Archive for August, 2010


Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

If you ordered a Mischief of the Mistletoe audio CD, you’ve probably received a cancellation notice by now. This is because, although Mistletoe is being recorded (read by the wonderful Kate Reading!), the audio version is only being made available via download, rather than actual, physical CD.

This only affects Mistletoe. The Orchid Affair, also read by Kate Reading, will be available for purchase on CD just like all the earlier books.

My apologies for any inconvenience!

New York Reading– Save the Date!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Many apologies for the internet silence recently…. There’s been a lot of off-line writing going on.

In the meantime, save the date for a New York reading of The Mischief of the Mistletoe on December 6th! I’ll be reading at Lady Jane’s Salon, along with Hope Tarr and Jacquie D’Alessandro.

Other tour locations for Mistletoe include Ann Arbor, Houston, Dallas, and Chicago (see the sidebar for details). Boston info coming soon!

Pink I in Mass Market!

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

As someone who grew up believing that the Beatles’ Paperback Writer was a vocational theme song, I’m counting down the days until The Secret History of the Pink Carnation makes its mass market paperback debut.

Today? After a long stretch of “no image available”, Amazon just posted the new paperback cover of Pink I.

It’s up on B&N and Borders, too. I know it sounds silly, but having the image up there makes it so much more real to me.

Only one month and fourteen days until Pink goes mass market!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 20th, 2010

After that last minute excursion to the bookstore last week, here’s what wound up in the book pile:


A Pink Collage

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I had never heard of the site Polyvore before, but the talented Tara just sent me a link to her Pink Carnation-inspired collage:

Pretty, no?

Turnip’s Raspberry Jam

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Turnip Fitzhugh, hero of The Mischief of the Mistletoe, has something of a sweet tooth. Turnip may not be so keen on mince pie, but he has a distinct taste for raspberry jam (both as comestible and metaphor).

There’s a bit of art/life confluence here. After a bout of berry picking, I tried my hand at jam making while I was writing The Mischief of the Mistletoe last summer. There were several “the jelly won’t jell!” incidents, one dramatic boil-over, three nasty blisters, and many botched batches, but, in the end, I managed to produce something vaguely resembling raspberry jam.

Here, for your culinary pleasure, is Turnip’s Wild Raspberry Jam:

8 cups wild raspberries
1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced.
1 cup sugar (may add more depending on personal taste)

Remove bugs and twigs from berries. Finely dice apple (in case you’re curious, the apple provides the pectin). Combine raspberries, apple, and sugar in medium sized saucepan. (Optional: you can lightly crush the berries with a potato masher. Good for getting out aggressions, may or may not do anything for the jam.) Bring to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring frequently, for thirty minutes or until mixture appears sufficiently gooey. Pour into prepared mason jars. Yield: two 16 ounce jars.

Works well spread on toast, served over vanilla ice cream, or eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon while stressing out over book deadline.

I’ll save the Christmas pudding recipes for autumn….

Does anyone else have any good jam recipes to share?

Extra EMERALD winner!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The winner of the last copy of the UK edition of The Deception of the Emerald Ring is…

… Shannon C. (of comment #94).

Congrats, Shannon!

Many thanks to my fabulous friend, the mysterious “chbs”, for ceding her share of the spoils….


Sunday, August 15th, 2010

I was amazed and amused to hear that there’s already a cast for The Orchid Affair up on Storycasting, even though the book won’t be on shelves until January.

For those curious, you can find the first chapter (and the relevant characters) of The Orchid Affair here and the current Storycasting line-up here.

I can’t wait until The Orchid Affair is officially out and we can all play the Cast That Book game! I have to say, I’m liking the casting so far, especially the choice for everyone’s favorite villain, Gaston Delaroche….

Extra EMERALD winner to be announced….

Friday, August 13th, 2010

In an amusing twist, it turns out that one of the randomly chosen winners of the UK edition of The Deception of the Emerald Ring was, in fact, an old friend. Since she has perpetual access to me and my Closet o’ Books, she has generously offered to toss her copy back into the pool.

The new winner will be announced on Monday.

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 13th, 2010

What with covers and contests and all sorts of other things (ahem, Pink IX, ahem) this has been a relatively anemic reading week for me. Here’s my meager list: