Sunday, October 21, 2012

MMGM Links!!!

I'm in the middle of a long trip, so I sadly do not have an MMGM for you guys. BUT, I still have all the links. Plus I'm part of the uber exciting YAMazing Race again today, so make sure you also go HERE for all the fun.

And here's where you can find the other awesome MMGMs:
- Melanie Conklin is cheering for LIAR AND SPY. Click HERE for her review. 
- Barbara Watson is caught up in BENEATH THE SLASHINGS--with an ARC GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter. 
- Danika Dinsmore is kicking off her blog tour with a post on THE RUINS OF NOE. Click HERE to read.
- Mrs. Heise is spreading the love for AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION. Click HERE to see why.   
- Alex Baugh is dishing on ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. Click HERE to see the review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is singing praises for A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details
- Andrea Mack is stuck in a RIP TIDE. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is seeking STOUT HEARTS AND WHIZZING BISCUITS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are stuck on STORMBREAKER. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends MY HAUNTED HOUSE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Jessica at Book Sake is featuring Koles review of THE SORCERESS. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Susan Olson is spinning for TWISTER: JOURNAL #3 OF A CARDBOARD GENIUS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Faith Hough is featuring KATERINA'S WISH with an interview with author Jeannie Mobley. Click HERE for all the fun
- Michelle Mason is covering SCIENCE FAIR. Click HERE to see why she enjoyed it.  
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Shelby Back, with a giveaway of GIANTS AND ICE. Click HERE for more details.  
- Akossiwa Ketoglio is featuring LIESL & PO. Click HERE to see why she loved it. 
 - Dorine White is discovering THE SECRET FORTUNE. 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 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.
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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Launch Week Photos!

Wow--has it REALLY been more than 2 weeks since KEEPER released? Where does the time go????

Okay, well, so this post is RIDICULOUSLY overdue but... hey, better late than never, right?

First up--the So Cal Launch Party!!!!


I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the turnout. This is really only about 1/2 the crowd--there were so many people! It was SO HARD not to cry! Especially since there were so many kids. Here's a group shot of just a few of them:


I'd done three school presentations earlier that day--and miraculously some of them came. Plus a bunch of local writer friends brought their kids.

AND an amazing teacher I'd met at the SCIBA events I've done came and brought a bunch of her students--many of whom had already read (and loved) KEEPER. They were pretty much the cutest things ever. Here's one of my favorite pictures, from before the event even started, when they surrounded my table to ask me questions. LOVE.


I tell you, getting to talk to kid readers makes all the stress and deadlines and exhausting travel soooooo worth it. It's hands down the best part of my job!

And I have to take a minute and give a HUGE shout out to the amazing ladies at the B&N where I did the launch. Not only did they run an AMAZING event, but they went so above and beyond! They'd made a special "Lost Cities" cafe menu:



And one had even come in costume, in a cape and gown like the Foxfire Mentors wear (she'd even changed her name tag to say Lady Barbara. I TOTALLY geeked out when I saw it)

(She's the one on the right. And on the left is a peek at the signing line. My hand actually got tired--best problem to have, EVER!) :)

From there I headed to Arizona, where I got to visit three amazing schools and um... scare them all with print-outs of some of the revision letters my agent sent me to get KEEPER ready to be shopped:

 (this is the one I call the "Email of Doom")

And listen to an AWESOME teacher who'd read the entire ARC of KEEPER to his class read my favorite scene (He gave Keefe an Irish accent--it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER. I so want to to make Keefe Irish now!) :)


And... as if all of that weren't enough to put me into awesome overload, I also got to fulfill a longtime dream and do a signing and event at Changing Hands. 


Not only is that store a big part of the reason KEEPER exists, BUT, I got to be introduced by Faith (aka: The Book Babe), who I am honored to now call my friend after she has inspired me so many ways


It's a MIRACLE I made it through without crying--and I almost lost it at one point, but found a way to rally though.

I could keep going. I have so many amazing pictures and memories of all the incredible people I met--some of whom I *know* because of this blog or twitter, some of whom I met for the first time. But this post is getting pretty long, so I'll stop for now and end with one more big, sparkly...

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Glitter Gifs


To everyone who came to these events and supported me and KEEPER. (and to ALL of you who've bought it--or are planning to buy it or thinking about buying it or will tell your friends to buy it or might check it out from the library)

Launching a book is a very humbling and exciting thing, but it doesn't work very well if no one supports it. So THANK YOU SO MUCH. You all truly made launch week a dream come true!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Cover's ALIVE!!! (AKA: The KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES BOOK TRAILER!)

I promise, I WILL have a full launch week update for you guys. I'm just still trying to track down pictures and organize my thoughts and, yanno, get my brain working again.

But in the meantime I have something AWESOME to share:

THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES TRAILER!!!!!

*jumps around*

*flails*



There's EPIC MUSIC!

And BLOWING HAIR!
(we all know how I feel about wind)

And a COOL FLASHY LIGHT THING!!!!

Are. 

You.

Ready?!?!?!



You weren't ready, were you?

My work here is done.

*scrolls up to watch again*

OH--and if you missed it yesterday, I'm giving away a BUNCH of shiny signed + personalized bookplates. If you'd like to enter to win one make sure you go HERE.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Keepsake for your KEEPER! (and yes, there's a giveaway!)

Now that my launch parties/pre-order campaigns are over, I've been getting emails from some of you wondering if there's still a way to get your hands on signed copies of KEEPER. And the good news is, there is!

Mrs. Nelsons Toys and Books, one of my favorite Indie Bookstores, had me sign a BUNCH of books when I stopped by last week, and you can order them online by clicking HERE. (Just make sure you specify that you want a SIGNED COPY in the notes. I'm pretty sure I've signed every copy in their store, but just in case, it's good to be clear.)

