Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cover of Snow Blog Tour Bio Review Interview Giveaway

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan,  has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for answers—but meets with bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

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Hardcover: $26, eBook: $12.99
ISBN: 978-978-0-345-53421-7
Adult Fiction / Thriller, 336 pages
Ballantine / Random House
Jan. 15, 2013

 Author Bio:

Jenny Milchman
Author Biography

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from New Jersey. Her debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, is forthcoming from Ballantine in January 2013 and is available for pre-order now. Her short story The Closet was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in November 2012. Another short story, The Very Old Man, has been an Amazon bestseller, and the short work Black Sun on Tupper Lake appears in the anthology ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II.

Jenny is the Chair of the International Thriller WritersDebut Authors Program. She is also the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated last year in all 50 states and four foreign countries by 350-and-growing bookstores.
Jenny hosts the Made It Moments forum on her blog, which has featured more than 250 international bestsellers, Edgar winners and independent authors. She co-hosts the literary series Writing Matters, which attracts guests coast-to-coast and has received national media attention, and loves to teach and speak about writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop, Arts By The People, and WomenWhoWrite.

Praise for Jenny Milchman and
Cover of Snow

Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious and satisfying. Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”
–Lee Child

“COVER OF SNOW is a luge ride of action and atmosphere, a terrifically suspenseful read. A suicide in a creepy town, clogged with snow and secrets, starts a young widow on a perilous hunt. Soon we’re careening along with her as she chases clues and as the full horror of what really happened to her husband is revealed. Reading COVER OF SNOW feels like racing across a frozen lake. Heart-pounding, exhilarating, frightening.”
–Louise Penny

“Milchman’s intricately plotted and aptly titled COVER OF SNOW is layered with suspense, sorrow, and a strong sense of place and character.”
–Linwood Barclay

Absorbing from start to finish: Jenny Milchman writes a deeply felt and suspenseful story of a woman whose life is upended by a death and a dark secret. While perceptively reflecting on community and our connections to one another, COVER OF SNOW is also an insightful look at the intimacies and secrets of marriage.”
–Nancy Pickard

“COVER OF SNOW is a darkly atmospheric first novel that challenges all sorts of romantic notions we might harbor about small towns and the people we think we can trust. Luckily, heroine Nora Hamilton—and writer Jenny Milchman—have the skill and fortitude to lead readers through a suspenseful story of switchbacks and surprises. A mystery that will draw in fans of darker fare as well, reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”
–Laura Lippman

“In her debut outing, Jenny Milchman has succeeded in a way many veteran writers can only envy.  COVER OF SNOW is a tightly plotted, wonderfully unpredictable, and immensely satisfying novel.  All the elements—character, setting, pace, language—are pitch perfect.  Believe me, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
–William Kent Krueger

“COVER OF SNOW is what every reader wants—a terrific story, beautifully told. Heartbreaking, sinister, compelling and completely original. I love this book.”
–Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Jenny Milchman's expertly crafted, dark and smoothly suspenseful page-turner slowly reveals the layers of terrifying secrets hidden in a small Adirondack town under cover of snow. I only wish I had written this novel! Watch for this stellar debut on the Best First Novel lists.”
–Julia Spencer-Fleming

“Jenny Milchman proves she is a master of psychological suspense in this page-turner of a novel. With its compelling protagonist and haunting setting, COVER OF SNOW makes for an outstanding series debut.”
–Stefanie Pintoff


The Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman
Love where this one takes place, in snow country. After she wakes up and goes searching for her policeman husband and finds he's committed suicide she is beside herself.
Things don't fit in as to why he did it. He's had many secrets over the years that he never told her about and she finds out over time. Every little clue she uncovers leads to
answers to some but opens more possibilities.
Never imagined all she went through to piece this puzzle all together.
And just when I thought it was over, it's brought to more conclusion that I didn't see coming.
Like that there are not many people involved to keep up to date with but just enough to make this a worthwhile story.
Beauty of the snow and locale I really appreciated. Love how she hooks up with some to help her gain knowledge of past events and they in turn were using her to gain knowledge of the present events.

Interview Questions:

·         What other genres would you consider writing? I don’t know if I could write another genre. I feel like crime fiction is one of the richest ones there is, with a literary history that includes the likes of Dostoevsky and Edgar Allan Poe, and which covers topics as deep and dark as the human heart. Getting to write in this genre is one of the greatest privileges of my life. My publisher feels that Cover of Snow has elements of women’s fiction in it as well, and other people have identified threads—horror, occasionally literary. I don’t know if that is all there—although it would be nice if they were—but for me the books that I love to write and read boil down to just plain good stories. If I can be transported for a few days by a book, I am happy. And if I can do that for someone else, it would be an honor. I think we all need to be transported sometimes.
·         Do you have other novels just waiting to be published? I wrote seven novels before Cover of Snow. So my first published novel is actually my eighth written. (It took me a while to learn!) I would say that six of those are not ready to be published, although perhaps a few are worth revisiting someday. But my seventh novel, about a woman who runs into trouble while on a family vacation, nearly sold before Cover of Snow did. And I dearly hope it is published one day.
·         Did you physically go to the town the book is located or did you do research work on the net? Actually, neither. Wedeskyull is a fictional town so I didn’t have to go any farther than my own mind while I was writing. My parents have some property deep in the Adirondacks, which they’ve never been able to afford to develop. We’ve camped on it though, and it’s lived a long time in my parents’ hearts as a dream. I guess it got into my blood somehow, and became a region I never wanted to leave.
·         Where did you get the idea to write this book? The idea behind Cover of Snow was a question that grabbed me around the throat and just wouldn’t let go. What would make a good man do the worst thing he possibly could to his wife? Of course, first I had to figure out what that ‘worst thing’ would be, but once I did, I had a premise and an opening scene that persisted over many years and about twenty-two drafts. Another way to describe Cover of Snow is with this log line: When her police detective husband commits suicide in the middle of a frozen Adirondack winter, Nora Hamilton must lay bare the secrets a town has always well as her own.
·         Love your site and the pictures of your trips. What state/national park have you wanted to visit that you have not yet? Thank you! I would love to visit Arizona. Actually, the whole southwest, including most of California, is a part we haven’t gotten to go to yet. There are some great bookstores in Arizona, Texas, and California that I dream of visiting!
·         What authors do you read? The biggest influence on me as a writer is Stephen King. I started reading him as a child, and still get whole new things from his books today. Crime fiction writers starting with Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson were some of my favorites. Contemporary authors are too many to mention, and I always fear leaving someone out, but I love what reviewer Oline Cogdill calls “family thrillers,” about the intersection between the domestic and the disaster.
·         Hobbies: walking, photography, knitting, baking? Sigh. I wish I could say I do any of those. Well, sometimes I bake. I’d like my kids to have memories of mom and hearth, but to a certain extent, life has been about writing and reading for me for a very long time. I hope that I’m teaching my children something about passion—finding your dream and following it with all your heart. Because there’s been very little time for anything else, once everyone is fed and brushed and, of course, read to!

Jenny Milchman is a suspense novelist from New Jersey whose short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Adirondack Mysteries II, and in an e-published volume called Lunch Reads. Jenny is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and the chair of International Thriller Writers’ Debut Authors Program. Her first novel, Cover of Snow, is published by Ballantine.

Jenny can be reached at and she blogs at

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Joshua Frank said...

Thank you, J. Barrett for having me to your lovely blog!

Jenny Milchman said...

By the way, I am writing from a different machine, so if the identify doesn't work--this is Jenny Milchman, thanking you for having me here!

j. barrett said...

Welcome and thanks for answering my questions about the book, enjoyed, thanks!


Karen Rock said...

Cover of Snow looks amazing! I'm a huge Stephen King fan too and love dark suspense novels. Jenny- congratulations on this excellent debut. I'm sure your other novels- especially the one that was "close"- will sell soon (even as I type this :) since your fans will now be demanding it!

Jenny Milchman said...

Julie, so glad you enjoyed Cover of Snow, and thanks again for having me to your blog.

Karen, I appreciate your encouragement a great deal--and, it's great to meet a fellow Stephen King fan!!

Angela said...

I just finished Cover of Snow last night. I loved every second of it. I appreciate your terrific author interview.

Angela said...

I won the giveaway, and receive the book today. Thanks so much :)