Thursday, April 28, 2011

We'll be right back after this...

Uh...I know it's supposed to be a Bookanista review day--and I was all set to do one. But...um...some crazy things have come up and I've kinda had to drop everything. So the review will be postponed till next week.

Don't worry. I'm fine. No tragedies. Just...unexpected stuff. (could I BE more vague? I doubt it. And I can assure you, whatever you're speculating--it's not that)

I promise I will be back next week. Though after all this craziness, I will probably be like this:


Be. afraid.

And HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ninja platypuses and evil husbands

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably seen me post about some of the um....strange/bizarre/occasionally creepy ways people stumble across my blog, according to Statcounter.

But there's been too many good ones for me to Tweet them all, so I thought I'd steal copy plagiarize borrow give homage to okay, fine, STEAL an idea from Karsten Knight and do a whole post about it. (FYI--his was probably better than mine. You can find it HERE.)

Here's a random smattering (yes--smattering. I love that word) of things people have found my blog by searching over the last few days, and my thoughts:

ninja platypus
(Yes! I want one too!)
(Though I believe I requested a were-platypus)
(But one isn't picky about such things.)

Hot Uk Girls
(Hm...I don't live in the UK. But I'm flattered this led them here anyway) :)
(Oh wait--it was probably that Kiera Knightley photo. #crud)

does lindsay lohan like soccer
(I don't know. Does she?)
(wait--remind me why we care?)

twizzler obsession
(YES! I'm not alone!)

my husband is evil
(Why are you searching for this? Are you having concerns?)

my husband is an evil christian
(Okay, seriously, WHY ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR THIS????)

messenger of hot girls
(I'm not sure I'm their official spokesperson but...)

fotos de paul walker y jessica alba
(viva los internacionales!)
(which...probably isn't correct Spanish)

hot guy illustration nude
(I...have no words)
(And no idea what page this took them to)
(And I'm not sure I want to know...)

shanon whitney messanger
(Yay! Someone looking for me.)
(They can't spell. But YAY!)

80's mullet
(Please tell me this isn't coming back into style...)

what happen when you decided to tell the truth
(What happened?)
(No...really, I'm curious now. WHAT HAPPENED?)

cupcake fail
(okay...I totally deserve this one)

how not to make a duck cupcake
(yup--deserve this one too.)
(*grumble*)

Shannon Messenger agent
(uh...I'm not an agent)
(but I've always wanted to reject a query...)

mean girls
(hey now--that better be a reference to the movie!)

AND...my personal favorite:

shirtless Orlando Bloom
(there really is NOTHING better to be associated with)
(my life is now complete)

Sadly, there have been some even weirder ones over time, but I wanted to stick to the most recent searches. And there are ALWAYS new ones. In fact, I have a feeling I'll be doing this again. It's just too much fun. :)

What about you guys. Any of you have crazy Statcounter search stories to tell?

(sorry if you saw this post twice btw. I was setting it up to schedule and uh...messed up the dates. This is why I shouldn't blog on deadline brain...)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I think I need to get out more...

Okay, I don't know if you guys knew this--but it's Spring. SPRING!

Like...I know it's almost May--and I've seen glints of sunlight through my bedroom window. But I've spent the last few weeks so buried under deadlines and whatnot, I really haven't gotten out much. Or at all.

So imagine my surprise when I headed to San Diego on Saturday for brunch with some local author friends (so. much. fun.) and got a good look at the outside world. Flowers and sunshine and bright blue sky. Who knew it was out there, beyond my confined little writing room?

Even more amazing? People were outside!

Riding bikes. Taking walks. Sitting at cafe tables with oversized cups of coffee. Their skin was tan--not pale and pasty. They weren't wearing frumpy, hideous sweatpants. They didn't have dark circles under their eyes. They looked like NORMAL people.

So I'm trying something new. I'm getting out of my house and tackling my deadline from a new place--preferably one that involves sunlight.

I know that's not a novel concept for most of you--but it is for me. I'm the queen of marathon days where I never leave my bedroom and only stop working when my eyes go blurry.

BUT I NEED SOME FRESH AIR.

So I'm changing out of my frumptastic sweatpants, grabbing my laptop and venturing into the outside world. It's time to rejoin the human race!

Who's with me???

Or um...anything you feel like saying. I love comments. I miss you guys!

((hugs from a behind blogger))

(not to be confused with a bloggers behind)
(which would be weird and creepy)
(I'm sensing I should've quit while I was ahead)
(but this is too much fun)
(and I'm not sure I can stop)
(MORE PARENTHETICAL STATEMENTS!!!)
(!!!!!)
(ahem)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--Tiger (and a Giveaway!!!)

Despite my deadline, I'm back with another MMGM. And today I'm featuring the first book in a series that falls into that elusive and magical: boy book with girl appeal category. TIGER (Five Ancestors Series, Book 1), by Jeff Stone.


Here's the blurb from the publisher:

Twelve-year-old Fu and his temple brothers Malao, Seh, Hok, and Long don t know who their parents were. Raised from infancy by their grandmaster, they think of their temple as their home and their fellow warrior monks as their family. Then one terrible night, the temple is destroyed by an army led by a former monk named Ying, whose heart is bent on revenge. Fu and his brothers are the only survivors. Charged by their grandmaster to uncover the secrets of their past, the five flee into the countryside and go their separate ways. Somehow, Grandmaster has promised, their pasts are connected to Ying s. Understanding that the past is the key to shaping the future, the first book in the series follows Fu as he struggles to find out more and prove himself in the process. Fu s name literally means "tiger," for he is the youngest-ever master of the fierce fighting style modeled after that animal.

Funny story about this series: I'd never heard of it until I signed with Laura. (I know, I know--#Shannonfail. I honestly don't know how I missed it). Jeff is one of Laura's clients, so when I was researching my agent in-laws I stumbled across these books and quickly corrected my oversight. And I'm so glad I did!

The books are fun, clever, and refreshingly different from most of the other middle grade books out there. I read a review that describes them as a graphic novel without the graphics, and I couldn't have put it better myself. The storytelling is incredibly visual and fast paced, and I have no doubt that even the most reluctant reader will gobble them up. Added bonus: they feature some ethnic diversity for a change, in a way that feels honest and respectful.

I could go on and on, but I'm afraid if I say more I'll give something away. So I'll wrap things up my usual way, by announcing that I'm giving away a copy of the first book to one lucky commenter on this post.

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday, April 30th. I'll draw one random winner and announce their name on Sunday, May 1st. Good luck!

And I'm not the only one featuring awesome middle-grade today. Check out these MMGM Links:

-Shannon O'Donnell always has an awesome MMGM recommendation. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.


-Sherrie Peterson has an interview with author Roland Smith and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.


-Joanne Fritz is featuring THE LEMONADE CRIME. Click HERE to read her review.

-Aly Beecher is featuring HORTON HALFPOTT. Click HERE to see what she says.


-Myrna Foster is featuring ELLA ENCHANTED (one of my favorites!!!). Click HERE to read her thoughts.


-Brooke Favero is featuring LOSER. Click HERE to learn more about it.


-Deb Marshall is featuring SECOND FIDDLE. Click HERE to read the review.


-Ben Langhinrichs is featuring EARTHLING HERO. Click HERE to see what he thinks.


-Anita Laydon is featuring MY FATHER'S DRAGON. Click HERE to read her take.

-And Barbara Watson makes her MMGM debut. Click HERE to see her review of THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG.

If you've done an MMGM, let me know. I'll update this post throughout the day.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

POSSESSION ARC Winner

Ahhhh--crazy, crazy weekend. So I am just finally drawing a winner for my lovely ARC of POSSESSION by the frawesome Elana Johnson. Sorry for the delay!

*drumroll please*

The winner is:


Yay!

