Posts Tagged ‘vamped’

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

Which part of the title got you?  Nah, it’s okay, you don’t have to tell me.

I’m so excited that I’ve gotten to tweak and reissue my first two young adult novels, Vamped and Revamped, now at just $3.99!  Check out the snazzy new covers (though if you haven’t read the first yet, don’t read the cover copy on the second!).  The books are already up for Kindle.  Nook, Kobo, iTunes and POD versions should be available shortly, as will the third in the series, Fangtastic!  In the meantime, I know that Flux still has print copies available of Vamped, Revamped and Fangtabulous.  Get them while supplies last!

vamped new VAMPED by Lucienne Diver (and for Nook)

Gina Covello’s “Rules for Surviving Your Senior Prom” (spring issue of Modern Goth Magazine):

Rule #1: Do not get so loaded at the after prom party that you accidentally-on-purpose end up in the broom closet with the surprise hottie of the evening, say the class chess champ who’s somewhere lost his bottle-cap lenses and undergone an extreme makeover, especially if that makeover has anything to do with becoming one of the undead.

Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning. There’s very little she can’t put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophecied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council.

Hey, if anyone’s going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disaster and her own fanged fate.

Quotes

“VAMPED is a total delight! Diver delivers a delightful cast of undead characters and a fresh, fast take on the vampire mythos. Next installment, please!”   — Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series

“Those who enjoy a good giggle will respond eagerly to this brassy, campy romp.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Teenagers will likely bite at the fun premise of Diver’s YA debut, first in a planned series…. Readers will be entertained by some great one-liners.” —Publishers Weekly

“This quick read is filled with teen slang and fashion consciousness; it’s a lighthearted, action-packed, vampire romance story following in the vein of Julie Kenner’s “Good Ghouls” (Berkley), Marlene Perez’s “Dead” (Harcourt), and Rachel Caine’s “The Morganville Vampires” (Signet) series. A sequel is in the works.” —School Library Journal

“Diver uses wit and adventure to hook readers with this teen vampire story.” —VOYA

Revamped new REVAMPED by Lucienne Diver

Having survived super spy club training, Gina, Bobby and their fanged friends are sent on their first mission—undercover at a New York high school where some seriously weird stuff is going down.  As excited as Gina is to get out of spook central, she’s less than impressed with her new identity as goth-girl Geneva Belfry.  No color palette to speak of; more chains than a bike rack; and don’t even get her started on the shoes.  About the only thing she can say for her all-black wardrobe is that it’s great for hiding blood spatter and other fashion faux pas.

And there will be blood.

Kids at the high school are going crazy—sudden outbreaks of violence, kids sleepwalking through school or dropping out entirely. Serious magic surges have been detected in the area, along with a mysterious and nearly mythic figure…someone who should be long dead and at least thrice buried.

Quotes

“This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action. Diver has written a supernatural sequel to Vamped that will attract even reluctant readers.”   —VOYA, reviewed by Ava Ehde

“Gina, the 17-year-old fashionista of the undead, is back and as sassy as ever. Thoroughly enjoyable, this sequel is a light, fizzy read… listening in on Gina’s thoughts and quick-witted dialogue is what makes this such a treat.” —Kirkus Reviews

Revamped by Lucienne Diver was witty, sweet, and just dark enough to ignite my morbid taste buds.”   —Bitten by Books

“Perfect for teens and adults, this is a book to share, savor and revisit. Revamped is full of smart, spot-on dialogue, engaging, authentic characters and a plot that’s so much fun it’s impossible not get swept up.” —Examiner.com

“Lucienne Diver has once again written a truly funny story, while still holding on to the adventure and mystique of the undead.”   —Once Upon a Romance

Oh, and the promised crime scene curtains?  The hotel for the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2014 Conference (the Novotel Olympic Park) had…some very special decor.  As an example, here are the crime scene curtains.  Tell me that doesn’t look like blood spatter!  I felt like I was sleeping in an episode of CSI!

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Hmm, maybe they just wanted me to feel really, really comfortable:

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I swear, I’m really a very nice person! I hardly shed any blood at all…that would be a waste!

First, huge congratulations to Amy Christine Parker, whose debut young adult thriller GATED is up for a YA Books Central Choice Award for Best Teen Horror/Thriller of 2013!  To vote or to find new books to love, check out the Choice Awards here!  (And if you want to check out GATED for yourself, there’s a free sampler available from Random House Children’s!)

Also, a quick reminder that I’m doing a GoodReads chat today from 1:30-3:30 pm ET. Even if you’re busy at the time, you can leave questions now and come back for the answers later or tune in any time to see what questions were asked and answered.  If you’re here on my blog, you probably already know my relevant deets, but just in case, here’s a handy dandy bio:

Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years with Spectrum Literary Agency in New York. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers’ Choice, Golden Heart, Romantic Times and Colorado Book Awards, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.  Clients include such bestsellers as Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Rob Thurman, Susan Krinard, Kalayna Price and many others.

