Kirkus Interview – Mangaman

Somehow, this Kirkus interview with me about Mangaman was posted way back in November and I neglected to link to it.

So, here’s a link!



I am thrilled to announce the first dates in what we jokingly refer to in the Lyga house as the “It’s Killer Time! Tour.” (Those of you born after the ’80s probably won’t get that…)

These are not all of the dates, mind you, but they are the very first events and the ones I can mention right now. I’ll add more as I know about them. And, of course, you can always check my event calendar for updates.

If I won’t be coming to your city or town, believe me — I’m really sorry. I wish I could come and visit every reader personally, but I can’t. However, if you want a signed copy of the book when it’s released and you’re not on the tour schedule, there is a way for that to happen. Simply visit this page and the lovely folks at WORD bookstore will help you out!

Sunday, April 1st @ 1PM:
Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th St., NY, NY 10011)
With many, many other authors as part of the NYC Teen Author Festival!

Monday, April 2nd @ 7PM:
Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lynnwood, WA 98155)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Tuesday, April 3rd @ 7PM:
Barnes & Noble (19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98036)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Wednesday, April 4th @ 7PM:
Books Inc (1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010)
Panel with Robin LaFevers (Grave Mercy)

Thursday, April 5 @ 7:30PM:
Mysterious Galaxy (2810 Artesia Blvd 90278, Redondo Beach, CA)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Tuesday, April 10th @ 7PM:
WORD Bookstore (126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
“YA Not” event in conversation with my fabulous editor Alvina Ling!
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Saturday, April  21st @ 7PM:
Book Court (163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

Saturday, April  28th @ 12PM:
Haverstraw Kings Daughters Public Library (Garnerville, NY)

Saturday, April  28th @ 2PM:
Valley Cottage Library (Valley Cottage, NY)

Saturday, April  28th @ 4PM:
Suffern Free Library (Suffern, NY)

Saturday, May  5th from 10AM to 4PM:
Hudson Children’s Book Festival (Hudson Junior High, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534)

SLJ Chimes in on The Mad Mask!

I’m thrilled to report that School Library Journal has braved both evil geniuses and reported back on Archvillain #2: The Mad Mask!

Endowed with extraordinary strength and brainpower by a mysterious “space plasma,” sixth-grader Kyle (aka the Azure Avenger) continues his efforts to unmask the alien Mighty Mike. As in Archvillain (Scholastic, 2010), superpowered Mike is still the darling of the populace, even though his heroic efforts often have unfortunate consequences. He has taken over Kyle’s spot as the most popular kid in Bouring Middle School and is center stage in every class. Still suspicious of Mighty Mike’s ultimate plans, Kyle is working on a new device to expose him when he is contacted by yet another would-be archvillain. Calling himself the Mad Mask, the newcomer claims to have been disfigured by the same cosmic event that brought Mighty Mike to Earth and gave Kyle his enhanced abilities. He needs Kyle’s help to finish his Ultitron robot and promises assistance against Mighty Mike in return. At first Kyle is delighted to have another superfriend in the mix. However, he begins to notice that his new ally has a rather cruel streak and is decidedly unreliable in crisis situations. Is the Mad Mask really all he seems? Readers familiar with the first adventure will find that Kyle shows considerable character growth in this installment. While he is still not above manipulating others for his own benefit, his experience with the Mad Mask’s truly malicious plotting shows him the limits of cynicism and selfishness–perhaps moving him closer to being a genuine superhero. Filled with mock heroic dialogue and sly jabs at popular superhero conventions, this book will be welcomed by adventure fans.

Thanks, SLJ!

First Starred Review for I HUNT KILLERS!

I’m really happy to report that Publishers Weekly has given I Hunt Killers its first starred review! Check it out:

Lyga continues to shift genres, delivering a superb mystery/thriller that explores what it’s like to have a monster for a father. Seventeen-year-old Jazz’s father, Billy Dent, was a prolific and brilliant serial killer who did his best to educate his son in the ways of murder. With Billy in prison for life, Jazz longs to overcome the stigma of his family history, but when a new serial killer strikes his small town, he is drawn into the investigation. Along with his hemophiliac best friend, Howie, and his girlfriend, Connie, Jazz applies the gruesome knowledge his father passed along in an attempt to discover the killer and overcome his fear that he might become a murderer himself. Lyga (Boy Toy) delivers a taut, gory tale that can easily stand on its own as an adult thriller, with a large group of suspects and plenty of red herrings. But it’s Jazz’s internal conflict about his exposure to his father’s evil that adds extra dimension and makes the book shine. Additional books are planned, and TV rights have sold to Warner Bros. Ages 15–up.

Thanks, PW!

I HUNT KILLERS in the UK…Revealed!

For those of you who will be buying I Hunt Killers in the United Kingdom or Australia, here’s the cover that will be haunting you from bookshelves:

Oh, and BTW: The book is currently available for preorder in advance of its overseas launch date of April 12. Visit this page to see your preorder options!