Archive for January, 2011

Orchid Week!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The week of February 7th is officially Orchid Week! I’m going to be doing a reading and signing pretty much every night next week. Here’s the itinerary:

— Monday, February 7, 7:00
New York, NY
Lady Jane’s Salon
Madame X, 2nd Floor
94 W Houston Street

— Tuesday, February 8, 7:30
Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia
5871 Crossroads Center Way

–Wednesday, February 9, 6:00
New Haven, CT
Yale Bookstore
77 Broadway

— Thursday, February 10, 7:00
Scottsdale, AZ
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd.


Also in Arizona on February 10…

Tea at the Tempe Library
3:30-5:00, $5 admission includes coffee, tea and pastries

Happy Orchid Week!

HNR Reviews “Orchid Affair”

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

There was a fabulous review of The Orchid Affair in the latest edition of the Historical Novels Review, saying all sorts of nice things about Orchid. Unfortunately, I don’t have a link to link to, but I had to share my favorite line from the review:

“Will [Laura and Andre] fall in love? Was Bonaparte short?”

I may have to start using that in conversation….

DC Rescheduled

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The snow may have tried its best, but there WILL be a DC reading! The Bailey’s Crossroads event in Virginia has been rescheduled for February 8 at 7:30 in the evening, at 5871 Crossroads Center Way.

Hope to see you there!

Boston– Tonight!!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I’ll be speaking at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge tonight at 7:00. Hope to see you there!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 28th, 2011

What with the snow and slush, it’s been a heavy re-read week for me. Something about snow screams “comfort read!” Among those comfort reads are:

— Elizabeth Peters, Street of the Five Moons

Peters’ historical Amelia Peabody books are great, but my favorites will always be her Vicky Bliss series, about a (comparatively) modern art historian turned sleuth. Start with Borrower of the Night and work your way up through Night Train to Memphis for sheer comic genius.

— Leigh Greenwood, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Rose

Oh, memories. This is from my 80’s romance novel collection and I’d forgotten just how good it is. Spunky heroine? Check. Seven dysfunctional brothers? Check. Bandit attacks and cameos from various historical characters? Check, check, check. So perfect for a snowy afternoon.

— Terry Deary, Horrible Histories: Wales

Okay, so this isn’t a comfort read. As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Wales this week. I got this as a joke when I ordered all my heavy tomes on Wales (doesn’t everyone turn to monographs on the eighteenth century Glamorgan gentry for light reading?), but it has turned out to be surprisingly useful– as well as entertaining.

In the meantime, I’m just starting a novel I’ve had sitting on the to-be-read pile for a while now, Harriet Evans’ I Remember You. I also have designs on the new Eloisa James, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I’ll let you know how those go….

What have you been reading?

ORCHID on the NYT List!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

We’ve seen The Orchid Affair in many inventive places over the past week (the Texas/Arkansas border, Yellowstone, Germany), but, thanks to you, it’s now made it somewhere else: onto the New York Times extended bestseller list!

Thank you so very, very much for making this– and all the Pink books– possible.

p.s. This is the list that will be published February 6th. The one we see in the paper is always about a week behind.

Boston on Friday!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I don’t care how much snow there is; I will be at the Harvard Coop on Friday night– and I hope you can be there, too!

I’ll be at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge at 7:00 on Friday, reading, signing, and answering any questions you care to ask.

See you there!

For the Snowbound: A Bit of Pink IX

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I wasn’t going to do this, but it’s such a vile, nasty day… and I’m still cross over missing my reading in DC. So, to make up for all the slush and the snow, here’s an extra bonus teaser, even though it’s not a Tuesday.

Someone in the comments section on the last Teaser Tuesday asked about the heroine of Pink IX. I can confirm that yes, indeed, she is an American. Those of you who have read Orchid will have met her already, in the salon scene.

I’ll have lot more to tell you about her next week, but, for the moment, here’s our first glimpse of her (through Augustus’ eyes) as she makes her appearance in Pink IX:


1/26 DC Event Canceled

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It pains me greatly to announce that tomorrow night’s reading in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia (and the other stopovers in DC) have been canceled due to the threat of impending snow. Although it’s still unclear just how much snow there will be, the very nice folks at the bookstore warned me that there was a good chance they would have to close up early, so we agreed that it made sense to reschedule.

As soon as I have the new Bailey’s Crossroads event date, I’ll post it here. We’ll just have to have double the fun next time, to make up for the delay….

Meanwhile, the Boston event on Friday is still going on as planned!

Teaser Tuesday: Augustus Whittlesby

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Whatever happened to that maddening poet, Augustus Whittlesby?

We met him first in Pink Carnation, driving Gaston Delaroche to distraction with happy, happy verses, and then again in Black Tulip, delivering odes to his own Pulchritudinous Princess, Jane Wooliston.

It’s been a while, but Augustus– and his odes– are back.