Friday, March 22, 2013

Blogoversary Day 2: Favorite Authors

Welcome to Day 2 of my blogvesary celebration! To celebrate, I've come up with a list some of my favorite authors (which was TOUGH, let me tell you). Also, I have another giveaway below, so be sure to check it out! 

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I adore this woman. She's funny, compassionate, and just writes the best swoon-worthy guys (Etienne and Cricket <3). I had to fortune to meet Stephanie last year, and she's just so adorable. I'm dying to get my hands on Isla. Her books are so romantic, funny, and heart-warming. They're sure to put any one in a good mood. That alone has put Stephanie on my list as one of my favorite authors.


Sarah's journey to publication has been the most inspirational for me, perhaps because I followed her all the way from Fiction Press. It was such a joy to finally read the news that her book would be published. It was an even greater joy to meet her in person last year at the Southern Festival of Books. Thank you, Sarah, for loving your fans so much. And thank you for writing such a kick-butt heroine. Celanea's story deserves to be told, and I will devour any book chronicling her adventure. 


Where do I begin? Susan is the epitome of awesome. Her blog posts about revising are so helpful, and the blog posts she write about her struggles are SO encouraging. It helps us aspiring writers know we are not alone. And how can I forget the BAMFwordbattles that have helped me write those words! Susan and Sarah are a tour de' FORCE. Here's to hoping we'll meet some day. And here's to hoping I won't 'fan-girl' too much, because Something Strange and Deadly was amazing and Eleanor a fantastic heroine. I can't wait to see where her story is headed, and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.


When I first met you, Ruta, we got on the subject of writing and I admitted I tried to write, but unsuccessfully. You didn't hesitate to tell me that that was 'ok' and that writing takes a lot of time and effort. Thank you for your encouraging words, for supporting me, and thank you for your amazing books that have changed my perspective on life by writing about the past.


This girl has a way with words. I love her books, and I can't wait to read what she writes next! On top of that, though, Victoria is just an awesome person. She's super fun and super encouraging. From one fellow PLUNCH girl to another. 

I read Pushing the Limits, not knowing what to expect. And I fell hard for the book, its characters, and its author. Katie just has a knack for writing about love in a way that isn't always pretty. But it's real, it's raw, and it's what sustains us in the end. Her characters are broken, rough, but they manage to find their way in the end. 


Leigh is the epitome of cool. She's a make-up artist, musician, and author. Not to mention, the books she's written are fan-freakin'-tastic. I've have the pleasure of reading Shadow and Bone and an ARC of Siege and Storm, and AH! The world is so vivid, with so many swoon-worthy guys. And Alina. She's such an amazing, and perfectly flawed character. I will buy anything this woman writes. 


I usually don't claim an author a "favorite" until I've read at least two of their books, but I have to make an exception for Claire. I read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and was floored by her talent as a writer. Victoria had such a strong voice, and her writing was pitch perfect. Not to mention, she's a former piano player (LIKE ME). I will honestly buy anything Claire writes (and I'm especially anticipating Winterspell, her YA retelling of The Nutcracker.)


I LOVED The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I ADORED The Bitter Kingdom. Rae has managed to solidify my love for Fantasy. I love how she incorporates Religion, I love the world, and I love Elisa. Her character growth is one of the best I've read in YA. If only I could find I real-life Hector in my life, I'd be set. THere's not doubt, I'll be eagerly following Rae's writing career as she ends her first trilogy and begins her second (it's a historical with fantasy elements set during the GOLD RUSH! How exciting!).

Honorable Mentions:
John Green
Kasie West
Brigid Kemmerer

*Claire's debut was MG, but I still put her on this list because of her upcoming Winterspell. Hey, my list, my rules? <333
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