Look what I found when I moved earlier this year?
Two original ARCs of The Masque of the Black Tulip!
But they looked rather lonely by themselves, so I decided to pair them with a few friends: the section of the Pink series I tend to think of as “Henrietta and Co”, Pink III up through Pink VI.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pile of books must be in want of a reader, which means… it’s time for our first Black Tulip Anniversary Month contest!
When I decided to hold a series of contests to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Masque of the Black Tulip, one contest idea leaped out at me. (No, not you, Turnip– you’re a character, not a contest. And, please, take off that tulip costume!)
If there’s one thing anyone thinks of when they think of the hero of The Masque of the Black Tulip, it is….
“My manly physique? My floppy lock of hair?”
Okay, Miles. I know it’s your anniversary and all that, but you’re meant to stay in the book, remember? Ix-nay on the commentary.
As I was going to say, before I was so rudely interrupted, the one thing I associate most with Miles Dorrington is….
“His utterly brilliant and beautiful wife who really does far more to thwart French spies than some flower-named siblings one could mention?”
Has my book sprung a leak? Now it’s Henrietta playing peanut gallery. I knew I should have booked them on that tenth anniversary cruise….
In any event, when I think of The Masque of the Black Tulip, I think of… ginger biscuits. (Also French spies, but they’re less scrumptiously delicious.)
So, for your first anniversary month contest, here’s your question:
— What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
Also, if you feel like contributing a ginger biscuit recipe, please do! I’ll do a biscuit recipe round-up on the website later this month, including the one contributed by Christine for her Pink Carnation Cookery series last year.
One winner will be chosen at random to receive a vintage 2004 advance review copy of The Masque of the Black Tulip, plus copies of The Deception of the Emerald Ring, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily.
I’ll also be running this same contest on my author Facebook page for an identical pile of books– so feel free to double your chances by entering both places!