Monday, October 29, 2012

Marvelous Midddle Grade Monday - The Dragon in the Sock Drawer

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 
 The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
by Kate Klimo
Goodreads Blurb:
TEN-YEAR-OLD COUSINS Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found thunder egg hatches, and a helpless, tiny but very loud baby dragon pops out. Soon the two kids are at the dragon’s beck-and-call, trying to figure out what to feed her.

An Internet search leads them to the library, which leads them back to the Internet, where they find a very strange Web site called “” It is here that the cousins discover that the dragon’s hatching has designated them “Dragon Keepers” and that not only do they have to feed her, but they have to keep her safe from the villainous Saint George who has kept himself alive over centuries by drinking dragons’ blood.
My daughter LOVES this series. She devoured these books in a way that surprised even me. Curious, I tried one . . . so cute. Any dragon-loving middle grader (especially girls) will find this series irresistable. Jesse and Daisy are an adorable duo. Throw in a dragon named Emmy and you have a winner!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Gorgeous Cover Reveal!


Karen Amanda Hooper, author of Tangled Tides and Grasping at Eternity, is sharing her newest cover today. The sequel to Grasping at Eternity, book 2 of The Kindrily series, is titled . . .

Taking Back Forever

Karen and her cover designer, Alexandra Shostak, have worked side by side to create the Taking Back Forever cover. After lots of hard work (and a lot of love) here it is…

Want to know more? 
Here’s a summary of Taking Back Forever.

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.

To celebrate, Karen and Alexandra are giving away signed paperbacks of Grasping at Eternity. (Signed by Karen AND Alexandra!)
Contest is open internationally!

Alexandra Shostak is a writer of dark and fantastical things, mostly meant for teenagers. She is a freelance cover designer, and is available to do covers and interior artwork directly for authors. She is also a former Irish dancer, a guitar player, and the person who can get you through the zombie apocalypse without getting bitten.
If you’re especially worried about the zombie apocalypse, you can find her in one of these places:
or on Twitter as @a_shostak

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.
Twitter: @karen_hooper

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday -- Wimp-ebooks

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 

Wimpy Kid joins e-books

Jeff Kinney's Bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to be released as e-books for the first time. The October 30, 2012 release of books 1-6 as e-books lead up to the simultaneous e-book AND hardcover release of Diary of Wimpy Kid book 7, The Third Wheel, on November 13th.

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 7,
The Third Wheel
on November 13, 2012 


Press Release:


             NEW YORK, NY, October 15, 2012—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announces today the release dates for the first-ever Diary of a Wimpy Kid e-books. Available for download on October 30, 2012, will be books 1-6 in the bestselling series. The seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, will also become available in e-book simultaneously with the publication of the hardcover book on November 13, 2012. As part of the branding of the series in e-book form, the books will carry their own name and logo, Wimp-E-Books. 

             Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was involved in all aspects of the transformation of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books into e-book form. “It was important to me to make sure the books look just as good on the screen as they do on paper,” said Jeff Kinney. “I’m thrilled at the way the books look on e-readers, tablets, and other devices, and I hope fans enjoy having them in digital format as much as they've enjoyed them as books.”  

             “The release of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in e-book formats is a long awaited and much anticipated publishing event,” said Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams. “The books are phenomenally successful, having reached over 75 million kids worldwide, and we believe making them available as e-books will be another great way for kids to read them and for booksellers to sell them.”

             Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website, where they are still available. Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series in 2007.

             More than 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print in 41 languages in more than 44 countries around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world. There are three major motions pictures based on the books, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide in box office sales. The book series won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island, Wimpy Wonderland, on, remains one of the most visited on the site.

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