Archive for March, 2018

THE GLASS OCEAN– coming September 4!

Monday, March 26th, 2018

I’m thrilled to officially announce the title of the next WWW collaboration! The book formerly known as the Lusitania Book is, in fact…

The Glass Ocean!

You can find an exclusive cover reveal and give away today on Great Thoughts, Great Readers.

Here’s the official blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

The Glass Ocean is available for pre-order in hardcover from Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Powells, and your favorite local bookseller; and in e-form on Kindle, Nook, and wherever else e-books are sold.

More about The Glass Ocean coming soon!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

I’ve been chugging away on the new book (well, a slow chug, but still a chug), so there hasn’t been terribly much reading time this week. But, when I can, I’ve been sneaking away to steal a chapter or two of Anthony Horowitz’s murder mystery, The Word is Murder, in which the author inserts himself as a protagonist in the story, shadowing a grumpy detective around London.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Where on earth has this week gone? Between the Barbados book and final proofs (!!) for the next Three Ws’ book (more on that soon!), I’ve been reading the second DI Manon Bradshaw novel, Persons Unknown, in fits and starts.

But I have a lovely, large care package of books that was just sent to me by one of my very favorite people (hi, Vicki!), so I’ll hopefully have lots more to share soon. And now back to that Barbados book….

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! This week, Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and I were hard at work plotting the third Three Ws novel (and maybe a bit of outlet shopping). But I did have a couple of lovely, long flights for reading time.

This week, I discovered a new to me author, Susie Steiner, and her Manon Bradshaw series, starting with Missing, Presumed, about a missing Cambridge grad student. For fellow fans of British procedurals, it’s a bit like reading Scott and Bailey or DCI Banks.

Right now, I’m reveling in Susan Elia MacNeal’s upcoming Maggie Hope book, The Prisoner in the Castle. More about that soon! But think Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None plus remote Scottish castle plus Maddie Hope. (Equals “why do I have to put this down to write my own book?”)

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

With a Nor’easter howling outside the window, it would be a perfect day to hunker down with a book or two (if only there weren’t, well, life to attend to– hello, umbrella and boots!).

This week, I finally read Kate Moretti’s The Blackbird Season, set in a dying Pennsylvania mill town and the scandal that explodes when a teacher is accused of sleeping with a student. But did he? And where is that student now?

Right now, I’m reading another Sarah Addison Allen book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, in which a teenager goes back to her mother’s hometown and discovers all sorts of secrets (and also cake). Now that I’ve discovered these, I’m trying to pace myself and space them out, when what I really want to do is gobble them up one right after the other.

Weather permitting (cross fingers, knock on wood), I’ll be hopping on a plane at dawn tomorrow to join Beatriz Williams and Karen White in our latest bat cave to plot the third Three Ws book! So there will (hopefully) be lots of lovely airplane reading time. What should I load on my kindle, folks?

What have you been reading this week?



Ready… Set… Peep!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

It’s March today, which means… it’s Pinkorama time!

Yes, that’s right: it’s the 8th Annual Pinkorama (aka Pink Carnation Peep Diorama) Contest.

Rossio Square 2 General Junot and floozies Kayse 2

The rules are simple: using those sugary, marshmallowy goodies (Peeps), recreate your favorite scene from any one of my books, novellas, or short stories. There are the Pink books, for Napoleonic Peeps; The English Wife, for Gilded Age Peep (so much gold sugar!); The Ashford Affair, just in case you feel like going Edwardian Peep, 1920s Peep, or Kenya Peep; That Summer, for Victorian Peep and Pre-Raphaelite Peep (or Dorrington Descendant Peep); The Other Daughter, for Bright Young Peeps; or The Forgotten Room, for New York Peeps throughout the ages.

Two L (disillusioned law student Peep), “A Night at Northanger” (ghost hunter Peep), and “The Record Set Right” (World War I or modern Peep) are also fair game.

Okay, so the title is a little misleading. I guess it’s really more appropriately a Willigorama at this point? But that doesn’t sound nearly so catchy as Pinkorama, so Pinkorama it remains.

Once your Peep creation is complete, take a picture (or pictures) of your Pinkorama and email them to me at willig@post.harvard.edu with “Pinkorama” in the subject line.

The deadline for the Pinkorama is Thursday, April 5th. I’ll post all the Pinkoramas here on the website and open it up to general voting.

As for the prize….

The runners up will receive signed hardcover copies of The English Wife.

The winner will receive an ARC of the next Three Ws novel, aka The Lusitania Book, aka Title Reveal Coming Soon. (To be mailed as soon as those ARCs arrive.)

If you’re seeking Peep inspiration, check out 2017’s and 2016’s peeptastic entries or the Pinkorama Gallery!

Let the sugary fun begin!