As I’ve been plotting the next few books in the series (yes, yes, evil laughter here), I’ve been thinking a lot about loose ends. One of the interesting things about series writing is that, book by book, you accumulate a vast collection of bit characters and bystanders, some of whom may crop up again, and some of whom won’t. Sometimes bit characters surprise you. For example, I never ever thought I would write a book about Mary Alsworthy. She was intended as a disposable side character (the Kleenex of the literary world, used and tossed aside), her only importance as a complication/instigator of Geoff’s plot line. Ha. Shows how much I know.

As the series goes on, which side characters would you like to see pop back up?

Since there are no right or wrong answers, I’ll select one person at random to receive an ARC of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily.

The winner will be announced on Friday….


  1. Rachel on September 14, 2009 at 12:14 am

    First of all, i LOVE every single thing you’ve done with the series, and am so very excited for installment VI. I think it would be amusing to have an account of Charlotte’s grandmother, although I know her timeline doesn’t fit with the others. She seems the type who would have quite the past, and I would love to read about it! But as that may not work plot wise, Tommy Fluellen definately deserves a happy ending after being jilted… πŸ™‚

  2. Francesca on September 14, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I already got mine with Geoff…hmm…maybe a student at the spy school? Following Amy a little too much and going off on their own?

  3. Stephanie Ball on September 14, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Hmm i love letty and geoff, but maybe they would be better left as sometimes mentioned. I however adore the dynamic of miles and hen, i think they can be put in any situation and make things hilarious,

    from the spy school wasnt there a set of twins. that could be fun to play with

  4. Katelin on September 14, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Augustus Whittlesby although I believe you’ve already said he’ll crop up again. So if I had to choose another I’d say Tommy Fluellen as well.

  5. Sonia on September 14, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Just because Amy and Richard and Henrietta and Miles were just so much damned fun in the beginning, I almost want an in-depth look at how they’re doing. We get tantalizing hints, but I would live to see details! One of their children perhaps?

    Or Ms. Gwen. Ms. Gwen is possibly one of the funniest characters ever written. She’s written as an old maid, but she can’t possibly be that old! Her poor suitor had better watch out for that crazy parasol!

  6. Sarah on September 14, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I would love to see Serena Selwick get her very own happily ever after…

    Yet at the same time, I cannot help but be attracted to finding out more of the dreadful DeidreÒ€ℒs story. I canÒ€ℒt help but hope that there is more to her character than just being simply ghastly.

  7. Stephanie W on September 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hmmm, I think I would have to say Tommy as well or maybe poor Turnip. πŸ™‚

  8. J on September 14, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Turnip develops. I can’t imagine he won’t turn up again in the series. And, of course, I am eager to learn more about Penelope.

  9. Nicole on September 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hmmmm….I would have to say Turnip, I would really like to see what happens with his character.

  10. Carolyn on September 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I definitely have to say Augustus Whittlesby deserves a book and Tommy, too. But the most fun would be if Miss Gwynn gets a book!

  11. Erin G. on September 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

    My initial thought was Augustus Whittlesby, but Miss Gwen and Turnip would be fun too.

  12. Christine on September 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Charles, Richard and Henrietta’s brother! The other 2 are so interesting, there must be something beneath Charles’ surface…

  13. Lois on September 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I’d so love to see a Miss Gwen book — would love to see a potential suitor, with her and her parasol. πŸ™‚ And revisiting the old favorites too, whenever it is possible and someone is in the neighborhood. πŸ™‚


  14. heather bond on September 14, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I want to know more about Aunt Arabella!

  15. Rachel on September 14, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Wow, Augustus Whittlesby – I hadn’t thought of him, but that would be fun. My first thought was Turnip, who I’m not sure is even a minor character, as he’s in practically every book – but I’m sure there must be something more to him than we see on the surface… or not? – Anyway, I’d love to see more of him πŸ™‚

  16. Stephanie Billings on September 14, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Oh gosh, I love all the books. If I was to say which character I would like to see in their own story….I would have to say Miss Gwen. She has so much spunk, she should hav a roaring romance and mystery to solve!!

  17. bonnie wizer on September 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

    definitely turnip fittshugh! that sad carnation clad man needs a happy ending πŸ™‚

    other suggestion … miss gwen and her deadly parasol are itching to have their story told.

