Hi everyone here is my weekly recap,
Maybe some of you have heard, here in California we are currently experiencing a devastating wildfire in Napa, Sonoma and the surrounding areas.
Sunday, during the night I woke up smelling smoke. I stumbled around trying to find the source until I stuck my face out the window and realized the smell came from outside. It was in the middle of the night, nothing seemed off, except the smell. So I decided to close the windows and went back to bed.
Now, I’m in San Francisco, miles away from the wildfires. In the morning I saw on the news that there were multiple wildfires that broke out just north of us. As evidence the air was full of smoke, so much so that my windowsill and furniture was covered in ash.
Following the news,
it was horrifying to see what some people went through. There was no alert or time to vacate, many families were entirely surprised and tried to flee by foot or survive by finding refuge in pools. The pictures coming out of Napa and Sonoma were soul shattering.
Many people from the Bay Area are trying to get somewhere with better air quality, to the beach or just out of reach from the burning smell. I’m staying mostly indoors and not opening my windows. All in all, my life barely changed – nothing compared to everyone that lost family members or their livelihood.
A kind of different annoyance that doesn’t seem to end:
I’m trying to fix my WordPress reader issues. Since I’m a self hosted blog, WP reader is not my friend. After reading my friends Sophie’s article about her successfully conquering WP reader, I thought I could make it work as well, but it seems, somethings are just not meant to be. I finally relented and found someone that has the expertise to help, but even he couldn’t’ make the reader work, now I decide to go a different route .
Now here comes my question: how many of you are self-hosted? And how many of you are trying to increase traffic and visibility outside of the wordpress community? Any success so far? I would love to compare notes, just to see what works and what doesn’t.
Now let’s get to some book related stuff….
I had the most amazing weekend.
Some of you might have already read my newsletter, but if not I need to gush over the book signing event I went to last Saturday. It was beyond awesome!!!
4 hours of non-stop talking, fan-girling, and standing in line.
I’m going to my last book signing event of the year in just a couple weeks. And I already was told that it will be even crazier than last Saturday. That’s hard to imagine and it scares me a bit just to think about.
Anyhow, I had the pleasure of meeting two of my unicorn authors, Sara Ney and RK Lilley. Both authors meant a great deal to me and meeting them in person was an unforgettable experience.
On top of it being a wonderful experience, I brought so many books home last Saturday – that some are looking for new homes.
We will continue running biweekly signed paperback giveaways with swag, until the end of the year. Winner’s choice!!!
I also used my brand-new rolling cart, which was a life safer, and the BEST purchase I ever made. At the end of the day it was filled to the brim and heavy as hell.
My trusty OwlCrate box was filled with swag treasure, and every single book arrived safe and sound after a 7 hour drive home.
I’m excited for the next event but also more aware of how exhausting these book signings really are.
you were BORING this week.
I only added ONE book to my NetGalley shelf – Hooking UP by Helena Hunting. Maybe I shouldn’t complain since it was a good thing I didn’t add more because I didn’t review anything either. ;-(
Now, here we have something new to write about.
Just alone the books I brought home from the signing would give me fodder for the next few weeks. On top of those a few ARCs arrived on my kindle:
Which I’m super excited about. I also was chosen as one of the bookstagramers that will receive a gorgeous paperback – which I can’t wait to get my hands on!!!
Drive byKate Stewart
This Rock Star Romance was as emotionally grabbing as expected. A triangle story that packed a punch without shattering my heart.
Her True North series is one of my favorite series by Sarina Bowen, her farmers in Vermont are like catnip for me. I can’t withstand their allure. 😀 All brawny, broody, and hard working!!! Delicious!!
The following books were all Kindle Unlimited finds:
Muscle Memory by Stylo Fantome
Daddy Dearest by Isabella Starling
Girl Crush by Stephie Walls
Thank you so much for coming by!!
I appreciate every single one of you and I’m looking forward to next week.