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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Hot lattes, cold weather, and getting personal with the king of winter
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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Hot lattes, cold weather, and getting personal with the king of winter

by davincikittieFebruary 25, 2013

Please welcome author Wendy Sparrow and her very special guest, Jack Frost!

When you’re trying to sit down for a chat with the king of winter, you’re really working on his timeframe—especially since Jack Frost can only be in an area where it’s been below freezing recently, and Seattle isn’t exactly known for its cold weather. So, I requested Jack’s presence on the 16th of December in a hot chocolate bar in downtown Seattle…just days before the timeline of Frosted’s actual events—of course I didn’t know that then.

Jack Frost has a presence even if you don’t recognize who and what he is, so when the door opened and blew in an arctic blast of air, all the patrons huddled around their heated beverages at the little café tables but then everyone looked at him. Jack is that way. He’s over six feet with blonde hair and blue eyes and, to me, he’s always looked like a king of someplace.

When he saw me in the corner near the heater vent, he went to the counter and ordered—a stiff smile in place for the barista who blinked at him owlishly as if trying to place him. His self-assurance implied he was important and famous. Of course, no one in the place but me knew he was most well-known for nipping noses.

Actually, he doesn’t do that.

Well, not to just anyone.

And if you mention the song, you’ll be digging your car out from under a blizzard every day for a week.

He gestured my way, and I got the impression he was asking the barista to bring it out. I appreciated that. It only took a single handshake for you to realize you didn’t shake hands with Jack Frost. It was a good way to get frostbite…and not that kind of bite. So, the walk from the counter to the café table would have left my hot chocolate a chocolate shake if he’d carried it. There are downsides to freakish amounts of power.

“So, how are you?” he said on a sigh as he dropped into the seat across from me.

“Did you get whipped cream?” I asked instead.

He raised his eyebrows with a look so glacially regal that I shrugged. Of course he’d gotten me whipped cream. “I also had them put sprinkles on top. I know how Seattle is about sprinkles in the winter.”

He almost smiled. It’d been seven years and even though Jack is immortal—he looked aged. Seven years ago, he’d had this careless amusement to him. Now, he was different.

The barista came out and set the hot chocolate in front of me, and I inhaled. This was almost worth going out into the cold. Almost. I tugged my coat tighter around me.

“You need a better coat,” he commented.

“Well, I don’t exactly plan on going out into the cold. Ever.”

He shook his head. “Do you have any idea the amount of planning a day like yesterday took? Every snowflake individual. Everything orchestrated. The fae were indignant I was sending them to Seattle just to nudge it to freezing for a day.”

“And I can enjoy it just as well from inside my house—under blankets—with my laptop.” I could feel the cold emanating from his skin beneath the table where our knees were a foot apart.

“Did you even look up from your laptop to appreciate what I did?”

“Of course I did. The ground was all…frosty.”

He laughed and, for a moment, he looked like the old Jack Frost.

“How are you?” I asked before taking a sip of my cocoa. I had to lick off a moustache of whipped cream, and I was so involved in the sensual pleasure of good hot chocolate that I didn’t notice at first he hadn’t answered. When I finally looked up and met his eyes, I looked away from the conflicted emotions I saw there.

We both looked out the window nearby. Those in Seattle don’t bother with umbrellas, not if you’re native. It never rains that hard. But even the threat of frozen precipitation sends us into a panic, and I watched as everyone slung concerned looks at the sky. It did seem to be darkening by the minute.

“Uhh, Jack?”

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him glance up. “Damn.” He turned to face me, and the clouds receded as he gained control of whatever emotions had drawn them here. “Do you know what scares me? I’ve never known fear until recently. I didn’t know I could feel it.”

I swallowed thickly. When an immortal mentioned fear…well…you listened.

“Time,” he said finally, sitting back and shaking his head. “After centuries, the one thing I thought I had in abundance has become costly. I feel it in the drip from every icicle. I heard it in the first drop of spring rain over the last seven years. Tick. Tick. Tick. The damn clock is running out and hell if I can’t do a thing to stop it.”

I hesitated to mention her name…since the sky still looked threatening. “So, Kate…?”

His jaw clenched tight. “Kate.” The way he said her name with both reverence and aggravation was the tip-off. Seven years and his queen was still on the run. “You’ve heard the mortal idiom: if you love something set if free?”

I nodded.

“It should be: if you love something—chain them to your bed in the winter world because it’ll only end poorly if you marry them and set them free.”

I fought a smile. “Well, that’s touching. That should be embroidered on a pillow.”

He snorted a laugh and shook his head. “She is just so…so…” He gestured in the air. “Kate.”

“She is very Kate,” I agreed. What was I supposed to say? At least the storm clouds outside had dispersed.

“So, what did you wish to discuss?” Jack was never one to wear his emotions for long—not with me, and he sat up and wiped his face clear of the frustration and longing that had been there.

I’d wanted to ask about his plans for Kate. Their seven year wedding anniversary was coming up at the winter solstice. Now, that seemed…idiotic. No one in Seattle would thank me if I sent us into a blizzard in mid-December by aggravating the king of winter. No one in Seattle can drive in the snow and, as he’d mentioned, I wasn’t dressed for it to drop below freezing again.

“I wanted to ask your opinion on a Jack Frost joke. I’m thinking of putting it in that book I’m writing,” I improvised.

He groaned, but didn’t look overly pissed. “I swear on the fae, Wendy, if it’s that damn ‘by icicle’ one again…”

“Noooooooo,” I assured him. It had been, but luckily I knew a few more.  “What happens when Jack Frost and a vampire get into a fight?”

