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January 2018

See Jeaniene, chat about your favorite characters, ask questions, and get your books/ebook covers/whatever signed at these 2018 events!

Appollycon in Arlington, Virginia on March 23rd and 24th. In addition to the Titan signing on Friday and the mass group signing on Saturday, if you’re a Titan pass holder, you can also see me at 10:00 on the Adult Paranormal, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy panel. 

Shameless Book Con in Orlando, Florida from October 19th and 2oth. I don’t think their schedule is up yet, but I’ll be at the main mass signing at least, and possibly more places. 

Mirrored from Frost Light.

Happy New Year and best of 2017 lists

Wow, December flew by! That's probably because there are quite a few birthdays that month for my family, plus my anniversary (25 years!) and of course, Christmas and New Year's. As predicted in my previous post, I have blown both my diet and my budget. Which one will be easier to fix? Time will tell, heh. 

It feels like everyone has done a "Best of 2017" list, so I decided that, even though it's officially 2018 now, I'd chime in with mine. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite reads during 2017. There aren't many titles because I found myself in a reading slump this past year. I would start books that were perfectly good, but I just couldn't summon the enthusiasm to keep reading. I've been a book lover since I was ten, so this sucked, to be blunt. I'm happy to say that my reading slump seems to be over now, so I am eyeing my To Be Read pile with happy anticipation instead of dread. 

That disclaimer aside, here are my favorite reads from 2017: 

Stillhouse Lake & Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

The first five novels of the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

The Scarlett Falls series by Melinda Leigh

And here are some of my favorite new TV shows from 2017. You'll note that they range from sweet, quirky and heartwarming (Kevin Probably Saves The World) to over-the-top violent with a side of the fantastical deranged (Happy!). Side note: those two descriptions pretty much sums up my mood swings for the year, heh.

That disclaimer aside, here are my favorite new TV shows of 2017:

The Gifted

Happy!

Kevin Probably Saves The World

Superstition

Lethal Weapon

The Orville

Ghost Wars

People of Earth

Ghosted

Now, it's back to work for me, which in this case is plugging away at Shades of Wicked, the first Night Rebel (Ian and Veritas) novel. No pre-order links yet, but once I have them I'll post them everywhere. Of course, it wouldn't surprise me if readers find those first. You guys usually beat my publisher to the punch when it comes to telling me about those. Either way, happy New Year to you! Hope 2018 brings a lot of good things your way :).

Holiday smiles and stresses

Ah, December, the month when both diets and budgets regularly get blown. I might not be done with all my Christmas shopping yet, but I've got all my decorations up, at least. Last year, I didn't decorate at all because we were in the middle of selling one house in order to buy another, and I was very stressed because (1) if House A's sale fell through, then we wouldn't be able to buy House B, (2) our lease was almost up, so if House A didn't sell, we'd also have to find a new rental house to live in, or be locked into another year's lease, and (3) it was the first anniversary of my mother's death and seeing all the Christmas stuff just reminded me of how depressed I'd felt taking it down after getting back from her funeral the prior year (she had died over the holidays.) 

This December, however, we are in our new house, and since time heals all wounds, Christmas decorations no longer give me bad memories of my mother's death. So, I've put up all my decorations and our tree is up, too. Since I can never decide whether I want multi-colored lights or white lights on the tree, I of course picked the lights that change slowly back and forth from multi-colored to white - victory for my fickle nature! 

But since no holiday season can be stress-free, all is not variety lights and pretty decorations at Casa Frost. In addition to the normal chaos, last week my dog Gypsy miscalculated a jump onto the furniture and blew out her back knee. Since she'll be 14 in two months and she has other health issues, plus it would require an intensive 6 month post-surgical recovery period, surgery isn't advisable to repair it. So, we can do nothing except give Gypsy pain meds and anti-flammants, block off all the furniture because she STILL wants to  jump on it even though she can barely hobble, keep her secluded to the family room/bedroom to limit her mobility, and wait for her leg to heal on its own. She still might end up with a permanent limp. We're hoping not, but if that happens, Gypsy can add it to her scarred eyes due to multiple surgeries to remove corneal ulcers, the scar on her face to remove a thankfully-benign lump, and various other healed injuries that all serve to prove she's a tough little canine. Here she is, posing by some of my aforementioned Christmas decorations:



I'm sure I'll blog again before the end of the year, but until then, hope your December is filled with far more smiles than stresses :).

