Blog Tour: Unchanged by Jessica Brody | Q&A + Giveaway!

Unchanged_Blog Tour BannerWelcome to the blog tour for
UNCHANGED by Jessica Brody!

Firstly, a big thank you to Macmillan for putting this blog tour together! I’m always so excited to be a part of these tours and so grateful I get to participate! This one is especially exciting because I read the first book in this trilogy, UNREMEMBERED, as an ARC and it’s been so much fun seeing this series come together from start to finish, as well as meeting Jessica several times in between, so to be on this blog tour is a very special occasion for me!

Before we get down to the Q&A with Jessica, let’s pause to give you a little more info on the trilogy if you’re not familiar with it yet!

UNREMEMBERED           UNFORGOTTEN

UNCHANGED

The Unremembered Trilogy by Jessica Brody

The series is action-packed science fiction with a dose of romance. Book 1, Unremembered, opens with Seraphina finding herself stranded in the middle of a plane wreck. She is the only survivor and has no memory of who she is or where she came from. As the series progresses, Sera learns she is genetically engineered by a super creepy corporation called Diotech. As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer with ever book, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.

Unremembered // Unforgotten // Unchanged


Q&A WITH JESSICA BRODY
On completing a trilogy

Brittany: First off, CONGRATULATIONS on having a full trilogy published and out in the world! How does it feel?
Jessica Brody: Thank you! It’s a little surreal and a little sad. I’ve been actually tearing up a lot lately now that I’ve started to promote the book and talk about it with the world. Up until this point everything about the story and the conclusion I had to keep to myself. Now that people are starting to read it and share their thoughts about the end with me, it’s been more emotional. When I first got the finished book in the mail a few weeks ago, I actually broke into tears. My husband caught it on video. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluQg0w3Vgw

Brittany: I finished UNCHANGED (on sale now! Yay!) the other week and I just loved the cohesive plot throughout the series but how unique each book felt. Was it difficult to decide what content went into each individual book and how to split them up?
Jessica: THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so happy to hear you say that! :) Each book did feel so different to me when I was writing it. It was almost as though I were writing three connected stand-alones. I think it’s because each book takes place in a very different setting (and time period!) so they each kind of have their own world. The thing that ties them together, of course, is Sera, and how out of place she feels in all of the worlds, even her “home.” But the series pretty much followed the outline that I used to sell this trilogy to my publisher. At least in terms of locations and major plot points. I always knew Book 1 would take place today, in our world, book 2 would take place in 1609 and book 3 would take place 100 years in the future. So not much of that has changed. What was most difficult was figuring out what all those worlds look like…and what they look like with Sera in them.

Brittany: Were there any major changes from start to finish of the series? Did UNCHANGED end like you had originally planned?
Jessica: Um…yes. I actually wrote the first 250 pages of UNCHANGED and then threw them all out! So it’s ironic that the book is called UNCHANGED. I just knew in my gut it wasn’t the right book and it wasn’t fixable. I simply had to start over. Very few of those scenes made it into the final draft. Most of them are lining my computer’s trash can! And then after I had a draft that I really loved, I sent it to my editor and she made me rewrite the first 140 pages again! All in all, though, I really feel like the book is better for it. I’ve never thrown out that many pages before and started over. And yet, I feel like this is my strongest book so maybe that says something about the challenging process I had.

Brittany: I’ve been lucky enough to meet you on a few Fierce Reads tours and those book tours look like SO much fun! (Although I’m sure exhausting!) What’s been your favorite experience since UNREMEMBERED’s release?
Jessica: Yes! I’ve enjoyed seeing you at our Chicago events! Obviously I’ve just loved meeting all the readers and visiting all these different cities (but, yes it’s exhausting!) It feels a lot like summer camp, though. You really bond with the authors you tour with. It’s hard not to! You spend nearly every waking moment with them. There was a night on my first Fierce Reads tour (in 2013) in Memphis. It was me, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, and Emmy Laybourne. We all went out to eat on Beale Street and had just the most amazing food and the most amazing time. I remember lots of laughing and talking until late at night. It was just an incredible bonding experience. To this day, those ladies are still some of my closest friends.

