Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Another blurb--and another contest to celebrate!

Some of you may have seen this already--since apparently it's  up on amazon (I've been scooped--that's what I get for waiting to share!) But in case you haven't, I thought I'd still go ahead and share it here:

KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES GOT ANOTHER BLURB!!!!

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"Keeper of the Lost Cities is a little bit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a little bit Lord of the Rings, and a little bit Harry Potter. And it's all fun!"  
--New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley
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Every time I read that I have to remind myself that he's talking about MY book--and not just because of the incredible and humbling comparisons he makes. 

Mainly it's because I might be Michael's #1 Fan (AND I WILL TAKE ON ANYONE WHO TRIES TO CLAIM OTHERWISE).

(ahem)

All of his books are amazing. (Seriously, AMAZING!). But his Sisters Grimm books are not only some of my all time favorite middle grade books--they're also a big part of the reason I decided to write middle grade in the first place.  

When I'd first had the idea for KEEPER and was trying to decide if I wanted to try writing it, I went to the bookstore for research. And I walked out with three books: ELLA ENCHANTED, by Gail Carson Levine, THE LIGHTNING THIEF, by Rick Riordan, and THE FAIRY TALE DETECTIVES, by Michael Buckley. And after reading those three I knew I had to give middle grade writing a try. 

I loved each of those books for different reasons. But what I loved about Michael's books (oh yes, I went straight back to B&N and bought all the rest of the Sisters Grimm series and devoured every word) was the way he melded humor and heart. He also has two strong, kick-butt girls as his main characters and yet tells the story in such a way that it will appeal to ALL kids. And his creativity and imagination absolutely blew me away. (Puck is also one of my favorite characters EVER!)

So years later, to have him read and blurb MY book is just the most incredible thing... 

Yes, it totally made me tear up. And yes, I wished I could reach through the screen and hug him (alas, I couldn't--but he's coming to Cali for an event soon and HE'D BETTER WATCH OUT. AN AWKWARD SHANNON HUG WILL BE HAPPENING!)

In the meantime, I just want to say, Michael, if you happen to see this, THANK YOU. Not just for your blurb, but for your fabulous books that have inspired me in more ways than you know. I can't wait for book 9, even if it also breaks my heart a little to see the series end. 

And to celebrate my blurb--and give you guys a chance to experience some of Michael's incredible work--I'm giving some of his books away! That's right--one lucky commenter on this post will win three--yes THREE--amazing Michael Buckley books.

To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday, March 31. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, April 1st (so I also recommend you follow my blog in some form, so you'll know you won. I don't email winners.)  International entries are welcome.

BUT, there's also one more step. 

Michel has QUITE a few books to choose from--and odds are many of you already own some of them. So I'm going to let the winner choose which three books they want. Just let me know in your comment which ones you would choose if you're the winner (and yes, pre-ordering book 9 IS an available prize). And if you're not familiar with his work, here's a list of all of Michael's books (and they're all handy goodreads links so you can click for more info--mark them "to read" if you want, etc)



Amazing list, right?
So let me know your three picks and here's hoping you'll be the lucky winner!

Ready... GO!

49 comments:

  1. Congrats on your awesome blurb! So excited for you. I'll let someone else win because I have too many books to read right now.

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  2. Wow! I would love to read Michael's books. To be honest, I've never heard of his Sisters Grimm books before. They sound awesome. If I were to win I'd want the first three books in the series. Thanks for the giveaway. :)Oh! That's awesome what he wrote about your book. How cool is that?

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  3. I love the description he gave Keeper of the Lost Cities! Who wouldn't want to read it???

    Congrats!

    Shelley

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  4. Wow, congrats on the blurb! What an amazing blurb it is, too! It actually makes me want to read your book THAT much more, now :) I've heard of the Sister Grimm books but have never read them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. That blurb sounds amazing! I haven't heard of the Sister Grimm books but they definitely sound really cool!

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  6. Never heard of him, but I do remember when you first mentioned the LOTR-esqueness of your book(s), and I think I've love you, er - your books - ever since.

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  7. I would want to win the first three books in the Sisters Grimm series. I can't believe I've never heard of them before, given my love for all things fairy tale.

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  8. Congrats on the blurb! That is sooo cool that your idol loves your book--there is no greater compliment!

    I would pick the first 3 books in the Sisters Grimm series. I've never heard of the series (I know, shame on me!).

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  9. Wow, what a fantastic blurb! You must be over the moon!

    I would want the first three books in the Sisters Grimm seris.

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  10. Oh me! Pick me! I so want to win!!!

    Congrats on the blurb by the way. Also if I do win, I would like the first three as I must ashemedly admit, I have not read any of his books yet. Sighs. Life, the universe and everything.

    Julia Muldoon

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  11. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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  12. What a great blurb!!! Congrats! And thanks for a great contest. If I were lucky enough to win, I'd choose Nerds 1, 2,3. Thanks again!

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  13. congrats Shannon! great blurb! Cannot wait to read the book!

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  14. This is so amazing! Thanks for sharing the story and introducing me to yet another author. MY TBR pile is growing! If I won, I'd want these three:

    The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)
    The Unusual Suspects (Sisters Grimm #2)
    The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm #3)

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  15. Ok, that is completely awesome. Having someone you admire and respect the work of reading your own book and writing up something about it - can't get much better than that. I haven't read his books before, but now I totally want to read them. The Sisters Grimm 1-3 would be my pick to start off right!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  16. I also have really enjoyed Michael Buckley's work. The students I work with enjoy them also. I would pick:

    The Council of Mirrors (Book 9) Yeah!
    NERDS #1
    NERDS #2

    Thanks.

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  17. Congratulations on an awesome blurb. And If I were the lucky one, I'd choose Sisters Grimm 1-3 because I haven't read them.

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  18. Unfortunately I haven't heard of Buckley at all but thanks for introducing him to us. I would like to read the last three books by him NERDS: National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society (NERDS #1)
    NERDS: M is for Momma's Boy (NERDS #2)
    NERDS: The Cheerleaders of Doom (NERDS #3) If I won. Thanks for the opportunity to get some education on this seemingly wonderful author.

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  19. I would want the first 3 books in the sister's grim series. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  20. What an exciting blurb!

    Thanks so much for this chance. I would love the first three books in the Sisters Grimm.

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  21. Shannon! That blurb is gold, oh my. I can't wait for your book to be released.
    I haven't read Michael's books (what a shame!) so if I won I'd start with the first three Sisters Grimm. Thx.

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  22. That blurb makes me even more excited to read Keeper! You can't get better comparisons than that.

    How have I never heard of Michael Buckley or his books before?? They sound so awesome. I would want to start with the first three Sisters Grimm books, I think.

    Congratulations! You deserve it with all your hard work :)

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  23. That's great news for you. Congratulations. If I win, I would like the three NERDS books. Thanks for doing this.

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  24. Congratulations, Shannon it sounds awesome. Thanks for that list too, I'll check them out.

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  25. Shan, you didn't email me about this? This is fantastic news!!! SO happy for you. I LOVE Michael Buckley. If I won, I would want the first three SISTERS books, because (believe it or not) I don't own them. *gasp* :)

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  26. Great blurb! Congrats! And I'd take the first three books of the Sisters Grimm.

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  27. Congrats on the blurb! Cannot wait for Keepers. I know our house loves the Sisters Grimm, we really enjoy how the books are somewhat like the Series of Unfort. Events in that they ware the hardbound and irregular size so they have their own place on the bookshelves.

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  28. oh oops, we would love the last three Sisters books since we have been using the library more if we win.

    haha hit the enter button to fast. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  29. Sounds really great! This is a new to me author so, I'd like the following books: The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)
    The Unusual Suspects (Sisters Grimm #2)
    The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm #3)

    Thanks for the chance

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  30. I am not quite sure how I managed to never hear of this author before, but I'm excited to start reading him! He sounds excellent. :D

    And oh, if I win, I would like;
    The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)
    The Unusual Suspects (Sisters Grimm #2)
    NERDS: National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society (NERDS #1)

    Congratulations on the blurb! :D

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  31. Congrats! I love the Sisters Grimm! If I win I'd take any of the Sisters Grimm from 3 on. Thanks!

