Polaris Rising ARC Giveaway!

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Book two has been sent off to my beta readers for initial feedback, so I’m free of the deadline cave for a little while. To celebrate, I’m giving away three signed ARCs (advance reading copies) of Polaris Rising! See below for details on how to enter!

Here is the back cover copy. If you’ve seen the galley copy, this will look very, very familiar.

Polaris Rising Cover A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .


Want to guarantee yourself a copy when it releases? Preorder now! :)


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 September 28, 2018 at 12:00PM CDT. You must be eighteen or older. Open to US and international readers.

2. Leave ONE top-level comment below and tell me about a book you’ve enjoyed recently or your favorite book. 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 9/28 and see if you’ve won! Winners must claim their book. Instructions will be included in the winning post. Any books unclaimed after a couple weeks will be rolled into a future giveaway.


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EDIT: CONTEST CLOSED! Winners will be announced soon!

135 Replies to “Polaris Rising ARC Giveaway!”

  1. Woot! Excited! My favorite book (lately) is Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I am reading Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet right now. Super good!

    1. That’s an awesome series, I loved all of the books. I recently finished the first spin off book as well, Lake Silence, which is different but also great.

  2. The last book that I thoroughly enjoyed was “Magic Triumphs” by Ilona Andrews.
    I’d been wanting to read it for the longest time and it was better than I’d imagined. I’m grateful they gave us closure while still room for more stories in that world.
    I’m looking forward to their next read.

        1. Iron and Magic was wonderful. I really hadn’t expected to like it and root for Hugh :D They’re really amazing authors to pull something like that off.

  3. I’m reading and loving the Agents of Crown series of Lindsay Buroker. The first book was actually a serial on her blog first, book 2 is out and book 3 will be out in oktober I think. It’s a great series with classic fantasy figures like elves and dwarfes, but with that typical witty humor and wimsy of all her books.

  4. Oh man that’s so easy, the end of an era with “Magic Triumphs” by Ilona Andrews. I’ve been following their work since the beginning of the Kate Daniels series so it was bittersweet to see it end. So grateful that Ilona suggested you and your work on her blog!

  5. I recently enjoyed “Exile’s Throne: The Empress Game Trilogy 3” by Rhonda Mason. Great characters with a well developed story arc and a satisfying resolution.

  6. One of the few perks of getting old is that you no longer care if people think you’re stupid.
    What and where is a, “Top level comment?”
    Is there a, “Low level comment?”

    1. A top-level comment is a comment that is not a reply to another comment (e.g., the comment you just made). Reply to this comment with the answer to the question and I’ll count your entry. :)

      1. I’ll bet you thought you were a writer, not an educator eh. Thus, in actual fact, the comment I’m making now is not, “Top level.” I need a new dictionary. lol
        I read, “Iron and Magic.” It is, as are many of the books I’ve enjoyed in the last few years, an Ilona Andrew’s contribution. I bought it thinking I’d need it only because I have all their other books, and didn’t want one to be missing from my bookshelf. It has become my favourite of all their books. They took a character who I loved to hate and not only made me like and admire him, but made me care what happens to him and his people. Truly it is a cathartic moment in literature.

  7. I just read Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews – and it was AWESOME. I really enjoyed seeing how they took the time to consider what Happily Ever After meant to Kate and Curran, and I love the ways they left openings for spin-offs. Of course, now I am re-reading all of the series which is sucking up my time.

  8. I’m still infatuated with the Court of Thrones series by Sarah Maas. *sigh* Rhys.

    BTW congrats on exiting the deadline cave!!!

  9. I love, love, love Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews!
    So sad that Kate and Curran’s story is done, but am eagerly awaiting their next stories!

  10. I love boojs by CJ Cherryh, Ilona Andrews, Keri Arthur, Kate Danley and many more.
    Si-Fi and Fantasy with a touch of romance, always the best ?

  11. Whilst I love Ilona and Gordon’s work and my favourite is Magic Rises, I would say a book I’ve read recently and really enjoyed was Stars Uncharted by S K Dunstall. It was such a well built world and engaging story and has brought me back to sci-fi in a big way as been in an urban fantasy kick for a while now! :o)

  12. I really enjoyed Pathfinder’s Way by T.A. White. I’m currently reading the third book in the series Wayfarer’s Keep. If you haven’t heard of it, give it a go, I highly recommend!

  13. I recently devoured (and loved!) Ilona Andrew’s much anticipated last Kate Daniel’s book, Magic Triumphs. Can’t wait to get a chance to do the same for Polaris Rising!!!

  14. Welcome to the outside world. My current fave book is Crosstalk by Connie Willis. I am impatiently awaiting Magic Triumphs but to tide me over I’ve borrowed Iron and Magic from Hoopla to read instead. I would love to be selected to have an ARC of your book!

  15. My all time favorite book is All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. Haven’t ever watched the movie but I’ve heard bad things.

  16. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Fabulous ending to a great series. Lisa Edmonds Alice Worth series, just read the ARC of Heart of Ice. Bright Ruin ARC by Vic James. My reads this week. Such great authors/books. Too many more to mention.

  17. I can’t pick just one! Although Ilona Andrews has been killing it lately with Iron and Magic and now Magic Triumphs! So worth the wait. Speaking of waiting, it’s been AGES since the first snipets of Polaris Rising were published, and I’m dying over here…

  18. Thank you for letting us do a recent book and not just a favorite. There is no way I could choose a single favorite book!! :)

    I just finished The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and really enjoyed it. Was a nice, light read in between some longer books on my list.

    I’m also in the middle of Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames and loving it. I have the second one, Bloody Rose, on my shelf for when I’m done. :)

  19. Iron and magic by Ilona Andrews…I was so mad they wrote a book about a bad guy but then I saw you recommended it and I reluctantly got it. Now it’s my favorite! I love the redemption story and the play on characters who seem at first black and white but are actually a million shades of gray when revealed in different lights! Since Ilona Andrews introduced me to you it’s quite fair that you brought me back to them after I had given up on the Kate Daniels saga.

  20. Different times call for different books- serious, funny, romantic,… Recently I find myself re-reading a few books by Ilona Andrews and Sarah J. Maas. But the one I am reading now is Maud’s novella (Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews). Just today the first part of chapter 15 has been posted. Can hardly wait until the next installment.

  21. I really enjoyed book 7 in the Dowser series “Champagne, Misfits, and Other Shady Magic” by Meaghan Cianna Doidge. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. I love Nalini Singh and pretty much everything she has written. I’m also currently listening to A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir and am really enjoying it.

  23. I’m currently lovin’ on a serial that’s not published yet; but I can’t WAIT!! It’s Ilona Andrews’ Sweep of the Blade currently on their website. And also re-reading the Kate Daniels series so I delay the gratification moment of reading the final book of the series just released.

  24. I read Dirty Headlines by L. J. Shen last night. It was a fast, sexy read. I loved it. Honestly one of my all time favorite books is Windflower by Laura London (aka Sharon and Tom Curtis) a wife & husband writing team. My other favorite writing team is Ilona Andrews.

  25. I found “From Lukov with Love” on your Recommendations page. I had seen it a few times via Amazon recommendations, but didn’t actually get the book and read it until your recommendation, and I loved it. The author did such a good job pulling me into the heads of the characters. I especially liked that Jasmine at first was a bit prickly and hard to like. As I read more, I grew to like her more as I got to know her better.

  26. I have a few books on the go all the time, today I read some of Poison Fruit, by Jacqueline Carey. It’s the third in the Agent of Hel series. I am also rereading Patricia Briggs series while I wait for the next book. And I am waiting on Lionheart by Thea Harrison by rereading her elder series. And did I just read that chapter 15 of Maudes story is ready by Ilona Andrews? I have to check that out!
    After following The Queens Gambit I am hooked on your writing too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. One of my all time favorite series is the Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller but currently I’ve been reading the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

  28. I’m currently re-reading the Kate Daniels series leading up to the series finale Magic Triumphs.

    I’m really excited to get to read Polaris Rising. The excerpts have me hoooked!