Brittany: The Unremembered Trilogy is a sci-fi series and the connections between plot, characters, and technology were impressive! What was the most difficult part in planning a series?
Jessica: Well, at the risk of being too spoilery (too late!) the most difficult aspect was keeping track of all the time periods and who is where and when and what they’re doing and how it affects the rest of the story. I had this massive spreadsheet for my timeline that spanned from 1609 all the way to 2117. It was color coordinated and everything. It was insane. To this day I’m probably the only one who can read it. LOL!

Brittany: Of course I need to ask… what’s next!? Do you have any upcoming projects you can share with us?
Jessica: Oh gosh, I’m SO excited about my next book. I’m taking a little break from Sci-Fi for a while…this trilogy wore me out! And returning to my contemporary roots! I have a new book coming out in Spring 2016 called A WEEK OF MONDAYS. It’s about a teen girl who has to relive the same horrible Monday (in which her boyfriend breaks up with her) over and over again until she figures out how to fix it. It’s kind of like GROUNDHOG DAY meets SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. It’s definitely a comedy. It’s definitely got lots of romance and shenanigans and overall it was just really fun to write. As much as I enjoyed the challenge of writing the sci-fi trilogy, it was really refreshing to write something light and fun again. I just turned in the first draft to my editor and thankfully she likes it! So we’re moving on in the process. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Brittany! I’m so happy you liked the book and I hope your readers will too!


 A big, big thank you to Jessica Brody for today’s interview! It’s always such a delight. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend it! And for those of you interested in A WEEK OF MONDAYS, you can add it on Goodreads now!

// Want more of the Unremembered trilogy?

// And don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!

GIVEAWAY

Macmillan is graciously providing a copy of UNCHANGED for giveaway too! The winner will receive a hardcover copy of the book plus an exclusive Diotech compound blueprint + signed poster! This offer was only available with purchase through March 1st so if you missed it, you can still get it with this giveaway! Happy entering! (Giveaway is US only. Please only enter if we are able to ship your prize to a US address!)

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On the Same Page: American Gods by Neil Gaiman | A Reading Roadtrip

American Gods road tripFor February, On the Same Page (Alyssa, Amy, and myself) read AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman as our book of choice. Neil Gaiman is a favorite author of Alyssa’s (like ALL-TIME FAVORITE) so I always feel a teensy bit of pressure when a favorite is involved! AMERICAN GODS was a new read for all of us, though, and it seemed like we all really enjoyed it! There were so many different aspects to the book that really struck my fancy and although travel really isn’t the main focus of the book, it definitely still plays a very large role and you could even argue that without travel, the book wouldn’t have had a purpose (since without travel, these gods would have never had a spot in America). Shadow and his boss Wednesday travel all over the continental United States running errands and completing tasks to fulfill Wednesday’s final end goal (which remains a mystery throughout most of the book) so besides the variety in characters, there’s also a large variety in setting.

I thought about including the mythology aspect in my post but as much as I enjoyed seeing all of the gods that appeared in the book, mythology really isn’t my forte. I always enjoy reading about it but I don’t have the strong well of knowledge to expand upon it in a post so I chose quite a different route (no pun intended) with a “reading road trip”, so to speak. A great portion of the book takes place in the Midwest (and there are many places not in the Midwest as well, but that seems to be where AMERICAN GODS spends most of its time) and that happens to be something I know a lot about! So come on a road trip with me, Shadow, and the gang with a brief collection of highlights from AMERICAN GODS!

First up, a complete map of all of the spots Shadow visited throughout AMERICAN GODS! I remembered quite a bit of these but this American Gods fansite (frowl.org) was a BIG help in filling in the blanks to what I had missed so I didn’t have to go back through the WHOLE book to track them all down! As you can see, this book really does span the whole country, for the most part!