*tosses confetti*

If that's you, please email me at packratx (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address so I can send you your prize. If I don't hear from you by Friday, April 29th I'll be forced to choose a new winner--and we wouldn't want that, now would we?

For everyone else, check back next week. I always have some giveaway going on. And I promise, an epic contest IS in the works. As soon as I survive this deadline. :)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bookanista Review: Moonglass, by Jessi Kirby--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Sorry for not posting much this week. Still drowning in deadlines over here. But I made time for today's Bookanista review, because I HAD to share this beautiful book with you. MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby.

First--the striking cover:


I could seriously stare at that scene all day. *wistful sigh*

And here's how the publisher describes the story:

When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.

Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.

But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.


So obviously this is a Contemp--which you guys know I don't read AS many of. Not because I don't enjoy contemporary stories--but because sometimes they can be a bit slow for my taste. But MOONGLASS is incredibly page turning. In fact, I read it all in one sitting. I wanted so badly to learn more about Anna's mother, explore the cottages on the beach, and--of course--see more of the hotness that is Tyler, that I just couldn't. put. it. down.

And the writing is gorgeous. I've read a lot of "beach stories" over the years, and I'm not sure any have done such a beautiful job of describing the setting. You feel the sand between your toes. The waves washing over your skin. You can see every piece of moonglass glowing in the moonlight. And the way Jessi mixes mermaid myths and metaphors to parallel the mysterious death of Anna's mother is elegant. Let's just say I had major writing envy the entire time I was reading.

MOONGLASS is sad and honest and lush and moving. Jessi tosses you back and forth between heartache and hope as easily as the waves toss shards of sea glass on the shore. I highly recommend it, whether you'll be reading it at the beach or from your sofa, dreaming of the ocean. It's the perfect summer read. I can't wait to buy my hardcover copy on May 3rd.


But--as always--I don't want you guys to just take my word for it. See for yourselves. I'm giving away my ARC to one lucky commenter on this post. To enter, just make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday April 30th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Sunday May 1st. International entries welcome.

Oh--and since I know how much you guys love contests, better hop over to Jessi's blog once you're done entering here. She's giving away an AWESOME Mermaid prize pack (I seriously, seriously want it!) to one lucky commenter. Click HERE for details on how to enter. 

To learn about more incredible books, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are up to:

Elana Johnson visits Dark and Hollow Places
LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
Jamie Harrington adores Invincible Summer
Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood Magic
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invincible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Bethany Wiggins delves into Divergent
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds Abandon
Sarah Frances Hardy enjoys Me Jane
Matt Blackstone loves Like Mandarin
Corrine Jackson delights in The Duff

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Memos and MMGM

Dear Weekend,

I know you claim that you were the exact same amount of minutes as every other weekend, but I'm not sure I believe your lies. How else could you be over already? And don't give me that: you-wasted-a-lot-of-time-laying-with-an-ice-pack-on-your-head excuse. I think you should've frozen time for me, to make up for my pain and suffering.

Un-Satisfiedly Yours,
The now very behind on EVERYTHING Shannon



Dear Hubs,

I know it was a fluke, one-in-a-million accident. But I have to state for the record that your elbow + my eye = OWWWWW! Then again, having you wait on me hand and foot to appease your guilt is super fun. I may or may not be asking for things I don't even need, just because it's awesome to mess with you.

Obnoxiously Yours,
Your swollen-eyed wife who's at least grateful it's not a shiner



Dear Deadline,

You're back. Already. I mean, I know you have a lot of fun stressing me out--but I really thought you'd gotten tired of my whining and were going to avoid me for at least another couple of weeks. Apparently not. But that's okay--you don't scare me. Even with one slightly blurry eye, I shall defeat you. Count on it.

Somewhat Confidently Yours,
The Writer who's plotting to own you



Dear Readers,

If you haven't already guessed, thanks to The Great Puffy Eye Disaster of 2011 and Deadline of Doom--The Revenge, I'm...a little behind on blogging. So I don't have a MMGM for you guys today--and I may not be posting every day this week. Thankfully, I can always count on some of you guys to carry the torch for me. I hope you'll check out the amazing links below. Thank you for bearing with me!

