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Monday Give Away: THE GLASS OCEAN

Remember, remember the 5th of November….

Happy November, all!  I’m not quite sure how we got here, but Halloween is over, Guy Fawkes is once again going up in smoke, and Team W is about to go on the road again!  Beatriz, Karen, and I will be making an appearance at the Milton Literary Festival this Saturday (11/10) and then huddling up in our top secret bat cave to plot the third Team W book, which will be coming your way in January 2020.

To celebrate Team W Book Trois, today’s Monday Give Away is… a shiny, hardcover copy of The Glass Ocean!

Here’s the official blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

The Glass Ocean harkens back to the glamorous days of ocean liner travel.  For a chance to win a shiny, new copy of The Glass Ocean, here’s your question:

If you could travel by any conveyance, what would it be?  (Personally, I’m voting for palanquin here….)

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.  And, while I have your attention, two quick housekeeping updates:

— Many people have asked me about discussion questions for The Glass Ocean.  You can find the Reading Guide on the Glass Ocean book page, right below the synopsis.

I’ll be going through and adding discussion question for all the books in that same spot beneath the synopsis on the individual book pages in the near future.  In the meantime, for the stand alone novels, you can find extras and bibliographies on the book pages beneath the synopsis.  For the Pink books, to find extras, just go to the Pink Zone home page.  (If you all think it would be easier, I can also add those in on the book pages.)

— I’ve received a lot of requests for a printable book list.  There is one, I promise!  You can find it in the Media Room or in the FAQ section.  I’ll be keeping an eye open for a more visible place to add it, so if you can think of a spot, just let me know!

Is there anything else you couldn’t find or think needs to be added to the website?  Just let me know!

79 Comments

  1. Peggy Russo on November 5, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I would love to take a cross country trip by train. A luxurious train of course. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do.

  2. Nancy Veverka on November 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I would love to travel by float plane. That would be simply exhilarating!

  3. Lisa Witter on November 5, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I would travel by first class. Doesn’t matter if it was a plane, train, or auto. I love the experience and anticpation of the journey. Just wish my pocket book could afford it.😁

  4. Lynn R on November 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I like traveling by car to be able to stop and see sights in the USA. I would also like to travel by train. Thank you.

  5. Christine Moore on November 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I have always wanted to ride in a blimp! I see them often here as I live outside of Baltimore and they are here often for the Baltimore Harbor.

  6. Dana Turkovich on November 5, 2018 at 8:53 am

    The Concord! I heard they’re talking about bringing it back into operation and I get bored in transit:)

  7. Courtney Meistrell on November 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I still would have loved to be a first class passenger on the Titanic. As horrifying as that night of April 15 was , imagine how exciting it must have been to step foot on that luxurious ship. Unforgettable

  8. Teresa Padgett on November 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I live to travel by car, because you miss so much otherwise. I would love to take a cross country trip to see the places I’ve never seen. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Jessica Chappell on November 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I would love to travel by train. There is something about seeing the country via the train that seems appealing!!! Thanks so much!!

  10. Jamie on November 5, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Private car on a train! I’m still going to need wi-fi though. 😂

  11. Liesl Rohland on November 5, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I would prefer to travel in a small vertical take-off (VTO) aircraft, what Nicola Tesla called a “flying stove.” I am very disappointed that we don’t all have these by now.

  12. Roxane Klepperich on November 5, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I would love to travel by ship. River cruise.

  13. Amanda on November 5, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I would love to travel across country via train. My preschool son is a train enthusiast and I think this would be an awesome family trip with lots of memories made! 🚂🚂🚂

  14. Mallory Senn-Flinn on November 5, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I’ve always wanted to travel by train. One of my bucket list musts is to travel along the Rhine River by train. That would be a dream come true!

  15. Rebecca on November 5, 2018 at 9:14 am

    If I could travel by magic I would…. but besides that I’d love to travel by mobile home so you could stop and sight see but not need to find a hotel.

  16. Melissa Crawford on November 5, 2018 at 9:15 am

    A river cruise along the Rhine. That is my dream travel at the moment.

  17. Dawna McClendon on November 5, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I would love to travel in Europe on the Orient Express, real luxury at it’s best.

