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!

103 thoughts on “Polaris Rising: ARC Giveaway and Book Signing!”

    1. Good luck with the book signing, I’m sure it will be great! If I lived anywhere near you (I’m in MA) I would definitely be stopping in.

      A lot of my favorite authors live in Texas, maybe I should move…

    2. Congratulations on your upcoming release and the book signing (it will be fine!), and congratulations to your husband on his new job. Terrific starts to 2019! :-D

      My preorder for PR has been in for ages, so I won’t take up a slot for the ARC (but thanks for doing the giveaway). Really looking forward to reading it, and the snippet ups the anticipation. :0)

    3. If I lived closer I would so come to your signing! After reading, or trying to read something that was rife with grammatical errors and a lot of “pass” and “passed” instead of “past”, and repeated tense switching it is sooooo nice to anticipate publications from authors like you who can actually WRITE.

  1. My positive comment for the day–I just discovered a great new Mexican restaurant in town that tasted like home cooking! I love comfort food!

  2. I just moved from a little cave dwelling basement apartment to a 3rd floor walk up. I can hear the rain patter on my roof, get all the daylight ever and my plants and I are blooming! An Aerie after a Hobbit Hole- I am blessed! My students are adorable, I’ll get to bike to work everyday all tells me this is the start of an excellent year!

  3. I received a promotion this year at my job which I am very excited about. I am also continually impressed with the daycare/preschool that my two kids are attending this year and how they have developed just in the last few months. They amaze me every day.

  4. My husband finally has some time off – he’s a freelancer and has had a contract job for the last year with no paid time off (so he hasn’t taken any days) so we are finally taking a vacation at the end of the month for two weeks! Nothing crazy, just some small day/weekend trips from home, but its going to be so good to spend some quality time together.

    I’m so excited to read The Emperor’s Edge, Leverage is my guilty pleasure, they play repeats of it on Ion Mon thru Thurs in the mornings and I watch a couple before work, so thank you for the suggestion.

    I’m on the last book of the Moral Engine’s series and though I wouldn’t call it great it is an interesting dystopian concept, and the world building (Cities and towns are mobile and eat each other for resources) is different and well done.

  5. My positive this week was an awesome birthday card I received from my hubby – he wrote that after 23 years of marriage he continues to be amazed by all I can do and that I’m the best decision he ever made!

    Love the quote card – I can remember moments when I’ve done that too!

  6. I finished my PhD in aerospace engineering over the summer and this weekend I am having a graduation party! All of my closest friends from high school, college and grad school will be there, as well as my family. I’m excited for all the special people from different areas of my life to meet each other!

    1. Wow, congratulations! That’s amazing! Now you must always introduce yourself as Doctor Alexandra. I totally would if I survived getting a PhD! :)

    2. Congratulations! My daughter got her master’s in aerospace engineering a couple of years ago, and y’all just amaze me.

  7. I’m in Canada, so I can’t come to your signing,,, but I’ll be happy for you.
    You’ll be on the best sellers list shortly, I am so happy for you,

  8. My family had a great time together during the holidays and we have our health. I am grateful for each year I get with them and I pray I have many more years to enjoy my time with them.

  9. I’ve just been at a new job for approximately a month. It’s going really really well, and pays better than almost anything else I’ve done!

  10. I just went into my OBGYN and got to hear a healthy, strong 9-week heartbeat for my baby – after two early pregnancy losses, this double rainbow baby is so loved!! Also, I’m REALLY excited for PR to realease!!

  11. I am glad that I was able to take the whole week of Christmas off work to be with my family and we are all healthy, happy and looking forward to another year!


    Also yay Canadian readers can win!

  13. Well, my daughter is starting to make sentences (she’s 20month) and her first sentence was her begging me to read her another story :D as an avid reader I was so very proud

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  14. My parents divorced more than 40 years ago. Thanks largely to my wonderful step-mama, we celebrate family occasions as one large group, meaning we never have to choose between mom and dad. At the end of this month we’ll all gather at my dad’s house when my sister comes to town. I consider their willingness to do this a gift to their children.

