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Diversions

Ready… Set… Peep!

It’s March today, which means… it’s Pinkorama time! Yes, that’s right: it’s the 8th Annual Pinkorama (aka Pink Carnation Peep Diorama) Contest. 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…

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Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s my traditional Valentine’s Day post: a piece I wrote way back in 2009, for the (now defunct) All-A-Blog. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you….” They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With that as my excuse, I plan…

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Website Reboot

That time has come again: the time for a rethink of the website. I’m going to be overhauling the whole site this spring– which is where you come in! What do you love about the website? What do you hate about it? Is there anything it’s missing? If there’s anything you think I should have–…

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If you like Downton Abbey….

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when one starts to yearn for crumpets and tea, acerbic comments from a Dowager Countess, and the antics of the Crawley family. Bookbub has a list of thirteen new books to alleviate those Downton blues (including The English Wife!). Adding some older books to the…

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New On the Website: Lost Chapters

Now up on in a permanent place on the Diversions Page, from now unto the next time my website crashes, you can find two chapters that were excised by my editor: the “lost” Chapter 29 of The Ashford Affair, in which All Was Explained, and the discarded Epilogue of That Summer (in which some things…

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Top Five Heyers

The other day, when I posted about my recent Heyer-a-thon, a funny thing happened in the Comments section: an impromptu discussion of Top Five Heyer novels. Not four shall you count, not six, but five. (Sorry, Monty Python.) Why five? Perhaps because it’s so impossible to pick just one Heyer. Or, for that matter, three…

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MISTLETOE Outtakes, aka The Drafts of MISTLETOE Past

A Pink book wouldn’t be a Pink book without outtakes! I tend to be something of a trial and error writer (er, okay, entirely a trial and error writer), so there are always scenes that wind up on the cutting room floor, some because they just aren’t very good and others because the book is…

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MISTLETOE Fun Facts

Every book has its own behind the scenes quirks and oddities. Admittedly, Turnip is a quirk all by himself, but here are a few other Mistletoe oddities, aka fun facts. — Like The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, this was an accidental book. In the spring of 2009, I’d started writing The Orchid Affair— but…

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A Very Mistletoe Q&A

On the ninth day of Turnip, we have… some Mistletoe miscellany. While I was scrolling through my files, looking for Mistletoe trivia to share, I stumbled across this Q&A I scribbled up back in 2011 for the UK launch of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. You can find the full interview below, along with an…

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Cast That Turnip: Part II

So many thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort to Cast That Turnip! Thanks to you, we have an embarrassment of Turnips. (Which, I believe, is the correct term for a group of Turnip Fitzhughs.) The winner of the Cast That Turnip contest, chosen at random, is… Lauren H! (Of Comment 19.2) Congrats, Lauren!…

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