  18. Stephanie Haddad on September 14, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Hi Lauren!! I’m voting for Turnip, because he needs some love. There’s more to that guy, I’m sure πŸ™‚ -Stephanie

  19. Lora on September 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Miss Gwen!!!!

    Loved her in Pink Carnation and wish she’d get swept up in more espionage, etc. πŸ™‚

  20. Michelle on September 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Miss Gwen all the way…

  21. Hollidae on September 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Like so many others, my vote goes to Miss Gwen. She is unforgettable – and there has to be some story from her past, or there’s definitely one in the future. I also think Richard and Hen’s parents could have a great storyline of their own. And Richard’s valet/butler from the 1st book would have some very interesting stories.

  22. Michelle C. on September 14, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I think there must be a book about Jane somewhere in the works, and I hope so, because she’s been very mysterious, and hasn’t been a main character in the forefront for quite some time now.

  23. Britt L. on September 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    MISS GWEN! I have loved her from the start! I think it’d be interesting to see what has made her so bitter and cynical. Maybe a broken heart from the past? It’d be great if, amongst all the circa 1803 plot action, there were flashbacks from when Miss Gwen was young and in love. So PLEASE, more Miss Gwen!

  24. Jessica S. on September 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I suggested Charles a long time ago, and I stand by that!

    But maybe one of Jane’s sisters? Or the story between Amy’s parents…

    Oh, so many possibilities!

  25. Kat on September 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Richard’s mom!

  26. Elizabeth P. on September 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I would love to see Turnip get his own story or Miss Gwen. Turnip is an interesting character and he should get a happy ending. And Miss Gwen seems likely to end up as an old maid but it would be funny to see her end up with someone.

  27. Bevin on September 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I always enjoy Turnip’s appearances, and though I think he’s best utilized as a minor side character/comic relief, there’s something rather charming about him.

  28. Laura on September 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

    would love to hear more from turnip, and jane of course!

  29. Kristen on September 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Every time I re-read Pink I, I just want to know what happens to Jane’s sister Agnes! (it is Agnes, isn’t it? I don’t have the books at hand to double check…)

    I have a great fear of Derek getting his hands on her and I’m quite worried for her.

  30. allison on September 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    i’m going to have to go with turnip…how can you not want to know more about a man who dresses like a laura ashley nightmare years before laura ashley? pure comedy.

  31. Bridget on September 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Bring back Ms. Gwen!!! She added such great comic relief. I’d also like to “see” Turnip again. It would be interesting to see what kind of pairing you could come up with for these two unique characters.

  32. Connie on September 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It would be interesting to redeem Turnip’s character. I can imagine that his well-known obsession with The Pink Carnation would provide an excellent cover for him.

    And Jane…I would love to hear more from her…she’s where it began afterall.

  33. Melody C on September 14, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Do something with Turnip. =D

  34. alexandria on September 14, 2009 at 11:40 am

    as someone else said richard’s mom and dad! maybe like a book prequel lol they seem so in love and like they had their own great adventure πŸ™‚

  35. alexandria on September 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

    yeah or charles and his wife like someone also said! cute! πŸ™‚

  36. Rachel on September 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do more with Miles & Henrietta. They have great chemistry and I would love to know what they’ve been cooking up!

  37. January on September 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I hate to sound repetitive, but my vote is with Miss Gwen!

  38. Liz on September 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I think Miss Gwen should have her story. I definitely want more with Henrietta and Miles and Robert and Charlotte!!

  39. Julie on September 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    My vote would have to be Ms. Gwen! That parasol gets me every time and also the notes that she’s always taking for her “book”! She is spunky and adds comedy.

  40. Lauren on September 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I would love to read more about Ms. Gwen. Although I enjoy her aura of mystery and if she had her own book that might spoil it. I want more on Jane too, but I assume that is a given.

  41. AngelB on September 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I didn’t read any other responses…but I have two votes:

    Pre-quel the includes the scandals of how the Duke and Duchess of Uppington hooked up.

    And I want to know more about Turnip. He’s by far my favorite and I just get the feeling in your books you already have something lined up for him. I want to be let in on the secret!

  42. Sarah Barton on September 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    You have mentioned Turnip Fitzhugh in every one of your books and he has always managed to pop up when something suspicious is happening, in every book.

    Agent for the King? Agent for the Black Tulip? I’ve always wondered about him BECAUSE he keeps popping up.

