Monday, July 21, 2014

MMGM Links (7/21/14)

Scrambling to prep for Comic Con--and finishing up my final read on EVERBLAZE--so alas, no MMGM shout-out this week. But if you're going to be at Comic Con, here's hoping I'll see you. I'm signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth at 3:00pm on Thursday.

Oh, and thank you all SO MUCH for all your enthusiasm and excitement about KEEPER #4. I'm so thrilled I get to write that book for you. Team KEEPER High Five!!!

Okay, on to the MMGM links!!!!

- Samantha at Books for Serendipity joins the MMGM fun with a feature on COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Christina Mercer is also joining the MMGM fun with a feature on TAYLOR DAVIS AND THE FUNNEL OF FINDUL. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting LAWN BOY. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Rcubed is flipping for FLIPPED. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Barbara Watson is spotlighting some of her favorite middle grade reads of the year. Click HERE to see why.
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is finding THE MEANING OF MAGGIE. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is entranced with THE HYPNOTISTS. Click HERE to see why.   
- Reader Noir has chills for CORALINE. Click HERE to read their review.
- Mark Baker is shaken by EARTHQUAKE SHOCK. Click HERE to see his review.  
- Jenni Enzor is caught at THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for NICKEL BAY NICK.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Isenoff is swooning over PRINCE OF MALORN. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Dorine White is on the edge of her seat for THE AVATAR BATTLE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a signed copy of BIRD. Click HERE for details. 
- Roseanne Parry is dancing for FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! Click HERE to read her review. 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.     



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Exciting News You've Been Waiting For!!!!

I know some of you might have already guessed this--and the rest of you have been asking me questions about it constantly (SORRY for not replying to them. I wasn't ignoring you, I swear. I just wasn't allowed to share yet!).

But the news is officially "out there" now, so I can FINALLY tell you that yes, THIS IS HAPPENING:



Yes--that's right. EVERBLAZE is not the end of the KEEPER series. THERE WILL BE A KEEPER #4--which has no title yet, or any official plot details (it also, um, hasn't been written--but details, details. I'm working on it!)

Sadly, that's pretty much all I can share at the moment. It's hard to talk about book 4 when you guys haven't read book 3 (definitely don't want to spoil anything for you). But I can show you the official deal announcement from PM, which does tell you one sentence about it:

Shannon Messenger's book 4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, a young girl with secrets buried in her memory must realize the full power of her abilities if she is to infiltrate a dangerous new society to prevent a deadly conflict with the potential to destroy the Lost Cities and the future of her kind, again to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin, for publication in Fall 2015*, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).ljrennert@mac.com 

I also want to give a HUGE "thank you" to each and every one of you for the love and enthusiasm you've shown this series. My agent, editor, and the whole team at S&S have all been amazingly supportive, BUT, we still wouldn't be adding another book if you guys weren't such incredible, awesome readers!!!

So thank you for the fandoms you've started, and the fan art you send me, and for telling your friends and family and librarians and teachers. Bit by bit you guys are helping this series grow, and you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I can't WAIT for you guys to read EVERBLAZE this November, and I can't wait to write book 4.

And on that note, I should probably get started--TO THE WRITING CAVE!!!!




*in PM it was incorrectly listed as Fall 2016, so I amended it here. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

MMGM Links (7/14/14)

Ugh, the weekend totally got away from me, guys. So once again I have no MMGM shout-out this week. But if you missed it last week, I have posted the list of my summer events. You can see where and when you can find me by going HERE.

Also, don't forget, EXILE is still on sale for $1.99. So if you haven't taken advantage of that deal, I'm once again providing handy links (*shameless author is shameless*):


Also, if you decide to buy the kindle version (which can of course be read with a kindle app, even if you don't own a kindle) you can then get the audiobook for only $3.99. Which means for less than $6, you can get an ebook AND an audiobook--now that's what I call a deal.

If any of you feel like helping me spread the word, I MIGHT love you forever. But I promise I am now done being shameless. ON TO THE MMGM LINKS!!!!

- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting um...*blush* KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!(*blushes again* THANK YOU!). Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is finding THE MEANING OF MAGGIE. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is cheering for THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL 2. Click HERE to see why.   
- Reader Noir is haunted by THE NIGHT GARDENER. Click HERE to read their review.
- Mark Baker is rooting for OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS. Click HERE to see his review.  
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is finding it's BETTER TO WISH.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Isenoff is jumping for JUMP BOYS. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Andrea Mack is caught up in THE CITY OF EMBER. Click HERE for her review. 
- Rcubed is cheering for THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE...ONLY REALLY FAR AWAY. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Dorine White is sharing HOW THEY CHOKED. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson has chills for HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.


- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where to Find Me This Summer!

Hey Guys!

I know some of you have been waiting forever for me to update you about my summer events, so you'll be happy to know that I finally have the info!!!  (SORRY it took so long)

Anyway, without further ado, here's here you can find me this summer:


In case the graphic is hard to read, here's the list of events: 


YA Summer Road Trip Stop #1
Monday August 11th
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble --Glendale Americana
210 Americana Way

Glendale, CA 91210
*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza



YA Summer Road Trip Stop #2

Tuesday August 12th

7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble--Fresno
7849 North Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza



YA Summer Road Trip Stop #3
Wednesday August 13th

6:30 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, 

Reno, NV 89509
*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza



YA Summer Road Trip Stop #4
Thursday August 14th
7:00 pm
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, & Lisa Schroeder




YA Summer Road Trip Stop #5
Saturday August 16th
5:00 pm
University Bookstore

4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza


I will also be at San Diego Comic Con this year!!!!

I'm going  MOSTLY as a fan girl (so you will spot me geeking out during panels and wandering the exhibits--and if you do, feel free to say Hi!). But I do have one signing if you'd like to come get a book. Here's the details: 

Thursday, July 24th
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mysterious Galaxy Booth
San Diego Convention Center


And I know I haven't been traveling as much as I did last year (trying--and failing--to keep up with deadlines). And many of you are looking at this list and thinking, but I don't live there!!! SORRY. I'm hoping to visit some new places this fall. But remember, you can also always call a store I'm going to be at (Independent Bookstores are especially awesome with this) and order a signed copy before my event. Then I can sign it, personalize it, and even include the extra swaggish goodies I give out at my events and they'll ship it straight to you.

Hope to meet some of you this summer!

Monday, July 7, 2014

An AWESOME Exile deal (plus the 7/7/14 MMGM Links)

Instead of an MMGM shout-out this week, I'm going to (rather shamelessly) use the space to let you know that the EXILE ebook is on sale. Butbutbut--it has such a pretty graphic!!!



And because there are no limits to my shamelessness, I've even made you handy links, to make it that much easier should you choose to take advantage of the deal:


Also, if you decide to buy the kindle version (which can of course be read with a kindle app, even if you don't own a kindle) you can then get the audiobook for only $3.99. Which means for less than $6, you can get an ebook AND an audiobook--now that's what I call a deal.

If any of you feel like helping me spread the word, I MIGHT love you forever. But I promise I am now done being shameless. ON TO THE MMGM LINKS!!!!

- Reader Noir joins the MMGM fun,with a feature on ONE WISH. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is featuring the Choose Your Own Path Treasure Island book--and GIVING AWAY 10 BOOKS in the series. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is spreading some love for THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET. Click HERE to see why.  
- Faith Hough is shouting from the rooftops for THE ACTUAL AND TRUTHFUL ADVENTURE OF BECKY THATCHER, and interviewing the author. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Mark Baker is finding out that THERE'S TREASURE EVERYWHERE. Click HERE to see his review. 
-Michelle Isenhoff has chills for THE SECRET OF HAUNTED BOG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting CIRCA NOW. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Rcubed is cheering for SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE 9 LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon is highlighting JESPER JINX. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.




If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

MMGM Links (6/30/14)

Just got home from ALA (sooooooo much fun--but SOOOOOO tired!) so alas, another week with no MMGM shout-out. But once again, I do have the links!
- Reader Noir joins the MMGM fun,with a feature on ONE WISH. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Andrea Mack is spreading some love for THE 14 FIBS OF GREGORY K.  Click HERE to see her review.  
- The B.O.B. is feeling friendly for THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL. Click HERE to see the rest of the fun. 
- Michelle Isenhoff has chills for THE CURSE AT ZALA MANOR. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting FRANCIS SCOTT KEY'S STAR SPANGLED BANNER. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Jenni Enzor is interviewing author S.A.M. Posey, author of THE LAST STATION MASTER. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is CHASING THE MILKY WAY.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon is spotlighting ETHEL IS HOT, LOL. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Dorine White is highlighting NORTHWOOD. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--FAKE ID. Click HERE to check it out.
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

MMGM Links (6/23/14)

I'm teaching a writing class at a local bookstore this evening (LA Peeps, feel free to join us at Once Upon a Time at 6pm) so prepping for that took up all of my MMGM shout-out time. But I DID put together links so...viola!
- Camp Half-Blood Reviews join the MMGM fun, and this week Xander is gushing about JANITORS. Click HERE to see what he thought, and welcome them to the group! 
- Birdie Reader is singing praises for WHEN DOGS BLOG. Click HERE to see why.  
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting WHAT THE MOON SAID. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jess at Reading Nook is in love with TESLA'S ATTIC. Click HERE to see her review.
- The B.O.B. has part two of their SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL post. Click HERE to see the rest of the fun. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is spreading some love for THE JULIAN CHAPTER: A WONDER STORY. Click HERE to see her review.
- Michelle Isenhoff is showcasing THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Mason is caught up in the EYE OF THE STORM . Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is enchanted with THE ENCHANTED FOREST. Click HERE to see her spotlight.  
- Jenni Enzor is shouting at the wind for ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shout out to THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Sher A. Hart has a fun conversation between the author of DIEGO'S DRAGON, and his main character. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Susan Olson has chills for THE FLOOD DISASTER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is exploring THE CATACOMBS OF VANAHEIM. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--SCREAMING AT THE UMP. Click HERE to check it out.
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.