Cookie Contest Winner!
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 email@example.com, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.
More Black Tulip Anniversary Month fun (including another contest) coming up soon!
Weekly Reading Round-Up
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?
In Which We Have a Rather Scrumptious Sort of Contest….
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.
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!
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.
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!
FORGOTTEN ROOM is a New York Times Bestseller!
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!
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!
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 Record Set Right”– On Sale Today!
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”.
“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!