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Announcing The Erasing Time by C.J. Hill Blog Tour

19 Sep, 2012 by in fire and ice Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is pleased to announce we will be hosting the official blog tour for Erasing Time by C.J. Hill! Follow all of the blog tour schedule for your chance to win a hardback copy on each stop. Special thanks to Rachel at Fiktshun for making our banner.
October 1- Fire and Ice
October 2- Ravenous Readr
October 3- Fiktshun
October 4- I’m A Reader Not A Writer
October 5- Books Complete Me
October 6- The Mod Podge Bookshelf
October 7- Portrait of a Book
October 8- LDSWBR
October 9- PageTurners Blog
October 10- Reading Teen
October 11- YA Bliss
October 12- Wastepaper Prose

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2012
by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN0062123920
Book Summary From Harper Collins: When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.
About the Author:  C. J. Hill is the mother of twins. They aren’t identical, but this doesn’t mean she always calls them by the right name. In fact, she occasionally calls all her children by the wrong names (she has five) and has even been known to throw the dog’s name into the mix. Laugh now, but you’ll do the same thing when you have kids.
If C. J. had a time machine and could visit another century, she would probably go to the Regency era instead of the future. According to all the novels she’s read, the past was filled with a multitude of dashing lords and viscounts who were always on the lookout for damsels in distress, whereas the future is populated by scary dystopian societies.

Find out more on her site 

Huber Hill and the Brotherhoo​d of Coronado Blog Tour

18 Sep, 2012 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the virtual blog tour for Huber Hill and the Brotherhoo​d of Coronado which means we have a special author guest post from B.K. Bostick and a giveaway everyone can win!

Guest Post: The Definition of a Successful Book

I vividly remember this same time last year I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. My first book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure was just about to release. I was a nervous wreck! How would it be received? Would the reviews prove me a genuine author or failure? I was planning a huge book launch, planning school assemblies, and preparing for a new baby. This year I’m planning a huge book launch, getting ready for assemblies, and preparing for another new baby. What’s different this time around? Me. And specifically, my definition of success.

With the launch of my first book, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s safe to say that my expectations were a bit unrealistic. I was envisioning NY Times Best Sellers’ lists, Newberry Awards, and lots of royalties. It was fun to dream, but after slogging it out last year, I realized that for every NY Times Best Seller, there are about ten thousand non NY Times Best Sellers. Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure ended up being my publisher’s best selling middle grade novel, but it didn’t meet my out of this world, unrealistic expectations. I’m looking forward much more to my second book launch because I’m no loner putting that kind of pressure on myself. I had a young man facebook me last night who said my book inspired him to read! Is that success? Absolutely!

My advice to new authors when they get a contract is this- dare to dream, work your guts out, but keep your expectations realistic and decide for yourself what success truly means.

Synopsis: The Dead Man’s Treasure has been stolen! When Huber receives a revelatory message from a girl in Spain regarding the treasure’s location, the gang hatches a plan. Convincing their parents they are part of a study abroad program, Huber, Scott, and Hannah travel to Salamanca, Spain- an old city full of secrets.

While in pursuit of their goal, the group becomes dangerously entwined with a secret society called the Brotherhood of Coronado- a ruthless organization led by three self proclaimed kings, bent on reacquiring the lost fortunes of the Spanish empire for nefarious purposes.

Their only hope of finding the stolen treasure and escaping the city with their lives requires trust in new found friends and in a cloaked figure who reveals clues leading to the Brotherhood’s hiding place. But in a city of strangers, who can you trust?

With a plot that will keep you guessing, Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado is a study abroad adventure you’ll want to be a part of!

