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 it is in district—after seeing it, we think it will be great for him).
And my mom and I went to see Dear Evan Hansen (the musical), which was technically a present for her 70th birthday (back at the end of September). I LOVED the show!!! I had serious goosebumps during “Waving Through a Window” and we both cried at the end of the show. If you have the chance to see it, don’t pass it up!
Here are a few pics that I took to commemorate (use the arrows to see them all):
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Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
I only put up one post. I was busy with family stuff and very distracted with the writing news that might be happening…
- Fun with Spam #6! – At least if I only posted one thing, it was a fun post! I love writing these.
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries for 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, it’s easy! Just fill out the birthday/blogoversary form.)
- February 24th – Book Briefs‘ Blogoversary
- February 24th – Jessica @ jessicasblog45‘s Birthday
- February 24th – Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek‘s Birthday
- February 27th – Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout‘s Birthday and Blogoversary
- February 27th – Jackie’s Forget Me Nots‘ Blogoversary
- February 28th – Sue @ Crushing Cinders‘ Birthday
- March – Jane @ Janepedia‘s Birthday
- March – Rebel Mommy Book Blog‘s Blogoversary
- March 1st – The Heart of a Book Blogger‘s Blogoversary
- March 2nd – Pink Polka Dot Books‘ Blogoversary
I couldn’t resist these three books. My Fate According to the Butterfly and Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray are two MG reads that I’ve had my eye on (I had ferrets when I was in a kid up until a few years after college and I LOVE them!!). And Smoke and Key is by Kelsey Sutton—I adored The Lonely Ones, which was also by her, and the same day I read that book I got a review request for this one. I jumped at it!
I got Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs in the mail the other day as a fun surprise! Bella definitely seems interested (especially after I told her she’d get a treat so she’d perk up for the picture).
Remember how I insisted I don’t love swag? Well, there’s an exception to every rule. I specifically pre-ordered Courting Darkness so I could get the swag, and I have no regrets. The enamel pin is what hooked me (I’m a sucker for those.)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Bookish shares 28 Books for Young Readers This Black History Month
- Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight tells us How to Find Upcoming Book Releases
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 supp`lies 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 EMPIRE OF LIGHT by Alex Harrow or request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, bookplate, sticker, pin and flavored lip balm (you can choose #TeamDamian, #TeamAris, or #TeamRaeyn swag). (ends 2/24)
- ***Pre-order THE DYSASTERS by P.C. and Kristin Cast to receive an enamel pin, a lenticular poster, and a bookmark! (US/Can only)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia OR request it from your local library to receive one character card of your choice and you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order WARRIOR OF THE WILD by Tricia Levenseller to receive a quote magnet, a signed bookplate and a download of the first chapter of the book with annotations by the author. (US or INT)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order THE LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yaros to receive a FREE signed & personalized paperback of GIRL IN LOVE, an upcoming, exclusive release co-written by Jay Crownover and Rebecca Yarros as well as a signed, personalized, The Last Letter bookplate. Open to the first 300 submissions. (US only)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon to receive an exclusive signed poster. (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte to receive an exclusive Welcome to Quadara Pin from your favorite region. (US only)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order AN AFFAIR OF POISONS by Addie Thorley OR request that your library purchase it OR let her know you are a teen reader who cannot pre-order to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 3 limited edition character art cards. (INT)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order LADY SMOKE by Laura Sebastian to receive a phone wallet! (US only)(ends 2/28)
- Pre-order THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker, a flair pin (US only), and character art cards. (INT)(ends 1/31 for pre-orders, 2/28 for library requests)
- ***Pre-order IF YOU’RE OUT THERE by Katy Loutzenhiser to receive an enamel pin, signed bookplate, bookmark and sticker! (INT)(ends 3/4) There is also a library giveaway!
