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Midnight Manzanilla (Pink XI)

The History of Halloweens Past….

Many a year ago (aka 2013), I wrote my one and only Halloween book.  That book was The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, set around general October spookiness and vampire legends in the autumn of 1805. But did they have Halloween in the Georgian era?  And what about vampires? Here, for your amusement, are the…

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Pinkorama #1: "The Peep of Belliston Hall," or, "Those aren't daisies."

I am delighted to present the 2018 Pinkoramae! The first of this year’s amazing Peep creations comes from Carrie and Laura. Without further ado, I present to you, “The Peep of Belliston Hall,” or, “Those aren’t daisies,” taken from Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. At a ball at the home of the…

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Monday Give Away: MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA

With Halloween on the horizon, what more appropriate for this Monday’s give away than my one and only Halloween book, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla? It’s 1807 and a vampire craze has swept the ton thanks to a novel called The Convent of Orsino— by a Lady. (But who are we kidding? We know…

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Pinkorama #3– and a recipe!

For our third Pinkorama, Christine brings you… the Vampeep. As Christine puts it: What if Lucien really was a vampire and Sally stumbled upon his lair aka pound cake coffin? Check out the shock and surprise on Sally’s face! (All drawn with toothpicks and food coloring. Pretty impressive, no?) As an extra special bonus– and…

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Pinkorama #2: Love at First Peep

A moonlit garden, an inquisitive debutante, a duke who might be a vampire…. It doesn’t get much more peepmospheric than this. Today, from Nikki, we bring you… “Love at First Peep”, Lucien and Sally’s very first meeting at the opening of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. Here’s the description from Nikki: A glimpse into…

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MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA Winner!

And the winner of the copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is… … Joan! (Of Comment #71.) Congratulations, Joan! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. Happy Halloween, all! Oh, and just for fun, if you’re not a Facebook person, check out…

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Pink Carnation Cookery: Vampire Cookies

This month, in honor of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla and its mysterious hero, Christine brings us… vampire cookies! I love sugar cookies (and Halloween), so I am very excited to make these. One other genius bit about this recipe? These cookies contain jam. Raspberry jam. What more appropriate ingredient could there be for…

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Teaser Tuesday: putting the Halloween in the Halloween book.

Although I call The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla my Halloween book, I do so with some reservations. True, it’s set in October, in that season of mist and shrinking daylight hours, of changing leaves and that sudden, sharp chill in the air. And part of the book, the part that’s set in Cambridge (the…

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A Halloween Give Away!

With Halloween coming up this Friday, it felt only appropriate to have a give away of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, my very first Halloween book. In fact, it’s going to be Halloween week here on the website! On Tuesday, we’ll have some fun facts about Halloween (or the lack of it) in the…

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Teaser Tuesday: How autobiographical is Eloise?

Recently, I’ve received a number of messages asking whether (and some assuming that) the Eloise portion of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is autobiographical. Here’s the short answer: it’s not. There are certainly elements of my world woven into Eloise’s story. The descriptions of Cambridge in 2004 are as true as my memory can…

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