So excited that my third Latter-Day Olympians novel, RISE OF THE BLOOD, is out in print today, just in time for the fourth, BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD, to release in digital on September 16th!  (Obligatory links below.)

I Smell SheepOf course, my celebration is a little stymied this morning, by my heroine, Tori Karacis, taking me to task over everything I’ve put her through.  It’s true!  Check out the proceedings over at I Smell Sheep.   (There’s a giveaway in it for you…that not I’m trying to win the court of public opinion or anything!)

RiseOfTheBlood72lg RISE OF THE BLOOD by Lucienne Diver

Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million, Mysterious Galaxy, Indiebound, Powell’s

Book Blurb: Tori Karacis’s face is on the front of yet another tabloid “news”paper, linked to Hollywood hottie Apollo Demas. It was ONE dinner, and she was pissed with him at the time. But that’s the least of her worries. Just before leaving for her cousin’s destination wedding in Delphi, she learns that her arch nemeses, Zeus and Poseidon, have escaped police custody.

Despite looking forward to seeing Detective Nick Armani in a tux, her bad pre-flight jitters are confirmed when Apollo, with his sexy new co-star on his arm, boards the same plane. A plane that a freak storm nearly tears out of the sky.

What awaits them atop Mount Parnassus is even more deadly. A prophecy, a kidnapping, and a bloodletting that stirs up the mother of all trouble-literally. Rhea is awakened, and she’s none too happy with her offspring for losing their usurped dominion over the Earth.

The Olympians have fallen. It’s time for the Titans to rise again. Which means it’ll be a bad day for anyone standing in their way.

Warning: Bloodbath or blissful union…either way, the stakes are high in this destination Delphi wedding high atop the peaks of Mount Parnassus. Passions will flare, Titans will rise, monsters will awake, blood will boil and some will spill.

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Book Blurb:  Tori wakes after Rise of the Blood to two very shocking realizations: one, she’s in bed with a very naked Apollo, having lost the fight to resist their attraction. Two, she still has her wings. Not dinky little fairy wings. Full-scale, cover-’em-with-a-trench-coat bat wings.

Apollo suggests consulting the Gray Sisters on the wings. Those cannibalistic, psychopathic oracles who, even with only one tooth and one eye among them, manage to see too much. As in a Rapture, zombie-apocalypse, biblical-plague, hellgates-busted-open the end of the world.

While the Sisters are perfectly on board with death and destruction, the thinning of the human herd doesn’t sit well with them at all. They’ll help her. All she has to do is save the world.

Tori and her team trace the origin of the plagues to New York City, which is under quarantine and martial law—as if that’s enough to stop the influx of gods and gorgons, dragons and demons. But as death threatens from without, betrayal lurks within Tori’s ranks. And nobody is safe. Nobody.

Warning: Betrayal and bad-assery, sensuality and a sizzling hot sun god. Death, demons, destruction and, potentially, the end of the world as we know it…zombie style.

 

I don’t know about you all, but to me there are few things more exciting than the start of a new series!  Diana Pharaoh Francis’s novel TRACE OF MAGIC releases tomorrow, beginning her Diamond City Magic series.  For an early taste of things, Literary Escapism has Di as a guest author today.  Romantic Times Book Reviews has given it 4½ stars and a Top Pick! rating and raves abound (see below).

beyond our stars small In other news, Marie Langager’s debut young adult science fiction thriller/romance, BEYOND OUR STARS, is available for $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time.  Great time to support a new author and get yourself a fast and fantastic read for the long Labor Day weekend.

rock addiction As if all that wasn’t enough, you can get an exclusive excerpt right now of ROCK ADDICTION, Nalini Singh’s bad-boy, rockstar contemporary romance coming September 9th!

 Trace of Magic cover TRACE OF MAGIC by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Even the most powerful tracers can’t track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Lock Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I’ll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.

Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she’s on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.

Quotes:

“Wonderfully fun read! The perfect mix of magic, sleuthing, action, and romance—with a likeable, wise-cracking heroine in a dangerous, well-developed world. I couldn’t put it down.” —Barb Hendee, Co-Author of the Noble Dead Saga

“Best book of the year! Best new character of the year! Best new series all year! I. Loved. This. Book. You gotta read it.” — Faith Hunter, author of the bestselling Jane Yellowrock series

“When an exceptional author kicks off an exciting new series, it’s reason to rejoice. From the start, Diamond City, located in an old volcano caldera in Colorado, is nearly a character itself as its denizens are stuck in the middle of a magical gang turf war over diamonds and drugs…. The action is nonstop and the danger palpable in this amazing tale.” – Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4½ Star Top Pick!