Bio: B.K. Bostick, author of Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado and the best selling book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure, resides among the magnificent Rocky Mountains. In addition to writing, he has spent his career in education. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and his Masters in Psychology from Utah State University. He has worked as a teacher, after school program coordinator, teacher mentor, and currently as a counselor for the Open High School of Utah. He loves spending time with his lovely wife, son and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys eating cheetos and watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone.
Giveaway: For your readers who ‘like’ my facebook or follow me on twitter, I will mail them a special memento for the book launch (U.S. only). After they’ve liked the page or followed on twitter, they can email me at bkbostickauthor@gmail.com.and let me know along with their physical mailing address.

Blog Tour – Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

10 Sep, 2012 by in regency romance Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the official blog tour for…
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand
by Carla Kelly
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected Publication Date: September 11, 2012
by Cedar Fort Inc
ISBN: 1462110606
Book Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Book Summary from Goodreads: After her husband’s death, Roxanna Drew is faced with the daunting task of providing for her two small girls on her own. Pursued by her lecherous brother-in-law, Roxanna knows her only hope is to escape his grasp by moving into a derelict cottage, owned by Lord Winn—a man known to his tenants only by his checkered reputation.

But when fate brings Lord Winn to her door in the middle of a snowstorm, Roxanna’s not sure which to fear more: letting him into her home or into her heart.

A strong-willed heroine, perfectly paced plot, and plenty of humorous moments make this one of bestselling author Carla Kelly’s most beloved Regency romances. Discover the magic of a love story you’ll want to read again and again.

Cathy’s Review: It’s been 6 months since Roxanna Drew’s beloved husband Anthony died. Her life with her two daughters Helen and Felicity has gone on much as it went while he was sick in bed, but things are changing quickly. Roxanna’s brother-in-law, Lord Whitcomb has already requested that she and her girls move in with him…and well he intends for her to be his mistress. She knows that that will not be an option for her, but she must come up with a new situation for herself and quickly! One day, as she’s walking across Moreland, a neighboring estate, she comes upon a small cottage. It’s in disrepair, it needs a new roof, floors, wall coverings, pretty much everything, but Roxanna knows that it would be a perfect place for her and her two girls. She asks the bailiff of the estate if she could rent it, and without having to spell the situation out for him, he understands why she needs a new place, and he quickly becomes her champion. Now all that’s left is for her to meet her landlord, Lord Winn, Roxie really knows nothing about him, just the usual neighborhood gossip, that she’s never listened to. So when he shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, she takes him in. It’s amazing how quickly he works his way into her heart and also the hearts of Helen and Felicity, but will she be able to move on from the loss of her beloved husband?

I really enjoyed this book! Carla Kelly is one of my very favorite romance writers. Her books are clean and full of sweet romance. This book was no exception. I enjoyed the character of Roxie Drew, I felt as though I “know” her and that she would be someone that I could count as a friend. I loved what a strong character she is in this book, she’s willing to do pretty much whatever she has to do to protect her two young daughters. I think that’s an admirable trait. The plot moved right along, making it hard for me to want to put this book down, I finished it quite quickly! 

Content: Some drinking, talk about sex

About the author: Award-winning author Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America.       

Recently, she’s been writing Regency romances (think Pride and Prejudice) set in the Royal Navy’s Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France. She comes by her love of the ocean from her childhood as a Navy brat.                                                                          

Carla’s history background makes her no stranger to footnote work, either. During her National Park Service days at the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Carla edited Friedrich Kurz’s fur trade journal. She recently completed a short history of Fort Buford, where Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881.
Following the “dumb luck” principle that has guided their lives, the Kellys recently moved to Wellington, Utah, from North Dakota and couldn’t be happier in their new location. In her spare time, Carla volunteers at the Railroad and Mining Museum in Helper, Utah. She likes to visit her five children, who live here and there around the United States. Her favorite place in Utah is Manti, located after a drive on the scenic byway through Huntington Canyon.
And why is she so happy these days? Carla is enjoying writing for an LDS audience now, where she feels most at home.
Find out more about author Carla Kelly: Goodreads/ Website/ Blog

Count Down To Love Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Aug, 2012 by in Uncategorized 7 comments

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the Count Down To Love blog tour hosted by Lexie at The Book Bug.

