Friday, March 2, 2012

KEEPER'S FIRST BLURB!!!!!!! (and a contest to celebrate!)

A few of you might have seen me tweet this picture from the SCIBA event I went to last weekend: 

This is me with Amber Benson (yes, Tara!) and Lisa McMann 
(otherwise known as: two super-cool S&S Aladdin authors--with a Shannon standing nervously in the middle!)

And you might notice that I do not have my arm around Lisa McMann in the photo--and there IS a reason for that. See, poor Lisa had already had to endure a couple of awkward Shannon-hugs that evening, so I decided it wasn't right to make her endure any more.

Which may make you wonder why I was hug-molesting poor Lisa McMann.

Well... there are many reasons:

- I'm ... kinda a HUGE Lisa McMann fangirl 
- She's arguably one of the nicest authors out there
- But mostly, it had to do with this:

“A delightful and dangerous adventure with complex characters and relationships you'll root for to the end of time.” 
-Lisa McMann

In case you can't tell--that is the first official blurb for KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!!!

Nope--that's not enough exclamation marks:


Though, mostly... I get a bit teary every time I read it.

I mean, having someone say something nice about my book will always be an AMAZING thing. But to have it be from an author I've been admiring and fangirl-ing for YEARS--an author who writes both middle grade and YA with the kind of ease and skill that I aspire to, is just...

There. Are. No. Words.  

(That does not mean I didn't ramble--mostly incoherently--to poor Lisa at the event, thanking her for taking the time to read KEEPER and giving such an amazing blurb. But I will spare you that because it's bad enough poor Lisa had to suffer through it. I'm just happy I didn't cry!)

And just so you guys can fully understand why this blurb means so much to me, I've decided to give away some of Lisa's amazing books to one lucky commenter, so you can see for yourself why having her like my book is such an incredible compliment.

One winner will receive:
- A Hardcover of THE UNWANTEDS
- A Hardcover of DEAD TO YOU

To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, March 10th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, March 11th. International entries welcome.

And whether you win or lose, I highly recommend you all check out Lisa's incredible list of titles. Here are links to all the ones currently available on Goodreads:

She also has two amazing new books coming out in the near(ish) future:

And since I am SO excited about the new books--and I want you to be too--I will give one extra entry in the contest if you mark either of them as "To Read" on Goodreads. (just to be clear, that would be one extra entry for marking UNWANTEDS 2 : ISLAND OF SILENCE as "To Read" and one extra entry for marking CRASH as "To Read") And hey, while you're there, if you feel like marking KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES or LET THE SKY FALL as "To Read" I'll give one extra entry for either of those too. (I'm allowed to be a *little* shameless sometimes, right?) (The names are links--or I have a handy widget in my sidebar) 

So that means if you mark them all, you could have FOUR additional entries, along with the one for commenting, for a grand total of FIVE entries. Pretty sweet. Or, you could just leave a comment and take your one entry and roll with it. TOTALLY your call. Marking "to read" is completely optional. Just let me know what you do in your comment so I can tally accordingly.

Um... I think that pretty much covers everything, but if you have any questions, ask away in the comments.

(And Lisa, if you're reading this--and I doubt you are because you have probably had QUITE enough of my gushing already--once again just... thank you. I am truly humbled and honored.)




  1. Congratulations with your fab blurb from the lovely Lisa! Beautiful praise -well deserved! Take care

  2. YAY!! :D Love that blurb! :D Congrats. <3 Dying to read your book :D It seems so amazing. <3 And oh. Thank you for this giveaway :)
    +1 Added Keeper of the Lost Cities to my to-read list on goodreads :) (My goodreads: )
    +1 Added Let the Sky Fall to my to-read list :D
    +1 Added Island of Silence to my to-read list :D
    Love, Carina

