Archive for December, 2017


Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

As of January, The English Wife will be on the move across the country– and so will I!

You can find me, with various of my favorite author friends, in New York, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, Connecticut, and then Georgia again.

New events are still being added, so keep an eye on the Have Author Will Travel panel! Here’s the itinerary so far:

New York, NY
January 9, 6:00
Talk, Signing, & Party
The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue

Woodstock, GA
January 13, 1:00
Talk & Signing with Karen White
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 E Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ
January 14, 2:00
Talk & Signing
with Tasha Alexander & Deanna Raybourn
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd

Houston, TX
January 17, 6:30
Talk & Signing with Deanna Raybourn
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street

New Haven, CT
February 3, 3:00
Talk & Signing
Yale Bookstore
77 Broadway

Buford. GA
February 10, 3:00
Talk & Signing with Deanna Raybourn
Books for Less
2815 Buford Dr # 108A

If you’d like a signed book, but can’t make it to any events, the wonderful folks at FoxTale, the Poisoned Pen, or Murder by the Book would be delighted to oblige!

Historical Fiction Panel– Tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

If you’re in New York, come join Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse), Camille di Maio (Before the Rain Falls), Lynda Cohen Loigman (The Two-Family House), Alyson Richman (The Velvet Hours), Sally Koslow (The Widow Waltz), and me for a panel about history and fiction! The fun starts at 6:30 and goes on until we run out of things to say.


The details:

When: Tomorrow! Wednesday, 12/13, 6:30 PM
Where: Shakespeare & Co on 69th & Lex
What: Panel & Signing

I won’t have copies of The English Wife yet (that doesn’t come out until January 9th) but I’ll be signing my earlier books and will be sure to bring bookplates– and possibly even some English Wife coasters….

Monday Give Away

Monday, December 11th, 2017

I’ve been working away at revisions on my section of the new Three Ws book (aka the Lusitania Book, aka Title to be Announced Soon!), so for today’s Monday give away, we have… a signed paperback copy of The Forgotten Room!

Here’s the official blurb:

Untitled-1New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century….

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant historical storytellers.

This book is set in three time periods: Gilded Age, 1920s, and World War II. For your chance to win a copy, here’s your question: which of those time periods would you most like to visit?

The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Psssst, just between us, for any Forgotten Room readers out there, you just might see a character from The Forgotten Room pop up in the Lusitania Book….

Monday Give Away Winner!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The winner of my copy of Madame Tussaud is…

Mel Parraga! (Of Comment #11.)

Congrats, Mel! If you send me a message, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy!

And stay tuned for another give away next Monday….

Book of the Month!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

I am so thrilled to announce that The English Wife is a Book of the Month Club selection for December!

Book of the Month Club Book of the Month Book Mail

It makes me so happy to see The English Wife there in such good company. And check out this fun infographic the Book of the Month Club people made!

Book of the Month Infographic

The English Wife will be making its official debut on January 9th. You can pre-order your copy now in hardcover, e-book, or audio from all of the usual suspects– and if you’d like to give it as a holiday gift, check out FoxTale Book Shoppe‘s special English Wife holiday pre-order.

Monday Give Away Returns!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

I’ve been cleaning out my bookshelves, which means… it’s time to bring back Monday Give Away!

For this Monday, I give you Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud, a look at the French Revolution through the eyes of the famed worker in wax.

Here’s the official blurb:

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king’s sister is so impressed that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away
from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

For a chance to win my spare copy of Madame Tussaud, here’s your question: what’s your favorite novel or movie set during the French Revolution?

The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Happy December!

There’s something about that post-Thanksgiving lull (and working on revisions) that just calls for comfort reading. For me, that means mysteries and British chick lit.

I dipped into Laurie King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series with A Monstrous Regiment of Women and A Letter of Mary, in the latter of which one of my absolute favorite characters from another series (ahem, Lord Peter Wimsey, ahem) makes a surprise guest appearance.

Of course, I was so happy to see him there, that I hopped over to the Dorothy Sayers section of my shelves for a re-read of The Nine Tailors, which isn’t my favorite Wimsey (that would be the Harriet Vane ones, especially Gaudy Night), but has the benefit of having been re-read less recently.

Now I’m into my seasonal British chick lit reading, starting with Trisha Ashley’s The Magic of Christmas. My two favorites are A Winter’s Tale and The Twelve Days of Christmas, both of which will probably show up here later this month. Because ’tis the Season….

What have you been reading this week?