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Sunday, August 28, 2011

FF: Lesley Livingston’s Princess and the Frog

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THIS STORY TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE EVENTS OF WONDROUS STRANGE, featuring the character of Kelley Winslow’s Faerie-fabulous roommate, Tyffanwy of the Mere (Tyff Myers as she is known, incognito, in the mortal realm)


Leaning on the decorative stone railing of Central Park’s famous Bow Bridge, Tyff Meyers gazed at her reflection in the touch-screen of her brand spankin’ new shiny-shiny phone and smiled contentedly. Dang if she wasn’t still fabulous. Even after almost two-thousand years spent exiled in this crummy mortal realm. Mesmerized by her own perfect features, she wasn’t expecting to get elbowed by a handsome young man, even considering the bridge was quite crowded with evening strollers. When her shiny-shiny new phone slipped from her slender fingers, first she gasped… and then she swore like a Teamster.

The young man stopped, apologized profusely—and then, oddly enough, offered to retrieve the device for her… even though it had sunk like a stone into the murky depth of the Lake.

“Oh, sure,” Tyff answered caustically, one perfect eyebrow raised. “Go ahead. I dare you. Take the plunge.”

He smiled and his eyes glistened strangely in the fading light of evening, with a sort of inky green iridescence. Then he turned and put one foot up on the railing.

“Hold the phone!” Tyff winced at her unintended wordplay, wishing that she’d done just exactly that. Bloody thing had cost her a fortune with its stupid, shiny, sparkle-pretty Swarovski crystal-encrusted case… “I mean—hang on a minute—I know Waterfolk when I see them,” she said, narrowing her gaze.

“I’m not surprised, Lady of the Mere,” he nodded his head slightly. “You are wise as you are beautiful. But I am not Faerie, as you are.”

Tyff took a step back. She used to be known—among those in the know—as Tyffanwy of the Mere. But that was a loooong time ago. Now she just went by Tyff Meyers. 

“Who are you?” she asked.

“I’ll tell you when I return your lost bauble.”

“For what price?”

“A kiss.”

Tyff thought about it. He hadn’t attached any strings—as Faerie are wont to do—and he was pretty cute. She shrugged. “Okay.”

In a flash, he was over the railing. In two flashes, he was back, carrying her phone in his mouth. He hopped nimbly back up onto the bridge, clothing dry as a bone. He handed back her expensive bit of technology and, at a glance, she saw that it was still working. The guy was obviously enchanted. She put two and two together…

“You’re the guy, right?” She said. “Frog Prince?”

He bowed slightly.

“Man. You’ve been around for…”

“A long time.” He shrugged ruefully. “The whole enchantment thing? Apparently immortality is an unadvertised side-effect.”

“Oh… I’m sorry.” Tyff understood suddenly. She knew what would probably happen if she kissed him. He would turn back into his previous amphibious state. That’s the way kisses worked in Fairy Tales. “You have a broken heart don’t you? You had to watch your mortal princess grow old and die, didn’t you?” she asked.

He snorted in amusement. “Nope. But the guy she ditched me for and ran off with two weeks after I shelled out big-time on the wedding probably did. Or maybe it was the guy after him. Who knows?”


“Yeah.” He nodded at the lake. “Out there,” he said, “I’m a prince among frogs. Here? I’m just another schmuck stock broker. And as a frog… lemme tell you, I have great legs.”

Tyff tried hard not to think about the last meal she’d had in a French restaurant. “Won’t you miss it out here in the world?” she asked.

“If I do,” he grinned and tapped her phone. “I’ll give you a call. I’ve got your number.”

Tyff smiled and leaned in to gave him a warm, genuine kiss on the lips. Next thing she knew there was a large, handsomely-striped frog sitting on the bridge railing. He winked a golden, multi-lidded eye and disappeared over the side.

Every couple of months after that, Tyff would go to the movies with her extra-large Prada purse slung over her shoulder. When the lights would go down, she’d open up the purse, and let her froggy date sit in the drink holder, snatching popcorn bits from the bag with a long, sticky tongue slurping ribbity slurps—from his own straw.



Thanks to Penguin Canada I have 5 copies of Once Every Never to offer you!

Once Every NeverClarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker… but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there’s still time—literally—maybe even get a date.
This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every… never.

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Purchase: Amazon Canada | Book Depository


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lesley livingston


Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada.  Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, she developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. Lesley went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.

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More books by  Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2) Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, #3)


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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30 People left their mark' :

  1. What a cute little story. I haven't read the Wondrous Strange books yet, though I own the first two in the series. I'll be getting to them hopefully this winter. LOL :)

    I love the Frog Prince story. :)

  2. Canadian!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am such a fan of Lesley's books and I have yet to read this one!


  3. PS. I tweeted about this giveaway!



  4. I haven't read Wondrous Strange series yet. But I really will soon, because it sounds really goo!

    I'm from Canada! =)

  5. This is a new series for me but it sounds good.

    sgiden at verizon.net

  6. I don't live in Canada but I thought the tale was really cute :).

  7. Hi Leslie! I'm your neighbor in Hamilton, Ontario!! Your book looks fun and exciting and thanks for offering it up!


  8. tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/107842230152216576


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  10. This book sounds so good! I wasn't a big fan of Lesley Livington's previous books, but this one sounds very interesting XD And yes, I am Canadian. Eh.


  11. I'm a Canadian and I can't wait to read this one! Please enter me!

    clderwee at gmail dot com

  12. I enjoyed this story.
    Thanks for the giveaway.I am Canadian.

  13. tweeted


  14. Hello, I'd love to be entered. This story was adorable and I also enjoyed Lesley's Wondrous Strange series.

    I am Canadian.

  15. It turns the screw surprisingly !!

  16. Lesley's Wondrous Strange series is on my TBR list! Can't wait to read them!

    Please enter me in the draw! I live in Canada.

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. +1 for tweeting:


    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  18. Thanks for the giveaways. I live in NB, Canada.
    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Giselleco/status/108161166823526400

    cormier.giselle at gmail dot com

  19. YA and time-travel? My kind of book. Would love to win this one. I live in Mtl, Canada.
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  20. I retweeted:
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  21. Montreal, Canada as well!


  22. +1 tweet:


  23. I live in Canada

    This sounds interesting, I haven't heard of it before, but I love discovering new canadian authors!


  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I live in Alberta.

  25. Canadian!

    Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway :) I love Lesley's books.


  26. Once Every Never looks like a great read!
    I am from Canada =)

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. This looks like a great book! I can't wait to read it. Canadian here, too :). Representing Ontario ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    green.pamd (at) gmail.com

  28. Tweet!


    Thanks again!
    green.pamd (at) gmail.com

  29. I love Lesley's books. Theyre so great. Would love to win this one!

    Canadians!!! I live in Markham, ON.

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  30. This sounds like a great book, would love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I do live in Canada :)