Monday, March 28, 2016

MMGM Links (3/28/16)

We're officially in the "No Sleep For Shannon" point in the deadline zone, (and about 4 weeks from the release of LET THE WIND RISE as an added bonus) so it's possible these MMGM links are nonsensical. But here they are none the less!

Also, it should be noted that the list of Things I Am Behind On is reaching epic length, and it includes things like goodreads 'ask the author' questions,  tumblr asks, moderating the comments on this blog on the Team Keeper pages, and fan mail. WHICH IS NOT A COMPLAINT. I love love love hearing from you guys. But wowza do I need you to be patient with me. I am drowning over here.

*searches for a life raft. With caffeine*

Anyway, on to the links:
- Books 4 Learning  joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE DREAMER.  Click HERE to check it out. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting OUT OF ABATON: THE WOODEN PRINCE--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is sharing RULES FOR STEALING STARS. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is solving the mystery of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW with a special author interview. Click HERE for all the fun!
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is wondering at WONDER.  Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is cheering for UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Partridge is all about CHASING SECRETS. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Reading Violet is raving about SWORDS OF WAYNE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Carl at Boys Rule, Boys Read! is featuring two books this week. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Dorine White is charmed by THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. Click HERE to see what she has to say.   
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is gushing about STORY THIEVES: THE STOLEN CHAPTERS . Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Andrea Mack wants everyone to learn HOW TO SPEAK DOLPHIN. Click HERE to see why.  
- Kim Aippersbach is highlighting AMBASSADOR AND NOMAD. Click HERE for her review.  
- Susan Uhlig is championing MOUSEHEART. 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 huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, March 21, 2016

MMGM Links (3/21/16)

Another week of MMGM links!

- Angela Russel joins the MMGM fun with a feature on ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK.  Click HERE to check it out. 
- Faith Hough is ALSO cheering for ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK. Click HERE to see her take.  
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is gushing about TOMORROW GIRLS. Click HERE to read her review.
- Lily at Book Party Mania is joining the MMGM fun with a feature on THE HIDDEN TWIN. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.
- Mark Baker is bringing everyone to DISNEY LANDS. Click HERE to read his review.
- Sue Kooky is screaming about THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE. Click HERE to see why.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is featuring *blush* NEVERSEEN. (THANK YOU SO MUCH, CINDY!!)  Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is highlighting ONCE WAS A TIME Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is educating everyone about THE EDUCATION OF IVY BLAKE. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Reading Violet is taking everyone BEYOND THE KINGDOMS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--APPLESAUCE WEATHER. Click HERE for details 
- Dorine White is feeling shiny about GOLDEN MANE. Click HERE to see what she has to say.   
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is enchanted by THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Andrea Mack is cheering for MASTERMINDS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, March 14, 2016

MMGM Links (3/14/16)

Here are this week's MMGM links!

- Miley at Kitty Cat at the Library is joining the MMGM fun with a feature on FISH IN A TREE. Click HERE to check it out. 
- Faith Hough is cheering for SWEET HOME ALASKA. Click HERE to see why.  
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is FINDING SERENDIPITY. Click HERE to read her review.
- Natalie Aguirre has an interview with author Andrew Brumback and his agent--with a GIVEAWAY of THE EYE OF MIDNIGHT and a query critique. Click HERE for details.
- Diary of a Wannabe Author is cheering for HEX HALL. Click HERE to see why.   
-Suzanne Warr wants everyone to go to MONKEY ISLAND. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Mark Baker is trying to solve THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING MILLIONAIRE. Click HERE to read his review.
- Jenni Enzor is feeling CLOSE TO THE WIND. Click HERE to see why.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is celebrating her blogoversary with a special blog post. Click HERE for all the fun  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is feeling warm and fuzzy for SUMMERLOST Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is spreading some love for CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Reading Violet is highlighting I AM MALALA. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing THE ADVENTURES OF HAMISH & MIRREN . Click HERE for her thoughts.  
- Dorine White is featuring CHARMED FAIRY GIRL REFORM SCHOOL--BOOK 2. Click HERE to see what she has to say.   
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is enchanted by THE MORRIGAN'S CURSE. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Laurisa White Reyes is gushing about THE DOGS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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, March 7, 2016

MMGM Lins (3/7/16)

Still haven't hit my word count for the day (aka, the amount of writing progress I absolutely have to make before I'm allowed to sleep--yay deadline!) so I'm throwing these links together quite quickly--sorry in advance if there are mistakes.

