Friday, December 10, 2010

Gamer Girl Fan Art

Pulled from Deviant Art. Love it!!!

Gamer Girl - Maddy and Allora by ~camicuti97 on deviantART

Allora- Get Your Gamer Face On by ~TrafficTetris on deviantART

You guys are just too, too creative!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Night School Giveaway - One Day Only!

The BOOK CLUB is giving away an advanced, autographed copy of NIGHT SCHOOL. You must go to their website and answer the followig question:

In the 2004 movie "Christmas With the Kranks", who does Spike Frohmeyer want the Kranks to free?

Remember, DON'T post the answer here. Post it over on the BOOK CLUB blog in the comments section.

They're giving away awesome prizes all month long, too!

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Night School Book Video

Check out the book video I made for NIGHT SCHOOL. Only 72 more days!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Pre-Ordering Night School

We're three months away from Night School's release! So I thought I would do a little round-up of where you can pre-order the book if you want to make sure to get it on release day!! Last January Bad Blood sold out of a lot of retailers on day one and it took them a few days to get more copies in--so if you want the book day of, this is the one way to ENSURE you will get it on time. :)


Barnes and Noble

Book Depository  (Free shipping worldwide and currently 25% off! A great deal for foreign readers!)

Agnes & Robertson (Australia)

Chapters (Canada)

Also, since I'm getting asked this a lot - Night School will be available on Kindle and other e-book formats. I don't know if it will be available on release day or a couple weeks later. Bad Blood was available for e-book download immediately but Kindle took a little longer. But fingers crossed Night School will be available from the start on all formats!


Video Book Reports

Found this video book report about Boys that Bite on Teacher Tube. :) I love when students feature my books in book reports. So if you've done one, please feel free to let me know and I'll post it for everyone to see!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Come see me tomorrow in Texas!

For those of you in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, I'll be doing a talk, reading and signing tomorrow at 2pm the Haslet, TX Public Library (just north of Ft. Worth). Hope to see some of you there! You can bring your own books for me to sign or I'll have some for purchase.

Here are the details: Hope to see you there! Feel free to email me if you have questions!

Haslet Public Library
100 Gammill St.
Haslet, TX 76052
(817) 439-4278

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Some more fan art

Did I mention I **love** fan art? Here are a few new drawings I've found:

jareth and rayne by ~babyj213 on deviantART

Sunny McDonald by ~Unique-Winds on deviantART

Rayne McDonald by ~Unique-Winds on deviantART

Sir Leo by ~MangaWarrior5453 on deviantART

Allora by ~sakurahinata23 on deviantART

Allora by ~Sakura-Uchiha93 on deviantART

Allora The Elfen Mage Princess by ~KemmiTheFox on deviantART

Another Great Vamp Series - Go Check it out!

If you like the Blood Coven Vampires series then I know you love vampire series with humor. So you need to be checking out my fab author friend Lucienne Diver's books as well. The first was VAMPED and the second, which just came out, is called REVAMPED. So much fun! In Revamped, the newbie vampire heroine Gina--who's like one of the popular kids--has to go undercover as a goth girl. Which is funny because it's like the exact opposite of Girls that Growl where goth girl Rayne had to become a cheerleader! :)

Anyway, you can learn more about Vamped and Revamped--and possibly win an iPod!--at the Bitten By Books event here.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blood Coven Vampires Book 6: BLOOD TIES

At long last I can reveal the cover for Blood Coven Vampires Book 6, Blood Ties! This comes out in August AFTER Night School (which is out in January.) Yes, two Blood Coven books next year! Yay! And the cover is sweet!!

The final battle is brewing between Vampires and Slayers. But for Sunny McDonald, the true war is being fought over her heart.

Though now officially back in the arms of her vampire boyfriend Magnus, Sunny finds she still can't forget the gentle mortal Jayden who once saved her life. And when the darkness threatens to steal his humanity, Sunny finds herself with a choice. Stay true to Magnus and the Blood Coven or defy them in a desperate attempt to save Jayden’s soul.

Meanwhile, the Blood Coven is gearing up for its toughest fight yet--going head to head with a splinter group of Slayer Inc who's regrouping in Tokyo, Japan, still determined to take over the world. In dark blood bars and hidden temples, it'll be Vampires vs. Slayers in a showdown that could cost Sunny not only her heart...but also her very life.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fan Art!

Lovely Sabrina from Germany drew this picture of Sunny and Rayne for me. I love Rayne's fangs!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Excerpt of Night School...

