Archive for January, 2015

Ask the Author Day!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means… it’s Ask the Author Day over at the Bubblebath Reader!

This month was Mischief of the Mistletoe month over at the Bubblebath Reader, so if you have any questions or comments about Turnip, Arabella, and the gang, just pop over there and post them in the Comments section of the Ask the Author post and I’ll be by later in the afternoon to answer them.

Mistletoe_cvr Mistletoe Paperback



Panel with Sarah MacLean and Jennifer Robson: Saturday!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

If you’re in Connecticut or thereabouts, come join me and the lovely Sarah MacLean and Jennifer Robson this Saturday evening at RJ Julia in Madison, CT for a panel about historical fiction– and whatever else you’d like us to talk about!

Here are the details:

What: Panel and signing with Sarah MacLean and Jennifer Robson.

When: Saturday, January 31, 5:00
Where: RJ Julia, 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison CT.

Hope to see you there!

If you miss us on Saturday, don’t worry…. You can find all three of us together again on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 at the Barnes & Noble in the Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick, NJ.

sarah cover manzanilla Robson That Summer (3)



THE OTHER DAUGHTER: New Publication Date

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Mark your calendars! The publication date for my next stand alone novel, The Other Daughter, is now July 21, 2015.

Here’s the official blurb:

The Other Daughter Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in the 1920s in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages—all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He’s an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life: a debutante, much photographed, and engaged to a rising Tory MP. Rachel’s cousin confirms the horrible truth: her father is alive, with a legitimate, acknowledged family. Which makes Rachel…not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past—even her very name—is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel enters into an uneasy alliance with a mysterious man-about-town, who promises her access to her father. With his help, Rachel sets herself up in Roaring Twenties London under a new identity and insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father’s perfidy and bring his—and her half-sister’s—charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn’t as simple it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister’s fiancé.

From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times Best Selling novel The Ashford Affair, comes The Other Daughter, a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge.

The Other Daughter is available for pre-order from Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Powell’s, and wherever else books are sold.

You can also find it for pre-order on Kindle and Nook.

Audio CDs are available for pre-order from Amazon and B&N.

Excerpt coming soon!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Since I’m judging for a contest, most of this week’s reading falls into the “classified” category.

But I can tell you that I finally read Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book, about a grad student thrown back into the (fourteenth century) past and an epidemic in the present. So compelling but so very, very emotionally draining.

Right now, I’m just starting on Laura Resnick’s Disappearing Nightly, a gift from my college roommate, who informed me that it was like vintage Elizabeth Peters, but with magic (and, yes, yes it is, and just what I needed). I also have Jennifer Robson’s new historical novel, After the War Is Over, in the queue.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 16th, 2015

I’ve finished off my Kestrel-a-thon with Whom the Gods Love and The Devil in Music (so brilliantly done!), and now I’m finally starting a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages: Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book, about a grad student dropped back in time to the fourteenth century. (Every historian’s dream, right?)

What have you been reading this week?



A Decade of Pink!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

This February marks ten years since the first Pink Carnation book, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, came into the world.

Pink 1 cover Pink I ARC Pink I Mass Market

How did that happen?!?!

That seems to call for some sort of celebration, doesn’t it? I hearby officially declare February Pink anniversary month here on the website. I’ll have some of the Pink Carnation comics that Joanne Renaud drew for the fifth anniversary of Pink up for grabs, and, of course, books, books, books. There are a shocking number of Pink books in my closet, in any number of editions and languages, and it only seems right that some of them find a way from my closet to yours.

What else would you like to see here on the site for Pink Carnation Anniversary Month?

Also, if anyone feels like contributing a guest post, just let me know!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 9th, 2015

From Georgette Heyer, it was an easy hop to another set of old favorites: Kate Ross’s Julian Kestrel mysteries, Cut to the Quick and A Broken Vessel. These Regency-set mysteries are pitch-perfect when it comes to both setting and character and it makes me terribly sad to know that there will never be more than four. No one writes Regency mystery quite like Kate Ross….

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. I nearly forgot to mention: it’s Mischief of the Mistletoe month on The Bubblebath Reader! Want to chat about Turnip, Arabella, and the myriad uses of Christmas pudding? Just pop over there to join the discussion….



Hello, Connecticut and New Jersey!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Are you in the Tri-State Area? Over the next month, I’ll be doing one event in Connecticut and one in New Jersey, both with the lovely Sarah MacLean and Jennifer Robson.

Here are the details:

What: Panel and signing with Sarah MacLean and Jennifer Robson!

When: Saturday, January 31, 5:00
Where: RJ Julia, 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison CT.

When: Wednesday, February 4, 7:00
Where: Barnes & Noble, Brunswick Square Mall, 753 New Jersey 18 #318

Hope to see you there!

sarah cover manzanilla Robson That Summer (3)



More fun with foreign editions!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

That Summer comes out in Germany under the title Der gestohlene Sommer on March 27th (the day before my birthday!)

What do you think of the cover?

That Summer Germany

It goes rather nicely with the German cover for The Ashford Affair, no?

Ashford Germany

We’ll see That Summer here in the U.S. (and Canada) in paperback on May 19, rapidly followed by the hardcover of Stand Alone #3, The Other Daughter, on June 2.

That Summer Paperback The Other Daughter



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year, all!

As I prepare to plunge into Pink XII, it seemed eminently appropriate to round out the old year and ring in the new with Georgette Heyer. I re-read two old favorites: The Talisman Ring and The Nonesuch, both of which have quite sensible heroines and some excellent comic side characters.

What were your last books of the old year?