The twelfth and final Pink Carnation novel, The Lure of the Moonflower, has a cover!
That fort in the background? That’s an actual fort in Portugal that plays a significant role in the book.
There’s something a little bittersweet about having the cover of the final Pink book in hand. I began writing the first Pink book way back in 2001. The extended Pink universe has been a constant in my life ever since. Somehow, seeing all twelve books neatly lined up on the Books page of my website makes the end seem very real. (Although I have yet to finish writing Pink XII, so the adventure continues…. For the moment.)
Here’s the official blurb:
In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal.
Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman—especially not the legendary Pink Carnation.
All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken.
It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower—an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.
I’ll have an excerpt posted here on the website soon!