Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quick Pre-Order Swag Update

Hey guys!

I know a lot of you are wondering about the NIGHTFALL pre-order swag packs, because you haven't gotten them yet. Don’t worry—they WILL be coming.

For one thing, they were never supposed to come with your book (since the book would be shipping from the retailer of your choice, and the swag comes directly from my publisher.) But as of right now, my publisher hasn't put them in the mail. They had a LOT of packs to assemble, and w/ the holidays it might be another week or two before they finish up and can send them out. But they have assured me they are working as fast as they can!

And honestly, that's still faster than it would be I were in charge of the mailing again this year, since I just got back from tour, am still super sick and stuck in bed right now, and leave for my French tour next week.

Thank you guys so much for your patience. I promise you'll get your swag soon! It hasn't been forgotten!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Looking for MMGM?

In case you didn't see this last week:

Since I'm touring all of November and part of December, and then immediately return home to a huge deadline, I won't be able to host MMGM for the next couple of months.  

But NEVER FEAR--the wonderful Greg Pattridge is taking over for me!!! 

So from now through the end of 2017, do not email your MMGM links to me. Email them to: gpcolo@gmail.com. 
And don't come here for the list of links, go to https://gpattridge.com.  

I promise, Greg will take great care of all of you. (In fact, he'll probably even do a better job than me, because he won't be as sleep deprived as I've been these last couple of years. 

I did forward Greg the links I saw--and I'll try to continue to do that. But I have a lot of travel, so your best bet is sending them directly to him.

Glad to know you're all out there spreading all the awesome middle grade love!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kepler's Event Update!

Attention Bay Area friends!

In case you haven't seen this on my social media, there's been a slight change to the Kepler's event for NIGHTFALL on 11/9/17.

The store has moved the event to a bigger location, because they'd sold out of tickets for the other. So if you're planning on coming to that event, make sure you go to the right place. The event is now being held here:

The Performing Arts Center
Hillview Middle School
1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025

The event starts at 6:00pm
Doors will open at 5:00pm

And if you hadn't been able to get tickets, there's now a limited number of new tickets available. Go HERE to RSVP for them.

(And if that link doesn't work for some reason, copy and paste this into your browser: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095033)

Hope to see you guys there!

Monday, October 30, 2017

MMGM Links (10/30/17)

OMG we are ONE WEEK AWAY from NIGHTFALL--AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

So of course I have few quick reminders:

The NIGHTFALL pre-order giveaway is still going! Click HERE for the form you need to fill out to claim your swag if you have a US mailing address. My Canadian publisher has also joined in the giveaway, so if you pre-order NIGHTFALL before 11/8/17 and have a Canadian mailing address, go HERE for the form you need to fill out for your swag. Changing Hands Bookstore is also offering an enhanced swag pack for anyone who orders NIGHTFALL from them before my event on 11/6/17 (and they ship internationally). Click HERE to learn more about it.

I'm also leaving for tour in a few days--and in case you didn't see this on my social media, French Readers, I'll be heading to Paris for Salon de Montreuil at the end of November! I'm still waiting for the schedule of my signing and speaking times at the festival--and I promise I'll share as soon as I know it. But in the meantime, mark your calendar for November 29-December 4. And all of you can click HERE for a list of my confirmed NIGHTFALL events.

Which brings me to a very important MMGM related announcement, so if you've just been skimming up until this point, make sure you pay attention:

Because I'm touring all of November and part of December, and then immediately return home to a huge deadline, I won't be able to host MMGM for the next couple of months. 

But NEVER FEAR--the wonderful Greg Pattridge is going to take over for me!!!

So from now through the end of 2017, do not email your MMGM links to me. Email them to: gpcolo@gmail.com. 

And don't come here for the list of links, go to https://gpattridge.com. 

I promise, Greg will take great care of all of you. (In fact, he'll probably even do a better job than me, because he won't be as sleep deprived as I've been these last couple of years. 

I'm sure they'll be a few transitional blips as you guys get used to the change--and I promise I will do my best to forward your links to Greg if I see them. But my publicist has scheduled me pretty much down to the minute on this tour, so I can't guarantee that I'll have time (hence why I'm having Greg take over for me). So try to make a note of the change so you send your link to the right place.

