Win the Last Pink Comic

We’re down to the third of the three Pink Carnation prints… the Study Scene!

Tonight, I’m giving a talk titled “Spies, Seductresses & Scoundrels”. Appropriate for this scene, no? So, to win a copy of the Study Scene, here’s today’s question:

— Who are your favorite spies, seductresses or scoundrels (fictional or historical)?

I’ll be choosing five people at random to win Study Scene prints. The contest closes Thursday night and winners will be announced on Friday.


  1. Kerrie on October 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Lord Vaughn takes the cake for scoundrel along with Adam Black from Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Books… Seductress has to be Mary Alsworthy, even though she failed to seduce a husband by her fourth season! And for spies- none other than Richard, Percy, and Jane!

  2. Jessica S. on October 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    My favorite scoundrel is Sebastian, Lord Vaughn.

    Favorite spy is possibly Bond, James Bond.

    Favorite seductress, let’s say Ingrid Bergman’s character in “Notorious.”

  3. Bridget Erin on October 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I’d have to say that my favorite scoundrel would have to be Rhett Butler.

    My favorite spy is a tough one, of course Jane, but Professor Snape from Harry Potter is one heck of a spy.

    Seductress I would say maybe Anne Boleyn.

  4. Susan on October 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Overall it’s a tough one. There are some good ones out there.

    For this week I’ll go with Turnip, since I just finished Mischief yesterday. Technically he’s not really a spy, but helps out at times.
    Next week I’ll probably have a new favorite.

  5. Ashley L on October 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Scoundrel:Henry VIII
    Spy: Mata Hari
    Seductress: Cleopatra

  6. Ashley L. on October 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Scoundrel:Henry VIII
    Spy: Mata Hari
    Seductress: Cleopatra

  7. Lia on October 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hmm . . .

    My favorite scoundrel is . . . probably also Rhett Butler.

    My favorite spy would be Sherlock Holmes (occasionally he was a spy and not just a dectective).

    And, my favorite seductress would be Cleopatra.

  8. Kat Moran on October 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    This is it! I’m going to win this time!!

    Some scoundrels – Sir John and Sethos from Elizabeth Peters (Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody respectively). The Alistair men from Heyer’s These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub.

    Was Lord Peter Wimsey a spy? He worked for the foreign office. Oh well, I’m listing him anyway. He should be on every list.

    Zaphod Beeblebrox–also a scoundrel. I bet no one will mention him.

    I know it is TV but I LOVE Sam Axe on Burn Notice. A spy and a scoundrel!

    I’m interested to hear what people say about seductresses.

  9. Rachel on October 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Who doesn’t love The Scarlet Pimpernel?

    If you had listed “seducer” instead … then Sam Axe would qualify for all three 🙂 … and I LOVE Burn Notice!

    And of course … the Pink characters 🙂

  10. Amanda Isabel on October 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Mata Hari, I think – has any spy been so steeped in mystery and conjecture in the modern age?

    But fictionally speaking, I like The Bourne movies (not so much the books), and I like Agent ZigZag (Eddie Chapman) from WW2, as a double agent.

    Thanks! Awesome giveaway!

  11. Christine on October 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I was fascinated when I found out that Roald Dahl and Julia Child were WWII spies.

    I’m also obsessed with CIA shows and I really wish Covert Affairs was year-round.

    Wish I could be at that talk! It sounds amazing.

  12. Christina Reedy on October 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    scoundrel: Jamie Waring as played by Tyrone Power in The Black Swan yum!

    Spy: James Bond…yummy!

    Seductress: Lady Emma the heroic Horatio Nelson to stay in Italy and disregard his wife..but her portraits are beautiful. In fact, she is the cover of Seduction of the Crimson Rose..what a beauty.

  13. Jane on October 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite scoundrel–fictional, thank Heaven–is Harry Flashman in George MacDonald Fraser’s series. Why I’m so fond of him I couldn’t say. I’d cross several streets in a blizzard to avoid him in real life. He hasn’t Lord Vaughn’s redeeming qualities.

    He’s such a delightfully snarky character, though. He’s gorgeous. (And doesn’t he know it!

    Also, the books have all those lovely false pseudo-documents. I love that in a series! 😉

  14. Elizabeth on October 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm


    It’s already been said, but Rhett Butler is also my favorite scoundrel.

    As for spies, Isabelle Spellman from Lisa Lutz’s “The Spellman Files” is pretty great. As are, of course, our lovely Pink Carnation.

    I’m totally blanking on seductresses though.

