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Shadow of The Sun ARC Giveaway

09 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, Shadow of the Sun 7 comments

Shadow of The Sun
by Laura Kreitzer
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published February 22nd 2010
by iUniverse
ISBN 1450211758
5 stars

Summary: Gabriella’s past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn’t given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.

As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won’t see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.

I savored the story and the characters in Shadow of The Sun whom I feel like I connected with on many levels. The main hero, Andrew comforts and supports Gabriella while being a perfect gentleman. Laura Kreitzer creates an emotionally riveting mystery full of myth , magic and romance. I gave it five stars and would recommend it to all of my adult friends!

“Laura Kreitzer is a newly published fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. While her full-time 9-5 job includes working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, her passion lies in writing.”

See our original review of the first book in her Timeless series and our full April interview with her here.

How did you come up with the idea for your series?
I told my Grandmother that I wanted to write my own book and she said Angels sounded like a good idea. So, I let the idea simmer in my head for a few months until I decided I didn’t want to write the typical angel. Actually, I didn’t want to write about anything that anyone else had ever written about. And . . . tada! Shadow of the Sun.

Do you feel like you relate to any of your characters?
I relate to each of my characters for different things. But I probably relate better to the main character the most, mainly because of her anti-social nature. With each character I brought out something in me–whether it be their evil side, their loving side, or their need to protect.

Describe your path to being published. I researched for about 5 months on what I wanted to do. Traditional publishing is a great way to go . . . if you can get someone to actually publish your book. Well, I didn’t want someone to tell me that I wasn’t good enough to publish my book. The whole process was one I didn’t think I could handle mentally. So, I saved money and went the self publishing way through iUniverse. I picked out my font, the layout of my book, I had a graphic designer take my idea (with help of some friends 😉 to make the beautiful cover. I literally did all the things a publisher would do. You have to be dedicated to go self publishing, that is for sure. And here I am today! My book is sold in over 30 countries, through B&,, and Books-a-Million. From what I hear, Borders will also be picking up my book. We’ll see.

What things inspire your writing?
My Muse, friend, and Beta Lisa! It sounds silly, but sometimes I can’t even write unless I am talking with her on messenger. She cracks the whip, is a wonderful, dedicated person, and loves my characters. Especially Joseph. Oh, she is going to love book two, then! 😀 Well, she already does. The fact that when I reread some of the things I wrote and go “I actually wrote that?” is another thing that inspires me. Sometimes I don’t realize I can write the beautiful things I do until I reread much later. Sounds cheesy . . . well, I’m just a cheesy person! Also, sometimes I really try to feel what my character is feeling. Hell, through the whole Abelie scene I was crying my eyes out! So I understand how people feel when they email me and tell me that I made them cry. I cried too!

Any photos of the places you imagine in your scenes in Italy?
Well, I just tried to google pictures in Italy to see if I could find something like the picture I have in my head but I was unable to find what I was looking for. Close, but not close enough to use. My mother has been to Italy several times in her lifetime and some of her pictures come to mind when I think of Italy. Of course, in my mind it isn’t these large cities, but small villages thousands of years ago, or a vast, empty field with mountains in the distance for the scene in the book. We’ll see more of Italy in book two!

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write! Always write, never stop. Doesn’t matter if it is bad or in need of major help . . . WRITE! You can’t aspire to be a writer if you only dream of it. You must act upon it. And never, ever give up.

Thanks so much to Laura Kreitzer, one of site affiliates and favorite reads of 2010. Visit her amazing site at
She has donated one signed ARC of Shadow of The Sun book #1 in the Timeless series for our US blog followers. Click here to enter to win as a part of BIR2010.

The Familiars BIR2010 Giveaway and Interview

09 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, the familiars 9 comments

The Familiars
By Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 7th 2010
by HarperCollins

Book Summary: (from Goodreads)
After three young wizard apprentices are kidnapped by the evil queen of a distant land, it is up to their familiars, their magical animal companions — a street smart alley cat, a precocious blue jay, and a bumbling tree frog — to save them.

Authors Adam and Andrew are here with us at Fire and Ice to answer a few questions…

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
(Andrew) The Cat in the Hat
What do you do when you are in-between books?
(Andrew) Write screenplays
Adam – Write movies
Where is your favorite place to read/write?
(Andrew) My home office
Adam – by a pool
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
(Andrew) A familiar story — the fantasy heroes journey — is told from a fresh, exciting new perspective: that of the animals!
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Adam – Harry Potter series
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
(Andrew) The Encyclopedia Brown series
Adam – A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth)

Thank you so much to both authors for taking time to do an interview and for donating a book to the Best I’ve Read 2010.

To enter to win one copy of The Familiars simply fill out this form. Open to US residents only.

Anna & The French Kiss BIR2010 Giveaway

08 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, stephanie perkins 12 comments

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 2nd, 2010
by Dutton
ISBN 0525423273

Book Summary:(from Stephanie’s website) Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

Learn more about the book at Stephanie’s Website:

Dutton Juvenile has donated on copy of Anna and The French Kiss to our US readers. Fill out this form to enter to win one of the most talked about new books of 2010.

The Replacement BIR2010 Giveaway #5

07 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, penguin, the replacement 6 comments

The Replacment
by Brenna Yovanoff

Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: September 21, 2010

Book Summary (from Penguin): Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

We are giving away one copy of The Replacement as part of the BIR 2010 giveaways. Simply fill out the form below to enter. Open to US residents. Ends December 15th, 2010


Shannon Delany BIR2010 Giveaway #4

07 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, secrets and shadows, shannon delany 13 comments

**Shannon Delany’s 13 to Life was chosen as one of our BIR2010 books.However, 13 to Life is NOT the book that we will be giving away. This giveaway is for a LIMITED EDITION signed chapter book of the SECOND book in this series, Secrets and Shadows, which is due out February 15, 2011. **

13 to Life
By Shannon Delany
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

Book Summary: (from Goodreads)
Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing. Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town. It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid…

Secrets and Shadows
By Shannon Delany
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: February 15, 2011

Book Summary: (from author’s website)
The supernatural stakes are higher than ever now that more than just werewolves prowl the town of Junction–friendships will be formed, choices will be made and allies may become enemies… Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected.

Shannon Delany is a one of a kind author and is super nice…she even tweets you back. I loved 13 to Life! See my review here . Plus, visit our 13 to Life collection at LittleRedReads with book related jewelry made in collaboration with Shannon. Or take a peek at our 13 To Life inspired photography in our wolf shop on Etsy. Shannon is giving away a signed chapter book of Secrets and Shadows (prologue plus 1st chapter) to one of our blog followers. Shipping is U.S. and Canada. Fill out this form to enter

BIR 2010 Coming Monday

03 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway Leave a comment

Best I’ve Read 2010 officially kicks off here at Fire and Ice on Monday, but the Teaser Post Giveaways are going on now at our mother site! Here’s a little blurb from the BIR Blog about what we are doing.

“Best I’ve Read is going to be an annual event, with this being our first year. It is comprised of 9 blogs that have each selected authors and books that made their “best read” list this year, and now we are going to share these titles with you. The event will include author interviews, guest posts, character interviews, excerpts, and some really, really, and I mean REALLY amazing giveaways. I’m talking huge prize packs from some of the most sought-after books of the year.

BIR2010 will run from December 6th through December 14th. Every day each blog will have multiple postings from and about authors and their books with giveaways galore. This site will be your guide to what each blog will be doing each day and will make it easier to keep track of your favorite books and authors. “

In addition to all of the giveaways on the individual blogs, there will also be a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY on this blog.

Head on over NOW and enter all of the teaser giveaways as well read an interview all about our blog here:

The Lost Saint Giveaway

22 Nov, 2010 by in book giveaway, nail polish, the Dark Divine, the lost saint 16 comments

The countdown is on for Bree Despain’s book 2 in The Dark Divine series…The Lost Saint. It is set to be released December 28, 2010 by Egmont USA. So, we are giving it away to a few of our lucky readers!

One winner will receive a signed hardback copy of The Dark Divine, an ARC of The Lost Saint plus a bottle of TLS nail polish.

The second prize winner will receive an ARC of the Lost Saint and one bottle of blue TLS nail polish.

See our review of The Dark Divine here

Our review of The Lost Saint here

and our TDD inspired Etsy shop here.

Enter to win the giveaway by filling out the form below.
Contest ends December 28, 2010 and is open internationally.


Thanks so much to Egmont for sending us the giveaway swag. The countdown is on!

In My Mailbox #19

29 Oct, 2010 by in book giveaway, saundra mitchell 47 comments

In My Mailbox is a bookish meme originally started by The Story Siren. Every week we’ll post about what books we have received that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought). The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs. This week here’s what’s in my mailbox….

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs purchased from the Book Depository
The Invisible Order Book One: Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley sent by publisher for review
Lifted by Wendy Toliver purchased from Fire Petal Books
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell purchased from Fire Petal Books
Hanging By A Thread by Donald B Anderson received from author for review

And Mr. Fed Ex delivered a box of items for reviews and giveaways from Deseret Book. They were so kind and generous!

Mission To Be Happy by Michael McLean
Imprints by Rachel M Nunes
The Fourth Nephite by Jeffrey S Savage
The Water is Wide by Marianne Monson
Being Sixteen by Allyson Braithwaite Condie
Pingo by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman

Look for reviews on all of these titles coming soon. And thanks again to all of the publishers and authors who sent mail this week.

I’m giving away an author signed copy of Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell to our readers! Simply comment below with the title of a book you have on your wish list and you’re entered to win. Contest ends November 30, 2010.

Halloween SWEEPstakes

01 Oct, 2010 by in book giveaway, Sweep 7 comments

Welcome to October! This is my favorite time of year. And to celebrate we will be giving away all kinds of spooky reads throughout the month. These books are from my personal collection so have been previously read, but all are in great condition. Stay tuned for more haunting Halloween giveaways!

Our first prize pack is from the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan’s power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong– almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal may be keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that could destroy them both.

We are giving away Sweep books 1-12 to a lucky reader! Books 1-3 are in one anthology and #’s 4-12 are the black covered newly republished paperbacks by Speak. Simply fill out the entry form here

Open to U.S. Residents only, ages 13 and up. Ends at midnight on October 31, 2010.

Paranormalcy Signing and Giveaway

13 Sep, 2010 by in book giveaway, paranormalcy, the king's english 6 comments

Happy Monday everybody! I have been reading up a storm and have a ton of reviews to write but first a post about the weekend. Saturday I went to the Paranormalcy book signing at the King’s English bookstore with Kiersten White. She is originally from Utah so it was fun to have her introduce some of her friends from her very own High school days, two of whom inspired a scene from Paranormalcy about being blond and needing to wear mascara. During the question and answer session we learned:
  • Paranormalcy was not the first book she pitched. She wrote another which got rejected over and over before going back to re-edit and submit Paranormalcy. If at first you don’t succeed writers try try again.
  • She loves reading contemporary YA and middle grade books
  • Supernaturally is the name of book #2 in the series. Due to be released around April of next year. It’s about Evie and life where she gets a lot of the things she’s always wanted but realizes life is still hard. We’ll learn a lot about Evie’s past and enter the faerie realms. A new character named Jack is introduced, Kiersten’s all -time character to write
  • Kiersten draws many of her paranormal creatures from traditional folklore. One of her favorites is the hag who sits on people’s chests and makes it so they can’t wake up or drags them into the water. She also loves the Pixies and kelpies of European mythology
  • You’ll never see a love triangle in her books. She did not intend Paranormalcy to be a love triangle. She also thinks as a storyteller it’s important to have a resolution and ending to each of her books.

Kiersten has a super fun and bubbly personality. It was so fun to meet her and she even tweeted all of us who came to thank us.

There were at least 20 Utah authors including Emily Wing Smith, Sheralynn Pratt, Bree Despain, Nichole Giles in attendance. And we spotted two other Utah book bloggers : Cranberryfries and Emsreadingroom. Thanks to The Kings English for having such well planned events!

Just for our blog followers (old and new) we are giving away an author signed hardback copy of Paranormalcy to U.S. readers. Please fill in the form here

Contest ends October 13, 2010.