New Books || May 21, 2014

2014-05-22

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Check out the brand new books from Fire and Ice, available now for your reading pleasure.

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“Someone”

by A. M. Edwards

SOMEONE is the story of a rock star who gained worldwide acclaim while performing anonymously under a pseudonym and at the height of his fame vanished mysteriously during the middle of a concert series, never to be heard from again. Eighteen years later a former fan, now a journalist, tries to uncover who was Someone and whatever happened to him.

 

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“Ken’s War”

by B. K. Fowler

As the conflict in Viet Nam escalates, army brat Ken and his hot-headed dad are suddenly deployed from Pennsylvania to a dinky post in Japan. Culture clash is just one of the many sucker punches that knocks Ken’s world upside down. He struggles as his assumptions about friends and enemies, loyalty and betrayal, and love and manipulation are fractured. An army misfit, a Japanese girl and a martial arts master play unforgettable roles in Ken’s rocky journey from a boy itching to get his driver’s license to a young man standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his father.

 

 

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The Horse Rescuers #3

“Turn on a Dime”

by Patricia Gilkerson

Piper and Addie are going to start their sophomore year in senior high school, when their friend, Miss Julie, rents rooms to Cassie and her stepson, Jeff. Cassie’s mare is going to foal soon and Piper has the responsibility of checking on her daily. Piper and Addie disagree about boys, a situation which worsens because of Piper’s initial dislike of Jeff. As she gets to know and accept Jeff, when he is accused of theft, Piper and her best friend defend him to all adults. What will happen when Cassie steals, then leaves the country as her mare goes into labor with no one but the girls and Jeff to help?

Interview | Ryan Petty | “Finding Hope in Texas” + Giveaway

Finding Hope in Texas is a heartfelt story of a girl trying to find her way in life after the terrible tragedy of losing her family.  The difficulty of finding her way through her grief was made more difficult by the trials and tribulations of a high school student.  Hope’s determination to making the most of her life is inspiring and thought provoking.

Author Jill Bisker interviewed Ryan Petty, the author of “Finding Hope in Texas.” Read the interview below.

First, about the book:

How do you move on in your life after a horrible tragedy?

That’s what Hope Kilpatrick must ask after losing her family in a horrible car accident right before Christmas. Unable to deal with the pain, she leaves the haunting memories of her New York home behind and escapes to Texas with an estranged aunt that is her only family.

Still reeling from her loss and the culture shock of her new home, she must also deal with a school bully that has set her sights upon her. Hope’s only solace is the quiet girl at the vacant lunch table, an eccentric history teacher, and the introverted handsome young man she meets at a Texas parade. Finding Hope in Texas deals with the tragedy of loss, the sardonic struggles of teenage life, and the sanguinity in finding a special someone that will help her discover the strength to live again.

Jill: Introduce yourself to us.

Ryan: Well, I am a 33 year old high school history teacher.  I am married with two boys, all of which are the love of my life.  I have been doing Civil War reenactments for about 16 years.  And for my entire life, I have had to wear a brace on my right leg due to a doctor’s mistake when I was born.  As for writing, Finding Hope in Texas is my second book, but my first young adult fiction.

Jill: So tell us what brought you to writing and in particular what brought you to Hope’s story.

Ryan: My first book was because I was a reenactor.  I took the personalities I had met through reenacting and put them in an actual historical battle of the Civil War.  I had fun with it and it went on to win the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  I’m not exactly sure what started me on Hope’s story.  A little of it had to be just to see if I could write in the perspective of a teenage girl, and I guess the readers can be the judge as to whether I did any good or not.  Hope to me is a fighter, a person that losses everything she knows and still struggles to continue, to start life over again as best she can.  She is the type of person I’ve always had respect for and I was happy to write a story for her and the many people like her.

 
Jill: One of your themes in the book is bullying which is a topic many teens have to cope with.  What advice would you give a student faced with this type of behavior?

Ryan: First off, tell someone.  Tell your parents, a friend, a teacher.  Tell someone what is going on because they can help you find a way out.  Never think you have to take on a bully alone or accept what they are doing to you.  And stand up for yourself.  It might be the most courageous thing you do, but you won’t regret it.

Jill: If you suspect bullying is occurring with someone in your life, what do you as a teacher try to do to help?

Ryan: Well, I won’t give away all my secrets, but I’ll say I really dislike bullies in my school.  If I see it, the first thing I do is let all parties involved know I see it.  If it continues, then a bully has to see my bad side.  Whether it’s going as far as getting parents and administration involved or just pulling the bully aside and giving them a stern talking to, I will make sure it ends pretty quickly.

Jill: I enjoyed the reenactment portion of your story.  If anyone is interested in getting involved with this hobby, how would you suggest they start?

Ryan: The easiest thing to do is just show up.  Attend a reenactment and talk to the men there and ask questions.  Most units are always looking for new recruits and will help people get into the hobby.  We all started somewhere.  For me, a captain handed me a loaded musket and let me fire it at the age of sixteen.  After that, I was hooked.

Jill: Besides bullying, what other themes did you want to convey to your reader with this story?

Ryan: I think getting over a loss is a big theme.  Hope’s loss is horrible, but that doesn’t mean that teenagers don’t deal with it every day in their lives.  It’s something that can only take time and that they must deal with themselves in their own way.  Another theme is a change in culture.  Hope is new to Texas and quickly learns that it’s nothing like her Upper East Side home in New York.  Again, teenagers change schools all the time and many have to adapt to their new peers and surroundings, which can be tough at times.  And finally, I hope readers appreciate that Hope is intelligent, strong, and caring, and there is nothing wrong with being any of those things.  You should always do your best, no matter what life throws at you.