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Now let’s pretend I’m sending you off on an AMERICAN GODS road trip! YAY! You can’t visit ALL of the places on the map (I mean… you CAN but they’re so all over the place)… But you literally can’t visit every place from the book because some don’t really exist. For those, I’ve taken small liberties to get you as close to the real thing as possible! I’m also a planner so the order of YOUR road trip will not necessarily be the order in which the characters took the trip. They weren’t exactly practical about how they went where… So let’s pretend you live in the center of the United States…

** MINOR spoilers for AMERICAN GODS below! I’m including facts from the book and nothing will give away major plot points but if you want to be kept in the dark, skip to the pretty picture of the map! **

  • Lebanon, KS: Ahh, the center of the United States. Really! Here is where some characters met for errr… a very important thing (also a major spoiler so I cannot say) but it’s the center and therefore, neutral ground.
  • Cherryvale, KS: The birthplace of actress Louise Brooks. Passing through due to Shadow’s interest!
  • Cairo, IL: Home of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, where Shadow stayed for a while
  • Rock City, Lookout Mountain, GA: An important gathering place for the book!
  • “Eagle Point, IN”: A fictional place… For the sake of the road trip, I’m just estimating it’s around Indianapolis to make it easier!
  • St. Louis, MO: Where Shadow’s plane is redirected on his way home to Eagle Point and where the story more or less begins.
  • El Paso, IL: Shadow drops off Sam Black Crow
  • Chicago, IL: Shadow meets the Zorya
  • Madison, WI: Madison is mostly just an in-between point where they catch a plane to head west… but you’ll probably need to pass through to get to…
  • The House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI: A very interesting scene involving the World’s Largest Carousel and Shadow meets a few new important characters
  • “Lakeside, WI”: Lakeside is also a fictional place, but it’s extremely close to the UP so I estimated pretty far north and east in WI (PS — go camping there. It’s gorgeous!)
  • Minneapolis, MN: Another stop, where a… car switch happens. It doesn’t sound interesting but what’s going on at the time is!
  • Sioux Falls, SD: Some more pivotal moments in South Dakota and we get some more insight on what the gods can do
  • Lebanon, KS: Back to Lebanon, KS — the center of the United States. You’re home!

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 So what do you think? Would you take the road trip? Have you been to any of the locations from AMERICAN GODS before?

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Thanks again for checking out this month’s feature for On the Same Page! We had a blast reading AMERICAN GODS and sharing our thoughts with you! And don’t forget to check out Amy & Alyssa’s posts today too!

Alyssa (Books Take You Places) // Amy (Tripping Over Books)

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: March 2015


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Welcome to the Book Blogger Organization Challenge!

If you haven’t heard of this challenge and are interested in finding out more, check out the intro post! But basically the concept is simple: Whether you want to dedicate a lot of time to this challenge or a little, I’m here to help you get organized and work on blog maintenance in 2015! Everything is broken down month-by-month so you only have to focus on ONE idea at a time. January seemed to kick us off GREAT! Let’s get ready for March!

MARCH 2015 ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE
Social Media & Review Outlets

March is all about getting your social media organized and updating those review outlets (outside of your blog). Now’s the time to spruce up the info on your social media accounts, delete old ones, add new ones, and work on a bunch of cross-posting reviews!

CLEAN UP SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

  • Do you have a bunch of accounts that you created that you don’t use? Delete them!
  • Are you looking to try out another form of social media? Wondered if Pinterest can help your blog? Looking to start an Instagram account? Now’s the time!
  • Update your bio section, location, name, profile picture, contact info, you name it!
  • Clean up who you’re following. Are you missing some key friends, authors or bloggers? Do you follow a lot of inactive accounts? I use Just Unfollow for Twitter to check out accounts that haven’t been active in a long time. You can also see who you are following that doesn’t follow you back, recent followers, recent unfollowers, and more!

