Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY Winners!

One Thing a Week: Week Ten — The Illustrated Lab

Firstly, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for your constant support!

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Thank you for entering this giveaway!

Second, Writing the Universe wouldn’t be what it is without y’all. I started this blog to share my love of reading and writing and I honestly never believed that over 500 people would care what I have to say. So, the fact that y’all comment, like, follow and participate in the giveaways I run from time to time, means the world.

Third, and this is probably what you’re here for – the winners!

I ran this giveaway to spread book love and to promote some books that I hardly ever see on social media apart from ads. I love mainstream, but last year I found myself diving more into self pubbed/indie press books. I found so many new favorites and I wanted to share them with y’all.

The turnout for this giveaway was honestly better than I expected and to everyone who helped boost the tweets and urged people to enter – thank you.

With that being said, I said I was going to choose 5 winners, so here they are!


I’ve sent you each and email and I will be purchasing the eBook’s and sending them out after I get off work. I’m so glad that y’all enjoyed this giveaway! I’m already thinking about what the next one might be – and I’m going to make sure it’s international friendly! 

I’m going to be keeping up the series of “Books That Hit My Radar” and I hope you keep checking them out!

Thank you again to everyone who entered! Stay tuned!


Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY Update!

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for the support and entries the last couple of days! I’m really excited and I’m glad you are too! This is just an update and I’m still announcing the winners on Jan. 6 so don’t worry!

If you chose JADE FIRE GOLD by June C.L. Tan as your choice – it apparently isn’t available on Amazon yet. I figured since it was out this year it would be on the site for pre-order. Retailers have never failed in the past to post books early. I’m really bummed about this, since so many of you were and are really excited for this book. I am too! I cannot wait to read it.

If you’re a winner and your book isn’t available for pre-order or purchase we will figure out another option.

Thanks again for your excitement and enthusiasm!

Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY!

So, I mentioned that I *might* be doing this in a post last week, and here we are!

I started doing this series because I honestly didn’t have the time to put out longer posts. I also love promoting books and so often I see the same books promoted over and over. So, I wanted to do something a little different. I started sharing the books that social media advertised to me, that I sporadically found trolling Amazon and Goodreads. I never imagined that the posts would do as well as they have, and I really didn’t expect your responses of “I just added these to my TBR!” and “I just bought these, they sound amazing!” I didn’t expect the support from the authors or just the enthusiasm in general. So, I’m beyond thrilled that this series is doing so well, and I totally plan on continuing it into next year. Continue reading “Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY!”

The Rules of Enchantment Giveaway Winner!

Sorry for the late announcement, but I said November 8th, so here I am! I have no idea where the weekend went, and how tomorrow is Monday morning, but I come bearing good news!

Earlier this week I reviewed The Rules of Enchantment by Wendy Tardieu and TCK Publishing was kind enough to grant me a copy of the book to give away to one of you! I’m really excited to be able to do this – as it’s the first time a publisher has gifted me a copy of a book to give to you. I enjoyed The Rules of Enchantment and I hope you do too!

Continue reading “The Rules of Enchantment Giveaway Winner!”

ApollyCon 2020 Giveaway Winners!

Let Sammy and I start off by saying, THANK YOU every one of you who entered this giveaway. You all blew our expectations out of the water. Sammy and I each have posts announcing the winners, so make sure you check out her post over on Lady and Star. We’re super thrilled at all your excitement for these bags of books and bookish goodies.

So far 2020 has been a bit of a mess, but we hope these prizes bring a little joy to the chaos that’s been 2020…so far. We can only hope that time becomes relevant again, as of right now it feels a bit nonexistent. Days seem to blur into one another, and the most enticing thing is staying in bed all day. But in the meantime, here are some new books and goodies for you to enjoy. Each of these boxes are stuffed completely full of book of various genres and formats, including some exclusive book box swag of various fandoms.

We are both very grateful for your help in promoting this giveaway – we saw all your retweets and comments. It was so much fun seeing which Jennifer L. Armentrout books were your favorites. There were some that surprised us, and others that we expected to see. Though, really there isn’t a bad choice.

Initially we had planned for 4 US winners and 2 International winners, but we don’t appear to have any international entries. Since this seems to be the case, we opted to pull two more US winners, who will get an eBook of Jens’s From Blood and Ash.

Winners will be emailed a Google Form to fill out with their shipping/mailing information. You will have 24 hours upon receiving the email, to fill out the form and email it back. Once we have your information, we will ship out the box containing your prize. Due to COVID-19 and potential shipping delays, we will be emailing you with your Tracking Information when we have it available. The plan is to pack and mail the boxes hopefully by the end of the week – upon receiving a filled-out Google Form.

Now without further ado, the moment you are all waiting for – THE WINNERS!

THESORBETJOURNEY: Giveaway Winner Announcement !!

4 ApollyCon Bag Winner:

  1. Kati Zollinhofer
  2. Alissa White
  3. Belle Ellrich
  4. Lindsey Smith

From Blood and Ash eBook Winners:

  1. Linda Cruz
  2. Robyn Best Huffman

We want to thank you all again for participating in this giveaway – it wouldn’t be possible without you. We hope to do more of these in the future – together and individually, so make sure you continue to follow both of our blogs! We even post giveaways over on our other various social media platforms, so keep your eyes peeled for those there. Sammy and I hope that you enjoy your boxes of books and bookish goodies! Winners will also be tagged on Twitter and emails should be in your inboxes by 12PM EST on April 29, 2020. Please let us know if you haven’t received an email by this time.

Thanks again to everyone who entered! You’re the best!








ApollyCon 2020 + Giveaway

**Just a reminder: If you want to be entered to win one of the 4 bags or if you’re an International Reader, you NEED to enter and do the tasks via the Rafflecopter. If you do the tasks and don’t track them in the Rafflecopter, you won’t be counted as a possible winner. I just wanted to put a heads up, since what I’m seeing isn’t being reflected in the Rafflecopter entries. I want you to win these items! 

When I sat down in February and started to think about planning March’s and April’s posts, I didn’t expect to not be going to book events. So, this post is going to be vastly different than what I had thought it was going to be.

I’m sure you haven’t been living under a rock, but in the case that you have, ApollyCon was cancelled (just like every other large gathering) due to COVID-19 in order to try and slow the spread of this virus.

While it’s completely logical and understandable as to why Jen ultimately cancelled the event, it’s still a bummer. I know the decisions she had to make were hard and beyond her control and I know that if she had any other options, she wouldn’t have canceled.

I know myself, and others were really looking forward to the event. It’s one of my favorite bookish events that I go to. I was so excited to take a friend for her first time, and unfortunately the world had other plans.

Even though ApollyCon wasn’t a physical event this year, Jen and her team did everything they could to still guarantee swag bag deliveries, and a virtual component. ApollyCon went virtual with Author Livestreams, giveaways and all sort of other events. Virtual Signing orders were filled out and shipped, vendors offered discounts and shipping on items, author’s offered signed bookplates, and swag bags were still mailed out to everyone who had purchased a qualifying ticket.

While, ApollyCon didn’t happen the way it had in past years, I applaud Jen and her team for working around the clock to make anything happen. It’s beyond impressive what they were able to pull together in such a limited amount of time.

I can only hope that ApollyCon is back in full swing come 2021. I understand Jen’s apprehension to announce it too early, because who knows what’s going to happen, but my fingers are crossed that this time next year, we will have found normal again.

Now, onto the Giveaway portion of this post.


This Giveaway is split between my blog Writing the Universe and my friend Sammy’s blog, Lady and Star. We each will post 2 of the 4 ApollyCon Bags. These bags are what were included with the purchase of a Titan ticket for the event, plus extra books and book box swag. These bags are packed completely full of books and bookish items. Each bag is a mix of genres, fandoms and items. Each bag is different but may share similar/same items.

4 winners will be chosen, but you do not get to choose your bag.

There is a list of 10 things you can do to enter this giveaway, 5 of them are mandatory, the other 5 are bonuses – giving you a possibility for 10 total entries.

These are mandatory:

  1. Follow Writing the Universe (My Blog)
  2. Follow Lady and Star (Sammy’s Blog)
  3. Follow Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Twitter (@JLArmentrout)
  4. Follow my Twitter (@lexacourtney)
  5. Follow Sammy’s Twitter (@SuchABadBASS)

*Email followers count as well; you do not need to have a WordPress account to qualify. We just have to be able to determine you are actually following our blogs.

Extra entries:

  1. Retweet Pinned Giveaway Tweet on My Twitter.
  2. Retweet Pinned Giveaway Tweet on Sammy’s Twitter
  3. Follow Sammy’s Blog Twitter (@ladyandstar)
  4. Comment on this post with your favorite JLA Book.
  5. Comment on Sammy’s Giveaway post with your favorite JLA Book.

All of these tasks are listed in the Rafflecopter, as well as all the terms and conditions listed below.

Here is the link:


This Giveaway is going to run from April 6, 2020 8 AM EST, to April 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST. Winners will be announced April 29, and notified via email with a Google Doc to fill out.

***Due to circumstances surrounding COVID -19 and various forms of Stay At Home Directives in place, we will notify you when we are able to ship. Of course, we will do our best to get them out as soon as possible after announcing the winners.



We will be checking, and you will be blocked from any future giveaways.

For the 4 ApollyCon 2020 Bags

img_8651Bags contain a mix of ApollyCon 2020 books and swag, plus a variety of ARCs and Book Box swag. Each bag is different, but there may be some similarities.

– Must be a continental US resident with a US mailing address

– Must be 18+ or have a parent’s permission

All the items will be shipped in a Large Flat Rate USPS box.


I wanted to include an international portion to this giveaway, because I always feel bad when I can’t. While I can’t afford to send boxes full of books and swag internationally right now, I still wanted to give the opportunity for international readers to participate. Since this giveaway is due in part to ApollyCon, I wanted to keep it in theme. Also, since Jen just surprised released a new book at the end of March, I wanted to give people the chance to acquire it.

For the 2 Books – 2 Winners

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* This is for International People Only, please do not enter if you are a US resident! *

– Must be 18+ or have a parent’s permission

– If Book Depository ships to your country, you can choose any Jennifer L. Armentrout Book up to $15 OR get a Kindle version of her Newest Book FROM BLOOD AND ASH.

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All the same rules apply, 10 possible entries, but only 5 are mandatory. If chosen as a winner, you will be notified via email with a Google Doc to fill out.

Sammy and I are thrilled to be hosting this, and we hope you enter! I’m so excited about the sheer amount of stuff we’re including (and quite impressed I was able to fit each bag + contents into one box).

**If/when you head over to Sammy’s blog, you’re going to see a lot of the same information. Know that it doesn’t mean double, the Rafflecopter’s are the same, with all of the same tasks. It does not matter which link you click on, or who’s blog you access it from.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Here is the link: