In which one of these things is not like the other

on January 30, 2014

So today I have a recipe for you and some dead folks. Yeah, I know. Pretty random, but we’re under five inches of snow here–nothing for those of you accustomed to it, but our town is shut down–and I’m in a random frame of mind. A pal of mine sent me this link to Victorian…

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In which we have something entirely new!

on January 27, 2014

Oh, my dearlings, I’ve been waiting to share this and now it’s HERE! Some months back I read at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC and had the pleasure of meeting the glorious Hope Tarr, one of the founders. She approached me about contributing to a digital charity anthology she was organizing, and I leaped at…

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In which….ooooh, secrets!

on January 23, 2014

Yes, I’m keeping secrets from you, chickens! But I’ll give you a little bit just to whet your appetite–in February I’ll be doing giveaways! Not just book giveaways for the ARCs of CITY OF JASMINE, but I’m partnering with small business owners whose products I love. How fun is that?? Y’all will have the opportunity…

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In which we have winners!

on January 20, 2014

First, HUGE thanks to those of you who participated in choosing your favorite quotes! Was thrilled to see such variety–something from every book and the novellas, which was lovely. It wasn’t easy to narrow down to winners, but we have FIVE: *Milena Mutter *Kari Wilson *Megan *KayLynn *Amy Kendall If y’all would please email me…

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In which it’s time for something FUN

on January 16, 2014

Because it’s January. And that means it’s either cold and dreary where you are–or it’s hotter than the hammered-down hinges of hell because you’re in the southern hemisphere. Either way, let’s amuse ourselves, shall we? I am polling readers to find out your favorite quotes of mine–they can be from the Julia novels or novellas,…

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In which we have a winner!

on January 14, 2014

So our adorable hazel dormouse has a name thanks to reader Angie–he is officially SNUG. How sweet is that? And perfectly appropriate since it’s a Shakespearean name and he spends his time in Julia’s decolletage! If you didn’t get your copy of the monthly newsletter last week, CITY OF JASMINE is available for pre-order! This…

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In which I need you, chickens!

on January 10, 2014

Quelle catastrophe! Am writing new Julia novella and realized something–I NEVER NAMED THE DORMOUSE! So, if you’d like to help name the newest addition to Julia’s menagerie, chime in! If I chose the name you suggest, I’ll send you a signed copy of THE DARK ENQUIRY, the book that introduced him. In case you’re not…

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In which we have a bonus post

on January 10, 2014

Oooh, extra Friday bonus post, chickens! This week the ever-eloquent Suzy Nightingale asked me for an interview for Fragrantica, and I was thrilled to comply. If you’ve spent any time hanging out here, you know how much I love perfume, and this was the perfect excuse to geek out on one of my favorite subjects….

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In which we have a special guest!

on January 9, 2014

Alright, chickens, I am delighted to post an interview with the divine bloggery Ella Kay! I first crossed paths with her around the time of the royal wedding in 2011 when she was still running Mad Hattery, a blog devoted to the bizarre and beautiful headgear of the royals. In 2013, she created A Tiara…

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In which I’m a human melting pot

on January 7, 2014

For reals, y’all! Last month my parents decided to take the DNA tests, and the results were MOST surprising. (If you’re interested, Ancestry is currently running a special for $79. All it takes is a cheek swab and a few weeks of waiting.) Families, like countries, create their own mythologies. My mother’s family claimed…

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