The Chocolate Rose goes to Indonesia! I love this “old stamp” look that Bentang Pustaka is doing with the latest books in this series. It makes me want to pack up a trunk and catch an ocean liner to far-off places. How about you?
Matthieu’s burlap and roses. (Once Upon a Rose.)
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
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.
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!
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.)
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?
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.”