Forever by Maggie Stiefvater ARC Giveaway!

UPDATED: I am adding a *signed* ARC to this giveaway! So now, there will be TWO winners! One will receive the signed ARC, and another will receive an unsigned ARC.

AND – I’m changing it to an INTERNATIONAL contest! Woohoo!

HURRY! Only a few days left to enter!


This weekend, I headed to New Orleans for ALA, the American Library Association’s annual meeting. My mom and sister-in-law, Alex, were kind enough to come with me, so we made it a girls’ weekend and had a BLAST.

I am still reeling from our trip (and I have SO MANY books to read now!), but I wanted to get this giveaway posted so that I have a chance to send this book before it is released.

As you know, I LOVE the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. I have professed my love on many occasions. And at ALA, I had the chance to pick up an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the final book in the series: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

This book is bittersweet for me. I have waited a long time to find out how the series ends, but I don’t want it to end!

“The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.”


– Description from GoodReads


The book will be released on July 12.

There will be one two winners.

Winner #1 will receive a *signed* Advanced Reader’s Copy of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

Winner #2 will receive an unsigned Advanced Reader’s Copy of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to US residents only INTERNATIONALLY.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To become a follower, just click the “Join this Site” button on the right side of your screen and sign in with your Google, Twitter or Open ID account.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.

If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.

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Contest Ends Monday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Winner will be announced on or around July 5 and the book will be sent soon after. I want you to be able to read it before the release date!

Thanks for looking!




It’s a …

Earlier this week, I asked on Facebook for you all to predict the gender of our little bun in the oven.

Five of you guessed that it was a girl. Seven of you guessed boy.

You see, on Tuesday, I had my NT Scan, which test for the probability of chromosomal defects (like Down Syndrome) in the fetus. The test involves an in-depth sonogram and some bloodwork.

During the sonogram, the doctor asked if we would like a gender prediction. They can tell based on the baby’s external genitalia if it will be a boy or girl with 95% accuracy.

If the little part is parallel to the baby’s spine, it’s a girl.

If the little part is at a 45-degree angle to the baby’s spring, it’s a boy.

It is pretty crazy that they can tell that early (I was 13 weeks along!)… but they can!

At first, our little one was just sleeping right along in the perfect position to get a profile shot (which is what they need to conduct the test).

Here’s the little one sucking on its thumb. Isn’t that cute?

It was amazing to me to see the baby moving around on the screen, jumping and waving its arms. It no longer looks like a blob — it looks like a baby!

You guys! There is a little PERSON in me! Isn’t that COOL?

Ok, now here’s the money shot…

Oh, you don’t know what you’re looking for? It’s ok. I’ll show you…

We are so excited to welcome our little guy into the world! We realize that it’s really early (and there’s a 5% chance they could be wrong)… but I’ve felt like it’s a boy for a while now. And while I *really* wanted a girl, I am excited to try my hand at playing with cars and balls and such.

And now, we know we can *totally* decorate the nursery in Star Wars! Which I am really excited about!

Happy Friday!

Chills & Thrills Tour Giveaway {Winners!}

I *finally* got around to drawing the winners in my Chills & Thrills Tour Giveaway!

I hope to have many more awesome giveaways for you guys in the coming weeks — I’m headed to ALA this weekend and can’t wait to attend the signings there.

So, without further adieu, here are the winners!

Winner # 1 was Christine D!

Christine wins a signed copy of Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs!

Winner # 2 was Julie D!

Julie wins a signed copy of Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs!

Winner # 3 was Cheryl V!

Cheryl wins a signed copy of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer!

I have e-mailed the winners requesting their addresses so I can send out the prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for more fun giveaways this summer!

12 weeks! {Baby Belly Pics}

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s been a while since I posted…sorry for that. I have had a *terrible* first trimester, with awful nausea and migraines and just no fun.

But last week, we passed a milestone — the 12-week milestone! We are officially out of the first trimester!


My nausea is still in full force, but I can only hope that it will lessen in the coming weeks. A girl can hope, right?

I decided to go ahead and start taking belly photos this week, as I have already popped. I have started wearing maternity clothes already…best invention ever! That was a serious relief when I first put them on.

I hope to do the photos about every four weeks. I thought it would be fun to show my belly with the fruit that compares to the size of the baby that particular week.

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This week, Baby Nerdling is the size of a plum.

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And here’s a size view, where you can really see how big my belly has gotten.

It’s crazy to imagine a little baby in there, isn’t it? It still doesn’t feel real to me.

Have a great week!

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