People have been asking for a second excerpt of Night School. Well, I'll post one when I get 2,000 people to "like" my Facebook page! If you'd like to keep up with all things Blood Coven and role play with the other vampires, please join us!! :)  

Also, if you haven't already, don't forget to sign up to become a vampire in training!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dallas/Ft Worth area Blood Coven Fans

For those of you in the Dallas/Ft Worth area - I will be doing a talk, reading, and signing at the Haslet Public Library Saturday, September 18th at 2pm! Come out and meet me!!


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Blood Coven eBooks

I thought I'd write out a list of where you can get the Blood Coven books via eBook, for those of you who like the instant gratification of downloading instead of heading to the bookstore/library. The series is available in all formats. And if you don't have an e-reader, but you do have an iPhone or an iTouch - then you can download a FREE ap to read iBooks from Apple or Kindle books - right from your iPhone/iTouch. Which is, let's just say, awesome. No more running to the bookstore!

Kindle e-books (USA)

Kindle e-books (UK)

iBooks from Apple (Download iBook ap on iPhone/iTouch/iPad and then search "Mancusi")

Nook (from Barnes and Noble)

Sony e-books

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Night School - the cover!!!

Yay - I can finally reveal the cover of NIGHT SCHOOL! So pretty, isn't it? It'll be released in January! Hugs to Heather Brewer for the fab quote. She's been an honorary blood coven member since day one!

Night School Cover (Blood Coven #5)


Vampires, Slayers and...FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents' shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run--forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends--the twins are on their own.

Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn't easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control--especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third--who isn't sure whether he wants to kiss her...or kill her.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own--leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Night School Excerpt

I'm going to be posting an extended Night School excerpt once I reach 1,000 fans on my Facebook page. I'm already up to 963 so please join us if you want a sneak peek! Also we've set up some Blood Coven roleplaying characters - hope you will join in the fun!!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Back Cover of NIGHT SCHOOL (Blood Coven Vampires #5)

I know I've been giving hints here and there on my Facebook page, but here's the official back cover summary of NIGHT SCHOOL - Blood Coven #5! It comes out in January 2011 and is back to Rayne's point of view. (But Sunny's a big part of the story, too!)  And yes, Jareth and Magnus are part of the story as well.

Night School

Vampires, Slayers and...FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents' shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run--forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends--the twins are on their own.

Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn't easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control--especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third--who isn't sure whether he wants to kiss her...or kill her.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own--leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunshine's Blog and a playlist

This was sent to me by one of my lovely Blood Coven readers!! For a school project Maria actually created the blog Rayne wanted Sunny to make in Boys that Bite about her experiences turning into a vampire. She did a great job, too! Check it out!!

In addition, she made a Boys that Bite soundtrack. You can hear the songs on the blog, but here's the track list. What do you think?


Broken: Evanescence
Comatose: Skillet
Hanging By a Moment: Lifehouse
Monster: Skillet
My Happy Ending: Avril Lavigne
My Heart: Paramore
Yours to Hold: Skillet
What Hurts the Most: Rascal Flatts
Whispers in the Dark: Skillet

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sunshine and Rayne Art

Found this on Deviant cute!! :)

Sunshine and Rayne by ~Kiuolo on deviantART

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blood Coven Update!

A little video update for you on the Blood Coven future!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Adventures in Easter Baking!

As in Peeps sushi. Jacob found this blog entry yesterday and I couldn't resist. After all, Peeps are like my favorite food in the entire universe!

First I gathered my supplies. CVS didn't have fruit roll-ups so I substituted them with some kind of sour strip candy. It didn't work as well--not sticky enough--so if you're crazy enough to try this at home I'd suggest real fruit roll-ups.


Then I started beheading my peeps!



It was a sticky process...



But well worth it in the end!!



And there you have it! Peepshi! Just in time for Easter.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book 5

I've been waiting on breaking this news, because I have NO DETAILS yet and I know you guys will have a ton of questions, but I've decided I can't wait any longer. :) Yes, there WILL be a Book 5, published in the United States. Working title is "Night School" but it may change. As for release date, all I've been told is "early 2011." My guess would be January - exactly one year after Bad Blood's release.

So yay!!! No one will have to learn German! :)

The book is told from Rayne's point of view and the majority of it takes place at a secret slayer boarding school, deep in the Swiss Alps. Rayne and Sunny are hiding out from the (well, you know, if you read Bad Blood!) but find that they may be in even MORE danger from what's going on at the school.

