Monday, February 9, 2015

Polar Day Blog Tour! (+$25 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!)

Title: Polar Day
Author: Julie Flanders
Series: N/A
Pages: N/A
Date Published: February 5th 2015
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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The midnight sun bakes Fairbanks, Alaska as residents gather for the annual summer solstice baseball game. Amidst the revelry and raucous shouts of “Play ball,” a spark alights and a jogger bursts into flames. Detective Danny Fitzpatrick, still reeling from his near death at the hands of vampire Aleksei Nechayev, watches in horror as the man burns alive.
Someone is burning Fairbanks and its residents and leaving nothing but smoldering embers behind. As the city sweats under a record-breaking heatwave and unexplained fires claim more victims, Danny and his colleagues struggle to find an arsonist who can conjure fire out of thin air.
To Danny’s horror, the only one who may be able to help him stop the arsonist is his nemesis Nechayev. Will the vampire help in the hunt for a witch?
~Guest Post!~
Thank you for hosting me today, Andra! I appreciate the opportunity to be featured on your blog and am sharing an interview with Jamie Dzubenko, the antagonist of my book Polar Day.
Character Interview with Jamie Dzubenko

1. What can you tell us about your family?
Not much. I loathe my family, except for my great-grandfather, who I unfortunately never met. The rest of them were all a bunch of idiots and cowards. They died in a fire when I was a teenager.

2. What about friends? Do you have a surrogate family?

No, I don’t. I’m not interested in having friends or in getting to know other people. I’m alone, not lonely.

3. What do you do for a living?

I work at the hospital as a laboratory technician and my job is one of the few things in this city that I like. I love science and love the peace and quiet of the lab.

4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A god.

5. What are you passionate about?

Magic. Fire. Power.

6. What do you hate?

Well, like I already said, I hate my family. I also hate the city of Fairbanks. I hate idiots and people who are beneath me, which quite frankly is just about everyone.

7. If you had to choose one word to describe yourself what would it be?


8. If time travel was possible, would you go to the past or to the future?

To the past. I’d go to Ancient Rome so I could honor Vulcan, the god of fire, and celebrate his festival Vulcanalia.
9. Do you have a favorite book?

Yes. My great-grandfather’s grimoire. Do you know what a grimoire is? Probably not. It’s a book of spells and magic.

10. How about music. What songs do you enjoy?

Burning Down the House by The Talking Heads, Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie, Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, This Fire by Franz Ferdinand, Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Danny flipped through the channels, stopping when he came to a Seattle Mariners game that had gone in to extra innings. They were playing the White Sox in Chicago and Danny felt a slight tug at his heartstrings as the familiar sight of Cellular Field filled the flat screen television. The time difference made it difficult for him to catch Sox games live. It was a welcome surprise to find one that was lasting so long into the Chicago night that he could watch it live as it happened.

It was dark in Chicago, but of course the sun was still high in the sky here in this strange frontier he had chosen as his new home. He squinted from the sun beaming through the window and cursed himself for not shutting the blinds before he sat back down. Next time he got up for a beer he would need to do that.

Danny rested his hand on his dog's head as he finished one beer and started another, the bottles now lining up on the end table beside him. His eyes grew bleary as Sox's gentle snoring mingled with the sounds of the faraway baseball game. When yet another inning ended and the game went to a commercial, Danny closed his eyes and rested his head on the back of the couch.

The noise of the television grew fainter as he slipped into sleep and his mind flashed images of fangs and bloodless bodies in an endless landscape of snow. As Danny drifted farther into unconsciousness, the snow was overtaken by fire. 
~Meet Julie!~
Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also a television show addict with a particular fondness for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and a slightly obsessive sports fan who cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Julie is an animal lover and animal rescue advocate who shares her home with her rescued dog and cat. She has written about the joys of pets for outlets such as Cat Fancy, Thrive in Life, and Best Friends Animal Society. Visit Julie at

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Julie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host. 


  1. A fabulous Guest Post thank you. "a god" you say. Way to go!!

  2. Fun character interview! I love how brusque Jamie is and can't wait to see more of him in Polar Day. You always come up with the best villains, Julie!

  3. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading it :)

  4. Thank you for hosting me today, Andra! So great to meet you! And thank you, Mary, Heather, & Lisa!

  5. I enjoyed the post and the excerpt. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Have a wonderful week :)

    1. Thank you, Lori! I hope you will enjoy the book. Have a wonderful week as well!

  6. That Jamie definitely has some psych issues. Good luck, Julie.

  7. The author bio is my favorite part of todays post. I am a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan as well.

  8. Wow. That "interview" was certainly an eye-opener! Thanks for sharing that!

  9. Loved the interview and the excerpt!

  10. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  11. I enjoyed reading the Character Interview with Jamie Dzubenko

  12. Great guest post and excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  13. Loved this excerpt and character interview,

  14. The character interview was great!

  15. What I liked most about todays post is learning more about Polar Day it sounds like a good book.

  16. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. Enjoyed reading one of the best interviews ever, thank you!

  18. Loved the interview and your honest answers! lol!!

  19. I like the Excerpt!