Archive for February, 2012

Live Chat Tonight!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Hi, all! Sorry for the short notice (revision brain!), but I’ll be on Romance Reviews Today chatting live from 9:00-10:00 PM EST tonight. Just go to the Mo’s Book Buzz chat room, where I can answer all your questions in real time!

Author Tour

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Revisions on the Kenya book have been keeping me from doing my full book tour write-up (next week!), but, in the meantime, here’s an incredibly kind account of last week’s Ann Arbor reading from AAR’s Linnie Gayl, including a write up of the most crucial Q&A….

Tucson Festival of Books

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

If you will be in Tucson or thereabouts the weekend of March 10-11, come join me for the Tucson Festival of Books!

The Festival is held on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. I’ll be speaking on a number of panels (all free and open to the public) with some wonderful authors.

On Saturday, March 10, you can find me discussing:

Wrestling the Past: Researching Your Way to Characters and Places Readers Love with Karen Hawkins and Kathleen Kirkwood in Koffler, Room 216, from 1:00-2:00;

— and Daring Deeds in Tumultuous Times with Caroline and Charles Todd in the Integrated Learning Center, Room 130, from 4:00 to 5:00.

On Sunday, March 11, I’ll be nattering on about:

Writing in Different Genres with Diana Gabaldon and Mary Doria Russell in the UA Mall Tent from 10:00-11:00 AM;

— and The Age of Napoleon with William Dietrich in the Integrated Learning Center, Room 140, from 1:00-2:00.

I’ll also be signing books at the Sisters in Crime booth on Saturday from 11:30-12:30; in the Poisoned Pen booth on Saturday from 3:00-4:00; and in the Clues Unlimited Booth on Sunday from 12:00-1:00.

More soon!

If You Like….

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I’ve spent many years looking for Mary Stewart read-alikes and was lucky enough to have been given one by my college roommate this past week. So… if you like Mary Stewart, you’ll probably like….

— Caroline Llewellyn’s The Lady of the Labyrinth (this is the college roommate used-bookstore-find), told in the first person and set in 1980’s Sicily against a background of ancient myth and modern political intrigue;

— Susanna Kearsley’s Season of Storms, The Shadowy Horses, and Every Secret Thing, all of which read like vintage Stewart (with a frisson of the supernatural at times);

— pretty much anything by Elsie Lee (although her spunky, first person heroines are American, rather than British), in particular The Spy At the Villa Miranda and Satan’s Coast;

— M.M. Kaye’s “Death In” series, 1950s romantic suspense in various exotic locations, including Death in Kashmir, Death in Kenya, and Death in Berlin;

— and Helena Dela’s The Count (I’ve always wished she would write more).

I’m tempted to add Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels and Dorothy Cannell’s mystery novels (especially Down the Garden Path), but I feel like we’re verging into different subgenres there.

Have you stumbled across any other Mary Stewart read-alikes?

Which Jane Austen character….

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Today is the last chance to enter the website contest (click here to enter): which Austen character and which Pink character would you throw together?

One entrant, chosen at random, will receive a copy of The Mischief of the Mistletoe, in which Miss Austen makes a cameo appearance. If you already have a copy of Mistletoe, but want to share your two cents, feel free to post your thoughts in the Comments section below!

Oh, and while we’re talking Austen, check out this new BBC initiative: a Jane Austen inspired Facebook game.


Saturday, February 25th, 2012

If you would like an autographed copy of The Garden Intrigue, but weren’t able to make it to any of the events, signed copies are available from The Poisoned Pen, 57th Street Books, Lake Forest Books, and Nicola’s Books.

Thanks so much to everyone who made book tour so fabulous!


Friday, February 24th, 2012

What with everything else going on, I’ve completely forgotten to post reminders about the current website contest, in which we combine Austen with Pink for the most amusing combinations.

(I don’t think Miss Gwen would get along terribly well with Lady Catherine de Burgh– although Turnip might have fun talking fashion with Sir Walter Elliot.)

To enter, just go here. The contest closes this Sunday, February 26th. One entrant, chosen at random, will receive a copy of The Mischief of the Mistletoe— and I promise to share the more amusing combos!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I have to confess that what with all the running around and talking about books (book tour rundown coming up soon!), there hasn’t been much time for actually reading books.

Fortunately, my wonderful college roommate gave me two books to read on the plane home today: an old skool epic romance, Stormswift by Madeline Brent, and a Mary Stewart-esque mystery, The Lady of the Labyrinth by Caroline Llewellyn.

What have you been reading?

More Libraries!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Today, Tasha Alexander and I finish up our grand library tour in Libertyville and Wauconda.

Come visit with us at Cook Park Library at 12:30 for a little bit of Love and Murder in the Afternoon or catch up with us in the evening at Wauconda Public Library.

Thanks so much to all the wonderful libraries and librarians who have made this possible!

Happy, Happy News!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

More happy news! More happy, happy news! Okay, I’ll stop slaughtering Keats now and cut to the chase–

The Garden Intrigue hit the New York Times list at #35!

Thank you all so very, very much for putting Augustus’s and Emma’s story up there. They– and I!– are so very, very grateful.

If Augustus were here, he’d probably tell you in rhyme!