Once again, Lucienne is all around the blogosphere touting the release of my latest adventures in Fangtabulous! Don't you just love minions? Since she's gone to all the trouble to do the interviews, I thought I'd post some links here, in case you want to hear more about her and her process. Oh, she still talks about me like I'm a figment of her imagination, but that's all part of my cover!
Magical Words (not so much an interview as a post about settings, particularly the on-the-spot research for Fangtabulous)
Later this month she'll be representing us on The Sunshine Tour, signing books on January 26th at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 7 pm and on January 27th at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers at 3 pm with a host of other young adult authors, including J.A. Souders, Karen Amanda Hooper, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Danielle Joseph, Heather Burch, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana and Trish Doller. They’re also doing a HUGE giveaway that you can check out here to celebrate the tour.
In February, she’ll be at Olde City, New Blood, which is going to be an amazing conference in St. Augustine, Florida from the 8th to the 10th. Tomorrow is the last day to register, so don’t delay! I can’t even tell you how many incredible authors will be featured, but among them are Jennifer Armentrout, Jennie Bentley/Jenna Bennett, Delilah S. Dawson, Nancy Haddock, Janice Hardy, Tes Hilaire… They’re all listed here. I/She hope(s) to see some of you there!
Just check out these rave reviews and Lucienne's About the Book:
For Fangtabulous: “Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character.
Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.” —Kirkus Reviews
For the Vamped series: “Readers who appreciate Diver’s light, dry humor will welcome back feisty Gina and her hunky boyfriend, Bobby… a welcome lighthearted departure from gloomy vampire romance.” —Booklist
“Diver spins an action-packed story that is filled with humor. Gina is a sassy heroine who tackles issues and challenges with proper vampire style.” —School Library Journal
“Diver successfully creates a vampire teen who is active and assertive and has no time for angst. Gina has a biting, sarcastic voice that makes the Vamped books quick and entertaining reads.”—VOYA
“There is enough grit and wit in this installment to keep adults engaged, as well as plugged-in co-eds. So take a fabulous spin. And stay tuned for book #4, Fangtabulous” — Comicmix
About the book:
Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.
Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it's rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials. Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are...fanged federal fugitives.
There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. But what about all those other wonderful book sout there? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that's what this blog hop is all about, books you may not have heard about, but you might end up loving.
This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you're bound to find some books you'll love! Maybe you'll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.
Lucienne was tagged by Gennita Low. You can learn all about Gennita's new book Tempting Trouble on her blog: www.rooferauthor.blogspot.com
This blog hope includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author's current work in progress, so here's a little info from Lucienne about hers:
1. What is the working title of your book?
I'm not quite ready to talk about my WIP, because it's darker than what I've done before, and I'm still feeling my way through it. I can say that it will be young adult, mainstream and suspenseful, with no paranormal elements at all, which will be quite a departure from my Vamped and Latter-Day Olympians series!
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m going to shift over to the Vamped series here, since the latest of those books, Fangtabulous, is coming out in just a few weeks! I love the Vamped series (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer), because nothing is really sacred. My heroine is a teen fashionista, who thinks of herself as trying to beautify, not belittle the world one person at a time. Her world gets a whole lot darker when she doesn’t survive her senior prom and wakes to discover that she’s now tanning-impaired and lacking a reflection with which to fix her hair and makeup. Then there’s the fact that she’s legally dead. Oh, and the vile vampiress making a play for power and willing to use Gina and her other “accident” prone classmates to fight her war. The theme of the series, really, is change. Not only is nothing safe from snark, but nothing is really safe from change, whether it be from life to death or…well, you’d have to read it to find out!
But to answer the question, when my publisher (Flux) contracted me for the fourth book in the series, I knew that I wanted to take my characters someplace they’d never been and throw them into a situation they’d never encountered before. I wanted them to face the question of how to fight a body-swapping spirit. Where better to do that than in Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted city in America. Of course, I’d never been there either, so I had to take a visit. Luckily, I had a native guide, a friend I’d known since I did my first local theatre show when I was 14. The town itself and its history with the witch trials provided all the inspiration I could possibly want, and all the plot and setting details came out of that visit.
3: What genre does your book fall under?
