Ready… Set… Peep!

Welcome the to 10th Annual Pinkorama!

This year makes ten– TEN!– years of Pinkorama (aka Pink Carnation Peep Diorama).  A full decade of sugary wonders created by you.   If I can snatch the time another day, I’ll do a post with all ten years of Pinkorama entries, but, for now, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who so enthusiastically grabbed your Peeps and your cardboard boxes that first year and to all of you who have kept this going year after year after year.  Thank you for reminding me when I forget about it!

This year, I wasn’t sure whether to go forward with the contest or not.  With so much misery all around, with the sirens constantly outside my window, I was worried that making Peep pictures might seem insensitive, crafting while Rome burns.  But maybe we need a little sugary silliness right now.  I know I do.

So get out your Peeps and your pencils and get ready to Pinkorama!

The rules are simple: using those sugary, marshmallowy goodies (Peeps), recreate your favorite scene from any one of my books, novellas, or short stories. There are the Pink books, for Napoleonic Peeps; The Summer Country, for Barbados peeps (and cholera epidemic peep, if anyone is feeling like going a little close to home here); The English Wife, for Gilded Age Peep (so much gold sugar!); The Ashford Affair, just in case you feel like going Edwardian Peep, 1920s Peep, or Kenya Peep; That Summer, for Victorian Peep and Pre-Raphaelite Peep (or Dorrington Descendant Peep); The Other Daughter, for Bright Young Peeps; The Forgotten Room, for New York Peeps throughout the ages;  The Glass Ocean, for doomed ocean liner Peeps (or Star Wars memorabilia bedroom modern Peeps); and, most recently, All The Ways We Said Goodbye, for various eras of Paris Ritz Peeps.

Two L (disillusioned law student Peep), “A Night at Northanger” (ghost hunter Peep), and “The Record Set Right” (World War I or modern Peep) are also fair game.

Once your Peep creation is complete, take a picture (or pictures) of your Pinkorama and email them to me at with “Pinkorama” in the subject line.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Since this year is very, very strange; the Peep factory has stopped production; and it’s really not safe to shop for what you don’t already have, I’m making one slight alteration to the rules this year: you don’t need to use Peeps.  Use whatever you have or whatever you want.  Anything is fair game.  (Even your toddler.  Shhh, don’t tell mine I said that!).  After all, this is the 10th Pinkorama!  Go big, go bold, go Peep if you can, but anything else if you can’t.

The deadline for the Pinkorama is Tuesday, May 5th. I’ll post all the Pinkoramas here on the website and open it up to general voting.

As for the prize….

The runners up will receive hardcover copies of All the Ways We Said Goodbye.

The winner will receive an ARC of my upcoming book, Band of Sisters, once there are ARCs to send.

If you’re seeking Peep inspiration, check out 2019‘s, 2018‘s, 2017’s, or 2016’s peeptastic entries!  (The Pinkorama Gallery, which contains all the Pinkoramae through the years, is being renovated, but should be up and running again soon!)

Let the sugary fun begin!


  1. Carla on April 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I’m so excited! I have been checking every day to see when you would say it was peep time!!! My daughter and I are very excited, we team up every year! And I’ve already described the scene to her so we are ready to go 🙂

  2. Carla on April 6, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    PS: I’ve always kept a dried out peep in my craft drawer just in case they were ever sold out or something. So Don’t forget if you can’t find fresh peeps to rummage for an old one!

  3. Rachel Adrianna on April 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    One of the highlights of my spring EVERY SINGLE YEAR is Pinkorama- even if I can’t participate, I love seeing the entries! 🙂

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