L.K. Madigan’s Character Debut Party

FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. MadiganI’m reading FLASH BURNOUT right now and all I can say is… any book that opens with the main character (who is a boy! Yay!) clearing Dad’s photos of bullet wounds off the breakfast table just so he can eat is a good book for me. Plus, hello, photography! I’m really excited to dig in to the rest of the story.


Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him, the other one needs him.

When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom.

In a tangle of life, death, and love, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of loyalty.

Blake’s 2009 Debut Party

Usually I end up taking the pictures at parties and social gatherings. Guess I’ll have some competition now! Still sounds like fun, though!

The Guest List

I think Blake would get along well with Edward Cullen. NO, I’M KIDDING.

He would want all of his friends there, but maybe not his brother, because his brother would bring a bunch of rowdy football players. Then again, they would probably attract cheerleaders, so Blake should factor that in to his decision.

If Blake could populate his party with fictional characters, he would definitely want to invite Doctor Who and Rose Tyler, and all of the Harry Potter characters except for Peeves (and the Death Eaters, of course).

Wait, so you’re uninviting Edward? Is that, um, wise? Hmm.

*Rethinks attendance*

The Party

It’s a combination skater/hip-hop/loud music/loud talking/laughing extravaganza. Since Blake and his friends like to go to the skate park, we’ll start there, then stop by the arcade for a game of laser tag, and end up back at his house for some pizza and loud music. Blake’s parents would insist on being there, so no alcohol! As far as themes and party favors go… NO. He’s not a chick.

Um… you had be at combination skater/hip-hop.

The Guest of Honor: Blake

Blake is wearing… um… guy clothes? Appropriate for skating, laser tag, and dancing with his girl. His theme song? Swagga Like Us, by Jay-Z and T.I.

L.K.’s Advice for Blake on His Big Debut

Have a great time and keep the jokes clean!

Congratulations L.K. and Blake on the debut! FLASH BURNOUT is available in book stores now, and also online through Indiebound and other Web retailers.

L.K. Madigan is a writer living in Portland, Oregon, who finds it odd to speak in the third person. Therefore: Hi. I am married with one son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of beaters, I mean vintage cars. Visit me online!

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