YA Lit Chat Made of Awesome Author Spotlight:

April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.

From Sarwat’s Bio

March 2004- Mid-life crisis HITS. What am I doing? I am an ARTIST! There must be more to life than designing ductwork systems! Sign up onto a screenwriting course…
October 2004- Pitch my story to a panel of experts. One suggests it may be suitable for Bette Midler. He does not mean this as a compliment. Despair follows…
October 2004- Friend tells me to try my hand at a straight story. I bash out Templar Chapter 1. The Premise is awesome. Nobody would think to write about a teenage ‘kick-ass’ heroine fighting the supernatural, or mix in the utterly obscure Knights Templar…
I discover Buffy … despair follows.
November 2004- I discover Buffy. Despair follows… January 2005- I write and write and write…
March 2005- I discover The Da Vinci Code. Despair follows…
November 2005- TEMPLAR is finished (all 100,000 words of it)! Spend a lot of time lurking by the office photocopier after work (and they thought I was doing overtime…sorry!) and pack it off to my top ten carefully selected agents… The NEXT DAY (I kid you not) the rejections start to arrive…

What Bookalicious has to say:

It’s not very often that I put an author up to rockstar status. There are only a few on that list of mine. Sarwat Chadda being the only one I have ever met. I am in awe of the world he created, and the fact that while writing that effed up stuff for us to read that he is still sane :P Sarwat is a fascinating bloke and an equally fascinating writer. I was so sad to learn the news that there will be no third Billi book. I know that all of the fans are still mourning as Billi’s story wasn’t finished. She means so much to those of us who love her. We need more feminist characters for our young girls and another one got the axe.

I was lucky enough to video interview Sarwat. See what he has to say about Billi and his writing!

Visit Sarwat at his website, his blog, and and Twitter!

Bloggers love Sarwat!

YA Bibliophile reviews Dark Goddess.
Fire and Ice reviews Dark Goddess.
Debbie’s World of Books reviews Devil’s Kiss
Reading Teen reviews Devil’s Kiss.

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YA Lit Chat Made of Awesome Author Spotlight: Brenna Yovanoff

April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.

From Brenna’s Bio:

My YA fantasy The Replacement is now available from Razorbill/Penguin Group. Here are some things about me (not book-related):

I’m good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.

I’m bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I’m talking about.

I was homeschooled until I was fifteen, which has probably affected my world view in ways I can’t fathom.

Also, I really, really like parentheses. (Really.)

What Bookalicious has to say:

I haven’t read The Replacement and I think I have given away the final copy of my ARCs that I had. Somehow I ended up with four… What I do know is that it is creepy and in a good way and that everyone who does take the time to read it generally thinks it is fab. And she is 1/3 of the Merry Sisters of Fate which I love!

Vist Brenna on her website, Twitter.

Bloggers love Brenna!

Manga Mania Cafe reviews The Replacement.
Reading Angel gives The Replacement five butterflies!

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YA Lit Chat Made of Awesome Author Spotlight: Julia DeVillers

April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.

From Julia’s Bio:

Julia DeVillers is a bestselling author of books for kids, tweens and teens.

Her book, How My Private Personal Journal became the Disney Channel Original Movie, Read it and Weep. Julia appears in a cameo as “Grossed-out customer being served pizza with real chicken feet sticking out of it.”

Her books have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and all the major teen magazines.

She writes books for Simon and Schuster, Dutton, and Random House. She is represented by Mel Berger at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Julia was born in Albany, New York. She has a twin sister Jennifer and a younger sister, Amy.

She went to school ….

* M.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University with graduate courses in children’s literature
*B.A. in communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.
*High school: Colonie High, Colonie NY
She worked…

As an editorial director for a health education publishing company. And before that, as Chuck E. Cheese.
Julia is spending a year or so overseas in Tbilisi, Georgia (the former Soviet Republic!) with her husband and two children and a maltipoo named Bradley. She also lives in New Albany, Ohio.

What Bookalicious Has to Say:

I haven’t read anything by Julia DeVillers. I am so glad this event gave me reason to stalk… erm check her stuff out. With titles like Princess of Gossip and Liberty Porter, First Daughter, I already know I am going to be a huge fan of her work.

You can visit Julia on her website, Twitter, and her author page at Simon and Schuster.

Bloggers love Julia!

YA Book Nerd reviews Liberty Porter.
Children’s Book Review on Take Two.

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YA Lit Chat Made of Awesome Author Spotlight: Melissa de la Cruz

April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.

From Melissa’s Bio

Photo © Denise Bovee

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

What Bookalicious Has to Say:

I have been reading Melissa for years. Way before I was a blogger. I am such a fan of the Blue Bloods series and I recommend it to others any chance I get. I can’t wait for Lost in Time! I just read Melissa’s adult debut a couple of months ago. Witches of East End is coming soon folks, so if you are caught up on the BB series there are some subtle fun things inside the book for you! If you haven’t read Melissa you really should.

You can visit Melissa on her website and on Twitter.

Bloggers Love Melissa!

Bookalicious review of Bloody Valentine
Debbie’s World of Books reviews Bloody Valentine.
Cover to Cover review of Girl Stays in the Picture.
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read reviews Misguided Angel.

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YA Lit Chat Made of Awesome Author Spotlight: Malinda Lo

April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.

From Malinda’s Bio:

by Patty Nason Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. Ash, her first novel, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Formerly, she was an entertainment reporter, and was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.

Read Malinda’s latest news here!

What Bookalicious Has to Say:

I read Ash last year. I saw it on a library shelf and had heard some murmuring around the blogosphere and decided to pick up the book. I was enraptured with the world building, there is nothing I love more than a fantastic take on a fairy tale. Malinda’s books are so very important because they are mainstream and feature gay protagonists. As someone who is straight but incredibly open minded I had no clue how I would react to the relationship in the book. I am pleased to say I fell in love with the Huntress as Ash does. Their love story and the building of it was such a believable part of this fantasy novel and more beautiful than most of the instalove stories I am reading of late. Book two The Huntress is out now and I suggest reading this series whole heartedly.

Check out Diversity in YA a project Malinda spearheads with Cindy Pon.

Visit Malinda on: her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Have you read any Malinda Lo books? Have questions but can’t make it to the chat? I’ll ask them just post in the comments!

Bloggers Love Malinda!

Escape Through the Pages reviews Ash.
The Paperback Princess reviews Ash.

Dear Author reviews Huntress.
Tor.com reviews Huntress.

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