    Also, I think Ms. Gwen and Jane should get their own book. They have been in a couple of them but lately we havent seen any of their characters. To me: Amy, Richard, Ms. Gwen, and Jane are the orginial characters of your story line. We’ve read Richard and Amy’s story… What about Ms. Gwen and Janes?

  43. AngelB on September 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    wnat to add that I’ve always had a hunch Turnip and Jane have something going. He just turns up at the “right” places at the “right” times.

  44. Chelsey on September 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Definitely Jane! She not exactly a “disposable side character”, but I think she is capable of having the greatest love story of all…because she’s so darned independent. She needs one STRONG man to whisk her off her feet πŸ™‚ It will be great, I’m sure.

  45. Laura on September 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Turnip Fitzhugh and Jane, I miss Jane.

  46. faith on September 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    that’s a tough one. I love Miles and Henrietta but I also miss Jane.

    Tough call.

  47. Chartreuse on September 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Fluellen or Miss Gwen. Jane, of course. As for Turnip, is there any there there?

  48. Amanda on September 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I think that Percy Ponsonby is hilarious and should have a love interest that manages him thoroughly!

  49. Sara on September 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Miss Gwen is fabulous!

  50. Katie on September 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Agustus Whittelsby!!!!!!!! My heart, my soul!!!! Every mis-rhymed line, every butcherd meter digs you forever deeper into my heart!!! What good is a poet if he isn’t madly and distractedly in love? That’s what poets are for!

    Don’t keep me seperated from my love TOO much longer- absence only makes the heart grow fonder for a while, then it just gets bloody frustrating!

  51. Rachel on September 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Tommy Fluellen deserves a story and a heroine of his own after the whole thing with Pen…and her going off to India…Tommy was pretty much my favorite character in Night Jasmine! Even though we didn’t get to see too too much of him, I loved what I did see and I’d like to meet the girl lucky enough to win him in the end!

  52. Sennin on September 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Turnip Fitzhugh NEEDS a book!!! I love him so much!!! I need more flower-y waist coats and sayings like “Corking good verse.” My floral spy world just isn’t complete without him:(

  53. Sahar on September 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I would be immeasurably delighted if Miss. Gwen had her own story!

  54. Priyanka on September 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Geoff and Letty showing up again would be nice. But definitely Tommy Fluellen! He was WONDERFUL in Night Jasmine.

  55. Lizzy on September 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I would love a story that tells us how Lord and Lady Uppington got together they are so cute ! but if it had to stay in the same time frame as the other pink books i would have to say Tommy Fluellen.

  56. Megan on September 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I would love to hear more about Jasper and what happened to him after he was sent to India. Is he going to show up again in Penelope’s book or will he have his own book. Why did he become so mean/why can’t him and Geoff get along.

  57. Laura on September 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I have to agree with everyone who said Augustus or Tommy! Augustus has intrigued me from the very beginning.

    Of course, I wouldn’t say “no” to a Miss Gwen story!

  58. Amy Mc on September 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Please add my vote(s) for Augustus and Tommy and Turnip. Maybe it’s just because I just finished re-reading “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation”, but I’d love Augustus to end up with his “Pulchritudinous Princess of the Azure Toes”!

  59. Meg on September 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I always hoped there was something more to Augustus Whittelsby. It’d be interesting to go back to the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel too, your take on it.
    Not sure what you would do with the modern day characters but I love Pammy and would love to see more of her.

  60. Susan on September 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Tommy would be a good strong male. However, I would prefer to see Augustus. It would be fun to see his thought process while doing the flowery poet act while doing his job. For some reason, I picture him with Jane. I definitely want to read her story too.

  61. Cait on September 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I’d love to see Charles, the ‘good’ Selwick. I think it would be a huge shock if it turned out he wasn’t as boring as everyone thinks he is πŸ˜€
    Oh! But also Tommy Fluellen. Poor boy.

  62. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    WOW, a lot of people have responded…I would say Turnip, but I know he’s already on his way…so how about Tommy Fluellen…he needs someone, he loved Penelope!

  63. Rebecca C on September 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I vote for Turnip or Tommy. They both deserve a happy ending. (I hope I win the advanced copy. I am expecting triplets in late November-early December and have no idea when I will be able to read Blood Lily!)

  64. jenben on September 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Miss Gwen would be awesome…maybe paired up with that other older lady from the spy school. (Her name escapes me right now.) An entire book about misfit spies who almost screw everything up would be hilarious as well.

