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A BREATH OF FROST “First Look” Blog Tour: An Introduction to Moira, Excerpt + Giveaway

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I am so excited for the upcoming release of Alyxandra Harvey’s A BREATH OF FROST on January 7th. I absolutely adored this author’s Drake Chronicles and love, love, loved her novel HAUNTING VIOLET. So when I learned of this new series, The Lovegrove Legacy, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of book one.

And when I was invited to take part in the blog tour for this book with both an interview post and this character introduction blast, I just had to say yes! I couldn’t wait to get a sneak peek at one of the characters in this series. I couldn’t wait to start following this tour to check out other peeks at characters in the novel. And I couldn’t wait to start the countdown for this book’s release, which is now less than two weeks away.

For today’s stops on the tour, we get to share an introduction to Moira along with a short excerpt. And there’s a few seriously awesome giveaway prizes up for grabs. So be sure to check them out below, too. The Grand Prize necklace is the one worn in the trailer video, so if you’d like to check that out, the trailer is also below.

If you’d like to visit some of the other stops on tour I’ve included direct links to all previous stops and plan on updating the schedule throughout the tour as posts go “live.” You can check out the full schedule at the bottom of this post or on Barclay Publicity’s website by clicking the banner above.

But now let me turn the blog over to the publicist and author so you can learn a little bit more about the author, her Lovegrove Legacy series, the first book in the series, A BREATH OF FROST, and so you can meet Moira who seems super cool.

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From the Publicist…

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!

Introduction to Moira

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Name: Moira

Age: 18

Hair: black

Eyes: grey

Familiar: orange tabby cat called Marmalade

Magic: The soles of her feet itch to warn her when she is in danger.

Moira wants nothing to do with the fancy folk of the Beau Monde.

And she wants even less to do with the Order of the Iron Nail.

She just wants to be left alone to run magical errands for One-Eyed Joe in the Goblin Market and run about with the other Madcaps. To be a Madcap is to be a free witch, to owe no one fealty, least of all the Order who have the power to trap your magical familiar in a witch bottle. Moira has spent her entire life avoiding them…until the night all the gargoyles in London fly away.

Suddenly the Greymalkin Sisters are loose in London and killing young witches, and One-Eyed Joe sends Moira to help three desperate debutante cousins who drag Moira right in the middle of the Beau Monde…and the Order.

Excerpt

All around her came the cracking of stone and the splintering of shingles. She could hear it even over the clatter of carriage wheels on the street below, the restless horses in the stable, and an orchestra playing music for the fancy folk. They danced while overhead, the magic they didn’t even know protected them, broke.

Gargoyles of all shapes and sizes, all sneers and smiles, deserted their posts. A few crumbled to dust but most—too many—launched off roof points, dormer windows, and rain spouts. They took to the air, the stretch and flap of their wings leathery and brittle. They shed cast off pieces of shingle and stone all over London. Moira had never seen anything like it.

With the gargoyles gone, the rooftops weren’t safe.

London wasn’t safe.

About A Breath of Frost

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Description…

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
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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
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIGO | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

Praise…

“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

About Alyxandra Harvey

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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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The Trailer

 

The Giveaway

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)

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The Tour Schedule

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 17th: Two Chicks on Books, Feeling FictionalYA Bibliophile, and Pages From My Thoughts will introduce readers to Emma

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 20th: Parajunkee’s View, The Story Siren, Bending The SpineBabs Book Bistro, Random Jendsmidt, and Fictitious Delicious will introduce readers to Cormac

December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

December 27th: Fiktshun, Preternatura, Shortie Says, Fang-tastic BooksReader Girls, and Cocktails and Books will introduce readers to Moira

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: YaReads, Addicted 2 Novels, Xpresso Reads, Confessions from Romaholics, Urban Girl Reader, Jeanz Book Read N Review, and The Book Swarm will introduce readers to Penelope

January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx

January 6th: Paranormal Book Club, Ex Libris, El Extraño Gato del CuentoDark Faerie TalesBook Passion for LifeSeeing Night ReviewsThe Book CellarLiterary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy

January 7th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

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