SNOW LIKE ASHES Blog Tour: ‘First Lines’ Guest Post + Giveaway


SNOW LIKE ASHES released yesterday and I hope by now that everyone stopping by for my tour stop on the SNOW LIKE ASHES Blog Tour already has their copy in hand and has read it. It is my favorite debut novel of the year – and one of my top ten favorite novels of the year – and though I read it ages ago – back in May – I am still madly in love with it.

And while I haven’t yet, since I just got my finished copy yesterday, I definitely plan on re-reading it again in the next few weeks. Yeah, it was that fan-freaking-tastic.


I have an awesome guest post from Author Sara Raasch in which she shares some of the original first lines from her novel (formerly known as GIVING LIGHT). I happen to think the line she chose to start her book (and series) is perfect. So I’m kind of glad that those other lines didn’t work out. I also am in love with her book’s title… its characters… the plot… the writing…. Every. Single. Thing. About. It. I love all of it.

And I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I’ve been waiting for nearly five months already. The wait is killing me.

Well, enough about how much I adore this book and how anxious I am for the sequel. Sara Raasch’s post is much more interesting and fun to read. And so I’m going to stop rambling so that you can read it.

Then, if for some reason you haven’t yet heard about this amazing book, be sure to check out its description and add it to your Goodreads shelf. And if you’d like to enter the tour-wide giveaway for some SNOW LIKE ASHES swag, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter form.

The tour ends in a couple of days, but if you’d like to read a few reviews and interviews and a couple of other guest posts, the schedule with links to all the stops is at the bottom of this post.

Now, without any further ado, let me turn the blog over to Sara Raasch so she can share those former first lines from SLA.

The Guest Post

The various first lines that the different versions of SNOW LIKE ASHES has had over the years

Many of you know that I wrote the first draft of SLA when I was twelve-ish. Since then, it has gone through a few major overhauls, leaving me with a plethora of first lines. Let’s explore these lines in yet another self-deprecating adventure, shall we?

*drum roll*

“This war reminded Duncan of the fairy tales he used to tell his children, except for one unavoidable difference.”

This was the first line of the first draft of SLA (then titled GIVING LIGHT).

Meh. Duncan has since been reduced to a very minor side character (poor former king of Winter, he didn’t do anything wrong), not to mention the world building issues that mentioning “fairy tales” brings up. Do they even have FAIRIES in this world? Um, no. Why would they call their made-up stories fairy tales then? Oh, preteen Sara, you left a nice little mess for me to clean up.

“Once upon a time, in the desolate world of Primoria, there was a kingdom known to all for its beauty and majesty.”

The first line of the next draft of SLA was…not much better. Vague, much? Though there is something classy about starting a story with “once upon a time.”

“I will be a soldier today and no one will stop me.”

Fast-forward to last year, when I underwent an excruciating attempt to shove a prologue onto the beginning of SLA. This attempt left me with a pile of now-retired prologues, but one rather badass opening line.

I liked it enough that every prologue started with this line. Which may have been why they all flopped. DON’T RUIN MY ILLUSION.


Which brings me to here and now, with the real, final, end-all first line of SNOW LIKE ASHES. And that first line, the line that descended from all these other lines, the line that holds an entire book upon its hinges, is none other than one word. One action, even. Short and sweet, not unlike the MC, Meira.

Thanks for having me, Rachel!

About Snow Like Ashes


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Title: SNOW LIKES ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


About Sara Raasch


Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.


The Giveaway


This tour comes with an awesome giveaway for…

  • FOUR WINNERS will receive a SNOW LIKE ASHES Swag Pack – two postcards, two bookmarks, SLA buttons, and a bag of instant snow

Giveaway is US ONLY.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Oct. 6th – Bookish – Interview

Oct. 7th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review

Oct. 8th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

Oct. 9th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

Oct. 10th – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview

Week Two

Oct. 13th – Fiction Freak – Review

Oct. 14th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

Oct. 15th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

Oct. 16th – Icey Books – Review

Oct. 17th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post


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