Friday, January 4, 2013

Shannon's Back (and other--more exciting--things!)

I've promised myself I'm going to TRY and be better about blogging--especially when it comes to keeping you guys updated about things. I know I won't be able to blog every day, but I'm planning to have a few MMGMs again (in fact, I have an awesome one planned for this coming Monday!) and I'll have the links again no matter what. And then I'm going to TRY and post at least once more each week--though we'll see how it goes. My Jan is intense. But I miss you guys!!!

Today my brain is too fried for an actual intelligent post (I did that yesterday). So I thought I'd update you on a few things.

First and foremost, TODAY I WILL BE TURNING IN LET THE SKY FALL #2!!!! In fact, I may have already done it by the time you're reading this.  I AM OUT OF THE DEADLINE CAVE!!!! For... about a week. Then I'm back with a vengeance. But still--milestone = CROSSED!!!

Second, I am SO super excited to share this AMAZING review from the School Library Journal for KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!!!!

This debut novel is a powerful and appealing package of skillful world-building, fantasy, suspense, mystery, and middle-school relationships. Sophie Foster, a friendless 12-year-old high school senior with a photographic memory, is plagued by the hubbub of other people’s thoughts in her brain. She has always known that she is different, but her life changes profoundly when she learns that she is an elf with telepathic and other magical abilities. She is transported away from her human family forever to the elvin world, where the Lost Cities (Atlantis, Shangri-la, etc.) exist and extinct animals are thriving. As Sophie starts at her new school, her concerns about friendships, midterms, crushes, and grades in subjects such as “the Universe,” “elementalism,” and “alchemy” will hook readers. While navigating her new life, Sophie must solve two mysteries: First, who is setting all those magical-seeming fires in the human world? And second, who could be leaving items in her locker that repeatedly put her in serious danger? The more she learns, the more her memories return, uncovering secrets about her past. The suspenseful climax leads to a satisfying resolution, although Messenger leaves just enough threads hanging for a possible sequel. A slew of interesting and well-drawn characters, careful plotting, and just plain good storytelling will have readers racing through the pages.–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
*sniffles* I'm telling you, it's taking everything in me not to fly to NY and hug her!!!  

I've also updated my Appearances page with a few of the awesome things I have coming up--and check back often because I have a bunch more things I'm still in the process of finalizing!


And the title.

And the back blurb so you'll actually get a few clues about the plot. 

ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM???? Cause seriously, I can't WAIT. I have it all scheduled up for Tuesday so make sure you stop by. I hate to say this, because I love my cover for KEEPER so very much. But honestly? I think KEEPER 2 is even better. For realz. Can't wait to share.

And... that's it for now. I need to get back to my final read-through on LTSF #2 so I can turn it in. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!!


  1. OMG!! YEESSSS! I cannot wait for the cover of Keeper 2 :D:D:D Dying for that book. <3 Sigh. Want want want. Keeper of the Lost Cities was so amazing :) I need to sequel. AND THE BACK BLURB! Ahhhh. Cannot wait! :D Oh. Super, super excited. Thank you Shannon :) You are amazing. <3
    Love, Carina

  2. GAHHH!!! That is exciting!!! I'm happy for you!!! I think it's safe to say that LTSF #2 has taken over your life up until now!!! I can't wait to see the cover, title, and blurb of Keeper #2!!! CONGRATS ON ANOTHER PRETTY COVER!!! :)

  3. Awesome you're going to try to blog more this year. I've missed your MMGM reviews. And can't wait to see the new cover. Happy New Year!

  4. Wonderful news, can't wait to see the cover and the back blurb....ahhh the news can't get better then that.

  5. I'm flailing for you! For LTSF2 AND Keeper 2! EEEEEP!

    I'm glad you'll be blogging more, I've missed your updates. ALthough I clearly understand that you are in the writing cave of doom.

  6. SO happy you are OUT of the deadline cave! It's a good feeling. I just ordered KEEPER for lit circles in my middle school LA classes! I've taught high school for a decade and am now teaching 6-8th grade. IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD! Very thankful for new and exciting MG books! Definitely look forward to your posts/giveaways :-)

  7. Serously awesome SLJ review - big congrats!!!

  8. Excited about the reveal too. Congrats on such a positive review and getting Let the Sky fall 2 done.