crack has opened up a nexus of dark energy in the middle of the East River and it’s attracting the attention of powerful entities on both sides of the rift.
Because of that, a longstanding truce involving the members of several ancient underworld cartels is now in jeopardy. Mason, Fennrys, and the students of elite Gosforth Academy—a neutral-ground “safe haven” for children of the Families—soon find themselves caught in the crossfire as the servants of the warring pantheons fight to see whose gods come out on top…and whose demons go down in flames.
Set in New York City, with all its dark, gritty sparkle, the STARLING saga explores the spaces between the worlds and the realms of the ancient gods… only a heartbeat beyond. It’s a tale spun from ancient mythologies—Norse and Greek and Egyptian—filled to the brim with adventure, danger, and romance, and played out against the backdrop of a city with its own siren-song.
From the universe of Lesley Livingston’s WONDROUS STRANGE, a new series and captivating heroine make their exciting debut.
See?? Thrilled!! In fact, I’m SO thrilled, I’m going to share my thrillitude! And that means…
That’s right. I have three – count ’em three – SIGNED, HARDCOVER, TRILOGY SETS of my WONDROUS STRANGE series available to win!
All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog. Extra entry if you tweet this post, Two extra entries if you post the cover of STARLING on your own blog! (Just let me know in your comment!)
I’ll be accepting entries until Midnight, EST on March 15! (USA and Canada)
I salute you! And I belatedly bring you the following good news!
(After a SOOPER-EXTENDED blogging hiatus, I know, and it ain’t ending just yet – these books don’t write themselves, y’know!)
LAST WEEK, PUBLISHER’S MARKETPLACE ANNOUNCED:
Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr’s THE WIGGINS WEIRD, about two young cousins growing up in a drive-in movie theatre in a middle-of-nowhere town, who are faced with a series of strange occurrences that can only be solved with the help of their extensive knowledge of B-Movie trivia, to Lynne Missen at Penguin Canada, by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
That’s right, true-believers, a NEW SERIES! Co-written with the AWESOME Jonathan Llyr!
It’s my first foray into middle grade and it promises to be a TON of FUN!
Last night, I held a party for the launch of ONCE EVERY NEVER. It was an enormous amount of fun that I will tell you guys all about in another post.
What I wanted to say here is that I’m SO excited because last night, my lovely and talented editor at Penguin Canada stood up and announced that there will be two–count ’em–two more books in the series!! So, really? I like it… A LOT!
They are tentatively titled EVERY NEVER AFTER and NOW AND FOR NEVER.
I’m pretty stoked about it! (I’m also a freaking genius at understatement!!!)
I mean – How can I not be thrilled about this?? Especially after all the fun I had last night with this first book!
(How can you NOT have fun when you have a bunch of Roman and Celtic warrior types there to make sure you have fun. Or else!)
(photos yoinked from the lovely Chrystal at He Followed Me Home!)
Come celebrate the Summer Solstice and launch of ONCE EVERY NEVER with me at the Dominion on Queen Restaurant and Pub (500 Queen Street East, Toronto) on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm! I will be reading, signing, there will be live music, drinks, books available for purchase and more fun than you can shake a stick at. A really big stick!
What a LOVELY way to start my day! The very first email I opened up was from my wonderful Spanish publisher, ViceVersa Editorial, sending me the cover art for the third book in the Wondrous Strange trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS. Or — as it will be called in Spain — LA ULTIMA FUNCION! Isn’t it lovely?
I really love the treatment ViceVersa has given the entire series but I think this one, in particular, knocks it out of the park! I love Kelley’s wings (and I so love how they change from cover to cover, just like they do in the books), I love the fierceness of her expression, I love the dichotomy between the mortal and faeire realms… and I LOVE the fact that a certain kelpie gets a bit of screen time, too!
I also love the title, which traslates as THE LAST PERFORMANCE or THE FINAL ACT. How perfect is that??
The Spanish edition will launch on May 12, 2011.
And just in case you’ve forgotten what the previous two covers looked like… here you go!
I know. I’ve been away. Busy, busy. Working on copy edits for ONCE EVERY NEVER. Working on the first draft of STARLING #1. Working on a short story…
And that story is what this blog post is about, though it pains me to have to write this.
I was asked to contribute a short story to a faerie anthology, Wicked Pretty Things, and I was very excited to do so. The line-up of authors assembled includes some of the brightest lights in the YA world and I was thrilled to be asked to participate. I penned a tale set in the WONDROUS STRANGE universe, featuring two of my favourite supporting characters from the series, Maddox and Chloe, set in the days after TEMPESTUOUS but still a stand-alone story. I thought it was a really fun way to revisit that world, post-series — something for both readers who are already fans of my books, as well those unfamiliar with them.
Except that story isn’t going to see the light of day now. At least, not in that publication.
I’m sorry to say that I have pulled my submission based on the treatment a fellow author received regarding that same anthology. She wrote a love story that happened to take place between two male characters. The editor asked her to change it to a male/female story. She refused. I respect and support that decision. I also respect and support the decisions made by all of my fellow authors regarding this issue. My decision to pull my submission is a personal one. I’m doing what I feel is right, based on what I believe. And that is this: gay or straight or somewhere inbetween, love is love. Full stop.
And now I’m going to crawl back into my writer-cave and work on another story.