Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Exciting News You've Been Waiting For!!!!

I know some of you might have already guessed this--and the rest of you have been asking me questions about it constantly (SORRY for not replying to them. I wasn't ignoring you, I swear. I just wasn't allowed to share yet!).

But the news is officially "out there" now, so I can FINALLY tell you that yes, THIS IS HAPPENING:

Yes--that's right. EVERBLAZE is not the end of the KEEPER series. THERE WILL BE A KEEPER #4--which has no title yet, or any official plot details (it also, um, hasn't been written--but details, details. I'm working on it!)

Sadly, that's pretty much all I can share at the moment. It's hard to talk about book 4 when you guys haven't read book 3 (definitely don't want to spoil anything for you). But I can show you the official deal announcement from PM, which does tell you one sentence about it:

Shannon Messenger's book 4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, a young girl with secrets buried in her memory must realize the full power of her abilities if she is to infiltrate a dangerous new society to prevent a deadly conflict with the potential to destroy the Lost Cities and the future of her kind, again to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin, for publication in Fall 2015*, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA) 

I also want to give a HUGE "thank you" to each and every one of you for the love and enthusiasm you've shown this series. My agent, editor, and the whole team at S&S have all been amazingly supportive, BUT, we still wouldn't be adding another book if you guys weren't such incredible, awesome readers!!!

So thank you for the fandoms you've started, and the fan art you send me, and for telling your friends and family and librarians and teachers. Bit by bit you guys are helping this series grow, and you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I can't WAIT for you guys to read EVERBLAZE this November, and I can't wait to write book 4.

And on that note, I should probably get started--TO THE WRITING CAVE!!!!

*in PM it was incorrectly listed as Fall 2016, so I amended it here. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where to Find Me This Summer!

Hey Guys!

I know some of you have been waiting forever for me to update you about my summer events, so you'll be happy to know that I finally have the info!!!  (SORRY it took so long)

Anyway, without further ado, here's here you can find me this summer:

In case the graphic is hard to read, here's the list of events: 

YA Summer Road Trip Stop #1
Monday August 11th
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble --Glendale Americana
210 Americana Way

Glendale, CA 91210
*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza

YA Summer Road Trip Stop #2

Tuesday August 12th

7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble--Fresno
7849 North Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza

YA Summer Road Trip Stop #3
Wednesday August 13th

6:30 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, 

Reno, NV 89509
*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza

YA Summer Road Trip Stop #4
Thursday August 14th
7:00 pm
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, & Lisa Schroeder

YA Summer Road Trip Stop #5
Saturday August 16th
5:00 pm
University Bookstore

4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

*With Kasie West, Amy Tintera, & Debra Driza

I will also be at San Diego Comic Con this year!!!!

I'm going  MOSTLY as a fan girl (so you will spot me geeking out during panels and wandering the exhibits--and if you do, feel free to say Hi!). But I do have one signing if you'd like to come get a book. Here's the details: 

Thursday, July 24th
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mysterious Galaxy Booth
San Diego Convention Center

And I know I haven't been traveling as much as I did last year (trying--and failing--to keep up with deadlines). And many of you are looking at this list and thinking, but I don't live there!!! SORRY. I'm hoping to visit some new places this fall. But remember, you can also always call a store I'm going to be at (Independent Bookstores are especially awesome with this) and order a signed copy before my event. Then I can sign it, personalize it, and even include the extra swaggish goodies I give out at my events and they'll ship it straight to you.

Hope to meet some of you this summer!

Monday, July 7, 2014

An AWESOME Exile deal (plus the 7/7/14 MMGM Links)

Instead of an MMGM shout-out this week, I'm going to (rather shamelessly) use the space to let you know that the EXILE ebook is on sale. Butbutbut--it has such a pretty graphic!!!

And because there are no limits to my shamelessness, I've even made you handy links, to make it that much easier should you choose to take advantage of the deal:

Also, if you decide to buy the kindle version (which can of course be read with a kindle app, even if you don't own a kindle) you can then get the audiobook for only $3.99. Which means for less than $6, you can get an ebook AND an audiobook--now that's what I call a deal.

If any of you feel like helping me spread the word, I MIGHT love you forever. But I promise I am now done being shameless. ON TO THE MMGM LINKS!!!!

- Reader Noir joins the MMGM fun,with a feature on ONE WISH. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is featuring the Choose Your Own Path Treasure Island book--and GIVING AWAY 10 BOOKS in the series. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is spreading some love for THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET. Click HERE to see why.  
- Faith Hough is shouting from the rooftops for THE ACTUAL AND TRUTHFUL ADVENTURE OF BECKY THATCHER, and interviewing the author. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Mark Baker is finding out that THERE'S TREASURE EVERYWHERE. Click HERE to see his review. 
-Michelle Isenhoff has chills for THE SECRET OF HAUNTED BOG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting CIRCA NOW. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Rcubed is cheering for SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE 9 LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon is highlighting JESPER JINX. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ. Click HERE for all the fun.
- 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.