Orchid Affair Discussion Groups

Hi, all! Now that The Orchid Affair is launched into the world (and onto your bookcases/Kindles/Nooks/etc.), I’m planning to host two discussion groups here on the website: a readers’ forum, for you all to discuss with each other, and an Ask the Author post, for any questions you might have for me.

But first, I have two questions for you.

Question One: How much time should I give you to read it before the spoilers start flying? Would you like to see these fora up next week? The week after next?

Question Two: Which one would you like first? (Or I can post them both at once.)

If there’s anything else you’d like to see up here, as always, just let me know!

p.s. Orchid-in-the-Wild update coming soon. You can see all the pictures that have been submitted to date in the album on my Facebook author page.


  1. Christine on January 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I would say a month after the release date is safe for spoilers. Several people have mentioned being on the library waitlist for the book and I know my library sometimes takes several weeks to get the book in after release.

    I would like to see the Ask the Author and the forum at the same time. No real reason, but I bounced around a “chicken or the egg” type scenario in my head with asking you questions or asking each other questions and finally decided that together would be the most fun.

  2. Chanpreet on January 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I’d have to agree with Christine. One month would be ideal. I’d settle for 3 weeks after the release date. :p

    And both the forum and ask the author should be released at the same time.

  3. Pam on January 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Goodreads allows you to check a box if your review contains spoilers, which will render it invisible unless one clicks on it so that they won’t accidentally read a spoiler while browsing the list of reviews. Perhaps such a thing would be possible with questions/threads in a forum? Posters could check a box that would hide the text of their post and they could be encouraged to be judicious when titling threads?

    (Orchid is terrific so far, by the way.)

  4. Kat on January 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I’d say 2 weeks to post for reader discussion and 3 – 4 weeks for ask author questions.

  5. Nikki on January 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    At the rate I’m getting to read Orchid it will be at least 2 weeks before I’m done! Work, son’s pre-school and life in general are conspiring to keep me from reading!! Ugh!

  6. Alyssa on January 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I just finished the book yesterday and I loved it! Laura is fantastic! She might be my favorite herione yet.

    P.S. loved all the knitting!

  7. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on January 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I want to talk NOW! Of course, I’ve been waiting awhile… but I agree, if there was a spoiler warning, the conversations could start immediately, if not, 3 weeks to a month is good.

  8. Kristie on January 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’d like to go the week after next. But that’s because I already have a book club book I’m discussing right now, so I haven’t had time to start Orchid Affair yet. And I think it’d be nice if you could put both new features up at once 🙂

  9. Laura on January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I would say the sooner the better:-) But to be fair I think a month sounds about right…..as far as the questions and discussion goes I think at the same time would be good. Thanks for a lovely book.

  10. Sheila on January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Now that I have finished Orchid, a sad/happy event, I can’t wait for the forum to get going.

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