Wednesday, May 30, 2012

THE COVER THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!!!!

I hope you guys can handle posts with excessive amounts of all-caps and exclamation marks (and nerdy wind puns in the title) BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF THEM IN HERE!!!!

The amazing team at S&S have truly outdone themselves with this cover and I am SO EXCITED that I can finally share it with you!

LOOK!!!!! 

(WARNING: You *might* drool.)


Holy Hotness, RIGHT????

I could go on and on about how much I love it and why I love it and how this gorgeousness came to be. But if you guys are anything like me, you're probably too busy staring at the shiny to bother reading any of that right now.

*stares*

*stares more*

So for now, I'll leave you with the jacket copy (in case you're curious about who the smexy falling couple is): 
Vane Weston should have died in the category five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past—except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She's swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.  
Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.  
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, they start to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.  
And if that sounds like something you'd want to read (or you just like making nerdy authors happy):

- You can add it to your Goodreads shelves HERE

- Or you can "like" it on Facebook HERE.

(Remember, every time you do either of those things HOT GUYS--OR GIRLS--FALL FROM THE SKY AND TELL YOU HOW AWESOME YOU ARE!!!!! #justsayin)

*goes back to staring at the precious*

(Also, if you're noticing the Becca blurb, yes--I announced that yesterday (along with the other blurb)! And I have a contest to celebrate. Go HERE to enter)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LET THE SKY FALL has been blurbed--twice!!! (And a celebratory contest!)

Since I'm revealing the cover for LET THE SKY FALL tomorrow (yes--TOMORROW!!!!) I wanted to use today to share the amazing blurbs its gotten, since one of them is on there and I don't want it getting overlooked as you're all staring at the HOTNESS. (of which, there is a LOT)

I have to say, these blurbs are especially meaningful to me--and not just because the authors are hugely successful authors (though they are) or because they described my book exactly the way I'd hoped people would (though they did).

See ... the thing is, I've been EXTRA nervous about LET THE SKY FALL.

Not only is it my "accidental YA"--and a story I never thought I'd have the writing chops to pull off--but it's also the most personal book I've ever written. Sure, it's about two teenagers who control the wind--but beyond that, there's a whole lot of Shannon in there.

The setting is the area I grew up in, and there are so many moments and details and references that I ripped straight out of my own life. And even though 99.9% of readers won't know that or be able to recognize those things, *I* know they're there. So letting people read this book feels very exposing,

So when my manuscript went out to these amazing ladies there was an even bigger moment of, Oh-Holy-Crap-What-If-They-Hate-It-PANIC!!!

And there were MANY stunned-happy tears when these blurbs arrived:


"Charged and romantic—a whirlwind of a love story.” 
—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush Saga



"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic, Shannon Messenger's YA debut dazzles.” 
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally



 *sniffles*

*sniffles more*

Becca and Kiersten--if you're reading this--THANK YOU for taking the time to read my book and for liking it enough to blurb it. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to properly express how much it means to me!

And to celebrate, I'm giving away a some of these ladies' amazing books! 

But I'm doing things a *little* differently this time, since I know a lot of you probably own some of their books already. The winner will get TWO BOOKS--one by each author. But they'll get to CHOOSE which books they want:

For Becca Fitzpatck, you can pick from:
*If you choose FINALE, your prize will be a pre-order, not an ARC

For Kiersten White you can pick from:
*If you choose ENDLESSLY, you prize will be a pre-order, not an ARC


To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Saturday, June 2nd.* International entries welcome.


And remember, you'll win one book by each author if you're chosen, so make sure you let me know in your comment which one you would want from each list. (Does that make sense? I hope so. If not, ask away in the comments)


*Sorry, I won't be able to email the winner to let them know they won. Not only do I not have time to do that anymore, but I'll be out of town for BEA that week and with limited access to internet. So I *highly* recommend you follow my blog in some way/form so that you won't miss the "winner" post and have me give your prize to someone else--but its up to you! That's not a requirement!


Ready? 

Go!

AND DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE SHINY COVER REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

FINALLY--A KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES ARC CONTEST!!!!!!

So... Blogger--in ALL of it's awesomeness--decided to make my post for this magically disappear. (*grumbles inappropriate words*) BUT DON'T WORRY!!!! It does have a record of all of your comments and I'll be pasting all of them in as soon as this post goest live. Basically I'm rebuilding what I lost so everything will be okay! 

