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L.K. Madigan

I learned tonight that the YA world lost a fantastic author. L.K. Madigan passed away Wednesday.

I read Flash Burnout last year and it was one of my favorite reads of the year. Blake instantly became a new book crush! I read it because it was nominated for our state book award reading list for high school and I'm glad to say it made the list! I can't wait for teens to start reading off the 2011-2012 Gateway list and for them to discover the fantastic story that Lisa wrote.

When I heard the news, I felt a deep loss. Even though I never met Lisa in person, I knew her online. That's the beauty of blogging-it connects readers and authors and booklovers and creates a huge community. When I posted my review of Flash Burnout, Lisa excitedly tweeted about my review and how a librarian had a book crush on Blake! Needless to say, I was thrilled that she noticed and was tickled about how excited she was that a librarian loved her book.

I read Lisa's blog and felt like I got to know her. She wrote the most hilarious Tim Gunn posts that would always make me smile.

If you haven't read Lisa's books, do yourself a favor and do so now. The YA world will greatly miss this talented and incredibly wonderful author. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Lisa-thank you for your gift to YA. Thank you for being an amazing author and an amazing person who took time to connect with readers, librarians, bloggers and booklovers. You are loved and will be greatly missed.


  1. how, utterly heartbreaking. i won her book a few days ago in a content and i cant wait to read it and get to know what an awesome author she was.
    again, im so deeply saddened by this. but like you said, You are loved and will be greatly missed.

  2. We knew this was coming, but it is still so heartbreaking! I loved Flash Burnout!

  3. I had the pleasure to do an author interview with Lisa and her passion for writing and sharing her stories are genuine. She was such a talented writing and will be very missed. Loved but not forgotten.

  4. I finished reading The Mermaid's Mirror (which I loved), literally, minutes before I heard the news of Lisa's passing. It gave the whole book a new meaning, especially the letter from Lucy to Lena.
    We're still praying for her, for the happy repose of her soul, and for her family in particular. "♥" don't express the love that goes out to the Madigan's.

  5. Thank you one and all for your outpouring of love.

    Sincerely, L.K.'s Dear Hubby

  6. I just read Flash Burnout last month & it was a really great book! Really bummed to find out she won't be writing anymore :(


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