Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 18th, 2018

It’s back to winter here in New York! (Um, spring? Where did you go?) On cold and drippy days, what could be better than a classic mystery?

I revisited Agatha Christie’s The A. B. C. Murders and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Dying Detective. Now I’m trying to decide whether to move on to something new or keep up the trend with some vintage Charlotte MacLeod.

What have you been reading this week?

 

Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 11th, 2018

Do you ever have those weeks when you pick up books and put them down again? I’m sure they’re very good books, and books I might like at another time, but they just weren’t holding my attention– so I gave up on them and picked up Joan Aiken Hodge’s Marry In Haste.

I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it– I’d read a bit of Hodge back in my teens and found her books problematic, darker than the Heyer and Holt I preferred– but this time it was absolutely the right book at the right time. A marriage of convenience, Napoleonic spies, English agents, Portugal in 1807 (and we all know what happened in Portugal in 1807! Or, at least, if you read my The Lure of the Moonflower, you do), so I’m absolutely loving it, and delighted to have broken my blah reading streak.

What have you been reading this week?

 

Events, Events, Events
May 9th, 2018

Even though I’m technically not on tour right now, I’ll be popping up around town to talk books and sign things. You can find me:

— on May 31 at 10:30, at Book Expo America, signing ARCs of The Glass Ocean with the lovely Beatriz Williams. (Open to Book Expo attendees.)

— on June 6, at 6:30, at Shakespeare & Co, engaging in a discussion about fiction publishing with Amanda Stauffer (Match Made in Manhattan), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat), and Dana Schuster (New York Post). (Ticketed event; click here to purchase ticket. Ticket price includes a $15 gift card to Shakespeare & Co.)

— on August 8, at Mysterious Bookshop with the wonderful M.J. Rose. (Free event.)

And stay tuned for The Glass Ocean Tour, coming to you in September! I’ll have more to say about that very, very soon….

And now back to writing the Barbados Book!

 

Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 4th, 2018

First: how is it Friday already? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. But it feels more like Tuesday, somehow. This week is a bit of a blur.

Which may be why I can’t quite remember what I read this week. I know there were books… but I have no idea what they were.

The one stand-out? Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, psychological suspense about a hen party gone horribly, horribly wrong. It was one of those “oooh, now I must find her backlist!” books.

What have you been reading this week?

 

Give THE ENGLISH WIFE for Mother’s Day
May 2nd, 2018

Admittedly, the mother in The English Wife falls under the category of “thank you for not being like this….” So what better way to show your appreciation for your own mother on Mother’s Day?

I’ll be signing books for Books & Greetings in New Jersey this Saturday, so if you’d like to order a personalized copy and have it sent to you, just contact the good folks at Books & Greetings at 201-784-2665 before Saturday.

I’m also happy to send a signed bookplate which you can paste in. Just email me at willig@post.harvard.edu with Bookplate in the header and I’ll pop that in the mail to you ASAP.

Happy almost Mother’s Day!

 

New Jersey, Saturday 5/5– with refreshments!
May 2nd, 2018

Come celebrate the fifth of May with books and Starbucks, thanks to Closter Public Library and their brand new author series! I’ll be speaking about The English Wife— and whatever else you like!

If you’ve been stuck for a Mother’s Day gift, the folks from Books & Greetings will have copies of The English Wife on hand to be signed and personalized.

See you on Saturday!

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What: Talk & Signing
When: May 5, 2:00
Where: Closter Public Library, 280 High Street

 

Weekly Reading Round-Up
April 27th, 2018

I’ve been chasing down details for the Barbados Book this week, so there hasn’t been time for much leisure reading, alas. But I did make it to Jamie Brenner’s reading for her latest, The Husband Hour, and have been reading it in snippets when I can. It’s women’s fiction set in a beachtown on the Jersey Shore as a war widow deals with the legacy of her husband’s death and the family secrets that begin to emerge.

What have you been reading this week?

 

THE GLASS OCEAN Cover Re-Reveal!
April 26th, 2018

So remember that cover we revealed for The Glass Ocean? That goes into the folder of forgotten covers. We now have a new, even snazzier cover to share with you!

