Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway - The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman

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The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman
Release Date: 04/11/15
300 pages

Summary from Goodreads:


Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.

Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.

And more secrets.
Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.

She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.


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Irrevocably Altered

The pop and tinkle of glass shattering. A small shard of crystal slides beneath my door, skittering across the hardwood floor. It glitters in the morning sun, emitting tiny iridescent rainbows that remind me of the fireflies. “Tell me, then. Leave George to me. I shall be the judge if he belongs where he is.”
 “Join me in succession, pledge your allegiance to Morelands. Then I shall tell you how to reach him. And stop freeing my ruddy slaves.”
“Never,” Brighton’s voice shakes. “People are not possessions to be bought and sold at your whim. I will never join you. I will move North. Join the Union.”
 A dark chuckle raises the hair on my arms and I swallow. Evil. His father is pure evil.
 Brighton’s warning echoes in my head: He is a pitcher plant. Once trapped, there is no way out and he will devour you.
 My heart beats beneath the hand clutching my chest. We must away. Immediately.
“What about her?” I step away from the door. My breath exhales sharply and I go rigid.
“Do. Not. Touch her.”
A high-pitched keen of black laughter. I scramble to my knees to peer though the keyhole. Brighton’s back quivers and his hands are balled in fists.
 His father is in a leisurely repose on a chaise, examining his fingernails.
 “She means much to you. I have sent out informants… to gather information. I wonder… if she has told you everything. About her past?”
“We are leaving.”
 “Take the powder again, Brighton. Perhaps then you shall see my point.”
 Brighton whirls, stalking toward my door. “You mean so I might join you in your madness? I was in error to take it even once.”
 “What about her. Have you given it to her?” The tincture, dribbling through my lips. The swim in the salty pond. The Elementi. I have taken it too. Bathed in it.
What am I? Am I irrevocably altered? 

Brynn Chapman. The Violet Hour (Kindle Locations 2174-2185).

Brynn Chapman. The Violet Hour (Kindle Locations 2164-2173).

About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters.  She also writes non-fiction
and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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