Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 5/15/16

We are aware that this wrap up is late! Between Michaela’s car troubles and my senior week/graduation, this are the things that happen. Bear with us, friends, because once I graduate on Sunday there will be one less opportunity for disasters. Which will be replaced by my going back to work fulltime, but it’s okay. We’ll all be okay.

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Friday:

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Fingerprints of You Giveaway Winner Announcement!

13043636_1161187183906252_3398243211437360184_nYes, I totally did mention that I was going to review Sarah J. Maas’s new book today. And there were no Thesis Thursday wrap up yesterday. Uh. Guys, it’s finals week. I’m a little busier than I thought I’d be BUT there is only one paper between me and freedom AND I did manage to get around to picking the winner of the Fingerprints of You giveaway:

CONGRATS, KENIA!

This lovely lady will be getting the prize pack of fabulous swag and a signed book from Kristen-Paige Madonia … as soon as I can get around to sending that email out. If you didn’t win, don’t worry! You can still check out the great interview Kristen-Paige let me do and follow those links to buy that book AND Kristen-Paige’s newly released Invisible Fault Lines!

Interview with Kristen-Paige Madonia + Giveaway!

It’s finally here! If you caught my last From the Notebook, where I talk about exactly what I was up to during our hiatus, then you’ve probably been waiting for this for a while. Over the course of the New Voices Literary Festival, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down and interview Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You and the upcoming Invisible Fault Lines (to be released May 3). Not only was she gracious enough to talk to me for a while, but she ALSO singed a copy of Fingerprints of You that I am about to give away AND gave me some great swag! Before we get to that, though, allow me to introduce the fabulous Kristen-Paige!

downloadKristen-Paige Madonia is the author of the young adult novels Invisible Fault Lines (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016) and Fingerprints of You (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012). Her short stories have been published in various literary magazines including FiveChapters, the New Orleans Review, the Greensboro Review, and America Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Stories by Emerging Authors. She has received awards or fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, VCCA, Hedgebrook, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Key West Literary Seminar. She was the 2012 D.H. Lawrence Fellow and was awarded the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize in 2010. She holds an MFA in fiction from California State University, Long Beach and currently lives in Charlottesville, Va. She is a member of the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA Writing Program faculty and also teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and WriterHouse.

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The interview and giveaway are coming, but first: logistics! This interview took place verbally over the course of 15 minutes. I transcribed it into what you are about to read, editing for general speech tics and creating full sentences–that kind of thing. Initially I thought I was going to edit it into something a bit shorter but … well … Kristen-Paige said too many smart things that I agreed with not to share them all with you! It’s a great read AND there’s a giveaway at the bottom, so here we go!

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Betwixt the Books: (What is) Spring Break TBR!

This video was recorded before I left for the west coast, but it talks about all the books that I packed up as I was planing and road tripping everywhere. Since Michaela is a Real Person with a Real Life and a Real Job, she has picked out some books that she wants to read next! There are also some goodies about our next Imbibliomancy episode, some ARCs we’re reading and some upcoming joint and single reviews.

Also, now that it’s like a week after we recorded this, I can admit that A) I am not getting as much reading done as I thought I might and B) Fingerprints of You didn’t fit in the bag when I went to pack all this nonsense.

Don’t tell Taylor I’ve started reading Lady Midnight and Tell the Wind and Fire but not Get in Trouble. I will literally get in trouble.

Enjoy!