Happy Halloween! And Monday Give Away.

Happy Halloween, all!

Given the holiday, I feel like I should be offering up a copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, aka my one and only Halloween book. But I’m down to my last few Manzanillas and I have a whopping great pile of paperback copies of The Forgotten Room, so… in a very unwitchy sort of way, I am offering up a brand new paperback copy of The Forgotten Room.

manzanilla tfr-paperback

Here’s the official blurb:

Untitled-1New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century….

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant historical storytellers.

Now for your question: What’s your favorite Halloween costume?

Two people, chosen at random, will receive paperback copies of The Forgotten Room.

And, just so I don’t feel like I’m shirking on my Halloween duty, here are some lovely cards Sharlene made up for The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla back in the day.

Happy Halloween!

The moon shines through clouds at night


Silhouettes of kissing couple in the moonlight

Manzanilla Halloween 2


  1. Whitney J on October 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    My favorite Halloween costume I wore was when I was 10 and dressed up as Peggy Sue. However, my favorite costume that I hope to one day dress up in would be Queen Elizabeth I.

  2. Lampshade Reader on October 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I always went as a witch. Not very original but still fun 🙂 I don’t really dress up now. I just watch Vincent Price movies and eat junk food. Thanks for the giveaway! ~Aleen Davis

  3. Jacqueline on October 31, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    My favorite costume of all time was Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. I went all in, got hair extensions, made all of the pins she wears. It was so good I wore it for theee more years!

  4. Donna McCabe on October 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite costume was when I was a Zombie Bride and wore my own wedding dress. After 12 years and three kids, it still fit!!! Whoo-hoo!!

    Happy Halloween!!

  5. Faye on October 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I love a good witch costume. The pointy hat, black cat on shoulder, broom, striped stockings and wart on nose.
    Thanks for the contest and Happy Halloween!!!

  6. Michelle Springer on October 31, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    My favorite costume is the one my late grandmother made for me when I was 7. It was a princess dress made out of old curtains. I still remember it to this day.

  7. Sarah R on October 31, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Lucille Ball! I dressed up last year as Lucille Ball and it was my favorite costume!

  8. Rebecca on October 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I went as Red Riding Hood one year. That was a lot of fun.

  9. Peggy on October 31, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    My favourite costume was a steampunk Lady that I still use on occasion. I love how swishy the skirt is and how unique it is since its totally handmade!

  10. Bev on October 31, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Wonder Woman!

  11. Courtney on October 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I went as Princess Leia once, and that has to be my favorite! My dream, though, would be to wear Jane Austen or Regency costume.

  12. Lynn on October 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    My daughter was a box of popcorn and my son was a rubic’s cube. I loved those costumes!

  13. Barbara Khan on October 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I went once as an evil substitute teacher to the Halloween party at my daughter’s middle school. I was PTA president at the time. Some of the kids thought I was legitimately a sub! I had a crazy black wig with a gray streak and pony tails. I made horrible black moles on my face and had black rimmed cat’s eye glasses. My outfit was a frumpy blouse and cardigan, long pearl necklace, black skirt and hideous tights and clunky shoes.

  14. Maria on October 31, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    A bat

  15. Jennifer on October 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    My fiancé and I went as Lucy & Ricky Ricardo this year!

  16. Robyn on October 31, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    My husband and I went as Steed and Mrs. Peel

  17. Rebecca on October 31, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    A few years ago, friends and I went as Charlie’s Angles, original flavor. Then then next year I went as Magnum P.I.. Same shades! 🙂

  18. Barbara Beebe on October 31, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    The only costume I remember was a gypsy queen costume with a sort of off the shoulder blouse. Since this was in Maine, it sadly was covered up by a bulky coat, and I was still freezing.

  19. AngelB on October 31, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    For me it isn’t the costume, but time spent with friends getting ready. The past few years I have either done Thrill The World or a Zombie Walk with friends. I have had so much fun shopping for costumes, zombie-fying costumes, putting on make-up, and interacting with compkete strangers as much as the actual events. This weekend we were asked to be part of 2 wedding receptions.

    Perk: no such thing as a bad looking zombie.

  20. Virginia on October 31, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Last year was my favorite. My two year old was little red riding hood, my husband was the woodsman, I was the wolf, and I carried our three week old daughter in a (very sturdy) basket with some baked goods.

  21. Kelly on October 31, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Well being an amature costume designer I make a lot of costumes for myself and others for community theater and Halloween. I have worn so many but I will have to say my favorite was the one I wore to a party this year. I dressed in a regency lace gown and went as a zombie from Pride Prejudice and Zombies! No one would believe I designed and made the dress.

  22. Verity on November 1, 2016 at 6:18 am

    In the forelorn hope that I’m not too late, my favourite costume (currently) is a ghostbusters one – especially this year after the new film…

  23. Jillian on November 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    My favorite was dressing up as Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. It helped that I have red hair!

  24. Stephanie on November 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    When I was 8 I went as a picnic. I cut a head hole and arm holes in a box, covered the box with a checked table cloth, and glued plastic food to the front. And, of course, I carried a basket instead of a candy bag.

  25. Jona on November 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Zombie Bride is my favorite!!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your books!!

  26. Alexandra on November 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I was a One Night Stand (a nightstand). 🙂

  27. Miss Eliza on November 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I really had fun with my Halloween costume this year, which was Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. It was an honor to be a character from Tina Fey’s canon 😉

  28. Maria on November 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    My favorite costume was my Laura Ingalls dress and bonnet my mom made. I wore it a few years until I grew out of it but it’s still in my closet.

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