Most Fun Book Tour: the Video
February 9th, 2016

Throughout the Forgotten Room book tour, we joked that our trip would make a hilarious mockumentary (although it felt a bit more like The Blair Witch Project than This Is Spinal Tap on some of those early morning wake-ups).

In any event, a friend of Karen’s decided to take us up on it! Voila a little bit of our appearance at FoxTale books (and we’ve been told a longer video is coming soon).

Happy viewing!


Cookie Contest Winner!
February 8th, 2016

Miles is trying to persuade Cook to make ALL the cookies, so while he’s otherwise occupied (and Hen is busy gloating over STILL being everyone’s favorite heroine), I’m here to tell you that the winner of the first of the Black Tulip Anniversary Month Contests is…

Alexandra! (Of Comment #138)

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

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More Black Tulip Anniversary Month fun (including another contest) coming up soon!


Weekly Reading Round-Up
February 5th, 2016

Between the new book (coming summer 2017!), the continuing Forgotten Room buzz, and some books I’m not allowed to talk about because I’m judging them for a contest, it’s been a bit of a slim reading list this week– but I did manage to carve out the time to read Bill Bryson’s latest, The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain (because who can resist a title like that? or a sheep on the cover?), and a very old romp of a Regency romance, The Brighton Burglar (remember those old Zebra Regencies?).

Now that I’m going back into writing mode, I’ve been craving a new Laura Resnick Esther Diamond novel or a Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London book, which make very good writing companions– but since neither has a new book out just now, if anyone has any suggestions for readalikes, I’d be very grateful!

What have you been reading this week?


Illinois on Saturday! (2/6)
February 4th, 2016

This Saturday, I’ll be returning to one of my favorite libraries to speak on a panel with three amazing authors: Sonali Dev, Simone Elkeles and Marilyn Brant.

We’ll be discussing Love Across Ages and Cultures— and we’d love to have you join us!

Come find us this Saturday, 2/6, at 2:00 at the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, IL. Lake Forest Bookstore will be there to sell books, so you can pick up a signed copy while you’re there.

If you can’t make it but would like a personalized copy of Forgotten Room or any of my other books, just give them a call today or tomorrow (847-234-4420) and they can get those books signed on Saturday and then send them your way. Lake Forest Bookstore will also have signed books for sale in their store after the event, if you’d rather pop by and pick one up.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, February 6, 2:00
What: Panel & Signing
Who: Marilyn Brant, Sonali Dev, Simone Elkeles, Lauren Willig
Where: Warren Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031

Bookseller: Lake Forest Books
Bookseller contact info: call 847-234-4420 or email

Hope to see you on Saturday!


In Which We Have a Rather Scrumptious Sort of Contest….
February 3rd, 2016

Look what I found when I moved earlier this year?

Two original ARCs of The Masque of the Black Tulip!


But they looked rather lonely by themselves, so I decided to pair them with a few friends: the section of the Pink series I tend to think of as “Henrietta and Co”, Pink III up through Pink VI.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pile of books must be in want of a reader, which means… it’s time for our first Black Tulip Anniversary Month contest!

When I decided to hold a series of contests to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Masque of the Black Tulip, one contest idea leaped out at me. (No, not you, Turnip– you’re a character, not a contest. And, please, take off that tulip costume!)

If there’s one thing anyone thinks of when they think of the hero of The Masque of the Black Tulip, it is….

“My manly physique? My floppy lock of hair?”

Okay, Miles. I know it’s your anniversary and all that, but you’re meant to stay in the book, remember? Ix-nay on the commentary.

As I was going to say, before I was so rudely interrupted, the one thing I associate most with Miles Dorrington is….

“His utterly brilliant and beautiful wife who really does far more to thwart French spies than some flower-named siblings one could mention?”

Has my book sprung a leak? Now it’s Henrietta playing peanut gallery. I knew I should have booked them on that tenth anniversary cruise….

In any event, when I think of The Masque of the Black Tulip, I think of… ginger biscuits. (Also French spies, but they’re less scrumptiously delicious.)

So, for your first anniversary month contest, here’s your question:

— What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

Also, if you feel like contributing a ginger biscuit recipe, please do! I’ll do a biscuit recipe round-up on the website later this month, including the one contributed by Christine for her Pink Carnation Cookery series last year.

One winner will be chosen at random to receive a vintage 2004 advance review copy of The Masque of the Black Tulip, plus copies of The Deception of the Emerald Ring, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily.

I’ll also be running this same contest on my author Facebook page for an identical pile of books– so feel free to double your chances by entering both places!


Happy Anniversary, BLACK TULIP!
February 3rd, 2016

In all of the Forgotten Room excitement, I completely missed Miles’s and Henrietta’s tenth anniversary! It’s been ten years now since The Masque of the Black Tulip, the second book in the Pink Carnation series, appeared in print.

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Over the course of those ten years, Miles and Henrietta have won every single popularity contest ever held on this website (stop smirking, Henrietta!); they’ve appeared, in one way or another, in ten of the twelve Pink Carnation novels; they’ve starred in their own Valentine’s Day novella, Bunny & Biscuits; and they have consumed untold numbers of ginger biscuits.

Happy Anniversary, Henrietta and Miles!

To make it up to them, I’ve decided to declare this February Black Tulip Anniversary Month. I’ll be posting the first of four contests (one per week) here on the website later today. I’ll also be posting some outtakes and other tidbits, as time permits.

Stay tuned for the first Black Tulip Anniversary Month event later today!


New York Reading– Tonight!
February 1st, 2016

The official Forgotten Room book tour may have come to an end, but I’ll be reading from The Forgotten Room tonight, at Lady Jane’s Salon, New York’s only romance reading series.

Here’s the official Lady Jane’s announcement:

Join us Monday, February 1st, 7-9:00 PM at Madame X (NYC’s “sexiest bar”; loft level) as we celebrate our seventh year in NYC!

Guest authors: Lauren Willig, Trevann Rogers, and Katie Lynch, plus Salon co-founders Leanna Renee Hieber and Hope Tarr.

Salon program will include a complimentary champagne toast courtesy of Tor/Forge (Macmillan Publishers) and the presentation of our annual donation award to Women in Need.

Net proceeds of the Salon support our house charity, Win.

Cash bar with $5/$6 cocktails & “mocktails.”

Admission is $5, which goes to benefit Women in Need.

There won’t be books for sale at the event, but I’m very happy to sign whatever you bring from home. (If you bring your copy of Forgotten Room, I have bookplates that Karen, Beatriz, and I triple-signed in advance for just such an occasion.) I’ll also be giving away the copy of Forgotten Room that I’m reading from to one lucky attendee!

After this, my next stop will be Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, Illinois, where you can find me on Saturday, February 6, along with Sonali Dev, Simone Elkeles, and Marilyn Brant. We’ll be talking about Love Across Ages and Cultures— and, of course, anything else you want us to talk about!


FORGOTTEN ROOM is a New York Times Bestseller!
January 28th, 2016

Karen, Beatriz, and I were celebrating last night, because… we got the news that The Forgotten Room debuted on the New York Times bestseller list!

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Thank you so much to everyone who helped put The Forgotten Room on the New York Times list. We are beyond thrilled.

We’re still on the road for the next few days, so come and celebrate with us!

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If you would like a signed first edition for yourself or a friend but aren’t on the tour route, just contact FoxTale Book Shoppe or one of the other shops on our route. If you already have a copy and would like a signed bookplate, just send a self-addressed stamp envelope with your request to PO Box 623, Roswell, GA 30077.


The Ws go to Georgia! And South Carolina.
January 28th, 2016

The three Ws are in Georgia on the final lap of The Forgotten Room tour! You can find us today:

— at 3:00, for an informal meet and greet at Book Exchange in Marietta;

— at 6:30, for our full performance at FoxTale in Woodstock.

You can also find signed copies of The Forgotten Room at Bookmiser in Roswell, GA (which has the best romance novel section I’ve ever seen), and Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur, GA.

Marietta, GA
Thursday, 3:00
Meet and Greet
Book Exchange
2932 Canton Road

Woodstuck, GA
Thursday, 6:30
Talk & Signing
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street, #138

Tomorrow, we’ll be making our way to South Carolina for a 2:00 signing at Litchfield Books on Pawleys Island.

Pawleys Island, SC
January 29, 2:00
Litchfield Books
11421 Ocean Hwy

Hope to see you soon!


“The Record Set Right”– On Sale Today!
January 26th, 2016

English can be a silly language sometimes. My new novella, “The Record Set Right” is both on sale today as in “available for purchase” and on sale today as in “less than the expected price”.

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The Record Set Right“, a sort of mini-novel about a woman’s return to England after sixty-odd years and the memories and revelations she faces, was written for an anthology called Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War, set around Armistice Day in 1918. The anthology officially releases on March 1, but I was absolutely thrilled when they told me that “Record Set Right” would be released early as a “teaser” for the full anthology.

The Record Set Right” is one of those stories that took me by surprise. I’d intended to write something entirely different– but Millie’s voice burst onto the page (you’ll see what I mean when you read the story), and the next thing I knew, I was just being taken along for the ride, from 1980 Kenya to England in the teens and then back to 1980 again.

I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I did!

The Record Set Right is on sale today for 99 cents on both Kindle and Nook.