Diana Marcellas Message Board
posts on 5/15/2006 1:12:53 AM
Diana, I am so sorry to hear that Tor has dropped the Brierley series -- I read hundreds of fantasy books a year and your series was certainly one of the top ten that I would consider very special. And certainly I would have bought the fourth book for sure! I actually found this site because I had just finished book 3 and was looking to find out when book 4 would be available... I'm sad to hear that we'll have to wait for a company a touch less daft than Tor before that happens.
Anyway, thank you for three excellent books. Please know that your readers haven't deserted you. There are many people out here waiting with bated breath to find out what happens when Brierley tells Melfallen her secret!
Best wishes for Bk 4,
posts on 5/13/2006 1:33:21 PM
I finally had time to read your 3rd Brierly book (in english) and just loved it! I'm really sorry to read that Tor dumped you and so there won't be a 4th book anytime soon, 'cause I'm dying to know what will happen next and how it will eventually end! I hope you find a new fantasy publisher soon and publish the series again, including the 4th book, I will look out for them! The books are a joy to read, I love the characters, the setting, the storyline, everything! They (and you) have inspired me to start writing again (it's been a few years) and finish my own stories. I hope to see (and read) some of your writing again soon! Best wishes from the Netherlands.
posts on 5/3/2006 1:35:41 PM
To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to express my disappointment with regards to the cessation of Diana Marcellas Brierly's series. I have found great enjoyment in reading her last three books and I felt compelled to extend my support to her former publisher. I am a veracious reader and I can say, with conviction, that is a very rare experience to read books, such as the Brierly's series, that possess such imagination, depth and authenticity. Many are just fluff. To me, this series is not fluff.
I know this will not sway your decision as much is determined by our unstable and extremely fickle economy but again, had a desire to express my regret.
I sincerely hope that Diane Marcellas will have the opportunity, if not with Tor but elsewhere, to continue publishing her series.
posts on 4/24/2006 10:08:48 PM
Dear Alex: I haven't checked this website for a while, and I just read your message tonight. Good luck on the writing! I've never regretted sticking to it all these years, although at times I was convinced that I just didn't have it and never would, but I kept going. Thora's advice to Believe! is very personal. I've had four pen names and each time I've chosen from my family's names. I agree that it's hard to pick just at random. First I used my maiden name and my married name, and then I chose my maternal grandmother's family name for "P.K. McAllister," and for the most recent name that I gave to my Brierley books I took my dad's middle name, Marcellus, altered the spelling a little, and then picked a favorite Latinate name to match. So if you want a pen name, you might "honor" a few of your kin like I did. Although my agent wants to change my pen name again, I want my fantasy to stay under Diana Marcellas, my favorite of my pen names, and I may revert to "Paula King" (my real name) if I try some books that are more firmly in the romance genre.
In the meantime, there's been no news from Hayakawa, mainly because the subagent my agent uses for foreign rights probably hasn't asked. Tor never sold the British rights, which contributed to the short sales that ultimately dumped me at Tor, and my former editor encouraged me to submit some ideas and then determinedly ignored me, so it appears I'm still dead at Tor. I have appreciated you guys writing to Tor. Eventually, if I can establish myself with another fantasy publisher and do somewhat better, and by then my Tor rights should have reverted, I intend to offer the Bri series again, complete with fourth book.
Love you all. Thanks so much for loving my Bri books; I do, too.
posts on 4/24/2006 4:41:39 PM
I wanted to put out some support from Canada. I think your books are wonderful and if you ever get a chance to publish a fourth book, even as an e-book, I would love to know!
Do you have your own website?
posts on 4/18/2006 1:57:14 AM
If the Bri books did well in Australia have you tried an Australian publisher, or has it all come to a halt because of the rights issue?
Alex H. posts on 3/31/2006 11:48:04 PM
Diana- my mom says this is weird for a fourteen year-old but i have found my one and only true love. It is your books, I can't believe I didn't find them sooner. (laugh out loud), I have been reading all of my live (not that it has been very long but.) and the tale you wove around Brierly and Melfallen is a peace of artwork! I have already written a letter to Tor and will be sending it off the second I wake up tomorrow, I just don't think I will be able to live without finding out what happens. Your books inspired me to continue on my own book, I was kinda stumped but I am right back on track again! but I must ask you a question, how on Earth did you finalize your name? I can never get a solid grasp on one I like, any tips? well I must thank you for writing such an inspirational and beautiful set of books, I do hope to one day read the fourth and hopefully many more of your books to come!
Michael A. Jeter posts on 3/31/2006 8:25:59 AM
I am writing this after having stayed up till 7:14am reading your 3rd novel straight through. I have only done that a few times, the first being my first discovery of Mercedes Lackey, second CS Friedman , and lastly Orson Scott Card my first discovery of 'Ender's Game'. I as well have re-read the first two several times, enjoying nuances I may have missed before.
You have the wit and humor to match these authors with a tounge in cheek approach to humor that I admired in Elizabeth Haydon and yet still have managed a unique voice I will treasure. Your characters fairly danced across the pages when they spoke. (Though to speak freely sometimes I think someone should have locked both Mefallen and Saray in a tower and refused to let them out till they talked letting niether escape till some understanding was reached).
Forgive me, I am tierd and I wax a bit babbly for my own good. (smile)
What I most want to say is thankyou for enriching my life. Each book, to me, is a treasure of memories and I hold yours in great value indeed. I feel honored to have known you.
I sincerely hope that your fourth book is published. I believe I shall write a letter as well. I also wanted the voices of encouragment on this site to continue.
Hehe I cant resist. "The future is not set, Believe"
Melanie Allen posts on 3/28/2006 7:45:07 PM
Hi Diana, I just finished reading your 3 Bri books which I loved and looked on B&N site to buy the next one and noticed that there wasn't one. So, I went to the Tor site then searched to web and found this site, and read the messages. I would be more than glad to write to your editor at Tor. I think the problem with sales is due to your book covers. When I buy books, the cover grabs my attention, so I will pickup the book and read the back. I noticed your 1st book, but the cover didn't do anything for me, then your 2nd book came out, and it looked interesting, so I picked up and read the back, I was hooked so I bought the first books too. I went back to buy the 3td and the cover was a definitely turnoff, but your writing was GREAT, so the cover no longer mattered to me. I read a lot, and would love your story and would like to see it continued. I hope this helps.
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