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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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May 2014

Charlotte Bennardo

Charlotte Benardo -
photo © Jane Reed Wilson.

Natalie Zaman

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Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

We’ve got a pair of writers for May who together deliver a great new YA read: Blonde OPS.

Publisher's Weekly calls Blonde OPS (5/6/14 - St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne) "...a light mystery with entertaining dialogue, an energized pace, ever shifting suspects and a glimpse into the benefits and drawbacks of art and fame..."

I am so happy to present BooksNJ alums Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman as the May 2014 authors for our BCCLS Invite an Author initiative.

On Blonde OPS:

"Bennardo and Zaman offer a light mystery filled with fashion tips, entertaining dialogue, a pair of potential romances for Bec and an alluring roman setting... an energized pace, every shifting suspects, and an intriguing glimpse into the benefits and drawbacks of art and fame. "

Publishers Weekly

"Love, fashion, kidnappings. Which one does not belong?...In a seamless blend between two authors-Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman-the story moves along at a quick pace. You find yourself unable to put the book down as, like Bec, you want to know who is safe to trust and who is after the First Lady. A unique novel that perfectly blends together a mystery, with a dash of love, and a pinch of fashion is truly fitting for any girl to read as it hits aspects of everyone's interest... it surely will be one of my best reads of 2014. "

Teen Ink

"Readers will be taken with the pink-haired protagonist and her Italian exploits. "

Kirkus Reviews

"The premise is irresistible, and sounds like Clueless meets Veronica Mars. If Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler hopped on as producers, this one could have huge potential. "

Studio System News, 2014 SSN Picks, The Bologna Children's Book Fair

"A big, delicious ice-cream cone of a novel! Blonde OPS is a hilarious, fast-paced mystery/thriller combining high fashion, computer hacking, and international intrigue, plus a couple of very hot guys and one of the most engaging and original heroines ever, set against the background of Rome at its most romantic. I dare anyone not to love this!"

Molly Cochran, NY Times bestselling author of Legacy, Poison, and Seduction

Reviews for Sirenz:

"This series debut weaves a web of mythology, romance, bird beaks, and high fashion. Readers, of course, will have to suspend disbelief but the experiences of this sartorial odd couple are funny and entertaining, and the mythological elements add a little extra pizzazz. Don't expect historical accuracy; these are not your everyday Homeric deities. Bennardo and Zaman are bringing the gods into the twenty-first century, and Meg and Shar get caught up in the fast-paced drama."


Sounds like a great pair for a library visit with your YAs either in person or via Skype.

Please contact them directly at:
charlottebennardo @ or natalie_zaman @

Oh, and I have TWO copies of Blonde OPS to add to your library’s collection to the first two responders. Hit reply for the books and then email Charlotte and Natalie to get them into your libraries.

Warmest regards,