Pink X: The Purple Plumeria

It’s time for an update on Pink X: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria.

We have a release date! If Amazon (Japan) is to be believed, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria will be making its way into bookstores on August 6, 2013.

I also have a little announcement to make about it. Unlike the previous Pink books, which were published in hardcover first and then trade paperback a year later, Purple Plumeria will be published as a trade paperback original.

The downside: those of you with hardcovers will have mismatched collections.

The upside: nobody has to wait an extra year for the book. (And the e-book price will be lower.)

Here’s the official blurb:

Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed in an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates.

Having served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside—especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan. But, when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing from her English boarding school, Gwen reluctantly returns home to investigate the girl’s disappearance.

Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them. But Gwen’s partnership with quick-tongued, roguish William may prove to be even more of an adventure for her than finding the lost girls…

As some of you know, I’m still in the midst of writing it right now (Miss Gwen was NOT being cooperative, surprise, surprise), but it’s starting to come together. I’ll start posting excerpts and outtakes in the fall, once the book is safely in my editor’s hands.

Can you believe we’re on Book Ten??


  1. Chanpreet on July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Woo hoo! Ten books already? It certainly doesn’t feel like it! Way to go Lauren! 🙂

  2. Jessica S. on July 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I have trade paperbacks for I-III, and hardcovers for IV-IX, so I have mismatched books already 🙂

    So. Excited.

  3. jeffrey on July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Good grief Lauren! I was under the mistaken impression that you were far from finished with Pink X and still wading through it. You continue to amaze and astonish with your prolific and superlative output! Nothing, I mean nothing is going to preempt this on my must read list! It is on top of the stack and will stay there until I can snag a copy. (Also, look for another review!)

  4. Kristen A. on July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yay, The Garden Affair and The Passion of the Purple Plumeria to look forward to next year! I’m going to be spoiled.

  5. Kristen A. on July 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    *Intrigue, of course. I was so overwhelmed with excitement I got the titles mixed up.

  6. Céline on July 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Yeaaaah!!! I would have done like I did with the Garden Intrigue : bought the ebook, and then bought the trade paperback a year later so as not to have mismatched books (with the exception of Pink 1, which is much smaller than the others). But if it’s in trade paperback right away, I’m all the more happy! How happy we reader are going to be next year, with The Garden Intrigue in paperback, The Ashford Affair AND Miss Gwen, all in half a year! Can’t wait!

    But I was wondering… does that change anything to the amount of money you earn with a book, if it goes out in paperback right away?
    (not sure if that’s the kind of question one is allowed to ask…)

  7. Lauren on July 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Jeffrey, sadly your initial impression was correct! I’m smack in the middle of it right now. But the deadline is September 15, so it WILL be done by then (whether Miss Gwen likes it or not!).

  8. jeffrey on July 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    LOL! Don’t allow Miss Gwen to fend you off with her parasol, or cutlass, or any other pointy object. Get one of your own (a sharp writing utensil would suffice) and POKE back!

  9. Céline on July 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Go, Lauren, Go!!! \o/
    You’ll show Miss Gwen who is in charge there!

  10. Joanne M. on July 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I’m delighted that it will be in paperback — my Pink collection is all mismatched anyway, but I prefer paperbacks. Looking forward to it!

  11. Heather on July 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I have been wanting to read these books for years, so this year I decided to do it! And in the last 2 months I have read almost all of them and I am addicted! I read every chance I get, I am currently on the Orchid Affair and can’t wait for the next. Thank you for writting such amazing books! They got me into reading again!

  12. Sheila on July 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Which friend does the little sister run off with? Surely if it is Sally , there will be a Turnip sighting, I certainly hope so. The saddest thing about an end to the Pink series is saying good bye to all these wonderful characters, but especially the Dear Boy himself.

  13. Lauren on July 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Heather, thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying them so!

  14. Imani on July 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    i had to google how old Miss Gwen is and found one of ur old posts saying she was in her early 40s. lol. I always pictured her old! like mid-life. o_O it will definitely be interesting to read about her! looking forward to it.. ^_^

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