Monday, March 31, 2014

MMGM Links (3/31/14)

Okay, I'm going to have to skip this week's MMGM shout out again, but only because there were a LOT of links to put together. But I should be finishing this revision this week, (even if it kills me) so hopefully things will get back on track next week. In the meantime, here are all the awesome links:

- Jess at Reading Nook has a review of THE NINJA LIBRARIANS over HERE. And an interview with the author, plus a GIVEAWAY of 3 signed copies over HERE.
- Jenni Enzor is wild for WILD WINGS. Click HERE to see her feature.
- Rcubed is back for another week with a feature on THE WEDNESDAY WARS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle at 5 Minutes for Books is spotlighting HORSES OF THE DAWN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is singing praises for THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST! Click HERE to read her review.  
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Maureen McQuery, and GIVING AWAY a copy of BEYOND THE DOOR. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Julie DeGuia is feeling the magic for two books this week, A SNICKER OF MAGIC, and THE WHIZZ POP CHOCOLATE SHOP. Click HERE to see her reviews.
- Mark Baker is laughing along with I, EVEN FUNNIER. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Janet Smart has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is going BOOM! Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting HATCHET. Click HERE to see why.
- Daniel Johnston is rooting for THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT. Click HERE to see his feature
- Rosi Hollinbeck is cheering for SHANE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is FIGHTING FOR DONTAE. Click HERE to see why.
- Dorine White is glowing for LUMINESCENCE. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Andrea Mack is shining a light on YESTERDAY'S DEAD. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- 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!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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, March 27, 2014

Skip A Starbucks Day--Part Two (awesome prizes to be had!)

If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know how much I adore the incredible  C.J. Redwine. She's both a friend and a mentor, and an uber-talented author to boot.

And you might also remember a few years back when I took part in a special fund raiser to help her raise enough money to bring her beautiful baby girl home from China.

Thanks to everyone's support, the fundraiser was a huge success, and the adorable Johanna is now happily settled with C.J. and her husband Clint. I've even had the chance to meet her, and she is one huggable, amazing kid.

And today, we need to make that magic happen again.

Meet Isabella Grace:

(DON'T YOU JUST WANT TO SNUGGLE HER?????)



C.J. and her husband are in the process of adopting this beautiful little girl from China. And because Isabella has multiple medical needs, the process has gone much quicker than they were anticipating. They're excited and overjoyed that they'll get to bring their daughter home that much sooner. But it's also left them scrambling to come up with the $15,000* they need to adopt her.

That's where Skipping a Starbucks comes in.

The basic idea? Give up one tiny indulgence today (like a $5.00 coffee) and use it to help bring this beautiful little girl home. It's AMAZING how huge of a difference those small donations can make.

And as an extra-huge thank you, many of her friends in publishing (including me!) are offering up a MULTITUDE of prizes that CJ is giving away on her blog--including signed books, a diamond-and-tanzanite necklace set, and a full manuscript critique from a literary agent.

Details on what's up for grabs, and how to donate (also a progress bar to show how close they're coming to meeting their goal) can all be found HERE

* Any funds raised beyond the $15k will be given to The Moses Basket, a non-profit organization that supports adoptive families through grants, resources, and support.


Monday, March 24, 2014

MMGM Links (3/24/14)

Gah--between revision and a conference all weekend, I didn't have the brainpower for an MMGM shout out this week. But I PROMISE I'll get back on track next week. In the meantime, I have links!

- Rcubed joins the MMGM fun with a feature on I REPRESENT SEAN ROSEN. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Birdie Reader is sweet on SPRINKLES & SECRETS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is cheering for THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER! Click HERE to read her review.  
Sheri Larsen has chills for UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER. Click HERE to see what she thought
- Sue Heavenrich is part of the CHARLIE BUMPERS Blog tour. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Michelle Mason is highlighting JUNIPER BERRY--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Janet Smart is singing praises for WHAT THE MOOD SAID. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is championing DESTINY, REWRITTEN. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Barbara Watson is spotlighting the middle grade books she purchased/won last month.  Click HERE to see what they are.
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about THE EIGHTH DAY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Daniel Johnston is getting SCHOOLED. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson is highlighting BACK TO BLACKBRICK. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is celebrating SEEING RED--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is buddying up to CHARLIE BUMPERS AND THE REALLY NICE GNOME. 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!   
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- 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.


