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Friday Book Club: Language … and Hookers!

Friday Book Club! What is everyone reading this week?

Has anyone read THE HOOKER AND THE HERMIT yet? I know I have a lot of Penny Reid fans here, and LH Cosway is another fascinating author, so I’m excited to see what the two of them do together. (Plus…what a title.)

Right now, I’m reading THROUGH THE LANGUAGE GLASS, which Sara had recommended. I really enjoy this kind of analysis of language, and his whole first section on colors in language makes me think of Theroux’s utterly charming PRIMARY COLORS (three essays on the primary colors), which I read probably twenty years ago. (Theroux’s is more of a free-form essay on colors, not an analysis of language, but he brings up some of the language issues, such as how long it took for blue to be mentioned as a color in the development of language.)

What about you? What are you reading? what are you looking forward to?

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The Chocolate Heart in Indonesia!

Love this Indonesian cover of THE CHOCOLATE HEART! Out this February (2015) in Indonesian!


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Happy Crêpe Day! (la Fête de la Chandeleur)

A public service message to remind you that tomorrow (Feb 2) is Crêpe Day! La Chandeleur, in France, which is when, instead of waiting for a groundhog to see his shadow (or hopefully not), the French make crêpes and everyone flips one with a gold coin in his or her hand. (Preferably a louis d’or, but unlike my father-in-law, we don’t have any of those on hand and have to make do with a euro, which is at least gold in appearance.) This brings good fortune for the rest of the year.

And as I always say, making and eating crêpes with friends is good fortune in and of itself! (Also a good way to *make* friends, as my husband discovered early on living here. If you invite people over for crêpes, they will all come! Hungry.)

Our own crêpe party had to be postponed until next Saturday due to a sick child this past Saturday and Feb 2 falling on a Monday, but it will be fun.

Favorite crêpe toppings: just brush with good butter (from Brittany, if you can get it, but if not the Irish Kerrygold is a good brand usually found in the U.S.) and sprinkle with sugar, and fold in half and then in half again (so that it looks like the slice of a pizza in shape). Then eat. Or brush with butter and sprinkle with sweet ground chocolate, or spread with Nutella.

In Québec, they love maple syrup on their crêpes, combining the influences of two worlds quite deliciously.

Are you inspired? Who’s in?

(And I do realize vaguely that a lot of people are focused on the Super Bowl right now and not crêpes, but our football loving neighbors moved, so we have drifted back into complete obliviousness when it comes to the game. I know, I know…adrift from popular culture once again! I hope you have a great evening tonight, if you enjoy watching it!)

And Happy Crêpe Day!

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Friday Book Club! Lean In, anyone?

Friday Book Club! What are you reading this week?

A friend of mine is really enthusiastic for me to read LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg. (I feel as if I really have very little hesitation to speak up and go for what I want, the two messages people always mention with regards to this book, so I’m interested to see what else is in here that makes her recommend it.) Have you read it?

And I just finished author Emma Barry’s PRIVATE POLITICS and Virginia Kantra ‘s “Upon a Midnight Clear”, a novella in TIED WITH A BOW. (When Virginia told me she had written a story set in the French Revolution, I had to read it! A lovely story of love and redemption and a fallen angel.) And PRIVATE POLITICS had the most adorable hero, very beta, totally gone for the heroine, and just an all round nice guy.

So lots of good reading this week. What about you? What are you reading? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

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Very honored that ONCE UPON A ROSE is a recommended read by USA TODAY.

“A sexy, sexy romance [and a] really fun book to read…I highly recommend it.”

Thank you so much!

And huge thanks also to For What It’s Worth and Smexybooks for the beautiful reviews on their blogs.

“You know that question where you have to name what books you would take with you if you were stuck on an island? Now I think I have my answer. Anything and everything by Laura Florand.” – For What It’s Worth

“A lovely, sexy book with two adorable protagonists.” — Smexybooks



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“That Guy” (Mr. Darcy)

My daughter, as she finishes watching the last episode of Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version, of course–BBC):

Daughter: Sigh. “You know, I’d like that guy a lot better if he had a sense of humor. He’s always so…” (Sticks nose up in the air as only an eight-year-old can and acts frowny and haughty.)

Me: “Well…yes. I believe you’ve captured Mr. Darcy’s essence, honey.”

I think the whole appeal of Darcy in the BBC version is this subtle, simmering need the whole film to totally undo him. (And we never see him undone enough, do we? At least, I always find the second proposal and ending in that version very flat compared to the build-up.)

