Mélanie and Charles Fraser


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Five days until London Gambit is out! Above is another of my favorite rooms at the Met ,the dining room from Lansdowne House. I didn’t precisely base Suzanne and Malcolm’s dining room in Berkeley Square on this room, but I’ve definitely used it as a point of reference for their dining room and other formal dining rooms in the series.

The trade paperback of London Gambit is now available for order on Amazon (because Create Space doesn’t do pre-orders it’s always a bit difficult to time the trade paperback and the ebook, but this way you should be able to order the trade paperback and have it by May 5 if you want hard copy). I’ll be doing a bunch of guest posts around London Gambit’s release. This Monday I’ll be doing a guest “If You Like” post on Lauren Willig’s site; Tuesday, I’ll be on Jungle Red Writers, talking about series game changers (which are definitely part of London Gambit); Wednesday  I’ll be talking about Wellington’s Waterloo banquets and his home, Apsley House, on Number One London; Tuesday the 10th I’ll be guesting on Deanna Raybourn’s blog; and I’ve just confirmed that Wednesday, May 18th I’ll be guesting on Word Wenches. Do stop by and check out the posts and leave a comment if you can.

Have a great Sunday!
Tracy

 

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London Gambit is out a week from Thursday! Hard to believe release day is almost here. The picture above is a room for the American Wing at the Met that was my inspiration for the breakfast parlor in Suzanne and Malcolm’s Berkeley Square house, where several key scenes in London Gambit take place. Malcolm thinks about Suzanne redoing the room and making the walls a soft peach, whereas they’d been ice blue in his mother’s day. Any predictions for the book you’d like to share? It’s definitely a story that shakes the series up a bit. A game changer, as one ARC reader said.

On another note, I’m giving away five copies of the Kindle edition of The Mayfair Affair on Amazon if anyone wants that edition and doesn’t have it yet.

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A month to go until London Gambit! I’m running a giveaway for the next week on the Tracy Grant Google + Group. To enter the contest, join the group (or login if you’re already a member) and look for the contest thread, which should be at the top of the page.  The group is a huge amount of fun – if you haven’t already, do check it out!

Cheers,

Tracy

 

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Happy Sunday! London Gambit will be out in less than five weeks. Mélanie and I are in New York for a few days. Friday I had a great meeting with the fabulous team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency. There were are above with Natanya Wheeler, director of digital rights, who also creates my amazing covers; Sarah Younger (seated), who manages the print books and is superb at social media; my amazing agent Nancy Yost (standing center), who has been such a champion of the Rannoch/Fraser series from the beginning; and Amy Rosenbaum, the wonderful new rights manager. I talk to these people all the time by email, but it’s so energizing to sit down in the same room and strategize for the series.

I’ll post a full photo diary when we get home, but meanwhile here are a few more pics. Mélanie and me in our hotel room after a lovely dinner with friends

 

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At Belvedere Castle in Central Park

 

 

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And at the Metropolitan Museum in a period dining room that will almost certainly find it’s way into Malcolm and Suzanne’s world

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If Suzanne and Malcolm and their friends lived in present-day New York, what do you think their lives might be like? Who would live where? Work where? What would be their favorite spots?

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Happy Spring!  Six weeks until the release of London Gambit. I’m getting very excited, and I hope readers are too. As you’ll know if you’ve read the teaser, one of the opening scenes finds Suzanne visiting a fellow former agent who is also a dressmaker. Though a different sort of establishment, the shop front might look not unlike Truefitt & Hill in St. James’s pictured above. This barbershop goes back to 1805 , so Malcolm, Harry, David, Simon, Raoul, even Carfax could be patrons. imagine the secrets the staff might be privy to🙂.

Hope everyone celebrating has a lovely Easter. Mélanie and I started out the weekend last night with dinner at our favorite microbrew pub, Marin Brewing Company (which also has excellent Shirley Temples), dyed eggs today, and are off to Children’s Fairyland for a picnic with friends tomorrow.

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Cheers,

Tracy

 

 

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Just seven more weeks until the release of London Gambit on 5 May. I love book releases, both as a reader and as a writer. This past week brought the treat of a new novella in Laurie R. King’s wonderful Mary Russell series, The Marriage of Mary Russell. I have loved this series for years, and it’s been an influence on my own writing in portraying a marriage and partnership between investigators. This lovely novella fills in what happened at the wedding of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up on an episode in their lives I had long wondered about and imagined.

Which prompted me to think – what episode in the lives of Malcolm and Suzanne or the other characters that hasn’t been shown in the series would you like to see dramatized?

Have a great weekend!

Tracy

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Mélanie and I spent a stormy afternoon yesterday at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. The building itself is a treat, a replica the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris, surrounded by a rolling golf course, overlooking the city on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Mélanie calls it a “castle.” We saw Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” (and left with two stuffed unicorns from the gift shop) and a Pierre Bonnard exhibit, visited the 18th century Salon Doré that I love and the teacup display Mel loves, and listens to a wonderful organ concert.

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The late 18th and early 19th century artworks and furniture and other household items feel like old friends and have inspired scenes and characters in my books. It’s fun now to tell Mélanie “that fireplace could be in on of Mummy’s books” or “doesn’t that lady look as though she could be on one of my book covers?” And just being in the museum – the soaring ceilings, the marble floors, the beautiful artwork and beautiful views is at once inspiring and relaxing – like stepping into another world. As we took a break in the café (Mel enjoying strawberry shortcake, me sipping a glass of brut rosé) I looked through the glass doors that run along one side of the room at the rain-splashed garden outside. Gray sky, a tracery of trees branches whipped by the wind, statues, a thick ivy hedge. Suddenly, a scene for the next Malcolm & Suzanne story (a novella following London Gambit) sprang to my mind. I’ve busy with research and plot logistics and felt a long way from writing, but this scene sprang vividly to mind, though I’m still not sure quite how it fill into the story. I left feeling refreshed and inspired to write and had a bonding afternoon with my daughter that exposed her to new things. Thank you, Legion of Honor!

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Are there particular locations that you evoke scenes in books for you, as a writer or a reader?

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