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Threadwalkers Blog Tour Day 5!

It’s been a whirlwind week, but here we are at the last day of the virtual book tour! I had fun doing this, and hope you enjoyed reading the bits from other folks, and guest posts I wrote.

With no more ado…

Blog Tour Links for March 9

  • Here’s a review of Threadwalkers from SMADA. [read more]
  • And here’s another guest post I wrote over at OD Book Reviews! [read more]

Thanks so much to everyone who hosted me, reviewed the book, or generally promoted it this week. I truly appreciate it and am glad that so many of you enjoyed my time travel story!

Hey, Sailor

For my last bonus-share of the week, I figured I’d leave a serendipitous photo that I happened to grab today: J in his dress blues!

jo and jared in uniform

He had an event today that required him to be all dressed up, and even though I didn’t attend, I took advantage of the opportunity when he got home to (with the help of my remote shutter) grab a couple of photos. 🙂

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Threadwalkers Blog Tour Days 3 & 4

Blog Tour Links for March 7 & 8:

It’s a bit quieter these two days, but we’re making up for it with quality content!

  • I wrote a guest post over on SuperCaliReader about dealing with writer’s block, which is probably my most-asked question. [read more]
  • Here’s an interview with Butterfly-o-Meter Books where you can learn fun things like why I don’t have a unicorn in my backyard. [read more]

Upping My Vintage Style Levels

I’ve been looking to add purple (especially lavender!) to my wardrobe for several years, and pastel yellow and pink are my favorite colors to wear, so you can maybe imagine how excited I am to see all three of these colors turning up this spring in stores!

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I also took an extra level in Vintage Style with this fab necklace from the 60s (an etsy find!) and a dolman that’s all paisly pink and periwinkle goodness.

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March news, links, and a blog tour, OH MY!

Oh HEY. It’s March. Where did February go??

It felt like January took roughly 11.3 years to get through and then I blinked and it was March 1st. WOW.

Because time got away from me, there are a couple of links that you may have missed.

Author Interview

First, I had a fantastic time chatting about Threadwalkers with Jennifer Holmquist, aka Magic Cat Jenny, over on her YouTube channel:

Book Review

Second, Time Travel Nexus published a lovely review of Threadwalkers earlier this week, which you can read here.

Don’t forget you can always find reviews, media, and bonus content on the Media and Bonus Content page of this site. 🙂

(Vitural) Book Tour

Third, I’m going on (virtual) tour! Starting next week, I’ll be hanging out on various book blogs in the form of guest posts and interviews, and there will be many more reviews! If you want to follow along, here’s the planned schedule:

March 5th

March 6th

March 7th

March 8th

March 9th

So I’ll be seeing you a lot next week as I try to stay on top of these. I’ll also link back to these sites each day as the posts go live so they are easy to find.

#BYJoStraw Project

In other, non-Threadwalkers news, I’ve started a new instagram account to document a project I’m doing this term for my master’s program. I was challenged to find something to promote biodiversity, so I decided to give up single-use plastic straws! In the US alone, we go through an estimated 500 million straws A DAY. They can’t be recycled and it takes each one 200 years to decompose. YIKES. I ordered a glass straw from Simply Straws, and honestly, it’s been SO much fun to use! I take it with me everywhere in its cloth sleeve, and it’s got a cleaning brush and everything. Here’s my straw in action:

If you want one of your own, you can use my referral link to Simply Straws for 25% off your first purchase. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will let you know that I also get rewards when you use the link. So basically we both save money and there’s less plastic pollution. It’s a win-win-win.

So there’s the full update! In theory I’ll be back on Monday with links to FUN THINGS! Woot!

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Threadwalkers GIVEAWAY and Other News!

HELLO.

This will be a short post, but it’s got IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

FIRST: Threadwalkers is now available at Barnes & Noble’s website! Woo hoo! This also means you should be able to request it at your local indie bookstore now. I’ll have details on that in the next few weeks.

SECOND: Starting in about a week, I will be taking a 2-3 week hiatus from blogging as we relocate and such.

THIRD: I am currently in the running to be featured on a podcast to promote the book! You can vote for me once every 7 days right over here!

FOURTH: Threadwalkers GIVEAWAY!

I’m hosting a giveaway for 3 SIGNED copies over on Goodreads! Head over now to check it out and enter to win!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka

Threadwalkers

by Joanna Volavka

Giveaway ends December 15, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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THREADWALKERS Book Launch and a Giveaway!

HELLO!

If you missed it last week, we had an online book launch for Threadwalkers! It was hosted by my publisher, 50/50 Press, on Facebook, and we hung out with people and I answered questions and we played games for two hours. It was so fun!

We also revealed a change– Threadwalkers got a new cover! Exciting!

Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka

I really like the new cover image, and think it’s a good fit for the book.

If you want to watch my video answering questions about the book, my writing process and so on, here it is! You won’t be able to see the chat where people were answering questions, but I think it’s still not too hard to follow.

If you want to watch 50/50 Press co-owner Megan Cassidy Hall talk about why they said yes to my book, I’ve got that, too!