And that's all I'm saying for now! Hopefully sometime over the next couple months I can post an excerpt.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Blood Coven at Barnes and Noble!

Great news for Blood Coven fans! Barnes and Noble is now carrying the entire series backlist - so you can get any of the books (with new covers) - Boys that Bite, Stake That, Girls that Growl, or Bad Blood - just by heading to your local B&N store!

Of course, as always, make sure you call or check online before you go - as you don’t want to get there and find out they’re sold out or a particular store didn’t receive their shipment yet. But looking at their website I can see a good majority of the stores have them available.

The Blood Coven revolution continues! And look for a big official announcement about Book 5 very, very soon!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book 5 in German has a title!

Found out the German title for Book 5 today!

BeiƟ mich, wenn du dich traust

- which, translated, I'm told means:

"Bite me, if you dare!"

So cute! The book will be released in Germany in August. The editor said she loved it - I hope you guys will, too! We're now negotiating Books 6 & 7 in German.

For the rest of you, we're still hanging out, fingers crossed, waiting for my US editor to read Book 5 and hopefully commit to publishing it. Keep spreading the word about the series to your friends - the better it does, the more likely it will continue!


Friday, February 12, 2010


Happy Valentine's Day weekend! I love you all!!!!


RT 2007 - Houston, TX


Sk8er Boy Fan Video!

Came across this today - a fan video of my old Sk8er Boy book. I love who she picked out to play all the characters!!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bad Blood on Kindle

I know many of you have asked, so I'm pleased to say BAD BLOOD is now on Kindle! :) Go forth and download! :)



Friday, January 22, 2010

Dog Sledding!

Greetings from Vermont! I'm up here this week shooting ski related stories for my day job at Better TV. And today was a special treat. Something to check off of the list of things to do before I die....I got to go dog sledding!!! And let me tell you, it was so much fun! And the dogs were great. So strong. One of them had actually done the famous Iditarod race in Alaska five times - and won three!

Anyway, if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. Such a thrill. Faced paced and fun! (And only a tad stinky.)

I took a little iPhone video to illustrate the awesomeness.Check it out!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

The winners of Mari's Christmas Book giveaway!

Vampire Rayne
Simply Stacy
Jamie - jbbird@
Sarah - Seriously Kooky
Eva -
Bianca - infinitemusic
Roxanne Rhoads

If you see your name here, email me at and tell me your top three preferences for books and what you already have so I can try to avoid duplicating! Here's the list you can choose from. First choice is given in the order your names are listed above. (That's the order they were drawn by

Also in the email, give me your mailing address so I can get the books out to you!

Bad Blood (autographed) - Mari Mancusi
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Blue Bloods (complete 4 book series) - Melissa De La Cruz
Morganville Vampires (complete 8 book series) - Rachel Caine
Morganville new trade paperback (containing first two books in the series)
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (autgraphed)- Leanna Renee Hieber
Shadowland AUDIO BOOK (Immortals series) - Alyson Noel
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson
How to Ditch Your Fairy - Justine Larbalestier
Gentlemen - Michael Northrop
Ransom my Heart (Princess Diaries) - Meg Cabot
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (book 2 of Ally Carter's Galagher Girls series)
Rampant (autographed) - Diana Peterfreund

Thanks for ALL of you who entered! There were so many of you -- it was so great. I'm definitely going to have make this an annual Christmas tradition!!!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Christmas Giveaway Contest Closed for Entries!

Thanks, everyone, for entering my big book Christmas giveaway! I'm thrilled with all the participation!! I so have to do this kind of contest again sometime. :)

In any case, it's the 15th so the contest is closed to new entries. Now I need a little time to figure out the winners. I'll work on it over the weekend and let you know ASAP!

Thanks again! I can't wait to send out all your books!


Monday, January 11, 2010

NYC Booksigning this Thursday

For any of you in NYC, I hope to see you at my booksigning on Thursday at 6pm at Books of Wonder.

Address: 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Books of Wonder phone: (212) 989-3270.

I will be reading and signing BAD BLOOD. In addition to me, you'll get to meet Carolyn MacCullough who is reading from ONCE A WITCH and bestselling British author Philip Reeve, who will eb signing Here Lies Arthur, which I sooo have to pick up myself!

Also, if you can't make it, you can order a signed copy from Books of Wonder (they'll ship it out to you after the signing) by going to this website or by giving them a call. They are an awesome independent bookstore so we should all try to support them!

For more info, click here.


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Want a signed copy of Bad Blood?

I have added Bad Blood copies to my Amazon storefront. If you want an autographed copy, you can purchase them here. Please specify if you want the book personally autographed to a specific person or if you just want the book signed by me. I do accept International orders.

The first three books are also available for autographing.


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bad Blood - Sold Out?

I've been hearing stories of stores selling out of Bad Blood and Amazon also is currently out of stock They got more in! This is why it's really important to call first before you go. Sometimes demands exceeds expected supply - which is a good thing in a way - it means people want the book! - but it also sucks if you went to the store to get it and come home empty handed. :( Make sure, if the bookstore's sold out, you tell them to reserve you a copy when they get a new shipment in. This way you'll know it's at least on its way.

Borders has an in-store guarantee program that if the book is not there, they will not only order it for you, but ship it to your house for free. Also they've been very supportive of the Blood Coven series in general and would be my first place to try for a copy of Bad Blood or the other books in the series.

* UPDATE 1/6* I noticed that Barnes and Noble seems to be getting the books in slowly, store by store. Some stores had them before release date, some stores are just getting them today, some stores still don't have them yet. So again, check their website or call before you go. Also, right now I don't think they stock the first three books--just Bad Blood. So if you need those, you'll have better luck at Borders. Or you can always order them online.



Monday, January 04, 2010

Bad Blood Release Day: A Field Guide

Okay I know you are all as excited as I am about BAD BLOOD's impending release. But before you run out tomorrow to your local bookstore, here are some things to keep in mind:

1) It is most likely to be stocked at all major bookstores - Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books a Million etc. That said, that does NOT mean they will just have it sitting out on the shelf on release day. Sad but true. Sometimes bookstores have boxes and boxes of new releases show up at the same time and it takes them a while to stock them. Especially when their store may already be kind of torn apart from the Christmas crowd.

2) Before you go, do one of two things: go to the bookstore's website and see if they have a "FIND IN STORE option." Here are the options for Barnes and Noble and Borders. Both have a "Find in store by typing in your zip code option."

Barnes and Noble


Then you can select "Pick up in store". They'll pull the book for you and keep it behind the register so no one can buy it before you get there. (And it saves you the trouble for hunting for it.)

3) You can always call the store. I know, I hate calling, too. But I hate it worse when the store doesn't have my book.

4) If you show up to the store and it's not on the shelf - ASK. Do not walk out without asking. Again, I know it sucks to have to talk to the clerk - I feel that way too. But you want the book, right? Tell them! They more than likely have it out back and just have to find it. Also- just think. You're forcing them to find the books and book them on the shelves - which means other people will then be able to find them too!

5) If you ask and they still can't find it, ORDER it at the store. It's simple. You give them your email address and they order you one. About 2 days later, you'll get an email saying come pick up your book. You don't even have to pay until it's in stock so there's no harm in doing it if you eventually find it somewhere else in the meantime. If you don't pick it up, they'll just put it on the shelf for someone else to buy.

6) If you can't find a store, buy it online.,, Barnes and,, Chapters (for Canadians) A lot of times the books online are cheaper so you make up the shipping costs. I always encourage people to support local Indy stores. is one I really like.

7) If you prefer to read it online or in an e-book format, FictionWise is one retailer that will have it to download. Barnes and Noble has a version for the Nook. Amazon doesn't seem to have a Kindle version yet, but hopefully they will at some point, as I know the other three books are available via Kindle.

8) Please DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT ILLEGALLY! I beg of you. I haven't seen any downloadable copies yet, but I'm sure at some point soon they'll pop up. But here's why I am asking you not to do it. And yes, I could give you the lecture about it really being stealing, blah blah blah, but in this case I have a WAY more important reason. The publisher has NOT committed to a book #5 in the series and is waiting to see how sales of Bad Blood do before they decide. Therefore, if everyone pirates it and doesn't buy a copy then they'll think no one's interested in reading the next book and won't buy it. And then the next book will not be released in any form in the US. Which would suck cause I'm almost finished writing it and it's coming out really good!! :) Sooo if you're a fan, please buy the book, don't pirate it, and I promise to keep the series going for a long time!

9) Once you read it - email me and let me know what you think. But also if you can, post a review. I'd love to see reviews on Good Reads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. This helps other people make the decision on whether they want to try the book. Blogging and Facebook and Twitter are other good ways to spread the word. Again, not to sound like a broken record, but the fate of Book #5 is in the balance! :)

10) ENJOY!!!

And that's all. I can't wait to hear what you think!!! :)