But if you're worried, check back in about an hour and make sure your entry is there--and if not, enter again. SORRY!


**UPDATE**All comments SHOULD be in there now (and I was VERY careful to enter them in the same order.) So we should be back to where we started before blogger decided to be a pain. If you don't see yours, enter again. And if you haven't entered yet, new entries are totally still welcome!**
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Okay, I'll confess--this post is both exciting AND terrifying. I've done a zillion ARC giveaways on my blog--but I've never done one for MY book!  There's a surreal sort of giddy panic that goes along with that!

I mean ... the winners will be able to READ MY BOOK!!!!! I don't even know how to wrap my head around that!

But Shannon-Panicking aside, I've been promising an Epic ARC contest for a while and you guys have been wonderfully patient with me. So it's time to be a girl of my word. And I promised the contest would be EPIC, so I'm giving away not one--not two--but THREE ARCs of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES.

Aren't they PRETTY?



























I'll even sign and doodle in them if you want--'cause, yanno, that'll make them worth... well... nothing. BUT YOU CAN PRETEND THEY'RE WORTH SOMETHING. ;)

Here's how this works:

If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st. I'll draw THREE random winners and post their names on Saturday, June 2nd. Winners will then have one week to contact me, and if I haven't heard from them by Saturday, June 9th I'll pick replacement winners. International entries welcome.

(And sorry, I won't be able to email the winners to let them know they won. Not only do I not have time to do that anymore, but I'll be out of town for BEA that week and with limited access to internet. So I *highly* recommend you follow my blog in some way/form so that you won't miss the "winners" post and lose your prize--but its up to you! That's not a requirement!)

That's it--that's all you have to do. I wanted to make the contest simple and easy without a lot of hoop jumping and plastering my cover all over avatars and whatnot (though I'm certainly not going to stop you from doing that) ;)

HOWEVER, I realize that some of you might be fairly excited about this prize (and if you are, have I told you lately that I love you?). In which case those people *might* want a way to get some extra entries and improve their chances. SO, I'll give one extra entry for any of the following:

+ 1 if you add KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES to your Goodreads lists
+ 1 if you add LET THE SKY FALL to your Goodreads lists
(poor LTSF gets sad when KEEPER gets all the attention, so you'd make it very happy)
+ 1 if you "like" KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES on Facebook
+ if you "like" my new Shannon Messenger Author page on Facebook 
(even though that feels like a weird thing to ask people to do. Like me! Like me! *sigh*)
+ 1 if you tweet a link to this contest
+ 1 if you post a link on Facebook about this contest

So, if you did ALL of those things that would mean that you could have a maximum of 7 entries total (since you get one entry just for commenting). Just let me know what you did in your comment so I can tally your entries accordingly.

And... I think that's everything. But if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments.

Ready?

Set?

GO!!!!!!!!

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead--and a giveaway!

I've been on a reading spree, trying to prepare for some of the panels I'm doing when I'm in NY next week (which, btw, if you're in the area and want to stop by, you can find my schedule HERE). So I actually have an MMGM for you guys--for a book I've been meaning to read for AGES. WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead.


Here's how the publisher describes it:

This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.


Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal
Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction & Poetry
2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner

I'm sure all those shiny awards do a far better job of recommending this book than I'm going to--clearly lots and lots of people agree with me about its general amazingness. Which is of course why I'd bought myself a copy and added it to my TBR pile, where it has sat gathering dust for at least a year. (#Shannonfail)

The main reason for that was simply time. It's been a crazy hectic year.

I will, however, admit that I'm sometimes a wee bit reluctant to read Newbery winners--for two reasons:
  • a large percentage of them tend to be quite sad and often contain lots of pets (or friends, or family members) dying. Not that I don't love a book that makes me feel--but sometimes it's hard not to think: but I don't wanna cry today.
  • the writing is--of course--top-notch and therefore makes me feel like the resident Queen of Hacksville, which is NOT necessarily the best frame of mind to be in whilst drafting books of my own
BUT, when I found out I was going to be on a panel with the amazing Rebecca Stead I decided it was high time I dig out my copy and be one of the last people to discover how great WHEN YOU REACH ME is for myself. And yet even going in with incredibly high expectations (and a handy box of tissues for the sad scenes I was sure were inevitable) I was still completely blown away by how much I enjoyed it.

