To celebrate the publication of Becca Fitzpatrick’s hot new thriller, Black Ice, Simon & Schuster has set up a blog tour with a twist. To be in with a chance of winning a Black Ice goodie bag, all you have to do is visit each of the five blogs in the banner over the course of this week.
Each blog will have one question associated with its content (question at end of post). Take the first letter from the answer of each of those questions to reveal the identity of a character in Black Ice. For example if the answers each day were Log, Under, Chilling, Idaho and Emergency the final answer would be LUCIE.
When you have the name of the character, please send your answer to email@example.com with the subject header BLACK ICE BLOG TOUR. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday 15th October.
Your wildly popular first series, the Hush, Hush saga, was a paranormal romance about fallen angels. What made you decide to write a thriller?
The first draft of Black Ice included paranormal elements. There were ghosts! I wasn’t consciously thinking about genre- I was following my instincts and writing the story that felt most important to me at that moment. In later drafts, the ghosts were cut and the criminal and psychological aspects took center stage. Being a bit oblivious to the fact that I was switching genres definitely made the leap less intimidating.
How did you manage to incorporate a romantic story line into your new thriller, Black Ice?
I love putting two people with great chemistry on the page together. It makes for sexy banter, which I always hope will lead to something more, ha! However, it can be challenging to have two characters who are constantly running from death believably slow down long enough to explore their feelings for one another. As a writer and a human, I like to see hints of hope amid fear and desperation. There is no situation too cynical for love. I try to balance the really tense, heart-pounding moments of danger with two people forging a connection that runs deeper than the need to survive.
Do you plan to write more stories about Britt and Jude?
At the moment, I’m enjoying writing stand-alone novels. It’s refreshing to not end a book with a cliffhanger- I’m freed from worrying about what obstacles my characters will face next. With Britt and Jude, I’m leaving the what-happens-next? question up to the reader’s imagination. Meanwhile, I’m busy writing a new book, Sapphire Skies, also a romantic thriller.
Black Ice takes place in the Tetons. What kind of research did you do for the book?
I’ve lived in both Idaho and Wyoming, so I felt comfortable with the setting from the get-go. But to make certain I knew the world inside and out, I road-tripped to the Teton Range before starting Black Ice. I also talked with wilderness and survival experts. Fingers crossed I never have to put what I learned to the test!
The story begins in the mountains with a blizzard and ends with a sunny day at the beach. How important is setting to your storyline?
I use setting to set the tone of the book- in the case of Black Ice, the raging storm and vast forest evoke a sense of fear and isolation. Right away, readers know what to expect- or at least, they think they do. I also use setting to test my characters. The inhospitable mountains force Britt to face her greatest fears and learn what she’s truly capable of.
Black Ice examines issues of trust, friendship, and family to name a few. Is there a particular lesson or message you hope your readers will come away with?
When I’m writing, I try not to let myself think about delivering a message. Instead, I focus on
my characters. True conflict comes from having two people desperately want the same thing- and fight relentlessly for it. Theme, characterization, and plot grow naturally from that struggle. When I finished writing Black Ice, I was able to discern certain beliefs and questions I explored for myself, but I know that every reader will come away with their own interpretation of what the book is trying to say. In the end, that’s what matters- what the book means to you.
Did you ever experience a spring break as heart-stopping as Britt’s?
Fortunately, no. But that’s why I read books- to imagine what might have been. (And to save myself the trouble of being stalked by a serial killer in the mountains.)
About the Book
Summary from Goodreads
Britt Phieffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trip with her and go trekking through the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.
But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, and find two knights in shining armour, Shaun and Mason, who are also hiding out.
But all is not as it seems, and Britt quickly discovers that the guys are there for reasons other than hiking…dangerous reasons that mean they need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide them down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to get out of this alive is to pretend she is on their side.
But playing nice is hard, especially when Britt is unsure whether Mason, gorgeous and sexy, is the enemy or an ally. And as she begins to lose track of who is in control it is only a matter of time before things turn deadly…