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Latter-Day Olympians: I'd love maybe Melina Kanakaredes for Tori Karacis (my heroine with just enough gorgon blood to stop men in their tracks). I'd love John Stamos, maybe, for Detective Nick Armani, and Daniel Craig or Jeremy Renner for Apollo, who's described as having torquiose eyes and blonde waves of hair.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
For the latest book, Fangtabulous: When vampires on the run from the black ops unit to which they’d formerly belonged look to Salem, Mass. as the perfect hiding place, they discover that they’re not the only things that go bump in the night…and they’re far from the deadliest.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping to find a great publishing house for my new, darker WIP as well, but I’m going to wait until I have it finished and polished to a high gloss before I even think of shopping it, and then it will be through an agent. My current series are out through Flux Books and Samhain.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Fangtabulous took me approximately six months. The WIP…that’s going to take me considerably longer. It’s the most ambitious and emotionally draining concept I’ve ever tackled. I just hope I’m up to the challenge.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
For the Vamped series…maybe Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth or Christopher Moore’s You Suck: A Love Story if he were a bit more YA oriented. Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and Fangtabulous are very tongue-in-cheek. Long and Short Reviews described the first Latter-Day Olympians novel as "a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan." I sure can't do any better than that! From these descriptions, you can see why a dark and highly emotional WIP is a little scary for me.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Yup, definitely back to the WIP here. What inspired me…let’s just say childhood trauma and leave it at that…for now. I’m sure that when my WIP sees the light of day I’ll feel compelled to say more on the subject. Maybe I’ll even be ready for it.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
On the new novel Fangtabulous: vampires, witches, objects of power, ghosts with the power not only to affect the physical world, but to kill. How do you catch a killer with no form and no forwarding address? Read it to find out!
Here is a list of authors who will be joining the hop for week 26 on December 19th. I hope you’ll visit their blogs next week and learn more about their books. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!
It's nearly that time again! The Crossroads Blog Tour returns October 21st to 28th with thirteen fabulous young adult authors, and the chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with a title by each author:
Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth, Killer’s Instinct
Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Anastasia Forever. Soho Press (forthcoming May 2013) – The Sweet Dead Life
Stacey Kade – Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body & Soul
Amanda Ashby – Speak – You Had Me at Halo, Zombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day, Demonosity
Lucienne Diver – Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic, Fangtabulous
Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring, The Torn Wing
Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss
Christine Fonseca – Compass Press – Transcend, Libera Me
Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young Readers -Taste In Boys, Bad Hair Day
Dawn Dalton – Leap Books - SPIRITED Anthology, Killer’s Instinct
Leanna Renee Hieber - Sourcebooks – Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1), The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)
Ty Drago - Sourcebooks – The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead
Janet Fox – Speak – Faithful, Forgiven, Sirens
I'm paired this year with Christine Fonseca, and our schedule of blog appearances is below, along with links!
21st Late Bloomer
23rd Most Wanted Monsters
24th Mundie Moms
26th Scribing Shadows
27th For What It’s Worth
#1 - VAMPED is right now specially priced for Kindle at $1.99, so if you haven't read my adventures yet (makes you cool, everybody's doing it), now would be the perfect time to start!
#2 - My fourth adventure, FANGTABULOUS, is coming out on January 8th. It's set in Salem, Massachussets, which has to be the most haunted town in America, so set your sights on some extra-special spookiness. I'm so stoked for this one! Oh, and cover reveal!
#3 - My chronicler, Lucienne Diver, has updated her events page. She's got two very cool things coming up in October: Necronomicon in St. Pete Beach, FL and the 3rd Annual Trash to Fashion event at the Leesburg Public Library in Leesburg, FL. If you're fashionably inclined and between the ages of 8 to 19, sign up now to participate and show off your own recycled wearable art! Or if you appreciate the ingenuity of others and want to check out what these fabulous folks come up with, please please come and support them! (Oh yes, and Lucienne's emceeing again because I still don't show up on camera. Boo. At least she's consulting me on her wardrobe choices so that she can properly represent!) Hope to see some of you there!
Also, Lucienne is doing a fangtastic thing. Did you know that over a billion people in the world don't have safe water. I'm talking not just to bathe in, but even to drink? Totally unacceptable. She and other publishing pros are donating critiques that are being auctioned off to raise money for water projects. I hope you'll join in, either on the critique auction or in some other way. (If you want to see how Lucienne works first, critique-wise, her pre-auction interview posted yesterday here.)
A pic from the Land O Lakes Library local author fair this past Saturday. That's Lucienne signing. Also in the pic are her mother (left), her cousin (middle) and grandmother (right), who all seemed to have gotten the black and white memo. Their friend Marie from the church not so much, but that just means she stands out like a hothouse flower, right?
Yeah, this is me talking. Standing out is its own reward.
Did I mention that the book Lucienne signed most was my THIRD adventure, Fangtastic? Yeah, I'm pretty excited. But here's something new trending...people are NOT talking about me. Or, not enough, anyway. I know, right? Nearly inconceivable! But here's the thing, it's prompted Lucienne to offer right out in public, on FACEBOOK, no less, to trade hugs for reviews. On B&N online, Amazon, blogs, wherever. She's not picky! Oh, the shame. On the upside, she never said they had to be good reviews, so technically it's not bribery, right? Anyway, if you can help an author out, I know she'd appreciate it. Authors...so needy!
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