Archive for June, 2010

Heyer for Beginners

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As a salutary side-effect of the Heyer mini-contest, a number of people have asked me which Heyer they ought to read first. Tough question, no?

My first Heyer was The Nonesuch, but, much as I love it, I’m not sure that’s the one I’d pick for a Heyer intro. It’s more intermediate Heyer. When teaching this past term, I assigned Regency Buck, since it was Heyer’s first excursion into the Regency (she’d been writing Georgians) and contains more detail than her others about the minutiae of the Regency world we all love so well. Having said all that, when push comes to shove, I’d probably pick Arabella as a Heyer gateway drug.

Which Heyer would you recommend for a newbie?



British Editions

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

For those interested in acquiring the British editions of Pink, I just heard from a retailer who sells them here in the U.S. You can find the link here.



Cover Art

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The covers of the Pink books have all been based off existing paintings. For those who have been curious about the artwork, here is a complete list of the paintings and painters from Pink Carnation through Mistletoe.

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Mini-Contest!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Hi, all! Abusing my royal authority as Queen of this Website, I am unilaterally extending the virtual Heyer Tea Party (and Mini-Contest) to Wednesday, to give more people a chance to partake. Winners will be announced on July 1st.

Okay, I admit, I liked the symmetry of ending the contest with the month.

For a chance to win an advance copy of The Mischief of the Mistletoe— and opine on your favorite Heyer– just click here.



Orchid Affair: the Blurb

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Not to be confused with the Blob, which is a different beast entirely. Someone pointed out to me recently that, in all the Mistletoe excitement, I’ve been remiss in posting the usual info on the following book in the Pink series, The Orchid Affair.

Chronologically, The Orchid Affair takes place at the same time as Night Jasmine– but over on the other side of the Channel, where the Pink Carnation and her League are doing their best to thwart Napoleon’s dastardly plans.

So, without further ado, the Official Blurb:

Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte’s minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura’s mission is to report any suspicious findings. At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen—secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought. . . . As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it’s too late?

You can find the first chapter of The Orchid Affair here….



Virtual Heyer Tea Party! (And contest)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Welcome to the virtual Heyer tea party! Since we could only fit so many around the table in Scottsdale– and there are pesky little things like geographical constraints– I wanted to expand the party so everyone could attend.

The tea leaves are steeping, the silver strainer is placed carefully over the cup…. Mmm. Smell that steam. Milk? Sugar?

We’re all ready now, yes? It’s time to play the Pick that Heyer game. Take a restorative sip of tea, snatch a quick bite of scone (mind the clotted cream! it’s slipping!), and now here’s the question, just as it will be on Friday:

Which is your favorite Georgette Heyer novel?

You may quote lines or refer to specific characters and scenes to support your choices.

To make this more fun, I’ll be choosing two people at random (no reflection on your Heyer choices, I promise) to receive advance copies of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. Winners will be announced on Monday– although I imagine the tea will have gone cold by then. You might want to refresh the pot.

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The Heyer Tea Party

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I’m not sure which bit of the Poisoned Pen conference I’m more excited about: the Heyer tea party or Saturday’s late night pajama party/reading.

For those already signed up for the Heyer tea, it’s being held, not at the Biltmore, but at a store in downtown Scottsdale called Tea Time (7051 East Fifth Avenue).

For anyone who wanted to come to the tea, but wasn’t quick enough on the draw, you can call the Poisoned Pen at 888-560-9919 in case one or two spots are left.

For those in places not Arizona, check back here shortly for a virtual Heyer Tea Party (and mini-contest!).

In the meantime, I’m brushing up my Heyer….



Poisoned Pen Conference, 6/24-27

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The Poisoned Pen extravaganza starts tomorrow! I’m packing my lightest clothes, recharging my camera batteries, and leaving lots of extra room in my bag for the fifty-odd books I know I’ll be lugging back with me come Sunday.

For those of you in the Arizona area, please do stop on by. The conference kicks off Thursday night with a reading by four authors at the Poisoned Pen bookstore and then moves to the Biltmore on Friday for a Georgette Heyer tea party, which I’ll be co-hosting with Jennifer Ashley,Stephanie Barron, Barbara Peters, and Dana Stabenow, followed by panels and readings on Saturday, including a late night reading/pajama party.

I’ll be discussing the upcoming Mischief of the Mistletoe in a panel on “Exploring Jane Austen” Saturday afternoon and reading and signing The Betrayal of the Blood Lily Saturday night.

You can find the full schedule below. Hope to see you there!

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Book Advice

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

As part of an event I’ll be doing at the WORD Bookstore in July, I’ve been asked to provide three book recommendations for people new to the romance genre. The only limitation is that the books can’t all be from the same sub-genre (i.e., no suggesting three historicals).

This seemed easy enough– until I tried to do it. Just three books to showcase the best of romance fiction? It’s one of those impossible tasks out of a fairy tale, like sorting beans into a bucket.

Right now, my tentative list is:

Loretta Chase, Mr. Impossible (Regency)
Judith McNaught, Paradise (Contemporary)
Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting (Romantic Suspense)

On the other hands, there’s:

Georgette Heyer, The Nonesuch (Regency)
Kristan Higgans, Just One of the Guys (Contemporary)
Gail Carriger, Soulless (Paranormal Historical)

But then there’s Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn and I haven’t even touched on chick lit…. Help! If you had to pick just three romance novels to suggest to a romance newbie, what would those romance novels be?



Catch of the Day

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Blood Lily in the wild:

Thanks, Will!