Hello my lovely followers,
I hope you have a great morning. :3 I have some exciting surprise for you: Isabelle Adler has an upcoming book in the queue: Frost, coming March 4.
To celebrate this I thought we better start the day with a…
…Cover reveal! But on top of that I have Isabelle Adler here as guest and she talks about the process in writing this amazing story, set in an post-apocalyptic setting where her protagonists find love in desperate times during a nuclear winter.
You might have read the other author’s work, Adrift, The Castaway Prince or A Touch of Magic are terrific titles by her. See the author page on NineStar Press for further information. 🙂
See below the amazing cover which I was captivated with. ❤
Frost comes out March 4, 2019, so mark this day in your calendar!
Let us take a look at the amazing cover. But first there’s the small teaser… 😉 Scroll down for the full cover. :3
And here it comes! The amazing cover!
Tell me below (in comments) what you think of it. :3
Isn’t that cover catching the post-apocalyptic settings! You really are mesmerized by it. I am definitely intrigued to dove into the story whenever I see it. :3
Author: Isabelle Adler
Genre: M/M, SFF, post-apocalyptic setting
Release Date: March 4, 2019
Publisher: NineStar Pnress
Length: 27.100 words
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Warning: depictions of violence and physical beating
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The end of the world as they knew it had come and gone, and the remnants of mankind struggle to survive in a barren landscape. Twenty-three-year-old Finn sets out on a desperate mission to scavenge for the much-needed medicine to help his sister. He knows better than to trust anyone, but when a total stranger saves him from a vicious gang, the unexpected act of kindness rekindles Finn’s lost faith in humanity.
The tentative friendship with his rescuer, Spencer, gradually turns into something more, and for the first time in years, Finn lets himself yearn for joy and hope in the dead of nuclear winter—right until Spencer goes missing.
They say love is the greatest power of all, but it seems it would take nothing short of a miracle to overcome the dangers that threaten to destroy Finn’s only chance for happiness and the lives of his loved ones.
FROST is a story of second chances. The bleak setting of a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter, where the remnants of the human race try to survive by any means possible, is perhaps an unusual backdrop for a romance, but it’s the perfect one to highlight the power of hope. The theme of love (whether romantic, familial, or altruistic) being the driving for force overcoming self-doubt and despair is central to the story, drawing on our common yearning for happiness.
Writing FROST was, in itself, a journey of overcoming obstacles and receiving a second chance to tell it. It was initially conceived as a much shorter holiday story (it takes place just before Christmas, and this element still features in the narrative even if it’s not as important to the overall plot as it had been during its conception), and lacked the depth it needed to really address the main issues that the character face. It was riddled with problems pertaining to plot development as well as characterization. Needless to say, it was rejected.
Still, I believed there could be more to the story. I believed in these characters, and in the message of hope and acceptance I wanted to convey with their help, and I didn’t want to give up on that entirely. At the time, there were other, more pressing projects I had to focus my attention on (such as A Touch of Magic and the second installment in the Staying Afloat series), so I put this one on the back burner until I was ready to return to it.
When that finally happened, I completely rewrote it. The short story became a novella to accommodate the added action, the pacing picked up, the relationships between the characters became more balanced and nuanced. The bond between the main character, Finn, and his older sister Siobhan became much more integral to the story, and the progression of the development of Finn and the love interest, Spencer’s, feelings for one another became more meaningful. In short, it was a much better book than its original version—or, at least, it was finally good enough to be accepted for publication. I have to thank my editor for her work picking up on all those places where more tweaks were needed with her usual astuteness, and for urging me to explore the characters’ motivations even further.
Sometimes, in life, there is no choice but to give up on something when it’s not working anymore. But sometimes all it needs is a different approach, a rethink, a second chance born out of hope for the better. Sometimes there’s value in being stubborn and persistent, because eventually, the struggle will be worth it. This is the idea at the core of Frost—that love is one of those things that are worth fighting for, even when it seems that the world is ending. Because, eventually, love is what will drive us to rebuild it.
Author bio – Isabelle Adler
A voracious reader from the age of five, Isabelle Adler has always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination and caffeine.