Hunt the Stars ARC Giveaway!

Want to read HUNT THE STARS before February 1? Enter to win one of five ARCs! www.jessiemihalik.com/blog

It’s December, and that means we’re less than two months away from the release of Hunt the Stars on February 1! Cue panicked screaming, lol. To celebrate the upcoming release and get in the holiday spirit, I’m giving away five signed ARCs (advance reader copies).

See below for details on how to enter, but first, here’s a message from our sponsor—me! :)

Hunt the Stars Cover. A woman with a ponytail and a man with short hair in silhouette in front of a blue background of stars and alien planets.

The supply chain is kind of a mess right now, so if you want a paper book at release, I strongly suggest preordering it. To help you out, I’ve partnered with three independent bookstores to do signed books / bookplates. See this blog post for full details or just dive in and order from your favorite below!

Signed books / bookplates, while supplies last:
BookPeople | Copper Dog Books | Mysterious Galaxy
Please read the ordering instructions carefully!!!

Is an ebook more your style? Luckily, so far the ether that powers the internet hasn’t run low, but I would still really appreciate a preorder if you’re so inclined. :)

Preorder like it’s hot:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Indiebound


The critically acclaimed author of Polaris Rising takes readers on an exciting journey across the galaxy with the start of her brand-new series about a female bounty hunter and the man who is her sworn enemy.

Octavia Zarola would do anything to keep her tiny, close-knit bounty hunting crew together—even if it means accepting a job from Torran Fletcher, a ruthless former general and bitter adversary. When Torran offers her enough credits to not only keep her crew afloat but also hire someone to fix her ship, Tavi knows that she can’t refuse—no matter how much she’d like to.

There’s just one catch: with so much money on the line, Torran and his crew insist on joining the hunt. Tavi reluctantly agrees because while the handsome, stoic leader pushes all of her buttons—for both anger and desire—she’s endured worse, and the massive bonus payment he’s promised for a completed job is reason enough to shut up and deal.

But when they uncover a deeper plot that threatens the delicate peace between humans and Valoffs, Tavi suspects that Torran has been using her as the impetus for a new war. With the fate of her crew balanced on a knife’s edge, Tavi must decide where her loyalties lie—with the quiet Valoff who’s been lying to her, or with the human leaders who left her squad to die on the battlefield. Because this time, her heart is on the line.

Want more? Read the first chapter!

And just in case you missed it the first time, here are those preorder links again… 😉
BookPeople | Copper Dog Books | Mysterious Galaxy
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Indiebound


My publisher is also running a new Goodreads giveaway this month, so if you’d like to increase your odds of reading the book early, you can hop over there and enter!

And now, what you’re all here for!

To enter to win an ARC, here are the rules. Please read them all! Incomplete entries will be ignored.
Update: Entries are now closed. Winners will be announced soon! Thank you all for participating!

  1. The entry period starts now and ends on December 17, 2021 at noon CST. 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 positive about 2021 or something you’re proud you accomplished this year. Let’s celebrate the end of the year with some positives, because I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use some cheer. :)
    1. ALSO INCLUDE whether you are in the US or International. Shipping costs are out of control right now, so I’m limiting it to a max of two international winners. I will still pick by random number, but if two international comments have already been chosen, I’ll keep generating numbers until I hit a US comment. This means there may be zero, one, or two international winners, depending on how the RNG rolls. Good luck!
    2. 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 December 17 and see if you’ve won! Five winners will be picked by random number and must claim their book. Instructions will be included in the winning post.

I’ll start: I wrote and edited Eclipse the Moon this year (and I’m in the US, just for completeness sake). Writing has been super difficult all through the pandemic, so I’m proud that I wrote a book that I love this year! And 2021 brought us COVID-19 vaccines, so I’m very happy about that, too. :)

Oh, and I’m far too happy about this quick little quiz I made that tells you which Starlight’s Shadow crew member you’d be, so while you wait to see if you won, why don’t you mosey over there and check it out?

Happy holidays!

211 thoughts on “Hunt the Stars ARC Giveaway!”

  1. Two positive things that happened in 2021 are that I (finally) graduated university 🎉 and moved to my dream city to start my career. I’m an international entrant 🇨🇦.

  2. This year I’m proud that I was a good friend. I helped plan some things with friends to help get us all back to a more social life while being safe. I also tried to be there for friends who weren’t keeping it together as well as some… I also made an effort to get out myself and say yes to everything I could say yes to… even though sometimes my instinct was to stay in and be a hermit.

  3. I thrilled because I finally healed from Achilles tendonitis this year. It took 2 years (including an unnecessary surgery) and I thought I’d never get back to normal but I can finally walk and hike without pain again.

  4. Hooray for ARC giveaways! I started and finished a 11k-word fanfic this year! This is the first piece I have really seriously *revised*, like multiple drafts, improving the story each time. It was a really good process and I enjoyed it quite a bit! I am in the US.