Voila!

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Team W is ridiculously in love with this cover and we hope you will be, too.

The Glass Ocean will be sailing your way September 4th, 2018.

Here’s the official blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

If you’re attending Book Expo America, you can find me and Beatriz Williams there on May 30th, signing ARCs of The Glass Ocean.

The Glass Ocean is available for pre-order from Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Powells, and your favorite local bookseller; and in e-form on Kindle, Nook, and wherever else e-books are sold.

 

The 2018 Pinkorama Winner is….
April 22nd, 2018

Well, really, I think we’re all winners of the Pinkorama, for getting to enjoy such clever and well-crafted scenes! This has been a banner year for the Pinkorama and I’m so grateful to all the entrants for bringing theses scenes so brilliantly to peep.

By popular vote, the winner of the 2018 Pinkorama is…

The Peep of Belliston Hall by Carrie and Laura!

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Congrats, ladies! I’ll put your ARC of The Glass Ocean in the mail to you as soon as I have it.

In second place we have An American Peep Takes on the World News by Colleen and Pam:

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Third place, just one vote behind, goes to The English Peep by Kayse:

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Exceedingly honorable honorable mentions go to:

Can the World Buy Such a Peep?, by Freya;

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The Peepinese Chamber by Candace and Cassandra;

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The Secret History of the Peep Carnation by Carla and Rowan;

Maria Miss Gwen in the Secret History of the Peep Carnation

and The Deception of the Emerald Peep by Rachel (that video!!)

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Take a bow, all! These were spectacular (peeptacular?) one and all– and I have a signed hardcover of The English Wife for each of you! (Or each team in the case of collaboration.) So let me know where to send them and I’ll pop your books in the mail to you!

The winning judge is… Jenna Eldredge! Congrats, Jenna! Let me know where to send it, and I’ll have The Other Daughter on its way to you.

Congrats, everyone, and thank you so much for a wonderful Pinkorama!

 

Weekly Reading Round-Up
April 20th, 2018

Get grounded at DFW for fourteen hours due to tornadoes? More time for books! This week, I read my through a bunch of books I’ve been meaning to read for ages, including:

— J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions, a look at an Irish family in Boston over the course of two generations, and what one secret can do to a family;

— Christine Mangan’s Tangerine, a twisty novel of psychological suspense unpicking the relationship between two former Bennington roommates, one a married woman in Tangier, the other a working woman who suddenly shows up on the doorstep for a visit, going forth between the past and the present as the truth becomes more and more sinister;

— Susan Wiggs’s Family Tree, about a cooking show producer who finds herself back in her Vermont home town after an accident lands her in a coma for a year, reconnecting with her family’s maple sugar business and the man she once loved and lost (the wholesome sweetness and happily ever after was a perfect antidote to Tangerine);

— Piper Weiss’s You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession, part memoir, part true crime, about a tennis coach who preyed on his students in New York in the early 90s. Piper and I were classmates at the same tiny all girls’ school, so, I’ll confess, it was fascinating to me to see my own world through someone else’s eyes (including a deeply awful Drama Club production about women writers, which has remained a running joke between me and my best friend to this day), and to realize what different experiences can be had under the same roof;

— Elsie Lee’s Season of Evil, classic 1970s romantic suspense. I came home from my trip to two sick kids and promptly caught the bug– which meant comfort reads. Nothing says comfort read to me like Elsie Lee. Snarky first person heroines who always have a PhD or a business degree and are simultaneously either deeply ditzy in a clever way or super-efficient organizers who cut a wide swathe through everyone in their paths;

— and, since this bug is really a nasty one, Elsie Lee’s Sinister Abbey (really, can you beat that as a title?), about a fabric designer who stumbles into international espionage, as one does.

I have a pile of new books to read, but while I’m still blazing through NyQuil and tissues, I’m thinking this may be a Georgette Heyer and Jennifer Crusie week for me.

What are you reading this week?

Oh, also, just a quick reminder: it’s your last chance to cast your vote for the winner of the 2018 Pinkorama!