Esther Friesner & Threads and Flames

Esther Friesner is the queen bee of historical fiction/fantasy. Her book Threads and Flames was one of my top 10 books of 2010. I adored it. I featured Esther late last year when she guest posted about the importance of historical fiction. I had such fun doing a "This or That" post with Diana Peterfreund, that I decided to do one with Esther as well. Check out her answers, then enter the giveaway!
Grapes or Raisins?

Grapes! Much more refreshing, especially when ice cold on a hot summer day. (Seedless, please.)

Birthday or Christmas?

I'm Jewish, so I don't celebrate Christmas, but I'm going to pick it over my birthday because my birthday does not have as many sparkly lights and wonderful music. (And I get presents for both!)

Comfy chair or sweeping landscape?

Comfy chair for viewing a sweeping landscape. [g] But if I can't have both, I will take the sweeping landscape, beach or mountains, for preference.

1800s, or 1900s?

1900s, if only we could manage to sneak around the wars. I'm thinking better medical care, more choices for women, and face it, I would -love- to visit the Roaring Twenties!

Rainbow or cloudless night?

Cloudless night with NO light pollution, so I can see all the stars. I have seen many rainbows, but never a star-filled sky.

Finally, I have made a mad-lib out of a random paragraph from Threads and Flames.
(This I have GOT to see!)

Raisa celebrated the aardvarks in her hand. I don't know what these are worth. Any senator on the street could cheat me. How can I tap-dance that? She shimmied from one store to the next, peering in from the doorway, trying to get a good look at the washing machines of the people behind the counters. She also watched the faces of the customers as they left the shop. Under a tall, red-striped awning she found a bakery where the woman selling the dark-smelling cakes and pies had an open, handsome face.
*mad-lib idea was inspired by Alysa at Everead!

Now it's time to giveaway a hardcover copy of Threads and Flames! This is a book that belongs in EVERY library. This giveaway is hosted by Gabrielle Carolina @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf, and hosted by Kaylee Baldwin. You have you head to Gabrielle Carolina's blog to enter, so get going!

All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2011


  1. Hahaha I love the interview. I haven't read this book yet, but the cover of it I really like. I'm adding it to my to be read pile.

    ~Kayla Bouy

  2. I'm excited about the mad lib as well...

  3. That is a great cover. I'm adding this to my tbr pile.

  4. This book sounds fantastic - I can't wait to read it. And the This or That is great as well. I'm excited for the mad lib.

  5. I read Ashes of Roses in like 4th grade and bawled my eyes out over it. I really want to read another one about the Tringle fire and this sounds perfect :)

  6. I love your interview questions - such fun! I can't wait to read this book!


  7. Fun interview. I would love to stroll around in the roaring twenties myself!!

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  8. I LOVE cloudless nights. I grew up way out in the country so we could see all the stars. I miss it!

  9. A cloudless night and a sweeping landscape is what I want. I wish I didn't live in the city because of all the light pollution, but then I think I'd miss all the events and activities in the city.

    Also, this is a time of history that I find so interesting, so this is an exciting giveaway!

  10. ok i need to start reading historical fiction, really. This book looks good. Will add to my TBR pile =)

  11. Haha i loved the interview very much! im looking forward to this book!

  12. I have this book at the top of my wish list. Great interview! I agree that seeing the roaring 20's would be intriguing! :)

  13. I don't know why, but when I look at the cover, i see a rose. Maybe it's the way the pages are burnt. :D

  14. Great Interview! Heard of the book before, but totally need to get my hands on it :)

  15. I love historical fiction, so it was great to meet another hf author. thanks for the interview!

  16. I love historical fiction, would love to read this


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