Release Day Launch: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Posted January 27, 2015 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz / 0 Comments

Release Day Launch: A Cold Legacy by Megan ShepherdA Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Series: Madman's Daughter #3
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on January 29th 2015
Pages: 400
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After killing the men who tried to steal her father's research, Juliet - along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward - has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet's secrets. Though it appearst to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor's own walls.


Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just

a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of

freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a

woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is

called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just

hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of

Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than

the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of

Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road

became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us

along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look

out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding

me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The

lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame,

blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I

watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed,

just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It

was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me

against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked.

Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the

Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the

horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with

bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.



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About Megan Shepherd


I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park

ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a


I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains

of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’

independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many

free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real

career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service

officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied

French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of

those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in

Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut

with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if

you’re curious, here are the dirty details.

It wasn’t until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, “have you ever

considered being a writer?” that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband

encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children’s literature

in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and

Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to

write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t

require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or

hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so

please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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