News – Lauren Willig https://laurenwillig.com Author Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/18/weekly-reading-round-up-328/ https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/18/weekly-reading-round-up-328/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:35:59 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11653 When I’m working on a book– and I’m working on the next Team W book right now!– I find it very hard to read anything in a similar style.  But I also can’t write if I’m not reading.  (Reading is like air and water to me.  If I’m not in the middle of reading a…

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When I’m working on a book– and I’m working on the next Team W book right now!– I find it very hard to read anything in a similar style.  But I also can’t write if I’m not reading.  (Reading is like air and water to me.  If I’m not in the middle of reading a book, or about to finish a book but already have the next lined up, I get extremely cranky.)

The solution: mysteries.

I’ve already re-read all my Dorothy Sayers, so I’ve moved on to Margery Allingham’s Campion series.  This week was Sweet Danger (who doesn’t love a mythical kingdom with a medieval crown and a riddle?) followed by Traitor’s Purse.  I’m just moving on to The Tiger in the Smoke, which I have somehow never read, but have been told by many is the best of the lot.

After this I may need some contemporary women’s fiction (Katherine Center, I’m looking at you!), but for the moment I’m wallowing in the foggy streets of mid-century London.

What have you been reading this week?

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THE ENGLISH WIFE Paperback Tour– NYC, Cold Spring, Florida, and more! https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/14/the-english-wife-paperback-tour-nyc-cold-spring-florida-and-more/ https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/14/the-english-wife-paperback-tour-nyc-cold-spring-florida-and-more/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:41:33 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11646 I’ll be bouncing around this spring to celebrate the paperback publication of The English Wife! Come join me for the paperback launch on Wednesday, February 27th, at 5:30pm, at the Yorkville Branch of the New York Public Library (79th between 2nd and 3rd). It only seems fitting, for a book set partly in the town…

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I’ll be bouncing around this spring to celebrate the paperback publication of The English Wife!

Come join me for the paperback launch on Wednesday, February 27th, at 5:30pm, at the Yorkville Branch of the New York Public Library (79th between 2nd and 3rd).

It only seems fitting, for a book set partly in the town of Cold Spring, to do an event in Cold Spring!  I’m so thrilled to be speaking at the brand new Split Rock books on Main Street at 6:00pm on Saturday, March 9th.  Browse around Main Street’s fabulous shops, pop in for the reading, and then head over for a burger at the Depot.  (Which is also a setting in the novel! Before it became a restaurant, of course.)

You can also find me in Fort Myers, Florida talking about The Glass Ocean, The English Wife, and goodness only knows what else with the lovely Karen White at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday March 2nd.  Then join us for lunch on the Lusitania at a fundraiser held by the Friends of the Fort Myers Library on Sunday, March 3rd.  (More details about that soon!)

Here are the details….

Wednesday, February 27th, 5:30 pm
Talk & Signing
Yorkville Library
222 East 79th Street, New York, NY

Saturday, March 2nd, time TBA
Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Talk & Signing with Karen White and more!
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus
2450 First Street, Fort Myers, FL

Saturday, March 9th, 6pm
Talk & Signing
Split Rock Books
97 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY

Hope to see you there!

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Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/11/weekly-reading-round-up-327/ https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/11/weekly-reading-round-up-327/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:09:26 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11640 I’ll confess: I’m in a reading slump.  I’m longing for something new to read, but I can’t decide what it is.  A new mystery series, perhaps?  (How I wish there were more Julia Spencer-Flemings!)  Or some stand alone fiction? What I need is that book karma where the right book falls into your lap entirely…

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I’ll confess: I’m in a reading slump.  I’m longing for something new to read, but I can’t decide what it is.  A new mystery series, perhaps?  (How I wish there were more Julia Spencer-Flemings!)  Or some stand alone fiction?

What I need is that book karma where the right book falls into your lap entirely by accident…

But until then, I’ve been revisiting the more cobwebby corners of my bookshelves for little revisited re-reads.  This week, a fun medieval romance by Anne Stuart, Lord Of Danger (how can you go wrong with an attempt to poison the boy king, Henry III, and a mysterious magician nicknamed “Grendal”?), and a bit of Golden Age mystery via Margery Allingham.

