The house in Berkeley Square that is my model for Malcolm & Suzanne's house

The house in Berkeley Square that is my model for Malcolm & Suzanne’s house

The house above in Berkeley Square is my model for Malcolm and Suzanne’s house. The Mayfair Affair begins in this house, with Malcolm and Suzanne awakened in their second floor bedchamber by a visit from Bow Street runner Jeremy Roth. Hard to believe it, but The Mayfair Affair will be out in just seven weeks! So excited to have it in the world. For the next seven weeks, I’ll be posting special features every Friday to make the wait go faster, so be sure to check back. And if you haven’t already seen it, London Interlude is out as an ebook, giving a glimpse into Malcolm and Suzanne’s first visit to London.

Have a great weekend!!

Tracy

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I’m savoring the fact that London Interlude is out. Mélanie and I had a pretty quiet weekend (though we did have a lovely afternoon yesterday seeing the wonderful new Cinderella movie which we both loved). We spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend and had a wonderful time. Here, in pictures, is a diary of our trip.

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Mélanie excited to board the "Big Jet."

Mélanie excited to board the “Big Jet.”

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

 

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

But woke up for dessert

But woke up for dessert

 

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy's books. She said they were like Sofia's palace or Anna and Elsa's. We were both happy.

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy’s books. She said they were like Sofia’s palace or Anna and Elsa’s. We were both happy.

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle "pretty please."

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle “pretty please.”

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

 

London Interlude 2

London Interlude, the novella about Suzanne and Malcolm’s first visit to Britain just went live on Amazon and Nook. It should be up on iTunes and other platforms by the end of next week. So excited it is out in the world and excited to hear what everyone thinks.

Happy weekend!

Tracy

Just got the cover for London Interlude, the novella about Malcolm and Suzanne’s first visit to Britain, which will be out later this month or the start of April (release date soon). I’m really excited about the cover and about the novella. I learned new things about Malcolm and Suzanne writing it and hope you do reading it.

Have a great weekend!!

Tracy

London Interlude 2

The Mayfair Affair

Happy Academy Awards weekend! I’m looking forward to a day of wearing an evening gown while sitting in front of the television with friends eating yummy snacks and sipping champagne. But today I’m focused on writing. Above again is the final cover for The Mayfair Affair. I think Natanya Wheeler, the designer, did a brilliant job of giving the gown a more Regency silhouette while not losing the atmosphere. The Mayfair Affair is now up for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The pre-orders are for the ebooks. The print books will be available by publication date (May 15) but not for pre-order. There’s also a cool new feature on Amazon that allows you to follow my author page, which is a great way to make sure you get updates from Amazon about my books.

Valentine's dinner last weekend. Photo: Bonnie Glaser

Valentine’s dinner last weekend. Photo: Bonnie Glaser

Meanwhile, I’m putting finishing touches on the novella about Malcolm and Suzanne’s first visit to Britain. It now has a title, London Interlude, and will have a publication date shortly (probably late March or early April).

Enjoy the awards if you’re watching!

Tracy

photo: Lesley Grant

photo: Lesley Grant

Happy Valentine’s weekend! Mélanie and I spent the afternoon making Valentines and Valentine’s cookies with my sister (photo above). Yesterday we took Valentines and cookies to my co-workers at Merola. She’s really getting into the holiday this year – fun seeing it through her eyes.

Last year I posted a Valentine letter from Charles/Malcolm to Mélanie/Suzanne. This year I thought I would post one from Mel/Suzette to Charles/Malcolm. It’s written the Valentine’s Dan after The Berkeley Square Affair, just a few weeks before The Mayfair Affair.

Hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day is filled with treats and delights!

Tracy

14 February 1818

Berkeley Square

Darling,

I’m still not sure if I’ll send this. Dangerous to put feelings to paper in our line of work. Dear God it feels good to be able to say that to you and to know you’ll understand just what I mean. I’m so sorry you’ve been through all of this. But there are moments I fight off one of those waves of panic I’ve learned to live with since our marriage, draw a breath, and feel the tension rush from my lungs because the truth is between us.

I used to laugh at Valentine’s Day. The first year we were married. I was shocked that you remembered it. I knew by then that you took our marriage far more seriously than I had thought going into it, but I didn’t think you were the sort for sentiment. I hadn’t yet quite grasped the gulf between what you’ll say and what you feel. Or that perhaps you understood just how much it means to me sometimes to be fussed over. I don’t think I ever told you how much I grew to anticipate Valentine’s Day. The rose on my breakfast tray. The jewel box under my pillow. The morning I woke to you playing a new piece Schubert had sent you in the sitting room.

The day could never but remind me that I was a fraud though. If anyone had told me we’d ever celebrate it with the truth in the open between us, I’d have laughed in their faces. There were times when I thought you saw the real me, but those lovely, romantic gifts and gestures belonged to someone else. The woman who was half a creation of my acting ability, half of the generous filter through which you’ve always viewed me.

So this year is different. I don’t have a role to hide behind. Hard, with the masks stripped away, to know what to say. So perhaps I should fall back upon the truth. What a novel idea.

I love you, Charles, with all my heart.

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Mélanie

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The Mayfair Affair

I turned in the final proof of The Mayfair Affair Monday – always and exciting and nerve-wracking event for an author! Below if the final version of the cover, which I’m really excited about. The release date in May 15. It should be up for pre-order this weekend. Also, there’s a new feature on Amazon that allows you to follow my author page, ensuring the latest in updates.

I’ll be back this weekend with a Valentine’s Day Fraser letter. Meanwhile, you can head over to History Hoydens, you can read about Mélanie’s and my visit to Houghton Hall.

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