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A New Design, an MIA Blogger & a Giveaway

I had every intention of returning from my mini vacay and blasting through a number of reviews and posts I wanted to have on the blog this week. But life got in the way and the blog has been rather quiet.

I’ve been so wiped at the end of some very long work days that I just couldn’t get my brain to focus long enough to write anything. Though I have been reading – and loving – EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike in those few early morning hours I have had to read.

And I’d planned on posting yesterday, but my very amazing designer – Rachel of Parajunkee Design – was in the final stages of readying this design she’s been laboring over for quite some time. So I wanted to wait to post anything until it was complete.

I could have sworn that she was going to abandon me at varying points during the design process. Never before have I been so unclear or indecisive about what I wanted. And never before have there been so many quirks with the coding.

But I think all those wrinkles have been ironed out. Mostly….

The New Design


In the end, it was so worth it – for me anyway, I cannot speak for her – and I’m very madly in love with it. Though it is quite distracting as I find myself moving the mouse over the jelly bean-shaped social icons so that they swing back and forth, and hovering over the logo to watch the color change.

I wanted a site that was effortless, that wasn’t overwhelmed by graphics. I wanted a site that was clean-lined, modern, but still playful, still me. I wanted things to look the way I wanted them to on mobile devices – which is a totally outdated way of viewing things! (Yes I’m stuck in the past.) I wanted my site to look the same no matter which browser or which operating system I was using.

I wanted this blog to still look and feel like a blog, not a website. But I wanted it to look and act like a “modern” blog. Which meant this site was a bit of a PITA for my designer. Okay… it was a HUGE PITA.

I don’t think I’ve ever put her through as much hassle as I have with this design, but I kind of think of it as a forever design, as aside from color change-ups, I don’t see wanting to change it any time soon. (Which I’m sure is a huge relief for her.)

Fiktshun has been around since 2010 and its original design was grey and black. I’ve always been drawn to those colors. And while my site has gone through a number of different looks, it’s the palette I gravitate toward the most.

As I plan on expanding my reading beyond YA books now and again, I wanted something that would be accommodating of that. I think this is the perfect fit.

But I’d love to know what you think!

And as a thank you for your patience – again – for my absence and for my design change, I wanted to offer up a little something for giveaway.

The Giveaway

A $25 eGift Card from Amazon or a book of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository up to $25.

The Deets

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is International (US only for the eGift Card selection)
  • Giveaway ends on July 15th at noon Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

79 Responses to “A New Design, an MIA Blogger & a Giveaway”

  1. Mary Preston says:

    It’s a lovely clean look. Easy to navigate & read.

  2. paijslater says:

    It’s awesome 🙂

  3. TayteH says:

    I like it. Very organized. Wish there was more color though. 😀
    Thank you!

  4. Misti says:

    I love it! It’s really beautiful and classic. Thank you for all that you do and share. And of course the giveaway. Just amazing.

  5. Love new design! Especially social media buttons and categories: home\contact\contact etc – how pink color appears)

  6. Janhvi says:

    The design is simple ans sleek. Love it!

  7. I love the new design 🙂 It’s beautiful and I love the little pops of color in the banner, the menu and the icons!!!

  8. belle333black says:

    loving the new look, very simple yet elegant

  9. ameliazane says:

    The new is really pretty. I love how simple it is.

  10. Ashfa says:

    It’s great- love it. So much more easier on the eye.

  11. Chelsea B. says:

    Simplistic and cute! 🙂

  12. I love the new look. Just enough color to draw your eye to those items you want to pull attention too!

  13. Dovile says:

    I like the look. It’s clean, so things are easy to find, and it loads fast

  14. Rachel Chan says:

    I find this new look, its very clean and easy to navigate. Minimalist at its best 🙂

  15. Nago says:

    This may be because of something weird with ny computed, but everything seems so big. It’s nice in all so I’m not completely squinting. I do like how simple it’s designed and easy to navigate. I just miss the fun fang icons.

  16. I love it! It’s simple yet awesome at the same time. :3

  17. Simple and elegant.

  18. Lisa Vazquez says:

    I love it! And it isn’t overwhelmed by graphics like you mentioned. Its nice and clean.

  19. I Love this new design. It is minimal and elegant and the site is easy to navigate. 🙂

  20. Jenelle Riane says:

    It’s so simple, but I love it! I can easily read all the words, and there aren’t too many distracting colours and ads everywhere, which is pretty awesome. And I absolutely love how the purple oblongs for your profile links twirl around when I hover over there! 🙂

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