February 14, 2012 • I have huge news—Barnes & Noble just put up a special excerpt of Paris in Love (together with an original introduction from me, not published anywhere else), and right now, through Feb. 17, you can pre-order the book for 50% off! This is an amazing gift on their part, and won’t be duplicated once the book is actually in print. So please, if you were thinking that you and Aunt Marge might like a copy—this is the time to get you both a copy for the price of one!
• And here’s a cool thing that’s totally free. I’ve added beautiful Duchess Quartet cards to my Extras page. They show the order of books in that series, and give a sense of each plot. If you send a stamp & your address the PO box on the Extras page, I’ll send you a signed card. And what’s more, it’s glittered–by me and Anna! We sat watching Top Chef (to which we are addicted) and glittered the cards’ headers, just for fun. I hope you enjoy them!
• I have a review up this week on the B&N site for a book that I absolutely adored—Lauren Willig’s The Garden Intrigue. Lauren writes the Pink Carnation series (tho no problem with reading out of series). I love her witty stories, set in an idyllic world that I want to join. In this one, Augustus Whittlesby is an undercover spy—whose “cover” demands that he write really dreadful poetry. He doesn’t mind until an impudent American starts making fun of his rhymes. Lauren’s books are so merry and fun. They’re hilarious, and yet there’s surprising depth there too.