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Saying Goodbye to The Gypsy King


A guest post by Maureen Fergus

I finished writing Tomorrow’s Kingdom, the final book in The Gypsy King trilogy, on a Saturday morning in early June last year. I’d stayed up until two the night before, hoping to finish it off, but when I got so tired that I had to squint to keep from seeing double, I decided that perhaps a little sleep was in order. I staggered over to the couch and collapsed. Two hours later, I was back at work. Four hours after that, my family started to wake up. As the hours slipped by, a hush fell over the house.

From time to time, my husband or one of my kids would tiptoe by and whisper, “How much do you have left to go?”

“A couple of pages,” I would murmur, my eyes glued to the screen, my fingers flying across the keyboard. “Less than a page … a paragraph … a sentence …”

Then, before I knew it, the answer was, “I’m done.”

And just like that it was over.

The feeling that came over me then was a strange mixture of tranquility and emptiness. Tranquility because I’d driven myself rather mercilessly in an effort to finish this trilogy and I could hardly believe I’d actually done it; emptiness because the kingdom of Glyndoria, its cast of characters and their destinies had been my all-consuming passion for so long that I didn’t know what I was going to do without them.

It was an adjustment, to be sure. It took a few weeks for my brain to stop feeling like a sponge that had been squeezed too hard, and a few months for me to stop repeatedly waking up during the night because I was dreaming about some particularly dramatic or tragic scene from one of the books.

Recently, I was asked which characters I missed the most now that I was finished writing the trilogy. The answer is that it can be hard to let go of characters as complicated as Persephone, as irresistible as Azriel and as deliciously evil as Mordecai, but if I’ve done my job as a writer, by the time I’ve finished a book (or in this case, a trilogy) I’ve told that part of my characters’ stories that I was meant to tell. For me, there shouldn’t be a powerful feeling of wanting to stay connected to them. Sometimes we meet people who have a profound impact on us at a certain point in our lives. Then we or they move on and our time together becomes a special and important memory — an experience that helps to shape who we are and the path our lives takes.

The characters from The Gypsy King trilogy are like this for me. There are still nights when the citizens of Glyndoria, good and evil, visit me in my dreams. But while I enjoy connecting with them again, I don’t really encourage them to linger.

Because you see, I’m working on a new young adult novel about a different boy and a different girl in a different world, and I owe these new characters and this new story nothing less than my undivided attention.

TOMORROW’S KINGDOM is available from Razorbill Canada on July 8th 2014.

Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Lesley Livingston

Today is the book birthday for NOW AND FOR NEVER and we’re celebrating all things Lesley Livingston! Here are the Top Ten Reasons we love this brilliant Canadian author:


1. She’s smart and not afraid to show it. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.  She is a fountain of all kinds of knowledge, including pop culture, literature, history, and folklore. She dropped by the Indigo Teen Blog to say a number of smart things about storytelling, history, and Star Wars.

2. She throws the best launch parties! If you’re in Toronto on Thursday, May 29th you should drop by Dominion on Queen at 7pm and find out:


3. The girl can SING! The proof? Check out this impromptu performance at the launch of Starling. Did we mention she throws the best book launch parties?

4. Book Boyfriends. Lesley writes some of our favourite fictional crushes. Stoic Sonny, fiery Fennrys, and lovely, sweet Milo- whatever your type, Lesley’s got a (fictional) crush for you!

5. She is a great reader. Lesley often records her own audio books. Here she is reading from Every Never After at the launch party:


6. Lesley is the Queen of One-Liners. Like this one:

“Now that I’ve crossed ‘Paranormal Phenomenon’ off my life-experience to-do list, I might as well start working my way up to ‘Close Encounter.’ ” -from Once Every Never

Or this one:

“What did Shakepeare know? He probably would have rewritten that bit if he’d thought about it.” -from Wondrous Strange

7. Mythology Maven. Lesley has an extensive knowledge of mythology, which she incorporates into her engrossing, fully-realized worlds. You’ll find nods to Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian mythology- among others-in her books.

8. Kick-ass Heroines.

Lesley’s ladies are smart, witty, and capable heroines. You won’t find any shrinking violets or passive victims in her books. She writes the kind of characters you want to be BFFs with- especially if you’re traveling through time or trying to deal with an ancient curse.

9. She’s good on the twitter.

10. She’s witty. It’s no surprise that Lesley’s books are praised for being funny; her heroines clearly get their sense of humour from the author:



Be sure to pick up Now and For Never, in stores today!



Guest Post: EVERY NEVER AFTER by Lesley Livingston Review

Al is trying to come to grips with being the third wheel with her best friend, Clare, and Clare’s boyfriend, Milo, who also happens to be Al’s cousin. Little did she know that she was about to embark on an adventure that will test her skills and her friendships.

by Siobhan Clayton



Lesley Livingston

Publication Date:
12 Mar 2013

It’s happening again!

Despite their vow to each other at the end of Once Every Never, best friends Clare and Allie once more find themselves in trouble—and travelling in time. Indulging in a low-key vacation at Glastonbury Tor, taking part in an archaeological dig while soaking up the sights of summertime England, the girls have promised each other: no time travel shenanigans; no involvement with dangerous Druids or villainous museum thieves; and definitely no weirdness about the fact that Clare is now seriously dating Milo, Allie’s super-genius hottie cousin!

But when Allie makes an unexpected discovery at the dig site—a skull—the grisly artifact sends her spiralling back in time to a Roman encampment besieged by rampaging Celts. Caught between the Legions and the war band, Allie is rescued from certain death by Marcus, a young Roman soldier with a secret. As she struggles to survive in the past, Clare and Milo race desperately against time in the present to bring Allie home…before she loses her head OR her heart.


It has happened again. Al and Clare are thrust into a situation that involves time travel and a man who doesn’t seem to want to disappear, even if he is trapped a thousand years before he was even born.

In Every Never After, we follow Clare and Al on a journey that spans years, thousands of years, in fact. But this time it’s not Clare who goes back in time, it’s Al, and she has bigger problems than losing her heart to a very handsome solider—she has no way of getting back.

What I loved most about this book was the rich history that surrounds not only Al, but also Clare and the very sweet Milo. They all have a connection to the past, and it’s evident on every page. The representation of the Roman time period is amazingly done, and I found myself wanting to read more and more of those passages. These parts of the book were solely focused on Al, and I was so glad they were. We didn’t get to see a lot of her in the first book, and this time we got a clear view. I love Al—she is so much more than you think. Yes, she is obsessed with technology and being the third wheel to Milo and Clare’s relationship, but she doesn’t seem to see what everyone else around her does—that she is beautiful and wanted.

Al and Clare are two of my favourite young adult characters. Why? Because they are smart, naive, and just plain awesome. Al is a self-professed geek who loves Star Wars and anything tech related. Clare is trying to find her place in between two people she considers the smartest she knows, and not being able to help Al is tearing her apart.

If you have not read this series yet, please do. Lesley Livingston has a way with words. She knows how to capture the essence of a teenage girl on the brink of her life, or two teenage girls in this case. The dialogue is sarcastic and full of wit. You will not be disappointed!