Archive for the ‘Selwick Christmas Novella’ Category

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I know it’s tacky to re-gift, but I figured you wouldn’t mind this one. Two years ago, I decided it would be fun to write a novella as a holiday gift to my readers. So I did. Back in 2008, 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 some rather unusual results. And I don’t just mean Miles’ attempts at charades.

Here, once again, is the one and only Pink Carnation Christmas novella, Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.

Happy holidays from everyone at Selwick Hall!

p.s. Check back here on New Year’s Day for another special gift: an advance chapter of The Orchid Affair!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I just wanted to pop in from gingerbread baking (we will ignore the fact that I may have absentmindedly put in an extra cup of flour while thinking about something else– oops) to wish everyone an absolutely splendid holiday. I hope all of your planes and trains arrive on time and your stockings contain candy rather than coal.

While it’s always a bit tacky to re-gift, here, once again, is my last year’s present to you: Ivy & Intrigue, the Selwick Christmas novella. Enjoy!

See you back here once all the presents have been unwrapped….

New on the Website

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Procrastinating from starting a new book always means that I suddenly find myself embracing the busywork tasks I’ve been putting off for ages. I haven’t quite gotten around to cleaning my closet yet, but I have seen to some long overdue updates here on the website.

Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas (aka the Selwick Christmas Novella) is now available in its entirety via the Diversions page.

Over in the FAQ section, I’ve updated a few of the most frequently asked questions, including the ever popular “How many books will there be in the series?”

As you can see on the sidebar, I will be doing some city hopping and book signing starting in April. Stay tuned for more specifics about New Orleans in April and DC in July.

Have a great weekend!

This Just In: Untitled Novella Finds Title!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

…Hard working novelist no longer has to suffer finger strain from typing out That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas novella every few days.

The winner, by a very large margin, was Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.

Congrats, Megan!! From now unto the ends of the earth, the Selwick Christmas Novella shall be known as Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.


Novella Title Finalists!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Did you really have to go and come up with quite so many clever titles? Fie, fie! It was nearly impossible to narrow down the more than a hundred entries, and, boy, it hurt eliminating some of those from the final round. In the end, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, my conscripted helpers got it down to the following twelve:

Oh What Fun it is to Spy!

‘Tis the Season for Treason

Mistletoe & Mayhem

Mistletoe, Mince Pie & Menace

The Pink Carnation’s Lexicon of Christmas Carols

Malice Under the Mistletoe

The Revelation of the Christmas Ivy

Just Another Spy in the Library

The Vexation of the Gilded Mistletoe

Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas

Espionage & Auld Lang Syne

The Precarious Proposition of the Purple Gentian

Now it’s over to you. Of the titles above, which do you like best? You can vote by listing your top five in order of preference. I’ll add up the votes and announce the winners this Thursday.

Let the Title Idol begin!

In the meantime, there are a few titles that are out of the running but deserve an award for sheer amusement value. Signed bookplates go to:

— Angel B, for The Revelation of the Warming Pan;

— Miss Eliza, for Bother the Snow;

and, my personal snort-out-loud favorite,

— Elissa, for How the Selwicks Got Their Groove Back.

If the three of you email me with your details, I’ll send along your prize!

Novella Title Contest Extended to Monday!

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Hi, all!

I know, I know. I did say I would post finalists today. May I offer a big fat mea culpa? To give my Board of Advisers time to weigh in on the entries, I’m extending the contest until Monday, at which point– I promise, promise, promise– finalists will be posted and the open voting can begin. Title Idol, anyone?

Happy weekend!

Title That Blasted Novella! Contest

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Typing out “That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella” several times a day is the manual equivalent of dealing with Peter Piper and his pickled peppers. Amusing the first few times, but….

Since the plan is to post the entire story permanently on the website, to be made available through the Diversions page, it needs a title. A title that does not have “untitled” in the title.

As my head is off in Pink VII land already, I appeal to you for title aid. For the next few days, I’ll be taking suggestions for the title of That Still… I don’t have to type it all out again, do I?

Just post your suggestions in the comments area below. The contest will run all week, and you can enter as many titles as you like. On Saturday, I’ll post the winner and runners-up– unless I find myself incapable of deciding, in which case, I’ll narrow the field to my top five and open the rest up to popular vote.

The winner will get to provide the title for the story and will receive a signed copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Runners-up get signed bookplates.

If you need to refresh your memory of the story, just click here to start with the Prologue….

Selwick Christmas Novella Outtakes

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Brevity has never been one of my virtues. Even in a so-called short story, I found myself producing far more material than I could actually use and wandering down amusing but unnecessary byways. Below are my two favorite deleted scenes from That Still Untitled Christmas Novella.

See you on Monday for the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest!


NIGHT JASMINE Book Club Coming Soon!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Hi, all!

Thanks so much for making the launch of Night Jasmine such a success yesterday! I’m dying to get going on discussing it, but to give everyone time to read it first, the inaugural meeting of Night Jasmine Book Club will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd. Thanks to one of Kayse’s comments on Access Romance’s Author Q&A, I even have a first question already in mind…. If you have any ideas for general topics or specific questions, just let me know!

Wrapping up old business before new, next Tuesday will be the last day of Crimson Rose Book Club. The topic: Eloise and Colin (well, mostly Colin. who are we kidding?).

Check back Saturday for Outtakes from That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella, and Monday for the first day of the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest.

A Very Selwick Christmas: Epilogue

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

All good things must come to an end– but having epilogues helps one put it off longer.

See you back here tomorrow for give aways and gaiety in honor of the birthday (bookstore day?) of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine!

Without further ado, I give to you the very last installment of That Selwick Christmas Novella….