Tracy Grant


 

Midwinter Intrigue is out in the world! I’m so excited to hear what readers think of Malcolm and Mélanie’s holiday adventures. As you’ll have seen from the description, Midwinter Intrigue finds the Rannochs leaving their exile in Italy and traveling to Dunmykel, the Rannoch estate in the Scottish Highlands, at the news that Malcolm’s grandfather, the Duke of Strathdon, is dangerously ill.

I based Dunmykel largely on Dunrobin Castle, the family seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, though Dunrobin is somewhat further south,  not too far from Arbroath, on the coast of what was Forfarshire in 1818 and is now called Angus. There I am above, many years ago, by one of Dunrobin’s staircases, on the research trip on which I first dreamed up Dunmykel.

Below is the castle in June, very different, Malcolm thinks on his arrival, from the barren December landscape.

 

 

And here are some images of the gardens that inspired Arabella Rannoch’s gardens. Malcolm thinks how he can name every plant, even though he is seeing them in winter.

 

 

Malcolm, Mélanie, and their friends and family go through these gates from the sea on a December night.

 

 

And climb these steps to the house.

 

 

Though Dunmykel was largely inspired by Dunrobin, Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire was another major inspiration.

 

 

I’ll be sharing more pictures in the coming days. Meanwhile, do let me know what you think of Midwinter Intrigue! We’ll be starting a discussion of the novella tomorrow on the Google+ Group.

 

Cheers,

Tracy

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Mélanie and I had a great time at the Gilded Deceit Launch Party at Book Passage on Saturday! Thanks to everyone who came – for those who couldn’t make it, here’s a photo diary that captures some special moments from the day.

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Mélanie and I started the day getting our hair done

 

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Excited to find Mummy’s name!

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Helping set up the reception

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Note the beautiful flowers!

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Mélanie helping me answer questions – she asked the first one!

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With my high school English teacher and Bonnie (aka “Auntie Bonnie” to Mel) my friend since high school

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With our wonderful friends Alex and Miriam

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With our wonderful event host Johanna – she is fabulous and Book Passage is so great at welcoming authors!

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Celebrating at dinner

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Enjoying dinner with Mélanie

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A late toast to close out a lovely day!

The Gilded Deceit Launch Party is almost here! This Saturday, June 3, at 4:00 pm, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA. I’ll be reading from and talking about Gilded Deceit, taking questions, and signing books. We’ll have wine, sparkling water, and light hors d’oeuvres. It should be a really fun afternoon. Do stop by if you’re in the area – you can read more details here. If you can’t make it but would like a signed copy, you can contact Book Passage and arrange it, and I’ll personalize the book on Saturday. Mélanie and I were thrilled to see Gilded Deceit on display when we stopped by the store last week. Book Passage is a great place, so supportive of writers!

Meanwhile, if you’ve read Gilded Deceit, do share your thoughts here or on the Google+ Group (and on other social media if you feel like it).

Now I need to figure out what to wear Saturday…

Cheers,

Tracy

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Gilded Deceit is out, both as an ebook on all platforms and a trade paperback. So excited to have the Rannochs’ Lake Como adventures out in the world. Do share your impressions, either here or on the Google+ Group where we have a lively discussion going (and are very friendly to lurkers and new members!).

Gilded Deceit’s release coincided with my birthday, which I celebrated with Mélanie and friends in Oregon. I’ve been gleaning inspiration for the Rannochs’ next adventures at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – particularly fun to see a wonderful Henry IV Part I, which is the play in which Malcolm and David met Simon and Oliver in an Oxford production when they were undergraduates.

Cheers,

Tracy

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It’s finally here! Gilded Deceit will be out tomorrow, May 15! So excited for it to be in readers hands and to be able to discuss it.

Here’s another glimpse of a piece of furniture that could be in the Rannochs’ villa, a beautiful Venetian secretary desk c. 1730-35 from the Metropolitan Museum. It might be in Malcolm’s study –  a good place to lock away pieces on evidence or some of the much-sought after papers that feature in the story…

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Just ten days until the release of Gilded Deceit! This table we saw at the Metropolitan Museum on our recent visit could be on the terrace at Malcolm’s villa in Italy. The villa, which Malcolm inherited from Arabella, was built in the late 16th century and would contain furniture from a variety of eras. This table is from Farnese Palace by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola c. 1565-1573.

With the fabulous NYLA team – Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost, me, Mélanie, Amy Rosenbaum, and Natanya Wheeler.

Three weeks until the release of Gilded Deceit! Mélanie and I just got back from a very fun trip to New York. I went to meet with the team at NYLA. We had a great visit (pictured above) and did some very productive strategizing about Gilded Deceit and future books and novellas in the series. Emails and phone calls are great, but it’s always wonderful to sit down with everyone in the same room and share ideas. Mélanie also told them about the stories she’s making up!

Here, in photos, are some highlights from the rest of our trip – lots of research inspiration and good times with friends!

New York Shopping at Columbus Circle

Mélanie really wanted to have dinner at Center Bar – she was fascinated by the piano and loved listening. She asked me how the pianist knew which notes to play.

 

We both love Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

 

The Metropolitan Museum is fabulous for research. This 1823 façade is in the American Wing, but I imagined we were walking into Malcolm and Suzanne’s house in Berkeley Square.

 

 

Lovely dinner with friends at Cesca, a favorite restaurant of ours.

 

“Home sweet hotel,” as Mélanie says, at the Milburn.

 

Brunch in Wonderland at Alice’s Teacup.

 

Dinner with some new friends we acquired on the trip.

 

I asked Mélanie what she wanted to do our last day in NY and she said “go back to the castle.”

 

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants, before we flew home.

 

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