Frosted Roses Release Five: Secrets of the Mountain

Welcome back to the Frosted Roses Blog Tour. We are up to book number five of our Six fairy-tale retellings. Tocays book is Secret’s of the Mountain by Wyn Estelle Ownes. This Snow White and Rose Red takes the classic tale and gives it a Norse twist.

Here are links to my posts about the previous four books:

My book Runaway Lyrics released Tuesday the 21st: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

As long as we Live, by Cortney Manning came out on Wednesday the 22nd: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington went live on Friday the 24th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/24/frosted-roses-release-three-gilded-in-ice/

Rose Petals and Snowflakes by Kendra E. Ardnek released on Saturday the 25th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/25/frosted-roses-release-four-rose-petals-and-snowflakes/

Remember there’s a giveaway on our main tour page. (scroll all the way down for the raffle copter widget.) The winner gets four books in paperback, (one of which is my book Runaway Lyrics) and a red and white rose necklace. There’s only two days left so get your entries in now.

Secrets of the Mountain 

If there’s one thing Svanhilda has always known, it’s the importance of family. When her little sister Rósfrída was born, Svanhilda promised her mother that she and her sister would stick together. But as the years passed, tragedy after tragedy befell her family, ripping it apart piece by piece, until only Svanhilda remains at home with her ailing mother. And Rósfrída? She has stayed with Svanhilda, as they promised long ago—every time Svanhilda looks at her reflection, she sees her little sister instead, trapped in a prison of mirrors and treasure. Their only hope is that either their seafaring Father or Rósfrída’s strange bear friend might find a way to free her. 
 
Tryggvi lost his mother and father a long, long time ago—so long ago that he barely remembers them. When a boy prince named Asbjǫrn finds him wandering in the woods, he takes Tryggvi home and calls him brother, and his parents welcome Tryggvi as their son. Some years later, Asbjǫrn leaves to study for a year… but he never returns, and is thought dead and gone. 
But Tryggvi is convinced his brother still lives–and not without evidence. So, now that he is finally old enough, Tryggvi sets out to find Asbjǫrn, armed with his cat and an amber pendant which enables him to see the truth of things. And he will find out the truth and bring his big brother home. After all, he promised his baby sister he would, and that’s not a promise he’s willing to break. 
 
On the mountain there is a cave, and in the cave there is a mirror, and in that mirror live two friends: a girl and a bear, trapped in secrets, imprisoned by treasures of great worth. But help is coming, and the secret deeds done in darkness will be revealed, and the prisoners will be set free. 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0996BQS11/ 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58543220-secrets-of-the-mountain 

Author Bio: 

Wyn Estelle Owens is the penname of a young woman who’s still figuring out what this whole ‘adult’ thing is all about. She lives in a big, old house in Maryland by a Hundred Acre Wood (dubbed Neldoreth) with her parents, three occasionally obnoxious brothers, her dog Jackie, and her personal plot bunny, Joker. 
She is fond of reading, writing, drawing, speaking in dead or imaginary languages, playing videogames, quoting classic or obscure literature, being randomly dramatic, and generally making things out of yarn. Her dream is to write stories that inspire people to chase after the wonderful world of storytelling. 
Her favorite all-time authors are Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Christa Kinde, and above all, J.R.R. Tolkien, who first inspired her to pursuing novel writing when she read the Hobbit at the age of seven. 

Find her online at:  Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon 

Frosted Roses Release Four: Rose Petals and Snowflakes.

Welcome to the fourth release for the Frosted Roses Fairy-tale blog tour.

Today I’m spotlighting Rose Petals and Snowflakes, by Kendra E. Ardnek. She’s the very motivated individual who not only started the Arista Fairy-tale retellers but she put a ton of work into this blog tour. Check out the main blog tour page for more posts about her Jane Austen fairy-tale mashup.

https://aristasdirectory.blogspot.com/p/six-frosted-roses.html

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the tour page for a raffle copter giveaway. The winner gets four of the Frosted Roses books in paperback and a frosted roses necklace.

Check out the first release (It’s my book) here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

The second release is here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Here’s the link to my review of the third release: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/24/frosted-roses-release-three-gilded-in-ice/

The Austen Fairy Tale #1 

Rose Petals & Snowflakes 

After their father’s death, and thanks to their older half-brother’s wanderlust, two sisters find themselves caught in the politics of mysterious forest. Elinrose finds herself in direct conflict with the wood’s Mistress, while Snowmari hides a deadly secret that could mean her death if found out. Can their bonds of sisterhood withstand these trying times? Or will they even make it out alive? 

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09GXDLZQP 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55816493-rose-petals-and-snowflakes 

Preorder #2 Crown and Cinder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B4DG79B/ 

Author Bio: 

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks. 
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon 

Frosted Roses Release Three: Gilded in Ice 

Welcome to the third release for the Frosted Roses Fairy-tale blog tour.

Scroll to the bottom of the main blog tour page for a raffle copter giveaway. The winner gets four of the books in paperback and a frosted roses necklace.

https://aristasdirectory.blogspot.com/p/six-frosted-roses.html

Check out the first release here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

And the second release here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Today I’m hosting a Dive in review for Gilded in Ice. But first a little about the story.

 Bastian has two new missing person cases. One is cold. The other is his own sister. 

Since his success solving the Midnight Show disappearances, Bastian Dennel is sitting pretty. And with the new high-profile cold case that just got dropped in his lap, he’s pretty sure things will stay that way for a while. But when he finds out his sister has gone missing without a trace, he’s determined to find her and bring whoever’s responsible to justice — even if his only lead is a stray cat with a knack for vanishing unexpectedly. : Gilded in Ice

Kona Dennel’s plans have already been upended, so when the talking cat she’d befriended asked her for help breaking an enchantment, she didn’t see any reason not to say yes. She didn’t expect to be trapped in a frozen mansion or to be drawn into conflict with a mysterious lady of the fair folk. Even the cat is hiding more secrets than she realized. It’ll take a skilled detective to untangle this web . . . but since Bastian isn’t here, Kona will just have to do it herself. 

Secrets abound, and the one creature who knows the truth isn’t talking. Can Bastian and Kona outwit a fae who’s been at this for centuries? Or will thawing out the long-frozen truth drop them in over their heads? 

A magical mystery reimagining Snow White and Rose Red and East of the Sun, West of the Moon in the jazz-age world of The Midnight Show. 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Ice-Bastian-Dennel-Book-ebook/dp/B098LQ9C15  

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58463912-gilded-in-ice  

Purchase Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Show-Sarah-Pennington-ebook/dp/B08B1RV653/ 

Author Bio: 

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s Five Poisoned Apples contest. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list. 

Find her online at: Author Site || WordPress Blog || Blogspot Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon

Dive in Review: Gilded in Ice.

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington is the second book in her fairy-tale series about private investigator Bastian Dennel. This series is set in an alternate world were the Fair Folk are everywhere and magic causes most of the problems.

This first book is titled The Midnight Show, the events of which are referenced frequently. So I recommend reading them in order.

This installment has a bit of Snow White and Rose Red, and a bit of East of the sun West of the moon. (Or maybe it’s the other way around. I can never remember.)

Gilded in Ice follows Bastian’s sisters Kona and Roselle. The SW and RR characters for this retelling. One cold winter they let in a stray cat to share their home. (No bears here.) And come summertime both the cat and Kona mysteriously vanish.

Now if you are familiar with either or both of those fairy tales, then you can probably guess what happened. But you don’t really know the story, because mashing both of these stories together and setting it in a prohibition era PI novel completely changes the game.

The best part of this isn’t the twist ending, it’s the investigation. I love detective stories because I love watching people reason things out. How the investigator finds and puts the pieces together is what makes the story work, and this book works really well.

I also enjoyed seeing how the author seamlessly worked in the events of the first book to tie the two cases together. So I’m going to repeat my earlier recommendation. READ THESE BOOKS IN ORDER! You will be glad you did.

I received an early review copy of this novel and am leaving this review honestly and without coercion.

Frosted Roses Release Two: As Long As We Live

The Six Frosted Roses collection

Today is the second day of the Frosted Rose Releases. Here’s the post for day one.

Today’s Release is As Long as we Live by Cortney Manning. I’m just spotlighting her book here because it’s an Epic fantasy at 100k words. I did not have time to read it before this post went up. I will say that it does sound interesting and I eagerly await the time to read it. Also, the cover is gorgeous.

As Long as We Live 

Book Description: 

Three human sisters live in a Fae realm where every prince is blessed or cursed by a gift of magic, and royal rivalry threatens the future of the land. 
 
Ivy Durran, the oldest sister, is a resilient young woman who clings to her sunny resolve even in the darkest situation. When a terrible blizzard strikes the land, she feels responsible for protecting her sisters: adventurous Rose and vivacious Poppy. However, the storm drives an unexpected visitor to their doorstep, one who could bring hope or danger with his arrival. 
 
Meanwhile, Pierre, the newly crowned ruler of Concoria, strives to bring order to his frozen land and tranquility to his troubled brothers. Nevertheless, the deep magic of Concoria is not easy to tame. While Pierre would love nothing more than to escape into a simple life close to Ivy, the human lass he met years before, he instead shoulders his burdens and seeks healing for his kingdom and family. 
 
Dark magic, frigid storms, and deadly predators must be overcome if Ivy and Pierre have any hope of saving their families and their homeland. 
 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098LX4ZHV/   

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58480113-as-long-as-we-live  

Author Bio: 

Cortney Manning resides in Florida but has always loved traveling the world. She holds a master’s degree in Victorian Literature from the University of Glasgow and has a not-so-secret love of fantasy as well. Her writing can be found on her website, on https://gohavok.com/, and in the Rooglewood Press anthology, Five Poisoned Apples. In her free time, Cortney enjoys walking, drawing, and afternoon tea. 
 
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon 

Click here to see the entire Frosted Roses blog tour including all the blogs featuring more about Cortney’s book.

There’s also a link to the spotlight kit. Feel free to share about any of the books that interest you. Kendra is hosting a giveaway for people who share about the releases.

Runaway Lyrics Release Day!

It’s out of the box!.

It’s finally here.

Runaway Lyrics is out in the world and I am nervous.

People can buy it. They can read it. What if no one likes it?

(hides book baby from everyone)

Thankfully I was lucky enough to be part of the Frosted Roses Release. The amazing Kendra E. Ardnek put together a blog tour for six new books all based on the same fairy-tale — Snow White and Rose Red.

My Book is the first to release; it’s so much pressure.

It’s good though, because now I can’t hide it. I have a whole host of bloggers all posting about my book today. Also Kendra made me a ton of fancy graphics with my book in them.

Check out the awesome blogs below, to learn all about Runaway Lyrics:

Edit to state that all of the blogs have been updated and the link to will take you directly to the Runaway Lyrics post on that site.

Interviews:
Fantastical Notions – Rose
Mae Heller – C.O. Bonham


Character Spotlights:
Rachel Rossano – Bayare
A Splash of Ink – Rose
Live. Love. Read. – Wickham
Dreams & Dragons – Snow

Guest Posts:
Laura A. Grace – Becoming the Musician
Deeply Shallow – How the Dwarf Kept His Beard

Reviews:
The Arista’s Directory
Blooming With Books
The Lost Review of Odd Books
Light and Shadows

If you’re looking for more musical fun:

Check out my Playlist on YouTube full of Lindsey Stirling music videos and awesome violin music. All of which inspired parts of the book.

You can also download Runaway Lyrics themed wallpapers for your desktop or mobile device.

And of course don’t forget to buy a copy! It’s available on Amazon in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited!

If you read it will you consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads? Or you can even just pop back over to this post to let me know what you thought.

Now to start writing the next one!

Six Frosted Roses Cover Reveals

So what are the Six Frosted Roses? Six Frosted Roses is the newest collection from the Arista Fairy-tale Retellers Facebook group. Every year this group votes on a fairy-tale to retell and every member is welcome to write their own interpretation of it. This year’s fairy-tale is Snow White and Rose Red.

If you are familiar with it that good for you. If you need a summary then here you go.

Snow White (No relation.) and her sister, Rose Red, live in the forest with their mother. One winter, a talking Bear comes to stay with them. In the summer he leaves and the girls try to follow him.

