Good morning, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Back in 2010, Lauren commissioned the artist Joanne Renaud to create a set of comics depicting 8 scenes from The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Have you seen them? They are posted here on Lauren’s website. A panel of one of these comics was actually used as the cover for the “Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas” novella. If you go to Joanne’s site, you can take a look at her work. She’s done some illustrations for Sarah MacLean as well, for her novel Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and I had a great time looking through her portfolio.
Getting back to the Pink comics, would you like to win a set of your own? Lauren has offered to give one away to a Pink for All Seasons participant! To enter, comment below and share your favorite moment so far from Pink I. You can enter until Thursday at midnight EST. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
Also, on the topic of all things Pink related, did you know that Lord Richard Selwick is mentioned in Mary Blayney’s novel Traitor’s Kiss? This book is the first in Mary’s “Pennistan” series, and her hero is rescued from a French prison by an English noblewoman in 1813. Evidently, Lauren and Mary had a chat about writing post-revolution France and decided it would be fun if their worlds overlapped a bit. As soon as I found out about this, I rushed off to grab a copy of Traitor’s Kiss, anxious to see what kind of cameo appearance Richard would have. I wound up being slightly disappointed, because I thought I’d get to see Richard in action. Instead, his name is mentioned in a conversation where Mary’s hero is defending the scholarly interest that took him to France. But even though we don’t get to see Richard effecting any daring rescue attempts, it’s still a fun reference and makes you feel a little smug about knowing exactly who Mary is talking about. If you like books about this time period, and you appreciate books that fall more rigidly into the romance category than Lauren’s, Traitor’s Kiss could be a good read for you.