  18. Céline on November 5, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I’d love to travel the world by train! Cross through countries aboard a train, seeing the landscapes change while reading or writing… ♥♥

  19. Jennifer Rawley on November 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I would love to travel first class by boat – like the Titanic or Lusitania. My ancestors came over on the Lusitania, but not first class lol

  20. Megan Mitchell on November 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    This may sound crazy, but I would love to travel by a horse drawn carriage! Not a long journey but during the winter from one snowy village to another, piled snuggly under layers of warm blankets sounds magical!

  21. Barbara Jones on November 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

    “Beam me up, Scotty!” I would not miss the drives across west Texas when heading for the mountains of New Mexico and could pop from Texas to NJ to see my daughter just for dinner as often as I want!

  22. Rebecca on November 5, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I’m more about the destination than the getting there part, so I’m going to have to go with transporter beam like Star Trek, haha.

  23. Deanna Greene on November 5, 2018 at 10:05 am

    That’s a tough question. I’d love the adventure of taking a stagecoach across the US in the 19th century, but I’m pretty sure my butt would prefer a train.

    In fact, theres a train from So Cal to New Mexico that is said to go through some of the most picturesque scenery in the country; I’d like to take that train.

  24. Brenda Sullivan on November 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    A sideroads weekend getaway in a convertible Mustang. ❤

  25. Stella Mckissack on November 5, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Love traveling by car, the freedom to go where you like and make any stop you want

  26. Adeia on November 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I love to travel by train! Antrack has a cool program where you can get out and explore the towns you stop in and then just get back on the next train to continue your trip. That’s a lot of fun.

  27. Randy on November 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I’d love to travel by train. My small town is a train town, so I’m not sure how I’ve not done it yet, haha!

  28. Karen Herzog on November 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I would love to take a cruise ship again. Cruises are awesome.

  29. Shelly Olson on November 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I hope to take another cruise someday…. I loved it

  30. Diana Hall on November 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

    A train adventure would be awesome!, first class of course or a chauffeured car road trip across the country but really I love to travel any way I can!!

    • Lauren Willig on November 7, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Congrats, Diana! You’re the winner of the copy of THE GLASS OCEAN!

  31. Leslie on November 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Train through Switzerland. Stopping along the way to immerse meself in the villages and towns.

  32. Carla Suto on November 5, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I would love to take a cruise one day. I’ve never had the chance so far.

  33. Tanya on November 5, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I would love to take a train through Europe. Like on the Orient Express. That would be fantastic!

  34. Jennifer on November 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I’m not picky and will travel by any means as long as I get to travel. If time and money weren’t an option I would love to travel around the world and also drive across the United States so i can see all 50 states!!

  35. Melanie Weiss on November 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I’d love to travel across France by train, and then spend a month in Paris…

  36. Make Kay on November 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Ultralightplane for me!

  37. Ellen Sheffer on November 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I would love to cruise the Mediterranean in a yacht. Stopping wherever I wanted, seeing everything. Oh my, heaven!

  38. Barry Collins on November 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    My mode of transportation would be by jet. The fastest way possible so I could get to my destination and then a rental car to get to my remote lodging. Have been on cruises but love flying the best.

  39. Amy M on November 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I’d love to go on a river cruise. Both the Rhine and Danube appeal to me.

  40. Laurie blum on November 5, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Traveling on a first class train with elegant accommodations would be lovely especially now as my hubby is no longer able to fly .. thank you for the chance to win a new historical fiction, my favorite genre!

  41. Erna Arnesen on November 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    First class train ride across a beautiful terrain with stops to walk around!

  42. Paige on November 5, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I have never traveled by train. I think that would be a great to travel across the US.

  43. Alexandra on November 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    A dirigible! To anywhere I want to go!

  44. Joy on November 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    It took me a minute, but a gondola would be nice (and probably the only way to see Venice in the near future).

  45. Michelle Springer on November 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve gotta say, I grew up in Hawaii… so traveling by car for more than two hours and not hitting water is still a treat for me. 🙂

  46. Barbara Johnson on November 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I would travel by train. When I was 6 we travelled on the California zypher from dc to Sacramento. Now I would really enjoy it!!

  47. Andra Baley on November 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Train travel has always intrigued me. I took AmTrak to New Orleans, it made me want to cross cross the US that way. If I ever got to Europe I would travel by train there.

