Welcome to the Launch Party for Frost by Kate Avery Ellison. I'm really excited about this book! It sounds amazing and the cover is to die for!
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person might end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing weather and threat of monster attacks, or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and treachery just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest, a young man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in serious trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel, and her village has nothing to do with them. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle her farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but each move she makes puts her in greater danger. Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
Creating chemistry in your novel especially in a dystopian setting
Two characters who fall in love in a dystopian setting often experience serious obstacles that are beyond their control. Their feelings for each other might be against the rules of their society, or their love might be impossible due to circumstances of their world or situation (like with Lia and Gabe). This helps heighten the chemistry between them, I think, as often things that we cannot have become all the more intriguing and irresistible. Also, the elements of fear and danger can add extra sizzle to the love story as a tale of love becomes all the more urgent and tragic when lives are at stake.
Wrong expectations due to fear or misinformation can create conflict and heighten character chemistry, too. For instance, in Frost, the main character Lia is afraid of Gabe at first because she’s been told her whole life that all Farthers are ruthless and cruel. Yet Gabe is intelligent, sensitive, and unwilling to harm her even when he thinks she is the enemy. He’s everything but what she’s been told, so her ideas about the world and the Farthers are challenged, and she is intrigued. Lia’s also attracted to him anyway, but in this setting she isn’t free to simply pursue that attraction—not without consequences. Loving the enemy is a dangerous path to take.
Adding extra conflicts like forbidden elements, secrets, and a sense of danger to the equation is a great way to add spark to a novel (and a love story) in a dystopian setting.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Kate! I hope ya'll enjoyed it, and don't forget to stop by other stops on the Launch Party Tour, where you will be able to enter to win a copy of the book! You can find the entire schedule for it HERE
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