Month: March 2019

Mar 31
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/31/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/31/19

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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): This work I’ve mostly been working on editing Convenerimus to get it ready for submission. I have a CP I’ve been working with since just before I submitted to my agent, but I hadn’t incorporated any edits based on her notes because I wasn’t sure how this process was going to work. My agent gave me permission to go ahead and put those edits in before we go on submission. Of course, there’s no such thing as perfection, but it’s nice to go through one more time and do a bit more work on it before that next step.  🙂… Read more »


Mar 30
March 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway

March 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway

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It’s time for the March Wrap-Up Round-Up!  The February giveaway ends tomorrow, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our March 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 »


Mar 29
Samantha Spinner Series by Russell Ginns: Review & Giveaway

Samantha Spinner Series by Russell Ginns: Review & Giveaway

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This first book in the Samantha Spinner Series introduces us to Samantha and her wacky family. Her dad is a lightbulb expert, her mom is a lizard veterinarian, her older sister Buffy is a fashion-obsessed shopping machine, and her little brother Nipper is just an annoying little brother–who loses stuff a lot (and knows a lot of random facts). But strangest of all is Uncle Paul, who goes missing at the very beginning of the book. He leaves behind amazing presents for Buffy and Nipper–and a red umbrella for Samantha. As you can imagine, Samantha’s pretty sure she got a raw deal. Until she discovers that the umbrella is actually a map that leads to a super secret transportation system … and a whole lot of adventure. The book is zany in so many over-the-top ways. Sometimes it’s a bit nonsensical, but it’s always fun. Ginns’ creativity knows no bounds, and… Read more »


Mar 26
Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Listened To

Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Listened To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is an audiobook freebie, but I chose to keep it simple: Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Listened To This was actually a pretty tough topic since I’ve been listening to A LOT of audiobooks lately. But I came up with a list I’m happy with. Here are ten of my favorite audiobooks:  For this list, I’m focusing specifically on books where the narration added to the overall reading experience, not just books that I really loved. (Links go to my reviews. These aren’t listed in any particular order.) 1.The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater, Narrated by Will Patton Yeah, so I’m cheating a lot in this post by listing series as a single book, but it would be impossible to come up with an interesting top ten list otherwise. First up is The Raven Cycle Series. Stiefvater’s… Read more »


Mar 24
Sunday Post: Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/24/19

Sunday Post: Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/24/19

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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): I’ve been working on my new MG manuscript. Slowly but surely.  🙂  I’m finding with verse I can’t get anything close to the number of words written in a sitting as I can when I write prose. But I’m working … Next week (or, I guess, this week) is my kids’ spring break. We don’t have anything exciting planned, but we’ll have a relaxing week at home. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: Always lots of posts at the end/beginning of the month! Bite-Sized Reviews of Geekerella, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend… Read more »


Mar 23
How Much Is Too Much? Sometimes Life Is Stranger Than Fiction. Let’s Discuss.

How Much Is Too Much? Sometimes Life Is Stranger Than Fiction. Let’s Discuss.

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Have you ever read a book and felt like there was a bit of issue overload? Like it dealt with just too many topics, and you started to wonder if it was all maybe a bit too much for one story? I definitely have. But I’ve also read books that handled multiple issues incredibly well, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how, in real life, many of us deal with a lot. I mean, we don’t really get to say, “No, sorry, I’ve already had my fill of ‘issues’–it just isn’t believable that I would have one more.” Believable or not, life is what it is. Take my family for instance: If I tried to write a book about my kids, people would read it and say, “This is so unrealistic. She just wanted to add in a bunch of diversity (or neurodiversity) for the sake of diversity.” And… Read more »


Mar 21
Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger: Review & Scheerger’s Top Ten Addictions

Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger: Review & Scheerger’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 6 ★★★★★

Operation Frog Effect is a story told in journal form–with eight (diverse) kids who are writing their experiences as the school year progresses. The kids use multiple formats. For instance, one writes mostly in verse while another does his journaling in graphic novel format. These different formats are sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. Right from the start, I could tell that the characters were going to be incredibly relatable: the story starts with Emily, who’s confused by the fact that her two best friends didn’t sit with her on the first day of school. She’s sure it’s a mistake. Well, pretty sure. That beginning set just the right tone and let me know that this book was going to tug at my heartstrings and address situations that middle school kids face every day. It also tackles some tougher topics as well, like learning disabilities, immigration and homelessness…. Read more »


Mar 19
Bite-Sized Reviews of Geekerella, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, and The Crossover and Rebound

Bite-Sized Reviews of Geekerella, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, and The Crossover and Rebound

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I’ve got three reviews for you today: a YA contemporary, a MG fantasy, and two MG verse novels in a series. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’ve been meaning to read this book for forever because so many of my blogger friends love it. A book about fandoms is pretty much guaranteed to be a win because so many of us have been in that place of adoring a book series or movie or TV show so much that we just can’t bear to see anyone ruin the story for us! Think of all those book to movie adaptations and all the fans who are just begging the producers to be gentle with their favorite story! I loved the focus on geekdom, of course–the title pretty much tells you what you’re getting into. These are people who LOVE their show and they’re not afraid… Read more »


Mar 17
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/17/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/17/19

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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): My MG bookcase is coming along very nicely. I still have some random books on the bottom shelf (and some adult classics on top, which will probably stay there), and I still have some more MG books floating around the house, but I’m pretty happy with the way this bookcase is turning out. Take a look: More track meets this week. My daughter Danielle managed to get her PR in high jump at 4’5″ on Thursday. I’m kind of in awe of her–not because she’s a top athlete necessarily (she placed 5th at our conference meet for JV)–but because… Read more »


Mar 14
The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)

The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)

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This post actually first appeared as a guest post over at 125 Pages a few years ago, but I thought I’ve probably learned a few lessons since then, and it might be a good idea to update it and post it here. In case you’re not aware, I run the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up and the Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Both of these have been very rewarding – especially the discussion challenge, which is definitely my proudest accomplishment as a blogger. It’s been a huge success, and better yet, I’ve made so many great connections with bloggers via the challenge! But what does it take to make a meme or challenge really work? How do you get it started? How do you get people interested in it? And then how do you keep people excited about it so it doesn’t fizzle out?  Well, I don’t claim to be an expert… Read more »