Okay, can I pick them or what??? The very first author I featured in my blog back in September was Laini Taylor, a Portland, Oregon, author. I LOVE her Dreamdark series -- it's fresh and original and just plain fun. And then, this week her book Lips Touch: Three Times was named a Young People's National Book Award Finalist.
Congratulations, Laini! Freckles and I are rooting for you!