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. 🙂
This week was spring break for my kids, but we didn’t do all that much. The kids (and my mom) and I went to a VR place on Thursday that was a lot of fun. I only did it for like 5 minutes because I wanted the kids to get most of the time (we had two rooms for an hour), but it was a really cool experience. And even watching someone else do it was fun. Other than that, we just enjoyed time off by taking some walks with the dogs, playing games and watching a couple of movies. Friday night, my husband and I went to see Captain Marvel. We enjoyed it, even though neither of us are big superhero fans.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Listened To
- Samantha Spinner Series by Russell Ginns: Review & Giveaway
- March 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
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.)
- March 31st – Greg @ Book Haven‘s Birthday
- April 1st – The Book Disciple’s Blogoversary
- April 3rd – Jillian’s Books‘ Blogoversary
- April 3rd – Tiffany @ String of Pages‘ Birthday
- April 3rd – Wanda @ booklovercircumspect4‘s Birthday
- April 5th – Chapter Break‘s Blogoversary
- April 5th – Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA‘s Birthday
I used more of my birthday money to pre-order Sky Without Stars because I LOVE Les Mis (the musical–I still haven’t gotten through the whole book). And, yeah, don’t remind me how I said I don’t love swag because this map is amazing! (But, I still have no idea what I’m going to do with it.)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Angel @ Avid Reader shares some great advice in All About Writing Reviews
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!
- 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 GIRL MOGUL by Tiffany Pham to receive a code redeemable for a Mogul Learning Course and a laptop sticker! (US only)(ends 4/1)
- Pre-order A SONG FOR THE STARS by Ilima Todd to receive a Hawaiian temporary tattoo, a vintage James Cook stamp replica depicting one of the scenes from the book, and an autographed bookplate. Plus you’ll be entered to win more. (US only)(ends 4/1)
- Pre-order HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow to receive a gorgeous laptop decal! (US only)(ends 4/8)
- Pre-order THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL by Ashley Poston to receive an exclusive short story about Elle and Darien’s first date and a gorgeous piece of fanart that’s perfect for your laptop or desktop screen. (INT)(ends 4/8)
- Pre-order THE TAKEOVER EFFECT by Nisha Sharma to receive Sharma’s mother’s recipe for aloo (potato stuffed) paranthas and a hint about the plot for book 2. (INT)(ends 4/8)
- Pre-order SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline to receive a free paperback of any Scottoline book of your choice. (ends 4/8)
- 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 ALL FOR ONE by Melissa De La Cruz to receive an Alex & Eliza Swag Bag. (US only)(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 VIPER by Bex Hogan to receive a set of 6 bookmarks inspired by the Isles of Storm & Sorrow series. (UK/Republic of Ireland only)(ends 4/17)
- Pre-order A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT by L. Ryan Storms to receive a one-of-a-kind talisman necklace (first 15 pre-orders only—must also follow a few other instructions to qualify). (ends 4/29)
- Pre-order KING OF FOOLS by Amanda Foody to receive an exclusive Vianca Augustine short story! (INT)(ends 4/29)
- Pre-order THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and 2 custom illustrated character cards. OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark. (INT)(ends 4/29)
- 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 MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma to receive an e-copy of a mega list (pdf) of Bollywood movies and Nani’s recipe for mango lassi. (UK only–or, at least, must purchase UK version of book)(ends 5/2)
- Pre-order KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF by Tom Ryan to receive a bookmark, postcard, signed bookplate and a surprise gift. (US & Can)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order FINALE by Stephanie Garber to receive a Deck of Destiny. (US only)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes to receive Nadine’s exclusive annotated notes from Romanov chapters and a downloadable recipe card from the book. The first 20o preorder submissions also receive a watercolor Romanov bookmark, a quote sticker, a printed recipe card and a signed bookplate.
- ***Pre-order DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS by Nina Moreno to receive a checkout card from Port Coral Library as a bookplate, a bookmark, and a postcard. You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway! OR request from your local library to receive the postcard & bookmark. (INT)(ends 5/13)
- Pre-order THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE by Sandhya Menon to receive a print, bookplate, and an exclusive key chain! (US only)(ends 5/13)
- Pre-order AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff to receive an exclusive Illuminae Files novella. (INT)(ends 5/14)
- Pre-order THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French from The Briar Patch bookstore to receive a signed copy of the book, a morbid lapel pin, a Day of the Dead iron-on skull patch, organic TMS cherry lip gloss, a Halloween wind-up, a TMS postcard, and a sterling silver jack-o’-lantern charm with spooky children’s rhyme from the book (first 20 pre-orders only). (US only)(ends 5/20)
- Request NO PLACE LIKE HERE by Christina June from your local library to receive a set of bookish stickers, a signed bookmark, and an entry to win a signed set of Christina June’s 3 books to be donated to your favorite classroom. (INT)(ends 5/20)
- Pre-order WITHIN AND WITHOUT by Deborah Maroulis to receive a bookmark, a signed postcard, 2 stickers, and a ceramic pin. (INT)(ends 5/27)
- Pre-order STORM AND FURY by Jennifer Armentrout from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed book, bookmark and Book Beau bag. (INT)(ends 6/9)
- Pre-order MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey to receive an enamel pin. (US/Can)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order THE EVIL QUEEN by Gena Showalter to receive a golden apple necklace! (US/Can only)(ends 6/24)
- 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 details! (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 CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT by Brigid Kemmerer to receive a signed bookplate, and an email containing exclusive bonus content set in the Letters to the Lost/More Than We Can Tell universe. Plus, 1 Grand Prize Winner will have a character named after them in a future published book, to be decided between you and Brigid! (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 7/1)
- Pre-order WANDERERS by Chuck Wendig to receive an exclusive pin! (US only)(ends 7/1)
- 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:
- @BrendaKRufener is giving away an ARC of SINCE WE LAST SPOKE
- @seeserenawrite is giving away one of 24 upcoming books to celebrate finishing her latest round of edits!
