Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Today, I have the immense pleasure of featuring the first book in Olivia Rivers' Tortured Elements series here on the blog.  Frost Fire is a “Good Reads and Good Deeds” book. All net proceeds for Frost Fire go toward the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, a charity that supports youth with medical conditions affecting the nervous system.

Below, you'll find a synopsis, a little about the author, an excerpt & a giveaway!  I'd love to know your thoughts on the book, too.

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Title: Frost Fire
Author: Olivia Rivers
Series: Tortured Elements, book #1
Publisher: indie/self-pubbed
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Genre: young adult, ages 14+
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”

Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most.

She’s a Mage.

Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind.

While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt.

About the author:

Olivia Rivers is a high school student, a literary agent intern, and an obsessive-compulsive reader. She has a slight obsession with Kootenai County in Idaho, and she’s pretty sure life will always be awesome as long as Irish accents exist. She lives with dysautonomia, a chronic medical condition affecting her nervous system. Portions of proceeds from her “Tortured Elements” series go toward supporting youth with dysautonomia.

Find out more about Olivia Rivers and her books:

            Seeing him was like reliving a perfect daydream and her worst nightmare at the same time. She didn’t know how to react. She didn’t know how to even think.
She knew Drake was the guy who’d tried to take her life. But somehow she couldn’t feel the right kind of fear toward him. She didn’t have that gut-wrenching, instinctual terror she’d felt toward Silas. Her fear for Drake was way more confusing, but she was slowly starting to decipher it:
She was afraid of learning the truth. Of finding out whether all those memories of him—of his comforting golden eyes and soft words—were real or not.
The thought threw off her footsteps, and she nearly missed the next step of the staircase. She slammed her foot down to regain balance. Her bad foot, of course. Because wasn’t that just her luck?
Pain ricocheted through her ankle, almost tearing a scream from her. But she held it back, biting her lip and only letting out a tiny whimper. Luke was going to have to look at her ankle and make sure it was only sprained, and not broken.
As if on cue, he appeared at the top of the stairs, his arms crossed and his expression turned down in a scowl. Allai read his expression and swallowed hard to keep her pounding heart in place. How could he have found out about Drake so quickly?
Allai gripped the banister, her nails digging into the smooth varnish. She had to tell him. She had to just blurt everything out and pretend she’d had no intention of keeping Drake’s predicament a secret.
“Allai,” Luke said quietly.
She hobbled up a few more steps and didn’t reply. She just focused on the plush carpet covering the steps, trying to dig her good foot into it to keep from slipping. All she had to do was open her mouth and say some simple words: Drake Rhaize is out by the border. Go catch him. It should have been easy.
            But it wasn’t.

  • This giveaway is international
  • One entry per household.
  • All entries will be verified.  Any entry found to be falsified will result in disqualification of all entries for that participant.
  • Winner will be notified via email.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected.  And, people, check your SPAM folders...I've had to reach out more than once to some winners because they "didn't get the first email."  I don't want to, but I'm going to have to start just picking new winners.  :C

So, what did you think of the excerpt?  Did it make you want to pick up the novel to find out more about that Drake character?  Me, too!  :P

Thanks for stopping by & happy reading!


  1. To be honest, everything in it. I'm curious with the blurb and I'm more curious about the author. She's a freakin high school student! Isn't that rad? :D

  2. I just like YA with magical elements to it; can't help myself!

  3. Thanks for the introduction to Frost Fire. It great, the cover is amazing and the teaser is a goody.

  4. I love reading about magic. And it sounds like its going to be a really good book! Also the cover is amazing!

  5. I just love everything paranormal!

  6. The paranormal elements

    Thanks :)

  7. To be honest, everything in it. I'm curious with the blurb and I'm more curious about the author

  8. The cover was all it took to get me excited about reading it.

  9. I love the cover but also haven't read any books with magic in them besides Harry Potter so I'm intrigued by the content. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. The cover sold me. That was all I needed to know I have to read it!

  11. The title,cover amd excerpt all combined I love paranormal reads and this one sounds great .Have an amazing week.

  12. The cover is what draws you to a book and this is great, but the writing will tell the true story. To have an author in high school with a chronic medical condition is the true magic. Best of luck to you, Olivia! I look forward to reading your book.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net

  13. The cover really is breathtaking- I have to admit it packs quite a wallop for the eyes. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. I love the cover and this sounds amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  15. I have been following the tour a little and have read some really good posts. I think this story is right up my alley - I love stories involving magic and you have to admit this is slamming cover art. Thank you for sharing with us and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


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