THE GOODREADS PROJECT

Now’s a good time to focus on cleaning up Goodreads! Here are some ideas on what to look for to spruce up your Goodreads account!
I also created a post a while back all about Goodreads and some tips and tricks I’ve discovered along the way. It’s a TINY bit outdated but still could be a great resource! –> “How to Make Goodreads Work For You

  • Delete duplicates on your shelves: Go to “My Books” and then below all of your shelves you’ll see “find duplicates”. Just MAKE SURE you’re deleting the correct version! I accidentally deleted a version that had all my status updates for a book and I was pretty bummed. There’s no way to get that back if you delete the wrong one!
  • Create new shelves and delete ones you don’t really need: I’m a Goodreads shelf fanatic. If you’re looking to get more organized, create some new ones for genres, star rating, POV, currently own, or where you got them from! Or you can delete some of the shelves you haven’t really been using.
  • Go through the books you’ve shelved and make sure they’re shelved properly! For some reason if I add a book to a shelf and don’t put it on Read/To-Read/Currently Reading, the default is “Read” so I’ve had to go back and swap that around to “To-Read”. I’ve also gone through ALL of the books that I’ve shelved and made sure they’re all in the right place!
  • Update to proper versions: I’m not too huge on having the correct version of a book on my shelves but I know some people are! (For me what matters is the right cover, most of the time) but if you like Goodreads to reflect the proper versions that you own or have read, hop to it!
  • TBR Culling! Go through your TBR and remove books that you don’t want to read anymore. I’m sure we all have HUNDREDS of books on our TBRs so now’s a good time to weed through what you might be able to part with, especially books you don’t already own!
  • Check out groups and friend lists too: Here’s another place to update your friends — make sure you’re not missing anyone or remove people (if you so desire) that you don’t need to follow anymore. Same with groups!

CROSS-POSTING

This is a great place to include cross-posting as well. There are several places you can cross-post your reviews — to reach a wider audience, to give feedback to publishers, and to help out authors!

  • Decide where you want to cross-post: Social Media. As far as social media goes, you can really post your reviews almost ANYWHERE. Most of us do to Twitter but there’s also Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Bloglovin’ and even places like StumbleUpon (there are obviously more places, but those are my main ones)! You should be able to set your blog up to automatically post your reviews when they go live too!
  • Decide where you want to cross-post: Amazon, B&N, + more. I try to post everything to Goodreads and Amazon. Books I fall in LOVE with, I’ll try to go the extra mile and post to Barnes and Noble and The Book Depository as well.
  • Cross-posting to Netgalley and Edelweiss: As far as I know, you can only post your reviews to Netgalley if you have the book on your shelf (aka, if you’ve been approved) but you can post ANY review to Edelweiss if you search for the book (usually only books that have been published within the last few years — I’m not sure how far back their database goes).
  • Sending reviews to publishers: This is something I am SO BAD AT (aka I don’t do it). I really probably should formulate a game plan of sending my reviews to publishers when I receive a book from them! This is one I’m asking for YOUR help with! Let me know all your secrets!!!!

KEEP YOUR STATS ORGANIZED

It’s hard to keep track of all your stats all the time. I created a doc in my Google Drives just for my stats as an easy place to keep track of everything! It has a little intro about who I am and then the stats for my page views as well as a few social media outlets (I didn’t include them ALL because I’m sure the publishers don’t need to know ALL of them).

