Monday, February 29th, 2016
First of all, may I say how with how much glee I read all the suggestions for Dorringtons across the ages?
Your comments filled me with joy– and a very Blackadder-esque image of Miles in different eras, accompanied by his trusty sidekick, Turnip. Especially those Cavalier years. Or the outer space/ medieval combo.
The winners of the two hardcover copies of That Summer, chosen by random number generator, are:
— Susan Shaw and bn100!
Congrats, you two! If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.
Henrietta and Miles want to thank everyone for sharing this anniversary month– and the last ten years!– with them. They lift a celebratory ginger biscuit to you!
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
It’s the final contest… of Black Tulip Anniversary Month.
As we bid Miles and Henrietta temporarily farewell (they’re heading off on a tenth honeymoon, since Miles is still trying to make up for botching the first one), it seemed only right to look to the future of the Dorrington family.
As some of you know, one of Henrietta and Miles’s descendants, Nicholas Dorrington, decided to take over a large chunk of my second stand alone novel, That Summer.
Not only did Nicholas have his great-great-great-great-grandparent’s love of ginger biscuits and perpetually floppy hair, he was a fount of information about the quirky characters who had inhabited his family, including the great-grandfather who had lived in sin with an actress (a Shakespearean actress, mind you, not a Gaiety Girl) and eventually married her.
So, for our final contest, here’s your question:
If you could see Dorringtons in either a prequel or sequel, what era would you choose? A medieval Dorrington? A Jazz Age Dorrington? A Dorrington in outer space? (“Luke, I am your ginger biscuit!”)
Two people will be chosen at random to receive a hardcover copy of That Summer. Ginger biscuits not included.
Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Since there were so many more entrants than anticipated– and this is the third Black Tulip Anniversary Month contest– it seemed only fitting to give away three books instead of one.
The winners of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine are:
— Andra (of Comment #12)
— Meredith A (of Comment #29)
— Maria (of Comment #84)
Congrats, all! If you email me at email@example.com, I’ll put your books in the mail to you.
Friday, February 19th, 2016
One of the perks of being an author is getting first crack at new books.
I’ve been reading my way through an embarras d’ARCs. This week, I dug into:
–Alyson Richman’s The Velvet Hours. Do you remember that Paris apartment that was discovered intact a few years ago? It had belonged to Marthe de Florian, a little known Belle Epoque courtesan, and had been abandoned and sealed up in 1939, just as the Nazis were marching into Paris. Alyson Richman takes the contents of that apartment and the few facts known about Marthe de Florian and her granddaughter, Solange, and weaves them into something rich and beautiful. Warning: it packs a very strong emotional punch!
— M.J. Rose’s The Secret Language of Stones. If you’ve read her The Witch of Painted Sorrows, this is the second in her Daughters of La Lune series, about the descendants of a seventeenth century witch who, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, discover their own talents in both art and the occult. Painted Sorrows is set in Belle Epoque France, Secret Language of Stones in Paris in the midst of World War I, painting a vivid picture of a Paris gray with rain and with mourning, as citizens struggle to come to terms with their grief and fear. The heroine, a jeweler, finds herself drawn into the intrigues of a group of Russian emigres– and into secrets of love and magic.
Right now, I’m taking a brief ARC break with a re-read of Georgette Heyer’s Arabella— and then back to the ARC pile!
What have you been reading this week?
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Over the past decade, The Masque of the Black Tulip has made its way around the world, masking itself in a new cover for each new appearance.
US hardcover/ US paperback:
The UK/ French cover (which are surprisingly similar….):
The German/ Dutch covers:
The Russian/ Japanese covers:
The Spanish/ Portuguese covers:
(I’ve only put them in pairs to save space on the page, not out of any grand, organizational scheme.)
Which one do you like best?
One person will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, because Henrietta likes that book. (She gets to give love advice. It’s kind of her thing.)
Monday, February 15th, 2016
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the second Black Tulip Anniversary Month contest! Henrietta and Miles very much appreciate everyone’s assurances of their happy (and gingery) future. They would fill you in on those ten years themselves, but Miles’s mouth is currently full of biscuit crumbs.
The winner of the signed hardcover of The Masque of the Black Tulip is…
Congrats, Mary! If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll put your prize in the mail to you.
Stay tuned for another Black Tulip Anniversary Month contest coming up on Wednesday….
Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Since it’s Black Tulip Anniversary Month, Henrietta and Miles (and I) would like to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day, filled with hearts, flowers, and lots of love, in all its many and varied forms.
As our Valentine’s Day gift to you, here is a short story that I wrote four years ago as a Valentine’s Day gift to my readers: Bunny & Biscuits: A Very Dorrington Valentine’s Day, a quick look-in on Miles and Henrietta on their first Valentine’s Day, as spies once again threaten to disrupt the festivities….
(With many thanks to Miss Eliza for picking the title!)
Just click here to read the (free) story!
Happy reading and happy Valentine’s Day!