Apologetically Yours,
The Blogger who's hoping you aren't getting sick of her recently unreliable schedule



MMGM Links:

Joanne Fritz is featuring A TALE OF TWO CASTLES, by Gail Carson Levine. Click HERE to read her review.

Shannon O'Donnell always has an awesome MMGM recommendation. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.

Brooke Favero is featuring A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, by Lemony Snicket. Click HERE to see her thoughts.

Deb Marshall highlights middle-grade mysteries. Click HERE to see which ones she loves.

And if you've done an MMGM, let me know. I'll update this post with a link.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

NERDS Winner

Sorry for being late with the winner post--AGAIN. You'll see a more proper explanation in my post tomorrow (been an interesting weekend)

Anyway, getting right to it, the random winner of the signed copies of NERDS and M IS FOR MAMA'S BOY is...


*drumroll please*


Ahhhhh---that's so awesome!

It makes me so ridiculously happy when an actual middle grade reader wins the prize--and Lenny Lee could NOT be more deserving.

Yay!

*tosses confetti*

Okay Lenny. Make sure you email me at packratx (at) hotmail (dot) com with your address. I know you've won before, but life has been a little crazy lately, and I'm not sure I know where I put your address. So please send it again and I will ship off your prize.

For everyone else, I'm still trying to organize my 1500 followers contest, but I'll hopefully get it figured out next week. Make sure you check back. :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Five Things I've Learned...

I'll confess--I'm kind of a Writer's Conference Junkie. (Pretty sure you've guessed that, given that I've been at 3 over the last 2 months).

Yes, they're expensive, and exhausting, and every time I book one I start to think: do I really need/want to do this? But the answer is always: Yes. Because I always walk away having learned something. So I thought I'd use today's post for sort of a fancy Friday Five, and share my five favorite  things I've taken away from my recent conferences, since you guys couldn't be at the conferences with me.

1. From an editor: Remember that characters don't speak to reveal. They speak to conceal. Real people rarely say exactly what they're thinking. Characters shouldn't either. 

2. From an author: Go through your draft--even one you think is done--with the goal of finding seven unnecessary words to cut from each page. You will always find them--probably more than that. 

3. From an editor: When you read your draft, constantly ask yourself: why am I telling the reader this? And why am I telling the reader this now? If you don't have good answers to those questions, trim the line or scene and move it to the point where the reader NEEDS to know that.

4. From an author: Take one of your chapters and highlight every adverb, every adjective, and every preposition. Let yourself see where they all are--and how many of them there are. Then ask yourself with each and every one of them if it really needs to be there. Odds are, some of them can be cut.

5. From an editor: Editors will put every single element of your world to the test. Try to do the same thing. Poke it for holes. Question everything. Don't ever take anything for granted, thinking people won't notice. Push yourself to fix any problem, even small, subtle ones.

Some of that may be reminders for you--some of it was a reminder for me. But there's SO much to keep in mind as you write/revise, it's hard to keep track of everything. And these were things I hadn't been focusing on. I am now, and my pages are *hopefully* getting cleaner and tighter in the process. I'll know soon enough.

And that's the other, main thing I take away from these conferences: there is ALWAYS more to learn.  No matter how long we've been writing, or how many books we have under our belt, we can always find new tips and tricks. And we always need reminders.

I promise I'll share more of what I learned in future posts. But I think that's enough food for thought for today. Hope you guys enjoyed.

What about you? Any of you have a favorite piece of writing advice you want to share? Please, lay it on me in the comments. I love hearing everyone's tips and tricks.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bookanista Review: Possession, by Elana Johnson--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay--I FINALLY get to do a Bookanista review for the lovely, talented, and all around frawesome, Elana Johnson, and her fabulous dystopian debut: POSSESSION.

