Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Frosted by Wendy Sparrow from Entangled Publishing (Ever After) - Interview, Review, Giveaway



Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Frosted by Wendy Sparrow from Entangled Publishing.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features an interview with Wendy, a review, and Wendy is also giving away a Blue and white Sworovski Crystal necklace in sterling silver to one lucky international winner at the end of the tour.  You can enter to win that below.  

Frosted
by Wendy Sparrow
Genre:  Contemporary Fantasy Romance Novella
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing -
(Ever After Imprint)
Published:  January 14, 2013

After falling through the ice one cold day, Kate is saved by a mysterious man named Jack and ends up marrying him. Come to find out she's committed herself to the king of winter himself. Now Kate has cold feet about their life together…and cold everything else.

She doesn't think Jack will miss her if she packs up and runs away to Colorado. After all, she's been in living in sunny Florida for seven years, and he hasn't managed to come see her. But Jack has one last chance of convincing his runaway bride to come back to him, and he won't give up until he breaks through the ice that's frosted her heart

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Interview with Wendy Sparrow, author of Frosted.

Hi Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It’s great to have you. 

It’s great to be here…while still in my camouflage pajama pants and Tasmanian devil t-shirt. All tours should be like this.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m happily married to a wonderful geek. We’re raising two geeky children who are the reason I’m a strong autism advocate. I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder…without the symptom of being clean. I was saddled with all the less helpful compulsions. I’m fueled by Mountain Dew. I like to believe in Bigfoot. And I’m a fast and prolific reader. I read 393 books last year. My goal was 366, but I couldn’t stop once I got there.

How did you come up with the idea for Frosted?

I had a dream where I saw Kate look down into a frozen puddle and see Jack—and she knew he wanted her back in his winter world and he was frustrated she was staying clear of the cold and snow. I wrote it down and stewed on it, and when the dialogue from her hotel room at that first confrontation came into my head, it was time to write it all down.

Can you tell us a little bit about Jack and Kate?

Jack Frost has all the magic an immortal could ever want. He can control the weather. He can stop time. He can make things appear when he wants them. But, of course, all the power in the world can’t make a lonely soul happy. So, when Kate falls through the ice into his world and his power, he thinks he’s found his queen and he can keep her.

Kate comes from a broken home and being kept isn’t anywhere in her plans, so she agrees to marry him as long as she can return to the mortal world. When she does, she runs as fast as she can out of the cold and his realm.

Frosted is the story of Jack Frost getting his ice queen back.     

I noticed that you have written some mystery short stories included in Mystery Times Ten 2011 and Mystery Times Nine 2012.  Do you have a favorite genre that you enjoy when writing?

Oh, holy crap, batman! Of course you’d ask me that. I haven’t even decided on an audience age yet. The only thing all my stories—all of them—have in common is a romance. I read to fall in love. If it’s not the characters falling in love then I’m reading to fall in love with them. It’s the way I can read outside my “genre.” Two of my favorite books I read last year were Ender’s Game and I, Robot. When I’m writing, though…I need that romance. I love to read about people in love. I’m not a poignant drama person. I need a happily-ever-after. My life has enough drama. So, I write Contemporary, Dystopian, Paranormal, Mystery for adults and young adults, but they’ll always find a happily-ever-after in my stories. The world needs that. I need that.

Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?

I used to be a Barney impersonator for children’s parties. (Yes, the big purple dinosaur.) I had to get out of it after it got too violent for a 105 lb. eighteen year old. I got slugged in the stomach by a bunch of teenage boys who assumed I was a dude. I had the voice down, though. That’s how I got the job. (And, no, if you ever meet me, I won’t do the voice. Probably.)

One of my OCD quirks is that I’m extremely superstitious even if I don’t actually believe in superstitions. Some part of me, my compulsive monster in the closet—well, I can’t always overpower it, and it keeps me from walking under ladders—just because I’m covering my bases. I’m drawn to prime and odd numbers. I avoid stepping on cracks. I knock on wood. I don’t believe a bit of it, but I do it. If you want to see my eye twitch, open an umbrella inside. Come on, do it…it’ll be fun.

