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RT Convention: Where I’ll Be

I am off to the RT Convention in New Orleans today. If you are going, would love to see you! Here are some events where you can find me:

Wedn 7:15 World Carnivale
Thurs 5:15 Kensington Party
Thurs 6:30 Pub Crawl (at Kensington’s pub, not sure which one that is yet, but there should be a list for people available at the convention)
Fri 4:00 Awards Ceremony (but I don’t think this particular one is conducive to a meet-up really; they told me it was stadium style seating and that I’ll be in some reserved spot up front. The Chocolate Kiss is receiving the Seal of Excellence award).

I’ll also be around and lot more and feel free to say Hi if you see me! And even to ask me to sign books. It’s okay! I know people always feel shy about that, but really I’m happy to do it. I will NOT be at the giant signing. I had to withdraw from that because I ended up having to leave Saturday morning.

I hope to see you there! If you’re going, have a wonderful time in New Orleans!

 


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THANK YOU!

I just wanted to thank everyone who’s been saying kind things about SUN-KISSED this weekend, here and on Twitter and in direct emails. This made me really happy, and especially I loved all the moms who mentioned curling up with it for Mother’s Day morning while somebody else took care of breakfast. Just so nice to be part of that pampering a mom needs sometimes.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate it.

In other news, you may be able to spot me at the RT Convention via the body art all over my arms. It did NOT wash off in the pool, as promised. No, in fact, all that happened is that I forgot to put my rash guard back on after my laps, and so while I was curled up with a book giving the kids “just fifteen more minutes”, I got a sunburn. So I will be the peeling, red, tattooed person. Most likely wearing blue. :)

Is anyone else here going to the convention?

 


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SUN-KISSED is here!

It’s here! SUN-KISSED! I hope this makes a lovely Mother’s Day present for many of you, because I think the parenting and how they deal with loving their kids and letting them go is vital to who Mack Corey and Anne Winters are. And yet…it’s far from ALL they are, a very important thing for parents to remember, too. They have huge, rich lives.

I’ll post a tiny other excerpt here, a little peek at Mack dealing with his sons-in-law :), and some links below. I so hope you enjoy this one! I really loved this couple and the whole story made me both teary, sometimes, but profoundly happy, too.

Excerpt (Anne is speaking, to Mack)

“Have you been drinking again?”


“I had a beer while I was messing with the grill. Do you know that a group of French chocolatier-pastry chefs who have never grilled a burger in their lives will still find ten ways to suggest a better technique? No, I have not tried balsamic vinegar, or bison, or an olive tapenade. And yes, I do like mesquite on the flames.”


She could see it now. The French chefs crowding around him at the grill, Mack grinding his teeth. The vision was so vivid and funny that just when Anne meant to freeze him out, she had to fight the urge to give him a sympathetic squeeze of the biceps instead. He had fantastic biceps, actually, that his tux last night had covered but that his T-shirt today showed off. “You should have seen them around the wedding cakes. You’re getting off easy.”

“Ha. So let them do it and see how they like it. Maybe Sylvain will burn off his eyebrows. It might save his life the next time he tries to raise one in that damn—grrr.” Mack bared his teeth and curled his hands into a stranglehold shape, clearly not even able to think about the way Sylvain raised his eyebrows without losing speech.


Sylvain Marquis did have kind of a conviction of superiority in that lift of an eyebrow, didn’t he?

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A short novel of about 200 pages. Print and ebook available from:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

(+ iTunes & GooglePlay, but the links are not live yet on those sites)

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 


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A lovely review for SUN-KISSED, thank you!

A lovely review from Ripe for Reader for SUN-KISSED. Margreet calls it “absolutely delightful!!!”:

“A fabulous MATURE, slightly acerbic, beautifully written & gorgeously erotic story”.

You can see more of her review here.

Thank you so much, Margreet!

Coming soon! Very, very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for an email announcement. Or subscribe so you can keep your eyes peeled.

Note there’s a bit of confusion about this book, in all kinds of places. (Short, novella, novel?)  I probably didn’t announce it correctly.

But, so you know, it is a NOVEL of about 200 pages (60,000 words), roughly twice as long as Snow-Kissed or about 15% shorter than The Chocolate Rose. So a full-length novel, although I’ve definitely written longer ones. (The Chocolate Kiss and The Chocolate Heart both top 100,000 words.)

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May Chocolate Club=Macarons from Bisous Ciao!!

CHOCOLATE CLUB! Okay, as the weather is heating up here and chocolate shipping is becoming problematic, I thought we might try something different: MACARONS! Given all the macaron-tantalization that goes on here and particularly on my Facebook. (Check out the Macaron Hall of Fame here on my site, from macarons readers have made. Only maybe don’t click on that link if you’re already hungry and have a long time to go before lunch. :) )

So this month’s “Chocolate Club” is a 6-piece box of macarons from New York macaron maker Bisous Ciao. (Winner can choose the flavors from their site. Go salivate, yum. :) ) Note: from what I’ve seen I should be able to ship these throughout the US (not internationally). However, if there are problems, we reserve the option to substitute for something else if necessary. Shipping delicate food items from artisan producers sometimes throws up hurdles.

Here’s a photo of some of the Bisous Ciao macarons I sent to Shannon’s Mom Mafia (What Happens at Book Club, Stays at Book Club) meeting as a thank you for all the wonderful book clubs around the Chocolate books that they’ve shared with us. (The photo made me think all of you might like some, too!)

For The Chocolate Touch book club (What Happens at Book Club Stays at Book Club), Laura sent some macarons from Bisous Ciao w/book themed flavors.