*tosses confetti*

I wanted to do it weeks ago, but I knew I should wait until we were a little closer to the release. (*cue impatient grumbling*) But we have finally passed the less-than-2-months mark--so YAY I GET TO GUSH!!!

Thank GOODNESS.

So let's start with the GORGEOUS cover--one of my hands down favorites of the year (maybe even of all time):
And the blurb from the publisher:

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.


So cool, right? And I'm not even *that* big of a dystopian fan. But, I mean, a game of control or be controlled? Yeah, that's almost too awesome for words.

Now, it's always hard for me to do a review for someone that everyone knows is my friend--because I always wonder if everyone will think I'm biased. So usually I try to back up my claim with all kinds of specifics to prove I'm not idly impressed. But POSSESSION is so full of twists and turns and surprises, I can't really discuss the plot without giving something crucial away--and I am not a fan of spoilers. 

So...dilemma. 

How do I convince you of its general awesomeness without revealing anything--and without rambling too long either? (Elana is famously not a fan of the long blog post, and I promised myself that when I reviewed her book I'd do my best to keep it short and clear). 

So here's my simple statement--and I hope it's extreme enough to make my point: If I had to choose between a lifetime supply of Twizzlers and this book, I'd choose this book. And it wouldn't even be a hard decision.

But don't take my word for it. Read it yourself and see what you think. And I know it doesn't come out for almost two months (though that's really not that long--eeeeeee!). That's why I'm giving away my shiny POSSESSION ARC to one of you. 

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, April 23rd. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 24th. International entries welcome!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Reminders, and a little Shannon-begging

In case you missed it, today--maybe even as you read this--WriteOnCon has another live event happening. This time with the hilariously awesome Natalie Fischer with Bradford Literary!!!

When: 12pm eastern

Do not miss this one guys. Not only is it a live queries event--which are always my favorite--but to help make up for the technical difficulties we had on Friday and Saturday (oh WriteOnCon, why must you cause so many headaches?), Natalie is letting us give away a query critique from her.

Yes--you read that right. We felt bad that some of you weren't able to post your query in the thread because of the server issues and the time change. So now you have another shot at a critique--though anyone can enter (even those in the thread).

Details for how to enter will be announced at the end of the event, so make sure you stop by--or catch the replay. And as for the technical issues, all we can say is we're working on it. One of the reasons we're doing these events is to test our different technologies and troubleshoot problems before the August conference. But, sometimes that means things do not go according to plan. Bear with us, we're doing the best we can.

And that pretty much covers WriteOnCon, so here comes the Shannon-Begging.

I have a new post up at Dear Teen Me and I'd really, REALLY love it if you guys could stop by and take a look. I don't usually like to share such personal stories online, but I push myself for Dear Teen Me because I think it's such a powerful and amazing resource for teens, and I try to support the website any way I can. I can't tell you how much it would mean to me for you to go over there and read--maybe even leave a comment? Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*

If nothing else, hop over there to see a horrifying glimpse of my 13-year-old self. Ahhhh awkward phases.

If you're susceptible to my begging, you can find the post HERE. And here's a preemptive: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Okay, I have a ton of stuff to do to prepare for the WriteOnCon event--and to get ready to announce our final April event. So for now, Shannon--> out. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tell The Truth Tuesday: The Writerly Confessions edition

As you ALL know from the insane amount of whining I've done lately, I've recently pulled some marathon hours trying to meet a deadline. What I HAVEN'T told you is that in order to meet that deadline, I had to go into full on writer mode--and by "full on writer mode", well...I've had to do some things I'm less than proud of. But it's Tell The Truth Tuesday, so it's time to come clean.

Okay...

1. There *might* have been days where I never changed out of my pajamas. 

2. I also might *not* have showered sometimes. Or even washed my face. 

3. If my husband had found where I hid the camera (and yes, I hid it--one must always think ahead), you would've seen just how homeless I looked. I was HAWT! (actually, it...*might* have qualified as grounds for divorce. The poor hubs.)

