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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.

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Weekly Word Count #121

Word Count: 6,141

What story I’m currently working on: I slowed down a little this week on my YA fantasy heist story, as I’m only at 28k, but that was for legitimate reasons as you’ll see in the next section. However, the plot is unfolding pretty quickly, and I think by the end of September, I’ll have hit 30k–that’s something you can hold me to. I’m planning on finishing this book by November, and I think it’s quite do-able.

What I’m editing/marketing: Forged Alliances came out last week! On top of that, I finished my lines for Captured Memories, which is coming out October 17th!! (what, what!) But guys, shit is about to get ridiculous. Because I spent most of last week pounding out A Reflection of Ice for submission—and it got contracted with Opal Moon Press!!! Between that book and Of Tinkers and Technomancers, I already have new releases lined up for 2018! Plus, I’ll have the second Tribal Spirits book to my editor before the year end, so maybe I can hit a record breaking six contracts this year! On the marketing front, An Airship Named Desire is currently 99 cents!!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

“How long have you known?” she asked, the realization sinking in through her skin that Lorne Drachen hid a lot behind a handsome face and a sinner’s smile.

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A Reflection of Ice is Contracted!

A Reflection of Ice, my YA winter fairytale is contracted with Opal Moon Press!

If you dig Coraline and the Snow Queen fairytale, this will be right up your alley! Add it on Goodreads!

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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Sneak Peek: A Reflection of Ice

This palace is so stunning in my mind!

“Chandeliers hung from those lofty ceilings made from crystalline ice resembling a thousand drops of dew. Blue fire lit the stubs of candles, even though the golden afternoon light spilled across the floor. The place turned liquid gold under that view, so beautiful her heart twisted with fierce longing to remain in the moment forever.”

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Preview Paragraph: Reflections of Ice

“The wind brought more to glide against her cheeks, but she continued trekking towards her glade. As the silence and the snow began to settle around her, more sobering thoughts intruded into her mind. She’d seen Melinda’s secret and the woman wouldn’t let that go. Not when Lyra could call her father and tell him what she’d seen. And he might kick her to the curb, but her father was a lonely man. She’d watched him desiccate over years as he raised her by himself. Even though Melinda was horrible, he threw himself into his work and tolerated her bouts of crazy because she didn’t leave.”