- @BooksNest is giving away a book of your choice.
- @booksandmunches is giving away a SIGNED COPY of The Monster of Selkirk’s first book.
- @MESalisbury is giving away one of four witch books.
- @TheBookWraith is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway!
- @mahmarino is giving away a new release
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the February Wrap-Up Round-Up and the March Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. Plus, you can enter to win SAMANTHA SPINNER Series or THE EVERLASTING ROSE.
- Writers, head over to Teaching Authors for a chance to win THE MAGIC WORDS by Cheryl Klein
- Head over to Do You Dog Ear for a chance to win one of 3 copies of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is giving away Three books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves
- Head over to Alyssa Carlier’s website for a chance to win Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader is celebrating 1500 Followers with a giveaway!
- Head over to Magical Reads for a chance to win a Signed ARC of Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
- Tanya @ Vivacious Bibliophile is giving away an Audible audiobook!
- Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog is celebrating her 4-year blogoversary with a giveaway of a book of your choice!
- It’s Once Upon a Twilight’s 9 year blogoversary! Head on over and you can enter to win a Blogoversary Prize Pack: Books, Gift Cards, Books/Movies swag
- Head over to The Book Bag for a chance to win Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
- Head over to Blossoms and Bullet Journals for a chance to win The Fever King
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
- Head over to Word Spelunking for March Middle Grade Madness with 12 giveaways, including The Simple Art of Flying, a signed paperback copy of Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall, A Sprinkle Of Magic, and much more!
- BookTrib is doing a Women’s History Month Giveaway
- AJ @ Read All the Things is celebrating her birthday with a giveaway!
- Head over to France Book Tours for a chance to win The First Noël At The Villa Des Violettes
- Lots of blogs participating in the March Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke!
- 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!
The cover of Sky Without Stars is absolutely gorgeous, fabulous birthday present choice. ? And it sounds like you guys had such a nice and mellow spring break, yay! I’ve had friends go to the VR place here and one of the situations is walking out on a plank off of a 80 foot building, ack. Once my littlest is a few years older then we’ll go check it out.
I’m very satisfied with my purchase. 🙂
Best of luck for your edits and to get your work ready for submission, I hope everything will go well, fingers crossed!
Thank you, as always, for sharing all of these giveaways and preorder campaigns, this is so helpful <3
I hope you'll have a wonderful week, Nicole <3
Thank you! I expect lots of waiting now. 🙂
Oh nice! I’ve never gone to a VR place so that concept is new to me! I find it funny you’re getting more preorder swag this year after you stated you’re not a swag person! Lol!
Hope you enjoy your new read!
Here’s my STS
Have a GREAT day!
Old Follower 🙂
I know. Feel free to not listen to a word that comes out of my mouth (keyboard). I obviously either lie a lot or I don’t know myself at all. LOL!
Good luck with the editing. Closer and closer! I have never been to a VR place. Not even sure they have one in these parts, but it sounds like a lot of fun.
I didn’t realize there was one around here until I found the Groupon that I got for my kids for Christmas. I’m glad I found it!
I’m totally living through your news of your book and agent vicariously! Keep sharing as you go!
I definitely will!
Ooh, that map for Sky Without Stars is so pretty!
Isn’t it? I’m in love!!
I didn’t realize Sky Without Stars had a Les Mis connection. That actually makes me want to take a closer look. 🙂
I was so excited when I heard that!
Good luck with the edits! I love that book photo. I don’t like swag either, but maps are pretty cool. I have a framed map of Westeros on my office wall (as normal people do).
Maps are a fantastic type of swag–they’re just too awesome to pass up.
Good luck with your edits! How exciting that you’re getting that much closer to submitting your book. I hope all goes well. That VR place sounds fun; I’ve never done VR before but I’d love to check it out. I’m planning on seeing Captain Marvel this week with a friend! I’m glad you liked it.
Hope you loved Captain Marvel!
Well a spring break where you don’t do much sounds awesome to me. Sometimes we all tend to do too much and just need some time to relax or actually think, to dawdle about doing things and reflect on a decision. Happy reading this week!
I agree. Sometimes a little bit of nothing is just fine. Now that I’m looking at our summer schedule, though, I’m wishing I would have taken advantage of the fact that the kids were all off at the same time.
Love the cover of Sky Without Stars. Good luck with the edits and submission.
So pretty, right? Thanks for the well-wishes! 🙂
OHHHHH A title!!! Love “Convenerimus” I was also wondering how the editing process worked once you have an agent as far as whose feedback to include. YOU HAVE AN GENT!! AHHH I can’t get over that yet! So happy for you!
I think the process works differently depending on your agent. Since I’d already been working with this CP since before I submitted to my agent, I asked her if she’d mind if I incorporated the CP’s feedback. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work either. LOL!
I’ve never tried VR, it sounds like it’d be cool! I hope the edits are going well 🙂
I had tried it one other time. It’s a really cool experience–I recommend it if you can manage it sometime.
Sky Without Stars is a fabulous gift for yourself. Good luck with the edits. And thanks for keeping us up to date. The light is at the end of the tunnel! ❤️❤️
It is, I’m sure of it! 🙂