Thursday, October 29, 2015

TOMORROW!

Just a quick reminder to all you awesome SoCal Keeper fans that the official NEVERSEEN launch party is tomorrow.

Yes--TOMORROW.

As in, October 30, 2015.

There will be free swaggish goodies! And prizes! And Shannon-rambling! And MALLOWMELT CUPCAKES! Oh, and NEVERSEEN!!!

Here's the event details--and you can learn a little more about how it'll work HERE.



Hope to see some of you there!

*runs away with flailing muppet arms to PREPARE ALL THE THINGS*

(And if you can't go to the launch party--or any of my other upcoming tour events--and want to get the free swaggish goodies, remember, there IS a way. The NEVERSEEN Pre-order giveaway is almost over though. It ends 11/2/15, so if you haven't ordered your copy and filled out the form yet, you better get on that. Go HERE.)


Monday, October 26, 2015

MMGM Links (10/26/15)

We're almost there, guys. The NEVERSEEN launch party is THIS Friday. As in five days from today. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???

In case you live in SoCal--and missed the details when I posted them a few weeks back--here's the launch party info again:


And, a couple of other big reminders:

My fall tour dates have been posted, so if you live near Beaverton, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, San Jose, California, Tempe, Arizona, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, go HERE for event times and locations.

Time is running out to take advantage of the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway. It ends November 2, so if you haven't taken advantage yet, click HERE.

Okay--on to the MMGM links!
- Mark Baker is cheering for the BIG Game. Click HERE for his review.   
- Jess at the Reading Nook has an interview with author Cynthia Voight. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Andrea Mack is gushing about THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Partridge is raving about THE THIEF OF ALWAYS. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is championing FREEDOM'S PRICE. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--CONNECT THE STARS. Click HERE to read their review.
- Dorine White has an excerpt of THE DIAMOND LOOKING GLASS and info on a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
- 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. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

MMGM Links (10/19/15)

In the middle of an all nighter I'm pulling to finish this revision on time, so...these may be the most scattered links yet. But hopefully they're right.

Oh, and a couple of other things. First-- NEVERSEEN TOUR DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!!!!


If you have trouble loading that graphic, you can find the full event list HERE.

And since I know some of you are probably looking at that and thinking, "none of those cities are near me!" I do have a way for you to get the same swag I give out at events. Click HERE for details on the NEVERSEEN Pre-Order Giveaway! 

Okay--on to the MMGM links!
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post by Gayle Rosengren, and a GIVEAWAY of COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET. Click HERE for details.   
- Mark Baker is solving the mystery of THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE. Click HERE to find his review.
- Andrea Mack is gushing about CRENSHAW. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Partridge has feels for ALWAYS OCTOBER. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is cheering for the LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is raving about FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Rad Reader is buzzing about THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Click HERE to read their review.
- Dorine White is spellbound by THE CASTORS OF DOOVIK. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
- 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 13, 2015

The post you've been waiting for--THE NEVERSEEN PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!!!!!

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!!!!

THE NEVERSEEN PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY IS HERE!!!!

Now that we're three weeks away from the launch of NEVERSEEN (*flails and hyperventilates*), it's time to make sure you guys have a chance to get some goodies! Thank you all for waiting so patiently.

(And warning: this is a long post with LOTS of important information, so make sure you read it all carefully so you don't miss your opportunity)

Some of you know how this works, but just in case you're new here, this giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city. If I could figure out a way to teleport, I'd meet each and every one of you in person. But since I can't, I like to make sure you all at least have a chance to get some of the fun things I give out at signings. So everyone who pre-orders a copy of NEVERSEEN before the cut-off date (11/2/15) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get this awesome NEVERSEEN swag mailed directly to them:

In case you can't tell from the picture, you'll get:
One hand signed, limited edition "Iggy has the Blues" postcard art print
One hand signed NEVERSEEN bookplate
One Neverseen symbol sticker
One Black Swan sticker

And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

*cue infomercial announcer voice*

But wait--there's more!

 I will also choose twenty (20) of you at random and give you this: (yes, in *addition* to the other swag!)


And again, in case you can't tell, that is:
One character art postcard (which is two-sided, by the way--but I can't show you the other side yet because some of the amazing character art has yet to be revealed)
One shiny alicorn button (the same alicorn buttons I'll be giving out at my launch party)


You don't have to do anything special to enter for the extra goodies. I'll choose the winners randomly from all the people who fill out the form for their swag. So that's the only requirement: you must fill out the form at the end of this post. Which of course means you also must pre-order a copy of NEVERSEEN

And because I like to keep things simple, I'm not requiring proof of purchase. If you say you bought it, I trust you. I'm counting on you guys to be honest. But remember, lying makes Dex come up with mean pranks to play on you--meanwhile honesty makes Fitz and Keefe invite you to play base quest with them! :) I also won't be announcing the winners of the additional goodies. If you win the extra swag, you'll find out when your prize arrives in the mail.

I'm also willing to mail the prizes anywhere--even internationally. And it doesn't matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover. As long as it's NEVERSEEN, it counts. And you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it's up to you where you want to shop. (and scroll down for one more option before you make your decision)

I also know lots of you pre-ordered yours months and months ago. (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that's the case, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swagBut if you haven't bought it already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 11/2/15 AND fill out the form before then. After that I'll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there's no limit on how many swag packs you can get--as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you buy five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you bought so that I know how many swag packs to send you.

