Monday, December 31, 2012

ALMOST DONE--I PROMISE!!!

Sorry guys--I promise I will try to be back on track next week. New year, new start--all that jazz. Plus, this draft is due like really, really soon. So soon I've set a kinda-feeling-impossible goal to type "the end" by tonight. Not sure if i'm going to make it. But I have to TRY.

So sadly, no MMGM. And I usually do an end of the year post looking back on all I've been through writing wise--and that is coming in a few days, too (I'm sure you're all holding your breath)

But for now I'm about 4 chapters away from DONE (well, done as in the draft is done. It will still be a mess and need lots of revision which I am trying very hard not to think about) so I have to keep working working working.

Hope everyone has an awesome week!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Going Dark

I know, it's supposed to be MMGM--and I've been TRYING to keep up with it. But alas, between being sick, going out of town for the weekend, and the ever impending deadline of doom (and the draft that's kicking my butt instead of cooperating for said deadline) I'm... taking the week off.

SORRY!

If you're wondering about next week I'm... not sure. I'm hoping to catch up this week and be back on track, but right now all I know is that I am BEHIND, so I have to drop everything and focus on getting this book finished.

Related to that--if you are one of the wonderful people who sent me an email or a FB message I promise, I will be reading and replying to those. But probably not until after January 2nd. 

Sorry again--and thanks for bearing with me!

Monday, December 17, 2012

MMGM Links (12/17)


Given everything going on in Connecticut I almost didn't assemble MMGM links this week, feeling like it might be a time to be quiet. But... since this meme is all about celebrating children I just couldn't let it go. So here are the links for the week, and I hope you're all hugging your loved ones and celebrating every minute you get to have together.
-Jessica at Book Sake is back with a feature on LIAR AND SPY. Click HERE for her review. 
 - Laurisa White Reyes is spotlighting CARRY ON, MR. BOWDITCH. Click HERE to learn more about this classic.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck has a number of books she's featuring to help with your shopping list--with a giveaway of ILLISIONOLOGY! Click HERE for all the fun! 
- Dorine White is feeling the burn for FIRE PROPHET. Click HERE to see why.   
- Mrs. Heise shares her list of the best books she's read in 2012. Click HERE to see which ones she loved.
- Danika Dinsmore also has her list of Best MG Books of 2012. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Annie McMahon has her list of 10 Influential MG Writers on twitter. Click HERE to see who they are! 
- Clara Bowman-Jahn is interviewing author Stuart Schadt about HENRY ON FIRE--with a giveaway! Click HERE for all the fun.   
 - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (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 I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*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 posts 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 ahead of time

Monday, December 10, 2012

MMGM Links (12/10)

I'm SURE it won't surprise you that I have no MMGM again--I *probably* won't be back on track until the new year. But I DO have links for you.

Before we get to that, though, I also keep forgetting to tell you that I will be doing a live chat THIS WEDNESDAY on YABC!!!!


If you click the photo it should take you to the YABC website with all the details. But in case that doesn't work you can also click HERE

So if you're around on Wed at 9pm eastern PLEASE come hang out. I will be answering all of your most burning questions--AND THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY! Don't miss out!

Okay, on to the links!
-Shelby Bach joins the MMGM fun with a feature on KAT, INCORRIGIBLE. Click HERE to welcome her to the group!  
- Katie from Inkstains Reviewed is also joining in, with a feature on THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. Click HERE to see what she thinks! 
- Danika Dinsmore recalls one of her childhood favorites: MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH. Click HERE to see why she loved it. 
- Barbara Watson is showcasing THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN! Click HERE to see her review.    
- Gina Carey is in love with JAKE & LILY. Click HERE to see why.  
- Clara Bowman-Jahn is interviewing author Stuart Schadt. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends THE FLYING DRAGON. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson is feeling IN THE NICK OF TIME. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Brennan & Meyrick Murphy are raving about THE MAN WHO WAS POE. Click HERE to see what these two middle grader's thought.    
- Sue Heavenrich is swept away by FAR FROM SHORE: CHRONICLES OF AN OPEN OCEAN VOYAGE. Click HERE for her review. 
- Dorine White is feeling the burn for THE FIRE CHRONICLE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is gushing about SEE YOU AT HARRY'S. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read   
- Rosi Hollinbeck ia featuring THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL--with a signed book giveaway! Click HERE for all the fun! 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is feeling inspired by OUT OF MY MIND. Click HERE to see why.
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.
- 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 (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 I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*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 posts 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 ahead of time

Sunday, December 9, 2012

LET THE SKY FALL Winner!!!

