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Throwback Thursday: A Reflection of Ice

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Lyra plunges into the woods for refuge, leaving the discovery of her stepmother’s affair and the woman’s ensuing rage back at the trailer park. However, a mysterious ringing in the forest leads her to a different sort of sanctuary, a castle of ice with a lonely prince living in his solitary kingdom.

While the castle holds haunting ballrooms, vast gardens, and rooms filled with more treasures than a museum, the cobwebs in dark corners whisper a different story. The longer she stays, the more she yearns to return to her rusty old home. Yet once she uncovers the secret of the ice prince in his castle, if she doesn’t find a way to escape soon, she never will.

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A Reflection of Ice Release Day!

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Get your copy of this dark young adult fairytale HERE!

Lyra plunges into the woods for refuge, leaving the discovery of her stepmother’s affair and the woman’s ensuing rage back at the trailer park. However, a mysterious ringing in the forest leads her to a different sort of sanctuary, a castle of ice with a lonely prince living in his solitary kingdom.

While the castle holds haunting ballrooms, vast gardens, and rooms filled with more treasures than a museum, the cobwebs in dark corners whisper a different story. The longer she stays, the more she yearns to return to her rusty old home. Yet once she uncovers the secret of the ice prince in his castle, if she doesn’t find a way to escape soon, she never will.

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Fairy Tale Inspiration: Bluebeard

When I was working on A Reflection of Ice, one of the fairy tales I drew inspiration from is the French folktale by Charles Perrault, Bluebeard.

Bluebeard is a wealthy nobleman who asks the youngest daughter of his neighbors to be his wife, against her will. She’s terrified, but he whisks her off to his remote chateau. While there, he leaves on a trip, giving his wife the warning to not go to the underground chamber. Of course, once he leaves, she explores the forbidden room.

In the forbidden room lay all of the corpses of Bluebeard’s former wives.

Before she can flee, Bluebeard returns. He chases after her, determined to kill her as well, but her brothers and sister save the day. With Bluebeard dead, she inherits his fortune and lives happily ever after.

Creepy though, right? When you’re reading A Reflection of Ice, see if you notice some of the inspiration from Bluebeard in action!

 

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Inspiration for A Reflection of Ice

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So, I realized I kept a Pinterest board while I was working on this story, and I thought I’d share some of the inspiration pics. One of the toughest things for someone who isn’t visual (me) is trying to delve into deeper detail and figure out the spatial elements of a scene, so I tend to use a lot of visual cues. The first picture has to do with the motif of mirrors in the book–creepy, right?

There was once a maid in waiting who lived in the second-tallest tower in the castle...

Most of A Reflection of Ice takes place in an ice castle, so obviously, it was important to get a good visual sense of the place.

But it's a castle! Made of ice! This is like my life!! ;)

This is a little more of an artistic variant than real life example, both super helpful in their own way!

Orput song on repeat and do this workout 4 or 5 times for a good cardio workout. copyright Erica Wadzinski ;)

And of course, I needed lots and lots of imagery and sense memory of SNOW!

If you like dark, wintry fairytales, A Reflection of Ice is available for pre-order here! It releases on March 27th!

 

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A Reflection of Ice Pre-Order!

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A Reflection of Ice is now available for pre-order! Grab a copy HERE!

Lyra plunges into the woods for refuge, leaving the discovery of her stepmother’s affair and the woman’s ensuing rage back at the trailer park. However, a mysterious ringing in the forest leads her to a different sort of sanctuary, a castle of ice with a lonely prince living in his solitary kingdom.

While the castle holds haunting ballrooms, vast gardens, and rooms filled with more treasures than a museum, the cobwebs in dark corners whisper a different story. The longer she stays, the more she yearns to return to her rusty old home. Yet once she uncovers the secret of the ice prince in his castle, if she doesn’t find a way to escape soon, she never will.

 

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Weekly Word Count #134

Word Count: 4,049

What story I’m currently working on: Hit 60k on Airship this week, so I’m getting back into it! Just the final 6 or 7 chapters to write! The moment January 1st hit, my mojo returned, and I’m back to writing every day. I just wrote a super big scene, so now it’s action, action, action from here on out. I also made it 1k into a contemporary romance I’m working on for funsies, no pressure. It’s loosely based on a manuscript I wrote a decade ago, and should be a fun friends to lovers romance.

What I’m editing/marketing:Ho boy. So, I came into this new year swinging. I’m requerying Chasing Fate, just sent Outlier Heir back to the agent who requested an R&R, and I’m still waiting to hear from 5 different publishers about Captivating Melody. If those all end in rejection, I have a couple other places I want to submit to. On top of that, I’m spending all of today giving A Reflection of Ice some love, because I got my edits in! This story is going to be AMAZING.

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Love was like a cup of coffee—best served scalding, because that bitch will burn you every time.