I am super excited that today is RELEASE DAY for A BREATH OF FROST. Because now – finally – everyone will get the chance to read this awesome new book by Alyxandra Harvey that introduces new characters, a new world and is the start of a brand new series.
I am also totally stoked that I get to share my interview with the author. I previously had a stop on the tour sharing an introduction to one of the characters, Moira, along with a short excerpt. If you didn’t catch it back in December, you can find it HERE.
But now I get to reveal the questions I asked the author about her writing, her characters, her new book – A BREATH OF FROST – and the entire series. And I get to share all of her very, very awesome answers.
Answers in which she talks about jellied calves’ feet, Shakespearean insults, deer-people, cravats, paranormal soup and love stories.
As I have already rambled – a lot – in that first post on the tour, I’ll keep things brief here. And this way you can just spend your time checking out what this lovely author has to say instead of stumbling through my long and rambling intro.
FYI… the giveaway is the same as in that other post, so if you’ve already entered, you don’t need to do so again. I just included the Rafflecopter for those who might not have previously had a chance to enter. And, once again, I’ve included some of the other details about the tour for those who might be first hearing about it.
Now, though, without any further ado…
Since you completed the Drake Chronicles you’ve been writing standalone novels. What has it been like to embark upon your new series, The Lovegrove Legacy, with A BREATH OF FROST?
It was such a strange feeling to finish the Drake Chronicles. They are still in my head and in fact, I’ve just released an E-novella, The Longest Night, that takes place 6 years after the last book.
At the same time it was really exciting and liberating to start a new book, with new characters to get to know…and I didn’t have to worry about sunset and sunrise! Having most of your cast be vampires means that when the sun rises, almost everyone passes out!
I love writing about witches and magical worlds because there is just so much room for the imagination to wander about into corners, cul-de-sacs and off cliffsides.
A BREATH OF FROST takes place in Regency Era London. What drew you to this time period and setting for your story?
I have loved the Regency time period for as long as I can remember. I love Pride and Prejudice, the language, the manners and etiquette (from a distance! I couldn’t live like that.). I especially love the clothing of that time period, and am especially frightened of the food. Jellied Calves’s foot….ew!
For those of us who are excited to meet Gretchen, Emma and Penelope, can you tell us a little bit about each of them?
Emma is the practical one of the trio and she’s a little lonely as she’s always felt as though she doesn’t quite fit in. Once she discovers she’s a witch, that begins to make sense!
Gretchen is wild and rebellious and impatient. She feels choked by the rules of society and she isn’t too keen on learning a new set of witch-society rules.
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.
If you had to describe A BREATH OF FROST in ten words or less, how would you describe it?
Magic, secrets, kissing, deer-people, goblin markets, family.
What was your favorite scene to write in A BREATH OF FROST and why?
I loved writing about the Irish Headless Horseman the Dullahan who has a whip made of human spine. And the secret kisses in the garden was lots of fun to write. No Dullahans there though.
What can we look forward to in upcoming books in The Lovegrove Legacy series?
The second book focuses on Gretchen and the third and last book focuses on Penelope. Everyone else still has lots of spotlight time since the main story arc brings them together. There’s going to be more magic, more secrets revealed, and more running for their lives in ballgowns and cravats!
You’ve written about a broad spectrum of paranormal/supernatural beings in your novels – vampires, ghosts, faeries and now witches. So far, which has been your favorite to write about? Which has been your most challenging?
I’ve enjoyed them all! I love combining creatures together so that it’s not just one thing. With the Drake Chronicles I focused on vampires because the Drakes are such a big family there wasn’t a lot of room to explore what other creatures might be living in Violet Hill.
With the Lovegrove Legacy the magical focus allows me to make a paranormal soup! Especially in the Goblin Market where you might run into witches, Pegasus, goblins, warlocks…all sorts of creatures from folklore.
The description for A BREATH OF FROST promises murder, mystery, the spirits of dark witches, ghouls, hellhounds and a lavish Regency London setting. In addition to all of that, will there be a love story for any of the three cousins? And if so, can you give us a hint about what we might expect?
There’s always a love story. I can’t help myself!
In A Breath of Frost Emma runs into an ex-boyfriend of sorts, just as all magical hell breaks loose. So she not only has to deal with murders and hellhounds and ghosts…but the very handsome and charming Cormac who has his own secrets to keep.
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.
Alyxandra Harvey, popular young adult author of the Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away, is back with a bewitching new young adult fantasy series that will take readers through the streets of magical 19th century London. A BREATH OF FROST, the first installment in The Lovegrove Legacy (published by Bloomsbury Childrens) goes on sale January 7, 2014. It’s full of witches, magic, family secrets, goblin markets, deer-people, and boys in cravats!
Want to learn more about A BREATH OF FROST? Be sure to check out this “First Look” interview with Alyxandra Harvey!
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
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?
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
Release date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
“Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair….A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction.” ~ Booklist
The A BREATH OF FROST First Look Blog Tour includes a few awesome giveaway prizes.
– GRAND PRIZE: Regency style pewter and crystal necklace made by Alyxandra Harvey and worn in the A BREATH OF FROST trailer (US/Canada ONLY)
– 5 Finished Copies of A BREATH OF FROST (sponsored by Bloomsbury Childrens US ONLY)
December 10th: The Book Faery Reviews, spotlight on The Lovegrove Legacy
December 13th: RT Book Reviews, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey introducing readers to The Lovegrove Legacy and A BREATH OF FROST
December 16th: Night Owl Reviews, a “first look” exclusive…get the Travelers Guide to Magical London
December 17th: Hypable, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey. Meet the characters of A BREATH OF FROST and glean an early review
December 17th: Tynga’s Reviews, exclusive look at Emma and Cormac *swoon*
December 17th: Bitten by Books, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
December 18th: Fresh Fiction, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey explaining how historical fiction & fantasy influenced A BREATH OF FROST
December 19th: Step Into Fiction, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
January 2nd: Literary Escapism, sneak peek and exclusive look at the magic in The Lovegrove Legacy
January 2nd: The Paperback Princesses, early review
January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx
January 6th: Paranormal Book Club, Ex Libris, El Extraño Gato del Cuento, Dark Faerie Tales, Book Passion for Life, Seeing Night Reviews, The Book Cellar, Literary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy
January 7th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey