Mini-Contest #2 Addendum

As Cho just wisely pointed out, many great T-shirts have lists. Like “How To Lose a Spy in Ten Days” or “You Know You’re Obsessed with the Pink Carnation When….”

So I’m adding another level to the contest. (Insert evil laughter here.)

For those of you not artistically inclined, here’s your chance to score an ARC of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. Give me your best Pink-related top ten (or top five or top eight), here in the comments section below. It can be anything you like– so long as it peripherally relates to the series.

And perhaps one of these lists might make its way onto the back of a Pink Carnation T-shirt….

Have fun!

Oops, details: this portion of the contest will close at the same time as the T-shirt contest, on Sunday, September 19th, with a winner, chosen at random, to be announced on the 20th. If you’d like to design a T-shirt with your list on the back and submit it in the Mini-Contest, I’ll count them as two separate entries– making you doubly eligible to win!


  1. Stephanie Ball on September 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    You know your obsessed with pink books when.. go to the book store to look at the new books even though you don’t have money to spend.
    2. You start acting out scenes from the Secret History of the Pink Carnation.
    3. You contemplate teaching sheep to stampede.
    4. Have an parasol by your bed for protection.
    5. Think jam tarts not only attract unicorns but are romantic as well.
    6. Are severely disappointed men stopped wearing breeches.
    7. Day dream about kissing a man in a mask behind the curtain.
    8. during daily activities come up with ways to spy on Bonaparte.
    9. Wish Miles was your over excited sheep dog.
    10. and last but not least. Lord Vaughn makes you want to go back in time so you can flirt shamelessly with him..

  2. Christine on September 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    You know you’re a spy in Napoleonic Europe when…
    1. You find yourself daydreaming of the perfect floral spy name instead of daydreaming about being the perfect ton wife
    2. Instead of swooning, you attack with a parasol
    3. Danger finds YOU
    4. All your friends are also spies with floral names
    5. You never let a petticoat or a reticule get in the way of winning the battle
    6. So what if you’re ruined? That’s just how you roll
    7. You’ll never stay put when told to do so
    8. You manage to corrupt your escort into being your accomplice
    9. You have no concept of how dangerous something actually is because, gosh darn it, girls can be spies too
    10. You don’t know what you would do if you weren’t a spy

  3. Jessica S. on September 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    You know you’re obsessed with the Pink Carnation series if:

    1. You have pegged everyone in your life as one of the characters.
    2. You’ve lost track of how many times you’ve read each book in the series.
    3. You daydream about running into Eloise in London.
    4. When a new book comes out, you plan a theme evening…pink clothes, Indian food (for Blood Lily), an emerald ring…
    5. You have bookmarked in your browser.
    6. You wonder where you can buy a muslin dress.
    7. You’ve raised your voice to a book store employee who can’t remember how to spell “Willig” when finding the newest book for you.
    8. You can’t believe that the book wasn’t out on the shelves yet anyway.
    9. You wonder if you’re an Amy, a Henrietta, a Letty, a Charlotte, or a Penelope…but you’re sure you’re not a Mary.
    10. You spend a great deal of time composing a top 10 list for one of Lauren’s contests…the night after you design a T-shirt for another contest.

  4. Stephanie Ball on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Nice Jessica… i have to say i am guilty of all of those. except i rarely go to bookstores. Amazon is my best friend, there also generally cheaper there.

  5. Beth on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    You know you’re obsessed with the Pink Carnation series if:

    1) You have created your own flowery alias.
    2)When your excitment for January has nothing to the new year but for the release date for the new book in the series.
    3)promptly associate stargazing with diamond necklaces.
    4)When you have a constant craving for ginger biscuts.
    5)Richard, Geoff, Miles, Alex and Robert are now your favorite names. THe name Sebastian just makes you blush.
    6)You constantly practice your double entendres and hope to master triples before the end of the year.
    7)You call out sick on release dates so you can read all day without interruption.
    8)when your friends stare at you oddly for referring to your purse as your reticule.
    9)You practice your disguises and often debate the effectiveness of stampedeing sheep.
    10)You see an umbrella, whatever the color, and resolve to give it a wide berth in passing.

  6. Gina on September 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Bahaha I love these! Particularly any of them pertaining to Vaughn….. XD

    Ahem. Here goes.

    You know you’re a Pink Carnation fanatic if…
    1) Your daydreams no longer involve men without accents.
    2) You wish there was Napoleonic version of the Rennaissance Festival so you could pick up men there.
    3) You’d carry a parasol over pepper spray any day.
    4) You take new books with you to meals, to class…anywhere.
    5) You went to B&N just to read the sneak preview chapter of the next book in the new editions released.
    6) You enter every mini-contest ever.
    7) Even Almack’s sounds more exciting than your life.
    8) You have the strange urge to do historical research just to find the Selwick papers and read them all.
    9) Your friends are getting tired of your changes in language every January.
    10) You understand why men used to wear knee breeches, and wonder why the stopped.

