Monday, May 23, 2016

MMGM Links (5/23/16)

Tonight's my last night "off" before entering the revision-deadline cave, so once again I'm putting the MMGM links together a little earlier than normal to grab a last night of decent sleep. So if you sent yours late and I missed you--sorry. I'm sure I'll be back to crazy late nights starting tomorrow.

- Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read! has four non-fiction recs this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Michelle Mason is COUNTING THYME. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reading Violet is trying to solve A RIDDLE IN RUBY with an author interview. Click HERE for all the fun.
-  Suzanne Warr is spotlighting THE TURTLE OF OMAN. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is cheering for CICI RENO: #MIDDLESCHOOLMATCHMAKER. Click HERE to see why
- Greg Pattridge is calling MAYDAY. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.
- 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 on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, May 16, 2016

MMGM Links (5/16/16)

Just got home from TX, and the jet-lag is FIERCE, so I'm putting the MMGM links together a little earlier than normal. So if you sent yours late and I missed you--sorry.

- Suzanne Warr has chills for ANYA'S GHOST. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Patricia Tilton is singing praises for BLACKBIRD FLY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sue Kooky has been struck with love for THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Click HERE to read what she thought.
-  Laurisa White Reyes has an interview with author Gary Paulsen--and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from Jessica Lawson and agent Tina Wexler--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to learn more. 
- Greg Pattridge is giving some mad love to HATTER MADIGAN: GHOST IN THE H.A.T.B.O.X.  Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Dorine White is championing BAILEY'S STORY. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- 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 on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, May 9, 2016

MMGM Links (5/9/16)

Here are this week's MMGM links:

(OH, and if you live in Austin or Houston, I am heading your way this week. Click HERE for event details!)
- Jeanene at GOT MY BOOK is featuring joining the MMGM fun with a feature on THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.
- Sally's Bookshelf is cheering for FINDER, COAL MINE DOG. Click HERE to see why.
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! Has two reviews this week. Click HERE to see his Star Wars recommendations. And click HERE for the SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB.  
-  Laurisa White Reyes is spreading the word about a very special Bookraiser she's organized. Click HERE for details.
- Mark Baker is buzzing about NICK AND TESLA'S SOLAR-POWERED SHOWDOWN. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Greg Pattridge is can't get enough DIEGO'S DRAGON BOOK 4.  Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is spreading some love for *meep* EVERBLAZE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3). Click HERE to see what she thought.  (and thank you!)  
- Reading Violet wants everyone to know that SOMEBODY ON THIS BUS IS GOING TO BE FAMOUS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is raving about MANIAC MAGEE. Click HERE to see why he loves this classic! 
Michelle Mason is highlighting STORY THIEVES: THE STOLEN CHAPTERS. Click HERE to read her review!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, May 2, 2016

MMGM Links (5/2/16)

Okay seriously--HOW IS IT MAY?

And how is LET THE WIND RISE out in the world?

And how is LODESTAR still not done?

SOMEONE PLEASE SLOW DOWN TIME!!!

Right, but Shannon-panicking aside, here are the MMGM links:
- Jess at the Reading Nook is talking about CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SCREAMING STATUE along with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for RUNAWAY TWIN. Click HERE to see why.
- Sue Kooky is throwing down THE COPPER GAUNTLET. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Greg Pattridge is staying up late for THE NOCTURNALS: THE MYSTERIOUS ABDUCTIONS. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is spending TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE. Click HERE to see what she thought.    
- Reading Violet has A POCKET FULL OF MURDER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is raving about BOOK SCAVENGER. Click HERE to find his review.  
Dorine White is featuring THE EMERALD RING. Click HERE to read her review!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, April 26, 2016

Welcome to the world, LET THE WIND RISE!

I know I probably say this every time one of my books launch into the world, but I seriously can't believe the day is finally here!  I heard there were a few early sightings over the weekend, but now--officially--LET THE WIND RISE is out in the world!

SEND IN ALL THE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



This is the third--and final--book in the Sky Fall trilogy, and I know so many of you have waited SO long for this day to come. Deadlines got away from me a bit, and we ended up having to delay the book for a whole year (after leaving you on a cliffhanger for book 2--SORRY). So I worked extra hard to make it worth that wait, and I have to say--I know I shouldn't pick favorites between the three books in the series, but .... this one is my favorite.

(shhhhh, don't tell LET THE SKY FALL and LET THE STORM BREAK)

I've never written an "end" to a series before, and I honestly had no idea if I knew how to do it. But i'm so incredibly proud of the way this book turned out. It's slightly bittersweet knowing I'm leaving Vane and Audra behind now. But I love where I've left them. It's the ending I always knew was coming, and now I can step away and let them be.

I hope you love it as much as I do. And I hope to meet some of you at my upcoming events. Here they are again, in case you missed it when I shared this the last time.



And now, we commence the countdown to LODESTAR! Only about 6 more months to go--AHHHH!