  • Page views: I use StatCounter for my blog. If you’re self hosted, there’s a plug-in so you don’t even have to leave your admin page to view your stats! Self-hosted also allows StatCounter to track where your readers are coming from (as in, what website or link directed them to your blog). If you’re not self-hosted, you can still use StatCounter for accurate stats on your page views — you will just have to access everything through the StatCounter website and it will only tell you what people have viewed on your blog and not where the traffic came from. If you’re a WordPress.com user, you can also use Jetpack (which I’m sure a lot do!) but I didn’t find that to be as accurate as StatCounter because it always counted my OWN page views which don’t really count!
  • Social Media Outlets: Besides my blog, I include Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram. I also have a Pinterest and Tumblr account, but I didn’t think those were necessary to include in the stats that I send to publishers when making review requests via Netgalley or Edelweiss. I usually just updated those every once in a while through my Ultimate Book Blogger Plug-In.
  • Finding out how many followers you have: It’s a bit difficult to keep track sometimes. I actually have three different places I go to check because not everyone follows me through the same means.
    • WordPress/Jetpack: Since I started out as a WordPress.com user, many people still follow my blog through the WordPress dashboard. Jetpack’s Site Stats shows how many followers I have through WordPress.
    • Bloglovin': The easiest way for me to check out how many follower’s via Bloglovin’ is just to sign in and go to Blog Analytics. That will show you how many followers and also your ranking amongst the current category in which you categorized your blog.
    • Feedly: I’m not a regular Feedly user so what I did was create an account and essentially I just check up on my own blog through Feedly to see what the number of followers is.
    • Feedburner: I still use Feedburner for my RSS option and not many people subscribe that way but I check up on it every once in a while. Its stats and analytics are really easy to spot. It feels a bit outdated but I haven’t gotten into investigating other options! Maybe now is the time!

Organization Tools Mentioned

Just Unfollow // Goodreads // StatCounter // Bloglovin’ // Feedly // Netgalley // Edelweiss // FeedBurner


Have anything else you want to get done this March? Let me know! I’d also love to hear any tips or tricks you have to keep your stats, social media, and other things organized!

Don’t forget to share what you’re accomplishing this month with the hashtag #BlogOrganization!

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NEXT MONTH: Graphics, HTML, CSS, Plug-ins

  • Update graphics for posts/memes/events, update button, update header
  • Learn Photoshop/Gimp/PicMonkey
  • Brush up or try to learn simple HTML and CSS (for layouts, fonts, etc). Take this month to delve into the scary world of coding! (Or at least teach yourself one new thing!)

February 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

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February was a pretty decent month! Things have been going well and I’ve been approaching my reading more casually. I’m trying to take on less commitments and picking up whatever I feel like reading (I know I always say that but this time I MEAN it) and I haven’t been reading as many books but the ones I’ve chosen I’ve actually enjoyed much more! I haven’t had too many DNFs or low-rated reads so far this year so I am VERY happy with that!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In February: 7. It was almost only 5 but I finished an audiobook and the copy of LOOP that I borrowed from Andi in the final days of February!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “the kill order” & “books similar to if I stay” // “book addict’s guide” // “otsp secret sister” (they are pretty much the same nowadays!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “snow white rose red and fred” (who is Fred?)  // “ideas on how to plan my beer bar for valentine” (Tell me more!) // “addiction to fantasy novels” (yep) // “how to be a book addict” (you’re in the right place)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Andi’s ABCs, Rather Be Reading, Perpetual Page Turner
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Andi’s ABCs, Swoony Boys Podcast, Tripping Over Books

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Events

  • I went to ALA Midwinter 2015!!! It was SO much fun and a great filler for the conference-shaped hole in my heart since I’m almost definitely not going to BEA this year (oh, time and money). It was at McCormick place in Chicago so that was just PERFECT for me. I actually only went on Saturday and that seemed to be enough… I grabbed all of the books I needed, really! I was going to go back Sunday but we had a crazy blizzard and wasn’t able to go back to the conference OR the Bloomsbury dinner :( :( I was super bummed! But Saturday was still a ton of fun. I met up with Katie from Polished Page Turners and we stuck together most of the day. I was SO happy to meet Nicole and Ashley from The Quiet Concert again and to meet Jordin (A Bottomless Book Bag), Kay (It’s A Book Life), and Lisa (Bookish Broads) for the first time!!!
  • I got to meet Brandon Sanderson! The event was NUTS — busier than any regular book event I’ve ever been to — but luckily I was #12 for the signing so I didn’t have to wait forever! (Thank GOODNESS we know how Anderson’s operates!) He was so nice, clever, and funny and he personalized three books (I chose my Mistborns!) and autographed ALL of the rest. It was awesome!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR MARCH?

