What’s on deck for BOANW – Summer 2013 edition


Lydia is Usagi’s ginger queen.

Hey, everyone!

Usagi and Ashleigh here. Thought we’d update you on what’s going on this summer for the blog.

1. HIATUS!: We’ll be gone for the month of August (Usagi’s off to Palm Desert the second week of August and Ashleigh’s back off to school in late August), but we’ll still have some great content for you (more on that later) and scheduled reviews that will go up as planned. There won’t be too many memes, sadly, but we need the break.

2. JULY ON THE BLOG: We’ve got a dual-review/review battle coming up for the blog tour stop for Hannah Jayne’s “Truly, Madly, Deadly”, as well as participating in YA LGBTQ month as sponsored by Once Upon a Bookcase. We’ll be doing a Afternoon Yak-like discussion of the upcoming trans-centric YA book, “Freakboy”, so look forward to that!

3. BLOG TOUR MANIA: As previously mentioned, we’re going to be on the blog tour for “Truly, Madly, Deadly”, but we’ll also be kicking off the tour for Amanda Sun’s excellent “Ink” on the 20th. We’ll also be hosting Bryony Pearce and her debut with Strange Chemistry, “The Weight of Souls”, in August. So definitely look forward to all of these tour stops!

4. MORE FEATURES: We’re working to put some more features in place, but it’s coming a bit slowly, so…be patient. We’ll also have a makeover coming soon, too.






We love you guys, and thanks for being patient with us!


Usagi & Ashleigh ❤

Breaking News! BOANW Expands!


All these feels Stiles cannot hold.

Hey, everyone!

Great news! We here at BOANW are expanding – and you know what that means, right?

New co-bloggers!

Yes, Ashleigh Paige from The YA Kitten will be joining us as of next week to share her reviews and tag team with me on memes as well as have awesome review battles with me on the same books. We have a lot of new, fun content coming your way over the next few weeks, so please look forward to it!

Also, I’m going to be a bit MIA for the next week or so, because of friends coming home to visit, me going to see family, and Wondercon this weekend. I’ll try to fit in reviews as best as I can, but we’re also going to be transferring over Ashleigh’s stuff, and working on things along those lines, so we won’t completely be gone. Just an FYI for everyone.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you’re excited as I am about these wonderful new changes at the blog.


Usagi ❤

We’re back!

Hey, guys! We’re back from hiatus!

But, unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (as in, I seem to be cursed with computers), we won’t be up with full functionality until next week at best. So…yeah. You’ve been warned. Which is why my Stacking the Shelves post isn’t happening this week – Old Faithful (my old, old laptop which has been faithfully serving me in the interim) doesn’t have the capacity for Photoshop right now, which is what I use to create my WWW Wednesday and Stacking the Shelves posts. Sadly enough. So, if you guys can hang in there with me, thank you for doing so.

But! Look forward to a new Manga Monday segment next Monday, as well as a (TBD) upcoming chat/round table discussion post about fanfiction and publishing with friend of the blog Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism, Kristin @ Beneath the Shining Stars, I read, and possibly others. If you’re a book blogger who’s in fandom, or reads/writes fanfiction and want to participate, shoot me a tweet or email and let me know as we’re still looking for a few people to participate.

In the blog tour arena, we’re on board for “The Madman’s Daughter” tour with Harper on January 23rd, The “Scarlet” blog tour with Macmillan on February 2nd,  the Triple Threat Blog Tour from Bloomsbury for “Dance of Shadows” and “Hysteria” on February 28th and March 15th, respectively.  Look forward to all of these, because they are going to be AWESOME.

And of course, more reviews! YEAH!

Forever blogging loudly,

Usagi ❤

News and stuff! Blog Tours, Interviews, NaNoWriMo, and more!


Hey there, guys!

So, the blog is still on semi-hiatus, but there’s some stuff I thought I’d let you know about.

First, I’m done with NaNoWriMo for the year! Well, almost. Me and winglesswarrior managed to get over the 100,000 word hurtle without even finishing editing our pile o’ google docs for the “War Son” project that we’ve amassed for the month of November alone. Of course, it’s still in first draft form so it’s nowhere near perfect, but you get the idea. I’m pretty proud of us.

14798443Second, blog tour news! BOANW will be on the blog tours for Megan Miranda’s “Hysteria” and Yelena Black’s “Dance of Shadows” next January and February, respectively. I’m pretty excited for both as I’ve been nipping and tasting both books and so far? They’re definitely looking like best of 2013 so far material. More news on the tour as it develops, but it’s looking like an interview and a guest post for these tours, so stay tuned!

12788061Third, I’m going to be trying to make the deadline for World Weaver Press’ winter romance anthology for 2013. I have until the 31st to get 20,000 words out, but I have an idea, and here’s hoping it works. I’m not sure what I’m writing yet, but I figure I better do it anyway, just to see what might come out of me. It’s novella material, around 80 pages double-spaced (at least, that’s what google said 20,000 words equalled out to in manuscript form). More news on that as it develops, too!

13591672Fourth, we have an interview from Chris Howard (“Rootless”) coming your way fairly soon. He’s an awesome dude with some absolutely awesome ideas, so I can’t wait to see what my questions yield. And lastly, the Review Copy Wipeout schedule has been updated for your amusement. Or my torture. Take your pick.

So, guys, BOANW will be back in firm form a week or two after New Year’s, so enjoy the rest of your year! We’ll see you again soon.




Picture is extremely accurate.


Okay guys, so, I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, a joint project with personal bff and friend of the blog, winglesswarrior @ exile from conformity. So the blog is on haitus for all of November, and December will be spent recovering from NaNo. You can find the deets on our NaNo project here, though I haven’t put any of the actual text of the book up yet as we’re still gathering it into chapter form.

Please note that I will be honoring all prior commitments to publishers, so there will be a blog tour stop coming up for “The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul #2)”, as well as reviews that I have promised.
Otherwise? I need the rest, guys. I’m starting to burn out, and I don’t want to do that. So the memes will be really scaled back, as will daily activity.

BOANW will be back in January with a whole lot of new shenanigans, so I hope you guys look forward to it!

Thank you for your fealty,


Happy 2nd Blogoversary, BOANW!

Hello, Everyone!

Two years ago today, I started the blog. Originally, it was to keep up with my creative writing when I wasn’t in class or otherwise studying with my mentor. Then I decided to review books. I don’t know why I decided to do it, but I did, and I’m glad I did. Even with all of the drama throughout the time I’ve been here, I’ve come away a better reader, a better writer, and a better person with some awesome new friends.

My book has also made it into the hands of an agent. No word yet on whether she’ll take me on, but we’ll see. Good thoughts are welcome!

I have to credit the blog with so much of my life, both the good and the bad. For good or worse, it’s affected things more than I anticipated. And strangely, I’m okay with that.

So happy birthday, blog. And may there be many more to come!

With love, always,


BOANW has reached 1,000 posts!

Thor loves our blog so much, he demands more posts.

Party time, guys! Birth of a New Witch has reached one thousand posts (as of this post)! Our blogoversary isn’t until later this month, but I find it particularly astonishing I managed to cobble so many posts together in less than two years.


So now, we celebrate! Well, we’ll be doing a lot of celebrating this month with the blogoversary and all, and maybe even a giveaway! (No promises, I have to see how the finances go.) We do have an awesome new segment coming to the blog that no other book blog has right now (probably), and bringing on aboard a new member to help out with that segment at least once a month. The segment should be up and running by the blogoversary, unless something bigger comes up.

But thank you for helping us get to 1,000 posts, and let’s keep it going!