  5. Actually, some good did happen this year! my top two are, my daughter taught herself guitar and ukulele and now we have spontaneous music sessions. And, I found three veg I can eat without triggering my our of control allergies. Sounds lame? Try going 2 years with no veg.
    I am in the US.

  6. Positive things this year were hard to come by, but my little boy (on the high functioning end of the spectrum) has made such huge strides forward with his self-soothing techniques this year! I am so proud of how much he has worked on being self-aware of when he was getting frustrated and finding ways to deal with whatever is bothering him. And I am equally proud and grateful for his friends and teachers who accept him as he is and are able to see what an amazing human being he is. I am the luckiest mama in the word that he’s mine :) I’m in the US – getting my winter driving skills back into practice here in Wisconsin.

  7. A positive thing that happened in 2021 is that my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. It was very low key due to COVID but I am so happy that we have had 50 years together. We also celebrated a delayed 50th graduation from college reunion for my husband (mine was this year). We saw people that we had not seen since graduation. It was a wonderful time.

    [JM edit: US entry, other top level comment deleted]

  8. I changed jobs and now get to spend my days working to improve public health and the environment. It feels so good to do something positive with my work. I’ve also read a lot of books this year, and kept up a consistent workout schedule. Lots to feel really good about! I’m in the US.

  9. I just finished moving in with my boyfriend! Our first date was right before everything shut down due to Covid and our relationship just keeps getting stronger!
    I am in the US.

  10. Something positive—yay for COVID vaccines! And I started working at a new office for the first time in 20 years. I’m in the U.S.

  11. This year we got a Corgi puppy. It’s a bit crazy having a toddler-like presence in the house again, but the college-aged kids love him. It’s been a great but tiring addition to our home!!

  12. I’ve been running in the same park for the last 7-8 years, but somehow this last year I’ve been stopping a lot more to take in the hawks, swans, and frankly kind of incredible sunrises.

    (I’m in the US!)

  13. Thank you for this giveaway, as an international reader (France) I truly appreciate the chance! And Fingers crossed!
    This year I am proud of two things, actually. First, I became a psycho-criminologist which had been my childhood dream and it felt amazing to finally be doing something I was meant for, that had always called to me.
    Second, I have never been happier. After seven years of depression, therapies and medication, I am finally free. It’s great to feel alive again, strange how I missed it without even realising it. ☺️

  14. Happy Holidays Jessie 🎄🎁🎊🎉
    USA
    Many new reasons to be happy. Found a great job this year (no easy feat at 55 yrs old)
    I had surgery to solve one problem (yay it worked) and it helped with a secondary problem too (double yay)
    Then, of course, friends, family and my wonderful husband are always reasons to be happy during any year

    Thank you for providing the contest. I look forward to reading the book 😁

  15. This year I’m celebrating finally being debt free!! It’s been a long journey but something but I’m extremely proud and grateful for. I’m currently calling Boston, MA my home.

    Thanks Jessie for having everyone share things they are grateful for. It’s nice to be able to reflect on this past year!

  16. I got a big promotion this year (Director of Quality), so now the top two managers at our site are women, which is exciting. (I’m in the US.)

    I found your books through Ilona Andrews, and I’m so glad that I did. I’ve bought every book you’ve written so far and loved every one. Looking forward to the new series!

  17. 2021 has been a bit of a roller coaster, but I finally got a promotion at work that I’ve wanted for a while and I bought my first electric vehicle – a red electric mini cooper! :) I live in Portland, Oregon and can’t wait to read the start of this series in early 2022.

  18. I left my corporate job and now have the opportunity to follow my passion as an energy healer. I’m currently a nomad which has challenged me in so many ways although I’m looking forward to finding a home base.

  19. I was super happy to be able to start and complete (as the PM) a total demolition and rebuild of my Mom’s house that wasn’t in the best shape. Been wanting to do this project for a few years but finally everything came together in 2021 even though we had to pause during a 2 month lockdown. Now she has a beautiful and comfortable space to enjoy, and I’m so proud to be able to do it 😁

    I’m international 🇹🇹

  20. This year I was able to take in a 8 yo kitty that needed to be rehomed due to previous owner no longer physically capable of taking care of her. She is a sweetie and has made this year so much easier to handle while still mostly avoiding socializing in person.
    I’m in the US.

  21. Thank you for this amazing giveaway. A positive thing about this year for me … I finally got the courage to seek help and deal with my anxiety head on! I am in Canada.

  22. Yay! One good thing that happened this year is that I’m finally taking control of my health – I’ve been exercising regularly (and having a great time doing it!) and my blood pressure and blood sugar are under control now. Bonus – weight loss wasn’t my goal, but I also lost 25 lbs. I’m also super greatful for vaccines being approved for 5-11 year olds in the US (where I am) and my son being fully vaccinated in time for Christmas. What a relief!