What have you been reading this week? All slump-breaking suggestions welcome!

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More Love for THE SUMMER COUNTRY! https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/07/more-love-for-the-summer-country/ https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/07/more-love-for-the-summer-country/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:07:27 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11631 Doesn’t that make you think of Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”?  “More happy love! more happy, happy love!” I am so very, very grateful to the authors who took time out of their busy schedules– over the holidays, no less!– to read an early copy of The Summer Country and share their thoughts. “In…

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Doesn’t that make you think of Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”?  “More happy love! more happy, happy love!”

I am so very, very grateful to the authors who took time out of their busy schedules– over the holidays, no less!– to read an early copy of The Summer Country and share their thoughts.

“In this evocative family saga, THE SUMMER COUNTRY, Willig sweeps the reader away to the heartbreak of colonial Barbados, where love across the color line is forbidden, and the repercussions of slavery’s cruelty echoes through the generations. Jenny is an unapologetic survivor whose heart, nonetheless, is won by a forbidden lover. Her desperate struggle for freedom–for her child, if not herself–and for a family of her own–is bold and beautifully told, with unexpected twists. The puzzle pieces fit together by the end of the novel with a satisfying click. Brava!”
-Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton

“No one does historical and family secrets like Lauren Willig and she’s never done one like this before. Powerful, emotional, beautiful, and historically fascinating, THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a simply breathtaking saga. This is the kind of book you fall into, that absorbs you for the entire time you are reading it and that after, haunts you…. long after.”
-M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues

“So steeped in Caribbean culture, my hands were sweating while turning the pages. Lauren Willig has ventured to story territory near and dear to my heart. THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a daring, meticulously researched narrative of complicated love trapped on the island of Barbados during one of history’s most nefarious cholera outbreaks. A hot summer read for historical fiction fans like me!”
-Sarah McCoy, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables 

Thank you, Stephanie, M.J., and Sarah!

If you’ve read an early copy of The Summer Country through Edelweiss, I’d love to hear what you think.

I’ll be having another ARC give away here on the website soon– and some other goodies, as well!

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Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/04/weekly-reading-round-up-326/ https://laurenwillig.com/2019/01/04/weekly-reading-round-up-326/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:44:27 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11633 Happy 2019, all!  I hope everyone’s holiday was merry and bright and the new year has started off as new years ought to do: full of promise and sparkle. I began the new year by finally, finally reading a book I impulse bought months ago: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, in which the lives of…

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Happy 2019, all!  I hope everyone’s holiday was merry and bright and the new year has started off as new years ought to do: full of promise and sparkle.

I began the new year by finally, finally reading a book I impulse bought months ago: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, in which the lives of several people are changed when a law school drop-out takes a job teaching creative writing at the Southall Sikh temple and finds that the class takes on a life of its own.  It was an engaging, compelling, laugh and cry sort of book, with all sorts of plot-lines going at once (but all coming together perfectly).

What have you been reading this week?

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Advance Praise for THE SUMMER COUNTRY https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/27/advance-praise-for-the-summer-country/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/27/advance-praise-for-the-summer-country/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:18:07 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11618 So many thanks to the lovely Stephanie Barron (the Jane Austen mysteries, That Churchill Woman) and Camille Di Maio (The Way of Beauty, The Memory of Us), for brightening my holiday with these lovely words about The Summer Country! “Lauren Willig’s THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a sumptuous read, evoking M.M. Kaye’s lush and sweeping tales…

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So many thanks to the lovely Stephanie Barron (the Jane Austen mysteries, That Churchill Woman) and Camille Di Maio (The Way of Beauty, The Memory of Us), for brightening my holiday with these lovely words about The Summer Country!