Jill: Hope moves to a new school with an entirely new life, where do you think she draws her strength from?

Ryan: It comes from her parents.  You can really tell that Hope has a strong tie with them and that they were a very big part in her life.  That is quite different from Jason, whom she meets during the story, whose parents were never around and hardly cared.  Hope and Jason have quite different backgrounds and yet they both begin to find strength in each other for what they had been through.

 
Jill: What was the most challenging part of writing of this story?

Ryan: Well, as a teacher, I’ve seen a lot of different ways on how teenagers act.  I think Hope was a different case entirely though, but I hope I was able to get as close to the teenage mind as I could.  It’s been a few years since I was that age, but I hope the young adults who read my book will enjoy it and find a little bit of themselves in what I wrote.


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About Ryan Petty

Ryan T. Petty is a thirteen-year high school social studies teacher in a small town in northeast Texas and an adjunct history professor at a local junior college. He grew up in the country and started doing Civil War reenactments as a hobby at the age of sixteen, traveling across East Texas and surrounding states and participating in national events such as Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Gettysburg. He graduated from college with a master’s degree in history in 2011. Finding Hope in Texas is his second novel. His first, a historical fiction, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2012. Ryan is married to his wife, Megan, and they have two boys together.

Website: www.ryanpettybooks.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ryan.petty.988
Email: ryan.petty@hotmail.com


About Jill Bisker

Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery and traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Her novella Within Reach is her first publication with Melange. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

Website: www.jillbisker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjillbisker
Blog: http://www.unaccompaniedjaunt.blogspot.com


GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a free ebook copy of “Finding Hope in Texas” by Ryan Petty.

Winner will be chosen on (or shortly after) May 13, 2014.

 

 

Interview | Melissa March | “Love You to Death” + Giveaway

Ryan Petty and Melissa March both have new releases from Fire and Ice.

Ryan took the time to interview Melissa about her New Adult book “Love You to Death.”

Seventeen year-old Arden Elliot is alone, barely surviving life on the streets. All she wants is a place to call home, somewhere she can be safe.

After meeting Det. Cass Bateman, surviving is exactly what she will need to do. He dominates her world, steals her spirit and breaks her body. All in the name of love. She knows if she stays, one day he will love her to death.

On the run she meets Gideon, a Kentucky cowboy. She tries to resist the power of her heart, knowing she doesn’t have the luxury of falling in love, but just when she thinks her life is finally secure, her past comes calling. Now she will have to decide whether to confess everything to her new family or leave them safely behind to run again.

Ryan: What inspires you to be a writer?

Melissa: Everything. I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school. My first award was in the 2nd grade for a bookmark I made with a poem on it.I still remember how thrilled I was when I saw my little blue ribbon.

Ryan: Being your first book, what have you enjoyed about the writing and publication experience?

Melissa: I was blessed to be joined with a small publishing company on my first time out and they have made this an easy road to travel. They answer all my questions, hold my hand, and never make me feel like a bother. It’s a hard business to break into and having good people around you is the key to success, to me anyway.

Ryan: What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

Melissa: The freedom of it. I don’t have a filter. I can write about whatever I want; however I want.

Ryan: What can you tell us about Arden, the main character in your book?

Melissa: She’s a got a sassy sense of humor, she’s compassionate and she’s a survivor. But her best quality is that she’ll fight to the very end for someone she loves.

Ryan: Are you working on anything new?  Would you tell us a little about it?

Melissa: I am working on an adult novel. I want to see if I can write in a few different genres. I recently titled the book Uninvited. It’s about a wealthy scientist who finds out her father was murdered because of a life altering medical breakthrough. She picked up where he left off and now someone is after her. Of course there is a guy in the picture. A security specialist hired to protect her, but he has serious relationship hang-ups so it’s a real bumpy ride between the two of them. No hearts and flowers though.

Ryan: You deal with tough topics in your book.  Was there any time during the writing process that you found it difficult to write about things such as homelessness or domestic violence?

Melissa: No, not really. I think everyone knows someone or of someone in either of these situations. But I didn’t start out with either of these issues in mind, they just developed as I wrote. Kinda like: Hmm…Why would this happen to her? What would make her do this or that? I never thought it would end up being the book it became. Which was kind of fun.

Ryan:  Where can readers find out more about you?

Melissa: I have a website www.melissamarch16.com


 

Buy “Love You to Death” here.

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About Melissa March

Melissa March lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. Love You To Death is her first published novel.

She gravitates toward YA fiction and is currently working on three other novels, expanding her genre to include an adult mystery.

She spends most of her time writing, trying to figure out how to work her blog site, and chasing after her toddler.

Website: www.melissamarch16.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-March/275534429276752


About Ryan Petty

   Ryan T. Petty is a thirteen-year high school social studies teacher in a small town in northeast Texas and an adjunct history professor at a local junior college. He grew up in the country and started doing Civil War reenactments as a hobby at the age of sixteen, traveling across East Texas and surrounding states and participating in national events such as Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Gettysburg. He graduated from college with a master’s degree in history in 2011. Finding Hope in Texas is his second novel. His first, a historical fiction, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2012. Ryan is married to his wife, Megan, and they have two boys together.

Website: www.ryanpettybooks.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ryan.petty.988
Email: ryan.petty@hotmail.com


GIVEAWAY

Want to win a free ebook copy of “Love You to Death”? Just leave a comment below!

The winner will be chosen on (or soon after) May 10, 2014.