The Lure of the Moonflower

It’s the first Monday of August – y’all know what time it is!  Somehow, unbelievably, the month of Pink XII has arrived!  Miss Eliza is helping me out with this month of moderating (and by helping me out, I mean being incredibly on top of things, way ahead of me, and generally keeping my on my toes), and she’ll be in charge of posting this week.  Reading schedule for the month is below – yes, we realize the book doesn’t actually go on sale until tomorrow, but remember that the first two chapters can be found in the back of your copy of Pink XI. And once you get your hands on your copy this week, I have a feeling you’ll have no trouble at all keeping up… over to Miss Eliza.


Hello again, c’est moi, Miss Eliza! I’m back because I couldn’t very well let Ashley do the last month of Pink for All Seasons on her own now could I? We were both lucky enough, thanks to our blogs, to have slightly earlier access to The Lure of the Moonflower so we could prepare for August. But still, without as much time as usually for prep, two is far far better than one! So let’s get down to it – you’ll all be able to rush out and get your book on Tuesday, so to tide you over, here’s the lay of the land for the month; though I have a feeling once you start the book the reading schedule will be swiftly thrown aside. But that’s just me.

Who: Jane Wooliston and Jack Reid

Where: Portugal

When: Late 1807

What: Jane Wooliston must locate the missing and mad Queen Maria of Portugal before she falls into the hands of the French. In order to get her work done Jane teams up with Jack Reid, an agent who doesn’t know that Jane is not only aware of his history and tendency to shift allegiances but might have a message from his estranged family. But will Jane and Jack’s reputations sour their opinions of each other or are they willing to realize that neither of them are what they appear?

Historical Cameos: Queen Maria I of Portugal and General Jean-Andoche Junot

Reading Schedule:
Friday, August 7th: Prologue and Chapters 1-6
Friday, August 14th: Chapters 7-13
Friday, August 21st: Chapters 14-21
Friday, August 28th: Chapters 22-28

Now let’s start reading!

And the Winner Is…


The winner of the signed ARC of The Lure of the Moonflower is Irene! Congratulations, Irene. If you will email me your address at, I will get your prize in the mail to you ASAP.

I really wish I had a copy to give you all. I also really wish I could get a copy of all the Pink spin-offs you guys came up with! There were some excellent ideas for new locations and new mysteries. I particularly liked the idea of another Christmas story. I was also intrigued by the idea of a story from Serena’s perspective – that had never occurred to me!

Dara will be back tomorrow with the next Pink XI recap. I can’t believe this month is winding down. Thanks so much for reading along with us. Only two weeks until Pink XII!

Giveaway Surprise!


Oh my friends, do I have a treat for you today.

You have perhaps been wondering if I had a blonde moment and completely forgot to do a giveaway for a signed copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. I didn’t forget. Promise. I will be running that giveaway next Monday, and I have something WONDERFUL to offer up today.

Lauren has donated a signed ARC of The Lure of the Moonflower for a giveaway.

I’ll just let you process that for a second.

Yes, you read correctly. Not only does Lauren’s The Other Daughter release tomorrow (get excited, BTW – it’s amazing), but you have a chance today to get your hands on a copy of Pink XII, signed by Lauren, before it hits the shelves in two weeks.

To enter the giveaway, comment below and answer me this: What’s your favorite idea for a Pink spin-off? Is it a series about the children of the Pink cast solving mysteries in the 1830s and 40s? Is it Colin and Eloise traveling to research Colin’s spy novels and stumbling upon modern mysteries of their own? Is it a multi-generational saga about the Reids? Maybe it’s something completely different. Whatever it is, I want to know! If you’d like to be entered twice for the giveaway, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, or whatever other platform you choose, and just let me know in your comment.

The giveaway starts right this minute, and it will be open until midnight EST on Wednesday. I will announce the lucky winner on Thursday. Good luck!