Archive for July, 2008

A Pink Carnation Companion

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Once again, I come seeking advice. As the Pink Carnation series continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to keep track of who’s related to whom, who’s doing what when, and who that villain was again. My publisher and I have been discussing putting together some sort of Pink Carnation companion, with the vague idea that it might include character sketches, timelines, and family trees.

What I’d love to know is– what would you like to know? What would be most helpful to you as a refresher when you’re picking up a new Pink book? What bits of information do you find yourself most in need of?

As a related question, if there were to be some sort of Pink Companion, what format should it be in? On the website? In a booklet? Downloadable as a PDF? Or just a timeline or a family tree at the front of each new book?

As you can see, I’m all over the place with this project and desperately seeking a sensible place to dig in. Any and all suggestions incredibly welcome!

Trimmings & Fancy Goods

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Did you ever have those children’s books with illustrations of a beribboned girl opening a mailbox to find happy surprises within? They were always semi-Victorian in nature, sometimes with a few sheep grazing in the background. Well, I have no sheep; for ribbons, replace with sunglasses; and my mailbox is of the metal sort set into an apartment building wall, but I still received a lovely surprise in the mail today: a package of greeting cards from talented designer Hope Wallace. What I adore about her illustrations is that they combine eighteenth and nineteenth images with a twist– rather like the Pink books.

They were too pretty not to share, so here are a few of my favorites:

And, oh joy of my life, bookmarks:

Which do you like best?

Writerspace Beach Party

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Hi, all!

Break out your inner Gidget. This coming Sunday (July 20th) from eight o’clock until eleven o’clock Eastern time, Writerspace will be holding a virtual beach party with oodles of authors, all popping by to chat online and give away prizes. It would take way too long to list them all (for oodles, read upwards of a hundred), but among my favorites who’ll be showing up are Christina Dodd and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. For a full listing of authors and the books they’ll be giving away, click here.

I’ll be showing up on the later end (probably around ten o’clock Eastern time) and giving away a signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

All in all, a good way to chase away those Sunday night blues!


Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Hi, all!

I hope everyone had a glorious 4th of July weekend, complete with barbecue, sparklers and all the trappings.

Two hundred years and an ocean away from July sunshine and backyard barbecues, it’s Christmas Eve in 1803, where Lady Charlotte Lansdowne shivers on the frost-bleached marble steps of Girdings House as an unexpected addition to the Christmas house party gallops down the frozen lane….

In other words, I’ve finally posted the long promised excerpt from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Voila the complete, the entire, the unabridged text of Chapter One. Happy reading!