Also: since I'm leaving for tour before this contest even ends, there *will* be a delay on when your swag gets mailed to you. But I PROMISE I'll have them all in the mail before November 30th. (most likely much sooner). Sorry for the small wait, I can't mail stuff while I'm traveling.

(And by the way--if you haven't checked to see if I'm touring in your area, see my events page HERE. I hope I'll get to meet at least some of you!)

One final thing to keep in mind--since this is the point where many of you start panicking and emailing me saying BUT WHAT IF I'M NOT ONE OF THE LUCKY 20 WINNERS??????  I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT THE SPECIAL POSTCARD AND ALICORN BUTTON!!!!!! And in the past, I haven't had much I could tell you except, "sorry, it's all up to chance." But this year, the awesome people at Changing Hands Bookstore have helped me come up with a solution. 

So here's the deal: if you really really really want the extra postcard and the alicorn button (plus the other swag)--and can't make it to my launch party on 10/30 (or my Changing Hands event on 11/10)--there IS a way to guarantee you'll get them. If you buy your copy of NEVERSEEN through Changing Hands, they'll send you all the swag I've mentioned in this post, except the signed book plate, since your book will actually come hand signed by me. Changing Hands will ship anywhere--even internationally (there IS a shipping fee. You can call them for an estimate). And here's the important part--and it's a little confusing so make sure you read it carefully: If you decide to buy your copy of NEVERSEEN through Changing Hands in order to get the special goodies, you should NOT fill out the form below. Go to Changing Hands website HERE (or call them--they're super friendly) and order NEVERSEEN before 7pm (pacific time) on Tuesday, November 10th (yes, you also get a few extra days. They'll take orders until my event). And that's it. That's all you have to do. Changing Hands will take care of the rest and when your book arrives--voila! Awesome swag!  Another advantage to this: this is the only way to have your book personalized to you. I know I used to personalize all the bookplates, but that's gotten WAY too time consuming. So if you want a personalized, signed book--AND all the fun goodies I'm giving away--Changing Hands is the only way to go. But again, you HAVE to buy your book from them.

Um........... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you're reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to shannonmessenger.com to ask your questions)

And .... I guess that's it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. It has been absolutely AMAZING watching this series grow, and it wouldn't be happening if you weren't  telling your teachers and friends, and posting your edits on instagram, and sending me your fan art, and all of the other amazing things you guys do. Keep it up--its working!

Only three weeks left until NEVERSEEN--EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


*Please note: you must be 13 years or older to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you

**FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED**




Monday, October 12, 2015

MMGM Links (10/12/15)

Just got home 20 minutes ago after the longest travel day EVER (had SO much fun at the Bar Harbor Children's Book Festival though). So I'm putting these links together on ZERO brainpower. Sorry if they're a mess.

Oh, and keep an eye on my blog this week. I have ALL THE EXCITING NEVERSEEN THINGS HAPPENING.

ALSO, if you didn't see it on my social media a couple of days ago, there was THIS announcement:




Yes--that's right! There will be a fifth book in the KEEPER series! And here's a TINY bit about the book from Publisher's Marketplace (very, very little, since we don't want to put any NEVERSEEN spoilers in) 



Okay--on to the MMGM links!
- Susan Uhlig gives you the down and dirty on FUZZY MUD. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Michelle Mason is cheering for SEABORNE: THE LOST PRINCE. Click HERE to find her feature.
- Susan Olson is gushing about WILLIE AND ME. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Partridge has chills for THE SCARY SCHOOL SERIES. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is highlighting THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB. Click HERE to find her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--JUBA: A NOVEL. Click HERE for details.   
- Dorine White is shining a light on a SLIVER OF STARDUST. 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!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   


- 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. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

MMGM Links (10/5/15)

Couple of reminders before I get to MMGM. First: the NEVERSEEN SoCal launch party has been announced:


And for full details on all the goodies you can get if you go there, go HERE.

Also, if you live in Maine, I'll be at the Bar Harbor Children's Book Festival this Saturday. Here's where you can find me:
11 – 11:45 "Can You Stand it?" Panel (Location: Jesup, Main)12 – 12:30 Reading (Location: Bar Harbor Congregational Church Fellowship Hall) 1:15 – 2 "Crushing" Panel (Location: YWCA meeting room)2:15 – 3 Signing (Location: YWCA Auditorium)
ALSO, also--the NEVERSEEN teasers--as well as new character art--are being revealed every week on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, so if you aren't following me there, you might wanna do that. Links are on the sidebar of my website.

(Oh, and I know you're all waiting VERY patiently for the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway--SOON. It's coming SOON!)

Okay--on to the MMGM links!
- Mark Baker is raving about THE HEROES GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Katie at Story Time Secrets is highlighting YOU'RE INVITED. Click HERE to find her feature.
- Suzanne Warr is discussing the timelessness of CINDERELLA. Click HERE to join the conversation.
- Greg Partridge has THE MOTHMAN'S CURSE. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook has an author interview--and a GIVEAWAY--HERE. And a review of ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODDITORIUM HERE.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT. Click HERE for details.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. 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!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   



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.