Today is July 1, which means it’s time to start The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, or Pink XI in shorthand. I’m going to hand this post over immediately to Dara, who will be moderating this month. Today she’s sharing some fun facts and the reading schedule – on Friday, she’ll introduce herself more thoroughly. Welcome, Dara!
Hello Pink fanatics! I am so excited to be here with you for the LAST of our Pink for All Seasons installments in which we join the inimitable Miss Sally Fitzhugh for the Little Season in London, complete with poisonous plants and rumors of vampires.
First, the poisonous plant — I did a little research on the Manzanilla. Manchineel is the technical name of the plant; it is a poisonous plant native to Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribean, Central and South America that will cause serious bodily damage and death if you encounter it in any form. The name manchineel is sometimes seen written “mancinella,” and comes from the present-day Spanish name “manzanilla de la muerte,” meaning little apple of death. The word manzanilla alone, however, refers to chamomile, which has flowers that closely resemble daisies. So, if you ask for manzanilla tea, make sure you are getting real chamomile tea, not mancinella tea of death!
Second, and much more exciting, the vampires – You would think that by the time we got to this book I would have learned to trust Lauren, but when she announced that this would be a vampire book, I had visions of Twilight, teenage girls screaming and other horrors. Much similar, I imagine, to how Miss Gwen must have felt after the publishing of The Convent of Orsino. Luckily for all of us, Miss Gwen (and Lauren) would never allow such shenanigans in any book she is involved in and Sally is no screaming fan girl. So, with no further ado, let’s get started.
Here is the reading schedule for the month:
Week 1: Prologue and Chapters 1-7
Week 2: Chapters 8-14
Week 3: Chapters 15-21
Week 4: Chapters 22-28 and the extra goodies in the back.