BREWING BOOKS BLOG HOP — Once Upon a Retelling

I’m excited to be a part of the Brewing Books Retellings Tour this year with nine other fabulous authors. If you’d like to participate, you can visit all ten blogs, collect the numbers, and then enter the final total on the Brewing Books Rules Post (www.bit.ly/BrewingBooksRules) for your chance to win one of our amazing Brewing Books Prize Packs!

TOUR RUNS FROM MONDAY, DEC. 3rd through WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5th.

Today I’m featuring CROWN OF ICE, the first book in my Mirror of Immortality series. It is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen,” from the point of view of the Snow Queen!

One of the fun aspects of this rather dark tale is Luki, the wolf pup the main character adopts to further her scheme for survival. However, despite her calculated decision to raise the pup, Luki ends up stealing her heart. Readers say that he steals their hearts as well!

In keeping with Andersen’s story, there’s also a talking – and flying – reindeer named Bae, a magical mirror, and a sorceress who lives in a cottage with an enchanted garden.

Here’s the cover and a blurb:

Snow Queen Thyra Winther is immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. She kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles.

Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s love, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could prove her ultimate undoing.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” CROWN OF ICE is set in a nineteenth-century Scandinavia where magic is as real, as dangerous, and as powerful, as war and love.

You can find out more, including buy links, here: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/other-books-and-poetry/crown-of-ice/

The second book in the series, SCEPTER OF FIRE, is a mash-up retelling of Andersen’s “Steadfast Tin Soldier” and “The Ugly Duckling.” Find out more about it here: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=971&action=edit

PRIZE!!

There will be THREE lucky winners of prize packs — GRAND, GOLD, and SILVER. All include delicious beverages and snacks along with the books!

GRAND: 5 books! LOST by Connie Roberts; MERCURY RISES by Scarlet Kol; CHARM by J.A. Armitage; ALICE by J.M. Sullivan; and THE REVOLUTION OF JACK FROST by K.M. Robinson

GOLD: 3 books! OF LEGEND AND LORE (anthology); DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier; and THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

SILVER: 3 books! CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil; SCEPTER OF FIRE by Vicki L. Weavil; and WIDE AWAKE by K.B. Anne

I will be contributing signed copies of CROWN OF ICE and SCEPTER OF FIRE, along with a mug filled with cocoa, coffee, and a cookie treat! It will allow you sit by the fire and “dream” while read the adventures of a Snow Queen, her pet wolf, and the friends she never knew she needed.

Thanks so much for joining my stop of the Brewing Books Retellings Tour. Your next stop is Heather Hayden. Go visit Heather’s blog at www.hhaydenwriter.com

 

Holiday Cozy Mystery Blog Hop — Dec. 1st

Hey! Let’s go on a sleigh ride!!
Join me and your favorite mystery authors on a full day of giveaways totaling over $1,300. in prizes on December 1st!
How?
Visit my Facebook page (
www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/ ) on December 1st and start from there! You’ll visit 30 authors by hopping from page to page.
Grab a blanket and cozy up — it’s going to be fun.
Share with your friends! The more, the merrier!