The Violet Hour Book Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! I have here for you today a short excerpt from the book. The tour is coming to an end, but it's still not too late to visit the other stops for reviews and more promo posts. You can check out the full schedule here. Enjoy reading the excerpt below and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. ^__^
The Violet HourAuthor: Brynn Chapman
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Published: April 11th, 2015
Purchase from: Amazon
Secrets.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.Secrets.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 rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicably drawn to him.She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.
Silas turns to face Plimpton, giving him a rare audience. The conductor squirms under his scrutinizing gaze.
“So you are telling me, Plimpton, Miss Teagarden reads the score once, and plays it from memory?”
“Yes, sir. She can play all the parts, from one look. She plays every instrument.”
“Balderdash,” Jonesy says. His face is still and smooth but I recognize the terror in his eyes.
“Jones, have you ever seen such ability? You are close with Miss Teagarden?” I add, trying to dissuade the greedy glint in Silas’s gaze.
“She is a gifted cellist, yes. But this ability you claim…” Jones hedges.
“I have witnessed it with my own eyes!” Plimpton is red-faced and sweating as he blots it with his handkerchief, his own piggy-terrified-eyes never leaving Silas.
“Calm yourself, Jakob. I believe you. But I shall have to see for myself. This makes Miss Teagarden even more valuable. Indispensable, even.” Silas paces, rubbing his hands, undoubtedly seeing the coins spin out from her cello as was Rumplestiltskin’s spun gold.
Jones and I exchange a significant glance. A single muscle twitches beneath his eye.
“Bring her to me,” Silas commands.
“She is ill,” Jonesy spits, too fast.
Silas’s eyebrows disappear beneath his blue-black hair. “Well, then I shall fetch a physician. I must see this for myself.” He turns to me. “LeFroy, is your new symphony and accompanying celestial star-show complete?”
I thrust the papers into his hand.
His eyes scan the music, and he flips it to Plimpton. “Copy this, and distribute it—it’s your new production. One week.”
Plimpton dabs his head once again, his mutton sideburns quivering. “Yes, sir.” He lumbers from the study.
“I shall send for the doctor,” Silas says, turning to leave the room.
Jones and I follow without needing a word. This is all my doing. My gut clenches with guilt and a fierce protective surge lights in my chest.
I must get Allegra away from here. This instant.
Meet 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.Author Links:
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