The Brightest Embers is here!

As the subject line says, THE BRIGHTEST EMBERS, the third and final novel in the Broken Destiny series, is now here!

You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide… 

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she’s determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave—there’s probably no coming back from this one. 

Adrian’s dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they’ve endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they’ll face… 

I was so flattered to see that Goodreads chose THE BRIGHTEST EMBERS as one of the Romance Best Books of the Month for November. I don't recall any of my other novels getting this, so allow me a squee, readers :). 

Romantic Times had this to say:  The conclusion to Frost’s Broken Destiny trilogy is, by far, the strongest of the lot and the most fulfilling. There’s been a great deal of thought and care put into the complexity of this world, and it all comes together here in an emotional burst of action, mythology and romance. It’s saying something when the reader comes to care — really care — about the characters, even a monstrous gargoyle with a penchant for raw meat. The ending is unexpected, and is a fitting farewell to Ivy and Adrian.” 4 Stars.

And Chelsea from Vampire Book Club said: "Nonstop adventure with fights that literally bring down the roof down and the kind of romance scenes that you'll want to bookmark for re-reads on cold nights. 5 stars." (full review here)

Once again, squee, squee, squee!

Ahem. Okay, I'll try to wrap this up in a professional way, heh. So, in closing, let me say that I'm so glad to finally be able to share Ivy and Adrian's final story you and I hope you love it. Thank you for going on this journey with them, readers.

You can pick up your copy of THE BRIGHTEST EMBERS at these places or your favorite retailer: 
Amazon | B & N | Book Depository | iBooks | IndieBound | Powells

Also available in audio, read by the fabulous Tavia Gilbert

Audible, Downpour, iTunes or your favorite audio retailer.

And if you haven't seen it before, here is the official book trailer:

 

Special Halloween chat with giveaways

As I mentioned in my last post, I'll be doing a special chat on Halloween (October 31st) to celebrate the 10 year publication anniversary of my very first novel, Halfway to the Grave. I now have a time for this chat. It will be from 3pm - 4pm EST. During this chat, I'll be giving away some books, some gift cards, AND posting some lines from the upcoming first Night Rebel novel (Ian & Veritas). So, if you want to hang out, possibly win some stuff, get a sneak peek at Ian's upcoming book, and ask me some questions, please join me on Halloween from 3 - 4pm EST. You can find me on Twitter at @Jeaniene_Frost or at this link: https://twitter.com/Jeaniene_Frost

As you can see, Loki has his pumpkin and he is ready to help out with this chat 

Hi everyone! First, thanks for all the Ian pic recommendations. I've sent my favorites to my editor. I'll admit: she and I both agreed that combing through many, many, MANY pics of hot guys both from my website blog and the 400+ comments on my Facebook page was a lot more fun than our normal "work" ;). 

But let's jump from hotties to horror, shall we? It's the later part of October, or as I like to call it, Candy and Horror Movie season. I've been a fan of horror movies all the way back to my childhood, when I would sneak to watch them after my parents fell asleep. Since sharing is caring, here are some of my favorites. I tried to keep this list to mostly movies from the past 20 years since if I went all the way back to my first horror loves, I'd be dating myself in a big way, heh. Without further ado, here they are: 

The Babysitter (2017)


The Scream series


Trick r Treat


Tucker and Dale vs Evil


Occulus


It (2017)


Jeepers Creepers 2


Jennifer's Body


The Ring


Paranormal Activity


It Follows


Get Out


The Conjuring


Sinister


28 Days Later


Alien vs Predator


Shaun of the Dead


Friday the 13th 1, 2, and Jason X


Halloween H20


 


And we can't forget the TV shows, right? Here are some of those. Again, as with movie favorites, I know I'm probably missing a few because my memory sucks. Plus, I don't count paranormal shows as "horror," so you won't see paranormal favorites like iZombie, The Originals, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf or Supernatural here. Honestly, Stan Against Evil probably doesn't below because it's more funny than scary, but I love it so much, I had to list it ;). Or, to quote bff Ilona Andrews' recent Tweet to me: "Stan Against Evil. Hulu. Do it!"


The Strain


Stan Against Evil


Penny Dreadful


Stranger Things


Apparitions (check)


American Horror Story (seasons 1 and 3 ONLY)


 


Instead of my usual binge-watching horror movies/shows while munching on my favorite candies, this Halloween, I'll also be doing a Twitter chat. The time is undetermined as of yet, but I'll announce it soon. If you don't already follow me on Twitter yet, here is my page so you can ask me your burning questions about characters/books/writing/plots/etc, or just chat, if you're free: https://twitter.com/Jeaniene_Frost 


or, if you're looking for me while you're on Twitter, I'm at: @Jeaniene_Frost 


And now, what are some of your favorite horror movies/tv shows? I'm always in the market for recommendations :). 

Ian book news and a request

Hello again! Long blog silence, I know. To sum it up, every time I thought I had a moment to blog, something else came up that claimed my attention. But, now I'm back, and I have both Ian book news and a request.

First up, as many of you know, Ian will be the next character to get his own series. This will be called the Night Rebel series and as of now, I'm promising at least two books. Not promising more yet because we all know how bad I am at estimating the number of books in a series (see: my wrong guesses about the Night Huntress and the Night Prince series ;)). Veritas will be the heroine of the Night Rebel series. I've already started writing book one, and I JUST heard from my editor about the release date. So, without further ado...

Night Rebel book one, title to come, will release on October 30th, 2018.

When I announced this on Twitter yesterday, I received a bunch of comments saying (paraphrase) "A year?! Why is the book so FAR AWAY?" It's because I'm nowhere near done writing it yet :). Some of you might remember that I just finished The Brightest Embers (last Broken Destiny book, releasing November 30th, 2017) about three months ago, and finishing a book is not actually the end of a book. There are still lots of revisions to be done, such as making changes according to my two critique partners' notes - thank you Melissa Marr and Ilona Andrews! - then making changes according to my official editor's notes, then revising again according to the copy editor's notes, and then final tweaks on the galley pages. In short, "The End" really just means "Take One." However, I would never want to publish a book without all these steps. Each one makes the book better, and when I put a book out into the world, I want it to be the best that it can be. Not the fastest that it can be.

But enough shop talk, right? Let's get to the request part. My publisher is hiring a male model for the Night Rebel series cover shoot, and they want my input so they can try to match who I have in my mind for Ian when they pick the model. Problem is, I can't think of anyone who really represents Ian to me, so I need your help. Please reply in the comments with a pic of the guy (or guys) who most reminds you of Ian. You can post as many pics as you like. I'll choose my favorites from among them and send them to my editor. Remember: these don't have to be pictures of male book cover models. They can be pictures of actors, magazine models, a hot guy in a perfume ad, etc. These pics are only a guideline to my publisher, so they can say "We want a model that looks most like [insert guy from one of the pictures you reply with]"

Thank you so much in advance!

Reviews redux

I just read author Delilah Dawson’s recent Twitter thread about why she doesn’t read reviews anymore and found myself nodding in agreement to a lot of it. Like her, with my first few books, I had Goggle alerts set on my name so I wouldn’t miss a single review. I did this because (1) seeing people actually talking about my books was the coolest thing ever, and (2) I thought I could fix any mistakes in future books if I knew what I was doing “wrong.” By book four, however, I had turned that Google alert off and stopped reading most reviews.

Why? Didn’t I care what my readers thought? Had I given up trying to fix my books?

None of the above. In fact, the opposite was true. I want to be a better writer with each book, but here’s the thing. Reading reviews, whether they were positive or negative, didn’t help me become a better writer. They only helped me get increasingly varied mood swings. A great review puffed me up. A scathing one cut me down. A thoughtful-yet-critical one made me kick myself for not seeing the thoughtfully-pointed-out flaws earlier. In fact, I can barely stand to re-read my earlier novels because now, all I do is focus on the mistakes instead of enjoying anything about the story.

