Monday, October 16, 2017

MMGM Links (10/16/17)

A few quick updates:

- I've been getting LOTS of questions about the NIGHTFALL tour, so I did my best to cover them HERE.

- If you don't feel like clicking that post--but are planning to come to the LA Launch Party--there's been a slight correction for how that event is going to work. The Grove apparently does their wristband system differently than other B&Ns, and doesn't allow people to reserve them until the day of the event. They're also requiring that you buy a copy of NIGHTFALL in order to get a wristband (and you'll need a wristband in order to enter the signing line). But don't worry, they've assured me that they will not run out of books--and are extremely efficient with the signing line--so no one is going to have any problems attending the event, getting a copy, or getting their book signed in a reasonable amount of time!

- I know many of you are SUPER eager for the pre-order giveaway, and it *should* be launching this week. Not totally sure which day yet, so check back here often.

And now, on to MMGM!
- Middle Grade Mafioso is talking about MY BRIGADISTA YEAR. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ESME DOOLEY AND THE KIRKKOMAKI CIRCUS.  Click HERE to learn more.
- Bookish Ambition is telling THE WHOLE STORY OF HALF A GIRL. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Children's Books Heal is spotlighting OVERBOARD: SURVIVOR DIARIES. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Greg Pattridge sees nothing loser-ish about THE LOSER'S CLUB. Click HERE for his review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is championing THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. Click HERE to see why.
- Suzanne Warr is sweet on EMMA ON THIN ICING. Click HERE to read her review.
- Literary Rambles has a guest post from author Karina Yan Glaser and agent Ginger Clark--with a book and query critique GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.
- Dorine White is featuring--and GIVING AWAY--TRUTH OR DARE. Click HERE for details.
- 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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Event Questions--Answered!

Since we're a little less than a month away from NIGHTFALL (ahhhhhhh--it's so close) and the NIGHTFALL Tour, I'm getting a lot of questions about the events. So I'm going to do my best to answer them here--but before I do I just want to emphasize:
If you're planning to come to one of the events, the best thing you can do is call the store and ask any questions you're having, since they'll have the most current, correct information (the author is always the last to know those kinds of things). Also, if something they tell you differs from something I'm telling you, listen to them. They're the ones running the event so they definitely know better than I do. 
Okay, all of that being said, here are some answers to the questions I'm getting:

I called the B&N at the Grove about the Launch Party and was told I can't reserve a wristband until the day of the event--is that true?
Yes, I've verified with my publicist that this is true. SORRY for the confusion! (this is why I say always trust the store, not the author!) The Grove will be doing wristbands to control the flow of the signing line, but you can't reserve one until 9:00 am on the morning of the event (11/7/17). And in order to reserve one, you'll need to purchase a copy of NIGHTFALL from them. But don't worry--they've assured me that they will not run out of wristbands or copies of NIGHTFALL, so you won't have any problems attending the Launch Party that day, I promise! So no need to stress! If you have any other questions about the event, here's the number for the store: 323-525-0270.

Will the Launch Party be selling the B&N Special Edition?
YES! In fact, it's the only version they'll be selling. So if you come to the Launch and buy NIGHTFALL, you'll be getting the fancy version with the bonus art and the extra Keefe story! Not sure if the same applies to my other B&N events, so you might want to call those stores. But I can definitely say for a fact that the Launch will have them.

None of your events are near me--can you PLEASE come to my state too???
Alas, I wish it were possible to visit all of my readers on tour. But unfortunately I haven't learned how to teleport, so I'm limited to only being able to visit a select number of cities each year--and as I've said many times before, my publisher chooses the tour stops, not me. So if I'm not visiting a city near you, unfortunately all I can say is, "hopefully next year!" (But again, I don't have any control over where I'll be going when I tour for Book 7 so I can't guarantee it. Also: this is why I do the pre-order giveaway. Details on that will be posted SOON, I promise!)

Are you going to be adding any more events this year?
There are still a couple of things I'm waiting for confirmation on, and if they come through I will definitely let you guys know. But I can't say anything until then.

Will you be giving out swag at your events?
YES! Just like in years past, I'll have exclusive goodies I'll be giving away to everyone who buys a book. Swag is passed out on a first come, first served basis--and while I always have a LOT, and the chance I'll run out is fairly small, if you're worried, I would recommend getting to the event early. I'm still waiting to find out what the items will be--and I promise an update as soon as I know.  (And yes the Changing Hands Event and the Launch Party at the Grove will have extra goodies like I always have in the past as well.) Details on all of that coming up ASAP.  (And remember, if I'm not coming to a city near you, there is also the pre-order giveaway, so you can still get some fun swaggish goodies as well. I promise I will post all the details on that as soon as I have them!)

I already ordered a copy of NIGHTFALL--can I bring it to the event to have you sign it? 
This is one of those questions where you really do need to check with the store to find out their policies, because every store has different rules. I will say that in my experience, most stores will require you to buy NIGHTFALL from them in order to get in the signing line. But some just say, "buy any of Shannon Messenger's books." And some don't have rules about that at all (though I highly recommend you buy something from them to thank them for going to so much work to host my event. Bookstores need sales to continue existing, after all).

