Monday, September 15, 2014

MMGM Links (9/15/14)

Okay, HOW is it September 15th??????? ANYONE ELSE FREAKING OUT AS MUCH AS I AM?????
I mean, yay, we're getting closer to EVERBLAZE's release, but holy cow, I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 4th. Not to mention SO SO SO SO SO much writing.

*deep breath*

Okay, no worries. It will all be okay! Though I probably won't have MMGM shout outs again until I get a bit more caught up. But I'll have some fun giveaways in the coming months, tour date announcements, launch party details--all the fun things! And I'll do my best to keep up with the MMGM links. Just please bear with me if I mess them up sometimes. I'm going to be running on verrrrrrrrrrry little sleep...
- Jenni Enzor is caught up in A WHOLE NOTHER STORY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is highlighting IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Amara Jabber wants there to be NO MORE DEAD DOGS. Click HERE to see if you agree. 
- Janet Smart continues gushing about HANK ZIPZER, this week raving about MY DOG'S A SCAREDY CAT. Click HERE to read her review.
- The B.O.B. has a mysterious review for you guys today. Click HERE to see what it is.
- Reader Noir is PLAYING WITH FIRE. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Dorine White has chills for THE SEVENTH MOUNTAIN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is celebrating his one year MMGM anniversary--with a GIVEAWAY!  Click HERE for details.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck has a big grin for SMILE--and a GIVEAWY! Click HERE for details.
- Mark Baker is speaking truth about TRUE STORIES. Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon wants to know HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jess at Reading Nook is gushing about RAIN REIGN--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details. 
- Susan Olson is spotlighting THE LAST PRESENT. Click HERE to see her review. 
- 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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, September 8, 2014

MMGM Links (9/8/14)

I SWEAR I'm going to catch up and start doing MMGM shout outs again--soon! But once again, this week all I have are links:

-
 Amara Jabber is spotlighting THERE'S A DEAD PERSON FOLLOWING MY SISTER AROUND. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Janet Smart is gushing about HANK ZIPZER: THE CURTAIN WENT UP, MY PANTS FELL DOWN. Click HERE to read her review.
- The B.O.B. is seeing stars for PROTOSTAR. Click HERE to see why.
- Claire Caterer is caught up in THE HOUSE OF SECRETS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Reader Noir is raving about NEST. Click HERE to see why.
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Michelle Mason is loving ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Greg Pattridge is caught up in A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Kim Aippersbach has chills for SCARE SCAPE. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is featuring HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL. Click HERE to see what he thought 
- Annie McMahon is showcasing TURNING ON A DIME. Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is highlighting OUT OF MY MIND. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Dorine White has chills for MADDI'S FRIDGE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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, September 1, 2014

MMGM Links (9/1/14)

Bit of a smaller list given the whole "holiday weekend" thing, but I still put together the MMGM links:

- The B.O.B. is discussing THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Click HERE to see what she thought of the book and the movie.
- Bookish Serendipity is FINDING RUBY STARLING. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Amara Jabber is gushing about THE BLACKWELL PAGES. Click HERE to see why.
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for PRINCESS POSEY AND THE MONSTER STEW. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of THE SECRET AT HANEY FIELD. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Jess at the Reading Nook is digging THE SWAP. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Greg Pattridge is captivated by DIEGO'S DRAGON.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Rcubed is highlighting THE GREAT GREENE HEIST! Click HERE to see what she thought.
- 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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, August 27, 2014

DailyDoodles now for sale!

If you follow me on FB, Twitter, or Instagram, you might've noticed that for the last few months I've been posting a #dailydoodle. (Well...I don't post one EVERY day. But I post them regularly enough.) They're something I started doing as a writing warm-up--and I know you're probably thinking: how does doodling help your writing? But I swear it does. It gets me in a mindset to not be such a perfectionist.

Drafting is a messy process, and I hate it because of that. I want the words to be lovely and shiny and done as soon as I type them. So if I don't do something to stop myself, I'll start revising way too early. Cue the #dailydoodle, which I always do in ink, because it forces me to live with all my tiny mistakes. Sooner or later I'll draw a line or make a mark I wish wasn't there. But since it's permanent, the only choice I have is to keep going. And the really funny thing is, I always find a way to hide it. Or sometimes, the mistake even ends up making the drawing a whole lot better.

So I'll doodle for an hour or two, remind myself that it's okay to make mistakes, and that's it's better to just keep moving forward and not look back. It's been working really well, and for fun I started posting them on my social media, and the response has been ... well ... pretty surprising.

Here's a few examples, in case you haven't seen them. My style is sort of a mix between Zentangling and line drawing:





And the REALLY surprising thing is that people started asking to buy them. So after many weeks of debating, I decided to make them available.

I sell the originals by request, usually through Facebook, though email works too. You just have to contact me when you see one you want. They're not all that expensive, but there's only one of each, so setting up an Etsy shop and doing individual listings is too much work--especially for how fast they seem to sell.  So for now it's: see one, contact me, and first come first served.

But since a lot of times more than one person wants it, I've also set up a way for people to buy prints. Behold, my Society6 page:


Prints start as low as $16, and they ship worldwide. Even cooler: you can get the doodles on all kinds of cool things like tote bags and pillows and clocks and notecards. (it's kind of embarrassing how tempted I am to buy some).

So if you've been wishing you could get your hands on a doodle, now you have a way. And like I said, I still sell the originals too. You just have to contact me. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

MMGM Links (8/25/14)

Have not met my word count goals for this weekend, thanks to an unpleasant incident involving a ridiculous amount of cat poop (don't ask), so I'm throwing these links together a bit hastily so I can get back to writing. Sorry if there's any mistakes, and thanks to all of you for supporting MMGM! I swear I'll get back on track soon. In the meantime, here you go!

- Amara Jabber joins the MMGM fun with a feature on the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Suzanne Warr has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see her review.
- Sherrie Peterson is interviewing author Laurisa White Reyes. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Heidi Grange is shining a spotlight on A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Reader Noir is cheering for SISTERS. Click HERE to read their feature.  
- Kim Aippersbach wants you to discover a new Science Fiction novel by Monica Hughes. Click HERE to see what it is.  
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting ABSOLUTELY ALMOST.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Susan Olson is raving about THE PIRATE'S COIN: A SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS ADVENTURE. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Michelle Mason is interviewing author Jen Malone and GIVING AWAY an annotated e-ARC of AT YOUR SERVICE. Click HERE for details. 
- Dorine White is revealing the cover for ARRGH! Click HERE to see the shiny
- 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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, August 18, 2014

MMGM Links (8/18/14)

Just got home from an AMAZING tour (if you came to one of the events--thank you sooooooooooo much. It was so fun getting to meet you!). So fair warning: after 5 events in 6 days, my brain is pretty much shot. I'm going to TRY to put together the MMGM links still, but if any of them are messed up, sorry!

- The Rad Reader is back to cheer for A SNICKER OF MAGIC Click HERE to see why.
- The B.O.B. is raving about COLOSSUS RISES. Click HERE to see their review.
- Jenni Enzor is curious about CURIOSITY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir has chills for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE GIVER.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of SAY IT AIN'T SO. Click HERE for details.  
- Mark Baker is riveted by THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rcubed is captivated with FAITH, HOPE, AND IYY JUNE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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, August 11, 2014

MMGM Links (8/11/14)

Things seem to keep getting crazier around here, so once again, I don't have an MMGM shoutout. But that's because I'm on tour this week. If you're in LA, Fresno, Reno, Portland, or Seattle here's where you can find me:

Hope to see some of you there--and now, on to the links!!!

- The Rad Reader joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- The B.O.B. has been swept away with OUT OF THE DUST. Click HERE to see their review.
- Samantha at Bookish Serendipity is spotlighting SAVING KABUL CORNER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir is highlighting LOOT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is dishing about THE SHORT SELLER.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is gushing about WRITTEN IN STONE. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is rooting for THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is caught up in WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is loving TRUTH AND KISSES. Click HERE to see why.
- Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is raving about  TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE to read her feature.
- Annie McMahon reveals her cover, and discusses her reasons for Indie-Publishing. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr sees nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Rcubed thinks MAGYK is absolutely magical. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is interviewing author Nancy Castaldo and GIVING AWAY a copy of SNIFFER DOGS. Click HERE for details.  
- Roseanne Parry is drawn to THE ONE SUMMER. Click HERE to see why.  
 - 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.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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.