Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and is enjoying the holiday weekend. Congratulations to Stephanie, who won last week’s drawing for a Vienna Waltz ARC. Stephanie, watch for an email from me so I can get your address and send the ARC on its way. It was so fun sharing excerpts from Vienna Waltz over the holidays. I’ll post some more excerpts and give away another copy of the book closer to publication.

To ring in the New Year, we have a special guest giveaway. Lauren Willig will give a hot-off-the-press copy of her new book, The Orchid Affair, to one of this week’s commenters. I’m so excited to read The Orchid Affair, set in Paris at the time of a Royalist plot to unseat Napoleon. If you’ve already discovered Lauren’s Pink Carnation series, you know her books are a wonderful blend of swashbuckling adventure, intrigue, and emotion-filed romance between fascinating characters, served up with sparkling wit and superb historical detail. (And if you haven’t discovered Lauren’s books, now is the time to start!).

When I visited Lauren in New York in the fall of 2009, she was working on The Orchid Affair and I was working on Vienna Waltz. Here we are discussing Napoleon spies over brunch:

Lauren & Tracy plotting spy missions

It’s a special treat talking writing with Lauren, because we both occupy a rather specialized niche, writing about espionage in the Napoleonic Wars. Which gave me a fun idea for this week’s contest. Which characters from my books and Lauren’s books would you like to have meet up and under what circumstances? Feel free to include as much detail as you like. If you aren’t familiar with my books and Lauren’s, you can post about characters from two other authors’ works you’d like to see have a fictional meeting.

This week’s Fraser Correspondence addition is rather special. It’s a letter, referred to previously in the Fraser Correspondence, that Mélanie leaves with Raoul for Charles in the event he learns the truth about her, and she isn’t there to talk to him. Thanks to Sharon, the letter is in code :-).