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Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel- Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Jun, 2013 by in giveaway Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the Goodbye for Now Blog Tour! 
The paperback cover was just released on Monday and to celebrate we have a giveaway hosted by Mod Podge Marketing. Enter at the end of this post!

About the author: Laurie Frankel lives on a very steep hill in Seattle with her husband, her four-year-old son, her border collie, and many, many books. She’s an East Coaster originally, a fact people often guess before she’s even opened her mouth. She has written two novels, The Atlas of Love and Goodbye For Now, and is at work on her third. Laurie is a core member of the Seattle7Writers. She used to teach writing, literature, and gender studies at the college level. Now she is thrilled, honored, grateful, and occasionally terrified to be writing full-time. It’s quite something.

Learn more on goodreads/ twitter/ author’s website

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Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala- Book Blast and Giveaway

15 Jun, 2013 by in giveaway Leave a comment

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.


Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend’s death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she’s in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don’t add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea. 
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality…


Excerpts from Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

There were two guys and one girl. The girl had severely long red wavy hair and flawless fair skin. She was supermodel skinny… Her back was to me so I couldn’t get a good look at her face. 

The first boy was sitting next to her. His back also to me, but when I first caught them spying, I noticed something peculiar about this boy. He was wearing a black hoodie, with the drawstrings tied so tight, the hood was covering nearly his whole face. He had dark aviator glasses on and gloves. Seriously, it’s like ninety-something degrees outside. Why on earth would you wear gloves? His skin, what was showing of it anyways, was even paler than the girl’s. 

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We found a spot over by the water free of sawgrass. It was a beautiful view. On the back end of the lake was a dense forest. It was dark just beyond the first set of trees. That was the only end of the lake that had remained uninhabited. There was a syrupy mist rising slowly off the surface of the water. It was creepy, but romantic in a sinister way. The sights, sounds, and smells all mingled together to create a scene an artist would love to capture with the stroke of his brush. 


About the author: After finishing her degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, Jeanette Pekala had no idea what she wanted to do with her life.
While her husband was deployed overseas, she focused on what she loved to do, write, where she has finally found an outlet for her overactive imagination. 
 She lives a not so normal life just a wee bit north of Bougainvillea where she resides with her husband and two children working on Shock Wave, book 2 in the Culture Shock Series.

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My Top 15 YA, Middle Grade and Adult Book Picks from BEA 2013 + Giveaway

07 Jun, 2013 by in giveaway, middle grade, sarah m eden, Shadow Mountain, ya 11 comments

Okay all, I will readily admit vlogging is not my forte. However, I today to offer Fire and Ice readers a peek at my top 15 YA, MG and Adult titles from Book Expo America 2013.
There is a giveaway of BEA books and swag at the end of today’s video as well as yesterday’s Part I posted on out sister site Little Red Reads.
Open to US only, giveaways end June 21, 2013.

Descendant by Nichole Giles Blog Tour, Author Q & A plus Giveaway

09 May, 2013 by in giveaway, Heather Gardner Photography, Nichole Giles, rhemalda 1 comment

Fire and Ice is pleased to welcome author Nichole Giles on the Descendant Blog Tour.  I am particularly excited about this one because I just attended the release party at The King’s English this week and had a chance to see my author photo of Nichole in print! See photos of the event here.

Plus, keep reading to hear why she became and author. We also have an awesome giveaway to offer to those who enter.



Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.


Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not only Abby’s life at stake.




Fire and Ice: Can you tell us what myths or folklore tied into Descendant?

Nichole: Several years ago, I was in a bookstore, and came across a huge mythology book in the clearance section. It has all these beautiful pictures, and tells detailed, intricate stories to go with them. I bought it, and have used it as a reference book for my fantasy writing ever since. There’s a story in it about a mythological trio of goddesses who had their hands in all kinds of mischief, including love, war, and fertility issues. This trio is known as The Morrigana, and these ladies play a key role in Abby’s story.   

Fire and Ice: Do you have a playlist or music you listen to while writing?

Nichole: It depends on the day. Most often, I am more productive in the silence. But there are times when I need music. Usually, it’s to drown out other noise or distractions, and when I do turn on music, I have to be careful to listen to something that will not change the course of the story. For this particular story, I did have a playlist. Most of it was instrumental.  


