Monday Give Away: PURPLE PLUMERIA
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:
Colonel 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….
They are all good, but I like the very first one!!
Have parasol will travel is my favorite.
I like the one with the hat and the red lipstick. Very chic! And I can’t wait for the final story.
“The Spy wore purple”
Speak loudly and carry a parasol, is my favorite.
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.”
The first one— “The quest is ended”
“Speak loudly and carry a large parasol”, although I also liked “The spy wore purple”.
The seventh… Meadows. Gwendolyn Meadows. Neither shaken nor stirred.
Love, love, love.
I like them all, but I like “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol” and “Neither Shaken nor Stirred” the best.
Neither Shaken nor Stirred! I love it. (Speak loudly and carry a large parasol is a close second.)
They are all wonderful but I love the silhouette on Speak loudly and carry a parasol.
Have Parasol, Will Travel …. Love it 😀
I like the second one…
Have parasol will travel. 🙂 love this series!
“The Spy Wore Purple” is my favorite, though “Neither Shaken nor ?Stirred” comes close.
Love them all but the second one is my favorite!
The second one- speak loudly and carry a large parasol- is my favorite!
My favorite is “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol”!
I like the 2nd one!
Can’t decide between “neither shaken nor stirred” or “keep calm and carry a parasol”
The lot of them are wonderful…
Sometimes a parasol IS a girl’s best friend.
Have parasol…will travel!
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!
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.
Love number 7
Number twelve! Gotta love the woman at the typewriter!
The second one: Speak loudly and carry a parasol is my favorite!
The brooding one with the tower and the quote from Miss Gwen’s novel…
Speak loudly and carry a parasol!
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!!
“Speak loudly and carry a parasol.” Miss Gwen’s motto.
“Speak loudly and carry a large parasol.” 🙂
My favorite is “Gwen looked at him & knew that she was lost… ” it’s the 3rd from the bottom. Great quote!
Miss Gwen is my hero. I do dream of being her, so that is my favorite meme by far.
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”
I like cover # 5
I like # 2 the best but they are all pretty.
My favorite is “The spy wore purple.”
I like the one that starts with “The spy wore purple.” So intriguing and eye-catching!
I like the 3rd one from the top……but they’re all gorgeous!!!!
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!
#2 and #9. Always partial to “Speak loudly and carry a large parasol,” but I love them both.
“Have parasol, will travel!” She certainly does!
Tie between 4 and 12 🙂 But lovely job, everyone!
3 and 13, but they are all very fun!
“Keep Calm and Carry a Parasol” – my favorite for sure.
A hard choice – they’re all wonderful – but I’d have to go for #8, because of the wonderfully atmospheric tower-and-moon combination.
The spy wore purple! Though they are all wonderful.
The spy wore purple!
Sometimes a parasol is a girl’s best friend!
Have Parasol | Will Travel is my favorite 🙂
I like “sometimes, a parasol is…”
My favorite is the one with the coat of arms on it
Have parasol will travel!
I like the 4th one down.. with the book cover on the left and the coat of arms on the right.
Speak loudly and carry a large parasol!
Speak loudly and carry a large parasol is my favorite – it summarizes Miss Gwen so well and the e-card looks so pretty too!
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.