The writing--as expected--was completely amazing. I LOVED her use of details. How she focused on the small moments and feelings and thoughts and stayed so true to how kids see the world. The voice was so real and honest--but also incredibly unique. There are very few books that pull off addressing an unspecified "you" without feeling gimmicky or distracting. But the device works perfectly in this book, and adds such an interesting element of mystery, making the reader desperate to know who "you" is.

Bonus: IT DIDN'T MAKE ME CRY!!!! There was no adorable puppy that saved a main character's life and then got bit by a raccoon and had to be taken out back and bludgeoned to death to save it from rabies (or any of the other gut-wrenching tropes that break my heart in Newbery books). It even made me smile!

Basically, it was refreshingly unexpected. Special and honest and real and sweet--and while the writing did of course make me wonder why I don't just throw my laptop off a bridge and give up now, I also thoroughly enjoyed every word and I have a feeling you guys will do the same.

Which is why I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Saturday, June 2nd.* International entries welcome.

(And sorry, I won't be able to email the winners to let them know they won. Not only do I not have time to do that anymore, but I'll be out of town for BEA that week and with limited access to internet. So I *highly* recommend you follow my blog in some way/form so that you won't miss the "winners" post and lose your prize--but its up to you! That's not a requirement!)

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- The amazing Myrna Foster is featuring KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES (**OMG, THE FIRST MMGM FOR MY BOOK!!! FLAILS**) with an AMAZING giveaway (seriously, I wish I could win!) Click HERE for all the details on that. (EEP!)
- 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!    
- Author Claire Legrand joins the MMGM fun with an awesome new series called Middle Grade Memories. Click HERE to see author Adam-Troy Castro discuss a book he loved growing up--with a GIVEAWAY! 
- Barbara Watson has WAR AND WATERMELON on her mind! Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are spotlighting WE WERE HEROES: THE JOURNAL OF SCOTT PENDLETON COLLINS. Click HERE to learn more about it..  
- Michelle Isenhoff is cheering for THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE. Click HERE to see why she loves it!
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Alison Jackson--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details 
- Natalie Lorenzi is interviewing author Wendy Shang. Click HERE for all the fun!    
- Gina Carey is sweet for CLARA LEE AND THE APPLE PIE DREAM. Click HERE to see why she thinks you'll be, too.  
- Dorine White is enchanted by THE SERPENT'S SHADOW. Click HERE to see what she loved.


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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gustav Gloom Winner

Hey guys!

Sorry this is late--been a VERY busy weekend. But, like I seem to keep saying these days, better late than never, right?

So without further ado. the winner of the ARC of GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE TAKER, by Adam-Troy Castro is...


Yay!

*tosses confetti*

If that's you, please email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address so I can arrange to have your prize sent to you!

Also, if you're wondering if there will be a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday this week--what with the holiday and all--the answer is YES! There will be, So if you're going to participate feel free to email me your links so I can add you to the list!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bookanista Review: SURRENDER, by Elana Johnson--and an ARC Giveaway!

Don't go into shock--but I actually have Bookanista Review for you guys this week!!!! (I know, I've been so remiss. Curse KEEPER 2 for eating up all my reading time! *shakes fist*)

Anyway, I'm back just in time to feature a book I was lucky enough to read an early version of quite some time ago (so I didn't have to wait to know what happened like you all did--neener neener!) SURRENDER, by the ever-fabulous Elana Johnson.


Here's how the publisher describes the story:

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...


I'll confess, I'm going to have to keep this review short--NOT because I don't want to gush endlessly about the book. But because it's SO HARD to talk about a second book--especially THIS second book--without totally spoiling the first book for people. And if you haven't read POSSESSION you DO NOT want me to spoil that for you. Trust me on that!

So all I'm going to say is, if you're already a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed. (Even by the fact that its told from the POV of new characters, I promise!) Elana brings back everything you loved about POSSESSION and then takes it all to the next level. (And as someone who is currently still waging war on her own sequel, I'm even MORE impressed with the way Elana did it. It's NOT an easy thing to do. ) And if you haven't tried this series yet, get thee to the bookstore or library--stat! If you need more convincing, I've gushed about POSSESSION HERE.) 

