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Library Donations!

In the middle of a mystery bundle give away post on Facebook the other day, I included a side comment about books for libraries or other charities. The response was overwhelming. (Thanks, all!) So I’m making this post the Official Library Donation Spot. I would be delighted to see all my author copies flutter away…

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Valentine's Day Reading Round-Ups

As the day of hearts and flowers approaches, there’s been the usual slew of Valentine’s Day recommended reads swamping the internet, including: — these shout-outs to The Forgotten Room, from Prevention Magazine and Kirkus; — a list from Shelf Pleasures, with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation heading a list that includes Jane Eyre,…

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Florida, Here We Come!

Karen, Beatriz, and I are heading to Florida for the next lap of the Forgotten Room tour! You can find us: — on Monday evening at the Vero Beach Book Center (6:00), and — on Tuesday evening at Writer’s Block Bookstore (6:30). Come join us basking in the sun! Vero Beach, FL January 25, 6:00…

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Weekly Reading Round-Up

After the traditional turkey coma, there’s nothing like a comfortable chair and a good book. For me, this week has been mainly about mysteries, all of very different kinds: a 1920s ghost story (or, rather, “ghost” story), a modern Scottish police procedural, and a Victorian with the suggestion of a paranormal element. — Georgette Heyer’s…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Safe travels to all who are traveling; good cooking to all who are cooking. May your bird be crisp but not burnt, your potholders sturdy, and your kitchen timers timely. On this day of thanks, I am particularly grateful for everyone here on this website. Thank you so much for coming with me through the…

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Halloween– from the Archives

As part of our Halloween countdown, here’s one of my favorite posts from the archives, on the topic of Halloween costumes. I wrote this post– eek– seven years ago, back when I was still juggling writing and lawyering. At the time, I was also participating in a group blog called the Access Romance All-A-Blog. On…

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SPLENDOUR FALLS Winner

The winner of the copy of Susanna Kearsley’s The Splendour Falls is… Nikki B! (Of Comment #17.) Congrats, Nikki B! Just email me with your info, and I’ll pop the book in the mail to you. Happy reading!

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Teaser Tuesday: THAT SUMMER in Pictures, Part II

It’s Part II of That Summer in Pictures: the Mariana in the Moated Grange edition. Not to give too much away, one of the pictures that plays a large role in That Summer is Mariana in the Moated Grange by Gavin Thorne, my imaginary Preraphaelite painter. In the book, it’s displayed at the Royal Academy…

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Teaser Tuesday: Jane's Book (Pink XII)

Over the years, I’ve considered several potential suitors for the Pink Carnation. Back in the very, very beginning, I had intended to set Jane up with Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe. You all know how that went. By the end of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, it was quite clear to me that there wasn’t the…

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Teaser Tuesday: The Future of the Pink Series

It’s official. Pink XII– aka the book after The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla— will be the last book in the Pink Carnation series. Twelve is a pretty good number for a series, don’t you think? Here’s what I can tell you about Pink XII so far. It’s Jane’s book. It’s set in Portugal in…

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