Monday, April 25, 2016

MMGM Links (4/25/16)

Before I get to the links, don't forget: today is the last day for the LET THE WIND RISE pre-order giveaway, so if you haven't taken advantage--and want to--go HERE for details.

Also: tomorrow is the SoCal launch party for LET THE WIND RISE at the B&N in Montclair (see my events page for more details).

So things are a wee bit crazy pants around here. But we are surviving one day at a time! :)

And now, on to the MMGM links:
- Sue Kooky is spreading some love for SERENDIPITY AND ME.  Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about MARK OF THE THIEF. Click HERE to see why.
- Susan Olson is raving about A CHANCE CHILD. Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Dorine White is spotlighting CAMP DORK. Click HERE to read her review!
- Books 4 Learning is championing THE CROSSOVER. Click HERE to read her feature. 

- Greg Pattridge is curious about CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SCREAMING STATUE. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is happy that IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES. Click HERE to see what she thought.    
- Andrea Mack is championing THE HONEST TRUTH. Click HERE for her review. 
- Mark Baker thinks SPACED OUT is out of this world. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Reading Violet is championing ENTWINED. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin wants everyone to LISTEN, SLOWLY. Click HERE to find his review.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is featuring WOLF HOLLOW. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, April 18, 2016

MMGM Links (4/18/16)

Still battling crazy (kinda impossible) deadlines. But I didn't want to miss MMGM so here's hoping the links are somewhat correct.

Oh--and remember, there's only one week left to take advantage of the LET THE WIND RISE pre-order giveaway. Click HERE for details.

Also, I have my first round of events this week (Arizona! Kentucky! I'm coming for you!) So if you're in either of those places and want to come see a (slightly tired) version of me, go HERE for details on my events page

Okay, now, on to the links:
- Laurisa White Reyes is GIVING AWAY a copy of A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE.  Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr is investigating THE INQUISITOR'S MARK. Click HERE to see why.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is gushing about PILFER ACADEMY . Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Dorine White is spreading some love for NINJA BUNNY. Click HERE to read her review!
- Books 4 Learning is championing WHATEVER AFTER: FAIREST OF ALL. Click HERE to read her feature.

- Greg Pattridge is cheering for CICI RENO: #MIDDLESCHOOLMATCHMAKER. Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is SEARCHING THE SKY. Click HERE to see what she thought.    
- Andrea Mack is caught up in THE CASE OF THE MISSING MOONSTONE. Click HERE for her review. 
- Natalie Aguirre has an interview with author Dee Gomito  and a GIVEAWAY of THE BFF BUCKET LIST. Click HERE for details.  (And make sure you check back on Wed. too, when she'll have an interview with author Lauren Oliver and aGIVEAWAY of THE SHRUNKEN HEAD.
- Reading Violet is highlighting THE PAGES BETWEEN US. Click HERE to see why.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, April 11, 2016

MMGM Links (4/11/16)

And the sleepless deadline days stretch on (why, LODESTAR--WHY WON'T YOU COOPERATE???). But I still got to the MMGM links.

Oh--but in case you missed it, the LET THE WIND RISE Pre-Order giveaway is ON. Click HERE to see how to get your free, exclusive swag (all pre-orders get it) plus some other fun bonuses. But hurry--it ends 4/25/16.

Okay, now, on to the links:
- Laurisa White Reyes has an interview with author Leila Sales--and a GIVEAWAY of ONCE WAS A TIME.  Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr is talking about HALF UPON A TIME. Click HERE to see why.
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is chatting about TRASH TALK: MOVING TOWARD A ZERO-WASTE WORLD . Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is raving about MY LIFE IN PINK AND GREEN. Click HERE to read her review!
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is out of her mind for OUT OF MY MIND.  Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Books 4 Learning is championing LOCOMOTION. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is singing praises for THE DRAGON WHISTLER. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is cheering for THE BOOK SCAVENGER. Click HERE to see what she thought.    
- Andrea Mack is caught up in MY DIARY FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Jenni Enzor is championing LILLIPUT. Click HERE to see why.   
- Natalie Aguirre has an interview with author Lindsay Eagar, and a GIVEAWAY of HOURS OF THE BEES. Click HERE for details.  
- Kim Aippersbach is highlighting CASTLE HANGNAIL. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck wants everybody TO STAY ALIVE. Click HERE for her review. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- 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 on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, April 5, 2016

The Time Has Finally Come for the LET THE WIND RISE Pre-Order Giveaway!!!

I can't believe how close we're getting to the release of LET THE WIND RISE (only three more weeks--OMG!) So of course that means it's time for the giveaway you've been waiting oh-so-patiently for--THE LET THE WIND RISE PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!!!!

(Please note: this is a LONG post with LOTS of important instructions, and you'll want to make sure you read it all carefully so you don't miss your opportunity)

Okay--here goes. Prepare for ALL THE INFORMATION.