Okay, now on to this week's links:


- Greg Pattridge is under the spell of EMILY AND THE SPELLSTONE. Click HERE for his review.   
- Completely Full Bookshelf is GIVING AWAY two (yes, TWO) signed copies of THE CASTLE IN THE MIST.  Click HERE to learn more. 
- Boys Rule! Boys Read! has their first participant in their World Series of Reading Contest. Click HERE to check it out.
- Children's Books Heal is buzzing about ALI'S BEES. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr has a double feature this week, on the first two DRAGON MASTERS books. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Dorine White is spotlighting DON'T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE BED: THRILLS, CHILLS, AND HAUNTINGLY TRUE STORIES. Click HERE for her 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.  



*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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Good News, Canadian KEEPER fans!

I just got word this morning that my Canadian publisher, the incredible Simon & Schuster, Canada, is extending the pre-order giveaway to you guys!









So if you pre-order NIGHTFALL by 11/8/17 and have a Canadian mailing address, click HERE to fill out the form and claim your swag pack.

And please note--that link goes to a different website than the US pre-order giveaway, so make sure you are filling out the right form based on where you live.

Less than two weeks until launch time--AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

MMGM Links (10/23/17)

Holy cow--we are two weeks away from NIGHTFALL's launch--how did that happen?!?!?

Before I begin panicking about all the things I still have to do before I leave for tour, I have a few super important updates for you guys.

First--the NIGHTFALL pre-order giveaway has been posted! Click HERE to find out how that works and if you qualify for the free swaggish goodies--and click HERE for the form you need to fill out to claim your swag.

Also, just like in the past, the amazing Changing Hands Bookstore is offering an enhanced swag pack for anyone who orders NIGHTFALL from them before my event on 11/6/17. Click HERE to learn more about it.

ALSO, also--the first chapter of NIGHTFALL has now been posted online. Go HERE and click "read an excerpt of NIGHTFALL." (it was a little buggy over the weekend, working better on computers than mobile devices, but hopefully that will get fixed today).

Phew--I think you guys are caught up for now, so on to MMGM!
- Jess at the Reading Nook has a feature on PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: HOME SWEET MOTEL.  Click HERE to learn more.
- Susan Uhlig has a double feature. Click HERE to see what she thought about THE FIRST LAST DAY. And click HERE to read her review of THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE. 
- Children's Books Heal is spotlighting MARI'S HOPE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Greg Pattridge is feeling FRAZZLED. Click HERE for his review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending CRENSHAW. Click HERE to see why.
- Andrea Mack is buzzing about ZINNIA AND THE BEES. Click HERE to read her review.
- Sue Kooky has chills for THE EMPTY GRAVE. Click HERE for details.
- Boys Rule! Boys Read! is launching their World Series of Reading contest. 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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Another Option: The Changing Hands NIGHTFALL Pre-Order Deal!

Okay, yesterday I posted the regular NIGHTFALL pre-order giveaway (if you missed it, you can find it HERE).

But I also promised I'd let you guys know about a different option offered by the amazing team at Changing Hands Bookstore--and here it is!

It you pre-order NIGHTFALL from them (and only them) before 7pm MT on 11/6/17 : you'll get this:


In case you can't tell, that's

- a hand-signed hardcover of NIGHTFALL (which can be personalized if you wish)
- a limited edition family portrait art print postcard
- a limited edition Iggy art print postcard
- 8 character stickers
- an 8x10 art print of the Keeper characters
- 5 silicone character-name bracelets (one of each shown)

(Please note, you will get these same goodies if you come to the event at Changing Hands that night and buy NIGHTFALL)

(And since I know you guys tend to panic, I'll also add that the extra bracelets and postcard will also be at the Launch Party at the Grove in LA on 11/7/17)

To order, you can call Changing Hands at 480.730.0205, or go to their website HERE and note who you want the book personalized to in the 'order comments' field. And make sure you do it before 7pm MT on 11/6/17 or you'll miss your chance.


(in case that link doesn't work, go to changinghands.com and search for NIGHTFALL)



A few other things to keep in mind:

- Changing Hands will ship this offer internationally as long as you pay for shipping. Call them for an estimate.
- The edition of NIGHTFALL is the regular edition.

- If you have any questions, please call Changing Hands.

- Once again, this is a SEPARATE THING from the pre-order giveaway posted yesterday.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The NIGHTFALL Pre-Order Giveaway!

THE TIME HAS COME!

We're just a little less than three weeks away from the release of NIGHTFALL on 11/7/17. And that of course means it's time to launch the NIGHTFALL PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!!!

Note: if you're planning on coming to one of my NIGHTFALL tour stops, you don't need to take advantage of this giveaway, since I'll be giving out the same goodies at my events (minus the signed bookplate, since I'll be hand signing your book that night). Go HERE to see if I'll be doing a signing near you.

I created this giveaway years ago, to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city. I wanted the readers I wasn't going to meet to have a way to get the extra swag I give out at my events. And the response has been amazing--some of you have been taking advantage of this giveaway at every launch I've had (which is incredible!). Others of you might be new here. In either case, please make sure you read the rules and instructions EXTRA carefully because some things are having to change this year.

So here's what's up for grabs:



In case you can't tell from the picture, it's:
One limited edition "Iggy Goes Green" art print postcard 
One hand signed NIGHTFALL bookplate
One 8x10 poster of the Keeper characters 
One sheet of 8 character stickers

Amazing, right??? I'm totally keeping one of those posters for my office!!! And every person who meets the giveaway criteria and fills out the form will get that!!!!

So now you're probably thinking, HOW DO I KNOW IF I MEET THE GIVEAWAY CRITERIA??? Which is a very important question, because like I said above, some of the rules and restrictions have changed this year. You qualify for the giveaway if:


- you pre-order the US edition of NIGHTFALL (eBook or hardcover) before 11/8/17*
- you have a US mailing address for your swag pack to be mailed to

*Yes, the B&N Exclusive Edition qualifies. And yes, if you pre-ordered NIGHTFALL before this post went live it still counts, because it's still a pre-order.

If that's you--hooray!!! 

You only have one final step--and it's crucial, so don't forget: You must go fill out the giveaway form before 11/8/17. Go HERE to find it.

(and in case that link doesn't work, go to keeperofthelostcities.com and scroll down a little)

If that's not you... I am so, so sorry. 

I know in the past this giveaway was open internationally. But unfortunately that had to change this year, and the giveaway is now limited to US mailing addresses only. Sorry again. 

A few other questions you might have:

- In years past, I've arranged with Changing Hands Bookstore to do a slightly enhanced giveaway for those who ordered their book through them--and that IS happening again. I will post details on that tomorrow (didn't want to confuse things today). But just to be clear, it's a giveaway that only applies to books ordered specifically through Changing Hands.

- As I said at the beginning, if you're coming to one of my NIGHTFALL events, don't worry, I'll be giving out these same goodies at the stores (minus the bookplate, because your book will be hand-signed), so you won't be missing out by coming to a signing instead of pre-ordering. (Plus, you know, we'll get to meet!)

- Your swag will arrive separately from your copy of NIGHTFALL, since you'll be pre-ordering the book from your retail outlet of choice, and the swag will be mailed by my publisher to the qualifying address provided. And since they're the ones doing the mailing, I'm not 100% sure what day you'll get your swag. But I promise, it will happen as fast as it possibly can.

- I'm turning off comments, because in years past I got bombarded with questions about things that were already explained in the post. So if you're confused about something, please scroll back up and reread to make sure it isn't covered (also make sure you check the giveaway form at keeperofthelostcities.com, since it might be covered there). And if you still don't have the answer, feel free to email my assistant. Just use the email address listed for me on the contact page of this website and she'll get back to you as soon as she can.

So what are you waiting for??? GO SIGN UP TO GET YOUR SWAG!!!! And let's all jump around and squeal that we are less than three weeks away from NIGHTFALL!!!!

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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

MMGM Links (9/25/17)

In case you missed it last week, most of the Nightfall Tour Dates have been announced, so if you haven't seen them, make sure you check my events page HERE (and when I have the details on the final things still being confirmed I will let you know). And now, on to MMGM!

- Mark Baker is getting LOST BENEATH MANHATTAN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Children's Books Heal is spotlighting REFUGEE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for SUPERSTAR. Click HERE for his review.  
Times Travel Times Two is spreading some love for HERE AND THEN. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollingbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--HEARTWOOD HOTEL #2: THE GREATEST GIFT. Click HERE for details. 
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Boys Rule! Boys Read! has a truly epic read for you. Click HERE to see what it is.
- Bookish Ambition is feeling THREE TIMES LUCKY. Click HERE to find their feature.  
- Middle Grade Mafioso is championing ELLRAY JAMES, THE RECESS KING. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Randomly Reading sees no reason to BAN THIS BOOK. Click HERE to see why.  
- Andrea Mack is sweet on THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART. Click HERE to read her review.   
- Jess at the Reading Nook is sharing EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NIGHTMARES! AND HOW TO DEFEAT THEM. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Sally's Bookshelf is rooting for THE ENEMY. Click HERE to see why.    
- Dorine White wants everyone to STEP UP TO THE PLATE. Click HERE to find her feature.  
- Sue Kooky is singing praises for EVERY SOUL HAS A STAR. Click HERE to see why. 
- 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.