  • My birthday is on the 11th so I’ll be doing another birthday post and giveaway! Woo!
  • March’s theme for the Book Blogger Organization Challenge is Social Media so be prepared to update & crosspost!
  • I’m on the blog tour for Jessica Brody’s final book in the Unremembered trilogy — UNCHANGED — on March 3rd!
  • I’m having an impromptu Reckoners series weekend… aka, I binge read Steelheart, Mitosis, and Firefight and I’m posting their reviews back to back to back!

Blog Tour: What’s Your Winner’s Curse? (Plus Giveaway!)

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What’s Your Winner’s Curse?

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

This is quite the interesting question posed to us bloggers by Macmillan and it really made me reflect on my life and see what my true “Winner’s Curse” would be. There really aren’t that many things that whip me into a frenzy, causing me to spend more money than I normally would (except, of course, books… which was the first thing that came to mind haha!) Ever since we bought our house and spent so much money on our wedding, my husband and I have gotten better about saving money… But the more I thought about it, there are two things that naturally are expensive and have me justifying the amount of money that I’d spend on them even if the cost is exorbitant: upgrades for my house and vacations.

MEET: MY BOOKCASE

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My bookcase is one of the first upgrades/big projects we did for our house. After saying adios to my apartment, I left the crappy (and falling apart) bookcases behind. As much as that pained me, I knew we would build a glorious bookcase in our new home… And we did just that! It was a large sum of money but my husband has a friend who builds homes for a living and was wonderful enough to do this project for us on the side. We stained it ourselves which was a TOTAL pain (and I will never do that again — because it was already assembled) but LOOK HOW GLORIOUS! The money and time and effort was totally worth it and I’d do it all over again. We’re also getting a pantry build in our dining room because we REALLY REALLY need the storage space so as you can see… money is already going into some flashy home improvements!

God forbid we ever move (we will eventually, I’m sure), we cannot take this built-in bookcase with us. Alas. We’ve spent a lot of money on it and as much as I would LIKE to try to take it with, that’s impossible. BUT we can always build a new one someday… In the meantime, I’m always pinning more bookcases and libraries on my Shelf Envy Pinterest board! We may have to use these for inspiration someday ;D

  


MEET: OUR VACATIONS

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Shane and I got married this past November and we went to Aruba on our honeymoon. I’ve NEVER taken a trip like that before (we go on trips all of the time but usually always in the US and never quite so expensive) and I’ll be honest… we did not pay that all in one lump sum haha. I almost NEVER buy things if I can’t afford to pay for them outright (house, car, wedding, etc aside) so the fact that we took this very expensive (well, very expensive for us) vacation to Aruba was quite the splurge for us! We justified it because it was our honeymoon, but I’d also like to take some more expensive and/or “dream” vacations someday!

I think we’ll always love splurging on trips, though. It’s sort of become something that we do together and do often. It doesn’t have to be far but we’ll grab a hotel room up in Milwaukee for a weekend, take a stay-cation in downtown Chicago, or camp in the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming. No matter where we go, we always have a good time and our travel memories are some of my favorites! I love visiting new places (and some old ones too) with Shane and I look forward to doing this for the rest of our lives, even if it’s something that we spend maybe a little TOO much money on sometimes. These are the ways we treat ourselves!


I had SUCH a blast today on the blog tour for THE WINNER’S CURSE and THE WINNER’S CRIME! Thank you again to the always fabulous folks at Macmillan for putting this tour together. They’re always such wonderful hosts and they set up these fabulous tours so we can bring you wonderful books — and giveaways too!

Don’t forget that you can find out more about the tour as well as both books in the series so far at the links below! 

  • Check out the entire blog tour schedule to see the rest of The Winner’s Curse choices from other bloggers as well as their own personal giveaways!
  • You can check out everything about The Winner’s Curse series on The Winner’s Trilogy website!
  • You can also play Bite and Sting, the game in the book! (I’ve played the game myself and it’s a LOT of fun!!!)
  • Don’t forget to follow #TheWinnersCurse hashtag on Twitter as well!