Photo by Heather Zahn Gardner


Fire and Ice: We understand you’ve published more than one book, how did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Nichole: Believe it or not, being an author wasn’t a life-long dream for me. I have always loved the arts, and been a creative-type person, but writing a book seemed so out of reach. More difficult than becoming a famous actress—which really was my ambition when I was a teen. And then I got married and had kids, and life took over. After my kids were born, I rediscovered my love of reading. I read a book in which one of the main characters was an author, and he seemed so…normal. And I thought, “Hey, maybe I could do that.” Fast forward a few months, I took an online class, and then I attended a writer’s conference, after which I knew I was hooked for life. I found my direction, started writing, and have never looked back.


Fire and Ice: Who is your literary hero?

Nichole: Katniss Everdeen, Alina Starkov, and . Raine Hightower.

Fire and Ice: If you could travel anywhere to research your book where would you go?

Nichole: If I had a choice, I’d fly to Cancun to research the (still untitled, and not-quite-finished) sequel, because there are scenes set near there. When researching Descendant, obviously, I’d have loved to fly to New York. But, I have another book (unrelated) set in California, and would love to research that one too.

However, if I’m going to get to travel wherever I want to research my books, I will immediately begin planning a story set in Tahiti. And Europe. And Ireland. Yes, all of those. And, uh, on a cruise ship that goes around the world. YES!


Fire and Ice: What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Nichole: If you’re going to dive into the publishing industry, there is no talent more important than patience, closely followed by persistence. But aside from those two things, the best advice I can give anyone wanting to be a writer is to read. Read widely and thoroughly. Read everything you can, and learn from those books and those authors. Just read.

Fire and Ice: Most inspiring movie you’ve seen lately?

Nichole: Not long ago, we rented the DVD of Red Dawn. I was surprised at how inspired I was by that movie. I know it’s fiction, but it’s the idea that inspires me. Those kids were just teenagers, but they managed to be such sharp thorns in the sides of some important military operatives that they sparked a complete rebellion. I came away thinking about how the right people doing the right thing at the right time really can make a difference, really can change things. I love that a fiction movie can make me feel that way.


Fire and Ice: What upcoming events and signings do you have?

Nichole: Unfortunately, not a lot right now. On top of my book being released, we are also moving into a new house this month, so I had to keep my signing schedule light. The official launch happened in Salt Lake City, UT on May 4th and was a huge success. I am also presenting at the LDStorymakers conference in UT this weekend (May 9-11), and will be signing books at the Provo Marriott the evening of the 10th. Then I have another signing at Barnes and Noble in Corpus Christi, TX on May 18th at 1:30 PM.  For now, these are the only signings I have scheduled, but I hope to add more throughout the summer as I am able to travel.


Fire and Ice: Which character do you feel you most resemble in your book and why?

Nichole: I think I have to go with Abby. Because if I resembled the male love interest—that would be weird, I think. Abby has this empathetic tendency, where she kind of feels like it’s her responsibility to take care of everyone around her, and I have been known *ahem* to be a little like that as well. Also, she moved around a lot as a kid, so I can totally identify with that.


Thanks for the interview! I hope you enjoy Descendant. 

Praise for DESCENDANT: “A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can’t decide which was best — piecing together Abby’s sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you’ll love this book!” — Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway

“Nichole Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages. Her characters are authentic, the action intense, with powerful emotions that will keep Descendant on your mind long after the book ends. Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and you’ll be sucked into an adventure with Abby and Kye, that will explore the power of gifts, courage, and love. With top-notch writing, Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages.” –Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID

“Nichole Giles brings a fresh new voice and flawless writing technique to the world of Young Adult fiction. I was swept away to another place and never wanted to come back.” –Tristi Pinkston, author of Turning Pages and the Secret Sisters mystery series

“This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!” –Elana Johnson, author of Possession and Surrender


About Nichole Giles: Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the West. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.


Nichole is sponsoring a massive giveaway during the blog tour of DESCENDANT! To enter, fill out the form below. 

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Blog Tour and Giveaway- Demons by Heather Frost

29 Apr, 2013 by in giveaway 3 comments

Fire and Ice is happy to be today’s stop on the official Demons Blog Tour hosted by Cedar Fort Books and author Heather Frost. In honor of the release of Seers, we are giving away an ebook of Book one, Demons to our readers. Keep reading for details…

About Seers Trilogy: For Kate Bennett, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes — and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O’Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble. 

Read the prologue of “Seers”

Read the prologue of “Demons”

and Visit all the  Blog Tour Stops for more chances to win! 



Author Bio: Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English at Utah State University. Heather has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Guardians, the final book in the Seers Trilogy, will be released July 2013.

Learn more: Author Website/ Official Facebook Fanpage/ Twitter/ Goodreads


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The Giveaway: Fire and Ice is giving away one Ecopy of Demons to our readers. Simply comment below to enter! 

Winners will be announced May 5, 2013. Open internationally.

Lulu Blog Tour- Author Guest Post and Giveaway

03 Apr, 2013 by in giveaway, lulu Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is honored to be today’s stop on the official Lulu Blog Tour featuring a guest post from author Hilary McKay and a fun giveaway. First, read what Hilary has to say about her Memories of the Beach…
“Or rather, memories of the coast. I am not keen on beaches when it means those sandy banks covered in towels and temporary volley ball pitches and parasols and windbreaks and humans. I like beaches without any people (well, I can put up with a few quiet ones reading books or drawing the seagulls. I suppose).

However, although I am not fond of traditional sandy beaches, I do love to be on the coast. Until my last move, which brought me to my current high and dry position in the centre of England, I always lived near the sea.  My first coast was salt marshes, where my friends and I swam in creeks and made driftwood fires and watched the seabirds fly in at evening against an apricot and lemon sky. The skies are huge beside a salt marsh at night, and lit with stars you do not see inland. I remember the bright sweep of the milky way and someone, flat on his back remarking, I see Jupiter and four moons. 
 
Next I went to Scotland,  to St Andrews, an ancient and sea bound city. I was at university there, and the sea was part of our life. We battled against North Sea winds to lectures, walked the medieval pier to make wishes at the end, and waited by the castle walls to hear the eider duck gossiping in the dark. It was hard to leave that cold and salty place when the time came to go. I still have the box of sand I collected there before I left. Under a magnifying glass you can see that it is entirely made of fragments of shell.

 The next coast I found was in the west. It was a shingle beach.  We used to live so close that at high tide at night you could hear the shingle grinding as you lay in bed. That was an eerie and wonderful sound. On stormy days cloud puffs of sea foam blew down the village street. You would see them scuttering past the front door and know that the sea must be boiling.

One of the things best things about being on the coast is the edge feeling of only three directions you can go without getting wet. I didn’t realise how much I liked this feeling until I moved inland and suddenly found myself with four directions. Very disconcerting. I manage by more or less ignoring East but I have to admit it isn’t the same.

Writing is a way of remembering. Now that I am inland and missing my lovely edges, I send my characters to the places I cannot go. Then, for the time that I am writing,  I am back there again. Its one of the perks of the job!”

About the Author: Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary says of herself as a child “I anaesthetised myself against the big bad world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar to me as my own home.”
After reading Botany and Zoology at St. Andrew’s University Hilary then went on to work as a biochemist in an Analysis Department. Hilary enjoyed the work but at the same time had a burning desire to write. After the birth of her two children, Hilary wanted to devote more time to bringing up her children and writing so decided to leave her job.
One of the best things about being a writer, says Hilary, is receiving letters from children. She wishes that she had written to authors as a child, but it never occurred to her to contact them
Hilary now lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family. When not writing Hilary loves walking, reading, and having friends to stay.
Learn more about the book at Hilary’s website/ Albert Whitman/ the ebook at Open Road
  
Stop by Book Aunt tomorrow: Thursday, April 04, 2013 and be sure to visit all the stops on the tour for more chances to win!
Also check out book 3 which will be available Fall 2013, and stop by here to learn more about Lulu and the Duck in the Park which is nominated for a Kiddo Award.
Thank you so much to Albert Whitman and Hilary McKay for choosing us as a stop! 
As part of the blog tour, they have offered one copy of Lulu and the Dog From the Sea for a giveaway.

Must be 13 or older and have a US or Canada mailing address. Winners will be chosen at random and prizes shipped by the publisher.

Fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter!

 Good Luck.

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Laura Kreitzer’s Massive Giveaway

15 Mar, 2012 by in giveaway, Shadow of the Sun Leave a comment

One of our affiliates, author Laura Kreitzer is hosting a major giveaway! See her post here to see how to enter and help spread the word. Her break down of prizes, as determined by ebooks downloaded between now and April 14th is as follows…

Number of E-Book Downloads: Prize

1,000-7,000- Winner’s Choice: One of my published books (7 winners)

8,000-14,000- First two books in the Summer Chronicles (7 winners)

15,000-20,000 -First three books in the Timeless Series (6 winners)

21,000-24,000- All five of my published books (4 winners)

25,000-27,000 -All five of my published books SIGNED & dedicated to whoever the winner wants (3 winners)

28,000-29,000 -A Kindle (2 winners)

30,000- Winner’s choice: Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (1 winner)

40,000 -Winner’s choice: If you’re an author, I will thoroughly edit and analyze a 90,000-word manuscript. If you’re a reader, I will give you an advanced reading copy of Fallen Legion and Burning Falls (whenever they are available to me). (1 winner)

60,000 -A Mac mini (1 winner)
100,000 -ME! That’s right, if you live in the U.S. (except Alaska—sorry), I will take you out to eat (my treat) and bring gifts at a date and time we can arrange together! If you win this and do not want to meet, we can talk other options. (1 winner)
200,000- TOP SECRET, but it’ll be good. I promise. (maybe 1 winner, maybe more)

Link to the giveaway: http://bit.ly/z3kVrr

Download her FREE EBOOKS:

Phantom Universe
Kindle: http://amzn.to/zdnogJ
Nook: http://bit.ly/zmMhjR
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/x6EDLn

Shadow of the Sun
Kindle: http://amzn.to/x5gb7A
Nook: http://bit.ly/rV8Bqd
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/p8MqNd

Her other books:
Timeless Series: http://bit.ly/A875V6
Summer Chronicles: http://bit.ly/Al0GRH

Giveaway Winners

26 Aug, 2011 by in giveaway Leave a comment


Congratulations to Melanie Taylor, Karla Flores and Gayle Gold Humpherys who all won Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie on our facebook page

to Ashley Holt who won an ARC of Between

Nancye who won an ARC of Addie on the Inside

to tanemax who won a hardback copy of Unearthly on twitter

and to LovedayLilies and Rachel Bohlin who both won author signed copies of Watched.

Please email us your mailing address and be sure to check our right sidebar and FB page for more giveaways!

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Waiting on Wednesday- Beyonders

02 Mar, 2011 by in giveaway, simon schuster 1 comment

Our Waiting on Wednesday is Beyonders book #1: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull…

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: March 15th 2011
by Aladdin
ISBN141699792X
series: Beyonders #1

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Simon & Schuster just released the trailer yesterday! View it on their site here. Also, author Brandon Mull is hosting a release party for all of you in Utah, Tuesday March 15th at Cottonwood High School. Click on the invite for details.


And, finally…to make the wait a little easier, Fire and Ice is giving away an exclusive Beyonders tote bag courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Fill out this form to enter. Be sure to check back on release day, March 15th for a five book giveaway!


BIR2010 Cresendo Teaser Giveaway #1

06 Dec, 2010 by in giveaway 6 comments

Crescendo
By Becca Fitzpatrick

Published Simon and Schuster
Released on October 19th, 2010
Summary:
Feisty teen Nora Grey somehow survived the crises of Hush, Hush, but dangers just as frightening loom in this standalone sequel. Patch, her guardian angel and love interest, appears to have a dark side and a wandering eye. Worse yet, he seems intent on obstructing Nora as she hunts for the truth behind her father’s mysterious death. Even better than the first. (quoted from Goodreads).

Our very first teaser giveaway for Best I’ve Read 2010 comes from author Becca Fitzpatrick. We are excited to announce that she has donated 2 signed copies of Crescendo for our US blog readers.

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