Friday, February 22, 2013

Ashes and Ice Blog Tour
Ashes and Ice
By: Rochelle Maya Callen
She is desperate to remember.
He is aching to forget.
Together, they are not broken.
But together, one may not survive.

​Jade wakes up with no memory of her past and blood on her hands.

Plagued by wicked thoughts, she searches for answers. Instead, she finds a boy who doesn't offer her answers, but hope. But sometimes, when nightmares turn into reality and death follows you everywhere, hope is not enough.

LUST. LOVE. LOSS. Sometimes, all that is left are Ashes and Ice.
Review:  ***** 5 stars
First and foremost the cover drew me in from the very beginning. I absolutely love it and I was itching to be able to read this book. Ashes and Ice was an amazing story that kept me captivated to the very end. I love how the story alternates between both POV's of the main characters Jade and Connor. I like seeing how things play out in other perspectives and to also get an inside glance on how the characters are on the inside.

The characters were well developed and the story line unique. I loved seeing how Jade and Connor grew throughout the book and became the strong and brave characters I knew they could be. Jade's character starts out in the book with memory loss. She has no clue who she is or why she can't remember anything, but she's determined to find the answers. When she meets Connor everything changes. They both help each other to become the strong characters that was lying within themselves.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's hard to write a review and not give anything away so holding back is very difficult. If you want twists and turns and an amazing plot then this is the book for you. Now I can't wait for the next book!!!
About the Author:

So you want to know more about me, eh? Well, the short of it is: I grew up with a book under my arm. I frequently read until dawn by flashlight so that no one could see I was up by the light under my door. I scribbled stories in the corners of notebooks and was convinced I would be a novelist one day. And then *BAM* twelve years later it happened!

Hmmm, what happened in that twelve years? I entered high school at thirteen and promptly abandoned my stories and dreams of being a novelist for a path of study that I hoped would make me suitable for political office and would eventually land me in a big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. My fervent passion for social & political justice fueled my studies and I did not read a single fiction book (unless my study required) until two years after I graduated college. I worked up to four jobs at a time. Only one stuck: behavioral therapy. I have been a behavioral therapist for the past 8 years and have focused on cases of severe mental illness and autism.

​So, how did story telling creep back into my life? I owe it all to my daughter—then in my ever growing pregnant belly—and the fabulous nausea that she insisted on blessing me with. For a period of time, I was so sick that I could barely get out of bed. It was then that I decided to pick up a novel. I fell in love again. I tore through books and read them late into the night. I think my husband worried about me. He would wake up to see me sniffling or laughing or taut with anxiety all because of the book in my hand.

​During this time, I found a chapter and character sketch about an extraordinary girl named Jade that I had written at 12 or 13. Those few pages were the catalyst to writing Ashes and Ice. It took years to write. I was so intimidated by the process! It wasn’t until my sister said she would not speak to me if the rough draft wasn’t finished by her birthday (earlier this year). That got me writing!

​Now, I am writing every spare moment and have not only the rest of the Ashes and Ice trilogy mapped out, but also three other projects in the works.

I feel incredibly blessed to have found my love of books and writing again. It truly was and is my dream—I had just forgotten about it for a time. And finally, I am living it.


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