Jewelry in Pink III and Beyond

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Today’s post was written by Beth.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

You know, even though The Deception of the Emerald Ring is the only Pink book without a flower in the front, several of the characters have special jewelry.  Letty has her “greasy” emerald ring, Jane has her pink carnation locket, and the Black Tulip has her silver chess piece.

There are other examples of jewelry that take center stage in a story.  For example, the pearl earring in The Girl with the Pearl Earring.  Or, in the category of “jewelry with superpowers,” Slytherin’s locket and Ravenclaw’s diadem in Harry Potter, or the One Ring in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Regardless, I really enjoy how each of these characters has a talisman that becomes a part of who they are.  So, a question to ponder as you explore The Deception of the Emerald Ring – if you had a talisman that represented you, what would it be and why?  Do you know of other examples of jewelry in literature?

Thanks for the post today, Beth.  I do feel sorry for Letty for having a ring that is so consistently described as “greasy.”  Yuck.  The only other example I came up with off the top of my head about characters who have a piece of jewelry that defines them was Katniss’ mockingjay pin from The Hunger Games.  I’ll be interested to hear what others have to say!

Happy Release Day, Charles Finch!

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I read A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch last summer, and I really enjoyed it! It’s the first in his Charles Lenox mystery series. The books are set in Victorian London, and Charles is a “gentleman sleuth.” Even though I’ve only read the first two books in the series, I really want to catch up. Today’s release, The Laws of Murder is the eighth book to come out, so clearly I have some work to do.

Here is what Minotaur has to say about The Laws of Murder:

It’s 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London’s leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes, he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did.

Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent’s Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death – an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket – he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth.

With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch’s Victorian series.

What do you think?

Pink III Giveaway

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Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend, and that you are enjoying The Deception of the Emerald Ring.  I found myself trapped in an airport last night for about six hours, waiting for a plane that stubbornly refused to demonstrate its existence, and reading Pink III probably saved my sanity.  I’m feeling so grateful that I thought today would be the perfect day to kick off a giveaway for a signed copy.

Unlike the copy of Pink II from October, there are no defects to report with the copy of Pink III – Amazon promised me a book in brand new condition, and they delivered.  Lauren has added a nice note and her lovely signature.  If you already own a signed copy of this book (you lucky duck), holiday shopping is looming ahead, and wouldn’t this make a great gift?

To enter yourself for this giveaway, just leave a comment below by midnight EST on November 13. I will announce the winner on Friday, November 14.

Want to earn extra entries for this giveaway? You can enter up to three times. Here’s how:

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. Follow the blog! If you are already a follower, just mention that in your comment. There are links in the top right corner of this page to become a follower.
  3. Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Again, you can just let me know in your comment that you’ve done this. I trust you.

On Friday, I will use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner. Good luck! And next Monday, I’ll be posting the third in our series of author interviews and giveaways.  Stay tuned!

Pink III Week 1 in Review

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Today’s post was written by Beth, and the graphic above was designed by Sharlene.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first 8 chapters of The Deception of the Emerald Ring!  It’s been so much fun to get back into Geoff and Letty’s story.  Full confession first – every time I read this book, I call him ‘Gee-off’ for the first few chapters.  Whew, I feel better now that I’ve got that out in the open.

So, let’s do a quick re-cap of what we’ve learned so far in Pink III:

First, Eloise – Eloise is deep in the libraries, trying to dig up information on the elusive, king of the swashbuckling spies, the Pink Carnation… with dissertation chapters looming ahead in the distance.

Our hero, Geoff – the strong silent type, saddled with one of the longest last names in the history of last names, he’s been very content to let Richard take care of all of the daring escapades and Miles to handle all of the communication while he remains in the shadows of the Purple Gentian’s operations.  BUT, now that the Purple Gentian has been unmasked and Miles is busy with amorous exploits, Geoff is having to take more of an active role in this whole spying business.  This leads him to traipse, in the not-to-distant future, off to Ireland and meddle in the Bonapart-supported revolution that is brewing there.  This would be just fine, if it weren’t for the impending clandestine nuptials that he’s planned with his love, Mary Alsworthy, with whom he is madly, deeply, poetry-writing in love with at this very moment.  That is, until he finds her little sister in his carriage, accidentally compromises her (enjoys it, if he’s being honest), and has to marry her for it.  He’s not having such a good day, come to think of it, and maybe running off to Ireland won’t be such a bad thing after all.

Our heroine, Letty – bless her heart, she’s holding her family together as best she can with a completely annoying mother (totally Mrs. Bennett), a kind but slightly spacey father (totally Mr. Bennett) and a sister who is hell-bent on securing the best marriage proposal of the season, even if it means sneaking off with a viscount in the dead of night for a spontaneous elopment.  In trying to prevent this terrible scandal, she accidentally gets compromised (also enjoys it, if she’s being honest) and has to marry her sister’s now-scorned lover, Geoff.  So, her sister is mad at her, her parents are overjoyed, the gossip papers are full of the tale, Ms. Posonby’s the rudest lady ever to her, and she’s saddled to a man that couldn’t even be bothered to look her in the eye while swooning over his long lost love.  It’s not exactly a fairy tale situation!  Finding out that her husband as fled to Ireland on some mission during the wedding celebration – which really, she knows, is to avoid the fact that he’s married to the wrong sister – she decides to go after him.

Our soon to be heroine, Mary – hard to say at this point if Mary is a highly accomplished actress who is, in fact, a terrible human being winning the worst sister in the world award, or actually incredibly smart, manipulative, and cunning.  Your guess is as good as mine….but I don’t like her.  At all.  We know, at least, that she’s beautiful…and powerful.   How she’s going to decide to use that power, well, stay tuned.

