Happy New Year, all! 2010 has already started with a bang for the Pink Carnation. In only four days, the paperback of Night Jasmine comes out. In just over a week, on January 12th, we have The Betrayal of the Blood Lily!

Between January 5th and January 11th, I’ll be hosting daily mini-contests on the site, with a big give-away to celebrate the release of Blood Lily on January 12th.

To celebrate the New Year– and the impending arrival of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily!– here is one of my favorite out-takes from Blood Lily:

As those of you who’ve read the first chapter might have gathered, Captain Alex Reid wasn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of escorting Lord and Lady Frederick to Hyderabad. Penelope, naturally, doesn’t make his chaperonage any easier….

In this scene, their party is on the road to Hyderabad. Having already flatly refused to ride in a palanquin, Penelope decides to entertain herself by badgering Alex.

“Shouldn’t you be riding with your husband?”

“Afraid we’ll cause a scandal? I assure you, Captain Reid, we are more than adequately chaperoned.”

“It is a relief to know that my virtue will be safe with you.”

Lady Frederick eyed him speculatively. “Do you know, you’re rather fun when you allow yourself to be sarcastic.”

“That was never my intent.”

“Some of us have learned to take our amusement where we find it. What do you do for amusement, Captain Reid?”

“Not all of us live for amusement, Lady Frederick. Some of us work for a living.” He sounded, Alex realized, rather a prig.

“Trust me, Captain Reid, amusement is hard work. It can be terribly taxing amusing oneself. It’s much harder than trying to amuse others.”

“You need occupation,” Alex said callously.

Lady Frederick’s amber eyes glinted in the sunlight. They put Alex in mind of a tiger waiting to pounce. “Do you have one in mind?”

Alex thought of the endless lists that occupied his evenings, the accounts, the persnickety recording of every ounce of grain consumed, every cookpot broken. It would serve her right—but he couldn’t.

“Nothing suitable,” he said with regret.

“Anything unsuitable?”

It was so over the top that Alex couldn’t resist responding in kind. “Am I to fear for my virtue again, Lady Frederick?”

With a laugh, she spurred her horse away from his. “Not today, Captain Reid,” she called over her shoulder. “Not today.”

Check back for more out-takes, contests, and give-aways as we count down to Blood Lily….


  1. Sheila on January 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    YUm, yum….”more please”

  2. Aleah on January 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I absolutely adore Alex and Penelope in every single way! They are truly one of my favorite couples.

  3. Anna Hunter on January 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I can not wait! I have been re-reading the entire pink series. Enjoying them just as much as the first time.

    I am trying to collect hardcopies of the series as well. Do you send signed book plates out, since I can not get to a book signing, in my case due to poor location, location? I would happily send a postage stampped envelope.

  4. Allison on January 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    haha, love it!

    I just this very hour finished my Blood Lily ARC, so now I’m already grumbling to myself for Pink VII…

  5. Lauren on January 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hi, Anna! I’ll gladly sign some bookplates for you. Just email me about it at willig@post.harvard.edu

  6. Leyla Kyria on January 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Oh how I can’t wait! I absolutely love your work!! I have been listening to audiobooks at work and I came across your series by the second book. I finished it the next day then purchased the 3rd, 4th, 5th and THEN went back a read the first. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! It has been such a wonderful surprise to find such fun within the characters excursions. Especially being able to pick it up from the second and still be pleasantly surprised to fill in a few blanks going back to the first book after reading the others. Not many stories will allow that. But you have succeeded in making each it’s own and yet they are all tied together. Fabulous! Most of all I love the fact that I can relate to their sarcasm and witty retort. Over the holidays I lured my mother, sister, in laws, and cousins to this series and I can’t wait for the Blood Lily!! Truly big fans!!!

  7. Susan on January 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    That was incredible. I just finished reading Blood Lily, and I LOVED it! Alex is absolutely dee-licious. I didn’t think I would Pen very much but we get to see a different side of her.

  8. Jery on January 9, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I am so excited!!! I gave Pink Carnation to my best friend for Christmas, and am going to try to wait until she’s caught up with the series to read Blood Lily but I don’t think I’ll make it. I have no will power where your books are concerned 🙂

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