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Blog Tour & Author Interview: Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes

25 Jun, 2014 by in blog tour, book tour, rebel nation, rockstar book tours, shaunta grimes 2 comments

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We have author Shaunta Grimes  here at Fire and Ice for an interview as well as a giveaway. Shaunta is kind to stop by and answer a few questions for our readers as part of the official Rebel Nation Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

rebel nation cover Title: REBEL NATION
Author: Shaunta Grimes
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
Pub. Date: July 1, 2014
Pages: 320
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Sixteen years ago, a plague wiped out nearly all of humanity. The Company’s vaccine stopped the virus’s spread, but society was irrevocably changed. Those remaining live behind impenetrable city walls, taking daily doses of virus suppressant and relying on The Company for continued protection. They don’t realize that everything they’ve been told is a lie…

Clover Donovan didn’t set out to start a revolution—quiet, autistic, and brilliant, she’s always followed the rules. But that was before they forced her into service for the Time Mariners. Before they condemned her brother to death, compelling him to flee the city to survive. Before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company.

Clover and the Freaks, her ragtag resistance group, are doing their best to spread the rebellion and stay under The Company’s radar. But when their hideout is discovered, they are forced, once again, to run. Only this time, The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks…   

Author Q & A

What is the world of Rebel Nation like? Is it similar to what we live in today, do you see our society heading in that direction?

Rebel Nation‘s world is one where a lot of the technology that makes us a modern society is gone. Not all of it, but a lot of it. A big part of the book takes place in Virginia City. When I sat down and thought about what the area around Reno would be like if you stripped away things like cars and computers, I realized that Virginia City was a thriving city long before any of those things came about. I knew that the Freaks could build something there, because they were working with infrastructure that had worked before.

What movies or books, if any, helped inspire Rebel Nation?

The whole Viral Nation series was inspired by my love of dystopian books. Stephen King’s The Stand andDavid Birn’s The Postman were two influences. I wanted to write about what happens next though. Lots of dystopia tells the story of the fall and the immediate after affects of the fall, but I wanted to write about what happens after the rebuilding. I guess I think of my books as post-post apocalyptic.

Who are our writing mentors and heroes?

Oh, wow. I’m such a big reader, and I have been for as long as I can remember. I’m even influenced by Dr. Seuss, and his ability to have a message that he doesn’t beat you over the head with. (Horton Hears a Who is one of my favorite picture books, and I love the story it has to tell about being heard.) Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Attwood, Stephen King, Nancy Farmer, James Dashner—I think every author I read and love becomes a hero to me.

If you could transport your characters to any one place or time period where would you take them and why?

I’m not sure I would transport them anywhere. They are really important to their own place and time!

Vaccinations are a pretty hot topic, tell is why you chose to include it?

Vaccinations are the way that human beings deal with virus.  I think that if something like the virus in my book were to happen for real, there wouldn’t be people worried about whether or not to vaccinate. It would be a no-brainer.

On a personal level, I’m very much in support of vaccinating.

Is there anything you would go back and tell your teen self?

I’d tell my teen self that everything is going to be okay. That she’s making good choices, even though she isn’t sure of it yet. I’ve wondered if I’d warn myself about the boy who would grow up to break my heart, but I don’t think I would. Some things make you stronger when you go through them.

Do you have any songs that served as a backdrop to the setting?

I can’t listen to music while I’m writing. I wind up just listening and not actually writing!

Book blurb in one sentence?

How far are the Freaks willing to go for truth and justice?

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Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada. Viral Nation is her debut traditionally-published novel.

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Blog Tour: Defector by Suzanne Winnacker

23 Jun, 2014 by in author interview, blog tour, razorbill, rockstar book tours 2 comments

Fire and Ice is thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Defector hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! We have an exclusive interview with the author plus  an international giveaway.

Defector A Variants NovelTitle: DEFECTOR (A Variants Novel)
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: June 26, 2014
Pages: 288

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Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and long-time love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.

But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.

When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?

When the FEA’s efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield any results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds. Everyone in her life is harboring secrets: Alec, her estranged mother, even the father she never knew.

The truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking everywhere. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for—even if it means going against the life she thought she wanted. Her final decision will leave readers breathless.

Author Interview

Explain the FEA to us.

FEA means Forces with Extraordinary Abilities and it’s a branch of the FBI. The FEA mainly works cases with Variant involvement, but its agents also work in espionage if their talents are useful. “Major” is head of the FBI and most agents live in the so-called headquarters.

What differences are there between the world in Defector and our every day world?

Overall, it’s the same world, but there are Variants, people with extraordinary abilities, in “my book world”. The general public doesn’t know about them though, so it could theoretically still be our world. Who knows what our governments are hiding from us? 😉

If you could choose one extraordinary ability, what wouldn’t be and why?

I’d love to be able to heal myself and others. That way I wouldn’t have to watch loved ones suffer and I could help strangers as well.

Did you listen to any music while writing or have a book playlist?

Some books require music, other don’t. Sometimes I just let my favorite TV series run in the background. But Impostor and Defector have a playlist. Here’s the one I used for Impostor (and sometimes for Defector):
1. The Right Kind of Wrong by Leann Rimes
2. Nobody Knows by Pink
3. Born this Way by Lady Gaga
4. Hate that I love you by Rihanna
5. Fallin by Alicia Keys
6. I think it’s going to rain by Katie Melua
7. Tiger in the Night by Katie Melua
8. In my secret life by Katie Melua
9. Perfect Circle by Katie Melua
10. All in my head by Katie Melua
11. Hedonism by Skunk Anansie
12. Sorry seems to be the hardest by Mary J. Blige
13. Titanium by David Guetta feat Sia
14. What you don’t know by Monrose
15. Even heaven cries by Monrose
16. Bridge of Light by Pink
17. Family Portrait by Pink
(Tessa wants nothing more than a happy family, so the song is perfect.)
18. Just hold me by Maria Mena
19. The Rose by Leann Rimes
20. All good things come to an end by Nelly Furtado

Where is your dream writing retreat?

Bora Bora, in an overwater bungalow, so I could write while watching fish swim in the ocean.

 

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Susanne Winnacker

Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog that looks like a sheep and three bunnies that have destroyed every piece of furniture she’s ever owned in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
She blogs for The League of Extraordinary Writers.

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Tour Schedule

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Week One:
6/16/2014- Jump Into Books– Review
6/16/2014- Literary Meanderings– Guest Post
6/17/2014- YA Story Teller– Review
6/17/2014- Supernatural Snark– Interview
6/18/2014- Crossroad Reviews– Review
6/18/2014- The Cover Contessa– Guest Post
6/19/2014- Book Swoon– Review
6/19/2014- Bittersweet Enchantment– Interview
6/20/2014- The Storybook Kingdom– Review

Week Two:
6/20/2014- Fantasy Book Addict– Guest Post
6/23/2014- Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews– Review
6/23/2014- Fire and Ice– Interview
6/24/2014- Fiktshun– Promo Post
6/24/2014- A Dream Within A Dream– Guest Post
6/25/2014- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance– Review
6/25/2014- Such a Novel Idea– Interview
6/26/2014- Becoming Books– Review
6/26/2014- Addicted Readers– Guest Post
6/27/2014- Library of the Seen– Review
6/27/2014- Mom With A Kindle– Interview

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Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell Blog Tour

25 Mar, 2014 by in bethany crandell, book tour, rockstar book tours 7 comments

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Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the official blog tour for Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. We have the author here for a giveaway and guest post!

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Title: Summer on the Short Bus
Author: Bethany Crandell
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Pages: 256
Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

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Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance—and losing her sanity.

Author Guest Post

UGLY GROWTH: IT’S THE NEW BLACK

In SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, Cricket Montgomery embodies every ugly character trait we are taught you don’t want to have. She’s rude. She’s judgmental. She’s self-absorbed. She says and thinks horrible things about people who are different from her. Bottom line, she’s a bi*&%$.

I contend, however, that she’s not entirely to blame for her actions. In my opinion, Cricket is as much a victim of her bad behavior as the targets of her abusive words.

Hang on, hang on! I know this isn’t a popular school of thought, and I agree with what some of you may be thinking; that a seventeen year-old is old enough to be held accountable for the decisions she makes. But if you give me a minute to explain myself, I think you’ll see where I’m coming from.

*Yanks off Author hat. Pulls Mom hat out of the drawer. Shakes out broken goldfish bits. Slides hat on.*

Okay, some of you may know that my youngest daughter has cerebral palsy. If you only had a headshot of her, you’d think she was just like any other eight year-old. In person, however, you’d quickly realize that isn’t the case. She is learning to walk independently, but spends most of her travel time in a wheelchair. (A bad a zebra print wheelchair, thankyouverymuch) She rarely feeds herself, isn’t potty-trained, and does not speak through verbal communication.

Besides the physical and emotional impact having a differently-abled kiddo has on a mom, there are some serious social challenges, too. Rewind to three years ago…

I’d gotten used to the judgmental scowls and unnecessarily long looks when we were out in public, but nothing could have prepared me for after-school care the first day of kindergarten.

Even though my eleven year-old (then eight) had been in the program for a few years, I decided to join my little one on her first day so I could get a feel for how things would go for her. We got our fair share of stares and mumbled whispers as we made our way from the short bus and through campus in her fancy chair, but it’s when we entered the auditorium and sat down on the carpet with the rest of the kids that things started to get ugly.

“Why is she in a diaper?” “What’s wrong with her?” “She can’t use the toilet?” “How can she be in kindergarten?” To call the two kindergarten boys in front of us mutant devil spawns might be a tad harsh, but in my defense, I’m sure I saw little pitchforks poking out of their back pockets. I tried to answer their questions in as adult-like manner possible, but it wasn’t working. I could feel my cheeks and chest growing hot, the way they do when I’m upset, and something really deep inside of me began to ache. I’d been mad plenty of times in my life–had felt protective and defensive of my daughter more times than I could count–but this was different. This was a boiling-over, get-out-of-my-way-before-I-hit-you kind of mad.

With tears welling in my eyes, I scooped up my sweetly oblivious daughter and headed for the door. From her office, the leader of the program saw me leave and followed me outside to ask what had happened. I’ll be the first to admit I was very immature in calling those five year-old boys a bad name in my retelling of the incident (a really bad name that made me grateful my daughter isn’t able to repeat the things she hears) but I did, and the leader didn’t mind a bit. In fact, she agreed with my choice of words, apologized for their behavior, and assured me the problem would be remedied right away.

I was just beginning to cool down by the time big sister climbed into the car a short time later.  But once I saw the tears in her eyes all those emotions steamrolled right back.

“Why does everybody have to stare at her?” She asked. “Why does she have to come to my school?”

My heart broke right then, not only because my oldest daughter knew what had happened, but because I knew that, on some level, she had a right to ask those questions.

Needless to say I was anxious when I arrived at school the following afternoon. I was positive things were going to go down the same way they had the day before, the only exception that I wouldn’t be there to get mad on my daughter’s behalf. All day I’d been wondering how we were going to get through this school year; with my kid being the target for rude comments and questions, and what it would be like to spend my lifetime protecting her from words she didn’t even understand.

Chest heavy with anxiety, I walked into the auditorium and was immediately greeted with a generous smile from my little one, followed by a bear hug from the big one. Hallelujah! We had a good day.

The mood in the car that afternoon was joyful, and familiar, like I was used to before kindergarten started. We were about a block away from home, when from the backseat big sister says, “I don’t want her to go to the after school program anymore.”

My chest immediately tightened. Crap. “Why, what happened?”

(long pause) “She’s already more popular than I am.”

Satellites orbiting the earth could have seen my smile in that moment.

Over the course of the following weeks, months, and now, years, my little one has stolen the hearts of just about every kid in the after school program. (Everywhere she goes, actually) Little boys spend hours of their precious weekend time creating Rainbow Loom bracelets for her, while fifth and sixth grade girls battle to sit next to her during afternoon snack. But what’s even better than her queen social bee status, is the comments I receive from other parents. They tell me how grateful they are that my daughter is at the after school program with their kids, because without her they’d never be exposed to a differently-abled peer.

…and therein lies the point of this ridiculously long post.

Without exposure, how can we possibly know what is acceptable?

Forgiving those sh*tty little boys was harder for me than it should have been. I was mad, and what they did hurt. But without them, I never would have recognized how valuable ugly growth is. Exposure to the unfamiliar isn’t always pretty–it certainly isn’t in Cricket’s case–but it is an essential part of the human experience.

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I wish I had some mysterious secret to reveal about myself in hopes that you’d find me interesting…but I don’t. When it comes to me, what you see is what you get. And what you get is an irreverent, sarcastic and emotional girl who writes stories about characters with these same traits.

I live in San Diego with my husband, two kiddos, and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. I’m slightly obsessed with John Hughes and the wonderful collection of films he left behind, and

I’m confident that Jake Ryan will be showing up on my doorstep any day now…

I firmly believe that prayer solves problems, and that laughter is the best medicine. Along with avocados. Avocados make the world a better place.

I’m represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Agency.

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2 Summer Camp Survival Packs and Signed copies of the book! US Only.

3 sets of signed swag! US ONLY

The survival kit comes with: A Camp I  Can T-shirt (with an awesome logo designed by A.G. Howard), Quinn’s oh-so-sweet cinnamon treats, Cricket’s nostalgic pink peppermints, plus some other tidbits no camper can live without. They’ll also get some Short Bus swag (a bookmark and a button)
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