Archive for July, 2014

Alabama on Friday!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Come join me, Abbi Glines, Suzanne Johnson and Beatriz Williams for Hoover Library‘s Love in the Library program this Friday night!

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The event kicks off with a dessert reception at 7:00. I’ll be speaking at 7:15, followed, around eight, by a panel with Abbi Glines, Suzanne Johnson and Beatriz Williams.

The event is free and open to the public (and did I mention dessert?). Hope to see you there!

What: Talk and Signing
When: Friday, August 1, 7:00
Where: Hoover Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive



THAT SUMMER Read Along!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The That Summer Read Along is live!

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To join the fun, just click over to the That Summer Read Along event on Facebook and join the group. (Just in case the link above doesn’t work, here’s the actual url: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470021306587444/)

I’ll be kicking the festivities off tomorrow with a welcome message and a little behind the scenes info– and then it’s time to start reading!

Our first segment is Chapters 1-7, hosted by the lovely Christina. The first set of discussion questions will be up on Friday, August 8– but feel free to post your own questions and comments before then! I’ll be in and out all week, posting random tidbits and answering questions.

Here’s the schedule:

August 1-8: Chapters 1-7
August 9-15: Chapters 8-13
August 16-22: Chapters 14-20
August 23-29: Chapters 21-28

You can join for as much or as little of the Read Along as you like. Have questions about the ending? You might want to join us for week 4, when we’ll be discussing the grand denouement.

Oh, and I nearly forgot! One person who signs up by Monday, August 4, will be chosen to receive a signed copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. (Just in time for Manzanilla release day on August 5!)

There’ll be more give aways and prizes, including That Summer Read Along mugs, throughout the month….

Tell your friends and spread the word! Our hashtag is #ThatSummerReadAlong.



SPLENDOUR FALLS Winner

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The winner of the copy of Susanna Kearsley’s The Splendour Falls is…

Nikki B! (Of Comment #17.)

Congrats, Nikki B! Just email me with your info, and I’ll pop the book in the mail to you.

Happy reading!



Teaser Tuesday: A Bit of MANZANILLA Background

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Only one week left until The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla appears in stores!

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, aka Pink XI, is Sally’s story. It is, however, not the story I originally intended to tell. I’d known I’d wanted to write a book about Sally, but there were two things I had decided about that book: 1) it would be a Christmas book (because if Turnip had a Christmas book, Sally had to have one, too); and 2) the hero was going to be a cousin of Lord Vaughn’s. Because, really, how amusing would it be to have Lord Vaughn forced to share holidays with Sally? For the rest of his life.

As you can imagine, Lord Vaughn didn’t like this plan.

Surprisingly, neither did Sally. Yes, Turnip had had a Christmas book… but that meant Sally wanted something entirely different. Something better. Christmas had been so done. (Do you ever get the feeling I impute a little too much agency to my characters?)

And then there was that whole Lord Vaughn relative thing…. In my original plan, Sally was, for somewhat tortuous reasons, going to be staying at a Vaughn family estate, during which time she would meet the enigmatic Vaughn cousin, who, of course, was going to be a smuggler, because it’s always rather fun to get to write about smugglers, especially if they’re of the devil may care Rhett Butler sort.

Apparently, Sally has strong feelings about smuggling. She’s really a rather law-abiding soul when it comes down to it. She wasn’t impressed; she was deeply scornful. And she really didn’t want to be related, in any way, shape or form, to Lord Vaughn.

So, by that mysterious alchemy by which ideas transform into books, the Christmas book became a Halloween one, and the hero, rather than being a smuggler, became a reclusive duke (who was not, I hasten to add, any relation to Lord Vaughn). The book does open at a party thrown by the Vaughns, who just happen to live in Belliston Square, which is dominated by the gloomy mansion of the elusive Duke of Belliston, but that’s about the extent of the overlap between the original plan and the eventual book.

