Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lauren Willig Orchid book tour and in stores now The Orchid Affair!

"Pride and Prejudice lives on" (USA Today) in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which has been hailed for its addictive blend of history, romance, and adventure. In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura's mission is to report any suspicious findings.

At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen-secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought...

As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it's too late"?

Lets hear what Lauren has to say on it:

"Coming to a bookstore near you on January 20th, The Orchid Affair is my Sound of Music meets James Bond book. Former governess Laura Grey will do anything to get away from governessing, even if it means apprenticing herself to that elusive floral spy, the Pink Carnation. For her first assignment, Laura goes undercover in the household of Napoleon’s assistant Minister of Police, Andre Jaouen—as a governess. As intrigues swirl around them (and Augustus Whittlesby spouts bad poetry), Laura quickly deduces that there’s far more to Andre than meets the eye….

Library Journal gave The Orchid Affair a starred review, calling it a “supremely nerve-wracking, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can’t-sleep-until-everyone-is-safe read”. Kirkus Reviews adds, “Willig’s sparkling series continues to elevate the Regency romance genre.”

If you’re in the New York area, please come help me celebrate Orchid’s launch day with a reading and signing at the Borders on 57th and Park at 7:00 on January 20th. I’ll be visiting Washington (DC), Cambridge (the Massachusetts one), New Haven, and Scottsdale in late January and early February".

The Orchid Tour Info

New York, NY
The Orchid Launch!
Reading & Signing
January 20, 7:00
Borders, 57th & Park

Baileys Crossroads, VA
Reading & Signing
January 26, 7:30
5871 Crossroads Center Way

Cambridge, MA
Reading & Signing
January 28, 7:00
Harvard Coop
1400 Massachusetts Ave

New York, NY
Lady Jane's Salon
February 7, 7:00
Madame X, 2nd Floor
94 W Houston Street

New Haven, CT
Reading & Signing
February 9, 6:00
Yale Bookstore
77 Broadway

Scottsdale, AZ
Reading & Signing
February 10, 7:00
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd.

Albany, NY
Panel & Signing
April 2, Time TBA
Empire State Book Festival
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Pasadena, CA
Reading & Signing
April 7, 7:00
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd

I wish she was coming to Portland Oregon but if you live near any of these locations I am so envious! Please go and have fun for me! If you are obsessed with Lauren like me you can check out Historically Obsessed's Lauren Willig reading challenge 2011.

The Secret History of the Pink CarnationThe Masque of the Black TulipThe Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation)The Seduction of the Crimson RoseThe Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation)The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation)The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation ChristmasThe Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation)
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  1. Thanks for this post specially the list of books. I do not know when I will get to it but I will eventually do.

  2. I am with you on that one Mystica. I will read it but I am just not sure when.

  3. I have several of books in this series and look forward to to reading the rest of them. This sounds like a good addition to the series. I look forward to reading it.

  4. Librarypat, I have them too but I am really firm on the must read in order thing. I can not wait to sink my teeth into them.

    Update from Lauren on her Facebook page:
    Lauren will not be at
    Baileys Crossroads, VA
    Reading & Signing
    January 26, 7:30
    5871 Crossroads Center Way

    Due to snow she will be rescheduling and as soon as she gets the info for when I will post it here.


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