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  32. Congratulations! I'd take the first3 Sisters Grimm books.

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  33. Great news for you! I would love Sisters Grimm #3,4,5

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  34. Wow! So completely and wonderfully awesome! Congratulations! If I won, I'd take the first three in the Sisters Grimm or the Nerds books. I have five boys and three of them read Middle Grade. I think they'd prefer the Nerds books. But I LOVE the Grimm series myself. (I started when the series was only four books).

    Again, Congratulations

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  35. What a great blurb, the literary world has some pretty amazing people in it! I would love to read the first 2 Sisters Grimm and the first NERD book!

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  36. Got a little chill when I read your blurb! What a thrill!!!! :)

    I'd love to have the first 3 Sisters Grimm books for my classroom!! :)

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  37. OMG I LOVE Sisters Grimm! Seriously I'm one of their biggest fans (I'll take you on if you want! :3)
    So I'd love to win
    The Inside Story
    The Council of Mirrors (I am counting down the days until it comes out!)
    And The Sisters Grimm: A Very Grimm Guide (I WANT THIS SO MUCH!)

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
    Silver

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  38. Let's start at the very beginning:

    The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)
    The Unusual Suspects (Sisters Grimm #2)
    The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm #3)

    SO INCREDIBLE THANK YOU!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  39. Congrats!!!!!!! That is sooooo awsome!

    I love Michael Buckley. My daughter loves the Sisters Grimm and we've listened to the first two N.E.R.D.S. books in the car. I've love tho book #9 and 2 and 3 in N.E.R.D.S. since I don't have them in book form!

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  40. That is an awesome blurb! So happy for you. I would love the first three in the Sisters Grimm series... MG makes my heart happy AND the MC in my WIP is named Grim! :) leastep (at) hcu (dot) edu

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  41. I've read the Sisters Grimm series but not NERDS . . . though I've been wanting to. Would love to win those three!

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  42. Yay!! Love the blurb :D Cannot wait to read your amazing book. <3 Plus your cover is sooo gorgeous :D (I'm a sucker for perfect book covers.) Anyway, I would love to win these books :) They sound awesome. Thank you for the chance :D
    Love, Carina

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  43. AWESOME blurb! Hope you get a picture with Michael that you can post on your blog. : ) I don't have any of Michael's books, so I'd be happy to win any of them. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway. You are awesome!

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  44. Shannon - every blurb just makes me more and more excited for YOUR book!!! I can hardly wait to read it. Is it October yet? No?!? I need a time machine so that I can travel forward and snatch a copy.

    I have the Sisters Grimm. Would LOVE the NERDS.

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  45. Congratulations on the blurb!!! I can't wait to read your books!!! :) I need to read the Sisters Grimm books, they look great!

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  46. Do you ever walk past a book in the book store and loving stroke it's spine whispering something like, "I'll be back for you baby." Neither have I. But on many occasions I have picked up the Sisters Grimm books and told myself, I'm going to read ALL of these.

    So the first three Sister's Grimm would fulfill a promise I made to a book in Barnes and Noble a long time ago.

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  47. The sisters grimm! Ive never heard of them before but they sound amazing!

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  48. the sound amazzzzzzzzing !


    nohaassad12345@gmail.com

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  49. Way to go! I too am a fan and friend of Mr. Buckley! He came to our school my first year teaching and was inspired to write the N.E.R.D.S. series (my principal and I get a little nod in N.E.R.D.S. 2 and Sisters Grimm 5). I am so happy for you as being a writer is also a dream of mine. Hopefully, someday soon, I can be published and have you review my book! In the meantime, I'm popping over to Amazon to order your book because any recommendation by the Buckster is on my reading list. You don't have to put me in for the contest...I already have all the books (surprise, surprise - all Buckley fans are echoing my thoughts). I just wanted to let you know that I think it's wonderful you have been able to follow your dreams and see them come to fruition! I look forward to reading your book! Congrats!

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