Two of these statements are true about me, and one is a lie!  Information on my ABOUT page will help uncover which one’s a fib:

1.  I have two sisters.

2.  I am 25 years old.

3.  I went to Georgetown University.


Check out all of the amazing authors participating in the YA Dash:
Mary Elizabeth Summer
T.A. Maclagan
Have fun on this dash, and best of luck snagging the GRAND PRIZE!

Updated YA DASH for Facebook 2


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WOOHOO for the 14 DAYS OF SWOON BLOG HOP, hosted by the fabulous &!  This is a fun, fantastic blog hop perfect for Valentine’s Day and I’m so happy to be part of it!


So today I have the pleasure of chatting about my top five FICTIONAL BOYFRIENDS OF ALL TIME.  BUT LORD THIS WAS HARD!  There are so many leap-off-the-page swoony boys who have captured my heart over my many years of reading, and it was extremely hard to pick just five.  I also learned quite a lot about my fictional boy tastes as I pondered this question (like, for instance, I apparently either go for the bad boy type or the bookish type with the heart of gold.  Go figure).  So without further ado, drumroll please….


5.  KENT MCFULLER (BEFORE I FALL, Lauren Oliver) — Okay I know this first choice is slightly random, but BEFORE I FALL is one of my favorite novels of all time, and like Sam, I ended up going from viewing Kent as a bookish outcast to someone unique, under-appreciated, adorable, and worthy of love and admiration.


4.  BISHOP (HEXED, Michelle Krys) — He’s cutting and infuriatingly sarcastic and always seems just out of reach, but I had so much fun reading his and Indigo Blackwood’s banter… the bad boy with the secretly good intentions has never been so attractive.


3.  AUGUSTUS WATERS (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, John Green) — Brilliant, poetic, thoughtful, tragic . . . Gus absolutely stole my heart.  I’m not a book crier — it takes a lot to do me in — and I was just gutted and laid bare towards the end of this book.


2. CHUCK BASS (GOSSIP GIRL, Cecily von Ziegesar) — Admittedly I fell further head over heels for the TV version of this New York “legend” than the book version.  Chuck is ruthless and charming and just the right amount of despicable, and though the show and series are over, I am still not over him.


1.  PEETA MELLARK (THE HUNGER GAMES, Suzanne Collins) — Insightful, sincere, compassionate — it’s not often I find a boy that I think so perfectly complements a kick-ass heroine, and Peeta is just PERFECT for Katniss. He had me at “I smuggled you bread.”


YAY!  Tweet me your favorite fictional boyfriends at @leeykelly, I’d love to hear them!!  And as part of the blog tour, there’s a fabulous giveaway, naturally . . .


. . .and I’m throwing in my own giveaway on Goodreads, a signed copy of my recently released debut novel, CITY OF SAVAGES — enter below!


Keep the hop alive and check out the upcoming posts from these awesome blogs:

14 Days of Fictional Swooning Schedule

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the tour!!.

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a few of us writers wanted to express our admiration and love for teachers with a book giveaway!  One lucky entrant will win a BRAND NEW collection of Young Adult titles. . . if you submit your name to this rafflecopter, you can win ALL SIX BOOKS for your classroom or library!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Below are the covers of these fabulous books, as well as links to the participating authors’ Web sites and Twitter handles.  And it would be great if you could help spread the word! Please use the hashtag: #authorsloveteachers to get the word out about this giveaway, and thanks so much!!  And please check out Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s blog for more information on a Middle Grade giveaway!

Sarah Darer Littman
Twitter: @sarahdarerlitt
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Lee Kelly
Twitter: @leeykelly
Author site:

Alexis Bass
Twitter: @alexisbasswrite
Author site:

Nova Ren Suma
Twitter: @novaren
Author site:

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Cindy L. Rodriguez
Twitter: @RodriguezCindyL
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Jo Knowles
Twitter: @JoKnowles
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I thought this list was so much fun (and the comparison made me squeal) — Erin Enders of Bustle put together a list of YA Debuts next year to check out, based on readers’ favorites — take a look!


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I am SO thrilled and honored to announce that CITY OF SAVAGES has been selected as a 2015 Junior Library Guild book for 2015!!

A little more on how Junior Library Guild works here:

And CITY OF SAVAGES is listed here (looks like it will be available this summer!)  Woohoo, I am so excited!!!

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I teared up reading this — thank you VOYA MAGAZINE ( for an amazing review!!

By Lee Kelly

(Saga Press; ISBN 9781481410304; February 2015; Spring 2015 catalog)

*Starred review*

In post-war Manhattan, sisters Phee and Sky struggle to survive among the other ruthless citizens under the control of Rolladin. Phee is a toughened girl with more courage than she can handle, and her older sister Sky is a dreamer who loves to read. When they meet at the annual Census with strangers who have an incredible message, Sky and Phee are forced into an adventure they may not be able to handle. While a love triangle threatens to tear the sisters apart, they learn of their family history along with the secret past of the POW camp. The girls have to depend on each other to survive the dark and violent world in which they live.

Kelly’s prose is gorgeous and brilliant as she seamlessly tells a satisfyingly dark tale through alternating the sisters’ points of view. The two voices of the strong female leads are perfect for showcasing the story of human nature, self-preservation, and the strength of the familial bond. The surprising plot layers will keep readers invested through every twist and turn until the last page. Very dark and violent in places, the story is extremely intense but keeps the shining bond of the two sisters in the forefront. This is one of the best and most original dystopian stories available for teens today and an absolute must-have for any library serving teen readers..

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Woohoo, CITY OF SAVAGES is going to Portugal!  From Publisher’s Marketplace:


Portuguese rights in Portugal to Lee Kelly’s CITY OF SAVAGES, to Individual, by Iria Villahermosa of The Foreign Office, on behalf of Allison Devereux at Wolf Literary Services.



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