Monday, October 31, 2016

MMGM Links (10/31/16)

So LODESTAR comes out TOMORROW--AHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which means I have quite a few quick reminders.

First--if you missed it on my social media, I was FINALLY able to make a very special announcement:


Yep--that's right. LODESTAR is not the last book in the KEEPER series. There will be a book 6 and a book 7, coming in Fall of 2017 and Fall of 2018 (and no, I can't tell you ANYTHING else about them!)

Also, if you haven't checked to see where I'll be on tour, go HERE (or if you're planning to go to one of the events, might want to click that link too, a few of the events have decided to do tickets and you'll find more info about that, as well as a links to reserve your ticket)

Also, this is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway so make sure you don't miss your chance. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE before 11:59pm pacific tonight.

And now, on to a scatterbrained MMGM!
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Ali Standish. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is reviewing THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Jill Diamond and her agent Jen Rofe, along with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sue Kooky is reviewing THE UGLY TEAPOT, with an author interview. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books is talking up NO TALKING. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has a number of fun features this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE SCOURGE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin has two features this week: click HERE to see what he thought about JOURNEY'S END and click HERE to read his thoughts on EVOLUTION REVOLUTION.
- Dorine White is featuring THE MIDNIGHT GLASS.  Click HERE to see why.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of NIM'S ISLAND. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Mark Baker is ready to enroll in SPY SKI SCHOOL. Click HERE to see why.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending CORALINE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is saving a seat for SAVE ME A SEAT. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is gushing about SOLDIER SISTER FLY HOME. Click HERE for her feature. 
- 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. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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 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, October 24, 2016

MMGM Links (10/24/16)

I seriously don't know how we are now ONE WEEK away from LODESTAR. But it's happening. And my To Do list is officially EXPLODING.

So as a quick reminder, again--I'll do my best to keep up with MMGM over the next few weeks, but it's always tricky when I'm traveling (sometimes internet is spotty--or my itinerary is so crammed I don't have a moment to breathe, much less assemble links). So bear with me if it's a little bumpy around here. (And once again, if you haven't checked my events page to see if I'm coming to see you, go HERE)

Also, this is the final week to take advantage of the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway so make sure you don't miss your chance. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE.

And now, on to MMGM!
- Middle Grade Minded joins the MMGM fun with a review of DRAGON OF THE MONTH CLUB. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--JOURNEY'S END. Click HERE for details. 
- Tara Creel has a review--with an interview--of IF THE MAGIC FITS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sue Kooky is whispering about THE WHISPERING SKULL. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books is voting for THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is singing praises for THE MASK THAT SANG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is rooting for DISAPPEARING ACT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring NBA Star Amar'e Stoudamire's STAT series. Click HERE to see what he has to say. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting INVISIBLE INKLING.  Click HERE to see why.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of THE CITY OF EMBER. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER. Click HERE to see why.  
- The B.O.B. has an epic list of Greek Mythology books. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Greg Pattridge is rooting for THE BEST MAN. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--EDNA IN THE DESERT. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Heidi Grange is taken with TOOK. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jenni Enzor is championing THE TURN OF THE TIDE. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Sally's Bookshelf is sharing SCAR: A Revolutionary War Tale. Click HERE for her feature. 
- 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. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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 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, October 17, 2016

MMGM Links (10/17/16)

I'm putting this week's links together on Nashville time (to anyone who came to see me at the Southern Festival of Books--THANK YOU SO MUCH!) And I have a super early flight home, so I'm going to bed early. So if you're one of the people who usually sends your link late, I may miss you this week. Sorry!

(and as a warning, I'll do my best to keep up with MMGM over the next few weeks, but I also have ALL THE TOUR TRAVEL starting 11/1, so bear with me if things get a little hairy. And if you haven't checked my events page to see if I'm coming to see you, go HERE)

One other quick reminder: the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway is ON. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE.

