From the publisher…
Welcome to the Frozen blog tour! We at Penguin are thrilled to introduce the first book in the Heart of Dread series by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. Follow along on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the next three weeks as Mel and Mike share their thoughts on everything from the end of the world to romantic partnerships they love (other than their own, of course!).
I couldn’t be more excited than I am right now to be a part of the FROZEN Blog Tour. I’ve long been a fan of Melissa de la Cruz and her Blue Bloods series and now, after reading today’s guest post, I am an official fan of her husband Michael Johnston.
I don’t think I could have been given a more perfect post for the blog. Ever since I was a child I have been in love with Frank Herbert’s Dune books. While I may have read them when I was a few years younger than the author was, I was just as affected by them and became very aware of water waste because of those books.
Knowing the author’s mindset as he wrote FROZEN has definitely changed how I’m looking at the story as I read it. Which reminds me, I want to get back to doing just that, so let me turn the blog over to Author Michael Johnston.
Oh, and if you’d like to read a little bit more about the authors and their love of fantasy and all things DUNE, check out this article on The Huffington Post.
by Michael Johnston
I first read Frank Herbert’s Dune in the summer after sixth grade. His story of a planet bereft of water had a huge effect on me. For years I made certain to turn off the faucet while putting soap on my hands or toothpaste on the brush. The effect faded after a few years, but never disappeared. I still feel a twitch when I see a running faucet, thinking of the stillsuits worn by the Fremen. Their suits recycled the human body’s moisture—all of the human’s body’s moisture—nothing was wasted. They collected water from the wind, from the dead, and from their own bodies. They considered tears and spit wasteful. Fremen conservation may seem a bit overboard, but it illustrated Herbert’s point wonderfully: water is precious—we shouldn’t waste it.
I wrote FROZEN in a similar mindset. There is no explicit message, I don’t tell the reader what to think about a particular issue, but when they read the novel, when the reader observes our characters, Nat and Wes, stumbling through garbage country, or navigating the trashberg-infested ocean, I hope they feel a little bit like I did when I read Dune. I hope it makes them think twice about the little things. That’s why we read, to think more deeply about our everyday habits.
From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.
Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
Series: Heart of Dread, Book One
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
About the Authors
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, and the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series. She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Michael Johnston is Melissa de la Cruz’s husband and co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series, and the co-author of the Wolf Pact series.
Melissa and Michael collaborate in every capacity in crafting their books, from plot outlines to character sketches and dialogue, from first draft to final polish. They have a daughter and live in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
The Tour Schedule
A giveaway was not included as part of the tour but I wanted to support the authors and their new book, so I decided to add one in.
What’s Up for Grabs
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