News – Lauren Willig https://laurenwillig.com Author Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:14:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/17/weekly-reading-round-up-311/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/17/weekly-reading-round-up-311/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:53:52 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11318 This week, I’ve been reading through the Barbados Book as I put the final tweaks on the manuscript– and I have an announcement to make! The title of the Barbados Book is… THE SUMMER COUNTRY. The Summer Country will be coming your way summer 2019. Although if you find yourself in New York City on…

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This week, I’ve been reading through the Barbados Book as I put the final tweaks on the manuscript– and I have an announcement to make!

The title of the Barbados Book is… THE SUMMER COUNTRY.

The Summer Country will be coming your way summer 2019.

Although if you find yourself in New York City on October 17th, you have a chance to get your hands on an early, early copy!  Harper Collins is hosting a Book Club Night Out with Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and me.  The goodie bag includes galleys of The Summer Country, Beatriz Williams’s The Golden Hour, and Karen White’s Dreams of Falling.

Now back to our regularly scheduled Reading Round-Up….

In addition to the manuscript of The Summer Country, I gobbled down the latest installment of Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway series, Dark Angel.  This one is set back and forth between Norfolk and Italy, as Ruth is called to advise on some bones found in an Italian hillside village– and Nelson finds a reason to follow.

Now I’m wondering what to read next.  Possibly Jenny Colgan’s Endless Beach, as a reward for getting the revisions done?  (When I get these revisions done!)

What have you been reading this week?

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Booklist on THE GLASS OCEAN https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/15/booklist-on-the-glass-ocean/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/15/booklist-on-the-glass-ocean/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:22:17 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11313 The first of the reviews is in for The Glass Ocean and Team W is over the moon! Booklist calls The Glass Ocean “a riveting historical mystery… filled with twists and turns, in which secrets abound, no one can be trusted, and history isn’t always what it seems.” Only three weeks left until The Glass Ocean…

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The first of the reviews is in for The Glass Ocean and Team W is over the moon!

Booklist calls The Glass Ocean “a riveting historical mystery… filled with twists and turns, in which secrets abound, no one can be trusted, and history isn’t always what it seems.”

Only three weeks left until The Glass Ocean sails into a bookstore near you!

You can learn more about the book– and read the first two chapters– here.

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THE GLASS OCEAN Tour! https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/11/the-glass-ocean-tour/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/11/the-glass-ocean-tour/#respond Sat, 11 Aug 2018 19:07:58 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11300 Team W is taking the show on the road! At long last, we have the complete schedule for The Glass Ocean tour (aka The Most Fun Book Tour Ever II). You can find Team W (Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and me) at the following locations: Saturday, September 1, 3:00 pm Panel discussion with Team W…

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Team W is taking the show on the road!

At long last, we have the complete schedule for The Glass Ocean tour (aka The Most Fun Book Tour Ever II).

You can find Team W (Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and me) at the following locations:

Saturday, September 1, 3:00 pm
Panel discussion with Team W
Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA

Tuesday, September 4, 11:30 am
Lunch with Team W
hosted by Fiction Addiction
The Greenville Country Club
239 Byrd Blvd, Greenville, SC
Ticketed Event: $55 includes lunch and book
To reserve your place, click here

Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 pm
The Glass Ocean Launch!
Talk & Signing with Team W
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street, Woodstock, GA

Wednesday, September 5th, 12:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Milton Public Library
855 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA

Thursday, September 6th, 12:00 pm
Luncheon hosted by Blue Bicycle Books
Halls Signature Events at No. 5 Faber
5 Faber Street, Charleston, SC
Ticketed event: $61 includes lunch and book;
$94 includes lunch for two and book.
To reserve your place, click here.

Thursday, September 6th, 5:30 pm
Wine, Women & Wisdom: “The Glass Ocean” Author Event
Brigade Hall at Oyster Point Neighborhood, Mount Pleasant, SC
Ticketed Event: $45 includes alcohol, appetizers, and book
To reserve your place, click here

Friday, September 7th, 11:00 am
Luncheon hosted by Litchfield Books
Payleys Plantation
70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, SC
Ticketed Event: $60 includes lunch and book.
To reserve your place, call 843-235-9600

Friday, September 7th, 2:00 pm
Book signing and informal chat with Team W
Litchfield Books
11421 Ocean Hwy, Fresh Market Commons, Pawleys Island, SC

Saturday, September 8th, 2:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
The Poisoned Pen  
4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, September 9th, 2:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX

Monday, September 10th, 6:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Vero Beach Book Center
392 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL

Tuesday, September 11th, 6:30 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Writer’s Block Bookstore at Quantan Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, FL
Ticketed event: $30 includes a signed book and glass of wine
To reserve your place, click here.

