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.
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.