Month: June 2018

Jun 30
June 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

June 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the June Wrap-Up Round-Up! The winner of the March/April giveaway was Lily M., who chose Warcross by Marie Lu. And apparently I completely lost my mind and forgot the May giveaway, so this month’s will be a joint one again. (I plead pre-writing-conference insanity—Don’t worry, I’m literally writing and scheduling the giveaway now so I can’t forget it this month!) This is the link-up for our June 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… Read more »


Jun 29
Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR

Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR

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I took in a lot of fantastic writing advice at the WIFYR conference. I thought I’d share my some of the lessons I learned with all of you. All of these came from the breakout sessions or keynotes. I tried to keep these specific to writing advice rather than publishing/querying advice, but I’ll probably do another post with some great points that were made when it comes to querying! Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR Books are made in revision, and you can’t revise nothing. So write! This is a quote from Trent Reedy’s revision class and it’s pretty simple, but also really profound. So often we want to get things right the first time around, and we can be so focused on perfection that we don’t end up really accomplishing anything at all. You can’t revise what you don’t write! Trent also talked about the importance of having… Read more »


Jun 27
Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga – Giveaway & Duga’s Top Ten Addictions

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga – Giveaway & Duga’s Top Ten Addictions

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I’m excited to share this amazing new fantasy with you! I’m reading it right now, and so far I’m loving its unique twist on fairy tales. Watch for a review on the blog, coming soon! For now, here’s a chance to win a copy of the book AND Lindsey Duga’s Top Ten Addictions. Enjoy! Lindsey’s Top Ten Addictions Iced Matcha Green Tea Lattes (with soy milk) I first discovered these at Starbucks while I was searching for a coffee substitute and have been addicted to them ever since. My most productive writing sessions always begin with one of these–seriously can’t write or live without them! Girl Superhero Shows The obsession started with Sailor Moon and didn’t end there. Sure, they’re kinda cheesy, but shows like Totally Spies, Cardcaptor Sakura, Wedding Peach etc, all had really great strong female characters and were great role models for young girls. My current favorite… Read more »


Jun 26
My Personal Connection to Pride Month, Some Recent LGBTQ+ Reads, and Integrating My Faith and LGBTQ+ Issues

My Personal Connection to Pride Month, Some Recent LGBTQ+ Reads, and Integrating My Faith and LGBTQ+ Issues

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Be forewarned, this post is going to be more personal than book-related (though I have some books at the end if you scroll down!). A lot of you have been around my blog since the beginning and you’ve gotten to know me a bit over these past five and a half years, so you know things have been going on in my personal life. Things I haven’t addressed directly, but I’ve alluded to over the past few years. Sometimes deciding how much to share of our personal lives on our blog can be a tricky issue. But I decided this week to dive in and just address things head-on since it was starting to feel a little disingenuous not to. Especially since I’ve talked about my kids on the blog for years, and those of you who are astute may have noticed that I’ve gone from talking about my son Jaden—to referring to my… Read more »


Jun 24
Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 6/24/18

Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 6/24/18

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I’m back from the WIFYR writing conference, and it was really fantastic! I plan to write a few posts to tell you guys what I learned, but for now I’ll just tell you that it was fabulous to spend so much time with other writers and compare notes. And I gained some really valuable insights along the way! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards, Everless & Ice Wolves A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming Some Changes Around Here Bite-Sized Reviews of Words in the… Read more »


Jun 21
Bite-Sized Reviews of Words in the Dust, If You’re Reading This and Never That Far

Bite-Sized Reviews of Words in the Dust, If You’re Reading This and Never That Far

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I’ve got three WIFYR-inspired bite-sized reviews for you today! What I mean by that is that I was inspired to read all three of these books because of the WIFYR writing conference I just attended. The first two were written by Trent Reedy, who ran my workshop and the last one was written by Carol Lynch Williams, who ran the conference. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! When I first mentioned that I was going to be attending a WIFYR workshop led by Trent Reedy, lots of my readers gushed about Words in the Dust. I was chagrined to admit that I hadn’t read it yet, though it had been on my TBR for quite some time. I’m so glad that this conference gave me that little extra nudge I needed to pick this book up—I had no idea what I was missing… Read more »


Jun 18
Some Changes Around Here: A Change to My Rating System

Some Changes Around Here: A Change to My Rating System

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Hey, everybody! I’m back from WIFYR, and it was an amazing experience. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to be around other writers and soak in all that writing knowledge and experience. I’ll be writing a few posts down the line about what I learned, but first I just wanted to tell you all about some changes I’m making to the blog. Don’t worry, you’re not going to notice any HUGE differences. But this conference solidified something I’ve been thinking for quite a while: as an aspiring author, I need to shift my reviewing style slightly, and I will no longer be including negative reviews on my blog. I know some of my fellow bloggers will be instantly put off by this, and I get it. I do. Like I said, this is something I’ve been contemplating for quite some time, but I hadn’t pulled the trigger… Read more »


Jun 09
A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

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I’m heading off to Utah very early tomorrow morning for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers writing workshop! I’m not planning on updating the blog while I’m there (unless I’m feeling especially inspired) because I want to focus on the conference as much as I can. Things about WIFYR I’m looking forward to: Meeting Trent Reedy. Have you read Words in the Dust? If you haven’t you need to. Absolutely fabulous! I know I’m going to learn a lot from Trent! A week spent with other writers. These are my people! I can’t wait to talk writing with them. My critiques. I’m excited to get feedback from a whole group of people, and I’m hoping some of us will keep up the relationships after the conference. The conference sessions. In the mornings, our group will be critiquing, but in the afternoons, there are lots of break-out groups to choose… Read more »


Jun 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards & Ice Wolves

Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards & Ice Wolves

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I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today, both fantasies! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! One thing that I LOVE about this series is that it isn’t told from the perspective of the “special snowflake” or the “Chosen One.” Really, when I think about it, this series would normally be told from the POV of Princess Lyriana—not only a princess, but also a powerful mage. Or even Zell, a Zitochi warrior who can fight and win pretty much any battle. But, no, the story is told through Tilla’s eyes—and there is literally nothing special about her except she happens to be the bastard daughter of the man who’s trying to overthrow the king. She gets caught up in the whirlwind of the revolution and can’t escape. Amazing things are happening all around her: powerful magic, revolutionary plotting and intrigue, massive battles, but she’s… Read more »


Jun 03
Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore

Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): This week I’ve been working hard on critiques for the writing conference I’m headed out to next week. (We just got seven submissions for critique last week! Still, I kind of love critiquing, so it’s all good.) Speaking of which, I’ll probably be taking a hiatus from the blog from the 8th to the 14th. I want to focus on the conference and not stress about getting posts up. If I get anything up, I’ll consider it a bonus! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway Sisters… Read more »