Archive for March, 2010

The Titles with the Mostest

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Hi, all! Sorry for being somewhat AWOL recently…. I’m in the final throes of writing Pink VII, so my brain has been elsewhere. Two hundred and six years elsewhere, for the most part.

I have, however, finally totted up the votes for the multiplicity of title suggestions you so generously provided for Pink VII (which I am getting very bored with calling Pink VII). It was a bit of a challenge, with so many, but I went over the results a few times to try to make sure I hadn’t dropped or double-counted votes. Here’s what I came out with:

In third place:

The Ordeal of the Clandestine Nightshade (Liz, #133)
The Guise of the Fleur de Lis (Veronica, #96)

In second place:

The Ruse of the Silver Thistle (Robyn, #157)

And the number one title:

The Persuasion of the Pale Magnolia (Diya, with a nod to Devan)

Congrats, Liz, Veronica, Robyn, Diya and Devan! I owe you all advance copies, as soon as there are advance copies to be had.

Title deliberations are still ongoing, but I’ll let you all know as soon as we settle on a final version!


Thursday, March 25th, 2010

For the final stop on the Mischief of the Mistletoe book tour, I’m heading to Chicago. I’ll be speaking at the Newberry Library Bookstore at six o’clock on Tuesday, November 16th. See you there!

The other stops on the Mistletoe tour are Ann Arbor, Houston and Dallas.


A Pink Cover Retrospective

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

No one seems to know quite what to do with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Over the course of its relatively short life span, it’s been packaged as chick lit, as historical fiction, as suspense, and as romance– sometimes by the same publishers.

With the advent of the new mass market cover, this seemed like a fun time to look back over some of the more dramatic cover shifts.

Here’s the original artwork for the Pink hardcover (circa 2004) and its last minute replacement (2005):

Then you can compare the trade paperback (2005) with the new mass market (2010):

My English publishers also had trouble picking a look. Here’s the hardcover artwork versus the paperback:

The German cover for Pink– or, as they call it, Verbotene Liebschaften– underwent a particularly dramatic shift:

Which, I suppose, just goes to show how hard it is to judge a book by its cover….

Pink’s New Look

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is getting a makeover for fall. The mass market edition of Pink I comes out on October 5, sporting this new cover, designed by Alan Ayers of Lott Representatives.

What do you think?

(Just to clarify, this won’t be replacing the traditional Pink cover we all know and love. The new cover is purely for the mass market edition. NAL will continue to publish Pink I in trade paperback with the classic cover just as it is now.)

Title That Book: Round Two

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Now that all the title suggestions are in, here’s the big question: which do you think most screams Pink VII?

Voting is now open for the second round of “Title that Book!” With so many great ideas (you can find them all here), I could use all the assistance I can get in weeding them down to a few front-runners. Between now and Friday, March 26th, you can help me out by listing your three favorites in order of preference here, in the comments section of this post.

The contributors of the three top picks, regardless of whether or not those titles are actually used, will receive advance copies of Pink VII. The contributor(s) of the actual title will receive an advance copy of Pink VII and a credit in the acknowledgments.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help with the annual title conundrum!

A Flourish of Flowers

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Hi, all! Just a reminder that today is the last day to submit a potential flower/title for Pink VII, currently known as The Something of the Something Something. You can find the first chapter of Pink VII– and all the current submissions– here.

More Pink in the Wild

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This time in New York’s Columbus Circle:

(Photo courtesy of my friend Jonathan.)

More joy for NIGHT JASMINE

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Two more excellent reviews of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine popped up this morning!

First Mate Keira gave Night Jasmine five treasure chests, saying, “The vivid imagery and adept storytelling woven by Lauren Willig will suck you in and not let you up for air until the very last punctuation mark. You will find humor, romance, intrigue, kidnapping plots, secret clubs, nefarious doings, and more within these pages.” Huzzah! Or should I say, arrrr?

Elsewhere on the web, this review made my morning, particularly this bit: “Lauren Willig has an excellent sense of humor and language…. Her ability to turn an ordinary expression or phrase into something more exotic and poetic is a skill she has honed to perfection.”

Thank you!!!

A lovely review of NIGHT JASMINE

Monday, March 15th, 2010

… from the Serendipitous Reader. The review includes a video clip from last year’s reading at Lady Jane’s Salon, which I’ve re-pasted here below.

Although it’s a bit of a side note to the rest of the story, this is my favorite snippet from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine: the ice cream flavor discussion.

Title That Book!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Once again, I find myself at a botanical loss. Yes, folks, it’s time for a title for Pink VII. As a good friend of mine would say, I got nothin’.

I fling myself on your ingenuity. Below, I’ve attached the first chapter of the as-yet-untitled Pink VII.

From now until Monday the 22nd, I’ll be accepting any and all suggestions for titles, based on the excerpt below. Once the potential titles are in, I’m going to throw it open to a vote (with the caveat that my editor has the ultimate choice).

The contributor(s) of the winning title will receive an advance copy of Pink VII and a credit in the acknowledgments.

Let the naming begin!