Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Upcoming Events!!!

Hey Guys!

Just a quick reminder about some awesome things happening this week--one of which is TONIGHT!


Mysterious Galaxy Signing & Panel 
Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302 
San Diego, CA 92111

858-268-4747
Yes--it's true. Mysterious Galaxy is hosting me again. And I'm SUPER excited for this one! I'll be speaking and signing along with my awesome agent-mate Chris Howard (ROOTLESS) and the lovely and talented Debra Driza (MILA 2.0). And Robin Benway will be hosting us as the moderator!!! Come hang out with us, I predict epicness. I mean, Chris has a British accent and Debra has pink in her hair--need I say more???



Torrance High School Author Fair
Friday, March 29th, 10:00 am
Torrance High School
Not sure if this is a private or public event--but either way, I'll be there, along with a bunch of amazing authors!



YAppiest Day On Earth
Saturday, March 30th, 8:00 am
DISNEYLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(If you can't tell, I'm excited about this one!!!)
Sixteen young adult authors will spend the day at Disneyland, hanging out with YOU. To participate, meet the authors inside the gates of Disneyland at 8:00 AM on March 30th. Or, if you can't make it to the park you can always join us at the book signing at 5:30 PM at the Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave. Those too far away to participate may order books to be autographed through Mysterious Galaxy’s website at http://mystgalaxy.com/. Participating authors include: Elise Allen, Carrie Arcos, Sean Beaudoin, Jennifer Bosworth, Martha Brockenbrough, Cecil Castellucci, Rachel Cohn, Kevin Emerson, Chris Howard, Lish McBride, Gretchen McNeil, Robin Mellom, Shannon Messenger, Cat Patrick, Kasie West, and Gabrielle Zevin. The day will be tweeted live by participating authors and fans, using the hashtag #YAPPIEST. For more details, go HERE.

Hope to see some of you guys there. If not, I'll try to tweet/FB/Instagram/Tumblr photos!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

MMGM Links (3/25/13)

Sorry guys--copyedits on LTSF 2 and 1st Pass on KEEPER 2 kinda killed my week (dual deadlines are intense). So alas, no MMGM today.

But before I get to the links, I have a winner to announce! The winner of DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE is...


Yay!!!! If that's you, please email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your address. 

Okay, on to the links!
- Annie McMahon is featuring two books this week: VIN AND THE DORKY DUET and DEWI AND THE SEEDS OF DOOM. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Shari Larsen is sharing her thoughts on... whoa... MY book. Click HERE to see her review of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES.    
- Dorine White is captivated by THE SILVER DOOR. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are championing THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIE--with a SIGNED book giveaway! Click HERE for all the details.
- Mark Baker is spreading the love for ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends EAT FRIED WORMS. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
- Jennifer Rumberger is caught up in DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is celebrating MIRAGE. Click HERE for her thoughts. 
- Barbara Watson has flutters for WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME--with an ARC Giveaway! Click HERE for details.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is cheering for THE TREEKEEPRS--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). 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!   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.   

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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bookanista Feature: Upcoming Reads!

Don't go into shock, but I actually have a Bookanista feature!!!!!

I know, I can't believe how long it's been. Between deadlines and travel I just don't have as much reading time as I'd like. BUT, I miss spreading book love. So I thought I'd take a few minutes today to give a quick shout-out to three books I'm SUPER exited about:

#1


17 & Gone, by Nova Ren Suma

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.




I have heard NOTHING but amazing things about this book and I am dying to read. THANKFULLY I don't have to wait much longer. It just released into the world on TODAY and my pre-ordered copy is on the way. Hurry up, UPS. *NEEDS*

#2
GOLDEN, by Jessi Kirby

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.


I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of GOLDEN at a SCIBA event Jessi and I did together last month, and have been desperate to find time to read ever since (stupid deadlines). But I will be reading SOON. Not only do I LOVE Jessi's other books, but, I mean, how  AWESOME does that description sound? 

#3
REBOOT, by Amy Tintera

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.


Yet another book I've heard nothing but amazing things about. And that description makes it sound SO COOL. I'm not usually a sci-fi thriller kind of girl, but this sounds right up my alley . I can't believe I have to wait all the way until May 7 to buy my copy. Le siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. 

What about you guys--any upcoming releases you're especially excited about?