Okay, on to MMGM!
- Tara Creel is spreading some love for THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Sue Kooky is pounding out praises for THE HAMMER OF THOR. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books has a double feature with LAWN BOY and LAWN BOY RETURNS. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Randomly Reading is talking about WHEN THE SEA TURNED SILVER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is rooting for DISAPPEARING ACT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Elly Swartz--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of ALCATRAZ VS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE. Click HERE to see why.  
- The B.O.B. is cheering for THE BEST MAN. Click HERE to read her review.
- Greg Pattridge has chills for FROM THE GRAVE. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--EDNA IN THE DESERT. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has four more short features up this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- 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. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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 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. 
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WOO HOO--It's finally time for the LODESTAR Pre-Order GIVEAWAY!!!!

It's time guys.

The post you've been waiting for.

THE LODESTAR PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY IS HERE!!!!

Now that we're three weeks away from the launch of LODESTAR (AHHHH--WHERE DOES TIME GO???), it's time to make sure you know how to get your free swaggish goodies!

(And warning: as always, this is a epically long post with LOTS of important information, so make sure you read it all carefully so you don't miss your opportunity)

(Note: if you're planning on coming to one of my signings, you don't need to take advantage of this giveaway, since I'll be giving out the same goodies in the main swag pack at my events. Go HERE to see if I'll be doing a signing near you)

This giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city. If I could figure out a way to teleport, I'd meet each and every one of you in person. But since I can't, I like to make sure you all at least have a chance to get some of the fun things I give out at signings. So everyone who pre-orders a copy of LODESTAR before the cut-off date (10/31/16) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get this awesome LODESTAR swag pack mailed directly to them:



In case you can't tell from the picture, you'll get:
One limited edition "Iggy's Purple Reign" art print postcard (which are hand signed--you just can't tell in the picture)
One hand signed KEEPER series bookplate
One Lodestar symbol sticker
One Iggy Sticker
One sheet of character stickers

And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

And there's more!

I will also choose twenty-five (25) of you at random and give you this: (yes, that's in *addition* to the other swag!)



And again, in case you can't tell, that is:
One 5x7 character art postcard
One Verdi on duty button 


You don't have to do anything special to enter for the extra goodies. I'll choose the winners randomly from all the people who fill out the form for their swag. So that's the only requirement: you must fill out the form at the end of this post. Which of course means you also must pre-order a copy of LODESTAR

And because I like to keep things simple, I don't require proof of purchase for the giveaway. If you say you pre-ordered LODESTAR, I trust you. But remember, liars have to lick lockers that taste like Iggy breath--meanwhile honest people get to eat big bowls of Starflower stew! :) I also won't be announcing the winners of the additional goodies. If you win the extra swag, you'll find out when your prize arrives in the mail.

This giveaway is open internationally. It also doesn't matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover. As long as it's LODESTAR, it counts. And you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it's up to you where you want to shop.

(and scroll down for one more option before you make your decision)

I also know lots of you pre-ordered your copies of LODESTAR months and months ago (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that's the case, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swag pack. But if you haven't ordered LODESTAR already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 10/31/16 AND fill out the form before then. After that I'll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there's no limit on how many swag packs you can get--as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you pre-order five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you pre-ordered so that I know how many swag packs to send you.

Also: since I'll be on tour when this contest ends, there *will* be a delay on when your swag gets mailed to you. It won't come with your book, since your book will be coming from wherever you ordered it from, and then I will be mailing the swag separately as soon as I'm home from tour. I PROMISE I'll have them all in the mail before November 30th. (most likely much sooner). And I always post on my social media when they go in the mail, so you'll know when to keep an eye out for it. Sorry for the small wait, I can't mail stuff while I'm traveling.

(And again, if you haven't checked to see if I'm touring in your area, see my events page HERE. I hope I'll get to meet at least some of you!)

One final option to keep in mind, since this is the point where many of you start panicking and emailing me saying BUT WHAT IF I'M NOT ONE OF THE LUCKY 25 WINNERS??????  I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT THE SPECIAL POSTCARD AND BUTTON!!!!!! 

