The countdown is over, chickens—it’s RELEASE DAY! It’s been a long time coming, and I am so, so happy that A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS is out in the world. It’s a day of mystery and magic, which suits the book. It’s Walpurgis Night, Beltane Eve, the eve of May Day—a celebration of creation and energy and life and color. For those who mark the turning of the seasons, there will be bonfires and maypole dancing and a bit of lusty kissing in the hedgerows. It seems an auspicious day to launch a creative venture into the world, doesn’t it? And how am I celebrating? With fizzy wine and a small bonfire thanks to a temporary firepit my husband constructed for me out of a pile of old bricks. If the rain holds off, we’ll kindle a modest fire and try to find Saturn as it cruises near the waning pink moon. It’s also the feast day of Blessed Hildegard, the wife of Charlemagne, and an ancestress of mine so many generations back I don’t even know the number. We’ll raise a glass to her and to the pink moon and to the old ways and new traditions. And we’ll raise a glass to everyone who has done so much for this book—readers definitely included!

If you’re reading the book, you might want to set the mood. Put on some speakeasy jazz—preferably Duke Ellington’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo”, the song I had on repeat as I wrote. Mix up a Black Velvet cocktail if you dare—champagne and Guinness and not for the faint of heart. Dab on a little of L’Artisan’s “Passage d’Enfer”, a perfume I think Delilah would stroke behind her knees to waft behind her as she walks. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Café d’Enfer, the inspiration behind the Club d’Enfer, Delilah’s favorite haunt in Paris.

ETA: Here are the latest contest links!

*She Knows–books, earrings, gift card

*Write Meg–book

*The Fabulous Times–book and necklace (NOW CLOSED)

*Dixie Delights–book

*Edwardian Promenade–book

10 thoughts on “IN WHICH IT IS HERE!”

  1. Bonnie says:


    Congratulations!! This is a day to celebrate! Another of your babies out in the world! I can’t wait to read it!!


  2. Hillary says:

    I just finished the book 2 days ago and I was simply left speechless. To say that I loved the book just doesn’t seem sufficient enough.!


  3. Jennifer Sobel says:

    I am so excited for nap time. I can’t wait to start reading!

  4. Michelle Valentine says:

    I’m so excited!!!! I cannot wait for my book to arrive. I am very much looking forward to taking a trip back in time to the 1920s in Africa no less!

  5. Christine says:

    Congrats! (and the Fabulous Times contest closed on April 19)

  6. Veronica Meaney says:

    just ordered on itunes (available tomorrow 1 April) was hoping to save for my holiday on 26 April but not sure I will last that long… 🙂

  7. Congratulations! Working up some great reviews for you. 😉

  8. Carroll Robinson says:

    Have had a ton of interruptions, so am still trying to find out where I left off when reading the excerpt at the end of FAR IN THE WORLDS –I particularly want to find out what year, because when reading FAR IN THE WILDS I thought the club they would go to would be the Muthaiga Country Club, which loomed large as a legend in Fox’s WHITE MISCHIEF with pictures and all, so I’m guessing the club didn’t exist when FAR IN THE WILDS was written or else you are not using it as an actual place–
    As for Beltane fires, I always think of one of my favorite Mary Stewart’s novels, WILDFIRE AT MIDNIGHT, taking place up on Scotland’s island of Skye and didn’t realize until you commented something about it, how much it is a classic Agatha Christie. all-the-suspects-in-the-drawing-room who–done-it. And last but not least, when I was in elementary school, I went to a school down here where we celebrated May Day by wearing Southern Belle costumes and dancing around a May Pole, for which we practiced after school for several months leading up to it. It was part of a family day of celebration that we did every year on May Day, singing Stephen Foster, dancing the May Pole and other festivities when all the families came and we loved it.

  9. Kristin says:

    Congratulations! I can’t believe that I’m not reading it right now, but I promised myself that I would finish Anna Karenina first. ( I’ve increased my reading pace significantly over the past few days. 🙂 ) So many fabulous books to read–what a lovely problem! Again, congrats!!

  10. Ranger says:

    Reviews have been posted at Amazon and B&N. I read the book in two days and posted it to my sister so she could share the African goodness. I wish that Lady Julia Grey could, through a twist in time, meet Delilah Drummond. Imagine the fireworks . . .

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