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! :)
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!
- 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.
- 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. :)
- 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!
- Duplicate top-level comments will be deleted. You are welcome to reply to other comments, though, because those won’t count as entries.
- Comments must be on the giveaway blog post on my site (www.jessiemihalik.com). Comments on Facebook, Goodreads, etc. won’t count.
- 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?
211 thoughts on “Hunt the Stars ARC Giveaway!”
I survived my master bathroom remodel this summer with only a minor meltdown one day. I love my bathroom now that it’s finished! I live in the US.
I love your books!!
I was vaccinated this year! I’m happy about that. Really ready for this pandemic to be over, sigh.
I’m in the US. :)
I am expecting baby #2. Something I didn’t think I would ever want but I have conquered a lot of fear and agreed to go for it! I’m proud of that. Also vaccinated x 3 (yay science!).
I am in the US
I got a promotion that’s allowing me to save up enough for a down payment on a condo. I never thought I’d be able to own my own home, but now I will!
I’m in Canada.
Good luck all!
Got my forever pup :)
I’m in the US.
I got my booster shot as a walk-in. My young niece finally got vaccinated.
In the US.
My dog and I passed our advanced obedience training cert! He had to follow all of my commands perfectly, off leash, for an hour – and it was starting to get dark when we were testing. He did so well and I am very proud!
I’m in the US.
I obtained a promotion at work and into a team I really wanted to work in. It makes me so happy because not only is it relevant to my experience and degree but also is a really lovely group of people!
I’m in Australia (aka international).
Can’t wait to read the book- I’ve read the first chapter so many times!!!!
My family and I all made it through the year healthy and I finally got to see them this Thanksgiving finally. I’m in the US. Thanks for the chance!
My husband and I bought a house and I am so excited to finish unpacking and making it our own. Bonus extra happy thing: my best friend is having a baby. So much has been terrible this year but so much happiness too. I enjoyed reading everyone a achievements. (I’m in the US)
I did NaNoWriMo for this first time this year and won! The book isn’t done but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gotten!
(And I’m in the US. :) )
I got into medical school at the beginning of the year and school has been so fun but also so stressful. Thank you for writing amazing books that I love reading at night to destress to!
I’m in the US.
My husband, border collie furry baby and I have had so much fun spending time together this year. We have explored more open space parks than ever (we are in CO,USA) and plan to keep exploring even after things get back to “normal”. I am usually traveling a lot for work so its awesome to be home with them! 2021 has been great for us in that way.
We got a kitten earlier this year to keep our older cat feeling young :) he’s a handful, but he’s wonderful. So now I have two fur babies.
I’m in the US- thanks for hosting this giveaway :)
My 9 year old daughter is fully vaccinated and the Wheel of Time show is giving me life!
One good thing that has happened this year is that I started a medication that is helping with my migraines.
And I am in the US.
My family is all vaccinated, and we got to see each other this summer. I’m in the US, and I’m surviving my job! Lol
I’m a beginning quilter and have been making different projects throughout the year. Really don’t have anyone to give most to, but I enjoy making them. Trying to complete a queen size quilt as a Christmas gift, so fingers crossed! I can’t free motion quilt to save my life, but I’m going to give it a go. 😊
Forgot, I’m in the US.
My Christmas cactus are looking spectacular right now.
I am in the US.
I crocheted a tote bag. I (and my family) have been vaccinated. I spent time reading excellent books and blogs with a cuppa and a blanket. I’m organised for Christmas 🎄.
I’m international (Australia).
I have been fully vaccinated and, as a result, have been able to continue working with fewer restrictions
I have managed to keep steady employment (free lance comics/animation) get two agented books on sub, raise 3 boys through a pandemic, and not lose my mind!
Plus we just got a puppy and I love him (poops on the office floor a lot tho)
In Canada :D
Listen, my closets are almost organized which is a huge deal around here. I was able to see my family and my partners parents post vaccination. The cat remains cute while getting older. Thank you. I’m in the US.
I met with a financial advisor last month, and I was told I can retire early. I’m in the US.
Something positive about 2021…..Thanks to the the world and it’s restrictions i’ve learned to dig deep and rely on me, just lil’ ol’ me. Friends and family arent always going to be there, so i learned who i am. My strengths and weakness. Getting to really know yourself has been my blessing this year. I live in the US.
I finished and submitted my thesis to complete my LLM, cum laude! (USA address). Thank you for the giveaway, Hunt the Stars is one of my most anticipated for 2022!!
I just can’t wait 2 months so I’m applying as an international reader.
The best that happened to me this year is finally quitting my job. I was miserable after ten years of working in the same company and having the position I wanted dangled just out of reach. Changing company has been a relief, I felt like I could finally breath and I was ready to take any challenges coming my way!