Wednesday, September 12th, 6:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Wesleyan RJ Julia
413 Main Street, Middletown, CT

Thursday, September 13th, 12:00 pm
Luncheon hosted by Diane’s Books
Burning Tree Country Club
120 Perkins Road, Greenwich, CT
Ticketed event

Thursday, September 13th, 7:00 pm
Talk & Signing with Team W
Barrington Books
176 Hillside Road, Cranston, RI

Unless specifically tagged as a ticketed event, events are free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it to any of the tour stops, but would like a signed book, FoxTale Book Shoppe is doing a special pre-order package.  If you order before September 4th, you’ll receive two Glass Ocean coasters and a Lusitania cocktail recipe along with your personalized copy of The Glass Ocean.

You can also order personalized books from The Poisoned Pen or Murder by the Book and we’ll sign your book to you when we’re there on tour.

We are ridiculously excited to share The Glass Ocean with you.

See you in September!

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Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/10/weekly-reading-round-up-310/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/10/weekly-reading-round-up-310/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:49:08 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11285 This week I had the privilege of celebrating book launches with Fiona Davis and M.J. Rose.  Both books delve deep into the history of New York in the twentieth century and both are excellent. The Masterpiece takes us deep into Grand Central Terminal, first in the glory days of the 1920s, then in the gritty grimness…

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This week I had the privilege of celebrating book launches with Fiona Davis and M.J. Rose.  Both books delve deep into the history of New York in the twentieth century and both are excellent.

The Masterpiece takes us deep into Grand Central Terminal, first in the glory days of the 1920s, then in the gritty grimness of the 1970s, when New York was in a rather bad way, and Grand Central with it, as a talented illustrator seeks to win recognition as an artist in the Grand Central Art School in the days before the Depression, and a recent divorcee finds herself on the trail of an unknown artist in the 1970s.

Tiffany Blues also explores the art scene of the Jazz Age, as a talented artist fleeing from her past receives a coveted invitation to join Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artist colony at Laurelton Hall (which was a work of art in its own right).  But can she escape her past?

The books make excellent companion pieces!

After my dip into New York’s artistic past, I moved into the past that never was with Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric’s Demon, a novella in the same pseudo medieval fantasy world as her brilliant The Curse of Chalion. (For everyone out there who watches Game of Thrones, you will LOVE The Curse of Chalion.  It’s beautifully written, bursting with magic and intrigue, and wonderfully flawed characters– and much less gruesome than GoT.)

Right now, I’m deep in the midst of revisions on the Barbados Book (which is actually beginning to feel like it might be a book!), so I’m revisiting an old friend, Dorothy Sayers’s Murder Must Advertise.

What have you been reading this week?

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Book Event! NYC, Wednesday, August 8th https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/06/book-event-nyc-wednesday-august-8th/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/06/book-event-nyc-wednesday-august-8th/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:41:45 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11276 Come join me, the marvelous M.J. Rose, and Randy Susan Meyers at the Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street this Wednesday night! We’ll be talking Gilded Age, Jazz Age, art, secrets, scandal, New York history, and all things Gothic. The festivities kick off at 6:30.  Hope to see you there! What: Talk & Signing with MJ…

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Come join me, the marvelous M.J. Rose, and Randy Susan Meyers at the Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street this Wednesday night!

We’ll be talking Gilded Age, Jazz Age, art, secrets, scandal, New York history, and all things Gothic.

The festivities kick off at 6:30.  Hope to see you there!

What: Talk & Signing with MJ Rose and Randy Susan Meyers

Where: Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, NYC

When: Wednesday, August 8th, 6:30pm

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Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/03/weekly-reading-round-up-309/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/03/weekly-reading-round-up-309/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:13:36 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11268 This week was all England all the time, in books, at least. I read Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, about an American abroad at Oxford– which made me want to re-read Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night, arguably the best of all possible Oxford novels in that best of all possible worlds (although you can also put…

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This week was all England all the time, in books, at least.

