Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MMGM: Time for a change

And not a bad change--I promise!

In fact, it's a change that's kind of already happened and the only thing that's really happening now is that it's becoming permanent.

The brilliant Greg Pattridge has already been hosting MMGM for the last couple of months (thank you Greg!!!). But now, I'm officially passing the torch over to him for good.

It's a bittersweet decision for me, because I've loved blogging. It's how I started my writing journey (way back in 2009). And I've met so many incredible people and discovered so many awesome books because of my blogging years.

But I'm staring down a deadline calendar that makes me want to curl up into a little ball. I've also had to admit that I desperately need a proper author website, instead of a blog held together by virtual duct tape.

In fact, I already have a new website being built and will hopefully be launching it in the next few weeks.  (Side note: I LOVE IT. It's so pretty. And it has my art for the headers. And it's so well organized. And it will have the things you keep asking me about, like the NIGHTFALL playlist and the downloadable coloring sheet I posted about on Instagram.)

But it won't have a blog.

And as soon as it's launched, I'll be shutting this blog down.

So alas, it's time to give MMGM over to better hands.

Fortunately, Greg is amazing--and is most likely a WAY better host than I've been, with my sleep deprived brain and 3am posting.

So from now on, if you want to participate in MMGM--or want to find all the other people participating--make sure you go HERE to find Greg's website. And make sure you send your links to gpcolo@gmail.com.*

And thank you for all the middle grade love you put into the blogosphere. I created MMGM because I'd noticed that pretty much no one was blogging about middle grade, and I'd hoped that if I set up a means to connect people, that eventually middle grade writers and readers would form their own community. So watching it grow--and now knowing that it will now carry on without me--makes me so incredibly happy. Thank you all for giving this category the attention it deserves.

And now ... back to deadlines.

Oh, and stay tuned for the launch of my new website. I can't WAIT until it's done and I can show you guys! (not sure when it will be--hopefully very soon!)

*waves a wistful goodbye*

*FYI: If you're trying to reach me with fan mail, please do not use Greg's email address. Use the contact info on this blog.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quick Pre-Order Swag Update

Hey guys!

I know a lot of you are wondering about the NIGHTFALL pre-order swag packs, because you haven't gotten them yet. Don’t worry—they WILL be coming.

For one thing, they were never supposed to come with your book (since the book would be shipping from the retailer of your choice, and the swag comes directly from my publisher.) But as of right now, my publisher hasn't put them in the mail. They had a LOT of packs to assemble, and w/ the holidays it might be another week or two before they finish up and can send them out. But they have assured me they are working as fast as they can!

And honestly, that's still faster than it would be I were in charge of the mailing again this year, since I just got back from tour, am still super sick and stuck in bed right now, and leave for my French tour next week.

Thank you guys so much for your patience. I promise you'll get your swag soon! It hasn't been forgotten!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kepler's Event Update!

Attention Bay Area friends!

In case you haven't seen this on my social media, there's been a slight change to the Kepler's event for NIGHTFALL on 11/9/17.

The store has moved the event to a bigger location, because they'd sold out of tickets for the other. So if you're planning on coming to that event, make sure you go to the right place. The event is now being held here:

The Performing Arts Center
Hillview Middle School
1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025

The event starts at 6:00pm
Doors will open at 5:00pm

And if you hadn't been able to get tickets, there's now a limited number of new tickets available. Go HERE to RSVP for them.

(And if that link doesn't work for some reason, copy and paste this into your browser: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095033)

Hope to see you guys there!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Good News, Canadian KEEPER fans!

I just got word this morning that my Canadian publisher, the incredible Simon & Schuster, Canada, is extending the pre-order giveaway to you guys!









So if you pre-order NIGHTFALL by 11/8/17 and have a Canadian mailing address, click HERE to fill out the form and claim your swag pack.

And please note--that link goes to a different website than the US pre-order giveaway, so make sure you are filling out the right form based on where you live.

Less than two weeks until launch time--AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Another Option: The Changing Hands NIGHTFALL Pre-Order Deal!

Okay, yesterday I posted the regular NIGHTFALL pre-order giveaway (if you missed it, you can find it HERE).

But I also promised I'd let you guys know about a different option offered by the amazing team at Changing Hands Bookstore--and here it is!