Another good thing I managed this year is thanks to you and your post about this fabulous bread pan and you were right on both accounts it’s expensive but worth every penny! Thanks to you I’ve baked wonderful baguette all year ! (If someone is wondering https://www.jessiemihalik.com/blog/the-ridiculous-bread-pan-that-i-love/ )
2021 has been a big year. I started a new job that is “career adjacent ” so had a steep learning curve and did it all while remote. My husband went back to school so I’m the sole earner and this leap was hard for my change averse soul. I’m really loving this new role and the balance it brings to my life .
I started attending this amazing workshop on sexuality and connection with our bodies. I wasn’t particularly stuck, but I’m so much more aware of what I’m feeling because of the somatic connections; I think I’ve become a better person, and it’ll spill out to my patients and friends.
I’m in the US
My kids are getting their second shot today!! I also was lucky enough to cut back my work schedule from 40 hours a week to 35 and it’s done wonders for my mental health.
In the US.
I successfully defended my dissertation proposal and collected my data! All that’s left is to write it up ☺️I’m in the US. Thanks for the giveaway!
After taking up running at the beginning of the pandemic I kept it up since then running 2-3 times almost every week this whole year. I am hugely proud that in summer, I managed to run 10km in less than 60 minutes for the first time :)
International entry here, and I absolutely adore your books!
I got a new job, teaching 11th grade!
I’m in the US!
I got to see my son in July and then he came home two weeks ago. It had been almost two years since we had all been together. And my students returned to campus. We are so grateful to have them and they are so happy to be back at school.
I’m in the US.
Good thing about 2021 has been my husband- we got married late 2020. This first year of marriage with him has been amazing. We live in the US. We are happy we are in Arizona- we don’t like cold or snow.
I finally got a dog – and I’ve never been happier! His name is Beignet (Benny) and he is 6 months old. He helps me read by the fireplace in the evening because he is the best.
So many good things happened this year, and what I am most pleased about is inviting 6 coaches to join me in the group coaching program I run. They came on board in the summer and have brought with them fresh ideas and inspiration. I am learning so much through this collaboration!
I got a raise and a promotion this year for how hard/much I worked in 2020! It meant I could finally get an apartment on my own, so no more roommates!! That has made my mental health soooo much better. (In the US)
I helped my students grow and achieve despite the pandemic so they could progress to their choice of university, training or work.
I’m in the UK.
Thanks for the joy your books bring!
In 2021 I’m finally starting to get my social anxiety under control and creating friendships outside of work. This was hard for me, but something I desperately needed after so much isolation in 2020. Also, I lost the weight I gained during 2020. 😃
I got to spend a lot of time with my father.
I live in the US
I’m proud of the work I’ve put into myself this year. This year I worked toward what makes me happy. I’m in the US.
I picked my writing back up this year after not for most of 2020. My drafting is going swimmingly and I’m so pleased!
We bought a forever home, despite all the terror and nightmare it created, and we survived the move so—yay us
My youngest kiddo has had severe separation issues since he was a baby. Cried anytime I left, even up until last year for his first year of school. This year he not only runs into class happy, he participates and says how much he loves going.
I saw my best friend/sister of my heart in person for the first time since pre-pandemic days. It was so good to get to hug her.
I’m in the US.
I’m proud that I managed to read plenty this year, despite working crazy hours and wanting to do nothing but sleep whenever not working said crazy hours.
International (from Brasil)
Discovered cycling as a new way to balance my work days in front of a computer and would never have thought to be able to achieve so many kilometers (still couning).
Got my youngest graduated from High school and started him at university. Also blew by my goal of 175 books to read and read 250! )and still going)
I’m having a great time with a good friend as we work on our block of the month quilts. We’re learning new techniques and having fun trading pictures of our quilts as we progress. A very positive endeavor for this year. We can’t wait to finish our quilts early in 2022.
I live in the US.
My daughter and I love your books. Am really looking forward to Hunt the Stars.
I’m about to graduate college with my bachelor’s degree, I worked hard to maintain an A average even with everything going on in the world, so I’m very proud of myself for that. Definitely looking forward to being done though! I live in the US :)
I’m proud of myself for hitting my reading goal for the year ahead of time! I’ve also succeeded in losing a bit of weight, and learning more about my health-which is important since I’m in my 30s now!
I’m in the USA.
Hei, i’m from Denmark.
This year has been amazing for me. I got married in marts, gave birth to a wonderful daughter in April, got a dog in August and now we just moved in, into our first house.
Can’t wait to see what happens next year..
I found a new job, in my field, that I am excited about, after my previous company outsourced production to Costa Rica.
(Am in the US)
I decided to make a huge career change for my mental health, after lots of counseling!
(I’m in the US)
I’m in the us. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to remain moderately professional, although not terribly productive, at work.
The silver lining of COVID restrictions is realizing how video chatting can help connect with friends who are far away. Hope to continue the virtual connection even when in person get-togethers are easier. I’m in the US.