  7. Gina on September 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Hmm…I didn’t know that an 8 with a parenthesis turned into a face. Cool.

  8. Kristen S on September 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    You know you were born approximately two centuries too late when:

    10. You use exclamations like “Zounds” or “Odds Fish”

    9. Every man who’s ever used a monocle or quizzing glass has your eternal envy.

    8. You know that Almacks is not a type of almanac.

    7. High Perch Phaetons should be everyone’s vehicle of choice

    6. Obviously, Beau Brummel is the man (or more correctly, the model of male sartorial perfection)

    5. The frogs across the channel. Enough said.

    4. Quadrilles and lemonade are your social scene

    3. Gothic novels should be all the rage.

    2. Knee breeches make you swoon.

    1. The Pink Carnation and a batillion of flower-named spies dominate your imagine.

  9. Kristen S on September 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    *imagination….i meant imagination!

  10. Stephanie Ball on September 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Beth.. omg Perfect… I think that’s the best one so far! i would put that on a tee shirt, tote bag etc.. and proudly wear it around LOL. Sebastian does make me blush!!!

  11. Sara G. on September 16, 2010 at 1:20 am

    i love all of these!!! they make me laugh and say I do that! 😀

  12. Sue S on September 16, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I loved all these lists. Number 3 was my particular favorite..but so many others had points that captured my attention as well. Great creativity. I couldn’t figure out how to do what I wanted on a t-shirt, so I’m content just to read all these…no creativity here.

  13. Sheila on September 16, 2010 at 4:21 am

    You know you are In the Pink if your Hero is oddly named Turnip, instead of something cool like Miles or Geoffrey….

    Note to Stephanie: I am not sure if Amazon is my best “friend” or not. It’s way too easy to spend money….love that no sales tax and free shippng…

  14. Sara M on September 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    So I don’t have a list or anything but all the comments about parasols as weapons just reminded me of something.

    I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda where crime and theft is high. I was the victim of an attempted robbery a while back and beat the man away with my umbrella (parasol)! hahaha

    Actually, when I think about it, he was probably the victim, not me!

    How completely “Pink” of me!

    Love it 🙂

  15. Sara M on September 16, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Assault by “parasol” trumps attempted robbery any day!

  16. Stephanie Ball on September 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Fantastic… That has to be on a list somewhere. Any Attempt against your person results in the villain getting beat with a parasol.

  17. carole on September 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    1) I am not a flowery named spy…or am I?
    2) Got Pink carnation?
    3) Turnip Fan!
    4) Yes, I love Pink Carnations.
    5)When you someone mentions a flower you wonder if that is Lauren Willig would use that for the next book.
    6) Sheeps are evil.
    7) Won’t Take a Man that is named after a flower.
    8) If You Quote Shakespeare You Own My Heart.

  18. Stephanie Ball on September 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    So You want to be a Spy.. Can you
    1. Look dashing in breeches and a mask?
    2. Avoid dragons with parasols?
    3. Learn anything and everything including how to train sheep to stampede.
    4. Dress as a washer maid or groom?
    5. Learn the art of being ridiculous so your not suspected. Can include poetry worshiping feet.
    6. Think up a flowery name to leave Bonaparte agents in fear or at least very annoyed. the joys of incendiary devices.
    8. Come up with clever rhymes to leave on Delaroche’s Pillow.
    9. Keep your life a secret, well apart from your mom, dad, sister, friends… umm you get the drift.
    10. Help in aiding the cause to be the biggest pain possible to Bonaparte while getting the girl and keeping society a flutter with your daring deeds.

  19. carole on September 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    1) I am not a flowery named spy…or am I?
    2) Got Pink carnation?
    3) Turnip Fan!
    4) Yes, I love Pink Carnations.
    5)When you someone mentions a flower you wonder if Lauren Willig would use that for the next book.
    6) Sheeps are evil.
    7) Won’t Take a Man that is named after a flower.
    8) If You Quote Shakespeare You Own My Heart.

  20. carole on September 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm
  21. Stephanie Ball on September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Nope Error Carole. When you get to the page after you click done, just save image as.. and then e-mail them to Lauren. We will see it when Lauren posts them. Sorry your having such trouble! wish i could see it

  22. Amy on September 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    8 Signs You Might Be Pink Obsessed:

    8. You take the week before the new Pink book comes out off so you can reread all the books in the series.
    7. The first names that come to mind when you get a new kitten are Miles, Richard, Vaughn….
    6. You’re annoyed because your friends refuse to answer to their flowery aliases.
    5. You daydream about moving to London to meet a dashing descendant of the Purple Gentian.
    4. You find yourself imagining what you boyfriend would look like in a mask and knee breeches.
    3. At parties, you try to keep your friends away from balconies and alcoves.
    2. You’re beginning to hate explaining that, yes, being a cad is a BAD THING!
    1. You use Halloween as an excuse to buy a mask and a muslin dress to pretend you’re at Vauxhall.

