Archive for January, 2016

FORGOTTEN ROOM is a New York Times Bestseller!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Karen, Beatriz, and I were celebrating last night, because… we got the news that The Forgotten Room debuted on the New York Times bestseller list!

NYT Forgotten Room

Thank you so much to everyone who helped put The Forgotten Room on the New York Times list. We are beyond thrilled.

We’re still on the road for the next few days, so come and celebrate with us!

Book Miser

If you would like a signed first edition for yourself or a friend but aren’t on the tour route, just contact FoxTale Book Shoppe or one of the other shops on our route. If you already have a copy and would like a signed bookplate, just send a self-addressed stamp envelope with your request to PO Box 623, Roswell, GA 30077.



The Ws go to Georgia! And South Carolina.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The three Ws are in Georgia on the final lap of The Forgotten Room tour! You can find us today:

— at 3:00, for an informal meet and greet at Book Exchange in Marietta;

— at 6:30, for our full performance at FoxTale in Woodstock.

You can also find signed copies of The Forgotten Room at Bookmiser in Roswell, GA (which has the best romance novel section I’ve ever seen), and Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur, GA.

Marietta, GA
Thursday, 3:00
Meet and Greet
Book Exchange
2932 Canton Road

Woodstuck, GA
Thursday, 6:30
Talk & Signing
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street, #138

Tomorrow, we’ll be making our way to South Carolina for a 2:00 signing at Litchfield Books on Pawleys Island.

Pawleys Island, SC
January 29, 2:00
Signing
Litchfield Books
11421 Ocean Hwy

Hope to see you soon!



“The Record Set Right”– On Sale Today!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

English can be a silly language sometimes. My new novella, “The Record Set Right” is both on sale today as in “available for purchase” and on sale today as in “less than the expected price”.

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The Record Set Right“, a sort of mini-novel about a woman’s return to England after sixty-odd years and the memories and revelations she faces, was written for an anthology called Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War, set around Armistice Day in 1918. The anthology officially releases on March 1, but I was absolutely thrilled when they told me that “Record Set Right” would be released early as a “teaser” for the full anthology.

The Record Set Right” is one of those stories that took me by surprise. I’d intended to write something entirely different– but Millie’s voice burst onto the page (you’ll see what I mean when you read the story), and the next thing I knew, I was just being taken along for the ride, from 1980 Kenya to England in the teens and then back to 1980 again.

I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I did!

The Record Set Right is on sale today for 99 cents on both Kindle and Nook.



Florida, Here We Come!

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Karen, Beatriz, and I are heading to Florida for the next lap of the Forgotten Room tour!

You can find us:

— on Monday evening at the Vero Beach Book Center (6:00), and

— on Tuesday evening at Writer’s Block Bookstore (6:30).

Come join us basking in the sun!

Vero Beach, FL
January 25, 6:00
Talk & Signing
Vero Beach Book Center
392 21st Street

Winter Park, FL
January 26, 6:30
Talk & Signing
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 Welbourne Ave



Three Ws in Connecticut!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

There may be a blizzard a-coming, but that doesn’t stop your authors from their appointed routes! (Well, hardly ever.) Beatriz, Karen, and I are going to be beating the blizzard with three events in Connecticut this week:

Thursday, 1/21, 7:00
Greenwich, CT
Panel & Signing
Greenwich Public Library

Friday, 1/22, 11:30
Darien, CT
Talk and Signing (and refreshments!)
Barrett Bookstore
Noroton Heights, 314 Heights Rd

Saturday, 1/23, 3:00
Talk & Signing
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Forgotten Room CT

The weather outside might be frightful, but we’re sure it will be delightful!



Mystery Bundle Winners!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

We have mystery bundle winners!! The two Facebook winners are:

— Vicki E Smith and Susan Pritchett Thomas.

Our website winner is:

— Khadija Shabbir.

Congrats, ladies!! If you email me at willig@post.harvard.edu, I’ll put your bundles in the mail to you.

Happy reading!



NYC– Tonight!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Karen, Beatriz, and I are celebrating the launch of The Forgotten Room tonight at the Corner Bookstore in my native New York City.

Corner Bookstore

What: The Forgotten Room Launch!
When: Tonight! 1/19, 6:00
Where: The Corner Bookstore, 93rd & Madison

Corner Bookstore event

We hope you can come join us!



Happy Book Birthday, FORGOTTEN ROOM

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

I still can’t quite believe this book exists. But it does. And it’s here today.

Happy book birthday, The Forgotten Room!

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Karen, Beatriz, and I first came up with the idea of writing a book together back at a conference in the summer of 2012. (Our original idea was an anthology called Fifty Shades of Plaid. There may have been wine involved.) In March 2014, we sat down at Alice’s Teacup in New York to hash out an idea together. It was my birthday; I had a dreadful cold, a husband on a business trip, and a very cranky eight month old at home. Karen and Beatriz filled me with tea, scones, and cupcakes, and three hours later, we had a book. Or, at least, the idea for a book.

After that, it all seemed to happen very quickly…. We had an outline and sample chapters by the end of April (my bits written sitting on the floor next to my daughter’s stroller, since that was the only way she would nap at the time); a contract by summer; and by September we were off and running. We got together in January of 2015 to finalize the manuscript and all hit the “send” button together– and, a year later, here we are!

Forgotten Room Library Journal

If you want to know more about The Forgotten Room, the writing process, or the history behind the story, come find us on book tour! We’ll be launching the book tonight at the Corner Bookstore in New York, then moving on to stops in Connecticut (Greenwich, Darien, Mohegan Sun), Florida (Vero Beach, Winter Park), Georgia (Gwinnett, Marietta, Woodstock), and South Carolina (Pawley’s Island).

Forgotten Room Tour

If you’d like a signed book, but can’t make it to any of the events, just contact FoxTale or any of the other bookstores on our tour, or send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your request to PO Box 623, Roswell, GA 30077.

Happy reading!



FORGOTTEN ROOM Mystery Bundle Give-Away!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

In honor of MLK Day– and the launch of The Forgotten Room tomorrow– I’m having an impromptu Forgotten Room Mystery Bundle Give Away!

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Over on Facebook, I’m giving away two mystery bundles of five signed books, each with a brand new copy of The Forgotten Room.

But since I remember there being some objections to Facebook-only give aways, I’m doing another Forgotten Room Mystery Bundle Give Away (really, I have to think of catchier names for these things!) over here.

To enter? Simply spread the word about The Forgotten Room in some way and then comment here below. You can share a link to the book or one of the photos below on social media, post the cover on Pinterest, mention the book to a friend, whatever works best for you.

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I’ll choose one winner to receive a mystery bundle. The winner will be announced Tuesday evening– just before our launch event at The Corner Bookstore!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 15th, 2016

With the Forgotten Room tour only a few days away, my mind’s been a bit muddled, so I’ve been taking refuge in some old friends: Jo Beverley’s Winter Fire and St. Raven.

Winter Fire is Georgian (I do love the Georgians) and St. Raven is Regency, but what they both have in common are incredibly sensible heroines. If those heroines get into absurd situations, it’s not from any lack of common sense; it was because it was the best option open at the time. Watching characters do the wrong thing for the right reasons is one of the great joys of my life– so much more satisfying than watching characters doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

Right now, I’m reading a late Victorian Gothic sent to me by a friend: Madeleine Brent’s A Heritage of Shadows, which opens in Montmartre and then dashes on to England and Mexico. I’m enjoying the old school sweep of it and the very engaging first person heroine. So many memories of my Victoria Holt reading days….

What have you been reading this week?

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In other news, The Forgotten Room appears in stores in just three days!

Library Journal just gave The Forgotten Room a starred review, declaring, “Engaging, complex characters and an intriguingly twisty plot of false leads will help readers justify a weekend spent reading, without interruption please! An excellent suggestion for fans of historical fiction, mysteries, and family relationships, all with a hint of romance.”

There’s still time to pre-order your copy– or you can come find us on one of our many tour stops over the next two weeks.

Happy weekend and happy reading!