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. The non-profit choral group with which I volunteer was able to give its holiday concert last Sunday to a masked and appreciative audience of nearly 200 people. The last concert of 2019/2020 and the entire season of 2020/2021 concerts had had to be cancelled, and we weren’t sure if the audience would be back after so long away. (The fully-vaccinated singers had special masks designed for performers, too, as we really wanted everyone to stay safe.) So lovely to have a live music performance to begin Advent and to see familiar and new faces! And my mother is about to celebrate her 97th birthday! (In the U.S.)

  2. I Fostered 3 mother cats with litters of 5, 6, and 7 kittens (along with several miscellaneous kittens with no moms) throughout the course of the year, and all of them (moms and kittens) have been adopted so far (except for my current batch of 7 plus mom) even though adoptions have been down this year. My last batch of kittens are truly adorable little fuzz balls, and mom is a genuine sweetheart. They will be going up for adoption soon and will hopefully find their forever homes by the end of the year. I live in California.

  3. Started my new job this year in 2021 – very exciting as a fresh graduate! So far am loving it and can’t wait for 2022. Am international but I do have a US forwarding address :)

  4. I am glad that this year my husband and I were able to take a couples trip and go to the concert I purchased him as a gift for our anniversary, belated though it was. We have been taking a trip to the Little League World Series every year and haven’t been in 2 years. We chose another destination and enjoyed almost a week together. 25 years married, 29 together, and 5 kids and we are even more in love with each other.

    I am also proud that I managed to teach the 16 yo to drive. He was easier than the anxious first child and less terrifying than the “I do stupid things” 2nd.

    Looking forward to _Hunt the Stars_. I’ve had it pre-ordered since it went live, but I’d love a signed copy. Will still buy the ebook because Rheumatoid Arthritis is ruining my ability to hold a book and read, but the copy would have pride of place on my shelves.

    I am in the US.

  5. Mine is not as exciting as others but I finally achieved a few running goals I have been running since 2014 and it’s not been the easiest since races are something that kept me motivated but I’ve managed to keep a 9:30 pace in training. I also just like to say I’m thankful for your books…they are a joy to read. I am from the US.

  6. I live in the US
    I’m proud of my 2 granddaughters, one of them 10 weeks old, so it qualifies for something in 2021

  7. Hi! So happy to be here and thankful for the chance!
    1. Something that I’m thankful for in 2021 was my trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Hiked about 13 miles a day and had an absolute blast seeing some more beauty of our National Parks.
    2. My husband and I hit our 10 year anniversary this past July and truly thankful for his health after open heart surgery a few years ago. 10 years doesn’t seem like a lot, but some days it just does.
    3. I’m in the US.

  8. One positive from this year is being out of lockdown thanks to vaccines. At least now we can again see family and friends. International entrant.

  9. I was finally able to get into a specialist and get the diagnosis and meds I needed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. I’m moving with so much less pain now and am able to get outside and enjoy sunshine-y walks again. I also booked a trip to Key West because vacations and the planning of them are my happy place. I’m in the US.

  10. I am happy for the many comforting books I read this year, including the Polaris Rising series, and to see my parents after we were all vaccinated.
    I am in the US

  11. The main positiv vibe I had this year is, that I got engaged. So super excited for our next step on the jorney :D oh and we got lucky to catch a building spot :D
    Also have to say I really like your writing stil. International Entry.
    Happy Holidays <3

  12. I am thrilled I decided to go back to college to take a class as semester that interests me just for fun. Right now I am learning Ancient Civilizations and learning new information from way back yonder and enjoying myself.

  13. I decided at the age of 50 to go back to school and get my paramedic. I’ve been an EMT B for ten years now, but during the pandemic as I was taking in so many sick people, I realized that life could be shorter than I’d planned and if I’m going to do things that I’ve always wanted to do, there is no time like the present. It’s been kind of awkward to hang out with all these kids and my memorization skills are a wee bit rusty, but I’m doing it!!

    I live in Virginia :)

  14. I am glad that I was able to see family as this year is ending. Just communicating by phone doesn’t always cut it(:
    I am in the US.

    [JM edit: Adding reply here and deleting its top-level comment]

    I also preordered in early May!! I can’t wait for the book as I loved the Consortium Rebellion novels.

  15. I feel like keeping my two little boys, who were too young to get vaxxed for the majority of the year (one still waiting), alive and entertained is a huge accomplishment. I’m also proud of the work I do for a local children’s literacy nonprofit as a librarian. I celebrated my first year there this past August. I’m in the U.S. :)

  16. I started homeschooling my third child/second grade since the first two are twins and learn the same things. Proud to have figured out how to juggle all the learning and what routine works best for our family.
    I’m in the US.