I’m in the US and I’m happy I continued with my 2020 quarantine skill and kept crocheting. Also finally getting to travel a bit this year with my husband!
I’m in the USA and I’m proud that I’m now getting royalty checks on my first book! I really didn’t expect it to sell enough copies to earn out, so that was super exciting (and the money’s nice, too).
One wonderful thing that happened in 2021 is that both of my children (twins) graduated from the University of Oregon! Also equally wonderful is that they are both attending graduate school now—my son is getting his Master’s degree in Education so he can teach high school History and my daughter started Medical school to become a doctor. Lots of blessings this year for us.
(I am in the U.S.)
This year’s positives … I am grateful for the support of my parents who opened their home to us when we sold ours and the housing market went crazy. And after 8 months we did! So we truly appreciate our home. 🏡 I’m proud of myself for surviving my first classroom teacher position and virtual teaching for 4 months. 💻I also discovered your books this year, and read them all. 💕So really looking forward to Hunt the Stars!
I started going to yoga, and I LOVE it. I feel so much stronger now than I was 6 months ago when I was first starting. I also started playing d&d with a couple friends, and we’ve had a blast. (I’m in the U.S.)
I hit 600 days on my Duolingo for French!
I’m in the US
I started a new job!
Happy Holidays from Finland!
After a long time in a job I liked and that was comfortable but, frankly, was going nowhere, I went on a job hunt for the first time in a loooong time. I started in my new job this fall.
With all the craziness and cost increases that Covid entailed, we still managed to finally finish building our house this year! We did the outside walls and a lot of the interior work ourselves. So glad to be in it now :~) I’m in the US
Hi! 2020 walloped my mental health and 2021 has been all about pulling out the new me from the ashes of the old. Last year I could barely leave the house and that really hit home during the holidays (my absolute favorite time of the year). So I’m so proud of myself for not giving up on myself because I’m back to enjoying all the festive cheer! I just went on a little holiday excursion last week, I’m taking a road trip to see friends this week, and I am currently basking in the glow of the Christmas tree I chopped down with my family yesterday! I’ve still got a journey ahead of me but I’m so proud of myself for never giving up and always finding the good moments in every day!
I’m in the US and I’m so excited to read your new book! Congrats on it
Hi there! I think the things I’m most proud of recently are passing my PhD comprehensive exams and getting some topics preliminarily approved for my dissertation. It’s been super busy. (Can I also include my wife discovering how much she loves Yoga this year? It’s not my accomplishment but it’s been so good for her that I have to include it.) I’m in the US and my wife and I are super excited to read your new book!
Hi!! I studied and successfully passed my professional engineering exam! So now I have time to read all the books :)
(I’m in the US)
Finished uni (again), despite repeated lockdowns! International.
Our new house finally started being built this year – so exciting!
(I’m in Australia)
2021 has had it’s issues for me, beyond Covid. My dad was diagnosed with dementia, and my brother lost his job. However, I have weathered the issues without eating non stop, in fact I found a dietary plan that is helping me lose weight! Both my daughters are healthy, and I get to see my granddoggers, and grandkitties fairly often. Plus I still have found time to read! I live in Alberta, Canada.
I live in Minnesota, and I got a second place ribbon in the Minnesota State Fair for my knitting, a step up from the third place I got the previous year. I also started my 2022 entry, with the goal of moving up to first place!
Hello there! My name is Kalen and I’m in the US (specifically TN). I’m so glad I found this book and you! I have absolutely fallen in love with the sci-fi romance genre and am diving headfirst into all of the books I can find within it (especially the space outlaw/pirate ones – those being a favorite for sure 🥰). One thing I am proud of most this year is diving back into reading (my above statement having a big part in that) and that I met my reader goal of 100 books read before the end of the year. And I only started that goal in May! Not gonna lie – ice planet barbarians may have played a big part in that 😂 but nonetheless, thank you for this opportunity and fingers crossed I may get lucky this time!
Also, psst, I took your Starlights Shadow crew quiz and got the systems engineer Kee – which after reading their character bio, has me even more invested in reading this story!
Hello from Virginia, USA! Despite the pandemic, my business has absolutely flourished this year and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to help support my family with something I built myself. My youngest also just turned 2 last week and he has brought such joy to our family and my older kids. I’m feeling very blessed.
Hello from Canada!
What I’m most proud of this year is going back to school. It was scary since I graduated HS in 2011, but I’ve been doing SO well in all of my classes and am so proud of myself. I really thought I wasn’t going to do well and proved to myself that anything is possible with dedication and commitment!
Hi! I’m from TX, USA! I came home today to the best news which was my step-brother got married. His was the 3rd happy marriage this year. My step-sister was married in March, and we thankfully got to attend it even though we had a slight delay due to TX’s crazy February snow storm. The third one was a close personal friend. Now, if I can just get my youngest brother and fiancé to finally set a date for their wedding before the end of the year that doesn’t conflict with my soon-to-be engaged brother-in-law for 2023, my year will end on a great note.
