"On the eve of this world’s destruction, caution will be our death sentence.”
THE GODS OF the heavens and earth wage war in Immortal Fire by Annette Marie—epic conclusion to Emi and Shiro's enchanting romantic fantasy Red Winter Trilogy, released on April 11th 2017. Read on for details about the book, Annette Marie's Top 5 most memorable moments while working on Red Winter Trilogy, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win 1x $25 Amazon gift card, or 2x $10 Amazon gift card. Good luck!
Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity's only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality.
Despite the looming threat, Emi can't escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. Soon—too soon—she will have to break the curse that binds his magic and memories. And once the ancient power inside him awakens, the yokai she loves will be changed forever.
As the earthly gods gather to wage war against the heavens, Emi and Shiro must gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes. Together, they will find a way to save her world—even if it means losing each other.
Each book in the Red Winter Trilogy includes ten stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Brittany Jackson. This is an exclusive preview of one illustration featured in Immortal Fire.
TOP 5 WITH ANNETTE MARIE
Annette Marie’s Top 5 Most Memorable Moments while Working on the Red Winter Trilogy
1. When my husband finished reading the first draft – My husband Jacob and I are a publishing team; I do the writing, and he handles most of the business side of books. For Red Winter, I didn’t tell him a single thing about the book except “Japanese mythology” so he was completely out to sea until the moment I handed him the first draft, and I was really nervous about what he would think. After he finished reading it, he told me he loved it, and that was an awesome moment.
2. Writing Shiro's first scene – Shiro, the leading man, doesn't make a real appearance in Red Winter until Chapter 9. That’s a longer wait than usual for a main character to show up, and though it was necessary, it was a long wait for me too! Shiro had resisted all my efforts to outline his character before starting, so I didn’t really know what he would be like until I finally got to write him. And he just came to life on the page, dangerous and mischievous and flirtatious all at the same time. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the entire trilogy.
3. Seeing the first finished illustration – I knew early on that I wanted to include some illustrations in the Red Winter series, but choosing the right artist was tricky. Would they “get” the books and characters? I was nervous right up until I got the first finished illustration from Brittany Jackson of BeaGifted Illustration. It was gorgeous and absolutely perfect, and the rest of art that followed is equally amazing. Brittany is a seriously talented lady!
4. Writing the “epilogue” of Immortal Fire – Using the word “epilogue” loosely, I wrote most of the final three chapters of Immortal Fire in one sitting, and it was such an emotional end to the journey both for the characters and for me. I’d been living with Emi and Shiro in my head for the better part of a year, and they’d struggled and grown so much. I learned so much too, so finally writing those last few chapters … I may have gotten a bit choked up at points.
5. Filming the Red Winter book trailer – There was one particular moment when we were preparing to film one of the “running” shots. It had just started to snow, the crew was quiet, and the actress was standing alone in the trees in her costume—the sweeping white kimono and vibrant red hakama—waiting for her signal to start. And in that moment, it wasn’t an actress and a crew and cameras in a patch of forest fifteen minutes away from the suburbs. It was Emi, in the flesh, in the mountains, and I felt like I was seeing the story play out before my eyes. Such a surreal moment!
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Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.
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