Orchid Affair: the Blurb

Not to be confused with the Blob, which is a different beast entirely. Someone pointed out to me recently that, in all the Mistletoe excitement, I’ve been remiss in posting the usual info on the following book in the Pink series, The Orchid Affair.

Chronologically, The Orchid Affair takes place at the same time as Night Jasmine– but over on the other side of the Channel, where the Pink Carnation and her League are doing their best to thwart Napoleon’s dastardly plans.

So, without further ado, the Official Blurb:

Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte’s minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura’s mission is to report any suspicious findings. At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen—secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought. . . . As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it’s too late?

You can find the first chapter of The Orchid Affair here….


  1. Sheila on June 26, 2010 at 4:46 am

    This is certainly Intriguing, but even moreso is the Burning Question: Lauren when did you find the time to post this when you are so busy in Arizona !?! Thanks again for all you do for us .

  2. Christine on June 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

    This sounds totally awesome! I’m really looking forward to it.

  3. Carole on June 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Shelia has a major point! Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to post amazing things like these. ^.^ I’m just DIEING to read this book and the other new ones.

  4. Allison on June 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait until you get the ARCs in 🙂

  5. Amy on June 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Can’t wait! Sounds very “sound of music”-ish…and that’s not a bad thing!

  6. Jessica S. on June 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t wait!!!

  7. Jeff Reid on June 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    This title & blurb are now up at storycasting.com – just waiting for cover art. Maybe this fall? 🙂

  8. Susan H. on June 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Ahhhhh the teasing!!!! I am not sure I can take it. Good thing Mistletoe comes out in the fall.

  9. Megan-Elise on June 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    oooh 😀

  10. Jenna on June 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so excited for this book… I can’t wait to get back to the pink carnation’s mischife

  11. Kristy on June 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I was just talking to my friend this morning about the coming out of this book in January. I am more excited than ever now.

  12. Abigail on June 26, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I have kind of weird question: what is the pronunciation of “Jaouen”? When I read it to myself, I know I’ll try to hear it in my head…

  13. AngelB on June 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Yea! I’ve missed the Pink Carnation terribly. Can’t wait.

  14. Dayana on June 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Oh man, Jaouen sounds really hot! Go Laura! I think this might be the most exciting Pink book ever! Seriously, I’m already half in love with him!

  15. Rachel on June 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    @Abigail (#12) – that was exactly my question? are you going to give us any help on those french names, lauren? 🙂

  16. Renee on June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I third #12 and #15!

  17. Liz on June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am


  18. Robyn on June 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I would also like to know the pronunciation of Jaouen.

    Can’t wait for Mistletoe and Orchid!!!!

  19. Lauren on June 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I’m not so great at this whole transliteration thing, but here’s a stab at it. Jaouen is pronounced Zhah-ooh-en, each syllable given equal emphasis and mushed together fairly quickly. (The initial Ja is pronounced like the Zsa in Zsa Zsa Gabor).

    (Confession time: I borrowed the last name from a French professor who taught me at Yale years and years ago.)

  20. Abigail on June 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thanks, Lauren! That’s what I’d imagined, but I do like hearing it from the woman in charge. Can’t wait!!!

  21. Olivia on June 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I can’t wait! It definitely sounds like she’ll be one of my favourite heroines (with Henrietta and Charlotte as my current top two.)

  22. Deborah/LavenderRose on July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Oh, Lauren, The Pink Carnation is my very favorite of your girls…I’m just dying to read this new heronie’s adventure with her.

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