Month: October 2020

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

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

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

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/25/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/25/20

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): Back in official quarantine. My daughter Danielle was exposed to COVID via two of her swim coaches and has to quarantine until 11/1. The […]

Posted October 25, 2020 in Sunday Post / 26 Comments
Off On a Basement Writing “Retreat”

Off On a Basement Writing “Retreat”

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to try to hole myself up in the basement and focus on writing for a whole week. I have no idea how successful this will be, but I figure it’s worth a try. I had been considering going on a real writing retreat, but right now my family’s quarantined anyway until November 1st (more about that in my Sunday Post tomorrow), and my mom’s here with us, so I figure I […]

Posted October 24, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 22 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Race to the Sun, Skunk and Badger, The Dragon Thief, and The Forgotten Girl

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Race to the Sun, Skunk and Badger, The Dragon Thief, and The Forgotten Girl

As my regular readers know, I’m a round one judge for the Cybils Awards in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. Because of that, I’ve been reading LOTS of books lately! I’m not allowed to share any details about our process for choosing the finalists, but I am allowed (and encouraged) to review the books as I read, so I figured I’d share four of them with you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will […]

Posted October 23, 2020 in Cybils, Reviews / 0 Comments
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/18/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/18/20

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): Reading Still doing lots of reading for the Cybils Awards (since I’m a round one judge). For Cybils, I finished Race to the Sun and […]

Posted October 18, 2020 in Sunday Post / 28 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

As my regular readers know, I’m a round one judge for the Cybils Awards in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. Because of that, I’ve been reading LOTS of books lately! I’m not allowed to share any details about our process for choosing the finalists, but I am allowed (and encouraged) to review the books as I read, so I figured I’d share four of them with you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will […]

Posted October 17, 2020 in Cybils, Reviews / 12 Comments
Fun with Spam #14

Fun with Spam #14

It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM, where we peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I were really going to reply to these random crazy comments?  Take a look at what I might say:  I have read so many articles on the topic of the blogger lovers except this piece of writing is really a good article, keep it up. Ah, […]

Posted October 14, 2020 in Fun with Spam / 8 Comments
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/11/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/11/20

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): Reading In case you missed it, I’m a Round One judge for the Cybils awards, and it’s actually jump-started my reading!! I read FIVE […]

Posted October 11, 2020 in Sunday Post / 16 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch; Four Days of You and Me; Maya and the Rising Dark; and Hello, Arnie!: An Arnie the Doughnut Story

Bite-Sized Reviews of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch; Four Days of You and Me; Maya and the Rising Dark; and Hello, Arnie!: An Arnie the Doughnut Story

  I’ve got four reviews for you today: two MG fantasies, a YA contemporary, and a picture book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! An utterly adorable fantasy adventure about finding and playing to your strengths. This reminded me a lot of The Worst Witch (a series that my daughter really enjoys) because Eva’s magic often goes a bit awry. Except this book is set in a fantasy world […]

Posted October 8, 2020 in Reviews / 8 Comments
It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Cybils Awards!

It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Cybils Awards!

This years’ Cybils Awards nominations are now open, and we need YOU to nominate your favorite children’s YA and middle grade books. If you’re reading this right now, you’re eligible to nominate. You don’t need to be a blogger or a professional in the book world in order to do so (but if you are, that’s great too!). And it only takes a minute to add in your nominations for your favorite kidlit books published […]

Posted October 6, 2020 in Cybils / 0 Comments