Hi, all!

Just a quick heads-up to remind you that this is that last week to enter the current contest to win an advance copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. The contest closes on Halloween, both because I like Halloween (it’s the combination of getting to wear a tiara every year and having official license to eat sickening amounts of candy) and because it’s an easy date to remember.

I’ll post winners on the News page (i.e. here) the following Monday. The first five names picked at random will receive advance copies of Night Jasmine. The next five get signed cover flats for the paperback of Crimson Rose.

There’s an extra little twist to this particular contest. Unlike most contests, there’s no right or wrong answer. The question was: “Who is your favorite Pink Carnation character?” So, in addition to the real life winners, I’ll be posting the fictional winners as well, the winners of the Pink Carnation Popularity Contest, in order of the number of votes they received. It’s a bit like a high school prom, only with fewer streamers and more knee breeches. I’m very curious to see which Pink character will be named homecoming queen… or the equivalent thereof.


  1. Tara Subbarao on October 27, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Amy! She’s spunky, passionate, and intelligent.

  2. Regina Ylvisaker Roeber on October 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I’m going to say Jane; since this character has made each book continue to the next. I can’t wait to read what’s next!

  3. Carly Bornstein on October 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Lord Vaughn, he is extremely witty and the most fascinating/confusing villian/hero. I can’t wait to read the next book!

  4. Lynn Marks on October 27, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, he is intelligent, loyal and wise. He goes through a lot of character growth and is wonderful with Letty at the end of the book.

  5. Heather Stone on October 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    My vote is for Henrietta. She is smart and stands up for herself.

  6. Tara Johnson on October 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Richard. He’s got it all! The epitome of a dashing Englishman, what? He’s got it all! Looks, charm, wit, intelligence. Not to mention that wonderfully masculine trait of infuriating we of the fairer sex while making us fall madly in love!

    p.s. Yes I do realize he is fictional 🙂

  7. Magdalena on October 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Miles, there is just something about his character that attracts me…so jealous of Henrietta

  8. Magdalena on October 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Miles, there is just something about his character that is attractive and his conversations with Henrietta are so funny…so happy for her to land him…actually they are my fav couple

  9. Liz Hildreth on October 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Eloise, what a researcher!

  10. aylaeh on October 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    my fav character is eloise. she and i are quite a bit alike. i can relate to her very well. she makes me laugh with her adventures with colin.

  11. Carol Thompson on October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I like Miles Dorrington! He seems the most amusing and down to earth character

  12. aniko on October 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Can I have two? Eloise and Richard – Eloise because she’s got a fantastic job and Richard because he’s charming.

  13. Sophie on October 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I can’t just choose one, it changes with every book! I would have to narrow it down to Amy and Miles.

  14. Jessica on October 28, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Hmmm…how to choose? I can’t remember who I said for the contest.

    Probably Henrietta, because my husband is a lot like Miles. Actually, he’s Geoff in Miles’ body.

    And I also like Eloise since I was once a dissertating grad student, not so long ago…

  15. Brooke on October 28, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Miss Gwen and her umbrella (although the umbrella may count as its own character). Jane may have her disguises, but Miss Gwen will always have her umbrella ready to vanquish the bad guy!

  16. Andrea Budzynski on October 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I’d have to say Vaughn. Arrogance and wit – what more would you want!

  17. Rebecca Crabb on October 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Letty. She tries so hard yet always seems to not quite get it together! At least in her own mind…

  18. Megan Elizabeth on October 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I was wondering if anyone else would say Letty. I love her human-ness (is that even a word?) and that she represents a slightly different class within the tightknit cirle of main characters, bringing in a whole new perspective that I love.

  19. Samantha on October 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I’m going to vote for Letty for a couple of reasons. I read Emerald Ring first (due to its eye-catching cover!) so she has loyalty going for her. I might vote for Eloise, but Letty has a much more exciting wardrobe, an important factor in any decision I think. But, have to say, Eloise is keeping me interested because she hasn’t bagged her man yet. Based on that, I change my vote. It’s a tie between Eloise and Letty – Eloise still might edge her out in spite of her limited 21st century wardrobe, though that is a pretty big handicap.