Furthermore, what one reader loved about a story might have caused another reader to DNF the book, and vice versa. Imagine you’re driving a bus filled with dozens, or even hundreds, of people. You know the address you’re going to, but instead of using your GPS, you choose to get directions from the passengers, and they keep calling out conflicting instructions. Would you expect to arrive at your destination any time soon, let alone in a healthy mental state? ;) Probably not. That’s kinda of what writing books according to input from past reviews is like for me. Not only does it take the joy out of writing, it also made me zigzag all over the place.

When I stopped reading most of my reviews,I stopped losing my way. Don’t get me wrong, other authors’ mileage may vary since there’s practically no one way to do anything in publishing. Plus, I still get feedback: I have critique partners, and of course, I get feedback from my editor(s) and my copy editor(s), too. But I no longer wade through reviews in search of the mythical “right way” to write my books. Perhaps most importantly, something else to remember is that reviews aren’t for authors.

Let me say it again: reviews aren’t for authors. Reviews are readers talking to other readers about a book. Whether or not that talk benefits an author, frustrates an author, cheers an author up, or even enrages an author, is moot. To be blunt, authors aren’t invited to this party. If you’re an author reading reviews, you’re essentially eavesdropping on other peoples’ conversations, and no one welcomes an eavesdroppers’ critique on their own conversation.  

But their conversation is about me, so I have the right to eavesdrop and comment! some author might say.

Actually, it’s not about you. It’s about your product, and no matter how much you love your product, you are not your product. You know the great thing about products? They don’t argue back. If I hate a lipstick, I know it won’t suddenly become sentient and start telling me that I’m not that great, either. Since products can’t argue back, product producers shouldn’t argue, either. Years ago, I wrote a blog post about how much I hated the new Halloween movie remake. Guess what? Director Rob Zombie didn’t show up to refute my opinions because (1) he’s too busy and (2) he knows I’m entitled to my opinions regardless if he agrees with them. If you’re an author arguing with a reader over a review, you’re essentially telling that reader that he/she isn’t allowed to have their own opinion. Not only is that unprofessional and rude – it’s also senseless.

But you don’t know what they said! another author might reply.

I don’t, and I can sympathize when reviews cross the line from content commentary to personal attacks, but you should still stay out of it. Back when I was reading most of my reviews, I saw some slanderous things said about me, my husband, my family, and even how bad of a job my mother must have done while raising me. Thankfully, those type of personal attacks were rare, but still, they were hard to ignore. However, I had friends who held me back from responding, and I’m grateful. If someone is putting personal inflammatory attacks in a review, they’re probably a troll, and we all know not to feed the trolls. It only makes the trolls happy while giving us a migraine.

But I love your books and I want to tell you that! some readers might say.

I have a contact box on my website, plus I’m on various social media sites.

But I hate your books and I want to tell you that! some readers might say.

I have a contact box on my website, plus I’m on various social media sites.

In summary, as an author, I’m grateful that people talk about my books. However, I know it’s not my place to stick my nose into their conversations. I probably go on about this subject, but my husband’s sick and I’m trying to make sure he stays fed and hydrated, so I’m signing off now. Happy Saturday, everyone. Hope you have a lovely remainder of the weekend.

Update salad

Wow, it's been a while since I posted! Sorry for the delay. As you'll soon see, I've been busy.

First up, I finished writing The Brightest Embers, the third and final book in the Broken Destiny series. It never ceases to feel like a miracle whenever I finish a book. From age twelve until thirty, I was great at starting stories, but I could never finish them. I'd usually end up quitting after the third chapter or so. I won't lie, readers - that track record was depressing. It made the thought of finishing a novel seem like an impossible goal. That's why my favorite words to write are "The End." Every time I do, it's a realization of the dream I had back when I was a child, and I am so, so grateful.

I have even more reason to be grateful: The Sweetest Burn, book two in the Broken Destiny series, hit the USA Today bestseller list in its opening week. Big group hug, readers! Thank you so much for continuing Ivy and Adrian's story with me.

