Mythology: Guest Post by Sheenah Freitas

Today I have a special guest post from one of my best friends, Sheenah Freitas! Sheenah is the author of Zincian Legend Series and also Musings from Yesteryear. Sheenah and I bonded over anime with our fangirling passion 🙂 And she was surprised that she was able to keep anime out of this guest post about mythology. Oh yes! Before you guys get to the guest post, here is a treat! You guys can download the first three chapters of The Chosen (Zincian Legend #1), just click the beautiful gif below! It is free!

Now without further adieu, a guest post by Sheenah on mythology!
Mythology. A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their history, deities, ancestors, and heroes. That definition spans every culture. Contrary to popular belief, Greek and Romans aren’t the only people who worshipped a pantheon of gods. With the popularity of Thor and The Avengers, most people are becoming aware of Norse mythology and I sense that we’ll be seeing a plethora of Norse mythological novels sometime in the near future. For thousands of years, people have been fascinated with the gods. Maybe it’s because they’re all powerful. Maybe it’s because despite their power, they suffer from human flaws.

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[Blog Stop] Frost by Kate Avery Ellison Guest Post + Giveaway

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person might end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing weather and threat of monster attacks, or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and treachery just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest, a young man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in serious trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel, and her village has nothing to do with them. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle her farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but each move she makes puts her in greater danger. Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Katie was able to provide me a 6 Words Post

1.     Ice – The Frost is covered in snow and ice for much of the year, and the whole story has this feel of coldness.

2.     Blue – in the Frost there are these unique, winter-defying blue flowers called snow blossoms that help to repel the monsters. Everyone wears them and plants them around their houses and the paths to the village. Blue is sort of a symbolic color in the book.

3.     Watchers – the monsters of the Frost are called Watchers because they are always lurking in the shadows, watching, but they are rarely seen. Few know what they look like, although their tracks are everywhere in the snow and occasionally people catch a glimpse of their glowing red eyes in the darkness.

4.     Secrets – almost every character in the book is keeping a secret.

5.     Forest – most of the Frost is covered in snowy forests. The trees are tall and skeletal, and the Watchers slide unseen through the shadows.

6.     Love – Forbidden love, familial love… Frost is a love story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Avery Ellison loves long walks, late night phone calls, and reading while it rains. She thinks ice cream cake is the perfect combination and she has a love/hate relationship with the sultry climate of her hometown, Atlanta. FROST, her third book, is a YA fantasy/dystopian tale of love, sacrifice, and suspense.

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Katie is giving away 5 gifts related to the novel in the rest of the blog tour, find them, here!

Jo Walton in Toronto? Score!

Synopsis via Raincoast Books
Startling, unusual, and irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

As a child growing up in Wales, Morwenna played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. When her half-mad mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled – and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to a father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England – a place all but devoid of true magic. There, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off… .

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination, this is a stunning new novel by an author whose genius has already been hailed by dozens of her peers.
One of School Library Journal ‘s Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011 One of io9’s best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011

Jo will be celebrating the release of the paperback edition of Among Others at Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto at 3pm on Saturday February 25th. If you’ve read the book already, you won’t want to miss it. And if you haven’t, well, what are you waiting for…?

Jo Walton / Among Others
3pm Saturday, February 25th 2012
84 Harbord Street,
Tel: 416-963-9993