Month: October 2016

Oct 31
October Recap & Best of the Bunch

October Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I enjoyed making Halloween costumes with my two older kiddos. I just put the pictures in my Sunday Post, so I won’t post them again, but you can see them HERE. I attended the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. LOVED it! (You can read my recap here.) My two oldest had their first swim meet! We’re all enjoying this new sport! I finished editing Unscripted by Samantha Long, a New Adult romance that should be releasing very soon! Most Popular Posts: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns – Technically I posted this at the end of September, but it was my most popular post of October, so I’m including it here. I’m excited that people are reading this because I had so much fun writing it! I want to see everyone’s thoughts on the book!! I Don’t Do Scary (But Books Don’t Scare Me)…. Read more »


Oct 30
October Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

October Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up! The September giveaway was hosted right here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction. Tomorrow is your last chance to enter! This is the link-up for our October wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the month, I’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your wrap-up summarizes your month in some way.   Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.   Anyone can participate in the giveaway – you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate.   I also plan… Read more »


Oct 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/30/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/30/16

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This week, I had fun making Halloween costumes with my older two kids. This is the first time we’ve gotten created and made our own costumes. My son is the Tardis (made with a cardboard box) and my daughter is Raining Cats & Dogs (dogs, cats, and blue beads hanging from her umbrella). My younger son is going to be the piggy from Angry Birds, but we didn’t make his costume, and I don’t have a picture of it yet. In other news, I decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year! I feel like I’m better organized this time, so I’m… Read more »


Oct 29
Introducing My NaNoWriMo Novel

Introducing My NaNoWriMo Novel

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Okay, it’s official. I signed up for NaNoWriMo, which starts in (shudders in fear) three days. And I figured that if I wrote about the book here, it would make it even officialer and I wouldn’t be able to back out of it. At least not without a lot of shame. I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 and technically “won” (wrote my 50,000 words), but I didn’t come anywhere close to finishing my book. And by the time I finished NaNo I was feeling less than confident that I should be finishing the book because I felt pretty stuck. But I’m not giving up!! I’m back for more torture … fun. I meant fun. I decided to participate in Beautiful Books 2016 (which is hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In) and I’m answering their questions here! (Though I’m switching the order slightly.) Describe what your novel is… Read more »


Oct 28
Bite-Sized Reviews of LOTS of Zombie Reads (all by Kate L. Mary)

Bite-Sized Reviews of LOTS of Zombie Reads (all by Kate L. Mary)

Reviews 7 ★★★★

I recently went on a Kate L. Mary reading binge. She sent me a review copy of the first book in her Broken World spin-off series, Twisted, and I discovered that I had missed a companion book and two short stories that had been published in the Broken World series! Plus, I had never gotten around to reading the book of short stories or the YA companion to the series (both of which I had bought while back, but hadn’t managed to pick up for some reason). I had some serious reading to do! Of course, I didn’t have to read ALL of these books right now, but I found that once I ventured back into Kate L. Mary’s zombified world, I didn’t want to leave again! So, this is my taste of Halloween—I don’t know that I’d call these books scary, but zombies are more than a little creepy, right? If… Read more »


Oct 26
The Bloodmark Trilogy by Aurora Whittet: Check Out My Reviews, Whittet’s Top Ten Addictions & a Giveaway!

The Bloodmark Trilogy by Aurora Whittet: Check Out My Reviews, Whittet’s Top Ten Addictions & a Giveaway!

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I read and reviewed the first two books in this trilogy back when they first came out. I’ve really been enjoying the series, and I’m excited to finally finish it up! Watch for my review of the third book on November 3rd (along with a separate, tour-wide giveaway). For now, check out the first two books in the series (including links to my previous reviews), read about Aurora’s Top Ten Addictions and enter to win hardcovers of the entire series! Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet Series: Bloodmark Saga #1 Published by Wise Ink on 11/1/13 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Pages: 333 My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves–she was able to shift to a wolf at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and she is sent to live in Ireland’s secluded countryside. Ashling’s… Read more »


Oct 24
A Recap of the YA Lit Conference & Fandom Frenzy. And a Giveaway!

A Recap of the YA Lit Conference & Fandom Frenzy. And a Giveaway!

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Anderson’s annual YA Lit Conference is a gathering of authors, educators and librarians (with some bloggers thrown in) to discuss … well, books. Then, the next day is the YA Fandom Frenzy—this day is geared toward fans and includes lots of fun games and activities. This year 33 authors were in attendance, including a few of my favorites. This post is going to be a recap of the events AND a giveaway! The Key Note Speakers: Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Falling Over Sideways (and more) Kids’ Books = Words + Kids + Love. Jordan told us about how his passion for writing books for kids started because he knew a young girl who needed a story. Her little brother had cancer, and Jordan went to every source he could find for a book about a middle grader with a sick sibling and no one he talked to could find anything that fit the… Read more »


Oct 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/23/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/23/16

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This week was actually a lot less crazy. Nobody sick. Woo hoo! My older two kids had their first swim meet this weekend, which was lots of fun. It was nice to get this first meet experience under our belts so we’ll know a bit more what’s going on now. Not too many posts up on the blog this week. I’m working on finishing up an edit, so I haven’t had a lot of extra time for blogging. But I did manage to get reviews for a few MG/younger YA reads up. Here’s what you may have missed: Time Traveling with… Read more »


Oct 20
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

These are two audiobooks that I received for review and listened to with my two older kids. It takes us a little while to get through these because I can only listen when the three of us are in the car together (or suffer their wrath), but these were both well worth the wait! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!   Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway Series: Momotaro #1 Published by Dreamscape Media on 4/12/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Legends & Mythology Pages: 320   Audio Length: 8 hours and 12 minutes Source: AudioBook Jukebox My content rating: MG (Some MG-level violence, Slight bullying) My rating: Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe. When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games… Read more »


Oct 19
Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford – Review, Giveaway, & Welford’s Top Ten Addictions

Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford – Review, Giveaway, & Welford’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★★

Despite the cute cover and the whimsical title, this book isn’t simply a frivolous romp through time—it has a surprising amount of heart and even heartbreak. The story tells of Al, who receives a letter from his father four years after his father’s death. The letter reveals that Al can essentially bring his father back to life by traveling back in time and preventing an accident that happened all the way back when his father was twelve years old. Of course, at first Al is skeptical, but he soon discovers that it just might be true. Unfortunately, changing the past isn’t quite as simple as it seems, and Al finds himself questioning whether or not changing the past could destroy his future.  What Fed My Addiction: Life in all its bittersweet glory. There’s a lot going on in Al’s life (pre-time travel), and not all of it is rosy. Obviously, he’s been dealing… Read more »