  23. Mary O'Brien on September 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    You know you are obsessed with the Pink Carnation when…
    10. You find parasols more intimidating than other various forms of pointy weaponry.
    9. References to the Romantics make you giddy with glee.
    8. You want to learn how to bend a leg in the quadrille.
    7. Ginger biscuits and jam tarts make your mouth water.
    6. You almost wish you had your own chaperone. Almost.
    5. You and your friends plan ‘Pink Dates’ to discuss the latest books.
    4. The men in your life pale in comparison to chaps dashing about in cloaks.
    3. You find Turnips infinitely more amusing than you probably should.
    2. Knee breeches and cravats are the epitome of sex appeal.
    1. You may or may not believe that you are in fact a flower-themed spy!

  24. Stephanie Ball on September 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Very good last two posts.. excellent. i especially love number 4 of Amy’s shh don’t tell my boyfriend…:-)

    As two 5 of Mary’s is there anyone in Oregon who would like to meet up for “pink dates” I don’t know if there is anyone local who is on this site but would love to meet some new people who share an interest in these books.

  25. Lauren Ashley on September 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    You know your obsessed with the Pink Carnation when. . .

    10. you meet a new man and immediately wonder what he would look like in knee breeches and a
    mask. . .
    9. you’ve come up with your own espionage league, flowery names included.
    8. parasols are the weapon of choice for said league.
    7. you feel like Eloise’s life is your dream come true.
    6. you often use Victorian English in your everyday life much to your friends annoyance. . . “coffee at 3?” “Capital!”
    5. your idea of retirement is opening your own spy school on your stately manor.
    4. you refer to a friends scandal as “pulling a Penelope.”
    3. you have a weakness for bad poetry.
    2. whenever you see Ginger Biscuits your first thought is that Miles should be somewhere around here.
    1. you are seriously considering turning one of your rooms into your own Chinese chamber ala Lord Vaughn.

  26. Rachel Adrianna on September 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    You know your alter-ego is a red-headed graduate student when…
    1. you want to throw out all of your cutesy pjs and exchange them for “jane eyre-esque” nightgowns
    2. your best friend tells you to draw parallels between your crush and a choice dessert
    3. you start looking for men with a devastatingly attractive british accent around every corner
    4. you measure up your new man against errol flynn
    5. you become desperate enough to try a blind date with the son of an acquaintance of an elderly relative
    6. a romantic dinner just doesnt sound as nice a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich
    7. you suspect your new man of being a spy and having high-tech, armageddon-inducing equipment in his perpetually-locked closet
    8. you become supremely relieved when the skinny fashionista on your crush’s arm is his sister
    9. you constantly find yourself wearing the wrong sort of footwear for the current tempest outside

    and last but not least…
    10. although you are a child of central-air in the upper est side, you have no problem letting your boyfriend shrug off your burberry coat whilst in a freezing mansion and replacing it with his body heat 😉

  27. Kate on September 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    You know you’re obsessed with the Pink Carnation WHEN:
    10. You’ve read The Scarlet Pimpernel to get you ‘in the mood.’
    9. You want ‘OD5 F15H’ as your British license plate, in honor of flowery named spies.
    8. You constantly wonder that if you choose a major in archival science if you will be able to spend time in old houses digging through manuscripts, learning about female spies who thwarted Bonaparte on a daily basis.
    7. You sneak out to the car on your lunch break for the guilty pleasure of reading about the next Flower.
    6. You get very excited when your significant other is willing to put on knee breeches to go to a ball with you!
    5. You want to start a book club just for Flower spies, and everyone has to come up with their own code name.
    4. You meet someone who loves the Pink Carnation series as much as you do, you feel that you have found your soul sister.
    3. You want to learn ciphering, so that you too can help translate intercepted messages.
    2. You want to learn embroidery so that you can embellish your pelisse and kerchief with your chosen flora.
    1. You want to plan a vacation to Europe with all of the locales that are mentioned in the Pink series, but tell your traveling partner that they are simply places you’ve wanted to see, while secretly knowing that you want to see where all of your favourite characters have walked about in order to play havoc with the French government.

  28. Stephanie Ball on September 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    think the next contest should be.. What is your flowery spy name. lol seems to me we are all thinking it

  29. Julie on September 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I Love These!!!! they are hilarious!! Nice work everyone.

