Book Bloggers Appreciation Week

It’s Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, and as an author who has been on at least 6 book blog tours within the last 3 months (whew!), I truly appreciate connecting with and meeting all the book bloggers who’ve reviewed my books. I have to admit, going on book blog tours have been a new experience for me. The tour directors like Dorothy, Yan, and Drea have been awesome, and I know they’re out there to truly help people discover more books.

Well…to show an appreciation for all book bloggers during Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, here’s a contest. It’s simple. Sign up for this blog during September 13 through September 30, and get entered to win a copy of Bitter Frost and Forever Frost and a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Mothers and Daughters are Reading Bitter Frost, PULSE, and even The Phantom Diaries Together!

When I first set out to write edgy books for teens and young adults, the audience I had in mind for these books were age 14 and up.  I really didn’t anticipate my books to be read together by teen girls and their mothers.  I did intend for these books to open up discussion, sometimes on very sensitive topics like dating, sex, friendships, bullying, and stress for teens and even for young women in their 20s. 

In my own life, as someone who constantly gives advice to women of all ages about relationships, careers, and life choices; I find it natural for me to extend that into my fiction writing.   I don’t necessarily give the answers in my fiction books, but I do touch on them, and expect readers (who want to go further) to discuss the discussion questions with each other, to open a line of communication about some of these sensitive topics. 

I’ve received emails from readers saying how much these edgy teen books have helped bridge the gap between the generations, especially mother and daughter.  Mothers, Grandmothers even, who love Twilight, have written me to tell me how they enjoyed reading Bitter Frost and even The Phantom Diaries just like their 16 to 17-year-old daughters and granddaughters.   After reading Phantom Diaries (a younger young adult take on the classic Phantom of the Opera), young ladies are beginning to read the classic Phantom of the Opera.

Am I surprised by this?  Actually no, but it’s always interesting how things work out.  Being a mother of a daughter (who will be a teenager in a few years) myself, I do tend to write and structure my YA and even my tween books in a way so it will be a social learning tool, as well as an entertaining read.

So, here’s a great review of The Phantom Diaries from a young reader, whose mother recommended the book to her:

http://www.yousaytoo.com/review-of-the-phantom-diaries-by-kailin-gow/310947

If you’re a mother/grandmother-daughter book reading team with a great story about reading The Frost Series, PULSE, The Phantom Diaries, or any other book of mine, send an email with your story to:  theedgebooks(at)yahoo(dot)com.  We’d love to hear from you, and you will be entered to win a free autographed copy or ARC of the next book in the series. 

 

Jack Frost and Prince Caspian – Character Study for Prince Kian

I’ve been on several blog tours lately, especially for – Bitter Frost, the first of the Frost Series, and the question all authors get is:  what are your inspirations?  The Frost Series is a five-book series about human love being stronger than fairy magic, a story about a half-human, half-fairy girl who is intended to marry her enemy, the Winter Prince.  It’s a series about growing up, about relationships, falling in love for the first time, and rising up to the challenges of life and destiny.

It’s funny how inspirations come to people.  My muse came in the form of an actor and a children’s fairy tale and lore.   I know you may have a different actor in mind when it comes to Prince Kian, but when I first saw Ben Barnes in Chronicles of Narnia as Prince Caspian (the Chronicles of Narnia Disney film made in 2008), I wanted to write a series about fairies, strong fairies who flitted back and forth through our world (or as I call it The Land Beyond the Crystal River) and their magical world (Fairyland or Feyland).  And as those of you who follow me on Goodreads know, I’m a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, especially of his The Chronicles of Narnia series.

My Muse for Prince Kian - "Kian was pale, pale like snow. His eyes were icy blue, with just a hint of silver flecked around the irises; his hair was so black that ink itself would drown in it." - Bitter Frost

But because he’s a fairy prince, he has a stronger presence, muscular frame with broad shoulders and deadly arms that can wield a 50 pound sword, easily slicing through his opponents.

Another inspiration for The Frost Series is the legend of Jack Frost, the Winter Prince, himself.  From the Rankin-Bass animated version of Jack Frost, I loved the story of the immortal Winter Prince, Jack Frost, falling in love with a mortal woman, and wanting to become mortal to be with her.  Watching this animated version of Jack Frost in the late 1970s up to now when I show this video to my little 4-year-old, it was the first time I’ve come across an immortal being (one familiar to both children and adults around the world) who wanted to give up his immortality to be with a mortal woman.  It was the first time Jack had to fight his own elven/fairy magic to follow his heart’s desire.

Jack Frost - The Story of The Winter Prince falling in love with a Human Girl

Wonder Why Kian is the way he is…so arrogant, cool, and incredibly beautiful? – Look at his mother – The Snow Queen (or The Winter Queen in The Frost Series)

From Fairy Lore and Legend of Denmark:

The Snow Queen (aka The Winter Queen, aka Prince Kian’s mother) – according to fairy lore from Denmark, the Snow Queen is as dazzling and beautiful as snowflakes and ice crystals.  She lives in the Arctic and has the power to entice mortal men to follow her, but to be loved by her, to be kissed by her, would mean instant death.   Prince Kian, her son, has this same loveliness and attractiveness.  The kiss he shares with Breena can be fatal to her, as he is the Winter Queen’s son.

 

Will Breena survive Prince Kian’s kiss?

For more discussion questions on Bitter Frost, you can visit my publisher’s site and download the questions at:  theEDGEbooks.com or visit the Discussion Questions page here (it’s coming up, I swear.)

Until next time…happy dreams!

And for those of you who know me as the author of the Fairy Rose Chronicles (from 2003), written under another name, Feyland first originated in this tween book series that was briefly published.  Some of the characters from the Fairy Rose Chronicles make an appearance in the FROST Series. But this was before Prince Kian, Logan, and Breena’s story evolved. As there are many fairy references to Winter and Summer (as in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night), the Fairy Rose Chronicles also runs with the idea of Winter vs. Summer fey.