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THE ENGLISH WIFE Tour

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

As of January, The English Wife will be on the move across the country– and so will I!

You can find me, with various of my favorite author friends, in New York, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, Connecticut, and then Georgia again.

New events are still being added, so keep an eye on the Have Author Will Travel panel! Here’s the itinerary so far:

New York, NY
January 9, 6:00
ENGLISH WIFE Launch!
Talk, Signing, & Party
The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue

Woodstock, GA
January 13, 1:00
Talk & Signing with Karen White
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 E Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ
January 14, 2:00
Talk & Signing
with Tasha Alexander & Deanna Raybourn
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd

Houston, TX
January 17, 6:30
Talk & Signing with Deanna Raybourn
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street

New Haven, CT
February 3, 3:00
Talk & Signing
Yale Bookstore
77 Broadway

Buford. GA
February 10, 3:00
Talk & Signing with Deanna Raybourn
Books for Less
2815 Buford Dr # 108A

If you’d like a signed book, but can’t make it to any events, the wonderful folks at FoxTale, the Poisoned Pen, or Murder by the Book would be delighted to oblige!



Book of the Month!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

I am so thrilled to announce that The English Wife is a Book of the Month Club selection for December!

Book of the Month Club Book of the Month Book Mail

It makes me so happy to see The English Wife there in such good company. And check out this fun infographic the Book of the Month Club people made!

Book of the Month Infographic

The English Wife will be making its official debut on January 9th. You can pre-order your copy now in hardcover, e-book, or audio from all of the usual suspects– and if you’d like to give it as a holiday gift, check out FoxTale Book Shoppe‘s special English Wife holiday pre-order.



ENGLISH WIFE Holiday Pre-Order

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Small Business Saturday may be over, but it’s always time to be grateful to the independent bookstores in our lives!

I owe special thanks to FoxTale Book Shoppe, which has made it possible to give the gift of The English Wife these holidays. If you order from FoxTale now, your giftee will be sent a card and two English Wife coasters in December, with the book itself to follow in January.

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Or, of course, you can always order one for yourself!

Just head over to the FoxTale English Wife pre-order page to order now….

Thanks, FoxTale!



Give the Gift of THE ENGLISH WIFE

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The English Wife may not come out until January, but it still makes an excellent present for the holidays! Here’s how…

If you pre-order it from FoxTale Book Shoppe, a card will be sent to the recipient in December telling them that a signed copy of The English Wife has been reserved in their name. There’s even a place on the pre-order form where you can tell them just what you’d like me to write in the inscription. Then, in January, your chosen recipient(s) will receive their signed books.

Even better? If you pre-order before Thanksgiving, the recipient will get, not just a card, but also a set of English Wife coasters.

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Of course, you’re also welcome to pre-order for yourself and get the coasters!

You can find all the details here, on the FoxTale pre-order page. Because it’s never too soon to start thinking about those December gifts….

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ENGLISH WIFE Give Away!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

St. Martin’s Press is giving away fifty advance copies of The English Wife on Goodreads!

For a chance to win, just click through to the Goodreads contest page between now and October 20th.

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom 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?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[Willig] has a knack for creating sympathetic characters and fully fleshed settings, adding some juicy plot twists to this atmospheric period piece.” — Library Journal

“Lauren Willig’s historical novels are so immersive, so note-perfect in their mastery of setting and voice, that I’m tempted to wonder if she has a time machine at her disposal. THE ENGLISH WIFE, with its deliciously evocative portrait of the splendours, sorrows and intrigues of Gilded Age high society, is her best book yet.” — Jennifer Robson, USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight from London

“The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all―an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for.” — Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound

Good luck!!



Save the Date for the ENGLISH WIFE Book Tour!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Have author will travel!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the English Wife January book tour. I’ll be doing events in New York, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, joined by some of my favorite writer friends.

New York: come join me for the English Wife launch party at The Corner Bookstore at 6:00 on Tuesday, January 9th.

The English Wife NYT Forgotten Room

Georgia: everything is more fun with Karen White! Karen and I will be appearing together at FoxTale Book Shoppe at 1:00 on Saturday, January 13th.

with Karen (2)

Arizona: the gang’s all here! It has been YEARS since Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, and I have gotten to do an event together (maybe people got sick of seeing us pretend to be Charlie’s Angels?). But this time… we’re finally being reunited. With the addition of one of my other favorite people, Beatriz Williams. Come find all of us at the legendary Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale at 2:00 on Sunday, January 14th.