Good grief, it was a busy first ¼ of the book!  Lauren has got this story off to a rip-roaring adventure from the very first page.  As I was reading, I thought of two questions for us to discuss:

1. What if (suspend reality…) Mary had actually married Geoff?  We have the foresight to know that this really might turn out okay for Geoff in the end, but what would their life have been like together if he had actually gotten what he wanted in the beginning?  Would they have worked well together?  Would Mary have worn the ‘pants’ and ruled the show?  Would Geoff have been happy?

2. Speaking of Mary…what was your first impression of these two sisters?  How did you first feel for each of them, when meeting Letty and Mary?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Cover Reveal: A Study in Death

I am thrilled to participate today in the Cover Reveal for Anna Lee Huber’s next release in the Lady Darby mystery series. There are three books currently available in the series – check out the covers so far:

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And today, I can officially share the cover for Book IV, A Study in Death. Et voilà:

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Spooky, no?

A Study in Death is the latest installment in the award-winning Lady Darby mystery series by national bestselling author Anna Lee Huber. It will release on July 7th, 2015 from Berkley Publishing, but is available for preorder now.  Here is what Berkley has to say about Lady Darby IV:

Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn’t sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…

To celebrate the unveiling of the cover of A STUDY IN DEATH, Lady Darby Book 4, Anna Lee Huber is running a giveaway on her Facebook page. Entrants must comment under her post displaying the cover of A Study in Death for a chance to win a copy of the audiobooks of Lady Darby Books 1-3 (The Anatomist’s Wife, Mortal Arts, and A Grave Matter). Please see the Facebook post for Giveaway Terms and Conditions.

Pink III: Cover Art

I’m very excited to say that tomorrow, I will be participating in the Cover Reveal for Anna Lee Huber’s next release, A Study in Death, coming to a bookstore near you in July 2015. I’ve mentioned Anna’s Lady Darby series here on the blog several times before, and I’m excited to see where she’ll take the series with this next release. I’ll share the cover and some information about A Study in Death tomorrow.

On the subject of covers, I thought this would be a good day to take a look at the covers that have been used for The Deception of the Emerald Ring in its various publications. There actually aren’t that many options for Pink III! Here are the three that I could find:

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 American edition  British edition  Russian edition

 

Which is your favorite?

Beth will be back on Friday to share her first Pink III recap. Feel free to read at your own speed, but if you’d like to keep pace with her, she’s planning to be finished with the first eight chapters by Friday. Happy reading!

The Deception of the Emerald Ring

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Happy November to one and all! Today, we’re kicking off our month of reading The Deception of the Emerald Ring. Our guest blogger and moderator for this month is my sweet friend Beth. Beth and I were luck-of-the-draw college suitemates, and we quickly discovered a mutual fondness for Broadway musicals, Disney movies, and gingham dresses. Beth is actually the person responsible for putting a copy of Pink I in my hands seven years ago. I’m thrilled that she is going to be leading us through this month of discussion.

Before I had this post over to her, two quick announcements. First, I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Pink III next week, so be on the lookout for that. Second, thanks to everyone who participated in Ask the Author II on Friday! I promised that two commenters would be the recipients of some Pink swag, so congratulations to Holly@GunInActOne and Rebecca E. You will both be receive a Pink for All Seasons mug designed for either Pink I or Pink II. Email me at ashley.pinkforallseasons@gmail.com with your address so I can send you your prize! I will post pictures of these mugs soon. The plan is to create one for every book in the Pink series! More on this later – for now, I will let Beth introduce herself.

Hi All!  I am so excited (as in, on a scale from one to excited, off the charts excited!) to be guest posting as a part of Pink for All Seasons.  Ask Ashley and she’ll tell you – I’m the reason she got into The Pink Carnation series in the first place – and I am delighted to be a part of the Pink party years later.  In all honesty, I’m a little nervous about this.  I’ve never really blogged before, and have no idea if I can do as good as a job as Erin and fabulous Ashley herself.   Regardless… here we go!

The Deception of the Emerald Ring is my favorite book.  Hands down.   For a refresher, check out Lauren’s recap of the book on her webpage. I love this book – and as I was reading the prologue to get ready for this adventure, I got to thinking about why I love this one.  It’s not that I love any of the others any less, but for some reason this one is my favoritest of the favorites.  What is it about this book that just hits that perfect spot on a rainy afternoon with a fuzzy blanket and a warm, snuggly pup?  I think I’ve got 3 reasons why the Emerald Ring and I are such good friends:

  1. Eloise and I were doing research together.  Granted, I was in graduate school studying gastrointestinal physiology and she was studying French spies, but still – I totally sympathized with Eloise’s jaunts in the bowels of the library.  I was happy to have some company along the research way….even if Eloise was in London and I was in North Carolina.
  2. By Emerald Ring, I trusted Lauren.  I’m the kind of reader that takes a little while to trust an author, and two books into this series not only was I hooked, but I trusted Lauren to take me on a swashbuckling adventure.  It’s such a comforting feeling to sit back and let yourself get swept away in a story!
  3. Letty.  I just love this character.  She’s got spunk, spirit, and strength – that is a triple threat in my book.  She’s the kind of girl you can root for, from the very first page, and I couldn’t wait to see what adventure Lauren had up her sleeve for this heroine.

So, I’m thrilled to get started with my favoritest of the favorites.  As Geoff writes to Mary Alsworthy, “All is in readiness…”  Bring on the adventure!  As we start though, I’m curious.  What are you looking forward to about reading The Deception of the Emerald Ring?