Monday, March 20, 2017

MMGM Links (3/20/17)

No updates this week, so I'll get right to MMGM!
- Justin talks books is going down under with MIDDLE SCHOOL: ESCAPE TO AUSTRALIA . Click HERE to read his review. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is talking about BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Click HERE to see why.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is revealing the cover for ETHAN MARCUS STANDS UP.  Click HERE to see what he thought.
-  Children's Books Heal is highlighting CHANGING FATE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- A Bookshelf Monstrosity sees only big things for SHORT. Click HERE to see why.
-  Sally's Bookshelf is howling for THE WOLF'S BOY.  Click HERE for her review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf wants everyone to learn the RULES. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is cheering for KING OF SHADOWS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is caught up in JED AND THE JUNKYARD WAR. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Reading Violet is loving IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Click HERE to check it out 
- Dorine White is breathing DEAD AIR. Click HERE for her review.  
- Sue Kooky is burning with love for ASHES. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Ware is raving about WILLIAM AND THE WITCH'S RIDDLE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Alyson Gerber and her agent, Kate McKean--plus a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.
- 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.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

MMGM Links (3/13/17)

Sorry for the MMGM-fail last week. Two days with no internet nearly drove me insane. But I'm back! And if you missed it, I ALSO REVEALED THE NIGHTFALL COVER!!!

Click HERE if you missed it.

It's also up on amazon for pre-order now, if you feel so inclined. Go HERE.

Okay, on to MMGM!
- Whisked Away by Words is joining the MMGM Fun with a feature on INTO THE WILD. Click HERE to read their review. 
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Susan Tan. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Mark Baker is spotlighting THE SECRET OF THE SKELETON KEY.  Click HERE to see what he thought.
-  Children's Books Heal is highlighting THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- A Bookshelf Monstrosity has mighty strong love for MIGHTY JACK. Click HERE to see why.
-  The Shannon Messenger Fan Club has chills for WINTERLING. Click HERE for their review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf wants everyone to try THE WAR THE SAVED MY LIFE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is head over heels for THE UPSIDE OF DOWN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is walking THE ONLY ROAD--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Reading Violet is seeing stars for EVERY FALLING STAR. Click HERE to check it out 
- Dorine White is diving into the ULTIMATE OCEAN-PEDIA. Click HERE for her review. 
- 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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Who wants to see the shiny NIGHTFALL cover????????

I'm pretty sure the answer to that question is all of you!

And we all know the drill--you're just going to skip past everything I say here and go straight to the cover, so ... scroll away!









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BEHOLD:


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Once again, Jason Chan (the artist) has blown me away with his talent. 

LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUSNESS!!!

Sophie's outfit!
Linh's hair!
Keefe! (!!!)
The rising wave!
The circle of hand-holding!
THE GIANT BALL OF WATER!!!

(And yes, I totally geek out every time I see that "New York Times and USA Today bestseller" line on there--that's because of you guys!!)

I'm sure now that you're looking at it, you have LOTS of questions--and if they involve spoilers, sorry, I will not be answering them. But here's a few answers I can give you:
~ Yes, as I said above: that is Sophie, Linh, and Keefe on the cover     
~ Yes, this is the third time that Keefe has been on a cover. 
~ Team Keefe (or any of the other teams, really) should *not* read anything into that. 
~ Yes, I realize that some of the other characters haven't been on as many covers.
~ No, that doesn't mean I don't love those characters just as much.
~ Which characters end up on the cover is dictated by the scene that gets chosen, and in this case, the scene that was chosen happens to be a moment with Sophie, Keefe, and Linh. It's as simple as that.
 ~ Also, who doesn't want a cover with a giant water-ball on it? I'm pretty sure the answer is, "no one."
~ Yes, everyone who isn't shown on the cover will definitely be in the book as much as I can possibly squeeze them in.
~ No, I will not tell you anything else about what's happening in the scene, or anything else about the plot of the book. 
~ Yes, I am--in fact--still writing the book. But don't worry, this scene will for sure be in there.  :) 
~ And no, I really really really can't tell you what's happening in this scene (so please don't ask). All I can do is share the official flap copy again, in case you missed it when I posted this a few weeks back: 

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

In this spectacular sixth book in the New York Timesand USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must uncover the truth about the Lost Cities’ insidious past, before it repeats itself and changes reality.


Oh, and one more thing I can share. The current official release day! (which could change since, you know, I'm still writing the book--but hopefully not!) 


NIGHTFALL goes on sale 11/7/17!


It's even up for pre-order on amazon (and other websites will be adding it soon. Amazon is always first--don't ask me why--and then the others follow)

(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, you'll have my eternal love and devotion if you do because pre-orders are super helpful to authors)

And... I guess that's it. I'm not even sure if any of you are bothering to read this or if you've already scrolled up to stare at the amazingness. BUT, in case you are reading it, I'm going to end with a super-important plea: PLEASE help me keep this website spoiler free.

I *know* you're going to want to leave comments speculating about what you think might be happening. But PLEASE make sure that if you do that, what you say doesn't give away any spoilers for the previous books. (And no, putting something like *SPOILERS BELOW* and then including a ton of spoilers doesn't make it okay.) I'm not trying to be mean--I just have to be fair to all of my readers, and there are many who are excited to see the cover even though they're still catching up on reading the books.

If you want to have spoiler-y discussions, please do it on your own instagrams/tumblrs/goodreads groups/blogs, etc. This website is a No-Spoiler Zone. So I *will* have my assistant delete any comments that include even the slightest hint of a spoiler. Thank you in advance for being the awesome, respectful readers I know you can be.



And now, I'd better get back to writing the book!!! November 7th isn't that far away!!!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

MMGM Fail

Hey guys--I know I'm supposed to be posting the list of MMGMs today. But alas, my power is out from a storm--which means no wifi--and the blogger app on my phone keeps crashing (just getting this short post together has been a PROCESS. No way can I paste in all those links, especially since I don't have much phone battery left.)

So... sorry. Blame SoCal Edison, and the storm.

Oh, but one thing I can do, in case you missed this on social media: I'll be revealing the cover for Nightfall on 3/8/17 at 10pm pst, so make sure you check back for that!