First Pages Panel at Quail Ridge Books


Those of you who follow my blog may have noticed that I have not done a very good job of keeping things updated around here! (last post: April 2011)  The last several months have been a blur, with the release of my new novel The Death of Yorik Mortwell and intense work on the first draft of my 2013 release, Colossus. However, with the completion of that draft, I find myself with a bit of time to re-consider my web presence. I should have news on that front soon. In the meantime…

The great Hilary Wagner (author of Nightshade City and The White Assassin) is hosting a giveaway of a signed copy of The Death of Yorik Mortwell over at the Bookanistas blog. Check it out and maybe win:

Bookanistas Review and Giveaway, The Death of Yorik Mortwell!



The Death of Yorik Mortwell is featured in Waiting on Wednesday at Pass the Chiclets. Do drop by and leave a comment and have a look at two handsome devils…or skeletons, rather.


The fabulous ladies of the Whatcha Reading Now? e-zine feature Windblowne as their middle grade book this month, along with an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith and more. Check it out:

Whatcha Reading Now?


*Insert Literary Blog Name Here* has an interesting new series called Cover Notes, in which the author records first impressions of books she hasn’t read, and rates them by Embarrasment Factor. Monday’s post regards Windblowne:

Cover Notes: Windblowne, by Stephen Messer


Via his Twitter account, the great Gris Grimly shares some of the final illustrations-in-progress for The Death of Yorik Mortwell. Check it out:


Toby Speed, author of Two Cool Cows, Brave Potatoes, and other books for children, was kind enough to invite me to Tea For Three on her blog, The Writer’s Armchair. I was joined by authors Kate Messner and JoAnn Early Macken:

Three for Tea

Thanks for having us, Toby!


This review of Windblowne is a result of all the support the book received in Tuesday’s Reader’s Choice contest. Windblowne fans, this one’s for you:

Review of the Day

Reading the review, I can’t help but think of all the credit owed to my editor, Jim Thomas at Random House Children’s Books, for working so hard to mold the book into its final form. I’m fortunate to work with an editor who possesses such deep insight.

Again, thanks to all of you who voted.


My thanks to all the Windblowne fans who voted in the Fuse #8 Reader’s Choice contest yesterday:

And the Winner Is ….


Thanks to the Good Books for Kids blog, for selecting Windblowne for their Best of 2010 list:

Best Middle-School books of 2010 – Shan’s Picks