My new novel Umbertouched launches 11/6/2018, and I’m thrilled at the early reception. Here’s what some early readers have to say about it:


“Livia Blackburne has allowed her characters to push this story ahead with raw emotions, desperate missions, deadly battles, hard-fought decisions that will continue to haunt throughout this incredibly intense tale. This is more than a fantasy, it is a story of love and loss, longing and belonging and giving one’s all for those they love, consequences be damned. It’s a story of the search for inner peace and acceptance of an unknown future.

Vile villains, strong heroes, and all of the unfairness in life boldly colors this amazing tale. From start to finish, there isn’t a wasted word, a wasted scene or a wasted emotion. I can’t recommend UMBERTOUCHED or ROSEMARKED enough!”

From: Tome Tender

“THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. Holy crap. This was seriously so emotionally draining for me that I had to just sit there for a few days and stew over everything that happened, because otherwise my review would have just been a 25 minute audio recording of me crying and blubbering into the microphone. Umbertouched expanded and improved upon everything that occurred in Rosemarked, and I’m so happy that the series concluded in such a realistic and beautiful way.”

From: Rachael’s Reviews 


“Lives up to and surpasses the first book.”

From: Shenwei‘s Reviews


If this sounds like your cup of tea, I hope you’ll consider preordering Umbertouched. Why preorder? Because publishers monitor these numbers carefully, and a strong preorder performance often translates into more marketing and effort behind the book.

For a little added incentive, I’ve put together some swag packets for people who preorder. There are two offers.



(Open Internationally – while supplies last. I have lots of bookmarks and prints, but not less bookplates. If we run out of those, you’ll still get one, but perhaps not of the same design.)

Submit proof of preorder from any store and get

  1. Signed Umbertouched bookplate
  2. Signed Umbertouched bookmark
  3. Signed Zivah and Dineas art print
  4. An alternate ending for Umbertouched, emailed to you.


Email proof of preorder to by November 5, 2018. To make my life easier, please include your mailing address in the body of your email, formatted so that it can be copied straight onto a mailing label. If you’d like any of the swag personalized to you, you can also let me know. 



(US Only, but see note for internationals – while supplies last)

Order Umbertouched from Once Upon a Time and get:

  1. Signed first edition of Umbertouched.
  2. Everything from Option 1 (except signed book plate, unless you request it specifically, since I’m signing the book itself)
  3. A set of Diadem the snake and Scrawny the crow magnetic bookmarks.



We also have a very limited number of Zivah and Dineas magnetic bookmarks from last year’s preorder special. To receive a set of bookmarks , preorder one of the following books from Once Upon a Time, in addition to Umbertouched.

  1. Any book by Livia Blackburne.
  2. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie Dao
  3. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  4. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

*Note for Internationals. If you want the Diadem and Scrawny bookmarks, I haven’t forgotten you! Just do Option 1, and submit proof of purchase for one of the following books, in addition to Umbertouched.

  1. Any book by Livia Blackburne.
  2. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie Dao
  3. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  4. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean


Preorder Umbertouched:

Hardcover: Once Upon a TimeAmazon | B&N | Indiebound | Book Depository

Ebook: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo