Monday Give Away Winner
October 8th, 2015

The winner of the German copies of Pink Carnation, Black Tulip, Ashford Affair, and That Summer is…

Jessye! (Of Comment #2.)

Pink Germany Black Tulip Germany Ashford Germany That Summer Germany

Congrats, Jessye! If you email me at and let me know where to send them, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.

Stay tuned for a new give away coming up on Monday!


Back to Boston! 11/9 and 11/10
October 6th, 2015

For the first time since 2012, I’ll be traveling to Boston on book tour! I’m so happy to be revisiting the home of the Pink series, particularly the Harvard Coop, where I spent so many joyful hours browsing and buying in my grad school days.

Here’s the itinerary:

— Cambridge, MA
November 9, 7:00
Talk & Signing
The Harvard Coop
1400 Massachusetts Avenue

— Wellesley, MA
November 10, 9:30am
Authors on Stage
Coffee, Panel, & Signing
The Wellesley College Club
727 Washington Street
$27 ticket fee
RSVP or 781-489-5339

The Harvard Coop event will be just me and it’s free and open to the public.

The Wellesley Authors on Stage is a ticketed event featuring three authors. (As soon as I find out who the other two are, I’ll post the info here.) To reserve your space, email or call 781-489-5339.

If you can’t make it to either of the events but would like a personalized book, I’ll be stopping by Porter Square Books on the afternoon of the 9th to sign books. Just get in touch with the folks at Porter Square Books (617-491-2220) before the afternoon of November 9th to reserve your copy and let them know to whom you’d like me to sign it. (Early Christmas shopping, anyone?)

In other news, Penguin has a big book tour set up for me, Beatriz Williams, and Karen White for the launch of The Forgotten Room in January! Details soon….


Monday Give Away: Auf Deutsch!
October 5th, 2015

In honor of Oktoberfest, it’s a German book give away!

One person will win:

Verbotene Liebschaften (aka Pink Carnation)

Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Tulpe (aka Black Tulip)

Ashford Park (aka The Ashford Affair)

— and Der gestohlene Sommer (aka That Summer)

Pink Germany Black Tulip Germany Ashford Germany That Summer Germany

For a chance to win, just post below! The winner will be announced on Thursday.

p.s. For those non-German speakers out there, we’ll be back to English language give aways as usual next week.

p.p.s. Is there another language (other than German or English) you’d like to see up for grabs here on a Monday give away? Just let me know!


Weekly Reading Round-Up
October 2nd, 2015

This was a week of very old research books and brand new fiction books for me: that wonderful, decaying, tobacco-y smell from crumbling books on Belle Epoque Paris and the luxurious feel of thick paper and smooth covers on new trade paperbacks.

I won’t go into the research side of things, but on the fiction end, I read:

— Tana French’s latest Dublin Murder Squad mystery novel, The Secret Place, set in an all girls’ boarding school where a murder occurred the year before. The entire action of the story takes place over the course of one day (in the detective’s viewpoint), layered with the past year in the viewpoint of the four girls being questioned. French’s novels are always beautifully crafted and this one is no exception.

— A YA Regency paranormal called Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix. Think Mairelon the Magician, an alternate Regency where the ton dabbles with magic, admirals are weather mages, and a young lady on the brink of her debut must disguise herself as a dandy in order to recover an ensorcelled family emerald. So many thanks to Rosalind Casey of the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for passing this one along to me! (And for all the other book recs that you’ll probably see popping up here on Fridays for weeks to come.)

What have you been reading this week?


Monday Give Away Winners
October 1st, 2015

The winners of this Monday’s give away are…

— Abby, of Comment #31
— Paige B, of Comment #26
— Ammy Belle, of Comment #11

Emerald Paperback Crimson Rose paperback Pink V Cover Blood Lily Paperback

Congrats, ladies! If you email me at, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.

Stay tuned for a special October (or should I say, Oktober?) themed give away coming up on Monday!


En français!
September 30th, 2015

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip are now available en français!


Pink I French Black Tulip French

Does anyone recognize those covers from somewhere else?

If you’re looking for more en français, you can find The Ashford Affair, aka Ashford Park, in both trade paperback and en poche.

Ashford France Ashford France paperback


Teaser Tuesday: Upcoming Books
September 29th, 2015

Now that the nip of fall is finally in the air and the double book releases of the summer behind me, it seemed like a good time to look forward to the year (and the books) ahead.

Here’s the publication schedule for 2016!

— January 19, 2016: The Forgotten Room (with Karen White & Beatriz Williams)
— March 1, 2016: Fall of Poppies (novella)
— July 12, 2016: The Other Daughter (paperback)

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My next solo stand alone novel is scheduled for summer 2017. I’ll be talking more about that book here soon.

But for now, back to my writing cave!


Monday Give Away: Alsworthys and Unicorns and India, Oh My!
September 28th, 2015

Every time I think I’ve rounded up all available author copies, another batch appears, this time a pile of the paperback edition of Pink III, The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

There are various subgroupings within the Pink series. The series can be broken up in all sorts of ways, whether it’s tracing the rise and fall of the Black Tulip (The Masque of the Black Tulip, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, and The Seduction of the Crimson Rose), the Paris duo (The Orchid Affair and The Garden Intrigue), Fitzhugh Family Fun (The Mischief of the Mistletoe and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla), or what I privately term the Reidiad, the three books involving members of the Reid family: The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, and The Lure of the Moonflower.

For me, another one of those subgroups is the quartet formed by Emerald Ring, Crimson Rose, Night Jasmine, and Blood Lily. They’re set up in strophe and antistrophe: Letty and Mary, Charlotte and Penelope. In each set, the first one an antagonistic pair of sisters, the second one mismatched friends, each has to break away from the role imposed upon her by the other in order to find her true place in the world.

Emerald Paperback Crimson Rose paperback Pink V Cover Blood Lily Paperback

So, with that very long-winded introduction, I have three sets of the Troubled Friendship Quartet up for grabs!

For a chance to win the books above, here’s your question:

— Who do you feel for the most: practical Letty, ambitious Mary, lost-in-a-book Charlotte, or rebellious Penelope?

Winners will be chosen at random on Thursday.


Forgotten Room ARCs
September 25th, 2015

The Forgotten Room is starting to look like a book!

Forgotten Room ARC

This copy showed up on my doorstep last night– and one could appear on yours. Penguin is giving away twenty-five advance copies of The Forgotten Room on Goodreads right now.

To enter, just go to the Forgotten Room page on Goodreads and click the “Enter Giveaway” link. The contest ends on October 9th.

Good luck!


UK Edition Pink Carnation Winners!
September 24th, 2015

The winners of the UK editions of Books I through V of the Pink Carnation series are….

— Lauren D. of Comment #70
— Lynne Hastings of Comment #80

Congrats, Lauren and Lynne! If you email me at and let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! I’ll have another give away coming your way here on the website next Monday.