Author Sotlight: Kimberly Giarrantano

I’m fairly certain Kimberly Giarratano and I are soul sisters.

I mean come on, she was once a librarian (YA librarian, yay!) and her books include ghosts, crime scenes, and grunge music. PLUS she lives in the Poconos: WOODS AND CRITTERS EVERYWHERE! WHOA. That’s gotta win you over, right? Right?

Just me? Fine.

Her book Grunge Gods and Graveyards won the Silver Falchion Award for Best YA novel in 2015, so I’m not being completely biased in saying that she’s awesome. She’s won an award! That’s got some street cred in the literary world. 

In any case, she’ll be popping up at our lovely YA Fest. Come on by and fangirl with me, or just witness me make a fool of myself by fangirling solo. Because it will happen, mark my words.

Grunge Gods and Graveyards
Parted by death. Tethered by love. Lainey Bloom’s high school senior year is a complete disaster. The popular clique, led by mean girl Wynter Woods, bullies her constantly. The principal threatens not to let her graduate with the class of 1997 unless she completes a major research project. And everyone blames her for the death of Wynter’s boyfriend, Danny Obregon. Danny, a gorgeous musician, stole Lainey’s heart when he stole a kiss at a concert. But a week later, he was run down on a dangerous stretch of road. When he dies in her arms, she fears she’ll never know if he really would have broken up with Wynter to be with her. Then his ghost shows up, begging her to solve his murder. Horrified by the dismal fate that awaits him if he never crosses over, Lainey seeks the dark truth amidst small town secrets, family strife, and divided loyalties. But every step she takes toward discovering what really happened the night Danny died pulls her further away from the beautiful boy she can never touch again.

Dead and Breakfast
Despite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso, a haunted bed and breakfast. Although they initially mistrust each other, Autumn and Liam team up to solve the decades-old mystery. But on an island where every third resident is a ghost, dealing with an unstable spirit has deadly consequences. If Liam and Autumn don’t unmask the killer soon, they’re likely to become Key West’s latest haunted attraction.

*Summaries taken from her website


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