Polaris Rising: ARC Giveaway and Book Signing!

January ARC Giveaway

We are just under four weeks away from the release of Polaris Rising! I can’t believe it. And to make it even more unbelievable, I am going to have a book signing at BookPeople in Austin, TX on Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 PM!

A book signing! At a bookstore! 😱

If you are local, please, please consider coming. I feel a little bit like one of those MLM people, trying to coerce people into attending, but my nightmare is I show up to a room full of empty chairs. So tell your friends, tell your mom, and heck, tell your friends’ moms. :)

You must buy the book from BookPeople to get it signed, but you can come meet me and hear me nervously ramble for free!

If you are not local, you can still order signed books and BookPeople will ship them straight to your door! Details are available on the event page.

And if you haven’t preordered yet, now is an excellent time. :) Preorder numbers are important for a debut author, so if you’re planning to pick it up on release anyway, it would mean a lot to me if you preordered:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | BookPeople – Signed!

A million thanks to everyone who has already preordered or requested it from the library or told their friends about it. You all are the best! 😍

I’m doing two things to celebrate being less than a month from release. First, I’ve made some quote cards with tiny little snippets of PR. These will go up on Instagram first before migrating to my other social media.

Instagram is new for me and I’m still trying to find my footing, but here is the first snippet! (I’m not using the built-in embed because it’s terrible, but if you click the image, it’ll take you to the Instagram page with a bigger version.)

There are moments in your life when you absolutely know what you should do and then you absolutely choose to do something else entirely.

This was one of those moments.

—Ada von Hasenberg, Polaris Rising

Let me know what you think!

Secondly, I’m giving away six ARC copies of Polaris Rising! 🎉🚀🎉

Your patience in reading this far was rewarded!

To enter to win an ARC, here are the rules. Please read them all! Incomplete entries will be ignored.

1. The entry period starts now and ends on January 18, 2019 at 12:00PM (noon) CST. You must be eighteen or older. Open to US and international readers.

2. Leave ONE top-level comment (i.e., not a reply) below and tell me about something positive. It could be a promotion at work, getting to spend time with family, a book you love, etc. Let’s put some happiness out into the world. :) Duplicate top-level comments will be deleted. You are welcome to reply to other comments, though, because those won’t count as entries.

3. Comments must be on the blog post on my site (www.jessiemihalik.com). Comments on Facebook, Goodreads, etc. won’t count.

4. Come back after 1/18 and see if you’ve won! Winners must claim their book. Instructions will be included in the winning post.

I’ll start: In addition to all the publishing awesomeness, my husband got a new job he’s excited about, and I recently read The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker. It was really fun. It’s like a high-fantasy Leverage where a determined woman turns a rag-tag bunch of criminals into a team for a crazy plot to save the empire. And it’s free!

Polaris Rising Cover Quotes!

Today I got the final cover for Polaris Rising, which includes two amazing cover quotes, so I had to share. :)

Behold!

Polaris Rising Cover
Click to enlarge!

At the top there is an incredible quote from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews: “Space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.”

I’m friends with Ilona and Gordon, but I didn’t want business to interfere with our friendship, so I had my agent ask them so they wouldn’t feel obligated. When I got this blurb back, there are not enough heart-eyes emojis to express my excitement level.

Next, at the bottom, there is the perfect one-liner from New York Times bestselling author Kit Rocha: “The badass space princess adventure we deserve.”

I love this quote. This was one of the very first quotes I got back and I think it’s perfect for the book.

I also received a couple more quotes that didn’t quite fit on the cover, but I love them just as much.

The first is from Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles: “Heart-pounding futuristic action and scorching chemistry make Polaris Rising a thrilling ride. A gripping and sexy space adventure!”

And the final quote is from RITA Award winning author Jeffe Kennedy: “I had a serious book hangover when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend!”

A million thanks to all of the authors who took the time to read and blurb my book. It means so much to me, especially on a debut novel. I am deeply, deeply grateful. 😍❤️

Polaris Rising Snippet on Ilona Andrews’s Site!

Ilona and Gordon were kind enough to host a new snippet of Polaris Rising! Head over to their site to check it out. You’ll also find the story of how we first met. :)

And if you came from their site, welcome! Chapter One of Polaris Rising is available on the book page. A few other snippets are also available.

If you enjoyed the snippets, you might also like my novella, The Queen’s Gambit. I wrote it as a blog serial last year, then edited and published it. TQG2 kicks off in the next month or so, also as a free serial first, so now is an excellent time to check it out. :)

Edit: And, of course, I am eternally grateful to Ilona and Gordon for sharing! 😍

Book Two Update and Snippet

Book two has been sent off to my editor! Woohoo!

I have to admit, sending in book two was far scarier than sending in book one. After all, she liked the first book enough to buy it. This one is an unknown. What if she hates it? What if the first book was just a fluke and I’ll never write anything as good/better? And so on and so forth. Thanks, brain, for making me neurotic. :/

In less crazy news, book two has a title: Aurora Blazing. It’s due out late next year, currently October (subject to change, etc, etc). Somehow, Goodreads already knows more about it than I do. I don’t know what kind of data ninjas they have over there, but nice work.

Polaris Rising is the story of Loch and Ada. Aurora Blazing picks up where PR left off, but it’s the story of Bianca and Ian. Bianca is Ada’s sister.

Here’s a little snippet from Aurora Blazing. This is from the rough draft and subject to change/be cut from the final draft. :)


My com vibrated and Ian’s info reappeared on my glasses. The five-minute block had expired. I confirmed Aurora was on course for orbit, then accepted the video link as voice-only on my side—I could see him, but he couldn’t see me.

If I’d thought I’d seen Ian at his angriest before my meeting with Evelyn, I’d been dead wrong. I’d never seen him so furious as he was right now. His face was set in lines of granite and his eyes blazed with temper. His jaw was clenched so hard I was afraid he’d break his teeth.

It seemingly took him a force of will to open his mouth. “Lady Bianca, return to the ground. Now,” he gritted out.

Continue reading “Book Two Update and Snippet”

POLARIS RISING Early ARC Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win a copy of Polaris Rising! I found so many new books to read thanks to all of your recommendations!

There were 116 entries total, which is beyond amazing. Because so many of you entered, I’m giving away an extra ARC! Harper Voyager was incredibly generous with my allotment of ARCs, so if you didn’t win this time, never fear, you’ll have another chance closer to release. :)

And if you sign up for my author newsletter, you still have four more chances to win (one winner per month).

As always, if you want to guarantee yourself a copy of Polaris Rising, you can preorder it now from your favorite retailer! We’re just a little over four months away from release. 😳😱

Preorder links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books
Kobo | Google Play | IndieBound

And now, the moment you’ve all be waiting for: the winners, as selected by random number!

#110 – RobC
#56 – Amanda Fink
#32 – Janeen Horne
#83 – Kimberly

WINNER INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please double check the link to the winner comment to make sure you’re the right winner. :)
  2. Email me at [mylastname]writes at gmail.com (replace [mylastname] with my actual last name). If you have trouble, get in touch via the contact form.
  3. Please email me from the email you used to comment, so I can verify you’re the right person.
  4. Include your name and address. Also, if you want the book personalized, please include the name you’d like me to sign it to.