Countdown To Love
by Julie N Ford
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2011
by Bonneville Books
ISBN 1599555166
source: Tristi Pinkston Blog Tours
5 stars
Abandoned at the altar, Kelly Grace Pickens finds herself left holding not only the bouquet but also the exorbitant bill for an A-list wedding. Homeless, a once promising singing career floundering, and her life bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of her country music ballads, she reluctantly accepts a last minute offer to appear on a reality TV show akin to the bachelor. Pitted against silicon-enhanced supermodels in four-inch heals, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fiancés to be excused. Only, when the mysterious bachelor from New York City, Dillon Black, invites her to stay, Kelly finds herself thrust into the vortex of a game she doesn’t have the first idea how to play. Nursing her hopelessly broken heart while avoiding the foils of her fellow contestants, Kelly is oblivious to Dillon’s affections as she wades through hurt and betrayal to discover, in the end, that she has landed firmly on both feet.

Leaving behind Nashville’s Music Row for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Count Down To Love takes readers on a journey from duplicity to sincerity as Kelly discovers that being true to oneself is the first step in finding happiness and everlasting love.

Heather’s Review: What a fun summer read! Countdown to Love is one of the few books this year that I can definitely say I would pick up and read again. Fans of the movie Sweet Home Alabama and the T.V. series the Bachelor will eat this one up. Countdown to Love opens with Kelly Pickens, a sweet Southern singer on the rise to stardom abandoned at the alter. Left with no where to live and no idea where her fiance has gone, Kelly’s not quite sure what to do with her life. In sweeps Kelly’s cousin Sissy, the producer of a popular reality show who is also left in a lurch as she’s down one female contestant. While Kelly certainly isn’t looking for love herself, she has bills to pay from a wedding that never happened so she accepts a spot on the show.
There a million laugh out loud and toe curling romantic moments in Countdown to Love. Kelly must overcome her past to be able to trust again and find out who she really is, but Dillon is just the man to help her out! Readers will enjoy all the settings and vivid descriptions of American terrain the author weaves into her storyline. I’d call Countdown to Love a must have for fans of chick lit/ Christian romance. I can’t wait to read more from this author! My fingers are crossed for a follow up novel.
Content: The main man smokes and drinks. There are a few mentions of cleavage and past sexual relationships. No violence or swearing. Overall a clean read recommended for adults.

You might also like: Austenland by Shannon Hale or Previously Engaged by Elodia Strain

About the Author: Julie N. Ford has a BA in political science and a minor in English literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching, childbirth education, and family therapy. Along with Count Down to Love, she is the author of two other women’s fiction novels due for release in 2011. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, two daughters, and one very feisty fish.
In her spare time, Julie loves to ride her mountain bike, practice yoga, spend time shopping, walking and listening to music with her daughters and of course reading. Some of her favorite authors include, Daphne Du Maurier, Bronte, P.D. James, Michael Crichton, Linda Davies and Sophie Kinsella.
Visit the author’s website and subscribe to her blog .
Grand Prize Giveaway:  As part of the tour, Julie is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of a hard copy of Count Down to Love, a CD of the band Due West, and a copy of the single, “Who I Am”, which Julie and Due West wrote and recorded specifically for the book. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!

Populazzi Paperback Release and Author Guest Post

07 Aug, 2012 by in populazzi 4 comments

Fire and Ice is the stop today on the blog tour for

Populazzi
by Elise Allen
which came out TODAY in paperback
from Harcourt Children’s Books
ISBN 0547481535
Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi.

Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

To celebrate we have an exclusive guest post from the author, Elise Allen…
First, a big thank you to Heather for having me here at Fire and Ice to celebrate the paperback release of my debut novel, Populazzi!