  65. Janis D on September 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I would like to see Tommy Fluellen again. I loved him in “Night Jasmine.” πŸ™‚

  66. Anne on September 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I gree with Sonia. I would love to have more about Ms Gwen. I’m not sure that I would really believe that she would have a conventional love story, but I do want to think that there is someone (cynical and yet lovable in his own right?) enought to match her.

    I also agree with Rachel about Tommy Fluellen, but I have great hopes for him in the upcoming book.

    Spot on Sarah B! I have been thinkng about Turnip and his uncanny attendance at just the right moment, for a long time. And we all know that Lauren likes to give us little hints that seem like nothings… (pondering)…

    Amy’s brother has been getting little attention lately. If anyone needs a strong woman to make him into the man he ought to be, it’s him.

  67. Karen Warden on September 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I love Stiles, the adorable friend of Richard and Miles who is always up for a new role to play. Like the time he dressed up and took on the role of the old butler, complete with wig and fake hair pieces and even chased the scullery maids and hung out with the other old men on his days off.

  68. Victoria Engvold on September 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I think doing a book on the Uppingtons would be an awesome idea, since there have already been hints to their story in the other books.
    Miss Gwen and Turnip are two of my favorite reoccuring characters and I think they would both make really entertaining books!

  69. Rebecca on September 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Turnip Fitzhugh NEEDS some love! I’m a huge, huge, Turnip fan (is it that obvious?). πŸ˜€

  70. Veronica on September 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I would love to see Miss Gwen come back and Jane of course! I absolutely love the way both characters have developed together throughout the series in bits and pieces. Maybe it’s time their stories and Jane’s heroic escapades got a book of their own : )

  71. Ariana on September 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I would love to see a flashback of the Uppingtons! And that way we could also see a bit more of Richard and Amy, cause that christmas novella left me wanting more, i keep wondering whether they worked out their problems on communication.
    Also I like Arabella Selwick, I want to know what happened there; I think Jane story is a given or at least i hope it is!!! *hint* hint*
    Ms. Gwen, i like her comedic appearances but I’m not sure I want to see her fall in love, i like her kicking butt with that parasol.

  72. Tasha on September 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I love all your characters Lauren! But the one I’m dying to learn more about is Jasper! Does he stay revolting and greedy, or does a woman set him straight like we always do?

    I’m also very curious about St. George. I remember a tidbit at the end of Crimson Rose about his medallion. It was very mysterious and I always wondered if he was truly dead or simply scheming in the lair of villains waiting for his next opening? Ah, the suspense!

  73. Lauren T on September 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I would be interested in seeing one of the men of your stories entangled with a well meaning, sweet smelling, spy of the opposite gender, maybe even from the opposite side of the war? Personally, I would like to think she is just misguided in her affiliations.

    And like others I am partial to Augustus, or even Turnip, who wouldn’t be? It takes great self confidence to make a fool of oneself knowingly. And anyone that spouts that bad of poetry, or dresses that horrendously deserves to be the hero of their own little world.

  74. Debbie on September 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Henrietta, of course! There’s no way her story just ended with “Happily Ever After”.

  75. Ashley on September 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I think Whittlesby would be an interesting character to have a bigger part. He has been in France for a while now and I would love to see the inside of his mind.

  76. Alison on September 14, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Count me in as a Tommmy Fluellen supporter. I adore him based on the little we’ve seen of him so far, and I would love to see him have an adventure = and a romance πŸ™‚ – all his own.

  77. Jen on September 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    One word…JANE! (However, I have a sneaking suspicion that you may be saving her for last.)

  78. V on September 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to see more of Turnip or Miss Gwen. Both are characters that make me grin whenever they make an appearance!

  79. Ivy on September 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    What about Richard and Hen’s brother, the Uppington heir? The Thomondely (sp?) twins at the spy school could get another look. Also, what about Amy’s brother? Could he be reformed?

  80. shel on September 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    More votes for Miss Gwen and Turnip, yeah. πŸ™‚

  81. Josie on September 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I vote for Tommy Fluellen!

  82. Rebecca Crabb on September 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I’d love to see Augustus Whittlesby or Miss Gwen. Personally Crimson Rose was one of my favotire books, so I’m glad you didn’t throw away Mary. It was nice to have a story with Lord Vaughn as a centerpiece too. The more books the better!:)

  83. Sara on September 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I’d like to see Ms. Gwen’s story or just a book about her would be fantastic! πŸ™‚
    I’d like to see more about Selena Selwick.
    But I’m happy with anything and everything you write! πŸ˜€

  84. Morgan on September 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    You know, I honestly don’t have a preference – I would love to read about anyone! Except maybe Turnip – I think he is best served as a side character.

  85. Cho on September 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    The dimpled French spy πŸ˜€ And Tommy, Serena, and Augustus W… πŸ˜€

  86. Cho on September 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm


  87. Erica on September 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Tommy Fluellen! He deserves a happy ending! He’s so sweet and noble. He deserves to be a leading man and not only the best friend =p

    also, maybe one of Jane’s sisters. You never know, Agnes or Sophia could want to follow in their Aunt’s or sister’s footsteps!

  88. Jacqueline on September 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I would love to have a “flash back” story for how the elder Selwick’s came together, the Marquess and Lady Uppington. They have so much love and passion this long into their marriage, I can only imagine how they started out!

  89. Ava on September 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Adding to the chorus of “voices” for more Jane and more Tommy Fluellen

  90. Rachel on September 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Wow … I guess I’m not alone in my votes for Turnip, Miss Gwen, and Jane …
    I also wouldn’t mind more on Pammy in a few of the “present day” snippits …
    Oh yeah – and I can always read about Hen … I imagine that she’s the kind of spy that my mother and I would be … πŸ™‚

  91. Jessica on September 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    definitely, definitely augustus whittlesby! and potentially wickham from the war office?

  92. Caitlin on September 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Jane! or Miss Gwen. Or Both!

  93. eriley on September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I’m with the many voices who want to know more about Turnip and Augustus.

    Also, thanks for the question for us! These details about side characters are something I’ve always wanted to be able to ask authors.

  94. Kimberly on September 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I would love to see Turnip as a new flower character.

    Turnips are related to the “Brassica rapa (syn. Brassica campestris), commonly known as field mustard or turnip mustard[1] is a plant widely cultivated as a leaf vegetable (see mizuna), a root vegetable.”

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that Turnip is really a mastermind behind several of the flowery plots? Additionally I think Turnip could become a serious “catch” for any woman in court and wouldn’t it be a surprise to find that he was both a brilliant spy and seductive lover when no one is looking?


  95. sania on September 14, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I would love love love to hear more about the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale, I know she’s not exactly a disposable side character, especially in Night Jasmine but I wonder what she’ll be up to (and who she’ll find to boss around!) now that Charlotte is off to India. And I would also love to learn more about the handsome French spy but I think/hope maybe he might show up in the next Jane book?

  96. Elizabeth on September 15, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I’ve always hoped for an Augustus Whittelsby/Jane romance, myself. That said, I’ve also always suspected that you are saving Jane for the last book.

    Maybe Jane’s sister? Surely she couldn’t be dull, considering whom her sister is.

  97. Catherine on September 15, 2009 at 7:07 am

    What I am eternally curious about is WHO lives in Donwell Abbey in Richard’s day? Is it still full of nuns? There’s clearly already the rumours of a ghost….Maybe there’s a young woman who was too young to play with her neighbour Lord Selwick, but has been following him with curiosity all her life… Or a dashing young Duke just moved into the county? There’s a loose end worth following

  98. Danielle on September 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Like someone else way up towards the top said- I think a story with the spy school twins could be lots of fun! I really hope Richard and Amy aren’t wasting time with that school, and a story with one of thier pupils could also provide us with hints as to what they are also up to. πŸ™‚

  99. Michela on September 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I’ve just finished rereading the series, so it’s still fresh in my head. With the next book being set in India, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jasper shows his side-burned face. I was sort of intrigued when Geoff threatened him with a sort of valet-watchdog, and I’m wondering if our valet is an agent of the Pink Carnation…

    Also, I’ve also enjoyed reading about Stiles and Miss Gwen, and I was thinking they would make a rather comical couple! Both seem to have an unnatural flair for theatrics.

    Ah, but I must agree with everyone else about wanting to see Jane–preferably with Augustus Whittlesby. I’d love to read about his past, and how he came to toss aside his poetic talents for the good of his king and country. As for Jane, well, she has always been my favorite character. Other than Henrietta and Miles, of course.

