Release Day Tomorrow, and “Ask the Author” with Lauren Willig

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Tomorrow is the last day of September, so Lauren Willig will be stopping by the blog to answer any questions we have about The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Then on Wednesday, we’ll start Masque of the Black Tulip. I can’t believe it’s almost October!

Tomorrow is also a big day for book releases. Deanna Raybourn’s latest novel, Night of a Thousand Stars, will be available for purchase. Deanna is another author that I found thanks to Lauren’s website. Her Lady Julia historical mysteries were a treat, but my favorite book of hers is A Spear of Summer Grass – a novel set in Kenya in the 1920s, published around the same time as Lauren’s Ashford Affair. If you’ve never read anything by Deanna, her e-novellas are available on Kindle and Nook at super-low prices.

Here’s what Harlequin MIRA has to say about Night of a Thousand Stars:

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat’s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father’s quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.

With only her feisty lady’s maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.

I’ve got my copy preordered!

8 thoughts on “Release Day Tomorrow, and “Ask the Author” with Lauren Willig

  1. I’m really excited about Deanna’s new book. I’ve been dying to read this since Deanna put out the newsletter with the excerpt from the book. I’m trying not to be spoiler-y but Poppy mentions a books she received, I had that AHA moment and was completely hooked. I’ve got an electronic version pre-ordered so crossing my fingers that it shows up tonight!

      • It was just the revelation at the end of the excerpt, I just figured it out before I got to the end – just made the connection between Poppy and the characters in other books.

    • I made the connection too, Karen, and can’t wait to see how it unfolds, especially as it regards Poppy’s father. Am going to have to go back through some previous books to develop time frame. This is going to be such fun!

  2. Just finished “Thousand Stars” and LOVED it. Got it around 11 on Monday and stayed up way too late yesterday and today to read it. Ashley, I know you are really busy with the Pink read-along, but any chance we could do a discussion post on it? I’m dying to talk to someone about it!

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