Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DailyDoodles now for sale!

If you follow me on FB, Twitter, or Instagram, you might've noticed that for the last few months I've been posting a #dailydoodle. (Well...I don't post one EVERY day. But I post them regularly enough.) They're something I started doing as a writing warm-up--and I know you're probably thinking: how does doodling help your writing? But I swear it does. It gets me in a mindset to not be such a perfectionist.

Drafting is a messy process, and I hate it because of that. I want the words to be lovely and shiny and done as soon as I type them. So if I don't do something to stop myself, I'll start revising way too early. Cue the #dailydoodle, which I always do in ink, because it forces me to live with all my tiny mistakes. Sooner or later I'll draw a line or make a mark I wish wasn't there. But since it's permanent, the only choice I have is to keep going. And the really funny thing is, I always find a way to hide it. Or sometimes, the mistake even ends up making the drawing a whole lot better.

So I'll doodle for an hour or two, remind myself that it's okay to make mistakes, and that's it's better to just keep moving forward and not look back. It's been working really well, and for fun I started posting them on my social media, and the response has been ... well ... pretty surprising.

Here's a few examples, in case you haven't seen them. My style is sort of a mix between Zentangling and line drawing:





And the REALLY surprising thing is that people started asking to buy them. So after many weeks of debating, I decided to make them available.

I sell the originals by request, usually through Facebook, though email works too. You just have to contact me when you see one you want. They're not all that expensive, but there's only one of each, so setting up an Etsy shop and doing individual listings is too much work--especially for how fast they seem to sell.  So for now it's: see one, contact me, and first come first served.

But since a lot of times more than one person wants it, I've also set up a way for people to buy prints. Behold, my Society6 page:


Prints start as low as $16, and they ship worldwide. Even cooler: you can get the doodles on all kinds of cool things like tote bags and pillows and clocks and notecards. (it's kind of embarrassing how tempted I am to buy some).

So if you've been wishing you could get your hands on a doodle, now you have a way. And like I said, I still sell the originals too. You just have to contact me. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

MMGM Links (8/25/14)

Have not met my word count goals for this weekend, thanks to an unpleasant incident involving a ridiculous amount of cat poop (don't ask), so I'm throwing these links together a bit hastily so I can get back to writing. Sorry if there's any mistakes, and thanks to all of you for supporting MMGM! I swear I'll get back on track soon. In the meantime, here you go!

- Amara Jabber joins the MMGM fun with a feature on the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Suzanne Warr has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see her review.
- Sherrie Peterson is interviewing author Laurisa White Reyes. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Heidi Grange is shining a spotlight on A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Reader Noir is cheering for SISTERS. Click HERE to read their feature.  
- Kim Aippersbach wants you to discover a new Science Fiction novel by Monica Hughes. Click HERE to see what it is.  
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting ABSOLUTELY ALMOST.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Susan Olson is raving about THE PIRATE'S COIN: A SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS ADVENTURE. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Michelle Mason is interviewing author Jen Malone and GIVING AWAY an annotated e-ARC of AT YOUR SERVICE. Click HERE for details. 
- Dorine White is revealing the cover for ARRGH! Click HERE to see the shiny
- 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! 
- 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. 



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, August 18, 2014

MMGM Links (8/18/14)

Just got home from an AMAZING tour (if you came to one of the events--thank you sooooooooooo much. It was so fun getting to meet you!). So fair warning: after 5 events in 6 days, my brain is pretty much shot. I'm going to TRY to put together the MMGM links still, but if any of them are messed up, sorry!

- The Rad Reader is back to cheer for A SNICKER OF MAGIC Click HERE to see why.
- The B.O.B. is raving about COLOSSUS RISES. Click HERE to see their review.
- Jenni Enzor is curious about CURIOSITY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir has chills for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE GIVER.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of SAY IT AIN'T SO. Click HERE for details.  
- Mark Baker is riveted by THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rcubed is captivated with FAITH, HOPE, AND IYY JUNE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- 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! 
- 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. 


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, August 11, 2014

MMGM Links (8/11/14)

Things seem to keep getting crazier around here, so once again, I don't have an MMGM shoutout. But that's because I'm on tour this week. If you're in LA, Fresno, Reno, Portland, or Seattle here's where you can find me:

Hope to see some of you there--and now, on to the links!!!

