This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates the holiday! We’re spending a low-key day at church (where most of the family is serving for all the services) and at home, my dad being our only guest. We prefer holidays that way, honestly.
This week, I shared some of my new WIP with my writing critique group. I honestly was really scared to do it because I still feel like this manuscript is sort of a mess (I’m not writing it in order), so it was hard to figure out what to share. And rough draft verse feels very rough indeed in some instances. But they were incredibly encouraging, and it’s inspired me to keep going! Writing verse has been difficult but fulfilling. 🙂
Not much else to report. As expected, our 6 inches of snow from last Sunday is already long gone (it was mostly melted by Monday). Today is supposed to be in the mid-seventies, so I’m excited for some warm weather!!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- I’m Addicted to Exclamation Points!! Let’s Discuss.
- The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews: Review & Giveaway – the giveaway is for an ANNOTATED copy of the book, so you don’t want to miss out!!
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.)
- April 21st – A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea‘s Blogoversary
- April 22nd – TeachingAuthors‘ Blogoversary
- April 24th – Author Zoe Ashwood‘s (A.K.A. Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts) Birthday
- April 27th – Shelby @ Graced with Books‘ Birthday
I won Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature’s weekly giveaway of her giveaway/trade books (she has one going on right now, too, so make sure you enter!). I was able to choose two books, and I chose Amal Unbound and My So-Called Bollywood Life. Then she sent me a surprise book: How We Fall, which I was super excited about because I’ve been meaning to read Kate Brauning for years!
I bought a copy of Danielle Hammelef’s Movie Careers. She was nice enough to allow me to purchase it from Amazon and have it sent to her so she could sign (and personalize) it for me and send it my way! 🙂
Another book I couldn’t resist this week. We Contain Multitudes sounds like the type of book I love!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Book Riot gives great advice on How to Find a Book By Description
- Pages Unbound lists 10 Books with Homeschooled Characters
- Ray Stoeve shares their YA Trans OwnVoices Masterlist
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!
- Pre-order LITTLE DARLINGS by Melanie Golding to be entered to win a swag box, including one copy of The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales, one leather-bound notebook, and one wood-burnt bookmark! (US only)(ends 4/28)
- 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. You’ll also be entered to win a free flight up to $500. (ends 4/30)
- Pre-order BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Deborah Kerbel to receive a themed bookplate autographed by the author and illustrator, two coloring pages based on art from the book, and a limited-edition whales magnet. Plus, you’ll be entered to win more prizes! (US/Can)(ends 5/2)
- 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 CONFESSIONS OF A MIDDLE-AGED RUNAWAY: AN RV TRAVEL ADVENTURE by Heidi Eliason to receive companion photos taken during the author’s travels that go along with each chapter in the book–more than 40 photos! (ends 5/3)
- Pre-order SHOUTING AT THE RAIN by Lynda Mullaly Hunt to receive a classroom pack that includes a discussion guide, tote bag and poster. (US only)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order HOT DOG GIRL by Jennifer Dugan OR request it from your local library to receive a set of six vinyl character wall stickers. (INT)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF by Tom Ryan to receive a bookmark, postcard, signed bookplate and a surprise gift (the gift was announced to be an illustration of a scene through a vintage lens, that pays homage to the classics of the thriller genre, re-imagining them to include LGBTQ rep). (US & Can)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order FINALE by Stephanie Garber to receive a Deck of Destiny. (US only)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee to receive a Girl Coder bracelet by Arie & Co., a signed bookmark and a magnet. You’ll also be entered to win a HUGE grand prize. (INT)(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. (INT)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST by Mason Deaver for a chance to win a book bundle (including books signed by Becky Albertalli and Nic Stone), a non-binary pride book/writing planner, exclusive buttons, a signed poster, AND super secret surprise art by Alice Oseman! (INT)(ends 5/13)
- 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 WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal to receive a limited edition set of five character cards featuring art by Arz28! (INT)(ends 5/14)
- ***Pre-order BENEATH CRUEL FATHOMS by Anela Deen to receive Deadbolt, a New Adult urban fantasy e-novella and an ocean-fantasy adult coloring book. Plus you’ll be entered to win one of ten character art prints and a grand prize. (ends 5/16)(INT)
- Pre-order KINGSBANE by Claire Legrand to receive a signed bookplate and an enamel pin. If you pre-order from their list of indie bookstores, you’ll also get a sheet of Empirium Trilogy temporary tattoos. (US/Can)(ends 5/20)
- Pre-order GIRL GONE VIRAL by Arvin Ahmadi to receive an exclusive decal pack. (US only)(ends 5/20)
- 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 THE ISLAND by Jess Rothenberg to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, an invitation postcard, and a sticker. (ends 5/27)
- 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 BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT by Sara B. Larson to receive signed bookmarks from both books in the series and a signed bookplate. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize giveaway. (INT)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order THE REST OF THE STORY by Sarah Dessen to receive a themed beach tote! (US only)(ends 6/3)
- 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 PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY by Lucy Powrie to receive an official membership pin. (US/ROI)(ends 6/12)
- 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 HEART OF BARKNESS by Spencer Quinn to receive a digital copy of “Upper Story.” (US/Can)(ends 7/1)
- 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 THE LAST WORD by Samantha Hastings OR request it at your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker, and a vintage-style handkerchief. (INT)(ends 7/8)
- 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 THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center from Blue Willow Bookshop to receive a signed/personalized copy, a bookmark, and special SWAG. (ends 8/12)
- 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:
- @JennieLy is giving away a book (of your choice) as a gift for Easter!
- @bookish_abby is giving away a paperback copy of There’s Something About Sweetie
- @tonyaleeh is giving away any book you want!
- @rachael_emma_89 is giving away a paperback copy of Once & Future
- @cityofyabook is giving away a book of your choice!
- @Saugustine928 is giving away any book up to $20
- @AdriAnneMS is giving away an early copy of BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR and its dark fantasy big sibling, WICKED SAINTS.
- @booknonsense is giving away a preorder of one of her most anticipated May releases
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the March Wrap-Up Round-Up and the April Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. Plus, you can enter to win SMOKE & KEY and an annotated copy of THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES!
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for Win It Wednesday! This week she’s giving away Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
- SJ Pajonas is celebrating her 1000th post with a giveaway!!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win Zero Repeat Forever or Three books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves
- Katie McGarry is giving away signed copies of the Pushing the Limits series, the Thunder Road series, Say You’ll Remember Me and Only a Breath Apart.
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Head over to Literary Meanderings for a chance to win SERIOUS MOONLIGHT by Jenn Bennett and GIRLS ON THE VERGE
- Head over to Pink Polka Dot Books for a chance to win LAST GIRL LIED TO by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
- Head over to Bookhounds for a chance to win one of 3 WONDER WALK Swag Packs
- Follow some authors on BookBub and be entered to win a $350 Amazon gift card!
- Head over to Vivacious Bibliophile for a chance to win a Tote Bag & Key Chain from TD Crafts and Creations
- Lili @ Utopia State of Mind is celebrating her third blogoversary with a giveaway of a Preorder of Your Choice
- Lots of blogs participating in the April Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Writers, head over to Teaching Authors for a chance to win THE MAGIC WORDS by Cheryl Klein
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES.
- Enter to Win Penguin’s Shakespeare in the Park Picnic Set Sweepstakes!
- Head over to Alyssa Carlier’s website for a chance to win Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- 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 France Book Tours for a chance to win The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf, Smoking Kills, or The Crypt Thief
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis!
- 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!