Monday, June 30, 2014

MMGM Links (6/30/14)

Just got home from ALA (sooooooo much fun--but SOOOOOO tired!) so alas, another week with no MMGM shout-out. But once again, I do have the links!
- Reader Noir joins the MMGM fun,with a feature on ONE WISH. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Andrea Mack is spreading some love for THE 14 FIBS OF GREGORY K.  Click HERE to see her review.  
- The B.O.B. is feeling friendly for THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL. Click HERE to see the rest of the fun. 
- Michelle Isenhoff has chills for THE CURSE AT ZALA MANOR. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting FRANCIS SCOTT KEY'S STAR SPANGLED BANNER. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Jenni Enzor is interviewing author S.A.M. Posey, author of THE LAST STATION MASTER. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is CHASING THE MILKY WAY.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon is spotlighting ETHEL IS HOT, LOL. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Dorine White is highlighting NORTHWOOD. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--FAKE ID. Click HERE to check it out.
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- 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! 



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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*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 reviews 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. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

MMGM Links (6/23/14)

I'm teaching a writing class at a local bookstore this evening (LA Peeps, feel free to join us at Once Upon a Time at 6pm) so prepping for that took up all of my MMGM shout-out time. But I DID put together links so...viola!
- Camp Half-Blood Reviews join the MMGM fun, and this week Xander is gushing about JANITORS. Click HERE to see what he thought, and welcome them to the group! 
- Birdie Reader is singing praises for WHEN DOGS BLOG. Click HERE to see why.  
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting WHAT THE MOON SAID. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jess at Reading Nook is in love with TESLA'S ATTIC. Click HERE to see her review.
- The B.O.B. has part two of their SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL post. Click HERE to see the rest of the fun. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is spreading some love for THE JULIAN CHAPTER: A WONDER STORY. Click HERE to see her review.
- Michelle Isenhoff is showcasing THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Mason is caught up in the EYE OF THE STORM . Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is enchanted with THE ENCHANTED FOREST. Click HERE to see her spotlight.  
- Jenni Enzor is shouting at the wind for ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shout out to THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Sher A. Hart has a fun conversation between the author of DIEGO'S DRAGON, and his main character. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Susan Olson has chills for THE FLOOD DISASTER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is exploring THE CATACOMBS OF VANAHEIM. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--SCREAMING AT THE UMP. Click HERE to check it out.
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*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 reviews 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. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

MMGM Links (6/16/14)

It's been a CRAZY few days, so I didn't have a chance to put together an MMGM shoutout. But I'll try to get back on track next week. In the meantime, I still made links!

- Ali Cross joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE DREAM KEEPER. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
 - Claire Caterer is feeling the magic of SPELLBOUND. Click HERE to see why.
- The B.O.B. also joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Click HERE to see what she thinks. 
- Mark Baker is cheering for KINGDOM KEEPERS VII: THE INSIDER OF RIDLEY. Click HERE to see his review.
- Michelle Isenhoff is championing THE SWIFT. Click HERE to see why. 
 - Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is raving about HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting WABI: A HERO'S TALE. Click HERE to see her spotlight.  
- Greg Pattridge is spreading some love for MIDDLE SCHOOL: HOW I SURVIVED BULLIES, BROCCOLI, & SNAKE HILL.  Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--WISH YOU WEREN'T. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*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 reviews 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. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

MMGM Shoutout: The Charmed Life Series, by Lisa Schroeder (plus the 6/9/14 links)

Just got back from a crazy-awesome weekend at Phoenix Comicon, but I'm hoping I have enough brainpower left to put together another MMGM shoutout. This week it's for a new series that just launched that I am SO EXCITED about: The Charmed Life series, by Lisa Schroeder.


Books one and two (CAITLIN'S LUCKY CHARM and MIA'S GOLDEN BIRD) just came out a couple of weeks ago (how cool is it that they came out the same day?) And while I haven't had a chance to read them yet, I am DYING to. I love Lisa's other middle grade books (well, actually, I love ALL her books, both middle grade and YA) so I have no doubt these will be just as amazing. Especially when you consider that the basic concept of the series is a sort of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" but with a charm bracelet connecting the girls instead. LOVE.