- The Rad Reader joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- The B.O.B. has been swept away with OUT OF THE DUST. Click HERE to see their review.
- Samantha at Bookish Serendipity is spotlighting SAVING KABUL CORNER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir is highlighting LOOT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is dishing about THE SHORT SELLER.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is gushing about WRITTEN IN STONE. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is rooting for THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is caught up in WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is loving TRUTH AND KISSES. Click HERE to see why.
- Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is raving about  TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE to read her feature.
- Annie McMahon reveals her cover, and discusses her reasons for Indie-Publishing. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr sees nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Rcubed thinks MAGYK is absolutely magical. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is interviewing author Nancy Castaldo and GIVING AWAY a copy of SNIFFER DOGS. Click HERE for details.  
- Roseanne Parry is drawn to THE ONE SUMMER. Click HERE to see why.  
 - 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! 
- 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. 


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, August 5, 2014

EXILE Paperback Release Day Celebration!


You guys! YOU GUYS! 

EXILE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!!!!!!!!!!

And I know this probably isn't the release day you're all waiting for (only 91 more days until EVERBLAZE releases--EEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!) But I'm always super excited when my books finally release in paperback, because when I was growing up, paperbacks were pretty much the only books my parents could afford.

Even better: the shiny paperback only costs $6.99--and considering it's 592 pages that is a HUGE BARGAIN!!!!

Even, EVEN better? Those shiny paperbacks also include THIS, which I KNOW you're all excited about:


Yes, that's right! 
It HAS THE FIRST CHAPTER OF EVERBLAZE!!!

As if you needed more reasons to pick up a copy, I'm also hosting a special swag giveaway to celebrate, since I don't think hardcover release days should get to have all the fun. So here's how this works:

If you pre-ordered the paperback version of EXILE any time before August 5, 2014--OR if you purchase a paperback copy between now and August 10, 2014--fill out the form at the bottom of this post by 11:59pm pacific time on August 11, 2014, and I will send you these:

(in case you can't tell, that's a signed EXILE bookplate and a limited edition signed Verdi art print postcard)

If you buy more than one copy of the paperback, you can definitely get more than one set of swag. Just make sure you fill out the form separately for each copy, so I know how many to send you. 

And please note, this giveaway is only available for people who buy the paperback during the designated time period. (If you've bought the hardcover or ebook, I've already done giveaways for that--sorry if you missed them!) Also: no proof of purchase is required. I like to keep my contests on the honor system, so if you say you bought it, I trust you. But remember: every time you lie, an alicorn loses its wings, and do you really want that on your head???

International entries also totally count. I will mail swag anywhere you live. But this is only for a very limited time, so don't miss your chance.  And don't forget to fill out the form* (you must fill out the form in order to get your swag).

Also: don't forget, I'll be on tour all next week, so if you're near LA, Fresno, Reno, Portland, or Seattle, check my events page and come see me! And that also means I won't be able to send out your swag until I get back. But I promise they'll go in the mail as soon as I'm home!

And... I think that pretty much covers everything. But if I missed something, let me know. You can ask questions in the comments. Otherwise here's the form you need to fill out: (and if you can't access the form for some reason, you can find it HERE). 

Ready?
....
Go!

*You must be 13 or older in order to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you.



  (Form removed. Giveaway closed. Thanks to all who participated)

Monday, August 4, 2014

MMGM Links (8/4/14)

LOT'S going on around here, between drafting, SCBWI LA this weekend, and the EXILE paperback coming out tomorrow (stop by for an awesome giveaway tomorrow to celebrate). Plus I'm touring all next week (click HERE to see where you can meet me). So I don't have an MMGM shoutout, but I do have links!
- Samantha at Bookish Serendipity joins the MMGM fun with three mini middle grade reviews. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Birdie Reader is singing praises for LOKI'S WOLVES. Click HERE to see what she thought. Natalie 
- Alex at Randomly Reading is raving about THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir is curious about CURIOSITY. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is bugging about EVERYBODY BUGS OUT.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten has chills for THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is looking back at an old classic: THE HARDY BOYS: TOWER TREASURE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is glowing for FLORA AND ULYSSES. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is loving REVENGE OF THE FLOWER GIRLS. Click HERE to see why.
- Dorine White is smiling for SMILE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Annie McMahon is fearing THE WRATH OF SIREN. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
 - Roseanne Parry is drawn to the illustrated version of WEE FREE MEN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rcubed is talking about why she loves Andrew Clements. Click HERE to read more. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART and GIVING AWAY a signed hardcover. Click HERE for details.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is all whipped up for DASH. Click HERE to see why. 
- 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! 
- 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. 



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.