Category: Sunday Post

Dec 16
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/16/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/16/18

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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): Well, I finished the first draft of my YA novel this week. And then I set it aside and immediately started plotting my next book. I definitely need a little space from that last book—it’s going to take a lot of editing to get it into reasonable shape. I’m not saying I won’t go back to it, but I need some time away first. So now I’m starting work on another MG novel. I’m excited about this one! Oh, and I had to give my son the Heimlich this week. I wrote about it on Twitter (it actually had… Read more »


Dec 09
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/9/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/9/18

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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): This week was once again pretty uneventful, except that I made some forward progress with an agent I submitted a query to. Who knows where it will go, but it’s nice to have some positive feedback—no matter how much you tell yourself to prepare for the negative, it’s hard to keep that thick skin in place some days. (I need better glue!) Other than that, I spent a lot of time at gymnastics meets—my daughter had three school meets this week! She’s mostly doing this sport for fun, since she quit competitive gymnastics years ago and can’t possibly compete… Read more »


Dec 02
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/2/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 12/2/18

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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): It’s December. Can you believe it’s December? 2018 is almost done, and I sort of wish I could say I’d accomplished more in 2018, but it hasn’t been a horrible year overall. It depends on what day you ask me.  🙂 Nothing all that special happened this week. I’ve had bad heartburn, which made me sick to my stomach almost every day. Very annoying. And I didn’t manage to finish my first draft in November like I hoped, but I did write pretty much every day this week, and I’m really close. So… Here’s what you may have missed… Read more »


Nov 25
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/25/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/25/18

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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): We had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. Maybe a little too relaxing since we then forgot about my daughter’s gymnastics practice on Saturday. Oops! I did get a bit of writing done, too. I promised myself I’d finish this first draft in November during NaNo—not sure if I can do it, but I’m hoping! I’ve started compiling my list of 2019 Reading/Blogging Challenges. If you see sign-ups go up for any, please tweet them to me or put a link in the comments for me. I’d really appreciate it! (Same goes for pre-order incentives—send them my way if you ever… Read more »


Nov 18
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/18/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/18/18

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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): Another week where I was just having a really hard time getting much of anything done, blogwise. My eyes were really sore for some reason, which was just making me feel miserable. It was two days before I finally took an allergy pill and discovered that helped (it didn’t feel like allergies and I didn’t have any other allergy symptoms—I was kicking myself for waiting so long). I did get a lot of reading done, though! My oldest also got her driver’s license on Friday! Not only is it nice that I don’t always have to shuttle her everywhere, but… Read more »


Nov 11
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/11/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/11/18

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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): This post is going up really late because I had a crazy busy day and this is the first chance I’ve had to finish it. This week I went to my local chapter meeting for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), where author/illustrator/indie publishing company owner Erica Weisz told us about the process of publishing picture books and gave up tips on career planning. It was so interesting to hear from someone who started out self-publishing her own picture books and eventually ended up as a full-fledged indie publisher, Trism Books. Other than that, I’ll admit I’ve… Read more »


Nov 04
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/4/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/4/18

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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): Nothing too new to say this week. I’m not officially doing NaNo this year, but I’ve made it my goal to finish the first draft of my YA book in November. I did get a request for a full from an agent I met at the conference I went to last week, so that was exciting! Oh, and my daughter had her final swim meet of the season yesterday. It was their Conference meet, and she placed 4th overall for the 500 meter freestyle, which she was thrilled about! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since… Read more »


Oct 28
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/28/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/28/18

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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): Yesterday, I attended SCBWI’s (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day. I really enjoyed this event and especially found the sessions on Pitching with Deborah Warren at East West Literary especially helpful. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway! Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries: Here are… Read more »


Oct 21
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives and Giveaways Galore – 10/21/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives and Giveaways Galore – 10/21/18

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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): I went to another epic book event with my mom this week! This time it was the annual YA Literature Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop, which featured 30 amazing YA authors. I’m working on a recap now, so watch for it next week. I got three days of writing in on my new(ish) WIP, so that was a win. I also read ALL of the September discussions (yeah, I know, it’s almost the end of October—but progress is progress). And … now I’m behind on replying to comments and commenting back. So, basically, catch up with one blog thing, fall behind on another…. Read more »


Oct 14
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/14/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/14/18

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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): Um, apparently was busy this week? I honestly don’t know where it went, but I only got one post up and I only managed one day of serious writing. I was also doing some (more) editing of my MG, but somehow I felt like the week mostly slipped away from me. I need to get back to my checklist! The beginning of the week was crazy with 80+ degree temps and then it shot down to the 40s. Chicago weather is insane! I helped my husband haul debris from our backyard to our dumpster on Monday—so I guess that explains… Read more »