It’s been a year since the book was first released, and a question I often get from people who haven’t read it yet is, “So… what’s the book like?”
Well, if Populazzi were…
…a dessert, it would be fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies – light and crispy on the outside, rich and chewy on the inside.

…a dog, it would be a Jack Russell terrier – super-smart and playful.

…a gem, it would be a diamond – fun and sparkly, but sharp enough to cut glass.

…a drink, it would be champagne – the more you have, the more you laugh.

…a place, it would be Los Angeles – exciting, with something there for everyone.

…a piece of clothing, it would be the perfect little black dress – a little racy, but always in great taste.

…an amusement park ride, it would be the new Star Tours at Disneyland – you think you know what you’ll get, but it constantly surprises you.
Thanks again, Heather! And thanks to everyone out there who has read or is planning to read Populazzi!

About Elise Allen: POPULAZZI is Elise Allen’s first solo novel but she previously co-wrote the bestselling novel ELIXIR with author and actress Hilary Duff and is at work on the next book in the series with Hilary. She’s written for several television shows from Cosby to Muppets to Dinosaur Train, which garnered her two Daytime Emmy Awards. Elise Allen has among the most random television-writing resumes ever, with credits that run the gamut from Cosby to Dinosaur Train. She recently fulfilled one of her many life’s ambitions by writing for the Muppets. Another ambition, anytime-access to Disneyland’s Club 33, is for the moment still a pipe dream. Elise has a sick penchant for running marathons, and can’t seem to stop even though fifteen really should be enough already. She lives in L.A. with her husband, daughter, and insatiable food-hound of a dog, Riley.
For more, visit www.eliseallen.com or follow Elise on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EliseLAllen.

Choosing Charity Blog Tour and Giveaway

01 Aug, 2012 by in terri ferran 12 comments

Fire and Ice is excited to be today’s stop on the Choosing Charity Blog Tour. We have a guest post from the author and giveaway for those who read and comment!

Description of Book:
When Kit learns that her biological mother wants to meet her, it seems her perfect life is about to come tumbling down. With a new job, a husband she adores, and friends all around her, can Kit possibly be expected to risk everything for a woman who left her in a dumpster to die?

Of course, love comes in many forms. Now Kit’s about to learn that when faith and hope aren’t enough, charity can make things right.
Author Terri Ferran is here to give us a little bit of advice about the writing process in her exclusive author post…
“No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!”(Finding Forrester, Dir. Gus Van Sant. Perf. Sean Connery. DVD. Columbia Pictures, 2000]

Finding Forrester is one of my favorite movies. It re-ignites my love for writing and reminds me of something critical: I can let my fears define me or my dreams inspire me.
But no matter how inspired I am—a cold, hard fact remains: In order to be a writer, I must write. My fingers must punch the keys; the ink must flow; my thoughts must be recorded.
I know this. I want this. Yet I still procrastinate.
Does this sound familiar? Today I want to share a few ways I deal with this problem:

– Open a document and jot down ideas as they come. It helps me empty my brain of the clutter that keeps popping up, and I record ideas before they die of loneliness. I carry a notebook with me for those times I can’t access a computer (and can sometimes even find a pen).

– Read (and edit) what I wrote the day before. This doesn’t work for everyone; some people work better when they completely separate editing and composing. For me, editing my prior day’s work gets me back in the flow of the story.

– When I finish writing for the day/session, I try to write down a sentence or two of the scene or chapter I want to write next. Getting started is usually the hardest part of writing for me, so leaving a next-day prompt is almost as good as an icy-cold Diet Coke.

– Find a routine that works. It might be early in the morning or late at night or bits here and there throughout the day. My routine changes based on the season and work/family demands. There is no one-size-fits-all, but a routine is crucial.

– Imagine I am the character I’m writing. I put myself in the scene and visualize what I would feel, think, and say.

– Set goals and focus solely on writing during that time. It may be 30 minutes, or 1,000 words. I ignore the phone, emails, and that jagged tooth where my crown broke off until I reach my goal.

– I try to think of myself more as a writer. When people ask me what I do for a living I usually say, “I’m a CPA.” I have years of training and experience as a bean counter. I once heard it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. Based on that, I’m a quadruple-master at accounting! In the case of writing, the 10,000 hours translates to a million words (roughly ten novels). I’ve only half-mastered the writing craft—no wonder I feel like a half-writ!

Advice I would give to other writers: Take a line from Finding Forrester and remember to write with your heart. That’s scary, because the heart is fragile. But the head is much tougher and perfect for rewrites. That may be why we’ve been given both.
 
Author Bio:  Terri Ferran grew up in a small Colorado town that offered little in the way of entertainment. She escaped through reading (and later on a Continental Trailways bus), and although the town didn’t have a library, she eagerly anticipated the coming of the Bookmobile and would check out stacks of books at a time.
She moved to Utah as a high school senior where she joined the LDS Church and met her husband, Tod. She dreamed of being a writer but took the safe route of becoming a CPA. She finally got brave enough to quit working in the world of numbers to pursue her dream of writing and also to spend more time with her children. Her first book, Finding Faith was published in 2007 and she is excited to be living her dream of writing in real life.
Terri still loves to read, but she can usually be found writing, doing laundry, dishes, running errands, napping, eating chocolate, or exercising (not necessarily in that order).
Find out more on her website
 
Launch Party Info: The official launch party for Choosing Charity will be held on August 11th from 3-7 PM at Seagull Book in The District in South Jordan. Terri will be joined by three other authors: Diony George, Carla Kelly, and Wendy Paul. Prizes and refreshments will be offered so come join the fun!

Grand Prize Giveaway Info: As part of the tour, Terri is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of the Faith, Hope, and Charity trilogy, including hard copies of Finding Faith, Having Hope, and Choosing Charity. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. (Visit  the tour page for the full tour schedule.) The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!

Fire and Ice Giveaway Info: Here at Fire and Ice you have the chance to win as well! Terri has offered a  hard copy of her non-fiction book, Life’s Alphabet Soup: When Your Children Make You Eat Your Words and an ebook ARC of Choosing Charity. One winner will be chose from the blog comments below.

Caribbean Crossroads Blog Tour

27 Jun, 2012 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Caribbean Crossroads
by Connie Sokol
Published June 8th 2012
by Sokol Publishing
ISBN 139780615651866
Book source: blog tour
 
Book Summary: New college grad Megan McCormick just got dumped. Hard.
Swearing off men and relationships, Megan is coaxed into performing on a cruise ship where she meets the star performer, Bryant Johnson. Handsome and charismatic, he looks like trouble, but she can’t deny the intense attraction between them.

Urged to find a wife and run the family lumber business, Bryant is torn between his family’s expectations for his life and his own. However, when he meets spunky, but love-skittish Megan McCormick, settling down doesn’t look so bad.

Just when Megan begins to trust again, and Bryant makes some big decisions regarding his future, her former fiance returns with a malicious surprise, taking Megan and Bryant to their own CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS.
Heather’s review:  Megan has just survived the cruelest joke of all time at the hands of the man she thinks she loves and she has sworn off men forever. But leave it to her rommates to cook up a scheme that involves a cruise ship, a job dancing plus costumes to get Megan back in the dating game. She can’t deny her attraction to the man in the mango shirt who smells like the ocean and keeps staring at her. So when the two of them are paired as dance partners then keep running into each other,  things on the sea are about to pick up speed.
Connie Sokol has crafted a fun, clean romance that is a perfect summer read to take on vcactation or read by the pool. With a cute main man and a jaded protagonist some adjustments need to be a made for a happily ever after. Megan’s internal struggle and issues with trust have to be overcome.Can Bryant survive the forces that conspire against him?
You’ll love Caribbean Crossroads if you’re a fan of Melanie Jacobson or chick flicks. I recommend it as a fast, fun read.

About the Author: Connie Sokol is a mother of seven—a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for LDSLiving online. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is also the author of Motherhood Matters, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. Visit her website at www.8basics.com/

 

Monument 14 Blog Tour Guest Post and Giveaway

07 Jun, 2012 by in macmillan, monument 14 9 comments

Fire and Ice is thrilled to be today’s stop on the official Monument 14 blog tour. We have a guest post from the author Emmy Laybourne as well as a giveaway!
But first here’s more about the book…

Monument 14

by Emmy Laybourne
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published June 5th 2012
by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN 0312569033
 
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
 
Guest Post from Emmy Laybourne:
 
Hello friends!
I’m so delighted to be guest blogging here at Fire and Ice. Since my blog tour coincides with the Fierce Reads author tour – Heather and I thought it would be cool if I used this blog spot as a report from the field. Here is a day by day report on the tour so far!
Tuesday, June 4th – I LEAVE HOME
I was picked up at 6:30 by Carmel – a trusty NY car service company that has a catchy phone number – 212 + all sixes. This probably makes the devil very happy.
I had planned to have my husband, Greg, take a photograph of me and the driver in our driveway before I set out. However, after kissing my two beautiful, sleeping children goodbye (8 and 5 years old) I burst into tears. They were so sleepy and warm and I felt, somehow, that my being away for two weeks would change them and somehow I’d return to find them more grown up. Also, I am a crybaby in general, so it was somewhat par for the course.
Anyway it didn’t seem like the right time to take a photo. Instead my husband gave me a good hug and assured me that they’d all be fine and I let my driver, Osama, load my suitcase into the trunk of the towncar. I spent the ride to the airport blotting makeup off my cheeks, chin and décolleté.
By the time we arrived at Newark, I had sufficiently recovered enough to ask a passerby to take a photo of the driver and I. To my surprise, Osama asked me to email him a copy of the photo. I have no idea why he would want a photo with me, especially one with me looking so bedraggled. But here it is. Cheers, Osama!
I spent the flight reading M14 and marking up places where I might read at tonight’s book party/improv show. Instead of doing the usual book reading and signing in a store, I decided to do something really new and strange.
I assembled a group of improvisers and tonight we would do a show at a great little LA theater called Improv Olympic West. The show follows an improv format called The Armando. The way it usually works is that an actor or celebrity tells a story from their life and then the improvisers interrupt it to do scenes loosely based on the monologue. But for my show, I would read from Monument 14 and improvisers would work based on what I read.
I took the time on the plane to re-read M14 and select passages I thought might work well in the show. I was happy to discover I still liked the book!
June 4 – AFTER THE SHOW
It was great to see all my friends at the Book launch show. I couldn’t believe how many people came out to celebrate the release of Monument 14. Afterwards, I got to sign books for my friends. That, let me tell you, is fun!
My brother, Sam and his beautiful wife Herran were there in full support mode. Sam even brought a bunch of writer friends from his recent gig at Cougartown. That’s the kind of guy he is and it’s just one of the reasons why I dedicated Monument 14 to him.
The show was solidly good, but I think I threw the improvisers too many curveballs with my readings from the text. They would have been better serves if I had just read the first chapter of the book – allowing them to interrupt me with scenes.
Oh well, live and learn! The next time I assemble a LA cast to do an Armando on my post-apocalyptic YA debut, I’ll know!
June 5 – I CHECK IN TO THE HOTEL
Now, I should take a moment to say that until I pulled into the hotel, I had NO IDEA what “kind” of tour I was on. Would we be staying at Motel 6’s and eating at McDonalds? Would we be living the high life at fancy hotels with pools and spas and manservants named Sasha?
Guess what – it’s the latter. Sort of. Everything except for Sasha. Our first hotel is the Sheraton Suites Fairplex in La Verne. Now, the Four Seasons it aint, but I have a suite with a King bed and it’s a sweeeeet suite! It turns out all the hotels we’ll be in will be this nice. I know because I asked Kate Lied, our Macmillan rep, “Will all the hotels be this nice?” and she said, “Yes.” yahooo!
I checked in to the room, pinched myself several times and prepared to meet the other authors.
WE HAVE DINNER
It was funny, meeting these authors that I know I’ll be spending the next two weeks with! They are all very nice, as it to be expected. What I did not expect was that they’d all also be so funny! Anna Banks, in particular, has a dry wit that totally took me by surprise. She sort of sneaks up on you and then zings you so bad you can’t recover. I like her. A lot.
We all had dinner and during dinner I learned that Leigh Bardugo is a crybaby, just like me; Jen Bosworth has a deep dark secret that WILL come out during the tour; Kate Lied (our lovely Macmillan rep) does not like chocolate; Jessica Brody gives great advice; and Anna wants to write a YA Sasquatch romance.
WE GO TO THE EVENT
You know, I trained as a comedy improviser and was a professional actor for 10 years — I was confident that I could be funny and personable at the event. What I was not prepared for was how emotional I would feel looking out at the readers and fans who gathered at Mrs. Nelson’s Bookshop. Here’s a photo I took of them.
I love books and I love writing. And I felt, looking out at the friendly, smiling faces, like I had somehow come home. Like sitting and talking about fiction with other book lovers was what I was meant to do.
I knew I loved the writing part of this job, but I didn’t know about these other parts of the job – meeting readers, talking about my work, and connecting with fans. What can I say, I feel extraordinarily lucky and blessed to get to do this.
So there was all of that – all of that magic and thankfulness and emotion. And then I got back to my room and found this:
That’s my first tour report! I’m so glad that Heather encouraged me to report in from the field. I’ll be making another report on the Author tour on Monday, June 11 at: http://withabook.blogspot.com/ Tune in to see if I am still quite so euphoric!
And hey – if you’re in San Francisco, please come join us tonight along with Not Your Mother’s Bookclub at Books, Inc. (the Opera plaza location.) I promise I won’t cry on you!