  17. This year we added two kittens to our household. Now we have four cats. It took some time to establish a cease fire but everyone knows the eldest cat is the boss now. The two kittens are so cute and they like to cuddle so it is a ray of sunshine in our house.
    I live in the Netherlands, so international.

  18. After 5 years working on mental health and being unable to work, this year 2021 I was finally able to get a job (and keep it). !! And not only that but it is an awesome job doing something I love. And I can have anxiety naps and work from home if I need to.

  19. I started donating blood at the start of the pandemic and have continued to do so. In 2021, I donated blood 5 times. Woot! :)

  20. I am thankful for my coworkers. I am a critical care nurse and I live in an area in the US that was hit hard by covid this fall. I am grateful for all the critical care staff I work with: respiratory therapists, Intensivists and critical care nurses (we even had uniformed National Guard members working alongside us in the unit this fall). When we were overwhelmed by covid patients, the staff worked a tremendous amount of collective overtime and dealt with an overwhelming crush of critically ill covid patients. We have seen so much death and suffering and it has taken its toll on all of us. Yet the staff still shows up and gives their best.

    And yes, I live in the US.

  21. The absolute best thing about this year is watching my grandson every day, watching him grow from a helpless infant to a walking energetic one year old. He’s a true joy (except I forgot how exhausting it can be!) & time is absolutely flying by. I live in the US.

  22. I am thankful that I got to celebrate occasions in person this year. I am reminded of this every day when I see the adorable homemade birthday cards from my nieces and nephews on my mantle. Zoom, texts and phone calls just aren’t the same as an excited and exuberant kiddo.
    I am a US reader.

  23. While it’s been a tough year, there have been some bright moments. I’m vaccinated, my kiddo will be soon, so travel may be in our future. I got to surprise my mother for her 70th birthday, first time I’d seen her in 20 months, in October. And today I get to play my third gig of the year (fourth is next week), a candlelight service at the nearby college – my part-time musician job had just been starting to take off when COVID hit, so it’s really nice to play again. A lot of small things to be happy for.

  24. I have two things! (I’m in the US)

    One: I am a librarian and this year won a university-level recognition award for the work I do, which is usually overlooked as it’s not public facing and is very much behind-the-scenes. I’m super proud that my colleagues recognized that metadata is important!

    Two: my husband changed jobs and ended up working at his ‘dream’ company. So while most of 2021 has been meh, the big things were great!

  25. I’m proud that I’m almost ready to query my first manuscript. Between the craziness of Covid at work and plain ol’ life, I didn’t think I’d be anywhere near this point by the end of 2021. But, here I am, not only finalising my edits and prepping the query letter, but also getting started on my author website too.
    I’m grateful for all the incredible writer/agent blogs that give advice and encouragement on the process. It’s made a massive difference!

    I’m an international reader.

  26. I’m back in in person school, but I’m working through it. There’s been highs and lows, but I’m so glad I get to see all my friends again. I’ve missed them a lot :)

  27. I love seeing all these comments!

    I’m buying a house, completely on my own, in December. I close December 13th. I’m proud of myself for having my shot together and excited to have something I can turn into MY sanctuary.

    I’m in the US.

  28. I gave birth to my 3rd child, we moved to a new town, kids changed schools, and I am loving all of it! I haven’t read a lot of new books this year because it’s been so busy, but I’m looking for to Hunt the Stars release! I’ve loved all of your previous books and can’t wait for more.

    I live in Norway.

  29. First of all, thanks for the giveaway! Win or lose, a chance at a free book from a take-my-money author always brightens my day.

    It may not seem like a positive for the year, but bear with me. My mother is a cancer survivor. She’d been doing fine for years. Then a few months into the pandemic, when doctors were hard to get in to see, she got a new thing: lymphoma. Much less aggressive (or scary) than her previous diagnosis and treatment was going well. But then this year’s annual check up found breast cancer. That’s three issues, the different parts of her body over the last 15ish years and this was the most dangerous. Let me tell you, I’ve been an emotional mess on the inside. But my 72 year old mother? She is once again kicking cancer’s invasive ass! Chemo? Radiation? Pfft. Done & done. She’s already back at work like nothing ever happened, holiday shopping, shaking fists/laughing/crying at Kdramas (because it’s there really any other way to watch them?), and generally doing better faster than the docs anticipated.

