Archive for September, 2011

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I’m still being boring, reading-wise. It’s all been Sayers, Sayers, Sayers (for that 1920’s tone!) with a brief excursion into Elizabeth Peters’ The Copenhagen Connection, which is neither 1920s nor English, but was unwisely left in my path by my little sister. It’s really not safe to leave books lying around near me….

What have you been reading?

Turnip in the Ballroom

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Come visit the party at the Ballroom Blog, where Turnip has unexpectedly blundered in… much to the indignation of his hostess and Miss Gwen!

And the additional winner is….

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Catie! Of Comment #42. Thanks, Donna, for donating your copy!

Stay tuned for a fresh contest next Wednesday….

Another Winner!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Since our judge-winner, Donna, has access to an ARC by other means, she has very generously offered to put her ARC back into the pot (so to speak). Thanks to Donna’s kindness, I’ll be drawing another winner from the list of judges at some point tomorrow. Stay tuned!

And the winner is….

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed her talent and ingenuity to the Garden Intrigue Pink for Pink Project!

Often, in these contests, I’ve noticed that a clear winner emerges early on. In this case, the voting was all over the map– which, I think, speaks to the excellence of all the designs contributed. There wasn’t a single entry that didn’t receive multiple votes.

In the end, however, a few designs did pull out ahead. (If this were a horse race, we would all have been on the edge of our seats, mint juleps in hand.)

Third runner up is…

#17! “Emma Delagardie, Grand Inquisitor for Poetic Excellence”, by Shelli.

Second runner up is…

#11! The Pink Carnation flip-flops, by Elizabeth.

First runner up is…

#19! The “England” coffee mug, by Laura.

And the winner is…

#18! The Garden Intrigue t-shirt, by Vizelle.

As a thank-you to everyone who voted, we have one more winner, a judge chosen at random from among all those who voted. Our additional winner is Donna, of Comment #112.

Congratulations, all! Of course, what you win is….

You know the drill: just email me with the relevant details and I’ll pop your ARC in the mail to you.

Everyone else, stay tuned for another contest next Wednesday! (Hint: this one involves poetry.)

Read Pink!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Tomorrow, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation comes out in a special Read Pink edition for the benefit of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

So, instead of our usual Monday “if you like”, I thought it might be appropriate to list our favorite pink (and Pink) items. Here are some of mine:

— pink icing sugar on petit fours;

— the Pink comics drawn by Joanne Renaud;

— pink in your cheeks on a crisp winter’s day;

— pink cupcakes on Valentine’s Day;

— BCRF’s pink ribbon– and the amazing researchers, scientists, and fundraisers who make that mean what it does.

What are your favorite pink things?

More News

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I know, it’s not a Tuesday, but I wanted to share this news as soon as I knew for sure. Many of you have been asking me what will become of the Pink series now that I’m also writing non-Pink books.

As of today, I can say that there will, in fact, be more Pink books. (Barring hurricane, flood, writer’s block, and all the usual sorts of force majeure.)

We’re still working out scheduling, so I can’t say exactly what the timeline will be, but I’ve just signed up to write two more Pink books for NAL in addition to the two non-Pink books I’m writing for St. Martin’s. It’s going to be a little tricky, but I just couldn’t leave my Pink folks mid-story. And, quite honestly, you all here were a large part of my decision to risk a tighter schedule to keep the Pink books going.

Next up in Pink land? Miss Gwen.

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Hi, all! I have to confess, I’ve been rather stagnant on the reading front recently. I’m deep in the throes of writing the new book, so I’ve been re-reading a mix of Dorothy Sayers and Jen Lancaster, with a couple of old John Bellairs book thrown in. (When I’m in heavy duty writing mode, I need old, familiar books I can pick up and put down again after four pages, having not processed more than half the words on any given page.)

I will, however, eventually come out of my writing coma and need new books to read, so….

What have you been reading?

Intrigue by Design: the Contest Entries!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The entries are in! I am blown away by all the creativity and talent exhibited here. There is quite a range of Garden Intrigue products from which to choose, from flip flips to iPhone covers to multi-purpose designs for use on a wide range of items.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

Here’s the drill: Vote for your top three in order of preference in the Comments section below. Voting will be open through Monday, September 26. I’ll tally up the votes and announce the winners next Tuesday, September 27. One judge will be chosen at random to receive an ARC of The Garden Intrigue.

Happy voting!


The front reads: I Pink Because I Care. Breast Cancer Awareness.


A design for use on many things.


The back reads: What would you do for a secret garden rendezvous?




The front reads: This Summer Only! Augustus Whittlesby Presents “The Princess of the Pulchritudinous Toes”. Where? Malmaison. When? Nightly. (Times subject to change based on alcoholic consumption, presence of Muses, and levels of frustration with certain American women.)




The front reads: “Alas!” she cried, “I spy a sail/ Hard-by on the wine dark sea./ I know not what it is or bides,/ But I fear it comes for me!” —Augustus Whittlesby, The Perils of the Pulchritudinous Princess of the Azure Toes, Canto XII, 14–17



The text reads: The Pink Carnation Series. The Garden Intrigue. 2012.



The text reads: Roses are Red, Carnations are Pink, which new flowery spy, will thwart Bonaparte with a wink?


The text reads: Garden Intrigue: Keeping the mystery and our women alive.


A design for use on many things.


A design for use on many things.


A button. (And a close-up of the design.)




A mouse pad. The text reads: “That once in Triton’s court did dwell / And ring a nasty watery knell, / With a clangety clang and an awesome—” “Yell? Knell? Mell?” “No more! My sensitive soul can endure no further interruptions! The Muse has fled.” Augustus & Emma.



The front reads: What happens in the garden…. Doesn’t always stay in the garden.


The charms are tied to the bracelets with the pink ribbon.


A bumper sticker/bookmark.


A design for use on many things.


A design for use on many things.



The text reads: Princess of the Azure Toes.


Happiness for MISTLETOE

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

What with everyone else going on, I’d nearly forgotten that it’s only a month and a bit until the paperback release of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. (When did that happen?)

This morning, I received the very first review of the new paperback edition. Affaire de Coeur calls Mistletoe “silly, hilarious, tons of fun and an absolute delight to read”.

Thanks, Affaire de Coeur!

Mistletoe comes out in paperback in the US on November 1. I’ll be celebrating its release with Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York.

For more Mistletoe tour locations, check out the Have Author Will Travel sidebar.

If you’d like to give the gift of a personalized copy of Mistletoe (it makes an excellent holiday present!), just contact Murder by the Book prior to November 14th. You can find all the details here.