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magazines including FiveChapters, the New Orleans Review, the Greensboro Review, and America Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Stories by Emerging Authors.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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Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 4/10/16

This week, I am the queen of posting! I am not, however, the queen of reading. That falls to Michaela. Once again, I genuinely forgot about how much different stuff we put together for you guys this week. There’s tags and reviews and giveaways, oh my! But seriously, you don’t want to miss any of this. Here we go!

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Release Day Blitz: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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If you follow this blog, then you know that I LOVE me some Richelle Mead – and of course her newest book, The Glittering Court, is right up my alley. I’m super excited to be able to participate in this release day blitz, which also comes with an excerpt from the book and a giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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From the Notebook: Giveaway Winner and Hiatus Annoucements

Hey there guys! This is my shortest video to date, and brings with it good and bad news. The good news is that we’ve chosen our giveaway winner! CONGRATS SHELLY HAMMOND! The bad news (well, sort of), is that after this week I’m taking a short hiatus. SO. Enjoy me looking so goddamn flustered and disheveled as I try to film this in between everything else happening in my life!

Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 2/14/16

Happy Valentine’s Day, if that’s a thing you’re celebrating. I have the most beautiful date of all–the lovely Michaela. Here’s this week’s wrap up PLUS a giveaway announcement if you missed that! Also, at the end there is an announcement about the Betwixt the Books Discussion that you can JOIN IN ON next Tuesday, all about DNFing books!

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Giveaway Announcement! Win a Contemporary YA Prize Pack!

In many of our videos, Michaela and I have been hinting at doing a giveaway soon. SURPRISE! In honor of our very first joint review–and Michaela’s new job at Barnes and Noble, which is allowing her to host this giveaway–we’re giving away a prize pack of three contemporary novels!

If you missed it, me and Michaela’s first joint review was of John Green’s Paper Towns. In that vein, Michaela is graciously providing for this beautiful set of books:

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This giveaway ends March 5th and is US only. Sorry!

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Four Year Blogoversary Giveaway!

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Wow. Wow wow wowza. I got back in the game just in time for WordPress to congratulate me for FOUR YEARS since beginning to blog. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!

I could do one of those recap posts about how great the past four years has been, but that would be boring. Instead, I want to thank all of YOU for making this a great experience. Ergo–giveaway!

And it’s a big one.

And there’s two prizes.

PRIZE ONE:

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The Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges

The second book in this series, The Unfailing Light, was one of the first ARCs I ever got direct from a publisher. I think this makes it a perfect choice for this blogoversary giveaway!

PRIZE TWO:

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A mystery box of four books!

My only criteria for this giveaway is that I’ve reviewed it on my blog. There will be a few ARCs and a few finished copies. Of what, you ask? Even I’m not sure yet! I’m still picking the best ones!

The only stipulation for this giveaway is that you live in the US. Sorry, but for shipping purposes it must be so. This giveaway goes til the end of May, and there are multiple thing you can do per day so keep stopping by!

Ready to enter?

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