“Diana Pharaoh Frances has crafted a winning paranormal mystery that mixes sizzling sex, magic, and a decades old search for artifacts that could change their world.” —Jeanne Stein, Bestselling Author of The Anna Strong Chronicles

“Trace of Magic caught me up fast and pulled me in tight for a fun, action-and-sass adventure full of deadly magic and dangerous romance. Diana Pharaoh Francis delivers a downright terrific read.” —Devon Monk, nationally Bestselling Author of HELL BENT

“A vividly written world of magic and kick-ass action.“ —D.B. Reynolds, Bestselling Author of The Vampires in America series

“A kickass thrill ride with magic, sex, guns and mystery.” —John Hartness, Bestselling Author of The Black Knight Chronicles

The Quillery has a great interview of Dixie Lyle and a write up of the new Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot mystery series from St. Martin’s! That and the brand new release of the second in the series, TO DIE FUR (following on the heels of A TASTE FUR MURDER, which you can right now check out in digital for only $2.99!) gives me the perfect chance to, er, crow about this fabulous new series! 

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A TASTE FUR MURDER:

Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…

Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. For some strange reason, Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. And, ready or not, in this mystery from Dixie Lyle, the fur’s about to hit the fan…

Still reeling, Foxtrot comes home to find her cat Tango—her dead cat Tango—alive and well and communicating telepathically. But that’s not all: There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail…and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. So when a coworker drops dead while organizing closets, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects—human and otherwise—before death takes another bite?

TO DIE FUR:

Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster is back. With trusted companions Whiskey and Tango, she’s on the prowl for a brand-new predator…

Deirdre has her hands full, as usual. Working as a Jill-of-all-trades for a zany billionaire like Zelda Zoransky means the daily grind is closer to a juggling act, and this week is no exception—especially when her side job is directing spiritual traffic in Zelda’s pet cemetery. With ZZ hosting a party for some of the world’s wealthiest animal collectors and a rare albino liger named Augustus in residence at the private zoo, Foxtrot is ready for trouble to take a big bite out of her schedule…

She doesn’t have to wait long. The half-ton big cat is dead, and there’s a houseful of colorful suspects, each one wackier than the next. But if they were all bidding to buy him, who would want Augustus dead? With the help of Tango’s feline telepathy and Whiskey the canine shapeshifter, Foxtrot learns that there’s much more to Augustus than meets the eye. Now they just have to sniff out a killer before any more fur flies…

MARKED FUR MURDER: Coming March 2015

QUOTES:

“A clever new series that deftly blends cozy mystery with the paranormal, and that is sure to please readers of both genres. Dixie Lyle’s debut, A TASTE FUR MURDER, is original and witty, with a twisting plot that contains more than a few ‘shocks’.  I’m looking forward to more adventures featuring the Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot gang.” —Ali Brandon, author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series

“A delightful, funny mystery filled with eccentric and colorful characters, be they humans, animals or spirits. Dixie Lyle will entertain the reader page after page!” —Leann Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Cats in Trouble Mysteries

“excellently written, a joy to read, and had a murder plot so fantastical that it was a mystery to the very end.” —Murder by Death

Dixie Lyle is my new favorite detective author!” —Of Thoughts and Words

This is wonderfully charming, unique, and delightfully original mystery; with bite.” —King’s River Life

“A TASTE FUR MURDER is the first in a new series that animal lovers will adore! Dixie Lyle incorporates the best elements of the cozy and paranormal genres to craft a book that is delightfully entertaining and twisted.” —Fresh Fiction

“Mingling fact with fiction, Ms. Lyle spins an interesting and engrossing tale that drew me in and kept me interested… A very good read and recommended for anyone who enjoys paranormal in their novels. I eagerly await the next in the series.” —Open Book Society

The Quillery has a great interview of Dixie Lyle and a write up of the new Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot mystery series from St. Martin’s! That and the brand new release of the second in the series, TO DIE FUR (following on the heels of A TASTE FUR MURDER, which you can right now check out in digital for only $2.99!) gives me the perfect chance to, er, crow about this fabulous new series! 