If you'd like to know more about the books, or want to add them to your goodreads shelves, you can do that HERE and HERE.

And now, on to the links!
- Jess at Reading Nook has a review and a GIVEAWAY for THE EIGHTH DAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Sher A. Heart is caught up in 30 DAYS OF NO GOSSIP. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for THE FALSE PRINCE. Click HERE to see her spotlight.  
- Jennifer at 5 Minutes For Books is highlighting HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Olson is feeling the magic of MY FAIR GODMOTHER. Click HERE to see why. 
 - Katie Fitzgerald is ready for a REVOLUTION. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is in love with KIBBLE TALK. Click HERE to see why.
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting ONE CAME HOME. Click HERE to see her review.
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for MAY B. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is part of the IT'S NOT JUST A DOG blog tour.  Click HERE for all the fun.
- Dorine White is on the edge of her seat for THE INFINITY RING #1: A MUTINY IN TIME. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*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 reviews 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. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Team KEEPER Continues AGAIN!!!!

Hey there all you awesome KEEPER fans!

Don't worry--the old Team KEEPER Continued page is still working just fine, and going strong at over 500 comments. But because it's been so popular, I know some of you have been getting tired of sorting through the chaos, trying to find new comments in your various conversations. I wish I had a better way to keep everything organized for you guys, but my hands are a bit tied as far as what I can do.

So for those of you who at least wanted a fresh page to chat... TA DA! Consider this your new Team KEEPER page! (though like I said, the old one is still working, so you're welcome to keep commenting over there as well)



While I have you here, I thought it might also be a good time to give a few updates and answer some of the questions I keep seeing over and over and over.

First, the current official release date for EVERBLAZE is 11/4/14, so WOOOOOOOO, only about 5 months to go!!!!

The title, cover, and a brief description of the plot have all been released (if you somehow missed them, you can find them on the KEEPER main page by clicking here HERE) and the book is now officially DONE! And I have to say, I'm pretty proud of it. It was by FAR the toughest book I've ever written, but I really think we ended up with something you guys are going to LOVE. So excited to have you read!

*glares at calendar, wishing it were November*

Sadly, that's really all I can say about EVERBLAZE (trying to keep the internetz spoiler-free and all that jazz). But I CAN tell you that I have lots of fun things planned for the next few months as we lead up to the release day.

I'll be touring in August to celebrate the launch of the EXILE paperback (I promise I'll post the dates, times, and locations as soon as I have the final details. For now just know that a tour is happening). And I have some very fun contests coming up in the months ahead. Some of the giveaways will be right here on this blog. Others will be on social media, so if you use those platforms (and your parents are okay with it), you might wanna make sure you're following me there. Here's some handy links to make that easier:



Also, I know a lot of you have been wondering if I'll be doing a pre-order giveaway with swag and signed bookplates and whatnot (like I have with the other books in the past). And the answer is YES, I definitely will be. :)  I won't be posting the giveaway until we're a bit closer to the release day (otherwise it gets too buried under new posts and no one can find it) but that definitely does not mean you have to wait to pre-order. My pre-order giveaways always apply to all pre-orders, not just ones purchased between certain dates. So if you decide you want to order your copy now (and want to make me EVER so happy) feel free. You can still fill out the form when the giveaway goes live and get the same awesome prizes. 

In fact, to make it easier for you (and because I can be quite shameless), here's a few handy preorder links. Yanno. Just in case:



Okay, I think that gets you all up to speed on everything. So you are now free to comment away! But like always, PLEASE make sure you keep your discussions spoiler-free, so we don't ruin the fun for anyone who hasn't read both books yet. Also please keep your comments to each other positive or friendly. I want this to be a happy, safe place.

Also, if you need a refresher on who the teams are:


Ever feel like you don't belong? Then you look no further--you belong with Team Sophie! You may not always have the answers, but you're brave and smart, and if you trust yourself, you can handle anything. And as for who holds your heart? Only time will tell how you decide . . .


