Month: August 2020

Aug 30
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/30/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/30/20

Sunday Post 19

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): School has started! The kids started e-learning this week. The process is actually going fine, though they did have to restructure things because they had some Zoom bombing going on one day (I think that some kids actually might have shared info purposely or something—they’re still investigating). The big issue is that my son has proven that I need to babysit him to make sure he’s actually doing what he’s supposed to be doing instead of watching random videos (bordering on inappropriate—we’ve blocked anything and everything actually inappropriate). This, even though he knows I have Securly set up so that… Read more »


Aug 28
August 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway

August 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up 2

The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. The July giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our August 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, we’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… Read more »


Aug 23
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/23/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/23/20

Sunday Post 17

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): We brought my daughter Jade to college! It’s official—she’s there. She’s majoring in AI, with plans to get a master’s in Data Science. I’m both incredibly proud of her and sad to see her leave! We’re nervous about how everything’s going to work with COVID (they already have the first two weeks all completely online for people who need to quarantine because they’re traveling from high-risk states), but I guess we shall see! Seeing your first kiddo off to school is HARD! (I’m guessing it will be just as hard when the next one leaves.) We watched: My daughter… Read more »


Aug 19
Two Books by Natalie Rompella: Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids & Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners – PLUS Rompella’s Top Ten Addictions!

Two Books by Natalie Rompella: Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids & Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners – PLUS Rompella’s Top Ten Addictions!

Reviews 10 ★★★★★

Today I’m featuring two books by Natalie Rompella: her newly-released kids’ writing book, Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids, and her MG contemporary, Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners. Plus, scroll down to see Natalie’s top ten addictions! Natalie is a friend of mine from my SCBWI critique group, so I was excited to get this chance to feature her! Purchase Links: This workbook is perfect for the budding writer! Filled with interesting prompts and writing exercises, the book has a lot of the same insights you’d see in a writing craft book for grown-ups, but everything is written in a way kids can understand and relate to. I love that Rompella includes so many creative and clever examples with each exercise—I find that kids crave solid (and interesting!) examples when they’re learning a new writing concept. The book is more than just prompts, though. It contains valuable guidance… Read more »


Aug 16
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/16/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/16/20

Sunday Post 24

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): We watched: My daughter Danielle (and my son, Noah, who has joined us in watching) and I are now six episodes into season 7 of The 100! We’re catching up! Packing and planning. My oldest leaves for college on Thursday! This Thursday. I can hardly believe it. Painting. As I mentioned last week, we bought my younger daughter a new bed. It needed a paint refresh, so we repainted the whole thing and then added some blue accents. We also started prepping for painting Jade’s room. Oh, and we bought a new (used) bed for Noah, who will be moving… Read more »


Aug 15
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed: Blog Tour Review

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed: Blog Tour Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

Amazon, B&N One thing you need to know going into this book is that it’s more of a slice of life book than a story about the Rodney King protests. Everything that happened in Los Angeles during that time informed how Ashley felt and responded to the world around her, but don’t expect much of the plot to revolve directly around that. Most of the story is just about her typical high school life—relationships with boys, friendships, hopes for college, etc. It’s a character study of a black girl growing up with privilege (in many ways) and how that is juxtaposed with the central message that she always has to do better than those around her in order to be seen as worthy. Ironically, she struggles to identify with “the black kids” in her school, even though she is one, and this leads her to a crisis of identity in many… Read more »


Aug 10
Sunday (Monday) Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/9/20

Sunday (Monday) Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/9/20

Sunday Post 9

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): As you can see, I’m a day late with my Sunday Post. So, since I obviously haven’t been blogging, what have I been up to? Playing Wordscapes. I spent way too much time on this silly little game on my phone. I should probably delete the thing. We watched: My daughter Danielle and I are now four episodes into season 7 of The 100! That’s right—we’re in the current season now! SCBWI Summer Spectacular! This online conference ran last Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Lots of great content!! Then, yesterday, I had a consultation with Melissa Manlove, an editor… Read more »


Aug 03
July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 15

My Goings On in July: Here’s what I accomplished in July: We refurbished another cabinet, made two pet gates, created one more piece of junk art (a pup!), and made a decorative key holder for my husband. Lots of projects in July! I already posted pics of all of these (except the second gate, but it basically looks the same as the first). You can find the cabinet and gate in this Sunday Post and the junk art and keyholder in my July Junk Art post. Digit! I’ve been sharing pics of our new pup in my Sunday Posts every week so you can see him grow up: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28,7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2. But here’s my monthly “before and after” pic, so you can see the first day he came home versus this week: What I’ve watched: Danielle and I watched through season 6 of The… Read more »


Aug 02
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/2/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/2/20

Sunday Post 17

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): We watched: My daughter Danielle and I are already more than halfway through season 6 of The 100. Very soon, we will have caught up with the rest of the world! SCBWI Summer Spectacular! I’m attending this online conference—it’s been great so far! We made another gate! My husband and I made gate #2 (out of three) for the kitchen. We’ve run into some issues with installation, so we haven’t decided if we’re “done” or not (it’s up, and it could be called done, but we might change the installations slightly—with projects like this and a house with walls that… Read more »


Aug 01
August 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

August 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

Book Blog Discussion Challenge, Current Giveaways 1

Welcome to the August monthly link-up for the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I know a lot of us are in reading and blogging slumps, but I have to tell you that these discussions have been a highlight of my blogging life lately—I’m loving reading what you all have to say, so keep it up! The winner of our June discussion challenge giveaway was Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag. She got to pick a book by a black author in honor of BLM and chose a pre-order of This Is My America by Kim Johnson. It just released this week, so I hope you love it, Lauren! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn… Read more »