“Lauren Willig’s THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a sumptuous read, evoking M.M. Kaye’s lush and sweeping tales of nineteenth century colonial life. Set in the island location of Barbados, Willig attains the ideal aim of the historical fiction genre: educating the reader about a little-known part of history while thoroughly engaging them in the stories of the characters. I read THE SUMMER COUNTRY slowly – doling out exquisite chapters one at a time – because there are too few books written today that harken back to that delicious way of storytelling that doesn’t rush things just to keep up with modern trends. I would count this one as a new classic and encourage every reader who cares about quality writing to quickly add this one to their list of to-be-favorites.”
– Camille Di Maio, bestselling author of The Way of Beauty

“Engrossing from its very first page, The Summer Country plunges us deep into a multi-layered family history set against the lush backdrop of plantation-era Barbados, where warring desires for freedom and profit trap even the best-intentioned. Willig’s women span three generations, linked by respectable lies and useful deceptions, but each is determined to live her own truth regardless of the cost. A powerful exploration of personal identity–and the ways in which love leads us to our truest selves–The Summer Country is Lauren Willig’s finest novel to date.”
– Stephanie Barron, author of That Churchill Woman

The Summer Country will be heading your way on June 4, 2019!  It’s available for pre-order from your favorite local bookseller or any of the usual places.

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SUMMER COUNTRY Winner https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/26/summer-country-winner/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/26/summer-country-winner/#comments Wed, 26 Dec 2018 16:30:28 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11615 Happy, happy holidays, all!  And so many apologies for being so late in announcing the winner of the advance copy of The Summer Country! The winner, chosen, as always, by random number generator, is… Megan Jirschele! Congrats, Megan!  If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your ARC in the mail to you. …

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Happy, happy holidays, all!  And so many apologies for being so late in announcing the winner of the advance copy of The Summer Country!

The winner, chosen, as always, by random number generator, is… Megan Jirschele!

Congrats, Megan!  If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your ARC in the mail to you.  Happy reading!

More about The Summer Country coming soon!

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On the fifth day of give aways… https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/21/on-the-fifth-day-of-give-aways/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/21/on-the-fifth-day-of-give-aways/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:12:21 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11597 … my author gave to me, an advance copy of The Summer Country! I am so very excited to be able to share this book with you! Here’s the official description: The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion…

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… my author gave to me, an advance copy of The Summer Country!

I am so very excited to be able to share this book with you!

Here’s the official description:

The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.

Barbados, 1854.  Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan—merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.

When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.

Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins?  Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past– a tangled history of deceit, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.

A brilliant multigenerational saga in the tradition of The Thorn Birds and North and South, The Summer Country will beguile readers with its rendering of family, tragedy, and the endurance of hope against all odds.

For a chance to win an advance copy of The Summer Country, here’s your question: 1810s (the tail end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Enlightenment, Empire-waisted dresses) or 1854 (Victorians, steamships, hoopskirts)?

The winner will be announced on Sunday.

The Summer Country makes its appearance on June 4, 2019.  In the meantime, it’s available for pre-order from your favorite bookstore, on Kindle, Nook, and all those other e-reader things, and in audio.  I’ll be posting much more about it as we get closer to June!

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English Wife Winners https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/21/english-wife-winners/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/21/english-wife-winners/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:25:32 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11611 The winners of the hardcover copies of The English Wife are… — Dawn V — Valerie Congratulations!  If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.  Happy reading! And now… our grand finale!  Check back here on the News page in a few minutes for the…

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The winners of the hardcover copies of The English Wife are…

— Dawn V

— Valerie

Congratulations!  If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.  Happy reading!

And now… our grand finale!  Check back here on the News page in a few minutes for the final give away of the week: an advance copy of my 2019 book, The Summer Country!

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ASHFORD AFFAIR Winners https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/20/ashford-affair-winners/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/12/20/ashford-affair-winners/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:04:19 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11605 The winners of The Ashford Affair are… — Susan Wald — Melanie Weiss — and Mallory Senn-Flinn. Congrats, all!  If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.  Happy reading! Meanwhile, check back here shortly for Day Four of Five Days of Give Aways: two hardcover copies of The…

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The winners of The Ashford Affair are…

— Susan Wald

— Melanie Weiss

— and Mallory Senn-Flinn.

Congrats, all!  If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.  Happy reading!

Meanwhile, check back here shortly for Day Four of Five Days of Give Aways: two hardcover copies of The English Wife!

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