Oops--deadline brain Shannon TOTALLY forgot I had a winner to post today. And an extra important one too since uh, they're winning MY BOOK. #Shannonfail

ANYWAY um, without further ado, the winner of the shiny ARC of LET THE SKY FALL is....


Yay!

*tosses confetti*

If that's you, please email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will have S&S ship off your prize.

For everyone else--thank you SO MUCH for your amazing enthusiasm for LET THE SKY FALL and for posting the widget on your blogs (which you can still get HERE--and remember, it has WIND FX!!) and all around being super awesome. I promise I will have more ARC contests and swag contests in the new year. 

In the meantime, S&S is currently giving away FIVE shiny ARCs over on Goodreads, so if you haven't entered over there--what are you waiting for???? Go HERE

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!!! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

ALL THE THINGS (that... I keep forgetting to tell you about)

Hey--so, remember that time when I fell into the deadline cave and didn't blog or tell you guys about anything important for like a month???

Yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaah. Oops.

(though hey, I did share the super-awesome widget for LET THE SKY FALL and host an ARC Giveaway. If you missed that, go HERE)

But never fear, I am going to catch you all up today in a chaotic, rapid-fire mass of information overload!!! You. Are. WELCOME!

Okay, so first: I AM OUT OF THE DEADLINE CAVE TODAY!!!

Yes--it's TRUE!!! I probably shouldn't be, because ... well... hitting this one is gonna be tight. But I couldn't pass up an opportunity to visit some amazing kids at an awesome school. And then tonight, I'll be at Barnes & Noble for a book fair. So if you live in the San Diego area--PLEASE COME!

Here's the deets:

When: TONIGHT
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Barnes & Noble Oceanside
2615 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054
760-529-0106

What's awesome about these book fair signings is that they're super casual. You just hang out whenever you want for as long as you want. So if you have any time between 6 and 8, come come come! I'll have swag! And awkward hugs! And we can talk about cats and cupcakes!!!!

(Who doesn't want to be a part of that???)

Also: KEEPER GOT AN AWESOME REVIEW FROM BOOKLIST!!!!!
"A large and varied cast of supporting characters and an intriguing premise contribute to make this an exciting start to a promising series." ~ Booklist Reviews
Yes, there was a lot of squealing and jumping around the house when my editor sent that. Trade reviews are SO SCARY. So YAY BOOKLIST!!!!

ALSO, also: LET THE SKY FALL SOLD TO TAIWAN!!!!!!!

I know--I couldn't believe it either. But here's the official PM listing to prove it:

It's SO crazy knowing my book is going to be in yet another language I can't read. My job is so cool sometimes!!!

ALSO ALSO also: (I told you, I have forgotten to tell you ALL THE THINGS): KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES IS GOING TO BE AN AUDIO BOOK!!!!!

(And dude, I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear my book read by a narrator. Talk about epic!!!)

I don't know when it will be released--the author is always the last to know these things. But the contract is signed and it is HAPPENING. Coming from Audible. I'll post more details as soon as I have them.

ALSO ALSO ALSO also: KEEPER HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A YABC Choice Award--and *I've* been nominated for favorite middle grade author. Now, obviously you don't HAVE to go vote for me. BUT... if you decide to I will pretty much love you forever. Plus everyone knows that when you vote for me or KEEPER a unicorn burps up a magical sparkly cupcake of awesome, and really, who doesn't want that to keep happening???) NO pressure, of course, but if you would like to vote, go HERE.

AND--last but not least--a special offer from me to you. See, last Saturday was Bring Your Kids To The Bookstore Day--and I'd planned a special way to reward people for participating by offering special swag packs to anyone who bought KEEPER. And... then I forgot to post about it. 

I know. 
Major #Shannonfail. 

Halfway through the day I did finally remember and sprinted to Twitter and FB to get the word out--and a bunch of people did see and take me up on it. BUT, since then I've heard from some who were sorry they missed it.  And that's TOTALLY my bad. SO, I'm doing it again this weekend. (And hey, if you want to start it today, that's fine too.)

If you buy a copy of KEEPER between now and 11:59pm PST on 12/9/12, email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send you a special swag pack that includes shiny things like signed, personalized book plates and stickers and limited edition art prints. I don't need proof of purchase--I am willing to go on the honor system. And while of course it would be awesome if you supported your local Indie--it doesn't matter to me where you buy it. 

