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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Christmas With… Jennifer Estep


Jennifer Estep is a guest we particularly enjoy having on the blog, and this time around, our Jenn got to interview her about her latest release, Kiss of Frost!


1- You put Gwen through a little bit of everything -- danger, discovery, heartbreak -- in TOUCH OF FROST and I loved it! Can we expect more of the same in KISS OF FROST? 

JE: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the first book in the series. Yep, there is definitely more of the same in KISS OF FROST.

Basically, Gwen and the other warrior whiz kids at Mythos Academy go to a ski resort for the annual Winter Carnival – only there’s a Reaper of Chaos who’s determined to kill Gwen before the weekend is through. So Gwen has to use her wits and her psychometry magic to figure out who the bad guy is and stop him – before he buries her for good.

2- What made you choose psychometry (getting glimpses of people's memories by touching their things) for Gwen's gift? 

JE: I thought it would be a cool power to write about and that I could hopefully have Gwen use it in some interesting ways. Plus, the title TOUCH OF FROST just sort of popped into my head one day, and I thought psychometry magic would be an interesting play on and tie-in with the title. So that’s the power/magic I went with.

3- In TOUCH OF FROST, Gwen's definitely the odd one out at Mythos Academy but I love her individuality (and her superhero T-shirts). Is she more settled in KISS OF FROST?  

JE: Gwen is a little more settled in KISS OF FROST. She has some friends in Daphne and Carson now, and, of course, there’s her complicated relationship with Logan. Gwen’s not an insider, but she’s definitely not so alone anymore.

4- Will Gwen be a little more lucky with love this time around?

JE: Well, I can’t give out too many spoilers, but the title is KISS OF FROST. So I’ll leave it at that. LOL.

5- Vic really cracks me up. How did you come up with the idea of a bloodthirsty, talking sword?

JE: I knew I wanted Gwen to have a weapon, and I thought it would be neat to have that weapon be its own character with a distinct personality, if only to show a different point of view than what Gwen has, since everything at Mythos Academy is still relatively new to her. So that’s sort of where Vic came from. I decided to make him so bloodthirsty because, well, he’s a sword. Plus, I thought having Vic be so confident would make him a fun character to write. So far, I’m having a blast with him.

Now onto some Christmas-y questions!

6- What's a typical Christmas like in the Estep's family?

JE: There’s usually food, presents, and just spending some time together. We’re pretty low-key, but I like having a quiet holiday.

7- How is it different from when you were a kid?

JE: I’d say Christmas comes a lot quicker now than it did back then. When I was a kid, it seemed like Christmas would never get here. Now, it always seems like I’m in a rush to get everything done before the holiday.

8- Is there one gift you receive that really stuck to your memory?

JE: Not really as far as Christmas presents go, but my significant other did give me a necklace and a charm shaped like a miniature book when my first book was published. That was one of the nicest, most thoughtful presents I’ve ever gotten.

9- What would a perfect Christmas be like for Gwen?

JE: I think a perfect Christmas for Gwen would be spending some time with her Grandma Frost and the two of them reminiscing about Gwen’s mom, Grace – just remembering how much they loved Grace and realizing how much they care about each other now.

Happy reading and happy holidays, everyone!


If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Kiss of Frost

Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle...

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword.. 

Jenn’s Review

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository



Kensington & Jennifer would like to each offer one of you a copy of Kiss of Frost!

Open to  US & Canada only (1 copy to US)

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)


Jennifer-Estep-4-240x300Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series forKensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

You can visit Jennifer Here.


More of Jennifer‘s books:

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assas...Web of Lies (Elemental Assassi...Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Tangled Threads (Elemental Ass...Spider’s Revenge (Elemental...Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy...



Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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45 People left their mark' :

  1. Great interview! I love the Christmas questions and answers. They're awesome! I can't wait to read Kiss of Frost!

  2. Loved the interview!! Can't wait to read the book!

  3. I love the elemental assassin and I also have Touch of Frost on my TBR pile and hope to get down to it over the holiday.

