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Friday, January 03, 2014

Meet Penelope from A Breath of Frost + Exclusive Excerpt!

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Today we all get to meet Penelope from A Breath of Frost by  Alyxandra Harvey! I love witch books and this one sounds awesome. I also have heard great things about the author’s other series so let’s see what this new one is all about!

Meet Penelope from A Breath of Frost + Exclusive Excerpt!A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on January 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders...because she keeps finding the bodies.

Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away ...or even worse, another witch is killed?

Official Book Trailer:

An Introduction to Penelope!

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.

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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?”
       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.”
       “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….”
       “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.

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 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 three dogs and her husband.

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Forged by Fate: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Forged by Fate: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Posted by on 12/12/2013 • 8 Comments

Having read and really enjoyed a novel by this author under a mysterious other name (Oh I’m on to her!) I’m happy to have Reese Monroe on the blog today to talk about her newest book, Forged by Fate, which has just released this week through Entangled. Let’s have a look at what it’s all about and then we’ll give the blog floor to her!

Guest Post by Reese Monroe

Favorite Part of Writing Forged by Fate

I really enjoyed writing Forged by Fate, mostly because I love the characters so much. It’s difficult to pick a favorite part of the story, but I’m going to have to say I loved writing Sadie. This part in particular:

“I feel your turmoil.” He leaned down, so…

Let’s Role-Play! A Guest Post by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Let’s Role-Play! A Guest Post by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted by on 11/20/2013 • 40 Comments

Have you read this book yet? If not you’re definitely missing out! You can find my full review here if you missed it but it’s a awesome read! I’m excited to have the wonderful ladies behind this great novel on the blog for a fun guest post on how they created these characters together! First, in case you live under a rock and missed what this book was all about:

Guest Post by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Let It Play Out: Role-playing scenes to establish characters

One of the challenges in any story is ensuring that every character her their own very definitive point of view. They need opinions, a backstory, goals and their own personal motivation to do whatever they’re going to do…

To Self Publish, Or Not To Self Publish – A Guest Post by Stella Telleria

To Self Publish, Or Not To Self Publish – A Guest Post by Stella Telleria

Posted by on 11/08/2013 • 50 Comments

I’ve got Stella Telleria on the blog today who recently self-published her book, Across the Wire, a paranormal universe novel with a dystopian undertone that looks great and sounds awesome. Let’s have a look at the book first, but then Stella is going to talk about her reason to self publish in a witty, hilarious guest post – oh and you can also enter to win a copy 😉

Guest Post by Stella Telleria

Why I Decided to Self Publish by Stella Telleria

Giselle, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’ve heard so much about you through another blogger I feel a sort of ease at being in your internet presence. Pfft! Who am I kidding? I’m so excited to be here I…

Waterfell Tour Stop: Guest Post + Giveaway

Waterfell Tour Stop: Guest Post + Giveaway

Posted by on 10/22/2013 • 25 Comments

I’m excited to have the Waterfell blog tour stop by today. Amalie is here to tell us why everyone wants to be an Aquarathi – and it’s hilarious! – and we’ve also got some giveaways! Haven’t heard of Waterfell yet? Have a look:

Guest Post by Amalie Howard

Ten reasons why everyone wants to be an Aquarathi by Amalie Howard

You can have the best of both worlds—you can live on land and underwater. You are at the top of the marine food chain. No kidding. You are the king of the underwater pride rock—the buffet is open. You can manipulate water in any form—technically called hydro-projection or glimmering. Think how handy that’ll be if you need to put a fire out….

Cheryl Rainfield’s Top Thrill Reads + Giveaway!

Cheryl Rainfield’s Top Thrill Reads + Giveaway!

Posted by on 10/20/2013 • 7 Comments

Hi everyone! I have a special treat for y’all today! The Stained blog tour is stopping by with a fun top 5 list from Cheryl, as well as a fantastic giveaway! First let’s have a look at what Stained is all about!

Cheryl’s Top 5 Thrill Reads

Sometimes I don’t read a lot of thrillers, because my life was like a thriller–full of terror, anxiety, my pulse racing almost constantly–and I still need to learn to calm down. (smiling) It makes it easy for me to write with high intensity–it’s what I know. Other times, it’s what I want to read because it’s what I know and enjoy. I read a mix of YA and adult thrillers when I read them. Here are some of my favorites…

Thornhill Tour Stop: Review + Guest Post

Thornhill Tour Stop: Review + Guest Post

Posted by on 09/11/2013 • 15 Comments

I’ve got a great guest on the blog today, lovelies! Kathleen Peacock is here today as part of the Thornhill blog tour to talk to us about Werewolves vs Vampires in the most hilarious – and realistic – way! First let’s have a look at what I thought of this gorgeous sequel!

The long anticipated sequel to Hemlock arriving at my door was no doubt the highlight of my week. I greedily tore into it a few days later, bringing me back into the turbulent lives of Mac, Kyle, and Jason. As usual with sequels, I think I would have loved it more had there not been such a large gap of time between reading this book and its predecessor. Things did eventually…

Nomad by J.L. Bryan: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Nomad by J.L. Bryan: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Posted by on 07/22/2013 • 18 Comments

Today I have the fabulous J.L. Bryan (boys can be fabulous too!) on the blog with his usual witty self in an awesome guest post! And then you can win your very own signed copy of this pretty! First though let’s get all the jazz on this book! PS – If you missed it, check out my review here.

Guest Post by J.L. Bryan

Long-Distance Dating: Time Travel Edition

Long-distance relationships only grow more complicated when you and your significant other are years apart. We’re not talking about May-December romances here, we’re talking about dating someone who lives in an entirely different century. With the recent popularization of home time-travel devices, this is a problem facing more and more people every day.

It’s always the…