  29. I just finished reading Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews. I discovered her series at the library when I was looking for an Ilona Andrews book. If you enjoy kooky characters and random animal references with a mystery thrown in, you’ll probably like her Meg Langslow series.

  30. The recent book that just amazed me was Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone.

    It’s extremely well written with a first person POV that is needed for the story. I never usually buy audiobooks for books I haven’t read first, but I clicked on the sample for this one (after buying the ebook) and couldn’t stop listening.

    Thank you Jessie for the chance to win an ARC.

  31. I can’t decide which is my favorite book so here are a few of my favorites. Magic Triumphs (parting is such sweet sorrow!), Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga Book 1) by Forthright and Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep.

  32. I really enjoyed Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames. Great action, world building and such a fun series.
    I can’t wait for Polaris Rising, its one my preorder haha, and Arc would be icing for the cake :). Thank you Jessie!

  33. Currently enjoying Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara and just finished Magic Triumphs. Love finding new authors reading the comments.

  34. My recent favorites are all covered above: anything from Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomson books and the Others series from Anne Bishop.

    An old favorite is The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley. A young woman finds both her future and her past land where the blood of kings carries magic.

    1. Blue Sword! Did you know it is a free read on Kindle and available on overdrive through local libraries? I had only read Deerskin and Sunshine before reading Blue Sword. I am now convinced that whatever McKinley writes, I should probably just get it. :D

    2. That was my favorite a long time ago too! It was so lyrical and sucked me in way more than the old school male sci-fi authors I’d been reading at the time.

  35. I love to read. It is my go-to distraction method for relaxation. That being said, I came to Polaris Rising and Queens Gambit via my love for strong female characters who are funny, self-aware, and a bit silly. The book I have recommended most to others lately is Deanna Raybourn’s “A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery”. Ms. Raybourn’s writing is tight! It is a combo of Eloise James/ Jo Walton/ Ellis Peters influence that hits you as you speed through each page. For some reason, this book hit all my keys. It is not sf/fan but it is full of suspense, character, and incredible world building.

  36. Like many other I thoroughly enjoyed Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. I also read the 2nd Murder Bot novella, Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells and Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga Book 1) by Forthright. I also just finished listening to The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Trip. I had been in a reading slump so I’m glad that the last couple of weeks have been filled with good reads!

  37. I am currently re-reading Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. I first saw the excerpt for Polaris Rising on her site, and I have been counting down ever since!

  38. My most recent favorite that’s not been mentioned has to be Hailey Edwards How to Dance an Undead Waltz. I really enjoy a lot of the previously mentioned authors but would like to recommend Ms. Edwards’ book. This is a great way to find new authors. Thanks Ms. Mihalik!

  39. Destructions Ascent by T. White, third book in the series absolutely amazing the work building sucks you in and I love Tate so much as she has her softer moments without totally falling to pieces and with Ryu she does not all of a sudden become some silly little girl. Brilliant series recommend it 100%

  40. I have been re-reading ‘Magic Triumphs’ by Ilona Andrews. After waiting so long for the conclusion, I read it super fast and have had to go back through to read it again (& again) to soak it in.
    Also re-reading Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles.

  41. So hard to pick a favorite book! Some great ones have been mentioned in the comments. Just finished re-reading Kate Elliott’s Highroad Trilogy for a space opera fix, tried Witchmark by C L Polk and thought it was lovely.

    Thanks for the chance to win an ARC of Polaris Rising ☺ The snippets have been great! Heading over for the latest Innkeeper installment now…..

  42. I just finished reading The Revived by A. M. Sohma. It’s the third book in her Second Age of Retha series. I’ve also been rereading the Linesman books by S. K. Dunstall.

    I love seeing what other people have been reading!

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