    Lauren – you’re me hero. Am doing doc review and live in hopes of someday also escaping. I also hope that none of the other doc reviewers see the romantic pink website I am looking at!

  20. Patricia on October 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Henrietta — she’s spunky & doesn’t let her brother or husband keep her away from the fun of spying!

  21. Marilyn Brant on October 29, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, if I MUST chose just one, it has to be Eloise…I like her so very much and immediately identified with her (a testament to your wonderful storytelling, Lauren :-).

  22. Lindsay on October 29, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Jane and Vaughn (but Jane first and foremost!) I can’t wait till Jane gets her own book!

  23. Amanda on October 30, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Although I should feel an affinity for Eloise (being a fellow history grad student under pressure of deadlines), I’d have to go with good old Miles Dorrington. I love the descriptions of him as over-eager sheepdog. He pops more vividly into my mind than any of the other characters, and I can perfectly picture him sitting across the room and stuffing himself with ginger biscuits . . . and then coming to the rescue in the knick of time.

  24. Gwynne on October 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Henrietta, because she is persistent, confident and entirely herself. She goes after what she wants unabashedly.

  25. Cristina on October 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I just love Henrietta. I can totally relate with her!

  26. Lauren on October 30, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I love that all the characters have their own partisans! This is shaping up to be a very tight race….

    Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Pink Carnation Idol with a panel of judges composed of Lady Uppington, Miss Gwen, Gaston Delaroche, and the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale? Although if that’s too female heavy, we could always substitute Vaughn for the D.D. of D.– I’m sure he would have a great deal to say!

  27. Lauren on October 30, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Samantha, hang in there with the doc review! I don’t know which is worse, the computer kind, which always used to freeze on me at crucial moments, or the paper kind, which resulted in so many paper cuts that a group of us all chipped in and bought a group box of band-aids (bleeding on the documents being considered poor form). But at least it provides good horror stories to share later….

  28. Lauren on October 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Brooke, I am ridiculously amused by the notion of Miss Gwen’s parasol as a separate character. If that parasol could talk, I’m sure it would have a LOT to say. It might be complaining to the Union of Umbrellas, Parasols, and Parapluies (UPP for short) even as we speak….

  29. Kathy on October 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I voted for Amy… If it wasn’t for her, where would they all be??? Tara says it all…ditto~~

  30. Jen on October 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I’d have to say Charlotte. She reminds me of so many of my high school students who are somewhat quiet and shy but have an undiscovered adventurous streak a mile long. When someone helps them explore it, they bloom. It’s something to see. :-)I hope to see the same happen for Charlotte!

  31. Kellie on October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    What a tough decision, with so many colorful characters to choose from. I’d have to say Eloise, though. She can put her foot in her mouth with the best of them. I get embarrassed for her, feel for her and can relate to her clumsy moments and mutterings all too well. I hope she gets her own happy ending one day.

  32. Raela on October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Miles for sure! He’s all guy, but he’s so endearing because he can’t quite be the picture perfect hero he wants. It makes him all that much more attractive. I also like that he’s tall!

  33. Heather on October 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I would have to say Colin because he seems like Miles and MR Darcy all in one. But to be honest I really can’t pick…I just love all the witty remarks that each of your main characters have.

  34. Allison Gallagher on October 30, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Eloise! I relate so well to her love for history and Colin, obviously!

  35. Camille la Flamme on October 30, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Vaughn. No question.

  36. Rebecca on October 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Miles, hands down. And if it were in my power to do so, I’d vote for his floppy lock of blonde hair separately. Because it makes him just THAT more adorable. 🙂

  37. Cynthya on October 31, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I like Henrietta–she’s a strong, brave woman. Of course Miles is great, too.

  38. Nikki on October 31, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    My favorite character is Mrs. Selwick-Alderly, aka Aunt Arabella. Her role in the plot is small but important. She understands the importance of history, AND she knows how to be charming and polite. What’s not to like?

  39. PatAnn on October 31, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Jane gets my vote. She’s brilliant!

  40. Alexa on October 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I vote for Mary, with Vaughn running a close second!

  41. Camille la Flamme on November 2, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I just “got” the Bunty Bixler joke from Black Tulip, I think.

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