Friday, January 3, 2014

First Look Tour With Alyxandra Harvey


Heeey guys! I'm super excited to be a part of the A BREATH OF FROST tour. This is your chance to get an exclusive first look at Penelope from A BREATH OF FROST. Plus, stay tuned because there's a special giveaway at the end of this post. Are you ready for this jelly? Here we go!


An Introduction to Penelope from A BREATH OF FROST

Penelope Chadwick
Age: 18
Hair: black
Eyes: dark brown
Familiar: Spider
Magic: Pscychometry: sensing the history of an object and the people who have touched it

Penelope is romantic and spoiled and kind and very talented at the pianoforte. She's mad
for anything Shakespearean and likes to use odd random bits of Shakespearean insults. She also
has a rather prickly temper when her loved ones are insulted.

Her mother is the daughter of and earl and is unconventional and artistic. She eloped with
a wealthy merchant when she was young and they have bothencouraged Penelope not to be a
slave to society’s strictures. They even allowed Penelope to let the stableboy take lessons with
her when she was little, and she and Cedric have been fast friends ever since.

Cedric is also a witch and has always known about Penelope’s secretly bound powers.

The entire household has been on guard to protect her. Penelope’s mother snuck spells into her
daughter’s lullabies in order to train her to use magic before she even knew it existed.
But now that Penelope knows who she is, she will not be coddled or locked away for her
own safety.

Not when her cousin Emma is in danger.

She’d take on Shakespeare himself to save her family.

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt that introduces Penelope:

Penelope’s mother was currently drinking from a pot of chocolate and reading a salacious novel
full of doomed maidens and ruined castles. Or was it doomed castles and ruined maidens?
Penelope was desperate to find out. She leaned against her mother with a small sigh.

“Was it dreadful, my darling?” Bethany asked, slipping a ribbon into her book to mark the
page. “Dancing debutantes and fortune hunters?”

“Worse.”

She raised a dark eyebrow. “Worse? Goodness, how did you manage that? I remember those
horrid balls.”

“Mr. Cohen called me fat,” she replied, wrinkling her nose. “I didn’t even know I was fat
until this wretched Season.”

“Mr. Cohen is a sad young man who does not deserve you.”

“That’s what Emma and Gretchen said.”

Bethany smiled her serene smile. “I assume they used rather more lurid language. But I did
warn you, kitten. I don’t see why you insist on having a Season. You don’t need to marry, your
father has set you up with an inheritance to rival what mine would have been.”

“If you hadn’t married Papa.”

“Yes.”

“Do you regret it?”

“Not for a moment,” she replied. “Friends who blow with the wind are not friends at all.
I found a good man with a good heart. And he fills out his jacket rather nicely, if I do say so
myself.” She reached for her cup. “I love your father and I’d be happy to be Mrs. Chadwick
instead of Lady Bethany, if your Grandmaman wasn’t so....”

“Invested?”

“I was going to say violent,” she returned drily. “You know she loves my title, and your
own, more than we ever shall. More than my own mother did.”

“I know. That’s part of the reason I agreed to this Season. It makes her so happy.”

“She wouldn’t want you to trade your happiness for hers, whatever she might have to say
on earls’ sons and vouchers to Almack’s Assembly Rooms. She never had a Season. She can’t
understand.”

Penelope stole a sip of rich melted chocolate from her mother’s teacup. “I know. But I want
what you and Papa have. I want love.” She gave a dreamy sigh, perfectly able to picture it: a
man with wide shoulders and tousled hair, reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets as they rode through a
summer storm.

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About A BREATH OF FROST:

In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their unknown family lineage
of witchcraft when their individual magical powers unexpectedly begin to manifest. Now,
beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring
underworld available only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

But by claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the
Underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches
known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young witches for their powers. And,
somehow, Emma is connected to the murders … because she keeps finding the bodies. Can
the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed …or even worse, before their gifts are
stripped away?



About the author:


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.


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