Swag packs will go in the mail early next week--I promise--so you should definitely have them in time for any celebrationish things you need. And of course if you have any questions, ask away in the comments.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd... I think that's everything. I mean, my brain is kinda shot these days, so it's possible I'm forgetting something. But that covers all the big stuff. Except to also add a huge THANK YOU to you guys for bearing with me through all my crazy deadlineishness. I promise, I WILL get things back on track soon. Once LET THE SKY FALL 2 quits kicking my butt and keeping me up half the night and otherwise making me very very aware that SEQUELS ARE HARD!!!

Ahem.

And now... back to drafting. Hope to see some of you tonight!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Do you want to LET THE SKY FALL???? (Hint: there's a giveaway!)

Okay--don't go into shock, but I AM ACTUALLY POSTING ON MY BLOG. (I know, I know--I said don't go into shock!)

Sadly, this does not mean I'm out of the deadline cave. I'm still very much trapped in that dark, stressful place for at least another few weeks. But the good news is: I snuck out into the light because I have something SUPER AWESOME to share with you guys--and a contest too! (so you'll want to stick with me to the end of this post)

See, I don't know if you realize this, but LET THE SKY FALL is launching into the world in LESS THAN 100 DAYS!!!!

I know to some of you that might sound very far away--but trust me, that is SOON. Like holy crap, there aren't enough exclamation marks in the world to convey how soon that is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Personally, I'd been planning to commemorate the impending countdown to LTSF's launch with a panicky, exclamation mark filled post (hey, kinda like this one) wherein I stressed about ALL THE THINGS.

Fortunately though, the lovely people at S&S had something MUCH more awesome planned (this is why authors shouldn't be in charge of these things). And so, I give you: THE MOST SHINY AWESOME COUNTDOWN WIDGET I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Make sure you click the play button in the top right--THERE ARE WIND SOUND FX!!!!
(and if, for some reason, that isn't loading right on your screen, you can also find it HERE)

Equally exciting--or maybe even MORE SO--is that S&S has also built a super-awesome microsite for LET THE SKY FALL, which they will be adding all kinds of cool things to in the months to come. And to start off the fun, they have the first four chapters online for you to read. Click HERE to check that out.

You can also click HERE to add it to your Goodreads shelves and HERE to "like" LET THE SKY FALL on Facebook.

And of course this wouldn't be a proper celebration without a contest. SO I'M ALSO GIVING AWAY AN ARC OF LET THE SKY FALL!!!!!!!!!!

I want to make this really nice and easy for everyone (especially myself, given the whole DROWNING IN DEADLINES thing). So to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, December 8th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 9th. That's it--that's all you have to do. And international entries are welcome.

HOWEVER, I know some of you might wish there were a way to increase your chances of winning. So I will also give FIVE extra entries to anyone who posts the widget on their blog. I don't need a link--if you say you did it I trust you. But make sure you let me know that you did so I can give you your extra entries. 

Ready?

Set?

GO!!!!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

MMGM Links (12/3)

Yup. Still buried in the deadlines--SORRY--but as always, I have made up the MMGM links! And before we get to them I also want to say a) thank you SOOOOO much for bearing with me this month with my terrible blogging habits. And b) I do actually have something pretty cool to share with you tomorrow, so make sure you stop by then!

Okay, on to the links!
-Faith Hough is caught up in SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS. Click HERE to see why.   
- Emily Ellsworth has an awesome gift guide for middle grade readers. Click HERE to see who she included! 
- Gabrielle Predergast has 2 features this week. Click HERE to see her thoughts on THIRD GRADE ANGELS. And click HERE to see her thoughts on PEARL VERSE THE WORLD.
- Jennifer  Rumberger is sharing THE FOURTH STALL. Click HERE for her review. 
- Susan Olson is loving THE CASTLE IN THE ATTIC. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Andrea Mack is caught up in THE EYE OF THE STORM. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read  
- Dorine White is shivering for THE VOID OF MIST AND THUNDER. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends THE WEDNESDAYS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck ia featuring CLEMENTINE AND THE FAMILY MEETING--with a giveaway! Click HERE for all the fun!
- Barbara Watson is cheering for MADISON MORGAN: WHEN DOGS BLOG--with a Giveaway! Click HERE to see why.     
- Laurisa Reyes is reviewing BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. Click HERE for her thoughts. 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (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 I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*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 posts 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 ahead of time