I really wish I could say more, but seriously, I don't want to ruin anything. But I'll make up for the vague review with an awesome giveaway. I happen to have an ARC of SURRENDER, and I'm giving it away to one of you!!!!

And to make things a bit more fun this time, the Lovely Elana (seriously, check out the hawtness in her new author photo below) has turned this contest into a game. She's given me two truths and a lie, and to enter you need to leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st, and in that comment you must guess which one is the lie (getting the answer right isn't required for winning, though I must say, Elana made this fairly easy on you guys!)


Two Truths and a Lie--Guess which is which!

1. One idea I had for this second book was to have Jag Barque’s son narrate.

2. SURRENDER took 25 days to write.

3. There is no kissing in this book.




I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Saturday, June 2nd. That's it--that's all there is to it. Though I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :) 

Ready? 

GO!

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:



Stasia Ward Kehoe unearths “shadowy” YA titles


LiLa Roecker interviews an actual Young Adult


Jessica Love is all about IN HONOR


Christine Fonseca interviews author Jo Ramsey

Monday, May 21, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Gustav Gloom and the People Taker, by Adam-Troy Castro

**NOTE: THIS POST IS A RE-POST**
Somehow blogger has deleted the original from my feed so I'm reposting it now and I will try to go back and re-enter in the comments. The contest included in this post has already been closed and is not accepting new entries!
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Yay--it's time for another MMGM (my favorite blogging day of the week!). 

And this week I have something EXTRA special for you because the AWESOME Claire Legrand--whose upcoming middle grade THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS is at the top of my WANT TO READ list--is taking over my blog with an awesome feature, an awesome interview, and an even more awesome ARC giveaway. 

And now that I've THOROUGHLY abused the word "awesome", I'll let Claire take it away from here:

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Hello, MMGMers! My name is Claire Legrand, and our lovely host Shannon has graciously allowed me to do a MMGM guest post for today. My debut middle grade novel, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, comes out August 28 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers!

My MMGM book is Gustav Gloom and the People Taker, by Adam-Troy Castro.


This book is the first in a series, and I just LOVED it! I’ve written up my review below, followed by a brief interview with the author and an ARC giveaway! But first, check out the summary from Goodreads:
Enter an exciting new world of shadows from Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro. Meet Gustav Gloom. 
Fernie What finds herself lost in the Gloom mansion after her cat appears to have been chased there by its own shadow. Fernie discovers a library full of every book that was never written, a gallery of statues that are just plain awkward, and finds herself at dinner watching her own shadow take part in the feast! 
Along the way Fernie is chased by the People Taker who is determined to take her to the Shadow Country. It's up to Fernie and Gustav to stop the People Taker before he takes Fernie's family. 
Featuring a unique cover and beautifully dark full-page illustrations by Kristen Margiotta, Gustav Gloom is sure to be a hit with fans who love a little darkness in their lives.

As you might have guessed if you know anything about my book The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, I am a huge fan of dark, creepy stories—especially when they have a bit of humor and heart mixed in! I was therefore tremendously excited to read Gustav Gloom, and it did not disappoint!

The whole concept here—that shadows have lives of their own, and really an entire land of their own, called the Shadow Country—is just plain fun. It also makes for a seriously creepy atmosphere once Fernie, one of the main characters, enters the Gloom house. Everything is dark, twisty-turny, and—of course—full of shadows, all with their own distinct personalities. The Gloom house is unpredictable and seemingly never-ending; it’s one of only a few shadow houses in the world, after all, so lots of shadows have to fit inside: shadow food, shadow furniture, the shadows of books that were never written, even dinosaur shadows!

The world Castro created in Gustav Gloom has infinite possibilities. The hissing, super-creepy People Taker is a bad guy, yes, but he obviously works for something even more big and bad, and I can’t wait until—hopefully?—Gustav and Fernie venture into the Shadow Country to confront the greater evil there. Oh, and speaking of evil, let me just say that I LOVED the Beast, probably the most terrifying thing in the Gloom house—even more so than the People Taker! I won’t say more about the Beast here and ruin the surprise, but be prepared to shiver!

