Archive for March, 2014


Monday, March 31st, 2014

Courtesy of the lovely Beatriz Williams, for today’s Monday Give Away, we have an advance copy of… The Secret Life of Violet Grant!

Here’s the official blurb:

violet grantManhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Madison Avenue world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.

Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant’s magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe’s fateful summer interrupts this delicate détente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband’s perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel’s shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.

As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet’s story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad . . . and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future––and the love––she wants most.

A new Beatriz Williams novel is always a treat, and this one, moving from 1914 Europe to 1960s New York, is particularly gripping.

So, for a chance to win an advance copy of The Secret Life of Violet Grant, here’s your question:

— Would you rather visit World War I era Europe or 1960s New York?

Either way, the wardrobe options are quite snazzy!

The winner will be announced on Wednesday. The Secret Life of Violet Grant appears in stores on May 27, 2014 (and you’ll be able to find me and Beatriz doing a joint event for The Secret Life of Violet Grant and That Summer at Murder by the Book in Houston on July 24th!).

Only two days more…

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

… to enter to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of That Summer!

That Summer (3)

Here’s the official blurb:

2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it’s a joke. She hasn’t been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house’s shrouded history begins to open…

1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur’s collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.

From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig’s That Summer takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past—and herself.

Goodreads has twenty copies up for grabs. The contest closes tomorrow, March 31. Just click here for the link to enter!

Happy News!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I’ll be doing my first ever event in San Antonio this summer! (See? I do listen to those “why don’t you ever come here?” emails.)

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be appearing at Twig Book Shop on Sunday, July 27, from 3:00 to 5:00.

Here are my upcoming events so far:

— April 9, 7:00: New City Library (New City, NY), talk and signing.

— May 17, 10:30-2:00, New Orleans Marriott (New Orleans, LA), signing at the RT Book Fair.

— June 3, 6:00, The Corner Bookstore (New York, NY), That Summer launch event! Talk and signing.

— July 24, 7:00, Murder by the Book (Houston, TX), talk and signing with Susan Elia MacNeal and Beatriz Williams.

— July 27, 3:00, the Twig Book Shop (San Antonio, TX), talk and signing.

— August 1, time TBA (evening), Hoover Public Library (Hoover, AL), talk and signing.

— September 7, time TBA, the Kerrytown Book Fest (Ann Arbor, MI), panel and signing.

I’ll keep you posted as my event calendar shapes up!


Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

And the winner of the paperback copy of Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return is…

Ellen! (Of Comment #10.)

Congrats, Ellen! If you email me with your info, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you.

Coming up next Monday… an advance copy of Beatriz Williams’s The Secret Life of Violet Grant.

ASHFORD: the “Lost” Chapter Twenty-Nine

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

As promised, here is the excised chapter of The Ashford Affair that has been added as an extra to the back of the paperback, along with a short history of how it came to be cut.

Ashford Paperback

If you haven’t read the book yet, stop! Stop here! There are major spoilers below….


ASHFORD in Paperback– Today!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Book release days always feel like birthdays and Christmases and Valentine’s Day all rolled up into one– the heavy lifting is all done and there’s just the joy of seeing the finished book make it out into the world.

Today is one of those days! The Ashford Affair paperback makes its official appearance in stores today.

Ashford Paperback

If you see Ashford in the wild, snap a picture and send it to me!

Ashford is in excellent company. Also on shelves today are Tracy Grant’s The Berkeley Square Affair, Kristan Higgins’s Waiting On You, Eloisa James’s Three Weeks With Lady X, and the paperback of Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return.

Included in the paperback edition of Ashford is the “lost” Chapter Twenty-Nine. I’ll be posting it here on the website later today for those of you who already have the hardcover edition. But if you haven’t read the book yet, don’t peek! That lost chapter contains many spoilers….


Monday, March 24th, 2014

This Monday, we have a special treat: a paperback copy of Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return.

Here’s the official blurb:

river of no return 2Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect match.

But before their love has a chance to grow, Nicholas is presumed dead in the Napoleonic war.
Nick, however, is lost in time. Somehow he escaped certain death by leaping two hundred years forward to the present day where he finds himself in the care of a mysterious society – the Guild. Questioning the limits of the impossible, Nick is desperate to find a way back to the life he left behind. Yet with the future of time itself hanging in the balance, could it be that the girl who first captured his heart has had the answers all along? Can Nick find a way to return to her?

As those of you who follow this site know, I was enthralled with this book when it made its debut last year in hardcover. And now it’s back in paperback! (There’s also a prequel novella, The Time Tutor).

So, for a paperback copy of The River of No Return, here’s your question:

If you could go back in time, which time period would you hop to?

One person will be chosen at random to receive a paperback copy of The River of No Return. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

The River of No Return makes its appearance in stores tomorrow, March 25– along with the paperback edition of The Ashford Affair and Tracy Grant’s The Berkeley Square Affair!

Tuesday, March 25: an excellent day to go to the bookstore.

Book Release Season Begins!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

This is a three book year for me: the paperback of The Ashford Affair this Tuesday; my next stand alone novel, That Summer, in June; and then, last but not least, Pink XII, aka The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla in August.

Let the rollercoaster of releases begin!

Ashford Paperback That Summer (3) manzanilla

Here’s the schedule:

— March 25, The Ashford Affair (paperback)
— June 3, That Summer (hardcover)
— August 5, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (paperback)

Starting on Tuesday, The Ashford Affair will be available at a bookstore near you (and at your friendly neighborhood Target, where it’s being featured as part of their Emerging Authors program).

That Summer and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla are both available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, or your favorite local bookstore.

You can find excerpts from all three books via the Books page.

More about all three books soon!

DABWAHA Round Two!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

DABWAHA Round Two starts at noon today! And The Ashford Affair is up against… Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird.

I love Susanna. And I love The Firebird. So I can only echo the sentiments of the card that Susanna posted on Facebook today:


While I’d love for Ashford Affair to make it to Round Two, it’s hard to work up the proper competitive spirit here. Although if you do feel like voting for Ashford, I certainly won’t object!

Voting opens at noon CST and ends at midnight CST today.

Either way, I’ll be opening a bottle of champagne at the end of it!


Friday, March 21st, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who voted in Round One of the DABWAHA!

You are the best. The Ashford Affair not only made it to Round Two, it did so by over three hundred votes more than the competition. All I can say is… wow. And thank you.

Round Two opens tomorrow, and The Ashford Affair is up against (cue drum roll) Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird.

I don’t think we have much of a shot here (I mean, it’s Susanna Kearsley, who is the definition of all good things), but let’s make Ashford go out with a bang!

Voting starts tomorrow at noon CST and goes until midnight. Let’s give The Firebird a run for its money!