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Eclipse the Moon ARC Giveaway!

Want to read ECLIPSE THE MOON before July 12? Enter for a chance to win one of three ARCs! www.jessiemihalik.com/blog

I’ve finally finished writing the third book in the Starlight’s Shadow series, so it’s time to celebrate with a giveaway! 🎉

Eclipse the Moon, the second book in the series, releases in less than five weeks on July 12, but you can enter for a chance to read it even sooner! Keep reading for details. :)

Eclipse the Moon cover, featuring a man and woman in silhouette in front of a purple background with an alien planet.

As a reminder, I’ve partnered with BookPeople to offer signed copies of ETM (plus backlist books!!), so if that’s something that interests you, get your orders in now because a lot of my previous books are on backorder with a 7-10 day lead time.

And I was too braindead during the last blog post to mention it, but the first fifty-ish ETM preorders from BookPeople will come with a bookmark and stickers! The bookmark is the same one from the HTS release, but the stickers are different. :)

Get your copy!
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Acclaimed author Jessie Mihalik returns with an exciting new novel about a rainbow-haired female bounty hunter tasked with preventing an interstellar war.

Kee Ildez has been many things: hacker, soldier, bounty hunter. She never expected to be a hero, but when a shadowy group of traitors starts trying to goad the galaxy’s two superpowers into instigating an interstellar war, Kee throws herself into the search to find out who is responsible—and stop them.

Digging up hidden information is her job, so hunting traitors should be a piece of cake, but the primary suspect spent years in the military, and someone powerful is still covering his tracks. Disrupting their plans will require the help of her entire team, including Varro Runkow, a Valovian weapons expert who makes her pulse race.

Quiet, grumpy, and incredibly handsome, Varro watches her with hot eyes but ignores all of her flirting, so Kee silently vows to keep her feelings strictly platonic. But that vow will be put to the test when she and Varro are forced to leave the safety of their ship and venture into enemy territory alone.

Cut off from the rest of their team, they must figure out how to work together—and fast—because a single misstep will cost thousands of lives.

Read the first chapter!

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Harper Voyager is also running a Goodreads giveaway, and it’s a new as of a couple days ago, so double check even if you entered previously.

And now for the main event!

To enter to win an ARC, please read and follow the rules below. Incomplete entries will be ignored/deleted.

Update: Entries closed, winners announced soon!

  1. The entry period starts now and ends on June 17, 2022 at noon Central. You must be eighteen or older. Open to US and international readers. Void where prohibited.
  2. Leave ONE top-level comment (i.e., not a reply to another comment) below and tell me something you’ve enjoyed recently, whether it’s a book, TV show, vacation, or whatever. I want to hear about what’s bringing you joy!
    1. 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 giveaway blog post on my site (www.jessiemihalik.com). Comments on Facebook, Goodreads, etc. won’t count.
  4. Come back after June 17 and see if you’ve won! Three winners will be picked by random number and must actively claim their book. Instructions will be included in the winning post.

Signed Copies of Eclipse the Moon and Backlist Books!

Pre-order Now! ECLIPSE THE MOON coming July 12, signed and personalized from BookPeople! Signed and personalized backlist available!

I am THISCLOSE to finishing book three, thus the prolonged radio silence, but I wanted to pop up and let you know that the preorder page for signed copies of Eclipse the Moon is now up at my local independent bookstore, BookPeople. READ ON FOR INSTRUCTIONS, lol. :)

This time, you can also order my backlist books and have them signed at the same time, if that’s something you’re interested in. 🎉 There are hardly any signed copies of my Rogue Queen books out in the world, but if you would like to change that, you can, because BookPeople is carrying my indie books, too!

You’ll notice the ETM preorder page only has ETM on it, but if you add my other books to your cart in the same order, I’ll sign them all. Please put SIGNED in the comments box at a checkout, along with whatever personalization you want (e.g., “Sign to Jessie” or “Sign to Luna, my favorite pet”), and BookPeople should take care of the rest. Even if the backlist books are in stock, they won’t ship until July 12ish when I come in to sign the whole stack. If you have questions, you can always call the store because they’re super helpful!

