Happy Birthday, Pink XI!

It’s here! The eleventh book in the Pink Carnation series, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, appears in stores (or on your e-reader) today.

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….

manzanillaIn 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’s not much more to say, is there? Other than to share this bit of advice from Miss Gwen:

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Happy reading, all!


  1. jeffrey on August 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Whoopee! It’s on my Kindle and I’m jumping into it this evening. That was a L-O-N-G wait…

  2. Céline on August 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Yay!!!! I’ll rush to my bookstore as soon as possible!!
    Happy release day Lauren!!!

  3. Stef on August 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I just got to the part during Marie-Clarisse’s ball where Uncle Henry is about to tell Lucien what he knows and I can already tell this is going to be good.

  4. Sheila on August 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Waiting on Amazon…………..

  5. Jennifer on August 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I love how Miss Gwen does not admire her admirers!

  6. Pam on August 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Welcome to the world, Little Pink!

  7. leslie on August 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    As I predicted it arrived at 9:01 pm Pacific time. Happiness abounds!

  8. AngelB on August 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Started it at lunch and sneaking peaks the rest of the work day. I love nook on android. 🙂

  9. Ducky on August 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Does the Kindle e-book have the preview chapter for the next Pink book on it too or is it just in the print copy?

    • Lauren on August 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Hi, Ducky! The Kindle edition should be identical to the print one.

      • Ducky on August 6, 2014 at 4:04 am

        Thank you for the info, Lauren!

  10. Lynne on August 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    So tantalizing! Mine is on hold at the library. Can hardly wait.

  11. Stef on August 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

    JANE AND JACK?? It’s so perfect!

  12. jeffrey on August 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Chapter 7 and I’m ‘horridly’ captivated! A little Sherlock Holmes, a little Northanger Abbey, a little Dracula. What a thrilling mix……

  13. Lorri on August 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I AM SO IN LOVE WITH LUCIEN. Thankyouthankyouthankyou for letting Sally have her story—this book is pure brilliance!

  14. Kiley on August 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    So excited! You are killing me with the mass market paperbacks. All my books won’t match now!

  15. Sarah G. on August 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Just finished it and all I can say is thank you, Lauren, for writing such an awesome book! It was so much fun to read–I loved every moment! I adore all of the Pink books but this one definitely ranks among my top favorites already. Cannot wait for Pink XII!

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