  15. Carolyn on October 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I would have to agree with Snape from Harry Potter as being the best spy.

    As far as seductress goes the best literary one has to be milady D’winter from the 3 Musketeers. She is just so evil, but so awesome at being evil!

  16. Lesley on October 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Oh this is tough and I’d hate to be repetitive but I agree with so many

    Spy: Professor Severus Snape and Bond
    Scoundrel: Henry VIII
    Seductress: Cleopatra is just the best choice I can think of

  17. Gina on October 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    What a fun question! 🙂

    I’d say my favorite scoundrel is Lord Vaughn. Yummmmmmmm 😉

    Spy? Other than most of the Pink characters of course, I adore Sherlock Holmes.

  18. Sheila on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Spy: James Bond

    Scoundrel: Harry Flashman

    Combo of above : Richard Sharpe (I know, not a category, but I had to get him in here somehow !)

    Seductress: Scarlett O’ Hara

  19. Olivia on October 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Spy: Freya Stark (OK she was more of an explorer, but she helped with intelligence during WWII.)

    Scoundrel: Winston Churchill totally counts as a Scoundrel. Churchill = the best of everything.

    Seductress: Anne Boleyn

  20. Amanda on October 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Spy: James Bond
    Scoundral: Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent
    Seductress: Marilyn Monroe

  21. Amanda on October 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Spy: James Bond
    Scoundrel: Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent
    Seductress: Marilyn Monroe

  22. Claire on October 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Spy: Josephine Baker

    Scoundrel: Charles II

    Seductress: Anne Boleyn

    I don’t know if any of these have been said before 😉

  23. Jessica S. on October 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Scoundrels/Spies-Rhet Butler, James Bond, Lord Vaughn
    Seductress-Cleopatra; Even an ugly woman can get her man if she plays it right. 🙂

  24. Rachel Adrianna on October 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    spy: intrepid (from WWII)
    scoundrel: rhett butler
    seductress: helen of troy

  25. Chaysen Tula on October 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Spy: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bond, James Bond

    Scoundrel: Cary Grant in Notorious and Rhet Butler

    Seductress: Brigitte Bardot and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious

  26. Carole on October 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Spy: Percy Blakeney
    Scoundrel: Lord Vaughn
    Seductress: Anne Boleyn

  27. Amy Schaller on October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Spy- certainly the sexiest, James Bond!
    Scoundrel- Sebastian, Lord Vaughn
    Seductress- Cleopatra

  28. Rebecca on October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Han Solo is my favorite scoundrel! 🙂

  29. Rachel on October 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    James Bond would be my favorite spy, seductress would be Nikita, and I cannot think of a scoundrel.

  30. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on October 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Spy & Seductress in one: Mata Hari
    Scoundrel: Wickham, we really needed some Austen for balance here!

  31. MollyJ on October 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Not including your characters:

    Scoundrel: Casanova (classic)

    Seductress(es): The Sirens, Greek Mythology (they can seduce with their voices!)

    Spy: Belle Boyd (spy for the Confederate Army during the Civil War)

  32. Chartreuse on October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Scoundrel: Harry Flashman
    Seductress: Lady Hamilton
    Spy: Matt Helm

  33. J on October 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Spy: Simon Templar (from the 1940’s series)

    Scoundrel: Han Solo

    Seductress: Nicole Kidman’s character in Moulin Rouge.

  34. Jill on October 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    My favorite scoundrel is so Rhett Butler!

    Kinda blanking on the others.

  35. meo on October 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Soundrel:Bernie Madoff
    Spy/Seductress Rose ONeale Greenhow

  36. Teje on October 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Favorite spy: Sean Connery as James Bond and the Scarlet Pimpernel of course!

    Favorite scoundrel: Rhett Butler

    Favorite seductress: Anne Boleyn

  37. Laura on October 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I think most of these have been mentioned already but I’d have to go with…

    Spy – Professor Severus Snape
    Scoundrel – Sebastin, Lord Vaughn
    Seductress – Milady de Winter from The Three Musketeers or Saffron from the (sadly) short-lived TV series Firefly

  38. Kristen S. on October 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Spy: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (a la “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”)
    Scoundrel: Heathcliff
    Sudrectress: Anna Karenina

  39. Yannie on October 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Favorite seductress: Jezebel (Bette Davis)and Mary Alsworthy, Scarlett O’Hara, Ms. Skeffington (another great Bette Davis Character)

    Favorite scoundrel: Sebastian, Lord Vaughn of course, Paul Chauvelin (Villain in The Scarlet Pimpernel movie with Jane Seymour)Sauron (Christopher Plummer in LOTR.)

    favorite spy: Severous Snape, Percy Blakeney, Sean Connery’s James Bond,

  40. Erin G. on October 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Scoundrel: Han Solo, Rhett Butler

    Spy: the Purple Gentian, the Pink Carnation, Robert Redford’s character in Spy Game

    Seductress: Poison Ivy and Kim Novak’s character in Bell, Book, and Candle

  41. Sue S on October 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    favorite scoundrel: Prince Charming and favorite seductress: Cinderella..okay maybe I’ve watched too many children movies lately. scoundrel in your books since that’s all I can think of at the moment is like most others Lord Vaughn. I love his witty repartee. spy: the Purple Gentian. Seductress I have no clue. Congrats on all the expansion, pink store, comics, paperbacks etc.

  42. Renee on October 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Rhett and Scarlett are up there for sure.

    And I do so love Sir Percy!

    Sorry for the lack of originality…

  43. Becky on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Spy: Sean Connery’s James Bond
    Scoundrel: Eric Northman(Charlaine Harris)
    Seductress: Helen of Troy

  44. Karen Lynch on October 13, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Favorite spies from your series are Miles and Henrietta. Wasp or Lisbeth from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (high tech spying).

    Favorite scoundrel would be Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. Or Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

    Favorite seductress is Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

  45. Adam on October 13, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Spy: Han Solo
    Scoundrel: Han Solo
    Seductress: Han Solo..?

  46. Ashley on October 13, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Favorite Spy – Jason Bourne (non-historical fiction) and of course, the Pink Carnation!

    Favorite Scoundrel – Lord Vaughn and if vampires count, Dracula (Bram Stoker’s)

    Favorite Seductress – Mary Anne Clarke (from Daphne du Maurier’s Mary Anne)

  47. Stephanie Ball on October 13, 2010 at 12:23 am

    spies: Severus Snape
    seductresses: Lord Vaughn
    scoundrels: Lord Vaughn/ Rhett Butler

  48. PM on October 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Spy: The trio of heroes who have been on MI-5/Spooks [Rupert Penry-Jones, Matthew MacFadyen and Richard Armitage–particularly b/c they also played Captain Wentworth, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton. :c)]

    Scoundrel: My freshmen year of college flame? If he’s history, does that count as historical?….but for fiction I’d have to say Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) from Castle.

    Seductress: Catwoman [and particularly as played by Michelle Pfiffer]

  49. Katelin on October 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Favorite spy: James Bond
    Favorite Scoundrel: Axel Hammond from the Play The Nerd by Larry Shue
    Favorite Seductress: Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil from Dangerous Liaisons.

  50. Kristie on October 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I have to say that I think the Scarlet Pimpernel is an amazing spy. I love that series 🙂 And, of course, I love the Pink Carnation characters, especially Lord Vaughn and Turnip Fitzhugh–imagine if they were stuck together for, oh about an hour, and had to actually have a conversation.

    I also love Sherlock Holmes (and Dr. Watson), even though I don’t think they technically fall in any category–they’re “detectives”, not spies.

  51. Dayana on October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Spy: The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Scoundrel: Mr. Wickham from P&P
    Seductress: Lady GaGa (I think she’s seductive as they come ^.^)

  52. Pam on October 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Lucrezia Borgia and Anne Boleyn to be sure (as seductresses go). Not sure I can pick a spy, we don’t get a whole lot of those in Counter-Reform Lombardy. I do, however, love the story of Duke Ercole d’Este of Ferrara paying Alberto Cantino smuggle a copy of a map of the New World out of Portugal in 1500. For a scoundrel…please don’t make me pick. I love all my well-mannered ill-moraled men.

  53. Heather Bond on October 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Lord Vaughn, scoundrel & seductor
    Severus Snape, spy

  54. Kayse on October 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I’m going to have to echo a lot of people here and claim the Scarlet Pimpernel for my favorite spy! My favorite seductress is Mary Crawford, from Mansfield Park… I’ve always been of the opinion that she was just misunderstood by Fanny Price. As for favorite scoundrel, I think Robin Hood could fit the bill (I’m currently re-reading Elsa Watson’s Maid Marian, so I have Robin Hood on the brain at the moment!).

  55. Rachel Nicole on October 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, I hope I win this’s my fave of the three!

    I’m picking all these outside of the Pink books.

