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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It is with the greatest delight that I present to you the first of the 2020 Pinkoramae! May I just say that in the midst of all the fear and worry, it fills me with such joy that there are still Pinkoramae?  It’s become as sure a sign of spring as the lengthening days and…

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It’s that time of year again: time for the annual posting of the Lost Intro to The Mischief of the Mistletoe. Why “lost”, you say? I’d like to claim that Turnip misplaced it somewhere between his carnation-embroidered handkerchiefs and his private stash of Christmas puddings. But that would be unfair to Turnip (and Arabella complained).…

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On the Twelfth Day of Turnip, Candace and Cassandra present… “Peepmas at Girdings”. I love that this combines both The Temptation of the Night Jasmine and The Mischief of the Mistletoe. As the house party at Girdings goes out into the woods to collect the Yuletide greenery on Christmas Eve, we can find Charlotte, in…

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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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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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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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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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On the seventh day of Turnip, we have… cookies from Christine! In honor of the launch of The Lure of the Moonflower back in 2015, Christine concocted a full year of Pink Carnation baked goods, one recipe per book. The recipe below was Christine’s culinary homage to The Mischief of the Mistletoe. (Thanks, Christine!) And…

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On the sixth day of Turnip, we have… another Mistletoe Pinkorama! In this rendition, by Sarah, Turnip looks on through the window as an agitated Miss Climpson informs Lizzy that, “We do not sit on people!” Sally appears to have fallen over the chair again. Next to the pageant, this is one of my favorite…

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