Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EVERBLAZE Cover Revealed!!!!!!

I know I made you guys wait an EXTRA long time for this one--but once you scroll down and see the awesomeness I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth the wait.

And I know there's no point in saying anything else because you've already skipped over this to see the shiny so....




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TA DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It might be a *little* hard to tell because he's upside down (and yanno, sorta falling from a burning tower...) but that boy, dear readers, is Fitz.

FITZ!!!!

*stares at the amazing teal eyes*


So now we have all three boys represented on the covers. Words cannot explain how giddy this makes me. 

And  I *know* showing you this cover is going to raise a bunch of questions, so I'm going to try to cover them here:


When does EVERBLAZE come out???The current scheduled release date is 11/4/14. Less than six months to go--WOO!!!!!!! 
Can you tell us something about the plot???Um... not yet. BUT SOON.  
Is EVERBLAZE the last book in the series???Well .... this is another question I can't answer yet. But again: SOON.
Does this mean there are a lot of Fitz scenes in the book????
Yes! Though there are also lots of Dex scenes and Keefe scenes and even quite a few Biana scenes, plus all your other favorite characters. EVERBLAZE is a rather long book. I'm not entirely sure how many pages it will be once it's all typeset, but it's longer than EXILE, so... a lot! And I love it. And it's FINALLY DONE. I can't wait for you guys to read!!!!!


If you haven't added EVERBLAZE to your Goodreads shelf, you can do that HERE.

And if you would like to preorder, here's a few handy links:
amazon 
barnes & noble
Books-A-Million
iTunes
Indiebound
The Book Depository

Okay, I think that covers everything. I hope you guys love the cover as much as I do!

And now, I'm going to scroll back up and KEEP STARING AT THE INCREDIBLENESS!!!!






Monday, April 14, 2014

MMGM Shout Out: THE PECULIAR, by Stefan Bachmann (Plus the 4/14/14 links)

Woo Hoo--EVERBLAZE is ALMOST done! I have a few tiny changes to make, and a final polish read to do over the next couple of days, and then it is FINISHED. Not gonna lie--I never thought I'd get there. BUT I MADE IT. And I can't wait for you guys to read in November! I hope you love it as much as I do.

I'm a little loopy tonight from a crazy weekend (events on Fri, Sat, & Sun--*collapses*) but I am trying to get back on track with these MMGM shout outs. So I have a quick one for you guys today for a book I adore: THE PECULIAR, by Stefan Bachmann.


This is one of those books that I bought entirely because of the cover. I didn't know what it was about.  I hadn't heard anything about it. But I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER! It was begging me to read it. So I did, and...wow.  It was one of those books I couldn't put down. Such a cool world, such a page turning plot, and holy crow can Stefan Bachmann write. I can't believe he was a teenager when he wrote it. Way to make the rest of us look bad!

If you haven't read it yet, I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.  You can find it on Goodreads HERE

And make sure you also check out these other MMGMs happening throughout the blogosphere:

- Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is cheering for ALWAYS, EMILY. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Susan Olson is on the edge of her seat for RISKED. Click HERE to see why. 
- Charlotte Ritchie is caught up in the MUSEUM OF THIEVES. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rcubed is talking about common middle grade themes. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten has chills for DIEGO'S DRAGON. Click HERE to see why.   
- Jenni Enzor is unlocking EIGHT KEYS. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Sue Heavenrich is chasing PRISONER 88. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is gushing about HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL. Click HERE to see his review.
- Daniel Johnston has chills for SHREDDERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY. Click HERE to see his feature 
- Suzanne Warr is spreading some love for SAVVY. Click HERE to see why.
- 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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MMGM Links (4/7/14)

I know I'm skipping another MMGM shout out, but this time I am SURE I will get back on track next week because I JUST TURNED IN THE REVISION OF EVERBLAZE!!!!  I'm not exaggerating when I say that was the hardest revision I've ever done, so I'm very happy to have it behind me. Here's hoping I got it right!

I also have a couple of events this week, in case you're in the SoCal area:

Friday, 4/11
7:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books 
7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd. #302
San Diego, CA 90278
*with JR Johannson, Nancy Holder, Debra Driza, and Rachel Hawkins

Sunday, 4/13
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
LA Times Festival of Books
Booth 732
USC Campus


Hope to see some of you there! And now, here's the MMGM links:

- Elise joins the MMGM fun with her first review ever, about 11 BIRTHDAYS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Jess at Reading Nook is sweet on A SNICKER OF MAGIC. Click HERE to see why.   
- Katie Fitzgerald is highlighting the first two books in the GRIMMTASTIC GIRLS series. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rcubed is in love with WALK TWO MOONS. Click HERE to see her feature.. 
- Michelle Mason is covering the REAL MERMAIDS series. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer has an awesome giveaway, where the winner gets to pick their prize! Click HERE for details.  
- Greg Pattridge is gushing about I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA. Click HERE to see his review.
- Suzanne Warr is championing STRANDED. Click HERE to see why.
- Daniel Johnston is on the edge of his seat for RUNNING OUT OF TIME. Click HERE to see his feature
- Rosi Hollinbeck has two features this week, for  A BIRD ON THE WATER and STAINED. Click HERE to learn more about them. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is singing praises for MOCKINGBIRD. 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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

MMGM Links (3/31/14)

Okay, I'm going to have to skip this week's MMGM shout out again, but only because there were a LOT of links to put together. But I should be finishing this revision this week, (even if it kills me) so hopefully things will get back on track next week. In the meantime, here are all the awesome links:

- Jess at Reading Nook has a review of THE NINJA LIBRARIANS over HERE. And an interview with the author, plus a GIVEAWAY of 3 signed copies over HERE.
- Jenni Enzor is wild for WILD WINGS. Click HERE to see her feature.
- Rcubed is back for another week with a feature on THE WEDNESDAY WARS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle at 5 Minutes for Books is spotlighting HORSES OF THE DAWN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is singing praises for THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST! Click HERE to read her review.  
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Maureen McQuery, and GIVING AWAY a copy of BEYOND THE DOOR. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Julie DeGuia is feeling the magic for two books this week, A SNICKER OF MAGIC, and THE WHIZZ POP CHOCOLATE SHOP. Click HERE to see her reviews.
- Mark Baker is laughing along with I, EVEN FUNNIER. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Janet Smart has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is going BOOM! Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting HATCHET. Click HERE to see why.
- Daniel Johnston is rooting for THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT. Click HERE to see his feature
- Rosi Hollinbeck is cheering for SHANE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is FIGHTING FOR DONTAE. Click HERE to see why.
- Dorine White is glowing for LUMINESCENCE. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Andrea Mack is shining a light on YESTERDAY'S DEAD. 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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Skip A Starbucks Day--Part Two (awesome prizes to be had!)

If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know how much I adore the incredible  C.J. Redwine. She's both a friend and a mentor, and an uber-talented author to boot.

And you might also remember a few years back when I took part in a special fund raiser to help her raise enough money to bring her beautiful baby girl home from China.

Thanks to everyone's support, the fundraiser was a huge success, and the adorable Johanna is now happily settled with C.J. and her husband Clint. I've even had the chance to meet her, and she is one huggable, amazing kid.

And today, we need to make that magic happen again.

Meet Isabella Grace:

(DON'T YOU JUST WANT TO SNUGGLE HER?????)



C.J. and her husband are in the process of adopting this beautiful little girl from China. And because Isabella has multiple medical needs, the process has gone much quicker than they were anticipating. They're excited and overjoyed that they'll get to bring their daughter home that much sooner. But it's also left them scrambling to come up with the $15,000* they need to adopt her.

That's where Skipping a Starbucks comes in.

The basic idea? Give up one tiny indulgence today (like a $5.00 coffee) and use it to help bring this beautiful little girl home. It's AMAZING how huge of a difference those small donations can make.

And as an extra-huge thank you, many of her friends in publishing (including me!) are offering up a MULTITUDE of prizes that CJ is giving away on her blog--including signed books, a diamond-and-tanzanite necklace set, and a full manuscript critique from a literary agent.

Details on what's up for grabs, and how to donate (also a progress bar to show how close they're coming to meeting their goal) can all be found HERE

* Any funds raised beyond the $15k will be given to The Moses Basket, a non-profit organization that supports adoptive families through grants, resources, and support.


Monday, March 24, 2014

MMGM Links (3/24/14)

Gah--between revision and a conference all weekend, I didn't have the brainpower for an MMGM shout out this week. But I PROMISE I'll get back on track next week. In the meantime, I have links!

- Rcubed joins the MMGM fun with a feature on I REPRESENT SEAN ROSEN. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Birdie Reader is sweet on SPRINKLES & SECRETS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is cheering for THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER! Click HERE to read her review.  
Sheri Larsen has chills for UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER. Click HERE to see what she thought
- Sue Heavenrich is part of the CHARLIE BUMPERS Blog tour. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Michelle Mason is highlighting JUNIPER BERRY--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Janet Smart is singing praises for WHAT THE MOOD SAID. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is championing DESTINY, REWRITTEN. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Barbara Watson is spotlighting the middle grade books she purchased/won last month.  Click HERE to see what they are.
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about THE EIGHTH DAY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Daniel Johnston is getting SCHOOLED. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson is highlighting BACK TO BLACKBRICK. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is celebrating SEEING RED--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is buddying up to CHARLIE BUMPERS AND THE REALLY NICE GNOME. 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!   
- 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.