Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Best wishes to all for a wonderful New Year!

See you back here in 2009….

CRIMSON ROSE on the Loose!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Today is the official release day for Crimson Rose the Paperback!

If you happen to come across it, please do say hello to it for me. I can tell that I’m becoming an old and blase author because I have not yet made the rounds of every bookstore in a twenty block radius just to see if it’s there and then beam at it in a demented fashion until the bookstore employees start giving me funny looks. (I’m saving that for Night Jasmine next month).

In the meantime, look for the next installment of the Selwick Christmas Novella here this Friday, January 2nd. 2009.

Happy almost New Year!

A Very Selwick Christmas: Chapter One

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Welcome to our first installment of An Entirely Gratuitous Selwick Christmas Novella (hmm, really must think of a catchier title).

Back in 1803, it’s Christmas Eve. At the Uppington estate in Kent, all the usual suspects are gathering….


A Bonus Novella for You

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I’m a little behind with my gift giving this year. Many a month ago, I had the grand idea of writing a short story about Amy and Richard’s first Christmas together and presenting it here, on the website, as a holiday gift to you, my readers. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine opens at Girdings House on Christmas Eve of 1803, so it seemed a nice sort of symmetry to pop over to Uppington Hall, the official residence of the Marquesses of Uppington, and see exactly what Richard, Amy and the rest of the gang were up to on that same cold Christmas Eve.

There was one slight problem with this plan. My short story decided it wanted to be a novella when it grew up. Who knew that Christmas of 1803 would prove to be quite that eventful? My so-called short story is currently seventy pages and still growing. And growing.

Rather than delay further, I’ve decided to steal a leaf from Dickens’ book and present the Selwick Christmas Novella as a serial. I’ll be posting a new chapter every Monday and Friday until the story is done. So pop back tomorrow for the first installment of A Very Selwick Christmas!

Hopefully this will help beguile the time until the release of Night Jasmine on January 22nd….

Crimson Rose Sighting!

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Even though the official release date for the paperback version of Crimson Rose isn’t until next Tuesday, guess what I saw in Borders today? A whole pile of lovely paperback Crimsons, front and center on the New Fiction rack. So if you’ve been holding out for the paperback, you may just be in luck….

In the Meantime….

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

For those who are interested in a wee dram of procrastination, I posted today on History Hoydens about Bonnie Prince Charlie, and more specifically on whether or not he deserves that oh so bonnie reputation he has managed to carry down with him through the ages. (Check out the comments section for a discussion of Jacobite propaganda and, yes, merchandising).

Bonnie Prince Charlie does come up in The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, so it’s not entirely unrelated to Crimson Rose Book Club (I do love putting that in bold!). But, for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, I’m not saying any more on that front until January….

Happy Wednesday!

The Thing About Tuesdays

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Like all good things, the Tuesday trivia contests had to come to an end (especially since I had run out of advance copies of Night Jasmine). But I find that Tuesday lacks a certain zing without the excuse to hang out here on the Pink Carnation page. So, for the month of January, every Tuesday will be…

Crimson Rose Book Club!

This will be pretty low tech, since I’m pretty low tech, but the basic idea is that I’ll post a discussion question here on the News page every Tuesday in January, starting with January 6th, and everyone can just chime in and discuss from there. The paperback of Crimson Rose comes out on December 30th, so that gives us a nice little window before the official start of Book Club.

I’ll kick us off that first Tuesday with a couple of the discussion questions from the Readers Guide in the back of the paperback edition of Crimson Rose (for those of you who already have the hardcover edition, don’t worry– I’ll make the Readers Guide available on the site). After that, we can see what comes up in discussion and go from there. If anyone wants to contribute a question or play Guest Host for a week and run that discussion, just lob in an email or put in a comment in the comments, and let me know.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say about Mary and Vaughn and the gang!

Final Tuesday Trivia Winner

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The time has come. The final ARC is ready to leave home. But to whom will it go?

And the very last of the Night Jasmine ARCs goes to….


Jody (of Comment #55)!

Congratulations, Jody!

Thanks so much to everyone for swinging by these past five Tuesdays. Even though the ARCs are gone, this was such fun that I may have to think of something equivalent to take its place. Not every Tuesday, since I’m not sure I can come up with that many trivia questions over an extended period of time, but once a month, perhaps?

Meanwhile, for all of you Penelope partisans out there, I am happy to announce that the next book, cleverly titled Pink VI, does indeed feature Charlotte’s restless friend. I’ll have more on that once Night Jasmine is safely launched into the world.

Thanks for sharing my Tuesdays– and ARCs– with me!

More Happy News

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award! It’s perfect timing, too– Crimson Rose the Paperback should be in stores in just under a month. Many hugs to the lovely Romantic Times reviewers and fingers crossed for Crimson Rose!

Now back to our regularly scheduled contest….

Final Tuesday Trivia Contest!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

There is one last, lonely ARC of Night Jasmine sitting on my kitchen chair. Forlorn and bereft without its brethren, it needs a good home.

So, for the last ARC of Night Jasmine, here’s our final Tuesday question:

Which Pink Carnation character would you most like to see star in his/her own book?

Check back here on Wednesday for the announcement of the Winner of the Last ARC!