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FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour: Guest Post by Sara Raasch + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be today’s stop on the FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series and I can hardly wait for next Tuesday to roll around so that everyone will get the chance to find out what’s next…

…and discover the incredibleamazingawesomemustreadohemgee scene that Author Sara Raasch talks about in her guest post.

Though I hope everyone will read it as they come to it versus skipping ahead – oh the temptation! – as it is a *few* chapters in.

Anyway…

If you haven’t yet discovered this series, information on each of the books is below. If you are as excited for FROST LIKE NIGHT’s release next week be sure to check out the guest post.

And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of FROST LIKE NIGHT scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.

The tour continues through next week, so if you’d like to peek at a few reviews, interviews and guest posts click the links in the schedule at the end of this post, which will be updated throughout the tour.


About FROST LIKE NIGHT

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Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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The Guest Post

Favorite and Most Challenging Scene in the Series to Write (and Why)…

by Sara Raasch

While I was trying to come up with a response to this prompt, I had a list of about a dozen different scenes. I realized they were all either my favorite or most challenging for very different reasons: my favorite battle scene, my favorite relationship scene; my most challenging action scene, my most challenging political scene. But the thing they all had in common was that they were on this list because they were the culmination of three books of emotions and planning and sweat and tears, which makes pretty much every word of FROST LIKE NIGHT both my favorite and most challenging, which doesn’t help me at all in answering this prompt.

Indecisive, thy name is Sara.

So instead I asked myself “What scene would lovely reader-fans most want to hear about?”

And, of course, the answer was “THE KISSING SCENE DUH.”

If you read any of my interviews, I keep teasing about Chapter 21 when people ask me for my favorite part of FROST LIKE NIGHT. But, yeah, it’s twenty-one chapters into the book, so HELLA SPOILERS YO, but I will try to go into specifics that avoid said evil spoilers.

Chapter 21 comes during the “happy lull” between moments of battle and chaos and pain.

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I mean, look how much book is still left after it! Ya know shit gonna get BAD.

It is, like all the scenes in FLN, the culmination of three books of build up. So I knew going in that it had to be worthy of that, which instantly made it challenging—but it was still a kissing scene, which instantly made it fun.

So to get in the proper frame of mind to write this challenging fun kissing scene, I referred to my all time favorite character romance build up: Zutara.

The Zutara (Zuko + Katara from the Avatar: The Last Airbender) fandom has been freaking amazing at filling in the gaps of what should have been the most satisfying couple resolution in cinematic history (exaggerating, much? NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, ZUTARA IS LIFE). So where the show sadly broke my heart, there is an endless stream of wonderful Zutara fanfiction to quench my fangirl needs.

And, as research for Chapter 21, I read as much of it as I could.

(Being a writer can be a really tough job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it.)

Zuko and Katara’s relationship (and payoff, in the fanfictions, at least) portrayed the emotions and tension that I wanted to show in Chapter 21. They’re both extremely capable and powerful people, and they recognize that in each other, so their relationship is one of equality and balance. They’ve been torn apart and forced back together again by war. They’ve both suffered intense loss and understand each other on a level even they might not be able to name.

They just fit, and it always makes their fanfictions immensely gratifying.

I’m equal parts nervous and excited for everyone to read Chapter 21 now, because KISSING YAY but also PRESSURE OMG. If I can pull off even one-tenth of the emotion that Zutara fanfiction encapsulates, I’ll consider it a success.

[And because, I mean, I can’t very well talk about Zutara fanfiction so much without giving you guys some links to my favorites (though be warned, these all contain, ahem, mature content):

Agni’s Fever by SongofHopeandHonor (http://archiveofourown.org/works/973278

Walk of Shame by SongofHopeandHonor (http://archiveofourown.org/works/1170482) (I don’t know who SongofHopeandHonor is but I’m in love with them)

The Fifth Column by Incognito (http://archiveofourown.org/works/252566)

Sparrowkeet by audreyii_fic (http://archiveofourown.org/works/830028)

Enjoy ]


About Sara Raasch

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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.

She is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA fantasy trilogy SNOW LIKE ASHES and the YA fantasy Stream Raiders series (2017). Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

If you wanna see her freak out, mention Assassin’s Creed, Zutara, Jelsa, or Captive Prince.

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Other Books in the Series

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

Description…

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.

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Title & Series: ICE LIKE FIRE (Snow Like Ashes #2)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • THREE (3) winners will receive a signed copy of FROST LIKE NIGHT – US Only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Sept. 12th | Young Adult At Heart – Interview

Sept. 13th | Reviews from a Bookworm – Review

Sept. 14th | Fiktshun – Guest Post

Sept. 15th | Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review

Sept. 16th | The Cover Contessa – Interview

Week Two

Sept. 19th | Quartzfeather – Review

Sept. 20th | Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Guest Post

Sept. 21st | Bookish Lifestyle – Review

Sept. 22nd | Two Chicks on Books – Interview

Sept. 23rd | Mundie Moms – Review

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