(especially since the ONLY other places I can guarantee that you'll get the exclusive postcard and button are my local launch party and the Changing Hands event. At the rest of the events I'll have a few for raffle prizes and that's it--but I will have all the swag in the primary swag pack for everyone) 

Once again, I've teamed up with the incredible people at Changing Hands Bookstore to give you a way that you're guaranteed to get the extra pin and postcard. If you order your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands before my event there at 7pm on 11/16/16 (yes, you even get a couple of extra weeks to take advantage of this awesome offer), they'll send you all of the swag I've mentioned in this post (except the signed book plate, since your book will actually come hand signed by me) as well as the extra postcard and the Verdi button. Changing Hands will ship anywhere--even internationally (there IS a shipping fee. You can call them for an estimate: 
480.730.0205). 

And if you decide to take advantage of this, here are a few things to keep in mind (and it's a little confusing so make sure you read it carefully):

Changing Hands won't ship your book until after the 11/16 (since they'll be holding onto them until I can sign them). But it will be worth the wait because you'll get a hand signed book and the extra goodies.

- If you decide to take advantage of this and buy your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands, DO NOT fill out the form below. Go to Changing Hands' website HERE (and make sure you put who you want the book personalized too in the additional comments field. Or you can call them--they're super friendly: 480.730.0205) and order LODESTAR before 7pm (mountain time) on November 16, 2016. That's all you have to do. Changing Hands will take care of the rest 

Another advantage to this: this is the only way--aside from coming to one of my signings--to have your book personalized to you. I used to personalize all the bookplates, but that's gotten WAY too time consuming. So if you want a personalized, signed book--AND all the fun goodies I'm giving away--Changing Hands is the only way to go. But again, you HAVE to buy your book from them.


Um........... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you're reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to shannonmessenger.com to ask your questions. And I'm also only going to answer questions that haven't already been covered by this post, so please make sure you've read this post carefully before you ask).

And .... I guess that's it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. This series keeps growing and growing and it's all because of you. I can't wait for you to read LODESTAR. I'm so incredibly proud of it.

Only three weeks to go--AHHHHHH!!!!!

*Please note: you must be 13 years or older to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you. 


**FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED. 
The giveaway time period has now ended**


Monday, October 10, 2016

MMGM Links (10/10/16)

One quick note before I get to MMGM: I've posted the full list of my LODESTAR Tour Stops. Go HERE if you missed it.

And check back for the Pre-Order giveaway details this week (still waiting on one piece of info, so I'm not totally sure which day I'll post it. Hopefully sooner rather than later, since I know you're all VERY eager)

Okay, on to MMGM!
- The Children's War joins the MMGM fun with a feature on AIM. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.
- My Comfy Chair is back with a feature on ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES. Click HERE to check it out.
  
- Justin Talks Books wants everyone to go to SPY SKI SCHOOL. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Cindy Reads A Lot is talking about THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is spreading some love for SCUMBLE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- S.A. Larsen is celebrating the launch of MOTLEY EDUCATION with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author S.A. Larsen--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of SCHOOL ON A SPACESHIP: CRASH LANDING. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is wishing everyone would read WISHING DAY. Click HERE for their take.  
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing WOLF HOLLOW. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Uhlig is singing praises for ECHO. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting three different Maude Lovelace books. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Greg Pattridge is talking up THE MYSTERY AND MAYHEM SERIES. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr has a report from the SCBWI Conference on "What Does the Perfect Middle Grade Novel Look Like." Click HERE to check it out.  
- Dorine White is raving about OMG, I DID IT AGAIN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is spreading some love for CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle Mason has chills for THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE--with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has four short features up this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- 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. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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 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. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

LODESTAR Tour Dates (aka: Where to find Shannon November)

Woooooooooooooooo! I finally have the full list of LODESTAR tour stops to share.

TA DA!






And since that graphic doesn't have the store addresses (or in case it isn't loading properly) here's the full list with a few more details (you can also find all of this on my events page by clicking HERE):



November 1, 2016
7:00 pm
LODESTAR OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY
Barnes & Noble Montclair
5183 S. Montclair Plaza Ln.
Montclair, CA 91763
**This event is doing wristbands. Call 909-399-1966 to reserve yours. And click HERE for more details on the exclusive giveaways**


November 2, 2016
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Rainbow Promenade
2191 N Rainbow Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89108 


November 3, 2016
7:00 pm
Provo Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601
*Books will be sold on site by The King's English*


November 4, 2016
5:30 pm
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302


November 9, 2016
7:00 pm
Anderson's Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540


November 10, 2016
4:00 pm
Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Ave. 
Milwaukee, WI 53211


November 11, 2016
6:30 pm
Red Ballon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55105


November 14, 2016
6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Centre
2601 Preston Rd. #1204 
Frisco, TX 75034


November 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Changing Hands Tempe
6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283


November 17, 2016
6:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Ave. #100
San Diego, CA 92111


December 1, 2016
7:00 pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025


December 2, 2016
6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2615 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054


And I know a lot of you are reading that list and thinking, "BUT NONE OF THOSE ARE NEAR WHERE I LIVE!" I know. I'm sorry. I wish I could teleport and visit everyone. But alas, I have yet to manifest that ability. I also don't get to choose where my publisher sends me.  

But if I'm not coming to see you--remember, you can get the same swaggish goodies I give out at events through the pre-order giveaway, which I will be posting all the details on next week! (Not sure which day yet--but all pre-orders count, so order anytime!) 

And if you do live near my events--woo hoo, I hope you can make it to the signings! I would love to meet you!

I tend to get a lot of questions about events, so here's a few other pieces of info:
  • Every store has their own policy on bringing books from home to be signed at events, and I always defer to their wishes. If they're cool with it, I'm happy to sign any of my books that you bring. But if they don't allow that, then I can't sign them either. If you're worried, I'd call the store ahead of time and ask what their rules are. And even if they do allow you to bring books from home, it's always nice to buy *something* at the event as a way of thanking the store for hosting me. It doesn't have to be one of my books. Just something to support the store, since they go to a lot of effort to organize the event for me.
  • Yes, I'm happy to let you take a picture with me.
  • As far as I know, the only store doing wristbands is the B&N in Montclair, hosting the launch party. But if you're worried, you can always call the store to double check.
  • I'll be giving out the same swaggish goodies that will be part of the pre-order giveaway to everyone who comes to my events. So if you're coming to the event, you don't need to take part in the pre-order giveaway.
If I missed something, you're welcome to ask questions in the comments. Just make sure you ask the question on the actual blog post on my website and not on any of the places this blog feeds out to (like goodreads) because that's the only place I respond to them.

That's all for now--hope everyone has a great weekend. And check back next week for the Pre-Order giveaway!

Monday, October 3, 2016

MMGM Links (10/3/16)

Putting this week's MMGM links together a little earlier than normal because I'm stuck with Jury Duty tomorrow (why, universe. WHY?) So if I missed your link, sorry!

And in case you didn't see, I've posted details on how to reserve your wristband for the LODESTAR official launch party. Go HERE if you missed it.

(Also, dude--we are now less than a month away from LODESTAR. Which means I have ALL THE EXCITING THINGS going on. Stay tuned!)

Okay, on to MMGM!
- Bookish Ambition is spreading some love for SAVE ME A SEAT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Randomly Reading is gushing about THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM. Click HERE to see why. 
- Tara Creel is marveling at THE MARVELS. Click HERE for her feature.   
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Jake Burt. Click HERE to learn more about him--and his upcoming release.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is raving about ROLLER GIRL. Click HERE for their take.  
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing DEEP ROOTS: HOW TREES SUSTAIN OUR PLANET. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Uhlig is wishing everyone would read THE SEVENTH WISH. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor has an interview with author Sandy Brehl, and is reviewing BJORN'S GIFT. Click HERE to check it out.
- Greg Pattridge is ready to join the GEARS OF REVOLUTION (Mysteries of Cove #2). Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE SLOWEST BOOK EVER. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is feeling inquisitive about THE INQUISITOR'S TALE. Click HERE to learn more about it.  
- 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. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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 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.