Cold Fury Series Blog Tour $50 Giveaway & Author Interview

Jason Bourne meets?The Sopranos?in this breathtaking adventure.

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance–until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It’s a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies–a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense–hidden in its pages the secret to “ultimate power.” It’s why she’s being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing,?Cold Fury?is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing?eyes and pale white skin?chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they?can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures.

They’re?terrifying?and?hell bent?on killing her, but they’re also a?link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit,?how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just
be?connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max–who’s now her boyfriend.

But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who’ve shown her, her mother’s amputated finger?and the head of the Chicago Outfit who’s just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable.

The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.

Ted Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies.
As a screenwriter, he produced original screenplays and worked as a script doctor for several L.A. production companies. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, as well.

Ted’s Young Adult novel,?COLD FURY, the first in a trilogy, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin in July 2012. The second book in the Cold Fury series,?FLICKER & BURN, published in August 2013, and the final installment,?EMBERS & ASH, released in July 2014.
The author lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

?Interview with author Ted Goeglein


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?


I’d hit the future first, check out my son and daughter in twenty years, when they’re just getting started with their adult lives. I would tell them every stupid thing I’d ever done so they wouldn’t do it. Then I’d regress and say hi to Abe Lincoln, and also buy Apple stock when it was, like, $5.00 per share.


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?


Frank Sinatra, the aforementioned Abe Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Joe DiMaggio, and the guy who cuts my hair. He’s just a cool guy. His name is Lorenzo.


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

Wife, son and daughter—but they each get three things, too, so they would choose tons of water and ice cream and cell phone service and butlers and Thai food and jet skis. It would be great.


What is one book everyone should read?

After finishing the COLD FURY trilogy you mean? Catcher in the Rye, no doubt.


If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Um—Maintenance Man? How about Electrolux, since I’m constantly vacuuming the house? Mister Clean?


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Invisibility. I’m nosy.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Bacon and chive.


What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Same thing, every day, like a robot: peanut butter with honey. That’s it. Power food.


One food you would never eat?

Pacha. It’s Egyptian—boiled sheep’s head, complete with eyes and a look that says “Why me?”


Pet Peeves?

Too many pets. One cat will do, thanks.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because it’s an action-packed thrill ride led by an uber-feminist heroine who kicks ass from page one until the very end. Okay?


What inspired you to want to become a writer?

Since I was a child, I’ve loved the idea of one-upmanship in storytelling—who can come up the fastest, funniest tale. It’s like competition and creation combined into one thing.


Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Easy: spending time with young readers, who are unfailingly intelligent and funny and powerful. It’s easy to see why they’ll rule the world one day.


If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?

Not the HUNGER GAMES. Ouch.


What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

I was very into comic books, so X-Men, Spiderman, some good Disney, and my favorite, Plastic Man. He’s like me—flexible. Bendy, you might say.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Read a lot of everything, not just the stuff you ‘like,’ because you don’t know what types of different fiction or non-fiction you like until you try it. Also, pick an author you love and copy hers or his style. That’s how you learn to write.


If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

The serious answer to this question is right now, in the present, in Chicago, because it would kill me to miss even a minute with my kids.


If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?

I’m Greek, so I’ve actually given thought to this, and my answer is a little known God—Spiro, the Greek God of Flaming Cheese.


If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Besides Chicago, the greatest big city in the world, it would be a city in Italy called Orvieto. It’s tiny and gorgeous, on a mountaintop an hour from Rome.


What is your favorite Quote?

“The COLD FURY trilogy changed my life.” My wife said that. She rocks.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

The way I lived, I was just happy to “grow up.”


How did you know you should become an author?

When I was in kindergarten and my teacher told me I was dumb and wouldn’t amount to anything (I know, nice, right?) so I wrote a book about erasers attacking and disposing of a teacher (they erased her,) and it won the first prize in a national writing contest for students. I never looked back.


Who are your favorite authors of all time?

Elmore Leonard. J.D. Salinger, Lorrie Moore.


Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I exist in some of my characters in bits and pieces, and not at all in others. Not even in the least.


Hidden talent?

Vacuuming. Actually, figure painting—I’m a good artist.


Favorite Food?

Cauliflower. You read that correctly.


Favorite Candy?

Anything with peanut butter.


What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I was tweaked about GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith. It’s awesome—I can def see it as a great, great movie.



Francois. Seriously, it’s Lefty. You can call me Ted.


How do you react to a bad review?

If it makes a good point, I pay attention. If it’s stupid and wrong and mean, I close my eyes and direct all of the negativity back to where it belongs, to the reviewer. Either that or douse it with gasoline and blow it up.


If you were a bird, which one would you be?

Charlie Parker, the jazz legend. Look that up.


If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?

Kittens. Just kidding—puppies.


What do you do in your free time?

What free time? If I’m not writing, I’m dadding (just made that up,) and if I’m not dadding, I’m boxing or running or reading.


If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Fault in Our Hunger Game Stars.


Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.

It’s dull, really. I wake at 3:15 a.m. for xylophone practice and then take my Shetland pony out for a trot (his name is Turnip.) Afterward, a round of fencing and a hot mud bath, helicopter the kids to school, write a bit, Skype with Obama, tend to my cactus garden, helicopter back for the kids, and then Jeeves serves us Indian food in the solarium. After family Zen hour, the children are off to bed. My wife and I toast one another with sparkling celery juice and thus, the curtain falls on another typical day.


What’s your favorite season/weather?

Summer, and as hot as the face of Mars.


Favorite sport?

I love baseball. I could watch any team play anytime, anywhere. Bring it on.


If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?

I’d work, uninterrupted. Unbroken period of work, alone, would be awesome.


In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

Elmore Leonard, the big daddy of crime fiction died last year. Sad.


Favorite quote from a movie?

“I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.” SUNSET BOULEVARD – amazing.


If you could take over the world, would you?

I have taken it over. Your reaction to the COLD FURY trilogy is the basis for your worthiness in this new world order. I suggest it’s ‘like.’


Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

Gotta be music, of all types, according to my writerly mood.


Favorite historical person?

Abe Lincoln is badass, and so is Dr. Martin Luther King, and I have a soft spot for Joan of Arc, although things didn’t work out to well for her.


What do you think of book trailers?

Fantastic, unless they suck, which they often do. Except for mine.


Pets? – childhood or adult

We currently have a 21-year-old cat. It’s like someone’s great-aunt who never went home.


Something your readers would never guess about you?

I’m an incredible Flamenco dancer. Wait, sorry, I mean liar.


Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go.

I really love Italy and Greece; they’re beautiful and historical, and broke.


Where do you write?

I have a small office in the clouds; it’s an old apartment in a Chicago high rise.


Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing.

Besides slaughtering a goat, no.


If you were on Death Row what would your last meal be?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, pistachios, iced coffee, and Pacha.


Happiest moment in your life so far?

Answering question no. 81 about death row. It was awesome.


If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

Outlaw the word ‘awesome except to be used by the Chief Executive.


Favorite/most influential teacher

My ninth grade English teacher, Mr. Awesome.


What drew you to writing this genre?

I love the idea of seeing what a young person with high moral standards would do/become, when forced to commit criminal acts.


What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?

My favorite scene in the entire trilogy? Impossible to name because it’s three entire books of spine-tingling genius. But I have to say, something tragic happens a third of the way through EMBERS & ASH that made me cry a little when I wrote it.


If you weren’t a human, what would you be?

A chimpanzee trying really hard to evolve.


Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?

Lurking in the spotlight.


How do you go about revising/editing?

It fantastic. Seriously, it’s starts out as a burden and a drag, but if you have a good editor, you begin to actually see your work becoming great.


Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I have three key scenes planned out, the moments that absolutely have to occur, and then I write around them.


What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?

One of the creepiest novels about personality shape-shifting ever written – The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith


How many books are in your TRB pile?

