Monthly Archives:: January 2016

Abby’s Crossing Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Jan, 2016 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?
Despite her reservations, Abby joins her fiancé on the journey to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, unprepared for the challenges that begin soon after they embark. When their trouble turns dangerous, it is a group of rough frontiersmen that come to their aid. The incident provides Abby the excuse she needs to turn back and postpone the wedding—and in truth, she simply can’t forget the connection she felt with Scooter, the leader of their rescuers. But as hostilities arise between the local Indians and the white frontiersmen, Abby’s focus turns again to the safety of her son. When the young boy disappears following an attack, Abby disregards propriety and turns not to her fiancé for help, but to Scooter. In the face of unimaginable odds, the pair embarks on a quest to find Abby’s son, a journey that will test their courage and faith as never before . . .

About the Author

Darryl Harris has been a magazine publisher for more than thirty years. He currently serves as a bishop at BYU- Idaho, and previously presided over the Korea Seoul Mission. He lives in Idaho Falls, ID.



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Blog Tour Spotlight~ A Princess Story

26 Jan, 2016 by in a princess story, Jaci Green Wightman 1 comment


Discover your own personal princess story. This inspiring book helps you see your divine potential, recognize your inner princess, and learn how the plan of happiness is just like a fairy tale. Perfect for young women, moms, leaders, and princesses of all ages, this is an enchanting read that will guide you on the path to your own happily ever after.


about_ the_author

Jaci Green Wightman is most comfortable in her role as a wife and full-time mother of seven children. In 2012, she earned a degree in University Studies from BYU-Idaho, 21 years after postponing her schooling to start a family. In addition to writing, Jaci loves to read, exercise, travel, and spend time with her husband and children

“A Princess Story” Blog Tour Schedule

January 14: Share, Love, Serve
January 15: Brooklyn Jolley
January 16: Write, Writing, Written
January 17: Reidhead Random-ness | Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 18: My Book a Day
January 19: Women in the Scriptures
January 20: Singing Librarian Books
January 21: The Power of One Girl
January 22: Be Still Services
January 23: Inklings and Notions
January 24: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle • J and A & Co.
January 25: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 26: Fire and Ice • Eccentric Eclectic Woman
January 27: Hands Full and Loving It • Ashley Blogs


First Light by Michele Paige Holmes~ Cover Reveal

25 Jan, 2016 by in first light, michele paige holmes Leave a comment

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First Light

Forever After Series Book 1

by Michele Paige Holmes

Release Date: February 25, 2015


Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection.

While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.

From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.


The Matchup by Laura L Walker~ Blog Tour

20 Jan, 2016 by in covenant, laura l walker, the matchup 3 comments


The Matchup
by Laura Walker
Published by Cedar Fort
January 12, 2016
240 pages

The last thing Valerie wants or needs is to work for Gage, whom she loathed as a teen. But Valerie’s husband just walked out on her and she needs the job. Together they discover that when it comes to the Church and each other, it’s all about second chances. This sweet LDS romance will renew your faith in love and redemption.



As a mother of children on the autism spectrum, I appreciate the amount of every day detail author Laura Walker puts into her latest book The Matchup. She lays out for readers how difficult every day interactions like birthday parties, church and school can be for special needs children. She talks about the diagnosis, the treatment, the PECS charts, school meetings and the hope for a better future. For me, personally, the other bits of the story line and the romance took a back seat to how main character Valerie handled her son. This clean piece of fiction brings awareness to motherhood, single parenthood and the reality of blended families. There is a lot of religious discussion and the conflict is mostly intrinsic. I would have liked to have seen more external conflict and more tension, as well as a bit more fleshing out of the male character Gage.  This is a great pick for fans of clean, LDS fiction with a happy ending.

About the Author

Laura Walker is a native Arizonan. Having lived there all their lives, she and her husband, Rob, think it’s a great place to raise their six kids. They enjoy camping, reading, and learning history together. Laura loves to settle in with a good romance just as much as she loves to write one. She would love to have you visit her here for updates and more.


Blog Tour Schedule

January 12: Making Life a Bliss Complete • Write, Writing, Written • Ashley Blogs
January 13: I Am a Reader • The Things I Love Most
January 14: Alec Marie
January 15: Bookworm Lisa • My Book a Day
January 16: Randy Lindsay • We Like to Learn as We Go
January 17: ReadBetweenTheBindings
January 18: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 19: Mel’s Shelves • Emmy Mom
January 20: Robyn Echols • Fire and Ice
January 21: Getting Your Read On
January 22: Singing Librarian Books • Brooklyn Berry Designs
January 23: Wishful Endings • Inklings and Notions
January 24: Books R Us • Jorie Loves a Story
January 25: Fearless Creative Mammas • Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 28: Aubrey Zaruba


Burn by Elissa Sussman- Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

19 Jan, 2016 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is happy to have author Elissa Sussman on site today for an exclusive guest post about fairy tale re-tellings that influenced her newest book Burn. Also, be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of her post!
Title: BURN
Author: Elissa Sussman
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Pages: 272
Publisher: Greenwillow
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.


About the Book
Title: STRAY
Author: Elissa Sussman
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 384
Publisher: Greenwillow
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

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 I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?


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When Disney Movies and Musicals Collide: Creating The World of The Four Sisters Books
by Elissa Sussman

Anyone who follows me on social media knows that I am a huge nerd. I am in particular a huge nerd about 1. musical theatre and 2. Disney movies. Lately I’ve been grooving to HAMILTON and singing the praises of A GOOFY MOVIE, but bring up INTO THE WOODS and any of the Disney princess movies and I’m yours for about four days.
It’s not hard to see how INTO THE WOODS shaped the world of STRAY and BURN. The Sondheim musical mixes a bunch of familiar fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and others) to create its own story, one that gets darker and darker as the musical goes on. In fact, the concept of The Path, the strict doctrine that rules Aislynn’s life in STRAY, was shaped by the lyrics Little Red Riding Hood sings in the first act: “the prettier the flower, the further from the path”.
The influence of Disney movies, as well, is all over Aislynn and Elanor’s stories. While re-watching CINDERELLA for a college paper (again, big nerd), I was inspired by the appearance of the fairy godmother. Here she is, someone with extraordinary powers, yet she shows up to help Cinderella and then disappears. I couldn’t help asking: what’s her deal? Who is she? And so the concept of a book with a fairy godmother at the center became the inspiration for Aislynn’s story.
Though STRAY and BURN are both original fairy tales, I was influenced by some pretty common stories. There are fairy tale tropes and imagery woven throughout the world, from the language (“thorns” as a swear word) to the Academy’s version of corporal punishment (being pricked by a spindle). Play “find the fairy tale” and you’ll discover over a dozen different references.
Each book however, has two fairy tales that provided the most inspiration. STRAY is a very (VERY) loose retelling of Cinderella, with elements of Little Red Riding Hood (especially in regards to The Path) mixed in. BURN, on the other hand, draws a lot from Snow White (from the role of Wicked Queen to Elanor’s physical description) with a sprinkling of Sleeping Beauty.
Take all those elements, mix in some feminism and some tasty recipes, and you’ll have the world of The Four Sisters – original fairy tales with a familiar foundation. Enjoy!

about_ the_author

Elissa Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater.

She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can see her name in the credits of THE CROODS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TANGLED.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their rescue mutt, Basil.

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1 winner will receive a signed paperback of STRAY and buttons. US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

1/11/2016- Dazzled by Books– Interview

1/12/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review

1/13/2016- The Eater of Books!– Guest Post

1/14/2016- RhiReading– Review

1/15/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Interview


Week Two:

1/18/2016- Stories & Sweeties– Review

1/19/2016- Fire and Ice– Guest Post

1/20/2016- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

1/21/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Interview

1/22/2016- Night Owl Book Café– Review


Double Play by Ranee S. Clark Blog Tour

19 Jan, 2016 by in double play, ranee s clark Leave a comment

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Double Play
by Ranee S. Clark
Published January 2016
by Covenant Communications

Sophie Pope is devastated when she hears the news: her former boyfriend, college football star Anthony “Rocket” Rogers, is engaged to be married. Determined to win him back before he says I do, Sophie hatches a foolproof plan to stop the wedding. But when Rocket’s best man, aspiring baseball player David Savage, thwarts her plot, she realizes the game is up. For David, though, it’s just beginning . . .

David knows that Sophie is just another pretty face, and he’s more than happy to save his best friend from her shallow advances. She’s not his type at all, so he’s baffled by his response to an awkward encounter with Donovan, another of Sophie’s former flames. Despite himself, David feels driven by an inexplicable need to protect her. Pretending to be Sophie’s new fiancé leads to unexpected sparks between the pair, and soon they’re searching for excuses to spend time together. But when a curveball threatens to send them in opposite directions, will Sophie and David step up to the plate for the possibility of true love?

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Double Play picks up where Playing For Keeps leaves off and gives two minor characters a chance to shine. I’ll admit, I was suspicious of Sophie because of her schemes in book one, but she makes some great progress in book two. Ranee S. Clark knows her BYU/ UVU college audience well. She has a way of weaving little details in that only a local would appreciate. The writing is clean, with just a tiny bit of spark. There are references to religion that aren’t overbearing to non-LDS readers. Overall, I thought the story was cute, light and fun. It also addresses the more serious issues of addiction, character and appearances. I would recommend Double Play for New Adults–ages 18-23. It can also be read as a stand alone.


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Three Little Words Blog Tour and $25 Giveaway

06 Jan, 2016 by in aubrey mace, covenant, jennie hansen, KC grant, three little words Leave a comment

Three Little Words

by Jennie Hansen, K.C. Grant and Aubrey Mace
Published by Covenant Communications
January 1, 2016

The road to true love never did run smooth, but a few bumps along the way make it all the more thrilling. This timeless truth is showcased in Three Little Words, a charming compilation of short stories written by a trio of popular LDS romance novelists. Readers are invited to follow the journeys of three young women as they encounter love where they least expect it.

Rescuing Bailey by Jennie Hansen

For as long as she can remember, Bailey has loved the boy next door. But despite her feelings, his schedule and his little brother keep getting in the way. Will her childhood crush finally blossom into something real, or will she discover that true love is waiting just around the corner?
Three Little Words by K.C. Grant

The bet is simple: Elizabeth, a speech therapist, has three days to teach a country bumpkin with a drawl as thick as molasses how to speak like a gentleman. But as she gets to know her charming student, it soon becomes clear that there may be more to him than meets the ear.
A Crying Shame by Aubrey Mace

Cassidy is in love with the idea of love, though after her most recent breakup, the possibility of finding Mr. Right seems hopeless. But when she meets a handsome classmate in her painting class, she may end up learning more about chemistry than about art.

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This Raging Light Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

06 Jan, 2016 by in estelle laure, HMH books for young readers, rockstar book tours, this raging light 1 comment



by Estelle Laure

Published December 22nd, 2015

288 pages

by HMH Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook


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“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.” —Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.


Shine on, you crazy overexposed growing-up-too-fast-diamond or Five Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me
There was a moment when I realized my parents weren’t all-powerful, that they had possession of more days and months on earth and thereby knew more about the world than I did, but it became clear to me that they were basically winging it, doing their best to figure it out. They too were trying to find their way around a world filled with unknowables and obstacles, to understand their faith, to navigate the weaker parts of themselves. That’s the moment I wanted to write about in This Raging Light. Lucille’s experience is not my own, but she is standing on that precipice of understanding about adults and letting go of childhood.

I don’t feel like I had much of a childhood. I’m okay with that because I don’t think I liked being a kid all that much. I was exposed to a lot, if not by my parents, by circumstances (moving a lot/always being a minority/experiencing poverty and cruelty), by the political climate (Cold War/constant threat of nuclear attack), by my own powers of observation, my own curiosity and my parents’ divorce early on.
In spite of my worldliness and all my experience, I wish I had been slower with things, though. I wish when it had come time to make certain choices, that I had been gentler with myself. Here are a few things I wish someone had told me.
1. Wait to have sex. I was young, my boyfriend was nineteen and he broke my heart and made it impossible for me to trust anyone for a long time. I wish I had been stronger, more self-possessed. He told me he couldn’t be with me if I didn’t do it, and I was so afraid of being dumped and alone that I forced myself into it before I was ready. I didn’t want to be a tease when all my friends were doing it and it seemed like the natural order of things. I wish I had waited. I wish someone had told me I was worth waiting for.

2. Never get into a car with a drunk driver. This seems like an obvious one, right? You hear it all the time. But I did. I wish so much that I had had someone I could trust to call and take me home no matter where I was, but I didn’t. I lost a few friends in drunken car accidents and I am so grateful my life didn’t end that way. Now I tell my kids (who are too young to be anywhere by themselves) to call me, call my friends, bother all of us when the time comes. Never ever ever play with your life like that. It’s not worth it. Ever.

3. Don’t be careless with anyone’s heart. There’s this thing I remember. Once I had my heart broken I wasn’t going to let anyone in to have it done to me. I would strike first. So I did. I became a person who was walled up. Or at least I thought I was. Now I see the damage I did to others and myself, mostly to myself because I was actually so sensitive and was acting from damage instead of love.

Even if you’ve seen a lot, even if you understand that people don’t take each other seriously and use each other sometimes, always take responsibility for how you yourself are treating someone. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Really. That doesn’t mean making an idiot of yourself, only being conscious of your actions and making the kindest choice (which can mean breaking up with someone or having an unpleasant conversation sometimes).

4. Don’t let bit*%*es control you. Because my home life was shaky, I turned to my friends for shelter. That was fine. In the end, I’m still friends with most of those people. But in high school there were some funky dynamics at play. Not all that different from the relationship I had with my first boyfriend, I found myself dependent on my friends for rides, for sleepovers, for school lunches sometimes. The result was that I was totally disempowered and easily controlled, that I dimmed myself down so as not to be a threat, and allowed for some things I wish I could take back or undo, because I wasn’t strong enough to stand up for myself, and sometimes for others. I wish someone had reminded me that I would eventually have to go into the world and live my own life and it’s never worth it to hand your fate over to anyone else.

5. Remember what’s good. There were times when the world seemed black. People flew off roads, planes crashed, people cheated and lied and were cruel because they could be, and the world at large…forget it. I wish I had taken more of a stand for the light back then, that I had decided as I have now, that no matter what darkness there is in the world, no matter how hopeless everything looks, I am an agent for the light.

That doesn’t mean I’m in denial about the world, that I won’t hurt people or that I won’t mess up, that I won’t have to deal with shame or difficulty. It just means that how I define my standards and my behavior on a moral level, internally, between me and me, is important. I will listen to music and read books and educate myself. I will care for the people in my life to the best of my abilities and do random nice things for them. I’ll do what I can all the time to bring brightness and truth into a foggy, messed up world.

I wish I had done that sooner. I wish I had been more helpful, more aware, instead of delving into darkness and allowing myself to be in ways that were false and disingenuous.

Remember, you define what’s good and right for yourself. If you develop a good relationship with your intuition, which most streetwise kids have in spades, you will always know when you aren’t being true to yourself. Remember when the world sullies you, when you behave as less than your best self, when things are hard and everything is a mess and you screwed up again, that you are made of light, that you are good, and that you have the power, in moments if not all the time, to shine out into the world and make it better.

About the Author

Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.

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The Giveaway

3 winners will receive a hardcover of THIS RAGING LIGHT and a bottle of Essie Nail Polish that matched the book cover. US Only.
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Tour Schedule

Week One:

1/4/2016- The Cover Contessa– Interview

1/5/2016– Just Commonly Review

1/6/2016– Fire and Ice– Guest Post

1/7/2016– Adventures in Reading– Spotlight

1/8/2016– Once Upon A Twilight– Review


Week Two:

1/11/2016– Curling Up With A Good Book Interview

1/12/2016– The Candid Cover Review

1/13/2016– BookHounds YA– Guest Post

1/14/2016– Book Briefs– Review

1/15/2016– Such a Novel Idea– Interview