Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I’m baaaaack!!!!

First off, a huge thanks to the talented and brilliant Brooke who so deftly ran the Tuesday Trivia contest for me while I was off on my top secret research mission (despite the, cough, insinuations about the purpose of my trip. Hmph). Thank you, Brookiefly, for minding the homefront! And congrats to Amy, the winner of the third Night Jasmine ARC. Two more to go!

Meanwhile, I just wanted to pop in with a special Thanksgiving treat: an extra preview chapter of Night Jasmine.

Since that preview chapter can only occupy one for so long, I’ve also posted a list of some of my favorite books, organized, somewhat eccentrically, by genre and time period.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!



Tuesday’s Winner

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Yes, indeed, Robert, Charlotte’s knight errrant, showed up on a cold Christmas Eve–and, as many of you pointed out, three years late and sans armor. Blasted irritating of him, if you ask me. But Charlotte’s far more giving than I am…

This week’s randomly chosen winner is… Amy! Amy, you get to join the Cool Club of People With Advanced Reader Copies, so you can read it before this Christmas Eve!

(But even to those who have to wait for the new year: it’s worth the wait. Robert’s eminently crush-worthy, and Charlotte’s perfectly lovable–almost as lovable as Hen, that is. Not that I’m biased, or anything.)

Thanks to everyone for stopping by, and for letting me play here for the day! Now I’ll hand you back to my sojourning sister, and wish you all a very very Happy Thanksgiving!



Tuesday Contest!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Hello, all!

Be not fooled! Though I may look and sound like Lauren (or maybe just sound; it is the internet, after all), I must admit to being, in fact, her sister Brooke: proud owner of the renown Doggy-the Doggy and flattered inspiration of the apparently well-loved Henrietta. Since Lauren is off doing research (cough, vacation) for her next book, she’s asked me to fill in today, and I’ve promised not to stage a cunning coup.

So, for a seasonal Tuesday trivia question:

When does Charlotte’s “knight in shining armor” finally appear?

I’ll be back tomorrow with this Tuesday’s winner (chosen at random from among the correct answers), and then–alas–leave you back to the dangerous clutches of my sister. So check back soon!



Kirkus Proclaims NIGHT JASMINE “a Winner”!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

More happy, happy news! That extra happy isn’t just for extra happiness, but because this week brought not one, but two more rave reviews for Night Jasmine, one from Library Journal, which gave glowing notices to “[a]nother well-written chapter” in the Pink series and the other from Kirkus, which decreed that “[s]mart characters of both genders, fast-paced plotting and a dash of self-conscious humor make this installment a winner”. Huzzah!

Kirkus further made my day with this comment: “Willig, a Harvard-educated historian, mixes pitch-perfect period details with lighthearted romance for a fresh take on the genre”. I knew I went to grad school for a reason.

Add in last week’s Publishers Weekly review, and you have what my editor has happily proclaimed “a trifecta of wonderful reviews”.

Good things clearly come in threes.



Mystery Lady Unmasked

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Hi, again!

For those curious about the painting we’ve been discussing below, the detail on the Night Jasmine cover was taken from a painting by Charles Sillem Lidderdale called At the Garden Gate.

You can see the full painting on the Fine Art Photographic Library website.

Our anonymous lady (let’s just call her Charlotte, shall we?) is standing at a garden gate, which is very appropriate in the context of the book. I can’t quite make out what she’s holding, but it looks like she has a key in one hand and a flower in the other…. Or is that a note tied in a ribbon?



Second Tuesday Trivia Winner

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Hi, all!

Thank you so much for your fascinating and insightful comments on the cover of Night Jasmine.

Frankly, I get a lot more out of the picture now than I did before. I love the interplay that some found between title and picture, perceiving the lady on the cover as weighing the moral dilemma of the titular temptation. And I’m very intrigued by Tamar’s point that the same reserve that marks out this lady as a potential wallflower in a gentleman would be called “enigmatic” and perceived as dashing. After all, think about how many Regency heroes we know spend their lives propping up mantelpieces and staring sardonically into the crowd, thus garnering whispered compliments and feminine flutters without ever having to utter a word.

But I digress. Again.

The randomly chosen winner for this week’s web contest is… Ariana. Congrats, Ariana!

There are still three more ARCs to go after this, so stay tuned!



Second Tuesday Trivia Contest!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Yesterday’s Publishers Weekly included an article on what messages covers are meant to convey to the reader. One of the covers discussed was that of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. According to the PW article, the subliminal message indicated by the cover of Night Jasmine is that “[t]he heroine, while innocent and beautiful, also has a secret.” So… here’s this week’s question:


When you look at the cover of Night Jasmine, what does it say to you?

There is, quite clearly, no right or wrong answer to this question. (I thought it would be more entertaining for us all to have lots of opinions rather than the same correct answer seventy-three times over, as amusing as that was.) I’m just curious to see what message the cover conveys to you.

One commenter will be chosen at random to receive an advance copy of Night Jasmine— cover and all. Check back here Wednesday for the winner!



First Tuesday Winner!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Hi, all!

Henrietta’s stuffed animal is, indeed, Bunny-the-Bunny. Bunny’s long ears must be burning after all those mentions of his name last night. But, hey, that’s what happens when you’re the Official Stuffed Animal of The Most Popular Pink Carnation Character (TM).

As a side note, I was terribly touched that so many people remembered Brooke’s Doggie-the-Doggy. Being a shy and retiring stuffed animal (accustomed to being stuffed into bedding and baggage), Doggie is probably hiding his blushes under a pillow somewhere.

Our randomly chosen winner is… Beth! (Proud owner of Piggie-the-Piggie).

Thanks to all for stopping by! I’ll have another question up and ready next Tuesday– same time, same place.



First Tuesday Trivia Contest

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

My little sister called me up last night, crowing over being the most popular Pink Carnation character. When pressed, Brooke admitted that she might not actually be Henrietta, but insisted the relationship was near enough as to make very little difference.

In honor of Henrietta (yes, Brooke, that’s Henrietta), here’s this week’s Pink Carnation trivia question:

What is the name of Henrietta’s stuffed animal?

One winner, chosen at random from among the correct answers, will receive an ARC of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (in which Henrietta gets to play a disproportionately large role). The winner will be announced Wednesday morning, here on the News page.



The Five ARCS of NIGHT JASMINE

Monday, November 10th, 2008

As I may have mentioned before, there is a little pile of advance copies of Night Jasmine on one of my kitchen chairs. (The reason they’re living on my kitchen chair is that the place under my cocktail table is already occupied by a pile of research books. Isn’t everyone’s? And the space under the kitchen table is already taken by a large pile of historical fiction that I really will get around to reading one of these days.) But I digress. Chairs are useful things. Ergo, the ARCs must find good homes.

I thought of having another contest, but that seemed… well, a little dull. It didn’t afford enough opportunity to procrastinate on an extended basis.

Instead, I bring you… the Five ARCs of Night Jasmine.

For the next five weeks, every Tuesday, I’ll be hosting a little trivia quiz here on the News page. One winner will be chosen at random out of everyone who posts the correct answer. And, gradually, the pile on my kitchen chair will diminish to sit-able dimensions….

Keep an eye out for the first of the mini-quizzes tomorrow (Tuesday)!

p.s. if you have a trivia question burning away in your brain that you’d like to contribute, that would be highly welcome! Any trivia ideas can be emailed to me at willig@post.harvard.edu.