Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/1/20

November 1, 2020 Sunday Post 19

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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):

  • Basement Writing Retreat – My basement writing retreat was very successful! I got a lot written, even if I didn’t quite finish the book. The only problem I had was that I had insomnia this week for some reason, so by the end of the week, I was getting less and less effective. I actually gave up on Friday (I was planning to go through yesterday), since I wasn’t being terribly effective anymore. Still, I think this experiment was a success and now I just need to keep up the writing momentum! (I did write yesterday, even though I didn’t do a full day retreat.)
  • Reading
    • While I wasn’t sleeping at night (and during my lunches and some other breaks), I was still listening to audiobooks for the Cybils Awards.
    • I paused reading Tristan Strong Destroys The World (just because I was sticking with audiobooks while I on my writing retreat).
    • I finished listening to Mañanaland and then moved on to The Copycat (really loved that one!), Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, & Embassy of the Dead.
    • I’m now listening to The Green Ember (which is the first book in a series where book four is the one that’s nominated—I can’t listen out of order!). I decided I’d start listening to the first book to see if I liked the series enough to want to listen to all of them, and if not I’d jump into book four.
    • I also got a little over two hours into another audiobook and just wasn’t feeling it—so I actually managed to quit! (I talked last week about how the rules say I technically only have to read the first fifty pages of a book and can call it “done” if I know I’m not going to add it to my shortlist. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to bring myself to do this. I did it!)
  • Adding double doors to our office. We’ve decided to add doors to our downstairs living room (which we had already been using as an office), so Scott can put his desk down there instead of working upstairs in Jade’s old room. There are several reasons for this, but I won’t bore you with them. At any rate, in order to do this, my husband had to add framing and drywall to make a slightly smaller rough opening for the double doors we’re installing and then yesterday we hung the doors. It was actually quite a challenge (even getting them into a spot where we could work on them was hard!), but we got them up and we’re happy with the result so far. We still need to add trim (which we’ll do in the mission style like we did around our other doors and windows), add doorknobs, mud the added part of the wall, and paint. Always projects around here!
  • The Dogs! My mom took care of the little pup for me most of this week, but the other two were happy to hang out in the basement with me a lot. Here they are sleeping on the bed in the basement. And, of course, a pic of Digit because he’s just cute.

Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:


Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:

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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.)


Book Haul:

From NetGalley & Edelweiss:

This week I picked up the audiobook of Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez from NetGalley because my fellow bloggers have been saying such good things about this book! Rachelle Baker illustrated this cover.

And then I also got a request from Mango and Marigold Press to review their first middle grade novel, Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi. (Couldn’t find info on the cover artist for this one, but I’ll update this if I find it!)


 Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:

  • No blog hopping this week because of my writing retreat!

Pre-order Campaigns

(Make sure you scroll to see them all!) Listed in order of release date. Any new deals I 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 they might not be open until the date listed. Pre-0rder early for your best chance to get all the goodies!

Awesome Giveaways:

(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)


Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!

19 Responses to “Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/1/20”

  1. Sam@wlabb

    I hope your sleep schedule gets back on track. Insomnia is no joke. Finger crossed you love Furia as much as I did (which was a lot).

  2. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I always enjoy seeing your projects and your dogs. A busy schedule for you with writing, the award reading, the house project, the dogs, and all. I’m not excited about the time change either; I hope it encourages me to go to bed earlier.

    I’m doing a big giveaway post for my blogaversary on Sunday Nov 15th so watch for it. Thanks for the shout-out.

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  3. sjhigbee

    Glad your writing retreat went so well – though I’m not surprised that your lack of sleep got in the way of your creativity. Since my writing retreat, I’ve managed to get on top of my dysfunctional sleeping patterns that have persisted for years – and I’ve found my writing is going so much better! I hope you have a really good week and manage to catch up on your sleep. And congratulations on getting the doors hung – I recall doing that and you’re right – it’s far more demanding than it sounds!

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      We’ve hung single doors in the past, but this was the first time we’ve tried double doors. It was definitely a challenge!

      So far, my insomnia has persisted. Hoping to get it nipped in the bud soon because it definitely makes daily life more hazy!

  4. Rachel

    Home projects are usually a lot of work, but the result is satisfying. Congrats on getting a lot of writing done. Hope your insomnia goes away. I hate it when I can’t sleep! Happy reading!

  5. Jen at Introverted Reader

    I’m glad you’re happy with the results of your retreat. And your doggies are so cute!

    And you’re attempting a whole series to get to book 4 for the CYBILS? That’s dedication!

    Good for you for walking away from a book that wasn’t working for you! I struggle with this too but I am slowly getting better. Life is entirely too short.

    Enjoy your week and I hope you get some sleep soon!

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m glad your writing retreat was a nice success, even if you had insomnia. That’s no fun. I’m hoping to get into the groove of writing more this month too so fingers crossed for us both!!

    Love the dog photos. They are adorable. 🙂 I won a copy of Furia and hope to read it soon. It looks great.

    -Lauren

  7. Maureen @ Maureen's Books

    I’m glad to read your Writing Retreat went well. Sorry to read about the insomnia though. Ever since I became pregnant.. sleeping also isn’t something I’m very good at.
    Those dog pics are adorable.
    Stay safe and happy reading.

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