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Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Happy Halloween, all! Wishing everyone a spooky, safe, treat-filled evening….

Manzanilla Halloween 2

Name That Book

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Today, I got an email from Fiona, asking if I could identify a book for her. It didn’t ring a bell for me (or, rather, it rang a sort of bell, which turned out to be the wrong bell), so I thought I’d call in my crack team of book experts, i.e. you, to see if anyone else could put a name to it.

Here’s Fiona’s description of the Demmed Elusive Book:

I read it about 5 years ago, was paperback, cover was kind of cartoony; was it purple with the scene of her standing by a basement door that was cracked open and all you could see of her was from the waist down and she was wearing a skirt and heels?

Woman inherits house, it’s a sanctuary/safe house ends up with a big male fairy, and vampire living with her, for some reason there is a guy with a sword after her or a housemate, there are wards around the house. she and the guy get together, think she finds being near a really big tree on property comforting???????

the guy has a sword, only he seems to get through the ward, none of others he is with can

not sure if mixing books, but think there was something in attic, bit grumpy and got left alone.

I was initially thinking possibly Tanya Huff’s Summon the Keeper, because of the something grumpy in the attic– but I don’t think that one has a fairy.

Can anyone name that book?

Also, does anyone else have unidentified books that have been plaguing them? If you do, I’m happy to post here and see if anyone can name them!


Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The winner of my advance copy of The Fire by Night is…

…Christine! (Of Comment #18.)

Congrats, Christine! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you.

Stay tuned for a brand new give away coming up on Monday!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

I’m going to be off-line for the week, so just popping in to wish everyone a very happy holiday and joyous 2017!

I’ll see you in the new year– with lots of news about new books!

Happy, happy, all!

Happy (paperback) birthday, OTHER DAUGHTER!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The Other Daughter is out in trade paperback today!

Flapper girl: Retro party invitation design. Vector illustration.

Booklist called The Other Daughter “vibrant and thrilling”.

RT Book Reviews writes, “… the complexity of the story-line and the characters draws readers deeply into the story until they are completely invested and hooked until the end. Readers will find themselves looking into their hearts and relationships, comparing their reactions to the characters.”

And now you can read it and see what you think….

Library Donations!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

In the middle of a mystery bundle give away post on Facebook the other day, I included a side comment about books for libraries or other charities. The response was overwhelming. (Thanks, all!) So I’m making this post the Official Library Donation Spot.

I would be delighted to see all my author copies flutter away to libraries, hospices, and shelters since it’s silly for them to be mouldering on shelves when they could be read and enjoyed. The only caveat is that all of these places tend to have their own collection and donation policies. So:

— If you’re a librarian or work at one of these organizations and would like a book donation, email away! If you let me know where to send them (and if there are any particular needs), I’ll bundle up some books for you.

— If you think your library/organization might want them but you don’t work or volunteer there, it would be a great help if you could check with the relevant librarian/coordinator and have them contact me if they’re interested. As much as I’d love to send books to everyone, I need to make sure they’re really wanted and who the correct contact is before I can put them in the mail.

Here is the list I have so far (in no particular order):

— FMWR Fort Lee Community Library
— Hurricane Branch Library
— Opelousas Public Library
— Cleveland Bradley County Public Library
— Dayton Valley Branch Library
— Manna House and Safe Harbor, Brunswick, GA
— Rourk Branch Library
— Oak Park Public Library
— Bath Twp Library
— Sterling Municipal Library
— Lincolnville Community Library

Is there anyone I’ve left out? If you don’t see your library or organization here, just let me know!

Valentine’s Day Reading Round-Ups

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

As the day of hearts and flowers approaches, there’s been the usual slew of Valentine’s Day recommended reads swamping the internet, including:

— these shout-outs to The Forgotten Room, from Prevention Magazine and Kirkus;

— a list from Shelf Pleasures, with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation heading a list that includes Jane Eyre, A Discovery of Witches, and The Historian;

— and a selection from the Quirky Bookworm that includes Mary Stewart’s Madam, Will You Talk? and my That Summer.

As for my Valentine’s Day reads, when Prevention Magazine asked me to select a few books written within the past six months, I chose Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge, Jennifer Robson’s Moonlight Over Paris, Meredith Duran’s Lady Be Good, and Kristan Higgins’s Anything for You.

If I could pick any book ever…. That becomes much harder. Definitely Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting, and quite possibly Robin McKinley’s Beauty, Lisa Kleypas’s The Devil in Winter, and something by Eva Ibbotsen….

What’s on your Valentine’s Day recommended reading list?

Florida, Here We Come!

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Karen, Beatriz, and I are heading to Florida for the next lap of the Forgotten Room tour!

You can find us:

— on Monday evening at the Vero Beach Book Center (6:00), and

— on Tuesday evening at Writer’s Block Bookstore (6:30).

Come join us basking in the sun!

Vero Beach, FL
January 25, 6:00
Talk & Signing
Vero Beach Book Center
392 21st Street

Winter Park, FL
January 26, 6:30
Talk & Signing
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 Welbourne Ave

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, November 27th, 2015

After the traditional turkey coma, there’s nothing like a comfortable chair and a good book. For me, this week has been mainly about mysteries, all of very different kinds: a 1920s ghost story (or, rather, “ghost” story), a modern Scottish police procedural, and a Victorian with the suggestion of a paranormal element.

— Georgette Heyer’s Footsteps in the Dark, in which three siblings inherit a “haunted” house, and, in the company of their eccentric aunt, attempt to move in, despite the ghostly– or just ghastly?– phantom monk determined to roust them out. I wanted to love this book. An old abbey! Ghosts! Heyer! While it wasn’t bad, it felt like it fell uncomfortably between drawing room comedy, mystery, and ghost story, and never quite made up its mind which it wanted to be. I think, had I gone in thinking of it as a mystery rather than as a ghost story, I would have liked it much better.

— Peter May’s The Blackhouse, in which a policeman returns to his home island to solve the gruesome murder of a man who bullied him as a child and is forced to confront the suppressed remnants of his own past. If you like the darker sort of police procedural, this is for you. It’s brilliantly done, unraveling the pieces bit by bit as you get deeper into the hero’s tangled past, which turns out to be the key to the murder in the present. It’s also an evocative picture of island life in one of the more remote parts of Scotland.

— Barbara Michael’s The Wizard’s Daughter, in which an orphaned girl adrift in 1880s London is swept up by an eccentric duchess on the theory that the girl is the daughter of a missing medium and the inheritor of his psychic powers. This was never one of my favorite Barbara Michaels novels (it’s a bit too self-mocking), but re-reading it brought home to be me that there are times when even a lesser Barbara Michaels can be better than the best of anything else. There are so few people who write with such entirely engaging prose.

What have you been reading this week?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Safe travels to all who are traveling; good cooking to all who are cooking. May your bird be crisp but not burnt, your potholders sturdy, and your kitchen timers timely.

On this day of thanks, I am particularly grateful for everyone here on this website. Thank you so much for coming with me through the various ups and downs and adventures of Napoleonic spies and tortured Pre-Raphaelite painters, Harvard grad students and 1920s flappers. Thank you for recipes and book recommendations, for suggestions and support, and for amazing creations made of Peeps.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!