    Can’t wait for the next book, Lauren! Been looking forward to it since I finished Night Jasmine in January.

  100. hadley on September 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

    i’ll add to the chorus of Janes and Tommys and also throw out Lucy Ponsonby as a character who could use more depth. it’s too bad she was mostly cut out from crimson rose – she and mary have an interesting dynamic.

  101. Whitney Daly on September 15, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I am also a Jane/ Whittlesby hopeful. There is just something more waiting to come out there. As for Turnip, I really can’t see him as the protagonist of a book, but who knows, maybe Turnip’s disguise is so good it fooled me. I think Tommy deserves some retribution after Penelope, but I would ultimately like Whittlesby to get a book of his own with or without Jane, but preferably with her.

  102. Georgia on September 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Oh, where do I start… Jane is at the top of my list, avec ou sans Whittlesby, but I suspect we will have to wait and see. Next comes Miss Gwen — I am confident she will find an Emerson like creature who can appreciate her. As backstories, Turnip’s future and the Uppington’s past would be appreciated. Thanks for asking!

  103. Alexa on September 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I’ll add my vote for Pammy!

  104. Kiley on September 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I would love to see if poor Trunip finally finds some one who can handle his turnipness.

    I’d also love to see the Dowanger Duchess’ story.

  105. Amanda on September 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I think Tommy is my first choice. Though I would love to know if there is any depth to Turnip’s character. Jane definitely deserves her own book when her adventures allow it.

  106. Jennifer on September 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have to agree with Miss Gwen, Tommy, and Turnip, but what about either Percy or Lucy Ponsonby. One of them has to have some redeeming qualities. It could be fun to see what type of person would be able to put up with their interfering mother.

  107. Kelly on September 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to know what is hiding in Turnip’s personality. I would vote for Turnip!

  108. rachel on September 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I’m always thrilled when Turnip is mentioned. πŸ™‚ But I’d love to see more of the French spy who fails to steal the king at the end of “Temptation of the Night Jasmine.” Is he the man Jane ends up with? πŸ™‚

  109. Liz on September 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    My votes are Jane (of course) and I think it would be interesting to do an arc of when Vaughn, Theresa, Richard & Geoff were in France during the Terror. There would be a lot you could do with it historically and character-wise:) Just a thought

  110. Amy on September 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I’d love to know more about all the folks in Amy and Richard’s spy school. But, like so many others I am patiently awaiting Jane’s turn πŸ™‚

  111. Jennie on September 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I would definitely want to read Turnip’s book. I feel so bad for him sometimes because of the way people perceive him but I also know that there is more to him than meets the eye!

  112. Whitney on September 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    It would be really fun to go back and look at either Edouard or Jane’s siblings. Edouard although hackneyed in many respects has an interesting story, and it would be entertaining to see how blind he is to the Pink Carnation living under his very house. Jane’s siblings would be unique for very little is known about them and there is definite potential for more in depth stories of them.

  113. georgie becker on September 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Okay just throwing this out there, I would love to read more about the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale, especially since she is always scorning love and the folly of youth. It would be sort of be like poetic justice to see her being brought down with cupids arrow.
    As for the side characters my votes go to Turnip, there has got to be more to him than his carnation obsession, and Tommy Fluellen, I just hate to see that he had been jilted.

  114. Aleah on September 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    My first thought would be Jane or Tommy, but what about about Arabella Dempsey (Temptation of the Night Jasmine)? Sure, she was characterized as more of a wallflower than Charlotte, but maybe there is some reason for that?

    Otherwise, getting to take a look into Amy’s Spy School for Girls could be immense fun also!

  115. Lindsey on September 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    My dearest love Wickham needs a book, or at least more cameos! His mysterious and enigmatic exterior just have to mask a heroic and passionate soul!!!!!!!!! He had MY bodice heaving from his very first line! His ever so brief appearance was enough to forever sweep me off my feet. Who cares if it was only like, 4 pages. He completes me!!!!!

  116. Khol on September 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I would definitely love to read a book about Jane, but one about Miss Gwen would be pretty neat too.

  117. Elyse on September 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Out of all the intresting(and often hilarious) side-characters in the Pink Books, I have always loved Augustus Whittlesby. He has enough charisma and panache to give Percy Blakenly a run for his money.I must admit that I’ve been hoping for him and Jane to find themselves maddly in love. But, dear Lauren, if in your infinite wisdom you see fit to pair Jane with another hero, I will understand. Only adding my fervant wish for a Whittlesby book.

