Archive for March, 2009

More Fun With Covers

Monday, March 30th, 2009

What would I do without foreign editions to keep me entertained? The paperback version of the UK edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation comes out this July. My fabulous British publisher just sent me an early version of the cover picture.

Pretty, no? I can’t wait to see what they do with Black Tulip!

Thursday Book Recs

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Recently, Tracy Grant wrote on History Hoydens about series that you can’t stop talking or thinking about, that draw you into their world, painting a complete universe so vividly that you feel like you’re living in it with the characters– and very anxious to know what will happen next. The last time I had that feeling was with Elizabeth George’s Lynley books, which I stumbled upon very, very late into the series. Right now, my latest obsession is Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare Fergusson series, about an Episcopal minister in upstate New York who finds herself drawn into a series of murder investigations in the local community. As luck would have it, I accidentally started with the fifth book instead of the first, but I loved it anyway– which tells you something about how great the series is.

Have you come across any series recently that have blown you away?

May 1st Morristown Author Lunch

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

On May 1st, I’ll be speaking and signing books at the Morristown Junior League’s Eighth Annual Lunch with the Authors. Tickets are available through their website, and all the proceeds go to benefit an excellent cause: the JLMNJ Scholarship Fund. In addition to authors and edibles, there’ll be a basket raffle and booksigning. You don’t need to be a member of the Junior League to attend.

Now that warmer weather is almost here, I’ll be leaving the nice little cocoon of my apartment to sign books in New Orleans in early April, Illinois in June, and DC in July. More soon on all of those trips!

Thursday Book Recs

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

It seems mildly cruel to recommend books that are out of print, but I’m about to do just that. One of the favorite books of my teens was Anne-Marie Selinko’s Desiree, the tale of Napoleon’s first love, whom he ditched for Josephine. Fear not! Desiree found a far less egomanaical (not to mention taller) chevalier in another revolutionary luminary, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte.

That the Pink series is what it is owes a great deal to this book and the hold it exercised over my imagination back in those formative Middle School days.

There was one problem. Desiree was out of print. On a trip to Paris, I managed to get my hands on a French copy. I felt extremely smug about it until I sat down to read it and made the shocking discovery that the French copy was, well, in French. It might have been more accurate, but it just wasn’t the same. I wanted my Desiree back, the one with the ratty dark blue covers and the inauthentically English-speaking heroine.

It finally dawned on me, this past month, that this is what online used booksellers are for. I am now the proud owner of a second-hand copy of Desiree (in English!) that looks just like the one in the school library.

And, yes, it IS just as wonderful as I remember it being.

Which beloved old books would you recommend?

Pink Poll

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

At the suggestion of Catherine (thanks, Catherine!), I’m conducting an informal Pink poll:

Which character do you most identify with and why?

Pink I in Hardcover

Friday, March 13th, 2009

For those who were trying to track down The Secret History of the Pink Carnation in the original hardcover, it looks like fresh copies are currently available through Barnes & Noble. Get ’em while they last!

p.s. congrats to Rebecca W and Jillian B for winning the book give-away on All About Romance!

Thursday Book Recs

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

One of my favorite books of all time is Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting: good, old fashioned, romantic suspense. I was thrilled to hear that Susanne Kearsley has a new book coming out, since she’s the closest I’ve found recently to that Mary Stewart-esque feel. Does anyone have any recommendations for books in that mode?

Elsewhere on the Web….

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Today is the last day to win copies of the Pink books on All About Romance! The contest is open until midnight tonight (give or take a minute) and winners will be announced over there tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the New York Post just ran an article and video about last week’s Lady Jane’s Salon! There’s footage of SB Sarah, Maya Rodale, and Leanna Heiber opining intelligently about romance novels and of me reading from Night Jasmine.

Saving the best for last, the footage of Maya’s boyfriend Tony reading from his original composition about the Nascar-Rodeo-expat British secret agent is available for viewing on the Romantic Times site. Make sure your office door is closed when you listen to this one– you will make loud chortling noises.

More soon!

More Free Books!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

All About Romance is offering a grab bag of my books to anyone who can correctly answer a Pink Carnation trivia question over on their After Hours blog. Two grab bags, really. One winner will receive audio copies of Black Tulip and Emerald Ring, while the other gets signed copies of Pink Carnation, Crimson Rose and Night Jasmine.

Elsewhere on the web, I blogged about the nature of series on Access Romance. No give-aways on this one, I’m afraid, but I would be very interested in hearing your opinion on what makes a series– and what breaks a series.

Book Recommendation Thursdays….

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

As you know, I frequently get asked to suggest books to fill in those long gaps between the publication of the Pink books. Even more frequently, I find myself in need of new books to read to fill in those long gaps when I’m supposed to be writing, but don’t feel like it.

So I thought I’d try something new here on the website: book recommendation Thursdays.

This Thursday, someone just asked me for books like Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. I’ve suggested:

— Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche (old fashioned swashbuckling in the same era)

— Jessica Benson’s The Accidental Duchess (hilarious romance novel featuring Napoleonic spies and dual identities)

— Barbara Michaels’ Wings of the Falcon (another masked adventurer!)

What would you recommend?

If you’re looking for books in any particular style, just drop a request in the comments section or email me with the author/type of book, and I’ll put out a Thursday request for more like it. Between all of us, we probably have a pretty thorough database of what’s out there!