Archive for the ‘The English Wife’ Category

Give THE ENGLISH WIFE for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Admittedly, the mother in The English Wife falls under the category of “thank you for not being like this….” So what better way to show your appreciation for your own mother on Mother’s Day?

I’ll be signing books for Books & Greetings in New Jersey this Saturday, so if you’d like to order a personalized copy and have it sent to you, just contact the good folks at Books & Greetings at 201-784-2665 before Saturday.

I’m also happy to send a signed bookplate which you can paste in. Just email me at willig@post.harvard.edu with Bookplate in the header and I’ll pop that in the mail to you ASAP.

Happy almost Mother’s Day!



Pinkorama #6: “The American peep takes on ‘The World’ news”

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

For our sixth day of Pinkorama, Colleen and Pam bring us “The American peep takes on ‘The World’ news”, taken from The English Wife.

In the bitter cold winter of 1899, well-bred spinster Janie Van Duyvil takes the unthinkable step of seeking out a reporter at the World building on Park Row, determined to discover what really happened to her brother and his wife. Her brother, Bay, was found stabbed at his own Twelfth Night ball at his Hudson Valley estate, his wife missing, possibly drowned. The papers– including The World— are screaming MURDER SUICIDE!

But Janie is convinced they’re wrong. And she’s determined to get to the truth. Even if it means risking her reputation by teaming up with World reporter James Burke….

Colleen 1

Janie is, of course, in mourning for her brother, Bay. She’s also discreetly veiled– because no one expects a gently bred Knickerbocker to be calling on a journalist in Park Row.

Colleen 2

They come to an agreement beneath the statue of Nathan Hale (Nathan Peep?) in City Hall Park.

Colleen 3

Will Janie and Burke be able to work together to unravel the dark truth? Stay tuned….

Colleen 4

Thank you, Colleen and Pam for bringing Janie and Burke so vividly to life! (To Peep?) I can just picture all the newspaper peeps slaving away at the presses and the little news peeps hawking papers….

For your amusement, here’s a snippet from the scene in question:

Above her, Nathan Hale gazed off into the clouds, scorning her weakness. Here was a man who hadn’t folded in the face of danger. He had been executed here, on this spot, just a little more than a century before, giving his life so that a principle might stand.

Janie twisted her gloved hands together, wishing she had brought her muff. “Does this mean that you’re accepting my proposition, Mr. Burke?”

“On a condition.” The corner of that flexible mouth twisted. “Haven’t you been told that when one makes deals with the devil, Miss Van Duyvil, there are always conditions?”

That was a bit much, even under the circumstances. “Wouldn’t Mr. Pulitzer be Mephistopheles? He is the man in charge.”

“Making me nothing more than a lowly demon at the Prince of Darkness’s call? You put me in my place, Miss Van Duyvil.”

“I doubt that,” said Janie regretfully. “What do you require of me?”

“Honesty,” he said bluntly, taking her by surprise. “And I’ll give the same to you.”

Honesty. It was little enough in theory. But with the golden dome of the World looming behind them, it felt like a great deal indeed, knowing that any careless word might be printed tens of thousands times over, projected to everyone with the three cents to buy the evening edition.

The wind had risen, shaking the bare branches above their heads, making Janie’s veil flutter wildly. The wind made Mr. Burke’s coat flap around his legs, but he stood solid all the same, providing a wind-block of sorts.

Janie made up her mind. “I will deal fairly with you, if you deal fairly with me.”

Mr. Burke held out a gloved hand. “My word on it.”

Stay tuned for the seventh and last 2018 Pinkorama, appearing here tomorrow!



Pinkorama #3: “The English Peep”

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Our third Pinkorama takes us to upstate New York in the bitter cold winter of 1899. Kayse brings us “The English Peep”, from the stand alone novel, The English Wife.

Kayse writes: “The scene is, of course, the wintery gardens of Illyria, during the Van Duyvils’ Twelfth Night masquerade ball.”