Which film version of Pride and Prejudice do you like the best? Or do you prefer the book?

We just finished working on this in our Romance Novel course (thus the re-watch with my daughter), and are now moving on to Heyer’s The Masqueraders. (I want to talk with students about how she uses the switch in gender roles to challenge traditional limits to heroine’s roles in romance. Plus, I just love that book. And of course, we do Heyer because she single-handedly created the Regency romance genre, even if Masqueraders is not itself a Regency.) I mention because people often ask me what we’re working on!

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Once Upon a Rose is here!

It’s here! ONCE UPON A ROSE is live!

She stole his roses. He wants them back. Or maybe he just wants her. When burnt-out indie rock star Layla invades Matthieu Rosier’s valley, he really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

And that might be just the start.

“As sexy and flirtatious as it is poignant and caring.” – Library Journal starred review

I hope you enjoy this one!

Print readers, the print link is being a little slow to show up on Amazon and the other vendors, but it definitely exists and I am petting my copies because I think they are gorgeous. I’m not sure why it’s being slow to show up, but it should really be there any minute now. People have started downloading the book, so I didn’t want my Facebook followers to be the last to know it was here! That wouldn’t be fair at all, would it?

Thanks for all your help spreading the word! All shares, reviews, nice thoughts–all the good wishes for the success of this new series are appreciated! Your support means a lot to me, and I’m very excited to finally be bringing you the Rosiers world.


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Stay warm! Some virtual hot chocolate for those of you in the Northeast!

Northeast readers, I hope you are stocked up on chocolate and blankets and cozy throws and staying warm and safe while this storm hits. If you have the kind of job that makes you have to go out in it…thank you! And stay as safe and warm as you can.

Here’s a shorthand/keep-it-simple version of Magalie’s hot chocolate recipe, if you need it:

1. Heat milk to just steaming but not simmering. (Quantity according to how much chocolate you want to drink. If you err on the side of plenty, remember you can store it in the refrigerator to reheat later or thin out for chocolate milk, if you have too much.)

2. If you like this, let some cinnamon infuse in the milk while you’re heating it, or a vanilla bean, or nutmeg, or all of those. But if you want to use whole cinnamon or a whole vanilla bean, you’ll need to let it infuse at steaming but not simmering point for a good fifteen minutes to get any flavor from them.

3. Remove from heat and toss in roughly a handful of very good quality chocolate per cup of milk. Adjust quantities of chocolate as you like. It’s better if this is chocolate like Valrhona fèves or shaved from a block and not chocolate chips (which will be grainier and you should be using in your chocolate chip cookie baking as you prepare to weather out the storm), but it will still be good, if that’s what you’ve got on hand.

4. Let sit about 30 seconds and then whisk well.

5. Drink and stay warm as the snow falls. (I hope you can do this and not be out in it!)

I know it looks as if it’s going to be bad, and I hope you all weather it well!

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Unsuitable Events

For those of you in some proximity to Duke University who might be interested in coming to the public events that are paired with our Romance Novel course, here is  the full schedule. (With one addition still possible, depending on whether another speaker can make it.)

This “Unsuitable” series will open the classroom to the public, for a community discussion between students, scholars, industry professionals, and the wider community. All are welcome! The first event is February 9.

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Friday Book Club: When Books Went to War

What are you reading this week? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’m reading WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR, which is a quite moving account of the programs to get paperback books to American soldiers in World War II. Right now, I am at the point where the author is telling about all the soldiers grabbing a paperback to get them through whatever they had to get through–they would dump all kinds of things before they’d abandon that paperback. Soldiers reading as they fought seasickness and waited to land at Omaha Beach, for example. Wounded soldiers in ditches, reading as the only way to handle the wait while bombardments continued that might hit them any time.

It’s quite sobering and moving, and gives a whole new interpretation to our much more lighthearted “Desert Island Keeper” status for books. (I mean…what book would you want to have in your pocket, for something like that? I think for me it would be something like THE LORD OF THE RINGS, something fantastical enough to help me escape, but full of courage against darkness.) Some favorites among the soldiers where A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, FOREVER AMBER, Kate Porter’s short stories.

So…I guess my book is a sad book, in it’s way, or at least a sobering one, but it’s actually very moving, too.

What are you reading? Anything you recommend? I’m looking forward to the new recommendations from those of you who’ve just joined us, too! :)

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