Calling all 2020 Pinkorama participants to take a bow!  (Or curtsy.) After six days of superlative sugary creations, it’s time for the 2020 Pinkorama Round Up!  This year, we’ve got nativity plays gone wrong, a pirate as parson, flying attack stoats, an unusually tongue-tied poet, a Victorian parlor in Barbados, and a botched elopement in the…

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For our third Pinkorama, Freya brings us “The Mark of the Midnight Manzapeep”, or “Stoat Iacta Est”. We find ourselves at the very end of Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, at a masked ball.  Because, as we know, pretty much anything can happen at a masked ball.  Will Lucien, Duke of Belliston,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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