Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Jennifer Estep’s Black Friday Memories with Daphne and Gwen from Kiss of Frost.
At Mythos Academy, teen warriors in the making train to take up their roles protecting humankind. With her snarky, self-deprecating voice and strange gift of psychometry – the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it – Gwen Frost is an outsider both to the students of the Academy and the rest of the world. But now that she’s taking private tutoring with the Academy’s most notorious young Spartan, and has Nike’s own sword to protect her, she’s ready to make mark…
So the holiday shopping season is here, and Jackie asked me to talk a little bit about Black Friday. I know that many folks go all out for Black Friday, scouring sales circulars and more for deals, getting up early to go to the store, and getting all their holiday shopping done at one time.
Me? I don’t really have any Black Friday traditions. Sometimes, I go shopping on Black Friday. Sometimes, I don’t. I never get up and go early, though. Usually, my mom and I will wait until at least mid-morning before we head out. I think that’s a good time to go, because some of the early shoppers are already done and the afternoon shoppers haven’t come out to the stores yet. Plus, most of the stores have good deals all day long.
One of my favorite Black Friday memories took place a few years ago. My mom and I decided to go shopping, and we packed a cooler full of turkey sandwiches, sodas, and more. After a couple of hours in town, going from store to store, we went back to the car, opened the cooler, and chowed down, enjoying the peace and quiet. I still remember how good those turkey sandwiches tasted that day.
Now, as far as characters in my new young adult book, Kiss of Frost go, I can see Daphne Cruz, a Valkyrie, being totally into Black Friday. Daphne would be at her favorite store before it opened with a list of everything she wanted to buy, and she’d probably drag Gwen Frost, the heroine of the Mythos Academy series, along with her.
Gwen would grumble about getting up so early, and she’d complain a little about the cold, crowds, and noise, but Gwen would go because she’d want to spend the day hanging out with her best friend. To me, that’s one of the best parts of Black Friday—hanging out with my mom, whether we go shopping or not.
Well, that and the turkey sandwiches.
What about you guys? Do you have any Black Friday or holiday shopping traditions?
Meet Jennifer Estep!
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a bar be cue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ash land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
Want to purchase Jennifer’s novel?
- Karma Girl at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Hot Mama at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Jinx at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Spider’s Bite at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Web of Lies at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Venom at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Tangled Threads at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Spider’s Revenge at Amazon or the Book Depository
- By a Thread at Amazon or the Book Depository (February 28, 2012)
- Widows Web at Amazon or the Book Depository (August 21, 2012)
- Touch of Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- First Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Kiss of Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Dark Frost at Amazon or the Book Depository (May 29, 2012)
Thank you Jennifer for taking part in Literary Escapism’s Black Friday!
Contest Time! Jennifer is giving away a copy of Touch of Frost or Kiss of Frost – winners choice. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Do you have any Black Friday or holiday shopping traditions? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
All Black Friday contests will remain open until December 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.