Archive for October, 2008


Monday, October 27th, 2008

Hi, all!

Just a quick heads-up to remind you that this is that last week to enter the current contest to win an advance copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. The contest closes on Halloween, both because I like Halloween (it’s the combination of getting to wear a tiara every year and having official license to eat sickening amounts of candy) and because it’s an easy date to remember.

I’ll post winners on the News page (i.e. here) the following Monday. The first five names picked at random will receive advance copies of Night Jasmine. The next five get signed cover flats for the paperback of Crimson Rose.

There’s an extra little twist to this particular contest. Unlike most contests, there’s no right or wrong answer. The question was: “Who is your favorite Pink Carnation character?” So, in addition to the real life winners, I’ll be posting the fictional winners as well, the winners of the Pink Carnation Popularity Contest, in order of the number of votes they received. It’s a bit like a high school prom, only with fewer streamers and more knee breeches. I’m very curious to see which Pink character will be named homecoming queen… or the equivalent thereof.

Author on the Move, Part II: Chicago!

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

First of all, big hugs to everyone I met in Dallas last weekend! I had an amazing time talking books with people (and a whole list of books to recommend once I finally get around to writing a post about it). I adore conferences where people give me books, have silent auctions for books, and raffle off books. The airport security people must have thought I was some sort of crazy book rustler as I hauled my way through the scanner machines with two bags, which contained, in aggregate, one change of clothes, one bottle of contact lens solution, one computer, and twenty-two books (yes, I counted). What can I say? I like to have plenty of reading material on board.

This weekend, I’m off to Illinois, for Warren-Newport Public Library’s Cozy Library Extravaganza, a celebration of cozy mystery novels. Festivities commence at one o’clock and carry on till four. Other authors appearing include Libby Fischer Hellmann, Robert Dalby, Cordelia Frances Biddle, Helen Osterman, Deb Baker, Charles Dickinson and Julie Hyzy. And the best part is, it’s free! Did I mention that it’s free?

So if you’re in the area, please do stop by and join us for the panel discussion (and the tea and cookies) or pop by later in the afternoon to have a book signed.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Pink Carnation in England!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I know, I know, that makes a very bizarre headline, since the Pink Carnation is technically already in England– when she’s not in France, that is, or Ireland or Portugal, wreaking havoc on Napoleon as only she knows how.

However, while the Pink Carnation may have been resident in London, her chronicles were not. UK readers and friends have complained to me in the past about the difficulty of smuggling the books across the Pond.

Complain no more.

I am thrilled to announce that the Pink Carnation books will at long last be available in the United Kingdom, starting in January of 2009 with the publication of the UK edition of Pink I.

(Insert noises of author madly jumping up and down and cheering herself hoarse here).

This is only a mock-up of the cover, so it may yet be subject to change, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

I love the big pink bow. So much.

In fact, I love everything about this edition so much. As one of my favorite Gilbert & Sullivan characters would say, “It’s just too, too much heppiness!”

Author on the Move, Part I: Dallas!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hi, all!

As you may have noticed from the side panel here, I’m going to be darting around a bit for the next few weekends. For those of you in the Dallas area, I’ll be at Fresh Fiction’s Readers ‘n Ritas Conference on Saturday, October 11th.

I’ve appended their message about the conference below. I’ve had the privilege of meeting the Fresh Fiction ladies before and can say, with complete sincerity, that they’re just plain fun. If you’ve read it, they’ve read it, which is rare and wonderful.

For those not participating in the conference, I’ll be around at the Richardson-North Dallas Radisson Hotel through Sunday afternoon, so if you want to pop by on Saturday or Sunday and get a book signed or just say hi, just send me an email and let me know and I’ll arrange to be in the hotel lobby, pink pen in hand, at a certain time.

And now over to Fresh Fiction:

Want to join a group of readers who have infamous stories of having so much fun they’ve been tossed from bars, asked to leave restaurants, closed down tea rooms. Now’s your chance to have such a good time — you’ll become part of the legend!

Let me tell you all about the first Fresh Fiction Readers Conference. We’re holding our inaugural Readers ‘n ‘ritas (because we’re readers and we love to chat over margaritas! Plus if you say it really fast it will trip off your tongue and you’ll sound cool?!?!) on Saturday, October 11th at the Richardson (North Dallas) Radisson Hotel. And we want YOU to join the celebration! This will be the PREMIERE Reading Event of the Season. For readers, about readers, and by readers!

We’re offering a special discount through September 30th — only $100 and tickets are limited.

So what do you get? Well a day of sessions on topics like: Covers Tell the Story, Deals and Steals, So You Want To Be a Reviewer, Books You May Have Missed, Book Club How-tos and Don’ts, plus fun stuff like Do You Miss the Euphemisms? and Care and Handling of a Top Notch Book Collection. Plus lots of time to sit and discuss books with fellow passionate readers.

And food, did we forget? Lunch and dinner will be with authors up close and personal in an informal way and for longer than a signing. Our author guests include some names you’re familiar with — Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lauren Willig, Dakota Cassidy, Dianna Love, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Jodi Thomas, Michele Bardsley, plus names you’ll KNOW after the conference including Jaye Wells! And our mistress of talk is the bubbly and fabulous local radio personality AND author Candace Havens!

Raise your glass (or pitcher) with new friends and passionately discuss books. It may sound contentious but when else will you have the opportunity to sound off on the direction a fave author takes in a series, or find out if that new book is worth the hype, or discover a brand-new-to-you series! It’s all part of what we call ‘rita therapy.’ And the first margarita is included!

You’ll also get to browse, buy and trade at the huge romance book trade. Complete a collection or start a new one! And what gathering is complete without raffle baskets? All the money we raise goes to literacy so you’ll be helping others share your passionate obsession with books!

Plus test your knowledge (and win prizes) by stumping the experts on your knowledge of romance novels, authors and trivia. Where else will you get to show off some of that “useless” information you’ve learned over the years of reading? It’s time for the payoff! And all in good fun!

And wait, that’s not all, you’ll also get a swag bag filled with books and other goodies! So don’t delay, be part of the legend and join us on October 11th!

Get your TICKET today!! Tell your friends and join us for a ‘rita on Saturday, October 11th!!!