This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I hope those of you in the US enjoyed Thanksgiving. We had a nice holiday at home—my mom and dad were here, but since my mom is pretty much always here, it barely felt like company. Makes for a relaxed holiday.
I’ve been working steadily away on my NaNo novel and am pretty much right on track, despite not getting much writing done on Thanksgiving. Even though I didn’t get many words in that day, I feel like I made a major breakthrough with my main character that day. I had been struggling with whether or not to leave in the fact that she’d lost a hand (because I felt like it was being added as an afterthought and I wasn’t doing it justice), but I got some inspiration via some amazing paraclimbers—people with “diffabilities” (as the paraclimbing champion likes to call them—instead of disabilities) who compete in rock climbing. My book takes place in the Colorado Rockies, and I had in my head that Charlie was a nature girl, but watching videos of those climbers gave me the inspiration to take her passion up a notch. That idea led to me really feeling like I had a better handle on Charlie as a character in general, and I’m excited about her again! I’ll have to go back and make some edits to what I’ve already done, but it’s totally worth it.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
Unfortunately, between NaNo and the holiday, I didn’t get much blogging done. Of course, I did take the time out to totally update my Bloglovin’ feed … So, yeah, I was definitely prioritizing my time this week. Or procrastinating. Yeah, I think that might have been it.
BUT I did finally post a discussion!
- Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi: A Disturbingly Dark Middle Grade Read
- When It Might Be Time to Change Your Blog Name… Let’s Discuss!
Next week on FYFA:
- November Wrap-Up Round Up
- When in Rome by CJ Duggan: Review
- Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne: Review
- December Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
Latest FYFA Giveaway Winners!!:
- None this week!
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries this week! I hope you’ll go wish these bloggers well on their special days! Make sure you check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up. (If you want to be added to the calendar, you can always fill out the birthday/blogoversary form.)
- November 26th – Heather @ Based on a True Story‘s Birthday
- November 26th – JC’s Book Haven‘s Blogoversary
- November 27th – Bregje @ Books are Stories‘ Birthday
- November 30th – Ikram Reads a Lot‘s Blogoversary
- December 2nd – Samantha @ The Book Disciple‘s Birthday
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight shares her Side Character Fight to the Death
- Book Briefs shares a bunch of bookish Black Friday sales—most of them are still going on!
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books shares the absolute fear that overtakes us when it’s time to edit a WIP
- Cait @ Paper Fury asks Are Tropes Always Bad?
- If you’re in the Manhattan area, Inkitt is hosting a free event with Gayle Forman on November 30th. She will be giving a presentation about her top tips for writers, doing a Q&A, and signing books.
Listed in order of release date. Any new deals that I just added to the list this week will be denoted with a *** so you can easily find them!
Please note: Almost all pre-order giveaways run “while supplies last,” so I can’t guarantee that they’ll be open until the date listed. Pre-0rder early for your best chance to get all the goodies!
- Pre-order THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL by Jessica Brody to receive a bookplate signed by the author, a “boarding pass” bookmark, a special, annotated Denver Airport Map so you can follow along with Ryn and Xander on their adventure through the airport, and a “Stranded Passenger” Bingo Card. (INT) (ends 11/27)
- Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD by Elise Kova to get exclusive swag. The more pre-orders that are received, the more swag will be unlocked. (ends 12/4)
- Pre-order EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill to receive a 5×7 custom art print, a quote card, a temporary tattoo and signed bookmark and bookplate. (ends 12/4)
- ***Pre-order HEART ON FIRE by Amanda Bouchet to receive a limited edition poster! (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order MEET CUTE by various authors, including Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton and Katie Cotugno, to receive a set of 6 pins based on the cover! (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate with evil eye pattern, and an exclusive short story that catches up with the protagonists five years later. You’ll also be entered to win a themed prize pack. (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black to receive a signed bookplate, enamel pin & bookmark. (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke to receive a signed bookmark, two stickers, and a chance to win much, more more. (ends 11/7)
- Pre-order UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner to receive an exclusive e-short set before the events of These Broken Stars, an autographed bookplate especially designed to go in your book, and a chance to get your name the sequel to Unearthed! (ends 1/8)
- Pre-order LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed to receive a custom button set! (Plus a signed, personalized copy and a hand-lettered art print, if you pre-order from Anderson’s) (ends 1/15)
- Pre-order IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown to receive an exclusive art print featuring the book’s characters! (ends 1/16)
- Pre-order ZENITH by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings to receive a Zenith necklace. (ends 1/16)
- ***Pre-order REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh t0 receive a set of 7 beautiful character art cards, a bookmark and a signed bookplate. (ends 11/22)
- Pre-order LOLA DUTCH IS A LITTLE BIT MUCH and receive a digital package that includes: Coloring Pages, Paper Puppets, Mini Guided Learning Activities with Lola and much more! (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order REIGN THE EARTH by A.C. Gaughen to receive an exclusive map poster. (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert to receive an exclusive set of 10 “tarot-inspired” character cards. (ends 1/29)
- ***Pre-Order HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston to receive 1 of 4 (or all 4, depending on where you order from) ultra-exclusive holographic character prints and a signed bookplate. (ends 2/26)
- Pre-order THE CASE FOR JAMIE by Brittany Cavallaro to receive a signed book and exclusive Charlotte Holmes swag. (ends 3/5)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your November discussions and enter to win!
- Haven by Mary Lindsey: Giveaway (& My First Impressions) – Still time to win a swag box including books (or a $15 Amazon gift card for INT winner)
- October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist) – Still time to enter to win a book from my Make Me Read It Giveaway list!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Lots of blogs participating in the Black Friday Giveaway Book Bonanza Hop
- Head over to Night Owl Book Cafe for a chance to win a print copy of Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
- Head over to a GREAT read for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Renegades
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box
- Read It Forward is giving you the chance to win their The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
- Head over to Book Lady’s Reviews for a chance to win a The November Girl Swag Pack
- Enter the Batman: Nightwalker ARC and Signed Wonder Woman: Warbringer Sweepstakes!
- Head over to BookCrushin’ for a chance to win season 1 of REMADE on SerialBox!
- Enter to win this month’s NOVLbox from @TheNovl!
- It’s It Starts at Midnight’s four-year blogoversary!! Tell Shannon you love her and then enter her giveaway for (and I quote) “Whatever the Hell You Want (INT)“! (See why I love her so?)
- The Bookkeeper’s Secrets is doing a year-long giveaway!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!