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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Teaser Tuesday: What's in a Flower?

(Note: this was originally programmed to run on July 8. But I hit “save draft” instead of “publish”. So you’re belatedly getting this post now, with apologies from your technology-phobic author.) I have a floral confession to make. There are not one but two plants called the manzanilla. One is deadly. You may also know…

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MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA Give Away

Last week, I toddled over to Penguin Books with my signing pen to inscribe a pile of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. They’re giving away three of those over on their Love Always page on Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/LoveAlwaysBooks) To enter, just “like” the Midnight Manzanilla give away post on the Love Always page, and then…

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Signed copies of MANZANILLA

If you want a signed copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, there are four ways to go about it…. 1) Order from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore. They have a stock of signed copies winging their way from New York to Arizona right now, and, as soon as those signed books arrive at the…

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Happy Birthday, Pink XI!

It’s here! The eleventh book in the Pink Carnation series, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, appears in stores (or on your e-reader) today. Here’s the official blurb: In the latest Pink Carnation novel from national bestselling author Lauren Willig, rumors spreading among the ton turn deadly as a young couple unites to solve a…

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One day until THE MARK OF THE MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA….

The eleventh book in the Pink Carnation series, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, comes out tomorrow! The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is Sally Fitzhugh’s book, so it gave me particular joy to get to visit with Turnip and the gang– especially Turnip’s toddler, Parsnip. Although Miss Gwen did persist in thinking that this…

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Teaser Tuesday: A Bit of MANZANILLA Background

Only one week left until The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla appears in stores! The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, aka Pink XI, is Sally’s story. It is, however, not the story I originally intended to tell. I’d known I’d wanted to write a book about Sally, but there were two things I had decided…

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