P.S. Shh! Don’t admit you know anything about the upcoming proposal…it’s this hopefully this weekend’s good news. :)
Thanks for the chance to win an ARC!
Let’s see.. this is not entirely 2021, but I was super proud to have finished the first draft of my PhD thesis by December 2020. If that doesn’t count, I’ll take the favorite hobby route: This year, I went climbing (the actual kind, where it was scary) outside the first time, and it was both fun and exhausting :) Looking forward to read Hunt the stars either soon-ish or next year!
Everyone has such wonderful news.
I’m very pleased that my entire family has been healthy, safe, and relatively happy during 2021. Even with me having to work onsite at a critical infrastructure job. It helped that we adopted another kitten who is sweet, loving, and not too smart.
(I’m in the US)
I am grateful and proud to have started working out consistently this year! It had taken me a long time to find a workout that I like, and finally have been able to stick to. Open gyms are also a blessing here in cold cold Canada!
I read over 125 new books this year (150+ if you count rereads) when my goal was only 100 :) I have found so many new authors that I love (including you! xD) and feel super excited about reading again after years of being in a reading rut. I just wish it was actually colder here in Florida so I could really snuggle up with a book :’)
So many things happened this year. Got a lot of quality time with my kids during quarantine. Got promoted at work and started swimming (love it!). I’m looking forward to the new year… (Not from USA)
I’ve started a new career; something I’d been planning for a while, and finally took the plunge this year. Exciting, fun and (just a bit) scary…
Really looking forward to reading Hunt the Stars when it comes out. (International reader)
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Hello! I’m in Alaska, USA. A happy thing for me this year was getting my two horses set up to live with me full time on my family’s 13 acres. Some good work stuff, too, but having the horses here is good for my soul <3
Hi from snowy Maine! I adore your books and have reread them often this last year to bring my spirits up and believe in hope again. Biggest accomplishments this year? Finding my way through grieving to a livable place; standing up to my family and toxic behaviors and setting boundaries to protect and care for myself; and finding strength and freedom in finally facing those overwhelming fears. Damn, it’s been hard but I’m doing it!💜🥰
Forgot to mention I’m in the States—but I figured Maine is a giveaway!
I’ve been getting up (barely) at the witching hours to volunteer 6:30-8:30a, Monday to Friday, for the past 2.5 weeks, and will continue to do so through New Years Eve, when I will be pulling a double shift (6:30a to noon). 😴 I may not survive my sole good deed this year. 😵 Noo Yawka, here in the USA.
I finally achieved remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and it only took 10 years!). I’m in the United States.
I’m proud of myself for setting some tough but necessary boundaries this year.
And very excited for Hunt the Stars!
Argh! Sorry about that- I’m in the US.
Hello from California! I got a promotion at work.
My biggest positive for this year is the birth of my son. He is amazing and I love watching him grow.
I am in the US!
I just had my one year anniversary at my terrible job, but I learned that several people in my old industry think highly enough of me to be pleased that I applied to work with them. That feels like an accomplishment in defeating imposter syndrome. I may not get the job, but I don’t suck at everything.
I’m in the US
To be honest I’m happy just to have survived the last couple of years, it’s been tough but I’m still going which feels like an achievement in itself. I have also been teaching myself how to watercolour from YouTube tutorials and enjoying it so much that I’ve signed up for my first art class in January so that’s hopefully a positive start for next year set in place.
I’m in the U.K. so thanks for allowing international entries to the giveaway and I hope you and all your fans have a lovely end to the year and enjoy the holidays!
I’ve been holding myself together with romance and D&D, but I just started bookselling again after being laid off from Powell’s at the beginning of the pandemic. I’m so happy to be back doing what I love (at a smaller, non-Powell’s shop) and I’m much busier and happier. Truly the best thing from this year for me. (I’m in the US)
I’m really looking forward to this book, loved all your others.
Quite frankly just making it to the end of this year without cracking was achievement enough for me. Here’s hoping for a better 2022 for all of us.
Have just arrived home in Australia from London til the end of Jan. So relieved to skip a bit of Winter.
Thanks so much for the giveaway and good luck to all!
Hello from Atlanta, Georgia! 2021 was nothing like I was expecting, but I am grateful for it regardless of the highs and lows. This year I finally fulfilled a childhood dream and got a job at a bookstore. I’ve been a blogger and worked for a literary PR firm, so I love that I’m experiencing books from another aspect I previously knew very little about and loving it!
I’ve managed to make really good progress on my thesis despite the state of the world, plus I joined a virtual writing group and made new friends! Really pleased with myself for all that.
I’m international (UK).
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