The first fifty-ish orders of Eclipse at BookPeople will come with a bookmark and stickers! The bookmark is the same one I included with HTS preorders, but the stickers are new. :)

For ease of ordering, because I love you all, here are direct links to all my books:

Hunt the Stars | Eclipse the Moon
Polaris Rising | Aurora Blazing | Chaos Reigning
The Queen’s Gambit | The Queen’s Advantage | The Queen’s Triumph

If you’re planning to buy backlist books, you may want to go ahead and order now in case they need to order in any new stock. Right now, it looks like AB is out of stock with a 7-10 day lead time time, but the stock level may change as people put their orders in.

Now I’m returning to the writing cave to knock out the end of this book. Some people still need to get their just desserts. 😈

Edit: Don’t forget, the first chapter of Eclipse the Moon is available over on the book page. Happy reading!

Eclipse the Moon Chapter One!

"Compelling, steamy, and impossible to put down…" —Kit Rocha, NYT bestselling author, on Hunt the Stars. Preorder ECLIPSE THE MOON now, out July 12, 2022!

I’m still deep in deadline hell, but I’m popping up to let you know that Barnes & Noble is running a 25% off sale on preorders. Sadly, HarperCollins ebooks are excluded, but if you’re looking to preorder the print or audio version of Eclipse the Moon, you can grab it for a bargain from Barnes & Noble for the next couple of days (April 20-22) with code PREORDER25.

To celebrate (and because I’ve done so little promo because I’ve been frantically trying to write), I also posted the first chapter over on the book page. I recommend reading it AFTER you’ve read Hunt the Stars, but you do you. :)

And if you’d like to preorder from a different store, I have those handy links right here, too!

Get your copy!
Signed books from BookPeople
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Google Play | Kobo | Bookshop

Happy reading!

Deadlines and Video Games

Book three was supposed to be turned in a month from today, but I am behind. It turns out, 2021 broke me a little bit. I turned in book two a week early, but it took a ridiculous sprint to the finish that saw me working long days for over a month straight.

In an ongoing pandemic that was already very stressful.

Looking back at the second half of last year, I was flirting with burnout, though I was loath to admit it. I kept pushing, trying to write book three, and it kept not working, and so I pushed harder, and it worked less, and everything was miserable.

Now, here we are, a month from the deadline, and I’m just under a third through the book. That is Not Great(tm)!! But my lovely agent has already been in contact with my editor for an extension, and it’s the biggest one I’ve ever asked for—two months. Luckily, the schedule had some wiggle room in it, so my new deadline is June. I will remain mostly absent as I work to hit the new date, but I’ll be on Twitter more than the blog.

And I’ve had two good writing days this week, so I think I’m finally getting into the swing of the book after nearly a month of banging my head against a wall. So yay! 🎉

In an attempt to be kinder to myself, I’ve been taking a little bit of time in the evening to play some new games, and I’ve found a couple of gems.

The first new game is Wylde Flowers and it’s an iOS game in Apple Arcade. It’s sort of a simpler version of a Stardew Valley-type game, but with ✨magic✨. It’s beautiful, inclusive, and has truly excellent voice acting. I’ve spent a lot of hours fixing up my farm and getting to know my neighbors. And now I have a chicken! She’s named Pluckers and she’s the best. 💕

The second game is Core Keeper, an early-access game on Steam. It’s co-op, so Mr. M and I are playing together, and if you like Terraria-type games, you should check it out because the gameplay is very similar. It’s been pretty stable so far, even though it’s technically in alpha, and we’ve played over ten hours. Mr. M has a little farm, and I’ve set up a crafting room, so if you’ve ever wondered if video games mirror real life, the answer is yes.

What about you? Have you played any good games lately?

Virtual Author Talk with St. Mary’s County Library

Virtual Author Talk with Jessie Mihalik

Next week, on Wednesday, March 9 at 6PM CST, I’m doing a virtual talk with St. Mary’s County Library about writing, the Consortium Rebellion books, and Hunt the Stars! It’s a Zoom webinar, so you’ll need to register (it’s free!) and spaces are limited. If you’re not a St. Mary’s County Library patron, just leave the library card number part blank on your registration and it’ll go through. :)

We’ll talk about a range of things, then there will be time at the end for a Q&A, so bring your burning questions. I’m writing the third Starlight’s Shadow book right now, so maybe I’ll let some highly classified information slip about who the main couple is going to be. ;)

I hope to see you there!