Monday, July 6, 2015

MMGM Links (7/6/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, just wanted to remind you guys that I will be at SDCC this week. I kept my schedule super light (I mostly go for fun) but I do have one signing scheduled--and it looks like it'll be ticketed. So here's the info, in case you'll be at the Con (and of course if you spot me in the crowd in prime fangirl mode feel free to come up and say hi)

Shannon Messenger / Shannon Messenger Signing
Exhibitor Hall – MG Booth #1119 Sunday, 1:00 - 1:45 PM 
Please note -- all booth signings will be limited, and require tickets. Tickets are available while supplies last at the MG Booth, #1119, when the exhibit hall opens each day. Also, anyone who buys one of my books at the signing will get one of the special Black Swan mirrors (you might've seen them in the pics of my launch party)

Okay, on to the links!
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is highlighting JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for the TRADING FACES series. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Roseanne Parry is gushing about THE GREAT TROUBLE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is cheering for easy readers Budding Readers ebooks. Click HERE read her review.
- Greg Pattridge is burning with enthusiasm for DIEGO'S DRAGON--DRAGON'S OF THE DARK RIFT. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER). Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is seeing stars for STELLA BY STARLIGHT. Click HERE to see what she thoughts.
- The Bookworm Blog is championing A MANGO SHAPED SPACE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is singing praises for SERAPHINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. Click HERE to see his feature. 
- Jess at The Reading Nook is interviewing author Will Mabbitt HERE and reviewing THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES over HERE.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- 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) 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, June 29, 2015

MMGM Links (6/29/15)

Just got home from ALA in San Francisco (so much fun--but tiiiiiiiiiiired) so my brain is a wee bit travel-weary. But here's the MMGM links, hopefully they're right:
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is highlighting RIFLES FOR WATIE. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is solving the mystery of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Roseanne Parry is gushing about ECHO. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is cheering for HUNTERS OF CHAOS. Click HERE read her review.
- Greg Pattridge is burning with enthusiasm for THE GIRL IN THE TORCH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RANDOM BODY PARTS. Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is has a double feature for TIGER BOY and THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE: THE UNMAPPED SEA. Click HERE to see what she thoughts.
- Susan Olson is feeling NORTH OF NOWHERE. Click HERE to find her review. 
- The Bookworm Blog is championing JACK & LOUISA. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is singing praises for NIGHTBIRD. Click HERE to see his feature. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love 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) 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, June 22, 2015

MMGM Links (6/22/15)

Gearing up for a crazy week--rush NEVERSEEN copyedits whilst heading to San Francisco for ALA (btw, if you'll be there, I'll be wandering the exhibits on Saturday, so if you spot me, feel free to say hi). And I have all of that going on while trying to catch up on the deadlines for LET THE WIND RISE. So...brain is a bit scattered at the moment. But here's the  MMGM links:
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is back with a double review: SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL and A GATHERING OF DAYS. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is cheering for SEEING CINDERELLA. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Katie Fitzgerald is highlighting GOODBYE, STRANGER. Click HERE to read her feature 
- Dorine White is asking people to vote on the cover of her new book. Click HERE help her decide.
- Greg Pattridge is feeling HALF A WORLD AWAY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE). Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting HALF A CHANCE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is featuring The Element of Fiction Writing: Description, along with a list of middle grade writing links. Click HERE to check all of that out. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is sharing THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME. Click HERE to read her thoughts.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- 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) 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, June 15, 2015

MMGM Links (6/15/15)

Here's this week's MMGM link:
- Mark Baker is caught up in THE MYSTERY OF THE MIDNIGHT MARAUDER.  Click HERE to see why.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot wants to solve THE MAGGIE BROOKLYN MYSTERIES. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Laurisa White Reyes is highlighting TERESA OF THE NEW WORLD. Click HERE to read her feature 
- Dorine White is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RAISING RUFUS. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for THE LEFT BEHINDS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--FATAL FEVER. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- 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) 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, June 8, 2015

MMGM Links (6/8/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, one quick update: the cover (and title) for the third book in the Sky Fall series was revealed on Friday. Click HERE if you missed it.

Okay, onto the links:
- Susan Olson wants everyone to TIME TRAVEL WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Click HERE to see why.
-Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Sara McGuire, and GIVING AWAY an ARC of VALIANT. Click HERE for details. 
- Jenni Enzor is wrapped up in STUART'S CAPE. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for NICE AND MEAN. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Storytime Secrets wants everyone to ESCAPE FROM BAXTER'S BARN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has another edition of "In the Library with Middle Shelf." Click HERE to check it out 
- Dorine White is cheering for CAMP OMIGOSH. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--DRIVE ME CRAZY. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge has chills for THE TURTLE OF OMAN. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love 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) 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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

LET THE SKY FALL #3--Title & Cover revealed, and MORE!!!

Hey guys!

I know it's been a while since I've given you any Sky Fall series news--so I intend to make up for all of that today with ALL THE EXCITING THINGS!!!!

You've been so wonderfully patient waiting for book 3 (thank you, thank you, thank you!), and I promise, I'm working hard to make it worth every second of that wait!

The first step of that comes today, when I finally get to show you the AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL COVER FOR BOOK 3--and the title, which I love soooooo much!

(And make sure you stick around after that, because there are other exciting things in this post!)

Okay, here we go:



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TA DA!!!!


I HAVE NO WORDS FOR HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS COVER!!!
(AND I AM INCAPABLE OF TALKING ABOUT IT IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN ALL CAPS)


So, in case that isn't loading--or you're just too busy staring at the SHINY GORGEOUSNESS to notice (in which case: look away from the shiny for just a minute!)--the title of LtSF #3 is LET THE WIND RISE.

And I know some of you might be thinking the style is a little bit different than the other covers--you're right. We tried really really really hard to land on something that would match with the other covers--and it does have enough similarities that it "passes" (even for me and my perfectionist ways). But at the same time, the whole series is getting a shiny new look for the next wave of paperbacks, which means I have two more amazing covers to show you today!

I know redesigning is scary for fans of a series--it is for authors too, trust me. Especially since my other covers were so incredibly beautiful. Fortunately my publisher was super-committed to landing on something I loved every bit as much as the originals--and then they went ahead and outdid themselves and gave me something I actually love even more. (shhh---don't tell the other covers. I'll always love them too, but these? THESE? O.M.G. Honestly? These are the covers I always pictured in my head as I wrote the books, and I can't believe they're going to be a real thing)

But don't just take my word for it. Look at the pretties:


The windmills!
Audra in pants! (!!!)
Gavin making a cameo on the right hand side.

For me, this is what I think of when I talk about the books--Audra  at the wind farm, showing the world she's a force to be reckoned with. I cannot WAIT to hold one of these paperbacks. There will be tears--trust me. 

*sniffles just thinking about it*

And I'm not done yet. Here's the incredible cover for book 2, where Vane gets to be like, "excuse me, I'm a force to be reckoned with too! LOOK AT MY DEADLY WIND SPIKE"


Ahhhh--*goes into awesome overload*

And just because I'm a nerd, I made a handy graphic so you can see them all side by side, to get a feel for how freaking gorgeous the whole trilogy is going to look together once the new paperbacks are out:



Anyone else notice how the text moves up--almost like it's rising (MUCH LIKE THE THIRD TITLE?????) 

Just me? *is the nerdiest of all nerds*

I know some of you are probably wondering when the new paperbacks will be available, and at the moment the answer is...I'm not totally sure. I'm guessing Spring of next year, but in the meantime fear not. The previous covers (which really are still very beautiful) will be remain available.

And, that's all for now. I know some of you were probably hoping I'll end with the flap copy for LET THE WIND RISE, but sadly for that you'll have to wait a bit longer. I'm still drafting the book right now--but don't worry, I WILL finish in time. 

So in the meantime, go back and stare at the lovelies!!!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

MMGM Links (6/1/15)

Brain is SO tired from a very fun--but rather exhausting weekend of Phoenix Comicon--and the next revision of NEVERSEEN is actually due today, so... brain is only at 25% capacity. Sorry if that reflects in the MMGM links:
- Middle Grade Munch joins the MMGM fun with a feature on BLACK CATS AND BALLET SLIPPERS. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.  
- Jenni Enzor sees nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for NORTH OF NOWHERE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ALL WE LEFT BEHIND: VIRGINIA REED AND THE DONNER PARTY. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge is sweet on GENUINE SWEET. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   


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


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love 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) 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 25, 2015

MMGM Links (5/25/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, just a quick reminder that I will be in Arizona for Phoenix Comicon this coming week (Thursday - Sunday) so if you're in the area, I hope to see you there. Click HERE to see where to find me.

Okay, onto MMGM!
- Rcubed is spotlighting Roald Dahl's books. Click HERE to see why she loves these classics.
- The Bookworm Blog is caught up in MUSEUM OF THIEVES. Click HERE to see why. 
- What Rachel Wrote wants to NUMBER THE STARS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle Mason has an author interview--and a GIVEAWAY--of THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING. Click HERE for all the fun. 
-  Jess at The Reading Nook is wondering over WOUNDABOUT. Click HERE to see what she loved.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge wants everyone to WATCH THE SKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker has chills for BOOK OF THE DEAD. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Andrea Mack is feeling spacey for SPACE CASE.  Click HERE to check out her feature.   
- Suzanne Warr wants to take us BACK AGAIN. 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!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- 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) 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.