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Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Rachel L. Demeter on THE FROST OF SPRINGTIME
This week, we're pleased to welcome author RACHEL L. DEMETERwith her latest novel, THE FROST OF SPRINGTIME. The giveaway for this title - one $25 Amazon gift card - see the Rafflecopter details at the end of this post. Here's the blurb:
To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.
But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.
Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.
Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.
**Q&A with Rachel Demeter**
Can you tell me a little bit
about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
you for having me on your blog! Simply put, writing is my life’s blood, my
passion, and obsession. It has always been, and always will be. I’ve been
writing before I physically learned to write. As a child, one
of my favorite pastimes was imagining stories and characters while my mom would
jot them down for me. Now, at the ripe age of twenty-six, my passion for
creating living, breathing worlds is stronger than ever.
from writing, my interests include researching history (especially 19th century
France and the Middle Ages), reading, singing, cooking, health and fitness,
playing the violin, videogames (I’m a bit of a nerd at heart), loyally
following television shows, philosophy, and animals.
How would you describe your
dark, edgy, and character-driven. My writing is very descriptive with a definite
What is The Frost of Springtime
Frost of Springtime emerged from my love of French history and unconventional
romances. I have always been drawn to the darker facets of love, and this
served as a central inspiration for the characters. Severely scarred inside and
out, Aleksender de Lefèvre’s twisted past and the horrors of the battlefield
have hardened his heart–and Sofia’s love and compassion embodies the ideal
counterpoint to his darkness. Like Aleksender, she suffers from a tragic and
ill-fated past. I had yearned to create a pair of star-crossed lovers whose
deep affection for each other could triumph over seemingly impossible odds.
Aleksender and Sofia are two flawed characters who are made perfect through
addition to the romance and sensuality, The Frost of Springtime offers a vivid
perspective into the war-torn streets of revolutionary Paris. My book truly is
a historical romance; the history of
the era plays a significant role in both the story and characterizations. Laced
with Gothic undertones, conflicted characters, and forbidden love, it’s a
journey of intense emotional stakes and plenty of twists and turns.
What inspired you to write about the
1871 Paris Commune?
century France has always been a dear passion of mine. It was an era of
conflict, political intrigue, and romance. While researching French history,
the 1871 Paris Commune (infamously referred to as “The Bloody Week”) called out
to my creative muse. Set during the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war, I was
positively fascinated by the moral ambiguity in regards to both parties
involved (the Communards, who really did execute hostages), and of course, the
army of Versailles (who executed thousands of citizens in hopes to retain peace).
In addition, little details caught my eye—the underground Communard’s road
inside of the eerie catacombs, the destruction of the Vendôme column, and the
sheer brutality of the civil war.
unusual settings, and the 1871 Paris Commune rarely appears in storytelling. It
is a vastly overlooked, yet historically devastating event. The revolution
lasted only for 72 days—and, in that time, 100,000 men, women, and children
were either murdered or exiled to the colonies. I believe that the Communards’
stand against the government truly encompasses the patriotic spirit of the
French people. It represents an eternal love and loyalty to the city of Paris.
How historically accurate is The
Frost of Springtime?
accurate. I not only strived to include a day-by-day account of the civil war and
Paris’s devastated state, but incorporated actual participants as well. In the
interest of the plot and characterizations, some details and events were
altered—but nothing drastic. When developing my stories, I take great pride in
authentically conveying an era with as much honesty as I can.
What projects are you currently
several novels in the works, including an edgy historical romance set during
the Napoleonic Wars, a historical romance/horror hybrid set within a Victorian
asylum (I’m super excited about this one), a medieval historical romance, a few
contemporary romances, and a horror. Do you reckon
I’ll find time to sleep?
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.
Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.
Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.