They meet a dwarf who got his beard caught in a tree and they save him. Then his beard is caught in a fishing line and they save him. Last of all he is picked up by an eagle and carried away, but they save him. Each time the dwarf is ungrateful and mean.

Soon they learn that their bear friend is actually a prince under a curse. The Dwarf cursed him to steal his treasure and the moral is you should never help ungrateful people because they were the villain of the story the whole time.

The bear kills the dwarf and breaks the curse. He askes Snow White to marry him but it’s okay, he has a brother that Rose Red can marry.

So why am I sharing this today? Three reasons:

One: all of these books are on a 99cent preorder offer, for this week only. Then the prices go up.

Two: They are all super pretty covers that deserve to be shown off.

Three: I wrote one of them! Yes the long awaited first novel from C.O. Bonham is coming and you can see the cover, back cover description and learn the release date right here. So let’s quickly go through the first five and I’ll save the best for last.

Brothers, and Sisters, and Bears, Oh My!

Six exciting new retellings of Snow White and Rose Red!

The Bear

by Rachel Roden

A Western Fairy Tale.

Helping an unknown stranger is a surefire way to find trouble.

Releasing September 25th.

Preorder now for 99 cents. https://amzn.to/3wvFue1

You can pick up the first book in her series, Rosette Thornbriar: A Western Sleeping Beauty

for free this week only: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072SF4GXZ

Gilded in Ice

by Sarah Pennington

A Jazz-Age Mystery

Releasing September 24th.

Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/36LkPs1

Gilded in Ice is also a sequel to The Midnight Show, available for free this week only: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B1RV653

Secrets of the Mountain


by Wyn Estelle Owens

A Nordic Saga
Releasing September 23rd.
A dwarf’s greed tears apart two families when treasure becomes a prison.
Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/2U3DCfd

As Long as we Live


by Cortney Manning

An Epic Fae Romance

Releasing September 22nd
When magic and royal rivalry threaten the Fae realm of Concoria, three human sister scramble to protect their peacful home.
Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/3rcAhqj


Rose Petals and Snowflakes


by Kendra E. Ardenk

An Austen Mashup

Releasing September 20th

After their father’s death two princesses find themselves trapped int he politics of a mysterious forest.

Preorder Now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RW824GQ/

And now for the one you’ve all been waiting for!

Runaway Lyrics

by C.O. Bonham (that’s me!)

A Steampunk Adventure

Releasing September 21st

What one sister has she must share with the other . . .

Snow loves music. She has spent her entire life learning new instruments and memorizing new pieces, only to while away her life in a country manor with only her mother and twin sister as company. If only she could get out on her own and play in front of a real audience.

Rose loves magic. The things she can do with music would amaze her twin sister, but whenever she shows her, Snow quickly forgets as if the event had never happened. If only Rose could get out on her own and work some real magic.

When an airship crashes near their home, Snow’s magical abilities awaken. Together the sisters must learn to use their magic, rescue a pair of cursed princes, and discover their own secrets.

Discover the magic of music in this retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58518256-runaway-lyrics

Preorder on Amazon now: https://amzn.to/3wCqJGj

Remember all preorders are only 99 cents for this week.

Would you like to help shar these lovely covers? Maybe you’re ready to preorder them all right now.

We have prizes for that.

Preorder prizes:

Take your pick.

We’ve got a PDF filled with the first chapters of each story.

We also have a zip file stuffed with SWRR-themed wallpapers for your desktop AND phone.

This week, if you share these books and their info to your blog, newsletter, or other social media, and then email the organizer a link to your post(s),

or if you preorder all six books while they’re on sale and forward her copies of your receipts,

then you get to take your pick of either of those lovely prizes.

Preorder AND shere?

Well, that’ll mean you get both the sneak peeks AND the wallpapers.

The email to send your links and you receipts to is: kendraeardnek(at)gmail(dot)com.

This drive link has all the book covers and other promotional graphics you can use in your sharing posts.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjAmS-99p507_TqpIv2wIsmUA3BF?e=BLu2ge

Which of these books are you most excited to read?

Have you heard of Snow White and Rose Red before today?

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