Archive for July, 2009

BLACK TULIP Wins by Landslide!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The polls are closed. The vote is in. It’s official: The Masque of the Black Tulip is the most popular Pink Carnation book of them all.

I can just hear Miles and Henrietta gloating, can’t you?

Black Tulip triumphed in a landslide victory, scoring nearly double the votes of its nearest contenders. Tied for second place were the original Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Deception of the Emerald Ring, with The Seduction of the Crimson Rose a very close third. Lagging way in the rear was The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, although Charlotte had a handful of loyal partisans of her own.

I have to confess– I know authors aren’t supposed to have favorites, but I have a soft spot for Black Tulip, too.

Were you surprised by the results?

The winners of the signed Night Jasmine cover flats, chosen totally at random, are Ashlee, Katherine Carson, and Tanza. Congrats, ladies!

Thanks so much to everyone for chiming in!



Question & Contest

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Hi, all! I made my way back from the big Romance Writers of America conference to find two things waiting for me– well, more than two things if you count all the new dustbunnies that had mysteriously accumulated in my apartment during my absence, but only two things relevant to this post. Those were: 1) a package from my publisher, containing three shiny cover flats for the paperback of The Temptation of Night Jasmine, and 2) an email asking me if I knew which Pink book was the most popular.

These two items seemed to go together in a very peanut butter and jelly-like way, leading to the following question:

Which is your favorite Pink book and why?

Three people, chosen via the highly sophisticated method of eeny meeny miney moe, will receive signed cover flats of Night Jasmine. Winners will be announced Monday, July 27th.

Let the Pink popularity contest begin!



DC Signing Tonight!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

July 15th, 5:30-7:30, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Exhibit Hall.



If Heroes Were Chocolate….

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The UK romance review site Choc Lit just named The Secret History of the Pink Carnation one of their books of the month. As part of the accompanying author interview, they asked me what kind of chocolate the hero would be. I have to admit, I’d never thought of Richard quite that way before.

This struck me as a fun party game, so here’s my question: if Richard, Amy, Miles, Hen, Geoff, Vaughn, et al, were chocolates, which chocolates would they be?



DC Signing on Wednesday!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The countdown to RWA begins! I’m kicking off conference mania with the Literacy Book Signing, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 on the evening of Wednesday the 15th at the Marriott Wardman Park Exhibit Hall.

Note: despite my typo on the sidebar, the book signing only takes place on the 15th. Not the 16th shall you count, nor the 17th, but only the 15th.

Is it a bad sign that I haven’t even made it to the conference yet and I’m already gratuitously misquoting Monty Python?

See you there!



Lady Jane’s Salon Tonight!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Hello, my fellow New Yorkers! Now that the holiday weekend is over, distract yourself from your sunburns and barbecue-related injuries at New York’s only romance reading series: the one, the only Lady Jane’s Salon.

The salon convenes at seven o’clock at Madame X for readings from Dee Davis, Anthea Lawson and Dianna Love, as well as a special tribute to Edith Layton. The price of admission is five dollars or one gently used paperback romance novel. As always, all proceeds go to Share the Love, an organization that provides novels to women in shelters and halfway houses. Come have a drink, chat with fellow romance devotees, and help share the love!

Official details below….

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For Aspiring Writers

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

If you have a manuscript tucked away at the back of your desk, just awaiting the opportunity to catch the right editor’s eye, this might be your chance. Dorchester Publishing is holding a competition for all the unpublished romance writers in the land– at least the over eighteen ones, that is. If you’re under eighteen, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. The contest runs from June until November, with the winner’s work to be published by Dorchester in 2010.

For the official contest rules, click here.

Happy July 4th, all!



BLOOD LILY to be released January 12th!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Mark your calendars. It’s official. The release date for The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is January 12th, 2010.

After all, if Amazon says it, it must be true.



Pink the Paperback Arrives in England!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Pink the Paperback officially makes its British debut today!

Look for it at Waterstone’s and WH Smith. My spies across the Pond inform me that it’s part of their summer sales.