    I also agree with the Tommy fans that have answered already. My heart goes out to the poor guy.

  118. Hannah on September 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Augustus Whittlesby I would love to see more of! Maybe a book about the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale in her younger years…she’s horrifying but absolutely hilarious at times!

  119. Amanda on September 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Turnip Fitzhugh! What’s he really up to popping up everywhere?

  120. Sara on September 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Mme. Fiorila, the opera singer. I just know there is more to her story. . .

  121. Kate P on September 15, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I’d like to see something with Jane’s sisters, Sophia and Agnes. They have been stuck in Shropshire for too long.

  122. Stephanie on September 15, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I would love for Colin, Serena, or Turnip to have their own books.

  123. Julie on September 16, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I pretty much want to see everyone come back. lol I love all the characters. It would be nice to see richard and amy again, more of colin and serena, turnip is hilarious and comes into the stories alot so definitely more of him, what Jane and Miss Gwenare up to, Mary and Vaughn are always good fun, Miles and Hen are super funny as well. And pretty much everyone else like i said before. lol. Does Lucy and her mother ever find someone for her to marry? Every time they find someone he always gets married to someone else, lol. Hum, Maybe she can marry turnip.

  124. Julie on September 16, 2009 at 12:45 am

    And who is the frenchman who tried to take the king but didnt really want him. Its been killing me for months.
    Also, what is he up to?

    The twins from the spy school would also be fun to play around with. I would also like to see tommy again, and what about Colin’s mother. I wonder what she will think of Eloise. And Pammy. And who ever said Stiles should come back, i totally agree. So many good ideas and definitely not enough time to write them all down. Hopefully some of these make it into the books.

  125. Arena on September 16, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I would love love love love love for Miss Gwen to have her own. She was witty, spunk, sweet, funny and clasic. When I thought about it, I thought, ‘This woman needs a little romance in her life.’ Haha.
    I love the sreises and I am re-reading all the books-for the 5th time. Haha. I can not wait for more and you always keep me on the edge of my seat.

  126. Rebecca on September 16, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Miss Gwen, as my 2nd favorite character right after Jane, needs her own book.

  127. Carrie on September 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I am still waiting to hear what happens to Jane; she cannot remain the Pink Carnation forever, no one deserves that fate. Jane probably thinks she doesn’t need to fall in love but she’s wrong- she should admit that she’s in love with Augustus.

    I also have to throw in a vote for Turnip- he’s like a puppy, throw him a stick!

  128. Sara on September 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Richard and Hen’s older brother. Even though we have never met him, he’s been mentioned quite a few times and I would like to see how he stacks up with his illustrative siblings. Might be fun to see him have the same passion for “saving the world” as his brother and sister even though he’s the “respectable/normal” one.

  129. Alexis on September 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    My vote is not just for a person, but a place! I would love to see Augustus making poetry in Constantinople, with the Sultan and the Harem.

  130. Candy on September 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    the next generation so we get a glimpse into how our original stars lives went after they ended up “happily ever after”

  131. MZ on September 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve always thought that Augustus and Jane would end up together! Lots of excellent ideas in here…I can’t wait to find out who’ll be featured in the next Pink book after Blood Lily!

  132. KMD on September 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    As you very kindly wrote a book about my favorite side character – Lord Vaughn, I would have to say Turnip. I would love to see him find a heroine who could help elevate him from a bumpkin to a leading man – if not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

    Thanks for the amazing books!

  133. Liz on September 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Tommy Fluellen as well! He deserves his very own heroine.

  134. Brenda on September 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Turnip Fitzhugh! There has to be a reason he is always where he shouldn’t be or is that a ruse?

  135. Kevin on September 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Turnip! He is always popping up so much in this garden of flowers he must be a plant! πŸ™‚ He may act like a vegetable but perhaps its all an act like the Scarlet Pimpernel and he is really Jane’s most trusted Leutenant! (and possible love interest???) πŸ™‚

    Go Turnip!


  136. Mona on September 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Here is another vote for the Turnip! He may be at the root of the Pink Carnation!

  137. MEAGHAN on September 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm


  138. Anne on September 16, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I’d like to see Pammy get a romantic adventure of her own! It’d be so cool to see someone knock her socks off.

