Archive for March, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Name That Flower

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I’m not sure this counts as much as a teaser, but… Pink IX is in the process of getting a title! Currently, the flower front-runner seems to be the lily, since Emma wears white a lot, but that’s highly likely to change.

I’ve posted a chunk of the first chapter below. What flower would you choose?

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Appearances and Auctions

Monday, March 28th, 2011

There’s a lot going on in Pink Land right now!

On April 2nd, you can find me at the Empire State Book Festival in Albany, NY. There’ll be a meet and greet and booksigning at 1:45, followed by a panel discussion about romance fiction (with Sarah MacLean, Cara Elliott, Leah Hultenschmidt, and Ron Hogan) at 2:45.

On April 7th, I’ll be making my first ever LA appearance at 7:00 at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, for reading, signing, and as many answers as you have questions.

On the auction front, there are two auctions coming up in which you can find Pink items:

First, there’s Operation Auction, which will be taking place on ebay this week. Among the items is a signed copy of The Orchid Affair and a $10 Starbucks card. Find out more about Operation Auction and the items being offered here.

Second, AAR is hosting an auction to benefit Red Cross efforts in Japan. I don’t have an exact date or site for this one yet, but among the items up for auction will be a Pink-Around-the-World tote bag with signed copies of the UK editions of Pink Carnation, Black Tulip and Emerald Ring, and audio versions of Crimson Rose and Night Jasmine.



Pinkorama!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

It’s time to brush up your diorama skills and brush off your Peeps. Yes, it’s the Pinkorama! Inspired by the Washington Post and ABA Journal Peep-oramas, I challenge all Pink fans to construct their own Pink Peep (say that three times fast!) dioramas.

For those who need inspiration, a generous soul has donated a couple of ideas: the Naughty Peepfire Club and Penelopeep on a balcony. Any other ideas?

To make it even more fun, the winner will receive these (hand-crafted by Sharin of The Big Blue Bead!):

Submissions are due in by April 19. Just send me a jpg of your Pink Peep diorama in an email with the subject heading “Pinkorama”. The grand prize winner will be determined by popular vote here on the site.

Peep away!

Note: the Peeps do not need to be pink. You may use any color– and style– of Peep that you so desire.



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 25th, 2011

If I were to provide the list of books I’ve been reading this week, it would tell you a little too much about the project I’m currently working on– and I prefer to remain mysterious about that for the moment.

So, instead, I’ll go straight to the main question: what have you been reading?



New Prize for Pinkorama!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I know, I know, I said the winner would get a Pink mug– and the runners up still will– but I now have a far, far cooler prize to offer to the grand prize winner: handmade one-of-a-kind Pink wine glass charms, courtesy of the incredibly talented and generous Sharin, proprietress of The Big Blue Bead.

Aren’t they the coolest?

You can find the rules for the Pinkorama here. The deadline for submissions is April 19. The grand prize winner will be determined by popular vote here on the website.



Operation Auction

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A few weeks ago, a beloved member of the romance community lost her husband to a senseless act of violence. Her colleagues in romance land have rallied around to put together an auction for her benefit.

This auction will take place on ebay next week, with items from dozens of authors, editors, and booksellers, ranging from gift cards to manuscript critiques. You can find the full list of items here, including a signed copy of The Orchid Affair with a $10 Starbucks card.



Teaser Tuesday: Mary & Vaughn

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Many of you have asked me just what was up with Mary and Vaughn in The Mischief of the Mistletoe. After all, there are all the other characters, brimming with holiday spirit (even if the Dowager of Dovedale does express that in her own unique way), but Mary and Vaughn appear to be at their very snarkiest.

Here’s the scoop.

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Orchid in the Wild Update

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

What with everything else going on (one word: Pinkorama!), I’ve sadly neglected the Orchid-in-the-Wild Challenge. In the past month, Orchid has made it to Sicily…

to Australia…

and even to Maui, in the teeth of the tsunami.

We are still missing a handful of states to complete Orchid’s US domination. Are you in Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, or West Virginia? Do you have a copy of The Orchid Affair? (Or Orchid on your kindle?) If so, get those pictures ready and send them along!

Forty-one states down, nine to go!

If you’ve sent me a picture of Orchid-in-the-Wild, but it hasn’t shown up in the Facebook album, let me know.

Happy Orchid hunting!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 18th, 2011

One of the benefits of the Flu-That-Won’t-Go-Away is that it means plenty of time to read– especially old favorites. This week, I’ve read:

— Angela Thirkell, Wild Strawberries

For those who haven’t discovered Thirkell, think Nancy Mitford crossed with P.G. Wodehouse. She has a wonderful eye for the frailties of human nature, but displays them with affection.

— Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate

In my twenties, I preferred Mitford’s broader, more slapstick satire, like Highland Fling and Pigeon Pie, but I’ve come to a tardy appreciation of Love in a Cold Climate, which pokes fun more subtly.

— Mary Stewart, Wildfire at Midnight

A remote Skye fishing lodge… a series of shocking murders… and, of course, your choice of brooding heroes. Classic Mary Stewart fun.

— Anne de Courcy, The Viceroy’s Daughters

The lives of the three Curzon daughters as they careen through the 20’s and 30’s.

— M.M. Kaye, Death in the Andamans

Possibly my favorite of the M.M. Kaye “Death in…” books (my wonderfully garish 80’s copy is beginning to lose pages), a murder mystery set in the Andaman Islands in the late 30’s.

What have you been reading?



Albany: April 2nd

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Hello, upstate folks! On April 2nd, I’ll be taking part in the Empire State Book Festival, which brings together writers and readers for a day of bibliophilic fun.

I’ll be doing a Meet & Greet, for general chatting and booksigning, at 1:45, followed by a 2:45 panel on romance fiction with Sarah MacLean, Cara Elliott (co-prof of the Yale class), Leah Hultenschmidt and Ron Hogan.

Please do stop by and say hi!