 

About the Author: Emmy Laybourne’s first novel, Monument 14, will be published by Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, in June 2012. The sequel, Monument 14: Sky On Fire, is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.
Emmy began her writing career as a playwright. The first play she wrote and performed was called, The Miss Alphabet City Beauty Pageant and Spelling Bee. The New York Post said it, “restores faith in our country’s comedic future.” The Daily News called it, “hilariously clever.”
Her next play, Smorgas-Bourne, landed Emmy a starring role in the Paramount feature film, Superstar, opposite Will Ferrel and Molly Shannon.
As an actress, Emmy went on to have featured roles in the films “Nancy Drew,” “The In-Laws,” and “Lucky Numbers.” She was a season regular on the NBC sitcom “DAG,” and performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. She has improvised with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits and the Heartless Floozies.
Emmy has performed original comedy material throughout LA and New York, including the song she sang with her brother, Sam, “We Can’t Make Love Because We’re Related.”
In addition to writing YA novels, Emmy is currently a Lyricist in the prestigious BMI Musical Theater
Writer’s Advanced Workshop, writing a musical called “The Midnight Princess” with composer Paul Libman.
 
Learn more about the blog tour and visit all the stops here. 
 

 

The Giveaway: Feiwel and Friends has generously donated one copy of Monument 14 to our readers with a US or Canada mailing address. To enter fill out this form.  Good luck!

The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire Blog Tour and Giveaway

07 Jun, 2012 by in Uncategorized 5 comments

Fire and Ice is pleased to announce Frank L. Cole’s newest book as part of the Cedar Fort blog tour and offer a giveaway to our readers!

by Frank L. Cole

Expected publication June 12, 2012

by Cedar Fort, Inc.

