"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (Excerpt & a YA Giveaway)

I am so very happy to be a part of Shannon Messenger's KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES blog tour, hosted by Mundie Moms today! I have an excerpt to share with you AND a giveaway to Shannon's young adult novel,

Keeper of the Lost Cities
by Shannon Messenger
Release date: October 2nd, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster (Aladdin)
Genre: Middle Grade  


"Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She's a Telepath - someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It's a talent she's never known how to explain. 

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there's a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known. 

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come "home". There are secrets buried deep in Sophie's memory - secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans - that other people desperately want. Would even kill for. 

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first. 


"Makeovers?" Keefe scoffed behind them. 
"You girls sure know how to have fun. Maybe you can braid each other's hair and giggle about boys while you're at it."

To see the tour schedule and gain more chances to win one of the giveaways, 
please be sure to visit Mundie Mom's for all the details! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Messenger

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned - among other things - that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is her first novel, with LET THE SKY FALL, a young adult novel, to follow in 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. 

Enter to win an ARC of Shannon Messenger's new young adult novel, 

SUMMARY for Let the Sky Fall
(Release date: March 5th, 2013)

"Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who's swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is. 

Seventeen Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. 

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra's forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim - the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them - but the forbidden romance that's grown between them."



  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and getting my hands on an ARC for LET THE SKY FALL would be awesome!

  2. These books look fantastic! I put them on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.:)

  3. I am reading Keeper of the Lost Cities right now and I'm really enjoying it! I can't wait for my sister to read it, and pass it along to her students (she is a middle school teacher). I am SO excited for Let the Sky Fall!

  4. Thanks for this giveaway! I already have my hands on Keeper but I'm excited for LTSF too!

  5. SO very excited for Let the Sky Fall!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  6. Thank you so much for the giveaway! This book looks really good. :D

  7. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds great!

  8. This book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Thank you so much for supporting KEEPER. You = awesome! <3! :)

  10. Thank you for being part of the tour, these books sound awesome, and I would love to have them to read to my nephews!

  11. Oohh an Air Elemental? That sounds so great. And check out the beautiful cover! Thanks for hosting this :)


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