  3. Congratulations :)
    +1 added Let the Sky Fall to my to-read list
    +1 added Crash to my to-read list

  4. What a fabulous blurb!! And by Lisa, no doubt. Way cool!! Shannon, you've hit the big time!!

  5. I am so excited for you Shannon! I love Lisa too, and Cable totally got me hooked on bite-sized Snickers when I read the WAKE trilogy. (I still have my husband pick them up for me on occasion) :) Congrats on the blurb! And of course I added them all to my TBR list on Goodreads. I'll put the link below. I haven't had the chance to read THE UNWANTEDS yet, but I plan too. I can't wait to read KEEPERS and LET THE SKY FALL. I know you're gonna knock my socks off! So again, Congrats! And to finish it all off, I need to make up for my lack of exclamation points in this comment. So here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Woohoo!!! *happy dance and confetti* That is awesome! Oh, I have read all of her books (well, in the middle of Dead to You), I too am a fangirl! :) The new ones have been marked to-read as well as yours! I can't wait!! So excited for you!!!!

  7. You also have the most awesome braid going on. It's very elven.

  8. Awesome! You sound like you're on cloud nine:)

  9. How wonderful, Shannon! Lisa is super cool :)

  10. I love Lisa's books. What an honor!

  11. YAAAAY!!! That's so awesome and exciting. And what a fabulous blurb it is! Congrats, hon! (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    I added all those books to my goodreads, lol. Woohoo! I cannot tell you how excited I am for LET THE SKY FALL. A book where one of the characters is a sylph? Win!

    Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  12. Yay!! Congrats!! And thanks for the giveaway. :)

  13. Congrats! Lisa McMann is awesome!
    And thanks for the chance to win!

    I added all four to my Goodreads list. And I am sooo excited for LET THE SKY FALL!!!


  14. Oh man, I would TOTALLY hug-molest Lisa McMann, given the chance! I've only read the WAKE trilogy so far, but I loved it. I'm taking my one point comment and rolling with it, because I need more McMann in my life :)

  15. Congrats!Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  16. Excellent blurb! I can't wait to read your book with my son! UNWANTEDS is next on our reading pile.
    Love that you're a fangirl. :)

  17. Oh wow!! Lisa McMann and Amber Benson. I loved her in Buffy!!!! Congrats and I cant wait till it comes out!! I added all of them to my shelf. Thanks so much for the chance.


  18. Love your blurb, and I am also a fan of Lisa McMann, I actually talked to her on a screenwriting site that I used to frequent. Congrats on meeting both of the stars.

  19. Wow, what a blurb!

    +5 (added all of the books to my to-read list on goodreads)

  20. Awesome blurb from an awesome author! I'm so excited for you! Also, I love Amber/Tara, and I'm so excited that she's an author now, too.

    And I already had KEEPER marked on Goodreads. :)

  21. I would love love to read them all!
    +1 added Keeper of the Lost Cities to my list on goodreads!
    +1 added Let the Sky Fall
    +1 added Island of Silence
    My goodreads:

  22. Amazing blurb! Congrats!
    I know I've already won one of your giveaways, but these are so cool!
    +1 I added Let the Sky Fall! I love the last line, about broken pasts and divisionary (dividing? divisible?) futures.


  23. You know I'm over-the-moon for you!!! And you won't be surprised to know that I've ALREADY marked every single one of those books as to-read. He he. Lisa McMann has always been on my list as awesome, but now I love her even more! :-)

  24. Awesome! Thanks and Congrats!
    +2 I added both of your books
    and both of Lisa's books

  25. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Congrats Shannon! Lisa is absolutely awesome! But...I want to read your book now! Can i? Do you think I'll be able to see a copy at the Bologna children book fair? (*I want a sneak peak*)

    AND....I've already added your books (Goodreds -> Lucia Pannacci)

  26. Great picture! I'd love to read this one, it sounds great. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  27. OMG Congrats! That is awsome, I cannot wait for all of these reads.

    +4 added all to Goodreads TBR

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  28. Whoa that was a great blurb! I cannot wait to read
    these especially Keeper!
    Unwanteds was so great I bought copies for xmas for the kids so seeing book two's cover on Goodreads! awesome sauce!

    Added all to Goodreads TBR

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  29. Very cool Shannon! I really can't wait to read your books. :)

  30. The only suffering I did at that event was due to the "secret sauce" on that chicken.

    KEEPER is the beginning of a great series, and I loved it!

  31. First of all...TARATARATARA!!!!!!! Ok, Buffy obsession satisfied.

    Holy Hell, I love me some Lisa McMann. I can't believe I didn't have those marked to read already so I fixed that. Already had your's marked, of course...hello? So, just hand over those books right

    Love you, girl! And congrats on one awesome blurb!!

  32. done i sent u a messaged u on good reads i put all the books to read and rated the ones i have read. thanks for this great contest.

  33. i marked them all to read but some i have all ready read so i rated them and ur books look good i marked them to read also

  34. One exciting first after another . . . congratulations!

    I already had your book marked "to read" on Goodreads, but am adding Lisa's too!

  35. Mega uber congrats!!!! So bloody excited.
    Marked them all TBR

    GFC: Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  36. That is one HECK of an endorsement! I was BLOWN AWAY by WAKE - I would totally be as stoked as you.

    I've added them all, +5 for me please!!!

  37. OOH! LOVE this giveaway!!
    And I thought Wake was fabulous.
    Added all 7 books as to read!

  38. Oh, I would just pass out! You must be OVER THE MOON!

    All four are on my bookshelf, though I already had yours down, so I'm not sure if old adds count.

    Countdown is ON. So excited to get reading!

  39. You can never have too many exclamation marks with something so amazing.



  40. Congrats on the blurb. So excited for you!

    I can't wait to read The Unwanteds too and Crash sounds good. Both are on my Goodreads list now and your two books already were.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. EEK on the awesome early blurb and EEK on your celebratory contest. Thanks, Shannon!

  42. That is a FABULOUS blurb!!!! I'm so excited for you! (And, of course, I have all of these marked as To Read!!) :)

  43. Thanks for the giveaway! Awesome blurb Congratulations!!

    +1 added Let the Sky Fall to my to-read list
    +1 added Crash to my to-read list
    +1 added Island of Silence to my to-read list
    +1 added Keeper of The Lost Cities to my to-read list

  44. Congratulations on your very first blurb for Keepers!
    I have to admit that I haven't had a chance to read any of Lisa McMann's books yet - so this contest is definately a way to remedy that (although even if I don't win, which - hello! what are my chances, having never won anything?? I will definately be checking her books out now!).

    Wishing you the best of luck and time management with all the impending deadlines!


  45. I LOVE Lisa McMann's books!!! So cool she did this.

    I added all to the my Goodreads "to-read" Here's the link to my profile

  46. How exciting! Did you get to know before hand who is blurbing the book, or is it a surprise to you, too?

    I makred them all as too-read. :]

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

  47. I have one blurb for my book - from the amazing Tony Abbott, author of The Secrets of Droon. My gratitude runs deep, too. But tell you what, Shannon, if you let me read your book, I'll give you a blurb! No one knows who I am yet, but they will! :)

    laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

  48. Awesome blurb! Your book is totally going to kick butt. :-D


  49. Congrats on your first blurb! :) :) I cannot wait for Keeper of the Lost Cities! *Counts Down Til Fall*

    I added all four (or rather added Crashed because I already had your 2 awesome sounding books and Island of Silence already)

  50. I added the four to my good reads. I have read Wake, I intend on reading the other books that follow it soon. Lisa is definitely a great authour. Your books sound awesome too.
    Thanks for the contest.


  51. Congrats! As a fellow McFanGirl, I'm dancing with you on that one!

  52. can't wait to read your books!!!

  53. yesssss i should have 5 entries

  54. What an awesome blurb! i would like to enter please :)


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