Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book of the Month - Cold Fire

 This month's (well November/ December really) book is my winter fantasy Cold Fire. This was written with fairy tales in mind. I wanted to write a story based around a fairy tale but not finding one I really liked I made my own:

Beware the Maiden-eater, my child, when the night is longest.
Through snow and ice he does creep,
Taking those who dare to sleep deep within his land.
Long in body and quick of mind he is,
Filled with powers to take you whilst you sleep and dream.
Beware the Maiden-eater, my child, when the night is longest.

And so Cold Fire was born.
This is one of my favourite stories that I have written for two reasons. First I have a real penchant for fantasy stories - although to date this is my only fantasy story that has been released (though watch this space). Secondly I helped design part of the cover with the background actually being some of my own artwork.

I do love the cover!

And so here is the blurb for the book:

In his ice palace Kevalan spends his time visiting different planes bringing cold and ice at certain times of the year. On a brief visit to one he rescues a young woman. He carries her to his palace for her safety all the while worried about his feelings for her. He only has one night on this world is it enough to form a strong enough bond, and why does she look upon him so fearfully?

And now! A little excerpt to tease

“So, tell me, what am I called here?”
His question confused Alice.
“Here? You mean you don’t live here all the time?”
“Of course I don’t, I am needed in many different places. I am known as Jack Frost in some places, and on the jungle world of Ithary, I am known as the Coldbringer.”
“Well, here I guess we know you as Maiden-eater.”
“Ah yes, that was it. You know it’s actually my personal favourite, although, no doubt the reason you tell your young I’m called that is wrong too?”
“Well I don’t know, but I guess it must be. You don’t seem to be an evil person.”
He laughed once more. Throughout their conversation, Alice had found it hard to concentrate on the words, and instead found herself gazing at the body of the man across from her. He was a good head and shoulders taller than she was, and much broader than any of the men from her village. He had about him an air of royalty, and yet he wasn’t frail and small of stature like the Lord, but instead seemed so strong and full of life. She was attracted to him, his clothes tight enough to show his muscular build. As each toned muscle flexed under his clothes, Alice sighed, her mind a whirl of thoughts, many of them focused on wondering what he would look like naked. He didn’t seem anything like the figure mentioned in the stories, yet the reputation he had had to come from somewhere.

Cold Fire can be bought here:
Amazon UK:


Unity said...

For many years I loved Winter; it's harshness; it's stillness and the beauty to be found within that. There is something about winter walks as the frost laden ground crunches beneath my feet and clarity in the air.

However, in recent years i've loved nothing more than my little spot on the beach listening to the waves crash in and looking out at nothing but a flat horizon.

Kathryn Merkel said...

GFC: Kathy Merkel

My favorite season is spring. Having always lived where it snows, I love the reawakening of the grass, flowers & trees that signals the long cold winter is finally over.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Nicole Gestalt said...

Thank you both for your comments it's so interesting how everyone has a different favourite season!

My sister adores the summer but for me I would rather it cold and crisp because I prefer the cold to the heat.

Hope you both have a great christmas!

joder said...

GFC follower as Joder.

Living in the Midwest, our seasons are extreme. Because I HATE winter, I'm choosing it's exact opposite as my favorite. I love the long and sunny days full of warmth that seeps into your bones. Sunlight feels like a massage without the hands-on masseuse. So the more hours in a day that I can have the happier I am!

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Nicole Gestalt said...

Thank you all for your comments! It's been really interesting to see and read everyone's opinions on the subject of the seasons!

Joder there is a copy of Cold Fire on it's way to your inbox (though check your junk mail as it might have slipped down into there)

Hope you all have a great winter season - even if not everyone completely enjoys this season think of it as an excuse to curl up in a warm house and read a good book!