The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is now available for pre-order on Amazon!


Given that I’m still in the thick of writing it, I find that absolutely terrifying.

There are several Pink veterans making an appearance in this novel. (I just finished writing a scene which included both Miss Gwen and Turnip Fitzhugh– not to mention Sally’s stoat.) So, for your amusement, here’s our hero’s first meeting with Miss Gwen:

From Chapter Fourteen of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla:

“You did right to summon me,” the woman in purple said grandly.

Lucien looked at her in confusion. “But we didn’t summon you.”

“Well, then, you ought to have. Fortunately, Fate remedied your oversight for you.”

Miss Fitzhugh stepped in before Lucien’s head could start spinning. “This is Mrs. Reid,” she explained. “The author of The Convent of Orsino.”

Lucien could feel the beginnings of a headache. He regarded the purple-garbed woman with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. “You— you wrote that book?”

Mrs. Reid looked down her nose at him. “This is no time for autographs, young man.”

An autograph? Lucien wanted an apology.


  1. Melissa W on November 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Like x 10000!

  2. Tessa on November 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Love. It. And yay for Miss Gwen!

  3. Heather on November 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Love it! Marriage hasn’t softened Miss Gwen one bit…awesome.

  4. Stef on November 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I miss the jackets that had historical paintings 🙁

  5. Sue Luce on November 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Can’t get enough of Miss G.

  6. Sheila on November 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Love, love, love it !!!!

  7. Ellen S. on November 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I LOVE Teaser Tuesdays and a look at the upcoming book. I HATE Teaser Tuesday and the fact that I want to read that book NOW! And I have to wait a Whole Year (almost)!!

  8. Alexa J on November 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Great stuff– thanks for the preview!

  9. Sue G on November 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you ! You have made my day’

  10. jeffrey on November 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Miss Gwen strikes again! Turnip and the Fitzhughes in the same volume? This is going to be a delight…

  11. jeffrey on November 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Oh dear! I messed that post up indeed. Should read “….Miss Gwen and the Fitzhughes….” Sorry, another senior moment.

  12. Virginia on November 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Mrs. Reid?! Spoilers!!!! 🙂

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