Monday, August 31, 2015

Where to find me at DragonCon

Hey all,

For those who are heading to Atlanta this weekend for DragonCon, I wanted to give you a head's up as to where you can see me speak or get me to sign. I'll have copies of SMOKED on hand - as well as copies of Scorched and Shattered and also Gamer Girl and The Camelot Code. 

And, most importantly, COSTUMES!!! 

My live-action Cinderella dress... Hopefully it will fit in my suitcase!

First up, here is my speaking schedule: 

Title: Tropes in YA
Description: What are the popular themes in YA? Join us for a discussion of common tropes in all their forms.
Time: Fri 10:00 am  Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Todd McCaffrey, Kathryn Hinds, Melissa Grey)

Title: Finding the Teen/Middle Grade Reader Within
Description: How does an adult develop strategies and write novels that kids will relate to? Is the YA market feasible for you?
Time: Sat 01:00 pm  Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Stephen L. Antczak, Cinda Williams Chima, Mari Mancusi, Lisa Mantchev, E. C. Myers, Sara Raasch, James Hugh Reeves)

Title: Autograph Session
Time: Sat 05:30 pm  Location: International Hall South - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: A. J. Hartley, Mari Mancusi, Naomi Novik)

Title: Giving Voice to the Other: Young Adult UF
Description: Our panel of authors discusses how the paranormal/UF genre speaks to young adults through its portrayal of "otherness."
Time: Sun 05:30 pm  Location: Chastain ED - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Zac Brewer, Delilah S. Dawson, Mari Mancusi, Sarah Nicolas, Tamsin L. Silver, Christi J. Whitney)

Title: Undead With a Purpose: iZombie
Description: A moderated fan-panel discussion of the new hit show's first season
Time: Sun 07:00 pm  Location: Chastain ED - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kevin Bachelder, Mari Mancusi, Karen E. Taylor)

Title: Teenage Wasteland
Description: Young adult characters in horror and dark fantasy fiction
Time: Mon 11:30 am  Location: Peachtree 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: James R. Tuck, Peter Adam Salomon, Mari Mancusi, Catherine M Scully, Madeleine Roux, Ted Naifeh)

I will also be selling/signing books at the Tairen's Lair booth in the vendor area. This is located at 1223 and 1225 in America's Mart by the Westin. I will be there a lot when I'm not paneling, but I have some specific times I will DEFINITELY be there if you want to make sure to catch me. 

Friday 1-4pm. 
Saturday: 10-11:30, 2:30-4:30pm
Sunday: TBA
Monday 1-2pm 4-4:30pm

If you can't make any of those times but you still want to meet up to get a book, you can always PM me on Facebook or tweet me on Twitter and we can arrange a meet up. 

Also, in case you're just looking for me in the crowd, I may be in disguise! I'm doing the following costumes while there:

Princess Celestia from My Little Pony

Cinderella (live action version)

Elsa from Frozen (with my partner in crime Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat)

Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones (with my brother Jamie)

Violet from American Horror Story Season One, Murder House (With my partner in crime, Tate)


Wednesday, April 08, 2015


Hey guys,

It's finally here! The final cover for the third and final Scorched book, SMOKED! And I have to say, it's looking pretty darn smokin' too! Tony Sahara once again outdid himself! 

Once upon a time the world burned. 
Until a girl and her dragon smothered the flame. 
But the spark that ignited the apocalypse never went out. 
And the Scorch is about to begin. 

When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret--a secret so dangerous it could trigger the very apocalypse Connor and Caleb were sent back in time to prevent.

As a dragon hunter, Connor has committed his life to saving the world. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to complete his mission… even if it meant betraying his brother and losing Trinity’s heart. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable.  But a desperate choice meant to prevent The Scorch, may become the spark that sets the world aflame once more.

Want to win an advanced copy of the book? Go ahead and RETWEET the following! 

COVER REVEAL: The fiery conclusion to @marimancusi's #ScorchedSeries is out this September. RT to #win #LightTheSpark 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Haunted Halloween Trail

Welcome to the first stop of The Looking Glass!

This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In THIS trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work.

How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.

