Don’t you hate it when a new book comes out in a series you love and you don’t realize it?  And then you do and it’s both wonderful and also annoying.  Annoying because you could have read it a month ago.  But wonderful because you have it now.  And then you go and double-check all…

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First, hats off to ALL of this year’s Pinkorama contestants!  In a very rough season, you brought joy– and Peeps!  I’m so impressed by your talent and ingenuity and so very, very grateful for the joyful distraction and the memories of many happy books. This year brought us everything from attack stoats to annoyed Nativity…

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It’s been rather a week around here, so there’s not much new to report on the reading front, other than that I finished the latest in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, False Value, which was the first book other than mid-century mysteries to hold my attention in quite some time. If you haven’t read…

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Happy Friday, all!  Most of my reading this week has been research for the next book (currently cunningly titled Smith Book #2), but I did finally break out a new book I’ve been wanting to read for ages: the latest in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, False Value. If you haven’t read these yet–…

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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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Our final Pinkorama of the 10th Annual Pinkorama Contest comes from another powerhouse sister team! Candace and Cassandra bring us “Carriage Troubles at the Peep-ford Arms” from Pink III, The Deception of the Emerald Ring. In case it’s been a while since Pink III for you, Candace and Cassandra have included this handy dandy, put-your-coffee-down-before-you-snort-it-up-your-nose-laughing…

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For our fifth Pinkorama, Kayse brings us to Victorian Barbados with The Summer Peeptry! Kayse writes: “My Pinkorama depicts the opening scene of The Summer Country, when Emily, Adam, and Laura arrive at the Turners’ home in Bridgetown, Barbados.  I have Emily attempting to smooth things over with Nathaniel, after Adam put his foot in his mouth…

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The powerhouse sister team of Carrie and Laura bring us Pinkorama #4, The Garden Peeptrigue, from, you guessed it!, Pink IX, The Garden Intrigue! While Laura and Carrie’s craftsmanship is, as always, beyond all imagining, I think what I might love best about this entry is their description of the scene: Our ruffled romantic rhyming…

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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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