Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, comes out in just two weeks!

So, for this week’s Monday Give Away, we have a flashback to the previous book in the series, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. (Just to remind Miss Gwen which book is actually about her.)

Here’s the official blurb:

PlumeriaColonel 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…

Throughout The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, Miss Gwen is hard at work on her magnum opus, The Convent of Orsino (which those of you who have followed the series from the beginning may remember her starting way back in Pink I!). As you can tell from the title, it is the most gothic of the gothic, with more than a little bit of The Castle of Otranto about it. (Although Miss Gwen resents the implication that her work is in any way derivative.) Miss Gwen’s Convent of Orsino, the smash hit of 1806, plays a major role in Sally’s book, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla….

Here, for your amusement, are some e-cards that Graphics by Sharlene made up for me to celebrate the release of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria last year.

For a chance to win a copy of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, here’s your question:

Which of these e-cards do you like best?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday….

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62 Comments

  1. Robin Driscoll on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    They are all good, but I like the very first one!!

  2. jessica nelson on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Have parasol will travel is my favorite.

  3. Marianne on July 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I like the one with the hat and the red lipstick. Very chic! And I can’t wait for the final story.

  4. Lauren R. on July 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

    “The Spy wore purple”

    So cute!

  5. Nina Leek on July 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Speak loudly and carry a parasol, is my favorite.

  6. Chelsea Humphries on July 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

    #2

  7. Jessica L on July 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

    They’re all wonderful! I like the endorsement on #6, but don’t love the picture as much. So I think I’d vote for the one with “one hundred shades of shadow.”

  8. Debbie Mitchell on July 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

    The first one— “The quest is ended”

  9. Janie Burke on July 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

    “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol”, although I also liked “The spy wore purple”.

  10. Nikki B on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    The seventh… Meadows. Gwendolyn Meadows. Neither shaken nor stirred.

    Love, love, love.

  11. Mary D. on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I like them all, but I like “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol” and “Neither Shaken nor Stirred” the best.

  12. Caryn S on July 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Neither Shaken nor Stirred! I love it. (Speak loudly and carry a large parasol is a close second.)

  13. Susan Geffen on July 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    They are all wonderful but I love the silhouette on Speak loudly and carry a parasol.

  14. Sarah White on July 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Have Parasol, Will Travel …. Love it 😀

  15. Paula Scott on July 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I like the second one…

  16. Bonnie Stitley on July 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Have parasol will travel. 🙂 love this series!

  17. Jane B on July 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

    “The Spy Wore Purple” is my favorite, though “Neither Shaken nor ?Stirred” comes close.

  18. Jessica Baughman on July 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Love them all but the second one is my favorite!

  19. Beth on July 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    The second one- speak loudly and carry a large parasol- is my favorite!

  20. Christine Holt on July 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    My favorite is “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol”!

  21. Rhonda on July 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I like the 2nd one!

  22. Ella on July 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Can’t decide between “neither shaken nor stirred” or “keep calm and carry a parasol”
    The lot of them are wonderful…

  23. Lucy on July 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Sometimes a parasol IS a girl’s best friend.

  24. Julie on July 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Have parasol…will travel!

  25. Kelly Chasse on July 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Sometimes a parasol is a girl’s best friend because Gwen’s weapon of choice has been like a best friend throughout the pink series!

  26. TJ on July 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Speak softly and carry a large parasol, of course! The other are beautiful, but this one has the wit and charm that draws readers into the series.

  27. Marguerite B on July 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Love number 7

  28. Kathy Miller on July 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Number twelve! Gotta love the woman at the typewriter!

  29. Susan on July 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    The second one: Speak loudly and carry a parasol is my favorite!

  30. Sue Luce on July 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    The brooding one with the tower and the quote from Miss Gwen’s novel…

  31. Kam on July 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Speak loudly and carry a parasol!

  32. Bekah on July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I love the one with “The spy wore purple” quote but “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol” comes a close second. These are all so cute!!

  33. LynnS on July 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    “Speak loudly and carry a parasol.” Miss Gwen’s motto.

  34. Pen M on July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol.” 🙂

  35. Liz Merrill on July 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    My favorite is “Gwen looked at him & knew that she was lost… ” it’s the 3rd from the bottom. Great quote!

  36. AngelB on July 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Miss Gwen is my hero. I do dream of being her, so that is my favorite meme by far.

  37. Katherina Barney on July 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    It’ll probably be easier for me to tell you which ones I DON’T like. So….from the top-down, they are: #3,4,6,7,9 and 12. But my favorites are: 1,10,11. But if I must pick only one, then you can’t go wrong with #10-“The spy wore purple”

  38. Kathleen on July 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I like cover # 5

  39. Ducky on July 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I like # 2 the best but they are all pretty.

  40. bn100 on July 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    #4

  41. Sarah R on July 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    My favorite is “The spy wore purple.”

  42. Sarah C on July 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I like the one that starts with “The spy wore purple.” So intriguing and eye-catching!

  43. Cyn209 on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I like the 3rd one from the top……but they’re all gorgeous!!!!

  44. Tara N on July 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Have parasol, will travel!!! Hearkens to Mary Poppins (who is fabulous, of course) and it’s simple and not distracting, yet eye-catching. And not overdone like the keep calm ones. It’s a winner!

  45. Elise on July 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    #2 and #9. Always partial to “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol,” but I love them both.

  46. Jacqueline on July 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    “Have parasol, will travel!” She certainly does!

  47. Rachel Adrianna on July 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Tie between 4 and 12 🙂 But lovely job, everyone!

  48. Pam on July 22, 2014 at 12:31 am

    3 and 13, but they are all very fun!

  49. Lynne on July 22, 2014 at 12:55 am

    “Keep Calm and Carry a Parasol” – my favorite for sure.

  50. Jessica C on July 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

    A hard choice – they’re all wonderful – but I’d have to go for #8, because of the wonderfully atmospheric tower-and-moon combination.

  51. Yvette R on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 am

    The spy wore purple! Though they are all wonderful.

  52. Kris on July 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

    The spy wore purple!

  53. Catie on July 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Sometimes a parasol is a girl’s best friend!

  54. Cameran on July 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Have Parasol | Will Travel is my favorite 🙂

  55. rachel on July 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I like “sometimes, a parasol is…”

  56. Olivia on July 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    My favorite is the one with the coat of arms on it

  57. diane on July 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Have parasol will travel!

  58. Tami on July 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I like the 4th one down.. with the book cover on the left and the coat of arms on the right.

  59. Krystal on July 23, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Love #2!

  60. Paige Saunders on July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Speak loudly and carry a large parasol!

  61. Sarah G. on July 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Speak loudly and carry a large parasol is my favorite – it summarizes Miss Gwen so well and the e-card looks so pretty too!

  62. Janet on July 27, 2014 at 2:02 am

    From Goodreads: While I love “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol”, I think the one I like best for this book is “The spy wore purple”. However, I would love to take the first one as my personal motto. Even though I should be past the stage of needing a parasol to convince others to do my bidding, I can think of a few members of my acquaintance who would benefit from the judicious application of a large parasol.

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