It you pre-order NIGHTFALL from them (and only them) before 7pm MT on 11/6/17 : you'll get this:


In case you can't tell, that's

- a hand-signed hardcover of NIGHTFALL (which can be personalized if you wish)
- a limited edition family portrait art print postcard
- a limited edition Iggy art print postcard
- 8 character stickers
- an 8x10 art print of the Keeper characters
- 5 silicone character-name bracelets (one of each shown)

(Please note, you will get these same goodies if you come to the event at Changing Hands that night and buy NIGHTFALL)

(And since I know you guys tend to panic, I'll also add that the extra bracelets and postcard will also be at the Launch Party at the Grove in LA on 11/7/17)

To order, you can call Changing Hands at 480.730.0205, or go to their website HERE and note who you want the book personalized to in the 'order comments' field. And make sure you do it before 7pm MT on 11/6/17 or you'll miss your chance.


(in case that link doesn't work, go to changinghands.com and search for NIGHTFALL)



A few other things to keep in mind:

- Changing Hands will ship this offer internationally as long as you pay for shipping. Call them for an estimate.
- The edition of NIGHTFALL is the regular edition.

- If you have any questions, please call Changing Hands.

- Once again, this is a SEPARATE THING from the pre-order giveaway posted yesterday.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The NIGHTFALL Pre-Order Giveaway!

THE TIME HAS COME!

We're just a little less than three weeks away from the release of NIGHTFALL on 11/7/17. And that of course means it's time to launch the NIGHTFALL PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!!!

Note: if you're planning on coming to one of my NIGHTFALL tour stops, you don't need to take advantage of this giveaway, since I'll be giving out the same goodies at my events (minus the signed bookplate, since I'll be hand signing your book that night). Go HERE to see if I'll be doing a signing near you.

I created this giveaway years ago, to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city. I wanted the readers I wasn't going to meet to have a way to get the extra swag I give out at my events. And the response has been amazing--some of you have been taking advantage of this giveaway at every launch I've had (which is incredible!). Others of you might be new here. In either case, please make sure you read the rules and instructions EXTRA carefully because some things are having to change this year.

So here's what's up for grabs:



In case you can't tell from the picture, it's:
One limited edition "Iggy Goes Green" art print postcard 
One hand signed NIGHTFALL bookplate
One 8x10 poster of the Keeper characters 
One sheet of 8 character stickers

Amazing, right??? I'm totally keeping one of those posters for my office!!! And every person who meets the giveaway criteria and fills out the form will get that!!!!

So now you're probably thinking, HOW DO I KNOW IF I MEET THE GIVEAWAY CRITERIA??? Which is a very important question, because like I said above, some of the rules and restrictions have changed this year. You qualify for the giveaway if:


- you pre-order the US edition of NIGHTFALL (eBook or hardcover) before 11/8/17*
- you have a US mailing address for your swag pack to be mailed to

*Yes, the B&N Exclusive Edition qualifies. And yes, if you pre-ordered NIGHTFALL before this post went live it still counts, because it's still a pre-order.

If that's you--hooray!!! 

You only have one final step--and it's crucial, so don't forget: You must go fill out the giveaway form before 11/8/17. Go HERE to find it.

(and in case that link doesn't work, go to keeperofthelostcities.com and scroll down a little)

If that's not you... I am so, so sorry. 

I know in the past this giveaway was open internationally. But unfortunately that had to change this year, and the giveaway is now limited to US mailing addresses only. Sorry again. 

A few other questions you might have:

- In years past, I've arranged with Changing Hands Bookstore to do a slightly enhanced giveaway for those who ordered their book through them--and that IS happening again. I will post details on that tomorrow (didn't want to confuse things today). But just to be clear, it's a giveaway that only applies to books ordered specifically through Changing Hands.

- As I said at the beginning, if you're coming to one of my NIGHTFALL events, don't worry, I'll be giving out these same goodies at the stores (minus the bookplate, because your book will be hand-signed), so you won't be missing out by coming to a signing instead of pre-ordering. (Plus, you know, we'll get to meet!)

- Your swag will arrive separately from your copy of NIGHTFALL, since you'll be pre-ordering the book from your retail outlet of choice, and the swag will be mailed by my publisher to the qualifying address provided. And since they're the ones doing the mailing, I'm not 100% sure what day you'll get your swag. But I promise, it will happen as fast as it possibly can.

- I'm turning off comments, because in years past I got bombarded with questions about things that were already explained in the post. So if you're confused about something, please scroll back up and reread to make sure it isn't covered (also make sure you check the giveaway form at keeperofthelostcities.com, since it might be covered there). And if you still don't have the answer, feel free to email my assistant. Just use the email address listed for me on the contact page of this website and she'll get back to you as soon as she can.

