Teaser Tuesday: Pink XI

Much has been afoot in the realm of Pink XI: both an official blurb and a cover!

Here’s the official blurb:

In the latest Pink Carnation novel from national bestselling author Lauren Willig, rumors spreading among the ton turn deadly as a young couple unites to solve a mystery….

In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke.

Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He’s returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents’ death that hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation—until a woman is found dead in Belliston Square. Her blood drained from her throat.

Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won’t kill this duke—not if Sally has anything to say about it.

And here’s the cover!


That really catches the essence of Sally, doesn’t it? I also love the background scene, which was designed to represent the midnight garden where Sally first meets Lucien. (You can find a bit of that scene in the back of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria.)

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is currently slated to appear in stores in August of 2014. But first I have to finish writing it…. So it’s back to the writing cave for me!

I’ll be sharing an update about the next stand alone novel for next week’s Teaser Tuesday. Stay tuned….


  1. Julie H on August 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Ooh, I love the colors on the cover! Very pretty. And I still think that this story is so perfect for Sally. And so delightfully tongue-in-cheek.

  2. Heather on August 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    That cover is definitely intriguing. I’m excited to read more about Sally, and the story sounds like it’s going to be a tongue-in-cheek romp. Hope the writing cave brings you wonders!

  3. Jessica S. on August 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    LOVE!!!!! (Too caught up in back-to-school to be more eloquent than that.) SQUEEEEEEEEE!

  4. Rachel Brown on August 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Ahh! Can’t wait!! I was ready to read this one immediately after Purple Plumeria!

  5. Stephanie Ball on August 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Oh So Excited!

  6. Céline on August 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    oooh, they already have the cover ready! How efficient of them! 🙂

    Now, my question is… How you do you manage your new mom status with the book finishing author status? It must be kind of hard…

  7. Michelle in Texas on August 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Aaahhhh! We have to wait a WHOLE YEAR!?!?!? Noooooo!

    Also, it is most fitting that Miss Gwen’s book is stirring up the ton.

  8. colleen on August 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    awesome heroes name!! my sons name is luchien!!

  9. Whitney Jennings on August 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    So excited for the Pink XI but also to hear about the next stand alone. The Ashford Affair had me on the edge of my chair. Thank you Lauren Willig for being such an amazing novelist!

  10. Sharon on August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Loved the Purple Plumeria and can’t wait for this next one to come out. A year seems so long to wait…

  11. Sheila on August 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What a tease !!! Can’t wait !!!!

  12. jackie comstock on August 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    i love it!!! i can’t wait! a whole year! omg! but it sounds and looks wonderful!

  13. Elizabeth Lefebvre on August 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Can’t wait! Hope you do a “books that inspired” post for the next stand alone too, like you did for Ashford!

  14. Vanessa on August 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The cover is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  15. Anya Chaplya on August 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Please don’t stop this series, keep it going and going and going!!!!

  16. Sue G on August 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful cover! Thank you for the sneak peak!

  17. jeffrey on August 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Lauren, you never cease to absolutely AMAZE us. You are firing on all cylinders and I, being fat, dumb and happy, was blissfully unaware that you were even working on Pink XI. Good grief! It all sounds fascinating and inviting.

  18. Emily on August 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Yay! For some reason I had forgotten about that other Teaser Tuesday where you said that adding a new book before you get to the final book that features Jane. This makes me happy! Also can’t wait for the Victorian novel.

  19. Laura Mitchell on August 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    All your covers are gorgeous. Why I can’t I remember the Belliston connection from the previous books??!! Aargh!

    • Lauren on August 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Hi, Laura! It’s just a brief mention in “Crimson Rose”.

  20. Sarah on August 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So very excited! Between this and the excerpt at the end of Plumeria, I’m practically frothing.

  21. Stephanie on August 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Does the Duke of Belliston appear in any of the books?

    • Lauren on August 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

      He gets a mention in “Crimson Rose” as mysterious owner of the house next to Vaughn’s in Belliston Square.

  22. Carole Rae on September 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I do love it on its own accord. I still do miss the portrait covers. Sighs.

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