I read Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, about an American abroad at Oxford– which made me want to re-read Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night, arguably the best of all possible Oxford novels in that best of all possible worlds (although you can also put in a plug for Brideshead Revisited).  It also reminded me that I’ve been meaning to read Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments forever (or at least since he wrote it), and that it’s sitting right there on my bookshelf and really ought to be read.

Next up was A.J. Pearce’s Dear Mrs. Bird, and, oh my goodness, WHERE has this book been all my life?  (Thanks so much to Andrea Katz of Great Thoughts Great Readers for the recommendation!  And for telling me that it read as though I’d written it.  Having now read it, I account that a great compliment.)  The heroine would undoubtedly be best friends with Henrietta Dorrington. The tone is sheer comic genius. If a Heyer character were to find herself in World War II, this would be her internal monologue, with more than a soupcon of Sally Fitzhugh.

What have you been reading this week?

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Win a Copy of THE GLASS OCEAN! https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/02/win-a-copy-of-the-glass-ocean/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/02/win-a-copy-of-the-glass-ocean/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:53:08 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11265 Team W’s publisher has generously put fifty advance copies of The Glass Ocean up for grabs! To enter, just go to the Willig, Williams, & White Facebook page, where you’ll find the sweepstakes entry form.  The contest closes on August 13th. Good luck and happy reading! To learn more about The Glass Ocean, visit my…

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Team W’s publisher has generously put fifty advance copies of The Glass Ocean up for grabs!

To enter, just go to the Willig, Williams, & White Facebook page, where you’ll find the sweepstakes entry form.  The contest closes on August 13th.

Good luck and happy reading!

To learn more about The Glass Ocean, visit my Glass Ocean page.

To read Chapter One, click here.

To see where Team W will be going on tour, check out the Events page.

The Glass Ocean is available for pre-order at all the usual places: Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, Books-A-Million, and with a special pre-order bonus gift only at FoxTale Book Shoppe.

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GLASS OCEAN: A Sneak Peek! https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/02/glass-ocean-a-sneak-peek/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/02/glass-ocean-a-sneak-peek/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:37:13 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11263 Want to glance into The Glass Ocean before the book officially appears on shelves in September?  Now’s your chance! William Morrow has graciously made Chapter One available via this link. Here’s the official blurb: From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three…

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Want to glance into The Glass Ocean before the book officially appears on shelves in September?  Now’s your chance!

William Morrow has graciously made Chapter One available via this link.

Here’s the official blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

And now onto Chapter One!

Happy reading!

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GLASS OCEAN Pre-Order Bonus! https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/01/glass-ocean-pre-order-bonus/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/08/01/glass-ocean-pre-order-bonus/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:27:06 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11260 With only a month to go until The Glass Ocean sets sail, Team W has teamed up with FoxTale Book Shoppe to come up with a pre-order treat. If you order a signed copy from FoxTale before September 4th, FoxTale will send two Glass Ocean coasters and a postcard with the original Lusitania cocktail recipe…

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With only a month to go until The Glass Ocean sets sail, Team W has teamed up with FoxTale Book Shoppe to come up with a pre-order treat.

If you order a signed copy from FoxTale before September 4th, FoxTale will send two Glass Ocean coasters and a postcard with the original Lusitania cocktail recipe along with your signed book.  Books will be signed on release day, September 4th, and shipped immediately after.

You can find the FoxTale pre-order page here.

We can’t wait to lift a glass to The Glass Ocean with you!

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Weekly Reading Round-Up https://laurenwillig.com/2018/07/27/weekly-reading-round-up-308/ https://laurenwillig.com/2018/07/27/weekly-reading-round-up-308/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:38:56 +0000 https://laurenwillig.com/?p=11256 It’s been a bit of a week, so I’ll confess I’m having trouble remembering what I’ve read.  (What day is this again?) But two books stand out.  Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives, set on fictional Winthrop Island in the 1930’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s, as choices made in one generation shape the lives of those who come…

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It’s been a bit of a week, so I’ll confess I’m having trouble remembering what I’ve read.  (What day is this again?)

But two books stand out.  Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives, set on fictional Winthrop Island in the 1930’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s, as choices made in one generation shape the lives of those who come after, in ways no one could expect, and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, in which a granddaughter in the present goes seeking her grandmother’s past and discovers that her grandmother was one of the embroiderers of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown, leading us into the lives of two seamstresses in the grim, gray London of 1947.

The Summer Wives is out now, and The Gown; will be available in December.

What have you been reading this week?

 

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