    You know your Pink obessed:
    1. when you check for new stuff at least three times a day
    2. when you daydream about men with british accents running around in black masks and capes
    3. when you go to barns & noble the day before the new Pink book comes out just to see if they put it on the selves yet
    4. when you spend time doing contests for Lauren when you should be studying for tests
    5. when the words pink, carnation, or flowers remind you of spies and romance

  30. Gina on September 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Just had to comment to appreciate Julie’s #4. That’s definitely when I posted my entries. 😀

  31. Georgia on September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I am hopeless at this, but that won’t stop me from trying.

    You know you are obsessed with the Pink Carnation when:
    1. You listen to the whole series of audiobooks every time a new book is about to be released
    2. You regularly check Lauren’s website for mini-contests, sneak previews and other freebies
    3. You spend hours adding the votes for the cover contest just to find out who won a few hours before the announcement
    4. You can’t wait for Turnip to meet another vegetable and find bliss
    5. You stay up to midnight waiting for your Kindle to download the new book.

  32. Rachel on September 23, 2010 at 12:36 am

    1) You don’t know your best friend’s birthday but you know when the next pink book will be released
    2)You’ve taken a class on the history of England and had to restrain yourself from enquiring into the well-being of the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale
    3) You read horrid novels
    4) You once referred to the Castle of Otranto as a horrid novel rather than a gothic novel
    5) Pulchritude become part of your regular vocabulary
    6) You worry that your behavior may not be considered good ton
    7)You compare troubled family dynamics to those of the latter day Selwicks
    8)You keep your important papers in a folder with a flower design on it that may or may not be the same flower as your covert identity
    9)You hope to one day terrify fops into jumping out of windows
    10) When you wonder how the Pink Carnation will involve herself in all your favorite Napoleonic battles (Trafalgar, the Peninsular Wars, ect.)

  33. amanda b. on September 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    You know you’re obsessed with the pink carnation when…

    1. You try to get your British husband to wear knee breeches, a mask, and a cape at Halloween.

    2. You try to get your British husband come up with a flowery spy name to go by, while he is wearing his spy ensemble.

    3. You are trying to procure a matching Regency gown to wear to match the British husband. If it means sewing one by hand, so be it!!

    4. You have a daughter named Penelope

    5. You are with child and you want to name your baby Arabella if it is a girl or Colin if it is a boy.

    6. As soon as you find out the release date for the newest Pink novel, it immediately gets put into the calendar in your blackberry.

    7. Your blackberry is set to remind you of the upcoming Pink novel’s release, 2 days before it’s actual release so that you are sure to not make any plans that morning, so that you can dash out the door to buy it!

    8. Whenever you see a parasol, you immediately think of it’s possibility of being used as a weapon.

    9. the “Lauren Willig” tag on your blog is the second largest tag, with the largest being “books”!

    10. The only thing on your nightstand besides a decorative reading lamp is a beautiful display of all of your Pink novels, all hardcover, and in order. You wouldn’t want them on your bookshelf with all of your horrid novels!

  34. Jessica S. on September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I’m going to amend mine…

    5. When you watch “As Time Goes By,” all you can think of is how perfect Janet Henfrey (Mrs. Bale) would be as Miss Gwen.

  35. amanda b. on September 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    and a few more…

    11. Pink is your favorite color

    12. You wear a pink shirt and pink sapphires to the bookstore to pick up your Pink novel on its release date.

    13. You and you daughter have flower middle names. Any other daughters you may have will also have flower middle names.

    14. You prefer to travel by horseback or carriage.

    15. You have secret crushes on fictional men in novels, who would be older than your great great great grandfather.

    16. When you click on your internet browser’s tab of “most visited”, Lauren Willig’s site appears in the list.

    17. When you talk about Lauren Willig, your family knows exactly who you are talking about.

    18. You dream about the day when the Pink novels will become movies.

    19. you call your ginger cookies ginger biscuits.

    20. You spend hours and hours doing things for contests instead of working on your 7 page art history research paper!!!

  36. Alexandra J on September 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Like Eloise, are you pursuing a PhD in History? Here are a few must-haves as you work on that dissertation:

    1. A never-ending stash of pencils (no pens allowed in those archives!)
    2. A cute British boyfriend to lug those heavy books home from the library
    3. A cache of primary source documents whose secrets only you understand
    4. The ability to ignore those emails from your thesis advisor inquiring about just when you might send him/her the next chapter
    5. Coffee, lots and lots of coffee
    6. A hot lead on the spy scandal of the century!

  37. John on September 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    voting for #1 and #2
    also like the pink tote and water bottle

  38. Lauren on September 25, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Have I mentioned recently how much I love these? Laughing SO hard.

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