Houston with Beatriz

Texas: more fun with Deanna! Deanna and I will be teaming up for another event at our beloved Murder by the Book in Houston at 6:30 on Wednesday, January 17th.

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Also on the calendar: I’ll be in Gwinnett and Cobb counties in Georgia for events hosted by their respective library systems on February 9th and 10th— more on those soon!

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

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?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

Let the countdown to January begin!



ENGLISH WIFE Give Away Ends Today!

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

It’s your last chance to win one of the 150 advance copies of The English Wife St. Martin’s Press is giving away on Goodreads!

The Goodreads give away closes at midnight (West Coast time) tonight, so head on over and throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win one of these!

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THE ENGLISH WIFE– and the kindness of authors

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

When I typed that title, I had Tennessee Williams on the brain, but, really, it should be more of a collective noun: a kindness of authors.

A kindness of authors was wonderful enough to take time out of their own insane writing schedules to take an early look at The English Wife and share their thoughts– and I’m so grateful to them and so thrilled by what they had to say about it!

— “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

— “The English Wife by Lauren Willig is a gorgeous gem of a novel. Part historical fiction, part mystery, and part dual love story, this book is full of engaging characters, flawless writing, and a twisty plot that will keep the reader guessing until the last page. Willig mesmerizes with clever dialog and unexpected plot reveals, promising another fantastic read for her many fans, and a perfect introduction to new readers. This will go on my keeper shelf along with my entire Lauren Willig collection!” –New York Times bestselling author, Karen White

— “The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all―an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for.” ―Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound

— “An elegant page turner that kept me guessing. A masterful story that transported me back in time. A great, great Gothic.” -M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow

— “Lauren Willig absolutely delivers in this deliciously-paced, intriguing tale that is part mystery, part love story, and part family drama of the most emotionally-riveting kind. Brimming with evocative historical details and hauntingly good.” -Susan Meissner, award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean

— “Full of intrigue and suspense, Willig weaves an intricate tapestry of romance and betrayal. Rich in period detail and a plot that keeps you guessing, The English Wife, is a wonderful read.” -Alyson Richman, Internationally bestselling author of The Velvet Hours and The Lost Wife

— “Full of Gilded Age glamour and Gothic suspense, The English Wife will haunt readers long after the story ends. Willig draws us in immediately – not just with an opulent setting and sensational gossip – but with a crime so visually stunning, I was left gasping for air by the end of chapter one. From London to old New York, readers will be mesmerized. Willig’s writing is so smart and her pacing so masterful that readers will be guessing until the very last page. The English Wife combines the all insight of Edith Wharton with the tension and intrigue of Daphne du Maurier. It is Willig at her very best and most compelling.” -Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House

— “The English Wife brings to life old world New York City and London with all the splendor of two of my favorite novels, The Age of Innocence and The Crimson Petal and the White. Mystery, murder, mistaken identity, romance―Lauren Willig weaves each strand into a page-turning tapestry.” -Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and Another Side of Paradise

— “Lauren Willig’s historical novels are so immersive, so note-perfect in their mastery of setting and voice, that I’m tempted to wonder if she has a time machine at her disposal. THE ENGLISH WIFE, with its deliciously evocative portrait of the splendours, sorrows and intrigues of Gilded Age high society, is her best book yet.” -Jennifer Robson, USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight from London.

Special hugs go to Alyson Richman– because, as any of you who have heard me give a talk about how I came to be a writer know, it has been my lifelong ambition to write a book that would be referred to as an “intricate tapestry”. (Always a tapestry, NEVER a tea towel.) Achievement unlocked!

The English Wife is 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.

If you would like to pre-order a signed and personalized copy, those will be available from FoxTale Book Shoppe , The Poisoned Pen , Murder by the Book, or The Corner Bookstore.

In the meantime, The English Wife is up for grabs on Goodreads! Enter before September 16th for a chance to win an advance copy.



THE ENGLISH WIFE– Goodreads Give-Away!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s all grim and glum. There are pumpkin spice lattes to look forward to, plaid skirts, and red, orange and yellow leaves… and 150 advance copies of The English Wife up for grabs on Goodreads!

Between now and September 16th, St. Martin’s Press is very generously handing out 150 advance copies of The English Wife.

So head over to Goodreads for a chance to get an early look at the book readers are calling “a gorgeous gem of a novel”, and “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.”

I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

The English Wife



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!