4. There also *might* have been days where the only walking I did was from the bedroom to the bathroom--about 20 steps total.

5. Sadly, I'm *not* exaggerating. 

6. I keep my laptop next to my bed, so when my alarm went off I grabbed it and got to work. 

7. When my husband came home from work he brought me dinner (my one and only meal of the day). 

8. So the only time I left the bed was when I had to pee. (Even I have my limits).

9. It's amazing my leg muscles haven't gone into atrophy. 

10. During the all-nighters I pulled, I *might* have forgotten to brush my teeth. 

11. What? I brush my teeth before bed. So if I never went to bed...

12. I'm aware of what a weak excuse that is.

13. I'm also what you might call a "method writer." 

14. I don't just write my characters--I live them. I feel what they feel. 

15. And I have one character who's...particularly angsty. 

16. So living with me these last few weeks has been a lot like this:


17. Again...I'm *not* exaggerating.

18. The hubs will verify.

19. To channel those kind of emotions, I've had to listen to a lot of songs like THIS and THIS and THIS

20. On auto repeat.

21. And the only break would be when I'd switch characters. And then I'd have to listen to THIS.

22. Don't. Ask. Just...don't.

*Phew* Okay--that was a lot to confess. How many of you are feeling sorry for my husband now?

Yeah...I don't blame you. But...but...I can't be the ONLY one who gets like this in writer mode. PLEASE tell me you guys have committed at least ONE of these sins at some point!!!!!!!

If not...um...anything else embarrassing you'd like to share in the comments? Pretty please?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--NERDS (and a 2-book Giveaway!!!)

Back with another MMGM, and I thought I'd get back in the swing with a bang by featuring one of my favorite new series: NERDS by Michael Buckley.

You might recognize his name from all the gushing I've done over his Sister's Grimm series--which is beyond fabulous. He does it again with NERDS--though the two series couldn't be more different. Sister's Grimm is fairy tales and subtle romance and killer fantasy. NERDS is James Bond goes nerdy middle school. Which is pretty much a recipe for awesome.

The series currently has two books so far:

NERDS

And M IS FOR MAMA'S BOY

They're both hilarious--if you can't tell by the covers alone. 

The basic concept: thanks to secret government technology, the nerdiest kids in school have been turned into spies. Their biggest weaknesses and eccentricities have been manipulated into virtual super powers. So a girl allergic to everything is now allergic to lies, and serves as a human lie detector, or a hyperactive kid can run up walls. How clever is that?

Add to that a seriously creative art design concept (the books speak to you at the different chapter breaks, like there's a security system you need clearance from) and hilarious illustrations and you have a series of books I KNOW kids will eat up. But adults will love them too. Buckley's super-exaggerated sense of humor will make you laugh out loud over and over again.

Basically, NERD is the new cool. So I guess it's a good thing I'm a large nerd. ;)

But don't take my word for it. I managed to get my hands on a SIGNED COPY OF BOTH BOOKS, and I'm giving them away to one lucky commenter on this post. 

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday, April 16th. I'll draw one random winner and announce their name on Sunday, April 17th. Good luck.

For more MMGM Love, make sure you check out:

-Shannon O'Donnell's blog, for her weekly MMGM feature. Click HERE.

-Joanne Fritz's blog, for another fabulous MG review. Click HERE

-Aly Beecher's blog, for a review of FOURTH STALL and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE.

-Ben Langhinrichs' blog, for MMGM--the Fashionista edition. Click HERE.

-Deb Marshall's blog, for an interview with Jan Markley. Click HERE.

-Myrna Foster's blog, for a feature on THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL. Click HERE.

-And it's not until Wednesday, but make sure you stop by Literary Rambles on the 13th, because Natalie Aguirre will be featuring author Hillary Homzie and have a giveaway of THE HOT LIST.

If you've done an MMGM on your blog and I've missed it, drop me an email. I'll update this post with a link. 

Happy Monday!