With a wildly imaginative setting, dry humor and language reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket, and a truly touching friendship between our two heroes Gustav and Fernie, Gustav Gloom and the People Taker is a satisfying start to what is sure to be a creepalicious adventure of a series!

Interview with author Adam-Troy Castro:


CL: You've written science fiction, fantasy, and horror for adults. What made you want to write a middle grade series? 

ATC: It was always something I wanted to try, at some point. I conceive the story first and then worry about the genre. In the case of Gustav, I was invited to try a middle-grade book by an editor other than the one who eventually snagged him; various boring reasons led to that falling through before more than a chapter or so was written, but a differently-discerning heads prevailed elsewhere, and I've been running around the Gloom house ever since.


CL: What is your favorite thing about writing middle grade compared to writing for adults? 


ATC: Although the Gustav books have more than their share of terror, danger, and strong emotions, the one element that has never been in my repertoire before and that I find I deeply enjoy bringing to these books is innocence. My viewpoint character Fernie What is old enough and smart enough to be fully aware that the Gloom house is not part of the real world she's grown up, but she is able to take much of what she sees in stride, in a way that many adults would not.

CL: What are some of your favorite middle grade books? Did any in particular inspire you while writing GUSTAV GLOOM? 

ATC: Well, there's Tom Sawyer, of course...and its sequel Tom Sawyer Abroad. (I don't count the interim book, Huckleberry Finn, as specifically "for kids.") I am a stone Harry Potter fan and indeed wrote a book analyzing the series. I am also a fan of Robert Cormier, though his stuff was young-adult and not middle school. As a kid, I was deeply, deeply in love with Hugh Lofting's Doctor Doolittle volumes. It, and more adult influences than I can name, all went into the stew that resulted in Gustav.

CL: I loved the Gloom House. There are so many awesome rooms and I get the feeling that there is much, much more to see! What is your personal favorite room? (I loved the Too Much Sitting Room -- such a creepy idea!) 

ATC: The Too-Much Sitting Room is one of my personal favorites as well. There's lots of interesting rooms coming up, including a place introduced in Book 2 that is anything but creepy, and a set of stairs in Book 3 that doesn't lead anywhere you would expect. Starting in Book 4, the stakes are raised and the settings become stranger. Wait ’til you see.

CL: What does your shadow like to do in his spare time? (Mine likes to raid the refrigerator's shadow.) 

ATC: Mine plays the accordion and tap-dances through the house, playing "Lady Of Spain." If you have any clues how I can get him to stop. It's distracting. 


Bio (from website)

Adam-Troy Castro's twenty-five books include the Philip K. Dick Award winning Emissaries From the Dead, first of three featuring the brilliant and tormented trouble-shooter, Andrea Cort. His short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas. Adam's next major project is a series of middle-grade novels featuring a very strange young boy named Gustav Gloom. The first of these is Gustav Gloom and the People Taker, set for release from Grossett and Dunlap in August 2012. Adam lives in Miami with his wife Judi and a trio of insane cats who include Uma Furman, Meow Farrow and Harley Quinn.
website | goodreads | facebook

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Ooo, this one sounds REALLY cool. Thanks so much for pointing it out, Claire!

And as promised, Claire has been generous enough to give away her ARC to one of you guys (even though I kind of want to rig the contest and win it myself. I won't. But I'm tempted!) 

To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, May 26th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, May 27th. International entries welcome. (and while following my blog is not a requirement, I do recommend it, since I don't email winners. So make sure you don't miss the post and lose out on your prize!)

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!    
- Barbara Watson is wondering at WONDER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are championing the GIRLS' GHOST HUNTING GUIDE. Click HERE to learn all the reasons Meyrick loved it.   
- Tricia Conway is raving about A MONSTER CALLS. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Steven Peck--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details 
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing Marissa Burt and GIVING AWAY a copy of STORYBOUND.  Click HERE to check it out.  
- Susan Olson has two more recommendations for you this week: 11 BIRTHDAYS and REAL.  Click HERE to see more.   
- Jennifer Rumberger is in love with MR. AND MRS. BUNNY. Click HERE to see why 
- Michelle Isenhoff is caught up in HOW TO SLAY A DRAGON. Click HERE to learn more about it. 
- Dorine White is more than just okay with OKAY FOR NOW.  Click HERE to see what she loved.


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.