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Roses

Random pictures from a rose harvest around Grasse. Don’t you want to be that hand?

A little glimpse of Matthieu Rosier’s world, from ONCE UPON A ROSE.

In real life, this was taken in the fields of Joseph Mul, whose family business provides the roses for Chanel N. 5.

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The Chocolate Kiss Gâteau Lion d’Or

Oh, wow! Check out this gorgeous lavender-honey-lemon cake that Elizabeth at Cooking Up Romance invented in honor of THE CHOCOLATE KISS. You have to see the photos on her site, it looks so beautiful and yummy.

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A tiny glimpse of magic!

Just for fun, a tiny glimpse of the window of the old Charlotte de l’Isle, which has since changed owners, but, with its witchy, fascinating style, once helped inspire the descriptions of La Maison des Sorcières in THE CHOCOLATE KISS. (I didn’t realize I had any photos at all of the store, but just happened upon some, from what must have been the last time I was there before they changed owners.)

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Thirsty Thursday?

Some blogs do a weekly feature called “Thirsty Thursday” and Pakwanstripes chose this scene from SUN-KISSED for hers. (Link to her post in the comments.) What’s one of your favorite kiss scenes? (Doesn’t have to be in my books, btw! Whatever book.)

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SUN-KISSED:

“Mack.” Anne sighed, turning. “Look. Tomorrow, I’m going to do you a favor and pretend none of this ever happened.”

“Oh, good,” he said, with a sudden angry, fierce delight, as he dropped her shoe and crowded her right back against her door. “Well, I can do one hell of a lot of things right now, then, if this is all just a fantasy.”

And he kissed her.

Just flat out kissed her. No careful approach, no slow dip in to make sure she was okay with it, no testing the waters. He just took her mouth and took it over, like she was a damn company and he was pissed off.

Like he was just going to seize all her assets and restructure her.

She felt that way. Seized. Restructured.

His mouth molded hers, dipping straight into hers, his arms tightening on either side of her body until she was locked between his forearms on the door. They pressed against her sides, and then they were curving around her back. And then they were hauling her up into him, as he kept on kissing.

Kissed her until she couldn’t think or breathe, until she couldn’t get her hands to either pound on him for freedom or grip him to capture this invader and punish him for his invasion.

He kissed her until she was kissing him back, until when he finally raised his head, she had no strength left. What the hell was she supposed to do without her strength? She always needed it.

Mack was breathing hard, his face all angles and danger in the lights and shadows of the porch. “Anything else you want to pretend never happened tomorrow?” he asked, with that hushed, wicked anger.

She stared up at him, trying to breathe, trying to wet her lips.

“Because I’ve got a few more ideas.”

 

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I am trying to regroup from RWA and get organized to post a big thank you to so many people who participated in the Amour et Florand week while I was away, with links to their different posts.  It was really incredible and I’m deeply touched by it. Thank you so much to so many!


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Once Upon a Rose

I need to make a very unpopular announcement.

I am very sorry, but I have decided to delay the release of ONCE UPON A ROSE until later in the fall. By “decided”, I guess I should say that the book decided for me. While it is “finished”, it is not good yet. I’ve never before released a book that I did not personally love, and I don’t want to start now.

But that’s not quite fair to put it all on the book, because I made some choices, too. Primarily, SUN-KISSED.

The problem is that I never had SUN-KISSED in my publishing schedule for this year. Once the idea grew, though, and I wrote the first scene, I really fell in love with that story and that couple. I got caught in it, and just had to write it, and that ended up leaving me several months behind my expected schedule on ONCE UPON A ROSE. (Which I had promised to people for August. There’s an article out this month in RT Magazine for example, which they ran specifically this edition to time it with the promised release of ONCE UPON A ROSE.)

I am extremely proud of SUN-KISSED–I love that couple so much, and it’s a book that makes me very happy–but I want to be extremely proud of ONCE UPON A ROSE, too. So it needs some more time, and not to be rushed because SUN-KISSED stole all its time.

So I am very, very sorry, as I know people will be disappointed, and I know I have not fulfilled what I said I would do. But I do hope you were glad to have SUN-KISSED. I really loved writing it.

That all said, SUN-KISSED having shouldered the blame and all, a dozen books in two years is a LOT for someone who also teaches full time at a pretty demanding university and has a family she wants to value, too. It means a lot of nights working from my daughter’s bedtime until 11 pm and waking up again at 4 or 5 am and a lot of weekends where one parent or the other juggles while the other works. So there might need to be some re-balancing going forward, to keep from burning out.