    There’s so much bad in the world, and so much bad can happen at home, but when you see the mother you adore belly laughing at comedy specials like it’s any other day of her life, THAT is the best thing there is. So, not a sad story. The best story. My son and I still have her and get to keep having her in our lives AND we’re lucky enough to appreciate it because we’ve made it through all that bad together. 🙂

    This happy gal is in the US.

  30. I’m happy about two things – taking a small step for myself and getting a personal trainer, and booking a trip to see my parents for Christmas. Thanks from Canada 🍁

  31. I’m so happy that I was able to take my husband on a much-delayed vacation this year. He has dementia, which is progressing. This vacation was very special for both of us, because this may be the last one he will be able to enjoy with me and remember.
    I’m in the U.S.

  32. 2021 has been full of changes, some of them wonderful: love, a promotion, new home…
    International reader from Spain!

  33. US Citizen here :) I finished revising my first novel and won a mentorship with a published author to work with her! I also reached 50k in a second manuscript I’m drafting last weekend.

  34. I work at an elementary school in a town of 3000 people. We have less than 400 students. Our Christmas food drive for our local food bank raised over $500 and enough food donations to fill 4 trucks. (International-Canada)

  35. For 2021 I’m most proud of what my son accomplished and I fully supported. He completed his thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. All 2,193 miles!

    I did enter a national competition with my dog for which not that many women do. I didn’t pass but I showed up and tried.

    I’m in the US.

    Thank you!

  36. Hi there. Can’t wait for the new book. One positive things for me this year is that we adopted a kitten. She has been a source of great laughter. she is affectionate and so curious, with lots of cat attitude. Watching the politics as she integrates with the other 4 pets has been an adventure.
    I’m in Canada, aka international-lite
    Happy Holidays

  37. In 2021, I was able to get back on a tv/movie set (We Own This City – coming out next year on HBO Max if anyone’s interested; Shrink Wrapped – indie film; Mr. Evans – pilot episode of a tv show and you now know 98% of what I know about it!)
    One of my 2 feral kitties (5-ish years old, they’ve lived with me since they were about 6 months) who I thought would be the textbook CAT (I have a roommate who eats my food, expects me to clean up after her and bitches when she’s unhappy) has turned into a complete love-bunny of a lap-cat!
    I was able to donate blood 4 times over the last year – and my blood goes straight to newborns.
    U.S. Citizen living in the U.S.!

  38. U.S resident; (Loved the consortium Rebellion series)
    My DH and I worked really diligently to eat healthily and not gain any weight throughout the pandemic. We even went through 2 huge family dinners during this November and were able to refrain from gaining any weight.

  39. I got my Covid vaccines early (healthcare worker 🙋🏼‍♀️) and my booster, too! I’m so incredibly glad to be living in a time when scientists all over the world can work together, and separately, to give us all the chance to make it through this crazy pandemic.

  40. I’m in the US.
    This year I started drawing again. It’s something I stopped doing because years ago. I kept prioritizing other things and saying I’ll make time for it another day but never scraggly did. I’m proud that I have found time to do something I enjoy again.

  41. Hi! This year I got an unexpected promotion and raise–and then went for another position in the company and nailed it! I am very hopeful the new position will be fewer hour and much less stress.

    I’ve got a lot on my plate, and I didn’t sleep much, but the end of this year I’m in a much better place than I was a year ago.

  42. 1. I think the thing I’m most proud of is getting my dad (he’s 91) excited about astronomy again. He did navigation in the Navy but never used a telescope like mine. We’d go out at night and I’d show him Saturn or Jupiter and their moons. I’m really looking forward for him to see the comet that will be visible in a couple of weeks.

    1. I forgot to add I’m in the US. I love everything to do with space so this book is perfect for me. Thank you for writing it

  43. I finally listened to my body and my inner compass and resigned from a charity board this month. The cause is wonderful. The people are amazing but my cup was empty. I emailed the team to let them know how much I admire them and wish them the best and I stated a clear non-negotiable date for departure. 2021 will be the year I set a boundary and asked myself what I wanted. (International)

  44. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win an ARC, Jessie!

    This year I debuted and wrote more two books! I’m so proud of that, and a little stunned if I’m honest. Pandemic, personal chaos, all that aside – I made it happen (and didn’t even loose my mind!)

    All the best for 2022 and Hunt the Stars release! Can’t wait to read it!

    P.S. I’m international ☺️ (Canada)

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