In which it’s time to make an enquiry…of the dark variety

on September 30, 2013

Welcome, chickens, to THE DARK ENQUIRY week on the blog. This week we’re chatting about the most recent novel in the Lady Julia series, and it’s one I have a soft spot for since it’s the first book of mine to hit the NYT bestseller list! In case you’re just catching up with Julia and…

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In which it’s Friday

on September 27, 2013

And on Fridays during our retrospective project, it’s books and refreshments! If you’re in the mood to expand your reading, I’ve already mentioned M.M. Kaye’s memoirs, and they are delightful. It’s very easy to lose yourself in her meandering tales of growing up English in the east, and my favorite is ENCHANTED EVENING. I also…

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In which it’s bonus day

on September 26, 2013

Since today is bonus day, I’m posting an interview you might not have seen. I gave it when I was busy with DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING and it was posted on the lovely blog, All the World’s Our Page. I chatter about craft and vampire preferences, so it’s worth checking out. Now, here’s something else…

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In which I’ve been pinning

on September 25, 2013

Today as we revisit DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING, it’s time for something new–a Pinterest board! I’ve pinned foreign covers, some floral inspirations, and details from a room I stole… Okay, you can’t actually steal a room unless you count the tsar’s amber room, I suppose. But I was in Washington DC on business right when…

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In which we peek at FAR IN THE WILDS

on September 24, 2013

FAR IN THE WILDS is the first prequel novella I ever wrote, and it was an absolute pleasure. It was my chance to take a look at where my main male character came from and what experiences shaped him into the man we see in A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS. Haven’t read it yet? Well,…

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In which we have an excerpt

on September 24, 2013

Missed out on DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING? Well, here’s a little something to tempt you: DARK ROAD TO DARJEELINGThe First Chapter Mother, let us imagine we are travelling, and passing through a strange and dangerous country. “The Hero” Rabindranath Tagore Somewhere in the foothills of the Himalayas, 1889. “I thought there would be camels,” I…

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In which we have a superb December planned!

on September 23, 2013

I had originally planned to put the blog on holiday in December, and then it occurred to me it might be MUCH more fun to throw open the doors and let guest bloggers come in and play. So, I decided to open it up to eight writers, first come first serve. And then a wonderful…

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In which it’s time for a dark road…

on September 23, 2013

I’ve heard from several of you how much you’re enjoying the retrospective project here on the blog—me too! It’s been fun to revisit the books and think about what I was pondering as I wrote each one. This week we’re featuring DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING, the fourth title in the Lady Julia series. If you’re…

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In which we have winners!

on September 23, 2013

A quick and dirty post to do a little housekeeping, chickens, but I’ll be back later today with the first post for our week featuring DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING! First, HUGE thanks to those of you who came to visit with me at One More Page in Arlington and those who attended the wonderful panel…

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In which we have a special guest post

on September 21, 2013

Today I’m delighted to play host to M. K. Tod whose new release, UNRAVELLED, is available NOW! She has graciously written a piece to share with us on the subject of becoming a historical fiction writer. Read on and discover how being an expat in Hong Kong inspired her to write…and when you’re finished, learn…

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