She’s also an author in her own right with her Vamped young adult series for Flux Books (VAMPED, REVAMPED, FANGTASTIC and FANGTABULOUS) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (BAD BLOOD, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD and RISE OF THE BLOOD), which Long and Short Reviews calls, “delightful Urban Fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan.”  In addition, she’s written short stories and essays that have appeared in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen) and the anthology Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books). Further information is available on The Knight Agency website and her author site.

Whew, I’ve been busy!

I’ve been promising my fans a new Vamped series short story, and here it is! “Of Blood and Bacon” was written for the BACONTHOLOGY, put together by John Ordover as part of the fundraising for the Reach for the Stars Learning Center, a not-for-profit school dedicated to helping children with autism.  I hope you enjoy!

Of Blood and Bacon

“Oh my god, I miss bacon so much it’s crazy!” Marcy said before I could.

We were vamps—Marcy, my best friend forever (now in the literal sense), me, and my boyfriend, Bobby.  The fourth at our table, Brent, was the only one of us still human.  While we could have kept driving all night, he needed to fill up on caffeine and calories in the form of, among other things, the salty goodness of the gods.  Well, some gods.  Others frowned on that sort of thing, from what I understood.  But then, they frowned on us vampires too.  Frowning, in my book, was a bad business, leading to wrinkles and the lowering of endorphins and all that jazz.  Smiling took more muscles and had been proven to trigger the release of…I don’t know, some chemical that gave your mood a swift kick in the pants.

Brent, Marcy’s main minion…er, man…held her gaze as he ate another piece.  Slowly.  Almost sensually.

I sort of hated him right then.  I mean, blood was all well and good, but when it was all you had to look forward to for the rest of eternity…you started to wish it came with flavor packets, like Crystal Light.

“Yeah, yeah, whatever,” Marcy said, as cranky as I felt.  “Hurry it up.  We’ve got to find a place to hole up before sunrise.”

It was close to that now.  Luckily, Dana’s All-Night Diner was, well, self-explanatory.

There was an outburst of laughter from the booth next to us, and we all turned to see what they were getting into this time.  Four guys, three girls, all looking late teens or early twenties, just like us.  Unlike us, they all still had a pulse…at least, the ones whose veins I could see, sporting short hair, rockin’ ponytails or, in one case, wearing a strapless dress that left little to the imagination…or, almost wearing it, anyway.  Every time she bent forward there seemed a fifty-fifty chance of fall-out.

Five minutes ago, one of the guys had hidden a little creamer cup in his hand, put that hand to his eye and then pretended to stab it with a fork.  The girls shrieked as cream came spurting out in lieu of blood, and the guys had laughed uproariously.

I squinted to see what was going on now.  We vamps had pretty awesome extrasensory, uh, senses.  I could see and hear way beyond the norm, and my reflexes were epic.  Some of us could do other things.  Special.  Like me being able to go all ghosty and Bobby’s ability to move things with his mind.  But whatever was going on this time, I couldn’t see it.  At least, not at first.  It was only by following the gazes of the others at the table that I spotted the fly in Funnyboy’s food.  I was guessing from the reaction of the others—sly and amused glances tossed back and forth—that he’d put it there to weasel out of the check.  Not for the first time, I wondered if they’d consumed enough that they’d taste like bacon and whether I had time for a quick snack.

“Do you see that?” I asked the others at my table quietly.

“Fly in the food?” my boy, Bobby, asked.  “Yup, saw it.  I have an idea.  Watch this.”

I turned back toward the other table to watch, not caring if they noticed.

Now that I’d spotted the fly, I didn’t know how I’d missed it.  It was big.  Horsefly sized, maybe.  As Bobby stared at it, the fly’s wings began to beat.  In surprise, I looked from the fly to Bobby to the reactions around the other table.  Funnyboy hadn’t seen it yet, but suddenly one of the girls jumped and pointed at his plate.

“It’s alive!” she said, voice quaking, like it was Frankenstein’s monster rather than a little old fly.

Everyone went silent and stared.

“Dude, you didn’t make sure it was dead first?” one of the other guys laughed.

“But I did.  It was,” Funnyboy said, more bafflement than fear in his voice.

But then the fly rose from his plate as if from the dead and buzzed him, “flying” right for his open mouth.  He snapped it shut, and the fly bounced off his lips, headed for his nose.

The girls were in full-on freak-out now, screaming and crawling over each other to try to escape their booth.

When Funnyboy slapped the fly away from his nose, it made for the girls, dive-bombing their hair, brushing past their ears.

They screamed more loudly and stampeded out of the restaurant, fly in hot pursuit, until it hit the door and dropped like, well, like a fly.  Funnyboy and his friends were left behind with the check…and no fly to lessen the load.

