Archive for November, 2017

ENGLISH WIFE Holiday Pre-Order

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Small Business Saturday may be over, but it’s always time to be grateful to the independent bookstores in our lives!

I owe special thanks to FoxTale Book Shoppe, which has made it possible to give the gift of The English Wife these holidays. If you order from FoxTale now, your giftee will be sent a card and two English Wife coasters in December, with the book itself to follow in January.

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Or, of course, you can always order one for yourself!

Just head over to the FoxTale English Wife pre-order page to order now….

Thanks, FoxTale!


Monday, November 20th, 2017

Need a break from turkey prep? Come join me in the nightclubs of Jazz Age London with Rachel Woodley and the enigmatic gossip columnist Simon Montfort.

For a limited time, the e-version of The Other Daughter is $1.99!

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The best bit? In the back of the new e-book of The Other Daughter is a preview of my upcoming novel, The English Wife.

You can find The Other Daughter for $1.99 on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Google from now until January 8th, and, just for today, as the Nook Daily Find.

Here’s the official blurb:

Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty 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 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 a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge.

Happy reading!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, November 17th, 2017

There’s something about crisp fall weather and new (or new to me) books that just go together. This week, I’ve dipped into:

— Laurie King’s Pirate King. I leapt over several intervening books to get to this one, but how could any lifelong Pirates of Penzance fan resist the lure of Pirates AND Mary Russell? For context, the very first show I ever saw on Broadway was the Keven Klein Pirates of Penzance when I was four years old– after which I regularly embarrassed my parents by stripping to my frilly petticoat at parties, announcing I was Mabel, and warbling “Poor Wand’ring One”. Sadly, singing G&S songs at parties is not a habit that has entirely gone away with age. I do still have to go back and read the earlier books in the series, but this one can absolutely be read out of order, and is a great deal of tongue and cheek fun. Highly recommended for other fans of G&S and for Miss Gwen, who would have adored Mary Russell. (By a Miss Gwen definition of “adore”, i.e. grimly approve.)

— Louise Miller’s The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, about a purple-haired pastry chef from Boston who relocates to a small inn in rural Vermont. They had me at the blurb that said, “Okay, it’s Gilmore Girls.”

And now I’m thinking about doubling back and reading Book 2 in Laurie King’s Mary Russell series…

What have you been reading this week?

Historical Fiction Panel, December 13th, NYC

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Will you be in New York on December 13th? Come join the Historical Dream Team at Shakespeare & Co!

I’m so excited to be joining Fiona Davis, Camille Di Maio, Lynda Loigman, Alyson Richman, and Sally Koslow to discuss history, fiction, inspiration, and why historical fiction matters so much today.

(Because I always wanted to flirt with men in knee breeches? Hmmm, must devise better answer.)

There won’t be copies of The English Wife yet, but they will have copies of my earlier books for sale (books always make excellent holiday gifts!) and I will bring bookplates, postcards, and possibly even a few English Wife coasters to give away….


The details:

What: Historical Fiction Panel & Signing
When: December 13, 6:30
Where: Shakespeare & Co, 69th & Lex
Why: Because the weather outside might be frightful, but the company will be delightful?

Hope to see you there!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, November 10th, 2017

When the weather gets crisp and the sky begins to go gray at four, it makes me think– well, yes, of London, but also of the New York of twenty-odd years ago, the scarred dark woodwork and nubby blue chairs of my school’s library, and the books I read in those chairs: Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Barbara Michaels, Dorothy Cannell, Elsie Lee. The combination of a certain type of weather and a certain type of book (ahem, Thornyhold, ahem) is like a time capsule, hurtling me right back to where I was when I first read them.

This week I took the time machine back with two Mary Stewart novels: Nine Coaches Waiting and The Moon-Spinners.

Nine Coaches Waiting is hard to categorize for me. In some ways, it’s the archetypal Gothic, with a governess heroine, first person narrator, and a chateau. But the chateau isn’t the least bit brooding, the Jane Eyre references are firmly tongue in cheek, and the narration is strongly common-sensical. It’s really more romantic suspense than pure Gothic, lacking most of the dark trappings. Either way, it’s one of my favorite books of all time and a constant re-read.

The Moon-Spinners belongs to what I think of as the Mary Stewart travelogue sub-category. Take heroine, place her in picturesque landscape (in this case, Crete), let skullduggery ensue. Of her Greece-set books, my favorite has always been My Brother Michael, so it’s been fun to rediscover The Moon-Spinners after a long gap.

What have you been reading this week? (And do you have a favorite Mary Stewart?)

Give the Gift of THE ENGLISH WIFE

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The English Wife may not come out until January, but it still makes an excellent present for the holidays! Here’s how…

If you pre-order it from FoxTale Book Shoppe, a card will be sent to the recipient in December telling them that a signed copy of The English Wife has been reserved in their name. There’s even a place on the pre-order form where you can tell them just what you’d like me to write in the inscription. Then, in January, your chosen recipient(s) will receive their signed books.

Even better? If you pre-order before Thanksgiving, the recipient will get, not just a card, but also a set of English Wife coasters.


Of course, you’re also welcome to pre-order for yourself and get the coasters!

You can find all the details here, on the FoxTale pre-order page. Because it’s never too soon to start thinking about those December gifts….

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Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

My Halloween treat this year was re-reading Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, which was, impossibly, even better on a second read. I never thought I’d love anything as much as Simone St. James’s 1920s ghost stories (Because, 1920s. And ghost stories. Enough said.), but this modern/1950s dual timeline story is even better. It comes out in March, so snatch it up when it appears!

I felt like I gave Halloween short shrift this year (usually I do more theme reading), so I followed that up with a suggestion from the comments here and read Donna Andrews’s Lord of the Wings, a Halloween entry in her Meg Langslow series set in murder-beset Caerphilly, VA. That place is beginning to rival Midsomer County or Cabot Cove for body count! I lost track of the series a while ago (if you haven’t read it yet, the first one, Murder with Peacocks, is excellent and still snort-out-loud funny), but Meg’s world is easy to hop in and out of, even when you’ve missed, oh, ten books or so along the way.

Right now, I’ve succumbed to one of my periodic Mary Stewart urges and am re-reading one of my all time favorite books, Nine Coaches Waiting, which is and will always be the perfect Gothic novel.

After that… something new, I think. But I’m not sure what yet.

What have you been reading this week?

Bonjour, “L’Autre Héritière”!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The Other Daughter makes her French debut today!

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Bonjour, L’Autre Héritière!

If you happen to be abroad, and catch a glimpse of L’Autre Héritière in the wild, snap a picture and send it my way. The first two Pink books and The Ashford Affair were discovered boozing it up in Burgundy this summer.

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I can’t even imagine what The Other Daughter might be getting up to abroad….