Also, if you missed it, the LODESTAR cover has been revealed. Go HERE if you need to see the gorgeousness.

Okay, on to the MMGM links:

- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is wondering at WONDER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Biana Grace is sharing her love for LIVE ORIGINAL. Click HERE to see what she liked. 
- Diary of a Wannabe Author is cheering for THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT. Click HERE to see why.   
-Michelle Mason is spotlighting THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITHS. Click HERE to find her feature. 
- Sue Kooky has chills for SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Jenni Enzor is caught up in CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR. Click HERE to see why.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot wants everyone to visit THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Jess at the Reading Nook wants everyone to visit THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is spreading some love for STORY THIEVES: THE STOLEN CHAPTERS. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Reading Violet is sweet on THE CANDYMAKERS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE. Click HERE for details.  
- Dorine White is singing praises for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: BIRD FIELD GUIDE. Click HERE to see what she has to say.   
- Katie at Story Time Secrets has a double feature on THE PAGES BETWEEN US and THE BFF BUCKET LIST. Click HERE to learn about both.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Behold--the gorgeous LODESTAR cover!!!!!!! And the plot description!!!! And official release date!!!!!

As you can tell from that exclamation mark heavy title, I have ALL THE EXCITING THINGS for you today.

And like always, I'm not going to bother saying much right now because I know you're only here for one reason. So go on. Scroll down. Check out the AMAZINGNESS that is the LODESTAR cover.









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I swear, every year I think there's no way they can top my previous covers. And somehow they ALWAYS do. I mean, look at Sophie's face! She's like, BRING IT ON--I'VE GOT THIS. *sniffles* My little girl is so brave.

And yeah, I'm sure you have LOTS of questions. Most of which I won't be able to answer. But I'll cover a few.

~ That is Sophie, Fitz, and Tam on the cover 
(OMG ISN'T TAM CUTE???)

~ Yes, everyone that isn't shown on the cover will still be in the book for all kinds of awesome scenes.

~ No, I will not tell you who the black-cloaked figure is. Or what exactly is going on. Or where they are. Or what is happening. Or anything else about the plot of the book.


BUT. I can share the official flap copy:

Dark schemes unfold--and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit--in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES. 
Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.   
The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.  
A mysterious symbol could be the key--if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her. 


Oh, and one more thing I can share. The release day! 

LODESTAR goes on sale 11/1/16!

In fact, it's already up for pre-order on amazon (and all the other websites will be adding it soon. Amazon is always first for some weird reason)

(and yes, there will be another pre-order giveaway. Official details won't be posted until October--but all pre-orders count. So you're welcome to order anytime. In fact, I'll love you ever-so-much for doing so.) :)


**And before I leave you to go back to staring at the gorgeousness, I'm going to end with a plea. I work very very hard to keep this website spoiler free, since I want it to be a safe space for all of my readers, even those who haven't had a chance to read the full series yet. So I KNOW you're going to want to leave comments trying to guess what's going on in this amazing cover. But PLEASE keep those comments spoiler free. (And no, putting something like *SPOILERS BELOW* and then including a ton of spoilers doesn't work.) You can have those discussions lots of other place. But not here. My website is a "Spoiler Free Zone" and I *will* delete any comments that include even the slightest hint of a spoiler, okay? Thank you in advance for being the awesome, enthusiastic, respectful readers I know you can be.**

Okay, now go back and ogle the shiny cover of amazingness. And I'll get back to writing the book!