Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spotlight: Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig includes *giveaway*

If you are a fan of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel and any other stories with lots of adventures, sword playing, glamourous spies, mystery and romance, you will be definitely become a huge fan of The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig.

In the first book, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, we meet Eloise Kelly, an American grad student who came to the UK to uncover the identity of the Pink Carnation, the mysterious team leader of a spy network who worked during the Napoleonic wars.
Each book present us a new spy (all with beautiful flower names) and we follow their adventures back in the beginning of the 19th century. In the present day, we tag along with Eloise who does her best to continue her research trying not to be troubled by handsome Colin, who does everything to stop her to find out the real identities behind those aliases.

As the series continues we find that not everyone is who they appear to be (especially not the character’s friends, family and enemies!), and that the course of true love doesn’t necessarily run smooth for anyone, and have lots of fun along the way.

The covers are amazingly beautiful and work perfectly as an eye candy. Some of the most recent artwork used in the paperback edition is more in the romance side and quite different from the initial covers, but still very distinctive for the series.

The Pink Carnation Series in order:

5. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

6. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

7. The Mischief of the Mistletoe (release date 28/10/10)

8. The Orchid Affair (release date 11/01/11)

Lauren Willig’s new book, The Mischief of the Mistletoe (a perfect read for Christmas!) is being released today. To celebrate this occasion we have two special prizes: a package deal with a copy of The Mischief of the Mistletoe and a Christmas ornament to give away to two lucky winners.

To participate you just have to leave a comment!

  • contest open to the US only
  • closes the 11/11/10

A big thanks to Lauren Willig and Liza from the Penguin Group for this lovely giveaway. Good luck to everyone!

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  1. I've been planning to read this series. You mentioned the lovely covers...I'm also fascinated by the "flowery" titles. Thanks for the giveaway - I understand that this one can work as a stand-alone.

  2. This is a wonderful series and I have enjoyed all of the books -- I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Willig this year at a book event and she was so sweet and charming! I'm looking forward to reading The Mistletoe.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful series, I have added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the reviews! I'd love a chance to win the new book.


  4. I have been wanting to read these books forEVER! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks so much!

    tiger_fan_1997 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. I also have been interested in these books for awhile. Sign me up! marie1200 at gmail dot com.

  6. Please enter me in the giveaway! I have been wanting to read this series.

  7. First time finding you, and you are having a give away, too! I added you to my blog reader, & I'm off to follow you on twitter too!

  8. Yay! I've been eying this series with interest.

  9. I have read and loved this whole series and would love to add this one to my collection. Thanks for hosting this giveaway

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

  10. I would love to win this book.


  11. This series sounds very interesting. Perfect combination of intrigue and romance perhaps.

    ajlw96 at yahoo dot com

  12. No need to enter me.
    Loved the first in this series, and I can't wait to get to the Black Tulip. The names she chooses are awesome!
    Willig's writing is engaging and she weaves a wonderful tale.

  13. Thouroughly enjoyed all the 'Pink Carnation books I have read so far- right upto 'Night Jasmine'. Hadn't realised there were more to catch up on! Really a clever spin on the Baroness Orczy series

  14. I just won The Pink Carnation. I would love to have another in the series.
    thank you
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

  15. Please enter me in this giveaway! The book sounds delightful and the ornament makes the giveaway so special!

  16. Looks like a great series!
    dreamer7777 at gmail dot com

  17. I've just become aware of this series and started looking for it today. Voila! The search brought me here and to a give-away, at that! What luck.

    Thanks so much.

  18. I would love to read this book.


  19. I've been wanting to read this series. What better way to start then through my favorite holiday...Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway!


  20. Truly lovely covers, I would love to collect them all!
    Nunezbella at Hotmail dotcom

  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I have been seeing this book around the blogosphere a lot lately- definitely looks like the perfect Christmas read. I am now a new follower too as I am a huge fan of historical fiction! Thanks again.

  22. This is a new to me series so I'm thrilled you're telling us about it.
    Theresa N