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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…

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Crimson Rose UK & Another Interview

In all the Orchid Tour madness, I completely forgot about the launch of the UK edition of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. Can’t you just hear Mary fuming? Apologies, Crimson Rose. At least you have a particularly glamorous cover. In honor of the Crimson Rose UK launch, I answered a few questions on Valentine’s…

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Three Days….

As we count down to January 2011, here’s a snippet from January 2008 and The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. I had thought this one would be harder to choose. Mary and Vaughn’s courtship occurs primarily through word-play as each tries to outsmart the other, leading to many moments of barbed quippage. As I flipped…

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A Cover for CRIMSON

To add to the growing gallery of foreign editions, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose comes out in the UK on February 7th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Mary has a whole new look!

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The "Difficult" Heroine

Write Chic just posted an excellent article discussing the career of the anti-heroine in fiction. She uses Mary, from The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, and our very own Penelope of Blood Lily as two of her prime examples. The first ones who come to mind for me are Scarlett, from Gone With the Wind,…

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