I usually have a dozen simmering.


This or That:


  • TV or Movies? – Movies
  • Hot or Cold? – Hot
  • Black or White? – Black
  • Night owl or early bird? – Night bird
  • Print or E-book? – Print
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Choco-nilla
  • Regular or Diet? – Neither. Soda is gross.
  • Coke or Pepsi? – See above
  • Horror or Romance? – Horror with a little romance
  • Action or Drama? – Why separate them? Ever read Shakespeare?
  • Pizza or Pasta? – Pasta
  • Skittles or M&Ms? – M&M’s rule the world
  • Sweet or Salty? – Salty
  • City or Country? – City, City, City
  • Harry Potter or Twilight? – Um. Uh. Okay, the wizard, I guess.
  • Gum or Breath Mints? – Gum
  • Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? – Planning ahead
  • PC or Mac? – Mac
  • Beach or Pool? – Beach, always
  • Shoes or Sandals? – Sandals, as often as possible
  • Cats or Dogs? – Monkeys
  • Apples or Oranges? – Monkeys again
  • Cause or Effect? – Impossible.
  • Heads or Tails? – Equally impossible
  • Facebook or Twitter? – TwitBook
  • Truth or Dare? – Dare
  • Text or Talk? – Talk
  • Introvert or Extrovert? – Both, to a certain degree

Character This or That with Sara Jane Rispoli:

Gun or fist? – Fist. My killer left hook to be specific. Guns make me nervous.

Cat or Dog? – Anyone who knows me knows that I used to dislike dogs, but now I’m in love with an Italian greyhound named Harry.

TV or Movies? – Movies. My best friend, Doug is walking movie encyclopedia

Walk or Drive? – I’d get killed if I walked anywhere. Gotta drive my ’66 Lincoln Continental.

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? – You’re kidding, right? I’ll never go near another Ferris Wheel again.

  • 10 Favorite Movies


Godfather I & II (I try to pretend III never happened.)

The Shawshank Redemption

Strangers on a Train

Some Like it Hot


Titanic (I know, I know—I don’t care.)

Broadway Danny Rose

Raging Bull (I LOVE boxing movies.)


The Incredibles (best superhero movie ever.)


  • 5 Places you would consider paradise


Orvieto, Umbria, Italy

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Dark movie theater right before a great film starts

Anywhere with my son, daughter, and wife

Beverly Hills Hotel, room 429


  • 10 Words you try not to use.









Sperm Whale



[Tour dates are subject to change]
July 16 ~ Bookish – Debbie ~ Review
July 17 ~ Fangirlish ~ Review/Interview
July 17 ~ Book Briefs ~ Review
July 18 ~ Diary of a Book Addict ~ Review/Playlist/GP
July 18 ~ Erin Lindsey Writes & Crochets ~ Review/GP
July 21 ~ Cover Contessa ~ Interview/GP/Top 10
July 21 ~ Live to Read ~ Review
July 22 ~ I Am A Reader ~ Interview/Playlist/GP/Top 10
July 22 ~ Curling Up w/a Good Book ~ Interview/GP/Top 10
July 23 ~ Sleep. Eat. Read. – Review
July 23 ~ Oops I Read It Again ~ Review
July 23 ~ Alice Marvels ~ Review
July 24 ~ Oops I Read It Again ~ Review [Cold Fury]
July 24 ~ Like a Bump on a Log ~ Review [Flicker & Burn]
August 25 ~ Mr. Book Wonder ~ Interview
July 25 ~ Fandom Monthly Magazine ~ Review
July 26 ~ All About Books (Divas) ~ Review
July 26 ~ DanaSquare ~ Review/Interview
July 27 ~ Bookish – Tiffany ~ Review
July 27 ~ Paranormal Book Club ~ Review
July 28 ~ Libby Blog ~ Review/Interview
July 28 ~ Destiny’s Book Reviews ~ Review

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  1. Thank you so much for participating in this tour and taking the time to post. Ted and I really both appreciate,xx


  2. Love the interview!