This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
This week felt like a bit of a whirlwind. I ended up taking on another editing project. I had stopped editing for the past several months because I wanted to focus on writing, but I’ve been spending a lot of money on writing conferences and such lately, and I had just recently decided it might be a good time to jump back into editing. Well, this job fell into my lap shortly thereafter. It was far too perfect to pass up. (I also have another editing job in the pipeline that I’ll probably start in June. I don’t really believe in coincidence–I’m very thankful for these opportunities popping up at the right moment.)
School is coming to a close. My oldest finished finals this past week, and my younger daughter has her finals coming up this week. My youngest graduates eighth grade the day after Labor Day. Hard to believe we’re jumping into summer!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Shipwreckers by Scott D. Peterson & Josh Pruett: Review & Giveaway
- Have Books Ruined Me for Movies? Let’s Discuss.
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.)
- May 20th – A Dance with Books‘ Blogoversary
- May 20th – Between the Pages‘ Blogoversary
- May 23rd – Monica @ Tomes Project‘s Birthday
- May 24th – Clara @ Lost in My Library‘s Birthday
I received a few surprises in the mail this week (along with a pre-order and a couple of review books for tours), but I didn’t have time to take pics, so you’ll see them next week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Cait @ Paper Fury shares the BEST VS WORST THINGS ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR + BOOK BLOGGER.
- Malka & Chana @ Paper Procrastinators Debate It: Bookish Merch
- Sam @ WLABB talks about Jumping in Someone Else’s Train (AKA switching from Blogger to WP)
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 LET ME HEAR A RHYME by Tiffany D. Jackson to receive a cover sticker, bookplate, pin, bookmark, plus an exclusive Brooklyn sticker and crown! (ends 5/20)
- Pre-order SCRIPTED UNSCRIPTED by Kristina Miranda or request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate sticker and two-sided bookmark. You will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind book bag. (ends 5/20)
- 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 HOPE AND OTHER PUNCH LINES by Julie Buxbaum to receive a magnetic picture frame. (US only)(ends 5/21)
- ***Purchase PIE IN THE SKY by Remy Lai OR check it out from your local library–take a picture with the book and tweet it to receive swag (stickers, etc.). (INT)(ends 5/24)
- 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 CELEBRATING DIFFERENCE: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion from Bloomsbury to be entered to win one of 20 Pride Kits! Each kit contains a poster, postcards, Pride Ambassador certificates, wristbands, lesson plans and rainbow decorations; everything you need to celebrate Pride with your class! (UK and ROI only)(ends 5/28)
- 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 CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert to receive an enamel pin! (UK only)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order THE HAUNTED by Danielle Vega to receive an exclusive pencil pack! (US only)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN by Isabel Sterling OR request it from your local library to receive a set of exclusive character stickers! (INT)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order THE REST OF THE STORY by Sarah Dessen to receive a themed beach tote! (US only)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner to receive an exclusive embroidered patch! (US only)(ends 6/7)
- 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 PLANT PARENTING by Leslie F. Halleck to receive a special packet of seeds collected from the author’s garden! US Entrants will also be entered to win a grand prize giveaway. (INT)(ends 6/10)
- Pre-order STAR WARS: ALPHABET SQUADRON by Alexander Freed to receive an exclusive iron-on patch! (US only)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey to receive an enamel pin. (US/Can)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE by Kristina Forest to receive a Chloe and Eli 5×7 print, a Chloe enamel pin, and a bookmark. OR request it from your local library to receive the print and bookmark. (US only)(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 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (House Edition) by J.K. Rowling via the Bloomsbury website to receive an exclusive house pin badge. (UK/ROI or AU/NZ only)(ends 6/12)
- Pre-order SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY by Amber Smith to receive a special swag bag (think: bookmarks, stickers, pins, and more!). (ends 6/17)
- Pre-order THE LEMON SISTERS by Jill Shalvis from Mysterious Galaxy bookstore to receive a luggage tag featuring the book’s cover art! (ends 6/17)
- 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 WICKED FOX by Kat Cho OR request it from your local library to receive beautiful character cards created by the amazingly talented Alexis Castellanos. (INT)(ends 7/1)
- 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 PAST PERFECT LIFE by Elizabeth Eulberg to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark. (US & CAN)(ends 7/8)
- 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 ME, MYSELF, AND HIM by Chris Tebbetts to be entered to win a t-shirt (one will be given away for every 10 pre-orders) and a grand prize. Also, for every pre-order $1 will be donated to Pride Center of Vermont. (US only)(ends 7/8)
- ***Pre-order STEALING HOME by Becky Wallace OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, postcard, and baseball charm wish bracelet. The first thirty pre-orders get a navy blue wrap bracelet! (US/CAN)(ends 7/9)
- 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 TINY BUT MIGHTY: Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines by Hannah Shaw to receive an enamel pin featuring the cover kitten. (US only)(ends 8/5)
- ***Pre-order MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES by Megan Shepherd to receive a specialized leather bookmark, a cute sticker, a signed bookplate and an exclusive art print from Melanie Bourgeois. If you pre-order by 6/14, you’ll also get access to an exclusive eNovella about Cricket, “Tricks and Whispers”! (US & CAN)(ends 8/12)
- 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)
- Pre-order HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling via the Bloomsbury website to receive an exclusive Goblet of Fire tote bag. (UK/ROI)(ends 10/7) OR (AU/NZ)(ends 9/18)
- Pre-order CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater from specified bookstores to receive a signed limited edition bookplate (I believe it features Maggie’s art?). (INT)(ends 11/4)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the April Wrap-Up Round-Up and the May Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. Plus, you can enter to win HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES, PLANET EARTH IS BLUE & SHIPWRECKERS.
- Jessica @ aGREATread is giving away signed copies of the Caraval Trilogy.
- Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love is celebrating a new blog look with a giveaway
- Head over to The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for a chance to win HAPPY MESSY SCARY LOVE, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, ROMANOV, or THE BONE CHARMER
- Lots of blogs participating in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to Win a #NewRelease for May’s Monthly #Giveaway!
- Head over to Waves of Fiction for a chance to win The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
- Lots of blogs participating in the May Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win 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
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan
- 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!