Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Annual Black Swagday Giveaway

Wow, I can't believe we're already to Black Friday weekend--seriously where has the year gone??????

But deadline panicking aside (MEEP!), it's also time for my annual Black Swagday Giveaway!!!  

Since this is the time of year where everyone has gifts on their minds--and I personally feel that signed books are THE BEST gifts anyone can give--I have a nice handy way for you guys to make your gifts even more special.

If you buy any of my books (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Let the Sky Fall, and/or Let the Storm Break) this weekend--which just so happens to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year, between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday--and fill out the form at the end of this post, I will send you the corresponding swag pack below.

If you buy any of the KEEPER books, I'll send you this (for each book purchased):


















And in case you can't tell, that's:
- a signed (and personalized) bookplate 
- 4 Team Stickers
- 1 5x7 character art print (featuring the awesome illustrations by Courtney Godbey)
(*whispers* if you buy more than one KEEPER book, I *might* throw in some other goodies as well... #justsayin')



And if you buy either of the SKY FALL books, I'll send you the corresponding swag you see in this pic (for each book purchased):
So if you buy Let the Sky Fall you'll get: 
- a LTSF signed (and personalized) bookplate
- a LTSF bookmark
- a LTSF sticker

And if you buy Let the Storm Break you'll get:
- a LTSB signed (and personalized) bookplate
- a LTSB bookmark
- a LTSB sticker 


All of this swag is exclusive--only available here--and hand signed by me!

And there's no limit on how many I'll give away. Everyone who fills out the form between now and 11:59 pm pacific time on Monday, December 1, 2014 WILL get the swag. I'm also not requiring proof of purchase. If you say you bought it, I believe you. But remember, every time you lie, an alicorn's poop stops sparking AND WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE WITHOUT SPARKLY POOP??????

It also doesn't matter where you buy the book (though supporting your Local Indie Bookstore guarantees you a life of sunshine and happiness) or if you buy the paperback or the hardcover (ebooks and audiobooks count too!). And you're welcome to buy as many books as you want! (Just make sure you fill out the form separately for each book, so I know to send you more prizes).

Giveaway is also open internationally!!!


**Please note** This giveaway ONLY applies to books purchased between 11/26/14-12/1/14, and does NOT include books previously purchased. Of course I super-appreciate if you've bought my books before now, but I've also done previous giveaways for many of those purchases that you would've had a chance to take part of (sorry if you missed them). So this is only for new purchases, and if you are desperate for the swag you could always buy a book to give as a gift (what better gift could there be, really? Plus then you can get your friends/family/teachers hooked on the books so you have someone to talk about them with) and keep the swag for yourself--I won't tell! :)

Um... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, of course feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments. 

Here's the form you'll need to fill out (and if it doesn't load for some reason, go HERE)

Monday, November 24, 2014

MMGM Links (11/24/30)

Finally done with my fall travel (if I didn't come to your area--sorry! Here's hoping for next year! Or you could always talk to your teacher/librarian about setting up a Skype chat). And I will pretty much be eating breathing and sleeping deadlines for the next few weeks, so life shows no sign of calming. But I promise I will do my best to keep up with the MMGM links--and bear with my exhausted brain if there are sometimes mistakes.

Also, make sure you check back on Wednesday, for another awesome giveaway I have planned. But before that--the links!

- Michelle Mason has a middle grade round-up, including EVERBLAZE (eep! thank you!), BALANCE KEEPERS: THE FIRES OF CALDERON, and THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE. Click HERE for all the fun.
- The Bookworm blog is gushing about PRINCESS ACADEMY. Click HERE to see what they thought.
- Suzanne Warr has an interview with Steve Stewart, creator of GEN ONE: CHILDREN OF MARS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
Susan Olson is highlighting TIME HUNTERS: EGYPTIAN CURSE. Click HERE to see why she what she loves about it.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU, MY PRETTY. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is betting on THE ROOKIE BOOKIE. Click HERE to read his review.  
- The BoB is raving about THE 13TH REALITY. Click HERE to read their feature.   
- Sally's Bookshelf is spreading some love for FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR. Click HERE to see why 
- 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

MMGM Links (11/17/14)

Starting my FINAL week of travel (sadly no public events this week, it's all private events for schools) so things are still a bit crazy pants around here. But they'll hopefully be back to normal soon.

In the meantime, here's the MMGM links--and sorry again if there are mistakes.