    SPY: TIE: Bond and Jason Bourne
    SCOUNDREL: Neal Caffrey on “White Collar”–maybe he’s too much of a good guy to really be a scoundrel but he is a criminal and has a way with the ladies!
    SEDUCTRESS–Barbara Stanwyck’s Jean in “The Lady Eve.”

  56. Joanne M. on October 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Rhett Butler – scoundrel
    Anne Boelyn – seductress
    Lord Vaughn – spy

  57. Camellia on October 14, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Hmmm…. Spies? 007. Enough said. (Although I’m a little bit of a Harry Potter Nerd so Snape too).

    Scoundrel? So many choices… Richard III, Falstaff, well any shakespeare takes the cake…

    Seductresses? Satine from Moulin Rouge (I really do love that movie… Madonna…

  58. Georgia on October 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Spy: Sethos from the Peabody series
    Scoundrel: It has to be Wickham from Pride and Prejudice. Hard to imagine a man with fewer scruples…
    Seductress: Alma Schindler? Helen of Troy?

  59. Lesley on October 14, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I just watched a performance of Othello last night and I have to say that Iago might be the essence of scoundrel!

  60. Diana on October 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Scoundrel: Rhett Butler
    Seductress: Scarlett O’Hara (they were perfect for each other)
    Spy: the Scarlett Pimpernel, Purple Gentian, and the Pink Carnation

  61. Doris on October 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’m going to be unconventional with the spy and say Aphra Behn. Come one, writing amazing plays and novellas and a spy in the 18th century? Amazing.

    Favorite Scoundrel? Dorian Grey.

  62. Liz on October 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite spy would have to be Bond, James Bond (as played by Roger Moore or Sean Connery.) As for seductresses, I’d have to agree with Rachel Nicole (#55)- Barbara Stanwyck was fabulous at playing the seductress (The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity)!

  63. Joanne Renaud on October 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    OK, I can’t help but enter my own Spy/Scoundrel/Seductress here!

    Spy: Michael Westen on Burn Notice.

    Scoundrel: Andre-Louis Moreau from Rafael Sabatini’s “Scaraouche.” You can’t beat the line: “”He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”

    Seductress: Clodia Metelli, aka Lesbia from Catullus’ love poems, hands down. Unlike Cleopatra, she was actually supposed to be very beautiful. And Cicero wrote an entire speech about how wicked she was, which is kind of awesome.

  64. Catie R on October 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Scoundrel would have to be Rhett Butlar… seductress goes to Anne Boleyn and spy would be Bond, James Bond. Thanks for the great contests!

  65. Virginia on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Spy: Sydney Bristow from Alias

    Scoundrel: I think I’m going to go with Willoughby from Sense & Sensibility.

    As for a seductress has to be Anne Boleyn.

  66. Jenna on October 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Spy: Austen Powers oooo or Chuck Bartowski!
    Scoundrel: The Duke in Moulin Rouge, he’s so awkward it’s funny, and Lord Richard 😉
    Seductress:Falicity shagwell, And Inga the lab assistant from Young frankenstein. she knew what she was doing!

  67. am7 on October 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Spies: Pink Carnation/Purple genetian
    Severus Snape
    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (Agatha Christie)
    Edith Cavell (WWI) (historical)
    Michael Weston (Burn Notice)(Television)
    Rhett Butler
    Anthony Dinozzo (NCIS) (television)
    This question was a little harder to answer I had to think about. I also was inspired by other people’s answers; although I have genuine affection for all listed.

  68. Suzanne on October 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    My favorite spy/seductress is (the very fictional) Carmen Sandiego!

    My favorite scoundrel is Sir Guy of Gisbourne (as played by Richard Armitage on BBC America’s Robin Hood. Swoon.)

  69. Elizabeth P on October 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    My favorite spy is James Bond.

  70. Ashley B. on October 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Hmm…favorite spy would be Severus Snape (he’s completely nasty yet sympathetic at the same time!). And I’m going to agree with someone above who said Han Solo as my favorite scoundrel…or Porthos from The Three Musketeers. And I guess Artemis from the Dark Hunter series as seductress. I love how she never really gets what she wants, even though she uses all of her feminine wiles!

  71. Susan on October 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Lord Vaughn is my favorite scoundrel, although Georgette Heyer does a pretty good job to win my favorite with Devil’s Cub,the Marquis of Vidal. Of course, his father the Duke of Avon in These Old Shades is very good too;-)) Love them all!

  72. amanda b. on October 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Spy- James Bond!

    Seductress- Scarlett O’Hara

    Scoundrels- Lord Vaughn, Austen’s John Willoughby, and Richard Armitage in BBC’s Robin Hood

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