- Pre-order CHRYSALIS by Brendan Reichs to receive a Project Nemesis book bag. (US only)(ends 3/4)
- Pre-order WITHIN THESE LINES by Stephanie Morrill to receive a digital poster, an exclusive video, a “Behind The Book” story, and a Reader’s Guide. (ends 3/4)
- Pre-order YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman to receive one of four different magnetic bookmarks designed as the characters. (INT)(ends 3/4)
- Pre-order THE SHADOWGLASS by Rin Chupeco to receive a limited edition tea sticker and a Bone Witch series pin. (INT)(ends 3/4)
- Pre-order THE FAIREST KIND OF LOVE by Crystal Cesari to receive a bookmark featuring a quote, a sticker set featuring logos from the series, a cover-art postcard, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends3/4)
- Pre-order SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY by Joshua Levy to receive a signed copy and an exclusive poster. (INT)(ends 3/4)
- Pre-order A QUESTION OF HOLMES by a signed, personalized copy, plus an exclusive illustrated print. (INT)(ends 3/5)
- Pre-order SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson and Penguin Young Readers will donate $1 to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. (INT)(ends 3/11)
- Pre-order BEWARE THE NIGHT by Jessica Fleck OR or request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark, a sticker with quote, and a glass fish. Plus a chance to win more! (INT)(ends 3/11)
- Request ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST by Sarah J. Carlson from your local library to receive a signed custom bookplate, a postcard featuring pictures of Northern Ireland, and stickers featuring lyrics from Fiona and Danny’s favorite band, Fading Stars. You’ll also be entered to win other giveaways. (US/Can)(ends 3/11)
- Pre-order THE WAKING FOREST by Alyssa Wees OR request it from your library to receive a bookmark, sticker, and signed bookplate! You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 3/12)
- Pre-order BLOODLEAF by Crystal Smith to receive a branded notebook and map of Achleva. (US/Can)(ends 3/12)
- Pre-order WINTER WAR AWAKENING by Rosalyn Eves to receive an enamel pin designed by the author, a signed bookplate designed by the author, and a set of bookmarks. (ends 3/18)
- Pre-order TO BEST THE BOYS by Mary Weber to receive an email download including a labyrinth maze, a playlist, bookish Rhen Paper Doll, and a new STORM SIREN NOVELLA ebook. (INT)(ends 3/18)
- Pre-order THE NEXT TO LAST MISTAKE by Amalie Jahn OR request it at your local library to receive a bookmark and a signed bookplate (first 25). After those first 25, there will be giveaways! (US only)(ends 3/18)
- ***Pre-order SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell from Mysterious Galaxy Books to receive a two-sided 12”x16” poster featuring the ONLY available colored version of the book’s world map (the book contains a black and white version of this map), autographed by both authors, a signed bookplate, a signed postcard, and a signed bookmark. (ends 3/25)
- Pre-order THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE by Ally Condie to receive an exclusive deluxe leather bookmark. (US only)(ends 3/25)
- Pre-order ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy to receive a signed bookplate, a lenticular bookmark, and a mini-poster of all the characters. (US only)(ends 3/25)
- Pre-order A PLACE FOR WOLVES by Kosoko Jackson to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (US/Can)(ends 3/25)
- Order SWAP’D by Tamara Ireland Stone OR request a hold at/check out a copy from your local library to receive a custom PopSocket, signed bookplate, bookmarks, and stickers! (ends 3/31)
- Pre-order WHITE ROSE by Kip Wilson OR request it at your local library to receive a bookmark and a sticker. You’ll also be entered to win other prizes. (INT)(ends 4/1)
- Pre-order DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He to receive 3 swag items (they won’t be all paper-made–actual items TBD closer to release date). (INT)(ends 4/1)
- Pre-order THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves to receive a signed bookplate. (US/CAN only)(ends 4/1)
- Pre-order DEFY ME by Tahereh Mafi to receive a customized Shatter Me eyeliner set! (US only)(ends 4/1)
- ***Pre-order WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton from Fountain Bookstore to receive a special limited-edition recipe card inspired by a recipe from Chanel’s grandmother and a stunning lipstick from Besamé Cosmetics. (ends 4/8)
- Pre-order WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOLUME 35 and receive a FREE digital edition of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 25. (ends 4/8)
- Pre-order THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD by Jessica Leake to receive a bookmark and character art printed on a postcard-sized card. (INT)(ends 4/9)
- Pre-order AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS by Olivia A. Cole to receive an enamel “who’s the beast” pin. More goodies are available if you order the first book as well or if you order from an independent bookstore. (ends 4/15)
- Pre-order BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK by Adi Alsaid to receive a personalized, autographed postcard from the author’s travels. (ends 4/30)
- ***Pre-order SWITCHBACK by Danika Stone to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark and postcard. Plus you’ll be entered to win other goodies! (INT)(ends 5/27) PLUS there’s a library only giveaway (scroll through the thread to see the pic with details0! (INT)(ends 6/28)
- Pre-order STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON by Mary Fan OR request it from your library to receive a signed postcard, a magnet, and a red envelope containing a mystery prize. (INT)(ends 6/20)
- Pre-order SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim to receive exclusive art, an official bookmark and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 7/29)
- Pre-order MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti Bowling to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, & bonus story. (ends 9/16)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @RosalynEves is giving away all three books in her trilogy + a preorder gift pack. 3 bonus winners will get the enamel pin only.
- @thebookbratz is giving away an ARC of TAROT by Marissa Kennerson
- @tonyaleeh is giving away The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
- @NicoleMHewitt (ME!) is giving away ANY BOOK YOU WANT!
- Jessica @ aGREATread is having a 10th Blogoversary Extravaganza!
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the January Wrap-Up Round-Up, the February Discussion Challenge and Giveaway, and my 6th blogoversary giveaway!
- Head over to The Eater of Books for a chance to win The Valiant and The Defiant
- Head over to FUONLYKNEW for a chance to win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box
- Head over to Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win a Movie Night Prize Pack
- Head over to France Book Tours for a chance to win The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf, Smoking Kills, or The Crypt Thief
- Head over to Every Free Chance Books for a Romance is in the Air $100 Kickoff Giveaway
- Head over to Teaching Authors for a chance to win HEDY LAMARR’S DOUBLE LIFE by Laurie Wallmark
- Lots of blogs participating in the February Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline!
- Head over to Bookish for LOTS of giveaways!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!