Pink Carnation Read Along: Month 3

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in to discuss The Masque of the Black Tulip last week!

I’m a bit behind with kicking off the next book (so many apologies!), but I’m thrilled to announce that it’s time for Book III: The Deception of the Emerald Ring!

This book is so dear to me for so many reasons.  Not just because I love Letty and Geoff, but also because it’s one of the few books where I remember the bits I had trouble with and the writing lessons I learned while writing it and the thoughts I was thinking as I made various plot choices– which absolutely isn’t true for all the books!  But this book, and the nuts and bolts of this book, really stuck with me.

Also Letty and Geoff.  And sinister guest appearances by our old friend, Lord Vaughn.  And Ireland!

Join me and super special guest co-host Eloisa James at 8pm on Wednesday, April 28th, as we discuss accidental elopements and all things Emerald Ring!

You can register here.  The event is free and open to anyone anywhere.

I promise, this time I will make sure the chat is working properly BEFORE we start talking.

And now on to the important stuff: snacks!

Emerald Ring snack: Irish Lace Cookies!  I adore Irish lace cookies and will seize any excuse to eat them.

Here’s the link to the wonderful Irish lace cookie recipe Christine shared for her Pink Carnation cookery series lo these many years ago.

Emerald Ring drink: an appletini!  Why?  Because it’s green, of course.  Also it was one of my favorite drinks around the time I was writing Emerald Ring.

For those who prefer something a little less green, Guinness, whisky, Bailey’s, or, of course, Irish coffee, are all acceptable substitutes.

Emerald Ring non-alcoholic drink: Mountain Dew, purely for the color.  Or green Gatorade.  Or a shamrock shake, or facsimile thereof.

Now that we’ve gotten the food and drink out of the way, here are some background materials for your amusement:

  • Get the scoop on your romantic leads with this Pink Carnation Who’s Who. (Just click on Letty and Geoff in the sidebar.)
  • Locate your favorite characters on these Selwick, Balcourt, and Wooliston family trees.
  • Want to learn more about early nineteenth century Ireland and the rising of 1803?  Here’s some suggested background reading.
  • Curious about the scenes that didn’t make it into The Deception of the Emerald Ring?  You can find outtakes here.
  • Need something to listen along to while you read?  Try the Emerald Ring playlist!

Check back here later this month for discussions of the forced marriage trope in fiction, botched elopements, Emerald Ring peeps, my favorite quotes (and yours!) as we re-read, and photos of Emerald Ring in the wild.  Please do share lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook!  Just tag me and add #pinkcarnationreadalong.

Is there anything else you’d like to see that I’ve forgotten?

Brush off your copies of The Deception of the Emerald Ring, grab that Irish coffee, and let’s get reading!


  1. Aspasia Katerinis on April 7, 2021 at 10:53 am

    God bless The Emerald Isle.

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