Archive for February, 2011

Pink Carnation Quotation Collection

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Happy Monday! As part of my ongoing effort to update the website, I’m gathering Pink quotes for a book-by-book Pink Quotation Compedium, which will find a permanent home on the Diversions page.

This is proving a more complex project than I had envisioned. So, once again, I appeal to you for aid. Each Monday, I’ll be collecting favorite quotes from a different Pink book.

Which are your favorite lines from The Secret History of the Pink Carnation?

Just post your favorites below, along with the people who said them, and page numbers.

One person will be chosen at random to receive one of the Pink comic prints as a thank you. The recipient of the Pink comic print will be announced on Sunday, March 6.

Black Tulip coming up next Monday!

Jane Austen Short Story Contest

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

All the entries are in… now it’s time to vote! Which short story will make it into the Jane Austen Made Me Do It anthology? It’s up to you to decide.

You can find all the entries at the Republic of Pemberley (including a few by members of the Pink community!). Just follow the rules and vote for your top three.

My short story, “A Night at Northanger”, will also be appearing in the anthology. More about that coming up soon on a Teaser Tuesday near you!

Which of the entries do you like best?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, February 25th, 2011

It’s a gloomy, rainy day today– perfect for books and tea! Here’s my reading round-up for this week:

— Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Years ago, my best friend told me I had to read this. Considering that this is the woman who gave me The Blue Castle, I Capture the Castle, and The Curse of Chalion, you would think I would have listened, wouldn’t you? But, no. More fool me. I’m not quite sure how to describe these. They’re not really mysteries, although there are mysteries in them. They’re a little slice of life, but that doesn’t quite cut it either. Let’s just settle on: they’re good.

— Alexander McCall Smith, Tears of the Giraffe.

Good and addictive!

— Alexander McCall Smith, Morality for Beautiful Girls.

I wonder if this is what they call a “glom”?

— Jen Lancaster, My Fair Lazy.

Another fun memoir. I meant to hold out for the paperback. I failed.

What have you been reading?

In Which I Talk (a Lot) and Read (a Little)

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

If you couldn’t make the Lady Jane’s Salon reading earlier this month but wish you had, courtesy of the Patronesses of Lady J’s we have… the Video.

LJ2_Lauren_Willig from raj moorjani on Vimeo.

The camera really does add ten pounds. And, apparently, also turns me into a guy. (Hi, Ron!)

Ask the Author

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

For those who might have questions about The Orchid Affair— or the other books– here’s your chance to ask them! I’m opening this post up to any questions you might have. Just post them in the comments section below, and I’ll comment back.

If you like the idea, and would like to see Ask the Author become a monthly feature, let me know!

Teaser Tuesday: A Tale of Two Elizas

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Fun fact: the heroine of Pink IX (yes, yes, there will be a title one of these days) was originally named Eliza. The reason for that? She was based off not one, but two historical Elizas: Eliza Monroe and Eliza Hancock de Feuillide.

Two very different Elizas with two very different stories came together in my heroine, Emma Morris Delagardie.


Night Jasmine UK

Monday, February 21st, 2011

More fun with foreign editions! The Temptation of the Night Jasmine will be making its UK debut on August 8th.

Very Mata Hari, no?

Orchid in the Wild Update

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

The Orchid in the Wild challenge continues! Over the past month, Orchid has been all over the place, from sunny Florida…

…to snowy New York.

Orchid has even gone international, lounging in the foliage in New Zealand and conferring with Lord Nelson in London.

We’re still missing twelve states that will make the US Orchid map complete. If you’re in Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, or West Virginia, here’s your chance!

Since there have been so many great foreign photos, I’ll be doing a separate map and prize for Orchid International. So if you’re abroad, and have a copy of Orchid handy, send those photos along….

Happy Orchid hunting!

Hyderabad: Then and Now

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

For those who are interested in what’s become of Hyderabad since The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, a friend just forwarded me this fascinating article on Hyderabad’s past and present. It sounds like a city which, while changed, would still be entirely recognizable to Pen and Alex (although not Freddy; he wasn’t paying much attention).

For those who would like to know more about Hyderabad during Penelope’s day, I recommend William Dalrymple’s White Mughuls, my primary resource on late eighteenth/early nineteenth century Hyderabad.

Crimson Rose UK & Another Interview

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

In all the Orchid Tour madness, I completely forgot about the launch of the UK edition of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. Can’t you just hear Mary fuming? Apologies, Crimson Rose. At least you have a particularly glamorous cover.

In honor of the Crimson Rose UK launch, I answered a few questions on Valentine’s Day about crimson roses, seduction, and a variety of other topics. You can find the interview here, on the Allison & Busby site.