ISBN 1462110576
 
Book Summary: Just when they thought they were safe, Amber Trendon, and their classmates get yanked back into the action. With the Tebah Stick in enemy hands, Amber becomes a target, and it seems even her closest allies can’t be trusted. Now the gang will have to travel through enemy territory to protect a deadly ancient weapon that could cause the earth’s utter destruction.

This thrilling tale ups the action and doubles the danger. Bestselling author Frank L. Cole delivers an addicting read for adventurers of all ages
About this author: Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 30,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire is Frank’s 5th published book and will release this June, 2012.
You can learn more about his writing at his blog.
To enter to win a copy of Guardians of Elijah’s Fire simply comment below. Must be 13 or older and have a US mailing address.


The Most Important Catch Blog Tour and Giveaway

01 Jun, 2012 by in book giveaway, The Most Important Catch 12 comments

We have an awesome blog tour post today with an author guest post and giveaway for
The Most Important Catch
The Most Important Catch
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Paperback, 318 pages
Published by Spirit Dance Books 
March 13th 2010
ISBN 0985164808 
Book source: blog tour
5 stars
Book description:  She knew too much, and she’d seen too much. And the police refused to help. Knowing that she was to be the next scheduled death, Kelly Campbell hid under head to toe black leather and a tinted motorcycle helmet and ran for her life.

When the weather turned cold, she turned south. She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only she didn’t know that. She thought he was a businessman. Not being a huge fan, all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe with him. Or was she?

His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly, but his fame wasn’t nearly as lethal as his attraction. He kept her safe and protected. All except her heart.
 
Author Guest Post

What I Learned About Success From A Little White Hen Named LaFonduh

I have four chickens. I used to have a lot more, but a raccoon got into the pigeon fly door and committed poultryicide. It was truly awful, let me tell you. So I only four left; but they’re charming chickens. Four very pleasant hens, one white and three red, that greet us every morning, lay lovely eggs and wreak complete havoc on my flower beds.

That last isn’t a plus, by-the-way, but when you grew up in the city, you’re willing to put up with thrashed flowers to be able to have charming chickens clucking around in your yard. Which brings us to the crux of this story.

Three of the chickens are red. And three of the chickens are chicken. Not sure if the color has something to do with bravery, but the intrepid chicken is white. A little smaller than the others, the little white hen is my buddy. (My daughter named her LaFonduh–yes, after Napoleon Dynamite). Now LaFonduh The Gutty Chicken has learned to hang with me when I’m working in the garden. She is positively in the way, in a good way, waiting to pounce on worms and creatures as I dig. It’s pretty funny, actually.

The other chickens watch LaFonduh gulping down her plunder, looking on with abject envy, wishing they were brave enough to get under foot like LaFonduh. But alas, they are chickens. Lafonduh, on the other hand, sometimes has to be literally reached around because she is so in the thick of things that I can’t work. You see, LaFonduh has learned one of the greatest classic life lessons on success. She has learned to go after what she wants. To step out. To try.

I’m telling you, this is so, so, SO IMPORTANT in life. At least it has been in mine.

MAKE THEM TELL YOU NO!

So often we hesitate, for whatever reason. But the statistics prove out that a huge percentage of the time if you simply go for it, you get what you want. While, if you’re timid, a la the red chickens, someone else gets all the juicy bugs! And the juicy bugs are what life is all about, you know.

So . . . The next time you want that promotion, or agent, or flaming red Maserati, go for it. Like LaFonduh. The worst that could happen is that someone could tell you no. But you might end up looking hot in a Maserati!

Live like you believe, Jaclyn

Author bio: Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She received a Bachelor’s degree, had a career, and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the outdoors, the youth, and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.
Find Jaclyn on her website/ facebook/ twitter
Visit the rest of the blog tour stops at Lexie Book Bug
The Giveaway: Fire and Ice has one copy of The Most Important Catch to give away to our US and Canada readers. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below.

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