BUT, I also know that some of you lovely souls already bought my book from your favorite place. Or maybe you haven't yet, but you're going to! Either way, I know some of you might wish there were a way to have that copy signed.

Sadly, I can't teleport to you to personally sign it. But I actually have something better, since you get my signature AND I keep my shenanigans safely in California: SHINY SIGNED BOOKPLATES--which I can personalize and everything!!!!

Aren't they pretty? (and this picture really doesn't do them justice)


And of course I'm giving some away!!!

I haven't decided how many, since it depends on how many people enter. But I will try to pick as many as I can. And because I want to make this as easy as possible for you, I've created a handy dandy form. That way if you win I'll already have your address and can ship it off straight away without the additional: waiting-for-you-to-email-me-your-address step. I'm also not going to require that you send me a receipt or any sort of proof of purchase or anything, since I can't really imagine why you'd want a signed KEEPER bookplate if you have no copy of KEEPER to put it in. So I think we can just go on the honor system here.

To enter, fill out the form below by 11:59 pm pacific on Sunday, October 14th. I'll choose as many winners as I can and send off their bookplates the following week. International entries welcome!

And thank you guys so much for all the love and support for KEEPER. I can't tell me how much it means to know you're reading something I wrote. I just... I can't even... *sniff*

Also, I promise I will have launch party pictures and updates as soon as I get my act together!!

Okay, here's the form. Don't forget to fill it out!
   

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've had more than a year to plan this post and find some meaningful, articulate way to express how it feels to watch my very first book launch into the world. But... I'm not sure the words exist. Either that or my brain is just far too loopy from all the craziness surrounding release.

Seriously though, it's a bizarre mix of emotions.

There's THE HAPPY that comes with seeing my book on store shelves, surrounded by so many other amazing books that I love and admire. There's THE HOPE that it will find its way into readers hands and hearts. And of course there's THE FEAR, which I am trying not to focus on.

But I think more than anything, there's THE GRATITUDE.

Not only does this book exist because of the help and guidance of MANY people (the KEEPER acknowledgements section is epic length!). But it also wouldn't exist without all of you. This blog was where the whole "trying to get published" thing became real. In fact, you guys were some of the first people who knew I'd gone back to writing. I met my Crit Partners here. And all of you have cheered me on through all the crazy ups and downs of this journey and kept me going.

I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you've done (and will do) to support me and my writing. So I will give you the only thing I can. KEEPER isn't *mine* anymore. From today on it's yours. And I really, REALLY hope you enjoy!

(and uh.... feel free to NOT tell me if you don't) :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE!!!! 

Since I can't hug all of you, I will hug the only thing I can!




Oh, and if you would like to read the first three chapters of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, you can do so HERE. There's also still time to pre-order the signed copies with the special swag and help support Kids Need to read by going HERE. And if you live in SoCal I hope I will be at the Oceanside B&N at 6:30 tonight for the Launch Party. There will be prizes and cupcakes and rambling--and I will probably get a bit emotional. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Exciting things and links galore!

Given that KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES comes out tomorrow (AHHHHHHH--THAT IS SO EXCITING AND AMAZING AND IMPOSSIBLE TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND!!!!!!) I definitely did not have the time or the brain power to put together an MMGM this week. BUT, lots of other awesome bloggers are carrying the torch for me and I was able to find time to assemble the list of links.

AND--I just found out this morning that KEEPER is the book of the month on the Simon Kids FB page. Which is exciting for both me AND you because it means they have an exclusive excerpt online!!!!! Click the graphic to be able to read the first 3 chapters of KEEPER!!!! (Eeeeee!)


Also, if you aren't already following along, the KEEPER blog tour is still going all week, with lots of fun things and giveaways. Click HERE to follow along. 

Okay--enough about me. Here are the awesome MMGM links!
- Natalie Aguirre is featuring... well... ME! She's part of the KEEPER blog tour and she has an interview with yours truly and a giveaway. Click HERE for all the details. (and THANK YOU, Natalie!) 
(okay, so we're still talking a little bit about me. I AM INESCAPABLE TODAY!) :) 
- Mrs. Heise is recommending PARTNERS IN CRIME. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Faith Hough is --wow, this feels weird to say--gushing about KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. Click HERE to see why she loved it. 
- Barbara Watson is cheering for NO-NAME BABY--with a giveaway!!!! Click HERE to enter. 
- Jessica at Book Sake is championing BROXO. Click HERE to see what she thought! 
- Michelle Mason is caught up in THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY. Click HERE to read her review.   
- Michelle Isenhoff is spreading the love for BREADCRUMBS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Ruth Donnelly is back with two features. One on LIAR AND SPY and one on WONDER. Click HERE for both. 
- Susan Olson is raving about BRIDGE OF TIME. Click HERE for her review.
- Jasmine is thrilled about THE LUNCH LADY AND THE CYBORG SUBSTITUTE . Click HERE to see why. 
- Jennifer Rumburger is shouting out about BASEBALL GREAT. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) joins the MMGM fun with a feature on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Click HERE to welcome him to the group.  
- Andrea Mack is in love with ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES. Click HERE for her feature.  
- Joanne Fritz is telling THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET--WITH A GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Laurisa Reyes is interviewing author Margaret Peterson Haddix--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is singing the praises for JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Gabrielle Prendegast is swept away by THE SEA OF TROLLS. Click HERE to see why.  
- Dorine White is featuring MIRA'S DIARY--with a giveaway. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck has two features this week: WHEN SHE WAS GOOD and APPLEWHITE'S AT WIT'S END--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for more info.   
- 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. 

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