Just to add some perspective on this process, way back when, when I started thinking about Turnip’s book, it was going to be set in… June. And involve a spy ring working out of a tailoring establishment (only Turnip’s in depth knowledge of men’s fashion could crack the code!).

Sometimes, it really all does feel like a sort of magic that it eventually comes out the way it does!

To learn more about The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla and read that scene at the Vaughn ball, just click here– or buy the book next Tuesday!



Monday Give Away: THE SPLENDOUR FALLS

Monday, July 28th, 2014

For today’s Monday Give Away, we have a special treat: a copy of Susanna Kearsley’s The Splendour Falls!

Here’s the official blurb:
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An Ancient Castle, a Tragic Love, and a Web of Secrets Begins to Unravel…

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary own of Chinon, and promptly disappears—well, that’s Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a thirteenth-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a “treasure of great price.” And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

There is no author writing today who comes closer to Mary Stewart than Susanna Kearsley. (And you all know how I feel about Mary Stewart.) One of the talents both possess is bringing a foreign locale brilliantly to life– and making you wish you were there. Their heroines go on holiday (or take jobs) in remote places, only to stumble on all manner of skullduggery, ancient and modern.

So, for a copy of The Splendour Falls, here’s your question:

If you were a Mary Stewart or Susanna Kearsley heroine, where would you like to go on holiday? (Knowing, of course, that there will be mystery and intrigue and most likely a hero.)

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.



San Antonio– Today!

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

If you’re in San Antonio, come join me today at the Twig Book Shop at 1:00!

I’ll be speaking about That Summer and the Pink books and pretty much anything else you’d like me to talk about it.

Here are the details:

When: July 27, 1:00
Where: The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106

Back to our regularly scheduled give away on Monday….



Houston– Tonight!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

If you’re in the Houston area, come see me, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Beatriz Williams at Murder by the Book at 6:30.

A good time shall be had by all….

When: Thursday, July 24, 6:30
What: Talk & Signing with Susan Elia MacNeal & Beatriz Williams
Where: Murder By the Book, 2342 Bissonnet

I won’t be signing The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, since it’s not out for another week and a half, but I will bring bookplates with me, so you can have one signed and ready for your copy.

If you’d like a signed copy of That Summer, The Ashford Affair, or any of my earlier books, but can’t make it to the event, just call the wonderful folks at Murder by the Book before tonight and they’ll see that it happens!

Next stop? San Antonio on Sunday (Twig Book Shop, 1:00, July 27).



PURPLE PLUMERIA Winner!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The winner of the copy of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria is…

Beth! (Of Comment #19.)

Congrats, Beth! If you contact me with your details, I’ll pop your copy in the mail to you as soon as I get back from Texas next week.

Thanks so much to everyone for participating– and especially to Sharlene for all the lovely Purple Plumeria e-cards!



Texas Tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

If you’re in the Houston area, come see me, Beatriz Williams and Susan Elia MacNeal at Murder by the Book tomorrow (Thursday) night at 6:30.

After Houston, I’ll be heading on to San Antonio where you can find me at the Twig Book Shop at 1:00 on Sunday.

The details are:

Houston, TX

When: Thursday, July 24, 6:30
What: Talk & Signing with Susan Elia MacNeal & Beatriz Williams
Where: Murder By the Book, 2342 Bissonnet

San Antonio, TX
When: Sunday, July 27, 1:00
What: Talk & Signing
Where: Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106

No Dallas this trip, I’m afraid– but I’m very excited to be making my first ever visit to San Antonio!

Since The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla isn’t out yet, I’ll be bringing bookplates to sign.

If you’d like a signed copy of That Summer, The Ashford Affair, or any of my earlier books, but can’t make it to the event, just call the wonderful folks at Murder by the Book before tomorrow evening….



Teaser Tuesday: Colin & Eloise

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Only two weeks to go until The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla… and it just dawned on me that I haven’t shared a scrap of the Colin and Eloise portion of the book!

Here, with just two weeks to go, is the entire, unabridged Prologue (aka the first Colin and Eloise chapter) of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla….

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