So what are you waiting for??? GO SIGN UP TO GET YOUR SWAG!!!! And let's all jump around and squeal that we are less than three weeks away from NIGHTFALL!!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Event Questions--Answered!

Since we're a little less than a month away from NIGHTFALL (ahhhhhhh--it's so close) and the NIGHTFALL Tour, I'm getting a lot of questions about the events. So I'm going to do my best to answer them here--but before I do I just want to emphasize:
If you're planning to come to one of the events, the best thing you can do is call the store and ask any questions you're having, since they'll have the most current, correct information (the author is always the last to know those kinds of things). Also, if something they tell you differs from something I'm telling you, listen to them. They're the ones running the event so they definitely know better than I do. 
Okay, all of that being said, here are some answers to the questions I'm getting:

I called the B&N at the Grove about the Launch Party and was told I can't reserve a wristband until the day of the event--is that true?
Yes, I've verified with my publicist that this is true. SORRY for the confusion! (this is why I say always trust the store, not the author!) The Grove will be doing wristbands to control the flow of the signing line, but you can't reserve one until 9:00 am on the morning of the event (11/7/17). And in order to reserve one, you'll need to purchase a copy of NIGHTFALL from them. But don't worry--they've assured me that they will not run out of wristbands or copies of NIGHTFALL, so you won't have any problems attending the Launch Party that day, I promise! So no need to stress! If you have any other questions about the event, here's the number for the store: 323-525-0270.

Will the Launch Party be selling the B&N Special Edition?
YES! In fact, it's the only version they'll be selling. So if you come to the Launch and buy NIGHTFALL, you'll be getting the fancy version with the bonus art and the extra Keefe story! Not sure if the same applies to my other B&N events, so you might want to call those stores. But I can definitely say for a fact that the Launch will have them.

None of your events are near me--can you PLEASE come to my state too???
Alas, I wish it were possible to visit all of my readers on tour. But unfortunately I haven't learned how to teleport, so I'm limited to only being able to visit a select number of cities each year--and as I've said many times before, my publisher chooses the tour stops, not me. So if I'm not visiting a city near you, unfortunately all I can say is, "hopefully next year!" (But again, I don't have any control over where I'll be going when I tour for Book 7 so I can't guarantee it. Also: this is why I do the pre-order giveaway. Details on that will be posted SOON, I promise!)

Are you going to be adding any more events this year?
There are still a couple of things I'm waiting for confirmation on, and if they come through I will definitely let you guys know. But I can't say anything until then.

Will you be giving out swag at your events?
YES! Just like in years past, I'll have exclusive goodies I'll be giving away to everyone who buys a book. Swag is passed out on a first come, first served basis--and while I always have a LOT, and the chance I'll run out is fairly small, if you're worried, I would recommend getting to the event early. I'm still waiting to find out what the items will be--and I promise an update as soon as I know.  (And yes the Changing Hands Event and the Launch Party at the Grove will have extra goodies like I always have in the past as well.) Details on all of that coming up ASAP.  (And remember, if I'm not coming to a city near you, there is also the pre-order giveaway, so you can still get some fun swaggish goodies as well. I promise I will post all the details on that as soon as I have them!)

I already ordered a copy of NIGHTFALL--can I bring it to the event to have you sign it? 
This is one of those questions where you really do need to check with the store to find out their policies, because every store has different rules. I will say that in my experience, most stores will require you to buy NIGHTFALL from them in order to get in the signing line. But some just say, "buy any of Shannon Messenger's books." And some don't have rules about that at all (though I highly recommend you buy something from them to thank them for going to so much work to host my event. Bookstores need sales to continue existing, after all).

Can I bring my copies of your other books and have you sign them?
This depends on two things: 1) whatever rules the store has about bringing books from home (so you'll want to call them and ask). And 2) the size of the crowd. At events with large turnouts, I'll have to limit the number of books I can hand-sign per person (usually somewhere between 1 and 3) and that will be announced at the event. But I will also have a fancy signature stamp with me that we can use for any books you bring--that way we save my hand from becoming a claw, and save you guys from waiting hours and hours in line, and your books still look super pretty! Win-win-win!

Will you sign things besides books?
It depends on the thing, and also on the size of the crowd. In long signing-line situations, I might have to decline--or use the signature stamp. And I won't sign books that other people have written--or body parts. But I'm usually okay with most else, especially any of the art/items from my Society6 store. Click HERE to see what's available.

Will I be able to take a photo with you at the event?At events with large crowds, the store may decide to limit photos to "candids only" (meaning you could take pictures as I'm signing your book, but not a posed photo with me) in order to keep the line moving.  But we won't know that until the night of the event. And as a plea, if the event IS doing posed photos, please have your camera/phone ready to go. That makes the process go SO much faster/smoother.

What exactly happens at the event?It does vary from store to store, but generally I come out and speak for anywhere from 30-60 minutes (Q&A is always a part of that) and give away any raffle prizes. Then the store explains how the signing line will work and gets everyone organized and I sign until everyone has gotten their books signed, pass out swag, etc. I know that probably doesn't make it sound very exciting, but I promise it's super fun. Hope to see you guys there!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Update-ish Things!

Since I've found myself with this rare day between emergency deadlines to catch up (or try to at least make a *tiny* dent...) I wanted to give as many updates as I can, because I know you guys have been emailing me LOTS of questions about all the fun stuff coming up for NIGHTFALL's release. So here are some answers:
When is NIGHTFALL coming out? November 7, 2017 (FYI, this information is also listed on sites like amazon or B&N, which will get you a much faster answer than emailing me). And no, it cannot come out any sooner. Alas, alack. 
Will there be a pre-order giveaway this year? Yes! I don't know what items will be given away yet, but it will be awesome stuff, I promise! And for those who haven't done one of the giveaways before (or have forgotten how it works) I'll be posting all the instructions when the giveaway actually begins, as well as the form you'll need to fill out sometime in mid October. For now, the only thing you need to know is that all pre-orders will count, so if you've already pre-ordered a copy--or do so any time between now and 11/6/17--you'll be able to fill out the form once it's posted and sign up for your goodies.  
When and where will the launch party be? I don't know yet! It's still all being arranged. I promise as soon as I know I will make sure you guys hear about it so you can mark your calendars! 
Where are you going on the NIGHTFALL tour? (and can you please come to my city???) I actually don't know where I'll be going on tour yet. My publisher chooses the cities for the tour stops, and I don't get the list until everything is scheduled. I know they're working on the tour now so I should hopefully be getting the list in the next few weeks, and as soon as I do, I promise I will post it on my website and social media. So make sure you either follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram or check my EVENTS page every so often, or sign up for my newsletter HERE (or better yet, all of the above!) But sadly, since my publisher chooses the event locations, I have no control over whether I'll be coming to your city. The best I can say is, "hopefully!" 
I signed up for your newsletter--but I haven't gotten one yet. Did I do something wrong? No! The reason you haven't gotten a newsletter is because I haven't sent any since last year. I try to save the newsletters for when I have important update-ish things right before launch. So there will be at least a couple coming up in the months ahead, once I have the pre-order giveaway ready and have tour dates to share, etc. 
Will I be able to get the Barnes and Noble EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION of NIGHTFALL at any of your tour events if they're at a B&N? This one's a little tricky because the honest answer is, "I don't know." I'm definitely hoping there will still be copies of the Exclusive Edition left, but the challenge is, it's a "limited edition"--meaning they're only printing a certain amount and once they're gone, they're gone. And people have the option of pre-ordering them through the B&N website right now (and have been ordering them like hotcakes). So there is a *chance* they could sell out before any of my events. But they also might have plenty. The best advice I can give you is, if you really want to make sure you get the exclusive edition, I'd recommend preordering one. And if you're scratching your head thinking "what exclusive edition?" go HERE to learn more about it. 
Will the Keefe short story in the EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION of NIGHTFALL be posted on your website, for those of us who don't/can't buy it? Eventually, it will be. But since the edition is an "exclusive" edition, I won't be able to share it for a while. I'm not totally sure how long--but my best guess would be a year. I promise, as soon as I'm able to, I'll make it available to everyone, but I also have to follow the rules until then. 
I tried to ask you something on Tumblr and/or Goodreads and couldn't figure out how to do it anymore. Did something change? Yes, unfortunately, I have turned off both of those features. It was a SUPER hard decision for me, because I love being able to interact with my readers, but the hard reality is... I'm drowning over here. The KEEPER books are so long and complicated to write--and I'm trying to keep up with a one-book-per-year schedule (and not have them come out even slower than that). And unfortunately that doesn't leave time for much else (including sleeping for me). I kept hoping I would find a way to catch up and then be able to spend a few days working through the backlog of questions. But I've had to admit that I'm never going to catch up--and there are thousands of questions waiting for me, and it would take weeks to work through them all (and more kept coming in). So I turned off both features and sadly had to delete all the pending questions too, because I don't have time to go through them. I promise if I ever do catch up, I'll turn the features back on again, but in the meantime please don't take it to mean I don't like communicating with you. It's a simple matter of, "there aren't enough hours in the day." Please take pity on this poor exhausted writer. 
I wrote an email or letter and haven't heard back--are you ignoring me?? I promise I'm not. But as I just said, I'm drowning. I get thousands and thousands of emails/letters every year, and it's been impossible to keep up with them all. I am still trying to work through them, but I'm more than a year behind (and not every email / letter gets a response. I explain why in my contact page HERE.) I'm truly doing my best. Please don't think I don't care. 
Will you be posting teasers / character art on social media like you did last year????YES! Starting in September I'll have all kinds of fun things to share. Only a few weeks to go before that fun begins!