Kayse The English Peep 1

Check out those amazing Renaissance costumes the characters are wearing– including the murdered man (peep?) in his doublet!

Kayse The English Peep 2

Is a murder being discovered or is it being committed? You might just have to read the book to figure it out….

Thank you, Kayse, for this amazing depiction of the Peep Night Ball!

Stay tuned for Pinkormama #4, coming tomorrow….



Chicago– Today!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

It’s the very last stop on the English Wife tour and my one and only Midwestern appearance! Come join me and Charles Finch (author of the Charles Lennox mysteries) today at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park.

Can’t wait to see you there!

When: TODAY!! 3:00
What: Talk & Signing with Charles Finch
Where: 57th Street Books, 1301 E 57th Street



ENGLISH WIFE Book Club on Facebook Today!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

I’ve been told people have been dying to discuss The English Wife without having to worry about spoilers (and it’s nearly impossible to talk about the book without spoilers), so, today, I’m holding a book club on my author Facebook page for everyone who has read the book.

The book club will kick off at 12:30 EST and run, officially, until 1:30– but I’ll keep on popping in throughout the day and I hope others will, too!

The posts will be up for posterity (or Facebook’s equivalent thereof), so if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, you can always check out the discussion later.

If there’s sufficient interest, I’m happy to hold another book club either on Facebook or here on the website.

See you this afternoon!

English Wife book club



Chicago on Saturday– with Charles Finch!

Monday, February 12th, 2018

I’ll be winding up the English Wife tour this Saturday in the Windy City!

Come join me and Charles Finch (author of the Charles Lennox mysteries) at 57th Street books in Hyde Park for an afternoon of murderous Victorians as we discuss The English Wife and his upcoming The Woman in the Water.

This will be the last official stop on the English Wife tour– so let’s make this an afternoon to remember!

What: Talk & Signing with Charles Finch
When: February 17, 3:00
Where: 57th Street Books, 1301 E 57th Street

See you there!



Georgia– Last Chance!

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

It’s your last chance to catch my song and dance routine with Deanna Raybourn before we fly off for points north! And, this time, we’re being filmed for tv!

Join us today at 3:00 at Books For Less in Buford, GA– and see if you can make us lose it laughing while the cameras are rolling!

Deanna and lauren

Many, many thanks to the Gwinnett County Public Library and Books For Less for hosting this event!



Georgia with Deanna Raybourn– Today and Tomorrow!

Friday, February 9th, 2018

We’re heeeeeere! Deanna Raybourn and I have descended on the Peach State for two days of author extravaganza.

lauren and deanna

We’ll be in Cobb County at the Mountainview Library in Marietta tonight and at Books For Less in Buford tomorrow afternoon.

Many, many thanks to Cobb County Public Library and Book Exchange of Marietta for hosting this event!

Hope to see you there!

FRIDAY (aka today!), 6:30
Marietta, GA
Mountain View Library
3320 Sandy Plains Road

SATURDAY (aka tomorrow), 3:00
Buford, GA
Books for Less
2815 Buford Dr # 108A



Two Authors Went Down to Georgia….

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Deanna Raybourn and I are going to Georgia! Come see us on Friday at Mountain View Library in Marietta, GA and on Saturday at Books For Less in Buford, GA.

Here are the details:

FRIDAY
Marietta, GA
February 9, 6:30
Mountain View Library
3320 Sandy Plains Road

SATURDAY
Buford. GA
February 10, 3:00
Books for Less
2815 Buford Dr # 108A

See you there!



New Haven on Saturday!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

If you’re in Connecticut, come join me in New Haven for the next stop on the English Wife tour!

I’ll be at the Yale Bookstore on Saturday afternoon to discuss the freezing cold winter of 1899, Gilded Age scandal, the next Three Ws book (cover reveal coming soon!), and anything else you’d like me to talk about.

See you there!

What: Talk & Signing
When: Saturday, February 3, 3:00
Where: The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway, New Haven, CT