  139. Krystine on September 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I would like a glimpse into the seedy history of Miss Gwen. I’m sure there are interesting reasons for her prickliness.

  140. Gina on September 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Ms. Gwen!! Yes, very creative, I know, but I can only hope that the number of votes for her ensures some sort of reappearance in the future. And Robert’s friend, Tommy. He was fun. πŸ™‚

  141. Rebecca on September 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I love the series, and I would love to catch up with the previous couples – especially Mary and Lord Vaughn. For new stories – JANE!!! Poor girl is stuck in France with only Miss Gwen, who I think also deserves a little love! For the modern couples, I would like to learn more about Joan’s sister – the nice one! Also Serena. She does deserve a happy ending.
    I can not wait for the next installment!

  142. Julie on September 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, Joan’s sister Sally would be perfect for Colin’s friend Martin. He definitely needed a cheering up when we last saw him. Cant wait for Blood lily and all the ones after that! lol.

  143. Catherine on September 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I’d like to join the masses with votes for Tommy & Augustus. And getting a little glimpse of Mary & Vaughn as a married couple would be absolutely LOVELY! After all, we’ve gotten such glimpses into all the other couples lives post matrimony and I’m perishing with curiosity as to how Mary & Vaughn carry on in wedded bliss…

  144. laura whittaker on September 17, 2009 at 12:48 am

    my vote would go to either ms Gwen or Turnip Fitzhugh (don’t ask me why but he has stuck with me since the beginning and i want to know more)

  145. Sabrina Ashbaker on September 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I personally love Agustus and think he would be perfect for Jane, a balance if you will for her cool collected demeanor.

    So, hoping that he will be with Jane (my fingers are crossed) I’d have to say I’m waiting for Turnip to turn up again!

  146. Tara on September 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Miss Gwen definitely. She is my favorite!

  147. nurin on September 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’d really love to see Miss Gwen come back to play a more major role, she’s such an awesome character.

  148. Lauren Ashley on September 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I have to agree with most of the other comments and say either Charles Selwick or Tommy Fluellen. It would definitely be interesting to read the story of another Selwick and I just loved Tommy in Night Jasmine.

  149. Stephanie on September 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I love richard and henrietta’s family… so either their parents or Charles because there is no way he can be boring!!!

  150. Melissa on September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I think Tommy Fluellen deserves to be the hero of his own story after getting ignored by Penelope (and SHE’S getting her own book). Turnip should make a guest appearance as a side character.

    I’d like to see more of a “reunion” book with all the previous instigators involved in some way (Richard and Miles would have to play nicely for a whole book, then!)

  151. ana fisic on September 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Augustus Whittlesby or Miss Gwen definately. miss gwenn would be hilarious. it would take a brave man to go after her.

  152. HipShaker on September 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Definitely Augustus Whittlesby! I’d love to see him be the hero of his own book too.

    Plus more Turnip Fitzhugh & Percy Ponsonby! I love it whenever they pop up.

    I also hope we get to see more of Mary & Vaughn like we do with Miles & Henrietta. Sure, the other characters won’t exactly welcome them the same way they do the lovable pair of H&M but *we* will! Just *picturing* them gliding into a scene & ruffling everyone’s feathers makes me happy!

  153. Katie on September 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Any of the Wooliston girls…Agnes, Sophia…and especially Jane!

  154. Katharine C on September 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I would love to read about Ms. Gwen and Jane!!

  155. Ashley Renee on September 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I would love more on miss gwen and jane! Jane’s the pink carnation but we hear so little about her!

  156. Cynthia on September 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I just got done reading night jasmin and I fell inlove with Tommy he has to come back and find true love. And penelope deserves better than staines. Can’t wait for the next one

  157. Jordan on September 21, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Lucy Ponsonby.. sounds strange i know as she is a pretty gastly character but everyone thought that about Mary too before she got her own book! I think there is potential to make a pretty hilarious story for her.
    Tommy needs a book and of course just to be different turnip and miss gwen definately need their own books!
    And Jane, that girl is just shrouded in way to much mystery!

  158. Alicia on October 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I vote for Tommy Fluellen. Poor Tommy was misguided in love like Geoff. He has the same values of honor and valor as Robert. Oh, he needs a pretty little thing to see him for the greatness he has laying dormant.

    Of course, Jane should definitely have her own book, but that should be the finale to the series… so not anytime soon πŸ™‚

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