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THE ENGLISH WIFE Tour!

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Because who doesn’t want to be thinking about January in the middle of July?

As the sun blazes overhead, let’s get ready for the season of frost and reading snuggled up in a warm blanket by marking your calendars for the English Wife tour, coming to a bookstore (possibly) near you in January.

Here’s what’s on the calendar so far:

New York, NY
January 9, 6pm
English Wife Launch Party!
Talk & Signing
The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue

Woodstock, GA
January 13, 1pm
Talk & Signing
with super special guest, Karen White!
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 E Main Street

FoxTale English Wife

There will also be events at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, and Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, among other places– more details to come as we get closer to launch date!

You can pre-order a signed copy of The English Wife from The Corner Bookstore, FoxTale Book Shoppe , The Poisoned Pen , or Murder by the Book.

The English Wife is also available for pre-order from all the usual suspects: in hardcover from from your favorite local bookseller, Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s; in e-book on Kindle and Nook; and on audio CD.

Here’s the official blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

“Lauren Willig has made a name for herself writing the finest historical intrigue and The English Wife does not disappoint – it is her best yet! Written with keen detail and subtle nuance, The English Wife is a dark and scintillating tale of betrayal, secrets and a marriage gone wrong that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final breathtaking twist.” -Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

Let the countdown to January begin!



THE ENGLISH WIFE On Location– and Give Away!

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Only six more months now until The English Wife appears in stores!

For a book that I think of as being primarily a New York book, The English Wife gets around. The settings in the book include 1890s London, Belle Epoque Paris, rural Lincolnshire, glitzy Newport, Gilded Age Manhattan (both uptown and down), and various points around the Hudson Valley, including Cold Spring, Carmel, and Tarrytown (but mostly Cold Spring).

So, for the next few months, I’ll be posting pictures of the various settings from the novel: the houses, the scenery, and so on.

Here’s my question for you: where should I begin? Which setting would you like to see first?

One person who comments on this post will receive an ARC of The English Wife….

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

The English Wife is available for pre-order in hardcover from your favorite local bookseller, Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s; in e-book on Kindle and Nook; and on audio CD.

The winner will be announced on Sunday.



THE ENGLISH WIFE– Pre-Order Links!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The English Wife is now available for pre-order in both print and e-book! (And also audio book.)

You can pre-order The English Wife on Kindle or Nook and it will be magically delivered to your device on January 9th, 2018….

In the meantime, keep an eye out for a Goodreads give away coming up in early July! Have you added The English Wife to your Goodreads to read shelf yet?

Here’s the official blurb:

The English Wife From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?



THE ENGLISH WIFE: ARCs!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

When I got back from writer retreat yesterday, the best surprise was waiting in the mail for me: advance copies of The English Wife!

English Wife ARCs

Here’s the blurb from the back:

From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

Stay tuned for an ARC give away this summer!



Teaser Tuesday: Coming Next

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Here’s the publication schedule for the next year or so….

April 18, 2017: That Summer (paperback reissue).

July 4, 2017: A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, a series of personal essays about Paris by assorted authors (trade paperback).

January 9, 2018: The English Wife, aka Stand Alone #4, aka the Gilded Age Book (hardcover).

Autumn 2018 (date and title TBA): the three Ws’ latest collaboration, a novel set around the final voyage of the Lusitania, with Karen White and Beatriz Williams (hardcover).

(I am very happy to announce that the three of us finished a draft of the Lusitania novel last week! We will shortly be retreating to our top secret bat cave to polish up the Lusitania book and plot the next Three W adventure. And possibly finally come up with a title for the Lusitania book other than Lusitania book.)

That Summer discount edition paris-anthology The English Wife

I can’t wait to share all of these with you!

I’m working on my 2019 book (aka Stand Alone #5) right now. I’ll have more to tell you about that once The English Wife is safely out in the world….



THE ENGLISH WIFE has a cover!