Also, for more awesome book recommendations, be sure to check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:





Tracy Banghart revels in ROMEO REDEEMED by Stacey Jay

Corrine Jackson is redeemed by HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Jessica Love gets lost in TAKEN by Erin Bowman

Stasia Ward Kehoe connects writers with WriteOnCon



Monday, March 18, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey--plus a GIVEAWAY!

As I promised last week, I finally have an MMGM again!!!

In fact, today I'm hosting a stop on the Chronicles of Egg Blog Tour--something I *usually* don't do, since blog tours tend to require more organization and time than I have these days. (stupid deadlines!) But I met Geoff Rodkey last year at an amazing event called Tweens Read, and after seeing how hilarious he was--and hearing him talk about his awesome book (which I was dying to read)--I decided to take part, and I'm SO glad I did. It forced me to finally make time to read DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE and holy action-packed adventure, Batman!


Here's how the publisher describes it:
It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you. 
Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts. 
But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect. 
Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff 
Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy. 
Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
Sounds awesome, right? Well I can assure you, IT IS. But I won't ramble about it anymore than that because I actually have a guest post from the author himself to share with you guys as part of the tour. Plus I have an extra-fabulous 2-book giveaway below, so make sure you read until the end! And now, I'll let Geoff take it away!

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NOT FUNNY AT ALL: THE REAL HISTORY OF THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
The adventure-comedy-mystery-romance Deadweather and Sunrise takes place in an imagined universe that's loosely based on the world of the Caribbean Sea during what's known as the Golden Age of Piracy.

When I first had the idea that led to Deadweather and the rest of the Chronicles of Egg trilogy, I considered making it not-so-loosely based, and setting the story in the actual, historical Caribbean Sea circa 1700.

Then I did some research, and I quickly realized I had to make the whole thing up.

Because as romantic and entertaining as swashbuckling pirates and sun-drenched islands might seem from a distance, the truth is there was nothing romantic, and even less that was funny, about that entire era.

Take the pirates themselves. They weren't charming like Johnny Depp. And they didn't make people walk the plank. That actually would have been merciful. What real pirates liked to do was torture their victims using techniques like "woolding" -- which sounds pretty tame until you realize it refers to tying a knotted rope around someone's head and twisting it with a stick until the victim's eyes burst out of their skull.

Real pirates also liked to flog victims until their skin fell off, then dunk them in salt water. And they got a particular kick out of setting fire to people. But not the whole person. Just selected parts of their bodies. (Those parts? Yes. Those parts.)

And the truly amazing thing? A lot of these guys turned pirate after first getting press-ganged into the British Navy…and deciding life on a British naval ship was too violent for them.

Soooo…not exactly fertile ground for an adventure-comedy. Adventure, yes. Comedy? Not so much.

Although a lot of my research did find its way into the books. For example, the mountain made entirely of silver? That really existed. It was called Potosi, and at one point its riches were almost singlehandedly financing the entire Spanish Empire. Here's a picture:

The picture actually makes it look kind of charming. But it wasn't. No offense to the Spanish, but working the mine at Potosi was no picnic.

And if you look closely at the bottom left corner of the picture? I'm pretty sure that's a severed head. On a stick.

That didn't make it into the book, either.



Find Geoff Rodkey online 

Buy DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE:



***Please visit There's a Book
for the final stop on The Chronicles of Egg Blog Tour!.***

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Giveaway time!!!
(and dude--it's a seriously awesome giveaway)

One lucky winner will win a SIGNED paperback of THE CHRONICLES OF EGG: DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE *and* a SIGNED ARC of THE CHRONICLES OF EGG Book 2: NEW LANDS (which doesn't come out until May 2!) 

To enter simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm (pacific) on Sunday March 24th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Monday, March 25th. US and Canada residents only, please!
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And for more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out the other MMGM's floating around the blogosphere:
- Annie McMahon is featuring *blush* KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!! (That will never stop being surreal!). Click HERE to see what she thought.
 - Shari Larsen is awed by THE AGE OF MIRACLES. Click HERE to see why.   
- Andrea Mack has chills for THE GRAVEROBBER'S APPRENTICE. Click HERE for her review.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends A HOUSE CALLED AWFUL END. Click HERE to see what that's all about.   
- Susan Olson is spreading the love for BESWITCHED. Click HERE to learn more 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is also featuring DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.  
- Katie Fitzgerald is cheering for LATASHA AND THE KIDD ON KEYS. Click HERE for her review. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is celebrating PLASTIC POLLY--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details 
- Dorine White is singing praises for MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). 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!   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.    
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.       

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