However, where there is sunshine, there will eventually be rain, right? My rain came metaphorically and somewhat literally. Allow me some backstory: I turned in The Brightest Embers on a Friday and had my revision letter the following Wednesday, with a due date to return the revised book nine days later. The tight turnaround time was to make sure we kept its November release date. Revisions are always a thousand times easier for me than new writing, so I didn't mind. Plus, in addition to my editor's notes, I also had critiques from trusted friends Melissa Marr (who also does this freelance, if you're a writer looking for content feedback) and Ilona Andrews. So, I implemented three sets of revision notes at the same time. The result is a MUCH better book, and I can't wait to unveil the ending of the series to everyone in November.

But I digress. The same night I turned my revisions in, I tripped over a step in my house, fell, and sprained my ankle. This surprises no one who knows me since I am klutzy to an almost comical degree. However, now that I had a break in my schedule, I was looking forward to spending time elevating my ankle while watching TV. My husband got everything set up in the bedroom for me, down to having my laptop, snacks, phone and tea on a tray by the bed (he's a keeper, people!) Yet the very next day, a pipe burst in our house, flooding the family room and part of the master bedroom. Since this happened on a Saturday, the insurance company couldn't get plumbers in to fix it right away. Instead, they sent people to shut off all the water in our house, set up huge blowers and de-humidifiers to dry everything out, cut big holes into the ceiling and wall to cap the burst pipes, rip up the soaked carpet, and generally make our house unlivable. We checked into a hotel and waited for the plumber to arrive, which he did yesterday. Now we have water again and the pipes are repaired, so we're back home, but there's lots more to be done. I swear, my family room looks like an angry person with a sledge hammer and a hose spent the weekend in there.

*grins* This is what I get for thinking, "I'm SO glad all the renovations on our house are finally done!" a mere three week ago. I may as well have tapped Fate on the shoulder and said, "Aren't you forgetting something?" ;)

But back on the positive side of things, I get to see Ilona and Gordon Andrews next week when we have our joint signings. Florida residents and/or people who don't mind driving, here are the details:

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:00 PM


Book Event & Signing with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost
BARNES AND NOBLE
2418 E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
 


Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT


Book Event & Signing with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost
BOOKMARK
220 First ST
Neptune Beach, FL 32266


That's it from me for now. Hope to see some of you at the signings, and in the meantime, hope you're enjoying your summer, everyone! 

The Sweetest Burn is here!

It's finally here! The Sweetest Burn, book two in the Broken Destiny series, is now available. Once again, here is the back cover copy:
Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous – and dangerously sexy – Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins.  But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them —will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

Order your copy:

Here are some early reviews:

“Frost scores another win with the mesmerizing second Broken Destiny super-natural contemporary… The novel thrums with energy, its pacing breakneck from the very start, and piles on the sexual tension.” Publishers Weekly.

"THE SWEETEST BURN is a compelling story of good versus evil and a sensual romance all wrapped up in one. ...like a cross between THE DA VINCI CODE and the paranormal TV show ANGEL!" Fresh Fiction

"A delicious slow burn of a romance that leaves you craving more of everything in the book. Expect to start counting down the days to book three as soon as you finish" Heroes and Heartbreakers

"The heat between the main characters only continues to escalate, and one can't help but root for them...fans of sexy and determined folks involved in a massive struggle between good and evil will enjoy this story." The Romance Reviews

And of course, if you haven't seen it already, here is the book trailer:



I am so excited to share the continuation of Ivy and Adrian's story with you. I hope it becomes one of your favorites! As a reminder, book one, The Beautiful Ashes, is on sale in ebook for only $1.99 from now until Friday, June 30th! Get yours here or at your favorite retailer.

Finally, I will at the following places next month, so please come out if you're in the area!

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:00 PM

Joint Book Event & Signing with Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews

BARNES AND NOBLE

2418 E Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32803


Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT

Joint Book Event & Signing with Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews

BOOKMARK

220 First ST

Neptune Beach, FL 32266