Archive for September, 2015

En français!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip are now available en français!


Pink I French Black Tulip French

Does anyone recognize those covers from somewhere else?

If you’re looking for more en français, you can find The Ashford Affair, aka Ashford Park, in both trade paperback and en poche.

Ashford France Ashford France paperback

Teaser Tuesday: Upcoming Books

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Now that the nip of fall is finally in the air and the double book releases of the summer behind me, it seemed like a good time to look forward to the year (and the books) ahead.

Here’s the publication schedule for 2016!

— January 19, 2016: The Forgotten Room (with Karen White & Beatriz Williams)
— March 1, 2016: Fall of Poppies (novella)
— July 12, 2016: The Other Daughter (paperback)

FR_options_type.indd FallofPoppiesREV2 The Other Daughter

My next solo stand alone novel is scheduled for summer 2017. I’ll be talking more about that book here soon.

But for now, back to my writing cave!

Monday Give Away: Alsworthys and Unicorns and India, Oh My!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Every time I think I’ve rounded up all available author copies, another batch appears, this time a pile of the paperback edition of Pink III, The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

There are various subgroupings within the Pink series. The series can be broken up in all sorts of ways, whether it’s tracing the rise and fall of the Black Tulip (The Masque of the Black Tulip, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, and The Seduction of the Crimson Rose), the Paris duo (The Orchid Affair and The Garden Intrigue), Fitzhugh Family Fun (The Mischief of the Mistletoe and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla), or what I privately term the Reidiad, the three books involving members of the Reid family: The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, and The Lure of the Moonflower.

For me, another one of those subgroups is the quartet formed by Emerald Ring, Crimson Rose, Night Jasmine, and Blood Lily. They’re set up in strophe and antistrophe: Letty and Mary, Charlotte and Penelope. In each set, the first one an antagonistic pair of sisters, the second one mismatched friends, each has to break away from the role imposed upon her by the other in order to find her true place in the world.

Emerald Paperback Crimson Rose paperback Pink V Cover Blood Lily Paperback

So, with that very long-winded introduction, I have three sets of the Troubled Friendship Quartet up for grabs!

For a chance to win the books above, here’s your question:

— Who do you feel for the most: practical Letty, ambitious Mary, lost-in-a-book Charlotte, or rebellious Penelope?

Winners will be chosen at random on Thursday.

Forgotten Room ARCs

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Forgotten Room is starting to look like a book!

Forgotten Room ARC

This copy showed up on my doorstep last night– and one could appear on yours. Penguin is giving away twenty-five advance copies of The Forgotten Room on Goodreads right now.

To enter, just go to the Forgotten Room page on Goodreads and click the “Enter Giveaway” link. The contest ends on October 9th.

Good luck!

UK Edition Pink Carnation Winners!

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The winners of the UK editions of Books I through V of the Pink Carnation series are….

— Lauren D. of Comment #70
— Lynne Hastings of Comment #80

Congrats, Lauren and Lynne! If you email me at and let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! I’ll have another give away coming your way here on the website next Monday.


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

It’s time for the final installment of Ask the Author over on the Bubblebath Reader!

Do you have questions about The Lure of the Moonflower? (Or anything else?) I’ll be over at the Bubblebath Reader, telling all.

There is also a lovely Lure of the Moonflower mug, designed by Miss Eliza, which will be awarded to one lucky participant.

Lure of the Moonflower_deeper sky2 Moonflower Mug

Since many will be off-line today for Yom Kippur, we’re making this a two day party. Stop by the Bubblebath Reader any time today or tomorrow to join in!

Teaser Tuesday: A New Cover!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Forgotten Room has a new cover!


Admittedly, it looks a lot like the old cover.

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Every book has its own unique challenges when it comes to designing a cover. In this case, we were three authors writing a single novel. How to convey that The Forgotten Room is a novel rather than an anthology? By swapping our names on the top for the title on the top, the art department is signaling that it’s a single story, not a collection.

Only four more months until The Forgotten Room!

Monday Give Away

Monday, September 21st, 2015

I have found more books.

I know. It’s insane, isn’t it? Just when I think I’ve reached the bottom of the stock of author copies, another box turns up. This time? UK editions.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we’re just going to have to keep doing give aways. How long these will go on, I can’t say. Possibly until the elves who are replenishing that stack of boxes get bored or go back to their assigned shoemaker or whatever it is closet elves are actually supposed to be doing.

Where was I before I got distracted by elves? Oh, right. UK editions.

In a tape-wrapped box in the back of the closet, I discovered the UK editions of Pink Carnation, Black Tulip, Emerald Ring, Crimson Rose, Night Jasmine, and Mistletoe:

Pink England blacktulipengland Emeraldringengland Crimson UK Night Jasmine UK Mistletoe UK

I have two stacks of UK editions to give away. (One with Mistletoe, one sans Mistletoe, since Turnip appears to have wandered off somewhere, possibly into another, as yet undiscovered, box.)

For a stack of UK Pink books, here’s your question:

— Which cover do you like best?

I’ll choose two winners by random number generator and announce the results here on Thursday.

As Colin would say, “Cheers!”

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, September 18th, 2015

I’ll admit it. I’m in a bit of a book slump.

I’ve resorted to reading less liked books by favorite authors: Angela Thirkell’s Before Lunch (1930s English village antics) and Elsie Lee’s The Curse of Carranca (1960s romantic suspense).

Laura Resnick’s Esther Diamond books and Ben Aaronvitch’s Rivers of London series got me through the spring, but I’m all caught up on both and hunting for something new.

Have you stumbled on anything recently that caught your imagination? All suggestions welcome!

Mid-Pink Winners

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

What with one thing and another, I’ve been offline a great deal recently, so I’m behind in replying to emails and posts, but just want to send a big hello and hug out to everyone who has contacted me. I’ll catch up soon, I promise!

In the meantime, the winners of the mid-Pink collection are…

— Azurina, of Comment #65
— Vivian, of Comment #6
— Rita, of Comment #57

Congrats, all! If you email me at and let me know where to send them, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.

Since I’ve discovered such a lot of books there will be contests on Monday for the foreseeable future. So if you didn’t win, stay tuned for more Monday give aways!