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About Lisa Mantchev
Lisa Mantchev writes award-winning picture books for kids (STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS has been translated into eleven languages and turned into a musical!) speculative fiction for teens, and urban fantasy for grown-ups.
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“Sweet and affirming.” —Kirkus Reviews
“With a gentle message of inclusion and helping others, this title reaches beyond a mere friendship story.”—School Library Journal
In this bestselling and internationally beloved picture book, the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, so he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals.
Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.
Strictly No Elephants has been sold around the world and is heralded as a pitch-perfect book about inclusion. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.
The fantastic first novel in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. It's the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there's the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. Nate, a dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie, and Ariel, a seductive air spirit. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .
With Eyes LIke Stars, Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she's close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family – and the Theatre Illuminata – from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate.
From the critically acclaimed author of Eyes Like Stars
We are such stuff as dreams are made on.
Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn't know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY
But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—
Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.
Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.
When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre's caravan, using Bertie's word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie's father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie's dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it's Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess's lair?
Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won't want to put down, even after the curtain has closed.
The upstairs cats and downstairs dogs in a tall, twisty-turny house are kept apart because their humans assume dogs and cats won’t get along. But when an opportunity presents itself, the bolder cat goes through a door that is left open. Will there be hissing, barking, and chasing—or an unexpected friendship?
A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
“Carries a deeper and more important message about considering others’ circumstances in light of one’s own privileges that many kids may benefit from hearing.” —BCCB
“A satisfying storytime read-aloud about the gift of giving and sharing.” —School Library Journal
From the author of Strictly No Elephants comes a sweet picture book that explores themes of selflessness and empathy when a girl has the chance to make just one wish.
In the grass, a girl finds an extraordinary thing that gives her…just…one…wish.
She asks her those around her what they would wish for in her shoes, but nothing seems quite right. What will her perfect wish be?
In this pitch-perfect picture book, Lisa Mantchev takes the concept of a magic wish and uses it to explore real world empathy, kindness, and good will.
Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.
Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.
Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.
Rule Number One: Don’t get attached.
Trick St. John clawed his way out of the worst gutters of London to occupy the most prestigious piece of real estate in Beverly Hills. Another one of Roman Scipio’s progeny, he’s the bastard with the most to prove. On paper, his money comes from Big Pharma, medications he’s developed and marketed for the human population. But in the VIP suites of nightclubs like Scion—and the residence his working girls refer to as the McMansion—illicit street drugs like Tranq rake in just as much cash. It’s a luxe lifestyle, custom-tailored to his every whim, inherently dangerous, and deliberately devoid of romantic entanglements. But when a group of vampire revolutionaries called the Legacy start attacking his friends and trying to replicate his work, Trick can no longer afford to ignore the one person he’d most like to avoid.
Rule Number Two: Don’t f-ck where you sleep.
On the run from a sordid past, Tes Nicolae finds herself in the the unenviable position of being Trick’s gag birthday gift… just another of his one-hit wonders. That first time might have been the only time, but it nets her a regular blood doll gig at the Friday Night parties, and Trick’s formidable shadow seems like the perfect place to hide. A red-gloved stranger has other ideas, though, stealing her away to a hotel suite where she learns there’s absolutely nothing for her on the other side of death: not heaven, not hell.
Rule Number Three: Get the job done.
Suddenly, it seems that every dark force in Los Angeles is in the market for Tes’s blood, and Trick’s the only thing standing between her and certain death. As the Devil tries to reconstruct Heaven and the Legacy seeks to bring humanity to heel, two street rats born centuries apart will have to break down the barriers between science and faith, human and immortal, the very essence of Light and Dark if they want to survive the coming dawn.
Lumen Scipio has spent her life hidden away in convents, locked up in libraries, and protected by the most formidable vampire family on the planet, but it wasn’t until she shared a kiss with the Devil that she had any desire to break away from the blood-ties that bind. Selling her soul to guarantee her family’s safety might not have been as selfless as it seemed, but as Lumen falls head-over-heels for the enemy, she must find a way to protect the world from the most destructive weapon in Heaven’s holy arsenal: herself.
Soon, Lumen’s caught up in a game of secrets and manipulation, the center of a celestial standoff an eternity in the making, because the archangels have awoken, the apocalypse is nigh, and the world’s only hope lies in saving the one divine being who fell hardest of them all:
Billionaire philanthropist Caspian Declan has gotten everything he ever wanted: a vast financial empire, far-flung political influence, and more power than most men ever dream of. Money can’t buy salvation, though, and Cas spends most of his valuable time giving back in an attempt to assuage the sting of old wounds. The Legacy would like nothing more than to harness his considerable authority for their cause, except Cas hasn’t spent two hundred years playing for Team Humanity to switch sides now. But when a rule-abiding reaper puts an expiration date on eternity, Cas finds himself in the untenable position of having to set his affairs in order quickly, starting with the woman who put the last of his bloodline directly in the sights of his most hated enemy.
A year ago, Mireille Reece lost her parents in an accident that seemed anything but accidental.A position with Uriel Dellassandro should have yielded the answers she needed, but instead she fell into the arms—and bed—of the world’s most disciplined aristocrat. Now, fresh out of rehab, she knows she ought to swear off vampires forever, but there’s just one small thing she can’t get off her conscience: the fact that someone murdered her parents. Everything comes full circle the night Caspian Declan returns to Scion, because he’s the one addiction she just cannot quit, and theirs is a dangerous game of seduction, strategy, passion, and betrayal.
With Uriel and the Legacy closing in, Reille and Cas find themselves in need of a little celestial intervention. Aided by resident archangel Jax Trace, they’ll have to set aside personal vendettas and past indiscretions in order to avert the impending apocalypse. But when the same ruthless vampires who’ve been courting Cas and hunting down Virtues bring their war directly to Reille’s doorstep, they force Cas to make a difficult choice:
Sacrifice his queen…
Or sacrifice himself.
The Sexiest Man Alive.
Xaine Capello lives a life of infamy: fast cars, loose women, and hard rock. For him, falling in love is a weekend gig, so when Lourdes Chase arrives on the scene with her big, blue eyes and clever mouth, it’s all this hot rock star can do to keep his lips-- and fangs!-- to himself.
The girl with a dark past, and the voice of an angel.
Lourdes Chase just wants answers, and she follows the trail all the way to the one place she knows she’ll find them: Scion. Determined to solve a year-old mystery that still haunts her, she takes a chance audition at the hottest immortal nightclub in Los Angeles, never expecting to run up against the bad-boy of her dreams.
The killer who torments them both.
Sparks fly and sex sells, rocketing the rock star pair to near-instant superstar status, but when little blond girls start turning up dead on his property, Xaine becomes the prime suspect. With Lourdes as his only alibi, he’s taking no chances, and as it becomes obvious that the murders are no coincidence, it’s up to Xaine and his newest opening act to catch the killer and clear his name before Lourdes becomes the next target.
LOST ANGELES is a full-length novel of 100k+ words, complete with steamy hot situations, snarky vampires, and the worst guardian angel ever.