Archive for January, 2018

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!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 12th, 2018

It’s been a very seasonal week for me. I finished up a re-read of Trisha Ashley’s A Winter’s Tale, skipped spring, and went straight on to Jamie Brenner’s The Forever Summer, a multi-stranded narrative set in a B&B in Cape Cod about finding family and oneself. Because sometimes you just need a little summer in the middle of winter….

forever summer

But mostly I’ve been running around signing copies of The English Wife!

I’m so grateful to everyone who came out for the launch of The English Wife at the Corner Bookstore in New York this past week, and to the lovely people at all the New York Barnes & Nobles.

Corner Bookstore window Union Square B&N

You can find me tomorrow (Saturday) in Georgia at FoxTale Book Shoppe with Karen White; on Sunday in Scottsdale at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore with Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn; and on Wednesday in Houston at Murder by the Book with Tasha and Deanna (Charlie’s Angels are together again!).

If you would like a signed copy, but can’t make it to any of the tour stops, the good folks at FoxTale, the Poisoned Pen, or Murder by the Book would be more than happy to oblige. If you contact them before my appearance, they’ll have me sign your book while I’m there and then ship it out to you, whether you’re the next county away or in Timbuktu.

If you already have/ have ordered a copy, but would like it signed, just email me at with “Bookplate” in the header, and I will be more than happy to pop a signed bookplate in the mail to you.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Weekly Reading Round-Up….

What have you been reading this week?


Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Psssst…. Do you hear what I hear? It’s The English Wife in audio!

You can listen to an excerpt here:

English Wife Audio

You can find The English Wife audio in CD on Amazon and B&N, and ready for download from all the usual suspects.

Happy listening!

New York– Tonight!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Take advantage of the lull in the dreadful weather and join me tonight at The Corner Bookstore– to celebrate a book set in New York in January in dreadful weather.

Hmmm. Funny how that works.

In any event, there will be wine to warm us, cheese (because wine), and general merriment (because wine and cheese).

Hope to see you tonight!

What: ENGLISH WIFE Book Launch!
When: Tonight! January 9, 6:00
Where: The Corner Bookstore, 93rd & Madison


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

It’s been a long wait, but… The English Wife has finally arrived!

English Wife in snow

According to the reviewers at AAR: The English Wife is a tale of smoke and mirrors. It is a fable of wealth and power set during the 1890s swan song of the Gilded Age. It’s a mystery, a romance, a coming of age story and easily one of the best books you’ll read this year…. Addictive, mesmerizing, engrossing. The English Wife is all of those things and more. I believe this book will be the standard by which people measure all their other reading experiences in 2018.”

You can find The English Wife in hardcover at your favorite local bookstore, at Barnes & Noble, at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s; in e-book on Kindle and Nook; and on audio CD.

If you would like to order a signed and personalized copy, just give a shout to the folks at FoxTale Book Shoppe , The Poisoned Pen , or Murder by the Book and they’ll make it happen!

If you’d like a signed book, but have already ordered your copy, just send me an email at with “Bookplate” in the header, and I’ll pop a signed bookplate in the mail to you.


If you’d like a sneak peek at the first chapter, you can find it here….

If you’d like a visual tour of the many places you’ll visit in The English Wife, just click here!

For a spit-out-your coffee funny GIF version of the synopsis, click here.

To learn more about some of the background material I used to research The English Wife, just drop by Willig Winter at Strange and Random Happenstance.

And for my random ramblings about just about everything, check out my Ask Me Anything over on AuthorsAMA!

Is there anything I’m forgetting?

Oh, yes. If you want to find me on book tour, just check out the Have Author Will Travel panel to your left! I’ll be celebrating at the Corner Bookstore in New York at 6:00 tonight. There will be wine. And cheese. And general merriment. New tour stops are still being added, so check back soon for more locations!

Happy birthday to The English Wife and happy reading to you!

Ask Me Anything!

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

In honor of the release of The English Wife, I’m hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on AuthorsAMA!

If you’re like me, and had never heard of AMA before, it’s a really big Q&A, where anyone can lob in a question. I’ll be taking questions from now until Tuesday– and then all the answers will pop up on Tuesday afternoon.

So head on over to AuthorsAMA and ask me anything you like! I’m going to try to get to as many questions as possible between now and Tuesday. And it’s always fascinating scrolling through and seeing what other people have asked….

THE OTHER DAUGHTER– $1.99 for one day more!

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

What better way to escape the doldrums of winter than with a new haircut, a few smart frocks, and a champagne cocktail?

Come join the London party scene of the summer of 1927 with the heroine of The Other Daughter, Rachel Woodley, while the revels are still going. The Other Daughter is $1.99 on Kindle and Nook through midnight tomorrow, January 8th, at which point it turns back into a pumpkin. Well, maybe not a pumpkin. But it does revert to being $9.99.

Happy reading! And keep an eye out for a chapter from The English Wife at the very end of the new e-edition of The Other Daughter!

Other Daughter Price Drop Card 1