- Alex at Randomly Reading is cheering for RAIN REIGN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Janet Smart is salivating over the RUDE DUDE'S BOOK OF FOOD. Click HERE to read her review. 
- The Bookworm blog is caught up in some BAD MAGIC. Click HERE to see what they thought.
- R-Cubed is gushing about MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting a smorgasbord of graphic novels. Click HERE to see what the are. 
- The Reading Nook is FINDING RUBY STARLING. Click HERE for their feature. 
- Andrea Mack has is showcasing THE SWIFT BOYS AND ME. Click HERE to see why. 
Susan Olson is highlighting THE TIME-TRAVELING FASHIONISTA AND CLEOPATRA, QUEEN OF THE NILE. Click HERE to see why she thinks this YA read is totally MG appropriate!
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of BREADCRUMBS. Click HERE for details. 
- Susan Uhlig has two features for you: 33 MINUTES and UNDER THE EGG. Click HERE to check them out
- Greg Pattridge is uncovering THE SECRET OF THE KEY. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Sue Heavenrich is focused on JASMINE AND MADDIE. Click HERE to see why 
- The BoB is singing praises for CHIME. Click HERE to read their feature.  
- 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.  
- 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.   




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, November 11, 2014

Team KEEPER Reboot!


★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★  ★ ★ ★ ★ 

I know a lot of you still use the Team KEEPER Continued page, and the Team Keeper Continues Again page--and that's totally fine! Those pages still exist--and you can still comment on them as much as you'd like!

But I know there are a LOT of comments to wade through on there, so since we have a new book out in the world (WOO--EVERBLAZE!!!) I thought it might be a good time to give you guys a fresh new place for discussions. And while I was at it, I added a few new fun things, like some additional character art, two new teams, and the EVERBLAZE playlist!

Scroll down for all the fun. And remember, you're welcome to comment as much as you'd like. There are only two rules for your comments:

  1. Be nice, kind, and positive
  2. Please avoid including spoilers


And now--THE NEW TEAMS. And yes, for many of you, your team choices are all about the shipping--which is *always* an awesome reason (we're huge fans of watching the Team Fitz, Team Dex, and Team Keefe debates around here!!!). But that's not the *only* reason you can choose a team.

Teams can also be picked for your favorite characters and creatures, or because of who you are and what you relate to. Basically, there's no wrong reason for choosing a team. And if you're having trouble deciding, here's a few facts that might help you make up your mind:


Ever feel like you don't belong? Then you look no further--you belong with Team Sophie! You may not always have the answers, but you're brave and smart, and if you trust yourself, you can handle anything. And as for who holds your heart? Only time will tell how you decide . . .


Ever feel like the underdog? Then welcome to Team Dex! You may have people constantly underestimating you, but you'll prove them all wrong someday. And while you may be the ultimate BFF, you're hoping to break out of the "friend zone" eventually. (you might have pretty great dimples, too . . . )


Ever caused a mess of trouble--and loved every second of it? Then you definitely belong with Team Keefe!  Jokes and pranks are the highlight of your week--but that doesn't mean you can't be serious when you need to be. In fact, you care very deeply about . . . well, maybe you're not ready to admit *who* yet. But you're having fun driving the girls crazy in the meantime!

Ever feel pressure to be who everyone expects you to be? Then Team Fitz is the place for you ! You have the looks, the talent, and the family everybody envies--but that doesn't mean you do everything perfectly. And sometimes you can be a little oblivious when it comes to other people's feelings. But you'll hopefully figure it all out--eventually. . . 


Ever made a mistake and had to work to set it right? Team Biana knows how you feel! You may sometimes say or do the wrong thing, but it's only because you're fiercely protective of the ones you care about. And once you make a true friend, you're friends for life. You're also the best person to ask when it comes to style--but there's so much more to you than you're stunning looks. You're brave, smart, and incredibly talented. And the world hasn't seen anything yet!





Ever feel like no one understands you? Then find lots of people you can relate to on Team Iggy! You may be small and good at making a mess of things--but you always know when someone needs you. And you're happy to provide them with a cuddle, a purr, or a nose-full of toxic breath--whatever they need. And hey, you can rock every crazy fur color there is!




Ever feel like you're all alone? Then you'll find lots of friends with Team Silveny--plus more sparkles than anyone could ever need! You're special and one-of-a-kind and extremely loyal and caring. And no one can deny you have great taste in friends--even if they give you the craziest nicknames.









Ever found that doing the wrong thing can sometimes be right? Then you belong with Team Black Swan! Some may think of you as a rebel, but really you're just seeing the world differently. And you're not afraid to bend or break a few rules--so long as it's to help others. 


Got your team? 
Then grab your avatar:





 


 





Still dying to know more about the KEEPER world? Here's some concept art from the series drawn by me:


 



And check out these AMAZING character sketches drawn by Courtney Godbey:





To see some awesome KEEPER fan art, click HERE.
(and if you'd like to share your fan art, email it to SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com.)