It’s fairly common these days for people to ask me, “So when are you going to quit teaching and write full-time?” And, yes, it’s true–I could. The books are doing “well enough” and my own husband’s job is so transportable that yes, we could go live in Provence or something and work from there. (I know. You’re saying, “She’s crazy. Provence full time? And she’s not doing that?”)

The thing is: being a lecturer at Duke is never something I’ve thought of as a stopgap until I can “make it” doing something else, like writing. It is an honor and, to me, a major life accomplishment. I love doing it and consider myself extremely fortunate every morning I walk onto campus. (Unless it’s freezing rain on me as I walk and I have some difficult student issue to deal with that day, but you know what I mean. Most days are very good days.)

I ALSO am extraordinarily honored at the reception of these stories. I consider that, too, a major life accomplishment. I am exceptionally fortunate and can only, again, thank all of you who have opened your heart to these stories.

So I want both. They balance each other out, the extroversion and involvement with others that come with teaching and the introversion and quiet time that are essential to writing. I would probably turn into a complete nutcase, if I spent all my time writing and then, in my spare time, flinching away from the internet. (It’s a beautiful thing, the internet. It’s opened up some wonderful doors for me, and I’ve made a lot of friends on it. But it can also lead to some extremely unhealthy behaviors and interactions.) It’s very good to have a balance.

I also value enormously the intellectual stimulation of a major university and of the colleagues I have there. It’s truly a pure joy to just talk to colleagues there, about any idea in the world, and have their brains engage with mine. Do I have a question about anything? I might have a world expert on the subject just across the Quad.

And when Katie Dubois (Katharine Ashe) and I started talking to different programs about doing a course on romance novels, for example–something really totally outside the normal purview of most of my colleagues–it was just amazing how so many people threw themselves into the creativity of it, and how all the ideas they have been throwing out have fed into ours in this incredible brainstorming that can occur in this kind of milieu. Or, to give another example, I love attending a talk on interculturalism and trying to sneak a cookie at the end only to have a colleague grab me to introduce me to someone else who is doing work on the architectural concept of subnature and applying it to food. (“Oh, you should talk to Laura. She’s kind of our chocolate expert.” Ha, ha, talk about a fun field of expertise. :) ) And yes there are some exciting possibilities for his project with subnature and chocolate. (Also with subnature and perfume, in fact.) Or another day, I might find myself going out for hot chocolate with a world-famous behavioral economics expert who wants to brainstorm ideas for experiments on what food choices show about human behavior.

It’s FUN. It’s exciting.

And so is writing fun and exciting. And powerful and rich and deep. And…FUN. And some of the opportunities in writing have been equally amazing. To book tour in Italy, for my first book? I mean, who gets to do that? That is crazily wonderful. And yet it happened. To find some of my own most-admired authors talking about my books and saying wonderful things about them? Oh…wow. That is just…what words do you have for that, beyond wow? To have so many of you write to me or just talk about the books with others and share them? That’s amazing.

YES, I want to keep writing, too. I have so many more stories trying to force me to find time to put them on the page that it’s what drives me awake at 4 am.

So, you know…I’ll just have to find a balance. It might mean, as I’ve been warning people, that there might be fewer than five new books next year, though.

Don’t kill me! I hope you can understand. And if you can enjoy the previous 11 (or 12 if you count that memoir, BLAME IT ON PARIS, although, ahem, I hear the twenty-six-year-old narrator is annoying :) ), then I am thrilled.

Again, all my apologies for the delay and all my thanks for all the wonderful support these past two years and for the enthusiasm for this next book. It’s meant a lot. I’m really, really sorry, and I also really, really appreciate and am humbled by the fact that people could be wanting to read it at all.

And now, back to work on the edits for ONCE UPON A ROSE.

 


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The Chocolate Rose=FREE this week!

Just a quick note to make sure everyone knows that THE CHOCOLATE ROSE is FREE this week on Amazon, Kobo, GooglePlay, and iTunes. And THANKS so much for everyone who helped it hit #2 overall on Amazon and #1 in Romance and Women’s Fiction. I really appreciate it so much! If you haven’t read this one, do take advantage of the chance to have a book for free! (Consider it my little thank you for all your support.) And if you have a friend you’ve been trying to talk into trying this series, please let them know! I always appreciate the word of mouth.

If this is new to you, I hope you’ll love the trip to this jasmine-filled hill town of Provence, and the introduction to the world of the Vie en Roses series. And I hope you’ll love Gabriel as much as I do!

 

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I owe you some updates on all the travel through France this summer! Coming soon! Meanwhile, you can catch some photos on my Facebook site. (A public page, so you don’t have to sign up for FB to see it. It’s just easier to post a quick photo there than on the blog while traveling and catching Wifi here or there randomly.)