Phew, I think that covers the bulk of it. And I know a lot of it isn't actually an answer. What I really hope you take away from this is that you haven't missed anything important, all the fun stuff is ahead, and I will do my best to keep you all updated as soon as I have the real info to share. In the meantime, thank you for your enthusiasm and for reading my books and for being the best. readers. ever!!!

((group hug))

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Who wants to see the shiny NIGHTFALL cover????????

I'm pretty sure the answer to that question is all of you!

And we all know the drill--you're just going to skip past everything I say here and go straight to the cover, so ... scroll away!









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BEHOLD:


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Once again, Jason Chan (the artist) has blown me away with his talent. 

LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUSNESS!!!

Sophie's outfit!
Linh's hair!
Keefe! (!!!)
The rising wave!
The circle of hand-holding!
THE GIANT BALL OF WATER!!!

(And yes, I totally geek out every time I see that "New York Times and USA Today bestseller" line on there--that's because of you guys!!)

I'm sure now that you're looking at it, you have LOTS of questions--and if they involve spoilers, sorry, I will not be answering them. But here's a few answers I can give you:
~ Yes, as I said above: that is Sophie, Linh, and Keefe on the cover     
~ Yes, this is the third time that Keefe has been on a cover. 
~ Team Keefe (or any of the other teams, really) should *not* read anything into that. 
~ Yes, I realize that some of the other characters haven't been on as many covers.
~ No, that doesn't mean I don't love those characters just as much.
~ Which characters end up on the cover is dictated by the scene that gets chosen, and in this case, the scene that was chosen happens to be a moment with Sophie, Keefe, and Linh. It's as simple as that.
 ~ Also, who doesn't want a cover with a giant water-ball on it? I'm pretty sure the answer is, "no one."
~ Yes, everyone who isn't shown on the cover will definitely be in the book as much as I can possibly squeeze them in.
~ No, I will not tell you anything else about what's happening in the scene, or anything else about the plot of the book. 
~ Yes, I am--in fact--still writing the book. But don't worry, this scene will for sure be in there.  :) 
~ And no, I really really really can't tell you what's happening in this scene (so please don't ask). All I can do is share the official flap copy again, in case you missed it when I posted this a few weeks back: 

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

In this spectacular sixth book in the New York Timesand USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must uncover the truth about the Lost Cities’ insidious past, before it repeats itself and changes reality.


Oh, and one more thing I can share. The current official release day! (which could change since, you know, I'm still writing the book--but hopefully not!) 


NIGHTFALL goes on sale 11/7/17!


It's even up for pre-order on amazon (and other websites will be adding it soon. Amazon is always first--don't ask me why--and then the others follow)

(and yes, there will be another pre-order giveaway. Official details won't be posted until October--but all pre-orders count. So you're welcome to order anytime. In fact, you'll have my eternal love and devotion if you do because pre-orders are super helpful to authors)

And... I guess that's it. I'm not even sure if any of you are bothering to read this or if you've already scrolled up to stare at the amazingness. BUT, in case you are reading it, I'm going to end with a super-important plea: PLEASE help me keep this website spoiler free.

I *know* you're going to want to leave comments speculating about what you think might be happening. But PLEASE make sure that if you do that, what you say doesn't give away any spoilers for the previous books. (And no, putting something like *SPOILERS BELOW* and then including a ton of spoilers doesn't make it okay.) I'm not trying to be mean--I just have to be fair to all of my readers, and there are many who are excited to see the cover even though they're still catching up on reading the books.

If you want to have spoiler-y discussions, please do it on your own instagrams/tumblrs/goodreads groups/blogs, etc. This website is a No-Spoiler Zone. So I *will* have my assistant delete any comments that include even the slightest hint of a spoiler. Thank you in advance for being the awesome, respectful readers I know you can be.



And now, I'd better get back to writing the book!!! November 7th isn't that far away!!!!!