Thursday, January 26, 2017

"Frost" by Kaitlyn Davis

(Midnight Ice Book 1)
by Kaitlyn Davis

Frost, the first book in the new Midnight Ice series by Kaitlyn Davis, is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an interview with the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

More books by this author: The Shadow Soul (read my blog post), The Spirit Heir (read my blog post), The Phoenix Born (read my blog post), and Withering Rose (read my blog post).

Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded ...
Life's tough for a vampire thief on the run - just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she's been trying to outrun? Well, it's about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can't escape her own destiny.
A brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling series with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.
Please note, you do not need to read the books of Midnight Fire to enjoy Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1). They are two standalone series with character crossover.

All she wanted to do now was forget. Forget Jax, forget everything he'd stirred up, forget her birthday. So, she downed another bloody cocktail, this time O-negative. And another after that. She let the feeding frenzy take over, let the high of fresh life wash through her.
She drank.
And danced.
And lost herself in the blood and the music and the touch of other cold bodies just like hers, searching for that little spark of life, reveling in it.
"You look good enough to eat," a sultry voice whispered in her ear.
Pandora whipped around lightning fast, flashing her fangs. "I bite."
The man smiled, lips practically dripping with sin. "Me too."
Normally, this was when she'd punch and run. Seduction wasn't really her thing. It just made her think of another boy and another time she'd never get back. But tonight was different. Tonight she wanted to be free. Tonight she was determined to move on, to move forward.
So she grinned back, taking the stranger in. And really, a girl could do worse, much worse. He was tall, broad, with bright golden hair that seemed almost aflame in the darkness of the club. His vampire-blue eyes were just as bright as hers, flashing with unabashed hunger, brazen want. His skin, though, was what really caught her eye. It was sun-kissed and bronzed, not pallid, not washed out by his ebony shirt. Somehow he looked almost warm to the touch.
Before she could stop herself, Pandora lifted her fingers, stretching for the triangle of hard skin at the base of his throat, exposed between two sets of open buttons.
He stepped swiftly to the side.
The darkness seemed to follow, wisps of ebony clinging to his frame, undulating with his every movement.
"Not yet," he murmured, never once taking his eyes off her.
The longer he held her gaze, the more familiar it seemed to become, as though she'd seen those eyes before, as though this wasn't the first time they had caressed her body.
"Have we met?" she asked.
His smile deepened, filling with secrets she could tell he had no intention of spilling. "Not like this."
"Like what then?"
But he looked away without answering, sweeping his stare down to her lips, to every inch of exposed skin, lifting back to her throat, pausing there. She didn't move. There was a dangerous sort of confidence about him, but against her will, she found it alluring, intriguing in a forbidden way. She'd always been drawn to things she wasn't supposed to have. Usually, she took them anyway.
She reached out again, trying to touch him.
He moved deftly away, almost made of air as he circled behind her.
"Pandora," he whispered into her ear, breath like a kiss against the soft skin of her neck, making her shiver.
And then the word he spoke registered.
Her name.
He knew her name.
"How…?" She spun around, trailing off when she realized there was nothing there, no one there.
A ghostly finger brushed against her elbow, tracing a burning path up her arm. "You're not the only one who knows how to disappear."
Pandora spun again.
But he was gone.

Praise for the Book
"This is a fast paced, action packed paranormal adventure featuring vampires, conduits and titans. Apparently it is a spin off from an earlier series but I can vouch that you don’t need to have read that series to enjoy this novel. [...] This is a story of teenage love, betrayal, double crossing and danger. Sometimes it is so important to remember but so difficult to do so when the memories have been locked away. Unlocking them, however, can end up locking yourself away. The cliffhanger ending has left me eager to read more and I can't wait for the sequel!" ~ Elaine
"Kaitlyn Davis has brought to life a wonderful mix of vampire lore and Greek mythology. Who would have thought a Titan would become a vampire? [...] The read was short. Took me one day to read. [...] It was entertaining, refreshing and full of action. I think vampire lovers will really like reading Frost by Kaitlyn Davis." ~ Sarai Henderson

