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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"When I'm not writing" with Jennifer Estep + giveaway!

Jennifer Estep

I'm so very excited about today's guest! Jennifer Estep is one of my favourite authors and an exceptionally talented writer. She currently has two amazing series: the Elemental Assassin series featuring the butt-kicking Gin Blanco and the young adult Mythos Academy books, the series that brings her to the blog today. The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry (the ability to know an object’s history by touching it). Gwen ends up at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. Jennifer's currently on (blog) tour promoting her third Mythos Academy novel, DARK FROST, which comes out on June 1.

Find out what Jennifer does when she's not hard at work on her brilliant books and remember to stick around for the giveaway!


Greetings! First of all, I want to say thanks to Tynga for hosting me on the blog again. Thanks so much, Tynga!

So today, Tynga asked me to do a post about what I do when I’m not writing. Not writing? What’s that like? LOL.

Seriously, though, since I write two series, it seems like I’m almost always writing or working on revisions, copy edits, or page proofs for one of my books. Not to mention all the other things that authors do like answering e-mails, social media, and getting the word out about their books.

But I also think it’s important to make time for yourself. So whenever I finish a big project, I try to reward myself with a book I’ve been wanting to read, a TV series on DVD that I’ve been wanting to try, or something like that. Even if it’s something small, like a new lip gloss or ordering dessert, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a little something and motivates me to move on to the next project.

I’m pretty boring when it comes to what I like to do in my spare time. I like to read, watch TV, go catch a movie, and just spend some time with my family and significant other. Of course, those last one often ends with us watching TV or catching a movie. LOL.

I also enjoy hanging out with my friends. Every few months, a group of us make time to get together and have a cookout, which we have jokingly dubbed Meatfest since it always seems like there are a lot of meat dishes on the menu. Everybody makes a dish or two (or two or three), then we meet at someone’s house to eat and just hang out for a few hours.

It’s a great way to catch up with what’s going on in everyone’s life. Sometimes, we’ll play card games or Trivial Pursuit or something like that. During football season, we’ll eat while we watch a game or two and root for our favorite teams. Good food, good company, good times. It’s a winning combination for me.

What about you guys? What do you like to do in your spare time?


Thank you so much for visiting us, Jennifer!

For more information about Jennifer and her books, check out her website or goodreads page, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Here's the scoop on DARK FROST:

Jennifer Estep Dark FrostI've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I'm in for the fight of my life.

My thoughts

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Click on the cover to read my thoughts on the first two books in the series:

Jennifer Estep Touch of FrostJennifer Estep Kiss of Frost

You can also check out the e-prequel, FIRST FROST:

Jennifer Estep First Frost



Jennifer is generously offering one (1) copy of DARK FROST to a lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, obey the Rafflecopter!

US only

Ends Monday, June 4, 2012

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Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favorite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

59 People left their mark' :

  1. I love to read and garden in the spring and summer.. Love all your books:) thanks for sharing , loved the post:)


  2. Loretta -- Thanks! Glad you liked the post, and glad you are enjoying my books.

  3. In my spare time I love to read. I love to take a lawn chair and sit outside. I live in the country and always so quite. I also love taking the kids to the pool or the park to play.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Read the prequel for this story and loved it, but have not read any further. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. I read.....a LOT..it just never ends.

  5. In my spare time I play with my kids, read, and crochet.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. In my down time when I'm not reading, I'm watching the Discovery channel or History with my man. I always have house cleaning that need my attention too. Thanks for stopping by and the giveaway Jennifer!

  7. I'm usually at the soccer fields with my daughter or at the dance studio with my other daughter.

  8. Chrisbails -- It's almost pool season again. That's a great way to relax.

    Vivien -- I always wish I had more time to read.

    Bethie -- I always wish I had more time to read.

    Rain Maiden -- You're welcome. And I watch TV too. I like Mythbusters.

    Maria -- I have some friends who do the same things with their kids, including baseball games in the summer.

  9. I read or I blog. Sometimes I write a story..

  10. I'm a writer and a reader. That takes up a lot of my free time, but I also love to vacation. Hoping to plan one for July and possible November this year :)

  11. Arianne -- I like reading and blogging too.

    Lisa -- Vacations are always good.

  12. I read or enter giveaways. Kind of sad but I enjoy it so...!

  13. What else is there to do but read? (with occasional breaks for cooking). Congrats on the new book. I can't wait to read it. I love both Gin and Gwen.

  14. Fourheadjen -- I like to read too.

    Jen -- Thanks! I appreciate that. Glad you are enjoying my books.

  15. My spare time consists of time with my 2-year old baby girl, or working on a new sketch! :D

  16. Read, read, and then read some more!

  17. Read, run and horseback riding!

    Love this series, can't wait to read Dark Frost!

  18. In my spare time I like reading (obviously), running, baking, vegging in front of the TV or going to the movies.

    Really enjoy the Mythos Academy series.

  19. Well I read a lot, obviously, I spend a lot of time with my children and listening to music.

  20. i'm usually either reading or playing around on the internet : )

  21. I love to read in my spare time, of course! The other activity that I do a lot is surf the web, reading blogs, newsletters, etc. about books. :D When I need a break from my obsession, I get outside and take a nice walk around my neighborhood.