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A TASTE FUR MURDER:

Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…

Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. For some strange reason, Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. And, ready or not, in this mystery from Dixie Lyle, the fur’s about to hit the fan…

Still reeling, Foxtrot comes home to find her cat Tango—her dead cat Tango—alive and well and communicating telepathically. But that’s not all: There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail…and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. So when a coworker drops dead while organizing closets, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects—human and otherwise—before death takes another bite?

TO DIE FUR:

Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster is back. With trusted companions Whiskey and Tango, she’s on the prowl for a brand-new predator…

Deirdre has her hands full, as usual. Working as a Jill-of-all-trades for a zany billionaire like Zelda Zoransky means the daily grind is closer to a juggling act, and this week is no exception—especially when her side job is directing spiritual traffic in Zelda’s pet cemetery. With ZZ hosting a party for some of the world’s wealthiest animal collectors and a rare albino liger named Augustus in residence at the private zoo, Foxtrot is ready for trouble to take a big bite out of her schedule…

She doesn’t have to wait long. The half-ton big cat is dead, and there’s a houseful of colorful suspects, each one wackier than the next. But if they were all bidding to buy him, who would want Augustus dead? With the help of Tango’s feline telepathy and Whiskey the canine shapeshifter, Foxtrot learns that there’s much more to Augustus than meets the eye. Now they just have to sniff out a killer before any more fur flies…

MARKED FUR MURDER: Coming March 2015

QUOTES:

“A clever new series that deftly blends cozy mystery with the paranormal, and that is sure to please readers of both genres. Dixie Lyle’s debut, A TASTE FUR MURDER, is original and witty, with a twisting plot that contains more than a few ‘shocks’.  I’m looking forward to more adventures featuring the Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot gang.” —Ali Brandon, author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series

“A delightful, funny mystery filled with eccentric and colorful characters, be they humans, animals or spirits. Dixie Lyle will entertain the reader page after page!” —Leann Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Cats in Trouble Mysteries

“excellently written, a joy to read, and had a murder plot so fantastical that it was a mystery to the very end.” —Murder by Death

Dixie Lyle is my new favorite detective author!” —Of Thoughts and Words

This is wonderfully charming, unique, and delightfully original mystery; with bite.” —King’s River Life

“A TASTE FUR MURDER is the first in a new series that animal lovers will adore! Dixie Lyle incorporates the best elements of the cozy and paranormal genres to craft a book that is delightfully entertaining and twisted.” —Fresh Fiction

“Mingling fact with fiction, Ms. Lyle spins an interesting and engrossing tale that drew me in and kept me interested… A very good read and recommended for anyone who enjoys paranormal in their novels. I eagerly await the next in the series.” —Open Book Society

So much good!

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

First, a very happy book birthday to Amy Christine Parker for ASTRAY, the sequel to her critically acclaimed YA thriller GATED!  (Book deets below!)

Second, for a limited time only, SKINWALKER, the first book in Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, is on sale in digital form for only $1.99!  Here it is for Nook, Kindle and Kobo.

Third, I’m over at Magical Words today with a post about Pop Author Psychology and (let’s face it) to plug my new Latter-Day Olympians novels RISE OF THE BLOOD and BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD.  I hope you’ll come leave a comment so I have someone to talk to besides the voices in my head!

astray ASTRAY by Amy Christine Parker (Random House Children’s Books)

Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she’s navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider’s web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it’s too late? She’ll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker’s nerve-fraying sequel to Gated. This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

Quotes for the series:

GATED

An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, July 2013 Spotlight Pick: “Gated goes inside the psychology of a fictional doomsday cult in this highly original thriller… The conclusion is a whirlwind of nail-biting action and I found myself racing through the pages to see how it was all going to end. —Seira Wilson

“This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader… Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth… As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.” —Publishers Weekly

“Parker is a seriously talented writer. She has that rare talent for getting inside your head and making you look at things in a certain way. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” —Escape into Words

“Gated is unlike any other YA book out there. It isn’t afraid to push the limits, or to go as far as it needs to go to stay honest. Gated is a candid look at the inside of a cult, an unflinching reflection on today’s society, and of course, a masterful thriller.”— Pretty Deadly Reviews

ASTRAY

“…a thrilling page-turner that will keep even the most reluctant readers engaged until the end.” —School Library Journal

“The suspense builds to an extremely exciting climax.” —Kirkus Reviews

My husband and I both got called out for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and, well, you can see what happened here…

 

Whether you get tagged or not, it’s a great cause.  You can click here to donate and/or learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis.

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!