He stared at me…and then said, deadpan, “You do know there’s no such thing as vampires, right?  They’re a myth.”

I rolled my eyes. “Frostbitten. Get it?”

He got it. He disappeared a moment later. And I breathed out a sigh of relief. At least I hadn’t asked him anything else about Kate. He reappeared and slapped a ten dollar bill on the table. “For a tip. And a tip for you: buy a better coat because you’re going to need it.”

Then, he was gone again.

When the temperature dipped again less than a week later, on the winter solstice, I wasn’t sure if it was a good or a bad sign, but I did get the feeling he’d managed to get his queen back into his grasp.

For their story, you’ll need to read Frosted, and when the thermometer drops, I would apologize, but now you’ve met Jack…getting frostbitten might not sound as bad.

 

Seven years ago, Kate Finley fell through the ice into the Winter World and straight into the heart of its king, Jack Frost. Then cold feet set in and Kate ran from the one man who made her feel complete.Jack let his queen go back to the mortal world to say goodbye but she escaped out of his reach to sunny Florida. Now time is short, and he must convince his runaway bride to give him a second chance to melt her heart.

About the author

At home in the Pacific Northwest, Wendy Sparrow writes for both an adult and young adult crowd. She has two wonderfully quirky kids, a supportive husband, and a perpetually messy house because writing is more fun than cleaning. She enjoys reading with a flashlight under a blanket—the way all the best books should be read—and believes in the Oxford comma, the pursuit of cupcakes, and that every story deserves a happily ever after. Most days she can be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks back, and occasionally just to herself.

You can find Wendy online at:

Giveaway (US/Int)

Wendy is giving away a lovely blue and white Swarovski Crystal necklace in sterling silver to one lucky international winner at the end of the tour! To enter to win, leave a question or comment for Jack Frost or Ms. Sparrow then fill out the Rafflecopter widget. You can check out the necklace below; click on the photo to see more details!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
23 Comments
  • February 25, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Hi Wendy,
    I feel terrible for Jack and since I’m no fan of winter or being cold, perhaps you could convince Kate to do like those of us who can afford it do – winter in Florida and spend the rest of the year with Jack. He’s so unhappy and seven years is most definitely long enough.
    Now I’m intrigued so, FROSTED is going on my TBR list. Thanks and Jack, good luck. : )

  • Crystal Guidroz
    February 25, 2013 at 6:10 am

    New author for me and I am really looking forward to reading this book. I love the idea of Jack Frost King of the Ice World! Sounds like a new idea that I can’t wait to read!

  • February 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Ooooo….. that is beautiful! I’m so getting Frosted. Wish Jack and his lady all the best. <3

  • February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    OMG that was hilarious! Nicely done Wendy!

    This week my smiles have been largely kid centered. I caught my 3-year-old standing on her stool in the bathroom ‘feeding soup’ to the cat who was trying to sleep in the sink because he was ‘very sick’.

    • February 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Kids are hilarious…and they don’t stop being hilarious as they get older in my opinion. My husband and I were trying so hard not to give my son positive reinforcement last night by laughing when he was being a punk, but he was so funny too.

      I hope your “poor, sick” cat gets better. ; )

  • Josette Schaber
    February 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Have to agree, a really lovely necklace. Thanks for sharing. This is a new author for me to add to my TBR.

  • Nae
    February 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I’m very very intrigued by Jack Frost and the special lady that can grab his attention. Frosted is already added to my TBR 🙂
    One of my smiles this week was because one of my best friends sent me a rose quartz heart for positive vibes yesterday. It is so awesome!

  • February 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve always loved Jack Frost stories. I will most definitely check it out!!

  • Beckey
    February 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Since the rafter goofed & cut my answer to the invite your own method question:

    My dad had double bypass surgery this past week & his recovery has been fantastic (almost unheard of his recovery time). I was walking with him down to the waiting room to see the grandbabies (that’s what he calls them)… His face lit up when saw them. My daughters were ecstatic to see him as well…

    Back to the book:
    It seems like a great book to read (even though the the season Mr Frost is king of isnt one I like) thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Sherry J
    February 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Kai W.
    February 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    The necklace is beautiful. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  • February 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    This looks like a great read. Thanks

  • February 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    What a lovely necklace. Shiny is my favorite colour. 🙂

  • Ann Sheiring
    February 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I love this book and I want the necklace. I adore snowflakes, I am a winter baby. I even have one tattooed on my back.

  • Ruth Ayres
    February 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    What a beautiful necklace. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

  • February 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Loved the interview. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • February 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Wendy, Where did the inspiration for a Jack Frost inspired story come from? Also, loved the story!!

    • February 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Two years ago, I had a dream about Kate walking on a sidewalk avoiding the snow and she looked down into a frozen puddle and Jack Frost was there and he wanted her back in his world. She’d fallen through the ice but tricked her way out of the winter kingdom–and he was in love with her and determined she’d be his queen. I wrote the idea down and worked on other things until I heard her voice in my head saying, “Jack, you’ll have to find yourself a new queen,” and it just tumbled out of my head scene after scene from there.

      I’m glad you loved the story. : D

  • Sandy Lion
    March 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The necklace makes me smile- does that count! It is beautiful, thanks for offering it as a giveaway. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  • March 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks so much to Wendy and Jack for being our guests! The giveaway was tour-wide, so the lucky winner should be enjoying their lovely sparkly snowflake anytime now. =)

    Thanks to everyone who came out to participate!

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