  22. In my spare time I read, write, watch TV, do artwork, work on crafts, do photography, go hiking, bike ride, etc. Congratulations on your all new release!

  23. Spare time what spare time lol no but I read and shop but I try to stick to reading its cheaper : )

  24. Spare time? What's that? When I have some...I love to read=)

  25. I love to read and listen to music.

  26. Spare time? What is this elusive stuff you speak of? lol When I have some I read or surf the net checking book blogs, facebook and or twitter. Add sleeping and work and that about covers my life.

  27. In my free time, I like to read, watch DVD's, and do some writing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. A lot of my free time is spend reading and blogging, and on Twitter. I also like my new little garden, and talk with friends about books :) Then there is my house and boyfriend to take care of :)

  29. Besides reading, I have been working on trying to grow my first ever batch of herbs. Hopefully they turn out okay and I don't kill them... :/

  30. Midnight Styles -- I like art too, although I can't draw well at all.

    DeeDee -- I like reading too.

    Kristin -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the books, and I hope you like DARK FROST too.

    Cheryl -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series so far.

    Jasmyn -- I like reading too.

    Alicia -- I like those things too.

    Barbara -- I surf book blogs too. It's always fun to see the new books that are in the works.

    LadyVampire -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Lynnette -- Reading can be cheaper than shopping, depending on how many books you buy. LOL.

    Ansindt -- I know what you mean. I wish I had more spare time and more time to read.

    Natasha -- I like to read too.

    Bn100 -- I like to read too.

    Jessica -- I know what you mean. I wish I had more spare time too.

    Susan -- You're welcome. I like doing those things too.

    Aurian -- I like talking with friends about books too.

    Danielle -- Good luck with your garden.

  31. I love to read, of course :)

  32. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I love Jennifer's books!!!!

    Time off? What's that? I've been in a workaholic stage for the last year and haven't had a lot of time off. What I do have, I spend relaxing w/ my dogs and BF and trying to make a dent in my TBR mountain :)

  33. Read, read and more reading! I also like to scrapbook.

  34. I love to read, write, and I'm a couponer!

  35. Reading, writing, and listening to the same song over and over again.

  36. In my spare time I like to read, work on my blog, or just work on my art.(draw, paint)

  37. I love to read in my spare time of course :) Other than that, I try to catch up on my sleep

  38. Reading, Spending time with my family and photography

  39. I love to read when every I can thats my favorite thing to do!
    Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

  40. I like to read, go to the beach, and write. :)

  41. Julie -- I like to read too.

    Erin -- Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Martha -- I like to read too.

    Mare -- That's cool that you are into couponing.

    Jennifer -- I like to read too.

    Serenitysheild -- I like to read too.

    Laceyblossom -- I like to read too.

    Starry Night Book Reviews -- I like spending time with my family too.

    Latishajean -- I like to read too.

    Fall Into Books -- A trip to the beach is always good.

  42. In my spare time, I either read, lay out by the pool (still reading), play Zelda, walk the lakes by LSU, or watch my newest obsession "How I Met Your Mother." I can't believe I waited until the 7th season to start watching it.

  43. I homeschool my 6 year old son, and if I have any free time after that, I like to knit, crochet, and read! One of my favorite authors to read is the awesome Ms. Estep (yes, that is an obvious suck up move on my part!!) and her Frost series is one of my all time favorite series! I'm dying to read this latest installment and would love to be entered to win a copy:)

  44. I read on my spare time, if not then a nap! lol Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  45. In my spare time you'll find me sitting on my bed reading away.

  46. Hmm. That depends. Usually I'll be either: blogging, reading, playing piano, singing, or practicing my flute. Or eating and doing all of the above. ;) Thanks for the giveaway I love this series! :)

  47. I read manga or normal YA fantasy whenever I have spare time.

  48. I love to read (of course), watch movies, play online games, and cook. :)

    - Beckie

  49. Amber -- I like How I Met Your Mother too.

    Julie -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books. I'm glad you are enjoying them.

    Ntzee -- I like to read too.

    Xia -- I like to read too.

    Eileen -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Angie -- I like to read YA books too.

    Chi -- I like to read too.

  50. I really enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and watching youtube videos in my spare time! x)

  51. I like reading, blogging, and watching TV.

  52. In my spare time I like to read of course! And I like to watch anime / read manga and I'm a bit of a gamer as well. If I have a lot of time on my hands I will usually bake something.

  53. I love to read ,blog,& play video games on the play station 3.

  54. Well, read is a given I would think. lol I also love to draw, gardening, playing poker (joined a poker league a few weeks back) I'm loving it. Listening to music and audio-books. Especially when I'm playing poker. That's a must. It's the best of both worlds poker and reading. Since you really can't read print or eBook while playing.
    DeAnna Schultz

  55. I pretty much read in my spare time. It helps me to relax.

  56. I like to read or play video games. :) It's nice and relaxing.

  57. What spare time?

    No, I'm kidding c: I read or play piano!