Monday, April 30, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Twice Upon A Time, by James Riley--and a GIVEAWAY!

Don't go into shock--but I actually have another MMGM for you guys this week!!!!

It's for a book I've actually been waiting to feature for a while now because I wanted to champion it closer to release. Only problem was... I kinda wrote the release date down wrong, so uh... it came out last week. BUT THAT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD THING BECAUSE I HAVE AN EVEN BETTER PRIZE FOR YOU NOW!!!

But we'll get to that in a second. First I need to gush about the awesomeness of TWICE UPON A TIME, by James Riley:


Here's how the publisher describes it:

Pirates and mermaids face off in this fractured-fairy tale sequel to Half Upon a Time!

Jack and May are back for another adventure in the world of fairy tales with a twist. Now that they know about May’s grandmother’s real intentions, they’re on the hunt to learn May’s true identity. The search for answers leads Jack and May to the world of the Sea King, where they land right in the center of a battle between mermaids and the Pirate Bluebeard. The laughter and action are as nonstop as ever in this next book from new author James Riley!


So, like the description says, this book is a sequel to the hilariously awesome HALF UPON A TIME (which I have gushed about HERE). And since that book kinda ends on a ginormous cliffhanger, I was pretty darn desperate to get my hands on an early copy. Especially when I saw the cover--I mean, do you get more win than that? 

Anyway, I of course ran straight to my email and did my usual begging and pleading and promising of first born children (pretty sure I owe kids to about 20 people at this point) and S&S was awesome enough to send me an ARC--which I may or may not have squealed over when it arrived. And of course I started reading right away.

See, in my opinion there's a right way and a wrong way to fracture fairy-tales, and James Riley is all kinds of right. Not to mention hilarious. No really, it's laugh out loud funny--and not the polite chuckle kind of laughs. Deep, snorty belly laughs (yeah... I don't read his books in public for that very reason). 

I wish I could tell you more about it, but the hard part about featuring sequels is not spoiling book 1 for those who haven't read. So I'm just going to say: read it. Trust me. It's on sale now--get thee to the book store! 

Or... try to win a copy here. Remember how I promised an awesome prize at the beginning? I was not exaggerating! I'm giving away not just a SIGNED hardcover of TWICE UPON A TIME--but a SIGNED paperback of  HALF UPON A TIME. Two amazing signed books for one lucky winner. You KNOW you want it to be you!

To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, May 5th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, May 6th. International entries welcome.

And for more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- The Mundie Moms are now part of the MMGM fun (eee!). 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!  
- Gina Carey is wondering at WONDER. Click HERE to see why she thinks you'll be moved too.   
- Joanne Fritz has an exclusive interview with author Jerry Spinelli--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to read more.   
- Barbara Watson is highlighting GLORY BE, with an author interview--and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.
- Michelle Isenhoff is raving about one of her childhood favorites: THE BLACK STALLION. Click HERE to learn why she still loves this classic!
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are marveling at PERFECTLY PERILOUS MATH--with an interview. Click HERE for all the fun.  
 - Gabrielle Prendergast is gushing about OUT ON A LIMB.  Click HERE to see why she loved it.
- Andrea Mack is cheering for a slightly younger middle grade, CINDERELLA (AS IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW THE STORY). Click HERE to learn why.  
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is highlighting AMAZON: AN ULTIMATE ADVENTURE NOVEL. Click HERE to see what he thought of it. 
- Riv Re joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE DRAGON'S TOOTH. Click HERE to welcome her to the group!  
- Chelanne Green is celebrating 11 BIRTHDAYS. Click HERE to see why.  
- Laurisa Reyes is swooning over SHADOWS IN FLIGHT. Click HERE to see why she loved it 
- Rosi Hollinbeck also joins the MMGM fun with a feature on NO-NAME BABY--with a giveaway! Click HERE for all the details.
- Julie from "That's Swell" is back with a feature on THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST. Click HERE to see what she thinks!   


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 I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!



*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 posts 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 ahead of time.

37 comments:

  1. These books sound like so much fun, Shannon! Thanks for featuring them -- and thanks for all the work you do every week for MMGM.

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  2. *Hands waving wildly* Pick me! Pick me! : )

    Shannon, thanks for always featuring such awesome books. The cover for Twice Upon A Time is great. Can't wait to read it.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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  3. Another great contest! Thanks Shannon!

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  4. Wow! So many great links today, and Twice Upon A Time sounds amazing :) Yay for MMGM :)

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  5. Ohh! Yes, I want to win these books. <3 Thank you so much for the chance :D *Fingers crossed.* <3 :)
    Love, Carina

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  6. May the contest Gods be kind...

    MMGM seems to have gone into overdrive this week!! Yay, MMGMers, old and new!!!!

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  7. I haven't read a good MG in a while. This sounds right up my alley. Thanks, Shannon!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  9. Ha! This looks so cute. I love fairy tale retellings, thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Sounds awesome! I wanna win!

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  11. I have a history of either loving or hating fractured fairy tales, with no middle gears. So I'm very interested in these books. :D

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  12. These books look terrific! Thanks for running the contest and for adding my blog to your list.

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  13. Both of these books sound absolutely wonderful! Thanks :)

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  14. This sounds so awesome! I love fractured fairy tales!!! Sign me up!

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  15. This sounds like an awesome series. I look forward to reading it.

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  16. These books just sound so cute!I'd love to give them a try!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! They sound perfect for my daughter and her friends. And congrats on getting out an MMGM post AND staying up all night to finish your second book!

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  18. Yay for finished books!! THE END.

    You always have the awesomest of awesome giveaways, #1. I wants. Count me in. :)

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  19. Looks like another fabulous MG read! Thanks for letting us know about it!

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  20. These sound great. Thanks for introducing me to more fun books, I'd love to be entered to win these.

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  21. These sound fun and must buys for my grandsons.

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  22. This book looks like pretty much the cutest, most awesome thing ever! I hadn't heard of it before now!

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  23. Looks like a fun book. Thanks for including me this week. I hope I can make it in as a regular. :)

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  24. Pirates and mermaids and funny? Yes, please!

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  25. This is almost too good a prize. Thanks Shannon, I'll try no to read them in public either. *Snort!*

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  26. Yep, I'd love to win these. You know I blog about them later. How did you find time to do an MMG when you finished Keeper two? Congrats, Shannon!

    Hope I didn't spoil anything.

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  27. The books sound awesome; I'd love to win them!

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  28. I love the sound of these books! Thanks for the chance to win ;)

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  29. This sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win! (and YAY! for two MMGMs in a row) :-)

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  30. Wow! Sounds like a great little series. I know I would enjoy them, and I guess I could share them with my kids too! :)

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  31. The book sounds hilarious. And it's great to see MMGM growing so fast. Hard to keep up with all these links!

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  32. Such a fabulous giveaway. Both books would be most welcome.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. These sound like great books. I haven't read either yet. What a cool giveaway!

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  34. Would love to win these books. Always looking for great reads for my grand kids.

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