THE SEDUCTION OF THE CRIMSON ROSE Read Along: Tonight!
Practice your triple entendres, grab a crimson cocktail, and get ready for tonight’s Pink Carnation Read Along Zoom discussion of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose with super special guest co-host Sarah Wendell of Smart B*tches! The Zoom link has been sent out to registrants, which means the registration form is now closed. If you…Read More
The 2021 Pinkorama Round-Up
Calling all 2021 Pinkorama participants to take a bow! Or curtsy. Or, like my first grader, a twirl followed by a full split. (I have no idea how she does that.) After several days of superlative sugary creations, it’s time for the 2020 Pinkorama Round Up! This year, we’ve got secret meetings in bookshops, Colin as…Read More
Pinkorama #2: “The Peepduction of the Crimson Rose”
For our second Pinkorama of 2021, the mother and daughter team of Carla and Rowan whisk us away to London in 2003– with a side of Mary Poppins!– in this scene drawn from The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. That Eloise. She’s always daydreaming and going off into somewhat disorganized flights of fancy when she…Read More
Pink Carnation Read Along: Month 4
Thanks so much to everyone who joined in to discuss The Deception of the Emerald Ring last week! It’s the merry, merry month of May, which means… it’s time for Book IV: The Seduction of the Crimson Rose! This book was something of a landmark for me. It was the first ever book (although it wouldn’t be…Read More
Pinkorama #7: "The Peepinese Chamber"
For our seventh and final 2018 Pinkorama, Candace and Cassandra bring us… “The Peepinese Chamber”, from The Seduction of the Crimson Peep. Candace and Cassandra write: In The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Miss Mary Alsworthy, an incomparable beauty but unlikely heroine, experiences Lord Vaughn’s Chinese Chamber. This room of iniquity, first introduced in The…Read More
Pinkorama #4: "Can the World Buy Such a Peep?"
For our fourth Pinkorama, Freya brings us Lord Vaughn and Miss Mary Alsworthy in “Can the World Buy Such a Peep?”, taken from Chapter Ten of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. (Text by Freya with occasional parenthetical interpolations by the author.) Sebastian, Lord Vaughn appears dramatically in the Chinese chamber. (Because, of course, Lord…Read More
Ask the Author Day!
It’s Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader as we wrap up our discussion of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose! Do you have burning questions about Mary, Vaughn, and their assorted hangers-on? Just pop by the the Bubblebath Reader and post your question there. Happy holidays, all!Read More
Teaser Tuesday: Those Ubiquitous Vaughns
It has been noted that there is a Cecelia Heatherington-Vaughn in The Other Daughter. Not illogically, the question has been asked: is she one of those Vaughns? Yes. Yes, she is. As always, the Vaughns just won’t keep out of the way. They pop up everywhere. In my Kenya book; in my 1927 book; in…Read More
Pink Carnation Cookery: Strawberry Tarts
The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts, all on a summer’s day. The knave of hearts, he stole those tarts and took them clean away…. If ever there was a candidate for the Queen of Hearts, it’s Mary Alsworthy. And while we’re speaking of knaves…. Hello, Lord Vaughn! So it seems particularly appropriate that…Read More
Pink Carnation Recap: CRIMSON ROSE
We’re up to Pink IV, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose! Who: Mary Alsworthy and Lord Vaughn Where: England When: Autumn, 1803 What: Lord Vaughn recruits socialite Mary Alsworthy for an unlikely task: infiltrating the League of the Black Tulip. Historical Cameos: None. Lord Vaughn isn’t letting anyone steal his thunder. Fun facts about Crimson…Read More