  23. I got a new job in 2021 after searching for new work for quite some time. So that was really cool!

    I’m international.

  24. Positive thing: joined a pottery studio this year so now I get to play with clay as often as I want! International entrant.

  25. I’m in the USA.
    There have been several positive things for me both big and small. I’ve refinanced, lowering our monthly payments. I fixed several broken things. Got my kids on medicine for their ADHD and it’s helping.

  26. This year, I designed 8 books, and each of them looked better than the last. It ain’t much, but I’ll take it.
    In the US.

  27. My positive thing: this year I wrote a book! I also started to think of myself as a writer. So, probably 2 positive things. It was a year of becoming/evolving in a lot of different ways. Located in the USA

  28. I (mostly) finished the second chapter of my dissertation, and I’ve (mostly) completed the first draft of my third chapter. I also started playing piano again, something I haven’t done in year. [US based]

  29. My husband continues to be cancer free (Stage 4 melanoma), my eldest is enjoying her freshman year at college (900 miles away), most of my family has accepted my middle’s name and pronoun changes, and my youngest just got her 2nd vaccine dose. I am in the US.

  30. I finished and posted an essay I started waaaay back in like 2016! Also was thrilled by the queerplatonic slowburn romance in forthright’s books. I’m in the US.

  31. Whoho! Can’t wait for Hunt the Stars!

    In 2021, I graduated from grad school and learned how to drive. Not sure how I’m going to top that in 2022.

    I live in the US.

  32. I am in the United States. My daughter received her associate’s degree and is starting a job. My son is learning new skills. And my husband started his own freelance work. So yay for all that.

  33. Working from home this year has been fabulous for me and no commute gave me 3 hours per day back. I used them to read lots of books (rereading yours, Jessie!!), listen to lots of podcasts, garden and paint my home! I will tile the kitchen next… I am very grateful to be able to take some positives from su ch an otherwise awfull situation. Would love the book, and I am an international reader!

  34. Something really positive for me was I got to spead both semesters of 2021 abroad!!! I spent the spring semester in Montevideo, Uruguay (I´m a spanish major) and I´m finishing up the fall semester in Rome. I´ve always wanted to study abroad, and I´m so proud of myself that I did it, twice, in spite of the virus that shall not be named.

  35. My favorite positive this year is that after a long struggle with fertility sister-in-law gave birth to twin girls. I’m looking forward to watching them grow.
    I live in the US.

  36. This year I have successfully kept several house plants alive. While this may seem like a small positive thing, as someone historically very bad with house plants this has given me a lot of happiness :-) I’m in the US.

  37. I am in the US, and one good thing that has happened this year is that we finally have found a counselor for my 7 year old with generalized anxiety. She has been sleeping better and has been able to self-correct more when she has one of her large emotional outbursts. She feels proud of herself and that makes me so happy!

  38. What a generous offer! My husband received an amazing job offer and we just moved to TX in November. I’m thankful that the three day drive with two cats went smoothly. I’m in the US.

  39. This year I completed the second draft of my work-in-progress novel and a short story which I’m subbing to magazines. Yay! & One silver lining of the pandemic is that it gave me lots more quality time cuddling with my sweet chonky cat. (I’m in the US.)

  40. 1) I am from/in the U.S.
    2) My bit of positivity is that I have been studying for my medical board exams during quarantine and was having trouble getting the help I need to prepare and my scores on my practice exams were not reflecting the effort I was putting into my studies. My family found out about a different prep program that has done amazing things for my understanding of medicine in general and helping me increase my scores. I am still in the process of getting to where I want to be, but now I actually have hope that I will get there.

  41. I am finally going to graduate! My last required class was cancelled four days before the summer semester started, so I had to wait until this December to graduate. Anyway, I am super excited for HUNT THE STARS! (United States)

  42. It has taken all year, but I have recovered from COVID! I’ve had to slow down my life a lot and adjust my expectations for myself, so now each little improvement is a huge win! This week I walked two blocks and climbed a flight of stairs!

  43. I am really proud that as a family we are still laughing, being silly and trying our best. It’s been a tough year for every single person out there.
    International entry – England, UK

  44. I’m happy to have been able to go out and see people more this year, being socially distant when you’re a single introvert was fun to begin with but even I got tired of it after a year…
    So I’m happy to see people and be reasonably sane…
    And I’m international by the way.
    Thank you!!

  45. Positive things? My brother moved nearby. I’m back running (after a few years of injuries). I have a new job that I’m excited about.
    (I’m international)

  46. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but this is the first year I’ve really committed to it. The past few months I have been working hard, and though it’s not yet done I think it will be soon! This is a huge dream for me and I am so proud of myself for just going for it even though I fear rejection a lot. No matter what happens when I finish it, it is a huge accomplishment for me.
    -I live in the US!

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