And if you want a SIGNED COPY I can make that happen! Just mail me a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) and I will sign a bookplate and mail it back to you! Don’t have my address? Just message me! Yay!

I was also featured on the podcast About the Author, if you want to take a listen!

And finally, this week Geek Girl Pen Pals is hosting a giveaway of the book! Go here to read the lovely review of Threadwalkers from Rosa, and then enter to win a copy for yourself!

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THREADWALKERS is available NOW!

Y’ALL. It’s finally here.

My book, Threadwalkers, is finally OUT for purchase on Amazon! WOO HOO!

You can also find it on Goodreads, if you like to track your reading that way.

AND we’re having a virtual BOOK LAUNCH PARTY on Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 so Save the Date! You can RSVP for over here at my publisher’s event page on Facebook. (And be sure to like my Facebook page, too!)

So now that it’s here, here are some updated FAQs:

Can I find it in my country?

There’s a solid chance that YES you can find it in your country! The publisher set it up for the widest possible distribution in hard copy and ebook, so take a look on your local Amazon site before paying for international shipping.

Is it only on Amazon?

For now, yes. In a few weeks, it will be picked up elsewhere, and then I’ll have info for you lovely indie bookstore shoppers on how you can request it (and I’ll be submitting it to bookstores as well).

Will you sign my copy?

I would love to sign your copy! However, please do NOT mail your book to me. Instead, reach out directly and I will either let you know when I will be in your area or arrange something else specific. (For friends and family, email me directly!)

Book signing events???

I don’t currently have any scheduled, but will let you know as soon as I have anything to share! I’m relocating in December, which is taking most of my fall schedule, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything.

Speaking of events, how can I reach you to discuss hosting one?

Email me directly or fill out my contact form, and please be as specific as possible. Is it a library, bookstore, school event? Where is it? What time frame do you have in mind? And so on.

What if I have other questions?

I am happy to answer questions either on my contact form, Facebook, Goodreads, or via email.

So here we are!

Thank you to everyone who has already supported the book by purchasing a copy, sharing it online, or generally telling folks about it. I really appreciate it, and you. ❤

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Return of the King: I got my Middle Earth Groove Back

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about how I’d started re-reading Lord of the Rings for the first time in close to a decade. I’d gotten burned out on them, and the ubiquitous nature of things related to the movies (which, to be clear, I love dearly, but maintain they are their own entities, though that’s probably another post for another day).

At any rate, because life is busy and because it’s been nicer outside, it took me two months to read through the whole trilogy. I’m not sorry about that, either. It gave me the time to rediscover things about the story, things I’d forgotten or maybe never noticed in the first place (hey, those are some dense books and the more you learn about Middle Earth lore, the more you find in the novels). And the best part of the whole trilogy? Return of the King.

Why? Because I had forgotten nearly all of it. Oh, I definitely remember what happens in the book, and I remember certain aspects distinctly, but the details (and entire interactions with characters) and humor (yes! there is humor!) and the beautiful way Tolkien switches from the colloquial conversations and observations of the hobbits to the epic style (and I use “epic” in the literary sense here) is just wonderful.

I know it’s old and I know some people think it’s boring, but I really love these stories. They are classics for a reason. And I’m glad I was able to finally finish them (again) and make them fresh in my mind in a way they haven’t been in years.

Thanks, Professor.

End note: In the spirit of this, and after how much I enjoyed these books, I’m going to give Harry Potter a go to see if I can get a fresh reading on it. I’ve read it much more recently, but it’s also been shifted in my mind to be mostly movie imagery, so I’m hoping I can go back and recapture my own imagination’s version of Harry and Ron and Hermione and the rest. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Another Hawaiian Sunset

1/9/2012 beachy afternoon clouds

Today was a perfect beach day. The weather was warm but not too hot, the breeze was gentle and there were just enough clouds to break up the sunshine a little.

I like Hawaii best on days where I get to go to the beach. Unfortunately I don’t get them as often as I’d like, but I think I go less than I could because there are always plenty of other things to occupy time. I should go more often, though, especially on days when I’m not working. It’d be good for me, I think.

1/9/2012 beach umbrellas

Anyway, after about 3 hours at the beach I realized it was about rush hour (and who wants to drive in that if you don’t have to?) and that sunset was in another hour, so I decided to stick it out as the air turned cool and watch the sunset. I was glad of my coverup, though, and to be sitting on a towel. Sand doesn’t hold heat all that long in the winter. I think I was well rewarded, though.

1/9/2012 winter sunset

In slightly related news (I did spent 4 hours at the beach reading, after all), I finished the Hunger Games trilogy today. It was… well, really well written. And I’m still digesting the end. And I’m getting excited about the movie. But that’s all I’ll say at the moment. Later, when I’ve had time to chew on it, I might write more specific things, but for now I’ll just say I’m sorry it took me so long to discover the books. Tomorrow I start a new book! I’ve read 3 already in January and it feels good to be tearing through books again. ^_^