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Pub Date [9] – Luck of the Irish

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Hi, all! Welcome to back to our new feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: LUCK OF THE IRISH

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I am not Irish by even a little bit but Shane’s family is so we’re planning one last meal of corned beef on St. Paddy’s Day before they move to retire in North Carolina!

For the “Luck of the Irish”, we’ve decided to be a bit lenient with the theme — either Irish or just the color green! Somehow the book came to me more easily than the beer (I guess I can think of some Irish beers but I drink way too many domestic and craft beers and I also ran out of time to go to the store because I had originally planned to push my post back. Oops)! For the beer, I ended up going with just a green bottle, but it still has an important story! And for the book, I actually tried to stick with the Irish theme since I didn’t with the beer!

Yuengling + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Yuengling is America’s oldest (operating) brewery, located in Pottsville, PA. It was one of Shane’s favorite beers and I hadn’t had it before we started dating! (Though I could also say that about a lot of beers because that’s when I really started getting into craft beers.) The sad thing about it
is that you can’t get it in IL (this seems to be a trend. Favorite beers = not in IL). I first tried it at my next-door neighbor’s college graduation party, again when Shane’s best friend went to a Blackhawk’s game in Tennessee and brought some back for us, and this beer is from not one but TWO 24-packs that Alyssa and Amy brought in for us when they came in for our wedding. It was part of our wedding present ;D So yes, it’s almost March and we’re still going through this second 24-pack but when you have to travel all the way to Tennessee from IL to get your favorite beer, you try to ration it! :)

Pub Date Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my book choice. Why? It’s the first book I thought of that had not only an Irish theme somewhere in it (that I had actually read) but it also even has leprechauns!! I’m sure you Potterheads already know, but I will explain anyway. The book kicks off with the 1994 Quidditch World Cup: Ireland versus Bulgaria. What I love the most about this is how detailed J.K. Rowling always gets. There are details from the full tournament, player stats, coined moves, and more. If you want to get REALLY into it, you should totally check out the Harry Potter Wiki with a specific mention and incredibly detailed account of the 1994 World Cup (plus other years and GOSH, so much more — I can never get over how deeply these layers go. It’s fantastic).

I recently made a trade with the lovely Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads and she is sending me the Portuguese version of Goblet of Fire! OMG!!! It wasn’t here in time for the post but I WILL be updating once it comes in :D

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!


Recent Beers 

  • Hildegard’s Saison by Werk Force Brewing Company. Saison // 6.83% ABV. Werk Force is actually the local little brewing company that is both brewing company but really primarily a homebrew shop. Shane and I went to go grab the last of the supplies we needed to start our first all-grain homebrew and they have a little tap room there where you can grab a beer. I’ve been weirdly obsessed with saisons lately and this one was really good! They’re only in a few restaurants right now outside of their taproom so this is not a helpful share but they’re aiming to bottle some soon and get into some local liquor stores in the Chicago Suburbs.
  • Kiwi Snow by Lake Effect Brewing. Saison/Farmhouse Ale // 6.50% ABV. This was another one we had at Chicago Brew Werks and it was a collaboration but on Untappd, it’s just listed as Lake Effect Brewing. It was really good! I think it was actually listed as a white IPA when we were there (the app says saison) but either way, it was a delicious beer. I thought it was going to taste VERY sweet, brewed with kiwi juice and all, but it was really only a light aftertaste which was very pleasant!
  • India Pale Lager (IPL) by Leinenkugel Brewing Company. India Pale Lager // 6.00% ABV. Is it just me or have you never heard of an India Pale Lager? Ale, yes, but lager was something new to me! Really it wasn’t too different from a pale ale. It had a bit more of a malty flavor and felt a little… crisper. (Gosh, people who actually know how to talk about beer probably cringe at my descriptions, but whatever. Books are my forte, friends!)

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly ** 

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Book and a Beverage [94] – Angie & Ashlea from Disquietus Reads

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Angie & Ashlea from Disquietus Reads!