Interview With the Author
Author Kaitlyn Davis joins me today for an interview all about Frost and the world of Midnight Ice!
Okay, elevator pitch time! If you had to tell someone about your new book Frost in thirty seconds or less, what would you say?
Yikes! This is always so tough! Here goes ... Frost is a paranormal romance about a vampire thief named Pandora who’s on the run from an ex-boyfriend, a super powerful vamp, and, well, a little thing called fate! The fantasy world is inspired by vampire as well as Greco-Roman lore, and it’s a spin-off to my popular Midnight Fire series, which has sold over 200,000 copies.
And if you had to describe the book in three words, what would they be?
Action-packed, bad-ass and passionate!
This book is part vampire, and part inspired by Greek Mythology. Can you tell us what this world is like and how you came up with it?
I always try to do something a little different with my books, something unique, and with paranormal romance that can be difficult to do because there is so much material already out there!
So I decided the best thing to do was to create my own paranormal race! They’re called Titans and they’re sort of a supernatural police force with enhanced strength and stamina, and some have special abilities like tracking or creating lightning or erasing minds. While the beings themselves don’t have much in common with what we think of as the titans of ancient mythology, the lore surrounding their secret society is influenced by some of my favorite Greek tales. You’d have to read to find out more though J
And vampires also play a huge role! My original series, Midnight Fire, concentrated on the vampire lore and also included a species I created called Conduits who are basically awesome fire-wielding vampire slayers. So with Midnight Ice, I wanted to expand upon that universe by adding this whole new titan species into the mix! We’ll see all three supernatural beings interact (in some killer action sequences, if I do say so myself J)
This is a spin-off to your bestselling Midnight Fire series ... so, what idea came first? Did you set out to write a spin-off series or did you come up with the story first and then rework the Midnight Fire characters into it?
A little bit of both! Long before Midnight Ice was even an idea, a character jumped into my head - a vampire thief on the run from a past and future she couldn’t escape. I knew I wanted to write her story, but I wasn’t sure how - especially because I’d already written a vampire book and wasn’t sure how I could make the concept seem new all over again.
But the more my thief, Pandora, came to life in my mind, the more I realized she belonged in the same world as Midnight Fire. Her snark, her wit, her act-first-think-second nature completely fit with the characters I introduced in Midnight Fire, and as soon as I realized that, the rest came naturally!
Fans had been asking me for more Midnight Fire ever since the last book, Scorch, went on-sale. So it was so amazing to be able to deliver something fresh while staying in a familiar world J And, revisiting the characters from my original series was like hanging out with old friends - so freaking fun!
This is the first book in the Midnight Ice series. What are you planning next?
I’ve already started working on the sequel, Freeze, and I’m hoping to get it out my April/May! I’m feeling incredibly inspired by Pandora’s story at the moment, so I’m riding the momentum as far as it will go. But I can’t give anything else away - too many spoilers!
Do you have a favorite paranormal world?
If we’re strictly speaking paranormal (not fantastical), I’d say one of the most interesting worlds is the one in the Sookie Stackhouse series! Charlaine Harris had such a cool idea to take what is usually the cornerstone of paranormal stories (secrecy from the human world), and to totally reverse this by saying vampires and other supernatural creatures have outted themselves to the public.
However, in a strictly nostalgic and book lover sense, the Vampire Academy series (and its spin-off Bloodlines) is probably my favorite paranormal read!
Is there a message in this series that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my stories carry a similar message - love wins! It can conquer any obstacle, overcome any hurdle, surprise you, give you a reason to live, give you the heart and strength to keep fighting. In the end, if you have real love (which doesn’t always mean the most obvious love), you can handle anything. Maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic, but I truly believe that. 
And I think, for Midnight Ice in particular, it’s a story about taking control of your own destiny. In this day and age, so many aspects of life can feel pre-determined, but people should always chase their dreams and follow their hearts, because if you fight hard enough, you’ll succeed.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Ooh, I love this question even though I hate playing favorites! One of my favorite parts of writing any romance is the build up - the little glances, the lingering touches, the blossoming friendship. But in Midnight Ice, we’re sort of entering in the middle of a love story, so instead of the more traditional build-up, it’s full of love-hate tension. And honestly, I had so much fun writing the banter between Pandora and her ex-boyfriend Jax. There’s a scene where they’ve been stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and I was quietly chuckling into my keyboard the entire time I was working on it!
But there’s also a big reveal chapter at the end, and that was so great to write, because it was cool to finally tie together all the different threads I’d dropped into the story leading up to that point.
Thank you for answering all of these questions!
Thank you so much for hosting me!! J

About the Author
Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

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