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Posted on January 15th, 2011 at 09:42 pm
L. K. Madigan's Feast of Awesome Giveaway! CLOSED!

Flash Burnout was one of the top five books i read
in 2009. this is saying a lot, because i tend to favor
fantasy novels. it's simply a personal preference, as
indicated in my own writing. but i happened to pick up
an arc of Flash Burnout at ALA in chicago that summer,
read it, and gave lisa's debut novel this short five star
review on goodreads:

stayed up till past 1.30am to finish lk madigan's
FLASH BURNOUT. brilliant. funny, touching, sad,
and utterly real. i love blake. RECOMMEND!

the way madigan channeled a boy teen with a sense
of humor and heart--capable of mistakes like
all of us--is nothing short of amazing.

a terrific read!

then i had the pleasure of meeting lisa at the
scbwi national conference in los angeles. and
proceeded to fangirl her enthusiastically. maybe
i stalked her a little too. =) i couldn't get past the
fact that this charming, mild-mannered woman had
the spirit of a teen boy hidden inside her. we sat on
a table we probably weren't meant to sit on at the end
of the gala and lisa told me about the mermaid book
she was writing. but she wouldn't say anything else
about it. (i'm like that too with my new projects.)

Flash Burnout went on to win the Morris Award in 2010,
given to the best young adult debut novel written in the past
year. i was so thrilled for lisa, for her novel, and for Blake,
the narrator of her story.

this week, lisa shared very difficult news on her blog.
bravely. eloquently.
words fail to express how we, the debs, as a group
have reacted. we've been through so much together
since our publication year, so many ups and downs,
triumphs and tribulations, and i don't think any of us
can imagine news more devastating than this.

so how can we best express our love and support for
lisa during this time? through the celebration of her books.
only a fellow writer can know the angst and turmoil associated
with creating stories--because we put so much of ourselves in them.
won't you help us in spreading L. K. Madigan Book Love?

i already told you how amazing Flash Burnout is, and i've
got a copy of The Mermaid's Mirror winging its way to me.
the debs are giving away FORTY sets of lisa's books. each
winner will receive both Flash Burnout and The Mermaid's Mirror.
and to enter, you simply have to help spread the love.

how, you ask? consider:

1. adding her books onto your goodreads shelf.
2. blogging. linking, tweeting about this giveaway.
3. adding reviews to sites or on your blog if you've
read lisa's novels. vlog about it!
4. if you've already blogged about lisa's books, why
not do so again? =)
5. telling your friends about lisa's books if you've read them.
6. buying her wonderful books for yourself, for a friend.
7. checking them out from your local library, requesting them
if they aren't carried.
8. generally spreading the Book Love, however and any
way you can.

then comment in this post on how you shared the Book Love
(with appropriate links to blogs, twitter, goodreads, etc)
to enter for a chance to win one of forty sets we're giving away.
this contest is open to US mailing addresses only and will run
through MONDAY, JANUARY 31, when winners will be chosen by
random. though i may favor entries that took more thought
and effort. good luck! please help us show lisa how much we love her!


Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond,
Blake’s world turns upside down. The nameless woman
with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment.
“That’s my mom!” gasps Marissa.


Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown,
always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus.


Contrast. Shannon, Blake’s GF. Total. Babe. Marissa,
just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him;
Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them both
in one shot?


Chiaroscuro. Lightdark. Marissa again, overexposed.
Crash and burn.

Talk about negative space.


Lena has lived her whole life near the beach — walking for
miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air,
swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule
the waves — the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will
no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father — a former surfer himself — refuses to allow
her to take lessons. After his near drowning years ago, he
can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.

Yet something keeps drawing Lena to the water . . . an ancient,
powerful magic. And one morning Lena catches sight of this
magic: a beautiful woman — with a silvery tail.

Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not
even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon . . . what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will
change her life forever.


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Added her books to my goodreads list, and ordered them for my bookstore! All good wishes.


I added the books to my Goodreads list!



Forgot my link. :S



I bought her second book right before christmas. It's so hard to think of loosing so much tallent.

peachandblue2@aol.com (just in case I win, but this post really isn't about that, it's about showing love for Lisa, and God knows she has it!)
I've added her books to my shelfari:

And Goodreads:

And I just bought both her books for my Kindle.



Wow! This is an amazing way to show support! I added both her books to my GR account, although I thought The Mermaid's Mirror was already on there!

I plan to come back when I have more time, and spread the word more!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/141202719 (TMM)



Thank you for celebrating her books- I can't wait to read them! I added them to my Goodreads list:


put them on hold at my library, and tweeted about the contest:



Re: Giveaway

I retweeted it! http://twitter.com/#!/SaundraMitchell/status/26679610116677632

The other day when I first read Lisa's blog post I put the items on hold at the library. Just know we're thinking about you Lisa :)
Thanks so much for doing this. So happy to see people spreading the love for Lisa and her books! Don't enter me in the contest, as I'm not in the U.S., but I'll be sharing the love, too. FLASH BURNOUT is on my favourites shelf on Goodreads, and on my Best Books of 2010 list on my blog, and I'm tweeting! :)
I created a blog post about this contest:

Which I then reposted to my Facebook wall.

