Monday, November 28, 2016

MMGM Links (11/28/16)

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!

I'm getting ready to head out for the last couple of LODESTAR events. (click HERE for more info)

Okay, onto MMGM!
- Susan Olson at Times Travel Times Two has an interview with author Ross Welford. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--JUBILEE. Click HERE for details. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting SQUASHED. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is spreading some love for UPSIDE DOWN MAGIC. Click HERE to see why.   
- Greg Pattridge has chills for GHOST. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending GREENGLASS HOUSE. Click HERE for their review.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- 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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

MMGM Links (11/21/16)

I'm officially in "tour recovery mode" (translation: exhausted, dehydrated, and sick--waaaaah) so I'm going to get right to the links. But don't forget that I still have two final LODESTAR events coming up in a little over a week (click HERE for more info)

Okay, onto MMGM!
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Kristin L. Gray. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Kim Aippersbach is spreading some love for THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM.  Click HERE to see why
- Justin Talks Books is talking up HOW THINGS WORK. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE POET'S DOG. Click HERE for details. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting MIGHTY JACK. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Shari Larsen has a holiday recommended reading list--plus a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shoutout to the CLAYTON STONE SERIES. Click HERE to read his review.
- Children's Books Heal is championing AMANDA ON THE DANUBE: THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC. Click HERE to see why. 
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for their review.  
- Suzanne Warr is championing PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Tara Creel has an author interview with Abby Cooper. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Sue Kooky is unlocking THE BRONZE KEY. Click HERE to find her feature.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook has an interview with author Will Mabbitt--plus a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to learn more.  
- Dorine White is taking everyone to THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA. Click HERE to see why. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- 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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

MMGM Links (11/14/16)

Two weeks of touring down--one week to go! And since I'm currently in TX--and have to be up at the crack of dawn in order to make it to my morning school visit--I'm putting the links together much earlier than normal. Which may mean some of you who send your links late get missed this week. Sorry--things will hopefully be back to normal soon.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience, and for supporting me on tour (still several events to go--check my events page HERE to see if one of them is near you), and--more than anything else--thank you for this:


In case you don't recognize what you're looking at, that is the New York Times Bestselling SERIES list (!!!! a.k.a. "the uncrackable list.") And that is KEEPER sitting pretty at #6, with all the cool kids.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

And as if that weren't amazing enough, you also made LODESTAR debut at #92 on the USA Today Bestseller's list (top 100, baby!).

I don't know if you realize how incredible those things are, but they are HUGE. I'm still in shock. And YOU GUYS made it happen. Thank you for buying LODESTAR and spreading the word about the KEEPER series. You have officially made me look *much* cooler than I probably deserve.

*tacklehugs you all*


Also--final reminder--if you missed the pre-order giveaway, there's still a few days left to get the swaggish goodies. The special arrangement I made with Changing Hands for you to get a slightly cooler swag pack along with a signed (and personalized if you want it) copy of LODESTAR  doesn't end until 11/16. Go HERE to take advantage.

Okay, onto MMGM!
- My Comfy Chair is spreading some love for FOXHEART. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker is reviewing ... oh wow, it's LODESTAR! (!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!).  Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Justin Talks Books is talking up THE KID WHO BECAME PRESIDENT. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Faith Hough is raving about THE INQUISITOR'S TALE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE HUMAN BODY. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of CIRCLE OF MAGIC. Click HERE to see what they thought.   
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shoutout to THE BOY WITH 17 SENSES. Click HERE to read his review.
- Children's Books Heal is championing THE POET'S DOG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE SECRET GARDEN. Click HERE for their review. 
- 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. 
- 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 

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, November 7, 2016

MMGM Links (11/7/16)

Whew--just survived a crazy, awesome, hectic, exhausting, amazing launch week for LODESTAR.

HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT THE BOOK OR READ THE BOOK OR TALKED ABOUT THE BOOK OR CAME TO ANY OF MY EVENTS TO HEAR ME RAMBLE AWKWARDLY ABOUT THE BOOK!!!!!

I'm definitely not done touring--I still have TONS of events coming up this month, so make sure you check my events page HERE to make sure you don't miss out.

Also, TREMENDOUS thanks for being respectful about spoilers. My tour/travel days have been so insanely over-scheduled that I haven't had a chance to check any of the comments you guys are posting, so please keep on making sure my social media feeds--and this website--stay spoiler free.

ALSO, also, I got to come home for the last two days, and I used the time to prep all the pre-order swag packs. They're going in the mail TODAY, so if you filled out the form to take advantage of the giveaway, keep an eye on your mailbox. Your goodies are heading your way.

And if you missed the pre-order giveaway--and none of my upcoming tour stops are near you--don't forget, there's still one more way to get the swaggish goodies. The special arrangement I made with Changing Hands for you to get a slightly cooler swag pack along with a signed (and personalized if you want it) copy of LODESTAR is still going--and doesn't end until 11/16. Go HERE for more details.

Okay, onto MMGM!
- Suzanne Warr is featuring FULL OF BEANS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sue Kooky is reviewing um...oh hey, it's LODESTAR.  Click HERE to check it out.   (and thank you! I don't read reviews for sanity reasons, but thank you for doing that!)
- Justin Talks Books is talking up THE SCHOOL STORY. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has two fun posts going on, HERE and HERE.
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND. 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--MEEP--Keeper of the Lost Cities, and GIVING AWAY a signed copy of LODESTAR. Click HERE for all the fun (and TYSM!).   
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shoutout to IMPYRIUM. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is gushing about THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT. 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. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I hope you're ready for LODESTAR--because it's HERE! (And so is the paperback of NEVERSEEN!)

So here we are again.

Today is the day.

LODESTAR, my shiny book baby now officially makes its way into the world. I can only give it one last hug before letting it go and wishing it well:





LODESTAR is now yours.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

The story won't always go the way you're expecting it to--and I have a feeling this one will make you shout at the pages and fling the book into the wall (or maybe kick it) and ugly-cry at least once (I know I did as I wrote it). But if it does, that means I'm doing my job right. (Just make sure you don't accidentally hit anyone when you throw it--this thing is heavy. You could hurt someone!)

And I hope the story also makes you laugh, and cheer for the characters, and keep racing through those pages until the very end (and yes, I fully expect you to immediately demand book 6--sorry, I'm writing as fast as I can!)

And LODESTAR isn't the only book I have releasing today. The NEVERSEEN paperback is also (finally) hitting shelves, so for those of you who've been oh-so-(im)patiently awaiting that format so you can read--or who just like to collect my books--THE WAIT IS OVER! Tinier, paper-covered NEVERSEEN is HERE!

Thank you for reading this series. If it weren't for you guys buying the books (or requesting them at your library), and telling your friends about them, and posting about them on your social media, and posting reviews on amazon and goodreads and Barnes and Noble, I would've had to cut the story short long ago. You made books 6 and 7 possible. Thank you thank you thank you!

Oh, and one small plea: PLEASE remember that not everyone will be able to read the book immediately. Some have to wait for their copies to ship, or for it to be their turn at the library, or for birthday gifts or holiday gifts--or all kinds of other reasons. So try to be respectful with where/if you post any spoilers. I have a strict No Spoilers policy on this website and all of my social media, so I'll be deleting any posted there that I see (and no, marking it *spoiler alert* first won't make it okay. Neither will "vague spoilers"). But I'll also be traveling for the next three weeks, so I won't be able to check in as often, so *please please please* save that kind of thing for your own groups and feeds.


And here's hoping I'll get to meet some of you at my events while I'm on tour. Here's the full schedule of where to find me (and for more details on which ones do and don't require tickets, go HERE):


I also have some other fun things planned for the weeks ahead, including a special giveaway (and yes, I'll also release the LODESTAR playlist. I like to wait a few weeks, since sometimes the songs can be considered spoilers)

Okay, I guess I should stop rambling and let you guys get reading. Hope you enjoy!!!!

Oh, and as per tradition, here's a handy word cloud I made of the most commonly used words in LODESTAR. Happy reading!





**PS: if you took part in the pre-order swag giveaway, don't worry, your swag will be in the mail as soon as I can. I can't mail things while I'm traveling, but I'll do my best to get them on their way ASAP--and I always post a pic on Instagram when they go in the mail, so keep an eye out!**