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Name & Blog Name: Angie from Disquietus Reads
Tell us a little about your blog! Disquietus Reads is the little corner of the internet while I gush (or rant) about the books I read and anything else that strikes my fancy.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Oh geez that’s hard, but probably the YA Prom post. I just had so, so much fun with that one.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Hmmm  I don’t think we have anything special coming up. I’ve got a couple of new features I plan to try out and of course a lot more of the usual.

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Whatcha reading? A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E SCHWAB
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) I borrowed it from Nikki from There Were Books Involved because she’s the best.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Well Victoria Schwab is my favorite author of all time, and A Darker Shade of Magic is my favorite of her books so mostly that was the entire reasoning.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? IT IS BRILLIANT AND GLORIOUS AND EVERYTHING YOU ARE EXPECTING AND MORE. So yes, yes I would definitely recommend it.

beverageWhatcha drinking? COFFEE. I prefer mine with a splash of half and half and some cocoa.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Coffee. Tea. Cocoa. Basically anything hot
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Ummm…coffee. Seriously I drink like a pot a day usually. It’s a problem.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? The Archived, The Raven Cycle, Throne of Glass series.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Hmmmmm I don’t know if I have a single proudest moment. I am super proud of the blog overall, thankful that people even notice it and read the posts. Every comment gives me a little thrill.
Anything else you’d like to share? Thank you for featuring me on Book and a Beverage. It’s one of my favorite features. AND THANKS TO ALL OF MY BLOGGING FRIENDS FOR BEING THE BEST I LOVE YOU ALL BUNCHES.


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Name & Blog Name: Ashlea from Disquietus Reads
Tell us a little about your blog! Disquietus Reads is mine and Angie’s little fangirlish base where we talk about books and plan world domination.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Oooh that’s difficult, but probably our first Q&A Review for The Lies of Locke Lamora
Got anything special coming up we should know about? We are working on a few new features and of course, more of the reviews and the memes we love!

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Whatcha reading? A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by SARAH J. MAAS
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) Nikki from There Were Books Involved let me borrow it and I didn’t even have to ask! She just knew I wanted it more than life itself and lent it to me after Angie because she is fabulous.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Guys, I was DYING for this book. DYING. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors ever and I adore the Throne of Glass series. When I saw she was writing this Beauty and the Beast re-telling with FAE (!!!!), I pretty much would have sold my firstborn for it.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It is everything I was wanting it to be and MORE. Feyre is the type of badass female character that SJM does so well and the creepy fae and creatures are shiver-making. OH, AND THE MEN. *fans self* Obviously, I recommend it. I’ll shut up now.

beverageWhatcha drinking? Vanilla Coffee :) I take it with sugar and half-and-half.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I would like to say something fancy, but really I’m a Dr. Pepper girl.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Vanilla Latte from Starbucks! I’m addicted and clearly partial to vanilla flavoring.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? OMG ONLY THREE? Um, Throne of Glass series. Mistborn Trilogy. Outlander
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? EVERY BIT OF IT. I just started blogging a few months ago with Angie and it’s all so new and exciting to me. I flail over every post, comment, and ARC that I get. The community has also been super-welcoming. I really love doing this — books and blogging are my peaceful place.
Anything else you’d like to share? Thanks for letting us hang out with you and flail about books! I love Book and a Beverage and this is the first time I’ve done something like this. It was incredibly fun! I LOVE YOU ALL <3


 Thanks, ladies! I had so much fun featuring you on Book and a Beverage and I also love how similar your answers were haha! Coffee for life!! (But of course)
Flailinggggg over ACOTAR. So good. Love Mistborn. Love Locke Lamora. Love Nikki. Love you both!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Angie & Ashlea! Connect with them at the links below!
Angie: Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Tumblr // Goodreads // Instagram
Ashlea: Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads


And don’t forget! You can participate in Book and a Beverage at any time! Got a book? Got a beverage? Just tweet or post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage and I’ll retweet or repost your photo!

Sign-ups are once again CLOSED (you guys sign up so quickly!) and I am booked through May 2015! It will be a long wait, but keep your eyes peeled for sign-ups to reopen in the spring!

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