Archive for January, 2018

New Haven on Saturday!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

If you’re in Connecticut, come join me in New Haven for the next stop on the English Wife tour!

I’ll be at the Yale Bookstore on Saturday afternoon to discuss the freezing cold winter of 1899, Gilded Age scandal, the next Three Ws book (cover reveal coming soon!), and anything else you’d like me to talk about.

See you there!

What: Talk & Signing
When: Saturday, February 3, 3:00
Where: The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway, New Haven, CT

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 26th, 2018

When you’re dealing with cranky small people with flu, only comfort re-reads will do.

This week, I resorted to Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook, which passed the test of being just as amusing on a second read. A sci fi/mystery combo, the book follows a woman, highly placed in a top secret paranormal organization, who comes to without her memory and a series of letters from her old self to her new self, apprising her of her duties and warning her that she’s being targeted by a traitor. All I can say is that the writing is brilliantly, tongue-in-cheek, snort-your-honey-and-lemon-tea funny, and if you like the humor of the Pink books, you’ll probably enjoy this.

Also on the list of the week’s comfort reads: Georgette Heyer’s The Quiet Gentleman, in which the earl returns home and is promptly faced with both a very commonsensical heroine and a series of murder attempts. (If you’re going to be targeted by a murderer, it’s good to have a commonsensical heroine about.) It lacks the madcap humor of some of Heyer’s other novels, but there’s something very soothing about the mix of mystery, romance, and Heyer wit.

Right now, I’m just starting Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe, about a struggling actress in New York in 1995. It’s a love letter to a New York I remember well (my senior year of high school!), a New York of hair in scrunchies and tokens for the subway and Caller ID being a new and novel thing. It’s also making me want to binge watch Gilmore Girls. If only I didn’t have a book to write…. Must. Resist. Gilmores.

What have you been reading this week?

Book Tour: February Edition

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Can you believe that February’s just around the corner? Nope. Neither can I.

The English Wife tour continues! In February, you’ll be able to find me in:

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

Marietta, GA
February 9, 6:30
Talk & Signing
with Deanna Raybourn
Mountain View Library
3320 Sandy Plains Road

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

Chicago, IL
February 17, 3:00
Talk & Signing
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street

See you there!

English Wife stacks

Tweet Chat: 12:30 EST Today!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Do you have questions about The English Wife, writing, or the meaning of life? I can’t help with the meaning of life (over to you, Monty Python), but I’ll be chatting about the other two and more today over on Twitter!

The lovely folks at Fresh Fiction will be hosting me for a Tweet chat today at 12:30 EST/11:30 Central. To join in, just head over here.

fresh fiction tweet chat 2

The English Wife was yesterday’s Fresh Fiction fresh pick! Fresh Fiction reviewer Susan Gorman writes, “If you are looking for a suspenseful mystery with intriguing characters, you will love THE ENGLISH WIFE, a real page-turner!” To read the full review, click here.

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Hello from book tour!

One of the best parts of book tour is the long flights. Not because of the airplane coffee or those little cookies in wrappers. No. It’s having five or six uninterrupted hours to read.

As I zigzagged back and forth across the country this week, I read:

— Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, about a family from Cameroon seeking a new life in New York right before the financial crisis, with all the ups and downs that entails. The dialect and the details of immigrant life were fascinating, and the way the story played out in the end was not at all what I had expected;

— Kristan Higgins’s Now That You Mention It. This was my book tour treat to myself. You can never go wrong with a Kristan Higgins novel, and her latest, set on a small island off the coast of Maine, about a doctor returning home to the town she’d fled long ago, was no exception;

— Tana French’s In the Woods. My original copy of this book was purchased from a book vending machine (best idea ever) at Heathrow an insanely long time ago, but I’d loaned it out and never got it back so…. I did wish I didn’t know who dunnit, but the writing and character development was just as beautifully done a second time around.

And now I’m in a book drought! What should I read next? All suggestions welcome….

What have you been reading this week?

If you like Downton Abbey….

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when one starts to yearn for crumpets and tea, acerbic comments from a Dowager Countess, and the antics of the Crawley family.

Bookbub has a list of thirteen new books to alleviate those Downton blues (including The English Wife!).

Adding some older books to the list, I would say, if you like Downton Abbey, you’ll probably like…

— anything by Nancy Mitford, but particularly The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate;

— Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance;

— Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton;

— Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress.

Which books would you recommend for the Downton fan in your life?

Houston– Today!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor icy weather in Houston can keep me, Deanna Raybourn, and Tasha Alexander away from a bookstore!

Come find us tonight at Murder by the Book in Houston, where we’ll be reprising our famed song and dance routine (and, if we have enough cocktails first, possibly even our signature Charlie’s Angels pose). We’ll be talking Victorian manners and mores, Egyptian curses, murdered Knickerbockers, ballet in St. Petersburg– and whatever else you get us started on, really.

See you tonight!

What: Talk & Signing with Tasha Alexander & Deanna Raybourn
Where: Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street
When: Tonight! Wednessday, January 17th, 6:30


Houston– Tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

There is Weather. With a capital W. And not the good kind of “drink with umbrella by the pool” weather.

BUT, as of now, Murder by the Book is planning to be open tomorrow night, and Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, and I are planning to be there to talk books and books and more books.

If that changes, I’ll be sure to let you know. Otherwise, see you in Houston tomorrow night!

Here are the details:

What: Talk & Signing with Deanna Raybourn & Tasha Alexander
Where: Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street
When: Tomorrow! January 17th, 6:30pm

Arizona— Today!

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

I am thrilled to be rejoining two of my favorite people, Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn, today at the legendary Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Come join us at 2:00 to discuss Victorians, murder, and murderous Victorians. There will be books and banter!

What: Talk & Signing
Where: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale
When: Sunday, January 14, 2:00

See you there!

Woodstock, GA– Today!

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Come join me today at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA with my bestie and fellow W, Karen White!

We’ll be talking about The English Wife, The Night the Lights Went Out, our upcoming books, our next collaboration with Beatriz Williams, and just how many sheep jokes you can exchange over text in a twenty-four hour period (hint: a lot).

Where: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E Main Street, Woodstock, GA
When: Saturday, January 13, 1:00
What: Talk & Signing with special guest Karen White!