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Happy Monday Everyone! Today I'm doing a newly released MG and YA book giveaway. It's an opportunity to spotlight some new books I can't otherwise feature, give you another chance to win recent debut author books I've shared, and shout out again about followers' newly released books.

I'm doing this because there is no giveaway hop this month. I'm starting this feature on a trial basis and will continue it if I get a good response.

So here are your choices. I've got a combination of MG and YA books and recent books by followers that I hope you're looking forward to reading.  If you want an earlier book in any of these series, you can pick that instead as long as it doesn't cost more than the book here. You can find descriptions of these books on Goodreads.

If you haven't found a book you want, you can win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter, all you need to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment telling me what book you want or that you want the gift card through August 31st. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. I will also give you an extra entry if you follow me on Twitter and let me know this. You must be 13 years old or older to enter. This giveaway is International as long as the Book Depository ships there for free.

Here's what's coming up:

Monday, August 26th I have an agent spotlight interview and query critique giveaway with Melissa Richeson

Wednesday, September 4th I have an interview with debut author Mara Rutherford and a giveaway of her YA fantasy CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL and my IWSG post

Monday, September 9th I have an interview with debut author Sara Faring and a giveaway of her YA psychological thriller THE TENTH GIRL

Monday, September 16th I have an agent spotlight interview and query critique giveaway with Marlo Berliner

Monday, September 23rd I have a guest post by Martin Cavannagh from Reedsy

Hope to see you on Monday, August 26th!


  1. Wonderful idea Natalie. Should I be lucky I would like "The Other Half Of Lucky".
    Enjoy this new week.


  2. Thank you for the great help you give to others, Natalie. Wish there was something like this on our side of the pond 🌹

  3. A great bunch of books! Knocking on wood that it turns out good for you. :) Have a terrific week, Natalie.

  4. What a great giveaway! It looks like a wonderful selection for people to choose from.

    Cheers - Ellen

  5. Sure a great way to be at your sea.

  6. I'd love a copy of Dance of Thieves, the prequel to Vow of Thieves, for my classroom library!

  7. I have not chosen a book but I would love to win a gift card. jeanna_massman@hotmail.com

  8. The GC would be great thanks.


  9. Thanks for the chance! If I'm lucky enough to win I'd pick The Downstairs Girl

  10. So I immediately shared on Twitter. This is wonderful. I hope the response is great so you can do this again.
    If I were to win, I would choose My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Thank you for doing this!

  11. What a fabulous giveaway and so many good choices. If I were to win, I would choose My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich. I shared on twitter and I follow on twitter @BraniganDebra.

  12. Gift card please.


  13. I don't know which book to choose, so I would like the gift card. kcozz21@yahoo.com

  14. thanks so much. i love that cover for magic at midnight, but a gift card would be awesome!
    sherryfundin69 at netscape dot net
    sherry @ fundinmental

  15. I would love to win The Merciful Crow! Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    (ccwise02@gmail. com)

  16. You have some great looking books there but it's probably safest for me to opt for the gift card. Thanks very much for the chance to win! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  17. What a great collection of books! I'd love to read The Downstairs Girl. The cover draws me in. Thanks, Natalie! Shared on Twitter. angelecolline at yahoo dot com

  18. So hard to choose, but I love the title Miraculous. Who doesn't need a miracle. I'm an email subscriber, and I shared this on Facebook and Twitter.

  19. Nice of you to do this, Natalie. I can always use an Amazon gift card. Thanks for the chance.

  20. I would love "Sea Witch Rising". I'm a huge fan of fairytale retellings! Thank you for the chance! ChaoticKarma23 at gmail dot com

  21. Thank you very much for this chance! I would choose Vow of Thieves please and thank you! I shared on tumblr: https://yesreaderwriterpoetmusician.tumblr.com/post/186987649787/newly-released-mg-and-ya-book-giveaway

  22. I think I would like the Downstairs Girl or Merciful Crow. I follow on Twitter!

  23. Hi Natalie,
    I'm mostly a lurker on your blog, but I love your dedication and perseverance. I would love to adopt any "orphan" title not selected by anyone else. My main email is cjbarshaw523@aol.com. Thanks so much, and keep up the good work.

  24. thanks I would like the GC

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  25. WOohooo! Thank you! I would prefer the GC for Amazon pls.

  26. I would love House of Salt and Sorrows.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  27. Thank you so much for the giveaway - I'd love to win Crown of Coral and Pearl.
    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/WordsThatStay1/status/1161636573391261697
    GFC: Megan S.
    Email:megan(dot)clarsach(at)gmail(dot)com :)

  28. I keep seeing good things about Magic at Midnight. I'd probably give that a shot if I won! :)

  29. Thanks so much! What a fun giveaway. I would love to win The Miraculous. I have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it. Have a lovely day!

  30. Thank you for a generous giveaway!! Great books to choose from. I would most likely pick The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen.

    *following via GFC - Sandra K
    *following on Twitter: @_Sandra_R_
    *email - sandra.zg.13 @ gmail.com
    *shared - https://twitter.com/_Sandra_R_/status/1161740669402132480

  31. Great giveaway!
    House of Salt and Sorrow
    I have tweeted and am a follower on Twitter (and of course here)

  32. Lots of great books to choose from! You always have the best giveaways, Natalie!


  33. I tweeted! Hard to pick, but I think I'd go for These Divided Shores. Great giveaway.

  34. Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. I love her work. So many books, so little time to read. Have a great weekend.

  35. My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich pops off the page right away. I'd pick it up off the shelf or read a free sample from Kindle. Great title!

  36. I would like to win a copy of The Other Side of Happpy. My e-mail is verojorg@rcn.com.

  37. You impress me so much, Natalie! You have so much going on, and you are so organized! Your giveaway is great, but I don't dare enter. I have several IWSG books stacked up to read, and I'm going through a major house reorganization in case we put our house on the market. Thanks again for visiting my blog on IWSG Day!

    1. Okay, I just read your IWSG post which also contained your interview with Gabrielle Bryne and her book "Rise of the Dragon Moon." I, too, use a lot of science in my writing and often see the setting as a character. I find it hard to separate characters from their setting, and setting often leads me into a story. So, okay, I'll go for "Rise of the Dragon Moon." My email is mlouisebarbour@gmail.com. If I am lucky enough to win, I'll do my best to read it quickly! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. I'd love a copy of THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL!

  39. I would love an Amazon GC! I follow your blog through email [smalfoys(at)gmail(dot)com] and I follow you on twitter [@gracedcastellan]

  40. I would like to win "Sea witch rising" by Sarah Henning
    GFC: Valentina Belea
    Shared: https://twitter.com/ValentinaByVy/status/1167455591343775747
    E-mail: bv_byby27@yahoo.com
    Thanks for the chance!