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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Don't miss this AWESOME deal!

Hey guys!

Just wanted to give you a quick heads up about an amazing deal going on for KEEPER right now:



Yes, that's right. For this weekend only you can download KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES (book 1) to your kindle or nook for only $1.99. THAT IS LESS THAN A CUP OF COFFEE, PEOPLE!

But it ends on 3/23, so don't miss your chance. And to help you out, I've made these handy links:

To buy KEEPER for Kindle, go HERE.
To buy KEEPER for nook, go HERE.

Monday, March 17, 2014

MMGM Links (3/17/14)

I know I'm supposed to be doing MMGM shout outs every week, but I am in the toughest part of this revision (darn you, murky middle!!!) and my brain doesn't have the energy to do much else. Next week I'll get back on track. In the meantime, I have links!

(Also, there's still a few days left to enter the contest I'm hosting to celebrate the launch of LET THE STORM BREAK. If you haven't entered yet, go HERE.)
-  Claire Caterer is back for another week, this time cheering for FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! Click HERE to read her review.  
Sheri Larsen is exploring the differences between middle grade and YA. Click HERE to see what she's learned.
- Jenni Enzor is singing praises for BLUE LIKE FRIDAY. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is championing CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Xander is celebrating his one year blogoversary with a feature on HORTEN'S MIRACULOUS MECHANISMS--and a GIVEAWAY.  Click HERE for details.
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Annie McMahon has an interview with Spellbound Magazine for Children. Click HERE to see what that's all about.
- Laurisa White Reyes is caught up with CRESS. 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!   
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- 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.


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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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, March 10, 2014

MMGM Shout Out: THE SHADOW THRONE (plus the 3/10/14 links)

Whew, last week was a WHIRLWIND, thanks to the launch of  LET THE STORM BREAK (and yes, that pun is very much intended). If you missed the contest I'm hosting to celebrate, make sure you check it out HERE.

But enough Shameless Shannon Self Promotion. For today, I've put together another quick MMGM shout out, this time for THE SHADOW THRONE, by Jennifer Nielson


I have been DYING for this book to come out--I am such a huge fan of this series! So you can imagine how much its killing me to have it sitting on my desk, taunting me like, "you can't read me right now because you're behind on your edits!" I swear, a huge part of my motivation to finish this revision--and quick--is this book. I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS! And if you haven't started this series yet, you need to. It's a bit like Megan Whalen Turner's THE QUEEN'S THIEF series, which is one of my favorites, and it's seriously addictive. I raced through books 1 and 2 in as many days, and have been waiting oh so impatiently for the final book ever since. COME ON EVERBLAZE--COOPERATE SO I CAN HAVE TIME TO READ.

ahem.

If you would like more info about THE SHADOW THRONE, you can find it on Goodreads HERE. And make sure you also check out these other MMGMs happening throughout the blogosphere:
-  Claire Caterer joins the MMGM fun with a feature on MOON OVER MANIFEST. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Barbara Watson has feels for AFTER IRIS! Click HERE to see why.  
 - Annie McMahon is cheering for VIRGIL CREECH TAKES A SWEEP AT REDEMPTION. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Jenni Enzor is spreading some love for both WHEN YOU REACH ME and FIRST LIGHT. Click HERE to see both features.
- Media Sharif has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Kim Aippersbach is rooting for THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Xander is raving about 2884--IXODIA ESCAPE.  Click HERE to see why.
- Daniel Johnston is on the hunt for HARRIET THE SPY.  Click HERE for his review.   
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about FLORA & ULYSSES. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Dorine White is featuring--and GIVING AWAY--the first two GRIMMTASTIC GIRLS books. Click HERE to catch all the fun. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is on the hunt for TREASURE HUNTERS. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Sheri Larsen is championing FAERY SWAP. 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!   
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- 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.


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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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.