  15. I’m on the countdown to the birth of our first child. We are so excited. It’s been a long wait.

    Also, this giveaway is open to Canadians!! That’s another thing to be happy about in my opinion :)

  16. Since I found out about Jessie’s writing on Ilona Andrews’ blog, I have been reading every snippet of Jessie’s that I can! LOVED Queen’s Gambit! While I can’t come to the book signing in Austin (I live in snowy winter wonderland AKA Maine!), I am at least getting out with the American Eskimo pup (Mira is a good hiking wolf!) and we’ve been snowshoeing at lot. I’ve also been photographing the gorgeous snowfall, although dreaming of warmer days, since I’ve had inches of snow on the ground since Nov. 10th! Thanks for writing, Jessie! :)

  17. I was just in Austin for a good friend’s 60th B-day party and had a blast! Her family has property out on the river near Marble Falls and we spent the whole weekend there. We hired a square dance caller for the party and it brought back memories of elementary school square dancing in the gym. It was a great way to start the new year.

  18. I found the right place to leave a comment after 5 minutes of clicking around at midnight- that seems pretty darn positive to me :-)

    Aside from that I have the end in sight of a Museum catalogue I’m writing, (65,ooo words ish so far). I’d love to say its done after the Xmas ‘break’ but despite working on Boxing day and onwards for 12 hour/days I’m just not that fast- I keep having to look stuff up! However, the pictures are lining up, the text is getting there and I hope another week will crack it. After that I’ve 2 more articles to write on 19th century Hawaiian barkcloth dresses and Tongan ta’ovala, 18th century waistmats of hibiscus fibre.

    Oh, and the cat’s conjuntivitus is getting better and I’ve just ordered the Emperor’s Edge! Huzzahs and positivity all around.

    As I have to order from Amazon UK, I doubt you get your clicks, so if you do put up an Amazon UK link, I’d happy get your recommendations that way. I’ve devoured all the others and am eternally grateful for info on new authors.

    I’m loving Playing with Fire by RJ Blain at the moment if anyone wants a light hearted romp with uber sarcasm and a heroine that can bitch with the best- she has great ‘hallucinations’ of Chief Quinn [sigh]

  19. My positive is that today I actually scrounged up some willpower to leave my house for the first time this year. I wasn’t all that excited for it, but I did get out, ran some errands, and that is such a win. And despite still not feeling all that great or motivated, I’ve made plans to go out with a friend tomorrow. Fingers crossed that I’ll actually enjoy myself tomorrow!

  20. I started a new job last fall and not only do I love what I do, but all my coworkers get along and we tell each other something positive every day! It’s an awesome work environment!!

  21. My favorite podcast couple @BlueGal and Driftglass are celebrating 9 years of podcasting every Friday. I wouldn’t have survived the last 2 years without them to listen to. Check them out at @ProLeftPodcast.

  22. My best friend from university just retired and has moved back to my area. We can meet for coffee & laughs again.

  23. I’m just home from a great US / Canada holiday (a white Christmas for us) and discovered this give-away – totally positive.

    I also discovered my new favourite mug quote whilst on the holiday. “Be the kind of woman that when you’re feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says “Oh crap, she’s up”.

  24. Cath in the Australian bush

    Here in the heart of a hot, dry Australian summer we have had rain! The fire risk is down and our water tank has enough for two months (frugal) household use.

  25. After 6 (yes six) weeks of wheeze and cough and fever and snotfests galore I had my first full night’s sleep for weeks, and reckon I might be getting better. Tomorrow my weeks overdue hair cut and colour will be done and I’ll emerge, youthful, healthy, and vibrant, into 2019! Finally cracked and bought Ilona Andrews last Kate Daniels book, and am going to re-read the whole series before I tackle the last. End of an era! Oh, and we have sunshine here in Oxfordshire, UK – always a benefit in Janaury.

  26. I loved that series too. A lot of fun.
    Something good for me,after losing my new job in November I was hired somewhere else in December and so far like it more than the old. So yay :)

  27. I broke a finger playing my weekly indoor soccer game 6 weeks ago. Tonight was my first game back which we managed to win 7-6. It was a really fun game and a great way to start back. Though I won’t be playing goal keeper for a while.

  28. One of the pegs that holds up a shelf in my apartment broke and you might think that is not a good thing but when my landlady came down to give me a new peg her little miniature schnauzer puppy came down with her and I got to pet him :)
    If you don’t know what a schnauzer puppy looks like think a dog that looks like an old fashion teddy bear. They are too cute!

  29. Thanks for the book rec! I love Leverage, so your description sold me on it instantly. My positive is that I am now the proud owner of my very first horse :)

  30. My positive is that my daughter is due any day now with her second child and my first granddaughter (the other 3 are boys, which is also positive but I’m excited for a girl this time)! Also, I tried to pre-order and found that I already had so I guess that’s a positive for you and for Amazon who lets us know that our memories are bad and keeps us on the straight and narrow! Looking forward to reading your book!

  31. My positive is that I just finished creating a wall garden for studio apartment. I don’t have a lot of flat space to place plants, so I finally used cotton twine to suspended them from command hooks on my wall. It makes me very happy to look at my living wall, and, acccording to my hipster friend, I’m very “on trend” a la West Elm, LOL!

  32. Had some nice weather in SF today before the next storm rolls through. Also, I got some ice cream from my fav local place and ate it before dinner because I’m an adult ;)

  33. I was accepted to graduate school today. This is my third year applying and the first year I haven’t been rejected. Dreams do come true . . . eventually!

  34. I’m really looking forward to Polaris Rising so thank you for the chance to win a copy! Good luck with your signing too, I wish I could join you but I’m in rainy England so it’s a little too far to travel unfortunately.

    My positive news lately is that after a year of stress, hospital visits and family sickness (both my parents and my stepdad were all in the hospital at least once!) everyone seems to be doing so much better now and we were able to enjoy a relaxed Christmas at home. Hopefully 2019 will be a better year all round health wise!

  35. Congrats! I’ve had my pre order in for a really long time so I’m excited it’s getting close!

    So I’ve always liked to explore new/different cultures and recently discovered Asian tv-more specifically Korean and Chinese dramas in Netflix. My favorite is Rise if Phoenixes (clunky name I know)
    I was completely addicted to this show until the very last episode- I won’t spoil it for you in case anyone checks it out but the ending drove me absolutely crazy as the writers made a character decision that felt super OoC. But the show is still really really good. For Americans not used to watching something different, it did take a moment to adjust mentally to the formality of speech and typical acting methods used by the actors but all I can say is give it a whirl. So worth it.
    Mr Sunshine is also really good and approximately 20% or so is in English. Very intense show.
    The main reason this is exciting for me is that many of the quirky romcoms are completely PG. so I can watch them with my 8year old daughter (who finds the perhaps overly dramatized reactions just right on laugh meter while the romance is innocent on the parent meter) Accidently in Love on Netflix was a great example of this kind of show. It even had me laughing in some parts at the absurdity and hijinks occurring. So we bond over the show and because it’s completely subtitled my daughter is having to read and not even realizing she’s practicing her reading! In like 3 weeks she went from begging me to read it to her to being able to keep up with the dialogue on her own with occasional questions about the meaning of a word. !!!!! She’s high energy and has always had trouble sitting still long enough for a book to even catch her interest.
    As an avid reader myself I honestly never anticipated that my kid wouldn’t immediately share the same intense love but we are finally finding a bridge into sharing some of my favorite worlds with her….I just have to find the movie first and then she wants to book 🤓…progress!
    Sorry for the super long comment

  36. Gotta love those book prize pools that suck you in. ;)

    First time posting, but I’ve lurked since Queen Rani’s gambit was first getting posted chapter by chapter a while back. I bought the book when I had some extra money and though I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what was changed from the webserial I could tell it was different. Still very enjoyable. Looking forward to Rani’s second book.

    Positive thing: my mother randomly called me this week and offered to give her massage appointment to me instead of using it herself. Of course I said yes. So thoughtful of her.

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