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The English Wife has been completely finished, edited, copyedited, and proofed for months now. But, somehow, no matter how final the text may be, a book never feels quite real until it has a cover.

And here it is!

The English Wife

What do you think?

The English Wife takes place in the winter of 1899, when New York patrician Bayard Van Duyvil is found stabbed to death on the grounds of his Hudson Valley estate, his English-born wife, Annabelle, missing, possibly drowned. Did Bay push Annabelle into the river in a fit of jealous passion and then stab himself, as the gossips would have it? Or is it the missing Annabelle who is responsible? As rumors swirl and the cold spell gets worse and worse, Bay’s sister Janie takes it upon herself to try to root out the truth, taking us with her into the past, from London to Paris to Newport, as the secrets of a marriage unravel….

This January-set book will be coming to you on January 9, 2018.

The English Wife is available for pre-order from Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Powell’s, and your favorite local bookseller.



THE ENGLISH WIFE: Available for Pre-Order!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The English Wife is now available for pre-order from Amazon and B&N!

Book production happens at different paces. I’ve had books (ahem, The Lure of the Moonflower, ahem), where the cover and official blurb were out in the world months before I’d actually gotten words on the page. In this case, it’s the other way around: we may not have a cover or blurb yet, but there’s a very final, final manuscript just waiting to be bound into book form.

English Wife proofs

I can’t wait to share the book with you on January 9th, 2018!

I’ll have more here about The English Wife including teasers, behind the scenes, and contests for advance copies as we get closer to the release date.

As a reminder, the grand prize winner of the Pinkorama gets an advance copy of The English Wife— so if you haven’t started your sugary creation, now’s the time to get crafting!



THE ENGLISH WIFE: Official Release Date!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

This just in: The English Wife, aka the next stand alone novel, aka the Gilded Age Book, has an official release date!

You can find The English Wife on shelves on January 9, 2018.

Just to give you a glimpse, here are the final proofs (plus tea and biscuits):

English Wife proofs

Cover, excerpts, buy links, and all that other fun stuff coming up soon!



Teaser Tuesday: Coming Next

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

I don’t have exact dates yet, but here’s the rough schedule for my upcoming book releases:

— July, 2017: a personal essay in A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, a non-fiction anthology about Paris, edited by the lovely Eleanor Brown.

— January, 2018: THE ENGLISH WIFE, hardcover.

— Summer, 2018: The Lusitania Book (aka the new Team W Book, aka We Don’t Have a Proper Title Yet), hardcover.

I’ll post more on all of these soon!



The New Book Has a Title! Say hello to THE ENGLISH WIFE.

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The English Wife will be coming your way in January or February of 2018.

I don’t have an official blurb yet, but here’s a rough description:

January 1899: at a grand Twelfth Night ball in a mansion on the Hudson, Knickerbocker patrician Bayard Van Duyvil pushes his English wife into the river and then stabs himself. Or something of the sort. The end result is that Bayard has a knife in his chest and his wife is in the river, galvanizing every journalist and society gossip for miles around.

Everyone agrees they saw it coming, ever since Van Duyvil returned to New York five years before, unexpectedly married and madly in love. After all, only a man with with love would spend a fortune building his wife a replica of her family home on the grounds of his ancestral estate. And then for his wife to carry on an affair with the architect right under her husband’s nose! Why, no wonder he snapped!

Or did he? And who is the mysterious “George” whose name was on the dying man’s lips? Amid the flurry of rumor and speculation, Bayard’s younger sister, Janie Van Duyvil, is determined to find out what really happened there on the icy banks of the Hudson.

Ranging from the London theatres of the early 1890s to the salons of Belle Epoque Paris to the rocky beaches of Newport and the glittering inner circles of Gilded Age New York, THE ENGLISH WIFE traces the path of a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems. But will Janie discover the truth in time to prevent another tragedy?

I am ridiculously excited about this book and can’t wait to share more about it with you!