Month: February 2019

Feb 28
February 2019 Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

February 2019 Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

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It’s time for the February Wrap-Up Round-Up!  The January giveaway ends tonight, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our February 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. The round-up will include a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end wrap-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. If you don’t already post a monthly wrap-up and want some… Read more »


Feb 27
An Exciting Announcement…

An Exciting Announcement…

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I know I’ve been killing you guys with the hints, but I can finally say it … I’m now represented by Deborah Warren at East/West Literary Agency!!! I am beyond excited to announce that I am now represented by the amazing Deborah Warren @EastWestLit!! 🥳🥳So honored to be on this publishing journey with her and the rest of the East/West Family! — Nicole Hewitt (@NicoleMHewitt) February 27, 2019 I can’t even begin to tell you guys how thrilled I am about this partnership.  It almost seems surreal. In fact, those of you who’ve been around my blog for the past few weeks know that I was doubting myself there for a while. Impostor Syndrome works fast, trust me, and I kept thinking to myself that it couldn’t really be happening. It’s. Really. Happening. I met Deborah at an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) conference back in October, and I was… Read more »


Feb 25
Why Audiobooks Are Important. Let’s Discuss!

Why Audiobooks Are Important. Let’s Discuss!

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So, I’ve seen lots of posts about how great audiobooks are, and I agree with all of them. I love listening to audiobooks while I drive or while I’m doing boring housework. They make those things much more interesting! My husband isn’t much of a reader. He never has been. But he does enjoy listening to audiobooks from time to time. This is the one way that he consumes books. So for that reason alone, I think audiobooks are wonderful–they bring books to people who might not choose to read otherwise. But it occurred to me just this weekend that audiobooks are truly important to my family for an altogether different reason—one that most people don’t even consider. My fourteen-year-old son is a struggling reader. He has a cognitive disability (because he had encephalitis as an infant in Haiti), and there’s a good chance he won’t ever be able to… Read more »


Feb 24
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 2/24/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 2/24/19

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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): Okay, guys, welcome to the rollercoaster that is a writer’s life … I am. this. close. to announcing that thing that I thought wasn’t happening. It’s practically a done deal now. But it’s not actually a done deal, so I can’t say anything else. Lots of stuff going on for my kids this week—like meetings for my middle daughter’s Costa Rica trip (she’s going with school at the beginning of summer) and doing an observation at the school that my son is going to go to next year. (Since it’s not the school he’d be automatically enrolled in based on our address, but… Read more »


Feb 20
Fun with Spam #6!

Fun with Spam #6!

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I’m excited to say that spammers have figured out ways around those pesky checkboxes in the comments section, and I now have plenty of new material for these spam posts again! So… It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM, where we peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I were really going to reply to these random crazy comments?  Take a look at what I might say: If you happen to use goldfish, they may eat your vegetation. I was really concerned about that. It’s the only reason I haven’t used any goldfish on the blog. I’m really proud of the vegetation around here, and I wouldn’t want it to get eaten! Thank you for your valuable insights.   What i do not realize is in truth how you are not actually much more smartly-preferred than you may… Read more »


Feb 17
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 2/17/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 2/17/19

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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): Well, I’m starting to lose hope about that possible good news on the writing front. I don’t really have anything new to report, and that in itself makes me think that it’s not going to happen. Maybe someday I’ll be able to share the story in hindsight. Right now I’m just trying not to let disappointment win out over the positives in the situation. 🙁 Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: Bookworm Confession: Swag Isn’t My Thing. Let’s Discuss. (Plus a Giveaway) Bite-Sized Reviews of A Curse So Dark and Lonely,… Read more »


Feb 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Simple Art of Flying, and The Language Inside

Bite-Sized Reviews of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Simple Art of Flying, and The Language Inside

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I’ve got three reviews for you today: a YA fantasy retelling, a MG contemporary(ish), and a YA novel in verse. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book! So much perfection! Lately I’ve honestly been slogging through a lot of my reading. I’ve been tired and unmotivated and most of the books I’ve read have felt really long. I don’t think it’s been the books’ fault—it’s just the state of mind I’m in. And then I picked up this book. And I flew through it. Every time I put the book down, I was just waiting for the moment I could pick it back up. It was pure magic. It’s hard to imagine a fresh take on the Beauty and the Beast story, but this one has so many nuances: First off, there’s the heroine with cerebral palsy whose condition doesn’t define her in any way–it’s just a fact about… Read more »


Feb 13
Bookworm Confession: Swag Isn’t My Thing. Let’s Discuss. (Plus a Giveaway)

Bookworm Confession: Swag Isn’t My Thing. Let’s Discuss. (Plus a Giveaway)

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You go to a conference or book event, and there’s swag all around you, as far as the eye can see … bookmarks, lip balm, buttons, magnets, tote bags, notebooks, posters, chapter samplers, and more. Sometimes you see something utterly creative that you never even imagined could be made into swag! This sounds fantastic, unless you’re like me and you really just don’t like swag all that much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a pretty bookmark just like the rest of you. But usually when I get home from an event or big conference, I end up thinking, What am I going to DO with all this stuff?  I’ve made a vow that I’m going to be better about turning things down. But a lot of times these things were shoved at me with exuberance and I felt guilty when I said no thank you. The look on… Read more »


Feb 10
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 2/10/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 2/10/19

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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 had two different writer groups this week (one for SCBWI and one at my local library) and now this weekend I’ve been participating in WriteOnCon, which is an online kidlit (YA and under) writing conference. I’m in awe at the pure amount of content in this conference. If you’re a writer or interested in writing, you should definitely check it out because it’s super reasonably priced and you can access all of the sessions for the next week. I spent almost all day Friday on the site, and every spare minute yesterday on it and I’ve found so many… Read more »


Feb 09
Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry: Review, Giveaway & McQuerry’s Top Ten Addictions

Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry: Review, Giveaway & McQuerry’s Top Ten Addictions

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Between Before and After is a touching story of believing in the miracles of everyday life and forgiving yourself for the mistakes of your past. The story alternates between 1955 and 1918 to the early 20’s. When Molly discovers that her mother has a secret in her past that might ruin their family’s happiness, she’s determined to find out what it is. In the meantime, her uncle is being investigated by the church because he performed a miracle, and the turmoil and disbelief that this sparks turns their life even more upside down. The book follows Molly in her quest to learn the truth and flashes back to Molly’s mother’s life as a struggling orphan after the Spanish flu of 1918. I’ll confess that I’d unraveled the mystery of her mother’s past pretty much right from the start, but I still enjoyed reading Molly’s discoveries and finding out how it… Read more »