Keeper of the Lost Cities Playlist
(aka: songs that inspired me as I wrote)
Disappear, The Summer Obsession
Ordinary Day, Vanessa Carlton
You Found Me, Kelly Clarkson
Breathe, Anberlin
A Place In This World, Taylor Swift
Awakening, Mae
Swim, Jack's Mannequin
Jump Rope, Blue October
Pressure, Paramore
The Everglow, Mae
Chapter One, Lifehouse
Let the Flames Begin, Paramore
Conspiracy, Paramore
Glass to the Arson, Anberlin
Fallen, Sarah McLachlan
The Rescue, American Hi-Fi
Saved (acoustic version), The Spill Canvas
Chase This Light, Jimmy Eat World
One Safe Place (live), Marc Cohn

Listen to the songs:
(Or, if you prefer Spotify, you can find the playlist HERE)


EXILE Playlist
(aka: songs that inspired me as I wrote)
Franklin, Paramore
All in All, Lifehouse
Fear, One Republic
Tied Together With a Smile, Taylor Swift
Tomorrow, Avril Lavigne
Papercut, Linkin Park
Away From the Sun, 3 Doors Down
Never Grow Up, Taylor Swift
Crawling, Linkin Park
Sleep, Azure Ray
See You Again, Carrie Underwood
Trouble, Coldplay
Broken, Lifehouse
DOA, Foo Fighters
Now, Paramore
Square One, Tom Petty
The Resolution, Jack's Mannequin
Anything But Ordinary, Avril Lavigne

Listen to the songs:
Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 2: EXILE by Shannon Messenger on Grooveshark
(Or, if you prefer Spotify, you can find the playlist HERE)


EVERBLAZE Playlist
(aka: songs that inspired me as I wrote)
Spinning, Jack's Mannequin
The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
Brink of Disaster, Mae
Trying, Lifehouse
World on Fire, Sarah McLachlan
Eyes, Rogue Wave
Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
Iridescent, Linkin Park
Duck and Run, 3 Doors Down
Heroes, David Cook
Careful, Paramore
Run, Collective Soul
Burn it Down, Linkin Park
It Ends Tonight, The All-American Rejects
The Resistance, Anberlin
Titanium, David Guetta & Sia 
Ordinary World, Duran Duran
Burn, Ellie Goulding

Listen to the songs:
Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 3: EVERBLAZE by Shannon Messenger on Grooveshark
(Or, if you prefer Spotify, you can find the playlist HERE)



STILL want more Keeper fun?
Then make sure you check out:
KeeperoftheLostCities.com



Monday, November 10, 2014

MMGM Links (11/10/14)

In the middle of the EVERBLAZE tour (if you're in Houston, come see me tonight at Blue Willow Bookshop at 5:00pm! And if you're in Dallas or Phoenix area, check my EVENTS PAGE for where to catch me) so my brain is a bit jet-lagged and loopy.

But here's the MMGM links--sorry if there's mistakes (and please don't email me with corrections, I won't be able to fix them)

- The Bookworm blog is back with a feature on um...EVERBLAZE (wow, already??? FAST reader!) Click HERE to see what they think.  
- R-Cubed is ALSO featuring EVERBLAZE--and she has a GIVEAWAY (thank you so much--and seriously, how do you guys read so quick!!!) Click HERE for details. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting two of the WARRIORS manga. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Reading Nook is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--FACES OF THE DEAD. Click HERE for details. 
- Andrea Mack has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker is rooting for NICK AND TESLA'S SUPER-CYBORG GADGET GLOVE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--AT YOUR SERVICE. Click HERE for details. 
- Dorine White is letting her10-year-old gush about THE LONG HAUL. Click HERE for his feature.
- Greg Pattridge is cooked for POACHED. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Sue Heavenrich is focused on THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING. Click HERE to see why 
- Katie Fitzgerald is cheering for MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- FT Bradley is caught up in TIME SQUARE: THE SHIFT. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- 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. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Welcome to the world, EVERBLAZE!!!

I can't believe it's finally here--EVERBLAZE's launch date!! The day I hand my beautiful book baby over to you guys...



...and hope you love it as much as I do. And I cannot thank you enough for all your excitement and support leading up to this day!

((Team KEEPER Group Hug))

 I can't wait for you to see where Sophie's journey takes her. And I hope you laugh and cry and stay up too late, and come up with all kinds of crazy theories about what will happen next, because that means I did my job right.

I know many of you will read quick (in fact, some of you got your copies a couple of days early and already finished--which is extra amazing since this book is more than 600 pages long). And I KNOW that means you're going to immediately want book 4, and obviously you'll have to wait a bit (or, um... a year. *cue all the wailing*). But I promise book 4 will be worth it--I'm hard at work making it the best it can be. And in the meantime, you have EVERBLAZE to read again! (after all, it's a 600 page book, surely you missed a few details!) :)

If you've been following me here for a while, you know that I usually run a contest around launch time--and I swear, that contest IS coming. But not until I'm home from tour. So keep an eye out for that in a few weeks. And if you're in Colorado, Utah, Texas, or Arizona, I hope you'll come see me at my events! Here's where I'll be (or if that doesn't load, check my EVENTS PAGE):


I also have lots more fun extras and whatnot to share in the weeks and months ahead. Book 4 may be a year away, but there are LOTS of things to reveal in the meantime. So stick around and stay tuned. And in the meantime, to show you how much I *heart* you, an EVERBLAZE themed word cloud, with the most commonly used words in the book. :)