Archive for April, 2011

For your amusement…

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

…the “which Regency heroine are you?” quiz!

For some strange reason, I wound up as “Bookish'”.

Which Regency heroine are you?



Weekly Round-Up

Friday, April 29th, 2011

As I write in haste while dashing for a train to Boston, this is going to be a short post. Among other things, this week I read Mary Stewart’s Rose Cottage (still not on my short list of favorite Stewart books) and Robert Graves’ surprisingly amusing World War I memoir, Goodbye to All That.

This has also been a banner week for friends with books. Two of my friends had books out this week: Sarah MacLean, with Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart and Andrea Bonior with her (nonfiction) The Friendship Fix, both of which are on my list for the near future.

What have you been reading?



Live from the MBA

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

And by the MBA, I mean the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Are you a lawyer who’d rather not be? Tomorrow afternoon, from noon until one o’clock, I’ll be teaming up with Gina Walcott of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Lynne Riquelme to discuss Non-Traditional Uses of a Law Degree in a live webchat. You can view– and participate!– in the chat by registering for it on the MBA website.



Teaser Tuesday: Turnip

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

There’s been a lot of Mistletoe love recently. Three of the seven Pinkoramas feature scenes from The Mischief of the Mistletoe (go, Turnip!); I got word last week that Mistletoe will be published in a UK edition; and, of course, Turnip– I mean, The Mischief of the Mistletoe, was nominated for RWA’s RITA award.

So this seemed like a good time to say something about Turnip.

Part of the fun of paperback editions is that I get to add things at the end. Here’s a little piece I wrote for the paperback edition of The Mischief of the Mistletoe (coming out November 1!): “A Brief History of the Turnip”.

Enjoy!

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Pinkorama: the Vote!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… the Pinkorama vote! With seven strong candidates, which will take home the prize?

In the order in which they arrived in my inbox, here are the Pink Carnation peep dioaramas:

1. “Ivy & Peeptrigue” by Jean.

(For more details, click here.)

2. “The Mispeep of the Mistletoe” by Kayse.

3. “Peepmas at Girdings” by Candace & Cassandra.

(For more details, click here.)

4. “Mispeep of the Mistletoe 2: We do not sit on peeple!” by Sarah.

5. “The Capture of the Marquise de Montpeep”, by Shenandoah.

6. “Penelopeep’s River Rescue”, by Christine.

(For more details, click here.)

7. “Peck, my peeps, peck!” by Kate, Christine, Jess, and Yao.

and Eloise at the British Peepbrary:

(For more details, click here.)

You know the drill. List your three favorites, in order of preference, in the Comments section below. One judge will be chosen at random to receive a Pink Carnation mug– and, of course, a box of peeps!

The voting closes Sunday night and winners will be announced next Monday.



Pinkorama #7

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Otherwise known as “Peck, my peeps! Peck!”

In this flashback to The Deception of the Emerald Ring, brought to us by Kate, Christine, Jess, and Yao, it’s 2003 and Eloise is hard at work at her favorite desk in the British Library reading room. (Check out her tiny laptop!)

Meanwhile, back in 1803, Miss Gwen singlehandedly quells the Irish rebellion with her trusty sword parasol and the help of some barnyard friends as she charges into battle, shouting, “Peck, my peeps! Peck!”


(It also cannot go unremarked that Miss Gwen is sporting her favorite color: purple. Now that’s some real attention to detail, there!)

Okay, maybe not entirely singlehandedly. Geoff is there, too, rapier– and eyebrows– at the ready.

As they storm the crowd, Jasper Peepingdale sees his opportunity and seizes Letty. Never was there a Peep with such obnoxious sideburns!

Oh, and lest it go unnoticed, check out the Dublin street scenes in the background.

A huge round of applause for Kate, Christine, Jess, and Yao and their Pinkoramas! Pinkoramae? Either way, they are truly fabulous.



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Books, books, everywhere, and not a thing to read. I’m just about finished with the book I’m currently reading and have no idea what to pick up next. Any thoughts?

Here’s what I’ve been reading over the past few days:

— Susan Holloway Scott, The Countess and the King.

Subtitled “A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II”, this is about… the Countess of Dorchester and King James II, chronicling the unlikely relationship between the clever, wisecracking daughter of one of Charles II’s courtiers and the attractive– but not overly endowed in the brainbox– Duke of York. As always, Susan Holloway Scott does an excellent job of bringing history to life, making sense of emotions and motivations that have been otherwise lost to the historical record.

— Emily Giffen, Something Borrowed.

This was in my grab-bag at RT, which gave me an excellent excuse to finally read this tangled tale of two best friends in their love for the same man. As a former lawyer, I appreciated the (miserable) lawyer heroine. I was also rather reminded of Letty and Mary’s relationship in Emerald Ring.

— Kristan Higgins, Catch of the Day.

After reading My One and Only last week, it seemed like a good time to go back and re-read some of the early Higgins oeuvre. So good.

What have you been reading?



Pinkorama Deadline Extended

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

As Queen of the Website, I am arbitrarily extending the Pinkorama deadline to Monday, April 25th. Starting Monday, we’ll move on to Phase 2 of the contest: the Vote.

So if you have any last minute Peep inspirations, send them along!



MISTLETOE in England!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I just got the happy news that my British publisher will be putting out a UK edition of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. I don’t have a release date or a cover yet, but once I do, you’ll see them here.

In the meantime, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine will be coming out in the UK this August, with a sultry new cover.



New on the Website

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Little by little, the website is being updated. New on the website, we have:

— A streamlined new Books page, including a new, printable book list;

— a bibliography for The Orchid Affair, for those curious about the sources that went into the writing of the book;

— and a permanent link to the Pink for Pink Shop on the Diversions page.

As always, if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the site, let me know! More Pinkorama coming up shortly….