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’ deaths, which 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 Richmond. 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.
The modern bit of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is set in Cambridge (the American one) in October of 2004. This was my homage to autumn in Cambridge. There was a nostalgic pleasure to sending Eloise and Colin to many of the places I used to frequent, including the Dudley House (aka Harvard grad student center) Halloween party.
So, for an ARC of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, here’s your question:
— What do you think Colin and Eloise should wear for Halloween?
I am SO looking forward to reading the answers to this question! I rather fancy them as princess and frog, don’t you?
(When I announce the winner, I’ll let you know which costumes they actually chose.)
Since this is a special give away, I’m going to let it run all week. Winner to be announced on Saturday!
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla appears in bookstores this summer, on August 5.
You can find more information about as well as an excerpt from The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla here.