Okay…three, huh? Okay, this probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me on Twitter, but I’m a desperate insomniac. Most nights I don’t sleep more than three or four hours, and sometimes it takes me hours to get to sleep. I see the ugly side of five a.m. pretty frequently. My husband is a drop-his-head-to-the-pillow-and-sleep sort of person. Sometimes I glare at him while he’s sleeping. He’s sleeping right now. Jerk. (No, just kidding. Mostly.)

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?

The better question would be what books haven’t? I’ve been a voracious reader my whole life and I love the magic of a well told story. If we lived in medieval times, I would be that wandering storyteller paying for room and board with stories.

My favorite books which have stood the test of time are The Plague by Albert Camus, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but this last year I read some in-freaking-credible books. I went through an Agatha Christie phase and, wow, she makes me feel shamed for attempting mystery. I finally read the Hobbit. Amazing. I read some non-fiction books too that left my brain buzzing for days. Then, I read a ton of romances that lightened my heart and made me believe in magic again.

No book I’ve ever finished has left me empty-handed, though. If it bought me a couple hours in a different world, that was valuable. If it stunk so entirely I threw it, I learned from that. Reading and writing are never wasted. And if I find that unicorn of a book—the book that makes me forget I’m reading, well, a unicorn book is worth the other hundred that just made me forget about laundry for a while.

My most recent unicorn books: Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins…umm…Oh, the Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson was brilliant. Geez, I read a lot of great books recently. 

If you know of a good book and recommend it to me on Twitter @WendySparrow, I will love you forever. Or at least for a day.

Oh, wow, sorry, I’ve written a novel right here. Books are like that for me. Stories are in my soul.

What are your current projects?

This year is going to be the year of revision. I have several projects to revise including some for Entangled—so look for more happily-ever-afters from me soon.

If you had to sum up Frosted in a tweet, what would it say?

Seven years ago, Kate fell through the ice and into Jack Frost's world. She escaped but he's determined to melt his ice queen's heart.

This or That:

E-books or print copies?
  
Ebooks. This is bizarre and awkward, but my OCD makes me dislike the feel, smell, and visual of paper. It feels tainted straight from the printer. Crazy, huh? A writer who can’t touch paper. It’s embarrassing. Don’t tell anyone. Anyway, I have definitely fully embraced Ebooks.

Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter! Twitter every day and then twice on Sunday. If I’m not on Twitter, send out a search party because I’m lost somewhere.

Coffee, tea, or Coke?

None! Hot chocolate. Good hot chocolate. The kind of hot chocolate you can only find in cold climates where they’ve perfected it. And, yes, whipped cream! Crap, did you really think stiffing me on whipped cream was okay? No! A girl needs her whipped cream.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark chocolate. I like my chocolate to have bite. It’s got to be on the verge of 80% and about to bite me back before it’s too dark.

Thanks for having me…and, remember, that whole paper thing is our little secret. 

LOL - your paper secret is safe with me Wendy.  Thanks so much for being here today.  I really enjoyed talking with you.  

My Review:  Jack Frost, I've always loved him, and in Wendy Sparrow's novella Frosted, you get to look at Jack from a whole new perspective......a grown-up one.  After falling through the ice Kate finds herself in a fantasy world with Jack Frost, and ends up marrying him, becoming his queen.  She cares for him, but isn't really sure she wants to be in this magical place, at least not forever.  He agrees to let her go back to the mortal word to "put her affairs in order," giving her 2 years to return.  Kate, fearful of commitment, runs to Florida to get as far away from Jack and the cold weather as possible.  Though she gets away from the cold weather, she can't stop feeling cold all the time, and she sure can't stop Jack from visiting her in her dreams every night, and despite the cold, what happens in her dreams is very hot.  What Wendy doesn't know is that  her running away has affected the balance in Jack's winter kingdom, and if he doesn't get her back soon, all will be lost.  Jack reverts to some covert mortal methods to get Wendy back, but will he be able to do it in time, convincing her that he does really love her and she belongs with him?

