Archive for December, 2010

One Day until 2011!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

With only one day until the new year (and our Orchid Affair excerpt!), here’s a blast from the very recent past, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, which came out in January 2010. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, does it?

Blood Lily will be back on shelves as a paperback, with a snazzy new cover, on January 4, 2011.

In contrast to some of the lighter passages from the earlier books, my favorite section from Blood Lily is much more emotionally fraught– not surprising when you consider the character of Penelope, a woman at war with herself and most of the people around her. Penelope’s outrageous behavior has already seen her married in haste and carted off to India. Now, all but alone in a foreign country, she’s facing the repercussions of her careless choices.

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Best Books of 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

As we reflect on the year past and the year to come, what were your favorite reads of 2010?

Consider this a sort of Yearly Reading Round-Up….



Two Days….

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

With only two days to go until 2011, here’s a whisper from the very recent past, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, which came out in January of 2009. The first book I wrote after I left the practice of the law, Night Jasmine was also the first to hit the New York Times Bestseller list.

Although Charlotte, our historical heroine, is the heroine to whom I feel closest, my favorite bit from this book is an Eloise section. Without further ado, here’s my favorite Night Jasmine excerpt.

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Three Days….

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As we count down to January 2011, here’s a snippet from January 2008 and The Seduction of the Crimson Rose.

I had thought this one would be harder to choose. Mary and Vaughn’s courtship occurs primarily through word-play as each tries to outsmart the other, leading to many moments of barbed quippage. As I flipped through, however, it became clear that one scene was the logical choice to share in my Pink New Year’s retrospective: the one where these two prickly characters batter each other into letting down their guards.

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Four Days….

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

With four days until 2011, here’s a bit from fall ’06 and The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

Although there are oh-so-many moments that delight me in the historical sections ofEmerald Ring (two words: sideburns and chickens), I decided to mix it up a bit and go with one of the Eloise and Colin bits. I had way too much fun with Eloise and the blind date from hell….

Which is your favorite scene from Emerald Ring?

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Find A Book: France, 1700s

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Hi, all! A friend of mine just asked me for recommendations for novels set in France between 1700 and 1789. Here’s the twist: it has to have a happy ending (meaning Through A Glass Darkly is right out). The first book that came to mind for me was Rosalind Laker’s To Dance With Kings.

Any other suggestions?

Side note: if you all find polling our book info useful, I’m happy to do an occasional Find A Book forum here on the website. Just email me with your book query, and I’ll post it here.



Five Days….

Monday, December 27th, 2010

With five days to go until the New Year, let’s go back to 2006 and The Masque of the Black Tulip.

I had a really, really hard time picking a favorite passage from this book. There’s just so much about Black Tulip that amuses me, from Turnip Fitzhugh’s appearance as a giant carnation to Geoff’s poetic efforts and Penelope and Charlotte’s slapstick attempts to help Henrietta stalk Miles. And who can forget Lord Vaughn’s Chinese Chamber? When it comes down to it, my favorite, favorite scene might be the scene with “the extra-special coffee” towards the end, but that had way too many spoilers.

In the end, I gave up and just picked a passage that contained a lot of my favorite people. So, please, help me out here! Which was your favorite scene from Black Tulip?

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Six Days….

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

With six days to go until 2011, here’s a blast from the past, an excerpt from The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, which made its debut back in the snowy early days of 2005.

This is my favorite bit from Pink, but please feel free to chime in with your own!

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The Pink Carnation New Year’s Countdown!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Since there are seven days between Christmas and the New Year and seven Pink Carnation books so far, I thought it might be fun to count down to a new year and a new book with a daily dose of Pink: one excerpt for every day, finishing up with a special advance chapter of The Orchid Affair on New Year’s Day.

To kick us off, here’s my very favorite scene from The Mischief of the Mistletoe: a Christmas pageant gone horribly wrong….

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Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I know it’s tacky to re-gift, but I figured you wouldn’t mind this one. Two years ago, I decided it would be fun to write a novella as a holiday gift to my readers. So I did. Back in 2008, I posted the novella in serial form on the website, chapter by chapter, largely to give myself time to finish it.

The story follows Amy and Richard (and Eloise and Colin) as they spend their very first Christmas together– with some rather unusual results. And I don’t just mean Miles’ attempts at charades.

Here, once again, is the one and only Pink Carnation Christmas novella, Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.

Happy holidays from everyone at Selwick Hall!

p.s. Check back here on New Year’s Day for another special gift: an advance chapter of The Orchid Affair!