Author Archives: Laura Florand

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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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Once Upon a Rose coming even sooner!

It looks as if we will be able to release ONCE UPON A ROSE *next week*! (A week early!) (Well…if we count all the delays, six  months late, but January 28 is really like a FULL MONTH earlier than Feb 3, as everyone knows. So an important psychological difference.)

It also means it will be out in time for La Chandeleur (Crêpe-making day!), which is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Yay!

And LIBRARY JOURNAL said I could share a little bit of their gorgeous starred review for this book, so…I can’t resist:

“Overflowing with wise humor, family dynamics, and vivid descriptions, this story is as sexy and flirtatious as it is poignant and caring. Roses, music, and Provence—it doesn’t get much better than that…” — Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

(Notice my all caps for the starred? Sorry about that!)

I hope you like this one, too!

once upon a rose laura florand

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The Chocolate Thief in Bulgaria

The Chocolate Thief comes to Bulgaria! A big thanks to Elena of Ellie reads fiction for being the one to send me the cover. (I know it seems surprising, but international publishers don’t always think to send a cover to the author! They don’t know how much I love languages, I guess.)

chocolate thief bulgarian

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The Potato Award!

I am ridiculously delighted that SNOW-KISSED is right there with MAGIC BITES receiving the “Potato Awards for Ultimate Relationship” (Ilona Andrews is a favorite author of mine and I adore Kate and Curran’s relationship). Also, I am just ridiculously delighted to be given a Potato Award anyway. I feel as if it should come with an official golden potato, but still… :) Can I give a return award to the Social Potato blog site for “Best Name for an Award Ever”? :)

A huge thank you for the honor! And check out the list for lots of great recommendations and a giveaway of a book from the list of your choice.

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Library Journal Starred Review for Once Upon a Rose

I’m so excited! I just heard that ONCE UPON A ROSE is receiving a starred review from LIBRARY JOURNAL! I can’t quote from it yet because the magazine doesn’t come out for another three weeks, but I had to share. (The book itself is coming Feb 3!)

I took a big emotional risk, in terms of stepping into creative entrepreneurship, when I turned down the 4-book contract from Kensington to publish La Vie en Roses series independently, so it really means a lot to me to have the series start off well and to have both the kind words coming back from you advanced readers and this honor from one of the major industry journals.

Thank you all so much for all the support and patience as I got this series off the ground!

And I need advice: One of the things I am supposed to be learning to do this year is to celebrate successes (this is supposed to teach me to overcome anxiety and stress). But it turns out I’m actually not very good at it! I usually just go straight back to worrying about the next thing I need to get done.

How do you celebrate your successes? (You are doing that, aren’t you? Because if not, then we need to develop our own little 12-step plan on how to help each other celebrate our successes!)

What are some ways that work for you?

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A Gorgeous Chocolate Heart

I love this immoderately! A chocolate heart from Patrick Roger. Which hero do you think would make this one, for whom?

patrick roger chocolate heart

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First review for Once Upon a Rose

Aww, this is such a lovely review from Ivy Book Bindings! As the first “official” one in for ONCE UPON A ROSE, I just have to share a bit. If you go peek at the actual blog post, you can catch some sneak peeks of the book, too, because she’s quoted some favorite scenes.

“Florand’s prose can move me to tears, affect me with emotion of the acutest kind, and render me hopelessly in love. I thought, after five full-length novels, three novellas, and two short stories that I knew the intricate ins-and-outs of Florand’s writing style and ability. After all, she had covered such a wide range and scope of characters, love stories, and depth within her debut series. But I was wrong.

What I hadn’t known was that Florand’s prose has the ability to make me grin like a lovesick fool, giggle like a young schoolgirl, and squeal at the absolute adorable-ness on the page. As an avid reader of Florand’s, I’d come across sexy, arrogant chefs; ambitious, motivated, and passionate. But few things delight quite the same way that a strong, rugged, and handsome French countryman who blushes does.”

once upon a rose laura florand

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Roses in all their forms! :)

I love this! Pakwanstripes, who is reading an ARC of ONCE UPON A ROSE, made this after reading about valleys of roses!

Lovely talent!

pakwan crochet

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The Chocolate Thief goes to Brazil!

Look! It’s the Brazilian cover of THE CHOCOLATE THIEF! (Not sure of release date, actually, but the fact that the cover is showing up means it’s coming soon.) I always have a lot of fun seeing the different choices in title, cover, across countries. (Melhor que chocolate means Better than Chocolate, literally.)

chocolate thief brazil melhor que chocolate

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