Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (okay, so it was 2008– but it feels like a galaxy far, far away), I decided it would be fun to write a novella as a holiday gift to my readers.
So I did.
I posted the novella in serial form on the website, chapter by chapter, largely to give myself time to finish it.
The story follows Amy and Richard (and Eloise and Colin) as they spend their very first Christmas together, with good cheer, mince pies, a few attempts at caroling, and, of course, French spies.
Here, once again, as my holiday gift to you, is the one and only Pink Carnation Christmas novella, Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas, free here on the website. Just follow the links at the end of each chapter to get to the next chapter.
Need some more mistletoe and mayhem? You can also find some rather substantial Ivy & Intrigue outtakes here.
Happy holidays from everyone at Selwick Hall!
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
You all are wonderful. Reading your reactions to the Ivy & Intrigue outtakes made my day.
I wish I could give a copy of Ivy & Intrigue to everyone, but since I can’t, the novella goes to…
… Kiley! (of Comment #15)
Congrats, Kiley! Just email me with your snail mail and I’ll pop the novella in the mail to you.
In the meantime, the holiday contest to pick the next Pink bonus chapter is still up and running, so if you haven’t voted yet, stop on by and weigh in!
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
In honor of the holiday season, I’ll be giving away one copy of the print version of Ivy & Intrigue.
Below, resurrected from the archives, are the Ivy & Intrigue outtakes. Which is your favorite?
Monday, November 28th, 2011
Christmas came early for me. Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas is #1 on Amazon’s Regency bestseller list!
Thanks so much to everyone who put it there!
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
I have just discovered that the print versions of both Ivy & Intrigue and Two L are part of Amazon’s four for three deal– buy four eligible items, get the least expensive free.
This makes me think fondly of my year in England and the Waterstone’s three-for-two deals. I discovered Forever Amber and Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island that way….
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
There’s something of a book pile-up on my kitchen table right now. Not only are there ten copies of the book version of Ivy & Intrigue, just waiting to find a good home, but a surprise package arrived yesterday, containing ARCs (advance review copies) of The Garden Intrigue.
What to do?
I need an equitable means of distribution, which means it’s contest time. Does anyone have any brilliantly fabulous contest ideas?
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Late breaking news: Two L is now available in book form! You can order it directly from Amazon.
I also have a surprise to announce. Several people have asked me for a paper version of Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas. Once I got the hang of the self-publication platform for Two L… well, there you go.
We now have Ivy & Intrigue in book form!
(The only fly in my publication ointment is that the books are pricier than I would have liked them to be. Two L is $9.99 and Ivy & Intrigue $6.99. The reason for this is the nature of the self-publication program, which sets a production fee based on the number of pages in the books. So I’d like to emphasize that Ivy & Intrigue is, as always, free here on the website and that both books are available for far less in e-form.)
Saturday, July 30th, 2011
My redoubtable web mistress has just made a number of additions to the website.
In addition to the Printable Book List and the Recommended Reading Order, you can now find a Pink Cheat Sheet on the Books page, listing the who, what, where and when of each book. Because, let’s face it, once you get to the ninth book in a series (coming February 16!), these details can start to blur a bit.
The Pink Carnation Comics, drawn by Joanne Renaud to celebrate the reissue of Pink I last year, now have their own permanent home on the Diversions page.
(Speaking of the Pink Carnation comics, I’ll be holding a contest for signed and numbered prints this fall, to celebrate the special Read Pink edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, coming out September 27th. The Read Pink program, run by Penguin books, benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More on that– and the Pink comics giveaway– soon.)
Back to the website, you’ll find a new article and video interview on the Bio page and links to the Pink short fiction, Ivy & Intrigue and Away in a Manger, on the Books page.
As always, if there’s anything else you want to see here on the website, just let me know!
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
While pulling up my old Ivy & Intrigue files the other day, I stumbled across a file I’d forgotten: the Ivy & Intrigue outtakes.
For a hundred page novella, it yielded a surprising number of outtakes. Here, for your amusement, are the cream of the crop.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Anyone who says self-pub is easy is clearly more technologically adept than I am. Having just spent most of yesterday afternoon wrestling with Amazon and B&N’s self-publication systems, I have both good news and bad news.
The good news is that Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas is available for download on Amazon and B&N, with a very snazzy cover adapted from Joanne Renaud’s Pink Carnation Comics.
I’ve also uploaded Away in a Manger: A Very Turnip Wedding Night, with the gorgeous cover created for it by Joyce, on both Amazon and B&N.
This is where we get to the bad news, which is that neither platform allows authors to post free downloads. Ivy & Intrigue will be 99 cents for download, and, as always, free here on the website, via the Diversions page.
Likewise, Turnip’s bonus chapter is also up for 99 cents, but I’d like to emphasize that it remains free in PDF and ePub form via Smart Bitches. Within the next month or so, I’ll be adding a permanent link to the PDF on the Diversions page, under Free Reads.