(and yes, I will be doing something like this for LODESTAR's release--but that won't be posted until October so please don't ask me about it now. My brain can only handle one book release at a time)

For those who don't know, this giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city and meet all of my awesome readers. (and btw--if you haven't checked my events list, you can see where I'll be visiting HERE). I like to make sure everyone has a chance to get some of the fun swaggish things I give out at signings, as well as a signed bookplate to stick in your book and make it almost the same as a hand signed copy.

Which is why everyone who pre-orders a copy of LET THE WIND RISE before the cut-off date (4/25/16) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get these awesome LET THE WIND RISE goodies mailed directly to them:



In case you can't tell from the picture, you'll get:
One hand signed, limited edition postcard, featuring a print of my own artwork
One hand signed bookplate
One Sky Fall series sticker


And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

*cue infomercial announcer voice*

But wait--there's more!

I know some of you have noticed that the covers for this series have changed between book 2 and book 3, and are now wondering if you should get any of the new paperbacks so you'll have the matching set. Or, maybe you're new to the series and realizing it's silly to buy book 3 if you don't have book 1 or book 2 yet. Either way, I wanted to do SOMETHING to make it a little more fun if you decide to buy the other books in the series. 

SO. If you buy a copy of LET THE SKY FALL or a copy of LET THE STORM BREAK (or both!) between now and the cutoff day for this giveaway, you can get bonus 5x7 postcards--featuring the AMAZING art that I commissioned--and additional signed bookplates.  (and yes, I will count ebook or hardcover purchases of either book as well as the paperback, so long as those purchases were made during the giveaway time period of 4/1/16 - 4/25/16)

Which means--if you buy LET THE SKY FALL (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) I'll include this beautiful, DOUBLE SIDED postcard featuring the art by Laura Hollingsworth along with an extra signed bookplate! (yes, this will be in *addition* to the other swag pack for pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE)

(**Please note--the picture is showing both sides of the postcard, so you can see what each side looks like, but you will only receive ONE actual card, which will have this gorgeous art on both sides**)




OR, if you buy LET THE STORM BREAK (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) I'll include this beautiful, DOUBLE-SIDED postcard featuring the art by Fictograph  along with an extra signed bookplate! (yes, this will be in *addition* to the other swag pack for preordering LET THE WIND RISE) 

(**Again, the picture is showing both sides of the postcard, so you can see what each side looks like, but you will only receive ONE actual card, which will have this gorgeous art on both sides**)

AND if you buy both LET THE SKY FALL and LET THE STORM BREAK (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) you'll get both postcards, as well as 2 additional signed bookplates (plus the swag pack for LET THE WIND RISE.) Also my eternal, undying love and devotion. :)

All you have to do is indicate which books you bought when you fill out the form and your swag packs will be assembled accordingly.

(*please note: these bonuses are ONLY available if you also pre-order LET THE WIND RISE. And no, sadly I can't switch which bonus postcard you get with each book. If you like one better than the other, make sure you buy the corresponding book. It may seem like a simple thing, but it's really not if you knew how complicated assembling all the swag packs is)

Okay, so that's what's up for grabs. Now we move on to the next step in this process. The whole HOW DO I GET MY SHINY AWESOME SWAG PACK? question.

I try to make it easy (despite how lengthy this post always turns out being. So really, it comes down to two simple things:  you must pre-order a copy of LET THE WIND RISE before 4/25/16. AND you must fill out the form at the end of this post. That's it. That's all it takes.

I like to keep things simple, so I don't require proof of purchase. If you say you bought the books, I trust you. I'm counting on you guys to be honest. But remember, lying makes Raiden send Stormers to your house to get you. I'm pretty sure Gavin will also poop on your head.

I'm also willing to mail the swag packs anywhere--even internationally. And it doesn't matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover of LET THE WIND RISEAnd you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it's up to you where you want to shop.

I also know lots of you pre-ordered your copies months and months ago. (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that's the case, don't worry, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swagBut if you haven't bought it already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 4/25/16 AND fill out the form before then. After that I'll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there's no limit on how many swag packs you can get--as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you buy five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you bought so that I know how many swag packs to send you. Same goes for how many copies of LET THE SKY FALL and/or LET THE STORM BREAK you buy during the giveaway time period.

One final thing: I know some of you would prefer having an actual signed hardcover (personalized to you and everything) rather than a bookplate to stick in. And if that's the case, I'd recommend pre-ordering your copy from one of the places I'll be touring to. Many of them take orders (I know for a fact that Changing Hands is awesome about it). And I'll give them the swag to include when they ship your item to you. The only caveat to that is, you need to order your book before my event, so that I'll be able to sign it while I'm there. And if you decide to go that route, you wouldn't need to fill out the form at the end of this post. The store will take care of it for you.

Um........... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you're reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to shannonmessenger.com to ask your questions)

And .... I guess that's it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. I know some of you have been waiting a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time to see how Vane and Audra's story ends, and I'm SO INCREDIBLY EXITED to finally share it with you.

Only three weeks left until LET THE WIND RISE--EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Please note: you must be 13 years or older to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you

**FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED. GIVEAWAY IS NOW COMPLETE**