With less than a month to go until Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, appears in stores… it’s time to put my final advance copy up for grabs!
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.
There have been several waves of vampire craze that I can recall: Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and all its imitations during my teen years, J.R. Ward’s urban vampires, and, of course, the most spoofed of them all, Twilight, which came out the same year as the first of the Pink Carnation novels. I’ve been wanting to write a vampire spoof for years, and Miss Gwen’s novel provided me with the perfect opportunity.
As much fun as it is to spoof, I will confess, I’ve always been a little bit fascinated with vampire lore, from Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula (one of my favorite books as a pre-teen) to the many, many more modern permutations. I remember, years ago, being terribly excited upon finding a Regency about a vampire viscount, and happily devouring Teresa Medeiros’s After Midnight and The Vampire Who Loved Me. (The former of which provided a great deal of inspiration for Midnight Manzanilla.)
So, for a copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, here’s your question:
Vampires: intriguing or irritating? (Or just plain icky?) And which is your favorite vampire novel or movie?
The winner will be announced on Friday.
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla appears in stores on Tuesday, August 5th!