Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey Blog Tour and Interview

Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Alyxandra Harvey as part of her blog tour for Haunting Violet.

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.


NR: In Haunting Violet, Violet assists her mother in conning people into believing they were being visited by ghosts, where did you get the specific tricks used by them?

AH: I researched a lot and then made quite a few of them up myself or altered them. Bellows were used, but I had Violet’s Mom strap them under Violet’s petticoats which was my own personal version. I researched which chemicals could be thrown into fireplaces to create colorful flames and thought long and hard about how to hide things in a Victorian parlour!

NR: Did you try those tricks out to see if they worked, and if so, any funny or disastrous results?

AH: Happily I did not have to pluck chickens bald to see if their feathers would look like snow!  I did throw salt in the fire place to see what would happen (you’d have to use quite a bit for it to be really dramatic) and we hired a medium to come to our house. My husband has always been interested in ghost hunting so I got to play with his EMF and sensor gadgets but that was more useful for my modern day paranormal I have coming out in 2012/3 than Haunting Violet.

NR: Will we get to visit Violet again in future novels?

AH: I hope so! I wrote the first draft of a sequel years ago because I couldn’t help myself but it’s uncontracted so no promises. If the readers want it though, it’s definitely a possibility!

NR: Haunting Violet is a historical novel, which is very different from your contemporary set Drake Chronicles series, how did writing in a historical time period compare?

AH: I love historical fiction and historical fantasy so it was a real pleasure to write Haunting Violet. I actually wrote it before Drake Chronicles. I’ve always felt more comfortable writing historical fantasy than modern-day…but now my favorite is definitely a combination of the two! (Like in Blood Feud)

NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book and watch the movie and discuss it. Which is your favorite book to movie and why?

AH: A great question!

Pride and Prejudice, of course, has to be high in the list. I do love a little Mr. Darcy. But Elizabeth Bennet has to be awesome.  I’m even pickier about her portrayal!

And I adore the Harry Potter movies. The feel of them, the flavor of the books they maintained, everything. And I’d love it if the set designers wanted to come and redecorate my writing studio. That would be brilliant.


Thank you so much Alyxandra for stopping by and sharing with some more information on Haunting Violet, your new historical paranormal young adult novel (and that is a mouthful). 🙂 I am also a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies and can’t wait for part 2 of The Deathly Hallows to come out next week. Alyxandra is the author of The Drake Chronicles, a paranormal contemporary ya series with the fourth book Bleeding Hearts scheduled to be released in November of this year (I am really looking forward to it, I am totally team Nick and Lucy!!).

The Guardian by Margaret Mallory Blog Tour and Giveaway

Novel Reaction is excited to be a part of Margaret Mallory’s The Guardian blog tour.

Margaret Mallory surprised her friends and family by abandoning her legal career—and her steady job—to write novels. At long last, she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad and rewarding the worthy—in the pages of her novels, of course.   She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two college-age children. She would dearly love to hear from readers. You can contact her via her website at www.MargaretMallory.com.

The Guardian is the first book in the Return of the Highlanders Series, about four cousins as close as brothers.

Return of the Highlanders:

The Guardian (Ian)

The Sinner (Alexander) (November 2011)

The Warrior (Duncan) (May 2012)

The Chieftain (Connor) (November 2012)

You can read more about the true tales behind the Scottish Historicals by Margaret Mallory, Kira Morgan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder in We <3 Scotland here.


Margaret was kind enough to share with us Five Fun Facts about herself:

1. Margaret’s old boyfriend married Xena, the Warrior Princess.  (The actress, that is.)

2. She lived in Nigeria in West Africa when she was in 7th and 8th grades and went to boarding school there.

3. She visited Forks, Washington before Twilight was a glimmer in Stephanie Meyer’s eye.

4. The red-haired women in her family are up in arms over the fact that none of the heroines in her first three books has red hair.  To keep the peace, she has pledged that the next twelve heroines will all be redheads.

5. She met her husband at a going away party for someone neither of them knew.  She still does not know why he was there.


Thank you Margaret for sharing with us, being a Scottish red-head myself (okay, most of it comes out of a bottle but when I was little I was a red head) I appreciate a red-headed heroine. 🙂

Thanks to the Forever Publishing I have an advance reader copy of The Guardian for one lucky winner. The rules:

  • Must be US or Canada only.
  • Contest ends May 10th.
  • One entry per person.
  • To enter leave a comment.



Blog Tour Interview with Elizabeth Hoyt and Giveaway

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Elizabeth Hoyt as part of her Notorious Pleasures Blog Tour, the second in the Maidenhead Lane Series.


Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. Please visit her websites for chapter excerpts, book extras, and author appearances: www.elizabethhoyt.com andwww.juliaharper.com.


NR: You addressed the little discussed rampant problem of gin drinking by the lower classes in Notorious Pleasures, what led you address this topic and why?

EH: Chaos is an interesting setting for any story. Because of the gin problem in Georgian London there was enormous social and political upheaval. In very poor areas like St. Giles whole families became addicted to gin which led to prostitution, high crime rates, etc. The crime rate became such a problem, in fact, that the nobility noticed and started trying to legislate gin, though it took decades before anything meaningful was passed in Parliament.

NR: Do you think we will see Lady Hero’s brother, the Duke, brought down by love?

EH: Why, yes, yes, we will. 😉

NR: Will you give us a hint of what to expect in Silence’s story, Scandalous Desires?

EH: Hmmm, well I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that “Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the hero. Here’s a preliminary blurb:

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart? Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind – and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back …and he’s asking for her help.

‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help.

NR: At Novel Reaction  each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book then watch the movie, which is your favorite Book to Movie, and which is your least favorite?

EH: Oh, easy! Favorite: the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, least favorite Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. I actually loved the movie—because RDJ!—but as an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes? Um, not so much.


Thank you Elizabeth for stopping by and giving us some hints of what we can look forward to for the characters from The Maidenhead Lane Series.

Thanks to Hatchette Publishing I am able to give away three copies of Notorious Pleasures. The Contest ends Feb. 12th.

The Rules:

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
-No P.O. Boxes, please.
-Winners are subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.

Out For Blood Blog Tour and Giveaway

Novel Reaction is very excited to be participating in the Out for Blood blog tour! Out for Blood is the third book in the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey and is about Quinn, one of the twins. In addition to the blog tour, you can find great give aways and contests on the facebook pages of Bloomsbury Teen, The Drake Chronicles and Alyxandra Harvey. You can also find Alyxandra Harvey’s playlist for each of the characters here.

You can read my review of each of the books by clicking on the link. The order of the Drake Chronicles is:

Hearts at Stake

Blood Fued

Out for Blood

Bleeding Hearts (November 2011)

I am very excited to post that Bloomsbury has given us a sneak peek at the fourth book, Bleeding Heart:

POVs: Lucy, Christabel, Connor

Description from Bloomsbury website

The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill. Lucy’s cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy’s parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn’t possibly happen in this tiny town. But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn’t understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won’t admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.

In addition to her great Drake Chronicles series, Alyxandra Harvey is releasing a new series in June 2011. Haunting Violet is a Victorian ghost story and you can read an excerpt here.

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I am very excited to be giving away one copy of Out for Blood to one of the readers of Novelreaction.com, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing. The Rules:

-Must live in the US (no P.O. Boxes please)

-Comment and tell me which Drake sibling is your favorite, or if you haven’t read the series yet tell me which vampire book or movie is your favorite.

-Contest ends January 7, 2011.