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The Tale of Frost
(The second book in the Claus series)
A novel by

Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He's very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn't Jack, she's told. And that's all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost's love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He's made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he's an elven, but that's silly. Elven aren't real. And if they were, they wouldn't live in South Carolina. They wouldn't hide in a tower and go to the basement to make... things.

Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she'll meet the love of her life. It's where she'll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it's where she'll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It's where she'll meet Jack.

Jack hates Christmas.

(10% of the profits of this book is annually donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.)


Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?
My nephew mentioned the "secret Santa ninja elves" that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It's all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn't matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.
Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?
Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction... I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.
What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?
Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He's childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable.
What order should readers purchase the Claus books?
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.

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Used availability for Tony Bertauski's Jack

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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Jack: The Tale of Frost
Author(s): tony bertauski
ISBN: 1-4935-1993-X / 978-1-4935-1993-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Audio Editions

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Jack: The Tale of Frost
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
Publisher: Tony Bertauski
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November 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Jack: The Tale of Frost
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
Publisher: Tony Bertauski
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Jack (The Tale of Frost): A Science Fiction Adventure (Claus Series Book 2)
Author(s): Tony Bertauski
Publisher: DeadPixel Publications
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