For The Chocolate Touch book club (What Happens at Book Club Stays at Book Club), Laura sent some macarons from Bisous Ciao w/book themed flavors.

 

Speaking of that book club, Shannon shared this photo from one of the things they made. (The Jamie is a reference to a newfound love of Diana Gabaldon that is competing with reading time for the Chocolate books! Gasp!! Love this.)

What Happens at Book Club hostess Shannon came up w/some fun cards. (The Jamie reference is to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, which she had also been reading.)

What Happens at Book Club hostess Shannon came up w/some fun cards. (The Jamie reference is to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which she had also been reading.)

 

As before, those signed up for my email of new releases are automatically entered. (This is also a good way to make sure you are notified as soon as SUN-KISSED is live! Coming very soon!) Email for new releases here.

For an extra entry, you can comment on this post and/or like/comment/share the post on Facebook.

I hope you enjoy!

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Giveaway of 5 Print Copies of SUN-KISSED!

We’re doing a giveaway of five print copies of SUN-KISSED on Goodreads! Note that the contest ends May 20 (release day), so these aren’t signed and aren’t advanced copies. But the print is so pretty! :) So if you would like a copy, enter here! (NOT by commenting on this post, but by clicking on the “Goodreads Book Giveaway” widget.)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand

Sun-Kissed

by Laura Florand

Giveaway ends May 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT AGAIN, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST TIME. :)

 

They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn’t let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They’d been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course…

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He’d transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He’d raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him…

They’d been friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?

Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?

 

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
“Sweet and sexy and all around delicious!!” – New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh

“I love, love Laura Florand’s writing! Deeply emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous” – Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author

“It’s like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven.” – RT Book Reviews

“Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet.” – NPR

“Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight.” – Dear Author


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Lovely Review of SNOW-KISSED from The Readers Den

I had to share this lovely review of SNOW-KISSED from The Readers Den.

Rachel calls it “one of the best second chance romances [she has] ever read”.

“To be honest I was a little scared to read Snow-Kissed when I found out it was about a marriage in crisis. I don’t like to be bogged down by depressing stories and what could be more depressing than a rocky marriage? Well I had nothing to worry about because this story was uplifting, and one of the best second chance romances I’ve ever read.”

And says it’s “sensual and sizzling! All the pent up longing and hurt felt by both Kai and Kurt bubbles up and made for some intensely passionate scenes.”

Thank you so much for the lovely and thoughtful review, Rachel!

 

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SUN-KISSED (the unexpected sequel to this original stand-alone tale) is almost here!

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A Little Fortune for All!

We stopped by Bonnie’s (my favorite local chocolatier, Miel Bon Bons) to give her some lilies of the valley for good fortune for the first of May, and look!! By delightful serendipity, she had been making good fortune symbols, too! So she gave us three.

I kind of feel it’s enough good fortune just knowing such a sweet person who would wish good fortune on us, don’t you?

Here’s hoping this good fortune can spread around to all of you!

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Friday Book Club: Tanya (I hope)…What about you?

Friday Book Club is a little late tonight! My own reading wishes are probably hopeless this weekend, with so many deadlines, but what I would *like* to be reading is Rebecca Rogers Maher ‘s TANYA, which just released this week and which I’ve been hearing great things about. (She wrote The Bridge, if you tried that one.)

This past week I was also reading Scents and Subversion, too.

What about you? What have you been reading this week? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

Happy weekend! :)


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Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year in Paris, the streets filled with that sweet, lemony scent of lilies-of-the-valley or muguets. (Interestingly, in my perfume studies, I have learned that it has been impossible so far to in any way capture that scent, to the extent that the word almost seems to have morphed in meaning within the perfumery world, so that what is accepted as “lily of the valley” doesn’t even remotely resemble the real thing. There’s one special moment in the spring when you can smell that real scent and that is it.) People give each other stems of it because they “porte bonheur”, promise happiness and good fortune. It is a lovely day and tradition and also when my husband and I first went out together, so we have a lot of good memories tied into it. When we bought our first house, this tiny house in which we still live because we are so attached to the neighborhood, the first spring we discovered lilies-of-the-valley coming up all around the house, literally encircling it, and we always thought that was a very special, wonderful sign.

This is one time I infinitely prefer the real flower over chocolate, but the chocolate renditions that some Paris chocolatiers have started doing are so cute, I had to share this one from Patrick Roger. To wish you all happiness and good fortune today and forever after!

muguet patrick roger

You can see a few more chocolate muguets on my Pinterest board, if you like them. Including some macarons au muguet from Pierre Hermé!

Here’s a little excerpt from THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH, where the first of May was a special day, too. It’s Dom’s point of view:

Even he could be perfect on the first of May, with Jaime beside him. It was a soft day, balmy and gentle, with clouds that hinted at rain but never quite delivered. The fresh lemon scent of lilies-of-the-valley was everywhere, as vendors wandered the streets or stationed themselves at prominent corners with buckets full of them, culled from the woods outside of Paris. Florists sold more formally acquired bunches of the muguets, in pots or bouquets, the little white bells dangling sweetly everywhere they looked.

Dom had bought Jaime several bouquets already, after surviving having his heart broken into tiny pieces by the bouquet that she had snuck into the bathroom while he was showering. No one ever, in his whole life, had given him a little bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley on May 1 to wish him fortune and happiness.

“Ça porte bonheur, oui?” she had asked shyly.

And it did bring happiness. Oh, it did.

It was amazing how much sweeter the muguets on every street corner smelled when someone had given some to you, too. It made his whole heart feel lighter, soaring almost like that Victoire de Samothrace, to have her beside him, wishing him happiness

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Happy May Day to you all!

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