Ever feel like the underdog? Then welcome to Team Dex! You may have people constantly underestimating you, but you'll prove them all wrong someday. And while you may be the ultimate BFF, you're hoping to break out of the "friend zone" eventually. (you might have pretty great dimples, too . . . )


Ever caused a mess of trouble--and loved every second of it? Then you definitely belong with Team Keefe!  Jokes and pranks are the highlight of your week--but that doesn't mean you can't be serious when you need to be. In fact, you care very deeply about . . . well, maybe you're not ready to admit *who* yet. But you're having fun driving the girls crazy in the meantime!

Ever feel pressure to be who everyone expects you to be? Then Team Fitz is the place for you ! You have the looks, the talent, and the family everybody envies--but that doesn't mean you do everything perfectly. And sometimes you can be a little oblivious when it comes to other people's feelings. But you'll hopefully figure it all out--eventually. . . 

Ever made a mistake and had to work to set it right? Team Biana knows how you feel! You may sometimes say or do the wrong thing, but it's only because you're fiercely protective of the ones you care about. And once you make a true friend, you're friends for life. You're also the best person to ask when it comes to style--but there's so much more to you than you're stunning looks. You're brave, smart, and incredibly talented. And the world hasn't seen anything yet!





Ever feel like no one understands you? Then find lots of people you can relate to on Team Iggy! You may be small and good at making a mess of things--but you always know when someone needs you. And you're happy to provide them with a cuddle, a purr, or a nose-full of toxic breath--whatever they need. And hey, you can rock every crazy fur color there is!




Ever feel like you're all alone? Then you'll find lots of friends with Team Silveny--plus more sparkles than anyone could ever need! You're special and one-of-a-kind and extremely loyal and caring. And no one can deny you have great taste in friends--even if they give you the craziest nicknames.








Ever found that doing the wrong thing can sometimes be right? Then you belong with Team Black Swan! Some may think of you as a rebel, but really you're just seeing the world differently. And you're not afraid to bend or break a few rules--so long as it's to help others. 

Now....GO!

Monday, June 2, 2014

MMGM Shout Out: ICEFALL, by Matthew Kirby (Plus the 6/2/14 links)

Trying to get back on track after all the chaos of the last few weeks, so I actually have an MMGM shoutout this week. It's for a book I read--and LOVED--recently: ICEFALL, by Matthew Kirby:


And I know some of you are probably thinking, "seriously, Shannon? You're just NOW reading this?" To which I must sheepishly admit that originally I hadn't been all that interested in this book. I honestly don't know why. I'd heard a ton of amazing things about it. But for some reason it didn't sound like the kind of book I wanted to read, until recently when I was in the mood for something a little different and decided to give it a try. I loved every single page and am now kicking myself for missing out on such awesomeness for all this time.  

So if you're like me, and have been seriously missing the boat with this one, HERE's a goodreads link so you can add it to your shelves. I promise, you won't regret it. I'll now read anything Matthew Kirby writes.

And now, onto the MMGM links:
- Akossiwa Ketoglo is teaching everyone HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOELACES ARE UNTIED. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Barbara Watson is CHASING THE MILKY WAY--with an ARC GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Suzanne Warr is learning the RULES. Click HERE to see her spotlight.  
- Jennifer at 5 Minutes For Books is chillin' for COOL BEANS: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF BEANBOY. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Olson is feeling SEVEN STORIES UP. Click HERE to see why. 
 - Katie Fitzgerald is singing praises for THREE BIRD SUMMER. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is caught up in THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD... IN 65 DAYS. Click HERE to see why.
- Rcubed is cheering for MADISON MORGAN: WHEN DOGS BLOG. Click HERE to see what she has to say. 
- Jenni Enzor is raving about ODIN'S PROMISE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is spotlighting JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND.  Click HERE to see his review. 
- Shari Larsen has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of UNDER THE EGG. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*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 reviews 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.