I also added both books to my to-read shelf on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2612998-christi?shelf=to-read

My library owns both books, so I'm planning on picking them up next week.

tweeted: http://twitter.com/AshelynnS/status/26704357739200512

Added to goodreads shelf (ashelynn sanford) and requested the library to order them.


This is hannah moskowitz (no livejournal).

I've had FLASH BURNOUT on my Goodreads to-read list for God knows how long, and I'll definitely be picking it up soon, either for myself if I don't win, or for a friend if I do. It looks utterly fantastic.
I retweeted wrokermom's tweet from above http://twitter.com/#!/shalanar

Linked this blog post on my facebook http://www.facebook.com/shalanar

(yes, both are private, but I promise I did actually do these things)

And have put the books on hold at my library.

What a wonderful celebration of her books.

Great idea! I added the one that was not on my GoodReads to GoodReads, requested copies from the library, (already in the queue for MM,) and Facebooked the link. Most importantly, will be reading and working with MM with my 11 year old for when our copy arrives from the library (we homeschool.)

Thinking of Lisa every day.
Added to Goodreads, tweeted, FB and I WILL be buying those books ASAP! Wish I had super powers. :(
I'm not entering the contest, but I just wanted to say that I'm lifting her up in prayer and have posted on both my blogs and I'll FB about her. I'll definitely post a review about FLASH BURNOUT, too.

I added her books to my Goodreads To-Read shelf. I also tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/#!/LexieBookBug/status/26756297978281984.
Hope things start looking up for her!


How freakin' awesome! Thanks for doing this.

I retweeted Sarah Ockler's tweet: *http://twitter.com/sarahockler/status/26764001283153921 (@Lena1xoxo)
*Added both books to my goodreads list!
*Bought the Flash Burnout nookBook for my nook. I'm going to hunt down quarters, deposit them into my checking account and hopefully get The Mermaid's Mirror nookBook this week!

Ooooh, the contest ends on my birthday. I think it's fate. *winks*

Added both books to my Goodreads shelf


I also shared this link on Facebook.
Ever since I read Lisa's horrific news, I've been trying to figure out what I could do. Disabled. No wheels. Have to make special arrangements to go to the grocery store, much less the library.
Now unemployed due to disability, and hubby on unemployment (until March or April)we've struggled to pay rent and utilities and find funds for groceries. Needless to say, coming up with a good idea was frustrating.
Then you proposed this. I don't have most of those accounts. But I do have Facebook. And I have a telephone and email accounts. So that's what I'm doing.
I know it's not enough to win the books (the only way right now I could gain access to them) but I can sure put them on my wish list. And I'll be very loud about what I want for... Whatever gift-giving occasion comes up next.
I'm so glad you came up with this. I hope you enjoy choosing the recipients. And thank you for telling me HOW I can make a small difference.

deanna, *hugs* to you for helping us when you
are going through difficult times yourself.
The love is already spreading. I had not come across L.K. Madigan works prior to seeing a RT of this giveaway on twitter, I in turn Retweeted the link, added both books to my goodreads TBR shelf and as I work at my local public library, first thing Monday, plan to order them for our shelves too. This is a wonderful way to show support to Lisa, I hope it spreads endlessly, far and wide.

My heart goes out to Lisa and her family, reading her blog entry was truly gut-wrenching. I greatly admire Lisa for her undeniable strength & courage. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family through this deeply difficult and trying time.
God Bless,

I tweeted, but am unsure of how to capture the tweet. I am javaintheam on Twitter. I also added both titles to my TBR list on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1616052?shelf=to-read
It's such terrible news to hear about L.K. Madigan.

1. I retweeted the Sarah Ockler's tweet: twitter.com/nodizzies
2. I put the two books on my 'to-read' on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2883394
3. I posted about the contest on my lil ol' journal: http://nodizzies.livejournal.com/17850.html

It's awesome that everyone is spreading the love of her books. No matter what happens with this contest, I plan on reading the two books!


I am commenting so you know my appreciation for you doing this, and I have spread the love however I know how (fb, tweeting, ordering her books for my local school), but please don't enter me in the giveaway. substitute the name of a school or a library. <3

constant prayers to LK Madigan. I hope she can feel the admiration and love.
Thanks for doing this. I put it out on Twitter.
I added it to my goodreads to read list: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4815191.
Thank you.
I know far too many people who have had to fight cancer in far too many forms and gladly reposted this on my blog:
and on my Facebook page:

Lisa's post brought tears to my eyes... I hope she knows that her amazing attitude and novels will serve as an inspiration for as long as she's with us, and beyond.
I'm so sorry to hear about Lisa's sickness, and as a prospective author, I think this is a fantastic way for you all to support her. I've done the little I can—tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/LisaAsanuma/status/26813445957492737) about the contest, and added her books on goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2403660). If I got a copy, I'd do my best to get a review up on both my personal writer's blog (http://lisasanuma.wordpress.com/) and Tales From the Hollow Tree (http://hollowtreetales.wordpress.com/), a blog I co-write, to get the word out about her books even more.
So glad you all decided to do this. Spreading the news on FB, and added to my shelfari.
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