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July 23, 2012

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison Blog Tour -- Guest Post + Giveaway!


Where do I like to write? Whenever I’m asked this question, I wish I could describe a glamorous writing destination where I craft my stories in some hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, or an ivy-covered library shaded by ancient oak trees. I wish I could talk about how I sip tea and look demure and mysterious while scribbling in one of those pretty cloth-bound journals (and if we’re concocting a fantasy here, then my handwriting is perfect, too).

However, my handwriting is atrocious and I hardly ever frequent coffee shops or look demure. I mostly bang away at my computer at home—in bed—while makeup-less, unshowered, and clad in ratty pajamas. I have this thick, comfortable memory foam mattress topper, and I like to wake up, grab my laptop, and get straight to work. I often only move to get some coffee or grab a granola bar. (Note to self: granola in the bed is a bad idea. The crumbs get everywhere and then they tickle.)

My other writing place is a little more unusual. I’ve been trying to decrease the time I spend sitting while upping my daily exercise. I looked into buying a fancy “treadmill desk,” but those price tags made me wince and clutch my wallet in terror, so I had to brainstorm another solution. In the end, I turned my ordinary treadmill into a desk by laying an Ikea Lack shelf across the hand bars and setting my laptop on it. Tada! Instant walking desk. And it’s actually a really neat way to get some exercise while using my computer. My treadmill even has speakers that I can plug my laptop into so I can play music at the same time. I’m comfortable walking at about 3 MPH while I write or surf the web.

It’s not quite a romantic coffee shop, but at least it gets the job done, and I can get my exercise in at the same time!

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About Frost...

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?


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  1. I have so many favorite books it's crazy, but I would have to say my favorite is all the books in the Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis.

  2. I don't have a favorite book. I like so many. A couple of my favorite reads so far this year have been a YA EVERY OTHER DAY and Joan Swan's FEVER.

  3. I dont have any favorite, but if I had to choose i'd go with the house of night books.

  4. I don't have a favorite book or you can say that my favorite is the last one that I'm reading, so, right now, it's "Donde siempre es Otoño" by Ángeles Ibirika.

  5. I don't have a favorite book. Choosing only one book would be impossible!

  6. I have too many favorite books lol
    But, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was one of the best
    vampire/dystopians ever :D

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  7. One of my favorite books is The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie. I've read it two or three times. I don't re-read books much b/c I have so many to read!

  8. That is a very inventive idea with the treadmill...I would think it would be hard to type, though, with your hands jumping around while you walk. What a great idea, though!!!

    My favoirte books are any of the Harry Potters!

  9. My favorite book would be Fablehaven. I love magic. :)
    This is Natasha I. by the way.

  10. I don't really have a favorite book because I've read so many great ones, and there are so many more that will become favorites. But two books that I loved are Cherie Priest's Bloodshot and Hellbent.

  11. I have too many to name. My favorite book so far this year has been Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock :)

  12. Hmm... maybe Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  13. Been wanting to read this so bad. GORGEOUS cover!!!

    1. Oh, and my fav. book is the Harry Potter series. Probably the first one. :)

  14. I don't know how you can type while running on the treadmill. The only thing I can do is think this sucks soooo bad!

    My favorite book is The Book Thief.

  15. I have a lot of favorite books, it's just impossible to choose that one perfect book above others. But I think the book I've re-read the most is Catching Fire (Hunger Games 2) by Suzanne Collins.

  16. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is a fantastic book!

  17. I have so many favorites! I book I really really love though is The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

  18. i dont have a single favorite book, i've read too many!

  19. I jave been wanting to read this ever since i saw it the first time. the cover is so cool. just like its name frost. The cover means alot to me and the title when choosing a book to read. my fav book is Thirst by pike thanks joannie sparks jscddmj [at] aol [dot] com

  20. Fav book is THE WICHERLY WOMAN by Ross Macdonald. He's the one who got me interested in reading and writing mysteries.

  21. no fav at the moment - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  22. From my childhood, nothing took me away more than The Nancy Drew Mysteries. I was a sleuth right beside her. I wish books could do the same now!!

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  24. I read so many books it's hard to choose just one but I love the Tairen Soul Series by C.L Wilson. I too write in the ratty pajamas while laying on my couch with music blasting!! Can't wait to read this one. Sounds awesome.


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