Posts Categorized: bea

Photography Friday ~ My Favorite Moments of the Year

03 Jan, 2014 by in bea, fire and ice, Heather Gardner Photography, kami garcia, mundie moms, photography 4 comments

I’m bringing back my Photography Friday meme in 2014. Most of you probably know that I’m also a freelance photographer at Heather Gardner Photography. Last year two of my author photos were published in YA books *squee* with more to come in 2014.

I shoot mostly weddings, families and author photos with a Nikon D40 and D5200 and have my i phone handy at all time for instagram fun.  I also sell artsy print in two shops on etsy. Since I’m totally a visual person  and want a way to share photos with you readers every once in a while!

Mundie Moms & Fire and ICeMelanie JacobsonKami Garcia with Fire and IceBecca WilhiteTahereh Mafi BEA PartyShannen Crane Camp Ally CondieKristen ChandlerMindy Gledhill albumCity of Bones PartyCity of Bones Release Party    Balckmoore release party 024LDSBAEast coast 148


Some of my faves from 2013. Do you recognize any of the authors or bloggers?

And…a recap flipagram video of 2013 of bookish moments @fireicephotos.

Are you an instagrammer? If so, leave me your username I would love to follow!


Summer 2013 Book Wish List- What I Can’t Wait to Read

01 Jul, 2013 by in bea 6 comments

There are so many great books coming out this year! I was able to attend one day on the exhibit floor at BEA and had a wish list of books to watch out for. Here are some of the titles that look A- mazing that are in the line up for this summer, but that I just wasn’t able to pick up. Coming soon…

by Maggie Stiefvater coming September 17th.
Second book in the Raven Boys series.

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

by Julianne Donaldson coming September 9, 2013

At eighteen, Kate Worthington knows she should be getting serious about marriage, but her restless heart won t let her settle down. To escape her mother s meddlesome influence, she dreams of traveling with her spinster aunt to exotic India. But when the opportunity arises, Kate finds herself making a bargain with her mother: she will be allowed to go only if she spends a season at the family s wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals. Enlisting the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield, Kate sets out to collect her proposals so she can be on her way. But Henry s decision to help threatens to destroy both of their dreams in ways they could never imagine. Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to listen to her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
coming September 10th

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Coming July 23rd.

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

The Moon and More 
by Sarah Dessen
published June 4th.

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

by Colleen Gleason
coming September 17th.
Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared:
one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to
connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss
Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in
age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An
unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead. The partners must find a way to work together, while navigating the advances of a strange yet handsome American, a clever Scotland Yard investigator, and a cunning thief, to solve the mystery of the clockwork scarabs.

Set in steam punk London, steeped in Egyptian mythology
and literary references, with a surprising time travel twist and compelling romantic triangles, Colleen Gleason has crafted a fast-paced and romantic debut young adult novel

I have all of these books pictured plus an ongoing Goodreads list for trade. If you have any from my wish list or others you think I might like, let’s swap! 

Meanwhile, I’ll be wishing for a book fairy 🙂

What books are you most excited for in 2013?

Book Expo America 2013 Photos and Recap

05 Jun, 2013 by in bea, NYC 2 comments

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug
Katie B from Mundie Moms, me and Tahereh Mafi author of Shatter Me.

What a whirlwind that is BEA! HarperCollins and City of Bones Cassie Clare parties, book signings, the exhibit hall and NYC. This is my second year attending and each year I learn something new. My suggestions for the future are to wear comfortable shoes, pick up only what you think you will read, and plan ahead. This year my focus was on mostly Children’s picture books and a few select YA/ adult titles.
My book boxes have already arrived from the Post Office at Penn Station and I will posting a video with them tomorrow. Media mail is the way to go if you want to save money shipping. But be prepared to haul your suitcase of books up many many stairs!

For now I hope you enjoy these photos I took. See the descriptions on my twitter, instagram and tumblr feeds as well as on Facebook for Heather Gardner Photography.  (If you are an author, blogger or publicist and want a copy, please email me as these photos are copyrighted and may not be copied or shared without permission from the photographer Heather Zahn Gardner.)

The most amazing part? The TMI Cassie Clare party hosed by Simon & Schuster. Click here to see the full photo album.

Hope to see you next year! Thanks so much to Book Expo America for another great event.

Book Expo America 2013 Night One

30 May, 2013 by in bea 1 comment

Hey all! I am here in New York City at Book Expo America. I’ll be tweeting my photos on instagram and twitter @fireicephotos if you want to follow along. 
Night one for me was the Harper Collins Blogger preview where I met up with so many of your favorite bloggers and authors. Today was the first day at the exhibit hall and tonight is the City of Bones/ Cassie Clare Simon and Schuster party. Photos coming soon here… so stay tuned.

BEA 2013 Mini Photo Sessions for Authors and Bloggers

26 Apr, 2013 by in bea, Heather Gardner Photography Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is happy to announce we will be attending BEA again this year! I would love to meet as many of you as possible so comment below if you are going.

What should I definitely see while in New York? (Last time I loved Central Park and the Met!)

During her stay there Heather Gardner Photography is offering mini photo sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Heather’s author photos have been published in books Angela Corbett, and Nichole Giles.

Another of her author photos of  poet Jacqueline Osherow will be published in 2014. As well, her custom book trailer stills were used for bestselling author Michelle Zink’s Circle of Fire trailer.

Pricing for NYC mini sessions

Authors are $75 for an hour outdoors, a web album and CD of finished images, plus print rights to the photos

Bloggers and media $50 for a mini session including 10 professionally finished photos to use for a profile photo.

If you live in New York and want a full family sitting, I do offer family photography. See my site for pricing.
Contact to book a session. And I will see you in The Big Apple!

Learn more about Heather Zahn Gardner… website/ facebook page/ etsy store/ online galleries/ flickr/ pinterest

Books I’d Wait in Line For at BEA 2012

06 Jun, 2012 by in bea 4 comments

I personally won’t be at BEA this year due to a brand newborn baby boy and the recent passing of my mother. However, my reviewer Margie ( AKA: Bumble Girl) will be there representing Fire and Ice. These are the books I would wait in line for if I were with her. Click on the book title to learn more about each one. And for those of you at BEA, have fun.  Miss you!
 I’ll see everyone else at ALA Anaheim in a few weeks.

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)  by

Finale (Hush, Hush #4)


Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1)

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)

by Marie Lu


Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie



Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)



A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2)


YA Book Review – This Dark Endeavor

19 Apr, 2012 by in bea, simon schuster, This Dark Endeavor - The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 1 comment

This Dark Endeavor – The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 
The Dark Endeavor Chronicles #1 
by Kenneth Oppel
ARC, 304 pages 
Publication Date: August 23, 2011 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Source: BEA
ASIN: 1442403152 
4.5 Stars 
Summary from GoodreadsVictor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula. Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.” 
Margie’s ReviewA forbidden secret library. Adventure. A love triangle. Suspense.
The quest to find the ingredients to the elixir of life…

What an amazing prequel to Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein –Victor is your typical 15 year old teen boy, everything seems to be fun and games until something serious and life-changing happens and Victor must decide if doing the wrong thing is actually the right thing to do. He enlists his twin brother, Konrad, their ‘distant’ cousin, Elizabeth, and family friend, Henry, on an adventure never to be forgotten. 
Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle going on, but it is done so perfectly that you will not lose the pace of the story, nor be distracted by it either. 
There were a few ‘gasp-out-loud’ moments where I had to will the images out of my head – but I am squeamish, lol, and those who are not, will love every single detail of their journey. 
About the Author: Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold more than a million copies worldwide and has been adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. His most recent book is Half Brother.
Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada, and in England and Ireland and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children. 
Learn more on his website/ facebook/ blog

Book Expo America Photos

26 May, 2011 by in bea 9 comments

There is so much to tell you about BEA, so I thought you may enjoy seeing my photos as I take them. It’s been insanely busy on the showroom floor trying to meet authors, make signings and see new cover reveals. The publishers have been amazing to work with and so generous. I think I’m most excited about reading Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn, Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, Crossed by Ally Condie and Passion by Lauren Kate. More details to come this week. Follow @fireicephotos on twitter for all of the action!