Can I bring my copies of your other books and have you sign them?
This depends on two things: 1) whatever rules the store has about bringing books from home (so you'll want to call them and ask). And 2) the size of the crowd. At events with large turnouts, I'll have to limit the number of books I can hand-sign per person (usually somewhere between 1 and 3) and that will be announced at the event. But I will also have a fancy signature stamp with me that we can use for any books you bring--that way we save my hand from becoming a claw, and save you guys from waiting hours and hours in line, and your books still look super pretty! Win-win-win!

Will you sign things besides books?
It depends on the thing, and also on the size of the crowd. In long signing-line situations, I might have to decline--or use the signature stamp. And I won't sign books that other people have written--or body parts. But I'm usually okay with most else, especially any of the art/items from my Society6 store. Click HERE to see what's available.

Will I be able to take a photo with you at the event?At events with large crowds, the store may decide to limit photos to "candids only" (meaning you could take pictures as I'm signing your book, but not a posed photo with me) in order to keep the line moving.  But we won't know that until the night of the event. And as a plea, if the event IS doing posed photos, please have your camera/phone ready to go. That makes the process go SO much faster/smoother.

What exactly happens at the event?It does vary from store to store, but generally I come out and speak for anywhere from 30-60 minutes (Q&A is always a part of that) and give away any raffle prizes. Then the store explains how the signing line will work and gets everyone organized and I sign until everyone has gotten their books signed, pass out swag, etc. I know that probably doesn't make it sound very exciting, but I promise it's super fun. Hope to see you guys there!

Monday, October 9, 2017

MMGM Links (10/9/17)

No updates this week--but I have some big things coming soon. In the meantime, on to MMGM!
- Justin Talks Books is talking about UNSTOPPABLE. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--CALEB'S LIGHTHOUSE and THEY DIDN'T TEACH THIS IN WORM SCHOOL.  Click HERE to learn more.
- Mark Baker wants everyone to PICK THE PLOT. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Children's Books Heal is spotlighting SEVERN AND THE DAY SHE SILENCED THE WORLD. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Greg Pattridge is raving about THE WORLD'S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE. Click HERE for his review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is championing A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE. Click HERE to see why.
- Boys Rule! Boys Read! has an interview with author Laurie McKay. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Middle Grade Mafioso is sweet on POPPY. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Dorine White is featuring IMPYRIUM. Click HERE to read her review.
- Bookish Ambition is recommending SO B. IT. 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.  
- 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.  

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 2, 2017

MMGM Links (10/2/17)

Sorry in advance if I missed some of you. I have to be up at 4am to catch a flight to a bookseller event (not a public event in case you're wondering why it wasn't on my website). So I'm putting the links together much earlier than normal so I can hopefully get a *little* sleep. If you didn't make the cut, feel free to leave your link in the comments (and hopefully everyone will make sure to check the comments to find those links).

Also, I have a few quick updates on the NIGHTFALL tour. For those planning to come to the Changing Hands event, the Grove Launch Party, or the Kepler's event, they will be doing tickets/wristbands/RSVPs. The time for the Kepler's event has also changed to accommodate the crowd. So here is the most current info for each of those events:


PHOENIX, AZ
Monday, November 6 
(yes, you can get the book a day early!)
7:00 PM 
6428 So. McClintock
Tempe, AZ 85283 
480-730-0205
*This event is ticketed. Purchase of NIGHTFALL comes with 2 event tickets and 1 swag pack*


LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday, November 7
Official Launch Party
7:00 PM 
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036 
323-525-0270
**This event is doing wristbands. Purchase of NIGHTFALL is required for a wristband. Call to reserve yours**


SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Thursday, November 9
KEPLER'S BOOKS
6:00 PM* 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-324-4321
 **RSVP by clicking HERE. RSVPing is free, but a purchase of NIGHTFALL is required for the signing line*
(*time has changed from original posting)

And if you're wondering about any of the other events, I recommend calling the store directly (all the info is on the events page of my website) because it's possible their rules have changed. The author is always the last to know. 

Okay, now, on to MMGM!
- Sydne Gernatt joins the MMGM fun with a review on CRY OF THE ICEMARK. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- YA Sleuth is also joining the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting CHARLIE SMALL, GORILLA CITY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Children's Books Heal is spotlighting SAYING GOOD-BYE TO LONDON. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Greg Pattridge is raving about TOTO: THE DOG GONE AMAZING STORY OF THE WIZARD OF OZ. Click HERE for his review.  
Times Travel Times Two is spreading some love for A HANDFUL OF TIME. Click HERE to see why.
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Supriya Kelkar. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- The Shannon Messenger Fan Club is talking up FORTUNE FALLS. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Dorine White is featuring THE WORLD'S GREATEST MACHINE. Click HERE to find her feature. 
- Bookish Ambition is recommending THE WIZARD'S TEST . 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.  
- 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.  

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.