  48. Diana P on November 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    A luxurious train or ship. I love being able to gaze at the scenery around me and daydream.

  49. Pam Flynn on November 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I would travel by train because I’ve never had the opportunity to travel on a train to some amazing places.

  50. HelenO'Leary on November 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I would like to travel in a very comfy train. I think that it would be fun. Take your time and enjoy the scenery as you travel of these beautiful USA states.

  51. Amanda S on November 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I’d like to travel by Zeppelin. Something like the Hindenburg. I’ve always been fascinated by them. They looked kinda glamorous. Or by blimp. Could Goodyear give me a ride?

  52. Dianne Casey on November 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I would like to travel on the Orient Express. It would be the trip of a lifetime.

  53. Kelley Blair on November 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I would love to travel by train!

  54. Diana Goodier on November 5, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I would Love to Travel by TRAIN!!! The scenery, like The Great Smoky Mountains I just rode through!!!! Gorgeous!!!!!

  55. Megan on November 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    It would have to be covered wagon, as uncomfortable as I’m sure it was. The Little House on the Prairie books were my fave as a kid ☺️

  56. Carol on November 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Without the hardships, and with a comfy mattress, I’d like to travel by covered wagon. Not asking for much, huh?

  57. Kirstin on November 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    For very short distances, zipline! For longer distances (30 miles is an easy distance), all the kinds of horse-drawn conveyance (barouche, landau, phaeton and ponies). For very long distances, I’m still waiting for the day I am miraculously bumped up to first class anything!

  58. Susan C on November 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    First class on the Orient Express.

  59. Vicki Spillman on November 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I would travel by car or RV so I can see the U.S A.

  60. Joy on November 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    For some reason this post doesn’t like me, but I made a comment about traveling via gondola earlier

  61. Rachel Adrianna on November 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Train, for sure! Best conveyance around 🙂

  62. Amanda V on November 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Train travel has its own appeal but I would really love to take a yacht around the Mediterranean.

  63. Dianna Young on November 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Luxury train sounds wonderful to me…

  64. Lisa Wingeard on November 5, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Anywhere outside of the United States! Preferable by boat as I’m terrified of airplanes.

  65. Jessica C on November 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Old-school Orient Express. As long as there wasn’t a murder…

  66. Toni Laliberte on November 6, 2018 at 1:50 am

    I love traveling by train. It’s so exciting and mysterious to me, to travel by train. Excellent views, roomy seats and the rocking motion gets me sleepy.

  67. Mandy Kwan on November 6, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I always dreamed of going on a hot air balloon–as if the sky is within my reach and I can chase the sun. P.S. – I had to look up what a palaquin is! That sounds really fun too!

  68. Amy C on November 6, 2018 at 4:19 am

    It would be fun to travel by train….or magic carpet. 😉

  69. Tara on November 6, 2018 at 4:51 am

    I would love to be able to apparate like in Harry Potter.

  70. Bev on November 6, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I’d love to take the Orient Express!

  71. Tracy Lemos on November 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I would like to travel by train across England and Scotland!

  72. Maya G on November 6, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I would love to travel by train across a country and if possible a continent as well. It would be quite a journey to watch the scenery go by, chat with locals and at night fall asleep with the sound of train rushing on its path.

  73. Ava on November 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I would love to travel by Car listening music with my family. It would be a memorable experience.

  74. Maya G on November 6, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I would love to travel by a Car while listening to music for it gives privacy yet one isn’t completely away from civilisation.

  75. Lynn on November 6, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I would love to travel across the northern part of the US by train in a luxury sleeping suite. As a child, my family drove across the country on two separate summers, where we camped and stayed with friends, but we didn’t do the parts close to the Canadian border. I’d love to see this part of America up close, but this time have the amenities of the dining car, a sleeping car, a restroom 🙂

  76. Donna E H Durnell on November 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Actually, I’ve always wanted to travel by ocean liner. While a cruise (Alaskan) would be nice, I really want to cross the ocean by ship.
    When we were stationed in Germany and were ready to come back to the States, I actually asked what it would take to come back by ship rather than plane. That was 28 years ago so I don’t really remember why the ship wasn’t possible, but we did fly back.

  77. Sarah H on November 6, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I think a European river cruise sounds lovely.

  78. Carla on November 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Wagon! Did it in Ireland a few years ago, it was fun!

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