To London Society, Cormac Fairfax is the dashing, handsome son of an earl.
To Magical London, he is a member of the Order of the Iron Nail, sworn to keep the peace and protect witches from warlocks. The men of the Fairfax family have been joining the Order for centuries, and Cormac is no exception…. even though he has to work twice as hard. He is the only son in a family of unruly daughters, but he is the only one without magic of his own. He refuses to let that stop him and patrols the London streets like any other member of the Order.
And when the Greymalkin Sisters descend, he fights on the front lines to stop them. Danger and dark magic aren’t enough to defeat him
But Emma Day just might be.
When she was just an ordinary girl in a winter garden, Cormac might have continued to court her. But when he discovers she is the daughter of the mad witch Theodora Lovegrove, he knows the Order will never let them be together.Especially when Emma keeps stumbling across the dead bodies of the Greymalkin Sisters.
Cormac knows he will have to choose between the Order and Emma.
Because to love one, is to betray the other.
An exclusive “first look” excerpt from A BREATH OF FROST:
Cormac stalked toward Emma and there was such dark intensity in his chiselled features that she instinctively backed up. She hit the tree behind her but Cormac didn’t stop his advance. He was practically pressed against her.
She shifted to move away but he blocked her, wrapping his hand around the branch by her head. “Don’t cast any more spells,” he said ominously.
The smell of smoke clung to him, just like his soot-stained linen shirt. His cravat had been lost somewhere in the mud. She could see a tarnished silver chain around his neck, the pendant tucked under the folds of ruined fabric. She was suddenly viciously curious as to what it might be. She frowned at him. He didn’t deserve her curiosity. She had to remind herself of that. Sternly. And repeatedly. “What on earth are you talking about?” she asked finally.
He leaned closer, so close she could see the amber in his dark brown eyes and the faint whisper of stubble on his cheeks. So close she couldn’t help but remember the long dark kiss they’d shared, not so long ago.
As if she could ever forget it.
And if he had, she’d smack him.
She might smack him anyway if he didn’t stop looming. “Have you been practicing?” She asked with false sweetness. “You’ve improved.”
“Practicing what?” He asked, momentarily distracted. His brow furrowed in confusion.
-From “A Breath of Frost”, Alyxandra Harvey, The Lovegrove Legacy
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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
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?
“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
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.