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London Gambit is out in the world! So excited to hear what everyone thinks! If you haven’t already, do check out my guest blogs from last week, with History Hoydens, Lauren Willig, Jungle Red, and Number One London. Next Tuesday, 10 May, I’ll be on Deanna Raybourn’s blog and on 18 May I’ll be on Word Wenches. Saturday, 4 June, I’m doing a book launch event at Book Passage and even if you can’t be there you can order a signed copy.

I hope all moms and honorary moms have a great Mothers’ Day weekend! Méanie and I started off with a wonderful live performance of The Little Mermaid last night at the Spreckels Center.

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And followed up with a post-theatre supper at Redwood Café.

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Cheers,

Tracy

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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.

Hard to believe, but it’s just a bit over two weeks until the release of London Gambit! I had a busy weekend with the Merola Opera Program’s Benefit Gala, April in Paris. In addition to raising funds for a wonderful cause, this event always make me think about the social events in my books. The clink of champagne glasses, the strains of music, the wandering entertainment (wonderful mimes and accordionist at this event), the flowers and candlelight, the hours in evening shoes, the feel of walking about in a long gown, the waiters/footmen passing drinks, the constant need to be “on” chatting with different people and circulating about the room. Above is a picture of Mélanie and me by the wonderful Kristen Loken -literally the first shot of the night, taken when we were testing the light for photos.

On another book-related note, I’m considering a possible Author Chat around London Gambit. Would you all be interested? And would you prefer to do it on my website, Good Reads, or Facebook? What day/time would be best?

Have a great week!

Tracy

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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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