I’m excited to welcome YA and adult fiction author Lucienne Diver to the blog. She’s got a few meal pairings for her works, and she’s telling us more about her upcoming release. Please help me welcome Lucienne!
Featured Author Guest Post:
It’s been a stressful few years on so many fronts for all of us. On one hand, I want to say something pithy and meaningful that will somehow tilt the world back to true. On the other, I know that’s not remotely possible.
So I sit here wracking my brain for possible blog topics, and what do I come up with? My work as menu options!
And thus, I welcome you to the Diver Dining Experience.
Vamped series – hmm, devilled eggs seems a bit of a gimmee. Blood orange, hard same. But then there’s lady fingers…oh yes, lady fingers! Maybe save the Vamped series for dessert. Light and fun and just the thing after one of my suspense novels has scared the stuffing out of you, making room for a little something more! I found a highly rated recipe here. (Gina, from the series is no cook, but she says that beating your eggs seems like unnecessary cruelty, not to mention the mess. And that’s coming from a vampire!)
Latter-Day Olympians series – oh, this one is easy – baklava! First off, it’s very Greek, just like my series, although there’s some debate about its origins, like some of the gods in the Latter-Day Olympians, who have been many things across many cultures! Second, it’s flaky and nutty and delish. Third, it’s not limited in its form (many gods are shifters, you know!). Some make it with walnuts and honey, others with pistachios. Or chocolate! You can even make it into an appetizer with pine nuts, feta and spinach. Here’s a website I came across in my browsing that you may want to check out, if you’re starting to drool too.
Faultlines – now we get to the tough ones, the young adult suspense. In Faultlines, Vanessa has lost her best friend, and someone begins taking revenge against the slights they believe drove her to death. It’s a lot darker and twistier than my usual, and I believe here I’ll have to go with my grandmother’s lasagna, because there are layers to be peeled away to uncover the dual mysteries of what really was behind Lisa’s death and who is perpetrating the escalating “pranks”.
The Countdown Club – the kids in this book have all received notes giving them their expiration dates. Two days to die. Six days to die. None of them are wasting time with cooking or anything else. But they do spend a lot of time with coffee. I definitely think this one is a double espresso. Maybe a triple-shot latte. Or if you go for sugar with your caffeine – you might have guessed by now I have something of a wicked sweet tooth – maybe one of those pumpkin spice or sweet cream cold foam or frappucino numbers!
Disappeared – this is undoubtedly pizza, the featured food of all-nighters everywhere (at least among those blessed with the ability to process wheat and dairy). Jared and Emily can’t believe the tale their father tells of the night their mother goes missing, especially not after Jared heard something that woke him from a sound sleep. Lots of pizza, sauced with suspicion and heaped with hints and allegations.
Right about now, you’re asking yourself what kind of crazy meal is this? I did it all bass-ackwards. But life is short, I say, eat dessert first!
Okay, in reality, I gave you the books in the order they were written, but you be a rebel. You read them in any order you’d like. And if you enjoy them, let me know. You’d think we authors work for royalty checks (and we do), but the very best part of our jobs is knowing that we’ve connected with a reader!
THANKS so much for your interesting meal selection, Lucienne! Now let’s learn more about one of her titles:
About the Book:
Disappeared by Lucienne Diver is a gripping YA suspense with a twist that readers won’t see coming.
The story their father tells about their mother’s disappearance doesn’t add up for Jared and Emily Graham.
Foul play is suspected, intensifying their fears.
Their mom’s car is discovered, abandoned and covered in blood. No one will tell them what’s going on, so they’re going to find out for themselves. Their investigations into what really happened to their mother may have killer consequences for them both, especially if the truth hits close to home.
Book Title: Disappeared
Author: Lucienne Diver
Pub Date: April 2020
Genre: Young Adult Suspense
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Yy4PIT
About the Author:
Lucienne Diver is the author of the Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series of magic, myth, murder and mayhem, and young adult suspense novels FAULTLINES and THE COUNTDOWN CLUB.
Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and the Rogue Mage anthology TRIBULATIONS (Lore Seekers Press). Her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins).
On a personal note, Lucienne lives in Florida with her husband and daughter, the two cutest dogs in the world, and enough books to fill an entire store and perhaps some day collapse the second floor of her home into the first. She likes living dangerously.