Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Five! Five Pink books! Meet Pink V, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine.
Who: Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, Duke of Dovedale
When: Winter, 1803-4
What: Innocent and bookish Charlotte finds herself swept up in a web of intrigue stretching from the Hell Fire Club to the court of George III.
Historical Cameos: George III, Queen Charlotte
Fun facts about The Temptation of the Night Jasmine:
— Charlotte is the heroine based most closely on me. Or, at least, on me as I remembered myself being as an eighteen year old freshman at college, naive, optimistic, and inclined to use books, particularly Fanny Burney’s Evelina, as a guide to the intricacies of human nature. This did not always work well.
— The entire Hellfire Club plot is the fault of Victoria Holt’s Secret for a Nightingale, which was one of my favorite books as a pre-teen. Although for those wanting to know more about the actual Hellfire Clubs, which turned out to be even more complex and interesting than I had imagined, I recommend Geoffrey Ashe’s The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality.
My favorite scene from Night Jasmine? As much as I love Robert and Charlotte, I’m going to go with an Eloise one here. The scene I had the most fun writing was Eloise’s conversation with her ridiculous friend, Pammy, as Pammy explains her system for comparing eligible men to ice cream flavors.
What’s your favorite scene from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine?
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
It has been a glorious week for The Temptation of the Night Jasmine all around. With only one week left to go until the Official Release Day (January 22nd!), the happy reviews have been pouring in.
Romantic Times named Night Jasmine a Top Pick, enthusing, “Witty, smart, carefully detailed and highly entertaining, Willig’s latest is an inventive, addictive novel.” Huzzah!
Meanwhile, over at All About Romance, the marvelous LinnieGayl writes that she “enjoyed [Night Jasmine] a great deal”, and gives a special thumbs up to the strong friendship between Charlotte and Henrietta. I’m sure Henrietta would approve.
Finally, in my personal favorite, the sort of review to warm the deepest cockles of a writer’s heart, Debora of The Romance Readers Connection writes, “The characters, romance, history, action and adventure, and most of all the wonderful writing, makes THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE a superior and definite page-turning reading experience. After a long reading slump, THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE brought back the magic of reading”.
Many, many thanks to all! There will be more Night Jasmine excitement in the days to come. In fact, I feel like I should do something fun here on the website to celebrate its official birthday next Thursday. Any ideas?
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
The time has come. The final ARC is ready to leave home. But to whom will it go?
And the very last of the Night Jasmine ARCs goes to….
… Jody (of Comment #55)!
Thanks so much to everyone for swinging by these past five Tuesdays. Even though the ARCs are gone, this was such fun that I may have to think of something equivalent to take its place. Not every Tuesday, since I’m not sure I can come up with that many trivia questions over an extended period of time, but once a month, perhaps?
Meanwhile, for all of you Penelope partisans out there, I am happy to announce that the next book, cleverly titled Pink VI, does indeed feature Charlotte’s restless friend. I’ll have more on that once Night Jasmine is safely launched into the world.
Thanks for sharing my Tuesdays– and ARCs– with me!
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
There is one last, lonely ARC of Night Jasmine sitting on my kitchen chair. Forlorn and bereft without its brethren, it needs a good home.
So, for the last ARC of Night Jasmine, here’s our final Tuesday question:
Which Pink Carnation character would you most like to see star in his/her own book?
Check back here on Wednesday for the announcement of the Winner of the Last ARC!
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
As you so cunningly guessed, the name of Eloise’s little sister is, in fact, Jillian. Despite being nineteen– or, perhaps, because of it– Jillian considers herself worlds more mature than her older sister and doles out advice accordingly.
I was greatly moved by the argument that a Jillian ought to win for a Jillian. But the power of eeny meeny miney moe cannot be gainsaid, so today’s randomly chosen winner, while indeed a J name, is not a Jillian, but a… Joanna! (Of Comment #32). Congratulations, Joanna!
Many thanks to all who participated! Elissa, thank you for guessing another name, just to liven up the list of comments. I promise I’ll come up with something a wee bit less monotonous for the final contest next Tuesday….
See you next week, same time, same place!
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
As a tribute to my own little sister, who so ably took over last week’s trivia contest, here is this week’s Pink Carnation trivia question:
What is the name of Eloise’s little sister?
Hint: The answer can be found in the Prologue to Night Jasmine.
As always, the winner will be announced here on Wednesday! Happy guessing….
Thursday, November 27th, 2008
First off, a huge thanks to the talented and brilliant Brooke who so deftly ran the Tuesday Trivia contest for me while I was off on my top secret research mission (despite the, cough, insinuations about the purpose of my trip. Hmph). Thank you, Brookiefly, for minding the homefront! And congrats to Amy, the winner of the third Night Jasmine ARC. Two more to go!
Meanwhile, I just wanted to pop in with a special Thanksgiving treat: an extra preview chapter of Night Jasmine.
Since that preview chapter can only occupy one for so long, I’ve also posted a list of some of my favorite books, organized, somewhat eccentrically, by genre and time period.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
More happy, happy news! That extra happy isn’t just for extra happiness, but because this week brought not one, but two more rave reviews for Night Jasmine, one from Library Journal, which gave glowing notices to “[a]nother well-written chapter” in the Pink series and the other from Kirkus, which decreed that “[s]mart characters of both genders, fast-paced plotting and a dash of self-conscious humor make this installment a winner”. Huzzah!
Kirkus further made my day with this comment: “Willig, a Harvard-educated historian, mixes pitch-perfect period details with lighthearted romance for a fresh take on the genre”. I knew I went to grad school for a reason.
Add in last week’s Publishers Weekly review, and you have what my editor has happily proclaimed “a trifecta of wonderful reviews”.
Good things clearly come in threes.
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
For those curious about the painting we’ve been discussing below, the detail on the Night Jasmine cover was taken from a painting by Charles Sillem Lidderdale called At the Garden Gate.
You can see the full painting on the Fine Art Photographic Library website.
Our anonymous lady (let’s just call her Charlotte, shall we?) is standing at a garden gate, which is very appropriate in the context of the book. I can’t quite make out what she’s holding, but it looks like she has a key in one hand and a flower in the other…. Or is that a note tied in a ribbon?
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
Thank you so much for your fascinating and insightful comments on the cover of Night Jasmine.
Frankly, I get a lot more out of the picture now than I did before. I love the interplay that some found between title and picture, perceiving the lady on the cover as weighing the moral dilemma of the titular temptation. And I’m very intrigued by Tamar’s point that the same reserve that marks out this lady as a potential wallflower in a gentleman would be called “enigmatic” and perceived as dashing. After all, think about how many Regency heroes we know spend their lives propping up mantelpieces and staring sardonically into the crowd, thus garnering whispered compliments and feminine flutters without ever having to utter a word.
But I digress. Again.
The randomly chosen winner for this week’s web contest is… Ariana. Congrats, Ariana!
There are still three more ARCs to go after this, so stay tuned!