VALENTINE’S DAY PERFUME GIVEAWAY

I’ve been working on perfumes inspired by the characters in Floats the Dark Shadow, and by the city of Paris.

The name of the perfume offered in this giveaway is Carmine.

Carmine by Yves Fey

Carmine by Yves Fey

Carmine is the best friend of the heroine in my mystery.  Like Theo, she is an artist.  She is already successful with her animal paintings, both satiric (The Daring Young Cat on the Flying Trapeze) and sentimental.  A feminist and an anarchist, Carmine also has a fascination for the occult and is at work designing a Tarot deck.  She also makes her own charming and outrageous hats.  I chose her fragrance as the Valentine’s Day prize because it is a rose perfume.  But it is an unusual rose fragrance, not sweet, but darkly spicy, with a bright peppery kick and an earthy undertone.

Portrait by Frederick Frieseke

Portrait by Frederick Frieseke

I use this image on the right side of the perfumes page’s banner, under Author, where the description of this perfume will soon abide.  The redhead with the mirror evokes Carmine in a contemplative mood, perhaps dreaming about a new lover.
To portray Carmine, Glenda Jackson around twenty-five would have been just about perfect, someone who could be warm or fierce, most definitely daring, with a sarcastic, snarky sense of humor.  Or perhaps Ruth Wilson with her supple upper lip.
I hope this perfume captures a bit of Carmine’s playful bite but also the more romantic side she hides.

Roses by Renoir, jazzed up a bit by me.

Roses by Renoir, jazzed up a bit by me.

To enter the Carmine giveaway, leave a response to the blog post that gives me a way to contact you if you win.  Your email, Twitter handle, or your Facebook page to leave a message should all work.

For an extra entry, leave a separate post describing what perfume you imagine your favorite character might wear.

No age limit, but this giveaway will only be in the US, because of the hassle of mailing perfumes.  Ditto, the bottle will be mailed to the winner by UPS.  Entries accepted until midnight PST on Valentine’s Day.  The next morning, the cats and I will play bat the winning entry to choose the winner.    Official disclaimer below.
No other requirements, but I hope you’ll explore my ever-in-progress website and read an excerpt from my mystery.


This giveaway ends February 15 at 12 AM EST. Open to Residents of the USA only.  Prize cannot be shipped to PO Boxes or overseas, only to locations where UPS delivers.  Winner will be selected by the blogger and her pets and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary.  Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway, aside from the author promoting the giveaway on her pages.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.