  4. I just picked up Touch of Frost, so now I can start this series. First Frost whetted my appetite for it and I have the Halloween novella from Entangled waiting to be read as soon as I finish Touch of Frost. Thanks to Jennifer for some great stories.

  5. Great interview. I haven't had a chance to read this series yet.

  6. I'm looking forward to reading this.
    I forgot to say USA in the name and email spot - sorry.

  7. I want to read both Jennifer's YA and adult fiction and since I need to read more YA this series sounds like a great start.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your work Jennifer

  9. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it, and am very sorry that this is not an international contest.

  10. Great interview. Kiss of Frost sounds good.

  11. I love Jennifer's Elemental Assassin books (they are sooo good)so I am really excited to read her YA series.

    Amy Lynn

  12. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Comments from Jennifer Estep:

    Jennie -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

    Joella -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

  14. I have been wanting this book for like -- EVER!
    thanks for the givaway!

  15. Really looking forward to this sequel. Thanks!

  16. I would love to try this series!

  17. As a fan of her Elemental Assassin series, I would love to get a chance to read this series next! Thanks for the chance to win!

    alltherhage AT gmail DOt COM

  18. I adore the Elemental Assassin series, and I enjoyed Touch of Frost, so I can't wait to read Kiss of Frost.

  19. Hi!
    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to read this book! Love all of your christmas interviews!

  20. Great post.I am looking forward to reading Kiss of Frost.

  21. More comments by Jennifer Estep =)

    Anne -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

    Jen -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the rest of the Mythos Academy series.

    Sandy -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Victoria -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Na -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out my books.

    Rain Maiden -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

    Aurian -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

    Crystal -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

    Amy -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

    Stephanie -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    My Bloody Tears -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Vivien -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Diane -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the book.

    Annie -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the Elemental Assassin books, and I hope you like the Mythos Academy books too.

    Barbara -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy KISS OF FROST.

    Proserpine -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

  22. Oohh a ski resort for the Winter Carnival. I wonder what kind of trouble our heroes will get into while they're there? Vic is one of my favourite characters and the fact that he's a talking sword just makes him even more awesome! Thanks for the interview and Merry Christmas!

  23. Sounds like an interesting series.
    Love the covers. Thanks.

    jennifer k

  24. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. What a great interview thank you for sharing! I can't wait to read kiss of frost thanks for the great giveaway!

  26. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  27. I really enjoyed Touch of Frost and can't wait to read Kiss of Frost. Mythos Academy is a favorite place.

  28. I loved your adult series, but when Touch came out I was thrilled to have a YS to talk to my older teen with. She was not so thrilled I was reading along with her and wanting to talk but we did have our own little discussion and we both came out loving the book. I cannot wait to read Kiss of Frost. You created a great heroine with a great supporting cast. Thank you.

  29. I love your books -i must have this one for Christmas

  30. Great interview. I love this series so far. I never quite connected the title with actual kissing, so now that you've been kind enough to point that out I'm double excited to read the new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    eckstein99(at) comcast.net

  31. love your adult series and I would love to be able to give this one to my son. He'd like it and is always wanting something else to read lol

  32. I have been wanting to read this book. It sounds great!! Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  33. I've heard such great things about this series! Thanks for the giveaway.
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  34. I'm really looking forward to the sequel. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. I love getting to know authors better! This looks like such a fantastic series, I really want to read it!

  36. Can't wait to read this! I absolutely LOVED Touch of Frost!! Great review!

  37. I haven't read this series, but would love to.
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  38. Thank you for sharing with us. I read First Frost and would love to continue the journey.

  39. Thank you for the giveaway! I've heard so many good things about this series and I can't wait to find out for myself.


  40. Aww! That little book necklace sounds so cute! Now I want one. :D

  41. Nothing can get better then a warrior training school or can there :O
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  42. I love the story about the gift of the book charm after your first book was published. I have a couple of friends working on getting published and I may steal that idea. :)


  43. I love the elemental assassin series and I just read the first in this series and it's awesome as well.