Monday, September 6, 2010

GCC Tours Lucienne Diver and ReVamped!

Please forgive me! I've been working on a top secret project (not that top-secret, as most of you probably know already, but I haven't officially announced it yet) and on top of that, trying to wind down the summer and endure the whole "Back-To-School" craziness. (Piper is in second grade!?!? Can you believe it?) Plus, Sisters of Misery and The Lost Sister have both been rereleased back to back in mass market paperback. Whoohoo!

Anyway, our Girlfriend Cyber Circuit has been pretty quiet this summer. Lots of things happening. Lots of people coming and going. (I will officially announce our new members and say a sad goodbye to our Girlfriends that are leaving us).

In any case, in honor of this new school year, Labor Day weekend, official end of the summer, I give you the first GCC tour of the school season. While you are cracking the books this fall, make sure to save some room for the awesome stories from the members of the GCC. First off, Lucienne Diver and Revamped (sequel to the incredibly successful, Vamped):

ReVamped…because fangs are always in fashion!

In Vamped, Gina and her minions defeated a vampire vixen, a psycho-psychic and the vampire council of Mozulla, Ohio. Gina was all ready to expose vampires to the world in all their fanged fabulosity…until the Feds arrived to sweep everything under the rug and make them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

In ReVamped, Gina and her boyfriend Bobby are sent undercover to infiltrate a New York high school where some seriously weird stuff is going down. Worse than that, Gina’s new super-secret identity is 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. At least she won’t be too worried about blood spatter when kicking the butt of her newest nemesis, who’s decided that the high school makes a perfect playground.

Rave Reviews:

“This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action. Diver has written a supernatural sequel to Vamped (Flux, 2009/VOYA August 2009) that will attract even reluctant readers. It is filled with wry twists, such as the difficulties of trying to apply mascara when, as vampire, you don’t have any reflection in the mirror, as well as the typical agonies of being young and trying to fit in.” VOYA

“Gina, the 17-year-old fashionista of the undead, is back and as sassy as ever (Vamped, 2009). 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



by Lucienne Diver

September 2010

Trade Paperback from Flux

ISBN: 9780738721293

My second novel, THE LOST SISTER, deals with revenge and the repercussions of what happens when a hazing incident goes too far.

1. First topic: Revenge. What is your experience with it? Have you ever sought revenge? As the old adage goes, do you think that living well is the best revenge?

I’ve never actively set out to seek revenge. I think that sort of thing consumes a person and tends to backfire. I sort of believe in karma, though, and I’ve seen instances of poetic justice that give me hope that the universe will come through and balance the scales.

2. Cliques and mean girls are everywhere. At book signings I've had everyone from 12 year old girls to 45 year old women tell me they still encounter them. Do you? How has it changed since you were a teen?

Oh yes, the mean girls and guys are everywhere. The only way it’s changed is that it’s become harder to avoid them…with Facebook and other social media, there’s less chance to just escape into your own world, unless you become totally disconnected, and more chance for mean girls to spread their venom. I so wish I had a solution to offer.

3. I have a "Writing Music" playlist on my iPod. What would be on yours? What one song or artist captures the essence of your book?

I love music too much to listen to it while I write…I’d find it too distracting, but if I were to make a soundtrack for this book, it would probably feature Pink prominently, since she’s such a strong figure and the basis for Su Surrus, the made-up singer that my heroine idolizes. Of course, Gina does go goth in this book, so that might change the soundtrack significantly.

4. What do you tell people is your favorite book/author? Now what is your "real" favorite book/author. (i.e. I tell people Pale Fire by Nabokov is my fave, but right now I'm really into Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.)

My favorite author of all-times is probably Mary Stewart, which I admit freely and constantly. I love the old gothic romances, particularly her My Brother Michael, Airs Above Ground, andTouch Not the Cat…. I could go on and on. My favorite book of all time, though, that’s tougher. Probably The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, since I chose my pseudonym when I first started writing based on her heroine and wanted to name my son after her hero, though my husband begged to differ (and I let him).

5. If you could swap lives with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

Amazingly, I don’t think I’d swap my life for anything. I really love it. If I had to choose, though, I think I might swap with one of the actresses singing on GleeLea Michele or Amber Riley. I love the show, and I’ve always wanted to be able to belt out a song like that.

6. Who would be in your dream cast if your book was made into a movie or television series? (And multimillion dollar salaries were no issue--they'd all do it for free!)

Oh, this one I know! I’ve been thinking a lot about this actually, for reasons known only to me. As Gina, I’d probably cast Selena Gomez (with green contacts, since my heroine’s aventurine eyes are pretty important to me). Her boy toy Bobby…originally I’d envisioned Zac Efron, who I continue to love, but since he’s probably beyond playing teenagers, I think Logan Lerman, who played Percy Jackson in the recent film.

7. As a publicist, I know that it's important for every novel to have journalistic hook. For The Lost Sister, it's mean girls, bullies and hazing. What's yours?

A fanged fashionista forced to go undercover as goth girl Geneva Belfry to investigate very strange goings-on at a New York high school. Gina didn’t think anything could be worse than waking up dead in Vamped to face an eternity without tanning options…until her first mission forces her to get ReVamped.

8. Just because it hasn't been asked yet, favorite 1980's movie?

Hands down, it’s Real Genius staring Val Kilmer. Just check out these clips! and . How can you resist?

9. Why should I choose your book for my book club?

Maybe because of something VOYA said in their review, which was probably the greatest compliment I could receive, This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action. Diver has written a supernatural sequel to Vamped (Flux, 2009/VOYA August 2009) that will attract even reluctant readers.” It’s that last part that really gets me. I love the idea that reluctant readers might be attracted to my work. I know it’s popcorn, but, hopefully, it’s the really fun caramel kind!

10. I'm a huge and fabulously powerful movie producer and you have 30 seconds (an elevator pitch) to sell me on why your book is great and should be made into a movie. Go!

Um, love your ascot. I’ve got a great young adult series full of fanged fabulosity in which a teen fashionista wakes to her version of true horror as one of the undead. While she likes the eternal youth and beauty, the all-liquid diet leaves something to be desired. And after defeating a vixen vampiress with visions of world domination in book one, my fashionista and her faction are recruited by the Feds to spy for their country…or else.

Thanks so much for stopping by to answer my questions, Lucienne!

And to all the blog readers and fans of the GCC: Happy Beginning of the School Year! (ssshhh...stop boo-ing me. It's not my fault that the summer's over!)