Archive for July, 2011

New on the Website!

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

My redoubtable web mistress has just made a number of additions to the website.

In addition to the Printable Book List and the Recommended Reading Order, you can now find a Pink Cheat Sheet on the Books page, listing the who, what, where and when of each book. Because, let’s face it, once you get to the ninth book in a series (coming February 16!), these details can start to blur a bit.

The Pink Carnation Comics, drawn by Joanne Renaud to celebrate the reissue of Pink I last year, now have their own permanent home on the Diversions page.

(Speaking of the Pink Carnation comics, I’ll be holding a contest for signed and numbered prints this fall, to celebrate the special Read Pink edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, coming out September 27th. The Read Pink program, run by Penguin books, benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More on that– and the Pink comics giveaway– soon.)

Back to the website, you’ll find a new article and video interview on the Bio page and links to the Pink short fiction, Ivy & Intrigue and Away in a Manger, on the Books page.

As always, if there’s anything else you want to see here on the website, just let me know!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, July 29th, 2011

There are a whole bunch of new books I’ve been wanting to read (Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, Loretta Chase’s Silk is For Seduction, Tana French’s Faithful Place), but I’m saving them to use as bribery later in the summer, so, instead, I’ve been back to some old comfort reads.

— Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks.

One of the best madcap comedies out there. Watch out for Uncle Horace in his gorilla suit.

— Barbara Michaels, Vanish with the Rose.

A gentle Gothic with just a frisson of the supernatural.

— Barbara Michaels, Houses of Stone.

A Gothic… about someone who studies the gothic. Set in sweltering summer in the South, this is a traditional summer read for me.

What have you been reading?

Ivy & Intrigue: the Outtakes

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

While pulling up my old Ivy & Intrigue files the other day, I stumbled across a file I’d forgotten: the Ivy & Intrigue outtakes.

For a hundred page novella, it yielded a surprising number of outtakes. Here, for your amusement, are the cream of the crop.



Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Among the amusing bits of this and that making their way around the internet today, we have the winners of this year’s Bulwar-Lytton Contest.

My favorite? The historical fiction entry, of course:

Napoleon’s ship tossed and turned as the emperor, listening while his generals squabbled as they always did, splashed the tepid waters in his bathtub.

(Given that The Garden Intrigue involves Napoleon’s attempts to chivvy his navy into invading England, I was particularly amused.)

Elsewhere on the web, a friend sent me this fascinating exposition on Tudor-Stuart corseture: The Seventeenth Century Breastoration.

Happy Wednesday!

Kindle & Nook!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Anyone who says self-pub is easy is clearly more technologically adept than I am. Having just spent most of yesterday afternoon wrestling with Amazon and B&N’s self-publication systems, I have both good news and bad news.

The good news is that Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas is available for download on Amazon and B&N, with a very snazzy cover adapted from Joanne Renaud’s Pink Carnation Comics.

I’ve also uploaded Away in a Manger: A Very Turnip Wedding Night, with the gorgeous cover created for it by Joyce, on both Amazon and B&N.

This is where we get to the bad news, which is that neither platform allows authors to post free downloads. Ivy & Intrigue will be 99 cents for download, and, as always, free here on the website, via the Diversions page.

Likewise, Turnip’s bonus chapter is also up for 99 cents, but I’d like to emphasize that it remains free in PDF and ePub form via Smart Bitches. Within the next month or so, I’ll be adding a permanent link to the PDF on the Diversions page, under Free Reads.

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesday: Sally

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Yesterday’s walk down Mistletoe memory lane got me thinking about another Fitzhugh who needs a story.

That’s right: Turnip’s little sister Sally. Because we all know, if Turnip has a story, Sally wants one, too. Preferably gold-plated, enameled, and decorated with a cunning little pattern of seed pearls. And, yes, she’ll take the matching earrings and bracelet as well.

I can’t promise anything, as my plans do tend to change around on me (here a disclaimer, there a disclaimer, everywhere a disclaimer, disclaimer), but, if all goes to plan, you may just see Pride & Poinsettia: A Very Sally Novella in time for the holidays….

Turnip Time!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

He’s baaaaacck! Today, on Smart Bitches, you can find the full, unexpergated (and did I mention free?) Amorous Addendum to The Mischief of the Mistletoe, “Away in a Manger: A Very Turnip Wedding Night”.

Thanks to the magical talents of SB Sarah, Turnip’s missing scene is available as a PDF download, in ePub format (for Nook and Kindle) and Mobi.

A brief word of caution: in compliance with the terms of my bet with Smart Bitches, the scene does dip into R-rated territory. So if you’d rather leave the door closed on that bit of Turnip’s life, you might want to stop reading about half-way through.

Huge thanks go to SB Sarah, for making me do it; to Joyce, for her amazing hand-drawn cover; and to all the Turnipsians out there. And, of course, to that massive heat wave last week. I wrote this during last week’s 100 degree weather in New York. If you notice a lot of references to snow and cold, put it down to wishful thinking….

Happy reading!

If You Like….

Monday, July 25th, 2011

What with the sultry summer heat, I’ve been on a huge Gothic/romantic suspense kick. So here’s this week’s “If You Like”.

If you like Mary Stewart, you’ll probably also like….

— M.M. Kaye’s Death In series, in particular Death in the Andamans and Death in Kashmir;

— Susanna Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses or Season of Storms;

— Emma Cole’s Every Secret Thing;

— Pretty much anything by Elsie Lee, but particularly Mansion of the Golden Windows, Dark Moon Lost Lady, Satan’s Coast, and The Spy at the Villa Miranda;

— Barbara Michaels’ Houses of Stone (contemporary) or Sons of the Wolf (historical);

— Victoria Holt’s Bride of Pendorric.

Any other ideas? I’m always looking for successors to Nine Coaches Waiting….

Turnip: A Teaser….

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Can’t wait until tomorrow? Want a little dose of Turnip right now? To tide you over those extra few hours, here’s the first page of Turnip’s amorous addendum, “Away in a Manger: A Very Turnip Wedding Night”.


Turnip– Tomorrow!

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Amorous Addendum to The Mischief of the Mistletoe, “Away in a Manger: A Very Turnip Wedding Night”, will be posted tomorrow (Monday) on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

I’ve tried to come up with a scene worthy of Joyce’s lovely cover.

Given Turnip’s proclivity to prolixity (translation: he just wouldn’t stop talking), the chapter was way too long for a web post, so it will be made available as a PDF for download on the SBTB site.

More tomorrow!