Frosted is a fast-paced and fun contemporary romantic fantasy that is the perfect fairy tale for grown-up girls.  I liked the fact that Wendy Sparrow combined the contemporary element with fantasy, still maintaining the "magic" of Jack Frost, while adding the modern day romance feeling to it.  I enjoyed seeing Jack Frost all grown up, and despite his name and the "coldness" that it represents, Jack is quite the hottie, which was really nice.  I especially enjoyed the "icy-hot" sizzle that was incorporated into the story.  For all of you big girls who still love fairy tales, and also love contemporary romance, Frosted is a fun, sexy little novella you might enjoy checking out.

Read chapter one here

A bit about Wendy Sparrow:
At home in the Pacific Northwest, Wendy Sparrow writes for both an adult and young adult crowd. She has two wonderfully quirky kids, a supportive husband, and a perpetually messy house because writing is more fun than cleaning. She enjoys reading with a flashlight under a blanket—the way all the best books should be read—and believes in the Oxford comma, the pursuit of cupcakes, and that every story deserves a happily ever after. Most days she can be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks back, and occasionally just to herself.

Wendy can be reached at the following:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Blog  |  Goodreads

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16 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really cute read and one I really need to check out!

    Thanks for the giveaway and for bringing this to my attention Ellen! :)

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  2. I'm loving the sound of this one! I haven't read a book that features Jack Frost as a leading man:) I can't believe she got punched in the stomach as Barney! Who does that? Even if they had thought it was a guy, you shouldn't go around punching people in the stomach, giant purple dinosaur padding or no :)

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    1. I know, right? I was in a parade in Utah in hundred degree weather and suffering from heat stroke at the time. A group of guys jumped from the sides and gut-punched me while laughing and yelling, "We got him!" I also got tackled and someone tried to pull my head off at a children's hospital fundraiser.

      Odd that the most dangerous job I've ever had...was as a purple dinosaur.

      Oh, and the inside of that costume reeked by the end of a hot summer day and I'd end up dehydrated from how much I'd sweat.

      Good money, though. It just wasn't worth it when I needed hazard pay. It ain't no picnic. I look at mascots and just shudder a little.

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  3. Oh I really like Wendy already! Wendy you need to read Misty Provencher! All her books are amazing but I suggest reading Cornerstone first. I LOVE her!
    And yay for the PNW! I live here too!
    This book sounds really good! Fairytales for adults are always fun!

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    1. I'm adding that to my To-be-read list--it's even free--that's like a double score!!! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. What a great post!! (Barney - lol) I really like the sound of this book - a great and unique concept. Thank you for sharing and for the lovely review!

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  5. Thanks for the fun post! THis sounds fantastic! Definitely going to have to add this to my want list :)

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  6. I love learning new things about authors and I really love finding new books! I'm definitely adding this book to my TBR shelf! Wendy, I'm just like you in the whole couldn't stop at your reading goal thing! Last year my goal was 200 but I ended up reading around 320. I devour books like crazy! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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    1. It's hard to stop once you're in a reading groove. I was going to spend more time writing and less time reading, but I might be on track to read over 300 again this year.

      I love books. I'm so glad my parents got me hooked on something so wonderfully addicting.

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  7. Sounds great! Strange about the OCD. My sister has a milder case of OCD, and she's forever tidying up and cleaning. I, uh, don't have that need :D

    And that is one pretty necklace. :)

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    1. My mother has OCD and she is extremely neat and things have to match. We have very different symptoms and I think hers is more obvious when it comes to symptoms, but mine is far more severe. OCD symptoms vary so much and so many people with OCD hide it so the average age that someone is diagnosed...is 28. I finally came out and admitted I had it at 28 when my daughter was diagnosed with it. I didn't want her growing up thinking she had to hide symptoms like I did.

      It would be handy at times to be a neat freak, but I don't need any more compulsions. (We're all full up on crazy.)

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  8. ilike the guy on the page he stand out did you make any of the bookmark of the book cover

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    1. I didn't. It's only available in ebooks, so I decided to wait until I had a print book out for bookmarks. It would be kind of nifty to have Jack Frost peeking out at you from your book, though, wouldn't it? : )

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  9. I agree -- the world needs happily-ever-afters.

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