Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Frost Launch Party!

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison is released today! I have a special guest post today from Kate Avery Ellison to celebrate! Check out the rest of the blogs taking part in the launch party here!

Book description:
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person might 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 weather and threat of monster attacks, or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and treachery 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 man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable. 

She saves his life. 

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in serious trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel, and her village has nothing to do with them. 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 her 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 each move she makes puts her in greater danger. Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Top Ten List From Kate Avery Ellison

1. Favorite movie/actor/actress? I’m a total sci fi geek, so of course I love the Star Wars trilogy. Another one of my favorites is The Man from Snowy River. It’s an old horse movie filmed in Australia. Finally, just saw The Hunger Games last weekend and it was incredible! I think they did a marvelous job adapting the book to the big screen. It’s probably in my top 5 favorite movies now.

2. Favorite song/singer? “Carnival of Rust” by Poets of the Fall is one of my favorite songs. I’ve also recently fallen in love with the song “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran.

3. Favorite place you would love to visit? Either New Zealand (Middle Earth!!) or this really cool place in Scotland called The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. It’s only open to the public one day of the year, and it looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. It’s on my bucket list.

4. One item you cannot live without? Currently, my laptop! I do all of my writing, all of my business-related stuff, and most of my socializing with it. It holds all my manuscripts, music, and pictures.

5. Who would you like to meet? (dead or alive) Hmm. I would love to meet Flannery O’Connor (dead), since her magnificent stories inspired me to be a writer back when I was a teen. But I’d also love to hang out with author Maureen Johnson (alive) for a day. She is HILARIOUS.

6. Favorite hobby? Piano. I play by ear and make up songs. I can’t read music to save my life, though.

7. Guilty pleasure? I like to dance to incredibly cheesy pop songs while singing loudly. Also, I spend way too much time on social networking sites.

8. Favorite author and/book? Tough one! I am torn between naming Robin McKinley or Megan Whalen Turner as my favorite author (at least in the YA category). They’ve both had such an influence on my writing. I’ll go with both, and name a book from each—The Blue Sword by RM and The King of Attolia by MWT.

9. Do you collect anything? Dust, because I rarely clean my house. I’m too busy writing (or let’s be honest, tweeting).

10. Favorite color? The teal-blue color of tropical water, closely followed orange or dark purple.

About the author:

I've been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I'm thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I'm not writing, I spend my time gardening, composing music, and... look, who am I kidding? I spend most of my time tweeting, reading funny blogs, and watching TV. I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA. 

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