It was our turn to quake with laughter.  The waitress rushed over to the rowdy table to check on the commotion and the boys tried to explain about the dead fly that wasn’t.  She stood over them with arms crossed, looming until they settled the check, and then escorted them out.  Never to return, I was guessing.  I vowed to double her tip for our table.

“That was fun!” Bobby said, blue eyes shining.  A smile on his face.  Endorphins or whatever probably flooding his system.

“Guess we should settle up,” Brent said, finally pushing back from his All  American or whatever lumberjack special he’d ordered.  “Can I get a to go box?” he asked the waitress.

She gave him a tired smile and a “Sure, hon.”

Me, I’d just seen my breakfast walk out the door—meals on heels.  Marcy and I exchanged a look.  “We’ll be right back,” I said for us both.

“Ladies room?” Brent asked.

“Something like that,” Marcy said with a secret smile.  We both slipped out of the booth.  “Be good,” Brent warned.

“Always,” Marcy tossed over her shoulder.

And we were.  We didn’t take much.  But yes, they tasted like bacon and maple syrup and home cooking.  We were in heaven.  Or as close as we were ever likely to get.

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You can read the previous free Vamped story here or check out the series.

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Two quick things here before I run off and type like my fingers are on fire.  (Just finished writing RISE OF THE BLOOD last night and now have to type it all into my computer, print out and revise by Feb. 15th.  No pressure!  Oh, and read two proposals and a full while making time for Superbowl on Sunday!)

Fangtabulous   First, City of Books has posted a great new review for FANGTABULOUS, the latest in my Vamped series, and is also offering up four signed books for a giveaway!  There’s still time to enter to win.  I hope you will.  These books need a good home!

Second, the next round of stops on the multi-author Sunshine Tour have been announced.  It’s a great bunch of young adult writers with very varied sorts of books – something for everyone from paranormal to mainstream contemporary to historical.  I hope if you’re anywhere in the Orlando, Clearwater or Tampa area you’ll check us out!

 
Saturday March 2nd at 2pm
Location: Barnes & Noble
3049 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787

 
Sunday March 3rd at 3pm
Attending: Heather Burch, Karen Amanda Hooper, Anna Banks, J.A. Souders, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lucienne Diver, Gaby Triana, Trish Doller, Laura Sullivan, and Kristen Simmons.Location: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
23654 US 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33765

 
I’m going to be hosting some of the Sunshine Tour authors on my blog, starting with Heather Burch on Tuesday with advice for aspiring authors and a little about her successful Halfling series. Please stop back on by!
Also, there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered into our HUGE Sunshine Tour giveaway, details here.

Killing MoonShadowed SunWhile we’re on the subject of “Best of” lists, holiday book recommendations, et. al., iO9 has come out with their Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012 list.  Fabulously (and unsurprisingly to those who’ve read and loved her), N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series, THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN, made the list!

nexusIn other news, SF Squeecast, Episode 19 squees about some amazing authors, among them, Ramez Naam, whose debut sf thriller NEXUS you might have heard me talk about just a bit.

risktaker_smKira Sinclair has entered The Next Big Thing blog hop, and I’m pleased to present her post at The Writing Playground about her new book THE RISK-TAKER and what’s inspired her to write about a reckless POW who just wants to forget and the journalist (and girl who got away) who wants him to do anything but.

IceyBooks is doing an exclusive cover reveal today on Amy Christine Parker’s incredible debut (coming in August from Random House Children’s Books), GATED.  Since it’s about an apocalyptic cult, it’s entirely appropriate that today’s the day.  Assuming the world doesn’t actually end, I can HIGHLY recommend that you check this one out!

FangtabulousAnd a reminder that FANGTABULOUS, the fourth book in my Vamped series that began with VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC, is coming out in just a couple of weeks (though it may be shipping a little early!).  I may be a little biased, but I think this is a great young adult series for those who might like their tongue firmly implanted in cheek.  Or a little bark with their bite.  Kirkus Reviews gave FANGTABULOUS this amazing review, “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.”  I think this might be the best present ever!  (The review, I mean, though if you take it as referring to the books, well, I certainly won’t protest.)  Buy early and often!

Okay, now really and truly signing off (temporarily) for the holidays.

There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those other wonderful books out there? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five 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.

I was tagged by Gennita Low. You can learn more about her book Tempting Trouble on her blog, www.rooferauthor.blogspot.com

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

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 is 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?

My Vamped series is young adult paranormal/urban fantasy.  My Latter-Day Olympians series is urban fantasy aimed toward adults.

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4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Vamped: My heroine Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged, I see looking like Selena Gomez but with green contact lenses (Gina’s eyes are jade).  My hero, Bobby, looks like a young Zac Efron. Yum!

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!

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Janice Hardy

Megan Kelley Hall

Kira Sinclair

Ramez Naam