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Monday, February 29, 2016

the mystery of Hope Ross's abduction still haunts her dreams - Desire in Frost (Crystal Frost #2) by Alicia Rades

"Again, this book is beautifully written, easy to read, with likeable and believable characters that are multidimensional. [...]
If you like a story full of mystery, ghosts, paranormal abilities and a touch of young romance, this book is definitely for you." - Goodreads, Sue


Published: January 25th, 2016

Crystal Frost just recently discovered she can see ghosts and predict the future, yet the mystery of Hope Ross's abduction still haunts her dreams. While traveling to Florida for Thanksgiving, Crystal's visions of Hope only grow stronger. She enlists the help of her soon-to-be step-cousin Robin, a decision that complicates the entire picture—and her feelings. Can she figure out what happened to Hope and learn why Robin is so guarded, or will her newfound abilities fail her?

Crystal Frost Character Interview

Robin: Crystal, our readers have some questions about Desire in Frost. Think you can spare a minute or two to answer them?
Crystal: Oh, sure! I love answering readers’ questions.

Robin: Okay. The first one is easy. What is Desire in Frost about?
Crystal: Well, it’s the story about our trip to Florida. I had just found out I was psychic a few weeks back, and I had been seeing this little girl in my mind. Her name is Hope. I wasn’t making any progress on what had happened to her, and we already had the vacation planned, so of course, I had to make the trip. Turns out it was a good idea. The story is all about how I rescued her from her abductor while we were on vacation.

Robin: Well, I won’t ever forget that vacation. Onto the next question. Some people want to know about the series. This is part of a series, correct?
Crystal: Yes, it is! This is the second in the Crystal Frost series after Fire in Frost.

Robin: Do people have to read Fire in Frost first before Desire in Frost?
Crystal: Not necessarily. The two books work as standalones, but I’d recommend reading Fire in Frost first to get a better idea of my psychic abilities and the history about my mom not telling me about them.

Robin: I’m glad you mentioned that because it leads us into our next question. Why didn’t your mom tell you about your abilities?
Crystal: She didn’t think I had them, and she wanted me to live a normal life. She owns a Halloween-themed shop in town called Divination, but I always thought it was just for fun. I had no idea the paranormal was real, and she just wanted me to be normal.

Robin: What’s it like now that you know you’re not?
Crystal: Not normal? Well, it’s a lot better than thinking I’m crazy! It’s still really confusing for me, to be honest. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

Robin: I’m sure you’ll figure it out. So, we mentioned Desire in Frost is part of a series. Will there be more books?
Crystal: Yes. The third one, Inspired by Frost, will be out sometime this summer. I’m still working with Alicia on the fourth, and we’re not sure when that will release, but it may not be for a while. 

Robin: Well, at least they won’t have to wait long for the third book. But people who haven’t read the books are wondering, who would you recommend the books to?
Crystal: Anyone who likes young adult paranormal. I’m only 15, so it’s good for that age group. I think kids 12 and up would really like it, but a lot of adults enjoy the books, too.

Robin: If they decide they want to read the books, where can they buy them?
Crystal: They’re available on Amazon in Kindle and print format. Fire in Frost is also available on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo, but Desire in Frost is only on Amazon at the moment.

Robin: That’s all the questions for now. Thanks for answering them.
Crystal:No problem! If readers want to stay updated on my stories, they can follow Alicia on Facebook or subscribe to her newsletter at aliciaradesauthor.com. I hope they enjoy my second book!


I used the sounds of the waves coming in my window as an anchor so I’d have something to focus on besides my racing thoughts. The minutes ticked by, and after a long time, colors began swirling in the ball. They became the center of my focus as I fell deeper into the unknown. A faint figure formed in the crystal ball. I almost thought I saw Hope’s face, but then the image washed away as a chill settled over the room.

“Help!” A voice startled me. My eyes jerked up to find a young girl standing in the room. 

My head began spinning. I was glad I was sitting down so I didn’t have to find an extra support to keep myself upright. I was starting to understand this feeling all too well. 

The girl had long dark hair and big beautiful eyes. For a second, I almost thought she was Hope. My heart sank at the thought that I’d failed her, but the girl standing in front of me was a lot older than Hope, just a few years younger than me.

I wanted to smile at her, to let her know that I wasn’t a threat, that I could help her even. I didn’t when I saw that the ghostly girl had an expression of urgency fixed to her face. My expression transformed to mirror hers when I realized that someone was likely in danger. I couldn’t think of any other excuse for why this ghostly girl would show herself to me.

“You have to help her,” she said. “She’s been scared for so long. I just want to see her happy.”

Now I knew for sure someone was in danger. Calm down, I told myself, but that was always difficult when a ghost was asking for help. 

“Who?” I asked, a little bit louder than I intended. “Who do you need me to help?”

The girl looked around the room as if trying to take in her surroundings, and then her eyes fell back on me.

“My sister.”


About the author:
By day, Alicia Rades is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. When inspiration strikes, she is also an author. Alicia has been captivated by the YA paranormal and supernatural genre since reading The Seer series by Linda Joy Singleton when she was 12 years old, and most of her stories are born out of the love for the genre. In college, Alicia majored in professional writing. Alicia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and too many fish to count.

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gregory said...

Thanks for competition!

Jo-Anne B. said...

I love the interview with Crystal. It gives really good insight into the character and a better idea of what the book it about.

Jan Lee said...

I love the purple rose cover :) I also love the story about a person who can see ghosts, a little scary to me, but so thrilling :)

Richard Brandt said...

I like stories that set limits on someone's extraordinary powers, else anything would be possible.

Tammy Dalley said...

SOunds like an awesome read, thanks for the great goiveaway!

Unknown said...

sounds like a great story! :)

Fee Roberts said...

This sounds like a good read, and the covers are gorgeous!

Karla S said...

Sounds great,thanks for sharing!

Diane Elizabeth said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and character interview, and the cover is gorgeous.

Unknown said...

Positively captivating book cover! :) Definitely a must-read!!

Unknown said...

Your book art is positively hypnotic!!! :)

James Robert said...

I do not know how anyone makes their covers but this one is pretty awesome

Jolanda said...

Thank you for the chance!

Dan Denman said...

I love the coloring and imagery in the cover! Crystal sounds like a great character!

Bridgett Wilbur said...

This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.