 


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Cover Reveal! ONCE UPON A ROSE

It’s here! The cover and book description for the first Rosier book, the oft-promised, several-times prequelled LA VIE EN ROSES series. A huge THANK YOU to so many people on Facebook and Twitter who were voting on covers. (If you missed it, hop over and scroll back a post or two in my timeline to see what were the options. My FB page is public, so you don’t have to be an FB user to see it.)

I am off to France in just a couple of days and will be off Internet for the most part for a while. (I may manage to post a few photos on FB but not sure. As you may have noticed, I still haven’t managed to share all the RT convention photos, so obviously I’m better at keeping on writing books than keeping things posted online.)

I want to take this chance to say again a HUGE THANK YOU for all the support of SUN-KISSED and all the kind reviews. I love this book and couple so much and am really, really happy not to be the only one.

Coming up next: Matthieu Rosier! August 2014.

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She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt-out indie rock star Zeina—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten stone house and rose-covered acres her father left her in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loud. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

And that might be just the start.

Fingers crossed that you’ll enjoy grumpy, growling, broody Matt, too! Sign up here to be emailed the moment it’s available. Click here to add it to your Goodreads shelf.

I hope you’ll enjoy this one! And Happy Summer!


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SUN-KISSED: A big thank you!!

I wanted to take a second to thank all of you for the kind words about SUN-KISSED. Thank you so much to those of you who have posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, your blogs, or emailed me, or posted nice comments here! This really means a lot to me and definitely helps keep me going on the next book. And it is also just very, very kind!! I really appreciate the thoughtfulness, and wish you all many wonderful things in your own ventures, artistic or otherwise.

Some of the hugely kind words that have been coming in about Sun-Kissed from reviewers in the past week:

Gorgeous and brilliant and I loved everything about it. I will also say that Laura Florand is so enormously talented that I’m beginning to run out of new ways to praise her! – The Bookish Babe

Utterly delicious. — Dear Author Recommended Read

A beautifully written coda to Florand’s Amour et Chocolat Series…a compelling romance. – Ivy Book Bindings

Phenomenal and emotional…a vibrant love story…full of love and passion…A romance with heart [that] tugs at heartstrings.– Romance Novel News Recommended Read

Absolutely delightful!!!…a fabulous MATURE, slightly acerbic, beautifully written and gorgeously erotic story.– Ripe for Reader

Gorgeous and brilliant and I loved everything about it. I will also say that Laura Florand is so enormously talented that I’m beginning to run out of new ways to praise her! – The Bookish Babe

A must-read for all fans of Laura Florand, or any romance junkie out there. Her prose is gorgeous and always manages to touch me profoundly. Plus, they’re utterly HOT!! If you haven’t taken the opportunity to pick up one of her stories you are missing out. Seriously, do something about it!– The Readers Den

A powerful love story…that steals your heart. [It] will be read again and again. This is a love story that should not be missed! – The Book Queen

Laura Florand delivers a poignant, gritty, and, as always, ultimately tenderly human love story. – Cat’s Books 

A gorgeous story…about family, forgiveness, perseverance and loyalty [that] touched my heart in a way that few books have ever done. It made me laugh, cry and cry some more – but happy tears in the end. I couldn’t even read anything for several days. I wanted to stay right there with these characters a little longer. – For What It’s Worth

Damn sexy…highly recommend. Smexybooks

Sweet and sexy. — Fiction Vixen

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I truly appreciate these and all your own words so much! Thank you so much to all of you for reading and all of you who have helped spread the word or taken a second to let me know what these stories mean to you. It really means a lot.

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FREE on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, GooglePlay: Turning Up the Heat

I’m so happy to announce that TURNING UP THE HEAT is FREE on Amazon, iTunes , GooglePlay, and Kobo.

This is one of my first novellas and also a personal favorite. Something about it really means a lot to me–Daniel and Léa’s story, this look at a couple that really loves each other but, ten years into their  marriage, still needs to find a way to renegotiate what they believe about themselves and each other. It’s also a prequel to the Vie en Roses series. (You get your first brief glimpse of Matthieu Rosier in it, the hero of the upcoming ONCE UPON A ROSE.)

It’s got a new cover (don’t be fooled if you’ve previously purchased it under an earlier cover).

I’m very excited to have reached the point in my career where I can make something available for free to say thanks to long-term readers and welcome new ones. If you haven’t read this one yet, I hope this is a nice present to you to have it for free! And if you’ve read it and think others would like it, I would love it it you helped spread the word.

Happy reading!

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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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