Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Published: November 12, 2013
Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Then she meets Ice, the local medicine man's apprentice. Suddenly, her simple family gathering becomes an exciting – and terrifying – week of self-discovery. At first Jeni doesn't believe Ice's claim that she can touch the spirit world and has somehow released a mythical underwater monster. However, she's forced to reconsider when a teen swears a monster killed his father while fishing on the lake. Just as she comes to accept truth, Jeni finds she is the only one who can imprison the monster, making her the creature's next target. She'll need immense faith in her newfound ability to put herself in harm's way and face down the monster. And even if she succeeds in delivering the local population – and Ice – from the creature's wrath, there is no guarantee Jeni will escape with her own life.
Heart of Ice by Barbara Pietron
Currently FREE! Visit Heart of Ice on Scribe-Publishing.com to download!
About the Author
After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication. Her success encouraged her to complete a novel. She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs. In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher's Weekly. A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.
Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she's not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.
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Please welcome Thunderstone author Barbara Pietron to Diane's Book Blog.
Unlike the underwater monster in Thunderstone, the monster in Heart of Ice, the Windigo, has been featured in many stories, novels, movies, and television shows. My first brush with the Windigo was an episode of Charmed. The monster appeared again in an early episode of Supernatural, and most recently (for me) in Sleepy Hollow. Although every reference puts its own spin on the creature, I strived to keep as close as possible to the Native American lore.
A Windigo is a once-human creature, driven to cannibalism, and consumed by the lust for human flesh. It's often described as a yellow-eyed monster with clawed hands, matted hair, an emaciated body, superhuman strength, and a heart made of solid ice. In the past, ice and snow during the hard winters in the north woods would isolate tribes and settlers from food resources. If hunting failed, faced with starvation, cannibalism might be the only chance for survival. The Native Americans believed this is how Windigos were most often created. They also believed a dreamer could be tricked into cannibalism and that dreams and visions of ice and the North Wind were harbingers of the Windigo condition. Medicine power was another way to afflict someone with the Windigo curse. If not too far gone, the plagued person might be saved by consuming heated animal fat or strong wine and then resting by a fire to melt the heart of ice. Sometimes a shaking tent ceremony was performed by a shaman who would contact the spirit world and tap into the medicine power used to curse the individual. But Windigos that had lost all humanity must be burned to ensure their demise.
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Based on the cover summary below, you think of an amazing title. You know, the kind of title that compels a potential reader to take the book off the shelf.
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Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track-star, Natalie Segetich, until her best friend Emma disappears. Natalie swears something took Emma, and though most people write Natalie off as traumatized and confused, Jack is a soulshifter and he knows the human-stealing Enuuki—hell's messengers—are real.
As a soulshifter, Jack can cross into the underworld so he sees Emma's rescue as an opportunity to prove himself a valuable member of his transcendental sect—and a way to secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Although he needs Natalie's help to prepare for the mission, Jack intends to go to the underworld alone. But as a viable plan takes shape, it's clear the best chance of success means Natalie must accompany him.
On the eve of the quest, when Jack is promised the hand of a respected elder's daughter—a dream come true—he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants. But it's too late to back out, not with the sect and Natalie counting on him. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead in a battle and barter for souls. In the end, Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive.
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