About me:

For those of you unfamiliar, my name is Mari Mancusi and I'm the author of the SCORCHED series, which I compare to TERMINATOR WITH DRAGONS. I've also written a bunch of other books for teens, tweens, and adults including The Blood Coven Vampires series and Gamer Girl. For a full list of my book you can go to my website.

Now for a little Q & A

1. If your MC went trick or treating, what would he dress up as and why?

My heroine, Trinity, is basically a mother of dragons so I'm guessing she'd go as Daenerys from Game of Thrones! 

2. What scares the pants off of you?

The idea that George RR Martin might die before he finishes writing A Song of Ice and Fire. 

3. What is your favorite Halloween candy? 

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Especially the ones in the shape of pumpkins! Mmm. 

Thank you for participating!

For the next stop on the trail, visit Anne Greenwood Brown's lovely blog!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

DragonCon wrap-up

Hey all,

It's hard to believe one week ago I was in the middle of DragonCon, one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy cons in the world. With more than 60,000 people converging on downtown Atlanta for a long weekend of programming, costumes, celebrity guests, vendors, games, etc. etc. DragonCon is INSANE and yet insanely awesome and it's definitely my favorite publicity event I do every year. If I wasn't an author I would totally just go there for fun.

This year I was celebrating the release of Shattered and it went amazingly well. I met so many amazing readers - many who had picked up Scorched last year at DragonCon and were excited to return and get a copy of the sequel. I sold out of the copies that I brought with me and sold tons of copies of Scorched as well. Next year I'll have the third book of the series, Smoked, which will have just been released. It's kind of awesome how the releases of this series tie in so perfectly, time-wise, with DragonCon.

Scorched and Shattered and The Camelot Code on sale at our booth!

I also spoke on eight different panels - on all sorts of topics - including vampires, urban fantasy, anti-heroines in YA fiction, the Twin Peaks TV show (25 years later!), and other writing related topics. I think the Twin Peaks panel was my favorite because I could be a fan-girl instead of just an author. People actually dressed up as Twin Peaks characters in the audience which was awesome, too. I also loved the panel I did with Sherrilyn Kenyon. That woman could read the phone book and be fascinating. :) I adore her.

Twin Peaks panel was packed and such great cosplay!

Another favorite was Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow. We were officially part of the YA Track this year and I think we made the most of it! Diana and I wrote and performed a skit called THAWED: A YA Literature Retrospective, as told by the characters of Disney's Frozen. Yeah!

We even dressed up for this one - doing Elsa and Anna "bring back summer!"

Which brings me to the best part -- COSTUMES!

Here's the rundown of mine:

ELSA from Frozen in Beach Wear.

Queen Regent Cersei from Game of Thrones

Jacob was a dashing Jamie Lannister - check out the gold hand!

With Diana Peterfreund aka Zarina the Pirate Fairy. (Which is an awesome cosplay!)

And Babydoll from the film Sucker Punch!

I am ALWAYS going to do costumes with swords from now on!!

Anyway, I could go on and on and may add to this later but my daughter is waking up so I have to go! In all, it was an AMAZING time and I am already planning for next year!!


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to me!

Hey all,

Today's the day! The long-awaited release of SHATTERED, book 2 in the Scorched series! I am SO EXCITED to introduce readers to the new adventures of Trinity, Emmy, Connor and Caleb. (And some new characters, too!)

The book is available in hardcover, ebook and audiobook formats. I hope you will check it out!! :) You can find out all you need to know - and get the links to purchase here.

Thank you for all your support!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Shattered!

First copy of SHATTERED - hot off the presses! So what's under the dust jacket this time? I decided to find out for myself!! Take a look! :)

Publish Post

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Scorched now available in PAPERBACK and AUDIOBOOK

Hey guys,

Great news! For those of you who haven't gotten your copy yet - Scorched is now available in a paperback version and an audiobook!

This is the first time I've ever had an audiobook so that's super exciting as you can imagine. There's just something so surreal about listening to your own words read by another person!

The paperback also features a sample chapter from the upcoming SHATTERED which will be released in less than a month. Whoo hoo! And it sports some brand new back cover copy.

The paperback copies should be available starting today at your local bookstore or, of course, you can always find them online. The audio version can be either bought on CD or downloaded on You can also pre-order the Shattered audiobook now.

Thanks all!