The Winter People

Happy release day to Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Summer Marked, the sequel to The Winter People! This story diary I made for The Winter People was originally supposed to be posted on Entangled Teen’s blog last year when I was recruited onto their “Bloggerazzi” team, however, plans fell through and we never launched, so it’s going on my blog now, teehee! ;P Enjoy!

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy
Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

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*Note: Please keep in mind that only some places in the book are real, while the others are purely fictional.*

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We all can relate to that, right, readers? The TBR pile is ever-growing. So many books; so little time.

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How about a quote to swoon you over?

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Winter solstices are an important factor in The Winter People, but their meaning for one may be different than what it means to us…

“Some people see the solstices as magical times. Some look at it as a way to travel between the worlds, humans and otherwise, because that is when the veils are thinnest. Others look at it as a time of sacrifice…” –Rebekah L. Purdy, The Winter People

While to the eye, a winter solstice means that, as the earth is tilting on it’s axis, December 21st is the day that has the least amount of daylight, thus becoming the shortest day of the year. Same goes for June 21st being the longest with the most amount of daylight during the summer solstice, depending on which side of the hemisphere.

In astrology, the winter solstice is associated with the birth of the sun. Winter Solstice means sun set still in Latin, in which there is stillness before the sun builds strength, and the days grow longer. It’s a powerful time of re-birth and transformation, which I find essential to The Winter People because of our heroine, Salome. [Source]

I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). I’ve lived here most of my life other than the few years I spent in the U.S. Army. At which time I got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.

I work full time for the court system and in my free time I write YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for me, but my favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.

I also have a big family–I like to consider us the modern day Brady Bunch. When my hubby and I met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, I had 2 and we have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.

And I can’t forget my other family members–yep, we’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…I won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked me into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s my dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of my other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with my kids, and traveling.

I belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it we all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel

And that’s me in a big ‘ol nutshell.

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Read the prologue + the first chapter from The Winter People!

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