Happy Book Birthday–INTO THE SHADOWLANDS!!!

Monster or Die!–Book 2

It’s here!

Come celebrate with me at The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis on October 14 from 4-6pm.

Or a week later, October 21, at Main Street Books in St. Charles from 2-4pm.

School Library Journal

There is something for everyone: suspense, adventure, a blossoming romance, and some truly corny humor from a two-headed gargoyle.


Patrick SamphireEmperor of Mars

Charming, scary, and imaginative. Perfect for the little ghoul in your life.


Wendy MacKnight, It’s a Mystery Pig-Face

A wonderful sequel! I am Team Frank all the way, and there were so many twists and turns in this plot that it would strike fear into the heart of any self-respectful monster! Kids will devour this! Scary on!


Cynthia Surrisi  Vampires on the Run

There has never been a finer collection of monsters, ghouls, and other assorted creatures of creepiness in one volume. And never have they struggled against type with such pathos to do what they believe is the right thing in the face of condemnation. Hurrah!


Caroline Larsen, editor JFP

This is a lovely sequel to FROM THE GRAVE and is part of a great middle grade series about “monstering,” inclusivity, fitting in, friendship, loyalty, and fighting for what you believe in. I was surprised by how touched I was by Malcolm’s transformation in this story. Read the first book, FROM THE GRAVE, this summer just in time for INTO THE SHADOWLANDS to come out at Halloween!


Last day to win a signed copy of both




Goodreads Giveaway 


The MONSTERS Are ONE Day Away!!!

I really can’t believe it.

The monsters have certainly snuck up on me–or as they like to say, “Time waits for no monster!

Tomorrow, October 10, is THE day!!!

Into the Shadowlands


Monster mayhem will be unleashed on the world for a second time. It will be time for more Bunion Baloney and Crud Crumb Pie. Time for more bad jokes from Stan and Dan. Time for more Fiendful Fiends Academy drama. Time again to hang out with old friends like Frank & Oliver and to meet new Uggarland characters as well.

Don’t wait!

Come and “See what can’t be seen. Then nothing can stay hidden.”

Don’t be too afraid.

Face the unknown without fear. Fake it when necessary.”

Finally, always remember:

Don’t complain. No one likes a whiny monster!








Tomorrow is also the LAST day for the GOODREADS Giveaway. Win a signed copy of both FROM THE GRAVE and INTO THE SHADOWLANDS!!! Don’t delay–enter today!

For every monster knows: “A victim in the claw is worth two in the bush!


Monster Countdown at FIVE Days!!!

Wow! I can’t believe it’s only FIVE more days until INTO THE SHADOWLANDS launches! I hope you’ve pre-ordered your copy. If not, I’ll include some links below. Plus, there are also GIVEAWAYS happening now that you should check out.



Here are links to purchase your own copy:







Jolly Fish Press/North Star Editions:

Goodreads Giveaway Coming Soon!

Starting September 26 through October 10

You can enter to win a signed copy of both Books 1 & 2 of MONSTER OR DIE!

To celebrate the release of INTO THE SHADOWLANDS we will be giving away three copies of both books, including FROM THE GRAVE!!!



Into the shaowlands by Cynthis Reeg

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Into the Shadowlands by Cynthia Reeg

Into the Shadowlands

by Cynthia Reeg

Giveaway ends October 10, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Put the Monsters on Your Calendar

Monster Book Signings

It’s less than a month away from the first book signing for Book 2: Monster or Die, INTO THE SHADOWLANDS! I will be at The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis from 4:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, October 14. That gives you plenty of time to grab this spooky read before Halloween. There will be monster swag for the taking and monster treats for eating. I’ll read an excerpt and be happy to answer all questions monster-related.

Neverfear …

If you can’t make it on 10/14, the monsters return on Saturday, October 21 to Main Street Books in St. Charles from 2:00-4:00 pm. It will be a repeat performance of all things monsterly.

Hope you can make one of these–and get your MONSTER on!!!

Draw Your Own Monster–And Win a Book!

The monsters are joining art school!


Local artist Todd Tevlin‘s class on HOW TO DRAW MONSTERS will include a chance for students (7-11) to win copies of FROM THE GRAVE and INTO THE SHADOWLANDS!!! Each student will be given a 20% discount to buy the books at THE NOVEL NEIGHBOR  where the classes will be held. Hurry and sign up. Class size is limited. Don’t miss your chance for mayhem!


Help for Hurricane Harvey Victims–KidLitCares!

Children’s author, Kate Messner, is organizing a Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort with the help of hundreds of children’s literature professionals. Check in at #KidLitCares for updates and at the website. The auction items will raise money for the Red Cross. I am donating a Skype visit and a set of classroom books. If you or someone you know would be interested in any of these prizes, please pass the word along.


School Library Journal Review–Something for Everyone!

With permission from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL I’m printing a copy of their review of INTO THE SHADOWLANDS. The review is in their current August issue.


“There’s a little something for everyone here; suspense, adventure, a blossoming romance, and some truly corny humor from a two-headed gargoyle.”


REEG, Cynthia. Into the Shadowlands. 200p. (Monster or Die: Bk. 2). Jolly Fish Pr. Oct. 2017. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781631631344.

Gr 3-5–Being a misfit monster is a serious problem in Uggarland and can eventually lead to exile or even death. Fortunately for Frankenstein (Frank) Gordon and his nonconformist friends, there is an “Odd Monsters Out” class at Fiendful Fiends Academy, where the eccentricities range from a dragon who can’t breathe fire to a vampire who drinks milk. In this second installment of the series, Frank and his friends have just returned from a daring rescue of two misfits from exile but soon find themselves in another deadly situation. Their class is sent on a scavenger hunt to the Shadowlands, the treacherous divide between Uggarland and the human world, which is full of dangerous animals and malevolent spirits. To make matters worse, Frank’s nemesis, the troll Malcolm McNastee, has been assigned to chaperone the group. Malcolm reviles all misfits and has a very personal reason for hating Frank above all others. There’s a little something for everyone here; suspense, adventure, a blossoming romance, and some truly corny humor from a two-headed gargoyle. VERDICT An approachable read for fans of adventure/fantasy and humor in a school setting. While feasible as a stand-alone, it is optimal to have read the first installment.–Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI

The Monsters Were a Hit in Orlando!

Educators Were Eager for Their Own Copies

It was an awesome experience signing books on Saturday at the International Literacy Association 2017 Conference in Orlando. What an awesome opportunity to meet these individuals who are making such a profound impact on young lives.

One special experience was meeting a teacher who told me that one of her students recommended my book, FROM THE GRAVE, to her. How cool is that! He told her she had to grab a copy of Book 2, INTO THE SHADOWLANDS How I love knowing that readers are connecting with my stories!

Another thrill was meeting closing keynote speaker for the conference, Bryan V. Garrett, in line for my books! Mr. Garrett has been called “One of the most compelling voices of our times.” He is the Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance and former CEO of the National PTA. He is also author of “The A B C’s of Life” published by Scholastic. It was an honor to meet him and to share my stories with him.

I encouraged all the teachers I spoke with to contact me if they would be interested in setting up a Skype visit with me for their classes. As I said above, I love connecting with students and sharing my joy for reading and writing with them!